Albritton Lake 1.3 Acre Home

Bring the kayak and canoes for this beautiful grassy Albritton Lake. Albritton Lake is approximately 60+/- acres and is great for birdwatching or awesome sunsets.

Originally built in 1998 this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom precast concrete home is 1,756 living square feet with 1.3 acres with approx 60′ of waterfront. Wood picket fence and covered front porch welcomes you. Entering the living room you will see engineered hardwood floors, cathedral ceiling, decoration/plant shelf and dining area just off the Kitchen(All new; tile floors, quartz countertops, stainless appliances). Kitchen is galley style with oak cabinets, pantry and breakfast nook. Main bedroom is spacious in size with walk in closet. Main bathroom is like new with garden tub, glazed tile, new vanity and granite top. Guest bedrooms are cozy and guest bathroom has steel tub, tile surround and updated with new: vanity, granite top, toilet, tile. Inside laundry is located just off the kitchen. Enclosed garage with window/wall unit is included in the living square feet. There are two additional rooms, 374 square feet, on rear of the home with mini split for heat and air, that could easily be used as living area; plus an 11’x14′ unfinished storage room. Additional updates include new HVAC, Roof 2017, interior doors replaced. Outside; fresh paint, gutters and downspouts, wood storage shed, water softner(salt), 4″ well & privacy fencing.   

Located minutes to downtown Fort McCoy with grocery store, doctor office, pharmacy, hardware, gas station, pizza delivery and more. Close to Silver Springs which is great for kayaking, boating and outdoor activities. Ocala is just another 20 minutes away with Walmart, Lowes, Bealls, Outback and many more of your favorite shopping and  restaurants. Gainesville(Home of Florida Gators) is only 50 minutes to downtown. If you’re 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 many natural springs(Salt Springs, Silver Glen Springs, Juniper Springs), horseback and walking trails, and off road vehicle trails awaits your explorations. One of a kind property and location! Ready for new owners!

ASKING PRICE $260,000

 

 

Hidden Treasure!

15495 NE 239 Lane Fort McCoy, FL 32134

LIST PRICE $ 68,000

Don’t miss this “Hidden Treasure” tucked away in the woods with almost no neighbors. This .60 acre property feels like a walk in the park with beautiful natural manicured landscaping. The original main home was built in 1988 w/ 640 living sq ft and 8’x22′ front porch. Home is currently ready for future renovations, however Bathroom has been completed and includes window HVAC unit as well. In addition to the main home is an apartment living area of 10’x20 w/ small kitchen(stovetop, fridge and sink) and toilet. There is an outside shower and covered front porch for relaxing in the shade and watching all of the birds and squirrels. She shed is neat and clean with electric, water, attached green house, enclosed storage for well/pump and equipment. 20’x20′ concrete slab is perfect for parking your toys or using for a pad to do work or have party with friends and family. The property bordering to the North was recently purchased by the state and in future is going to be state park(not sure of intended use). Love riding SxS, 4 wheelers? The Ocala National Forest Trails…are just a short ride up the dirt road to access miles and miles and miles of fun.    

Located short drive to downtown Fort McCoy with grocery store, doctor office, pharmacy, hardware, gas station, pizza delivery and more. Close to Silver Springs which is great for kayaking, boating and outdoor activities. Ocala is just another 20 minutes away with Walmart, Lowes, Bealls, Outback and many more of your favorite shopping and  restaurants. If you’re 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 many natural springs(Salt Springs, Silver Glen Springs, Juniper Springs), horseback and walking trails, and off road vehicle trails awaits your explorations. Located in the heart of the Ocala National Forest w/ beautiful Salt Springs 20 minutes away with 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. One of a kind property and location! Ready for new owners!

Household Budget & Money Saving Tips

Running a household is an expensive affair, but there are lots of things that you can do to minimize the costs. Lowering your expenses helps you stay within your budget and save for goals like buying a house or adding to your retirement income. Here are eight ways to reduce household expenses.

Bundle Your Services
Have internet, phone, and cable service? Move all of your accounts to one provider, and you could save $20 or more per month. Ask your current providers about bundling offers or visit ​allconnect.com to determine which company is offering the best service bundle in your area, then make the switch and save.
Cut Back on Extras
Do you really need unlimited data on your phone? How about the premium cable or satellite package that you subscribe to? Are you subscribed to multiple streaming services? You could alternate between them instead so you’re only subscribed to one or two at a time. Examine your list of monthly expenses, and determine what you can live without.
Clip Coupons and Shop Sales
Groceries can take a big bite out of a budget, but they don’t have to take a big bite out of yours. To reign in your grocery spending, start clipping coupons and shopping sales. If you’re a first-time couponer, you could save 15% or more. With time, that could increase to as much as 50%. Keep in mind that couponing only makes sense for items you would buy anyway. If you’re buying items you don’t usually shop for, it defeats the purpose.
Most retailers have sales periodically, but some sales are predictable. For example, summer clothes tend to go on sale by August to make room for fall items. Black Friday through Cyber Monday tends to be a good time to buy electronics.
Slash Your Insurance Premiums
Insurance is essential but costly. Shop around for a better auto insurance rate and you may shave hundreds of dollars off of your current premium. Can’t find a better rate? Talk to your current provider to see if there are discounts that you are missing out on. For example, they may offer a discount for having multiple policies, a ​good student discount, and/or a good driver discount. For even more savings, consider increasing your deductible or canceling comprehensive and collision coverage on older vehicles. If you have homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, be sure to review those policies as well.
Get Energy Smart
Do you dread opening your utility bills each month? If so, there’s a lot that you can do to reduce your bill.
  • Install a smart thermostat and set it to run less when no one is home
  • Turn off lights when they aren’t in use
  • Wash your laundry in cold water
  • Turn down the temperature on your hot water heater
  • Only buy ​Energy Star appliances

Start looking around, and you’ll find many ways to reduce your energy consumption and energy bills.

Seek Cheap Thrills
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have fun, so examine your entertainment spending and see if there are places where you can make cuts. Could you stream movies instead of seeing them in the theater? Enjoy free concerts instead of paid concerts? Check out books at the library instead of buying them? Go on a picnic instead of eating out? Challenge yourself to have more fun for less money—every little bit adds up.
Pay Your Bills on Time
In the habit of paying your bills late? If so, you’re probably paying more than you need to. Start paying your bills on time and say goodbye to late fees and rate hikes.
One option for ensuring your bills are paid on time is using autopay. If your budget is too tight for autopay, consider using calendar reminders to prompt you to pay your bills. If you have access to bill pay through your bank, consider setting it up to make paying bills faster and easier.
Learn How to Do More Yourself
Develop your DIY skills so you can keep your home well maintained without all those pricey service calls. Consider learning tasks like handling clogs, lawn care, painting interior and exterior walls and more.
If home cooking isn’t your thing, consider learning. Try one or two simple recipes per week to build up your skills and confidence.

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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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)

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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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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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.

 

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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.