Lake George Sunrise Special

9425 NE 307 Court Salt Springs, FL 32134 – LIST PRICE $ 450,000

“WOW!” The simplest word I can use to describe the spectacular views from so many rooms of this beautiful 2 story Lake George pool home on .59 acres with approx. 140′ on lakefront. Home was originally built in 1971, but has had many upgrades over the years. Home features 2059 living square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and 2 car detached garage(single carport parking on both sides) with breezeway in between.  As you enter front door you will see vaulted ceilings in family room, 16″ tile floors, and wood stair case leading to second floor main suite including walk-in(cedar lined) closet, bathroom w/ triple-head shower and double sinks, + screened deck overlooking the lake. Family room has wood burning fireplace and leads to open floor plan with kitchen and living room(also wood burning fireplace) with french doors leading to inground pool and awesome lake views. Kitchen is spacious with granite counter tops, custom cabinets and newer appliances. There are 2 nice size bedrooms downstairs w/ one leading to pool deck and lake views as well with french doors. Back yard includes huge covered 34’x18′ pavillion for relaxing pool side in the shade and cooking out with friends and family, dock for fishing and/or tying up the boat. Front yard has lush lawn, fish pond, and fenced yard. Two bedrooms on lower level with bath and laundry room (washer and dryer included). Zoned A/C and heat for ultimate control of temperatures. Lake George is the 2nd largest lake in state of Florida with 46,000 acres of water and connected on North and South end by the St. Johns River. Short boat ride to Salt Springs Run(swimming and campground), Silver Glen Springs, Juniper run and many restaurants and entertainment nearby. 

Located in the heart of the Ocala National Forest w/ beautiful Salt Springs swim area, boat launch and short ride to Lake George and the St. Johns River. Salt Springs is also home to miles and miles of ATV/SxS, Horseback and hiking trails. Great fishing year round in the many lakes, rivers and forest ponds, and don’t forget about the excellent hunting too. Close to local shopping including grocery store, Dollar General, hardware, gas station, great restaurants, entertainment and more. Only short 30 minute drive to Ocala or Palatka for all your needs.

Don’t miss this one of a kind waterfront property!
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Monthly Market Detail Report – June 2015

In the Ocala/Marion real estate market, conditions continue to be even as fewer houses become available compared to his time last year. June 2015 found an decrease in the number of new listings, active listings and pending sales were up for single-family homes, according to information from Ocala Marion County Association or Realtors®.

The 877 new listings in June 2015 represented a -2.6 percent decrease over previous year. Active listings decreased 8 percent to 3,083 over the same period. Pending sales had a high jump in June, with the 656 pending listings in for the month, indicating a 7 percent increase over June 2014. Actual sales of single-family homes also increased over the same period.

The Ocala Marion County Association or Realtors® reports that in June, a total of 606 single homes were sold in the Ocala/Marion County area. This represents a 12.8% percent increase over sales in previous yearPrices in the Ocala/Marion County real estate market continue to climb during that year-long period. The median price of a single-family home in the Ocala/Marion County area increased 6.4 percent between June/2014 and June/2015, to $116,000.

Average home prices declined -3.7 percent during that period to $145,862. The closed sales by sales price during the year

increased in all price categories except for “less than $50k and over $1,ooo,ooo. Homes spend an average of 73 days on the market in Ocala/Marion County, which is decrease from June/2014 of 38.1 percent year-over-year. Generally higher prices, limited availability, and quicker sales of those homes that come up for sale make the Marion County real estate market a favorable environment for sellers, and because of the great value in our area buyers can find quality homes far cheaper than average rent prices for the area.

Rountree Realty provides expert real estate services to residential buyers and sellers in Marion County including Ocala, Fort McCoy, Anthony, Sparr, Citra, Salt Springs, Orange Springs and and surrounding communities. Contact us today for more information on local real estate and for professional assistance navigating this sometimes complex home market.

This report describes member activity for the association and is not confined to any specific geographic area. Statistics for each month compiled from MLS feeds on the 15th day of following month. Data released July 22, 2015, produced by the Florida REALTORS®

SOLD!!! But we can help you find similar properties!

Are you hunter, fisherman or just love outdoors. This 3 acre partially fenced tract is located down rough country road but provides great privacy, peace and quiet. Borders Florida Power and Light acreage and affords plenty of hunting, off roading and some of the greatest fishing in Florida is only minutes away at Rodman Reservoir. Come see this 2001 doublewide manufactured with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths manufactured home with 1104 living square feet. Kitchen has newer cabinets and lots of counter space with eat-in-dining area. Approx 90% complete upgrade inside home includes new carpet, vinyl flooring, paint, wood wainscoating, light fixtures and more with only a few things left to finish it up. Pole barn is started and just needs completed. Plus additional storage shed. Seller states well is free flowing too, now that’s hard to find! 

MLS#418632

Asking Price: $37,000

Bedrooms: 3

Baths: 2

Living Square Feet: 1104

Lot Size: 3 Acres 372-287-20-1084

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How Important Is a 3rd Bedroom or 2nd Bathroom in Ocala Marion County?

How Important Is a 3rd Bedroom or 2nd Bathroom in Ocala Marion County?

In my over 13 years of experience selling real estate in Ocala Marion County area this conversation comes up several times a year, if not more. Many buyers do not need or require a 3rd bedroom or 2nd bathroom at the time of their purchase. But as a Realtor, I make sure we discuss all aspects of the home purchase including the potential future resale value and more importantly the future marketability of the property. As you can see below the extra third bedroom home sales are considerably higher and some months even double the number of closed sales. The additional second bathroom shows an even larger increase in number compared to home with only one bathroom.

In my opinion, if at all possible and within budget. always opt for the home with a third bedroom. Most importantly, demand that second bathroom in your new home, condo, townhouse or manufactured home. Humans are nomadic(person who does not stay long in one place, always on the move) and there are few of us who live in a home for more than seven years based on recent statistics. The small additional upfront cost could equal an important boost in future marketability and demand of your investment.

What Are Benefits of Working with REALTOR® & Rountree Realty

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Experience: The typical REALTOR® has 11 years of experience 80% of REALTORS®  have over 6 years. With an average of 8 transaction sides closed per year, the knowledge your REALTOR®  possesses is invaluable in the success of residential and commercial advertising, appraising, renting, leasing, buying, selling, auctions or exchanges.

Education: Real Estate Associates must complete 63 initial hours of education before licensure and an additional 45 hours before 2 year anniversary. Brokers must have 2 years experience in real estate field and complete 72 hours of coursework to obtain Broker license with an additional 60 hours to completed within 2 years. Also, 30% of REALTORS have a Bachelors or some college experience.

Local Expert: A Realtor that specializes in a local market will know things that are not appearing on the listing information online; they’ll know more about the neighborhood. Letting a Realtor take what is a very emotional decision and apply objective criteria is one of the largest benefits.And when it’s time to write an offer, they’ll know what other properties have sold for and the intricacies of those properties, the differentiating features, so then you can get the best deal for your money.

So I would say it’s ok to shop on your own, but absolutely retain a trained professional REALTOR® for one of the most important purchases that you’ll make in your entire lifetime.Only real estate professionals who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR) can call themselves REALTORS®. All REALTORS® adhere to NAR’s strict Code of Ethics, which is based on professionalism and protection of the public. That’s why all real estate licensees are NOT the same. “Dedicated to serving America’s property owners at local, state, and national levels, the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, The Voice for Real Estate®, is the largest professional association at 1 million members strong. So, whether you’re buying or selling a home – it pays to work with a REALTOR®. Look for the REALTOR® logo when choosing your real estate agent. -Courtesy of NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®”

“Perform at your best when you best is required. Your best is required each day.” John Wooden

Lake Diamond Golf & Country Club – Ocala, FL

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Enjoy this stunning 3 bedroom 2 bath pool home across the street from Lake Diamond golf course. Home is 1904 living square feet with 2 car garage, nicely landscaped and ready for new owners. As you enter tiled foyer you are greeted by cathedral ceilings and lots of natural light from the dual sliders leading to the pool. The kitchen has granite counters and lots of cabinets and storage and built in work station. Formal dining room is open and great for entertaining guest. Spacious main bedroom includes decorative ceiling bay window, dual closets leading to tiled bath including jetted tub, privacy toilet and glass shower enclosure with door leading to lanai and pool area. Many great features and priced to sell. Home is a great value for this gated gold course community and anyone would be proud to own this home and invite family, relatives and friends over for a day of golf and then relax under the shade trees in the pool. Offered @ 121,250 MLS# 402007

 

Foreign Home Buyers Continue to Identify U.S. as Profitable Investment, Realtors® Report

Foreign Home Buyers Continue to Identify U.S. as Profitable Investment, Realtors® Report

 

According to the National Association of Realtors® 2013 Profile of International Home Buying Activity, interest in U.S. properties continues to grow, signaling that America continues to be regarded by international buyers as a great place to own property. International sales have declined a bit in the past year, but are at their second highest level in recent years. Difficult economic conditions, particularly in Europe, have impacted foreign buyers abroad and here at home tightened credit standards and low housing inventories have made finding a house more difficult. However none of these factors appear to be permanent. Total international sales were $68.2 billion, with 51% of foreign buyers with permanent residences outside the U.S. and 49% who are recent immigrants or temporary visa holders.

Five states made up 61 percent of reported purchases; Florida (23 percent), California (17 percent), Arizona (9 percent), Texas (9 percent) and New York (3 percent). About half of foreign buyers preferred to purchase in a suburban area, while a quarter preferred a more central city/urban area. A majority purchased a detached single-family home and 63 percent used all-cash. Based on the reported international transactions, the mean and median prices of purchases were higher when compared to purchase prices of domestic buyers. For the 12 months ending March 2013 the median international home price was $275,862 and for domestic buyers it was $179,867. The types of homes purchased by international buyers frequently tended to be different from the types of homes purchased by domestic U.S. buyers. “Some are looking for trophy properties while others are interested in modest vacation homes,” said  NAR President Gary Thomas. International buyers are more likely to be substantially wealthier and looking for a property in a specialized niche. International buyers also tend to cluster in locations based on their origin and many other factors including proximity to home country, relatives and friends, jobs, education and climate.

 

“Realtors® provide international buyers with a significant advantage when purchasing property in the U.S.. Realtors® who have earned NAR’s Certified International Property Specialist designation have received specialized training and are well prepared to service the international market,” said Thomas.Source: Realtor.org, News-releases, 2013, Foreign Buyers Leanne High

 

“What is right is more important than who is right.”

– John Wooden

 

To buy, or not to buy pre-1990 home

Did you know that more than 70% of the U.S. single-family homes were built before 1990 – but only 60 percent of the 2013 sales year-to-date were for homes built before 1990. Of course all things are “local” when talking real estate and the likelihood  of purchasing an older home varies by state with 14 states having sales up 80% year-to-date 2013 for pre-1990 homes. According to RealtyTrac homes built in 1990 or later sold at an average price of $256,292 year-to-date in 2013 while homes built before 19190 sold at an average price of $233,221.

“The high percentage of homes that are at least 20 years old and likely in need of some major repairs is eye-opening,” says Jake Adger, chief economist at RealtyTrac. “However, given the low inventory of homes available for sale in today’s market, this challenge of aging U.S. housing supply can also be an opportunity for buyers looking for a bargain and homeowners looking to update their living space and improve the value of their homes.”The lower price point on older homes is not surprising given many are in need of some rehab and are more likely to have maintenance issues,” Adger says. “But this also presents an opportunity for buyers willing to take on that older inventory. Those buyers can purchase at lower price points and face less competition from institutional investors.”

SO what is the solution? Maybe it’s the government-backed rehab financing loan known as the FHA203(k) program. These loans allows owner-occupant buyers to finance the purchase, rehab, and upgrade of an older home, while allowing for all of the rehab cost to be rolled into the loan. This program is underused in my opinion because there is a lack of experienced lenders with experience in 203k program, the difficulty of meeting all of the requirements, and the additional upfront and closing cost involved in completing the purchase.

The perception that a new homes have less issues compared to pre-1990 homes is not always true either. Of course every home is built with codes and permits in place to ensure minimum or basic standards that every  home is safe, sound and secure. The reality is many of the older homes can be a great value and remodeled to meet current customers wants and needs.

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Source: http://www.floridarealtors.org/NewsAndEvents/article.cfm?p=3&id=298796

Buy a Home, Get A Date! Or maybe even more….

Did you ever think your home could be an aphrodisiac?

This is a funny story reported by CNNMoney was conducted with 1,000 single people with more than a third of women and 18% of men saying they would much rather date a homeowner rather than a renter. Only 2% of women and 3% of men preferred to date someone who rents compared to owners of their home.

62% Prefer to Date Singles Who Live Alone w/ No Roomate

What about boomerang kids(these are your adults who went off to college, graduated and then would up back in their old bedrooms.) It’s going to hard to find love, well maybe not from your parents, but less than 5% of all singles surveyed said they would date someone  living with their parents. “Thats a real deal breaker,” said Michael Corbett, of Trulia, “if your still living with your folks, your’re dead-on-arrival for dating.”

What does this ALL mean for you?

First, If you are single, Call, Text, Email or visit the www.OcalaRealtyOnline.com  to search for your next home. In today’s market, many times, it less expensive to own a home than to rent.

Second, a few benefits of homeownership; same monthly payment for life of loan(no more increased rent/lease), IRS mortgage interest deductions on your taxes, customize the home to your likings, not your landlords, and more likely to land a second date or possibly even more.

Third, call, text, or email me to find out about USDA(0% Down), FHA (3.5% Down), or if your a veteran apply for your VA(0% Down) benefits. We can help find you a loan to fit your needs and many times for less than first, last, and security. Don’t Wait the market is gaining steam and there are many choices between $50-$100k.

“Until Next Time”

 

By Les Christie @CNNMoney February 14, 2012: 5:30 AM ET

1 Million Homeowners May Get Mortgage Write-Downs

Housing and Urban Development Secretary says about 1 million homeowners would get write-downs in the size of their mortgages under a proposed deal with banks over shady foreclosure practices and it could be reached in a few weeks. Using Donovan’s estimate, the settlement could provide a reduction of about $20k for each of the 1 million borrowers.

Prior efforts to jump-start the housing recovery have fallen short of how they were promoted. “Principal reduction can have a substantial impact on the housing market nationally,” Donovan said.

National decline in values hovers around 30% with Ocala, Marion County closer to 50% reduction in values since the boom times of 2004. Reports also show about 22 percent of U.S. homes have negative equity totaling about $750 billion, according to Core Logic.

Note: Any settlement would not apply to mortgages owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, which together  own or guarantee most of the U.S. mortgage  market. The reason is the cost to the taxpayers compared to other options. The White House will also lay out plans to convert foreclosure into rentals and start “Project Rebuild”, part of Obama’s American Jobs Act that aims to have construction workers rehab vacant properties. The estimated cost of $15 billion would creat 200,00 jobs and used to renovate thousands of vacant homes and properties nationwide.

Copyright © 2012 washingtonpost.com, Margaret Chadbourn; Aruna Viswanatha

In my opinion this will do little to help the housing arket nationwide but especially here in Marion County. The focus should be on banks and lending institutions to loosen lending practices. I do not think everyone who applies should get a mortgage, as has happened in the past(fog the mirror loans!!LOL) However, the challenges many good homebuyers face with banks is the largest problem. Credit score standards and income are to strict and oversight is needed to make loans more available to good borrowers.

“Until Next Time”