Do You Know Who You’re Hiring?

Good Day All, 

I hope everyone is having a great week!! The weekend is almost here and I’m sure your weekend is jammed packed with preparations and holiday activities! Lately, I’ve seen so many homeowners listing their homes with Realtors based out of Jacksonville, Orlando and even some in South Florida. For the homeowners that are doing this, I have 2 questions for you.

Why? And Do You Know Who You’re Hiring? 

Below are just a few questions you should ask Realtors when you’re interviewing them to list your property. 

  1. Are You a Member of your Local MLS and Board of Realtors? 
  2. Do You Have a Marketing Plan to Get my Property SOLD? 
  3. What Are Ways That Will Make My Property Stand Out Against Others? 
  4. Ask Realtors for Their Recommendations?
  5. Do You Have a Follow Up System to Keep Me Informed?

Have you seen all of the marketing that is included when you list with Rountree Realty? Professional Photography, 3-D Tour, Floorplan of Home, Social Media Marketing Campaigns, Website Article and MORE!!  Below is an example showing just a few of these items. >>> 

http://bit.ly/HomewithHwy315Frontage

For More Info on How I Can Help You SELL Your Property and Provide the RESULTS You Deserve Please Contact Me! (352) 577-9171 or Email Info@Search352Homes.com 

Advantage to Listing Your Home After the New Year!

 

Good Day All, 

I hope everyone is having a great week!! Can you believe that it is almost December 1st? The countdown to Christmas is here!! This may surprise you that a Realtor is telling you this, but now is NOT the time to list your home! I know it’s a shocker, but below are a few reasons why you want to wait and list your home for sale after the New Year. 

  • Holiday Décor – I know we all like to have our homes decorated for the holidays! Honestly though the last thing you want in your homes pictures and in your home while buyers are looking is Christmas tree’s, Santa Clause all over the place, the home plastered in green and red, etc. Wait until after Christmas, put the décor away, clean and be ready to impress buyers!! 
  • Timing – Most people list their home for sale in the Spring time. Listing your home right after the new year makes your home stand out and not get lost in the flood of homes listed in the spring. Plus, hopefully you will be under contract and moving in the spring instead of just getting the process started. 
  • Ring, Ring Ring – Realtor’s phones, emails and all forms of communication is typically very slow in December. Which means buyers are typically waiting until after the holidays to purchase a home. Listing in January means they will be waiting to see your home verses having it sit on the market in December with very to no activity. 
  • Tax Time – Often at the end of the year people start to look at their taxes, financial situation, etc. and plan for the next year! Having your home fresh on the market in January is ideal for people getting a head start on 2019! 

I hope you find this information helpful!! Just remember list with me in January, but call me today so we can get a plan together!

Call/Text (352) 577-9171 or Email Info@Search352Homes.com 

 

Close to Lake Kerr Only $62,500

 

Good Day All, 

Bring your 4-Wheeler, JetSki’s & Bass boat! The Ocala Nat’l Forest is a Sportsman’s paradise surrounding Lake Kerr! Deeded Lake Access and ONLY short golf cart or bike ride to dock. This 2/2 MH & oversized garage on .75 acre has room for everything! 2bed/2 full baths (split-plan for max privacy), new Addition (10X16) & Screen Enclosed Porch (10×24) to enjoy the peace & quiet that surrounds you. CENTRAL AC/HEAT with auxiliary PROPANE HEAT & Metal Roof. New 24×30 working 2-car garage w/220power & water, large over-head door at each end. 2-car concrete pad to easily convert into covered carport. Wooden out building w/ lean-to for your golf cart! . MH is clean, maintained, furnished, non-smoker. Full wall closets in bedrooms+Linen closet for add’l storage.

Located in the heart of the Ocala National Forests w/ beautiful Salt Springs swim area, boat launch and access to miles and miles of ATV, Horseback and hiking trails. Great fishing year round and excellent hunting too. Close to local shopping and only short drive to Ocala or Palatka for all your needs.

  • 3 Parcels Totaling 0.76 Acre Lot 
  • Mature Orange & Fig Trees as well as Blueberry Bushes 
  • 1997 Skyline Amber Ridge Model Mobile Home 
  • Home Being Sold Furnished and Turn-key
  • Workshop w/ Electric and Water 

For More Info Please Call/Text (352) 577-9171 or Email Info@Search352Homes.com 

Get The Most of Your Tax Return-Buy a Home!

 

Good Afternoon All, 

I hope everyone is having a great start to your Monday! Who has filed their income taxes and is just waiting for your refund to hit their bank account? Have you given any consideration as to what you’re going to do with your tax refund? Here’s an idea for you…INVEST IN YOURSELF AND BUY A HOME!!! Buying a home is one of the best financial decisions you can make! Below are just a few reasons what you should invest in yourself and buy a home NOW! 

1.) Low Interest Rates, BUT on the Rise- The average 30 year fixed interest rate is about 4.5%. This is still incredibly low, but over the past 8 weeks we have been seeing an increase in rates. 

2.) Home Values- Sale prices and home values are on the rise! This is a good thing! We want values to go up gradually which means if you purchase now, hopefully within a year or so you will have positive equity in your home! 

3.) Home Inventory- Most home sellers think about listing their home in the spring. They know the hard Florida winters are behind us and home buyers are ready to purchase! 

4.) More Cash in Your Pocket- Did you know parts of Marion County and surrounding areas qualify for 100% USDA financing? Meaning no down payment for you! Let’s chat on how we can negotiate the seller paying some of your closing cost so at the end, you have keys in your hand with very little money out of pocket! 

5.) Tax Benefits- Have you thought of all of the tax benefits of purchasing a home? Tax write offs, mortgage insurance, homestead tax exemption, etc. I’m sure your accountant will have even more tax benefits for you! 

If you have any questions or want to get started today with your home purchase please contact us. We would love to have the opportunity to help assist you with ALL of your real estate needs. Thank you!

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)

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 


3 Reasons Why… It’s Great Time for Sellers Aug 2015

2015 is turning into an excellent year for sellers because of rising home prices, increased demand from home buyers and happy houseless overall seller competition for most U.S. and Ocala Marion County Homeowners

 

1. Stronger demand from buyers… Demand from buyers has remained high and less competition(homes for sale), is making 2015 a fantastic year for many Marion County home owners. There is currently a larger pool of buyers, including first time buyers, boomerang buyers)previous owners who lost their home to foreclosure or short sale), and traditional owner-occupant buyers.

2. Home prices on the rise…Across the nation home and condo sellers in the first half of the year sold for an average of 13% above original asking price. Homes in the median price range have increased 6.4% since 2014 based on the June – Monthly Market Reports from Florida Association of Realtors for the Ocala/Marion County area. “So far in 2015, [sellers] are realizing the biggest gains in home price appreciation since 2007,” Blomquist says. “In June, sellers sold for above estimated market value on average for the first time in nearly two years.” Median sales prices of existing-homes pushed above the previous 2006 peak to a record high in June, the National Association of REALTORS® reported this week. The median existing-home price for all housing types was $236,400 in June – surpassing the peak median sales price set in July 2006 at $230,400.

3. Less Seller competition… New listings have decreased year over year by -2.6% and pending homes sales have increased 7%. Ocala/Marion County inventory has also decreased -8% and currently there is only a 6 month supply of inventory. This means if no other homes were placed on the market in the coming months it would take 6 months for ALL homes to be sold. Also the decrease in the number of distressed properties has fallen -11.8% and these sales accounts for less than 10% of all closed sales.

It is important to remember that location is the biggest factors in considering all of the numbers and statistics. It is important to find a trusted real estate professional that is knowledgable about your local market to discuss in further detail. Want to know the value of your home…Contact me today for a “free, no obligation” market analysis of your home and property.

 

Source: Realtormag.realtor.org – DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2015″2015 Great Year to Sell,” RealtyTrac (July 22, 2015)

Florida Home Buyer Programs for 2015

Florida currently has 3 home buyer programs available;

  1. FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYER Program -Florida’s First-Time Homebuyer Program offers 30-year fixed rate loans through participating lenders and lending institutions. As with most first-time homebuyer programs, income and purchase price limits do apply. A borrower must have a minimum FICO credit score of 640 to qualify.
  2. Local SHIP Program – Low-to-moderate income borrowers across the state can inquire with their local county as to what down payment and closing cost assistance is available in their given area.
  3. Florida Housing Mortgage Credit Program – The Florida Housing Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) Program allows first-time homeowners to claim up to $2,000 each year as a tax credit on the mortgage interest paid. The MCC program cannot be combined with the first-time homebuyer program. Similarly to the first-time homebuyer program, income and purchase price limits will apply.
For more details on Florida Housing Finance Corporation details >>>>> CLICK HERE
 Check out this FIRST TIME HOME BUYER WIZARD TOO! >>>>>>> CLICK HERE FOR WIZARD

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®

COSTS vs VALUE 2015 Report – Exterior Improvements Best Return on Investment

When you begin to consider remodeling or home improvements, homeowners should consider the return on investment(ROI) or recouping of their costs. Many updates are preformed simply because the homeowner desires that upgraded kitchen or bathroom. It is important to remember that many, if not most, updates are not great ROI, because they are more for personal reasons rather than a cost vs. value.

“It can be a daunting task to even decide on what home improvement projects to undertake, let alone to physically tackle and complete them,” says National Association of Realtors (NAR) President Chris Polychron. “Realtors know what buyers are looking for during their search, and curb appeal is and always will be important. That explains why Realtors once again rated exterior projects as some of the most attractive and valuable for homeowners.”

Seeing these reports now for many years in a row I have noticed one update that always stands above the rest in terms of cost vs value; the steel entry door. According to Realtors, a new steel entry door returns about 101.8% of its costs upon resale compared to 96.6% last year. For my sellers and marketing the property to future home buyers we always start at the curb first and front entry way next. These areas are two of the most important areas to focus. Why, because first impressions do matter and the entrance to every home being marketed for sale should be warm and inviting. If you cannot afford to replace the front door, then we suggest a good painting and replacing all door hardware for that fresh and clean look.

The good news is the steel entry door is consistently the least expensive project in the report.

Rounding out the top 10 projects in terms of cost recouped:

  • Manufactured stone veneer (92.2 percent)
  • Garage door replacement – midrange project (88.5 percent)
  • Siding replacement with fiber cement (84.3 percent)
  • Garage door replacement – upscale project (82.5 percent)
  • Vinyl siding replacement (80.7 percent)
  • Wood deck addition (80.5 percent)
  • Minor kitchen remodel (79.3 percent)
  • Wood window replacement (78.8 percent)
  • Foam-backed vinyl siding replacement (77.6 percent)

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