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Chart and money representing money saved by using solar panels

It was announced recently that the Swedish "do-it-yourself" furniture and décor giant IKEA will be selling solar panels among their other products, and this has gotten customers excited about the possibilities.
While Europe will be getting the panels in stock within the next ten months, U.S. customers will have to wait – but when they become available, you can bet customers will flock to the retailer to make the switch to energy from the sun. But what exactly can you expect to get out of such a big purchase? With a price tag of over $9,000, many people are looking for a very good reason to take this plunge. So, here are a few ways you can expect to save from installing solar panels on your home:
• Tax incentives
This is available to you from both a state

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Four full-furnished models are on their way up in Phase II of Esperanza at Paseo – the Ruffino I, Montessa II, Jasmine II, and Orchid II – and if the surrounding community is any evidence of what to expect, they’ll be pictures of perfection once completed.

The Ruffino II is a one-story, great room-style home on 2,585 square feet under air and 3,781 total. The home includes a covered entry, a spacious, three-car garage, a covered lanai with an expansive pool deck, and an outdoor kitchen option. The three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath residence comes with a gorgeous formal dining room that is perfect for entertaining, as well as a spacious study that can be converted into a 4th bedroom.

The Montessa II, at 2,327 square feet under air and 3,686 total,

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The luxury, gated community of Fiddler’s Creek has added to two more breathtaking residences to its ranks, thanks to Stock Homes – The Scottsdale II and the Harbourtown II. 

Located in the exclusive subdivision of Majorca, these homes are perfect examples of the elegance displayed throughout the rest of the community, and have been built with the charm and careful design that Stock is known for. Majorca features just 19 total homesites, and the homes are all three- and four-bedroom floor plans, boasting three-car garages and stunning  views of the surrounding Creek Course of Fiddler’s Creek Golf Club.

The newly completed Scottsdale II is a gorgeous example of Mediterranean architecture mixed with a fun, modern flair. The single-story residence

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Naples is well known for having some of the most beautiful beachfronts in the nation, but if you prefer to stay further inland, the hidden charm of this coastal city lies in its parks. 

Numerous, well-maintained, and brimming with fun and relaxation, the parks of Collier County are examples of how integrating the beautiful surroundings with fun amenities can create an experience that is impossible to beat. Different public parks are located in nearly every single community as well, so no matter where you live, you’ll always be near a gorgeous park that is a blast to play in, and just as enjoyable to relax in. Here are some of the best parks the city has to offer:

  • Eagle Lakes Community Park

From birding to basketball to an exciting

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The luxury community of Park Shore is getting a new addition to its ranks this October – The Bella Vista, a 3,319 square foot vision of elegance. 

Scheduled to open this month, this 3,319-square-foot, fully furnished home is priced at $2.495 million and comes with an array of options and amenities that make it worth every penny. You’ll have four bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths, a beautiful central gallery hallway, a spacious study, a gourmet island kitchen with a separate breakfast area, a beautiful outdoor living space off the formal dining room, a cozy fireplace, an outdoor kitchen area with an included bar, a luxurious pool and spa, and a gathering area with a fire pit – the perfect setting to entertain or just enjoy some quality time with

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A homeowner landscapes with plantsIf you're new to owning a home, it's very likely that you've been in an apartment or condo, and haven't had a property to maintain. Now, though, it's up to you to make sure that lush, green grass stays that way – and it's a lot easier than you might think.

There are a lot of tricks for making your landscaping work for you and be as effective as possible. Here are a few that will give you some ways to spend your weekend, while making your home look impressive to anyone who sees it:

Use a water feature as a focal point

Not only will this addition look attractive, but it even provides you with the ever-calming sound of running water. Still, this is probably the most time-consuming improvement you can add to your lawn, as most people will want to

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Lely Resort is getting a brand new addition to its Cordoba development, and it’s everything that people have come to expect from the community and much more – The Triana. 

The flexibility of the Triana floor plan is evident in the many variations buyers have to choose from. Depending on any given person’s preference, the Triana is situated on between 2,092 and 2,125 square feet under air. Plus, the base price is just in the mid-$400s, making it an affordable option considering the quality of the home, the spacious nature of the floor plan, and the countless amenities available in the community and out.

Cordoba is also home to several other inventory residences, including the popular Barcelona, which boasts three bedrooms, three-and-a-half

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According to a 2013 survey carried out by Bankrate, closing costs have risen 6% nationwide from last year, and Florida is no exception. 

The 20th most expensive state in 2012, Florida has jumped to 9th on the list, and the numbers considered don’t even include title insurance, taxes, and other fees. The average closing cost across the country is $2,402, while in Florida that number is slightly bumped up to $2,517.

However, there are several ways you can personally get your closing costs down as low as possible:

  • Talk to the lender

Although fees and taxes aren’t able to be negotiated, the lender may occasionally be open to lowing some of the underwriting and processing fees.

  • Look for a good deal

Don’t just go with the

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Entertaining, relaxing, or using as an extra room.

The Regatta, built by Jacobsen Homes, comes fully installed on a gorgeous, ¼-acre property in the heart of Country Lakes. Just minutes from the Caloosahatchee River and picturesque downtown Ft. Myers, this community of manufactured homes is in a quiet seclusion that emphasizes the beauty of the surrounding landscaping, including a large lake that features as a focal point at the center of the community.  

The model home features a round-top glass front door that creates a welcome environment for visitors and homeowners alike, and boasts box bay windows in the dining room as well as cathedral ceilings throughout. All windows come with two-inch blinds for your privacy, and the custom-painted

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Contrary to popular opinion, if you’re looking to improve the value of your home, all you need is a couple days off and some elbow grease.

You don’t have to empty your savings on a new kitchen, an extra room, or an added car spot for your garage in order to bump up your home’s overall value. Sometimes, the little things can make the biggest difference. Here are some ways you can take you home to the next level on a budget:

  • Clean, clean, clean

It’s not glamorous, but getting your home to sparkle takes only some patience and free time. If your home is considerably cluttered, consider renting out a storage unit for your extra belongings. Or, host a garage sale – you’ll be ridding yourself of stuff you don’t need, and netting yourself some

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