Lakeland, FL Real Estate News

By Gate Arty, Lakeland Florida Real Estate
(Gate Arty & the Group - Keller Williams Realty)
Keller Williams Realty Lakeland has acquired Coldwell Banker - Plantation Realty. The Plantation office in North Lakeland adds 15 agents to the Lakeland-based Keller Williams roster. There are already well over 245 Keller Williams agents in Lakeland & Winter Haven combined. The Plantation office will continue to stay open giving Keller Williams Realty a long-awaited presence in North Lakeland. The purchase of Plantation marks the fifth such deal this year. Other partnerships include: First Heritage Realty, Garden Grove Realty, Imperial Lakes Realty, & NAI Realvest. 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 Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland's Harrison School For The Arts - Fall Piano Concert The Harrison Piano Department, will present a concert on Thursday, November 13, 2008, on the main stage of the Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, at 7:30 p.m. Photo was taken by Rebekah Haubry The very talented piano students will play solo and ensemble literature, including Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, 1st movement for 2 pianos and 8 hands, as well as Darius Milhaud's Brazileira from Scaramouche for 2 pianos and 4 hands. Other works by Chopin, Brahms, Debussy and Prokofieff will be performed. The Seniors from the visual arts department from the Harrison Arts Center will be joining the concert by providing visual interpretation of some of our concert pieces, which will be projected on stage a...
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By Gate Arty, Lakeland Florida Real Estate
(Gate Arty & the Group - Keller Williams Realty)
This Saturday (November 8th), following the festivities of First Friday, Downtown Lakeland will have its annual Veteran's Day Parade. The parade will start at 11 a.m. on Lake Beulah Drive at Vetrans Park which is also adjacent to The Lakeland Center. It will conclude at Munn Park.  There will be additonal ceremonies at Munn Park after the conclusion of the parade. Most notably there will be a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall located in Washington D.C. The "Quilt of Tears" will also be on display. There will be more fun at Munn Park where you can expect to find Jump houses & other activities.The event would not be complete however without food! Along with all the great restaurants in Downtown Lakeland, you will also be able to sample BBQ offered up by AMVETS. Hope to see you...
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By Gate Arty, Lakeland Florida Real Estate
(Gate Arty & the Group - Keller Williams Realty)
Sponsored by the Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce, Puerto Rico Discovery Day will be held Saturday November 22nd from 11 am to 6 pm in conjunction with the regular Farmers Curb Market in Downtown Lakeland. Some of the featured events include: salsa dance competition, dominos tournaments, & specialty vendors. See you there! 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)
The theme for First Friday this month will be "Honoring Service." A celebration of our honarable veterans. First Friday will honor veterans on the eve of the Veterans Day parade and celebration in Munn Park on Saturday. As usual, shops & restaurants will stay open late with special discounts in the stores. There will also be music and entertainment along the streets and the always popular Classic Car Show on Tennessee Avenue. The opening reception of the Polk County High School art exhibition will also kick off this evening. Sponsored by Arts on the Park, the exhibit will run the month of November & is free to the public. See you there! 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 Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland Florida Homes New on Market - Weekly Update for 10/26/08 Hi fellow readers, there are over 2,400 homes for sale in Lakeland, Florida. The average sales price is $220,000 and the average size of a home is 1,851 square foot, which calculates to $118.85 per square foot.   There were 80 properties newly listed in Lakeland with an average sales price was $163,792. 4 mobile homes with an average price of $83,106 2 townhomes/villas marketed with an average price of $71,400 59 single family homes averaging $175,405  Newly listed is 1993 pool home in the Grasslands gated golf course community featuring 3 bedrooms and 3 baths. This home is being offered at $539,000. On the contrary, the cheapest home listed is a bank owned mobile home featuring 3 bedroom/2bath and is being offered for sa...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland Florida Homes New on Market - Weekly Update for 10/19/08 Hi fellow readers, there are currently 2,418 homes for sale in Lakeland, Florida. The average sales price is $221,684 and the average size of a home is 1,856 square foot, which calculates to $119.44 per square foot.   The average listing price for this week's new homes on market in Lakeland is $166,525 with average square feet of 1,737. Altogether, there were 65 homes newly listed with area Realtors®. This weeks most priciest Lakeland Real Estate newly listed is a 2005 pool home in the Amanda Oaks Subdivision featuring 5 bedrooms and 3 baths. This home is being offered at $539,000. On the contrary, the cheapest home listed has 3 bedrooms, which is being offered for sale for the land value only due to fire to the house, th...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland's Harrison School for the Arts presents "Pirates of Penzance" In years past musicals like "Singing in the Rain", "Starting Here, Starting Now" and the "King and I" brought exhilaration and a full house to Lakeland's Harrison School for the Arts theatre. This year, despite the ongoing construction at the school, the show must go on and you will be astonished by the exceptional talents these High School kids from departments such as musical theater, music, dance, orchestra and theater departments, showcase. For the next two weeks, students from the Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts will present this fanatical rendition of "The Pirates of Penzance" by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. The raucous operatic tale of a young pirate apprentice named Frederi...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Fear is a Powerful Force when Buying a Home in Lakeland Florida In one of my previous blogs, I have written about setting priorities when it comes to home buying here in Lakeland, Florida. I have been working with a young family looking for a home. I've shown them numerous homes that were within their price range and style; recognizing that it would be an opportune time to buy. Buying a home is not my decision to make and I will pressure nobody to buy any particular home at any price I show; however, I'm here to counsel my buyers about pricing, location and the potential ability the property may or may not have. Still, the young family is torn in their decision to buy a home and have yet to make a serious offer. Buyers search endless hours on the internet for their dream home at a barga...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland Florida - Lake Mirror Classic Car Show 2008 If you have been strolling through downtown Lakeland's First Friday where cars are on display, you will be in for a big surprise at the annual Mercedes-Benz Lake Mirror Classic.  Lakeland expects an estimated 35,000 people wandering around Lake Mirror for the three day event which is considered as one of the best shows in the Southeast. This three-day charity event raises money for Lakeland's non-profit group, such as the Junior Achievement of Polk County and the Boy Scouts of America. In it's 9th year, the event has raised more than $175,000.00 The honorary chairman for this year's Festival is the legendary NASCAR's Hall of Famer Bobby Allison, who was the series champion in 1983 including victories at Daytona 500 and Winston Cup dur...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Blog Action Day – Poverty Affects People in Your Own Back Yard   Poverty is not only in countries like Thailand, Indonesia, Africa, Iraq, Afghanistan... It's happening right here in our own back yard America - The Land of the Free, the land with endless opportunities, living the American Dream.....     Growing up in Germany in the 70's with six brothers and one sister, mom was working in a brewery and dad was a heavy equipment operator putting asphalt on the road. We had a roof over our head, food on the table and hand-me-down clothes to wear. Money was always tight with dad working only in spring, summer and fall. I never knew our financial dilemma when I was growing up, my parents never talked about money in front of me and my siblings. Poverty was in our family, I just did not notice...
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By Randall Schrader
(Competitive Insurance of Dundee)
With the cost of virtually everything on the rise, and many of our seniors are on a fixed income, something has to give!  There is a government insured program that could be the answer, it's called a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage or HECM.  Here's how it works; Seniors 62 and older can qualify for a certain loan amount.  The proceeds will be used to pay closing costs and pay off any existing mortgages or liens effectively erasing this payment(s).  The remainder is distributed to the senior in the form of a monthly check, home equity line, lump sum or in any combination.  Their home pays them! There are no monthly payments and the loan doesn't need to be repaid until the senior leaves the home.  At this time, the loan is repaid and the excess equity goes directly to the senior or the se...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland Florida Homes New on Market - Weekly Update for 10/05/08 Hi fellow readers, there are currently 2,386 homes for sale in Lakeland, Florida, which did not change from last week's update. The average sales price is $223,945 and the average size of a home is 1,862 square foot, which calculates to $120.27 per square foot.   The average listing price for this week's new homes on market in Lakeland is $198,639 with average square feet of 1,789. Altogether, there were 79 homes newly listed with area Realtors®. The lowest priced home that came on market in Lakeland is $33,000. The highest priced home, a 1989 pool home is being offered at $845,000 and is located in the LAKE IN THE WOODS Subdivision. There are 5 manufactured homes listed with an average price of $117,000, 2 condominium un...
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By Gate Arty, Lakeland Florida Real Estate
(Gate Arty & the Group - Keller Williams Realty)
Ghost & goblins will be appearing early this year on Pine Street in historic Downtown Lakeland. On October 24th, Keller Williams Realty will be hosting a FREE Halloween extravaganza  with spook-tacular festivities for the entire family.  Dress in your costumes for trick-or-treating in the Downtown shops between 5 pm to 7 pm. There will be music, pony rides, face painting, carnival snacks, "jump houses" & a costume contest! There will be a Kids Zone with games, but the centerpiece of the event will be the Spooky Haunted House. Warning: This will not be for the faint at heart! Word is that the scariest monsters are already awaiting your arrival in the dark alleys of Pine Street! All donations received will go to benefit The Boys & Girls Clubs. See you there!  Don't forget to visit Central...
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By Gate Arty, Lakeland Florida Real Estate
(Gate Arty & the Group - Keller Williams Realty)
Common Ground Park is currently under construction adjacent to the Beerman Tennis Courts in Veterans Park on Edgewood Drive. The park is also directly across from Cleveland Heights Golf Course and a short walk from Lake Hollingsworth. Common Ground Park will be Lakeland's first "inclusive play experience." The playground will have both traditional & nontraditional play areas designed for children of varying abilities & disabilities. It is estimated that there are approximately 15,000 special needs children in Polk County, so this is a welcome addition to the area's numerous beautiful parks & facilities. The project has received many grants, fundraising donations, & contributions. Most notable thus far have been these contributions: $200,000 grant from the Florida Department of Environme...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Looking for Rentals in Lakeland Florida - Do your homework before you sign? It is not a surprise anymore when I drive with my clients looking at homes that have For Sale and For Rent signs placed in the yard for the same house.  Typically, when an owner put up a For Rent sign and he gets a call, the caller will have to go through multiple steps to qualify before signing a lease agreement. Verification of Employment Credit Check Background Check Personal References There are people, who simply can't buy a home at this time, but need a place to live.  With plenty of unsold homes that owners throw into the pool of Lakeland rental homes on the market because they can't make their mortgage payments anymore. Prospective tenants could be victimized, end up losing a lot of their hard earned mon...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Finally some Good News! Lakeland Florida Real Estate Market Report - September 2008 Hi folks! In recent weeks, we have been watching all kinds of news regarding the financial disaster on Wall Street, the credit market, the never-ending presidential election and on and on..... I want to share some good news in the housing market here in Lakeland, Florida, especially if you are a Seller and waiting for your home to be sold. Although the month of August was not very encouraging for Lakeland home sales, the start of fall in the month of September and the rise in home sales was quite positive.  The 154 homes sold in September not only increased by 16% from the previous month, it also increased by 12% from the previous year. While the average sold price decreased by 14% from September 2007; t...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland Florida Homes New on Market Report 09/28-10/04 Hi fellow readers, there are currently 2,386 homes for sale in Lakeland, Florida. The average sales price is $226,141 and the average size of a home is 1,869 square foot, which calculates to $121 per square foot.   The average listing price for this week's new homes on market in Lakeland is $208,465 with average square feet of 1,746. Altogether, there were 89 homes newly listed with area Realtors®, an increase by almost 17% from the previous week. The lowest priced home that came on market in Lakeland is $29,900. The highest priced home new on market is a 2006 Rutenberg luxury lakefront residence offered at 2,100,000.00 and is located in the HIGHLANDS-BY-THE-LAKE Subdivision on Banana Lake. There are 6 manufactured homes listed wit...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland Florida – First Friday’s Theme is Art Walk The Downtown Lakeland Partnership prides itself of hosting and organizing First Friday.  This monthly celebration offers a different theme each month. This family celebration of the "Dog Days of Summer" and "Back to School" were great success.     This month First Friday theme in Lakeland is "Art Walk". I'm always impressed of what Lakeland has to offer with the art exhibits. I've visited  various exhibits, such as the memorable Butterfly Exhibit in Munn Park and the Swan exhibit throughout Lakeland, which was well received within this community and I'm anxious to see another great art exhibit featuring sculptures. You be able to vote for your favorite sculptures displayed along Lemon Street Promenade.  An opening reception for "Oncolo...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland Florida Homes New on Market - Weekly Update for 9/21/08 Hi fellow readers, there are currently 2,369 homes for sale in Lakeland, Florida. The average sales price is $229,252 and the average size of a home is 1,871 square foot, which calculates to $122, 53 per square foot.   The average listing price for this week's new homes on market in Lakeland is $244,924 with average square feet of 1,999. Last week, there were 74 homes newly listed with area Realtors®. The lowest priced home that came on market is $21,000 and the highest priced home new on market is listed for 2,550,000.00 which is a newly built home by Duane McQuillen Construction located in the Crescent Woods Subdivision in South Lakeland. There are 4 manufactured homes listed with an average price of $64,600, 5 condomini...
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