petra norms: Lake James Adult Community in Lakeland FL - 06/15/11 05:58 AM

Lake James Adult Community in Lakeland FL Let me welcome you to Lake James, one of our newest active adult community in Lakeland, FL.  Lake James is an exclusive retirement community nestled in North Lakeland.  This gated community offers maintenance free living and an active lifestyle.   Whether you relax in your beautiful custom designed single family home that is built exclusively by a well-known local builder Ernie White Construction, Inc. or you interact with fellow residents at the beautiful appointed clubhouse playing cards, swim a few laps in the heated pool, relax by the poolside while viewing the beautiful 8-acre lake, have … (0 comments)

petra norms: First Friday in Lakeland Florida – “Bike Lakeland” – June 3, 2011 - 05/28/11 12:53 PM

First Friday in Lakeland Florida – “Bike Lakeland” – June 3, 2011
What another great event Lakeland's First Friday is going to be with a theme known as "Bike Lakeland".  I'm sure you have seen the bicycle lake to lake trails.  Why don't you bring your bikes to Downtown Lakeland and learn about Lakeland's bike community, safety and the plans for bike racks in the Downtown area.

Entertainment such as trick bike demonstrations, bicycle basket decorating contest, geocaching, bike health benefits, bicycle repair, lake-to-lake trails and much, much more is being offered.

Bring your family and c’mon down to Downtown … (2 comments)

petra norms: Lakeland FL Short Sales - I Owe At Least Twice As Much What My Home Is Worth - 05/24/11 12:42 PM
Lakeland FL Short Sales - I Owe At Least Twice As Much What My Home Is Worth
In Polk County and in cities like Lakeland FL when homes where built around 2004, 2005 and 2006 the value of these homes today has plummeted at least twice the value of what they were in the housing boom.  I have been asked by homeowners who are faced with such a dilemma and are so underwater, every time when considering a Lakeland FL Short Sale: Is my bank going to approve my Lakeland FL Short Sale even if I owe twice as much or more … (3 comments)

petra norms: Why Should A Real Estate Attorney Negotiate Your Lakeland FL Short Sale? - 05/18/11 10:53 AM
 



Why Should A Real Estate Attorney Negotiate Your Lakeland FL Short Sale?
 
Stories like this are very common after you sold your Lakeland FL home as a short sale.  The bank is calling you after the closing asking how are you planning to repay the canceled debt.  
 
Just the other day I received an email from a potential short sale seller asking me if they really need an attorney to handle their short sale negotiations. As a Lakeland FL short sale agent, it is in the best interest of the potential short sales seller … (4 comments)

petra norms: Lakeland FL Short Sale - Should I Continue Making a Mortgage Payment? - 05/09/11 01:05 AM
Lakeland FL Short Sale - Should I Continue Making a Mortgage Payment?There are quite a few myths floating around with regard to making mortgage payments when considering doing a short sale on your Lakeland FL home. One of them is that you do not need to be in default with your lender in order to do a short sale.While I am not a lawyer and can’t give you legal advice, I am well versed in Lakeland FL Short Sales and this question when asked should be answered by a real estate attorney who specializes in foreclosures and short sales.  Making your … (3 comments)

petra norms: Sandpiper Golf Community in Lakeland FL has Homes for Sale - 04/15/11 06:19 AM

Sandpiper Golf Community in Lakeland FL has Homes for Sale 

The Sandpiper Golf & Country Club in Lakeland, Florida, an active 55+ adult community is situated just off Interstate 4 and North Socrum Loop where dining, shopping, churches, and medical facilities are nearby, has plenty of homes for sale.
 
A development with about 1200 single-family homes and villas with home sizes from 900 – 2,000 square feet, Sandpiper golf and country club community is a very attractive to semi-retirees, retirees and winter residents, known a snow birds.





While “For Sale” signs aren’t noticeable, there are a variety of Sandpiper Lakeland … (1 comments)

petra norms: Buyer Question - When Is The Deadline For Filing Homestead Exemption? - 01/27/11 11:25 PM

Buyer Question - When Is The Deadline For Filing Homestead Exemption? When I attend closings representing first-time home buyers and buyers moving from a different state taking permanent residency, the question about when is the deadline for filing homestead exemption always comes up and the short answer is: Deadline For Filing Homestead Exemption - March 1st of the tax year for which the exemption is sought. 
In order to receive 2011 homestead exemption, you must apply by March 1, 2011, so if you moved in after January 1, 2011 you would not qualify for the 2011 homestead exemption. However, you can still and … (3 comments)

petra norms: Lakeland FL Short Sale - Is Cash Really King? - 01/27/11 01:33 AM
Lakeland FL Short Sale - Is Cash Really King?
I don't know why I have not wrote a post about is cash really king when it comes to buying a Lakeland FL Short Sale. Today, I received another email about this same question and here is the question this consumer was inquiring about: "Would a total cash offer help a home purchase progress quicker?"  As a Lakeland FL Short Sale agent, having represented buyers and sellers, this question comes up quite often and while buyers would think Cash is King, it is not always the case as I explained it in my email to this potential Lakeland FL Short … (1 comments)

petra norms: Lakeland FL Real Estate Update – Lakeland Homes for Sale for November 16 – November 30, 2010 - 12/06/10 10:48 AM

Lakeland FL Real Estate Update – Lakeland Homes for Sale for November 16 – November 30, 2010 Update for the Lakeland FL real estate market! Newly listed homes for the period of November 16 – November 30, 2010.  A total of 124 Lakeland FL homes were just listed with area Realtors®.  The average sales price of Lakeland homes for Sale decreased to $136,906 from my previous report. The total inventory of Lakeland homes is 1890 as of 12/06/2010. The types of homes and average prices for sale in Lakeland, Florida according to the Multiple Listing Services (MLS) are as follows: 2 duplex units with an average sales price of $98,900 5 condos listed … (0 comments)

petra norms: Lakeland FL Real Estate Update - Lakeland Homes for Sale for November 1 - November 15, 2010 - 11/17/10 09:45 AM
Lakeland FL Real Estate Update - Lakeland Homes for Sale for November 1 - November 15, 2010 Update for the Lakeland Real Estate market!  Newly listed homes for the period of November 1 - November 15, 2010.  A total of 145 Lakeland FL homes were just listed with area Realtors®.  The average sales price of Lakeland homes for Sale increased to $171,941 from my previous report. The total inventory of Lakeland homes is 1865 as of 11/17/2010. The types of homes and average prices for sale in Lakeland, Florida according to the Multiple Listing Services (MLS) are as follows: 7 condos listed with an average sales price of $96,929 14 manufactured/mobile homes … (0 comments)

petra norms: Lakeland FL Downtown Farmers Curb Market - Halloween Favorite - Pumpkin Carving Exhibition October 30, 2010 - 10/22/10 02:29 AM

Lakeland FL Downtown Farmers Curb Market - Halloween Favorite - Pumpkin Carving Exhibition October 30, 2010 The Downtown Farmers Curb Market in Lakeland, Fl is located on 200 N. Kentucky Avenue in front of the Peterson Building.  It is open throughout the year (50 weeks) every Saturday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Wednesdays between 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  You will find so many products from organic fruits and vegetables that are grown locally to oils, soaps, flowers and a lot more from our local vendors. On Saturday October 30, the Downtown Farmers Curb Market is proud to sponsor this … (0 comments)

petra norms: Lakeland - Winter Haven Florida Worst City for Real Estate Investing - I beg to differ! - 10/21/10 01:06 AM

Lakeland – Winter Haven Florida Worst City for Real Estate Investing – I beg to differ.
Just recently I read Ms. Levy’s Forbes blog about Lakeland-Winter Haven Florida being the worst city of real estate investing. This article did not sit well with me and I did read it more than once.  While the national news is saturated with negative housing news, remember real estate is local and when it comes Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL (Polk County) I felt I needed to clarify a thing or two.
Below is the quote from her blog:
“I know something else about it, too. Glittering ponds or no, … (0 comments)

petra norms: Overall Lakeland FL Real Estate Market Report for July 2010 - 08/18/10 08:15 AM

Overall Lakeland FL Real Estate Market Report for July 2010 So far for this year overall Lakeland Home prices averaging around $117,000 and July’s average overall home price was $116,042.  However, only 169 Lakeland Homes sold last month, producing the third lowest numbers of Lakeland Homes sold for this year.  Average and median prices for the overall Lakeland FL Real Estate Market declined sharply from the previous year by double digits.  Distressed properties continue to be a major contributor in determining market values for Lakeland FL homes with over 60% of the market share. Lakeland Homes sold in July: 169 - … (0 comments)

 
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