Lakeland Homes… Homes… Homes… Are you paralyzed with Choices?

Neighborhoods are packed with properties available for sale. With over 2,300 homes currently on the market in Lakeland, Florida; homeowners facing foreclosure, job losses, job transfers or sellers anxious to move on are tired listening to the news reports of waiting for an economic recovery.

With mortgage rates at an all time low and buyers having such a plethora of choices is such a blessing to many folks, who can afford their dream home for the very first time. However, with so many options to choose from can also result to apprehension not buying at all for people, who have difficulties in making a decision. Recently, my husband and I were faced with a decision of buying a new television. While visiting an electronic store looking at the great wall of the many television choices, needles to say we were mystified on which television set to buy.

I have observed in over 10 years of Real Estate experience selling homes those buyers who define their search criteria careful versus those buyers who visit the homes simply by price making the better choices in a short amount of time. Cover the basics and pre-screen on the basis of square footage – it’s that simple.

 

You decided on the neighborhood of your choice, I suggest you sort on the basis of square footage in that price per square foot is still a very important factor. Let’s take a look at the two homes on the same street in the same neighborhood.

The house on 6935 Hazeltine Circle is listed for $193,000.00 versus the house on 6926 Hazeltine Circle at $229,000 – a price difference of $36,000.00

6935 Hazeltine Circle measures 1,372 square feet – $140.67 per square foot

6926 Hazeltine Circle measures 1,814 square feet – $126.24 per square foot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buyers find it very interesting and surprising to see that smaller homes could cost sometimes more per square foot than a midsized properties in the same neighborhood, which should be worth more.

If for any reason the square footage is not shown in Multiple Listing Service, ask your Lakeland Realtor® to pre-screen the home and obtain the information for you.

A useful online tool to locate homes within the environment of their neighborhood is Google Maps; satellite images and bird’s eye view to identify the location of a property on a busy street or a quiet cul-de-sac should make your home-buying decision easier. Take a look at this screen shot below of Huntington Golf & Country Club located in Lakeland, Florida.

 

More tips on defining home search for those planning to purchase a Lakeland home in a saturated market:

  • Bathroom count is an important fact to include in home search
  • Structurally sound and energy efficient systems
  • Floor plans

More importantly and especially for first time homebuyers who are overwhelmed with the choices can be un-paralyzed by hiring an experienced Lakeland Real Estate Agent.

 

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Lakeland Homes… Homes… Homes… Are you paralyzed with Choices? 

Petra Norris – Realtor®

Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

CDV TransAtlantic, Inc.

P.O. Box 92050 – Lakeland, FL 33804-2050

Telephone (863) 618-6919

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Does Commission Really Play an Important Role on How you Choose a Lakeland Realtor®?

 

Are you a subscriber to Consumer Reports? I always like reading the reports and the various tests on auto, appliances, computers and such. The September’s issue I received a couple of days ago released a survey, it’s based on the Consumer Reports National Research Center’s recent Annual Questionnaire of 3,753 readers who sold or tried to sell a home, 4,029 readers who bought one, and 7,368 readers who did both during the past few years. According to September’s issue “Paying a real estate agent a lower commission had no overall effect on the selling price.” This survey compared consumers that negotiated a commission vs. consumers who did not attempt to negotiate the commission. But what was surprising to me in reading this article was that overall independently owned brokerage firms who likely provided the fewest services, but sellers who used them were just as satisfied. 

How should you choose your Realtor®?

  • Experience
  • Marketing Plan
  • Listing Agreement

 

Granted the three attributes I pointed out do play an important role in choosing a Lakeland Realtor®. Nevertheless, I would want to make sure that my real estate agent has great communication skills, listening skills and is trustworthy.

Communication skills are necessities for a Realtor® – communication between a seller and his or her Realtor® is the foundation of a successful relationship. Talking with sellers on a regular basis while the home is listed, giving them feedback on showings and activity, being accessible when Sellers have questions and just being there would be very helpful.

Listening skills is just as essential as communication skills. There are some real estate agents that tell buyers and sellers what they think they want to hear. Genuine honesty will go a long way and will build a relationship between a Realtor® and his or her seller. Understanding what a seller is saying is hearing what the seller is really saying.

Trust is earned. Trust can be build over time by talking with a potential listing agent and checking out their references before signing a listing agreement. Trust can also be given as a test by giving an assigned task and it must be continuously proven over time.

There are Real Estate Agent shoppers out there, who only look at the commission as their only argument for hiring. Are you one of them? Did you know that there are also Real Estate Agents out there who only show homes with a certain commission split?

Negotiating a commission is part of the listing agreement. An agent should provide you with a marketing plan that fits your neighborhood and your needs, which should be clearly discussed before you sign the listing agreement. There are agents that will negotiate the commission and there are agents that simply don’t. I will not argue the negotiating here in this post and that is not the point I want to make. Also, it should not really play an important role on how you choose a Lakeland Realtor®. As long as the attributes are there and you are satisfied during the course of the listing period, why does commission play such an important role in choosing a real estate agent? You always can fire your real estate agent if you’re not satisfied.

 

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Does Commission Really Play an Important Role on How you Choose a Lakeland Realtor®?

Petra Norris – CDV TransAtlantic, Inc. – Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker – P.O. Box 92050 – Lakeland, FL 33804-2050 – Telephone (863) 618-6919

Lakeland Homes for Sale – 1016 N Webster Ave, Lakeland, FL 33805

1016 N Webster Ave, Lakeland, FL 33805

 

 

Front view of house

Front view of house built in 1930

 

Priced to Sell! This Lakeland home has great potential with some TLC. As you walk through the enclosed front porch, you are greeted in the foyer. This home features living room/dining room combination for family gatherings. The home has a Great Room for family enjoyment. The large Master Bath is characteristically tiled which includes a jetted tub and separate shower. Within recent years, the roof and the air conditioner had been replaced. This brick home is located in a quiet setting with no thru traffic. Within the fenced in yard there is a shed for extra storage. Great investment property! Sold As-Is with right to inspect.

 

 

List Price: $56,000

Bedroom: 2

Bathroom: 1

Built: 1930

Square Feet Heated: 1,452

MLS# L4611999

Living Room – Dining Room Combination

 
Living room view

Living room view

 

 

Large living room/dining room combination

 Family Room Size: 25X11

Family room or great room

Family room or great room

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bathroom with Jetted Tub and separate shower
Bathroom

Bathroom

  

Tiled Eat in Kitchen – Refrigerator is included

      

 

Lakeland Huntington Hills Golf & Country Club

Tee Time at Huntington Hills Golf & Country Club in Lakeland, FL

 

Do you like to play Golf? Then this is the place for you. Lakeland has to offer this semi-private 18-hole

Huntington Golf & Country Club in Lakeland, FL

Huntington Golf & Country Club in Lakeland, FL

Huntington Hills course that was designed by Ron Carl with its tree-lined fairway, elevation changes, sand bunkers and a water hazard that waits as you make your round through the golf course. It has been opened since 1992 and features 6,768 yards of golf from the longest tees a par of 71 with multiple tiers with only a slight slope. The greens are large and of Bermuda grass that produce a medium speed with a course rating of 72.6 and a slope rating of 126.

 

Check out the photos of the golf course!

Golf Course view at Lakeland Huntington Hills & Country Club

Golf Course view at Lakeland Huntington Hills & Country Club

  

Golf Course view at Lakeland Huntington Hills & Country Club

Golf Course view at Lakeland Huntington Hills & Country Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golf Course view at Lakeland Huntington Hills & Country Club

Golf Course view at Lakeland Huntington Hills & Country Club

 

Puttin Green view at Lakeland Huntington Hills & Country Club

Puttin Green view at Lakeland Huntington Hills & Country Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Driving range view at Lakeland Huntington Hills & Country Club

Driving range view at Lakeland Huntington Hills & Country Club

 

Lakeland's Huntington Golf & Country Clubhouse

Lakeland's Huntington Golf & Country Clubhouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Huntington Hills Golf & Country Club is open daily from 8:00 a.m. For tee time, pricing and membership call the Pro Shop at (863) 859-3689.

 

Surrounded by this beautiful golf course there are almost 400 attractive homes nestled in their gated community. Currently, there are 13 homes for sale ranging from $169,900 to $479,900 with an average price range of $339,885.00. The homes vary in size from 1,629 square feet to 3,040 square feet.

 

Folks, if you are in the market to buy a home and want to live in a Golf Course Community, such as the Huntington Hills Golf and Country Club in Lakeland. Look no further!

Check out this video tour of this beautiful home in the Huntington Hills Community!

7968 Hazeltine Circle, Lakeland

6926 Hazeltine Circle, Lakeland

    Please visit this home’s personal website for additional information at www.6926HazeltineCir.com                            

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Tee Time at Huntington Hills Golf & Country Club in Lakeland, FL

 Petra Norris – CDV TransAtlantic, Inc. – Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker – PO Box 92050 –                          Lakeland, FL 33804-2050 – Telephone (863) 618-6919
This blog is solely my point of view