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Good News! Mortgage Rates Drop

Posted on by Lisa Barton

Good news on the home lending front!  Mortgage rates have dropped over the past year and are dropping even further now that the Fed has slashed key interest rates.  In addition, the Fed indicated that they would buy securities that are backed by mortgages.  Both actions should mean lower consumer interest rates—particularly for mortgages.

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National Day of Listening Project

Posted on by Lisa Barton

On National Public Radio the radio announcer said that today is the “National Day of Listening”, which is part of an annual project. What a curious concept—a day devoted to an ordinary activity. I’ve spent the day trying to be a conscious listener, which is certainly more demanding than passively hearing.

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Take a Hike in Ponte Vedra Beach’s Guana State Park

Posted on by Lisa Barton

The Ponte Vedra Beach area has so much to offer in terms of beautiful natural areas.  One of my favorites is Guana State Park, now known as Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Esturarine Research Reserve (GTM).  We went there this Sunday afternoon for a hike. The main entrance is about twelve miles south of Ponte Vedra off of A1A.  Parking is $3 per vehicle and the trails are open to hiking/biking daily from 8am to sunset.

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North Florida Land Trust and River Accord

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If you live in a community for a long time, there may be areas that you seldom, if ever, visit. That’s not often the case for me.  I am out daily looking at houses, showing properties and learning about local communities and neighborhoods. The great, unexpected bonus is how much I have learned about the natural beauty of our area, and how lucky we are to still have significant tracks of land that are quite pristine. Anyone who has visited South Florida can attest to how North Florida could look like without some forethought and active planning for preservation of our natural resources .

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