Issue #83
September 2015
Showcase Monthly Newsletter

Glen Baker
We are please to announce two of our newest agents Glen Baker and Louise Bono. Glen started his professional career in 1974, right out of the University of Florida with a BS in Finance, working his way up quickly to the Vice President of the Barnett Bank of Ocala. In 1981 he was hired on as the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Director of Finance, where he helped advise customers in financing their investments and purchases in the equine industry.
Louise Bono
Louise began her real estate career selling waterfront homes in Miami Bach for the Keyes  Company. She became a member of their Million Dollar Sales Club and got her Brokers license. In 1978 she moved with her family to Ocala and established Turning Point Farm, where they bred thoroughbreds and established Bono Realty. Bono Realty focused selling farms and land. With her husband Harry, they sold two golf courses, Citrus Springs in Citrus County and in Gainesville.

MLS data for July sales:
  • 585 closed sales–an increase of 2.3% from a year ago
  • 605 pending sales, increase of 1.3% year over year
  • Average sale price $145,186, a decrease of 1.5%
  • A decrease of 6.3% of active listings from 3,322 to 3,107 the previous July 2014
  • Months’ supply of inventory was 6.0 down 11.7% year over year from previous July 2014
The July report is available from the Ocala Marion County Association of Realtors (OMCAR) report. Please email our office for the report.


If you would like to have information regarding the sale of horse farms, or agricultural land in general, please contact us.

Ocala Star Banner Reports that HGTV Real Estate Shows have emerged as big hits on home-improvement television. Desire can inspire, no doubt, but sometimes, it fuels wants over needs. Real Estate Realty television is like a guilty pleasure, but can offer some intermediate real estate learning. Especially those fun terms like en suite bathroom or the difference between hardwood and engineered hardwood. Here are some of our favorites HGTV Real Estate Shows:

  • Buying and Selling
  • House Hunters
  • House Hunters International
  • Income Property
  • Love it or List It
  • Property Brothers
  • Rehab Addict
  • Selling New York
  • The Brian Boitono Project

Also, if your a Netflix subscriber you can now binge watch all of these shows on demand. Get additional information on this new trend.

 1. Confidence
When looking to a hire an agent, come prepared with interview questions. Responses should be backed with proof and evidence rather than nerves and fast talking.
2. Communication
Lack of communication is usually a sign of an inexperienced or incompetent agent. The agent is hired by you and should keep in regular contact. They should return your phone calls and emails.
3. Resources
Your agent should always go above and beyond to meet your needs. Placing a for sale sign in the front yard and putting the house on multiple listing services is not enough. An experienced agent will use all of their resources not just one or two.
4. Leadership
When selling a house, you want an agent who will fight to get you the best price possible. Your agent should not fold without a fight when negotiating their own commission with you either. If the agent won’t fight for their own income, they won’t fight for yours either.
5. Disorganized
Organization is key for any professional but even more so for agents dealing with paperwork, appointment and deadlines if not one but many customers. An agent shouldn’t be late, missing deadlines or forgetting your papers, this can often be the sign of an inexperienced or unprofessional agent

Truly Magical
89 +/- Acres    $1,390,000     MLS 426839
Access Rights to 5/8 Mile Track & Equine Pool | Starting Gate | 4 Barns Total of 46 Stalls

 Eurosizer |  Roundpen | 12 Paddocks

Paradise Palms 
$2,100,000     80 +/- Acres     MLS 429142
1/2 Mile Irrigated Track | Starting Gate | 3 Barns Totaling 45 Stalls | 22 Paddocks
 Eurocizer & Riding Arena
Hyatt Farm
$1,900,000      110 +/- Acres       MLS 418500
5/8 Mile Dirt Track |  Starting Gate  | 3 Barns Totaling 25 Stalls | 13 Paddocks
 Additional Storage Barns
Cardinal Complex
$6,679,000       204 +/- Acres      MLS 427415
5/8 Irrigated Track | Starting Gate | 19 Barns Totaling 131 Stalls | Numerous Paddocks
 Round Pens & Equine Pool

At Hunter Farm
$380,000      16.59 Acres   MLS 430542
Access Rights to 3/4 Mile Track | 1 Shedrow 20 Stall Barn | Barn Apartment & Office
Numerous Paddocks | Round Pen

Referrals are the livelihood of our business. If you have a friend, family member, or co-worker who would benefit from the Showcase Team’s real estate services, please contact us. We promise to treat everyone with respect and the highest level of integrity and customer service. Your referrals are the greatest compliment that I, and the Showcase Team, can receive.  Thank you for your business and recommendations!