Lake Mary, FL Real Estate News

By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
Outstanding week of Lake Mary Home Sales - 9 homes sold this week in Lake Mary, Florida.  Typically we see a slowing of the market during the last month of the year, but this solid week of sales and a steady number of homes going under contract are positive real estate market signs.  Please click here for details about the homes sold this week in Lake Mary. There were 19 homes new to the market this week, if you are considering selling your Lake Mary home and would like more information about the current value of your home, please contact me for a free, no obligation home evaluation. Move To Lake Mary.com Lake Mary Florida Real Estate Sales Debbie Summers Licensed Real Estate Professional, ALHS, ePRO 407-758-1020 or  Debbie@MoveToLakeMary.com  Find your dream home in  Lake Mary, Florida...
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
Another solid week of home sales in Lake Mary, Florida.  The most expensive home sale of the week was in Heathrow Woods, a guard gated luxury home community just off Markham Woods Road.  The five bedroom, four and a half bath home was originally listed for $1,695,000 and sold just after four months on the market for $1,330,000.  Please click here for details on all of the homes sold in Lake Mary, Florida this week. Three of the seven sales this week were foreclosures...  If are looking for a home in Lake Mary or Seminole County, Florida, now is the time to take advantage of the affordable prices.  There are outstanding opportunities to buy a home or an investment property in Lake Mary and Seminole County... take advantage of interest rates at their historic lows.  Call me today for more...
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By Marc Grossman, GRI, Greater Orlando Real Estate Broker
(Marc It Sold!)
Heathrow is an upscale community located in Lake Mary, Seminole County Florida 32746. Heathrow has two 24/7 manned security entrances and is made up of over 2000 homes on approximately 3000 acres in 31 different and unique communities. Heathrow is a master planned community started in 1985 by Jeno Palucci, the founder of Chun King. Heathrow is home to the private Heathrow County Club with its 18-hole Ron Garl designed golf course, as well as the Heathrow Racquet Club with its 13 lighted tennis courts, pool, sauna, Jacuzzi & pro shop. Other area amenities include Sawyer Lake Park with its lighted volleyball and basketball courts, playground, soccer and softball fields, running/walking paths, fishing dock & canoe launch. A stones throw from Heathrow’s north entrance, there is Colonial To...
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I received a referral this week from a first time home buyer I'm currently working with and some very good questions... Who should her friend contact first - Me or the loan officer that I referred her to?  This first time home buyer already knew from working with me that her friend shouldn't actually look at homes until she finds out what her buying power is and what type of loan she qualifies for first. You see I ask all Lake Mary home buyers to get Pre-Qualified for a mortgage before we actually go out to look for a home.  Getting pre-qualified for a mortgage is the first step down the road to home ownership and it shouldn't be past by just to see what's out there first. Many people think that using mortgage payment calculators are a sufficient way to establish a price range of homes ...
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By Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary, First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes
(LemonTree Realty)
Tree-Cutting Traditions When I was a kid, I lived in Michigan on 10 acres of land. Actually all of us that lived on the street had at least 10 acres. Needless to say it was a hike just going to play with the neighbor kids. Every Christmas my dad and I had a tradition. We would trek into our woods and cut down our own Christmas trees. I remember putting on my snowsuit and boots gloves and saw in hand, that was the fun part. The part that sucked was dragging that thing home. Not only was it cheap, but we found the most amazing full tree's that you just dont find at the places on the side of the road. One year we had a tree 8 or 9 ft tall. In the Spring, for every tree we cut we planted 2 or 3 more to replace that one. I can only imagine the trees that are back there now some 20 years lat...
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By LaShawn Norden, REALTOR, (321) 377-0157, Your Real Estate Advocate in Central FL
(Keller Williams Heritage Realty)
Not all communities in Seminole County have Home Owner Associations, but, there are a good portion that do. When I work with a client who is ready to buy a home, it's important to know if they want to live in a "deed" restricted community or not. If they want a community with a Home Owners Association, I then suggest that they be prepared to read a copy of the deed restrictions and covenants for the community in which they hope to buy in. Often times, it's more efficient if the Buyer reviews the restrictions BEFORE writing an offer on a property...especially if they have specific questions...such as the number of allowable pets, whether they can put up a fence, if a trampoline is permitted, etc. as those are all detailed in the Association deed restrictions & covenant documents for a co...
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By Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary, First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes
(LemonTree Realty)
Heather's Top Picks Bank Owned Real Estate Around Orlando, FL This weeks picks: 12/13/2008 This is a new edition in a series of blogs about Real Estate in Central Florida. I currently blog about What's Hot & What's Not in Orlando, a weekly look at the top listings for sale and recently sold properties. This series will go over my top picks of bank owned real estate in both Seminole & Orange County, FL. I will break down my top picks by area and price points. Each week will feature a new list of real estate for sale. Definitions: REO stands for Real Estate Owned or Bank Owned and it refers to a property that has gone back to the bank, or the mortgage company, after an unsuccessful foreclosure auction. A short sale is a property that is for sale where the value of the property is less th...
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By Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary, First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes
(LemonTree Realty)
I specialize in working with First Time Home Buyers and have heard this line time and time again. I love the house, everything is perfect, but "I just purchased a new_____ (bed, table, couch) and it wont fit in the _________ (bedroom, dining room, living room)" You fill in the blanks, but either way you fill it in, it's still the same sad excuse. Part of my job as a buyers agent for First time home buyers is to help educate you and help you see past the little hurdles that often times hinders buyers from purchasing the right home. Your furniture is not part of the buying process. Purchasing a home is one of the largest financial decisions you will make, do you want to base it around a couple hundred dollar couch? Stick to your needs and wants list. I understand you recently purchased a...
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
This is the monthly recap for the Lake Mary Real Estate Market for the month of November 2008.  The home sales information for Lake Mary includes the zip code 32746 and includes Heathrow, Florida.  Lake Mary was voted the #1 Place to Live in Florida by Money Magazine/CNN.com in 2007. Lake Mary is one of the top choices for Seminole County home buyers.  Just a short 15 minute drive to downtown Orlando and 45 minutes to the Theme Parks & Beaches.  Lake Mary is the "Premier" Orlando Bedroom Community. Lake Mary had another strong month of sales, November actually saw an increase in sales while some areas continued to see a decline.  The number of homes under contract continues to remain solid, indicating no further decline of sales in the near future. Lake Mary Market Snapshot - November 2...
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By LaShawn Norden, REALTOR, (321) 377-0157, Your Real Estate Advocate in Central FL
(Keller Williams Heritage Realty)
OK, I'll admit it. I'm a freak for details. As a Buyer's Agent, I find that I often spend endless hours educating Buyers on what they SHOULD DO to insure that their home buying process is a success, as well as what they should AVOID DOING so that it doesn't blow up somewhere along the way. One of the most common educational sessions I have with Buyers is in regards to the need for them to maintain the same or better credit score that they had when they received their loan approval letter (which is typically obtained weeks before they even saw their first house). Quite frankly, I believe this to be one of the most under discussed topics in the home buying process...maybe because the REALTOR thinks that the Loan Officer/Lender is communicating it to the Buyer or maybe because the REALTOR ...
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We saw another solid week of homes sales in Lake Mary, Florida.  5 Single Family Homes, 1 Townhome and 1 Condominium sold the week ending December 6th in Lake Mary.   Lake Mary Homes - Market Snapshot Homes / Townhomes / Condominiums for sale:  559 Homes / Townhomes / Condominiums under contract:  19 Home / Townhomes / Condominiums that went on the market this week:  19    For details regarding the homes that sold in Lake Mary this week including their sales price, neighborhood and days on the market please click here to read the rest of the story...  Move To Lake Mary .com Orlando & Lake Mary Florida Real Estate Debbie Summers, ALHS, ePRO / The Summers Team 407-758-1020 or  Debbie@MoveToLakeMary.com Search for Homes in Lake Mary, Florida
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By LaShawn Norden, REALTOR, (321) 377-0157, Your Real Estate Advocate in Central FL
(Keller Williams Heritage Realty)
According to the City of Lake Mary, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting several Lake Mary neighborhoods within the city limits on Saturday, December 13th as they ride on the top of one of the City's fire trucks! The morning tour begins at 8:30AM and will begin at Ridge Road and follow the below route: Ridge Rd to Channel Dr to Lake Shore to Almyra to Ridge Rd to Crystal Ridge Way to W. Frederick to E Floyd to Abbott to Byron to First to Alma to Grandbend to Lake Mary Ave to Wilbur to W. Crystal Lake to Lakeview to Seminole Ave to Fifth St to Washington to N Ruskin to N Fourth to S Fourth to Van Buren to S Third to High St to Greenleaf to Lake St to Palmetto to the MISTY OAKS community to the SUN OAKS community and concludes at the CRYSTAL LAKE ESTATES community. The afternoon schedule...
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Let Your Voice Be Heard!  AmeriDream is hosting a Rally in Support of "H.R. 6694" in Downtown Orlando @ Senator Bill Nelson's office on Wednesday, December 17th @ High Noon!  Everyone in the housing profession (REALTORS, Mortgage Brokers, Title Company Officers, Home Builders, etc...) needs to attend! The H.R. 6694 is the bill to reinstate, reform and save charitable down payment assistance.  Our Central Florida Housing Market needs this bill.  It is the key to stimulating the Economy and we need to tell Senator Nelson that we want it back! To Read the H.r. 6694 please click here... PLEASE CONTACT:  Chuck Hammett @ (850) 251-6193 or at chammett@aps-ameridream.com to let him know of your attendance and to coordinate for this event. Let your voice be heard! Senator Bill Nelson's Office:  ...
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By Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary, First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes
(LemonTree Realty)
Lake Mary Home Buyers and First Time home buyers do I have news for you. Our November market areas statistics were just released and the news is amazing! Like most of us successful Realtors have been saying there has never been a time like now to purchase a home. 5 Years from now there will be those kicking themselves for not purchasing a home or purchasing more homes as an investor. First time home buyers have the best conditions since March 2004 to purchase a home in the Orlando area, as a decrease in the median sales price of homes sold in November. This pushed the first time home buyer affordability index up to 96.09%. In addition, inventory of houses on the market is stocked with more than 6,030 homes in the average first time buyer’s price range of $136,422 or less. WOW! So what ...
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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 November 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)
On Saturday, December 13th, the YMCA in Lake Mary, Florida will host a Pancake Breakfast with Santa from 8:30am-10:30am. In addition to having their picture taken with Santa and his Elves, visitors will enjoy a yummy pancake breakfast and holiday arts & crafts. Admission is $10.00 per person for adults and $5.00 per person for children ages 3-10 years-old. Children 2 & under are FREE!     To buy tickets, visit the J. Douglas YMCA at 665 Longwood-Lake Mary Road, Lake Mary, FL 32746 in person or call them at (407) 321-8944. As YMCA members for more than 12 years now, my family and I are planning to attend the Pancake Breakfast on the 13th! We'd be happy to show you around and help you get connected with others in the community! All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Central F...
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
  Yes... Those are tails you see wagging!  In a unanimous decision last night the Lake Mary City Commissions approved the plan to add an off the leash Dog Park to Liberty Park in Lake Mary.  Lake Mary Florida (Voted the #4 Place to Live in The Country in 2007 by Money Magazine) is truly on the forefront of enhancing the lives of it's residents.  Not only is Lake Mary known for it's top rated School System, but the parks and recreational facilities are second to none.  The addition of the dog park will continue to make Lake Mary the top choice for Seminole County home buyers.   If you are interested in learning more about Seminole County and Lake Mary or are looking for your next home.  Please contact me for additional information.   Move To Lake Mary & Orlando Florida Real Estate Lake M...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Lake Mary - One of Central Florida's Most Beautiful CitiesLake Mary is centrally located being only 30 minutes from downtown Orlando, and 45 minutes from the Daytona Beach and area attractions and immediate access to Interstate 4 for easy commuting.Lake Mary is well known for the industry and variety of jobs which enhance the local economy and career opportunities.  During the week about 35,000 commuters arrive in the city from various locations throughout central Florida.Money magazine named Lake Mary #4 of the Best Places to live in 2007.  For more information on the Money magazine article and a snapshot of the area, demographics, etc. click on the link below:http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2007/snapshots/PL1238425.htmlWorld class shopping, fine restaurants and entertai...
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By Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary, First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes
(LemonTree Realty)
Aha the title caught your attention. Admit it, it intrigued you, it made you click on my blog and now you are stuck. Muhahaha  Ok so I dont grow sushi, but I come from a long line of gardeners and own a salt water tank with fish named after sushi. Without further adieu have been tagged by Rich Dansereau. Someone found me interesting enough to want to know 6 useless things about me. Wow only 6, how shall I choose. In honor of my poor boyfriend who puts up with me I know immediately my #1 useless bit of information. 1. I enjoy scarring people and being scarred. I know it's weird I have been that way since I was a kid. Quietly hiding waiting to jump out at someone, a weird thrill. But I love haunted houses and of course Halloween Horror Nights. This is the first year I have missed in 18 y...
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By June Moore, The Moore Team June and Don
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
The city of Lake Mary takes pride in its strong sense of community. Lake Mary was ranked No. 1 in Florida and No. 4 in the U.S. as Best Place to live. Lake Mary has a commitment to high standards of living. Located near I-4 along the fast growing high tech business center near Heathrow, the city offers well planned residential communities, excellent schools, prominent businesses and a variety of shopping. The inventory levels in the Orlando area have decreased to an 8.37 month supply....the lowest since 2006.  Increased sales activity, especially in the lower price range, has helped inventory decline. The market does appear to be moving toward more balance at this time. For all your real estate needs, we are an email away. THE MOORE TEAM - JUNE & DON407-782-7269407-921-7727Toll free: 1-...
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