polk county: Polk County FL Property Tax Deadline to Appeal is September 13, 2013 - 09/04/13 02:19 AM
Polk County FL Property Tax Deadline to Appeal is September 13, 2013  
Attention Polk County Homeowners! If you think your property is assessed too high, you have the right to appeal to the Value Adjustment Board by September 13, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. There is a filing fee of $15.00   According to the property appraiser's website, the Truth in Millage or TRIM Notices to Florida’s homeowners were mailed out to property owners on August 19, 2013.
Are you in disagreement with the assessed property value of your Polk County Florida home?
The Value Adjustment Board notices include three values … (1 comments)

polk county: Scam Alert from Polk County FL Sheriff Grady Judd - 04/06/12 03:17 AM
Scam Alert from Polk County FL Sheriff Grady Judd 
Not to long ago I had a call from an out of state gentleman who told me that he was interested to rent a property in Lakeland FL which he found on Craigslist but wanted to make sure that this was a legitimate ad.  He told me that he emailed the owner to inquire and the owner replied that he is currently on a mission trip in Nigeria and that he need to send him money right away to hold the rental.
Although I don’t handle rentals, I felt that he needed … (8 comments)

polk county: Successful Wells Fargo Short Sale Closing - Dundee FL - Polk County - 11/30/11 10:38 AM
Successful Wells Fargo Short Sale Closing - Dundee FL - Polk County
I am delighted to report another successful short sale closing that took place just a few days ago.  The home is located in Dundee, FL which is located in Polk County close to major attraction and a short drive to Lakeland FL.  The home was built in 2005 right around the housing boom. It is a 3 bedroom/2 bath home which has about 1,594 square feet of living space. They purchased the home in 2007 for $179,900. There was only one mortgage on the home with Wells Fargo - Mortgage Balance $163,200 The Hardship was unemployment … (5 comments)

polk county: 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)

polk county: Overall Polk County Existing Home Sales for July 2010 - 08/27/10 02:03 PM

Overall Polk County Existing Home Sales for July 2010 Polk County’s overall existing home sales still strong for numbers of homes sold for the Month of July with a total of 617 properties sold despite the declining home prices and the end of the first-time homebuyer tax credit. Prices continue to decrease downwards blaming it still widely on discounted distressed sales throughout the county from the previous year and years’ prior. A look back in history: July 2006 – median price $185,000 (-51.41%) – 721 homes sold July 2007 – median price $180,000 (-50.06%) – 437 homes sold July 2008 … (0 comments)

polk county: Looming Deadline to Appeal your Property Assessed Value in Florida - 08/11/10 09:15 AM

Looming Deadline to Appeal your Property Assessed Value in Florida The property appraiser mails out Truth in Millage or TRIM Notices to Florida’s homeowners in mid-August. Are you in disagreement with the assessed property value of your Polk County Florida home?The Value Adjustment Board notices include three values Market value Assessed value Taxable value If you don’t agree with the market value, you have the right to appeal your tax assessment by filing a petition to the Value Adjustment Board. An informal meeting is encouraged to have your estimation of the market value from the assessor’s property appraisal reviewed by … (9 comments)

polk county: Overall Polk County Existing Home Sales for June 2010 - 07/31/10 03:22 PM

Overall Polk County Existing Home Sales for June 2010 Polk County’s overall existing home sales posted record numbers of homes sold for the Month of June with a total of 807 properties sold.  The last time area real estate agents sold over 800 homes in June was in 2006.  Prices continue to decrease downwards blaming it still widely on discounted distressed sales throughout the county from the previous year and years’ prior.A look back in history:  
June 2006 – median price $185,000 (-48.65%) – 872 homes sold June 2007 – median price $184,000 (-48.37%) – 511 homes sold June 2008 … (2 comments)

polk county: Overall Polk County Market - March 2010 - 04/28/10 01:13 AM
Polk County’s overall existing home sales had a record breaking month, which are shown in the numbers in most major cities throughout Polk County. However, prices continue to drift downwards blaming it widely on discounted distressed sales throughout the county from the previous year.
758 existing homes sold – an increase of 21% from the previous month (596 sold homes) in Polk County and an increase in sales activity of 180 Polk County homes sold from the previous year of 578 homes sold.
While overall Polk’s median price for existing homes increased by almost 6% from the previous month … (1 comments)

polk county: Polk County Florida Overall Housing Market - February 2010 - 03/27/10 05:34 AM
Polk County Florida Overall Housing Market - February 2010
Polk County’s overall existing home sales increased and it goes along with what has been reported at state and national level with increased sales for February. However, prices continue to drift downwards blaming it widely on discounted distressed sales throughout.
596 existing homes sold – an increase of 19% from the previous month (500 sold homes) in Polk County and an increase in sales activity of 145 Polk County homes sold from the previous year of 451 homes sold.

Overall Polk’s median price for existing homes decreased by 12.5% from … (3 comments)

polk county: Appealing your Polk County Property Appraiser’s Market Value Appraisal - 03/15/10 12:31 PM
Appealing your Polk County Property Appraiser’s Market Value Appraisal
To determine market value or as I would say the property assessment value the Polk County Property Appraiser uses to arrive when assessing your Polk County home for property tax purposes. The Polk County Property Appraiser establishes assessed value by knowing the selling price for similar properties and also takes other factors into consideration, such as:
Comparative Value – homes sold recently in an arm’s length transaction Replacement Value – costs to replicate your Polk County home at current material prices and labor costs Methods of property use – Rental home The … (0 comments)

polk county: Polk County Existing Home Sales for January 2010 - 02/27/10 08:27 AM
Polk County Existing Home Sales for January 2010
Slow start of the overall Polk County Home Sales in January when comparing sales history for the past year. Although average Polk County home prices have somewhat been stable in recent months, the number of homes sold in Polk County took a nose dive when comparing the number of sales from the past few months. If you are a person that is visual like me, just take a look at the chart below to see what I’m talking about.  Please keep in mind, the figures reflect all homes as indicated below, not just … (0 comments)

polk county: Polk County Existing Home Sales for December 2009 - 01/31/10 06:14 AM
Polk County Existing Home Sales for December 2009
Overall Polk County Home Sales rose and prices fell in 2009 from the previous year. Is this true in your neck of the woods? I’m sure you heard about that this is a buyer’s market in the news and media outlets, but is it really? Real Estate still remains very local and real estate statistics in each town or even in each neighborhood/community could differentiate by a great margin resulting in a seller’s market. Therefore consulting with a local Realtor® with market knowledge and experience is essential to your home buying or home … (0 comments)

polk county: Polk County Florida – Save Money by Filing Property Tax Homestead Exemption - 01/12/10 08:25 AM

Beat the rush and file your Polk County property tax homestead exemption on your home early, because – believe it or not - March 1st, 2010 deadline is fast approaching.
If you took residency on your newly purchased home after January 1, 2009, which includes mobile home if the land the mobile home sits on is owned by the same owner.  You surely want to file for a 2010 property tax exemption, also known as homestead exemption.  In addition, you may qualify for an additional $25,000 homestead under Amendment 1 which began with 2008 tax year for a total of … (3 comments)

polk county: Polk County and Florida Existing Home Sales Remained Strong for November 2009 - 12/26/09 12:04 PM
The Florida Association of Realtors® reports that existing home sales rose 61% in November from the previous year, showing for the past 15 months that overall real estate sales in the State of Florida have increased.  While much credit is given for the extended and expanded homebuyers tax credit for the increased sales activity in the past, the decline in home values and sales prices resulting from the increased sales of distressed properties and foreclosures.
Florida’s median sales price for existing homes last month continued downwardly to $139,000 for a 12% ($158,200) decrease from the previous year and less than 1% … (2 comments)

polk county: Polk County and Florida Existing Home Sales Rise – Prices Continue to Dive in October - 11/30/09 02:36 PM
The Florida Association of Realtors® reports that existing home sales rose 45% in October from the previous year and a 5.1% increase from the previous month. Florida's median home price continues to stumble with distressed properties dictating the housing market - Florida's median sales price for existing homes last month continued downwardly to $140,300 for a 17% decrease from the previous year and 1.20% from the previous month.
The Polk County's housing market.
612 existing homes sold - a slight increase of 2.6% from the previous month (596 sold homes) in Polk County - an increase in sales activity of … (1 comments)

polk county: Polk County and Florida Existing Home Sales Rise Overall in September - 10/31/09 09:23 AM
The Florida Association of Realtors® reports that existing home sales rose 34% in September from the previous year and a 4.1% increase from the previous month. Florida’s median home price continues to stumble with distressed properties dictating the housing market – Florida’s median sales price for existing homes last month dipped to $142,000 for a 34% decrease from the previous year and 3.66% from the previous month.
The Polk County’s housing market.
596 existing home sold – an increase of 8% from the previous month (551 sold homes) in Polk County – an increase in sales activity of 25% from … (3 comments)

polk county: Foreclosure Epidemic may be saved by Short Sale Remedy - 10/29/09 07:09 AM
I’m a member of a network of over 400 real estate agents and growing at Short Sale Superstars, Visit Short Sale Superstars who are committed to help sellers and buyers with short sales in Florida and across the America. Short sales can be difficult at times and this is why this group of professionals is so helpful not only to us real estate agents, but for you, especially. I would say that we are a Short Sale Agent support group, helping each other, solving uncommon issues for our clients, making suggestions that can only help you the seller or buyer. We … (2 comments)

polk county: Entertainment and Things to do without spending a Dime – Polk County Florida - 12/01/08 10:57 AM
Entertainment and Things to do without spending a Dime - Polk County Florida
The holiday season is a time for giving and receiving. It also can be as delightful and stressful at the same time. With today's economy, parents try to figure out how much to spend on gifts on their children and how to pay for these gifts when money is tight. There are lots of free activities and entertainment happening here in Lakeland and the surrounding cities in Polk County, Florida for you to enjoy.  So take a look at my list below and I'm sure there is something … (6 comments)

polk county: While You Were Sleeping, Hurricane Gustav is Making his Mark! - 08/26/08 08:09 AM
While You Were Sleeping, Hurricane Gustav is Making his Mark!
 
Although it never became a Hurricane, Tropical Storm Fay broke a record by making landfall four times in Florida. While some counties are considered disaster areas here in Florida and still cleaning after Fay, a much bigger fish - anticipated storm, Hurricane Gustav is being closely watched by the National Hurricane Center in Miami that could possibly reach category 3 and reach the Gulf of Mexico by the end of this week.
After watching and reading news reports there is no storm to be taken likely. Who would have thought … (1 comments)

polk county: Lakeland's Housing Market - Good News....Not So Good News! - 07/09/08 06:15 AM
Lakeland's Housing Market - Good News ...Not So Good News

 
 
Most folks want to hear the bad news before the good news in hopes that the bad news is still not too bad when comparing the Good and the Bad. However, with Real Estate news, people have lately watched the negative news reports or read the not so good news in the newspaper. Therefore, I will start with the good news first.
Good News - Lakeland's housing market has improved to 145 homes sold in June 2008 from the previous month of 124 homes sold. The average sold … (3 comments)

 
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