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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Landmark Place in Countryside – Clearwater, FL

August 19, 2014

JUST LISTED! – Active With Contract
3205 Landmark Place #3102
Clearwater, FL 33761
MLS #: U7707317

Landmark Place

2 bedroom, 2 full bath, with 1,225 square feet: List Price $93,900

Super nice ground floor condo in the heart of Countryside! 2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms with over 1,200 square feet. The AC is around 3 years old. Carpet looks very clean and doesn’t appear to need to be replaced. Screened patio has a wonderful view of the community swimming pool and spa. Master bedroom is quite large and the master bathroom shower was recently upgraded with new tile. All appliances are staying including the washer, dryer and microwave. Landmark Place is near Westfield mall which has tons of great restaurants, shopping and a newer movie theater.

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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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Just Sold! Queen Anne Gate in Palm Harbor, FL

June 30, 2014

MLS #: U7619383

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3 bedrooms, 2 full bath, 2-car garage Villa with 1,677 square feet: List Price $230,000

Discover Queen Anne Gate, one of Palm Harbor’s best kept secrets. All ages are welcome in this maintenance free gated community, with beautifully manicured grounds, a community pool and hot tub, all in a private setting. This spotless and very well maintained 1677 sq. ft. villa has soaring cathedral & vaulted ceilings throughout, large porcelain tile everywhere and wall to wall in the bedrooms and den. The spacious eat in kitchen with breakfast bar is open to the main great room. Windows & skylights keep it light and bright and save on electricity! The kitchen has plenty of cabinets, counter space and a pantry. The inside laundry room with cabinets and shelving is right off the kitchen. The large master suite has a private full bathroom with beautiful vanity, large walk-in shower and separate garden tub. French doors lead from the master to an additional den, study or Florida room. There are also French doors from the great room to the den. The split bedroom plan has two good sized additional bedrooms. Check out this fabulous two-car garage with work bench! This home is in tip-top turn-key condition and awaits new owners. Low maintenance fees. Bring your pet! Centrally located to all major roads. Walking distance to Publix, Einsteins, Steinmart and other shopping. Under 30 min to the beach (Crystal beach only a few miles) and airports. Mr. & Mrs. Clean live here. Move in ready. Call Pam for a personal tour!

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“On Top of the World” Clearwater Condo for Sale!

June 10, 2014

2449 Columbia Dr. #39
Clearwater, FL 33763
MLS #: U7609253


2 bedrooms, 1 full bath, 1,100 square feet: List Price $38,600

Great location in “On Top of the World,” the most desirable 55+ community in Clearwater. Building #16 is Fee Simple, NOT land lease, and within walking distance of the main clubhouse and heated swimming pool. This is a 2nd floor condo very close to the elevators, stairs and laundry room. Cash or Conventional Loans only. “On Top of the World” requires a 35% down payment for all units purchased with financing with no exceptions. Community offers golf, tennis, lawn bowling, shuffleboard, multiple swimming pools, fitness center, and a recreation center with planned activities like Bingo, dancing and exercise classes.

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Buyers ready, but home seller wants to back out

May 16, 2014

Man Signing ContractFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – May 15, 2014 – Question: We found a house and entered into a contract to buy it. We did our inspections, got our mortgage loan set up and are ready for the closing about three weeks from now. Last night, the seller called and told us that she had an unexpected issue and will not be able to sell us the house. But don’t we have rights here? And do we have to wait until the closing date comes and goes before we start taking action to enforce the contract?

Answer: Most contracts contain contingencies allowing a party to cancel the deal if certain things happen, such as a bad inspection or the financing falls through. You need to carefully review your contract to make sure that the seller does not have a contractual way to cancel. If not, she is bound by what she agreed to, meaning that she must sell you the house.

Because she told you clearly that she is not moving forward, you don’t have to wait until the closing date to start enforcing the agreement. You or your lawyer should send her a letter now asking her to confirm in writing whether she is moving forward to closing. Once she confirms that she isn’t, most contracts give you the right to sue her for “specific performance,” meaning that you can ask the court to force her to sell you the property.

The practical problem with this is that it can take some time for the case to wind its way through the courts. So if you have concerns with where to live while this happens, or you are worried that you will lose your mortgage loan, this might not be the best option for you. It might be better to get your money back and move on to a similar house without all the trouble. But if this truly is the house you want, you appear to have the law on your side.

About the writer: Gary M. Singer is a Florida attorney and board-certified as an expert in real estate law by the Florida Bar. He is the chairperson of the Real Estate Section of the Broward County Bar Association and is an adjunct professor for the Nova Southeastern University Paralegal Studies program.

The information and materials in this column are provided for general informational purposes only and are not intended to be legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is formed. Nothing in this column is intended to substitute for the advice of an attorney, especially an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.

Copyright © 2014 Sun Sentinel, Gary M. Singer. Distributed by MCT Information Services.

Just Sold! Raintree Village of Clearwater

May 1, 2014

2101 Sunset Point Rd. #104
Clearwater, FL 33765
MLS#: U7602293



2 bedrooms, 2 full bath, 1,424 square feet, List Price $86,999
Very large condo, 1424 sq. ft plus florida room 11×11. Raintree village is in a “park like setting” lots of trees. Heated pool to enjoy all year long. Condo is a one story, all large rooms, it feels more like a house than a condo. Wood burning fireplace in livingroom, formal diningroom, familyroom and an attached garage. Planned activities in the clubhouse, holiday parties, BBQ’s, Bus trips. Come home to Raintree! Inside cats only, only service dogs allowed unless you have a note from your Dr. for medical purposes. 55+ community


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Just Sold! Green Valley Estates of Palm Harbor

May 1, 2014

2369 Walton Cir. #N-8
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
MLS#: U7603694



2 bedrooms, 1 full and 1 half bath, 1,068 square feet, List Price $64,900
This lovely end unit villa style home offers living room dining room combo, 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, screened in patio, 1 car detached carport. Home has been freshly painted, new carpet, and is move in ready. Buyer to pay FL doc stamps. Seller may provide HOW incentive and may pay some closing costs for Owner Occupants. Financing a HomeSteps home just got easier! Contact your realtor for more information and to find the most up-to-date list of participating lenders.


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Fla. home sale prices up 11.4% year-to-year in Dec.

January 24, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. – Jan. 23, 2014 – Florida’s housing market reported higher median prices, more new listings, fewer days on the market and the continued stabilization of inventory in December, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Closed sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 19,497 last month, up 8.6 percent over the December 2012 figure.

“Florida’s housing market continues to demonstrate its recovery,” says 2014 Florida Realtors President Sherri Meadows, CEO and team leader, Keller Williams, with market centers in Gainesville, Ocala and the Villages. “December marked over two years – 25 months – of consecutive gains in statewide median sales prices, year-over-year, for both single-family homes and for townhouse-condo properties. The rising prices, along with the renewed strength of the state’s housing market, are encouraging more homeowners to list their properties for sale. Statewide, new listings for single-family homes increased 23.8 percent in December, while new townhome-condo listings rose 8.1 percent. The rising prices mean increased equity, which is another reason people are listing properties.

“Properties also are taking less time to sell, another trend that is sparking sellers’ interest,” Meadows added. “In December, the median days on market (the midpoint of the number of days it took for a property to sell that month) was 50 days for single-family homes and 51 days for townhouses and condos. That means 50 percent of homes on the market in Florida sell in less than two months.”

The statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes last month was $172,630, up 11.4 percent from the previous year, according to data from Florida Realtors Industry Data and Analysis department in partnership with local Realtor boards/associations. The statewide median price for townhouse-condo properties in December was $137,500, up 17 percent over the year-ago figure. The median is the midpoint; half the homes sold for more, half for less.

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the national median sales price for existing single-family homes in November 2013 was $196,200, up 9.4 percent from the previous year; the national median existing condo price was $197,400. In California, the statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes in November was $422,210; in Massachusetts, it was $316,500; in Maryland, it was $257,677; and in New York, it was $229,000.

Looking at Florida’s townhome-condo market, statewide closed sales totaled 8,364 last month, down slightly (2.5 percent) compared to December 2012. However, the closed sales data reflected fewer short sales and cash-only sales in December: Traditional sales in Florida rose 23.3 percent for single-family homes and 6 percent for condo-townhome properties. Closed sales typically occur 30 to 90 days after sales contracts are written.

“Florida’s market exhibited all the signs of the annual holiday lull,” said Florida Realtors Chief Economist Dr. John Tuccillo. “Because of things like the reduced number of workdays and the presence of other important things to do, the statistics at this time of year don’t necessarily give a good read on where the market really is. Three continuing trends to note, however, are rising inventories, declining cash sales and the lessening presence of distressed property sales.

“The first two are indicative of reduced investor activity and thus a return to a more normal market. The last is a product of rising values that have increased market sales relative to short sales and foreclosures.”

Inventory was at a 5.5-months’ supply in December for single-family homes and at a 5.8-months’ supply for townhouse-condo properties, according to Florida Realtors.

According to Freddie Mac, the interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.46 percent in December 2013, up from the 3.35 percent average recorded during the same month a year earlier.

To see the full statewide housing activity reports, go to Florida Realtors Media Center under Latest Releases, or download the December 2013 data report PDFs under Market Data.

© 2014 Florida Realtors®

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