***Tax Season***

Good Afternoon All, 

I hope everyone is having a great week! We’re right around the corner from tax season. For most people this is a very dreaded time of the year. So much information and knowledge goes into taxes and for some people it can be a little overwhelming. 

Have you given any consideration as to what you’re going to do with your tax return? Maybe you could use your tax return to purchase a home or use it to improve your current home! Today, we’re going talk about Tax Deductions for homeowners and some benefits you may not know of. 

What are some homeowner tax deductions? 

There are several different tax related expenses and deductions for homeowners. Home Office Expenses, Energy Efficient Appliances and Windows, etc.

What are some tax deductions when purchasing a home?  

When you’re purchasing a home there are many different expenses that you can claim as a deduction. For an example, mortgage interest, mortgage points, real estate taxes, moving expenses, etc. 

What are some home owner related expenses that CANNOT be claimed as a deduction? 

Unfortunately here is a list of expenses that cannot be claimed as a tax deduction. Mortgage insurance, homeowners insurance including flood or fire), direct principal payments, remodeling, etc. 

As always I encourage you to consult with a local tax expert or accountant for all tax related questions. I hope everyone has a great rest of your day and weekend! 

-Duke 

 “This blog post is only for general information and Rountree Realty advises readers to contact their local tax expert for all tax questions and filing purposes.”

List Your Home TODAY!

Good Afternoon All, 

Have you given any consideration to listing your home for sale? Maybe you’ve heard the myth that listing your home in the Spring is the best time of year. I’m here to tell you that may not be the case! Right now we have a lot of snow birds in the area looking to purchase winter homes. Also with interest rates being extremely low, we have a busy real estate market in general for all stages of life. From first time home buyers to couples retiring and downsizing, there is a buyer right now for your home. 

In today’s real estate market inventory is EXTREMELY low. Myself, as well as several other Realtors, have portfolios of buyers just waiting for homes to hit the market! I would love to have the opportunity to sit down with you and provide a free comparative market analysis. We can also go over my marketing plan to get your home SOLD for top dollar and in a time frame that works best for you. Please give me a call today! I look forward to hearing from you.  

Duke Rountree 

***IDEAL PROPERTY WITH 2 HOMES*** 24740 E Hwy 316, Salt Springs, FL 32134

 ***IDEAL PROPERTY WITH 2 HOMES*** Each Home has 1 Bedroom and 1 Full Bathroom with Full Kitchen, Living Room, Eating Area and Laundry Room! Great living concept for the your in-laws, older children or rental income! Great location close to town, lakes, fishing, boating and other outdoor activities.

 

  • 0.71 Acres
  • Possible Rental Income or Mother In Law Suite 
  • Asking $115,000

 

 

 

WHITE SAND LAKE FRONT HOME!-23295 NE 112th Avenue, Fort McCoy, FL 32134

PROPERTY HAS WHITE SAND LAKE FRONT BEACH WITH PARTY HUT, DOCK WITH ALL NEW DECKING, NEARLY 1/2 ACRE FENCED IN PROPERTY WITH 3 LARGE SWING GATES, LARGE PICNIC GAZEBO, NEW FIREPIT AREA, 2 SHEDS FOR ALL YOUR TOYS, LARGE ATTACHED CARPORT, UNDER HOUSE PARKING, HUGE FIRST FLOOR PARTY DECK, LARGE SECOND FLOOR DECK, TIRE SWING, HUGE PULL THROUGH CIRCULAR GRAVEL DRIVEWAY, SPACE FOR AN RV WITH HOOKUPS AND MORE!!! Home is meticulously kept with recent updates, all new furnishings (negotiable), 3 bedrooms (2 up, one down) open floor plan w/ gorgeous views of pristine Deer Back Lake, large Florida Room with unique multi purpose office/dining setup, lots of large windows, newer a/c with UV filtration, first floor large bedroom w/refrigerator & sink & more! WAY TOO MANY DETAILS TO LIST! 

  • LAKE FRONT PROPERTY
  • NEARLY 1/2 ACRE
  • ASKING $187,500

30+ ACRES Agricultural Zoned in HORSE Country!-9301 W Hwy 318, Reddick, FL 32686

30+ ACRES Agricultural zoned rolling pasture with flowing creek and large oak trees providing lots of shade and plenty of choices to place your new dream home or rebuild old concrete block structure located on front of property. Located across the street from Ocala Jockey Club and less than 15 minutes away from HITS. Old Home on Property needs complete rehab but does have well and septic. Halfway between Gainesville & Ocala. Additional 60 acres possibly available too! 

  • 9301 W Hwy 318, Reddick, FL 32686
  • 30.37 Acres with an Additional 60 Acres Possibly Available 
  • ***Only Asking $360,000***

If you have any questions or if you would like to view this property, please contact me at Info@HomesForSaleOcalaMarion.com or (352) 572-1739. 

Hard to Find Acreage on Paved Road!

Hard to find acreage on paved road. Two parcels included in this sale. 3.1 acres has 220′ of Hwy 316 road frontage. 6.65 is flag lot and borders smaller lot to the East. Both lots have concrete aprons and are heavily wooded parcels. Located within minutes of downtown Fort McCoy with shopping, restaurants, hardware, park and more. Short drive to Ocala National Forest with great freshwater springs, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, horseback and ATV trails, hunting fishing and everything an outdoor enthusiast could ever desire. This property is ready for new owners and bring your plans for new home.

  • Asking $45,000
  • Total Acreage 9.75 Acres
  • Zoned A-1 General Agriculture 

Please email Info@HomesForSaleOcalaMarion.com or (352) 572-1739 for more info. 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

Good Morning All, 

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I would like to hear from you and see who all made a New Years Resolution? You always hear of the resolutions to lose weight, eat healthy, improve a relationship, travel more, etc., but who made a resolution to buy a home?!?! Buying a home is one of the best investments you can make and over time will help you gain financial freedom! 

What if your New Years Resolution was to sell your current home? Maybe you now have equity in your home and are ready for an upgrade! Or your family is expanding and you need more living space.

Either way, right now is a great time to buy or sell real estate. Home values are up for sellers and interest rates are extremely low for buyers! I would love to have the opportunity to talk with you and guide you through the process. If there is anything I can do to help please let me know. I hope everyone has a great start to 2018! 

Duke Rountree 

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

Good Afternoon All, 

I hope everyone is having a great day! Did anyone do anything fun over the weekend to celebrate the upcoming holiday? Maybe attended a Christmas Party or the Ocala Christmas Parade? Since we’re now less than two week until Christmas, I thought I would share some of favorite holiday traditions and events here in Marion County. 

1.) Let’s Skate Ocala!- Ocala’s Ice-skating Rink is back! Located at Tuscawilla Park at 500 NE Sanchez Ave, Ocala.                Every weekend they’re having a special theme for the event. 

  • Friday, Dec. 15 – Santa’s Workshop with a special screening of the movie “Elf”
  • Friday, Dec. 22 – Superheroes Night 

Click here for more information and pricing. http://bit.ly/2BTLnWn

2.) Carriage Rides on the Square!- Every weekend between now and New Year’s Eve you can take a carriage ride and see all of the lights and holiday decorations around the square. Click here for more information and pricing. 

http://bit.ly/2B4DQqA

3.) Ocala Civic Theatre!- The Ocala Civic Theatre has several different performances going on for the holiday season. Make sure you check out their website for tickets, showtimes and more information!

http://bit.ly/2B55yn2

4.) Cotton Farm’s Christmas Village- This is a great event for the little kiddos. From Pancakes with Santa, to hayrides, lights and other Christmas activities this is the place to be! Here is a link to their FB page with more information. 

https://www.facebook.com/CottomFarmChristmasVillage/

5.) Cade Christmas Light Display- This Christmas light display is located in Orange Springs, just a few miles north of Fort McCoy. For years this has been one of the best Christmas light displays in the area. Check out their FB page for pictures and more info. 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cade-Christmas-Light-Display/1438266549721929

I hope you get the chance over the next couple of weeks to enjoy some of the holiday events here in Marion County! This is truly is the most wonderful time of year! 

Merry Christmas, 

Duke Rountree

A Fisherman’s Dream!-17051 NE 243rd Place Road, Fort McCoy, FL 32134

One of a kind 11+ fenced acre waterfront property – A FISHERMAN’S DREAM! The only home with permitted boathouse, dock & deck on the Ocklawaha River/Rodman Reservoir. Boathouse offers double slips, one boat lift, 50 amp electric service, water and screened porch. 700+ ft of river frontage! Spacious 3/2 home and attached 1/1 in-law apartment. 2/2 mobile home needs roof and lots of work or removed, greenhouse, detached 3 bay garage (4 overhead doors) and 80×40 Quonset hut with sand floors. Solar & gas heated saltwater pool and hot tub. Solar water heater for entire house and wired with 45KW generator that starts automatically if there is power failure. 500 gallon LP gas tank in ground for generator. Orange, pink grapefruit and lemon trees throughout!

Located a short drive to downtown Fort McCoy with grocery store, doctor office, pharmacy, hardware, gas station, pizza delivery and more. Ocala is just another 20 minutes away with Walmart, Lowes and all your favorite restaurants. Gainesville(Home of Florida Gators) is only 50 minutes to downtown. If your a fisherman, hunter or simply love hiking, canoeing or kayaking you are in luck! Minutes to Ocklawaha River, Rodman Reservoir boat ramp, Ocala National Forest and it many natural springs awaits your explorations. One of a kind home and location! Ready for new owners to call this more!

CALL, TEXT, EMAIL TODAY FOR YOUR PRIVATE SHOWING
 352-572-1739 OR INFO@SEARCH352HOMES.COM 

ASKING PRICE: $525,000

BEDROOMS: 4 (Main Home – 3 Bedroom / 2 Baths & Apartment – 1 Bedroom / 1 Bath)

BATHROOMS: 3

LIVING SQUARE FEET: 3085

YEAR BUILT: 1999

LOT SIZE: 11.78 Acres

Zoning: A-1 General Ag 

 

 

Ways to Refresh your Home!

Good Morning All, 

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday! Hopefully you were able to spend a little extra time with friends, family the ones who mean most to you! Now that December is just a couple of days away, Christmas and the rest of the holiday season is on everyone’s mind. One thing homeowners really start to question this time of year is what can I do to refresh or make my home look better for the holidays? Or maybe you’re thinking of putting your home up for sale at the New Year and you want to make sure your home looks it’s best! Here are a few ideas you can use to refresh your home! 

1.) CLEAN OUT YOUR GARAGE!- Maybe you use your garage as an extra seating or entertainment space around the holidays. Or maybe you’re thinking of putting your home on the market at the new year? Cleaning out your garage is a great way to refresh your home! Instead of having a pile of yard tools in the corner of the garage, you can purchase an organizational system or rack for a reasonable price. This will help declutter the space and make it look tidy and clean. 

2.) CHANGE OUT LIGHT FIXTURES!- A very reasonable price idea that will spruce up your home is to change out old light fixtures. Changing out old fixtures will make a huge difference in the way your home looks! Keep an eye out at sidewalk sales and clearance sections at retail stores for great deals on light fixtures! 

3.) PAINT!- What a great way to spruce up your home! Paint is actually very affordable and not a hard weekend project! Maybe the exterior of your home is faded from the sun. Or maybe it has been years since the interior of your home has had a new coat of paint. Grab the paint brushes, get the family together and make a weekend of it! You will be surprised what a difference a new coat of paint will make to your home. 

4.) LANDSCAPING!- The first thing your family, friends or even possible home buyers sees is the entrance to your property and the yard. Whether your yard is completely shaded or in the sun, you can find plants at affordable prices to spruce up your flower beds. Also don’t forget to grab a few bags of mulch to make a bold statement! 

5.) KITCHEN- This is the one space that everyone seems to gather at around the holidays. This is also typically the most important room to homebuyers. A great and very affordable way to add a statement to your kitchen is to add or replace the backsplash! You can purchase backspace and very affordable prices and this will make a HUGE statement to your kitchen. 

I hope you all found these ideas helpful for refreshing your homes! As always if you have any questions or if there is anything I can do to help you with your real estate needs please let me know. 

King Regards, 

Duke Rountree