Lakeland, FL Real Estate News

By Jill Caldera
(Realty World Central Florida)
Located 45 minutes away from Tampa and 45 minutes away from Disney, Eaglebrooke is beyond a matter of convenience.  It came to life in 1996 and has become a gem to Central Florida, as well as golfers nationwide.  With 6 sets of tees, this course offers a challenge to the beginner and the pro.  Eaglebrooke boasts a semi-private, full-service facility, weddings and banquets galore and a lovely casual and fine dining experience with happy hour specials at the new remodeled bar. The newest builder in the neighborhood is D.R. Horton, also known as "America's Largest Builder, located in The Preserves. D.R. Horton's model will be opening in April, with homes ranging from 400k-700k. If your are in the area, check out the new home builders in the community and top off your afternoon with lunch! ...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
  One Reason Why Your Sandpiper Lakeland Fl home Isn't Selling You might have put your Sandpiper Lakeland Fl for sale with the help of your listing agent. It has been a month and still, you are not getting any offers. While you are trying to find the reason and bring in the solution, you get confused because you are thinking that you got the best marketing strategy and your agent is doing well. But have you tried checking on how your Sandpiper Lakeland Fl listing agent deal with other agents and buyers as well? Your agent can cause a big problem if she or he is hard to get along with. Buyers' agents would hardly introduce their clients to you of your agent is difficult to work with. Your agent's attitude problem can make other REALTORS not want to show your listing to buyers unless they...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
3 Things You Should Not Do Before Buying a Sandpiper Lakeland Fl Home Buying a Sandpiper Lakeland Fl home for sale is a major financial decision. You want to get your dream home financed and it’s also the best time to please the lender. Even if you have good credit, there are still things that you can do to sabotage your home loan. Here are 3 things you don’t want to do while you’re in the process of buying a home. Don’t quit or change your job. You want to show the lender that you are stable. Losing your job before a home loan would state otherwise. Don’t make any major purchases like cars or trucks. In other words, don’t buy anything that you have to finance. This will increase your debt-to-income ratio and it will surely decrease your chance of getting a home loan. Don’t be late in p...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
How To Shop for the Lowest Interest Rate for a Lakeland Fl Home For Sale Buying a Lakeland Fl home for sale is the biggest investment you will make, and will result in the biggest loan you will have. With a big financial commitment like this, knowing how to shop for the lowest interest rate could save you thousands of dollars. Here are a few tips to help to find a loan with the lowest interest rate for a Lakeland Fl home for sale: 1. Make sure you are qualified for the lowest rates. Look into getting prequalified for a home loan. It’s a fairly simple process and will give you an idea of what you can expect to borrow and will put you in a better position to buy. Loan officers will not give every client the same deal on interest rates.Lenders have strict prequalification guidelines in eva...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
  Top 3 Mistakes Sellers Make When Hiring a Sandpiper Lakeland Fl Realtor Putting your Sandpiper Lakeland Fl home for sale is not like selling a pancake to your neighbors. It can be frustrating and tough, especially for first-time home sellers. The very first thing that you should do to spare yourself from all the headaches is to find a partner in selling your Sandpiper Lakeland Fl home - hire an experienced listing agent! You have to be very choosy when hiring a  Sandpiper Lakeland Fl listing agent. Yes, be choosy. You just can't hire an agent randomly. Many sellers make mistakes choosing a listing agent. Don't be one of them. Know the top 5 mistakes sellers make when hiring a Sandpiper Lakeland Fl listing agent. Choosing a listing agent just because he or she is a friend. Friendship d...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
  Top 3 Reasons Why a FSBO Sandpiper Lakeland Fl home is Hard to Sell Why Is it Hard to Sell a FSBO Sandpiper Lakeland Fl Home? Selling a Sandpiper Lakeland home on your own is not always a lucky strike. Most of the time, FSBOs have less odds of getting a successful sale compared to selling a Sandpiper Lakeland home using the service of an agent. Here are top 3 reasons why a FSBO is hard to sell: 1. Opting to sell your Sandpiper Lakeland home on your own would mean you can't put your home on the MLS. The Multiple Listing Service is only open to licensed realtors. Many home search engines and websites like Realtor.com do not promote FSBOs. With this, your Sandpiper Lakeland home for sale is losing the exposure it needs. A home-for-sale sign won't give you as many potential buyers as an M...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Tips on Buying A Lakeland Fl Home For Sale as a Second Home From January through April, Florida is the prime buying market for second homes. Lakeland Florida has received a lot of exposure as to why it is one of the most affordable towns in Florida to buy a home. Sometime in your life, you will probably reach a point when you are financially stable enough to purchase a second home. Whether as an investment property or a place for vacations, if you are planning to buy a Lakeland Fl home for sale as a second property, it is important to understand the process before making a decision to buy a second home. Buying a home as a second home is similar to the purchase of your first home. However, there are also some significant differences that you may not know of. The most important things to ...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Why You Should Put Your Lakeland Fl Home Up For Sale Now! Lakeland Home Values have increased, see what the 5 reasons are why you want to sale your home now. Many buyers now realize that it’s a great time to buy a Lakeland Fl home for sale. This means it also is the best time to sell your house! Here are five reasons why now is a perfect time to put your Lakeland Fl home up for sale: 1. High demand. There has been an increase of home sales this year compared to the previous years. There are lots of buyers out there who thinking of some serious purchasing. 2. Supply is starting to increase. Inventory of Lakeland FL Homes for Sale is expected to continue to increase as 3.2 million homeowners nationwide are recovering from negative equity in the past year and additional 1.9 million homeown...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Top 5 Financial Reasons Why You Should Buy A Lakeland Fl Home For Sale   Here are the top 5 financial reasons to buy a Lakeland Fl home for sale, according to the Harvard University’s Joint Center of Housing Studies: 1. You pay mortgage whether you rent or own a home. Homeowners pay a monthly mortgage that goes towards their own principal while renter pay rent which goes to their landlord’s principal. 2. Homeowners save on tax benefits. When you buy a Lakeland Fl home for sale, you can deduct the mortgage interest and property taxes from your income, making your tax smaller. Aside from this, when you decide to put up your Lakeland Fl home for sale, capital gains up to $250,000 are not included in your income for single homeowners and up to $500,000 for married homeowners. 3. Homeownersh...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Why You Need an Internet Savvy Realtor in Selling your Sandpiper Lakeland FL Home We are living in an era where very few things can't be sold over the internet. Real estate is among the industries that embraced and recognized the importance of internet. An internet savvy listing agent can help you sell your Sandpiper Lakeland FL home for sale quicker than a listing agent who uses only the traditional marketing. In our technology-driven age, more buyers are relying on the internet in looking for Sandpiper Lakeland FL home for sale. The internet offers wealth of information for them in just a short span of time in the comfort of their own homes. This saves them considerable amount of time, effort and money. More buyers are checking on virtual tours first before arranging a personal home v...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Why Can’t I Find A 3 Bedrooms Sandpiper Lakeland FL Home For Sale?   Finding a 3 bedroom Sandpiper Lakeland FL home for sale may be a bit of a challenge but it is not impossible.   Being a 55+ community, most homes would be single family one or two bedroom homes. This is mostly because the kids have all grown up, moved out and probably have homes of their own with their own kids.   This doesn’t mean though, that there aren’t any 3 bedroom Sandpiper Lakeland FL homes for sale. It may be rare but they do exist. Most of these homes are 3 bedroom 2 bathroom combinations. The homes are usually 1000 sq feet to 1500 sq feet. If you are looking for a 3 bedroom Sandpiper Lakeland FL home for sale, there are a few available right now. Get a hold of a Lakeland Fl Sandpiper Golf Homes agent to help...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
  Who Needs A Three Bedroom Sandpiper Lakeland FL Homes For Sale?   Sandpiper Lakeland FL is known for the Sandpiper Gold and Country Club which is a 55+ community. One would think that Sandpiper Lakeland FL homes for sale are designed for one or two residents only.   This is a misconception. There are several Sandpiper Lakeland FL homes for sale that have three bedrooms. Living in a 55+ community does not necessarily mean you will be living on your own or with only your spouse. These days, some children opt to live and take care of their parents during the senior years. And with Sandpiper Golf and Country Club being such a wonderful neighborhood, it’s not really a sacrifice on their end.   There are those who cannot live and take care of their parents, and some of them opt to hire full...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
 Packaging Your Sandpiper Lakeland Home for Sale? Packaging Your Sandpiper Lakeland Home for Sale When you put your Sandpiper Lakeland home up for sale, you have to make sure that your home stands out in the buyer's memory. One thing that you can do to achieve this is through packaging your home and through a marketing exhibit highlighting your home's advantages. Here are the top four ways that you can do to package your Sandpiper Lakeland FL home for sale: Use the power of photos You can use take-home flyers that showcase your home's features. Include photos in your flyers. Photos serves as the visual appetizers for prospective buyers. Ensure that the photos create a positive impression for your home. Also, it is important to include some details like the property address, description,...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Holiday Activities for Buyers of Lakeland FL Homes for Sale Christmas is around the corner and Lakeland is proud to sponsor many fun holiday activities for residents and buyers of Lakeland Fl homes for sale: 1. Downtown Lakeland Buyers looking in Lakeland FL to buy a home always ask what is there to do around the holidays. Celebrate holidays in Lakeland with dining, shopping, music, horse-drawn wagon rides, and many more! Area schools and churches provide holiday music to create a festive atmosphere. Find the perfect gift by shopping in Downtown Lakeland from 6PM to 9PM. Parking will be free in the main street garage. Entrance to the public parking is on Cedar Street. The Bay Street entrance will also be open and can be accessed through Tennessee Avenue. 2. 33rd Annual Christmas Parade ...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
How to Cope with the Stress of Buying a Lakeland Fl Home for Sale   Buying a Lakeland Fl home for sale can be very challenging, but it doesn’t have to drive you insane. With proper planning, research, and guidance from an experienced Lakeland Fl agent, you will be able to cope with the stress of buying a home.   Here are some tips to help you manage the overwhelming and stressful journey of homeownership:   1. Get a mortgage preapproval. Sellers are usually hesitant to complete the sale until you present a preapproval letter from your lender. Make sure to settle all your outstanding debts and pay your loans and credit cards on time. Submit your mortgage documents in an organized manner. Remember that it may take a while before you receive a preapproval letter from your lender, so plan i...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
How Can I Have A Successful Lakeland Fl Short Sale? “How can I have a successful Lakeland Fl short sale?” This is what most short sale sellers ask all the time. Here are some basic tips to a successful Lakeland Fl short sale.   1. Accept only realistic offers for your Lakeland Fl short sale. If you submit a lowball offer, your lender will most likely reject the offer, since they are already losing money when they approved to sell your home as a short sale in Lakeland, Florida. Lenders weigh the cost of a foreclosure against short sales. If the loss on accepting a low offer for a Lakeland Fl short sale is greater than the cost of a foreclosure, then the lender will more likely pursue a foreclosure than a short sale. 2. Work with a qualified Lakeland Fl agent to negotiate with the bank on...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
How Do You Sell Your Sandpiper Lakeland FL Home For Sale Quickly? One way to sell your Sandpiper Lakeland home for sale quickly is to reduce the price. But, you can still do other things to generate interest and get the best price possible for your home. Standout in the Lakeland FL Sandpiper Golf & Country Club neighborhood. In order to attract more offers from different buyers, you have to make your Sandpiper Lakeland home for sale more memorable to them. You can consider custom designs, upgrades, or irresistible landscapes. If you also have other added custom features, be sure to include it in the listing information. De-clutter. Remove all unnecessary things even if it means removing some furnitures to make the rooms look more spacious. And, when you are showing your Sandpiper Lakela...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
What Are The Common Mistakes That Could Decrease The Value Of My Home? Take control of your home selling by avoiding mistakes that could affect market value When selling your Lakeland Fl home, you would want to get top dollar for your home but some sellers commit common mistakes that could decrease the value of their Lakeland Fl home for sale. Yes, you know that you need to stage your home and keep it clean and clutter-free and smelling nice. You know you have to take your pets and kids away during showings. You know most of these things that are all important in selling a home and hopefully you are doing them too. But what about those things you are NOT doing that could cause buyers to pass up your home or offer less than what you listed the home for? Here are some of the common mistak...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
The Worst Time of The Year is The Best Time to Buy a Lakeland Fl Home For Sale   The worst time of the year is the best time to buy a Lakeland Fl home for sale! Here’s why: 1. If you buy a Lakeland Fl home for sale during the traditional peak home shopping months starting spring, you will be competing with many other buyers which means you will be paying more for the home or lose out on the best listings. You will also end up receiving less attention from very busy Lakeland Fl agents and mortgage professionals.   2. When you buy a home outside the “best times to buy” like during the winter season, you will be dealing with sellers who are very serious, willing, and committed to sell and Lakeland Fl real estate agents will be more than willing to give you their full attention and personal...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
How Can I Stage My Sandpiper Lakeland FL Home For Sale? If you are putting up your Sandpiper Lakeland FL home for sale this season, you might be wondering what you can do to sell your home quickly. One of the ways to do this is through home staging. It is one way to enhance your Sandpiper Lakeland home for sale curb appeal. While you will be tempted to hire professional stagers to save yourself from all the hassles, you might also be risking your budget. Have you ever thought why would you hire home staging specialists when you can do it on your own? What you actually need is a dash of creativity and some basic knowledge of home staging. Here are some tips that will help you setting the stage for your Sandpiper Lakeland home for sale: Create a move-in ready atmosphere by keeping the hom...
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