Lakeland, FL Real Estate News

By Gate Arty, Lakeland Florida Real Estate
(Gate Arty & the Group - Keller Williams Realty)
Lakeland has long been known for its appreciation of public art projects. Two such projects are the "Swansation Art Project" and the "Kaleidoscope Butterflies in Flight." The intent of both projects were centered around civic awareness with the swan art benefiting local non-profits & the kaleidoscope project benefiting the CommonGround Park. Swansation is a public art project in originating in downtown Lakeland responsible for bringing the community together to celebrate one of Lakeland's most well known celebrities, the swan. This unique charitable project benefits local nonprofit organizations. The majestic swan, widely considered the mascot of this culturally rich community, is prevalent in much of its landscape. From murals, to pictures, & even sculptures, the swan lives not only at...
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By Gate Arty, Lakeland Florida Real Estate
(Gate Arty & the Group - Keller Williams Realty)
Friday, May 1st mark's the First Friday celebration in Downtown Lakeland. This month's theme is Public Works. This week is National Public Works Week. Munn Park will be filled with displays from the various public works divisions:  · Fleet Management · Engineering · Solid Waste · Parking · Traffic · Construction & Maintenance · Facilities Management · Lake & Storm Water There will be displays throughout Munn Park from the various divisions of the Public Works Department. Now to the fun part . . . on Kentucky Avenue you might feel like you stepped back in a time machine because it will be Retro Night! There will be music courtesy of J. Derb & the 4 Barrel Holleys (6:00-7:00) and The Wedding Party (7:30-8:30). There will be a retro-style fashion show beginning at 7:30. Look for collection...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland Florida Real Estate - Weekly Update of Homes for Sale There were 70 homes newly listed in Lakeland with an average sales price of $200,460 or $97.19 per square foot with area Realtors®, a decrease of 6 homes listed from the previous week. While the total inventory showed a slowly declined this week (2123 properties as of Thursday, April 30th) in Lakeland, the types of homes being actively marketed changes daily according to the Multiple Listing Services (MLS). Amongst the newly listed properties, here is a breakdown of each property category: 5 condos listed with an average sales price of $118,880 4 mobile homes listed with an average sales price of $87,925 1 townhome/villa with a sales price of $39,900 60 single family homes with an average price of $217,437 The priciest home ...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland Florida  Free Local Event – First Friday “City of Lakeland Public Works Day” – May 1st   Who is “Public Works”? Those are the folks in the engineering, constructions & maintenance, solid waste management department, just to name a few, that work for the City of Lakeland. Want to learn more about your city’s Public Works, their local public works projects and their responsibilities then come to Munn Park at its downtown location viewing the displays, win prizes and have fun. As it is with every First Friday of the month, the Downtown Lakeland Partnership hosts this special free event in Lakeland, Florida for the whole family to take part and enjoy. May’s theme is “City of Lakeland Public Works Day”           "City of Lakeland Public Works Day” is from 6:00-9:00pm – Shops and res...
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By Highland Homes, Building Dream Homes in Florida Since 1996
(Highland Homes)
Highland Homes hosted their annual Sales Award Banquet on Thursday, March 4th and the Lakeland Yacht Club. Among the night’s festivities, several sales managers were recognized for their hard work, dedication, and ability to rise above the negative reports in today’s media regarding the current state of the housing market. A surprise award was given to Highland Homes’ highly acclaimed Online Sales Manager of the Year, Carmen Arbizu. Carmen started her career with Highland Homes in November of 2007, and has been a valuable member of the Sales and Marketing staff, working relentlessly on providing the Sales team with quality online leads from our website and several other online mediums employed by Highland Homes. The night’s festivities went on to include an award for Top Sales Assistant...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
  Only 7 Months left…..Time is running Out for First-time Homebuyers By now, I’m sure, everyone knows about the $8000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers – just in case you might have missed this important news. Here is a little recap to qualify, home buyers must not have owned a home for the past three years and have a modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) that is less than $95,000 for single filers and $170,000 for a joint tax return. Thinking that a sales contract that is signed, sealed and delivered by November 30th is sufficient, you may be surprised to know that it is not good enough to get the $8000 tax credit – you must close by November 30, 2009 to receive this credit. If you are still sitting over the fence for the prices to drop and wait until a few weeks before the November...
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By Gate Arty, Lakeland Florida Real Estate
(Gate Arty & the Group - Keller Williams Realty)
Lakeland's  35th annual Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In wraps up this weekend on Sunday the 26th at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. Sun 'n Fun brings people together from all over the world for a unique interactive aviation experience. Last year, it was reported that Sun 'n Fun hosted more than 1,300 international visitors from 73 countries! There are more than 450 educational forums, seminars and "hands-on" workshops that cover "all things aviation" . . . . from construction to maintenance. Additional topics are offered through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) FastTeam Production Center that is headquartered on the Sun 'n Fun campus at Linder Airport in South Lakeland. In 2008, over 8,000 visitors attended the Sun 'n Fun and FAA sponsored forums. Over 9,000 people participated in Sun 'n F...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland Florida Homes for Sale – Weekly Update on New Listings 04/12/09 - 04/18/09   Lakeland Florida Homes For Sale Weekly Update! There were 76 homes newly listed in Lakeland with an average sales price of $190,049 or $97.87 per square foot with area Realtors®, an increase of 11 homes listed from the previous week.  While the total inventory remained steady in the previous week (2137 properties as of Friday, April 24th) in Lakeland, the types of homes being actively marketed changes daily according to the Multiple Listing Services (MLS). Amongst the newly listed properties, here is a breakdown of each property category: 4 condos listed with an average sales price of $172,400 7 mobile homes listed with an average sales price of $70,800 1 townhome/villa with a sales price of $74,900 64...
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By Gate Arty, Lakeland Florida Real Estate
(Gate Arty & the Group - Keller Williams Realty)
The Kentucky Derby is right around the corner, so that means the swans are ready to race as well! Watch these "birds" race a week before the horses gallop out of the gates. This Friday April 24th marks the 2nd annual Lakeland Derby. The event is staged on the shores of Lake Mirror. The "Derby-style" race features hand-crafted swan paddleboats manned by "jockeys" that will compete for the prestigious Lakeland Derby trophy. At 5:00 pm the festivities will begin with open concessions & a VIP reception. Other opening events include the Call to Post, the Maiden Race, & the hotly-anticipated Derby Hat Contest. The Running of the Ducks will begin at 5:45 pm The Parade to Post will begin at 6:15 pm The Main Event - Lakeland Derby Race is scheduled for 6:40 pm Music entertainment, MillHopper wil...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Swan Derby in Lakeland Florida - A Free Community Event & Entertainment! Dust off your hats, bring your family and c'mon down to Lake Mirror this Friday April 24, 2009 for the annual Lakeland Derby. With this added excitement just one week prior to the Kentucky Derby, you are going to have a blast watching the "Maiden Handicap Race" at 5:00 p.m., followed by the... oh, you can't miss the magnificent show of the "Derby Hat Contest" at 5:30 p.m., "Running of the Ducks" at 5:45 p.m., the "Parade to the Post" at 6:00 p.m., and last but not least "The Lakeland Derby", a race of ten beautifully hand-crafted swan paddle boats racing for the prestigious winner's trophy - What a memorable race to the finish line it was last year.  All I can say - we had a blast! Wait...that's not all - Live Ente...
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By Jared Weggeland
(Southern Homes of Polk County, Inc.)
The Roanoke features decorative columns across the front of the home, creating a welcoming and distinctive covered portico at the front entrance. The central living area includes a large great room under vaulted ceilings with sliders revealing a standard screened lanai beyond. The kitchen under vaulted ceilings as well, is set back by the great room and separated by a breakfast bar. The kitchen features a spacious nook and a pantry as well. In addition, this home possesses an expensive formal living room that allows you comfortable dinners with your guests. The three-bedroom, two-bath split floor plan features a master suite with his and her closets, and a private bath with a separate tub and shower. The Roanoke is one of the most appreciated of Southern Homes floor plans. This home is ...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland Florida Homes for Sale – Weekly Update on New Listings 04/05/09 - 04/11/09 Lakeland Florida weekly update! There were 65 homes newly listed in Lakeland with an average sales price of $163,277 or $89.92 per square foot with area Realtors®, not much of a change of homes listed from the previous week. While the total inventory (2130 properties as of Wednesday, April 15th) in Lakeland did not change from last week, the types of homes being actively marketed changes daily according to the Multiple Listing Services (MLS). Amongst the newly listed properties, here is a breakdown of each property category: 6 condos listed with an average sales price of $183,233 10 mobile homes listed with an average sales price of $67,850 2 townhomes/villas with an average sales price of $116,250 47 si...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland Florida - Is the Real Estate Market out of the Woods yet? Let me share with you some positive signs in the Lakeland Florida housing market. First of all, since January there has been a constant, but moderate increase in the amount of homes sold and average home sold prices. While the average sales price of $135,889 ($71.51 per sq.ft.) for March fell 19% from the previous year, it showed a sensible increase of 2 ¼% from the previous month. There was also an increase in properties sold, 152 Lakeland properties were sold in March compared to 125 homes sold the previous month. The last time we have seen about that many homes sold in Lakeland was September 2008 - 157 homes sold to be exact.   What kind of homes are really selling in Lakeland? It is still the same for the past few mo...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland Florida Harrison School for the Arts presents "Side by Side by Sondheim" Ah....Spring is the air and music is in my ear as I listen to some musical favorites, such as songs from "West Side Story" in the background while I'm writing this article for the upcoming performance of Harrison School for the Arts showcasing songs by this celebrated composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Are you in the mood yet? Listening to his lyrics and music is great, but what a better way seeing his celebrated songs live on stage as "Side By Side By Sondheim" on the Harrison Main Stage from April 17 to 19 at Harrison School for the Arts Theater located at 750 Lakeland Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland Florida 33801 PHOTO CAPTION: Caitlin Knowles, Mark Bacon, Amie Heinrich, Siobhan Gale, Zachary Richard...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland Florida weekly update! There were 66 homes newly listed in Lakeland for sale with an average sales price of $169,901 or $86.04 per square foot with area Realtors®, an increase of 10 homes listed from the previous week.  Currently there are 2,130 properties actively marketed for sale according to the Multiple Listing Services (MLS). Amongst the newly listed properties, here is a breakdown of each property category: 5 condos listed with an average sales price of $95,706 4 mobile homes listed with an average sales price of $74,925 2 townhomes/villas with an average sales price of $234,450 55 single family homes with an average price of $181,201 The priciest home that came newly on the market here in Lakeland, Florida is a 1990 Waterfront Pool Home on Scott Lake in the Lake Point S...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
  Lakeland Florida Short Sale – Who should you NOT hire as your Real Estate Agent? Yesterday I was reading a post by Katerina Gasset regarding expired listings that are short sales. Although I was not surprised why these listings have expired, I was shocked, however, by what the reasons were for hiring an agent in the first place. Short Sales have become by far the most extensive transaction in real estate that owners, real estate agents, and buyers are faced with. For homeowners, who are in dire need to sell their homes, do the unthinkable and hire an agent to list the property so they just don’t have to deal with it no more.  What is a short sale? Click here. Who should you NOT hire as your Real Estate Agent?   An agent that tells you that he or she does not want to do short sales. An...
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By Michael & Dee Norris
(Norris & Company Realty, LLC)
  Appropriately named,  Lakeland, has something for everyone. Its beauty is reflected in the lakes where graceful swans are celebrated residents. An amazing array of buildings are on The National Register of Historic Places.   Lakeland is readily accessible to Orlando and Tampa, yet ranked 13th in the U.S. for affordable housing. Eclectic Lakeland real estate properties such as Mid Century Modern, turn-of-the-century homes and new construction abound. Traditional homes, condominiums, town homes and lakefront properties are also among the diverse Lakeland listings.    With its several historic districts, you can enjoy a walk around The Lake Mirror Promenade. Downtown is right up you alley if your like a balance of quaintness and sophistication.   But there's much more to Lakeland than m...
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By Gate Arty, Lakeland Florida Real Estate
(Gate Arty & the Group - Keller Williams Realty)
A popular local destinantion, The Farmers Curb Market alongside the corner of Pine Street & Kentucky Avenue has decided to DOUBLE your fun! Not only will the market be open on Saturday mornings, but now you can visit the local marketplace on Wednesdays. Giving local patrons that work in the area the opportunity to visit during the workday. The Wednesday hours will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Don't forget to visit Central Florida's premier real estate website at www.GateArty.com for all your real estate needs!
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By Gate Arty, Lakeland Florida Real Estate
(Gate Arty & the Group - Keller Williams Realty)
This week marks the monthly First Friday event in historic Downtown Lakeland. This month's theme is "Bicycle Night." Enjoy a beautiful bike ride thru the streets of Downtown Lakeland. Many bike clubs & organizations are expected to be present. For the kids, there will be a fun bike parade around picturesque Munn Park beginning at 7 pm. All participants will win a ribbon! Go by Explorations V Children's Museum first as they will provide decorating stations so the bikes may be properly detailed. FREE bike lights installed & bike helmets fitted while supplies last on the corner of Bay Street & Kentucky Avenue.  As usual, the shops will be open late. Don't forget to bring your appetite, because there are a multitude of fine restaurants & eateries within walking distance.  Music, arts, & ent...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Tax Deadline April 15th – Lakeland Florida, Are you prepared?   Have you filed your income tax yet? The tax deadline April 15th is fast approaching and there are questions home owners, sellers, home buyers and investors in Lakeland, Florida and around the country may have. Are you prepared? While everyone’s financial situation is unique and I’m not a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), I do advise you seek a professional advice for your situation. Homeowner and Seller Answers - Sellers if you sold your Lakeland main home in 2008, you may be able to exclude from income any gain up to a limit of $250,000 ($500,000 on a joint return in most cases). Your mortgage interests, property real estate taxes and other fees may be tax deductible. You may be able to deduct amounts of some energy effi...
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