BALM, Fla. — If you’re on a septic system, what happens after you flush your toilet? In a new, statewide UF/IFAS Extension program aptly titled “After the Flush,” Mary Lusk and her colleagues aim to teach Floridians how the state’s 2 million septic systems can impact water resources.

Nicole Chambers has been an active member of her real community for over 20 now, and is so excited to be turning that community focus toward real estate.

A new year means plenty of exciting opportunities on the horizon. For a number of people, this may be the year they relocate to a new home or apartment. The moving rate in the United States has remained steady since 2008, with roughly 12% of the population relocating each year according to r…

This home is at 5117 Magnolia Place in Sebring. It is priced at $299,900 and is listed with Dawn Dell of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Properties Group.

Scooping up the sand of an ant lion pit will reveal the larvae to a patient observer.

The adult ant lion is a stunningly beautiful winged fly sometimes seen after dark at porch lights.

According to, spring is the busiest and best season to sell a home. While a good home can find a buyer any time of year, homeowners might find the buyers’ pool is strongest in spring and into summer. The reasons for that are many, ranging from parents wanting to move when their c…

If you have been spending more time outdoors lately, hopefully you are noticing the remarkable creatures right in your own backyard. Have you come across any lions yet?

Landscape features vary significantly from house to house. Some homeowners may prefer water features on their properties, while others focus on flowers that would be the envy of a botanical garden. Regardless of those preferences, lawn and garden enthusiasts who want to make their properties…

Staining wood can transform the look of everything from fencing to decking. While wood can be beautiful in its natural state, staining can protect the wood and complement landscaping and other home design elements.

Home improvement projects can be expensive. While the size and complexity of a project will affect how expensive the project is, homeowners can expect to shell out a pretty penny when they renovate or remodel areas of their home.

Homeowners unfamiliar with the appraisal process might not know if there is anything they can do to make the process go more smoothly. The Appraisal Institute recommends homeowners take the following steps before an appraiser visits their home.

With the stay-at-home order lifted and our local state parks once again open for hiking, I motored over in search of some outdoor adventure. As usual, Highlands Hammock did not disappoint.

This home is located at 3317 Country Lake Drive in Sebring. It is priced at $249,000 and is listed with Maureen Cool of RE/MAX Realty Plus.

This home is located at 3612 Creekside Drive in Sebring. The home is priced at $399,999 and is listed with Helen Ferry and Kim Reed of The Reed-Ferry Team with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group.

This home is located at 3927 Cormorant Point Drive in Sebring. It was just reduced from $149,900 to $144,900 and is listed with Diane Reis, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group.

There are many reasons to renovate a home. Some homeowners purchase fixer-uppers and commit to making major renovations before they even move in, while others may renovate their homes with an eye on resale value. But many homeowners also take on renovation projects to make the homes more liv…

LAKE PLACID — Century 21 Compton Realty is thrilled to announce that Robbi Harvell has joined their outstanding full service real estate team. While she might be the newest agent to Century 21 Compton, she is not a stranger to the real estate world. Harvell is the fifth person in her family …

This home is at 3440 Lakeview Drive in Sebring. It is priced at $400,000 and is listed with Dawn Dell, Broker Associate with BHHS Florida Properties Group.

This home is located at 3608 Duffer Road in Sebring. This home has just been reduced and is now listed for $237,500 with Kevin and Teresa Bock with Re/Max Realty Plus, Sebring.

Typically observed during the hottest parts, or “dog days” of summer, the Dog-day cicadas are beautifully marked to camouflage in tree tops.

The ocelli or simple eyes of a dog-day cicada are visible as red, jewel-like adornments between the insect’s large compound eyes.

(MS) — An eco-friendly home offers many benefits. Besides reducing your carbon footprint and being better for the environment, you can save lots of money on your energy bills in the long run. Plus, many of the latest trends are simply beautiful. Here are some to consider for your next home o…

Of the over 200 species of longhorn beetles found in Florida, each are specific to a particular host plant or tree.

Chances are you’ve been home more than ever in these COVID-19 days and may be getting bored enough to venture out to do yard work. While manicured yards offer awesome curb appeal, did you ever think how landscape choices affect the creatures around us? Before you remove every bit of fallen d…

This home is located at 1300 Cougar Blvd. in Sebring. It is priced at $335,000 and is listed with Jeanny Campbell with Re/Max Realty Plus.

This home is located at 3217 Waterwood Drive in Cormorant Point, a 55+ section of Golf Hammock. It is priced at $139,500 and is listed with Kim Reed and Helen Ferry of The Reed-Ferry Team, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group.