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A Real Estate Doctor

All Cash Offers Are Changing the Market

Many Florida buyers are relying on financing, and in today’s competitive real estate market, they're losing out on their dream homes. If you are faced with the same challenge, you can seek out mortgage lenders who offer creative finance strategies; or companies such as HomeLight and Better, which are helping middle-income buyers offer cash for homes. Typically, these companies purchase the home using their funds, then sell it back to the buyer using a mortgage.


When we elevate our buying power, we increase our chances for a seat at the table, and hopefully the key to our new home!

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1 in 5 Homes Test Positive...

Radon is natural radioactive gas, you cannot see, smell, or taste, that can build up inside a home. When you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer over time.

In Florida, one in five homes tested positive for elevated radon...

A home radon test is the only way to know if radon levels are high in your home. Contact your state radon office for testing or buy a test kit online or at some stores. If levels are higher than EPA re- commendation, contact a radon reduction contractor to make repairs to your home. For more information:

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Guiding Principals Keep Us Balanced

There are valuable pursuits such as family, friendship, love, faith, compassion, and contribution, that are well worthy of our time and fervor; but far too often, they take a back seat to the numerous distractions, influences, and material things we allow to take precedence. Ultimately, the sacrifice is lasting fulfillment for temporal pleasure. Such a loss.


We can do better. When we redirect our desires, prioritize our time, and refocus our attention on what is good, sustainable, and fruit-bearing, I believe we will find happiness. But we'll never find the right things by looking in the wrong places; or reap the rewards if we don't change our ways.

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Silver Springs... a National Landmark

Florida SpringsFest is a two-day event that promotes the preservation of the springs through awareness and stewardship.


Since 2000, Florida SpringsFest has been educating visitors about the importance of Florida Springs. In 2019 over 5000 people visited our annual event over the weekend!


Silver Springs State Park is known for its famous Glass Bottom Boats, recreational trails, ranger programs, canoe, and kayak rental, with additional activities; environmental speakers, educational displays, artists, demonstrators, food, a student art show, silent auction, and a variety of talented entertainers to fill the park with music.


valerie foerst
A Real Estate Doctor

Banana Tea May Provide A Better Sleep

Bananas are rich in potassium and magnesium, and the banana peel has even more of both! With this simple recipe, you can get the benefits of potassium and magnesium when your body is low in levels, and you’re likely nervous, anxious, and unable to sleep. 

Ingredients: 1 organic banana > 4 cups water > 1 pinch cinnamon.

Directions: Bring water to a boil > Rinse the entire banana under running water > Slice off both ends but leave the rest of the peel on the banana > Add banana to the boiling water > Reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 10 minutes. > Pour the banana water through a strainer. > Add cinnamon and favorite sweetener.

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