Lakeland, FL Real Estate News

By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Why You Should Call a Lakeland FL Real Estate Broker before Retirement It is no doubt that retirement is something that not everybody is excited about, not even your friendly Lakeland 55+ communities real estate broker. But more often than not, people get more at ease when they know they prepared well. You need not wait for retirement to knock at your door before you buy a home. Here are the reasons why calling your agent and preparing for retirement today is a good move.1. Financial experts advise on early retirement preparationsWarren Buffet, named as the most successful investor of the 20th century, along with other financial advisors believe that everyone has the opportunity of their lifetime in buying a retirement home today, with all the numbers in our favor. Financially preparing...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
How to Inspect the Roof of Your Grasslands Lakeland Florida Home The roof of your home can get a lot of stress as the seasons change in Grasslands Lakeland Florida. Thus it is imperative to conduct semi-annual roof inspection to make sure that before terribly hot or cold weather comes, it will remain in tip-top shape.These are the most important things you need to check in your roof before this summer officially starts. 1. Always start with cleaningMost of the time, homebuyers who start their search online focus on the home’s interior. But that is not a valid reason not to pay attention to your home’s exterior, just like the roof. Just like any part of the home, getting yourself dirty in order to keep everything clean is but natural. Get rid of stains, dirt, and debris. Keep possible th...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Top 3 Ways to Adjust after Moving to Lakeland Sandpiper Golf Homes After you have closed the deal to your new home with the help of a Lakeland 55+ communities real estate broker, you surely are excited to move. But changes are sometimes hard to overcome. Let us share with you 3 of the most effective ways anyone could adjust in their new neighborhood.Converse with the neighborsThe best way to get to know a neighborhood apart from asking your Lakeland FL Sandpiper golf homes agent is to talk to your neighbors. Their experiences and local knowledge are incomparable to any online information you can find. You can start by showing up at their doors with simple treats or you could give out invitations to an informal get together at your home. These efforts can easily give them the impression ...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
4 Ways Connectivity in Grasslands Lakeland Florida Affect Home Sellers With the recent news that AT&T aims to enhance local network in Lakeland through its 3 year investment of almost $60 million, it surely is a wise decision to find a home and settle in one of its communities, just like in Grasslands Lakeland FL. But as a home seller, have you ever really given much thought on how internet connectivity may actually affect your home sale? Below are some of the reasons to consider.1.  Most people start their search onlineMore than 90 percent of home buyers go online to start looking for their dream homes. That is why many homes on Grasslands communities Lakeland FL have been sold to buyers who first did home searches online. This is a trend that no one can see fading for many years. And ...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Make Going to Open Houses Simple and Fun in Sandpiper  Ever wondered how you’re supposed to act and if it’s a good idea to talk with a Lakeland 55+ communities real estate agent whenever you’re in an open house? This part of house hunting is not like going to the mall and shopping. You have to follow certain house rules to ensure your experience would be smooth and you get the information you exactly need. Consider the guidelines below when attending open houses.Your attireDressing appropriately is important so you can comfortably roam around and inspect the home during an open house. Remember that you may have to sit down, reach up, climb up a stairs or look into closets. Wear comfortable pants, shirt and shoes as much as possible. Your schedulePlan your visit to open houses before you...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
7 Best Kitchen Cleaning Tips for Your Grasslands Lakeland Florida Home The kitchen is one of the nastiest places in your Grasslands Lakeland Florida home. But then again, it is also one of the top 2 rooms that buyers focus on when touring your home. So deep cleaning your kitchen is a good way to really make your home look outstanding and inviting. Here are some of the best kitchen cleaning tips you could probably put to use this season:Small AppliancesThe smallest appliances are often times the hardest to clean in a Grasslands Luxury Homes for Sale Lakeland Florida. 1. Try using pastry brush to get crumbs out of small appliances like the toaster. This will let you clean hard to reach areas which can’t really be wiped.2. Use soap and lots of water to clean your blender. Just fill it up w...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
How to Write an Offer with Your Lakeland FL Sandpiper Golf Homes Agent After choosing the home of your dreams, the next thing to do is discuss the purchase offer with your real estate broker in Lakeland 55+ communities so you can immediately submit it to the seller. A well written offer would undoubtedly please a seller and would increase your chances of owning the home. Listed below are some of the tips real estate agents share when writing effective offers.1. Finalize the purchase offer amountSimply put, you have to know how much you are actually willing to pay. This is inconsideration of all the factors you have encountered. Be careful not to write extremely low ball offers that may just insult the seller. Seek the guidance of your Lakeland FL real estate broker before submitting an ...
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By Highland Homes, Building Dream Homes in Florida Since 1996
(Highland Homes)
Florida homebuilder Highland Homes has announced they are now accepting pre-sales at their newest community, Highlands Creek II. Located in the coveted Highlands area of Lakeland, these homes are priced from the $210,000s and offer spacious, beautiful interiors.Highland Homes is offering 53 available home sites in this gated community, many of which back up to tranquil ponds and luscious green space. Home sites average 80-feet in width to provide space and privacy between homes, and ample footage to add a pool or outdoor living areas. Homeowners will never be more than a few minutes away from Lakeland's parks and golf courses, and are centrally located between the attractions of Orlando and Tampa. Situated conveniently near State Route 540A and Crews Lake Drive, Highlands Creek II offer...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Top 2 Rooms Buyers Love in a Lakeland FL Home for Sale There are certain rooms in a homes for sale in Lakeland FL which would ultimately grab any buyers’ attention. As a home seller, redirecting and focusing your energy and means to making sure these two are appealing to most potential buyers can be a good strategy to get your homes to sell fast. Here are the two rooms and what you ought to do to them.1. The Kitchen Clear up the cabinetsNothing beats clean looking cabinets without clutter. A Lakeland FL home for sale with lots of storage space in the cabinet is always appealing. So make sure to show off those spaces by organizing your kitchen utensils and dinnerware. Know what buyers wantDon’t jump into huge renovations without researching the latest trends which interest local buyers. ...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Top 4 Ways to Freshen Up Your Lakeland FL Sandpiper Golf Home As buyers hurry up and contact Lakeland 55+ Communities real estate broker this spring, sellers should work on preparing their homes for sale. One way to do that is to add elements that would make the home looking fresher than ever. Try these quick and budget friendly tips:1. Use lighting tricks- Open up your windows, wipe and wash all the dirt away, and get ready for sunlight. Now is the time to give beauty treatments to these usually forgotten parts of the home.- Try adding elegant white sheers to emphasize the brightness this season brings.- From natural light, let’s move on to artificial lights. It won’t take 10 minutes to replace old bulbs with new and better ones. It also won’t cost much. So go ahead and give your rooms...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
2015 Home Buying Tips in Grasslands Lakeland Florida The recent change of statistics in the real estate industry has caused more and more millennials to choose buying Grasslands Lakeland Florida homes over renting out. With rents going higher and lending requirements becoming easier than ever to satisfy, it’s no wonder 2015 is a great time to buy, not to mention spring is here. But to any new home buyer, the real estate arena can be overwhelming.To avoid getting overwhelmed, here are the most important tips new home buyers should pay attention to this year: What you need to buy the perfect home -Get a real estate agent on speed dial.Whether you admit it or not, a good real estate agent who is familiar with Grasslands communities in Lakeland Florida can help you understand the legalities...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland FL Real Estate Brokers List Pros of Moving in Spring   Moving in spring can really be one of the best decisions you could make this year if you ask Lakeland 55+ communities real estate brokers. After all, it’s that time of the year when flowers are in bloom and when changes seem very timely. If you’re still wondering whether or not to move, here are some of the advantages of moving this season to help you decide:   The weather and temperature Who doesn’t love spring weather? The perfect combination of cool breeze, sunny skies, and colourful environment makes moving in this season a delightful experience for all. The intense summer heat or winter snow can be dangerous to your health especially with all the lifting and labor that moving entails. On the other hand, spring offers t...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
5 Signs that You Need to Have a New Lakeland FL Short Sale Agent   Working with a good Lakeland FL short sale agent is key to having a successful short sale. When you work with the wrong agent, things are bound to go wrong along the way and it could only mean bad for you. So be careful with classifying whether or not an agent actually is a short sale expert or not. Here are a few signs to help you spot an agent who won’t be able to help you much with short sales: 1. If your agent has never done short sales in the past Do not be the experiment. If you are going to enter the complex world of short sales, it is best to have someone who has actually walked that path in the past to hold your hand along the way. If your current agent has never done this in the past, both of you would most lik...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Common Home Inspection Checklists from Lakeland FL Real Estate Brokers   To find a good home inspector, always consult your Lakeland FL real estate broker as he or she would certainly have contacts and knowledge that can help you in this part of home buying. If this is the first time you will ever encounter home inspection, you ought to get at least a general idea of what they will check and what they won’t inspect. Here are lists that could help you. Roofs Current damages in flat roofs and shingles are checked. Along with this, inspectors would also look into gutters, chimneys and vents. Lastly, they have to make sure that no obstructions like hanging branches of trees, would pose serious threat to its condition in the near future.   Ground They would be spotting soggy areas of the gro...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
4 Steps to Clutter Free Lakeland FL Grasslands Homes for Sale   Most owners of homes in Grassland Lakeland Florida have this problem – having too many things at home. The most basic step of having gorgeous home, especially when you are preparing it to sell is decluttering. However, it isn’t as easy as it sounds. It can be hard to let go of things we have accumulated over the years, not to mention the amount of time needed to sort everything out. Let us help you with these 4 steps to making and keeping a home clutter free.   Develop criteria and stick to it I know this sounds too serious but if you want to get rid of clutter once and for all, you really need this. Think of criteria on what should be disposed even before you rummage through your things. For instance, you should decide bef...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
4 Reasons to Choose Buying a Lakeland Sandpiper Golf Home Over Renting   When one is nearing the age of retirement, the question on whether you should contact a Lakeland 55+ communities real estate broker and buy a retirement home or to just rent out  looms just around the corner. But what should you really consider to arrive at the best possible decision? Should you only think about the money? Should the length of the process be your first priority? Check out the list we prepared below to help you get through this dilemma. 1. Overall, it’s cheaper When you think of renting, the idea of paying a small amount monthly seems more appealing compared to the idea of producing down payment and paying for mortgage. But in general, statistics show that homeownership is still cheaper than renting...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
How to Add Color to Your Grasslands Lakeland Florida Homes    If you want to add a pop of color in your Grasslands Lakeland Florida homes, repainting is not always the best option. But actually, there are clever ways to transform your plain looking home into a classy vibrant one by adding bits of colorful pieces and designs. Here’s how: Use lovely fabrics as wall designs Like everyone else, I’m sure you have had crushes on pieces of fabrics which you would just love to frame and put on a wall. What’s stopping you? Get a small (or a large one, it depends on you really) frame and display those lovely patterned fabric as wall art. You can also frame wallpapers if you want. A break from the monotonous colors in your living room is always refreshing.   Pick pillow covers in different hues If...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Newly Remodeled 3 Bedroom Lakeland FL Home for Sale | 4711 Kanoy Dr   In the market for a gorgeous, single family home? Look no further than this newly remodeled 3 bedroom home for sale in Lakeland FL! Nestled in a charming cul-de-sac, it features 2 full baths, 1 car covered parking and is located within minutes to Interstate for quick commute to the Tampa and Orlando. Indeed, this residential dwelling has almost everything that any homeowner could ever dream of having!  Aside from its wonderful curb appeal, the first thing that greets you upon arriving at this single story home in Lakeland FL is this charming front door. Once inside, you’ll feel right at home. The fantastic floor plan boasts of a spacious living room with large windows and ceramic tiles.  With the right decor, wall dis...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
  3 Bedroom Lakeland FL Home for Sale | 4711 Kanoy Dr Welcome to this beautifully remodeled 3 bedroom Lakeland FL home for sale! Located just minutes from Interstate for quick commute to Tampa and Orlando, this stunning property has almost everything that any homeowner could ever dream of having!  Property offers 2 full baths, 1 car covered parking, kitchen with ample counter space and comes fully equipped with range, microwave and dishwasher, ceramic tile flooring throughout the living room, dining room, kitchen and spacious hall bathroom while plush carpeting is found on all 3 bedrooms. Recent updates done in last 2 years include new doors, light fixtures, wiring and ceiling fans throughout the home, double pane insulated windows and new electrical and plumbing and others! You’ll also...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Why Activities Matter to Seniors in Lakeland 55+ Communities   Maintaining a healthy mind and body after retirements is crucial to active adults. This is why Lakeland 55+ communities real estate broker strive hard to find homes for sale that are located in areas where seniors would have everything that they need in order to keep a balanced lifestyle. Activities suited for retirees abound in most retirement neighborhoods, and for good reasons. Here’s why activities should matter so much for seniors:   It helps treat and avoid diseases Old age brings a lot of chronic medical conditions. These are most often avoided or improved when one is engaged in regular physical activities. Diabetes, stroke, hypertension, and heart attack would sound less scary if you know that you are doing your best...
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