Treat Yourself to a Home for the Holidays!

REALTORS® Have an October Treat For You! Really Big Open House Event Coming Your Neighborhood.  (If you live in The Villages, that is) On Thursday, October 10th, Realtors who specialize in The Villages Market are planning a Huge Open House Event to showcase homes for the incoming seasonal visitors, who seem to be arriving earlier […]

Jack Nicklaus Visits the Villages!

World Famous Golfers Visiting The Villages For Veterans Event A “Lesson with the Legends” and a Veterans Tribute Concert will be held on the Polo Fields at The Villages on October 21 from 1 pm to 4 pm.  PGA professionals Jack Nicholas, David Duval, Jim Furyk, and LPGA professional Michelle McGann will be on hand […]

Business Builders with a Heart

Years of success in the building industry in Massachusetts gave Linda Sears and John Mello a great foundation to help clients in real estate. But the time came to move to a warmer climate, where John intended to retire. They always worked closely together, so Linda followed suit and they soon ventured out into the local […]

The Villages of Fruitland Park

The Villages is planning to expand on 466A to the east on the old Pine Ridge Dairy land. This property is on the south side of 466A and has been annexed in to the city of Fruitland Park. This will provide an additional 1972 homes for The Villages, but since they are selling 300 to […]

Good News Continues for Real Estate Market in Ocala and Marion County!

  Ocala/Marion County Single Family Home Sales Report for August 2013   According to the monthly report from the Ocala/Marion County MLS, the market for single family homes in Marion County continues to soar over August of 2012.   The amount of home sales showed an improvement of 23.4% over the same time last year. […]

Saving Silver Springs

The Opening of Silver Springs as a Florida State Park on October 1st. Ocala / Marion County’s National Natural Treasure Ocala/Marion County’s own Silver Springs will re-open as a Florida State Park on October 1, 2013.  This is definitely a step in the right direction for saving this irreplaceable precious source of crystal clear water […]

Back to the Future at The Villages

When you have your ears to the ground at The Villages, you hear a common beat. Right now the beat is: “What’s going to happen when they run out of land to build on?” and “Where are all the people that work on new construction going to get jobs?” Well, if you look behind the […]

Warning! It’s Friday the 13th! Be Afraid!!

Ever wonder why Friday the 13th has such an ominous reputation for bad things happening?  Well apparently this superstition goes back to ancient times, and if you really want the long boring details, just google Friday the 13th and you can read about it to your heart’s content. But if you are easily disturbed, don’t […]

From Humble Beginnings

  As a soldier serving his country in The Marine Corps in the Vietnam era, Mike Scott  had no idea he was going to become the owner of possibly the most successful plumbing company in the State of Florida. But with a work ethic like no other and a mere $500 to start, that is […]


What you really need to know and how the numbers don’t always tell you the true story. It’s complicated. When you read about or hear about the market, you hear a lot of different numbers being quoted. Let’s start with the average sales price versus the median sales price. The average, of course is when […]

Top 5 Easiest Tips to Save on Your Electric Bill

There are hundreds of tips to save you money on your electric bill, but if it’s not easy, will you actually do it? If you are like most people, you may think it’s a good idea, but then the thought passes and you don’t do anything about it.  A month later the electric bill comes, […]

Do You Need a REALTOR ®?

When you are considering making a large financial decision such as selling or buying a home, do you want assurances that the person you hire has your best interest in mind? How can you be sure that the person you hire has the mindset to carry out the task with the greatest expertise and with […]


Should you stay away from grocery store shelves for optimum health? We’re told by the medical experts that chronic disease is reaching epidemic proportions but at the same time we’re also told that most disease is preventable. Do we actually have the power through the choices we make to prevent ourselves from suffering from type […]

Does Your Neighbor Need Help at Home?

  Does your neighbor need a Helping Hand? The phrase “There’s no place like home,” has special meaning to some aging homeowners. No one wants to give up their comfort, privacy, and independence.   Many sit and suffer in silence unnecessarily while their quality of life diminishes quickly. What happens when older citizens cannot fend for […]


What are you really drinking in your tap or bottled water? With the bottled water getting more popular year after year, do you ever wonder why? Is it the convenience, or are Americans thinking that their tap water isn’t safe? Well, truth is, according to the EPA, all water has some contaminants. After all, tap […]

Fishing in Belize

From beginners to avid experienced fishermen, Belize offers an abundance of shallow water fishing for catch and release bonefish, permit, and tarpon. Casting in the lagoons will also snag ladyfish and snook, or you can go into deeper water for tuna and wahoo. You can even jig the bottom for grouper and snapper. Many island […]

Awesome Siesta Key Beach

If you live in Florida, a beautiful beach is never more than a 1 to 2 hour drive away. Beaches, just like people, all have unique characteristics, and they are all beautiful in their own way. On the Atlantic (East) side, you have the incredible surf and the waves that are so fun to ride […]

Seven Tips for Dressing Up Old Furniture

  Creating a new look from an old piece of furniture can be an afternoon project that will give you a focal piece for just about any room. It’s an easy task that can give your room a sense of style for very little money. Go to and follow our Matters of the Home […]

Easy Mexican Bean Salad Recipe

This is one of those salad recipes that is even better the second day. 2 15 ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed. 1 15 ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed 1 red pepper, diced 1 yellow pepper, diced 1 green bell pepper, diced 1 red onion, diced 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 1 […]

Photos of Our Trip to Belize

These are just some of the photos from our recent trip to Belize.