Pool Home – St. James Park $295k

Good Day All, 

Here is a new listing that may interest you! Pool Home in NW Ocala! This is one that you are not going to want to pass you by! Welcome to St. James Park located in NW Ocala and just a few short minutes to Hwy 441/301 w easy access to I-75 as well. This beautiful custom built 2007 home was one of the first to be built in this up and coming neighborhood. Located on cornet lot this home sits on .29 acres with lush landscaping and privacy vinyl fence in back yard providing year round privacy of your caged kidney shape pool with gas heated hot tub w/ waterfall and custom lighting. Upon entering the tiled foyer of home you will notice the soaring cathedral ceilings, ceiling fans throughout  and built in plant shelves with lighting. On your left is cozy study/den area that could be used as additional bedroom, if needed and to the right is formal dining room. Kitchen is spacious with island, breakfast bar area, tons of cabinets, formica countertops, large pantry and all appliances are included. Open floor plan is great for being close to family in living room or entertaining guest. Breakfast nook area overlooks lanai and pool. Living room has french doors leading to lanai and pool area. Main bedroom is large w/ tray ceilings, desk/sitting area w views of pool and french doors leading to lanai and pool as well. Short walk his/hers closets leading to beautiful main bathroom with double vanities and marble tops, marble garden tub and tiled shower and glass enclosure. 3 guest bedrooms are located on east side of home are spacious and 2 bathrooms(one with tiled shower and glass slider, the other with steel tub and tiled surround) both include wood cabinets and marble countertops. Cusomt built in desk in hallway is great for kids doing their homework or additional workstation for family. 

NW Ocala is close to beautiful horse farms, close to shopping, grocery stores and restaurants of all kinds. Easy commute to Gainesville and University of Florida, only short drive to Ocala National Forest or 1 hour drive to Gulf coasts.

Don’t miss this stunning pool home and set up your private showing today!

  • 4 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms 
  • 2,808 Living Sq Ft 
  • 0.29 Acre Lot in PUD Community 
  • 2007 Concrete Block w/ Stucco Custom Construction
  • Caged pool with hot tub & lighting  
  • Asking Price 295,000



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

 

Majestic Oaks Beauty $229,000

Good Day All, 

Here is a listing that may interest you! Located in SW Ocala community of Majestic Oaks! You are not going to want to miss this one! Majestic Oaks is located in SW Ocala with beautiful horse farms nearby, lots of golf courses, close to all restaurants, shopping, great hospitals and many lifestyle opportunities.

 

This stunning 2002 Centerstate custom built 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home looks like it was just completed in 2019. The sellers have taken immaculate care of this 2973 square foot home and it shows inside and out. As you arrive you will notice the lush irrigated lawn and landscaping with concrete curbing, and many various ornamental plants and decor. Over 12′ archway and stunning entrance door welcomes you into the 2053 living square foot home. Upon entering you will see soaring ceilings, plant shelves and lighted niches, 16×16″ ceramic tiles which carries through into the kitchen and updated engineered wood floors(also in Family Room). Cozy sitting area is in front of the home overlooking spacious dining area and french doors leading to the 23’x11′ screened patio with views of landscaped back yard. There is also French door leading to large family room   Kitchen is open to family room which makes great place to entertain and/or just relax with family which is ready for TV / Movie nights with wall mounted bracket for your large screen TV and wired for surround sound. Kitchen includes custom wood cabinets with lots of storage, lots of granite countertop space and large pantry. There is small office area off of kitchen and living room too. Inside laundry is just off the cleanest garage in Marion County. Main bedroom is oversized with tray ceilings, his and hers closets, beautiful bathroom including double vanities and sinks, recessed lighting, outlets inside cabinets and glass/tile enclosed shower. Guest bedrooms are spacious in size with tray ceilings, ceiling fans and larger doorways for wheelchair access. guest bath has steel tub, tiled surround, formica cabinets with lighting. Don’t miss your chance to see this super clean, well maintained beauty!

  • 3 Bedrooms   2 Bathrooms 
  • 2,053 Living Sq Ft 
  • 0.26 Acre Lot 
  • Zoned R-1 for Residential 
  • 2002 Concrete Block Construction
  • UPDATES
    • HVAC 7/11
    • Irrigation 1/17
    • Granite tops, sink, faucet 3/17
    • New screening in Lanai 11/17
    • Kitchen Appliances 5/18
    • Interior Paint 7/18 

 

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

 

Co-Signing a Mortgage Loan

Good Day Everyone, 

I hope you all are having a great week! Spring is right around the corner which often can be the busiest time of year for home sales. Lately, I’ve received several calls from first time home buyers in regards to purchasing a home. Often people think that if their credit and financial situation isn’t ideal, that they will just get a co-signer to sign on the mortgage. Are you aware of the risk of co-signing on a mortgage or any type of loan for that matter? Below, in my opinion, are the top 5 risk. 

  1. You’re 100% Responsible for the Loan – If the person you’re co-signing for loses their job or decides to quit making the payments, YOU’RE RESPONISIBLE TO PAY BACK THE LOAN. Just because you’re the “2nd person” or “backup” does not mean that you’re not responsible for the loan. 
  2. Credit Score – Co-signing on a loan will affect your credit score. Any delinquencies will appear on your credit score.
  3. Future Loans and Debts – Even if the primary borrower makes all payments on time and is in good standing, retailers and vendors will be notified that you have a mortgage loan in your name, even as a co-signer. 
  4. Your Financial Situation – Your finances will be reviewed to determine if the bank will approve the loan. You will need to provide bank statements, paystubs, tax returns, etc. ; just as if you were the primary borrower.
  5. Do Your Homework – Just remember without you, the primary borrower would not have been approved for this loan. Research and look into their income, debts, etc. before you financially obligate yourself to them and a loan. 

I hope you find the blog post helpful! If there is anything I can do to help please let me know. (352) 577-9171 or Info@Seach352Homes.com 

Homestead Exemption-Marion County

 

Good Day All, 

I hope everyone is having a great week!! It’s such a busy time of year with holiday preparations, parties, shopping, and list goes on and on. If you purchased a home in 2018 and it’s your primary residence than this blog post is for you!! 

Please don’t forget to file for homestead exemption so you qualify for the tax break in 2019. Below is a link with instructions to apply online for homestead exemption for Marion County. 

http://bit.ly/HomesteadExemptionApplication

If you have any questions please contact me at (352) 577-9171 or Info@Search352Homes.com or Call Marion County Property Appraiser office at (352) 368-8300

Fall Activities around Marion County!

 

Happy October Everyone! 

Who has noticed the cooler temperatures and the breeze throughout the afternoon? Fall is starting to make it’s way to Marion County which happens to be one of my favorite time of year! There are so many fall activities happening near Marion County in October and November! This is a great time to spend with friends and family! Below are a few of my favorite activities for you to also enjoy with your family! 

  • Coon Hollo Farm Fall Festival- Fall Family Fun on the Farm! Admission Includes: Interactive Corn Maze; Pasture Putt Putt; Hayride; Farm Train; Hay Fort; Corn Cribs/Buckin’ Barrels/Tire swing; Farmyard Obstacle Course; Corn-hole Board Games; Antique Farm Equipment; Agricultural Educational Displays; Fall Field Games (Saturdays only.) Also enjoy our Concessions, Farm Animal Exhibit and Old Country Store

 

  • Harvest Fest at West Marion Community Hospital- We are excited to announce Ocala Health’s first annual Harvest Fest that will be held on Saturday, October 13 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the field across from West Marion Community Hospital. This is a free, family-friendly event. Event activities include: Bouncy houses, Pumpkin patch and decorating (while supplies last), Potato sack races, Petting zoo and pony rides, Slides and train rides and Food trucks* (*food available for purchase)

 

  • Blessed Trinity Fall Carnival- The 2018 Blessed Trinity Carnival will take place October 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st. It will feature rides, prizes, games, food, a great raffle and more! There is no charge for parking. Admission is free except after 6 pm on Saturday, Family Night, when there is a $5 entry fee unless guests have a ride wristband voucher or are families with children.

 

  • The Pickin’ Patch- This is the best pumpkin patch around! Welcome to The Pickin’ Patch, Florida’s original pumpkin patch where you can cut the perfect pumpkin right off the vine! Bring your whole family and come enjoy the corn maze, hayride, kids hay fort and slides, kids hay maze and grab a wagon to go pick your pumpkins. You can also take your pick from a variety of unique pumpkins, gourds and of course pick a beautiful bouquet of sunflowers.

 

  • McIntosh 1890’s Fall Festival- On October 20, 2018. This 1 day festival with over 280 arts, crafts and antiques vendors. Live oak canopies, and all day free entertainment for the family and kids. Food vendors and family fun!

I hope you take some of these recommendations and enjoy fall around Marion County!  

 

Importance of a Final Walk Through!

 

Good Day All, 

I hope everyone is having a great week! I’m sure if you have kids this week has been long, challenging and exhausting when getting the kids back to school. Today, I wanted to talk to you about an important step when you’re purchasing a home. It should be the step right before you go to closing! The Final Walk Through! I cannot stress enough how important it is to do a walk through of the home right before closing. Below are some of the reasons why…

  • Property Condition- Walk the Exterior and the Interior of home.  Make sure that the interior is broom swept and make sure all debris is removed from the exterior of the home. 
  • Appliances- Make sure refrigerator, range, dishwasher, microwave, washer & dryer (if included with the sale) are all in working order. You can always reference your home inspection report too. 
  • Light Fixtures- Make sure all light fixtures are present at the time of the walk through. Test each fixture to make sure they’re working. 
  • HVAC- Test the air conditioning and heating system to make sure it’s in working order. The last thing you want to do is purchase a home in Florida without air conditioning. 
  • Plumbing- Run all sinks and check for leaks under neath the cabinets. 

These are just a few of the things to check for at the final walk through. For a complete list or if you have any questions please feel free to contact us for more details. Info@Search352Homes.com or Call/Text (352) 577-9171 

Summertime Spruce Up!

 

Good Day All, 

It’s officially Summer in Florida which is great time to spruce up around your home! Whether you might have plans to sell your home, or just want to make some improvements, below is a list of some very important issues to be considered: 

Exterior

  • Pressure Washing- First impressions are made from exterior views and this is a great way to make your home appealing to the human eye.
  • Fresh Coat of Paint- Change the color of your front door and/or shutters to make a new statement! Remember, the front door is the main point of entry. 
  • Landscape- Keep grass and plants maintained regularly and add some color to your property with some affordable flowers.  
  • Light Fixtures- Change out old, rusty light fixtures with new updated fixtures! 

Interior

  • Air Vents- Clean out air vents and air returns for more efficient air flow! 
  • Filters- Change out A/C, water and any other filters you may have in your home!
  • Clean Baseboards and Trim- Clean baseboards and trim! Freshen up with a new coat of white paint if needed! 
  • Professional Floor Cleaning- Hire a professional and have hardwoods, carpet, tile and grout professionally cleaned! 

I hope you find these ideas helpful! As always, if you have any questions or if we can help in anyway, please reach out to Rountree Realty! (352) 577-9171 or 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!

***List Your Home TODAY***

 

Good Afternoon Everyone, 

I hope everyone is having a great week! Today’s topic of discussion – SELLING Your Home NOW! 

Why do you think right now is a good time to sell your home? Maybe you’ve heard the real estate market is doing well? Or maybe you’ve had a friend or family member sell their home and have positive equity? Both of those are good reasons to sell, but here are 5 top reasons to SELL your home TODAY! 

1.) Low Mortgage Interest Rates! – Right now you can borrow money to purchase a home with record low interest rates! You may think well isn’t this a reason for a buyer to purchase a home? You’re correct, but this is a HUGE benefit for sellers. Right now Realtors like myself have buyers just waiting for homes to hit the market. Inventory is extremely low and the real estate market needs your home to be listed for sale TODAY! 

2.) Home Prices are on the Rise! – Home prices are continuing to rise throughout the United States. In 2017 we finished out the year with a 5.5% year to year increase with home values on the rise! 

3.) Millennials! – Millennials are ready to purchase a home! With an economy on the rise, millennials are in the position to purchase one of the best investments! They’re graduating college, starting careers and getting married! Perfect time in their life to invest in a home. 

4.) Money in Savings! – Not all, but some people are finally able to have money in savings!. They have made it through the hard times and feel stable with their finances. That being said, a lot of people are starting to look into purchasing a home. 

5.) Low Inventory- I discussed a little bit of this topic with # 1 and Low Interest Rates. Inventory is EXTREMELY low. I have a portfolio of buyers who are just waiting for the average family home to hit the market! They’re preapproved and ready to go! All we need is a home like yours to be listed for sale! 

If you have any questions about listing your home or purchasing a home, I would be more than happy to sit down with you and discuss your real estate needs. As always I’m here to help every step of the way! 

Duke Rountree – Info@HomesForSaleOcalaMarion.com – (352) 572-1739