Lakewood Ranch, FL Real Estate News

By Sarasota & Manatee Counties FL, QuickFreeMLS.com - Listings In Paradise
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  CLICK to register for our next FREE Foreclosure Options Seminar   Wexford Homeowners in The Country Club of Lakewood Ranch Discover Benefits of Short Sale vs. Foreclosure in Florida   The foreclosure crisis has impacted Wexford, at the Country Club of Lakewood Ranch, just as it has elsewhere in Manatee County. Millions of hardworking citizens have come to terms with the realities of Foreclosure, and are finding Short Sales to be a viable alternative. For many reasons, many owners are finding it to be an unjustifiable drain on family resources to continue making payments on properties having current resale values that are far less than their mortgage payoff amounts. In these situations, a professionally managed Short Sale can be the solution. Interstingly, most lenders accept the fact...
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By Sarasota & Manatee Counties FL, QuickFreeMLS.com - Listings In Paradise
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  CLICK to register for our next FREE Foreclosure Options Seminar   Homeowners Embrace Short Sales In The Country Club Subdivision of Highfield In Lakewood Ranch Florida   Residents of Highfield in the Country Club at Lakewood Ranch are just as succeptable to the national mortgage crisis as are other Manatee County Florida homeowners.   Nearly fifty-percent of Manatee County mortgages are underwater (the payoff balance is more than market value) and the Florida unemployment rate exceeds the national average -- it's no wonder that Short Sale transactions account for a large proportion of local real estate sales.   Given the fact that Short Sales present benefits to both property owners and lenders, this is to be expected. Owners can greatly decrease the damage to their credit, rebound m...
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By Jim Soda
(Keller Williams Lakewood Ranch-Sarasota)
Adjustable-Rate Mortgages May Be the Right Fit for Cautious Buyers By Eve Mitchell RISMEDIA, March 11, 2011-(MCT)-Loc Chau was looking for a super-low interest rate to finance his San Jose, Calif., condominium, a place he envisions living in for a few years. Super-low to him means below 4%.So he opted for an adjustable-rate mortgage insured by the Federal Housing Administration as an alternative to a 30-year-fixed rate mortgage.In November, 30-year fixed-rate mortgages hit a 40-year record low, averaging 4.17%. But now, they are back in the 5% range."I don't plan to stay here forever. History tells me I've averaged five years in each place I've purchased, and I don't see any benefit to lock in a rate that is higher. I didn't want to go with 30 years," Chau said.Adjustable-rate loans ca...
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By Jim Soda
(Keller Williams Lakewood Ranch-Sarasota)
 Manatee River Gorgeous Home built by Platinum Coast Construction,Inc / Marilyn Schroeter  941.545.7777 / www.platinumcoastinc.com  3310 Riverview Blvd. http://www.pix360tour.com/slideviewer.php?id=3310-riverview Visit this property soon at: www.jimsoda.com 941.809.7759 / 941.961.5857 sodasells@gmail.com / donnasoda@gmail.com
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By Alan Evans
(RE/MAX Alliance Group)
Are you a first-time home buyer? There are a lot of things you'll want to learn before making that first purchase. Here are 9 tips to help you get a Lakewood Ranch home you'll love and be prepared for additional costs you may not have considered: 1. Ask yourself if you're ready. Are you financially ready to buy a Lakewood Ranch home? Do you have a steady job and income? Do you have money for the down payment? 2. Get pre-approved. When you get pre-approved for a mortgage loan, your lender checks your credit and lets you know the amount of mortgage for which you qualify. Having a pre-approved loan will speed up the process. 3. Identify closing costs. The cost of closing on the sale of your Lakewood Ranch home should be considered. Closing costs may include origination fees, title and sett...
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By Jim Soda
(Keller Williams Lakewood Ranch-Sarasota)
 Lakewood Ranch Homes & Lakewood Ranch Properties http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCwPqM7oBn8 Exquisite Former Model Home fully appointed. Walk home into your private courtyard. Serene private setting w/ lush landscaping. Tastefully Appointed this home offers tile throughout. Foyer entry way mixed w/granite. Tray Ceilings, Crown Molding, designer draperies & blinds. Gourmet kitchen cabinets. Granite, Stainless appli., glass block windows in kitchen. Fabulous lighting fixtures. Surround Sound, Plantation shutters, upgraded hardware, wall niches, mirrored dining wall. Off. w/ wood floors & built ins./ huge master w/mirrored closet doors. Gorgeous pool & spa with paver lanai & driveway.3 bed. Plus den, 2 full baths. Over $150,000 in appointments..... www.jimsoda.com 941.809.7759 / 941.961.5...
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By Jim Soda
(Keller Williams Lakewood Ranch-Sarasota)
Lakewood Ranch Homes & Lakewood Ranch Properties http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECr0GgQAQ1o Exquisite Anchor custom home with original design! Lots of French doors add charm and California feel. The touch of one button brings music throughout the entire home! Kitchen appointed by granite counters, Wood Mode cabinets, double Thermador Ovens, warming drawer, 6 burners with griddle, Cold water stock pot faucet, 2 dishwashers, Subzero side-by-side Refrigerators and 4 Subzero Freezer Drawers, Miele Coffee maker with own mug warming drawer! 2 Kitchen sinks both with own disposal. Bar has sink, wine cooler, ice maker and 2 pull-out refrigerator drawers. 3 Fireplaces. Paver lanai has flagstone fireplace and cedar wood ceilings; the ultimate in rich design. Summer kitchen with DCS Grill and grid...
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According to a recent study, buyers prefer to work with real estate agents who live in the neighborhood in which they want to buy a home, such as Lakewood Ranch. Buyers are happier when they work with local agents because they believe the agents are: 1. Familiar with the neighborhood. They know the schools and zoning laws.They can tell you the best places to shop and give you referrals to the best mechanics and home contractors.   2. Knowledgeable about the Lakewood Ranch real estate market. Local agents know all the neighborhoods, the homes and the amenities. 3. Involved in the community. Agents who are involved in community  projects are doing much more than just selling houses. They're contributing to their community. Wouldn't you prefer to work with an agent like that? 4. More atten...
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By Sarasota & Manatee Counties FL, QuickFreeMLS.com - Listings In Paradise
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CLICK to register for our next FREE Foreclosure Options Seminar Riverwalk Residents Confronted With Foreclosure Embrace Short Sale in Lakewood Ranch Florida As is the case throughout Manatee County and Lakewood Ranch, Foreclosures and Short Sales have become a hot topic. That's because nearly 50% of area homeowners find themselves in the precarious situation of owing more on their homes than their properties are currently worth. Short Sales allow homeowners to avoid the negative impact of foreclosure, almost always avoid the long-term, overhanging debt of a Deficiency Judgment, and move on with their lives without the stigma and embarresment that many facing foreclosure feel. First, be kind to yourself if you are facing foreclosure -- millions upon millions of good americans are in the...
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By Sarasota & Manatee Counties FL, QuickFreeMLS.com - Listings In Paradise
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CLICK to register for our next FREE Foreclosure Options Seminar Summerfield Homeowners Seeking Foreclosure Relief Opt for Short Sales in Lakewood Ranch Florida Summerfield homeowners are facing the same Foreclosure issues that the rest of Florida Gulf Coast property owners are facing. As incredible as it may seem, nearly 50% of Manatee County homeowners are "upside-down" on their mortgage balance -- meaning the remaining mortgage balance is higher than the current resale value! Given the staggering numbers, Short Sales are becoming increasingly popular with both owners and lenders as a viable and less costly alternative to Foreclosure. Less costly for lenders, because they avoid the expense associated with foreclosing on a property; less costly for homeowners, because they avoid the so...
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By Sarasota & Manatee Counties FL, QuickFreeMLS.com - Listings In Paradise
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CLICK to register for our next FREE Foreclosure Options Seminar Residents of The Country Club Subdivision of La Cantera Discover Advantages of Short Sale Over Foreclosure in Lakewood Ranch, Florida The national Foreclosure Crisis has hit the Florida Gulf Coast in a big way and the residents of LaCantera in the Country Club at Lakewood Ranch are not immune. Rather than allowing their homes to go into foreclosure, thus having to endure the long-term financial hardship that having a foreclosure on one's financial record brings, La Cantera residents are turning to Short Sales as a viable alternative. Most lenders are increasingly willing to approve Short Sales, because it allows them to avoid the added expense that a foreclosure brings. Luckily for homeowners, this is a rare instance where...
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By Sarasota & Manatee Counties FL, QuickFreeMLS.com - Listings In Paradise
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CLICK to register for our next FREE Foreclosure Options Seminar Residents of Greenbrook Ponder Short Sale Option Instead of Foreclosure in Lakewood Ranch Florida Foreclosures have come to the Greenbrook Village community of Lakewood Ranch as they have elsewhere in Florida. Many residents have considered, researched, and ultimately concluded that a professionally managed Short Sale is the best, least damaging option to take when faced with foreclosure. Surprisingly most banks are eager to approve a Short Sale, so long as their guidelines are followed and time-lines are met. They are willing to Approve Short Sales, because in the long-run they often recoup more of their money vs. if they had taken the home all the way through to foreclosure. This is a rare instance of, "What's good for t...
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By Sarasota & Manatee Counties FL, QuickFreeMLS.com - Listings In Paradise
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CLICK to register for our next FREE Foreclosure Options Seminar The Lake Club Property Owners Benefit From Short Sales In Lakewood Ranch Florida As is the case throughout Florida, residents of the Lake Club subdivision in Lakewood Ranch have been touched by the Foreclosure crisis that is plaguing the rest of the nation. Just as Florida Gulf Coast housing prices had soared during the height of the boom, the "bust" has caused local property values to plummet precipitously. This, combined with the general decline of the overall economy and increase in the area's unemployment rate, has created a situation where nearly 50% of all Manatee County mortgages are "underwater" -- where the current market value of a property is less than the remaining mortgage balance. Realizing that having a Fore...
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By Sarasota & Manatee Counties FL, QuickFreeMLS.com - Listings In Paradise
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CLICK to register for our next FREE Foreclosure Options Seminar Property Owners in Country Club East Gain Foreclosure Relief Thru Short Sales in Lakewood Ranch Florida Many Country Club East homeowners have found foreclosure relief by making the smart choice to Short Sell their homes. In fact, property owners throughout Lakewood Ranch and Manatee County are avoiding the foreclosure trap through Short Sales. A Short Sale occurs when a lender agrees to allow the sale of a property for less than the full mortgage balance owed. The typical Short Sale scenario involves a homeowner who for one reason or another is unable to continue to pay on their mortgage, and who are at the same time unable to sell for the amount owed due to falling property values. Without a Short Sale Approval from the ...
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By Jim Soda
(Keller Williams Lakewood Ranch-Sarasota)
6639 Pebble Beach in Lakewood Ranch Country Club http://www.pix360tour.com/slideviewer.php?id=a3940190 Maintenance free living in the Country Club Lakewood Ranch, this home is situated in the lovely Spyglass neighborhood. Offering great room living space with high ceilings, Patagonian Rosewood flooring, crown molding & niches, freshly painted in neutral colors, quality light fixtures, wired for surround sound. A closet was added to the den to make this a four bedroomed home. A good sized kitchen with plenty of cupboard space and Corian countertops. Tumbled marble backsplash with accent tile detail. A newly installed 30ft salt chlorinated lap pool and cage. New AC unit in 2010. Heat and air conditioning in garage. Private wooded / preserve lot. Mature landscaping surrounds the home. Comm...
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By Jim Soda
(Keller Williams Lakewood Ranch-Sarasota)
Lakewood Ranch Home / Country Club http://www.pix360tour.com/slideviewer.php?id=8335-championship Gorgeous home is Lakewood Ranch Country Club Immaculately maintained four bedroom, three and a half bath home built by Todd Johnston. Phoenix G floor plan featuring leaded glass front doors. Gorgeous polished marble tile in living areas. Crown molding, picture framing, decorative niches and shelving. Neutral paint tones. Light and bright family room with large aquarium window, sliding doors and another large window over the fireplace. Gas fire with marble surround. Nice kitchen with plenty of cupboard space. Display cabinets. Coriander countertops. Quality light fixtures and fans. Good sized master suite with sitting area in master bedroom and two walk-in closets, master bathroom has big je...
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Buyers look at more than just kitchen appliances and room sizes when deciding what home to purchase. Curb appeal, view of your home from the street, is extremely important. If you want your home to sell quickly, you need to put in some extra effort to make your home's exterior look especially attractive. You can easily do this by improving your landscaping. Here are some tips for choosing plants for your Lakewood Ranch home for a fast sale. · Stay close to home. Plants that are native to your area are always a safe choice for landscaping. They are adapted to your region, so you know they can survive there. They are also easier to take care of and better for the environment because they don't require as much watering. This can be an important consideration if you are selling a vacant hom...
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By Jim Soda
(Keller Williams Lakewood Ranch-Sarasota)
Lakewood Ranch Homes & Lakewood Ranch Rentals   http://www.fastpitchnetworking.com/press/Cliff%20Kaplan%20Joins%20The%20Soda%20Group%20at%20Keller%20Williams%20Realty%20in%20Lakewood%20Ranch%20FL.html   www.jimsoda.com 941.961.5857 / 941.809.7759 sodasells@gmail.com  /  donnasoda@gmail.com
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By Alan Evans
(RE/MAX Alliance Group)
Before you put your Lakewood Ranch home up for sale, you want to make sure it looks as attractive and modern as possible. Even if you lack the budget and space to turn your bathroom into a spa-like retreat, you can still give this room a quick facelift. 1. Get creative with color. If you don't have the time or budget to replace dated ceramic tile, try camouflaging it with towels, rugs, and other accessories for a more modern color scheme. For example, you can pair pink with brown or bright blue with light green. 2. Replace your fixtures. Brushed aluminum and pewter bathroom fixtures are more modern than the shiny chrome fixtures. They are also easier to clean because they don't show water marks as easily. 3. Find new lighting. A bathroom light can do more than just illuminate the space;...
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By Jim Soda
(Keller Williams Lakewood Ranch-Sarasota)
Economy's crystal ball: real estate Mortgage rates are back in the 4 percent range, taken there by the 10-year Treasury note's drop to 3.42 percent, which has wiped out the whole early-February spike. We have Libya, oil, stocks, housing and the economy to thank, but how those pieces interact is not obvious. Arriving economic data is obscured by incessant "recovery" cheerleading among business media. Some news is pretty good: both consumer-confidence surveys found three-year highs, which may indicate some hiring. New claims for unemployment insurance are holding down near 400,000. Every measure of manufacturing is doing well, although scratching in at 15 percent of our economy. The "wait-a-minutes" are led by today's downward revision in supposedly corner-turning fourth-quarter 2010 U.S....
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