August 2016 Ocala Area News

 

August 2016


Stacy Alpizar, Realtor®
Resolute Real Estate
(352) 812-2807
Stacy@OcalaAreaHomes.com
www.OcalaAreaHomes.com

Hello Friends,

In this month’s newsletter don’t miss out on the Ocala Area Market Statistics! Also, answer the quiz question for the chance to win $25 at Hobby lobby. Back to School is just around the corner and tax free week is coming up. Be on the look out for the dates on my website at www.OcalaAreaHomes.com.

Enjoy the rest of your Summer and until next month!

~Stacy
Stacy Alpizar, Realtor®

Win a $25 Gift Card to Hobby Lobby

It’s easy to win! Find the quiz question inside this newsletter, then email me your answer to *|EMAIL|*. Each month, all correct entries have an equal chance of winning.
  • Last month’s question: What is a group of flamingos called?
  • Answer: While there are many names, the most common name is “a flamboyance.”

Keep the Olympics Alive!

Growing up, we sat in front of the TV and kept score about how many golds our country was winning. We were glued to the opening ceremonies. We even watched the torch being lit. We tuned into our favorite sports throughout the day.

Now, not so much. Our kids can tune into videos of amazing athletic feats on social media. Our cities are rejecting calls from the IOC to bid for host city amid damming images of empty, broken, useless stadiums from past Olympics.

So who still cares about the Olympics? Our athletes care, that’s who. Our children who want to compete on the world stage, who want to pit themselves against everyone in the world! Imagine doing that in your own job or hobby.

I plan on tuning into the Rio games, supporting the young athletes who work so hard for this moment, and to support Rio for providing
a place where the world can still meet on common ground.

Free Consumer Report

 

5 Things Home Sellers Do that Buyers Hate

In a hot real estate market, home sellers don’t need to do much to woo buyers. But in a slower, or “normal” market, they need to do more to attract the highest offers they can.

If you or someone you know is planning to sell a home, you can improve your odds. Here are five things sellers do that home buyers hate, making it harder to get those higher offers.  Download your copy below.

Click Here to Read the Report


“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” ~Zig Ziglar


Ocala Area Market Statistics

The Rise of Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding…it’s everywhere these days. Makes you wonder what can’t be crowdfunded? Let’s see…

You can crowdfund a down payment for a house, a business startup, a year of writing your first novel, real estate investments, inventions, the vacation of a lifetime for your elderly parents…on and on.

But what does it mean to give—or get—crowdfunded money?

The charm of crowdfunding is that regular people can give to ideas  just because they want to. Crowdfunding often takes very little money from each person, so we all get to feel philanthropic for a cause that inspires us. We get to feel just a bit like Bill Gates, or like the investors on Dragons’ Den and Shark Tank when they invest in a new business.

How else can you explain total strangers funding things like “The Vacation of a Lifetime for My Elderly Parents” or “Help Us Get Our Baby Out of this Rat-Trap Apartment.”

Increasingly we see requests for down payment funding by newlyweds instead of traditional wedding gifts. Featherthenest.com and HatchmyHouse.com say the average amount raised is $8,500.

Other than intrinsic satisfaction, people often give to causes because they get a physical reward. For instance, “Save the Chinese Typewriter” offers t-shirts and posters to people who fund their museum.

But before you rush off to get your cookie recipe book crowdfunded, here are some 2015 statistics from Kickstarter: 46.90% of all 159,054 projects got less than 20% of funds requested, and 10% never got a single dollar in pledge money.

Friends Don’t Let Friends Use Average Agents!

If a friend has mentioned moving, please call them and introduce us to one another. I promise they’ll be delighted!

Stacy Alpizar, Realtor®
(352) 812-2807

Is It a Flying Ant or a Termite?

Winged ants are often mistaken for winged termites. These insects can be distinguished from one another by three main characteristics:

The ant’s body is pinched in the middle, giving it the appearance of having a thin waist, while the termite’s body is not pinched.

The ant’s hind wings are smaller than its front wings, while the termite’s front and hind wings are about the same size. Wings might not always be present, however, as both species eventually lose them.

Winged female and worker ants have elbowed antennae, while the termite’s antennae are not elbowed.

Termites and ants both construct nests in moist wood, but ant nests are typically smoother and lack mud structures commonly found in termite nests. Also, termites actually subsist on wood, so the structural damage they leave it their wake is generally more severe than that caused by ants, which merely tunnel through wood.

Click here to visit OcalaAreaHomes.com

Wondering what your neighbor’s home sold for?

No need to wonder. Text me the address.
I’ll look it up and let you know!
Stacy@OcalaAreaHomes.com
(352) 812-2807

August Quiz Question

What kind of tree can you carry in your hand?

Email Your  Answer to Stacy@OcalaAreaHomes.com

Take Charge of Your Future Now

 

Successful people know what they stand for and what they want to accomplish. If you’re trying to figure that out for yourself, sit down in a quiet place with a pen and paper, a beverage, and plenty of time, and answer the following questions:
  • What do you want people to say about you?
  • How can you influence what people think about you?
  • What knowledge do you want to share with other people?
  • How do you want to be remembered?
The answers will help you make better life and career decisions.

My Advice

“Could We Install a Window Over the Fireplace?”

I know not everyone is has owned a house. And buying a house opens up a whole world of information a person might never have thought about before, information like fireplaces have brick chimneys above them. That question got me thinking about of some of the other interesting questions I’ve had, along with my answers:

  • Does the detached garage come with the house? Yes. Will the sellers be taking their pets? Yes.
  • Will the in-ground pool stay with the house? Yes.Will the carpets stay with the house? Yes.
  • Do you think it would be easy for someone to break in? You can have your home professionally inspected and secured by a licensed security firm.
  • Are the neighbors nice? You can knock on their doors and speak with them.
  • Can I move this wall? Let’s set an appointment with a structural engineer.
  • Would the sellers replace the kitchen? I’ll ask.

I love helping new home buyers! If you know someone who needs a caring and experienced agent to guide them through their first purchase, please connect us by phone, in person, or by email.

Copyright © 2016 Stacy Alpizar, Realtor®, All rights reserved.

Want to subscribe to our News Letters? Email Stacy with your contact information to receive a free Email subscription to Ocala Area News!


 

Leave a Reply


Quick Property Search

Property Map Search

Office Location

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required