Harrison School for the Arts – Piano Concert

Piano Student

Please join me when these gifted Piano Students present their annual Spring Piano Concert on Tuesday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Piano Student1

 

This piano concert will not only feature solo piano repertoire of Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, and Debussy; but also feature a Romance of Sergei Rachmaninoff written for six hands; Ritual Fire Dance of Manuel de Falla, and a movement of the Sonata for Two Pianos of Claude Bolling. Bolling’s piece depicts a musical duel between a “classical” and “jazz” pianist’s including drums and bass. There is a little something for everyone at this concert. The piano students are under the direction of Rebekah Haubry.

The concert takes place in the Harrison School for the Arts Theatre located at 750 Hollingsworth Road in Lakeland, next to Lakeland High School. The theatre has room for 650 patrons. Tickets are $5.00 for students and senior citizens and $7.00 for adults. You may purchase tickets online at Harrison School for the Arts web site.

 

 

 Piano Students

Pictures provided by Dawn Kahre

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Harrison School for the Arts – Piano Concert

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This blog is solely my point of view

Lakeland Residential Weekly Market Report for 3/10/08-3/17/08 – Polk County, FL

Hello, as every week for the past few weeks you will find my weekly report below to give you an inside on what is happening in the Residential Real Estate Market for Lakeland, FL. This report is by zip code and is in my opinion more accurate than measuring by school zones, since school zone changes are in progress and Realtors® not always input the school zones into the Multiple Listing.

There are currently 2394 properties for sale, which is minimal increase of 9 listings reported the previous week. Last week’s average sales price increased modestly. However, the average sold price decreased by 3% compared to my prior report of the Lakeland Residential Weekly Market Report 3/03/08-3/10/08.

My weekly report is obtained from the Mid-Florida Regional MLS, it is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. This report does not include “For Sale By Owner”.

If you are interested in a specific area or neighborhood, feel free to contact me at petra@petranorris.com

Lakeland Residential Weekly Market Report 3/10/08-3/17/08

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Lakeland Residential Weekly Market Report for 3/10/08-3/17/08

Petra Norris – CDV TransAtlantic, Inc. – Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
This blog is solely my point of view

Harrison School for the Arts – Choral Concert

If you missed the Harrison School for the Arts theatre sold out performances last month “Pride and Prejudice”.  You’re in for a treat at this year’s Spring Choral Concert on March 20, 2008 @ 7:30 p.m.

Harrison School for the Arts - Chorus picture provided by Dawn Kahre

The Harrison Chorus will be premiering the “Opera in a Box” program for the middle schools with an abbreviated presentation of Hansel and Gretel during the first half of the concert.  The second half will include songs from around the globe, including Japan, Brazil, Africa, England, and more. The choral students are under the direction of Judy McLaurin.

Tickets are $5.00 for students and senior citizens and $7.00 for adults. You may purchase your tickets on-line at Harrison School for the Arts web site or on the evening of the performance at the Harrison School for the Arts Box Office. Enjoy the evening with these talented young artists!

Watch out for more upcoming performances in the near future!

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Petra Norris -CDV TransAtlantic, Inc. – Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
This blog is solely my point of view

Lakeland’s Residential Weekly Market Report 3/03/08-3/10/08

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Below you will find my weekly report to give you an inside on what is happening in the Residential Real Estate Market for Lakeland, FL by zip code.

There are currently 2385 properties for sale, which is a decrease of 19 listings reported the previous week. Last week’s average sales price decreased modestly as well as the average sold price had an insignificant increase compared to my prior report Lakeland Residential Weekly Market Report 2/25/08 – 3/03/08.

My weekly report is obtained from the Mid-Florida Regional MLS, it is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. This report does not include “For Sale By Owner”.

If you are interested in a specific area or neighborhood, feel free to contact me at petra@petranorris.com

 Lakeland Week Real Estate Market Report - March 10, 2008

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Petra Norris – CDV TransAtlantic, Inc. – Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
This blog is solely my point of view

Lakeland Residential Weekly Market Report 2/25/08 – 3/03/08

Lakeland Residential Weekly Market Report 

Below you will find my weekly report to give you an inside on what is happening in the Residential Real Estate Market for Lakeland, FL.   There are currently 2404 properties for sale, which is a decrease of 14 listings reported the previous week. Although the average sold price decreased by 6% from last week, the amount of 29 closed properties increased this past week from the previous reported week.

My weekly report is obtained by the Mid-Florida Regional MLS, it is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. This report does not include “For Sale By Owner”.

If you are interested in a specific area or neighborhood, feel free to contact me at petra@petranorris.com

Lakeland’s Residential Real Estate Market Report

The Price Is Right!

The Price Is RightThe article ” In Downer Market, Home-Selling Savvy Is Needed” in The Ledger from Jonathan Clements, who writes for the Wall Street Journal, inspired me to write about to Price It Right. First of all, before you are thinking about putting a price tag on your house, make sure your house is in tip top shape so you can get the most dollars for your priced possession. Do your research of homes that are For Sale in your neighborhood. Please keep in mind that tiles, paint, or laminate flooring in your house is not an upgrade – it is simply upkeep.  I also recommend doing your research on homes that were sold within the last 6-12 months.

I’m sure you can call a real estate agent and ask for their help and honest opinion, because that is what we here for to serve the public – at least I am, if you want my assistance.

Researching and pricing the home right is very tedious and time consuming because you would have to factor in several items, i.e. square feet, pool, fireplace, garage, etc. You get the point!

Put yourself in the buyer shoes and ask – would I want to buy this house for that price? Or have your friend look at your house and ask the same question – would you buy my house for that price? 

RealtorFolks, hiring a Realtor® would be the obvious choice – don’t you agree? He or she has the resources and experience selling homes. In addition, Realtors® sell homes every day and are not personally attached to the home as you are.

Folks, bottom line is that in today’s sluggish economy make sure your house is priced right, even if it means pricing the home 10-20% below comparable homes within your neighborhood. The longer you have your house on the market, the more it will cost you – financially and psychologically.

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Florida Save Our Homes Tax Benefit

Time is running out and so is your savings!

Monday, March 3rd is fast approaching, if you are the one who bought or sold a homestead in 2007. It is the deadline to apply for homestead exemption and portability of Save Our Homes tax benefits, which is the difference between the assessed value and market value of a homestead due to the annual limit on increases in assessed value.

Homeowners, who already applied for a homestead exemption on their new homes, must complete a separate application by March 3, 2008.

To download an application form for portability, visit your local property appraiser’s web site or  Florida Department of Revenue web site.

Money Savings    It may not be a whole lot of savings, but every little bit helps in this difficult financial time. Time is of the essence!

Residential Market Report for Lakeland, FL – Weekly

As I bring to you my weekly market update for Lakeland, I must emphasize there are a currently over 2400 residential properties for sale in Lakeland. There are 234 homes currently pending to close, which is an increase of 20 homes from my last week’s report, however there were 5 properties less sold. The average days on market increased from 117 to 156. The average sold price decreased by $7877 approximately 5% from my last week’s report. If you are interested in a specific area or neighborhood, feel free to contact me at petra@petranorris.com

Lakeland Residential Weekly Market Report

Harrison School for the Arts, Lakeland, FL – Pride and Prejudice

Harrison School for the Arts of Lakeland, FL presents:

Theatre   Pride and Prejudice

I want to talk about a High School that is near and dear to my heart. In 1989 Harrison Arts Center opened its doors to 154 students. It is the only High School in Polk County with a strong emphasis in the arts program. Students currently enrolled majoring in their field of Music, Dance, Theatre, Musical Theatre, and Visual Arts. These students take their General Education Classes at Lakeland High School.

Harrison School for the Arts proudly presents the east coast premiere of Marcus Goodwin’s adaptation of Jane Austin’s famous novel, Pride and Prejudice. The public performances will tale place on February 28th, 29th, and March 1st at 7:30 p.m. and March 2nd at 2:00 p.m. There is limited seating for this event. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for students and senior citizens. You may purchase your tickets on-line at Harrison School for the Arts web site.

One of the world’s first romantic comedies casts its eye upon the society of the landed gentry in 19th century England. The story revolves around the five marriageable daughters of the Bennett family. When Mr. Darcy arrives to live in the area, the Bennett family is quick to spot ideal husband material. Elizabeth, one of the five Bennett sisters, does not take kindly to Mr. Darcy until her opinion of him changes and she falls in love.

I hope, I will see you there as I will be selling tickets in the Box Office for Harrison School for the Arts. Enjoy the performance! 

Florida Home Owners Insurance Comparison Information

Are you looking to buy Homeowners Insurance?

Since Hurricane Charley, Frances and Jeanne stormed through here in Polk County, FL in 2004, homeowners have seen their homeowners insurance rate skyrocket. My insurance rate tripled since that time and I’m sure we are all in the same boat.

Gov. Charlie Crist announced the launch of the “Shop and Compare Rates” Web site. This web site will serve as a valuable tool for homeowners and consumer who are trying to compare rates before they purchase their home.  “It serves as a starting point to help Floridians find the insurance policy best suited to their needs,” says Gov. Crist.

www.shopandcomparerates.com/ lists standard yearly insurance premiums based on a structure of a 5-year old, Florida concrete block home, with a current replacement value of $150,000, a $500 non-hurricane deductible, a 2% hurricane deductible, no claims, and no wind mitigation discounts.

The significant factor of this web site is, you have the ability to compare rates offered by competing companies working in that county. The list of insurers is sorted from the lowest to highest cost and provides a link to the company’s contact information.

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