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Just Listed - 4201 Lakeview Drive, Sebring

by Maureen Cool

Panoramic View of Lake Jackson

WOW, this home has the million-dollar panoramic view of Lake Jackson! The lake views in this home are second to none for the price on the lake. Yes, it is all about the view. This spacious pool home has endless possibilities. The Flexible space can be anything from two bedrooms to four or more bedrooms as there are so many options. Currently, the right side of the home has a full apartment with a kitchen, living room and large master bedroom and two bathrooms, a large private screened porch and a laundry room. This will make the perfect in-law suite. Or, two families looking for a weekend place or winter home, just split the purchase price, and have affordable lake living for both! Another option would be to remodel just the way you want it as you cannot reproduce this incredible lakefront lot and view. The left side of the home has a large living room/dining room with a cathedral ceiling, picture windows, fireplace and flows nicely to the spacious kitchens and more stunning lake views from all angles. The master bedroom would also make an ideal family room as sliding doors overlook and open to the lanai and oversized pool. A walkway from the screened pool area leads to the newly rebuilt dock and boathouse with an electric lift. The lot offers 137’ of lakefront and is a little less than an acre. Lake Jackson is a 3,200-acre lake offering great fishing and water sports. You will enjoy the ten-mile sidewalk and cycling lane around Lake Jackson. Sebring is located about two hours from most South Florida locations or either coast. Living room here can be a third bedroom or divide for four bedrooms. This master bedroom has a private screened porch overlooking the lake. There is a separate full kitchen here too. The house is loaded with potential for any buyer's use. Have a friend you really like? Buy together and spend your winters here. 3,200-acre lake!

Contact Maureen Cool of A Cool Realtor for more information or to schedule a showing.  Visit www.ACoolRealtor.com or email Maureen@ACoolRealtor.com

Mastering the Bidding War

by Maureen Cool

The current real estate market is very different from recent years. Limited inventory in almost all price ranges has created increased demand for many homes. The homes with the greatest interest are the homes that are well priced, in good to excellent condition and staged well so that photographs highlight the best features of the property.

If you are currently in the market to purchase a home, depending on your criteria, it is likely that you may select a home that other buyers are also interested in and find yourself bidding on a property in a multiple offer situation. If this happens to you, there are some things you can do to your offer that may help it stand out from the others.

  • Price is important but don’t forget the other terms of your offer. Have flexibility where you can. If the seller wants to move quickly or stay longer, offer to adjust your closing time to accommodate their schedule. A larger earnest money deposit is another term of the contract that can make a big impact.
  • Consider including a letter to the seller with your offer. Home negotiating is pretty impersonal in today’s technology filled world. Most offers are completed online, executed with digital signatures and submitted by email. A personal touch (even it the letter is emailed) can make your offer stand out. Share what you loved about their home and what you are looking forward to about living there. Appealing to their emotional side in this way may make just the impact you need to land your offer on top.
  • Remove as many contingencies as you can from your offer. Most people need financing when purchasing a home so that one will likely have to stay but if you are comfortable purchasing the home as is, that might be a big incentive to the seller. You could still choose to have a home inspection so that you know the condition of the property, but you would just buy the home without asking the seller to make any repairs.
  • I said price isn’t the only factor, but price is still most important to many people. If you really want the home and think lots of other people do too, consider making an offer above the listing price. This will show you are really serious about the property. If you think the home will only appraise for the price it is listed at and not for the amount you are offering to pay, make it clear if you are willing to pay more than the appraised value.
  • Make sure to include documentation showing you are qualified to purchase the home. A preapproval letter for a mortgage or proof of funds if you are paying cash are critical to sellers taking your offer seriously.
  • Don’t request the seller leave lots of personal property. If you want their washer and dryer, they will have to buy new ones, which means they have to spend some of the extra money you paid them so just purchase your own once you close on the property.
  • Don’t ask the seller to pay your closing costs. In some price ranges this is very common but paying your own is just one more reason your offer will look better than the next one.

There are many terms to an offer and it can be really hard to know what the best thing is to do. It is critical to have a trusted real estate advisor to guide you through the home buying process. They will work with you to determine the best terms for your offer if you really want the house.

Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may, help you determine the value of your home or help you find your dream home.
 

Maureen Cool, CRS
RE/MAX Realty Plus


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Just Listed - 6606 Sun N Lake Blvd., Sebring

by Maureen Cool

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom with Stunning Lake Views!

WOW! You don't find this view just everywhere in Sun 'n Lake. Lake Jill is a small pristine lake with great views, in a natural setting with only a few homes on the lake. Built in 2015, this home has all the bells and whistles. Step through the front door into the living room/dining room with cutout arches for beautiful lake views. Moving forward is an open kitchen and family room with a wall of sliders to the lanai. The kitchen offers a large island, stainless appliances, white cabinetry with granite and two pantries. The master suite is privately located on one side of the house with an en-suite with Jacuzzi tub, separate vanities, his and hers walk-in closets, granite counters and water closet. The secondary bedrooms are spacious. The home offers tiled flooring throughout. The large lanai extends your living space. Just open the sliding doors and enclosed the lanai with remote roll up and down screens for enjoying the lake scenery, birds, and stunning sunsets. This home has a seawall plus a white sand area for volleyball beach feel. The owners love to paddle board and canoe on the lake. There is an outside patio for grilling. This home is a short distance to the clubhouse for a round of golf. Sun’n Lake offers many amenities including, tennis, community pool, and two championship golf courses. The home is beautifully decorated, furnished and equipped all which is available for sale outside of closing if you want turn-key living.

Contact Maureen Cool of A Cool Realtor for more information or to schedule a showing.  Visit www.ACoolRealtor.com or email Maureen@ACoolRealtor.com

The Market is Hot but My Home is Still For Sale

by Maureen Cool

Across the country, most real estate markets are experiencing very strong sales when compared to recent years. Because of this, the overall news being reported about the real estate market is of rising prices, bidding wars, houses selling for more than the list price and in record time. Meanwhile, your home has been on the market for six months with only four showings and virtually no interest.  

Why isn’t your home sold while your neighbor had six showings in 24 hours with three offers presented? When you are selling your home, there are three critical components that you must consider to ensure your home is presented perfectly for the current market.  

  • Condition-This component is definitely the most challenging of the three. Your home needs to be in good shape, well-maintained, decluttered and ready to show from the first day it is listed. In the current market, many buyers are having to wait for homes to come on the market that meet their needs. If your home is not ready to list, wait until it is before you do so. It needs to have great curb appeal so that anyone riding by won’t be deterred from it as well as photograph nicely so those looking online will want to schedule an appointment to take a closer look. Most buyers look at homes online to determine if they want to schedule an appointment to see the home in person so if your home isn’t appealing in its photographs, that will decrease the number of showings you can expect.  

  • Price-Price is relative to the most recent sales that are comparable to your home but it must reflect the current condition of your property. Determining the price is critical as a high price will drive buyers away and a low price will cost you money. Your agent should have completed a CMA (comparative market analysis) prior to listing your home. The CMA will review recent sales as well as current inventory to determine the most likely sales price of your home. Don’t be tempted to list your home at a higher price thinking you can negotiate with the buyer or reduce the price later. Homes that are priced high to start with and reduced later sell for less than those that are priced correctly to start with.  

  • The last critical component of your home is location. This is the one element that can’t be changed so it is important that your home is priced to accommodate for any positive or negative impact the location may have on it.  

Now that you know what it takes to prepare your home to sell, give me a call and let’s discuss the reasons your home hasn’t sold.  

Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may, help you determine the value of your home or help you find your dream home.
 

Maureen Cool, CRS
RE/MAX Realty Plus


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Maureen@ACoolRealtor.com

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Pre-Qualification vs Pre-Approval…Which is Better?

by Maureen Cool

If buying a home is in your future, it is important that you sit down with a lender and talk about the process you will have to go through to get a mortgage to pay for your home. There are many steps between finding your dream home and owning it and obtaining a mortgage is probably the most important on the list.  

Many people assume pre-qualifications and pre-approvals are the same thing and don’t take the time to learn the differences. There is a significant difference and if you are purchasing a home and want the seller of the property to take you seriously, you should take the time to get a pre-approval and just skip the pre-qualification.  

A pre-qualification will suggest a price range that you might qualify for but relies on information you provide regarding your income and credit history. The lender will not analyze the information you provide and takes no action to verify the information you provide. If you provide inaccurate information about yourself, the price range the lender suggests will be incorrect and you likely won’t qualify for the mortgage you want.  

A pre-approval is much more involved than a pre-qualification and requires a lot more information from you so the lender can accurately understand your financial situation. During the pre-approval process, you will be expected to provide employment history, which the lender will verify, and provide documentation of your financial assets so the lender can accurately determine how large a mortgage you can afford. They will perform a thorough examination of your credit history that will carry significant weight regarding the size of the mortgage you can obtain and the interest rate you will pay.  

Now that you understand the difference in pre-qualifications and pre-approvals, which one do you think is best? Pre-approval is the clear winner here, and if you were selling your home, is definitely what you would want the buyer of your home to have. It shows the seller of the property you are interested in that you are serious and will give them confidence in your ability to purchase their home. If you wind up in a multiple offer situation with other buyers that have pre-qualifications or nothing from a lender, your offer will look much stronger than the others.  

When you are ready to take the next step toward owning a home or purchasing  a new home, call me and I can connect you with a mortgage lender that will work with us to help you achieve that goal.  

Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may, help you determine the value of your home or help you find your dream home.
 

Maureen Cool, CRS
RE/MAX Realty Plus


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Maureen@ACoolRealtor.com

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Just Listed - 2414 Sunrise Dr., Sebring

by Maureen Cool

Beautiful Home on Deer Run Golf Course

Welcome to 2414 Sunrise Drive in Manor Hill of Sun ‘n Lake. This home is located on the Fairway of Hole 15 on the Deer Run Course. The offers approximately 2,500 Living square feet under with 4 bedrooms and 2 ½ bathrooms along with a living room, dining room and family room. You will love the size of the three-car garage. Enter the home with a tiled entry and the living room straight ahead and the dining room to the right. Glass sliders open to the lanai and offer a beautiful golf course view. Passage from the dining room leads to the large kitchen with white cabinetry, Corian countertops and lots of counter space when entertaining. In addition, there is a large walk-in pantry. A breakfast counter separates the family room with more great views of the course. The breakfast nook has sliders opening to the lanai. You will love the Plantation Shutters throughout. The master suite is a generous 19x15 with a tray ceiling and sliders to the lanai. A hallway with two large walk-in closets on each side lead to the master bath which includes a dual sink vanity, glass enclosed shower, soak tub and water closet for privacy. Just off the foyer is an office/fourth bedroom. The split floor plan offers two more secondary bedrooms, a hall/guest bathroom, and spacious laundry room with storage. The washer and dryer are included. The lanai is 35x13 and with three sets of glass sliding doors extends the living space when entertaining. A lot of new was added in 2017 including the roof, counter tops, microwave and stove. The exterior was painted and new carpet installed. The AC is approximately two years old per the owner. A furniture package is available outside of closing. If you are looking for a spacious home in a great location, call and schedule appointment to see the beautiful, well maintained home.

Contact Maureen Cool of A Cool Realtor for more information or to schedule a showing.  Visit www.ACoolRealtor.com or email Maureen@ACoolRealtor.com

Just Listed - 2628 Pinewood Blvd., Sebring

by Maureen Cool

Charming Home in Pine and Lake Neighborhood

If you want to live the lake life-style without the high taxes, this home is the perfect opportunity. It is located in Pine and Lake with a Lakeview Dr. entrance. Pine and Lake is a small HOA with a private Lake Jackson beach, pier and picnic area which is just a short walk away from your home. This well maintained home is offered by the original owner. Situated on a nicely landscaped lot, the home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car garage. The split floor plan includes a spacious living room, galley kitchen and dining room which flows nicely to the family. Step outside the family room door to a patio for grilling and sitting. The kitchen has white cabinetry, large walk in pantry and a pass-through to the family room. The master suite has a walk-in closet, vanity dressing area which connects to the shower and toilet room. The step-in shower has a glass enclosure. The flower beds have curbing for easy maintenance. Come take a look today.

Contact Maureen Cool of A Cool Realtor for more information or to schedule a showing.  Visit www.ACoolRealtor.com or email Maureen@ACoolRealtor.com

Just Listed - 2344 CROYDON RD

by Maureen Cool

Spacious Home in Lake Sebring Area

Welcome to 2344 Croydon Rd., in the Lake Sebring area. This spacious home (larger than it looks) boasts approximately 2,200 LSF under air. The well maintained has some updates including the kitchen with wood cabinets, flooring, and appliances. Enter into a foyer which flows to the living room, dining room, and family room. The large family room (30x18) has a wood burning brick fireplace. Two sets of French doors open from master bedroom and dining room to family room. A bonus room is adjacent to the kitchen - perfect for breakfast room, office or many other uses. A hall door opens to secondary bedrooms & guest bathroom. The master suite has a spacious walk-in closet with custom organizer. The master bathroom is remodeled and includes a step-in shower. The family room opens to a screened lanai and overlooks the large backyard with shade trees and workshop/shed. The deep two car garage includes a skeeter beater screen enclosure. The home has crown molding throughout. Other updates include a new drain field 2015, roof 2014 and 10KW generator so you are never without electric. The home is nicely landscaped with flower bed curbing. This home is conveniently located close to virtually everything via the Sebring Parkway. The home is sold As Is with inspections welcomed. This home is clean, neat] and move in ready with the exception of your personal taste!

Contact Maureen Cool of A Cool Realtor for more information or to schedule a showing.  Visit www.ACoolRealtor.com or email Maureen@ACoolRealtor.com

Just Listed - 5045 BIRKDALE DR

by Maureen Cool

Beautiful Home in Golfing Community of Highlands Ridge

Welcome to 5045 Birkdale Drive located in the 55+ golfing community of Highlands Ridge. This home comes beautifully furnished. This home was built in 2009 with custom detail by the original owners and has a very open and spacious floor plan. Walking up to the double tall leaded glass front doors you immediately notice the welcoming front porch and enter into a large foyer with the living room straight ahead. Beyond the living room is a bonus area with flexible space. This is currently used as the dining room but would make an ideal family room. A glass door open from the dining room to the brick paver screened lanai. Step on the lanai to a brick paver patio. This is an excellent feature to extend your living space when entertaining. The kitchen is to the right of the living room and includes a large breakfast area and pantry. The white cabinetry is stacked and has beadboard doors. A center island is great for food prep. To the left of the foyer is the laundry room with additional white cabinets. Step out of the laundry room into the two-car garage. The split floor plan has a spacious master suite. The large master bathroom has dual sink vanities, step-in shower, linen closet and a compartment for the toilet. The guest bedroom and hall bathroom are direct to the right of the foyer upon entering and have a pocket door closing off the hall from the foyer for your guest's privacy. There is an office/den adjacent to the living room. This space will make a third bedroom if need with a sleeper sofa. The home is loaded with upgrades including hardwood floor, plantation shutters, and crown molding. Surround sound throughout was recently installed. The villa section has a private pool separate from the community. Highlands Ridge has lots to offer with two championship golf courses, tennis, clubhouse, community pools and a boat dock at the lake. Some say this is Highlands County's version of The Villages! Come take a look today!

Contact Maureen Cool of A Cool Realtor for more information or to schedule a showing.  Visit www.ACoolRealtor.com or email Maureen@ACoolRealtor.com

Just Listed - 102 Whatley Blvd., Sebring

by Maureen Cool

Spacious 4 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Home

This home has lots of space for the price. The home is freshly painted inside and out. The kitchen has a stainless refrigerator, stove and new countertops and tiled backsplash. Both bathrooms have updates, and the home is newly tiled throughout. Enter into a spacious living room that flows to the dining area and kitchen. Dining area opens to family room with sliding glass doors to the screened porch. The master bedroom has two closets and a master bathroom room with step-in shower. The original carport has been converted to a fourth bedroom or bonus room. Large in-house laundry room. Per owner, the AC is three years old, roof approximately seven years., Appliances approximately  3-4 years old. Backyard has a barn-style shed.

Contact Maureen Cool of A Cool Realtor for more information or to schedule a showing.  Visit www.ACoolRealtor.com or email Maureen@ACoolRealtor.com

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Sebring FL 33870
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Maureen Cool of RE/MAX Realty Plus offers real estate services to buyers, sellers, relocation's in the Highlands County real estate area.

Including Polk County, Hardee County, Okeechobee County, Desota County and Glades County.


Whether you are looking for luxury, investment, second home, commercial, bank owned, foreclosures properties Maureen Cool and The Cool Team are your real estate professionals for the entire Central Florida area.
 

Maureen Cool is your Luxury Home Expert in Highlands County. 
She can assist you with your Sebring, Avon Park and Lake Placid real estate needs. 

 

 

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