We have been selling real estate for quite a while and from experience can tell you that these TV shows do not match the realities of real estate. In TV land it appears that most buyers see three homes and purchase one. Yes, it is true, occasionally a buyer falls in love with the first home they see, but NAR (National Association of Realtors), Lee, and I beg to differ; as NAR states the average homebuyer personally tours 10 homes during their home search and we can attest to that statistic.
The fact is, most of the time, the homes TV buyers view are not even on the market as they have already been sold. Daily, our office fields multiple calls from potential buyers asking to see properties they have seen for sale on Zillow. Our office responds to each call and when we research the address, we find the home or property has already been sold and is no longer available. So, if you are searching for the home of your dreams call BVR, we are pros and will hook you up with listings that meet your criteria. We make it easy. We will send you listings with links to photos of homes and properties that match your desires. If you see a home that looks good to you; pick up the phone and call our office. We will arrange an appointment to show you the properties of interest and answer all questions and concerns you may have.
If you do not find any properties of interest; there is no reason to schedule an appointment. The gain for you, knowledge and the possibility of buying the home you have been dreaming of. While you look through the listings we send, you will not only see what is available, but the features you like, and the neighborhood qualities you prefer. The beauty of our ability to show you properties on the internet is simple. You can view properties in your own time in the comfort of your chair, while you gain experience in learning the drivers that influence property value. Our best clients are clients who know what they want in a home and understand the Central Florida real estate market. After all, buying a home is an important financial decision for you and your family.
It is fun to watch real estate TV and I enjoy it too, but the bottom line is you need an experienced professional on your side; someone who understands the market and ways to make the home of your dreams your reality. As Realtors we take great pride and pleasure in finding every one of our clients their perfect home. A Bella Verde Guarantee - we will work hard to make sure you get the best home for you at the best price possible.
Lee and I hope you all enjoy our Grilled Lettuce recipe. Since we have lettuce growing in a planter this recipe is easy; we just pick, wash and grill. This makes a nice light dinner or a wonderful accompaniment to chicken or fish, especially when you serve Florida fresh fruit for dessert.
FLORIDA FRESH LETTUCE ON THE GRILL
2 Heads Romaine Hearts or 2 Large Radicchio Heads Halved Lengthwise
Kosher salt and black pepper
1 cup mizuna or baby mustard greens
½ cup crème fraiche
2 avocados, cut in quarters
1 fresh lemon juice
Flaky sea salt
Prepare grill on medium high heat. Brush cut sides of lettuce with a few tbsp Olive Oil, season with salt and pepper and Grill lettuce cut side down just until lightly charred, about 2 minutes.
Toss greens with 1 Tbsp Olive Oil in a medium bowl, season with kosher salt. Dollop crème fraiche on a platter, top with grilled lettuce and avocado, scatter greens over. Drizzle with lemon juice and a bit more Olive Oil, season and serve.
1 Lb. Fresh Strawberries, cleaned and Frozen
1 Cup 2% Plain Greek Yogurt
¼ Cup Sugar
½ Tsp Vanilla Extract
Fresh Strawberries for Garnish
In a food processor with knife blade attached, pulse 1 cup strawberries until finely chopped. Transfer chopped berries to large metal bowl.
In food processor, puree yogurt, sugar, vanilla, and remaining strawberries until smooth.
Transfer to bowl with strawberries; stir until well combined.
Cover and freeze about 1 hour, test after an hour for firmness. Ice Cream should be firm but not hard. Garnish with Strawberries.
You can substitute plain low-fat yogurt for the Greek yogurt. Plain low-fat yogurt works well too but produces an ice cream that is less creamy but still tasty. I made this with Strawberries but next week I am testing this recipe with a combo of blueberries and mango. This recipe produces an easy and refreshing bite. Be creative and let me know your favorite flavor.