Lake Mary, FL Real Estate News

By Marc Grossman, GRI, Greater Orlando Real Estate Broker
(Marc It Sold!)
The following are the market sales statistics for Lake Mary, Seminole County, Florida for January 2009.  Lake Mary is made up of the zip code 32746.  For purposes of this analysis we will be splitting the data according to single-family homes vs, condominiums, townhomes and villas. A couple of definitions are in order. The median sales price means that 50% of the homes sold for more and 50% of the homes sold for less during a certain period of time - in other words, it's the midpoint of sale prices. So basically what this means, is that the median sales price is showing market activity in that it's specifically indicating which price range is more active. The average sales price, as opposed to the median sales price, is the total volume of sold properties divided by the number of prope...
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By Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary, First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes
(LemonTree Realty)
Ok so maybe the money isnt missing, but might be left making more money for the IRS if you missed any tax deductions. Don't leave it up to chance and do your own 1040. With all the new tax laws and incentives out there for people who have recently purchased or home or sold a home, it makes sense to consult a CPA. If you live in the Orlando or Lake Mary area call Gail Joubran, CPA. She has over 25+ Years of tax experience, estate planning and trust and worked for many years as an internal auditor. If you or your company is looking for a CPA (certified public accountant) or auditor make 407-324-6181 the last number you call for all your tax needs. Realtors we are notorious for thinking we can deduct more then we can and I know a few agents who have found themselves audited. She has proudl...
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This isn't an easy post to write, I've been putting it off for a while.  Foreclosure isn't just a legal action there is a much bigger issue at work here.  The emotional impact that a foreclosure has on a family can be devastating, I've witnessed it first hand. If you want to avoid foreclosure, please ask for help.  The entire foreclosure process can take 6 months from the first missed payment and there is no time to waste. Please click here to read the read the rest of the article, How Long Can a Lake Mary Foreclosure take.    Move To Lake Mary.com Debbie Summers, Lake Mary REALTOR, Blogger, ALHS, ePRO 407-758-1020 or  Debbie@MoveToLakeMary.com Search for Homes in Lake Mary, Florida 
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
Welcome back to the Lake Mary, Florida Real Estate Update... Lake Mary Real Estate Snapshot Homes For Sale in Lake Mary:  563 Lake Mary Homes under contract:  70 Homes Listed this week in Lake Mary: 21   This past week there were 4 home sales in Lake Mary, FL.  Two of the homes were listed under 45 days.  Why do some homes sell and others linger on the market?  Please click here to read the rest of the Lake Mary, Florida Weekly Real Estate Update.   Move To Lake Mary.com Debbie Summers, Lake Mary REALTOR, Blogger, ALHS, ePRO 407-758-1020 or  Debbie@MoveToLakeMary.com Search for Homes in Lake Mary, Florida 
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By Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary, First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes
(LemonTree Realty)
After all these years Lake Mary High school is getting a pool. Why didn't they have a pool when I went there hmmm? The school board had delayed building the pool on fears of funding being cut, but now has the green light. The super intendent Bill Vogel is still against the pool but the board voted it in. It's a $2 million pool that is to be used by the school and the public. It's suppose to help spur the economy.Not sure how that is going to spur things. Look at a majority of the homes in the immediate area of the school, they have their own pool. The only true benefit will be to the school, who in my opinion does not need it. See since the schools inception they have used the Lake Mary YMCA pool who is literally a few feet from the school. The YMCA in the past 5 years recently renovate...
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By Marc Grossman, GRI, Greater Orlando Real Estate Broker
(Marc It Sold!)
The following are the market sales statistics for Lake Mary, Seminole County, Florida for December 2008.  Lake Mary is made up of the zip code 32746.  For purposes of this analysis we will be splitting the data according to single-family homes vs, condominiums, townhomes and villas. A couple of definitions are in order. The median sales price means that 50% of the homes sold for more and 50% of the homes sold for less during a certain period of time - in other words, it's the midpoint of sale prices. So basically what this means, is that the median sales price is showing market activity in that it's specifically indicating which price range is more active. The average sales price, as opposed to the median sales price, is the total volume of sold properties divided by the number of prop...
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By LaShawn Norden, REALTOR, (321) 377-0157, Your Real Estate Advocate in Central FL
(Keller Williams Heritage Realty)
Now, now...stop thinking naughty. This is a Real Estate blog post that is rated G. I promise. As a full-time Real Estate agent who has represented many Buyers in the past several years, I've come to realize that you must KISS them sometime during the buying process. What, you say?? KISS? Yes. KISS. Keep It So Simple. In almost every transaction I have ever had with a Buyer, I've been asked to further define a term or description used by another Real Estate agent. For example, just this year, I've been asked what a "zero lot line" is, what "split bedrooms" are, what the term "does not convey" means and, if a "short sale" means that the Buyer will have to close fast. These questions are being asked by Buyers currently in the market who may or may not have purchased homes in the past and w...
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
I received an email a few minutes ago from a friend of mine with the title "Yellow Pages Goes Green", I clicked to find the website "Yellow Pages Goes Green" that you can register your address on to OPT OUT of receiving printed phone books.  I was excited to say the least, I use Google or other online sources to find business and people.  I haven't used a phone books in years. In November I was actually home when the books were being delivered and ask the delivery man to keep ours, he seemed stunned and hesitantly took it back.  He even told me that if anyone asks, he tried to deliver it.  Did I save a tree?  I hope so! If you are interested in OPTING OUT from receipt of Telephone Books please click the Yellow Pages Goes Green link here.      Debbie Summers, Lake Mary REALTOR, ALHS, e-P...
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
Lake Mary, Florida home sales finished the year off STRONG.  14 sales last week makes this one of the best weeks of the year!  Lake Mary home buyers are taking advantage of low interest rates and some of the most affordable prices in the past 5 years.  If you've been thinking about buying a home in Lake Mary contact today. For details about the Lake Mary Homes that sold this week, please click here.     Find Your Lake Mary Florida Dream Home Debbie Summers, Lake Mary REALTOR, ALHS, e-PRO  407-758-1020 or  Debbie@MoveToLakeMary.com
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By Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary, First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes
(LemonTree Realty)
You have heard it on the media, Home prices slashed! Purchase a $500,000 for $250,000. It's all over the media, spinning this hype that banks are just letting these homes go for pennies. The media is doing their job well, to spin hype and create commotion however their job is not selling real estate. I am out there on the streets with clients viewing these homes and making offers, talking with other agents, banks and listing short sales myself. People listen to the Real Estate Professionals when they tell you asking the bank to take $30,000 of a price plus asking for $10,000 in closing costs assistance isnt going to fly. See the home original was purchased for $350,000 it went through the short sale process with no success. The bank took the home over, but first with some added costs to...
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A visit to Sunny Central Florida could cause you to put your home on the market "Up North" and buy a home in Central Florida.  If by chance you choose to ignore this warning, please contact me for an free no obligation intervention consultation. As I receive texts from family and friends across the Country, I realize that it is just too much for some of them to hear that we had blue skies and temperatures in the 70's today.  It's just not right. If you dare to visit us here in Central Florida the next few months, be careful... You too might become a Florida Resident, just like me.   The Summers Team your Central Florida Real Estate Resource Debbie Summers, Lake Mary REALTOR, Blogger, ALHS, ePRO 407-758-1020 or  Debbie@MoveToLakeMary.com Search Homes for Sale in Central Florida 
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By Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary, First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes
(LemonTree Realty)
There is no doubt it's a buyers market. Inventory levels have never been better, coupled with the best interest rates in years and you have the perfect synergy effect for home buyers. However, buyers beware just because you have the perfect conditions does not entitle you to unrealistic expectations. While this market gives you the opportunity to buy a house, it does not mean you get the Tasmajal on a Clampett budget (pre hitting oil). While you might be able to afford more home, do you really need it? Will you use all those extra rooms? Do you have time to handle the landscaping and mowing or do you need to hire a lawn company and add more expense to your monthly budget? Majority of my business is helping guide first time home buyers through the process of purchasing a home and more im...
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
I Promise, I Won't Call You... I hadn't said, well actually typed that to anyone before.  His email to me was clear, "I've signed up on your website to search for Lake Mary homes and I'm giving you my phone number, but you must promise not to call me."  Okay, I wrote back, I Promise. I've kept my promise for over three months, we exchange emails on almost a  weekly basis... He often has questions about a home or wants to know the taxes, but he doesn't want me to "sell" him.  I never push or sell, I provide information, advice, opinions and guidance but I've never used a sales "technique" on someone to pursuade them to purchase a home.  Instead of taking on the role of "sales person", I prefer to think of myself as a guide... Informing buyers and sellers about the process and facilitatin...
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
I hear it...  If you are a first time home buyer it's not a whisper but a roar that you hear.  The $7500 Federal Tax Credit for first time buyers is up in less than 6 months.  For the purpose of the Federal Tax Credit the law defines "first-time home buyer" as a buyer who has not owned a principal residence during the three-year period prior to the purchase.  So, even if you owned a home over 3 years ago you are considered a first-time home buyer for tax purposes. The $7500 Federal Tax Credit is a Dollar for Dollar refund or will decrease your tax bill and is paid back over 15 years.  This is just one of the oppourtnities that awaits you.  The most affordable prices in years and historically low interest rates makes NOW the time to buy a home. To talk with me about your desire to purcha...
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
Move To Lake Mary dot Com, our Local Lake Mary Real Estate Blog is featuring a new series of articles entitled "Lake Mary Real Estate 101".  This week's installment is entitled "Real Estate is Local".  If there is one thing that I've learned here on Active Rain it is that what's happening in Lake Mary, Florida has nothing to do with what's happening in Maple Valley, Washington.  If you are looking for expert real estate advice in Lake Mary I'm your girl, but if you want to know what's happening in another area you should talk to an expert there.  How do you find your local expert?  Great Question... My advice is to talk to your REALTOR, chances are that your REALTOR has relationships with other real estate professionals in other areas of the Country. If you don't have a relationship wit...
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Congratulations!  You've worked hard to get here... You've saved for your down payment, you've provided mountains of bank statements for your mortgage approval and you've signed so many pages of documents that your hands went numb.  Now the fun begins, moving in, painting, getting settled... You're a homeowner, it's the American Dream. My advice for all home buyers is to take advantage of the Automatic Withdrawal that your mortgage holder will offer you in order to pay your mortgage on time.  Paying your mortgage on time is one of the most important financial responsibilities you will ever have, take a moment, fill out the draft authorization and relax because your mortgage payment will be made on time, automatically.   Move To Lake Mary.com Sanford & Orlando Florida Real Estate Debbie ...
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
7 more homes sold in Lake Mary, Florida this week.  Even with the Christmas break there was a steady stream of closings this week in Lake Mary.  Please click here for details about the homes that sold this week in Lake Mary. What do I find educational about the weekly update? The difference between the list price and sold price of the homes The number of days homes are on the market The sqaure footage prices (Divide the Sold Price by the Living Area) Thinking about selling your Lake Mary home?  Please call us for your home marketing consultation, no pressure, no sales pitch... Just answers to all of your home selling questions.  Contact The Summers Team today! By email or calling - 407.758.1020. Move To Lake Mary.com Lake Mary Florida Real Estate Debbie Summers Licensed Real Estate Prof...
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
I've already decided that I'm going to have an unbelievable year.  Yes, it's all in my mind.  I'm excited! I have new Goals, which include riding 3,230 miles on the stationary bike this year.  Why 3,230 miles? This ride would take me from my home in Lake Mary, Florida to my parents doorstep on Whidbey Island, Washington.  Even though I'm not with them every day, I'll be spending time with them in my mind as I chisel away at my goal by 15 or 20 miles per ride.  Who knows where I will go next year.  Maybe I will ride to see you... Cas and I have a new website "Move To Lake Mary dot com" - I'm focused on adding more community and real estate information to build a destination Website for buyers, sellers and residents of Lake Mary, FL.  I'm looking forward to learning more about my Hometown...
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By Marc Grossman, GRI, Greater Orlando Real Estate Broker
(Marc It Sold!)
Magnolia Plantation is a 24/7 guarded golf course community located in Lake Mary, Seminole County Florida 32746. Magnolia Plantation is very convenient to shopping and the highways and located off of Markham Woods Road. Magnolia Plantation consists of over 500 single-family homes built in the 2000’s with over 2000sf on 1/3 + acre lots. Magnolia Plantation is home to the Magnolia Plantation Golf Club. Magnolia Plantation is a great place to live! For information on Lake Mary and Seminole County real estate and Lake Mary and Seminole County homes for sale in addition to Lake Mary and Seminole County relocation contact Marc Grossman, your Lake Mary and Seminole County Realtor @ 407-463-1034. Additional information is available for Seminole County real estate, Orange County real estate, We...
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
  What gets a house junkie excited?  Beautifully decorated, finely crafted homes in beautiful surroundings...  Especially the ones you can win for FREE! I'm counting down to January 1st to enter to win this years HGTV Dream Home Contest... Yes, you could win a free home.  I know it's crazy, but for the 3 people that haven't heard about this contest before, get excited NOW! The HGTV Dream Home Giveaway is something that I look forward to every year...  I love HGTV, I'd watch 24/7 if I could.  One of my favorite Dream Homes was the house in St. Mary's Georgia - pictured above.  I'm such an home enthusiast that I had my husband drive me up to look at the house.  It was gorgeous - I didn't want to leave!  You can't register until January 1st, but you can take the tour of this years Victoria...
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