***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.”

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. 

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

Home Inspection for Your Home Purchase!

Good Day All, 

I hope everyone is having a great week! This post is mostly for home buyers or people who might be planning on purchasing a home going into 2018! Once you have found the home you want to purchase and both the buyer and seller have agreed to the terms, your Realtor should give you the opportunity for a home inspection to be completed. 

I typically always recommend for my buyers to have a home inspection completed. This will allow them to evaluate the home inspection report and make sure the condition of the home is satisfactory to them. Shouldn’t you as a buyer have questions for the home inspector? For future home buyers, have you thought of a list of questions to ask your home inspector? Below are a few questions that you may find helpful.  

1.) Are you licensed and insured?

2.) How long have you been a licensed inspector? 

3.) Do you belong to the Better Business Bureau or any other organizations? 

4.) What is included with your home inspection package? (well, septic, gas lines, roof, swimming pools, etc.) 

5.) If repairs are needed, do you charge a re-inspection fee? 

6.) How long before I receive a copy of the home inspection report? (make sure your purchase contract has a enough time for a inspection to be completed) 

7.) How much do you charge for the home inspection? Are there any other fees I should be expecting? 

8.) How do I pay you for the services completed? (Apple Pay, Check, Credit Card, etc.) 

9.) Do you offer any other services? (termite, WDO Inspections, etc.) 

10.) Appx. how long does a home inspection take? (I always recommend my buyers to attend the inspection) 

I hope you find this information helpful. As always if you have any questions about the home buying process, please give me a call/text (352) 572-1739 or email me at Info@HomesForSaleOcalaMarion,com 

-Duke 

 

 

Country Charmer! 7927 E Hwy 318 Citra, FL 32113

COUNTRY CHARMER!!! Is the first thing that comes to mind with this beautiful home situated on 5.19 fenced acres. As you arrive on CR 318 you will see white PVC fence along front of the property and metal gate for added privacy. The path to the home is lined with Magnolia trees and leads to 24×36 – 3 vehicle carport. Relax in your rocking chairs on wrap around porch with hardi lap siding over looking green pasture. As you enter the home, you are greeted by soaring cathedral ceilings, gorgeous engineered wood floors and an open living room and kitchen. Living room is spacious with lots of natural light and keep warm during those cold night with stacked stone fireplace and custom Cedar mantle. Kitchen includes bay window eat-in-kitchen area with tile floors, Cherry cabinets(with multiple lazy suzans), lots of counter space and Kitchenaide Architect Series gas range, refrigerator and new dishwasher(2017).  Everyone wants a mud room/ laundry room/ pantry with enough room for all your extras and this homes does not disappoint with its 88 square feet of space.

Main bedroom is spacious with lots of windows and views of landscaped yard. Main bathroom has double vanity, large glass shower surround and leads to 8’x9′ walk in closet. The split plan home includes two cozy 12×13 and 12×12 bedrooms and nicely complemented bathroom with maple cabinets, steel tub and tile shower surround. Just off living room is den and family room for entertaining or just relaxing and reading a book. 

The 12 x 64 back patio is a place where you will find the most relaxing with views of green pasture, pine trees and lots of privacy. There is 24 X 48 pole barn with 8″ concrete and 12 x 24 enclosed workshop with wired for 110 & 220 volt electric. All building have metal roof for great piece of mind. Small fort for the kids to play and plenty of room for agricultural outdoor lifestyle. Don’t miss this spectacular home! 

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

ASKING PRICE: $ 265,000

BEDROOMS: 3

BATHROOMS: 2

CARPORT: 24 x 36

POLE BARN /  WORKSHOP: 24 x 48 Concrete Floors 12 x 24 Enclosed Workshop

LIVING SQUARE FEET: 2216

YEAR BUILT: 2005 Concrete Block w/ Hardi Siding and Stucco  

LOT SIZE: 5.19 Acres (Cleared, some woods, PVC Fence in front, wire for rest

Zoning: A-1(Residential)

Lake George Waterfront – 9515 NE 307 Court Salt Springs, FL 32134

Wake up every day to the most stunning sunrises you could ever imagine! Lake George is 2nd biggest lake in the state of Florida with St Johns River connected on North and South end. Also within minutes by boat and vehicle you can visit Salt Springs, Silver Glen Springs and Juniper Run. Fishing is some of the best in the state with a wide variety and you never know what you could catch, largemouth bass, striped bass, sunshine bass, bream, crappie and even salt water fish have been caught on this truly unique waterway. This piece of land has 100′ on lake, includes bulkhead and is 199′ deep, located on county lime rock road. Home is 1998 Manufactured home with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with lots of storage and cabinets throughout. Large living room and open dining area and breakfast bar. Just off kitchen and laundry is a large screen porch overlooking the lake, plus metal storage building. There also was a fish camp on this property and the buildings could be restored and used again for future fish camp. There are many possibilities on this property or just bring your boat and enjoy a wonderful lake life.  

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

ASKING PRICE: $ 192,900

BEDROOMS: 3

BATHROOMS: 2

LIVING SQUARE FEET: 1296

YEAR BUILT: 1998 Manufactured Home

LOT SIZE: .46 Acres

WATERFRONT: 100′ w/ Bulkhead 

Zoning: R-4(Residential)

Lake George 100′ of Sparkling Waterfront -Salt Springs, FL 32134

100′ of Lake George waterfront. Located on 2nd largest lake in Florida and St Johns River with navigation to so many natural springs  including Silver Glen, Salt Springs, Juniper Run and hiking, ATV, horseback riding and so many more opportunities. Minutes by car or boat to Silver Glen, Juniper and Salt Springs Run. Magnificent sunrises on this beautifully treed lot with oaks, palm trees and more. Fronts on paved road and short drive to Salt Springs with restaurants, gas, food, shopping and in the Heart of Ocala National Forest. This unique area is home to largemouth & striped bass & manatees. Cruise the St. Johns River and experience Old Florida from Atlantic Ocean to Chain of Lakes. True one of a kind property ready for new home.

Lake George or Lake Welaka is a broad and shallow brackish lake on the St. Johns River in the U.S. state of Florida.Wikipedia
  • Inflow source:
    • Juniper Springs
    • St. Johns River
  • Mean depth:
    • 8′ 0″
  • Outflow location:
    • St. Johns River

ASKING PRICE: $ 124,900

MLS# 44105

LOT SIZE: 100 X 349 OR .80 ACRES

ZONING: R-1 SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING

PAVED STREET


NOTE: Location of lot is South of Pin on Google Map

3 Things to Know about the Marion County, Florida Sales Tax Initiative

 

Marion County Logo

1. Vote: March 15, 2016

2. Why: It’s on the ballot because the Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved putting this sales tax option before county voters. The county is faced with a backlog of projects (e.g., road maintenance and expansion) and equipment needs (e.g., public safety gear and vehicles). These investments were postponed to keep property taxes low during our community’s economic downturn.

3. What it covers: If passed, the 1-percent sales tax would fund specific public safety equipment needs for law enforcement, fire rescue and emergency medical services, as well as transportation capital road projects for Marion County and its municipalities (Belleview, Dunnellon, Ocala, Reddick and McIntosh). The temporary tax would be levied over a period of four years (Jan. 1, 2017-Dec. 31, 2020), and would generate an estimated $166 million over those years.

A sales tax means visitors would help pay for the roads and public safety services they use while in Marion County, since the 1% is levied on purchases, and not properties. 

To read full “Sales Tax Initiative” 

Source: http://marioncountyfl.org/about/board-of-county-commissioners/sales-tax-option

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