Lakeland, FL Real Estate News

By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland Florida Local Event - First Friday "Open Mic Night" - February 6, 2009 American Idol in Lakeland?  Well, I do know for fact that Lakeland has some great local amateur talents. As it is with every First Friday of the month, the Downtown Lakeland Partnership hosts this special free event at Munn Park. February's theme is "Open Mic Night"; local amateur musicians of all ages are encouraged to take part in this celebration on February 6th, 2009 to see, who will be voted the next "American Idol in Lakeland". You, the public can purchase tickets for only 25¢ each Downtown Lakeland at a designated area.  Voting for your favorite artist is really simple. All you have to do is put as many tickets you have or want to give in the musician's tip jar, while listening to their favorite tunes...
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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 01/25/09 - 01/31/09 Weekly information for newly listed homes for sale in Lakeland!  The numbers of homes newly marketed showed a decline from the previous week of 70 homes to 67 homes listed with area Realtors®. The total amount of current inventory as of Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 declined to 2,242 homes listed for sale from the previous week. The average sales price is $215,889 and with an average size of a home is 1,863 square feet, which calculates to $115.88 per square foot.   Types of homes newly listed: 3 mobile homes listed with an average sales price of $82,600 9 townhomes/villas listed with an average sales price of $124,773 55 single family homes with an average price of $243,596 Remember there is a home for ev...
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By Jeni Lamberto
(RE/MAX)
Just a quick note to intoduce myself.  My name is Jeni Lamberto. I'm a Re/Max Agent out of Lakeland, Florida.  I look forward to having some great discussions with all of you!     -Jeni realestateincentralflorida.com  
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By Highland Homes, Building Dream Homes in Florida Since 1996
(Highland Homes)
Highland Homes is still excited about the tremendous success they had in December 2008. The Florida home builder sold 56 homes in December, making it their 2nd most successful month in 2008. As real estate industry professionals, you know it is completely unusual to have December be one of your top earning months for the year. So, what did Highland Homes do differently in December? They implemented a Social Media Marketing Campaign in November and decreased their advertising budget. Those are the only two things that changed with the company. It seems to be a proven point that promoting your brand online works wonders for increasing on-site traffic and online traffic. While the social media marketing campaign helped, it was still the Highland Homes' quality product that did all the sel...
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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 – Winter Dance Concert   With all performances that Harrison School for the Arts has to offer, the upcoming performance of the Winter Dance Concert brings out the Best for Harrison Dance Department. Guest artists such as Peter Pucci, who is the Artistic Director of PucciPlus and was principal in Pilobolus and David Sutherland, who performed with the Stuttgart Ballet joined faculty members Susan Olson and Gloria Haigler to bring their works on the main stage of the Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts. Credit - Flickr Photo by Innerglow In addition some wonderful choreographed movements and dances, a performance of Concerto 622 by Lar Lubovitch will be presented by the junior repertory class. Did you know that Harr...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland Florida Homes Newly Listed - Weekly Update for 01/18/09 Weekly information for newly listed homes!  The numbers of homes newly marketed had an upwards trend from the previous week of 62 homes to 70 homes listed with area Realtors®. The total amount of current inventory held steady to 2,300 homes listed for sale. The average sales price is $214,506 and with an average size of a home is 1,853 square feet, which calculates to $115.76 per square foot.   Types of homes newly listed: 2 Duplex listed at an average price of $79,900 3 condos with an average price of $237,666 2 mobile homes listed with an average sales price of $71,400 1 townhome/villa listed with sales price of $115,000 62 single family homes with an average price of $207,497 Remember there is a home for every buyer!  T...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland Florida - Annual Pig Fest at Joker Marchant Stadium Where in the world around this time of the year would you find the best barbeque?  Ready for food, entertainment for the whole family to enjoy! Then look no further and come' on down to the 2009 Lakeland Pig Festival on January 30th - 31st,   2009. A tad bit of history lesson! It started all in 1994 when a small group of local businessmen attended the Blue Ridge Mountain town of Tyron, N.C. to watch a barbeque championship. From then on, a festival committee was established and Lakeland's Pig Festival welcomed its first barbeque competitors in 1997. Since then, professional teams and backyard teams travel great distances to compete separate in now five different categories in Ribs (loin and spare), Pork (shoulder and butt), Ch...
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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 01/11/09 My weekly update in a flash!  The numbers of homes recently listed decreased from the previous week of 74 homes to 62 homes listed with area Realtors®. The total amount of current inventory also seen a decrease from the previous week to 2,304 homes listed for sale. The average sales price is $214,540 and with an average size of a home is 1,853 square feet, which calculates to $115.78 per square foot.   Types of homes newly listed: 3 condos with an average price of $164,933 7 mobile homes listed with an average sales price of $111,114 2 townhomes/villas with an average sales price of $202,450 50 single family homes with an average price of $202,450 Let' break down the weekly update of Lakeland homes newly listed.  The top ...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland Florida - Review of December 2008 Real Estate Market Well folks, care for the numbers of Lakeland's average sold prices. Prices kept on falling at its lowest in December significantly falling to $134,365, a 30% stumble from the previous year. This is the lowest I've seen so far for 2008 closing out this eventful year of foreclosure crisis, wall street and main street crisis, mortgage mess and bail outs.   The average square foot of the sold homes for December was $76.03 per sq. ft., compared to the listing price of $81.36 per sq. ft. in Lakeland which is within the approximate numbers of our neighboring cities of Lakeland, such as Winter Haven, Auburndale, Bartow, Mulberry, and Polk City. Although real estate agents have a tendency to say that December is one of the slowest mon...
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By Becky Bywater, ASP
(Affordable Decorating & Staging)
With the current economy and glut of homes on the market, it is not the best of times to be selling your home.  However, if you must due to foreclosure or a pending move, there are things that you can do to make your home more marketable and give you a seller's edge.  With today's environment a seller cannot afford to have a home that does not show its best features.    Reality is, if the buyer does not see what they like, they can go down the street and find many more to choose from.  How you decorate to live in your home and how you decorate to sell are very different.  Whatever degree of staging you do can make a significant difference in how quickly and for how much your home sells.  Listed below are ten tips on staging your home to sell. 1)       Curb Appeal - Flower beds and scrub...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Twitter Local - Lakeland Florida Tweetup Meet How did I found out about Tweetup meet? Twitter - Chuck Welch sent out a tweet and wrote a blog about this meeting. The day of the meeting I noticed that there was also an article in the local newspaper. Granted, we're not the folks in Silicon Valley where Twitter predominantly rules the social media micro blogging.... but we sure were a fine group of about 30 people attending the local "Tweetup Meet" at the Black & Brew in Lakeland. Organized by a local blogger group in Lakeland Florida, Chuck Welch, who by the way creates the local maps included in my market reports, organized and spearheaded this great meeting. People from a variety background such as, news reporters, freelance writers and bloggers, social media marketing experts, clergy,...
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By Kevin Sandridge, Winter Haven Mortgage Broker
(Signature Home Funding)
For the first time ever, contemporary art images from "The Best of Beijing: Contemporary Chinese Art" collection will be seen in the United State, and Florida Southern College's Melvin Art Gallery is the site chosen to host the event. The "Best of Beijing" exhibition consists of 34 works by 30 artists, many of them large-scale paintings and photographs. The works were assembled by two galleries, Red Gate Gallery in Beijing and the Byron Cohen Gallery in Kansas City, Mo., and brought to Miami Beach for the Art Basel festival last month. James Rogers, chairman of the Division of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts at FSC, had seen some of the works on a trip to Beijing in 2004 and realized it would be affordable to bring them to Lakeland from Miami. The Byron Cohen collection wi...
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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 01/04/09 Hi fellow readers! It's Tuesday and time for my weekly update on newly listed properties in Lakeland. The numbers of homes recently listed increased considerably from the previous week of 36 homes to 74 homes listed with area Realtors®. The total amount of current inventory also increased slightly from the previous week to 2,323 homes listed for sale. The average sales price is $215,987 and with an average size of a home is 1,854 square feet, which calculates to $107.94 per square foot.   Types of homes newly listed: 3 condos with an average price of $138,233 7 mobile homes listed with an average sales price of $104,857 4 townhomes/villas with an average sales price of $116,175 60 single family homes with an average pric...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland Florida - Review of the Real Estate Market in recent Years Hi Folks! Look at these numbers below - don't they speak for itself about today's Lakeland Real Estate Market? Annual numbers of sold homes have seen a sharp drop since 2005 and last year 2008 did not give me an indication that the statistics will change much in 2009. The annual numbers of sold homes continued to decline by 21% from year 2007. How long will it take to absorb the current inventory (Absorption Rate)? Normal Market - Absorption Rate is between 5 and 6 months. Sellers Market - Absorption Rate is lower (1-4 months) Buyers Market - Absorption Rate is higher (7+ months) There is an average of 2,300 homes currently on the market in Lakeland. Taking into consideration last year's number - 1624 homes sold in Lake...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland Homes... Homes... Homes... Are you paralyzed with Choices? Neighborhoods are packed with properties available for sale. With over 2,300 homes currently on the market in Lakeland, Florida; homeowners facing foreclosure, job losses, job transfers or sellers anxious to move on are tired listening to the news reports of waiting for an economic recovery. With mortgage rates at an all time low and buyers having such a plethora of choices is such a blessing to many folks, who can afford their dream home for the very first time. However, with so many options to choose from can also result to apprehension not buying at all for people, who have difficulties in making a decision.  Recently, my husband and I were faced with a decision of buying a new television. While visiting an electroni...
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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 12/28/08 Hi fellow readers, here is my weekly update on newly listed properties in Lakeland. The numbers of homes recently listed were down from the previous week of 46 homes to 36 homes listed with area Realtors®. The total amount of current inventory dropped slightly from the previous week as well to 2,306 homes listed for sale. The average sales price is $215,543 and the average size of a home is 1,854 square feet, which calculates to $116.26 per square foot.   Types of homes newly listed: 2 condos with an average price of $134,450 2 mobile homes listed with an average sales price of $199,900 1 townhome/villa offered for sale at $139,900 31 single family homes with an average price of $182,185  Let me point out that my weekly u...
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TAMPA – Lennar, Tampa’s most active home builder, will host a “Taste of Lakeland” from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday Jan. 25 at the Hampton Hills Welcome Home Center, located on Prescott Loop in Lakeland off Mall Hill Road near I-4 and U.S. 98. Mark Metheny, president of Lennar in the Tampa Bay region, said Hampton Hills, will present a wide variety of gourmet samplings from area restaurants and hotels, along with beverages and entertainment, gift certificates and prizes. “This is a chance to taste the best of the best from many of our local chefs and their crews in a festive atmosphere and we expect prefect weather and a big turnout,” Metheny said. Lennar is building new single-family homes at Hampton Hills priced from the $150s. For information about this press release, contact Mark Metheny, ...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland Florida - Celebrate Seniors at "First Friday" The Downtown Lakeland Partnership hosts every month on the First Friday a free event at Munn Park. January's theme is "Celebrate Seniors"; this celebration is on January 2nd, 2009 inviting seniors and their families for a fun evening filled with arts, classic car shows, music and entertainment along the streets surrounding the lovely "Munn Park". Why "Celebrate Seniors"? To me, seniors today are yesterday's groundbreakers - who were the teachers who taught my children, the doctors who delivered my children, the carpenters who built my home, police, firefighters, lawyers, plumbers, entrepreneurs and service members of the military - they are your fathers, mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers - the backbone of your family truly dese...
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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 12/21/08 Hi fellow readers, it's Tuesday and time for my weekly update on newly listed properties in Lakeland. The numbers of homes recently listed were down from the previous week of 59 homes to 46 homes listed with area Realtors® However; there is still an abundance of inventory of homes available - currently a total of 2,391 homes are for sale. The average sales price is $215,028 and the average size of a home is 1,845 square foot, which calculates to $116.55 per square foot.   Types of homes newly listed: No duplex or condominium units were listed last week 4 mobile homes listed with an average sales price of $102,350 1 townhome/villa offered for sale at $124,980 41 single family homes with an average price of $192,653.  Let m...
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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 12/14/08 Hi fellow readers, newly listed homes were up from the previous week of 56 homes to 59 homes listed with area Realtors® There are currently a total of 2,409 homes for sale in Lakeland, Florida. The average sales price is $216,379 and the average size of a home is 1,848 square foot, which calculates to $117.09 per square foot.   Types of homes newly listed: 1 ½ duplex listed at $109,000 1 condo newly listed at $152,500 3 mobile homes listed with an average sales price of $77,125 4 townhomes/villas offered for sale at $120,081 50 single family homes with an average price of $184,062  With every weekly update of newly listed homes in the Lakeland area, I always provide you with some details on the priciest home that came on ...
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