Sebring, FL Real Estate News

By Laura Higgins
(ERA Advantage Realty)
Lake Jackson is approximately 4,000 acres wide, and at its deepest point is approximately 20 feet in depth, with sandy shores.  There are two public swimming beaches, the most visited is Veterans beach.  The beach provides, public parking and boat ramps, picnic grounds, and a play area for children.  Lake Jackson originally named Rex Beach Lake, in honor of the memory of the novelist Rex Beach.  Lake Jackson is a focal attraction for boating, water skiing, and fishing.  Lake Jacksons evening skies light up on the Fourth of July with spectacular fireworks displays.                                  It is also one of approximately 87 Lakes in Highlands County. The shores of Lake Jackson feature numerous homes and condominiums. The south side of the circular lake borders US HWY 27.  There a...
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By TheMillsTeam YourSebringRealtors, 863-212-5441
(Advantage Realty #1)
Buying Foreclosures in Highlands County - Going, going, goingWe didn't think it would stay on the market for too long when we listed it just a few weeks ago. This forclosure in exceptional shaped started receiving showings almost immediately and we were not surprised. Built in 1995, it has a pleasing floorplan, cathedral ceilings, plant shelving, a bonus room in the back. Unlike most foreclosures, it didn't have any damage to it. Even though the previous owners took all appliances with them, they did take good care of the home. Close to shopping and all conveniences, this home is located in a quiet neighborhood with all surrounding homes being in great shape and well maintained. Arched windows and landscaping add instant curb appeal.The buyers didn't wait around and made an offer quickl...
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By TheMillsTeam YourSebringRealtors, 863-212-5441
(Advantage Realty #1)
    Despite the mild December weather, many folks showed up to see the annual Christmas Parade as well as the traditional "Lighting of the Circle", Sebring's most famous focal point in the historic downtown district. Darrin and I were looking for a nice place to lunch earlier that day and ended up eating our sandwiches at the Sebring Pier as The Circle was already closed in anticipation of the Parade. The Parade started at 7pm and it paid off to arrive early to fetch a close by parking spot and a good place to prop up our chairs right across from The Circle. Cheery Christmas tunes could be heard through loudspeakers. Despite the traditional lack of snow, it was easy to get into a Christmas mood. In case you missed the Parade, it's worth making a trip to downtown Sebring after it gets da...
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By Brooke English
(Credit Restoration Consultants)
Experts are talking recession and families are wondering how to protect their financial security.  With the foreclosure epidemic, unemployment at an all time high, and Congress scrambling to bail out the financial industry, many consumers are experiencing severe stress as it relates to their economic stability and general well being.  Although gasoline prices have fallen into the low $2.30 range, the economy is struggling with food prices and professional services that have increased at alarming rates.  As a result, many families have scaled back on their spending to include only the necessities.In an ever worsening economy your good name and reputation within the community is becoming more important.  Creditors have tightened their guidelines effectively barring millions of Americans f...
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Today I received a telephone call from a very influential person from one of our local hospitals showing interest in participating as a "Valecia" sponsor at our 3rd Annual Celebration of Life Fashion Show benefiting the American Cancer Society.  This event is being hosted by the Heartland Association of Realtors and will be showcased on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at the Sheridan Chateau Elan Ballroom.  Our first audition of "cancer survivors" will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 4:30 p.m. at the Heartland Association of Realtors.  Should you or anyone you know want to participate,  please call me at 863-414-2840.  
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By Brooke English
(Credit Restoration Consultants)
Have bad credit? Need credit repair? Care to repair your own credit or even hire a credit service organization? Before you do so, you should tune into the micro-mini version of the Credit Restoration Consultants Hour with credit repair expert Bill Lewis. Are you unable to tune into Bill's regular show on AM 1470 WWNN weekday's on the 9's - at both 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. eastern time?  If so, tune into the micro-mini version of the Credit Restoration Consultants Hour each and every morning at 6:30 a.m. eastern time on WSBR 740 AM, south Florida's only Money Talk station.  For those listening online, streaming audio can be accessed at www.WSBR.am by clicking on the listen live link.  Credit Restoration Consultants is a credit service organization specializing in the restoration of consum...
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Credit Restoration Consultants (CRC), a credit service organization specializing in the restoration of consumer credit worthiness and identity theft, has once again returned to the Starlight Greater Open Golf Tournament as the presenting sponsor. Having surpassed its 2007 goal, CRC pledges even more support for 2008! As a devoted supporter of Starlight for many years, we encourage others to make an investment that will make a huge difference in the lives of more seriously ill children and their families in Florida.  Please join Credit Restoration Consultants in supporting the Starlight Florida 6th Annual Greater Open Golf Tournament on Friday, November 7, 2008 at Jacaranda Golf Club in Plantation, Florida. Children fighting serious medical conditions often feel like they are alone. They...
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By TheMillsTeam YourSebringRealtors, 863-212-5441
(Advantage Realty #1)
Christmas in July was the theme of the invitation we received last week from FOUR POINTS by Sheraton Hotel to introduce members of the Heartland's Chamber of Commerce, community leaders and small businesses to the hotels new LeMans ballroom.Despite a steady downpour of much needed rain, the ballroom was packed with people. "Jingle Bells" and other holiday tunes set the mood, while the the wonderful smells of turkey and ham filled the air. Tables with hot and cold fingerfoods were arranged around festively decorated Christmas trees.Reinhard Haubner, General Manager of the hotel, took the opportunity to announce their "Community Holiday Party" for small businesses: The hotel will host a party on December 19 providing a menu consisting of prime rib, orange parsley crusted grilled chicken,...
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By TheMillsTeam YourSebringRealtors, 863-212-5441
(Advantage Realty #1)
Naturally, they want their agent to sell their home at the highest price possible, in the shortest amount of time and with the least inconvenience to them. That isn't hard to figure out! I find that when meeting with sellers who's listing has expired, their #1 complaint isn't so much the fact that their home didn't sell. They know the market is down and is going "downer" in many areas. They can see all the other yard signs in their area and they also see how few of them have "sale pending" signs on them. It seems that lack of communication from their agent is their #1 complaint. How hard can it be to keep a seller in the loop? With almost everyone having an email address nowadays, it's a breeze to do a neighborhood market snapshot once a week and email it to them along with an update on...
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By TheMillsTeam YourSebringRealtors, 863-212-5441
(Advantage Realty #1)
I send frequent market updates about Central Florida Real Estate to all my current clients, potential clients and past client. The #1 complaint I hear from expired listings is "She never called us, she never kept in touch with us!" I want my sellers to be up to date on market changes. I'm selling THEIR home, shouldn't they know how the market is doing? The best and easiest way to do this is with market updates. It enables my clients to understand why I'm doing what I'm doing. Graphs work great. They tell the whole story in one single picture, no need to weed through tons of numbers. I export my numbers from my MLS into Excel. I use the $/sqft approach. I highlight the SOLD properties in green, ACTIVES are yellow, EXPIREDS are red and my client's listing is blue. My list is ascending wit...
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By TheMillsTeam YourSebringRealtors, 863-212-5441
(Advantage Realty #1)
I'm sure you've heard the term "Staycation" at least once in the media this summer. Many folks thinks twice before heading up north for vacations. Instead they stay local and go on a Staycation instead of a Vacation. Living in Highlands County, it doesn't appear that there's much to do during the summer. I recently read a post on a city forum from someone complaining there is nothing to do in Sebring. While I agree that Lawnmower Racing (I'm not kidding you!) isn't everyone's cup of tea, how about a day or two at the beach? Right behind the Sebring Library is a fantastic beach! A sand beach! On Lake Jackson! Kids can bring their sandbuckets, build castles, collect shells, swim and splash in the water. IT'S FREE! Bring a cooler with snack and refreshments - don't forget the suncream. Don...
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By TheMillsTeam YourSebringRealtors, 863-212-5441
(Advantage Realty #1)
Lucky me! One of the agents in my office, Elaine Ramirez, is also an appraiser and she was kind enough to be a speaker at our last office meeting. Honestly, I don't know much about appraisals. I do BPO's and fairly well, but appraising goes a lot deeper than that. Anyway, she explained to us how a transaction can go pretty sour and pretty fast if the appraisal comes back unfavorable. Again, lucky me, I got to hear Elaine's presentation but what about the FSBO's and Discount Broker clients out there? What if their buyer's appraisal comes back lower than the agreed upon selling price and the buyer isn't willing to put up the difference in cash? No Sale!  
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By TheMillsTeam YourSebringRealtors, 863-212-5441
(Advantage Realty #1)
SebringDays on the Market: 187Number of Sales: 31Average List Price: $162,168Average Sale Price: $149,221Sold to Original Ratio: 79.68%Sold to List Ratio: 92.02% Amount of Sales by Price Range:Under $100,000:                  7$100,000-$150,000:           9$150,000-$200,000:           10$200,000-$250,000             2$250,000-$300,000             1$300,000 and up                  2 Absorption Rate: 25.06 (increased 1 month from May)It will take 25.06 month to sell the current inventory if no new listings enter the market.     Andrea Mills - "market stats for sebring 6-2008" Copyright 2008 *All Rights ReservedThis article was originally posted on http://sebring.activerain.com/  
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By TheMillsTeam YourSebringRealtors, 863-212-5441
(Advantage Realty #1)
SebringDays on the Market: 160Number of Sales: 39Average List Price: $148,167Average Sale Price: $135,813Sold to Original Ratio: 81.34%Sold to List Ratio: 91.66% Amount of Sales by Price Range:Under $100,000:                  11$100,000-$150,000:           18$150,000-$200,000:           7$200,000-$250,000             5$250,000-$300,000             3$300,000 and up                  - Absorption Rate: 24.07If no new homes enter the market it will take 24.07 months to sell the current inventory at the current rate of sales per month.     Andrea Mills - "market stats for sebing 5-2008" Copyright 2008 *All Rights ReservedThis article was originally posted on http://sebring.activerain.com/      
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By TheMillsTeam YourSebringRealtors, 863-212-5441
(Advantage Realty #1)
April 2008 Residential Real Estate (Villa, Duplex, Condo, Single Family Home, Mobiles on Owned Land) Avon Park Sold Units: 11 Average Days on the Market: 90 Average List Price: $124,014 Average Sold Price: $113,564 Price Differential Sold to List: 91.57% Price Differential Sold to Original: 85.99% Sebring Sold Units: 45 Average Days on the Market: 155 Average List Price: $154,533 Average Sold Price: $139,306 Price Differential Sold to List: 90.15% Price Differential Sold to Original: 81.80%Lake Placid Sold Units: 20 Average Days on the Market: 172 Average List Price: $185,395 Average Sold Price: $170,649 Price Differential Sold to List: 92.05% Price Differential Sold to Original: 76%   Andrea Mills - "Avon Park, Sebring, Lake Placid Market Stats Update - 4/2008 *All Rights ReservedThis ...
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By TheMillsTeam YourSebringRealtors, 863-212-5441
(Advantage Realty #1)
April 26 & 27 ~ Sebring Relay for Life at Fireman's Field: ~ Saturday 26th 12 pm survivor luncheon ~ 1 pm Opening Ceremony. Sunday 27th 7:00 a.m. Sunrise service and closing ceremony ~ for more information call Jennifer Shoffner 863-381-2430 or www.myspace.com/sebringrelayforlifeApril 26 & 27 ~ Flea Markets at Highlands County Fairgrounds also known as Firemen's Field 8 am - 2 pm. For more information call 863-382-2255April 28 - Sebring Recreation Club 333 Pomegranate Ave. Ice Cream Shuffleboard 6:30 p.m. For more information call Ed Straub at 863-386-0245April 28 - Horse & Pony Rides - Monday's 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. $5 donation per child, all proceeds support Heartland Horses & Handicapped's free riding program for children and adults with special needs. Located at 118 E. College Dr. Avon P...
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By Anita S. Zahn, Highlands County Real Estate Source! I work 4 U!
(Advantage Realty 863-840-1420)
April 2008 April 1 - Avon Park, FL STA-BIL 12 Minutes of Avon Park Hosted by Florida LMRA at Avon Park Mower Plex www.floridalawnracing.net or flyingrugg@earthlink.net  (863) 382-1070 April 1 – 3 ~ Spring Break Horseman Day Camp offers children ages 6-16 Costs includes lunch, snacks, drinks & all riding equipment.  Camps can be broken down into daily rates.  For more information call 863-655-1582 or www.orchidhillstables.com   April 1 -  4 ~ Discovery Camp ~ Spring Break ~ The Children’s Museum is offering a Spring Break camp 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day.  Take a pretend cruise to tropical destinations, explore their culture, dine on their cuisine, dance to their music & make souvenirs to take home.  For more information call the museum 863-385-5437.     April 1-13 ~ “Pirates of Penzance”, ...
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By Dawn Dell
(Heartland Real Estate Corp)
Our small town of Sebring, Florida is all the buzz in the World Famous Lemans Racing, we host the 12 hours of Sebring, this event kind of puts us on the map so to speak. It is like our Marti Gras and NASCAR all rolled into one. Over 100,000 people travel from all over the world watch this main event, it is a 3+ mile track made for endurance racing. Audi has won the past 4 years or more and have really ruled this event. Last year at the very end was one of the most exciting finish line dramas I have ever witnessed. At the same time as the formula one cars are racing on the same track so are 2 other types. One being Porsche, and last year at the end a Porsche "rubbed" the other within 1/2 mile of crossing the line to be the winner. Now I am from the south so "rubbing" is a NASCAR term and...
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By Anita S. Zahn, Highlands County Real Estate Source! I work 4 U!
(Advantage Realty 863-840-1420)
March 2008March until gone ~ U-Pick Strawberries at Henscratch Farms, big, fat, sweet strawberries drape abundantly form their homes in our hydroponics' tower garden. Warm chocolate is available for dippins & the shake shack serves the finest shortcakes, shakes, and chocolate dipped strawberries by the pound.  For more information call 863-699-2060. December - May, Tues - Sat 10-5 Sun 12-4  March 1 - 2 ~ Historic Sports Car Races at the Sebring International Raceway.   Please call (863) 385-8448 for more information.   Tickets will be available at the Sebring Chamber of Commerce Mon.-Fri. 8:30 am - 4:30 pm or they can be bought at the gate.  March 1 & 2 ~ 40th Annual Antique Engine & Car Show at Pioneer Park (Corner of State Road 64 & Highway 17) "Shuttle Service" Wauchula to Pioneer Pa...
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By Laura Shirley, Highlands County Real Estate
(RE/MAX Realty Plus II)
The Highlands Wood Carvers Show will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2008 from 9am to 4pm at the Sebring Civic Center located behind the Sebring Library.  Competition, carving vendors, carving seminars and demonstrations will be held.  The cost is $3.00.  Lunch will be available.  For information call 863-382-1697
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