Lakeland, FL Real Estate News

By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
  Moving To Your New Sandpiper Lakeland FL Home Checklist After buying a Sandpiper Lakeland FL home for sale, it is important to plan your moving day immediately.  Moving to your new home isn’t an easy task. The weeks before moving day can be extremely stressful for many people. You can avoid such much of the stress by planning a few weeks ahead. To help you keep track of things, here are two checklists which will help you have a free-stress and smoother move. Six Weeks Before the Move: 1.       Start with getting a certified moving company. 2.       Set up the date with the moving company. 3.       Determine what you’ll be moving. 4.       Get extra or temporary storage for your things. 5.       Ask for boxes, tapes and bubble wrap from the moving company. 6.       If moving without pr...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
  How To Pack When Moving to Your Sandpiper Lakeland Fl home When moving to your new Sandpiper Lakeland Fl home, you will want to avoid packing unwanted items.  Include packing your belongings in your moving plans and preparations below are some tips to help you prepare. Try these packing tips when moving: Plan before moving. Think about the type of items you'll be moving.   Which items will need extra care in packing and how do you want to organize the boxes. Insure your valuable things. Valuable and fragile objects must be adequately covered under your insurance policy. Make a packing list. Make a moving packing list and begin segregating things which are alike so you can calculate the number and sizes of boxes you'll need. Taping the boxes. When moving your home, make sure you have p...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Top 3 Tips for Negotiating a Lakeland Fl Short Sale with Buyers Ideally, a buyer and a seller would both like to get a good deal from a Lakeland Fl short sale. The buyer wants to get a bargain price while the seller wants to walk away from the home with as little deficiency balance on their mortgage as possible. As a Lakeland Fl short sale seller, the best thing to do in handling negotiations for short sales is to step back and let your Lakeland Fl short sale agent take the lead in negotiating for you - while still being involved in discussing issues with your REALTOR® behind the scenes. Avoid involving yourself in direct negotiations with the buyer or the buyer’s agent so it won’t get too personal. It’s best to leave it to an experienced short sale agent who has the negotiating strateg...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Spring Is Here - Plenty of Things To Do in Lakeland Florida   I love this time of year in Lakeland Florida, the weather is great here and the sun is shining, while the Northern States are still waiting to thaw out from their brutal winter. April is one of the busiest time of the year filled with activities and things to do for the whole family to enjoy. If you love running and want to participate in a 5K race, organizers say that the fee for the runners to participate is $25, $20 (ages 5-18) prior to this Saturdays (4/5/14) race. The day of the race the fee is $30.00.  Please visit www.cotslakeland.com for additional information. The 5k race takes you around beautiful Lake Mirror, Lake Morton and throughout parts of downtown Lakeland.   If you love Jazz, you are in for quite a treat at ...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
  Planning Your Sandpiper Lakeland FL Move: PART 1 After you have successfully bought a Sandpiper Lakeland FL home for sale, you need to prepare your move as soon as possible. This will give you ample time to decide how much of the work you'll be taking on yourself or how much help you will need to request from others. You can start by asking this to yourself: Will I move myself or hire a moving company? Hiring a Moving Company 101 If you want to save yourself from hassle and work and money is not an issue, then you may choose to hire a reliable moving company. It is advisable to shop around and ask 2 to 3 moving companies for quotes in writing. This will help you assess the price and the coverage. Also, you can ask friends and family for recommendations. A good moving company will norm...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
What are the Top 5 Things to Check in a Lakeland Fl Home for Sale   When you are financially prepared to purchase a home, the decision on which home to choose is your next big step. This can be both thrilling and stressful. The excitement builds up as you get closer and closer to having your dream home. But more often than not, excitement makes homebuyers forget the importance of inspecting a home carefully. The moment they realize the tedious process of inspecting a home, stress enters the scene. To help lessen the stress of trying to figure out what to check and how to go about choosing the best home for you, remember to do the things below. Early inspections will save you from a whole lot of trouble and buyer remorse.  If you can focus on these areas before buying your Lakeland Fl ho...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
How to Find the Best Lakeland Fl Real Estate Agent The success of buying or selling a Lakeland Fl home depends a great deal on one thing: selecting the right real estate agent.   Aside from an agent’s knowledge and experience, chemistry and communication play a big role in the selection process.   Here are some tips on how you can find the best Lakeland Fl agent who will meet your needs and help you achieve your goal of buying or selling a home:   1. Do your homework. Asking family, friends, and coworkers for referrals can help.  Make sure that you research the agent’s or their company’s website, the agent’s track record, and look for some of their previous clients who can give you feedback.   2. Chemistry matters. Even if an agent is thoroughly experienced and highly recommended, if yo...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Top 4 Internet Sandpiper Lakeland FL Home-Buying Mistakes Here's the top Internet home-buying mistakes and what you can do to avoid them to make your online real-estate searching more productive. 1. Assuming that you can find and purchase a home using only the internet. The Internet makes users believe that they can do it all by themselves.  There things that only real-estate agents can perform. Buying real estate can be intensely difficult from a legal standpoint and without expert advice, you could make mistakes that can cost you thousands of dollars. 2. Missing bits of information. Information about the Sandpiper Lakeland FL market online can be amazing. Buyers might just be tempted to research only a few famous real-estate search engines. You might miss bits of important information...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Top 10 Things to Consider Before Making an Offer on a Lakeland Fl Home for Sale   Once you’ve finally found your best Lakeland Fl home for sale that perfectly suits your needs and lifestyle, you may be eager to make an offer and get started with the negotiations.   If you are buying in a sellers market where there are multiple offers from other buyers, you may feel pressured to make an offer too soon just to beat the competition.   Before you give the seller your earnest money deposit, make sure you or your real estate agent have done some research and considered these top 10 most important things before you commit to an offer on a Lakeland Fl home for sale:   1. Neighborhood If you already live in the same neighborhood, then you can skip this step. If not, make sure to check out the ne...
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By Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F
(Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.)
If you have a house that you need to sell fast, please contact us.  We can handle all the paperwork and closing costs.  Sell as quickly at 14 days or on a date convenient for you.  Here are some answers to frequently asked questions. 407-739-5773 or www.WeBuyHousesFlorida.com Question: How does your home buying program work?Answer: We do not have a "one size fits all" program. We need to discuss your situation with you and analyze your property in order to help decide what type of offer will best suit your individual needs. With our many years of experience, strong financial backing, and "team" of experts, we can quickly assess things and do our best to help out your situation. Your situation is unique and must be dealt with uniquely. After speaking with you and seeing your property, we...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
How Does the Perfect Sandpiper Lakeland FL Home Look Like? How do you want your perfect Sandpiper Lakeland FL home to look like? Do you want a Golf Course home in Sandpiper Lakeland FL with serene surroundings? If you are going to ask your friends about this, you are more likely to get different answers. This is because everyone has unique "tastes" and preferences. What may be perfect for you may not be fitted for everyone. A Sandpiper Lakeland FL only becomes perfect simply when it suits all your needs and desires. While the overall staging of a house is important in your criteria, you may also want to consider the following when you are buying a Sandpiper Lakeland FL home for sale: • The home’s location – Don’t just think in terms of geographical location in general. Instead, be speci...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Southwest Lakeland Pool Home For Sale – 3824 W. Country Loop Completely remodeled 3 bedroom 2 bath pool home in SW Lakeland Florida that boast over 2,000 sq.ft of living space.  The home features newly remodeled kitchen featuring breakfast bar and overlooking the living room with it’s wood burning fireplace. You will enjoy the view of the beautiful sparkling pool from the living room or the enclosed screened lanai. Freshly painted inside and out, newer roof, a/c and double pane windows. Bathrooms were completely remodeled with tiles, vanity and fixtures. A large bonus room is a great feature for entertainment or what your heart desires. Minutes from Lakeside Village and Polk Parkway makes commuting to Tampa or Orlando easy. New tiles and carpet throughout the home. No Deed Restrictions ...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
3 Quick Tips for Buyers Looking For Lakeland Fl Homes For Sale   With hundreds of homes on the market, it can be a little overwhelming for a first-time homebuyer to make a decision on which home to buy. If you are looking for a Lakeland Fl home for sale, here are 3 quick tips to help you make the best decision:   1. Consider Your Budget.   Establish a price range you will be most comfortable with. Before you begin shopping for homes for sale in Lakeland Fl, make sure to get a preapproval letter from a lender. Know how much you can afford for the downpayment. Ask the help of a Lakeland Fl agent in searching for Lakeland Fl homes for sale that will fit your budget. Know the cost upfront by setting up a budget. Keep in mind that you don’t have to spend the maximum amount of your approved l...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
    4 Tips to Hosting a Barbecue Party in Your Sandpiper Lakeland Home The perfect way to gather your friends is by hosting a barbecue party in your Sandpiper Lakeland home.   Here are some easy ways to put on a successful barbecue this summer without spending too much:   1. Liven up traditional food Are serving the regulars like burger, hotdogs and pork? Add colors and flavors by adding bacon spread, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes and other condiments. Add varieties of marinades if you are serving chicken. This will give your guests a variety of selections and they can create their own meal.   2. Buy sodas in cans Barbecue parties wouldn’t be complete withoutrefreshing sodas. Put canned soda in a cooler with ice. Buying canned sodas is cheaper and more practical than other alternatives.    ...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
3 Strategies For a Successful Lakeland Fl Short Sale   The success of a Lakeland Fl short sale largely depends on all the parties working together, and not just the seller or the Lakeland Fl agent.   Here are 3 strategies that the seller, buyer, and short sale agent could use to reach a successful short sale in Lakeland Fl:   1. Sellers: Work with your Lender.   Every lender will have their own set of guidelines in reviewing short sales and this could take several weeks to months. Lenders require sellers to prove that they cannot continue to make their mortgage payments through a hardship letter. The lender will carefully review the homeowner’s reasons and confirm if their financial hardship is valid enough for them to do a short sale.   The lender will also verify if the house is indee...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
  3 Things That Can Turn Off Sandpiper Lakeland Home FL Buyer   Here are some deal-breakers for your Sandpiper Lakeland FL home for sale:   1. Evidence of pets. Not all people are pet-lovers, especially dogs. Some people might even have allergies. While you don't have to throw your pet away to accommodate the buyers during tours, you want to hide them and their traces as much as possible.   Remove all dog pots, beds and toys. Steer clear of scratched walls, dug out yards, carpet stains and pet odors. Ask a friend or family member if you can bring your pet to their house when your home is being shown.   2. Excessive wallpaper. Wallpaper is very subjective and they may not reflect the taste of the buyer. The buyer may worry about the cost to remove the wallpaper.   Repaint rooms with neut...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
  5 Questions Sandpiper Lakeland FL Sellers Should Never Answer We have heard it many times, sellers should not be present during the showing of their Sandpiper Lakeland Fl home for sale. Sellers can intimidate the buyers. Another advantage of the seller's absence is that it gives buyer the privacy and the time to consider the Sandpiper Lakeland home as his or her own. Sellers should leave their home during showings is to avoid trouble. This trouble can result from sellers talking to buyers and the buyer's agents. Having a conversation with the buyer or the buyer's agent can lead to low ball offers especially if the seller has answered confidential questions. Here are the 5 questions sellers should never answer: How many offers have you received If you are not getting any offers, the bu...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
10 Financial Mistakes to Avoid If You Are Buying a Lakeland Fl Home for Sale If your plan to finance a Lakeland Fl home for sale, make sure your financial health is in good shape so you can qualify for a loan. Here are 10 financial mistakes to avoid if you want to qualify for a home loan for a Lakeland Fl home for sale: 1. Changing employment prior to applying for a mortgage loan. Lenders want to see financial stability because this means you are less likely to default on your loan. Lenders will check how long you have been working with your current employer. Now is not the time to quit your job or become self-employed. 2. Being late on credit card payments. Being late on payments shows the lender a lack of responsibility and not being able to manage moneywisely. 3. Changing banks. Lend...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
  Top 5 Blunders in Selling your Sandpiper Lakeland FL Home   If you are putting a Sandpiper Lakeland FL home for sale, you want to ensure that the house is in excellent condition. You don't want the buyers backing out of the deal just because they have seen major problems with the house.   Here are the top 5 blunders that can sabotage a successful sale:   The wall is cracked Wall cracks may be due to different reasons, but one thing is for sure, it spells poor foundation. It can indicate that the house is shifting on its foundation. It might mean that your Sandpiper Lakeland FL home is sinking in the ground due to poor soil conditions.   The Electrical System is Obsolete Electrical problems do not just indicate an expensive repair but may also mean a safety threat. Upgrading the system...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Top Tips for Buyers in Negotiating a Lakeland Fl Home For Sale   If you are planning to buy a home in Lakeland Fl home, it would help to know a thing or two about negotiating. The price of the home is just the first thing to be negotiated with the seller.   There are many things you need to negotiate in a Lakeland Fl home for sale besides the purchase contract like home warranty, inspections, repairs, and closing costs.   It’s important to know the effective techniques in negotiating. This is where the skills of an experienced Lakeland Fl agent will come in handy.   With so many things to negotiate, you will want to hire a buyer’s agent to negotiate on your behalf. The first step before you start making offers on homes is to find an agent with great negotiating skills and an extensive k...
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