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Pre-approved luxury home buyers are better buyers in Lakewood Ranch, Florida

 Chances are if you are reading this, you are thinking about buying a luxury home in the 34202 zip code.

Unless you are paying cash being a pre-approved buyer is the best way to make an offer on a luxury home in Lakewood Ranch, FL.

Pre-qualified simply means the buyer has only stated how much he earns and what he owes. Although the information may be factual, it is not verified by the lender and not sufficient to give a mortgage.

Pre-approved buyers have provided the lender with documentation such as pay stubs, W-2’s, tax returns, all sources of income, and debt.  A credit check will be run.  Once the information has been verified the lender will issue a conditional

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If you and your neighbors are discussing the local real estate market, comparing

real estate rumors and wondering what’s up with the market? I’ll tell you it’s

next to terrible. The re-sale market continues to suffer due to all the new

construction competition and large inventory of resale homes on the market. I

know the conversations Donna and I are having with our Sellers. Sellers are

frustrated, having to keep the home “show ready” and not receiving an offer. If

you do get an offer on your house, you’d better give it some serious thought and

consideration to take it or negotiate very little. The resale market continues to

decline. New construction is the huge competition. Buyers want the bright,

shiny new construction. If a

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                                                                                      Open Houses offered by:

                                                                                         Jim and Donna Soda 

                                                                                   October 16th from 1-4 pm

                                                                                            The Lake Club 

                                                                                    1] 8365 Catamaran Circle 

                                                                                    2] 8218 Portlight Court 



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Lakewood Ranch

Live. Work. Play.


Tour of Homes 2016!!

October 21st thru November 20th

Come tour more than 60 model homes!


 Start at one of the Lakewood Ranch Information Centers for model guide, map and passes:

6220 University Parkway Lakewood Ranch, Florida 34240 (941) 907-6000

11506 Rangeland Parkway, Lakewood Ranch, Florida 34211 (941) 753-1469


Activities and events during October...

  • CAR SHOW  on Main Street,  Wednesday October 5th 6:00 – 9:00
  • MUSIC ON MAIN    Friday October 7th ,  6:00-9:00 Music by Goodbye Eddie  (classic rock) Live music & DJ, Food and Beer tents Proceeds benefitting Women’s Resource Center of Manatee
  • BIKE TOUR October 8th Meet Greg at the fountain on Main Street at 8:00am for a 1
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     Activities and events during September...

  • MUSIC ON MAIN    Friday September 2nd   6:00-9:00 Music by Big Night Out, Latin and top 40.  Proceeds benefitting Chargers Soccer Club.  
  • CHARGERS SOCCER CLUB 2016 LABOR DAY SHOWCASE. Sept 2nd thru 5th. Premier Sports Campus.  More than 260 teams and approx. 15,000 visitors expected to attend the long weekend soccer event.  Both boys and girls U11 thru U19 teams from across the US will be competing.  The public is welcome to attend and both the Event and parking are free.
  • CLASSIC CAR SHOW  on Main Street,  5:00 Wednesday September 7th 
  • ANCIENT OAK GUN CLUB Upcoming events:  September 11th NSCA shoot “September Slam” and September 24th NSCA shoot “Crying Towel”. Set in a pristine area off of
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Jim and Donna Soda put under contract yet another home in Lakewood Ranch Country Club! 

7326 Wexford Court / a gorgeous maintenence free area. You can shut the door and go! Easy access to Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Fabulous master planned guard gated community. Enjoy the walking - biking - golf cart drives to the amenity center or golf course. Luxurius lakes. Join the Country Club as a full member or part-time. New athletic center offers 11,000 square feet of pumping iron. New machines, tv's, lap pool, splash pool. Pickle ball, tennis, golf. 

If you are looking to sell or buy in Lakewood Ranch or Sarasota ...... Call us for your tour.... 

Jim and Donna Soda 


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