Spring Hill, FL Real Estate News

We have all heard about the foreclosure crisis over the past few years, but now it seems to have taken on a new twist. With all the latest news coming out, it now seems that some of the largest banks in the country have been practicing in arena of fraudulently foreclosing on property. It is not clear if the banks themselves had any knowledge of what was happening, but one thing is clear for sure. Many times over documents that were forged to appear to be signed by the borrower were used in foreclosure proceedings in order to expedite the foreclosure process and get the home owner out of their home. The issue is that many banks, including Fannie Mae and also Freddie Mac have been using what has been dubbed as "foreclosure mills" in order to expedite the foreclosure process. Foreclosure m...
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By Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Real Estate Market Report 3rd Quarter 2010:  Homes for Sale in Timber Pines, Spring Hill, Florida Timber Pines is a 55+ Country Club community in Spring Hill, Florida.  Timber Pines is a golf course community that is gated with 24-hour security.  Timber Pines offers an active Florida life style with several golf courses, two community pools, Activities Center, Clubhouse, Performing Arts Center as well as many social clubs and events.  All community features including the golf courses in Timber Pines are resident-owned and the streets are private.  Timber Pines offers golfers a choice of four golf courses that include a Championship Course, two Executive Courses, and one Nine-Hole Course, as well as a shooting range and pro-shop.  The Timber Pines golf courses are private.  The monthly H...
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By Steve Fingerman
Home Prices are Down 26% in the past 12 months. Rates are at the lowest level they have been in over 40 years! Average Home in Hernando County is selling for less than the cost of replacement and or construction. There has never been a better time to buy a home in Spring Hill Florida. Just look at this example below. Average Couple Earning $10.00 Per Hour each, Can Purchase a Home for $105,000.00 Income:          $,3466.66 Per Month Total debt:       $500.00 Per Month (Car Loans, Credit Credit Cards Etc.) House Payment: $724.90  ( Including Taxes and Insurance ) Total Debt Ratio would be only 35.34% (Max Qualifying allows up to 43%)  Best Of All This can Be Done with ZERO DOWN PAYMENT! You Can Even Roll In ALL CLOSING COSTS. When the Average Rent is $800.00 Per Month, and You Need First...
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By Jeanne M. Gavish, Keller Williams Realty Elite Partners - CIPS,GRI,S
(Jeanne Gavish, Keller Williams Realty Elite Partners)
One of the greatest appeals of homeownership in Florida is the option of a Maintenance Free home.  Whether you are a snowbird or a full time resident, a retiree or part of the workforce, there are many options to choose from in  Maintenance Free Living.  Condominiums offer the greatest freedom because you only own the interior space of your home and a fractional portion of the common area.  This means you can enjoy a lifestyle you may not have been able to afford otherwise, such as living directly on the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic Ocean. Townhouses are connected to one another through shared walls, usually with three or four units per building.  You may or may not have a patio and small private yard.  You own the exterior of your home and what is included in your fees vary. Patio homes ...
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By Bill Ness, 55Places.com, Active Adult Community Guide
(55Places.com)
Timber Pines is a comfortable active adult community in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. Residents enjoy a fantastic location along the Florida Gulf Coast, an impressive collection of amenities, four golf courses and a friendly atmosphere. Homes at this Florida active adult community are priced from $50,000 to the low $300’s and are available as attached villas or single-family style homes. The villas are attached as two or more unit villas and feature maintenance-free living including all exterior maintenance for the home and yard. The homeowner association fee for the villas is slightly higher than the single-family style homes due to the included maintenance. The single-family style homes do not include maintenance therefore the homeowner is responsible for all exterior maintenance inc...
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By Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Just Sold:  Home on Golf Course in Spring Hill Florida Located in the highly desired neighborhood of the Oak Hills Golf Course Community in the middle of Spring Hill, Florida, this home was built in 2002 on the 5th fairway of the Oak Hills Golf Course with 1725 squae foot living space under heat and air, and 2383 square foot under roof on an oversized golf course lot of one third of an acre. This beautiful 3/2/2 Spring Hill Florida home was custom built by Scott Nicoletti Homes.  The interior has a bright great room plan with an open kitchen and breakfast nook and a formal dining room.   The spacious master bedroom has a garden tub, separate shower and double sinks. There is berber carpet and tile flooring throughout the house for easy maintenance. Pocket sliding doors open to the enclo...
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I just wanted to take a moment to clear the air about something. I constantly am hearing that Banks are not lending! Seems that thanks to the media and all the doom and gloom news we keep hearing about when it comes to lending, everyone has the misconception that Banks are not lending and there is no point to even try to get a loan today. Well I can tell you that statement is POSITIVELY FALSE, FALSE, FALSE! Yup, that's right, it could not be further from the truth. Are loans a little harder to get today? Sure, if you consider the fact that lender's will actually do what they should have been doing all along, then yes loans are more difficult to get. So what is that they are doing to make loans more difficult to get? Well for starters you have to be able to verify your income. Go figure,...
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By Roy & Gail Barnhart & McKay, Barnhart & McKay Home Selling Team
(Barnhart & McKay Realty Advisors)
Coming To Market Soon!!! Bank Owned Home in Pre-List 17720 Drayton Dr. Spring Hill, FL. 34610 "Pasco County" Roy Barnhart & Gail McKay Florida Luxury Realty  Coming To Market Soon!!! Bank Owned Home in Pre-List 17720 Drayton Dr. Spring Hill, FL. 34610 Located in Leisure Hills 5 Bedroom/2 Bath 1.10 Acre Lot Fenced   This Bank Owned Doublewide Mobile Home is located in the Leisure Hills Subdivision in Spring Hill, Florida 34610. This area is also known as Pigeon Country, because Pasco County has zoned this community to allow racing pigeons and other livestock. This Bank Owned Doublewide needs a lot of work and is a real handy man special / fixer upper. The home has a ton of square footage, a wood burning fireplace, and an inside utility room. The home has a huge 1.10 acre lot that is comp...
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By Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL
(Sailwinds Realty)
Spring Hill- This pool home at 1315 Overland Dr in Seven Hills has been reduced to $110,000 from $125,000.  This is a great family home - 3 Bedroom/2 Bath home with a 14x28 screen-enclosed pool. The Great room has a wood-burning fireplace, cathedral ceilings, ceramic tile floor, and sliders to the pool area. The kitchen is open to the great room, has a separate breakfast room, and a glass-top stove. There's also a formal dining room, large master suite with a whirlpool tub, separate shower, ceramic tile floors, huge walk-in closet. But you have to see the pool area. A large covered area for the sun-shy, and a refreshing pool. Listed at $125,000. Over 1800 sq.ft. For more info click on http://overland.tonifl.com This home is a short-sale. Being sold "as is"
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Fatal Shootout in lieu of Foreclosure They tried to reach the man by phone to no avail. They tried to force him out by filling his home with a dozen containers of tear gas and pepper gas. But when Hernando deputies saw no signs of movement inside the home about 9 p.m. Monday, they wondered if Robert Capkovic had followed through on an earlier vow to kill himself. So for the second time that day, they went in. When the SWAT team members reached a bathroom, they found Capkovic, still armed with a rifle. Within minutes, one deputy was wounded and Capkovic, 62, was dead, Sheriff Richard Nugent said Tuesday as he detailed the actions of the nearly six-hour standoff outside Capkovic's home at 5351 Joyner Ave. In early July, Capkovic wrote a letter to Bank of America saying he would kill himse...
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By Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Just Sold:  Home in Spring Hill, Florida 3/2/2 Spring Hill home built in 1989 with 1670 living square foot and a total of 2375 square foot under roof on almost two thirds of an acre and an adjacent no build area. Located in the highly desired neighborhood of Oakridge Estates in the middle of Spring Hill, Florida, this home has much to offer including an large enclosed lanai. The interior has a great floorplan.  The home had been renovated from top to bottom with new paint, carpeting, refinished wood flooring, and new A/C. Standard Sale! This home was not offered as a short sale or foreclosure.  It was a regular sale and it perfectly shows that good homes are available at good prices without being distressed.  Listed at $119,899, this Spring Hill home sold for $116,000 with the buyer uti...
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Sometimes we do things in our business that just make no financial sense what so ever! Ok let me clear that up, since I know many people reading that first line in bold will immediately get the wrong impression. About a year or so ago I met a client who at the time was 92 years old. For the purposes of this discussion I will call him Mr. X. So let's go back to that week that I met Mr. X. I was sitting in the office and it was a pretty typical day of fielding phone calls, closing loans and fighting with underwriters about the shear senselessness of some of the conditions that were being imposed on some of our clients(a pretty typical week by today's standards) This week was a little more hectic than most since it seemed that several deals were going to crash at the same time. I was hones...
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By Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Real Estate Market Report January to June 2010: Timber Pines, Spring Hill, Florida Timber Pines is a 55+ Country Club community offering an active life style with several golf courses, two community pools, Activities Center, Clubhouse, Performing Arts Center, as well as many social clubs and events.  The community is a gated golf course community with an park-like ambience and 24-hour security.  Home sales in Timber Pines started out slow but took off in March and April with more than half of all closings taking place during these two months.  Sales activity has slowed since again but remains above the lower levels of the winter months. Compared to the same time period in 2009, number of successful home sales in Timber Pines has improved and average and median prices both decreased. Inv...
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By Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Where to go and What to do in Spring Hill, Florida:  Going to the Movies... at your Local Library When it gets too hot outside this summer, and you are looking for an afternoon of indoor entertainment, why not visit your local Spring Hill library for an afternoon of movies? The following summer movie showings are scheduled at the Spring Hill Branch Library located at 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, Florida 7/8/2010:  Leap Year 7/22/2010:  Amelia 8/12/2020:  Did you Hear about the Morgans? 8/26/2010: Hachi: A Dog's Tale 9/9/2010:  Invictus 9/23/20:  Flicka All shows begin at 2:00 PM.  Enjoy summer fun at your local Spring Hill library!    
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By Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Highpoint Community celebrates Fourth of July with Parade, Brooksville, Spring Hill, Florida Every year, the Highpoint Community in Brooksville/Spring Hill, Florida celebrates Independence Day with  a great Fourth of July parade. Resident and community groups both participate in this Fourth of July parade that winds its way from the Highpoint community entrance to the club house where a flag-raising ceremony complete with color guards marks the beginning of a social get-together in the clubhouse with fun, food and entertainment. The Highpoint Fourth of July parade begins at 9:00 AM and the celebration ends at 3:00 PM.  Free and open to the public. The Highpoint Golf Community is located off Highway 50 just West of Mariner Blvd in Spring Hill, Florida.  Happy Fourth of July!  
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By Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Good News: Senate passed Extension for Homebuyer Tax Credit If it wasn't for the last minutes, many things would not get done.  Last night, Congress passed HR 5623, the bill to extend the homebuyer tax credit.  Qualifying homebuyers who had a signed contract by April 30, 2010, will now have until September 30, 2010 to get these transactions closed in order to receive the tax credit.  Another bill that was passed last night, HR 5569, was the extension to the national flood insurance program.  The expiration of this program had been stalling closings for waterfront properties since the end of May when the program expired.   The extension is retroactive and good until September 30, 2010 as well. President Obama is expected to sign both bills quickly.  Certainly, these extensions bring reli...
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By Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
No Comps found to match Subject's Condition! Comparative Market Analyses and Broker Price Opinions are common tasks to most Realtors®.  We strive to find the closest comparables possible and are used to making adjustments for the differences that seem unavoidable.  We see a lot things, pretty and not so pretty. And then every once in a while we come across a property that is just "one of a kind" with no other comparables coming even close.  This was the case with this old house I came across the other day during an interior BPO.  You know how the saying goes, "one man's trash is another's treasure", someone may have taken that a little too far with this one!  I hesitated even entering the house and circled the outside first before venturing in.  After I made it out alive, I feel this is...
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I just got done reading a post from an agent who had a client that used a Internet lender rather than someone local who she trusted. It went on to say how terrible the experience was and how horrible of a job they did with regard to pretty much the entire transaction.      I have to agree that many times these so called "Internet lenders" are nothing more than a call center with inexperience loan officers. Too often, we take over a file from one of these web based lenders only to find out they missed many things in the pre-qual stage that would have set off huge red flags to anyone with a knowledge of current guidelines. This in the end causes the deal to crash, and many times we are not able to save it. What irks me the most is that by the time I take one of these deals over, the listi...
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By Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Timber Pines Spring Hill Florida Homes for Sale: Real Estate Market Report May 2010 Timber Pines, a 55+ gated golf course community in the heart of Spring Hill, Florida, consists of approximately 3500 privately owned homes and villas built between 19985 and 1995 and ranging from 1 bedroom/1 bath villas to 4 bedroom homes.  The Timber Pines Country Club community offers its residents a variety of amenities including two swimming pools, tennis courts, club house, activities and clubs, performing arts center, and not to forget several golf courses that include a 18-hole Championship golf course, all in all 63 holes to put a golf ball in! Home prices in the Timber Pines community have decreased as they have everywhere else.  However, compared to other neighborhoods and communities in the a...
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