How Important Is a 3rd Bedroom or 2nd Bathroom in Ocala Marion County?

How Important Is a 3rd Bedroom or 2nd Bathroom in Ocala Marion County?

In my over 13 years of experience selling real estate in Ocala Marion County area this conversation comes up several times a year, if not more. Many buyers do not need or require a 3rd bedroom or 2nd bathroom at the time of their purchase. But as a Realtor, I make sure we discuss all aspects of the home purchase including the potential future resale value and more importantly the future marketability of the property. As you can see below the extra third bedroom home sales are considerably higher and some months even double the number of closed sales. The additional second bathroom shows an even larger increase in number compared to home with only one bathroom.

In my opinion, if at all possible and within budget. always opt for the home with a third bedroom. Most importantly, demand that second bathroom in your new home, condo, townhouse or manufactured home. Humans are nomadic(person who does not stay long in one place, always on the move) and there are few of us who live in a home for more than seven years based on recent statistics. The small additional upfront cost could equal an important boost in future marketability and demand of your investment.

CHOOSE A SEASONED REALTOR PROFESSIONAL TO SELL YOUR HOME

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There’s nothing wrong with saving a few cents here or there, but when it comes to seeking medical help, building a decent stock portfolio, or dealing with something as ugly as an IRS audit, it’s better to seek out a professional’s advice.

Buying or selling real estate also fits in that category. Remember, you’re dealing with one of the largest assets you’ll ever own! Don’t waste time doing it the “self-service way.” This is an important and life-affecting decision! To insure a fast sale for top dollar or to find a home that matches your criteria for a reasonable price, work with a seasoned professional.

I have nearly 13 years of experience working with buyers and sellers right here in Marion County, and I’ve earned several of advanced learning designations including Graduate REALTOR Institute, At Home With Diversity, GREEN  available to real estate agents. In fact, I’m one of just a few agents in the area with a broker’s license. What does that mean for you? My advanced education and experience helps me zero in on your highest priorities, create innovative and effective marketing programs guaranteed to attract attention to your home, and put transactions together for a worry-free closing day.

I have lived in the Marion County area since 1986, and my family has owned property on Lake Kerr & we vacationed here since the early 70’s. I have a passion and desire to be the TOP RESIDENTIAL REALTOR® in the area.

Over the years, I have helped hundreds of families buy and sell real estate. I will be happy to provide you with a long list of satisfied clients who attest to my professionalism, my expertise, and my attention to every detail.

 Call me today at 352-572-1739 for a FREE, no-obligation report on “How to Prepare Your Home for Sale.” No hard sale, just solid ideas to put more money in your pocket.

 John Wayne “DUKE” Rountree / GRI, TRC, AHWD, GREEN

 

Lake Diamond Golf & Country Club – Ocala, FL

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Enjoy this stunning 3 bedroom 2 bath pool home across the street from Lake Diamond golf course. Home is 1904 living square feet with 2 car garage, nicely landscaped and ready for new owners. As you enter tiled foyer you are greeted by cathedral ceilings and lots of natural light from the dual sliders leading to the pool. The kitchen has granite counters and lots of cabinets and storage and built in work station. Formal dining room is open and great for entertaining guest. Spacious main bedroom includes decorative ceiling bay window, dual closets leading to tiled bath including jetted tub, privacy toilet and glass shower enclosure with door leading to lanai and pool area. Many great features and priced to sell. Home is a great value for this gated gold course community and anyone would be proud to own this home and invite family, relatives and friends over for a day of golf and then relax under the shade trees in the pool. Offered @ 121,250 MLS# 402007

 

Foreign Home Buyers Continue to Identify U.S. as Profitable Investment, Realtors® Report

Foreign Home Buyers Continue to Identify U.S. as Profitable Investment, Realtors® Report

 

According to the National Association of Realtors® 2013 Profile of International Home Buying Activity, interest in U.S. properties continues to grow, signaling that America continues to be regarded by international buyers as a great place to own property. International sales have declined a bit in the past year, but are at their second highest level in recent years. Difficult economic conditions, particularly in Europe, have impacted foreign buyers abroad and here at home tightened credit standards and low housing inventories have made finding a house more difficult. However none of these factors appear to be permanent. Total international sales were $68.2 billion, with 51% of foreign buyers with permanent residences outside the U.S. and 49% who are recent immigrants or temporary visa holders.

Five states made up 61 percent of reported purchases; Florida (23 percent), California (17 percent), Arizona (9 percent), Texas (9 percent) and New York (3 percent). About half of foreign buyers preferred to purchase in a suburban area, while a quarter preferred a more central city/urban area. A majority purchased a detached single-family home and 63 percent used all-cash. Based on the reported international transactions, the mean and median prices of purchases were higher when compared to purchase prices of domestic buyers. For the 12 months ending March 2013 the median international home price was $275,862 and for domestic buyers it was $179,867. The types of homes purchased by international buyers frequently tended to be different from the types of homes purchased by domestic U.S. buyers. “Some are looking for trophy properties while others are interested in modest vacation homes,” said  NAR President Gary Thomas. International buyers are more likely to be substantially wealthier and looking for a property in a specialized niche. International buyers also tend to cluster in locations based on their origin and many other factors including proximity to home country, relatives and friends, jobs, education and climate.

 

“Realtors® provide international buyers with a significant advantage when purchasing property in the U.S.. Realtors® who have earned NAR’s Certified International Property Specialist designation have received specialized training and are well prepared to service the international market,” said Thomas.Source: Realtor.org, News-releases, 2013, Foreign Buyers Leanne High

 

“What is right is more important than who is right.”

- John Wooden

 

FHA’s Back-to-Work Program Helps Foreclosed Owners Get Second Chance

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FHA’s Back-to-Work Program Helps Foreclosed Owners Get Second Chance

 

Foreclosed owners in Ocala/Marion County can get a second chance at homeownership sooner rather than later. The Federal Housing Administration recently announced the shortening of the waiting period for qualified borrowers who had a bankruptcy, foreclosure,  deed in lieu of foreclosure, or short sale who are in the market to buy again. To qualify under the FHA’s Back-to-Work Program homeowners must show that they have their finances back in order and they must receive counseling from a HUD-approved agency. The counselors provides borrowers with household budgets and customized action plans showing them how to manage money and financial obligations to prevent future failures.The details of the program claim if the buyer meet the criteria they can apply to buy a property in as little as a year.

“The Back to Work program is a great opportunity for us to help those impacted by the recent housing crisis,” Heather Shanahan, a representative with a HUD-approved housing counseling agency      called Springboard, told HousingWire. “Our goal in our counseling sessions is to enable the borrower to better understand their loan options and the obligations.” I think what gets lost in many of these programs is the fact that many, if not most, did not make the decision to make bad financial decisions. There were many factors that played a role in the recent economic downturn and unfortunately many Americans paid the financial price. FHA, Fannie Mae and many other lending institutions created the mess by offering loans that were not safe for themselves or the public they were offering them too.

I have said before and i will say again, “Low down loans did not lead to the housing boom and eventual bust!” It was the exotic 1-2-3 A-R-M loans, No Income Verification and on and on. It was so easy to get a home, anyone could and most did! With the added demand the prices skyrocketed over a few short years. Then the A-R-M loans started coming due and the values were not there and the job market slowed or died all together. It was simply a bad combination for many Americans and I hope more programs will come along to help folks become homeowners again soon.

Want to learn more about one of these programs? Contact Me Today 352-572-1739

New HUD Rule / More Eligible for Mortgages? Maybe Not!

New HUD Rule / More Eligible for Mortgages? Maybe Not!

 

WASHINGTON – Sept. 16, 2013 – Federal housing authorities want to make it easier for people who lost their homes due to bankruptcy or foreclosure as a result of the economic downturn five years ago to qualify for a new mortgage – sooner rather than later. The Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD) last month changed its rule requiring a 3 year waiting period for people who have lost their home due to foreclosure or bankruptcy, opening the door for them to buy another home in only one year as long as they have fixed whatever financial problem caused them to lose the previous home.

 

This is an effort to help boost the housing industry, which is a major part of jump-starting the economy.” “Three years can be a long time for a family to wait for a loan, and putting money into a rental instead of an investment can result in a loss,” said Don Frommeyer, president of the National Association of Mortgage Brokers in Plano, Texas. At a time when interest rates are ticking up and new mortgage applications are on the decline, the rule change could make more people eligible for mortgage loans, even if their credit was ruined during the Great Recession. But the Achilles’ heel of the rule change is that banks and other mortgage lenders are not required to abide by it.

 

What does this all mean for you? Well probably not much because banks are still very reluctant to stray far away from their current standards. Most lenders currently have more stringent requirements than HUD does anyway. Banks are now a little too overly cautious and scrutinize every details of a consumers credit and history. All because they, banks, were more worried with the value of collateral rather than the creditworthiness of the borrower. Contact your local REALTOR today for assistance in finding a great lender to help with a mortgage or refinance today.

 

To buy, or not to buy pre-1990 home

Did you know that more than 70% of the U.S. single-family homes were built before 1990 – but only 60 percent of the 2013 sales year-to-date were for homes built before 1990. Of course all things are “local” when talking real estate and the likelihood  of purchasing an older home varies by state with 14 states having sales up 80% year-to-date 2013 for pre-1990 homes. According to RealtyTrac homes built in 1990 or later sold at an average price of $256,292 year-to-date in 2013 while homes built before 19190 sold at an average price of $233,221.

“The high percentage of homes that are at least 20 years old and likely in need of some major repairs is eye-opening,” says Jake Adger, chief economist at RealtyTrac. “However, given the low inventory of homes available for sale in today’s market, this challenge of aging U.S. housing supply can also be an opportunity for buyers looking for a bargain and homeowners looking to update their living space and improve the value of their homes.”The lower price point on older homes is not surprising given many are in need of some rehab and are more likely to have maintenance issues,” Adger says. “But this also presents an opportunity for buyers willing to take on that older inventory. Those buyers can purchase at lower price points and face less competition from institutional investors.”

SO what is the solution? Maybe it’s the government-backed rehab financing loan known as the FHA203(k) program. These loans allows owner-occupant buyers to finance the purchase, rehab, and upgrade of an older home, while allowing for all of the rehab cost to be rolled into the loan. This program is underused in my opinion because there is a lack of experienced lenders with experience in 203k program, the difficulty of meeting all of the requirements, and the additional upfront and closing cost involved in completing the purchase.

The perception that a new homes have less issues compared to pre-1990 homes is not always true either. Of course every home is built with codes and permits in place to ensure minimum or basic standards that every  home is safe, sound and secure. The reality is many of the older homes can be a great value and remodeled to meet current customers wants and needs.

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ATV/Horse Trails, Fishing, Hunting

 

Are you a hunter, fisherman, ATV junky or outdoor enthusiast? If so this is your new weekend retreat or slice of heaven property for full time resident. If you like privacy and wildlife come check this property out! Located on 2.94 fenced acres includes 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath Single-wide manufactured home with 10×22 screen porch on concrete slab. Relax in this very private setting located within minutes of the Rodman Reservoir for nationally renowned Largemouth Bass fishing or just cruise the Ocklawaha River. Detached 20×40 building with bathroom can be finished to your liking. HUGE 30×60 metal building with covered carport in front and huge roll up door w power and lights would make great workshop and storage for all your toys, tools and equipment. Property is fenced and surrounded only by trees, come explore the Ocala National Forest and all it had to offer! Asking Price: $69,900 MLS# 396971

 

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Little Lake Kerr Canal Home

 

Little Lake Kerr(Lake Warner) Canal home is located on .29 aces with approx. 100′ of waterfront and is ready for new owners. Built in 1956 this concrete block homes was one of the first built on the canals leading to what the locals call Little Lake Kerr. Large living room with brick fireplace and surrounded by windows. New energy efficient windows throughout entire home and electrical panel and wiring updated. Kitchen: tiled, lots of counter space and cabinets with new tile back-splash, and spacious walk in pantry. Florida room surrounded with windows and beautiful view of trees & landscaping. Also includes 2 car attached carport and enclosed garage. 9 varieties of citrus and fruit trees, plus areas of landscaping and sitting areas in shade under big oak trees. Home needs updating and TLC, but there is tons of potential in this oldie but goodie of a home. Water level is very low at this time.

 

Salt Springs / Ocala National Forest Home on 5+ Acres

Wow what a gem in the rough. Situated under Old Grandaddy Oaks draped with moss blowing in the breeze this 2,000+ square foot home is ready for new owners. 1963 wood frame home is located on 5.78 acres and includes outbuilding with 2 car detached carport + storage. Located only minutes from the beautiful Salt Springs and Campground with hunting, fishing, trail riding and so much to do. The home is older and needs work, but this house can be turned into weekend getaway/ hunt camp or full renovation for retirement enjoying the quiet country “good” life. Sit back, relax and stay a while, you’ll be glad you did!

 

 

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