Lakeland, FL Real Estate News

By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Why Do Buyers Choose Sandpiper Lakeland FL Homes for Sale? The simple answer to the question why do buyers choose Sandpiper homes over any other Lakeland FL homes for sale in other communities is affordability and it's amenities.      Many retirees are starting to invest in Lakeland Sandpiper homes for sale not only for its proximity to the golf course, but for the environment this community offers. You can enjoy an active life while socializing with many like-minded neighbors who share the same interests and lifestyle as you do. You can bond with your family over a great game of golf or in the Clubhouse.   Check out the video for the community of Sandpiper Golf & Country Club in Lakeland Florida     The average list price of a 2 bedroom 2 baths home is $125,000 with about 1,300 sq.ft. ...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
What’s the Worst Day to Buy A Lakeland Fl Home For Sale?   What’s the worst day to buy a Lakeland Fl home for sale? You might think it’s Christmas Day, but it’s not. It’s actually the last Friday in May! The reason behind this is that most people start looking for homes in Spring, starting from February through April. Most of these homebuyers eventually settle for a home in April then they sign a purchase offer and guess when the usual closing date is? The last Friday in May! Suddenly, there are so many closings happening on the last Friday in May.   Here are some other reasons why you should avoid buying a home for sale in Lakeland Fl on the last Friday in May:   The best Lakeland Fl homes for sale sell first and at a higher price, especially if the home is located in a great location ...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
  Can You Improve Your Sandpiper Lakeland Fl Home For Sale Buying Power? Can You Improve Your Sandpiper Lakeland Fl Home For Sale Buying Power? In the recent home market, buyers of Lakeland home for sale can now increase their buying power. Since Lakeland properties are becoming more expensive these days, buyers are becoming savvier and practical. One way to increase your influence to the seller is to ensure that you are a highly-desirable buyer. Get yourself pre-approved. Being financially-attractive from the seller's point of view is one of the things that can help you ace the deal. A pre-approve mortgage letter is as good as cash to the sellers. They would be gladly to negotiate their Lakeland home for sale with a highly-qualified and financially-ready buyer. Do your homework in unde...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
How To Avoid 5 Common Problems in Financing A Lakeland Fl Short Sale   As if the Lakeland Fl short sale process is not difficult enough, getting financing for a Lakeland Fl short sale is equally as challenging.   The type of financing a buyer uses for a Lakeland Fl short sales has a big impact on the transaction for several reasons.   Not all types of financing is applicable for a short sale. If you get the wrong kind of loan, you might not be able to close the Lakeland Fl short sale transaction due to problems with financing, even if the short sale has been approved by the seller’s bank.   Here are the 5 most common problems in Lakeland Fl short sale financing and how to avoid them:   Problem 1: Long waiting time for approval. It can take anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks for your Lakeland Fl...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland FL Carillon Lakes Homes for Sale | Market Report Update 2013   Carillon Lakes in Lakeland Florida was developed over ten years ago and it is a deed restricted community. There are a variety of homes and condominiums situated throughout this lovely neighborhood that was developed in the early 2000. This community provides plenty of activities for its residents as well as for children. The community’s monthly calendar is filled with entertainment like, water aerobics, book buffs, game night, investment clubs and much, much more. The appearance of this community shows pride with manicured lawns and walkways throughout the community and its surrounding lakes. The Carillon Lakes Community in Lakeland FL offer low monthly home owners association fee, provide 24 hr gated manned securi...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Home Maintenance Checklist After Buying A Lakeland Fl Home For Sale So you bought a house in Lakeland FL after months and months of renting. You are excited and have settled into your beautiful home, but wait... there are things that needs maintenance after buying a Lakeland Fl home for sale. There is no landlord or a property management company to call for a broken dishwasher, refrigerator or a/c unit. Here is a list of a few routine maintenance and minor home repairs that a homebuyer should expect in their first year after moving into a Lakeland Fl home. Tackling these issues early on will help avoid more costly fixes in the long term: On the Week of the Move-In: Turn on all appliances and run them on a complete cycle. Even if you have already had a professional home inspection done o...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Fall Is The Perfect Time to Buy A Lakeland Fl Home For Sale!   Not only is Lakeland Florida a great place to live, but fall is the perfect time to buy a Lakeland Fl home for sale. Next to spring, fall is the busiest season in the real estate market.     Fall offers many benefits for home buyers. Here are some of them: 1. Year-end tax breaks. During the months of September and October, people start thinking about the year-end tax breaks they can be eligible for. Owning a home can yield greater tax returns since mortgage interest and property taxes are deductible from gross income. If you have prepaid interest before the due date of your very first payment, and if you pay off your loan before the end of the year, the interest can also be deducted from the gross income. 2. Getting ahead of...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Why I Told My Buyer To Cancel The Contract To A For Sale By Owner  When I tour homes for home buyers I don't shy away when approaching For Sale By Owners.  Recently, I approached a for sale by owner, since my buyer had in interest in their home.  I arranged for an appointment and toured the home via Skype with my buyers.  The home was very nice and had all the bells and whistles my buyers where looking for.  The sellers were set on a price which included all the appliances, most of the furniture, spa, golf cart etc. and other miscellanous items.  My buyers were so excited and told me to write up an offer right away for the price the sellers are asking for, fearing someone else will make an offer. I wrote up the cash offer and included an appraisal contingency that the home must appraise...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland FL Sandpiper Homes - July and August 2013 Real Estate Market   The Sandpiper Golf & Country Club in Lakeland Florida is a 55+ community offering the best for an active Florida lifestyle. This affordable community is located in North Lakeland minutes from Interstate 4 with easy access to shopping, churches and medical facilities. The Sandpiper Golf and County Club is open to the public. There are six entrances to the community giving visitors and buyers viewing Sandpiper Lakeland FL homes for sale with easy access from North Socrum Loop, Old Polk City Road, and Walt Williams Road. For its resident the community offers a variety of activities such as golfing, swimming, shuffle board, tennis, walking, fitness, dining and much more. I hope you had a chance to look at my first half ...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland Florida First Friday September 6th, 2013 - "Dog Days of Summer"   Sponsored by the Cleveland Heights Animal Hospital, "Dog Days of Summer is a family and dog-centric event and is one of the most visited First Fridays of the year.    Lakeland Downtown Partnership has planned "Dog Days of Summer" successfully for many years now. This free family event will be held September 6th, 2013 downtown Lakeland around Munn Park from 6-9pm.     It is all about your pooches.... so leash up your four-legged family member, the evening is filled with fun and activities for the whole family and your dogs to enjoy.   Pooch Parade starts at 7:30 p.m. near Kentucky Avenue and Munn Park plus much, much more.....   Concerned about the hot weather....don't be! There will be plenty of water stations ar...
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By Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F
(Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.)
We buy houses Lakeland for cash. If you have a house for sale that you need to get moved quickly and do not want to go through the process of listing it, dealing with showings, keeping it nice and pretty while people parade through your home, then worry about inspections, appraisals, and mortgage underwriting, PLEASE GIVE ME A CALL AT 407-739-5773 or www.WeBuyHousesFlorida.com . I have been buying property in the Lakeland and Polk County FL area for nearly 15 years. We pay cash or use creative terms depending on your situation to get you the best deal. No high pressure sales tactics. No 3 or 6 months contracts. No closing costs or commissions either. And I buy them in as-is condition. All price ranges from low end cheap condos to luxury estates. Sell your Lakeland Florida home quickly. ...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
5 Tips in Buying A Lakeland Fl Home For Sale We've heard about some buyers going through "buyer's remorse" or regretting their decision to buy a home, or buyers who ended up paying too much for a home. Some buyers end up spending thousands of dollars in repairs because they did not get a home inspection. So how do you make sure you don't end up with buyer's remorse or spending more than you can afford? Here are a few smart tips in buying a Lakeland Fl home for sale: 1. Make a budget and stick to it. Make sure you have a budget before you go shopping for Lakeland Fl homes for sale. When making a budget, don't just consider the monthly mortgage. You also have your monthly bills and expenses and other expenses like insurance and home repairs. Think about your lifestyle. Avoid being house p...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland FL - Downtown Farmers Curb Market Season Reopens Sept 7, 2013 The Downtown Farmers Curb Market in Lakeland, Fl is reopening and it will be its 9th season September 7, 2013. If you are new to Lakeland and want to know about the vendors selling the specialty products, please click here  It has become one of the premier thing-to-do on Saturdays.  It is open throughout the year from September through July every Saturday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.  You will find so many products from organic fruits and vegetables that are grown locally to oils, soaps, flowers and a lot more from our local vendors. On selected Saturdays you will here live music, festivals, and other activities on regular basis. The month of September kicks off another 50-week Farmers Curb Market in downtown Lakeland F...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
8 Safety Tips for Single Women Buying Lakeland Fl Homes For Sale These safety tips for single women buying Lakeland Fl homes for sale are not meant to scare away women from buying a home, but instead, will help prepare women home ownership by placing safety and security as their top priority.   Here are some safety tips for women when buying Lakeland Fl homes for sale:   1. Buy a Lakeland Fl home for sale in a well-lit area. It’s definitely feels safer  to walk around the neighborhood even after dinner or make a quick trip to the grocery in a neighborhood with plenty of street lighting. Avoid dimly lit areas. 2. Consider living in a gated community. If you have found a Lakeland Fl home for sale inside a gated community, ask the security how often the gate code is changed. Most homeowner...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Where to Get Cash For Down Payment For that Lakeland Fl Home For Sale   Helping homebuyers with their home search in Lakeland FL and the buying process, the question about how to come up with the downpayment for a home must be addressed at the first conversation. If you are just starting out with your home search and need some guidance about how to come up money for the downpayment, the following are some great tips to get you started:   1. Get money from relatives. Ask your relatives with money if they could help you with cash for your down payment. Hopefully they will give this to you as a gift and not a loan.   2. Sell some of you assets. You may want to sell your extra vehicle or any other asset that has been fully paid but not used too much. Disposing of this type of asset means yo...
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By Highland Homes, Building Dream Homes in Florida Since 1996
(Highland Homes)
This weekend, Highland Homes will offer more opportunities than ever for Florida home buyers to purchase Lakeland real estate with the grand opening of Hartford Estates, an upscale, gated community in south Lakeland. On Saturday, August 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, August 25 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., we will be celebrating and giving visitors a firsthand look at this beautiful community and the fully-decorated model home. Grand opening attendees will enjoy free food and drinks sponsored by Shelter Mortgage & Home Solution Lenders, and mortgage representatives will be on hand to discuss financing options. As an extra incentive, grand opening attendees will receive a free luxury kitchen package when they purchase a home at Hartford Estates. The package includes granite countertops,...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Sandpiper Golf and Country Club Real Estate Market | January – June 2013 Sandpiper Golf and Country Club Mid-Year Real Estate Market Review for Sandpiper Golf and Country Club in Lakeland FL So far a total of 28 homes have been sold in the Sandpiper Golf and Country club community with an average price of $115,582, an increase of almost 10% from the previous year at mid-year period.  The median price of $114,000 is an increase by almost 5% from the previous year of the first half year mark.  While the number of homes decreased by 2 homes from the first half of the year prior, these homes were selling at an average price of $105,277. The median price for sold homes for the first half of 2012 was $109,450. Let me break it down even further as there is quite the difference when comparing t...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Home Prices in Lakeland FL 33809 for August 2013   Home prices vary from zip code to zip code within Lakeland, FL. To give you a more concise report, I separate my analysis by zip code. Lakeland, FL 33809 is located in the Northern part of Lakeland. Located East of US HYW 98 N and West of Interstate 4, this North Lakeland area has is within minutes to Shopping, Dining, Hospital and other specialized medical facilities.   Nearby locations are Lake Gibson, which is great for boating, waterski and fishing. Lake Parker which has over 100 acres of native Florida vegetation, it is a great setting for all ages of sports enthusiasts. The Detroit Tigers hold their annual Spring Training at Tiger Town in the Joker Marchant Stadium.  You will find neighborhood such as Sherwood Forest, Hunters Run,...
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By Highland Homes, Building Dream Homes in Florida Since 1996
(Highland Homes)
Highland Homes invites you to join us for a special broker’s open and luncheon at Hartford Estates in South Lakeland on Wednesday, August 21. An upscale, gated community, this is your opportunity to get a sneak peak of the beautiful model home and learn more about the Lakeland new homes at Hartford Estates.  This special preview and luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to a tour of the fully-decorated model home, attendees will learn more about the community, pricing and quality upgraded features. A delicious lunch will be provided and is sponsored by Shelter Mortgage Company. Hartford Estates is located at 2834 Seymore St. To RSVP for the broker’s open and luncheon, please click here. Showcasing 10 of Highland Homes’ most stylish home designs with upscale features, ...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Home Prices in Lakeland FL 33803 for August 2013 Home prices vary from zip code to zip code within Lakeland, FL. To give you a more concise report, I separate my analysis by zip code. Lakeland, FL 33803 is located in the heart of Lakeland.  Nearby locations are Lake Hollingsworth, Dixieland, and Florida Southern College   You will find communities such as Easton Woods, Highland Hills, Lakeland Heights, Grasslands Communities, Bridgefield, Boger Terrace, and luxurious estates around Lake Hollingsworth. Real estate market data for Lakeland, FL 33803 is provided by Petra Norris of CDV Transatlantic, Inc. Real Estate Brokerage.  Lakeland FL 33803 Home Prices for Single Family Homes and Condos. We have seen for the past few months median list prices have gone up and down since March peaking ...
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