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11-25-2022

********CHRISTMAS PARADES*********
 
**LAKELAND
Dec. 3rd
 
**WINTER HAVEN
Dec. 3rd
Boat Parade
 
**POLK CITY
Dec. 3rd @ 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
 
** HAINES CITY
Dec. 3rd @ 6 p.m. -8 p.m.
 
**BARTOW
Dec. 9th & Sat. Dec. 10th
 
**LAKE ALFRED
Dec. 3rd
 
**RIVERVIEW
Boat Parade
 
**FORT MEADE
Dec. 10th
 
**DAVENPORT
Dec. 10th
 
** MULBERRY
Dec. 10th
 
**KISSIMMEE
Dec. 10th
 
**DUNDEE
Dec. 10th
 
**Apollo Beach Boat Parade
Dec. 10th
 
Plus much more!
 
Festival of Lights
Glitter, Glisten & Snow
Christmas Tree Lighting
Click for all your Christmas events

TAMPA
Dec. 17th
Downtown Tampa Christmas Boat Parade
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**7 Drive-Thru Christmas Displays in Central Florida are Pure Magic
Some may be a drive, we never know where we might head out to during the Holidays!
Melbourne, Auburndale, White Springs, Milton, Jacksonville, Coconut Creek, Daytona.
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Of course, we have many beautiful homes decorated with Christmas lights right in your town!
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FLORIDA
Events and Festivals
Click to check out the great events throughout Florida

Looking for things to do with your children during Thanksgiving break?
Check out the Lakeland MOM site for great crafts and places to go.
Click for details

LAKELAND
Bonnet Springs Park
400 Bonnet Springs Blvd
Open at 6 till dusk
Will be open on Thanksgiving Day.
Florida Children's Museum will be closed on Thanksgiving day.
Head on over and take a stroll, after eating all that good food and desserts.
The park is a two-mile circulator.
Click for details
Check out the Crenshaw Canopy Walk
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LAKELAND
Nov. 26th @ 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Just Dance Academy of Dance and Etiquette
Try out one or all of our amazing, fun-filled fitness classes on us.
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LAKELAND
Nov. 26th, Dec. 3rd, Dec. 10th, Dec. 17th @ 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Lakeside Village
Free Photos with Santa
Appointment is required
Click for details and purchase a ticket

LAKELAND
Dec. 1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16,17,22,23,and 24
6 p.m. - 8 or 9 p.m. according to the day.
Lakeside Village
Snowy Wonderland
Experience snow whirling around our iconic Christmas Tree.
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LAKELAND
Camp Fire
Is your teen looking for community service hours over the Holidays? Check out the programs offered by your local Camp Fire.
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LAKELAND
Wine Down Wednesday
5 p.m 7 p.m
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
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LAKELAND
Nov. 27th @ 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Bethlehem at Lake Mirror
journey with your family through this tent city experience that will resemble many of the merchants that would have been present in Bethlehem around the time of Christ. 
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LAKELAND
Dec. 2nd
First Friday Hometown Holiday
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LAKELAND
Polk Theater
Dec. 3rd & 4th
Toast to the Holidays
Lakeland Symphony Orchestra
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LAKELAND
Arts and Culture Guide
Brought to you by LAL Today
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LAKELAND
Lakeland Civic Center
Broadway Series and Classic Albums Live Series
2022-2023
My Fair lady, Legally Blonde Musical, Fiddler on the Roof, and more
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LAKELAND
Events, classes, and performances, that may not be on this Friday's Events Blast!
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LAKELAND
Lakeland Community Theatre
Click for details, days, and times, and purchase tickets

LAKELAND
Silver Moon Drive-In
Great family time, bring your chairs, blankets, and food, and enjoy a movie under the stars.
Don't forget bug spray, it is Florida
Two screens usually show first-run movies – with double features seven nights a week. Listen to the movie on your FM car radio. (Side 1- 88.3 FM Side 2- 89.3 FM)
Click for details

BARTOW
History Center
What was once the Polk County Courthouse now serves as the History Center and houses the historical museum and library.
What a great place to visit and learn about Polk County.
The museum collection includes natural and cultural objects related to Polk and the greater Central Florida area that represent our history from pre-Columbian to present-day eras. The artifacts on display at the museum represent individuals, cultural groups, and events significant to the region.
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BARTOW
Whiz Electric Cycles Rentals!
Take an electric bike ride from 1482 N. Wilson Ave, then ride on over to Circle B Bar Reserve.
Click for details about Circle B Reserve
Plus offered at:
Fort Fraser, Van Fleet Trail, Marshall Hampton/Panther Point, and Fort De Soto.
Click for details
Click to rent your bike

WINTER HAVEN
July - December 2022
Beer Spirits and Ghost Walking Tour
Enjoy beer, spirits, and spooky stories on this haunted ghost walking tour in downtown Winter Haven. We will visit a Vaudeville theatre and a few restaurants and bars whose owners and patrons have unfinished business.
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WINTER HAVEN
Winter Haven Theatre
Nov. 23 - Dec. 18/Elf The Musical
Dec. 8 - 18/Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)
Dec. 20 Alter Eagles (5 p.m. p.m.)
More to come in January
2022-2023 Season Tickets are on sale now!
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POLK CITY
Springtime Farms (Now Open)
Petting Farm, Activities, Plants, and more
18150 Commonwealth Ave.
Click for details
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THINGS TO DO IN THE FOLLOWING TOWNS:
**Lakeland, Auburndale, Babson Park, Bartow, Davenport/Disney, Dundee, Fort Meade Frostproof, Haines City, Homeland, Lake Alfred, Lake Wales, Mulberry, Polk City, and Winter Haven
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ODESSA
Dec. 25th - Dec. 23rd
Raprager Family Farm
12 Days of Christmas Festival
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TAMPA
Nov. 24th - Jan. 1st
Festival of Lights and Santa's Village
Hillsborough County Fairgrounds
New this year in Santa’s Village, guests can take a speedy slide on the Arctic Plunge Inflatable Snow Tube, Ride the
Reindeer Carousel and chug along on the Holiday Train. plus more
Click for details
Click to purchase a ticket

TAMPA
River of Lights Holiday Cruise
Nov. 25,26
Dec. 2,3,6.10,11,16,18,19,20,21,22,23,24
Hop on Tampa’s Pirate Water Taxi tour of holiday lights and decorations along the river including Holiday Island.
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TAMPA
Nov. 28th @ 6 p.m.
Riverwalk
Check out this FREE holiday event!
Official Tampa Riverwalk Holiday Harvor Tree Lighting at The Sail Plaza!
There will be food trucks and activities from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Rays Baseball, Feeding Tampa Pay, Publix, and more!
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TAMPA
Blast off on the Bay
Bay Rocket
Tamps Bay's only Jet Boat Thrill Ride
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TAMPA
12+ Best Markets in Tampa Bay:
Farmer's Markets, Maker Markets, and more!
Tampa, Hyde Park, Ybor City, West Chase, Mid Town, St. Pete, Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Westly Chapel, and Riverview.
Click for locations

TAMPA
Riverwalk/Tampa Convention Center
Check out what is happening!
Music Lineup
Christmas light
Ice skating
Click for details

TAMPA
16+ Cheap Stuff to do in the Tampa Bay area!
** The Sunken Gardens
**Catch a Minor League Baseball game
**Replay amusement Museum. For $14 you can play unique arcade games.
** Straub Park
**Clearwater Ferry
**Ybor City Museum State Park
Plus so much more
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TAMPA
River Walk
Take a stroll on the River Walk. Fun for kids, dogs, family, and date night! Beautiful Christmas lights.
Click for the River Walk Map
Click for all you need to know about the River Walk

TAMPA
Tampa Bay History Center
Quite a few events happening at the History Center
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TAMPA
Tampa Theatre
Classic Movies
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TAMPA
2-Hour-Guided Tampa Tour in a Deluxe Street Legal Gold Cart! Directly in front of “The Element Building” in Downtown Tampa. Your guide and deluxe golf cart will be awaiting your arrival. We understand parking can be inconvenient at times so we allow a 15-minute buffer before your begins. If you need help with parking please feel free to message or text.
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TAMPA
2-hour Guided Segway Tour
Discover the city of Tampa with ease as you explore on a Segway during this guided tour. Join a small group and glide through the streets of the downtown area. See the Amalie Arena, ride on the Tampa Riverwalk, follow the Hillsborough River to Curtis Hixon Park, and learn about the city from your tour guide.
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TAMPA
Tampa Bay City Pass
From $129
Here are a few places offered: Historic Ybor Food and Drink Walking Tour, Haunted Tampa Ghost, Pub Walking Tour, 2-hour Guided Tampa Tour in a Deluxe Street Legal Golf Cart, plus more!
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TAMPA
MOSI
Check out what is happening at MOSI
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SARASOTA
Nov. 26,& 27
Medieval Fair- 2022
 local artisans, performers, and vendors, and serves as a fundraiser to multiple non-profit organizations. It’s a creative forum for learning about the history of the Medieval era through a wide range of family-friendly activities, and an occasion through which our community has made lasting friendships and lifelong memories.
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CLEARWATER
Pier 60
If over in the Clearwater area, check out Pier 60
Daily Live Entertainment, Crafters, Sunset Cinema, and much more.
Click for details

TREASURE ISLAND
Nov. 26th & 27th
Sanding Ovations Master's Cup 2022
Free
Click for details

SARASOTA
MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Just a few miles away!
Hours 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Seven days a week, 365 days a year!
Amazing animals and marine science exhibit offering up-close, all-in amazement. From the open-water Shark Zone exhibit to stingrays, reef animals, sea turtles, manatees, and more. Mote Aquarium pairs ocean-going fun with the meaningful mission of the marine laboratory.
At Mote, Science Is The Attraction!
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Your ticket must be purchased in advance.
Click to purchase tickets, event Calendar, and more

ST. PETERSBURG
Nov. 25th - Jan. 1st
Tropicana Field
Enchant
**The Maze Light Maze
**Ice Skating
**The Village
Plus more
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ST. PETE/CLEARWATER
Open-air Station Square in Downtown
Music series
Nov. 26th
Dec. 3rd
Dec. 10th
Dec. 17th
Click for details/musician list

ST. PETE
Imagine Glass Museum
Check out the beautiful art made from glass
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ST. PETE
Salvador Dali Museum
Heading down to St. Pete this weekend or summer?
What a great museum to visit!
Click for details and purchase tickets

CLERMONT
Lakeridge Winery & Vineyard
Weekends At The Winery, Sat. & Sun.
Live entertainment Noon - 4 p.m.
****Bring a lawn chair and enjoy music, along with the beautiful vineyard and surrounding hills.
Click for details

RIVER RANCH
The largest dude ranch east of the Mississippi River!
Features luxe teepees, glamping, cabins, hotel rooms, and duplexes. Westgate River Ranch is an all-inclusive resort near Lake Wales offering airboat tours, golf, archery, and more.
Click for details

ORLANDO
25 things to do in Orlando for $25 or less!
Crayola Experience, Dezerland Park, Orlando Auto Museum, Jump Start Trampolin, The Pinball Palace, Museum of Illusions, Sea Life Orlando Aquarium, The Wheel At Icon Park, Plus more!
Click for details

ORLANDO
Nov. 12th - Jan. 1st
Island H20 Water Park
Night of a Million Lights
Immerse yourself in a dazzling winter wonderland illuminated with millions of lights and filled with festive family activities and live entertainment for a one-of-a-kind, fully interactive holiday experience.
Give Kids the World Village
Click for details and purchase tickets

ORLANDO
Nov. 18th - Jan. 1
Christmas at Gaylord Palms
ICE! is Back!!
Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Click for details and purchase tickets

ORLANDO
Visit Orlando The Official Website
From Theme Parks, Places to Stay, Attractions, Things to know before you go, and much more.
Click for details

KENANSVILLE
Drive-Thru Safari park
Airboat Ride and more
Something fun for the Holidays
Click for details, and days, and purchase tickets

Kayaking throughout Florida
Titusville, Weeki Wachee, Silver Springs, Naples, Florida Keys, Fort Pierce, Shell Key Preserve, Winter Park, Rock Springs, Rainbow Springs, Crystal River, Vero Beach, Tarpon Springs, Bioluminescent, and more.
Click for details

FLORIDA
Looking for Florida Stories & Community Walking Tours?
Click for details

FLORIDA
Check out the Historic Ghost Towns in Florida
Click for details

CHARLEY BELCHER
Channel 13
Central Florida places of interest. Charley Belcher spot lightening.
Charley Belcher's Facebook page

FLORIDA Back Road trips
Off the beaten path, culture, and history
Click for your road trip

STATE OF FLORIDA
State Parks
Click for list

THE FLORIDA HIDDEN BEACHES
Click to find a beach you would like to visit

CENTRAL FLORIDA
Top 10 Adrenaline-Rush Activities in Central Florida!
Skydiving, Cable Skiing, Off-Roading, Experience Aerotow Hang Gliding, Wakeboarding, Defy Gravity in Lakeland, Power Over the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes, Air Boat Ride, Endurance Mountain Bike Ride, Ironman 70.3 Triathalon,
Click for details

CENTRAL FLORIDA 
Visitor Guide information about Central Florida and things to do.
Click for information

VISIT CENTRAL FLORIDA
Beaches, places to go, things to do, deals, and more!
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My experience while purchasing my first home was the best experience I've ever experienced. With Lisa's guidance it was a stress free experience. She made sure I was comfortable and understood every step. She gave her opinion from the heart. You can tell she genuinely wanted you to have the home you desired. She is very personable and that's great when you are purchasing a large investment. I am forever grateful of her help. So if you are looking to have a wonderful experience while purchasing or selling any property Lisa Kelly Realtor is the way to go.

 

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Candace Engram ????? 18 weeks ago My experience while purchasing my first home was the best experience I've ever experienced. With Lisa's guidance it was a stress free experience. She made sure I was comfortable and understood every step. She gave her opinion from the heart. You can tell she genuinely wanted you to have the home you desired. She is very personable and that's great when you are purchasing a large investment. I am forever grateful of her help. So if you are looking to have a wonderful experience while purchasing or selling any property Lisa Kelly Realtor is the way to go.

 

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I had such a positive experience working with Lisa. Not only is she a complete professional, but such a compassionate human being. Her knowledge guiding me through the Florida real estate process was so helpful as a first-time Florida homebuyer. She was always prompt and responsive while going above and beyond. She attended all key inspections in person and kept me informed throughout the entire process. If you are looking for a great real estate experience, look no further. Lisa is your gal to get the job done. I will definitely be working with her again in the future.

 

~ DJ Bradley

I had such a positive experience working with Lisa. Not only is she a complete professional, but such a compassionate human being. Her knowledge guiding me through the Florida real estate process was so helpful as a first-time Florida homebuyer. She was always prompt and responsive while going above and beyond. She attended all key inspections in person and kept me informed throughout the entire process. If you are looking for a great real estate experience, look no further. Lisa is your gal to get the job done. I will definitely be working with her again in the future.

 

~ DJ Bradley

We can’t say enough good things about Lisa Kelly! From the moment she stepped through our front door, she demonstrated all the characteristics you want in your realtor: integrity, friendliness, optimism, thorough knowledge of her field, state-of-the-art technical savvy, unflagging energy and sensitivity to all our own needs and feelings. Our house sold in four days and we are certain this success was largely due to Lisa’s skill and hard work. We highly recommend Lisa Kelly to anyone looking for a top notch realtor!

 

~ Tom and Kim Manske

We can’t say enough good things about Lisa Kelly! From the moment she stepped through our front door, she demonstrated all the characteristics you want in your realtor: integrity, friendliness, optimism, thorough knowledge of her field, state-of-the-art technical savvy, unflagging energy and sensitivity to all our own needs and feelings. Our house sold in four days and we are certain this success was largely due to Lisa’s skill and hard work. We highly recommend Lisa Kelly to anyone looking for a top notch realtor!

 

~ Kim Manske

Kim Manske ?????Aug 21, 2020 We can’t say enough good things about Lisa Kelly! From the moment she stepped through our front door, she demonstrated all the characteristics you want in your realtor: integrity, friendliness, optimism, thorough knowledge of her field, state-of-the-art technical savvy, unflagging energy and sensitivity to all our own needs and feelings. Our house sold in four days and we are certain this success was largely due to Lisa’s skill and hard work. We highly recommend Lisa Kelly to anyone looking for a top notch realtor!

 

~ Joanna Grizzard

Sidney Wyland Lisa Kelly was our realtor that helped us with our move from Utah to Lakeland. She is a very good resource for us in Lakeland and helped us buy our new home. We found Lisa on the internet. She has helped us with all the contacts and scheduling to insure all things here went smoothly. The closing on our home was completed on time which was very important as we had are household goods being delivered from two different states. She also continues to be there for us for any referrals or help we may need here locally. I would highly recommend her to anyone buying a home.

 

~ Rick and Sidney Wyland

Just wanted to thank Lisa for a job well done. I worked with Lisa on 2 of our homes this past year. We sold one in June and another late in the year. Everything went smooth and all details were handled in a very professional manor. Thanks again Lisa; nice working with you. Lee Brown

 

~ Lee and Frankie Brown

We had been looking for a new home for about three months. We changed Realtors and began working with Lisa. She showed us a couple of places. We talked about limits on price and location. We looked again on a couple. We did not care for those. She emailed us about a home that was being restored for a flip. We met her at our current home. We liked the location and made an offer which was accepted. She did a great job getting the seller to accept and a wonderful job from there. The closing took about fifteen minutes. We have been very happy from that day on. Patricia and Bill Crabb

 

~ Bill and Patricia Crabb

We had been looking for a new home for about three months. We changed Realtors and began working with Lisa. She showed us a couple of places. We talked about limits on price and location. We looked again on a couple. We did not care for those. She emailed us about a home that was being restored for a flip. We met her at our current home. We liked the location and made an offer which was accepted. She did a great job getting the seller to accept and a wonderful job from there. The closing took about fifteen minutes. We have been very happy from that day on. Patricia and Bill Crabb

 

~ Bill & Patricia Crabb

Just wanted to thank Lisa for a job well done. I worked with Lisa on 2 of our homes this past year. We sold one in June and another late in the year. Everything went smooth and all details were handled in a very professional manor. Thanks again Lisa; nice working with you. Lee Brown

 

~ Lee & Frankie Brown

01/03/2017 - shunter317 Bought a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $175K in Lakeland, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: Lisa is an exceptional agent as she knows real estate law and the local market. She communicates and is extremely responsive to her clients questions and needs. She walked us through a complicated contract. We consider Lisa a new friend.

 

~ What Others Had to say

Highly likely to recommend 08/09/2016 - HappyBuyerNEOH Bought a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $225K in Lakeland, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: I highly recommend Lisa Kelly! She was awesome to work with through the whole process. Her communication and promptness went above and beyond my expectations. Working in the mortgage industry, I see all types of realtors, if you want a genuine, awesome, go getter- she is your girl!

 

~ What Others had to say

Highly likely to recommend 10/27/2014 - jessbparker Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $75K in Auburndale, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: I cannot say enough about Lisa Kelly. She helped my husband and I buy our first home when we had limited funds and difficult circumstances. She is extremely knowledgeable about homes, market, taxes- anything you could want to know. She is also an excellent advocate for her clients during negotiations, which really came in handy when you're a nervous first-time home buyer.Less

 

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Highly likely to recommend 02/22/2014 - par167 Bought a home in 2014. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: Lisa Kelly is the hardest working woman I know! If you are in the market to buy or sell take it from my personal experience she delivers results!In Polk County or anywhere else for that matter you will be hard pressed to ever get better service. Paul Renner.....

 

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Highly likely to recommend 02/25/2012 - user027478 Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $275K in Lakeland, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: Lisa is the most professional realtor I've ever worked with... she's direct, honest, highly-knowledgable, very responsive and a consummate professional. She played fundamentally important roles in helping us to sell our house in a tough market. She's a hard worker and also gave us great advice and we were able to sell after listing for about 30 days. She then helped us find and close on our dream home. Her persistance and negotiating savvy helped us buy a house that was not a very convential listing. If we'd had an average realtor, we'd have been a lot less successful with both our deals. I'd recommend Lisa to anyone who wants to work with a genuine professional. She could write a book on what it takes to be an outstanding service provider.

 

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02/09/2012 - Alyson7707 Bought a Single Family home in 2009 for approximately $125K in Bartow, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: We absolutely loved our experience with Lisa.. She is incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated to finding the home of your dreams. We couldn't be happier with the home she found us or the time we spent with her--she made the experience exciting and easy. We do not hesitate to recommend her to friends and family and will absolutely work with her in the future. Thanks again Lisa! -Michael & Alyson Elrod

 

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Highly likely to recommend 02/08/2012 - AimeeWeed Bought a Single Family home in 2010 for approximately $100K in Auburndale, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: Lisa was always quick to respond to my questions. I honestly think that my family and I would not be in this wonderful house without her hard work. She is honest, not afraid to give her opinion in a helpful way, and she is very knowledgeable in all aspects of her job.

 

~ what others had to say

Wonderful wonderful experience. Lisa is what I call a dream maker. I had the dream, and she made it a reality.Lisa's hard work, her quick response, her compassion in knowing I was a single mom purchasing my first house, has earned my loyalty in using her as my realtor for life.

 

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Highly likely to recommend 03/09/2011 - reedswife11 Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $75K in Lakeland, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: This woman is amazing, we have run into every road block imaginable and she has negotiated our problems quickly and effectivly everytime. Always available and Always puts her clients first

 

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