Sebring, FL Real Estate News

By Anita S. Zahn, Highlands County Real Estate Source! I work 4 U!
(Advantage Realty 863-840-1420)
MARK YOUR CALENDAR2008 RACE DATES: MARCH 12-1556th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of SebringPresented by "Fresh from Florida"Gates open on March 12 and remain open 24 hours a day through Saturday's Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida. ...This event is one of Highlands countys most popular events of the year.Everyone has heard of 12 hours of Sebring.  Don't miss it.  One of the bestevents of the year!  Fun for everyone.
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By Anita S. Zahn, Highlands County Real Estate Source! I work 4 U!
(Advantage Realty 863-840-1420)
Highlands Hammock State Park Highlands Hammock State Park is a 9,250 acre sanctuary for wildlife and humans alike. It is a dense, subtropical jungle of hardwood trees, cabbage palms, ferns, bromeliads, orchids and other airplants. Several of the trees are estimated to be at least 1,000 years old; one is reported to be the largest oak in Florida with a girth of over 36 feet.Due to the diversity of the plant communities, many varieties of wildlife are found here including Whitetail Deer, River Otters, Pileated Woodpeckers, Red Shouldered Hawks, Barred Owls and Swallow-tailed Kites. Florida Panthers, Bobcats, and Bald Eagles may also be seen on occasion. Nine nature trails offer approximately 1/2 mile walks into these plant communities, and several trails have boardwalk sections. One of th...
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By Anita S. Zahn, Highlands County Real Estate Source! I work 4 U!
(Advantage Realty 863-840-1420)
January 2008 Janauary - March or until gone ~ U-Pick Strawberries at Henscratch Farms, big, fat, sweet strawberries drape abundantly form their homes in our hydroponic 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 January 1-31  ~ Bok in Bloom 8 am - 6 pm (spring colors) at Historic Bok Sanctuary, to view a list of flowering plants, go to www.boksanctuary.org/visiting/gardens.html or for more information call 863-676-1408 January 2-5 ~ Orchid Hill Stables' (You must take a minimum of 4 lessons to qualify for student discount!)  Camps can be broken down into daily rates for folks only able to atten...
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By Anita S. Zahn, Highlands County Real Estate Source! I work 4 U!
(Advantage Realty 863-840-1420)
Lawn Mower Races To Run At Shrine Club When:Sunday, Jan. 13, 1 p.m. Where:Highlands Shrine Club 2604 State Road 17 Cost:Free - $5 Age limit:All ages Categories:Free/Cheap, Outdoor, Community More Info:Lawn Mower Races To Run At Shrine ClubSEBRING - Highlands Shrine Club lawn mower races will feature NASGRASS (North American Society of Grass Racers and Sod Slingers) at Highlands Shrine Club, 2604 State Road 17, at 1 p.m. Sunday.Admission is $5; kids under 12 are free. Those attending should bring a lawn chair.Call 471-2425 for more information
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By Anita S. Zahn, Highlands County Real Estate Source! I work 4 U!
(Advantage Realty 863-840-1420)
SEBRING - Pig Fest begins today and will continue through Jan. 12 at Firemen's Field in Sebring.The festival will run from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. both days.Samples of barbecue and meals will be sold.The band Quickfire will be playing tonight from 6 -10 and on Saturday from 3 - 6 p.m. and 7 - 9. When:Friday, Jan. 11, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Where:Firemen's Field in Sebring Cost:Not available Age limit:All ages Categories:Free/Cheap, Outdoor, Community Can't make it?Check out these additional dates:Saturday, Jan. 12
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By TheMillsTeam YourSebringRealtors, 863-212-5441
(Advantage Realty #1)
I just received this from Heartland National Bank (Highlands County, FL): January 7, 2008    Owner Occupied                                                         Investment Property 30 year fixed                5.875%                                    30 year fixed    6.625% 15 year fixed                5.500%                                    15 year fixed    6.375%               •·        Free prequalification •·        Loan approvals within 24 hours •·        Underwriting decisions are made locally •·        Stress-free, hassle-free, in-house loan process from application through closing •·        Fixed, Adjustable and Bridge loan products •·        Up to 100% financing on primary purchases •·        Current rate, terms and closing cost estimate provided same day     Contact Info...
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By TheMillsTeam YourSebringRealtors, 863-212-5441
(Advantage Realty #1)
Sebring Market Statistics 2007 # of Sales Average List Average Sold Sold to List% Sold to Original% DOM 40 $184,910.00 $176,893.00 95.66% 92.58% 159 Jan 15 $201,767.00 $202,742.00 100.48% 98.30% 168 Feb 16 $165,450.00 $161,344.00 97.52% 95.11% 120 Mar 13 $162,551.00 $158,767.00 97.67% 91.48% 164 Apr 23 $210,954.00 $199,535.00 94.59% 90.70% 171 May 19 $166,076.00 $158,810.00 95.62% 89.28% 197 Jun 9 $188,171.00 $182,537.00 97.01% 94.33% 166 Jul 20 $121,860.00 $115,375.00 94.68% 90.96% 161 Aug 9 $165,214.00 $154,834.00 93.72% 93.09% 132 Sep 9 $183,200.00 $174,672.00 95.35% 83.82% 229 Oct 44 $159,582.00 $147,783.00 92.61% 86.15% 137 Nov 5 times as many sales in November compared to the month before and a record high for 2007. WOW, and only 137 DOM's. That's lower than the average for all o...
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By TheMillsTeam YourSebringRealtors, 863-212-5441
(Advantage Realty #1)
I have seen several of the flag waving events while driving by but last Saturday, while I was on floor duty, they waved their flags right across the street from my office on Lake Jackson. No kidding, there were horns honking all morning long!I took a picture and received a summary by email from Tom Macklin:"I want to take a moment to thank everyone who was able to attend and participate in yesterday's Patriotic Flag Wave on U.S. 27 in Sebring, Fla. yesterday.  As always, our efforts were very well received by the public.  Honking horns, hand waves and thumbs up were the responses we received.  Unfortunately, but as usual there were a couple less than cordial responses.  I want to pass along a couple of personal contacts I made with several drivers.  One lady who was headed south (we wer...
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By TheMillsTeam YourSebringRealtors, 863-212-5441
(Advantage Realty #1)
Thirteen years ago, a Sebring resident decided his hometown needed to highlight its Circle Pakr in historic downtown Sebring, and the Sebring Christmas Carousel of Lights was born.Every year since then, from the first week in December until the end of the month, Circle Park is aglow with Christmas lights and decorations thanks to Jon Speigel, who funds and helps decorate the park.Children and adults are drawn to the Circle to walk through the avhes of light, watch a free, 20-minute singing puppet show, buy a box of popcorn and have their pictures taken with Santa Claus at a special Santa hosue set up every year for the occasion.The puppet show consists of oversized animal heads singing traditional christmas songs with comedy routines thrown in. People take their places early on the blea...
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By TheMillsTeam YourSebringRealtors, 863-212-5441
(Advantage Realty #1)
Tanglewood , located on US 27 has a lot to offer if you are looking for an active retirement. The clubhouse is the center of all activities. You will love the oversized pool with separate areas for lounging, watersports, jacuzzi jets, and a 75' lap section. A library, arts and crafts room, fitness center, large commercially equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, auditorium with concert stage and a computer/internet club are also located in the 28,000 sqft clubhouse. A wood & crafts center can be found at a separate location.Activities offered at Tanglewood:Weekly Saturday Night Dances with BandBingoSeminarsMorning CoffeesPotluck DinnersPizza PartiesLine DancingBallroom DancingGolf LeaguesSand & Water VolleyballAquaticsLighted Tennis CourtsLighted Shuffleboard CourtsBilliardsPing PongChec...
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By TheMillsTeam YourSebringRealtors, 863-212-5441
(Advantage Realty #1)
Buttonwood Bay, a Sun community, is located at the south side of Sebring along the shores of Lake Josephine and Jackson Creek. This pet friendly RV Resort and Manufactured Home community has plenty to offer:Amenities include:Two Community Centers Billiards Two Heated Swimming Pools Lighted Tennis Courts Sixteen Shuffleboard Courts Lake-Front Fishing on Lake Josephine Cafe on the Lake Miniature Golf Bocce Ball Horseshoe Pits Exercise Room Nature Trails Planned Activities Pet Friendly Professional On-Site ManagementWIFI  
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By TheMillsTeam YourSebringRealtors, 863-212-5441
(Advantage Realty #1)
As mentioned in the Calendar of Events for October, the ground breaking ceremony for Majestic Cove along the shores of Lake Jackson is scheduled for October 15. Majestic Cove will feature 69 upscale waterfront residences with spectacular landscaping and first class amenities. Prices ranges from $380,300 for 1.574 lsqft to $706,400 for 2.551 lsqft. Features include: • High Ceilings • 8' high sliding glass doors to allow for natural lighting • 8' high interior doors with elegant casings and baseboards throughout • Impact glass windows • Advanced technology pre-wiring for multi-line telephone system, Cable TV and internet access • Marble window sills • Large terraces with most having magnificent water views • High efficiency air conditioning and heating system • Digital programmable thermo...
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By Anita S. Zahn, Highlands County Real Estate Source! I work 4 U!
(Advantage Realty 863-840-1420)
     October 2007October 1 - Bridal Gala, vendors offer bridal-related services at Kenilworth Lodge. http://www.kenilworthlodge.com/packages/?id=148&glallery=yes For more information call 863-385-0111.  October 2 - March of Dimes Chef's Auction at Four Points By Sheraton Sebring, Chateau Élan' 6:30p.m.  Contact Erica Lavely at (863) 214-3507October 2 - HALLO BINGO FUNDRAISER, held every Tuesday Night at 6 p.m. at the Sebring Country Estates Clubhouse.  Great Food! Homemade Desserts!  Proceeds benefit Handicapped Americans Love of Life Org's building fund.  For more information call 385-1196October 4 - Florida Hospital presents presents Breast Cancer Awareness "Girls Night Out" 6-8 pm.  For more information call Tiffany Bender 863-386-6431 or 386-6380October 5 - Highlands Social Dance Cl...
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By Anita S. Zahn, Highlands County Real Estate Source! I work 4 U!
(Advantage Realty 863-840-1420)
 Growth is booming in Highlands County. Is it too much? HIGHLANDS COUNTY FINALLY SEEING SOME MAJOR COMMERCIAL GROWTH.This brings mixed emotions to residents.  Some say they'de like to stay the way we where.  The truth is with many younger family's coming into the area we need this more then they think.  Jobs, How often do you hear the younger people saying they're having a hard time finding work, Too often.Revenue, These new stores will brng people in from other surrounding city's, towns to help our community and to help establish better pay for the area.I'm sure I'll be stirring the pot.  In all honesty We needed,this it was long in coming.  Do people really think they can stop growth?  I don't think so it inevitable we live in Florida we will always grow.  Look at the Broward County t...
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By Anita S. Zahn, Highlands County Real Estate Source! I work 4 U!
(Advantage Realty 863-840-1420)
September 2007 September 1-2 "Once Upon A Mattress" at Highlands Little Theatre Call 863-385-2525 for more information or tickets.September 1-3 Tour of Sebring Bicycle Event, held each Labour Day weekend, is in its 25th year.  For ride registration, contact Linda at lindamarie7@juno.com for room reservations; contact the Kenilworth Lodge at (800) 423-5939.September 4 - HALLO BINGO FUNDRAISER, held every Tuesday Night at 6 p.m. at the Sebring Country Estates Clubhouse.  Great Food! Homemade Desserts!  Proceeds benefit Handicapped Americans Love of Life Org's building fund.  For more information call 385-1196September 6 - Heartland Idol & Jr. Idol qualifying on the Sebring Circle at 7 pm.  Entry form, official Rules & Procedures may be picked up at the Sebring Chamber of Commerce between ...
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By TheMillsTeam YourSebringRealtors, 863-212-5441
(Advantage Realty #1)
1. Buyer requests financing from sellerWhile seller financing can make sense in some situat9ions, it is not for everybody. You will want to be concerned with how much money the buyer will be placing as a down payment. Obviously, the more you loand them, the higher your level of risk. Consult your accountant to sxee how providing seller financing might affect you when tax season comes around. 2. Early OccupancyEach case is different,m but in general it is not wise to allow a buyer to mive into your property prior to a full closing. There are always things that the buyer might not like after moving in, and then refuse to close. If you are going to allow this, make sure you have consulted your attorney about drafting a lease prior to letting your buyer move in before closing. Otherwise, yo...
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By Anita S. Zahn, Highlands County Real Estate Source! I work 4 U!
(Advantage Realty 863-840-1420)
July 19 - June 28 - Summer VERB Program at Sun N’ Lakes Golf Club 12 pm – to close, bowling at Kegel Bowling Center, Royal Palms Bowling Center, Gator Board Skate Extravaganza and Lake Placid Swimming Pool 6-8 pm $1 swim ages 9-12 yrs., (VERB cards can also be picked up at Sebring Chamber) call Derek Carlton @ 863-382-7221 for more information.   July 19 - Religious Sign Language class taught at Faith Missionary Baptist Church from 1-3 for more information call 863-471-6730 or email uphand@earthlink.net   July 20 – Summer VERB Program at Sun N’ Lakes Golf Club 12 pm – to close.  Also bowling at Kegel Bowling Center & Royal Palms Bowling Center, ages 9-12 yrs., (VERB cards can also be picked up at Sebring Chamber of Commerce 8:30 am to 4:30 pm) call Derek Carlton @ 863-382-7221 for more ...
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By Anita S. Zahn, Highlands County Real Estate Source! I work 4 U!
(Advantage Realty 863-840-1420)
From its historic downtown and circle to the modern Sebring International Raceway, Sebring Florida is known around the world for its warm hospitality and welcome to all, from near and far away. Better known for its weeklong race activity in the fall and spring each year, the community offers many other activities and events for young and old to enjoy throughout the year. This charming community will capture your imagination and your affection to the point that many visitors return each year and some even return to live. Circle Park in historic downtown Sebring has been a focal point for community activities since the early 1900’s when the City was founded by George Sebring. Historic preservation and restoration efforts of recent years have turned downtown Sebring into an attraction in i...
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By Elaine Liz-Ramirez, MAI
(ERA Advantage Realty)
School Grades Report as published by the "New Sun" for Highlands County.  It appears that our elementary and junior high schools are on the mark.  High schools need to buckle down.  Overall the grades are not terrible and demonstrate some improvement for the middle schools!  This is good information for any families who want to relocate to the area.  Be aware of property location and corresponding school district.  You may find an address index and respect school district at http://www.highlands.k12.fl.us/streets.pdf!Look up street adress and get a list of corresponding elementary, middle and high school districts for the property.If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Elaine Liz-Ramirez, MAI at ERA Advantage Realty, 721 US 27 S, Sebring, FL at  (863) 381-7665 or (863) 38...
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