SEBRING — Edelsa V. Hernandez was born in Cuba but her parents immigrated to Miami when she was just 7 years old. She served as an auxiliary police officer in Miami for 17 years. She became a licensed real estate agent in 1997 and has worked as a full-time Realtor ever since, serving all of …

SEBRING — Christina Sambrano has been a lifelong resident of Hardee County, Florida, and recently joined the RE/MAX Team as a Realtor in Highlands County. She is looking forward to providing excellent real estate service to Central Florida and brings with her enthusiasm and good work ethics.

This beautiful home is located at 1541 Willow Dale in Sebring, FL 33872. This property is being offered at $229,900 and is presented by Bill and Cyndee Bryan, Realtors with RE/MAX Realty Plus.

This home is located at 1903 Manatee Drive in Sebring. It is priced at $295,000 and is listed with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group with Dawn Dell, Broker Associate.

This home is located at 2492 Lake Letta Drive in Avon Park. It is priced at $224,900 and is listed with The Elliott Team at Keller Williams Realty.

Our Florida winters are such delightful times of pleasant weather and sunny days. If you’re out enjoying them, watch for the fluttering of butterflies along the roadside flowers. Many of the weedy plants growing on trail edges and waste areas are magnets for pollinators.

The Placid Lakes subdivision of Lake Placid seems to be undergoing fantastic growth. If you take a drive through the area you will see more signs for “Lot For Sale” than you did just a year ago. Many tree-filled lots are now being leveled and home foundations are being laid. Homes are going …

This home is located at 6930 Cecilia Ave in Sun ‘N Lake of Sebring. It is priced at $229,900 and is listed with Helen Ferry and Kim Reed of The Reed-Ferry Team with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group.

Christmas is over and you likely have put all the decorations away for another year. Nature however keeps its wreath up year-round. Christmas wreath lichen, Cryptothecia rubrocincta^p, named for its bright, holiday-like colors, is found through the southern United States.

This home is at 354 Grove Circle in Avon Park. It is priced at $172,000 and is listed by Lisa Terrell with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group.

The carnivorous sundew appears to be coated with dew, but it is the sticky sap that traps its insect meal.

A careful observation reveals a praying mantis about the size of a large piece of rice nestled in the bark of a live oak.

The Solitary sandpiper was a migratory capture off of the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive near Orlando.

This Prothonatary warbler was an excellent example of happenstance or being in the right place in those 15 minutes the bird came by.

The owlfly, flying only a short time each evening, is not often observed, making this sighting one of my annual NatureNerd best of the year moments.

Redesigning a room can involve several steps, from choosing a paint palette to taking down walls to buying new furniture. When it comes time to put the space back together, finding an appealing furniture arrangement or layout renovation that maximizes space efficiently can be challenging if …

Wood floors are a worthwhile investment that can improve the beauty and function of just about any room in a home. Even though wood floors are durable, and new protective treatments help seal out many of the things that may have damaged floors in the past, homeowners still need to prioritize…

This home is located at 2080 W. Heim Road in Avon Park. It is priced at $375,000 and is listed with The Elliott Team at Keller Williams of Highlands County.

This home is located at 3100 White Oak Road in Lorida. It is priced at $99,000 and is listed with Maureen Cool of RE/MAX Realty Plus.

The lines between the outdoors and indoors are being blurred. Homeowners build extensive outdoor living spaces so they can relax on weather-resistant furniture and even cook in lavish kitchens in their backyards. In addition, indoor three-season rooms full of bright, open windows that showca…

Here’s hoping you are well on your way into a very Happy New Year. With each turn of the calendar, I like to reflect on the most amazing NatureNerd moments I’ve had over the months before. Not all my favorite experiences are big, bold discoveries or intense interactions with wildlife that le…

The notion that their homes could be damaged if not destroyed by fire is something many homeowners find unimaginable. But fires damage homes every day across the globe, which only underscores the importance of knowing how to respond should your home be engulfed in flames.

Be ready when spring arrives to get busy sprucing up your home’s exterior and its outdoor living space. Invest family time to envision which projects would transform it into a more organized, inviting retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Mold and mildew are not only unsightly, but unhealthy. These fungi grow readily in damp areas and are found in the air breathed both indoors and outside. If left unaddressed, mold and mildew can threaten the health of a home’s inhabitants.

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