Lake Mary, FL Real Estate News

By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
It might be fall throughout the rest of the Country, but in Central florida it's still 'Late Summer' and the temperatures are still above 90 degrees.  One of our favorite places to visit on a hot day is Bruster's Real Ice Cream for a scoop to beat the heat.  The ice cream is made in the store and the specialty flavors change often and include my favorites... Key Lim Pie, with real chucks of gram cracker crust and Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeye, even if you aren't an Ohio State Fan you might like it. To find out more about Bruster's, their nearest location and how you can get coupons for free ice cream, read the rest of the article at The Move To Lake Mary Blog by clicking this link.
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
What's Selling in Lake Mary, Florida? Frames not supported There are currently 281 homes for sale in Lake Mary [15 Bank Owned/REO Properties & 69 Short Sales] 30% of the homes for sale in Lake Mary are distressed properties. Please click here to see the entire article about Lake Mary home sales...
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
Colonial TownPark - Lake Mary, Florida Located just North of Heathrow and situated between International Parkway and I-4, Colonial TownPark is the destination for many Seminole County residents looking to catch a flick, have a great meal, get gorgeous or just picked up a few groceries. The outdoor shopping and entertainment complex is extremely popular and is my personal favorite for a night out.  Whether we are having a romantic dinner our or meeting a group of friends for Hour Hour, we almost always end up there. To see more photos and here about the restaurants and shopping available at Colonial TownPark, please follow this link to the Move To Lake Mary Blog.
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
Friday Night Lights... It's that time again, the fall right of passage... High School Football Season! As the evenings start to cool and days start to shorten it's the perfect time to go out and watch the up and coming talent at your local high school.  There have been many professional football players come out of the Seminole County School System. Don't miss the next game...  Friday September 17th when Lake Mary High School takes on Oviedo High School.   To read the rest of the article and see the entire Lake Mary High School Football Schedule, please click here. To search for your next Seminole County Home, follow this link.
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test [FCAT] is the foundation of the statewide education assessment and accountability program.  The FCAT results translate for the public the "education health" of Florida Students and hold school districts accountable for their progress. Seminole County homebuyers often choose their home location based on the area's schools... To see the entire report. Please click here to read the entire report at Move To Lake Mary.com Search for homes in Seminole County, Florida
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By Gary Berkson, ABR, CRS & CDPE
(RE/MAX Central Realty)
Lake Mary offers so much for the residents and visitors.  Interested in relocating to Lake Mary Florida?  Call me, Gary Berkson, I understand I live, work and play here!   
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
Taylor Morrison Homes - Homemade Memories Contest Taylor Morrison Homes is currently in the final days of their Homemade Memories Contest. The winner of their video contest will receive one year of mortgages payments and you can also to win a year of mortgage/rent payments [$18,000] by registering and voting for one of the entries. My friends and Altamonte Springs, Florida residents are one of the ten National finalist with their video "Memories Made From Scratch" [Week #2 - second from the left on the Taylor Morrison Site] Here's their video... "Memories Made from Scratch" Vote Today For Week #2!
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By Marc Grossman, GRI, Greater Orlando Real Estate Broker
(Marc It Sold!)
The following are the market sales statistics for Lake Mary, Seminole County, Florida for June 2010.  Lake Mary is made up of the zip code 32746.  For purposes of this analysis we will be splitting the data according to single-family homes vs, condominiums, townhomes and villas. A couple of definitions are in order.  The median sales price means that 50% of the homes sold for more and 50% of the homes sold for less during a certain period of time – in other words, it’s the midpoint of sale prices.  So basically what this means, is that the median sales price is showing market activity in that it’s specifically indicating which price range is more active. The average sales price, as opposed to the median sales price, is the total volume of sold properties divided by the number of proper...
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By Richard Shuman, Real Estate Broker - Orlando Area - Love Referrals
(The Only B.S. I Have is from the University of Massachusetts)
Shannon Downs - Lake Mary Fl Shannon Downs is a small subdivision has only 39 homes. Properties have large 1+ acre nicely wooded lots. The neighborhood has a country feel to it with the vast amount of wildlife found in the area. Lake Mary has some of the best schools in Florida. Nearby are elementary schools, several middle schools, a high school, the main campus of Seminole State College of Florida and the ITT Technical Institute. The Seminole Town Centre and other shopping and dining locations are within walking distance of Shannon Downs. Also close by is the Lake Mary Sports Complex. This complex has everything you could want from batting cages to soccer fields to tennis courts.  For more details or to start your home search, visit www.SKIPtheBULL.com or www.SKIPtheBULL.com/contactus...
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
Lake Mary Homes For Sale Homes & Condos for sale:  417Properties listed as short sales: 109 or  26%Bank Owned/REO Properties:  42 or 10% The inventory of homes available for sale in Lake Mary continues to stabilize with little to no change in the quantity or the percentage of distressed properties in the marketplace.  As we enter the “Summer Buying Season” we will be watching to see if the demand increases and waiting to see if more homeowners who are not in distress consider selling their current property and move up or downsize.  We’ll be watching… Lake Mary Homes Under Contract Homes & Condos under contract:  209Short Sales:  112 or 54%Bank Owned/REO:  46 or 22%Distressed Properties make up 76% of the homes under contract. Lake Mary Home Sales May Home Sales:  65Short Sales:  8 or 1...
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
One of the most important issues to most of the homeowners I speak with is where their home will be visible online.  Maximum exposure is on their minds! Is it in a homeowner's best interest for their listing agent to opt out of sharing on IDX* websites?  I've noticed a trend in my area where some agents are not sharing their listings on IDX.  Is it an over site on their behalf while entering the property in the MLS [Multiple Listings Service] or is it a strategy not to share their listings with other REALTORS who quite possibly have a more vibrant online strategy and utilize the IDX to drive business to their own websites? I believe that it's in the best interest of the homeowner to have as much exposure online as possible. Restricting access to information is over. Do you share your li...
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
What the latest housing data means to you and some good advice from The Today Show's Jean Chatzky...  She says that housing is a good investment "Right Now"...   Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy
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By Gary Berkson, ABR, CRS & CDPE
(RE/MAX Central Realty)
Lake Mary, Florida is just 18 miles from Orlando Florida and conveniently located near 1-4.  A sought out community because of all the perks and benefits of being a Lake Mary resident.  Today I was checking on Lake Mary homes for sale and noticed something quite interesting. Lake Mary Affordable Housing?  Yes Affordable Homes For Sale in Lake Mary, Florida According to the mls search on my website there are currently 295 homes on the market today but what really surprised me is that 107 of these homes for sale in Lake Mary Florida are bank owned | foreclosures | pre-foreclosures and REO's.  That means close to 1 out of 3 homes but more like 1 out of 2.75 are either a short sale | foreclosure | REO | or bank owed based on numbers from my mls feed.  That is not whats so enlightening. The ...
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By Marc Grossman, GRI, Greater Orlando Real Estate Broker
(Marc It Sold!)
The following are the market sales statistics for Lake Mary, Seminole County, Florida for May 2010.  Lake Mary is made up of the zip code 32746.  For purposes of this analysis we will be splitting the data according to single-family homes vs, condominiums, townhomes and villas. A couple of definitions are in order.  The median sales price means that 50% of the homes sold for more and 50% of the homes sold for less during a certain period of time - in other words, it's the midpoint of sale prices.  So basically what this means, is that the median sales price is showing market activity in that it's specifically indicating which price range is more active. The average sales price, as opposed to the median sales price, is the total volume of sold properties divided by the number of propert...
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By Gary Berkson, ABR, CRS & CDPE
(RE/MAX Central Realty)
Already have flood insurance or are considering purchasing it?  There is something new that you should know.  If you are a homeowner in Lake Mary or own a business in Lake Mary you may be entitled to a discount for your flood insurance. FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program For Lake Mary Residents The City of Lake Mary has done additional flood protection activities to obtain enough CRS points to obtain a Class 8 certification resulting in a 10% reduction for flood insurance to homeowners and business owners.  To find out if you qualify please speak to your insurance provider and take advantage of these savings.  If you have any questions you can always call the City of Lake Mary.      
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By Gary Berkson, ABR, CRS & CDPE
(RE/MAX Central Realty)
The Lake Mary Historical Society presents a 60 minute documentary of Lake Mary, Florida. Growing Home-The Lake Mary Story Here is a sneak peak of the past, present and future of Lake Mary, Florida.      No wonder, Lake Mary Florida is a wonderful place to call home.
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By Gary Berkson, ABR, CRS & CDPE
(RE/MAX Central Realty)
If you have a property that you are having trouble making the mortgage payment or are behind on your mortgage Gary would be happy to sit down with you and discuss your options.  Don't assume anything when it comes to selling a distressed property or a short sale, contact Gary today.  All calls and inquiries are confidential.  Feel free to contact Gary Berkson by phone, email or right here on our site.
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Coast & Luxury
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
The competition was fierce, but when it was over, Lake Mary High School's Marionettes had won their first national championship in eight years.  The talented high-kickers worked hard to gain back the title that they had held for a long run during the late 1980's through the 90's.  From 1986 to 1998 the LMHS varsity kick squad captured the title 10 times, earning juggernaut status around the National Dance Alliance.  Read the entire story:  Lake Mary Life Magazine, Vol 8-Issue 3 May/June 2010 or visit: www.Lakemarylifemagazine.com  
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By Marc Grossman, GRI, Greater Orlando Real Estate Broker
(Marc It Sold!)
The following are the market sales statistics for Lake Mary, Seminole County, Florida for April 2010.  Lake Mary is made up of the zip code 32746.  For purposes of this analysis we will be splitting the data according to single-family homes vs, condominiums, townhomes and villas. A couple of definitions are in order.  The median sales price means that 50% of the homes sold for more and 50% of the homes sold for less during a certain period of time - in other words, it's the midpoint of sale prices.  So basically what this means, is that the median sales price is showing market activity in that it's specifically indicating which price range is more active. The average sales price, as opposed to the median sales price, is the total volume of sold properties divided by the number of prope...
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