Lake St. George – Palm Harbor – 3784 Palace Dr.

January 11, 2015

MLS #: U7714838

2 bedroom, 1 full bath, with 935 square feet: List Price $120,000
Cute cottage in Lake St.George perfect for starters, downsizers and seasonal residents! Lots of new and well maintained. Open concept living with great room, vaulted ceilings, eat in kitchen, big bedrooms, updated bath and nice windows make it lite and brite. Newer AC and roof (2009), laminate, tile and carpet, energy efficient slider, newer stainless stove and fridge, plus newer washer and dryer, and newer blinds, lights and fans. Maint free vinyl siding plus large fenced yard. Great Palm Harbor location with good schools. Community has pool, playground and tennis courts. Close to beaches, TIA and shopping. Come see this one! easy show!

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Brittany Park of Tarpon Springs, FL – 920 Hunter Ln.

January 1, 2015

920 Hunter Ln.
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
MLS #: U7714482

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3 bedroom, 2 full bath, with 1,486 square feet: List Price $176,000

This move-in condition 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2-car garage BLOCK construction home, located in the very desirable Brittany Park subdivision of Tarpon Springs, is a must see! HOA is only $200 for the year. Conveniently located to excellent schools, shopping, dining and entertainment. The entire exterior was freshly painted in May of 2014. Open floor plan, formal dining room with floor-to-ceiling mirrors, perfect-sized living room, and an open eat-in kitchen with recessed lighting, plenty of cabinets and lots of counter space. New flooring in kitchen and master bath! All appliances convey including the washer and dryer! The numerous windows, sliders, high ceilings and plant shelves throughout make this home feel light, bright, extra spacious and very welcoming. Large master bedroom with walk-in closet, vaulted ceilings and a plant shelf. Master bath features what everyone wants – dual vanities, garden tub, separate glass-enclosed shower and a private potty. The 2nd and 3rd bedrooms are spacious and split from the master bedroom. All window treatments convey. Enjoy your morning coffee on your extra large 420 square foot screened and covered back patio over-looking a gorgeous private wooded landscape. Fenced backyard with no rear neighbors! Over-sized 2-car garage with a new garage door opener. Rain Bird sprinkler system not currently connected and may need work, so it is not warranted. Water softener is not currently in use and is not warranted. Check out the photos!

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2177 Barcelona Dr. in Clearwater, FL – Sunset Gardens

January 1, 2015

2177 Barcelona Dr.
Clearwater, FL 33764
MLS #: U7714635

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3 bedroom, 2 full bath, with 1,381 square feet: List Price $139,900

This move-in condition 3/2 pool home is super clean inside and out! Shows like a model. Home is well-maintained so available to Conventional, FHA and VA borrowers. Quick and simple closing possible. Not a short sale or foreclosure so none of those headaches. AC handler new in 2010. AC condenser new in 2005. Roof new in 2005. Flooring throughout is gorgeous laminate and ceramic tile. Private patio off dining room and a pavered patio at back of home. Big private totally fenced back yard with a crystal-clear above ground pool and all necessary pool equipment. Great shed in backyard. Swingset and playhouse stays with the house. Properly labeled hurricane panels for ALL windows and doors. Indoor laundry and yes, both the washer and dryer stay! In fact all appliances convey – refrigerator, range, and dishwasher too. Alarm system. Sewer not septic. Extra large PASS-THRU wood-burning fireplace so you can enjoy your fire in both the living and family room at the same time. Great location right off Belcher. North of Nursery and south of Harn. Priced to sell so move quick. Check out the photos!

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RealtyTrac: Fla. leads in 3Q foreclosures

October 15, 2014

foreclosure_stampIRVINE, Calif. – Oct. 15, 2014 – In the third quarter, Florida once again had the highest state foreclosure rate – default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions – in the nation, according to RealtyTrac’s U.S. Foreclosure Market Report.

Still, Florida foreclosures declined both month-to-month and year-to-year, at 4 percent and 17 percent respectively. One in every 153 Florida housing units had a foreclosure filing – a total of 58,589 Florida properties.

By metro area, Orlando, Atlantic City and Macon, Ga., posted the nation’s top metro foreclosure rates in the third quarter.

With one out of every 117 housing units facing a foreclosure filing in the third quarter, Orlando posted the highest foreclosure rate among metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) with a population of 200,000 or more. Orlando saw its foreclosure rate decline 1 percent since the second quarter, but it rose 16 percent year-to-year.

In Ocala and Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, third quarter foreclosure activity decreased year-to-year. However, the two cities still posted the nation’s fourth and fifth highest overall metro foreclosure rates in the third quarter.

The remaining five metro areas with top 10 foreclosure rates were all in Florida:

* Miami at No. 6 (one in every 137 housing units with a foreclosure filing)
* Jacksonville at No. 7 (one in every 140 housing units)
* Tampa at No. 8 (one in every 148 housing units)
* Lakeland at No. 9 (one in every 158 housing units)
* Port St. Lucie at No. 10 (one in every 175 housing units).

Florida also remains one of the top states for the length of time it takes to complete a foreclosure, ranking second at 951 days. Only New Jersey (1,064 days) foreclosures take longer. Hawaii (937 days), New York (902 days) and Illinois (889 days) round out the top five states.

National foreclosures

Nationally, RealtyTrac reports that third quarter foreclosures were down 16 percent year-to-year but up 0.42 percent quarter-to-quarter. Looking at just September, U.S. foreclosure activity decreased on a year-over-year basis for the 48th consecutive month.

“September foreclosure activity was back to pre-housing bubble levels nationwide, in large part thanks to a continued slide in bank repossessions,” says Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac. “However, a recent rise in scheduled foreclosure auctions in many markets across the country shows lenders are continuing to clean house of lingering delinquent loans. This rise in scheduled auctions foreshadows a corresponding rise in bank repossessions and auction sales to third party buyers in the coming months.”

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Still no short sale tax forgiveness this year

October 15, 2014

Short-Sales-1024x855WASHINGTON – Oct. 15, 2014 – In a short sale, an owner sells his home for less than the amount stated on his mortgage, with the balance forgiven by the lender.

Last year, homeowners could move on after the sale. Any money forgiven by the bank could be forgotten.

This year, however, Congress has failed to extend the Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Relief Act. If passed as it was in previous years, lawmakers would have made the law retroactive to Jan. 1, assuring all 2014 short sellers that they would not be taxed on mortgage money they never actually received.

This year, however, the story is different – so far. In January 2014, the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) and other practitioners expected a retroactive passage of the mortgage debt act because it generally had bipartisan support in Congress. In May, NAR and others felt the same way, but with a bit less assurance.

The law has still not passed Congress, however, and fewer observers are now sure that it will.

However, the November election may be a deciding factor. While little Congressional action is expected before Americans go to the polls, there is still a small window of time afterward when Congress could act.

For more information on the Mortgage Debt Relief Act, visit NAR’s “Mortgage Debt Cancellation Relief” page.

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Debt collectors can call years after a foreclosure

October 15, 2014

Cara-menghadapi-debt-collectorWASHINGTON – Oct. 15, 2014 – Thousands of Americans who lost their homes to foreclosure years ago have moved on and rebuilt their finances, only to find that their past problem isn’t staying in the past.

In more and more cases, mortgage lenders are contacting these homeowners and attempting to collect the debt forgiven as part of a short sale or foreclosure.

“Using a legal tool known as a ‘deficiency judgment,’ lenders can ensure that borrowers are haunted by these zombie-like debts for years, and sometimes decades, to come,” Reuters reports. (Effective July 1, 2013, the lender has one year on residential properties to initiate the process.)

“Before the housing bubble, banks often refrained from seeking deficiency judgments, which were seen as costly and an invitation for bad publicity. Some of the biggest banks still feel that way. But the housing crisis saddled lenders with more than $1 trillion of foreclosed loans, leading to unprecedented losses. Now, at least some large lenders want their money back, and they figure it’s the perfect time to pursue borrowers: many of those who went through foreclosure have gotten new jobs, paid off old debts and, in some cases, bought new homes.”

Mortgage giant Fannie Mae is one of the most aggressive in pursuing deficiency judgments. Of the 595,128 foreclosures the government-sponsored enterprise was involved in through owning or guaranteeing the loan, it has referred 293,134 to debt collectors for possible deficiency judgment, according to a report by the Inspector General, reflecting the time period from January 2010 through January 2012.

Some of the largest mortgage lenders – JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo & Co., and Citigroup – say they don’t usually pursue a deficiency judgment, but they do reserve the right to do so.

“We may pursue them on a case-by-case basis, looking at a variety of factors, including investor and mortgage insurer requirements, the financial status of the borrower, and the type of hardship,” says Wells Fargo spokesman Tom Goyda.

Many borrowers may be surprised to learn that their years-old foreclosure isn’t really behind them. For example, former homeowner Danell Huthsing thought she was in the clear after a foreclosure in 2008 on a home she shared with her boyfriend. But this summer, she was served with a lawsuit demanding $91,000 for the amount of mortgage still unpaid after the home was foreclosed and sold.

Huthsing plans to appeal, but if she loses, the debt collector who filed the lawsuit will be able to freeze her bank account, garnish up to 25 percent of her wages, and seize her paid-off car, Reuters reports.

“For seven years, you think you’re good to go, that you’ve put this behind you,” said Huthsing. “Then wham, you get slapped to the floor again.”

Source: “Americans Face Post-Foreclosure Hell as Wages Garnished, Assets Seized,” Reuters (Oct. 14, 2014)

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JUST SOLD: Landmark Place in Countryside

October 7, 2014

3205 LANDMARK DR. #3102
MLS#: U7707317


2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1,225 square feet: $89,900

Super nice GROUND FLOOR condo in the heart of Countryside! 2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms with over 1,200 square feet. 1-car carport plus plenty of parking for guests. The AC is around 6 years old. Carpet installed in Sept. 2013! Screened patio has a wonderful view of the community swimming pool and spa. Master bedroom is quite large, bright and the master bathroom shower had brand new tile installed in Sept. of 2013. All appliances are staying including the washer, dryer, dishwasher, refrigerator and microwave. Landmark Place is near Westfield mall which has tons of great restaurants, shopping and a newer movie theater. 2 pets allowed. Must be under 25lbs. No aggressive breeds.

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JUST SOLD: Bryn Mawr of Countryside

September 9, 2014



2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1,005 square feet: $79,900

This is a great condo with a great location IN CLEARWATER… 2 bedroom, 2 bath, Featuring living room / dining room combo with sliding glass doors to enclosed/screen patio area, nice size kitchen has eating space and breakfast bar, master suite with walk-in closet and private bathroom with passage door, 2nd bedroom also has passage door, this condo also features inside washer/dryer hook-up. Many amenities within the community such as refreshing swimming pool, clubhouse and spectacular wooded view. Minutes from beautiful beaches, state parks, golf courses, colleges, shopping and restaurants. This is a Fannie Mae Home Path Property. Purchase this home for as little as 5% down Approved for Home Path Mortgage and Home Path Renovation financing. For Details regarding the first look period and Home Path please go to the Home Path website.

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JUST SOLD: 160 Mayfair Circle W. in Palm Harbor

September 8, 2014

160 Mayfair Circle W.
Palm Harbor, FL 34683

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3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 2-car garage, 2,511 square feet, pool: $309,800

Built by Van Horn this 3-bed, 2-bath block construction pool home resides in Palm Harbor’s prestigious Mayfair Woods. Conveniently located on Tampa Road between US 19 and Belcher next to the Ferrari dealership. Zoned for Palm Harbor Middle School and Palm Harbor University. This house has serious curb appeal with immaculate landscaping and an inviting covered front porch. You’ll be proud to call this your home. The backyard is massive, completely fenced, private, beautifully landscaped and ready for your kids and pets. Large swimming pool, screened enclosure and plenty of covered/shaded space under the roof so you can relax or entertain on sunny OR rainy days.

This is NOT a fixer-upper and is in move-in condition w/plenty of upgrades such as hardwood floors, recessed lighting, crown molding, double-paned sliders, vaulted ceilings, and a NICE kitchen! All appliances included. Upgraded cabinets, lots of counter space, handy pull-out drawers, and tile back splash. Sliding windows provide an unobstructed view of the pool and backyard. The family room is quite large with vaulted ceilings and a wood-burning fireplace. The living room is just as big. Master bathroom features dual vanities, upgraded cabinets, private potty, large walk-in shower and a Jacuzzi garden tub under a gorgeous stained glass window. The pool bathroom is extra large with two sinks, bathtub and private potty. Tons of storage closets and attic space. Indoor laundry room with wall-to-wall cabinets and a wash tub. Washer and dryer are included.

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Just Sold in New Port Richey!

July 24, 2014

MLS #: W7537919

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3 bedrooms, 2 full bath, 1-car garage with 1,498 square feet: List Price $88,500

Unique opportunity to buy a completely renovated house at a very affordable price.Located in the heart of New Port Richey this home features 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, large family room with a wood burning fireplace, updated kitchen, spacious living room in an open floor plan.Freshly painted with neutral colors, maintenance free tile floors and renovated bathrooms, this home is a spotless clean, move in condition gem. Situated on a fenced over sized lot with a separate garage building large enough to even have workshop there.There is room for a boat or RV with alley access, no restrictions. No flood insurance needed. Quiet old world Florida ambiance with the benefit of being walking distance to all the cultural events, riverside music festivals, public boat ramp and a fantastic recreational center. Excellent family or turn key investment home! Don’t miss it!

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