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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
Lake Mary Home Sales February 1 - 28, 2012   If you read, listen or watch the news it's almost impossible to escape from the latest report on the housing market. Much of what you hear is based on a national level and leaves many questions about what's going on here at home. This is what's happening here;  the Lake Mary housing inventory is down 30% from the same time last year and the distressed property inventory is down 4%.  There were 36 home sales last month, up from 23 home sales in February of 2011.  We are expecting the Seminole County real estate market start heat up (along with the weather) and sales rise as we enter the spring buying season. If you have been thinking about selling your home and are underwater on your mortgage, you may want to consider a Short Sale.  The debt f...
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By Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen
(Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate)
It's moving week. I'm packing and sorting and trying to get organized all at the same time. I ran across these amazing sunset photos that I took of a listing I had in Lake Apopka FL a few years back. It never ceases to amaze me that the sunsets in Florida can be so colorful! The listing was a vacant waterfront parcel and I knew I could sell it if I was able to communicated the quality of the sunset views over the lake. I was able to capture these photos in one trip. I just had to be patient while the sun dropped.  
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By Peter Petrilli - Lake Mary - Sanford - Orlando - Central Florida Real Estate
(Custom Builder Realty)
Acuera Homes and Estates | Lake Mary Florida | Luxury Homes For Sale in Acuera in Lake Mary In Lake Mary Florida sits a beautiful new home site, its pretty exclusive since Acuera will only house 38 homes on 80 acres of rich land.  These larger lots sits close by to natural preserves and surrounded by lakes paying tribute to early inhabitants in Central Florida..  You'll be surrounded by natural beauty and gorgeous estate homes in Acuera.  Some of the perks you should expect when buying a Lake Mary luxury home. Brick paved streets -  On site park - Gated entry way with guardhouse -  3 Lakes surrounding Acuera Boardwalk to Wekiva River Canoe - Kayak storage for each home walking - jogging trail - read more about Acuera Homes for Sale in Lake Mary If you are interested in buying a new hom...
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By Peter Petrilli - Lake Mary - Sanford - Orlando - Central Florida Real Estate
(Custom Builder Realty)
Attention Lake Mary Home Sellers:  Listing your home with Custom Builder Realty is the perfect solution in getting your property sold.  Let's face it, there are many Lake Mary real estate agents | REALTORS to choose from.    One of the most important points is to place your Lake Mary property on the market with the right professional. Selecting the wrong real estate agent could possibly leave your home listed and expired. Selecting The Perfect Lake Mary Real Estate Agent | Lake Mary REALTOR Custom Builder Realty agents are real estate professionals that does so much more than place your property in the multiple listing service or mls and pop a sign in your front yard. We market your Lake Mary Florida property to potential home buyers looking to relocate to Florida all over the internet ...
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
The Crossings Home Sales – Lake Mary Real Estate Market Report Greenwood Lakes & The Crossings Home Sales in Lake Mary, FL Why Lake Mary Homebuyers choose The Crossings: Walking distance to Greenwood Lakes Middle School Walking distance to Lake Mary High School Walking distance to The Lake Mary / Seminole County Library Minutes to Shopping and Restaurants Easy Access to Interstate 4 and Downtown Orlando Information and see photos of the neighborhood of  The Crossings See all the homes for sale in The Crossings Homes Selling in The Crossings 554 Cidermill Place, Lake Mary, Florida Foreclosure / Bank Owned 3 Bed/ 2 Bath – 1,660 sf Original list price:  $121,500 List price at time of sale: $121,500 Sales price:  $116,500 Price Per Square Foot:  $70.18 Days on the market:  48 Sale Date: 02...
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
Don’t be a statistic… Avoid Foreclosure!   You’ll be surprised to learn that many times when a homeowner is in distress they give up, without ever seeking an alternative to foreclosure.  Perhaps they don’t understand the process or feel like they no longer care, help is out there, all you have to do is ask. I’m sure that it doesn’t feel like it now, but there will come a time when these current financially challenging times will be in the past and because a homeowner chose an alternative to foreclosure, they will be positioned to move on in the future without the consequences that have to be faced when a foreclosure happens. 7 Reasons to Avoid Foreclosure You have to disclose that you have had a foreclosure on any mortgage application and many job applications you submit in the future....
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
Timacuan Home Sales – Lake Mary Real Estate Report Home Sales in Timacuan – Lake Mary, Florida Why do Lake Mary homebuyers choose Timacuan? Desirable location off Rinehart Road Minutes to Lake Mary Boulevard and Interstate 4 5 Minutes to Colonial TownPark 18 Hole Golf Cours The Bender Golf School Neighborhood Publix and Restaurants Seminole County Schools The Timacuan townhouses starting in the high 100’s & homes starting in the 200’s Neighborhood Photos & Details for Timacuan, Lake Mary Florida 361 Chinook Circle, Lake Mary, Florida 4 Bed / 4 Bath – 2,978 sf Pool Original list price:  $399,000 List price at time of sale: $399,000 Sales price:  $370,000 Price Per Square Foot:  $124.24 Days on the market: 24 Closing Date:  02/22/2011 544 Masalo Place, Lake Mary, Florida 3 Bed / 3 Bath –...
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
Chase Groves Real Estate – Lake Mary Homes Sales Report Home Sales in Chase Groves – Lake Mary, Florida Why do homebuyers choose Chase Groves Minutes from H.E. Thomas Parkway, SR 417 & I-4 Seminole County Schools 5 Minutes to Downtown Lake Mary 8 Minutes to Colonial TownPark Single Family Homes, Townhomes & Condos For more information and see photos of the neighborhood of Chase Groves, please follow this link. To see all the homes for sale in Chase Groves – click this link. Homes Just Sold in Chase Groves 315 Aldrup Way, Lake Mary, Florida Bank Owned / Foreclosure 4 Bed/2 Bath – 1,929 sf Original list price:  $164,900 List price at time of sale: $164,900 Sales price:  $158,900 Price Per Square Foot:  $82.37 Days on the market: 37 Closing Date: 02/28/2011 706 Brightview Drive, Lake Mary...
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
Huntington Pointe Real Estate – Lake Mary Home Sales Report Home Sales in Huntington Pointe – Lake Mary, Florida Why Lake Mary Homebuyers choose Huntington Pointe: Community pool, playground and basketball court Zoned for Lake Mary High School Zoned for Markham Woods Middle School Short drive to Lake Mary Blvd. & Interstate 4 Minutes to Shopping & Restaurants 5 minutes to YMCA & Public Library Huntington Pointe has homes starting in the high 100’s Information, interactive area map and photos of the neighborhood of Huntington Pointe. Just Sold in Huntington Pointe 454 Palm Crest Lane, Lake Mary, Florida 4 Bed/2 Bath – 2,539 sf Original list price:  $299,900 List price at time of sale: $279,900 Sales price:  $245,000 Price Per Square Foot:  $96.49 Days on the market: 109 Closing Date: 02...
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
Renting a home in Seminole County? Homes For Rent in Seminole County, Florida If you are positioning yourself to buy a home and you just haven’t made it to the finish line, renting a home might be the right option for you. If you are looking to take a neighborhood or area for a test drive and rent a home or townhome we’re here to help.  There are home rental opportunities in every price range and size, from a small condo to multi-million dollar properties. Please contact us @ 407-758-1020 for information about renting a home in Seminole County… Lake Mary Homes / Townhomes & Condos For Rent Longwood Homes / Townhomes & Condos For Rent Sanford Homes / Townhomes & Condos For Rent Altamonte Springs Homes / Townhomes & Condos For Rent Winter Springs Homes / Townhomes & Condos For Rent Casse...
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
Heathrow Homes Sales Report – Lake Mary, Florida Real Estate Heathrow is the top selling neighborhood in Lake Mary (yes, again)! Why do Lake Mary Homebuyer’s choose Heathrow? Staffed Gated Entry Lake Mary Boulevard – South H.E. Thomas Parkway – North Golf Course & Country Club Private Park Soccer Fields Playground Natural Surroundings Close to Shopping & Restaurants Just minutes to Lake Mary Blvd, I-4 and SR 417 More information and see photos of the neighborhood of Heathrow Homes for sale in Heathrow Golf & Country Club Please contact me for your personal tours of homes available in Heathrow… What’s Selling in Heathrow? 1194 St. Albans Loop, Lake Mary, Florida 4 Bed / 3 Bath – 2,531 sf Pool Original list price:  $414,900 List price at time of sale: $414,900 Sales price:  $365,000 Pric...
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
Magnolia Plantation Real Estate – Lake Mary Home Sales Why do homebuyers choose Magnolia Plantation? Location – Lake Mary Blvd. & Markham Woods Rd. Staffed Gated Entry Golf Community Surrounded by Wekiva Preserve Golf Front & Conservation Homesites Wildlife Contact me to start looking for your Magnolia Plantation Dream Home. See all the homes for sale in Magnolia Plantation in Lake Mary, Florida Info & photos of the neighborhood of Magnolia Plantation, in Lake Mary, Florida Home Sales in Magnolia Plantation 1063 Walnut Woods Place, Lake Mary, Florida 4 Bed/3 Bath – 2,836 sf Pool Golf Course Frontage Original list price:  $515,000 List price at time of sale: $499,999 Sales price:  $485,000 Price Per Square Foot:  $171.02 Days on the market:  175 Closing Date:  02/28/2011 1673 Shadowmoss...
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
Lake Mary City Hall – April 2, 2011 – 9am to 2pm MUSIC…..FOOD…..LIVE BANDS….. & MORE! Events for all ages including: Jousting Bungee Run Rock Climbing Wall Water Ball Activity Bounce House Face Painting Blood Mobile Adventure Bytes – Interactive Computer Games Crime Prevention Puppet Show FREE Golf Clinic [by Mike Bender] FREE Casting Clinic [by Gander Mountain] Gander Academy Pony Rides 11am – 2pm SSC Student & Faculty Art Show/Sale SSC Jazz Combo & Percussion Performances Orlando Magic Basketball [promotions & giveaways Please click here for a map to Lake Mary City Hall...  
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By Gitta Sells and Associates, Where home sellers and buyers always come first.
(Gitta Sells & Associates at Keller Williams Heritage Realty)
Lake Mary, FL – The Stop Foreclosure Institute recently received a question from Max. Here is Max's Question. "If I pay mortgage insurance and default on my loan, why wouldn’t that cover the deficiency amount? Max." Discover how other sellers successfully did a short sale to avoid foreclosure by clicking here. Here is the answer to Max's Question: Yes, the Mortgage Insurance should pay your lender for any loss. So that reduces the amount that your lender will lose on the short sale. There are a couple of problems. Many Mortgage Insurance Companies have gone bankrupt. They can't pay on their claims. In this situation your lender may or may not pursue you for the loss. The other problem is that many Mortgage Insurance Companies have terms written into the mortgage that they can pursue yo...
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By Gitta Sells and Associates, Where home sellers and buyers always come first.
(Gitta Sells & Associates at Keller Williams Heritage Realty)
Lake Mary, FL – Some lenders are very stubborn about collecting what they feel they are “rightfully owed.” These lenders are usually a lender that you originally got the loan from. A good example is a credit union loan, or a small community bank. Another common type is loans that were granted with Private Mortgage Insurance. In our experience, these companies are very demanding. They negotiate hard and say they will not approve a short sale without a promissory. However, that is not always the case. You can often convince them to waive the deficiency if you do the following. 1. Prove to them that you don’t have any assets or any extra monthly income. 2. Prove that your home is worth what the buyer is offering on the short sale. This is your agent’s job to do. Your agent will put togeth...
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
Cars for the Cure 2011 Do you feel the need… The need for speed? If so, you need to visit Lake Mary on Saturday for ‘Cars for the Cure’. Come see all the powerful and highly-tuned cars from around the world that will be on display at this charitable event for the American Lunch Association of Florida. 10am to 4pm Sports Cars, Luxury Cars, Foreign Exotics, Motorcycles and more Colonial TownPark in Lake Mary – Shopping, Restaurants & Entertainment Make any donation to the American Lung Association to receive a wristband for free beer, wine, soda, and merchant perks all day For more information and a map to the location, please visit the Move To Lake Mary Blog. If you are a care buff…  You don’t want to miss this event!    
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By Gitta Sells and Associates, Where home sellers and buyers always come first.
(Gitta Sells & Associates at Keller Williams Heritage Realty)
Purchasing a home in Lake Mary, FL can be a daunting and stressful experience. Before putting pen on paper for a down payment, here are several important questions you should be asking. Questions To Ask Hear are some common questions you must always ask when you intend to buy real estate, though you should add your own questions and make your own list as well. As everyone will have their own needs and requirements when it comes to buying a home, you should create your own personal list of questions that you can ask your real estate agent. Remember, you are different from others and may have your own taste when it comes to owning a home. 1. Do not hurry into making any decisions. The very first question you should ask is about what you want. What is the kind of house you prefer? Do you w...
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By Gitta Sells and Associates, Where home sellers and buyers always come first.
(Gitta Sells & Associates at Keller Williams Heritage Realty)
Lake Mary real estate properties located in prime areas are often sold for more than the asking price. While since about 2007 this may not always shave been the case, in some areas like Notting Hill and Regency Park Condos it will be like this again in the future. This might look very unfair but there are good reasons for this trend. Some of the major reasons that have lead to this include: Value Lake Mary real estate properties located in prime areas always retain or increase in value, notwithstanding the past 3 years, but in such popular neighborhoods like Heathrow, Timacuan, Lake Mary Woods, The Crossings, Magnolia Plantation, Woodbridge Lakes, Notting Hill, Chase Groves, Egrets Land, Greenwood Lakes the chances are strong for the future. Most people do not mind paying more than the ...
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By Gitta Sells and Associates, Where home sellers and buyers always come first.
(Gitta Sells & Associates at Keller Williams Heritage Realty)
There are some common mistakes that homebuyers make and Lake Mary real estate agents see them time and time again. Read through these common mistakes so that you can avoid making them and have a smooth sale. 1. Lack of budgeting for insurance. In many instances homebuyers opt for insurance deals to save a few dollars. This can cost first time Lake Mary homebuyers thousands more than the proper insurance if something goes wrong. 2. Not including the proper escape clauses in the initial contract. If you are not careful you could lose your deposit if things go wrong. 3. Making a big purchase just before or during a mortgage application. This can be a big mistake since it may be reflected in your credit score. 4. Failure to have a proper inspection done prior to the purchase. Missing a seri...
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By Debbie Summers
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
    Lake Mary Home Sales Report January 2011 Lake Mary is one of the top bedroom communities of Orlando, Florida...  Just 20 minutes North of downtown, 45 minutes to the Theme Parks and Beaches, Lake Mary is the choice of many families who live in Central Florida. Check out the latest home sales in these popular Lake Mary Neighborhoods...   Lake Mary, Florida Neighborhoods Heathrow Home Sales / Homes for sale in Heathrow Huntington Pointe Home Sales / Homes for sale in Huntington Pointe Chase Groves Home Sales / Homes for sale in Chase Groves The Crossings & Greenwood Lakes Home Sales / Homes for sale in The Crossings & Greenwood Lakes Woodbridge Lakes Home Sales / Homes for sale in Woodbridge Lakes Banyan Pointe Home Sales / Currently no homes for sale in Banyan Pointe Magnolia Planta...
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