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By Tayte Holley
(Realty World)
Fact Sheet: Reducing Gas Prices And Foreign Oil Dependence President Bush Urges Congress To Expand Domestic Oil Production Today, President Bush called on Congress to help American families by removing barriers to domestic production of oil and gasoline. For many Americans, there is no more pressing concern than high gasoline prices. Behind them is the basic law of supply and demand. In recent years, the world's demand for oil has grown dramatically. Meanwhile, the supply of oil has grown much more slowly. As a result, oil prices have risen sharply, and that increase has been reflected at American gas pumps. And now much of the oil consumed in America comes from abroad, including from unstable regions and unfriendly regimes. The Bush Administration has repeatedly called on Congress to e...
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By Tayte Holley
(Realty World)
Daily Real Estate News  |  June 19, 2008 Avoid Pitfalls When Buying Foreclosures Buying a foreclosed home is no cakewalk. It can be a sure-fire way to lose money for a purchaser who isn't knowledgeable and careful.Here are some prime considerations for anyone wading into the foreclosure market. Avoid outstanding liens. Make sure the property has a clean title. Any outstanding liens and fees incurred by the original owner will be transferred to the new buyer. Bid conservatively. The market in many places is still depreciating. That unknown added to transaction, repair, and marketing costs could sour the deal. Beware foreclosure concentration. Prices in neighborhoods where there are lots of foreclosures have declined the most - and prices in these areas are still declining. A buyer should...
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By Tayte Holley
(Realty World)
  Donald E. WildmonFounder andChairman   Nearly 400,000 e-mails get Congress moving McCain, members of Congress call for oil drilling June 19, 2008 Dear Sharon, After 10 years of doing nothing, Congress is finally beginning to act on demands that we use our natural resources to help America become energy self-sufficient. Following the receipt of nearly 400,000 e-mails from AFA supporters asking for action, Senator John McCain and several members of Congress are now advocating that the U.S. drill for oil. This is great news! If you believe Congress should allow the exploration of energy sources which would not materially affect our environment, join the 400,000 other AFA supporters in sending that message to Congress!  If Congress doesn't act to resolve this problem now, our families wil...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
  Every time, I step into Hollis Garden, I get a sense of pride and joy. I come here to take pictures, enjoy the seasonal transformation of the garden, and stroll around the neighboring Barnett Park and Lake Mirror.               The garden is magnificent and packed with full of fascinating plants, flowers and trees, such as the magnolia tree blooming with its citrus' scent blossoms. This garden tells a story of Florida as you stroll through each theme room of plant life that include Florida natives, annual hybrids, perennials, well manicured hedges, as well as fruits, vegetables and herbs. Flowers organized into areas of specific color, such as red, yellow or white decorate each living space. Perfectly cut lawns that make you want to take your shoes off and feel the carpet of Bermuda g...
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By CRF Communities
(CRF Communities)
Strength training programs at active adult communities like Lake Ashton is one of the best features about being a resident. The activity director at Lake Ashton always has something fun for us to do, but we all need to keep fit so we can perform at our best.   If you suffer from arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, back pain or depression, exercise is a powerful weapon to feeling better and maintaining the active lifestyle an active adult community can offer.   Of course if you do exercise, stretching is the best way to avoid hurting yourself. Lake Ashton, in Winter Haven, Florida – just south of I4 on Highway 27, boasts a 30,000 sq foot Health and Fitness Center that offers personal trainers and a nutritionist, a weight room, indoor basketball court, indoor track, indoor heated ...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
  BridgeWater - One of Lakeland Florida Newest Communities   Introducing a new master-planned community, BridgeWater a lakefront destination where life can be tranquil and the serene settings capture the real meaning of small town living. Close to major cities, such as Tampa and Orlando, located in North Lakeland, minuets from Interstate 4; yet far enough detached to truly feel like a lake retreat, this stunning community features all the essentials for great living including home sites with views of the water from nearly every point.             BridgeWater encompasses over half of picturesque lakes. Ruth, Hazel, Peggy, Serena, and Jane; the named lakes representing the spirit of the many women who lived in this special place called Lakeland in which they played a major part in Lakela...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
So why don't you hop over and take a look at my market report for Lakeland and the surrounding cities within Polk County, FL. There are currently over 8100 properties for sale in Polk County. WOW - A lot of properties for sale and as long as Polk County has a high inventory, the prices will be dropping - Supply and Demand. My market area is Lakeland, which has around 2400 properties for sale. The average listing price in Lakeland is currently $234,000. We are still waiting for the market to rebound. Last month according to the Mid Florida Regional MLS the numbers for Polk County homes sold dropped to 427 from 514 properties sold the previous year. The average sold price for Polk County for April 08 was $167, 285 compared to $198,367 in April 2007, a decrease by 15%. Lakeland's market is...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
The Harrison Symphony Orchestra and Harrison Singers present "The Testament of Freedom" by Randall Thompson, as a tribute to our troops serving abroad. The Harrison Music Department concert will take place Tuesday, May 20, 2008, on the main stage of the Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices per adult is $7.00 and per senior/student is $5.00. You may purchase tickets online through the Harrison School for the Arts web site. The box office is open the day of the performance at 6:00 p.m. Mark you calendar - this concert is one of my favorite concerts of the year, which closes out the school year and always brings out the best. Folks from all over Polk County come to hear these young artists perform. The review of past concert goers is as...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
 This past Friday, my husband and I drove to Lake Mirror after dinner to listen to good music, stroll around the lake, enjoy a beautiful sunset and close out this great evening with Fireworks. While relaxing sitting on the bench, we've met this nice couple from up north, who come to Lakeland to escape the cold weather climate and the snow from October through April to enjoy this beautiful weather and the great atmosphere Lakeland has to offer when they put on shows like this. So we sat there and talked about everything, such as news, Lakeland, arts, children, and even politics. My very first blog I wrote that I Love Lakeland and this blog emphasize that Lakeland has so much to offer despite being a small town with it's arts, crafts, botanic garden, the many lakes, museum, parks, theater...
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By Gate Arty, Lakeland Florida Real Estate
(Gate Arty & the Group - Keller Williams Realty)
This Friday, May 2nd, is yet another signature local event. First Friday is a celebration of historic Downtown Lakeland that occurs . . . .you guessed it, the first Friday of every month.  Local artists & musicians are featured along the local streets & storefronts. All shops & restaurants stay open late during the event. The streets are closed to thru-traffic, so get there early! A classic car show is held on Tennessee Avenue. Every month features new & fresh feature events, so be sure to mark every First Friday on your calendar.Also on the agenda is the Spring Art Festival that will be held in conjunction with the Downtown Farmers Curb Market this Saturday.  The market is located on the corner of Pine Street & Tennessee Avenue. See you there!Don't forget to visit Central Florida's pre...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Harrison School for the Arts proudly presents The Spring Dance Concert on May 2nd and 3rd at 7:30 p.m. The Spring Dance Concert will offer Salome, a dramatic contemporary ballet based on the play by George Bernard Shaw. Set in Mexico in the early 1800's, the comedic piece, Cantina Don Juan-ita is about the rivalry between two town beauties over a handsome young Don. The light hearted ballet, Momentary Mingling, is bout how humans pass in and out of friendships. Finally, No Exit is a fast pace abstract contemporary dance to Michael Nyman music.   You can purchase your tickets online at http://www.harrisonarts.com/ Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for students and senior citizens.  Copyright © 2008 http://www.petranorris.com| All Rights Reserved - Harrison School for the Arts - The ...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
March Home Sales Improved overall in Polk County according to the Lakeland Ledger Report. With all its negative publicity that the Real Estate Industry has received, it is a positive sign that the media finally has something encouraging to write about Real Estate. What does the statistics say for Lakeland, Florida?  According to the data obtained from the Mid-Florida Regional MLS there were 159 homes sold in Lakeland compared to last years 188 homes sold - a decline of 32 homes. The average sold price for a home in Lakeland was $152,761 last month. Last year's average sold price was $185,497 in March - a plunge of 17%. Of the 159 homes sold there were 25 homes sold in distress - short sale, pre-foreclosure, foreclosure, and/or bank owned. The average home sold in distress last month was...
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By Gate Arty, Lakeland Florida Real Estate
(Gate Arty & the Group - Keller Williams Realty)
It looks like a new signature Lakeland event has been born. Friday the 25th of April will mark the inaugural Lakeland Derby! What is the The Lakeland Derby? Well, simply put it's a race. You may think that a "derby" held a week prior to the prestigious Kentucky Derby must involve horses. You would be wrong! This race involves our adopted mascot, the elegant Lakeland swan. Ten "hand-crafted swans" will race along the waters of Lake Mirror. The proceeds will support Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine, a local charity that provides free primary health care to the working uninsured Lakeland residents. Other events scheduled are:4:30 PM    Davenport School of the Arts Pan-A-Maniac Steel Drum Band5:00 PM    Running of the Ducks6:00 PM    Parade to the Post6:30 PM    The Lakeland Derby7:20 PM    ...
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By Gate Arty, Lakeland Florida Real Estate
(Gate Arty & the Group - Keller Williams Realty)
Tyler Homes and Gate Arty & the Group are pleased to announce that their Parade of Homes entry, the Reno, won its category! The winners were chosen by a panel of professionals in the construction industry. The Reno is available for viewing in North Lakeland (off of Duff Road) in the Saratoga subdivision. Saratoga is a gated community adjacent to Huntington Hills Golf Course with prices starting in the 170's. There is also a Reno model available in South Lakeland (off of Shepherd Road) in Glenbrooke Chase. Prices in Glenbrooke Chase begin in the 150's. During the Spring Parade of Homes, the builder is offering numerous exclusive incentives.  You can, of course, build and design this model (& many other models) according to your own specifications. Don't forget to visit Central Florida's ...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Harrison School for the Arts proudly presents "Starting Here, Starting Now" Don't miss the upcoming performance of "Starting Here, Starting Now" at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 18, & 19, and Sunday at 2:00 p.m., April 20, 2008. Starting Here, Starting Now is a musical revue, an excitement of love and the confusion of modern relationships featuring the work of Richard Maltby, Jr., who wrote the lyrics and David Shire, who composed the music. Each song is a perfectly crafted story, showcasing the adaptability of its performers taking them from tender ballads to ecstatic shouting-from-the-rooftop celebrations. The musical stories are connected with narration written by the Harrison cast members, which appear in text on a screen above the actions.Ticket prices are $8 for students/seniors and ...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
It has been an interesting First Quarter this year. From January through March, there were 394 residential homes sold in Lakeland, Florida compared to last year's first quarter total of 522 home sold - a decrease of 128 properties or if you will 32.50%. The average sold price for this quarter was $170,499 (average sq. ft. $101.73) compared to $198,774 (average sq. ft. $120.54) a decrease of 17% for the 1st quarter in 2008. Are you looking to buy?Folks, as every week for the past weeks you will find my weekly report below to offer you with an inside on what is happening in the Residential Real Estate Market for Lakeland, FL. This report is by zip code and is in my opinion more accurate than measuring by school zones, since school zone changes are in progress and Realtors® not always inpu...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Folks, as every week for the past weeks you will find my weekly report below to offer you with an inside on what is happening in the Residential Real Estate Market for Lakeland, FL. This report is by zip code and is in my opinion more accurate than measuring by school zones, since school zone changes are in progress and Realtors® not always input the school zones into the Multiple Listing. There are currently 2388 properties for sale, which is a decrease of 52 listings reported the previous week. Last week's average sales price increased modestly. However, the average sold price increased almost 20% compared to my prior report of the Lakeland Residential Weekly Market Report 3/17/08-3/24/08. So far, for the month of March, the Mid-Florida Regional MLS reports that 25 homes sold in Lakel...
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By Gate Arty, Lakeland Florida Real Estate
(Gate Arty & the Group - Keller Williams Realty)
The annual aerial extravaganza known as the Sun n' Fun Fly-In begins April 8thand runs thru the 13th. The major draw at this year's show will undoubtedly be the USAF Thunderbirds. The Thunderbirds are a squadron of elite pilots that will demonstrate solo and formation flying routines. Their showcase runs approximately 75 minutes and will feature approximately 30 maneuvers that include both air and ground exhibitions. Sun 'n Fun, a non-profit organization, is best known for its annual Fly-In held each April. The Fly-In is the major source of funding for the operation of the Florida Air Museum, the state's "Official Aviation Education Center." Additionally, Sun 'n Fun features education programs especially geared toward young people - featuring valuable "hands on" learning experiences.  T...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
 Did you purchase a home last year and you had to take out private mortgage insurance (PMI)? This will be the first time that you will be able to deduct the full premium on this year's federal tax return if your adjusted gross income is $100,000 or less. Families with incomes between $100,000 and $109,000 are eligible for a reduced deduction. According to Kevin Schneider, president of the Mortgage Insurance Companies of America (MICA), this year's tax break could be worth $350.00 per taxpayer - an annual deduction that qualified homeowners can take each year through 2010.Congress approved this tax deduction in late 2006, which applied to loans with mortgage insurance that closed in 2007. Congress also voted to extend the mortgage insurance tax deduction through 2010, this extension was ...
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