The Truth About “Zestimates”

Good Day All, 

I came across this article that Florida Realtors posted and I thought it would be something that homeowners and even buyers may find interesting. The #1 place people go to first when looking at Real Estate is Zillow. Zillow has a feature on the their website known as “zestimate” which is suppose to provide an idea of a properties value. 

http://bit.ly/FLRealtorsZestimateFailure

I typically find that the “zestimate” provided by Zillow is not accurate to the properties actual value. According to this article the value is typically off  by 4.7% of the correct property value. Although, sometimes I’ve seen it even be a much higher amount which cost you as the seller a lot of money. 

Real Estate is LOCAL and the first place you should check with thinking of selling or purchasing a property is with a local Real Estate Expert. If there is anything I can do to help please let me know! 

(352) 577-9171 or Info@Search352Homes.com 

First Time Home Buyer Financing Programs

 

Good Day All, 

I hope everyone is having a great week! This blogpost is particularly for first time home buyers. Right now there are so many financing programs out there to help first time home buyers achieve the goal of homeownership. The best part is with little money out of pocket!! Your path to homeownership may involve qualifying for one or more program options, which are aimed at helping people overcome the costly hurdles of buying a home and maintaining it. For example, you can purchase a home in an USDA eligible area and receive 100% USDA financing with no down payment. . ***some restrictions may apply*** 

To find out more about this loan product and several others available for first time home buyers please give me a call! I have a list of lenders that would be able to assist you with financing a home! Please note that 100% USDA financing is not just for first time home buyers. 

 

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

JUST LISTED!! – Ocklawaha River Waterfront Luxury Retreat with Pool

New Ocklawaha River Waterfront Listing that just hit the market! OMCAR MLS # 550523

Very rare find! Beautiful custom built concrete block home on 2.16 peaceful, quite acres overlooking over 100′ on Ocklawaha River & Greenway with beautiful sunsets, nature views with turkey and deer visiting almost daily. Cast a line from the floating dock or relax on one of the many dock levels. Take a short boat ride to the World Famous Rodman Reservoir known for the trophy Large Mouth Bass, 20 minute ride to locks leading to the St Johns River. Located in the heart of the Ocala National Forest known for hunting, trail riding, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding or just relaxing. In fact, you can ride right from the property on your ATV/SxS and access 80+ miles of trails through the Forest. On those cold nights, relax in front the fire pit as you watch the sunset over the river.

This custom built home is over 1820 living square feet with open floor plan and tile throughout. Inside you will find a cozy open floor plan soaring cathedral ceilings in living/dining area. The spacious kitchen including custom cabinets, granite countertops, recessed lighting, stacked stone island and all stainless steel appliances are included. Just off kitchen area is laundry room with large pantry, cabinets and countertops w sink. Living room with stack stoned wood burning fireplace, plant shelves, Infinity surround speakers and includes double french doors leading to porch w/ views of river. Main bedroom is 24 x 17 with vaulted ceiling, sitting area and bathroom with walk in sunken shower, privacy toilet, custom cabinetry and granite countertops. 2nd bedroom is 16×12 and includes nice size closet. #rd bedroom is currently being used as Den/Study.  Great to entertain on the 1,490 Sq Ft wrap around screen porch featuring hot tub with views of the woods and river.  As you walk around to back of the home you will caged black pebble crete pool, outdoor shower, and plenty of room to grill and entertain.  while enjoying the large  from the great room area with double french doors and more views of the Ocklawaha River. Just beyond home and caged pool is a dream 30×50′ metal workshop w/ 8″ concrete slab floor, enclosed room, 110/220 power, water and double roll up doors. There is attached one bay parking for boat and another building that will hold ATV, mower and all the yard tools or toys you desire.

This is… A TRUE ON OF A KIND JEM!!!

CALL, TEXT or EMAIL TODAY FOR PRIVATE SHOWING!!!

  • 3 Bedrooms 
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1820 Living Sq Ft Concrete Block
  • 2.16 Acres 
  • Zoned A-1 
  • 2,476 Sq Ft Under Roof  w/ Screened Wrap Around Porch
  • Inground Caged Swimming Pool 
  • Ocklawaha River Waterfront over 100′ on Greenway and River
  • Custom Kitchen w/ Granite and Stainless Steel Appliances 
  • Wood Burning Fireplace
  • 30X50′ Workshop

Asking Price $550,000 


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

Time for a Contest & Giveaway!!

Happy Friday Everyone!! 

We have another contest for you and the winner will win a Dunkin Donuts Gift Card!! 

I understand that it is very stressful for a homeowner or home buyers to hire and choose the right Realtor for them! Below are 5 things I think you should consider when hiring a Realtor. 

  1. Experience 
  2. Personality 
  3. Reviews 
  4. Marketing Strategy 
  5. Local Expertise of the Area 

Which one of these is most important to you when hiring a Realtor? All you have to do is leave a comment on my Facebook post regarding this topic and your name with go in a drawing for a Dunkin Donuts Gift Card!! >>> www.Facebook.com/RountreeRealty 

Winner will be announced next week on Facebook!! Stay tuned for more contest and giveaways!! 

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

0.35 Acre Lot For Sale in Kershores – $18,000

 

New Listing For Sale in Kershores in Salt Springs!! Lake access(Membership yearly fee required, has a club house and boat launch with access to Little Lake Kerr). Well, septic and power pole in place. Water test on file. Secluded location close to the Ocala National Forest! Great lot close to fishing, camping, hiking, atv trails and more!!

  • 0.35 Acre Lot 
  • Asking Price $18,000
  • Zoned R-4 Residential Mixed Used 
  • Close to Ocala National Forest, Water, ATV Trails, Etc. 
  • Existing Well and Septic 

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

Do You Know Who You’re Hiring?

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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 

$75,000 – Country Dirt Road Life

Florida Highlands – 10450 SW 153rd Lane, Dunnellon, FL 34432

Privacy awaits at this 2 bedroom split floor plan home. Each bedroom has it’s own bath with tile. Kitchen features white cabinets, tile floors and updated appliances and inside laundry room. Home features an entire home generator, updated HVAC and laminate flooring throughout the living areas and bedrooms. Private porch off the back with a view of your private yard and location. Close to Lowe’s, Walmart, Chili’s, and so many more shopping and eating establishments. Located 30 minutes from Crystal River and 15 minutes from I-75 and easy access to Orlando and Gainesville(University of Florida. 

  • Asking Price $75,000 
  • 1.25 Acre Lot 
  • Zoned A-1
  • 2 Bedrooms – 2 Bathroom
  • Private Location 

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

New Listing! 5.89 Acres w/ Paved CR 21 Frontage!

 

Good Day All, 

Here is a new listing that may interest you!! 5+ Acres of Vacant Land with Paved CR 21 Frontage in Orange Springs! See below for more details. 

  • Asking $35,900  
  • OWNER FINANCING (Terms- 10 year term, with a 5 year balloon at 8.75%, no PPP)
  • 5.89 Acres 
  • Appx 400 Feet CR 21 Paved Frontage 
  • Lot Size Appx is 400′ x 741′ x 425′ x 704
  • Front Parcel is Zoned R-1 For Residential NO MOBILE HOMES.
  • The Rear Parcel is Zoned A-1 for Agricultural

 

 

 Located just outside of downtown Orange Springs, walking distance to beautiful flowing Orange Creek and lots of wildlife. Also short walk to Dollar General store, restaurant, gas station, post office and more. Short drive to Orange Springs boat ramp and access to Ocklawaha River and Rodman Reservoir with some of the best bass fishing world wide. Location is perfect for commute to Gainesville or Ocala area, or just relax and live the quite peaceful life in the woods. 

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

Kitchen Remodel on a Budget

 

Good Day All, 

I hope everyone is having a great week! It’s so nice to have some cooler fall weather for a change!  The most expensive room in your home is your kitchen. We all know it’s so easy to go over budget with remodeling projects especially when you’re remodeling a kitchen. Below are a few tips that will ensure you stay within budget and finish your project with great results. 

  • Bright White – A coat of fresh, bright white paint can do wonders for your kitchen cabinets. It’s more affordable to paint your cabinets and update the hardware instead of purchasing new cabinets. Just remember that a white kitchen is always very for buyers!

 

  • Light It Up – New light fixtures and cabin underlighting is a great way to make a statement without breaking the bank. 

 

  • Leave Plumbing Where It Is – One the most expensive items when remodeling is plumbing. Make sure you leave existing plumbing lines where they’re so you don’t have to update your plumbing and location. 

 

  • Solid Surface Counter Tops – Everyone loves the look of granite and solid-surface counter tops! When shopping around ask your local counter top store for surfaces that are being discontinued. Also keep in mind solid-surfaces that may not be granite, but has the same look and quality as a granite. 

 

  • Scratch and Dent – Scratch and Dent Appliances is a great way to save money!! Finding an appliance that has a very little scratch or dent that’s not really noticeable will save you a lot of $$$. Check your local appliance store, Lowes or Home Depot and ask if they have any appliances like this available. 

 

I hope you find these tips helpful for your next remodeling project. If there is anything I can do to help please let me know. 

Duke Rountree    (352) 577-9171    Info@Search352Homes.com