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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 Near I-4 | 5404 Oxford Manor Circle   You will absolutely adore this lovely 3 bedroom home for sale in Lakeland FL! It has everything you need to live a comfortably happy life. It effortlessly features 2 bathrooms, 2-car attached garage and a large kitchen fully equipped with dishwasher, range and refrigerator for your cooking pleasure. You’ll also fall in love with its formal dining room, den that can also be used as your own office and/or library and volume ceilings conveniently designed to maximize your living space. It is also in a quiet and peaceful neighborhood so you are always assured of a peaceful sleep. Did we mention that you will be within walking distance to I-4, good schools, churches and shopping? Now that’s comfortable living! There’s...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland FL 3 Bedroom Home for Sale Near I-4  |  5404 Oxford Manor Circle   Explore the great amenities that await you in this stunning Lakeland FL 3 bedroom home for sale near I-4. Situated in .25 acre of land in the gorgeous Lakeland FL community, this amazing property offers 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and 2-car attached garage with door opener. The best part? You’ll a just be short distance away from I-4 with good schools, churches and shopping just a few minutes away. Built in 2006, this single family home in Lakeland FL has been meticulously kept and maintained by its previous owners. Upon stepping inside, you’ll be immediately drawn to the warm, cozy atmosphere of the place. You’ll feel like you’ve come home. If you like to have friends over on Friday nights for TV or movie marathons or ...
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USDA Rural Housing still offer 100% financing in select locations around Florida.  The best part is most of Polk County is still eligible for the USDA Rural housing program in 2015.  The USDA rural loan program continues to grow in popularity with Polk County homebuyers searching for 100% financing.  Eligible USDA areas of Polk County include -  Davenport, Outlying areas of Lakeland, Plant City, and Winter Haven.   As many buyers know, all the 100% home loan options in the past have disappeared in Florida.  However, USDA still offers $0 money down, low 30 year fixed rates, and easy qualifying. .   The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) sets the lending standards for the program, which is followed by all USDA approved lenders and banks in Florida.   Also known as the “Rural D...
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USDA Rural Housing still offers 100% financing in select locations around Florida.  The good news is Polk County is still eligible for the USDA Rural housing program in 2015.  The USDA program continues to grow in popularity with Polk County homebuyers searching for 100% financing.  Eligible USDA areas of Polk County include - Davenport, Outlying areas of Lakeland, Plant City, and Winter Haven.   As many buyers know, all the 100% home loan options in the past have disappeared in Florida.  However, USDA still offers $0 money down, low 30 year fixed rates, and easy qualifying. . The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) sets the lending standards for the program, which is followed by all USDA approved lenders and banks in Florida.   Also known as the “Rural Development” or “502 G...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland FL Short Sale Agents Explain Why Short Sales Take Time     It is no secret to Lakeland FL short sale agents that short sales aren’t exactly short. In fact, it can take months to finish and doesn’t always end up well. Aside from the fact that the layers of negotiation contributes to this, there are a number of reasons for all these delays. Here are some insider information you ought to know: Document related delays A short sale listing agent will have to be responsible in preparing and submitting the short sale package the bank needs in order to analyse and approve the short sale. These documents have been listed in one of our articles in http://LakelandFL-ShortSaleAgent.com/. There are instances when delays happen due to documentation. Here are the most common ones:   -Missing ...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland FL 2 Bedroom Historic Home for Sale | 754 Park Hill Ave   Utmost convenience is what you’ll get in this comfortable Lakeland FL 2 bedroom historic home for sale. Built in 1927 and had only two previous owners, this home stands in up to 10,889 square feet of land and is located in a safe neighborhood with excellent schools nearby. The best part? The owners are ready to sell so there’s no need to wait long for a short sale or endless paperwork to fill out on a foreclosure! You can be the proud owner of this home anytime. This property would make a great starter home. Imagine all the things you can do to make it a personal reflection of your own individual taste and style. For example, by adding a coat of colorful paint, you can give this living room a fresh and exciting look! A f...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
2 Bedroom Historic Home for Sale | 754 Park Hill Ave Lakeland FL 33801   Experience utmost convenience in this lovely 2 bedroom historic home for sale in Lakeland FL.  Built in 1927 and had only two previous owners, this home stands in up to 10,889 square feet of land and is located in a safe neighborhood with excellent schools nearby. It features 1 and ½ baths and 1 car port. Although this home may need a little TLC, the roof and electrical had been updated. It is also within walking distance to the gorgeous Lake Morton and the architectural buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Polk Museum of Art.  To top it all, the owners are ready to sell so there’s no need to wait long for a short sale or endless paperwork to fill out on a foreclosure! You can be the proud owner of this 2 bedro...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
What Affects the Price of a Short Sale in Lakeland FL?   Pricing a short sale in Lakeland FL can be a bit tricky. Apart from the home’s market value, several other factors come into play when it comes to pricing so that the short sale would end up successful. Aside from other tips for a successful short sale found in http://LakelandFL-ShortSaleAgent.com, here are some of the aspects that a seller should keep in mind when pricing a short sale. 1.The buyer must find it attractive Before you submit the short sale to the bank for approval, you must first have a potential buyer who is willing to pay the price of the home. Assigning a price which is a tad lower that the market value of the home can be a good start to attract home buyers.   2.  The bank must see it as reasonable Generally, the...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
4 Major Roles of a Lakeland FL Short Sale Agent    A short sale must be handled by Lakeland FL short sale agents simply because of the experience they can bring to the table. It may entail conflicts and problems only a short sale agent would know how to address. It is just impossible to do everything on your own as a buyer or seller. Understanding what they can do for you is crucial in setting your expectations. This article will focus on the responsibilities of a short sale listing agent. 1. Setting up the property for a short sale: Part of the agents’ responsibilities is initiating the short sale process by preparing a listing agreement, then listing the property in MLS and completing documentations for the package to be sent to the lender. Completing all the required papers might be ...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
How Many Lakeland FL Real Estate Brokers Should You Have?   Selling your old home and buying a new one are two different transactions. But does this mean that you always need to have separate Lakeland FL Sandpiper Golf homes agents? The answer would depend on many factors. Check some of it below: 1.       Where are you coming from and where will you move? Obviously, if you are coming from or moving to a different country, having your local Lakeland FL real estate broker to assist you both in buying and selling may not be the best decision. Remember that in previous articles we’ve shared in http://LakelandFL-HomesForSale.com/, it is always encouraged that agents have a knowledge of the neighborhood so you’d be able to get the help you need to make an informed decision.   However, if you ...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Why You Need a Lakeland FL Short Sale Agent   Short selling with the help of Lakeland FL short sale agents can be the best option for some homeowners. It simply means you and your lender will have an agreement that the latter will accept an amount less that the full payoff amount of your mortgage. But why is it better to have a short sale agent and not just any other real estate agent? Or why can’t you just deal with it on your own? Coordination and negotiation is needed Short sale is not like an ordinary home selling process. Coordination is needed to just with the buyer and buyer’s agent but also with the lender. If you don’t have the time and skills to take care of these multiple negotiations, having an expert and professional Lakeland FL short sale agent is your best option. Learn m...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Sandpiper Lakeland Fl Home For Sale | 6210 Crane Dr, Lakeland, FL 33809 Ever dreamed of living in a 55+ Community home that comes with a breathtaking view of the golf course, fantastic home features and superb privileges to live an envious lifestyle befitting your needs? Then this must be your lucky day! This Sandpiper Lakeland Fl home for sale in Polk County awaits you. The 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom single story home sits on an acreage of up to 10,889 Sq. Ft. and boasts of wonderful amenities you would surely adore. The home also comes with a spacious living room and dining room combination, a kitchen, a lanai and an office or den. It is meticulously maintained from the exterior's splendid mature landscaping to the interior's neutral design and awesome features. Spending your day here with...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Lakeland FL Home for Sale - 6210 Crane Dr A Fabulous 2 bedroom 2 bath with den/office in the 55+ community Sandpiper Golf & Country Club with amenities galore and golf course view. This well-maintained Lakeland FL home boasts a large family room dining room combination which is great for entertaining or family gatherings. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet. Updated side-by-side refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave. The master bath features sit-in shower. The split level floor-plan allows for privacy for you or your guests to enjoy while staying. The enclosed lanai is fantastic to relax with breathtaking view of the golf course. This is a definite must see and move-in ready home. Nothing to do here, think again. From golfing, swimming, tennis to simply take advantage of the many ...
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By Highland Homes, Building Dream Homes in Florida Since 1996
(Highland Homes)
Attention Florida REALTORS, mark your calendars to join Highland Homes for a Broker’s Open Luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 at their Saratoga community in north Lakeland. Scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., this event will give Florida real estate professionals an opportunity to preview the brand new model home before it opens to the public, learn more about homes at Saratoga and enjoy a delicious lunch sponsored by Home Solution Lenders, Inc. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to discover the benefits of working with Highland Homes, which include great commissions, bonus opportunities, fantastic buyer financing options and more. Located off Duff Road and adjacent to Huntington Hills Golf and Country Club, Saratoga’s north Lakeland address will provide residents with a laid-ba...
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For those Lakeland homeowners that already have a VA mortgage, there is the special refinance program called the VA IRRRL ( Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan)  that can help you lower and payments.  The VA IRRRL refinance can be done fast and easy since it’s streamline and does not require much documentation. Typically, there are no paystubs, no W2s, no bank statements and no appraisal required. Since there is no appraisal required, there is no LTV (loan to value) limit and those who are still underwater can refinance because value is not an issue. Can you get approved for a Lakeland VA streamline refinance (IRRRL)? There are certain conditions that must be met to be eligibility for an IRRRL: You must have an existing VA loan. The current VA loan must be in good standing – not more...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Historic Homes for Sale - Beacon Hill Historic District in Lakeland FL   I believe the Beacon Hill Historic District in Lakeland Florida is one of the most hidden treasures as far as community is concerned.  This small historic district consists of about 150 structures and 89 homes were built before 1945.  Lakeland Florida has a total of 6 historic residential districts.    There are only a handful of homes for sale in the Beacon Hill historic district of Lakeland Florida for the most discriminating buyer.  The style of homes consists of bungalows, colonial and tudor homes, each has it's own characteristics and quality. Beacon Hill is known to its local as "The Reservation".  You will find street names, such as Seminole, Pueblo, Cherokee and Comanche just to name a few.       It's attra...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
How to Use Lighting to Stage Your Lakeland Sandpiper Home for Sale How to Use Lighting to Stage Your Lakeland Sandpiper Home for Sale If you are thinking about selling your Lakeland Sandpiper home, make sure you stage it in the “right light.” Staging with the right light makes any room look better, bigger, and airier. It can create a dramatic mood, draw attention to your home’s best features, and evoke positive feelings in potential buyers viewing your home. Another advantage of proper lighting is it’s less expensive compared to repainting or reflooring, but creates dramatic results. A dark home can turn off potential buyers and even decrease the amount of money you get in offers so make sure your Lakeland Sandpiper home for sale is properly lit in order to help sell it faster and at t...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Warning Signs That You Need to Repair the Foundation of Your Carillon Lakes Home For Sale   It is important to address problems with the foundation of your Carillon Lakes home for sale as soon as you see these warning signs.   A shifting, settling, or failing foundation can cause major structural damage to your Carillon Lakes home. The sooner you are able to fix any problems in your home’s foundation, the less damage it can cause.   The problem with foundation issues is they don’t show up right away. Your home’s foundation shifts, settles, or fails gradually and the simple telltale signs of foundation problems could be easily overlooked by homeowners.   Here are warning signs of foundation problems: 1. Cracks in floors 2. Misaligned garage doors, exterior doors, and windows 3. Bulging f...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Buyers of Sandpiper Lakeland Homes for Sale: Tips In Transitioning Into an Active Adult Community    Buyers of Sandpiper Lakeland homes for sale: Tips in transitioning into an active adult community   From selling your old home to settling into your new Sandpiper Lakeland home, there’s a lot of adjustments when moving into an active adult community for the first time.   Though you are looking forward to the benefits in living in a community like Sandpiper Lakeland Fl, the process of moving and adjusting can be demanding if  you are not prepared.       Here are some tips to help you have an easier and more simplified transition into an active adult community:   1. Make a checklist. Staying organized is the key to relocating. Write down your “to do’s,” make a checklist of your inventory t...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Top 9 Tips In Buying a Carillon Lakes Home for Sale   Top tips in buying a Carillon Lakes home for sale   Buying a home in an active adult community like Carillon Lakes is not too different from buying a home in a regular neighborhood.   The best thing to do is to hire an agent who is experienced in buying or selling Carillon Lakes homes for sale and who understands 55+ communities.   Here are some more tips in buying a home in Carillon Lakes:   1. Arrange your financing. Talk to your lender and get a preapproval letter before you make an offer on a home.   2. Get a home inspection. This also applies even for brand new homes.   3. Talk to the neighbors and find out what they like or don’t like about living there.   4. Ask the seller about cost of utilities and other costs associated wit...
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