The Villages, FL Real Estate News

By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
The Villages Florida is About More than Just Golf Jimmy Roberts and the Golf Channel scored a hole in one Monday night with their segment on The Villages.  They came to do a special about the 567 holes of golf available within The Villages itself--more than any other community or facility in the world with roughly 2.9 million tee times in the past year.  They quickly found out that “Golf is the lifeblood here, but The Villages is more than 18 holes, a nap, and an early bird dinner.” This is not how your parents viewed their golden years, but today's retiree is not interested in sitting around the house catching reruns on the television.  There are more than 50,000 golf carts in The Villages.  It is a different way of living, and it is on the move.  If golf is not your bag, what about pi...
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Transportation from Orlando International Airport to The Villages FL Working with buyers in The Villages FL area, I am often asked about Transportation from Orlando International Airport to The Villages FL.  From personal experience, I find Village Airport Van to be a terrific choice, and they are very reasonably priced. I have recommended Village Airport Van to many clients who have asked about Transportation from Orlando International Airport to The Villages FL, but today I got a mailer (with a nice Magnet for my Refrigerator!), and I found out some additional information.  On this mailer it mentions "Still ONLY $35 Per Person," which is the reason that I decided to stop making the 130 mile round trip (and pay tolls on top of that) every time someone comes to town.  But the mailer als...
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
"Above Par for Animals" Golf Ball Drop from REMAX Balloon Big Success Today was the second annual "Above Par for Animals" Golf Ball Drop from the REMAX Balloon, and we are happy to report that it was a big success.  The festivities started this morning at 10 A.M. at George Nahas Chevrolet in The Villages.   The REMAX Balloon was a little late in arriving due to traffic coming from an early morning engagement (who ever heard of a hot air balloon getting stuck in traffic?), but there were plenty of other things going on in the meantime.   During the entire festivities, lunch was being served by our friends at Landmark Mortgage.  That was a warm job on a day like today (85 for the high), but they kept at it the whole time (and did an excellent job too!).  A silent auction was going on all ...
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
"Above Par for Animals" Golf Ball Drop from the REMAX Balloon My friend Max (that handsome devil in the photo) hopes you have marked your calendar for the 2nd Annual "Above Par for Animals" Golf Ball Drop in The Villages, Florida.  The festivities begin on Saturday, April 5, at 10 A.M. at George Nahas Chevrolet.  Join RE/MAX Premier Realtors, George Nahas Chevrolet, and the Humane Society of Sumter County for their second annual Golf Ball Drop in The Villages, Florida.  From the ever popular RE/MAX hot air balloon, numbered golf balls will be dropped with the top three winners, either in the hole or closest to it, winning great prizes!  The grand prize is a gently loved Golf Cart, second prize is a i-pad Mini, and third prize is a Deluxe BBQ Grill.  This fun-filled event will feature li...
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By Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F
(Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.)
We buy houses The Villages Florida. If you own a home and want to sell it fast, please call us today. We having been buying homes in Central and North FL for over 20 years now. 352-658-3755 or www.WeBuyHouses352.com We buy them in all conditions from junkers to dollhouses. Our specialty is damaged houses like sinkhole, fire, storm, mold, and termites. But we also buy homes with more typical issues like outdated floor plans and leaky roofs. Even if the home needs little to no work but you just need to sell quickly, we can help. We buy sinkhole houses. Sell The Villages home fast. We help sellers in all situations. With 20 years in the business of hundreds of homes closed, there are few things we have not dealt with. Some of these situations include: Foreclosure Short Sale Probate Relocat...
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By Bill Ness, 55Places.com, Active Adult Community Guide
(55Places.com)
The Villages Florida is the largest active adult community in the world. Upon completion there will be an estimated 75,000 households of homeowner's age 55 and better. This staggering resort-style community sits on over 20,000 acres of land where golf carts are a popular mode of transportation. The Villages is a one-of-a-kind community with hundreds of amenities and a never-ending list of activities. Below are 5 reasons The Villages Florida has soared to amazing popularity among Florida retirees. #1 – The Villages is its own town: With retail stores, restaurants, cafes, movie theaters, banks, post offices and everyday conveniences located right within the community, residents need not venture far from home. “Villagers” easily find everything they could possibly need or want all within t...
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By Jim Poole, Zero Down, USDA Purchase Loans, FHA 203(K) Rehab & VA Streamline Loans
Lake County Florida Home Buyer Assistance Program Process and Time Line 1.  County sponsored home buyer education class is required. 2.  Home buyer is APPROVED and signs contract for home. 3.  Lender sends Reservation Form with contact to county. 4.  With-in 5 days, home is inspected by county staff. 5.  If necessary, lead based paint assessment is completed. 6.  Lender sends loan package to county. IF NO REPAIRS ARE NECESSARY...... 7.  County approves application package. 8.  County contracted appraiser completes appraisal. 9.  Home buyer meets with home buyer counselor. 10. Mortgage package e-mailed to title company. 11. Home buyer assistance check is released by county after HUD 1 is approved. 12. Closing occurs at the offices of the title company. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT: ...
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By Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty, Homes for Sale Mount Dora Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
Villages FL - Glenview Country Club Restaurant- Best Steak - Seafood We thoroughly enjoyed our Steak and Seafood dinner at the Glenview Country Club Restaurant in the Villages Florida.  Karen enjoyed the Grouper and I had the broiled Fillet Mignon and Pork Tenderloin combination.    Before Dinner we sampled a very delightful appetizer of fried Carolina Caprese'  Fresh Mozzarella with chef Braton's special recipe of fried green tomatoes served with a side of aged balsamic, then finished off with fresh basil.   Glenview Country Club Restaurant can be reached at:  352-753-0077       What really impressed me about this restaurant was the quality of the service we received from the hostess and waiter.  In our business we entertain a great deal and it's important to be able to focus on our gu...
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By Bill Ness, 55Places.com, Active Adult Community Guide
(55Places.com)
Active adult communities range from intimate neighborhoods to sprawling resorts, but The Villages is in a class of its own. Though this sizable Florida town began in 1978 as a small neighborhood, The Villages will contain approximately 75,000 homes upon completion. What’s more, this impressive age-restricted community spans three counties, three zip codes and over 20,000 acres. The Villages, FL is a fully functioning town with its own shopping, restaurants, post offices, banks and recreational attractions, as well as the amenities that active adults come to expect in a resort-style community. There are 26 executive golf courses and 9 championship golf courses. There are tennis facilities and sports courts including bocce ball, pickleball, shuffleboard, horseshoes, basketball and volleyb...
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By Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F
(Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.)
We list properties in Sumter County and all of Central Florida. Sell your Sumter County property through us. We are experts in selling properties in Sumter County. Sumter County Realtor. Sumter County real estate. The Villages Realtor. The Villages real estate. Bushnell Realtor. Bushnell real estate. Flat fee MLS listing Sumter County and Wildwood. Discount real estate broker Sumter County sometimes mis-spelled as Sumpter County. For sale by owner services Sumter County Florida. List in the MLS for less. Use our FSBO MLS services to list your house or property. Flat fee discount Realtor. List your home with us. Our buy owner real estate services are the best. Flat fee MLS and fixed fee MLS by owner services available. Contact us if you are looking to buy or sell a house or investment pr...
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By Sara Homan, Realtor, Homes, Farms & 55+
(Coldwell Banker Ellison Realty 352-209-4044)
  The Villages in Lady Lake will be hosting Sarah Palin on Sunday September 21.  It is expected to have an overwhelming attendance and traffic promises to be extremely heavy. The doors open at 1:30pm and tickets are required.  It is advisable to allow plenty of time to go through security.  The following has been copied from their ad on the internet. Sarah Palin Comes to Central Florida! SIGN UP FOR A CHANCE TO MEET SARAH PALIN! VOLUNTEER AND GET "VIP TREATMENT" TICKETS REQUIRED Republican Vice Presidential Candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will lead a McCain/Palin Rally at the Villages this Sunday, September 21, 2008 . Everyone is invited, but there are special incentives and benefits for volunteers! Details: Location Villages Market Square at 1020 Lake Sumter Landing, The Vil...
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What a night. My wife and I had my family up from Clermont to spend a little time with the baby. After awhile, we decided to head up the street for dinner. Long story short, we ended up in The Villages. What is The Villages? In short, it is a retirement community that really has it going on.Wow. I really thought that when you retire, you basically just sit around, talk about how it used to be and play Pinochle or Canasta. Was I ever wrong!!! I am only 31, but after tonight, I can't wait to retire...that is when the party starts!!! As we were driving down the main drag, we noticed how beautiful and well manicured this property is. Lake Sumter Landing Market Square is where we found ourselves tonight. The Market Square was hopping! Live music by Sounds of Time duo Kathy & Tony were perfom...
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