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Mortgage Rates Barely Budge This Week


Average fixed-rate mortgages were little changed this week compared to the previous week, amid reports of a strengthening housing market, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey.

Housing reports released this week showed that existing-home sales rose 5.1 percent in May to an annual pace of 5.35 million units and new-home sales increased 22 percent to an annual pace of 546,000 units. 

"Buyers appear anxious to purchase homes before the expected increase in interest rates later this year," says Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac's chief economist.

Freddie Mac reported the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending June 25:

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 Why won't our house sell ?

 How come we haven't received one offer ?

 Our home has been on the market over 10 months.

 Are you asking your Realtor these questions? If so, are you doing your part in the process of selling your home? Remember, it's a team effort. The main reason homes are on the market for quite some time can simply be three reasons and not necessarily in this order.

1] Over priced

2] Condition

3] Location


That said, are you priced at the fair market value or are you " testing " the market? Buyers are to educated today and have way too many tech tools at their disposal to understand current values. Your home will get the most eyes on it in the first two weeks. If you are overpriced from the start you will get

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Lakewood Ranch Real Estate and Lakewood Ranch Listings have never been so beautiful....

13714 Matanzas Place in LaCantera

Premier privacy in this custom built home located on one of the largest lots in The Country Club.  Beautiful preserve views of majestic oak trees and frequent sightings of wildlife can be enjoyed from the enlarged pool area with 2 covered lanai areas including built-in grill, bar and stone fireplace.  This West Indies inspired home was designed to flow and is perfect for entertaining, yet has cozy areas to curl up in for quiet.

Upon entry, the double wood and glass doors reveal rich wood flooring through the foyer into dining room, living room, and office as well as in bonus room and master hallway.  The office has huge

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Another amazing Lakewood Ranch Listing in Lakewood Ranch Country Club! Premier Street with fabulous curb appeal!

7011 Dominion Lane offered @ $1,079,000

3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, salt water pool and spa. Crown moldings throughout. 18 x 18 tile and wood flooring. Custom gourmet kitchen, granite, Brookhaven wood cream cabinets with glazing. 6 burner cooktop, Built in 2006, Impressive gathering room, golf course and lake view. 16 hole on the famous King's Dunes course in Lakewood Ranch. Lakewood Ranch Real Estate has never been better! 10 ft. sliding doors off to paver lanai. Outdoor stone fireplace and kitchen. Central Vac, plantations shutters, designer lighting and fixtures. 3 car garage. Call Jim Soda for your private viewing!

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Per Townhall :

The following neighborhoods have voted to prohibit fencing: 

Augusta, Blythefield, Dominion, Kingsmill, Legends Walk, Oakmont, Pointe, Sound, and St. Georges.

Also, fencing of any type is prohibited in Maintenance Free Neighborhoods. 

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Lakewood Ranch Open Houses offered by: The Soda Group

7510 Rigby Court - Newly Reduced - $1,250,000, 4 beds, 4 baths, bonus, den, pool & spa, wood & tile flooring. Opened Sunday 1-4 pm

6718 Pebble Beach - New Reduced - $410,000, 3 beds, 2 baths, tile, pool & spa, surround sound. Opened Saturday 1-3 pm

Sunday 1-4 pm

 Call us for your private tour!

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THE WAIT IS ALMOST OVER…Coming in February!!

Lakewood Ranch’s Newest Village

As promised….Harmony at Lakewood Ranch will be opening soon!! We wanted to let you know the exciting news…

**Models will be available for touring with pricing announced in mid-February

**Townhomes, villas, and single family homes available for those residents looking for an affordable, quality community offering special living opportunities

**WOW is the word for the fabulous community center with pool, clubhouse, fitness center, and outdoor gathering area! Wait until you see it!

Thank you for your continued interest in Lakewood Ranch. Please let us know if you have any questions or need further assistance.

Call us for your private tour!

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2015 Short Sellers face familiar tax risk


WASHINGTON – Jan. 5, 2015 – The extension of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act through Dec. 31, 2014, by the Senate is good news for Americans who completed short sales in 2014. However, that good news doesn't extend to sellers currently hoping to complete a short sale this year.

A Chicago homeowner had $100,000 in mortgage debt forgiven by his bank in 2014, for example, when his home went through a short sale. Until Congress passed the Act in December, that $100,000 would have been viewed as income by the IRS, and he would be liable for about $28,000 in taxes when he gets his 2014 taxes together over the next few months.

For this homeowner, the December passage of the Mortgage Forgiveness Tax

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7531 Abbey Glen, Lakewood Ranch $959,000 New Listing!

This impeccable home in the desirable and gated Lakewood Ranch Country Club has been completely renovated inside & out. Drive into your brick paver driveway with herringbone pattern into your extended 3 car side entry garage. Guests enter through double entry doors with etched glass inlays & palladium transom window, main living spaces has 20” travertine marble flooring on the diagonal, decorative tile medallion in foyer & new 3.5” wood plantation shutters & new designer lighting throughout. Family room is complete with a gas fireplace with ledge stone surround, built in speakers, Palisades fan w/brush nickel trim & 2 walls of sliders bringing the outside in. Kitchen has cherry cabinetry, new

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Gorgeous Neal custom built home in Greystone ...... Greystone is a gorgeous maintenace free community. Your quarterly fee pays for lawn care. This home sits on a fabulous private lake & golf course lot. It offers 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, an office that overlooks an amazing view. Numerous appointments. Wood & tile flooring. A most popular great room floor plan. 3 car garage.

This homes closes in January of 2015. For more details call Jim Soda @ 941.809.7759

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