Brooksville, FL Real Estate News

By Nicole "Nicky" Sensale, Florida Equestrian Properties
  Hernando County Utilities Department21030 Cortez BlvdBrooksville, FL  34601Fax (352) 754-4485Customer Service (352) 754-4037  1/10/2007  -   Current Watering Restrictions Hernando County is now under a Modified "Phase II" (Severe Water Shortage) Restriction imposed by SWFWMD.These restrictions go into effect on January 16 and are scheduled to expire on July 31, unless rescinded or otherwise modified prior to that date.These restrictions apply to the use of water from public and private water utilities as well as the use of all wells and surface water sources (ponds, rivers, etc.).If you were previously allowed to follow a twice-per-week schedule, you now need to follow the schedule shown below:If your address (house number) ends in......0 or 1, water only on Monday...2 or 3, water onl...
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By Nicole "Nicky" Sensale, Florida Equestrian Properties
Withlacoochee State Forest - Croom Equestrian TrailsDeclared as one of the "10 Coolest Places in North America" by the World Wildlife Fund, the Withlacoochee State Forest has numerous outdoor recreational opportunities available for everyone. Among the recreational amenities that make this state forest so popular are the horse trails in the Hernando County portion of the Croom Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest. The horse trails in this area are dry-to-damp, all weather trails that wind through central Florida's longleaf pine and scrub oak hills, live oak thickets and hardwood hammocks, past creek bottoms and cypress ponds. Of particular interest are the area's ravines, prairies and abandoned rock mines. Wildlife found in the area include deer, quail, grey squirrels and bobcats.Nav...
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By Nicole "Nicky" Sensale, Florida Equestrian Properties
BROOKSVILLE(Hernando County)OLD TIME CITY ON A HILLBROOKSVILLE, originally known as Melendez and then Benton, is a wonderful city of hills, ranging in elevation from 175 to 274 feet. Coupled with its condensed area (2.77 square miles) and its long history of successful planters, growers, and cattlemen, Brooksville is more a reflection of "the Old South" than other West Coast towns. Brooksville grew from two communities: Fort DeSoto and Pierceville. Its Southern background is reflected in its name, honoring South Carolina Congressman Preston Brooks who is best noted for hitting abolitionist Senator Charles Sumner on the head with his cane. Historic Map of DOWNTOWN BROOKSVILLE WHERE TO START: Enter Brooksville from the south on US41 (BROAD STREET), reaching downtown from the east. Just p...
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By Gary Schraut, CCIM, CRS, GRI
(Century 21 Alliance Realty)
One of the issues that Realtors took to their legislators in Washington DC last week was Small Business Health Coverage. Realtors have seen strong support for small business health reforms from the House of Representatives, the same support has not been received from the Untied States Senate. Our delegation from Florida met with Senators Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez on this specific issue on Wednesday, May 16th. Both Senators agreed that somehting needed to be done to protect the 46 million Americans that have no health care. The Senators were made aware that over 1/2 of those people go to work everyday for small businesses that do not or cannot provide health insurnace benefits. Many are self employed and unable to find insurance in the individual insurance market. The Realtor trade or...
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By Gary Schraut, CCIM, CRS, GRI
(Century 21 Alliance Realty)
This past week (May 14th to May 18th 2007) found hundreds of Realtor's visiting with Legislators on Capitol Hill. Realtor members from each Congressional district meeting with their congressional representative's to bring the representatives up to date. These meetings were one on one with their congress person to discuss issues facing property owners in their home districts. Realtors brought serious ideas to the table discussing topics such as "Housing Finance Reform", "A National Policy against Mixing Banking and Commerce", Responsible Lending, "Mortgage Cancellation", "Comprehensive Natural Disaster Insurance Policy" and "Small Health Coverage".A delegation of Hernando Association of Realtors which I was part of, met with our Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite to discuss the above issues...
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By Gary Schraut, CCIM, CRS, GRI
(Century 21 Alliance Realty)
Do you enjoy riding horses? Well if you do, then you Horse Riders take note! Eight newly created 10 acre parcels located in east Hernando will become available soon. Subject property is tucked away on a quite county paved road just 5 minutes (less than 8 miles) from I-75 and SR50.Clarendon Trails is deed restricted homes only equestrian community located just a short walk to the State Forest Horse trails. From your 10 acre tract you can leave your property on horseback and ride into thousands of acres of State Forest land with dedicated and marked horse trails. Just think how much time and money you'll save. No more loading up the trailer, you just ride your horse right into the forest.The Withlachoochee State Forest will be yours to explore on Horseback. You will be conveniently locate...
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By Gary Schraut, CCIM, CRS, GRI
(Century 21 Alliance Realty)
The single family housing market is still feeling the effects of a market  with an over supply of single family housing in most areas of the State of Floirda. According to data provided by the Florida Association of Realtors, sales of existing single family homes in the State were down 4%. Some areas of the State have seen sales go as low at 14% this past March as compared to March of 2006. A few areas have actually seen an icrease in sales this March as compared to March 2006. Ocala area has seen existing single family home sales increase 2%. The Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater area was reflective of the State average as it saw sales slow to a negative 4% in March 2007 vs. March of 2006. One must note that in this area average home sales declined but median sales price still increased a...
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By Nicole "Nicky" Sensale, Florida Equestrian Properties
This is the perfect time of year for horse back riding, gardening, taking long walks.  Brooksville Florida has rolling hills, huge old oak trees similar to those on famous St Charles Avenue in New Orleans' Garden District, a Louisiana gem.  We are perfectly located 35 min from Tampa, 50 min from Orlando, and 45 min from Ocala.  Many people visit our beautiful town and say it reminds them of New England.  We are very lucky to have horse farms and ranches to pass as well make our way to showing and shopping.  We are now beginning to have more and more development.  Hickory Hill is a project by Bob Sierra of Tampa.  He has hooked up with Robert Thomas of Brooksville.  Hickory Hill will offer equestrian style living, riding trails, and of course, GOLF.  They will have 3 golf course, three c...
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By Gary Schraut, CCIM, CRS, GRI
(Century 21 Alliance Realty)
 As we approach the 1/2 way mark for 2007 we are seeing some life in residential real estate sales. It is still very slow but we are having some activity on those properties where the sellers are priced  correctly for todays market conditions. This cannot be said for the sale of residential lots or vacant acreage. Residential lot sales and acreage sales are very weak and we have seen a significant weakening of the price structure and still very little activity.The bright spot in our Hernando County market has been commercial real estate. To date we are still selling vacant commercial land in high demand areas. Commercial development lagged behind the residential boom and so demand still exists. Retail plaza's with good Cap rates are also desirable and in demand. Investors are still in t...
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By Gary Schraut, CCIM, CRS, GRI
(Century 21 Alliance Realty)
Hernando County has just went through a very contentious land use hearing. The Hernando County Board of County Commissioners approved 1780 homes in an area that some feel should not proceed with planned growth and should continue to grow as it has in the past. The past development took place haphazardly with no off site improvements. Most newly created sites were 2.5, 5 and 10 acre tracts, mostly on dirt roads. Planning for Growth is just that, it is planning, new roads (paved) new schools and wise utilization of real estate. The very foundation of our society depends on the widely held ownership of land and it's wise utilization. Hickroy Hill does just that while still finding suitable ways to presevre land and vistas.One must realize that Florida is growing. In order for Florida to su...
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