Prepping Your Home for the Holidays!

Good Morning Everyone!

Who all is excited about the holiday’s approaching? It’s hard to believe that holiday season is upon us, but I love it! Family gathered together, great homemade food, memories being made…there is nothing better than that!

How do you prepare for the holidays? Have you stuck with the traditional check off to-do list with lots of things that need to be checked off? Or have you created a new system that works better for you?

Check out this list of ideas that may help you that myhomeideas posted!
http://www.myhomeideas.com/holidays/prep-home-holidays
A few of these ideas might just make the holiday season less stressful on you.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

-Duke

Would you Live in a Haunted House?!?

Good Day All,

I hope everyone is having a great week. With Halloween right around the corner I figured it would be a great time to talk about haunted houses. Would you ever consider living in a haunted house? The excitement of hearing footsteps when no one is in site? Or how about sleeping in a room where someone might have been murdered or taken from there home?

A recent survey of 1,000 people found that a little over 30% of people said they would consider living in a haunted house, 25% said maybe, while 42% of people said no way. What do you think? Would you consider the excitement of living in a haunted house?

I hope everyone is enjoying the excitement and cooler temperatures that comes with October and Halloween!

-Duke

30 acres of treed land with easement access off of County Road 315!

 

This is awesome land for hunting, hiking, bird watching or building your new homesite. Private and secluded with mixtures of Pines, Oaks, Palms and more. Small portion is located in 100 year flood plain but there is plenty of land for homes site, small farm or whatever you desire. Lots of great hunting with deer, turkey and more regularly found on this beautiful 30+ acres. Please request plat map and assistance before visiting this parcel of land. Located only minutes away from Ocklawaha River with great fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Short drive to Ocala national Forest with trails for ATV, horses, hiking and many natural springs. This area is an outdoors person(s) paradise and ready for new owners. 

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

ASKING PRICE: $ 120,000

LOT SIZE: 30.10 Acres w/ Easement

Zoning: A-1(Residential)

 

PENDING – Quiet Country Living – 12810 NE 105 Street Fort McCoy, FL 32134

Lovely remodeled 1996 Homes of Merit manufactured home situated on over 3 acres. Bring your horse, livestock or just enjoy the green grass and 3 fenced paddocks. As you arrive at the property there is gated entrance with fenced paddocks on each side of driveway. Roomy front deck invites you into entrance of the home where you will notice the fresh paint, new laminate flooring and updated light fixtures. The main bedroom is just off the spacious living room and has walk-in closet and main bathroom with garden tub and separate shower. There is also inside laundry with door leading to back yard. The kitchen is open and bright with fresh paint, update appliances and large area that could be used for Family room or formal dining area. Slider leads to 16 x 26 back deck overlooking green grass and tall pines, plus huge pole barn for parking the toys, tractor or using as stall for animals.

Located on paved road and 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, Outback Steakhouse and all your favorite restaurants. If your a fisherman, hunter or simply love hiking, canoeing or kayaking you are in luck! Minutes to Ocklawaha River and Gores Landing Recreation area, Rodman Reservoir with world class bass fishing, Ocala National Forest and it’s many natural springs awaits your explorations. Great location, spotless inside and out. Ready for new owners to call this home!  

CALL, TEXT, EMAIL TODAY FOR YOUR PRIVATE SHOWING

 352-572-1739 OR INFO@SEARCH352HOMES.COM 

ASKING PRICE: $ 124,500

BEDROOMS: 3

BATHROOMS: 2

CARPORT: 50 x 60 Pole Barn

LIVING SQUARE FEET: 1512

YEAR BUILT: 1996  Homes of Merit 28′ x 56′

LOT SIZE: 3.05 Acres (Cleared, some woods, several fenced pastures and gates) 

Zoning: A-1(Residential)

Updates: Architectural shingles, light fixtures, flooring, appliances, paint, H/W Heater 2 yrs new

 

 

Eureka You Found It! B5 Zoned Commercial Building in Eureka, FL

2068 Total square feet under roof on this B-5 Zoned property formerly used as appliances store. Building is located on .69 acre lot with paved county road frontage. Lots of potential for future business or great workshop or storage building. Located between Fort McCoy and Salt Springs, Florida. Growing area close to recreation including Ocklawaha River, ATV trails, horseback riding, many natural springs and quiet country living. Don’t miss an opportunity to own or start a new business in a great community.

14680 NE 150 STREET FORT McCOY, FL 32134

ASKING PRICE: $69,900

ZONING: B5* ( HEAVY BUSINESS)

LOT SIZE .69 ACRES 150′ X 200’TOTAL SQUARE FEET UNDER ROOF: 2068

  

Little Lake Kerr – 15021 NE 248 Avenue Road Salt Springs, FL 32134

Little Lake Kerr Waterfront w/ 2 Homes, Game room(432 Square Feet w newer pool table), 2 car detached garage and caged in ground swimming pool situated on 1.03 acre fenced and gated lot with entrance on two paved streets. 1960 main home has custom tongue and groove woodwork throughout entire home(even the ceilings). Large screen off the rear of the home leads to 2 car garage and overlooks caged swimming pool(needs new liner). Located between garage and game room is outdoor shower, 1/2 bath and laundry room. 2003 built guest home is 798 living sq. ft with 1 bedroom and 1 bath and open living room and kitchen area. 20X30 Pole barn, 28X35 concrete pad and 2 wells, 2 septics. Lakefront is located across street on separate lot and includes boathouse and dock(needs repairs and getting estimates).

LIST PRICE: $174,500

MAIN HOME: 2 BEDROOMS / 1 BATHROOM 1312 LIVING SQ FT

GUEST HOME(2003): 1 BEDROOM / 1 BATHROOM / 798 LIVING SQ FT

GAME ROOM: 432 SQ FT

MLS#: 434095

LOT SIZE: 1.03 ACRES 


NAR: Home Sales Going Up for 2015

What does this mean?

Well Lawrence Yun, NAR’s Chief Economist predicts an approximate 7% rise in existing home sales for 2015. The key will be a strengthening economy and job growth. Yun sees more first-time buyers entering the market as well in 2015 with expected new mortgage products, low down payments and PMI(private Mortgage Insurance.) He warns if interest rise this year it could add hurdles to buyers and sellers. Many sellers have locked in such low interest rates over the past few years they may be very reluctant to commit to a much higher future rate. Yun’s preliminary analysis of sale in 2014 appeared to by around 4.94 million, which is about 3% below 2013. However the median existing sales price increased 5.6% from 2013 to 2014.

Watch this video for more information on the economy and housing market:

Source: National Association of REALTORS® ; http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2015/01/08/nar-home-sales-only-going-up-from-here?om_rid=AAEWoH&om_mid=_BUrvNWB8$sIYZV&om_ntype=RMODaily

Existing Home Sales Continue to Rise In October 2014

Existing-home sales continued to rise in October and are now up year-over-year for the first time in 2014, NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun says during a Nov. 20 press conference in Washington. This is good news for our local Ocala/ Marion County market because the inventory is moving closer to a balanced market. The largest issue facing the future is a lack of inventory in many price ranges. If you are a seller and thinking your home might not be worth what you owe, you could be be mistaken. There are still great deals to be found for buyers too. Want to chat more about real estate or discuss your homes value, please contact me today.

 

http://www.homesforsaleocalamarion.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Ocala_MSA_Single_Family_Homes_2014-10_Summary-2.pdf

 

MORE..Mortgage Modification Options

Are you two or more years late on your mortgage payments?

If so, you could get another opportunity  to save your home with the recent changes in loan modification rules by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced the elimination of an eligibility cap that forbid loan modifications to homeowners with delinquencies of 720 days or more. This change was made to the “streamlined modification” program which was created in 2013 and touted as an automatic route to lower mortgage payments because no paperwork or application is required. According to the FHFA it is estimated that nearly half of borrowers nationwide would be eligible now under these new guidelines and all lenders must comply with the cap elimination by April 1, 2015 and all are encouraged  to make the change immediately. All borrowers who were previously denied a modification must be reevaluated.

We’ve had multiple clients receive approvals under this program,” said Paul Baltrun, director of corporate development for the Law Office of Paul A. Krasker in West Palm Beach. “It’s very little paperwork, mostly just phone conversations with the lender, and the turn time is quicker.” If the borrower agrees and makes three on-time payments, the modification becomes permanent. Baltrun said it’s hard to gauge how many people the change will affect. Although the worst of the foreclosure crisis is over, he said a significant number of homeowners are still looking for modifications because they have lost jobs, or have used up their savings trying to stay in their home.”I think it will help a small number of people in specific circumstances,” said Baltrun, who believes removing the cap is a good change. “Why would someone who is 721 days late be declined when someone who is 719 days late is approved?

Also, borrowers are encouraged to apply for other loan modification plans, such as Home Affordable Modification Program, which could offer a better deal. About 3% of Florida homeowners with mortgages were 90 days late or more on payments during the second quarter of 2014 and nearly 10% were either 90 days delinquent, or in foreclosure. That puts Florida only second behind New Jersey with the highest foreclosure and delinquency rate in the nation, but a far improvement from the near 18% back in 2011. IN Florida streamlining this process is crucial because the foreclosure process is moving quicker and quicker through the process which mean less time for negotiating with the bank before foreclosure judgement is issued.

Where can you find help? http://www.fhfa.gov/Homeownersbuyer/MortgageAssistance or http://www.harp.gov/

Source: floridarealtors.org and Copyright © 2014 The Palm Beach Post (West Palm Beach, Fla.), Kimberly Miller. Distributed by MCT Information Services.

 

July Pending Homes Sales Rebound and July Monthly Market Report

According to the National Association of REALTORS pending homes sales jumped for the month of July and have continued to increase for four of the last five months and states all major regions experienced healthy gains except for Midwest which saw a slight decline. Marion County saw a slight -2.2% drop in pending contracts for the month, but “closed sales” were up 17.7% and I expect to see the trend in pending contracts start to increase in coming months as kids go back to school and months start to cool off, hopefully. Our biggest hurdle, in todays market, is “new listings” which in July 2014 were 6.7% compared to this same time last year and “inventory”(Active Listing) is down 2.7% as well.

We are now at what many experts would call a balanced market because our numbers show we are at a 6.2 month supply. This means that if agents did not list anymore properties, it would take approximately 6 months for all inventory to be sold based on the current closed sales.

CLICK HERE FOR JULY MONTHLY MARKET REPORT

http://www.homesforsaleocalamarion.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/JULY-Marion_County_Single_Family_Homes_2014-07_Summary.pdf