Why America’s spare bedrooms are worth $174.9 billion

June 09, 2016 - 12:03


Extra rooms are an untapped real estate opportunity. It’s not unusual to have an extra bedroom in your house. Indeed, a analysis of United States Census data suggests that there are 33.6 million of them across the nation.

If you assume that each of these rooms could be rented out for $100 a week (which would be cheap in many areas of the US), that adds up to a whopping $174 billion in missed opportunities for extra cash each year.

Shopping For Your New Home

June 09, 2016 - 02:03

Now that you have been pre-qualified for a home mortgage, found your realtor and identified your “must haves,” it’s time to go shopping.

This is the fun part of buying a new home but can also be very overwhelming. The more houses you look at, the more the houses begin to run together and before you know it, you can’t remember which house had that fantastic kitchen and which one had the leaky roof.

Some buyers will walk into a house and just know that it is the house for them. Others want to see everything on the market in their price range.

Don’t Be A Victim!

June 09, 2016 - 01:56

Local woman wholesale distributor for personal safety products.

It’s a sad fact of life but anyone of us, at any time, can fall victim to assault, harassment, robbery or physical attack. And women in particular.

Everyday activities like driving, going to work, or walking down the street present an element of risk to your personal safety. You may commute long distances alone or have mobile jobs making contact with the general public.

“It’s really not possible to avoid all risk but it’s wise to take some precautions,” said Angela Kanner, a co-owner of Personal Safety Outlet Inc.

Brooksville Restaurant Brings Flavor of the Caribbean

June 08, 2016 - 21:18

Photography by Julie B. Maglio

Tamara and Jim Ferguson opened their restaurant in January of 2016 off of 41 in Brooksville. The sunny, brightly colored exterior caught my eye and I decided to give the place a try. Tamara, the cook, is originally from Jamaica. She begins preparing her family recipes early each morning, so there is time for the ingredients and flavors to simmer and meld together before their lunchtime crowd.

Building department reports to BOCC

June 05, 2016 - 21:26
photo credit: Dwight Burdette

James Friedrichs, Building Official for the County, shared a PowerPoint presentation with the BOCC on 05/24/16, comparing residential and commercial permits over the past fiscal year. With four permit technicians and two plan reviewers, his department issues more than 46 permits daily. This means more than 12,000 permits were approved in the past year. Review times have significantly decreased. Permits for single family homes can be approved in 3-5 days, Friedrichs said, and even commercial permits are being approved faster.

Copacabana: Visit the Caribbean without leaving Spring Hill

June 05, 2016 - 18:10

Photography by Rocco Maglio

Copacabana is in the Mariner Crossing Shopping Center on the corner of Northcliffe Boulevard and Mariner Boulevard. It has been serving the area for eight years. It serves Cuban, Puerto Rican & Dominican Dishes. It is a great value with large portions and reasonable prices.

Mortgage Matters: Gift Money: What's OK, What's Not

June 04, 2016 - 21:41

Using gift money for a mortgage down payment is more common than you may think, especially for first-time home buyers.

This is an idea situation for someone who can afford the monthly payment but who may not yet have the required money for down payment or closing costs. However, when it comes to details of using a down payment gift, buyers really need to pay attention.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

June 04, 2016 - 21:29

Maintained by members, Auro Community Garden is a sustainable garden using organic growing methods.

Photography by Sue Quigley

Growing your own food is undeniably the best way to get fresh, nutritious food economically, ethically and eco-friendly. But although we would all love to be able to pick vegetables straight from our garden for dinner every evening, for many it is just not possible. To be successful in growing your own food, you need enough land and nutrient-rich soil to grow that food. You have to be able bodied, have time to devote tending the garden and a budget to acquire seeds and supplies for starting a garden.