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Just Listed - 626 Lake June Road

by Maureen Cool

Live the Lake-Life Dream

Welcome to 626 Lake June Rd. Opportunities like this do not come along very often. Live the lake-life dream on the fantastic 3,700+ acre Lake June offering world class bass fishing and watersports! Words cannot do justice to the detail in this fabulous home. The moment you approach the beautiful tall beveled glass front doors and enter into a large foyer area you will immediately notice the stunning lake views. The open and bright floor plan offers soaring tray ceiling throughout the living room, dining room and family room. The kitchen and family room have the most incredible panoramic lake views with the floor to ceiling mitered glass bay window. In addition, multiple French doors open to the covered veranda bringing the outside in. The living room has a wood burning fireplace, and the dining room offers a wall of built-in display cabinets. The gourmet dream kitchen features a Thermador professional appliance package which includes a 60” side by side refrigerator, gas range with double ovens, and gas stove top with a griddle and six burners, commercial hood, and dishwasher. The cabinetry has an enormous amount of storage with glass display. Countertops are granite. There is a center island with prep sink. A large step-up breakfast bar separates the family room and breakfast nook. The large walk-in pantry is amazing. The family room and dining room have numerous built-ins for storage and display. The huge master en-suite includes French doors to the veranda and lots of windows to wake up to your “good morning” lake view. The spa-quality master bathroom includes an oversized walk-in shower with a 10 zoned sprayer, spa tub, and large dual sink vanity. There is an additional master suite which would be ideal for an optional nursery or home office. The two of the secondary bedrooms share a Jack and Jill bathroom. All bedrooms have large walk-in closets. A staircase leads to a bonus room with bathroom. This room has flexible uses – perhaps a media room, play/game room or even a 6th bedroom. The guest/hall bathroom has a door to the veranda which is perfect when playing on the lake. The driveway is pavers. Other upgrades include a three zoned AC, interior/exterior surround sound and a tankless water heater. The dock and boathouse are on the waitlist to be rebuilt after Irma. This home is truly a must see to appreciate the detail and all the upgrades entirely.

Maureen Cool, CRS
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Just Listed- 1509 Azalea Ct., Lake Placid

by Maureen Cool

Move-In Ready Home in Sylvan Shores

Welcome to 1509 Azalea Ct. in Sylvan Shores. This well-maintained home has excellent curb appeal and is in move-in condition. Situated on a large corner lot with easy access to park your boat or RV on the additional concrete drive. The floor plan has an open flow with an L-shaped living room/dining room combo. French doors from the dining area open to a screened porch with vinyl windows for year-round enjoyment. Just outside the lanai is a small patio for grilling. The home has tile throughout with carpet in the bedrooms. The spacious kitchen has a large pantry and newer appliances. Master bedroom has a private bathroom with a walk-in shower. The new front door allows, and glass storm door allows indirect light. The two-car garage is a generous size with one side 31' deep ideal for storing your boat. The shed was new in 2016 to for additional storage. Enjoy boating and fishing on Lake Clay with the boat ramp conveniently close by. This home is ideal for enjoying your winters in Florida or for year-round living.

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Just Listed - 3891 Rodeo Drive, Sebring

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Gorgeous Golf Course View

Welcome to 3891 Rodeo Drive in The Country Club of Sebring. This home pool home is located on the golf course on #7 of with gorgeous wide-open views. If you are looking for move-in ready, you won’t be disappointed because it has a freshly painted interior and new carpet in trending grey colors. As you walk through the front door and into the spacious foyer, you will immediately notice the beautiful pool and golf course views. The home has an open and bright feel with high ceilings in the living room and dining room. Pocketed glass sliders open from the living room, breakfast area and master bedroom to the screened lanai and pool area. You can relax in the screened lanai overlooking the 14x28 pool with waterfall. The large kitchen has lots of counter space, desk/workstation, 8x9 breakfast nook, and two pantries. Beautiful grey cabinetry has coordinating tile flooring. The master suite has a tray ceiling, walk-in closet and sliding doors to the lanai. Master bathroom has a step-in shower. The split floor plan has plenty of space for guest in the private guest suite. The AC unit was replaced in May 2018. You are a short cart ride to the Pro-shop and club restaurant. If you are looking for turn-key, the furniture is negotiable.

 

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Mortgage Loans for the Self-Employed

by Maureen Cool

Gone are the stated income mortgages that were popular among self-employed home buyers during the early 2000’s. If you are self-employed, that doesn’t mean your chances of getting a mortgage are gone, it just means that you are likely to need to more documentation than other home buyers. No matter what your job, the key to getting a mortgage is being well prepared with the necessary paperwork.

As a self-employed individual, expect that you will likely need to provide tax returns in addition to other financial documents so your mortgage lender can get a good sense of your financial background. It may take a little longer to complete the underwriting of your mortgage than someone who is paid and receives a W2 but it isn’t impossible. It is absolutely essential that you have the necessary paperwork to share with your mortgage lender if you want to be qualified for your mortgage. Prior to starting the home buying process, talk with a mortgage lender and ask them what all you need to have. Then, go ahead and get all of that paperwork together. It’s not unusual for the lender to come back to you during the underwriting process and ask for additional documentation. If they do, get it to them as quickly as possible so it doesn’t delay closing on your new home.

When you are self-employed and preparing your taxes, you likely document as many expenses as you can to reduce the amount of taxes you have to pay. While that may be good at tax time, it may look like you don’t have the necessary income to support a mortgage and other household expenses if you are showing too many deductions. While your income when you are self-employed can fluctuate drastically, having a significant emergency fund may provide additional confidence to the lender so they will feel like you have the necessary reserves to pay the mortgage should your income change.

If you are purchasing the home with another individual that isn’t self-employed and there income is high enough to qualify for the mortgage, consider doing it just in their name or putting them as the primary borrower and you as the secondary borrower. This will make your income less significant so the lender won’t put as much weight on it and therefore may be more likely to approve the mortgage application.

When you are buying a home, you will often hear how important location, location, location is. A mortgage when you are self-employed is similar but the key word should be documentation, documentation, documentation. As long as you provide the documentation and have the income to support the mortgage, you should have no problem getting a mortgage as a self-employed worker.

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
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Just Listed - 1821 Manatee Dr., Sebring

by Maureen Cool

Stunning Lake Views

Welcome to 1821 Manatee Drive on Lake Sebring. All the living in this home is located in the back of the home and offers fantastic lake views. The home has many features making this the perfect lake home including an open floor plan, terracotta tiled floors and stone fireplace. Two sets of French doors open from the dining room and living room to extend the living space into the enclosed lanai. Wake up in the master suite to beautiful lake views. The master bathroom includes a jetted tub, walk-in shower, dual sink vanity and private toilet room with a door. There is a spacious guest bedroom and hall/guest bathroom. The home also has a bonus room used as a home office. The backyard has a white sand beach. The home has a double boathouse for a with electric lifts for a pontoon boat and fishing boat. The walkway needs to be rebuilt and is reflected in the price. Lake Sebring is a 468 - acre lake for you to enjoy bass fishing and watersports.

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

Warm Weather Lawn Care

by Maureen Cool

When the extremely warm weather hits this time of year, you may feel like you want to give up on your landscaping as it gets harder and harder to keep it looking healthy. If keeping your yard and landscaping growing strong this time of year is important to you, you will likely need to put some extra effort into making it beautiful.

One of the worst things you can do to cause damage to your lawn is to cut it too short. This causes stress to your grass and makes it harder for it to withstand the hot temperatures and dry climate. So raise the blades on your lawn mower and give your grass a better chance to resist the impacts of the heat.

If you are watering your lawn and landscaping, make sure you aren’t breaking any restrictions your town may have put in place and always water at night when the temperatures are cooler so your lawn will have the best chance to absorb as much of the water as it can before the sun comes up and evaporates the excess water.

Another option if you want to keep your lawn looking lush is to install drought resistant landscaping that will need much less water to stay healthy. Even if your grass looks brown and dead this time of year, don’t be tempted to add fertilizer to your lawn. Applying fertilizer during hot weather can cause your grass to burn and make it look even worse.

Save yourself the effort of bagging your lawn clippings when you mow the grass as they will act as natural fertilizer for your lawn as they decompose. It is also important to take good care of your lawn in the cooler months as well. Property fertilization, aeration and seeing at the appropriate times will increase the overall health of your lawn so it is better able to withstand the stress of the hottest weather.

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
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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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Maureen@ACoolRealtor.com

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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
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RE/MAX Realty Plus
809 US 27 South
Sebring FL 33870
863-873-7243
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809 US 27 South, Sebring, Florida 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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