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Just Listed - 3246 Pointe Ave, Sebring, FL $139,000

by Maureen Cool

Single Story Home in Vantage Pointe

Sebring Real Estate

This is a single family home located in an all adult community.  The unit was built in 2005. 

Enter into a large foyer, with open concept living room and dining room combination with cathedral ceilings. 

Sliding doors open to a concrete patio where you can grill out and have a sitting space to enjoy the Florida sunshine.  In the future, you could add a screened lanai if you desire. 

The master bedroom has a large walk-in closet and generous sized master bathroom with a step-in shower and vanity with lots of counter space. 

Vantage Pointe offers a clubhouse, heated pool, community center and shuffleboard.  The community is located close to US 27, shopping, and restaurants.

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

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza

by Maureen Cool

Sebring FL EventsBring in 2017 in style at the Chateau Elan with the New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. Make it a night to remember with dinner and dancing as you watch the ball drop from New York.

The Chateau Elan is hosting a special New Year’s Eve event with a five-hour open bar from 7:30 pm to 12:30 am with hors D’oeuvres. You will also want to stay for dinner with a delicious buffet, which is served from 8:30 – 10:00 pm. Finish off the dinner with a Viennese dessert table.

Party the night away with an evening of dancing with classic oldies and popular dance music. While you enjoy the dinner and dancing, you can also watch the ball drop in Times Square from the large screen. End out the special night with a champagne toast at midnight. To find out more or to make reservations, check out the hotel’s website.

When: December 31, 2016 7:30 pm to 12:30 am

Where: Chateau Elan Sebring, 150 Midway Drive, Sebring, FL 33870

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Buying a Home in 2017

by Maureen Cool

Home BuyingNew Year’s resolutions are, sadly, often put aside once the year gets underway, but if you’re serious about buying and/or selling in 2017, it is a great time to develop a plan for getting what you want for the best price possible. At the beginning of the new year, people begin seriously focusing on what the future will bring, and some of this I can help you with, but some of it you’re going to need to do yourself or with a financial adviser.

Before banks are willing to loan money, they want to know they’re going to get their money back, and they’ll take a hard look at your previous credit habits. If you think you’ll be buying, you need to immediately take a look at your credit. Get current credit reports from the main credit agencies and review them.  Now, many people simply stop right there, knowing their credit just isn’t going to be good enough. But, if that is the case, you can take steps that will change that evaluation. If there are mistakes, you can get them fixed. If there are problems, you can work out solutions with individual creditors to clear them up. I’ll give you some suggestions for more information about credit repair at the end of this post.

And of course, the bigger the down payment you are able to make, the more willing banks are going to be to make you a good deal for the remainder of the purchase price. You will need to have a sizable down payment if you’re going to buy. Building a big enough down payment may take time, but then buying a house is a long-term investment and worth the effort. The key to a saving for a down payment is to have a clear goal in mind and to find ways to make it a reality. Tax refunds and work bonus money are excellent sources of down payment funds. Cutting out luxuries for a year or two while you put money away can be a quick way to accumulate money for a down payment.

Begin taking a look at prices for houses already on the market if you know the location where you want to find a new home. This is where I can really help you identify the right houses for you and just how much money a house in the neighborhood or town you like will cost.  You can determine how much money you’ll want to have saved for a down payment and how much money you’ll need to finance once you have that ballpark figure.

Everyone will have their own unique plan, and some people will have an easier road to home ownership than others, but with these three things, you can begin to build a reasonable plan to get you from where you are now to where you want to be.  Just having a plan and a real estate professional to help is a solid foundation for reaching your goal for the year ahead.  Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions and help you find your dream home.

Maureen Cool, CRS
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Back On The Market - 3240 Lakeview Dr, Sebring FL, $199,000

by Maureen Cool

Carefree Living at Lake Jackson!

Sebring Real Estate

Welcome to 3240 Lakeview Dr.  This lake home overlooks Lake Jackson and has a private dock with electric boat lift built by Burke Marine Builders in 2014.  Lake Jackson is Sebring’s premier lake with a clean, clear sand bottom with over 3,200 acres of lake-life fun.

Enter the home into the living room from the large screened porch.  The home is clean neat and move in ready.  The home is completely tiled throughout for carefree lakefront living. The open concept consists of the living room flowing to a dining area to the left and family room connecting to the living room.  A breakfast bar separates the dining area from the kitchen.  The cabinets are original wood and match the built in dining area buffet.  The master bedroom has a private hall bathroom.  The secondary bedrooms offer lots of space for guest and are separated by a hall/guest bathroom.

The large screened porch is great when entertaining and offer great views of the lake.  The carport is adjacent and can be easily enclosed for additional living space.

You will enjoy the continuous 10 mile side walk around Lake Jackson for biking, walking, a quick run.  This home in convenient to downtown Sebring and US 27 and the Parkway.

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

Christmas at the Jacaranda Hotel

by Maureen Cool

Avon Park FL EventsThis Saturday and Sunday, you have the opportunity to take part in a special Christmas celebration at the Jacaranda Hotel in Avon Park. Enjoy traditional holiday décor to put you in a festive mood as you stroll the common areas and experience the history of this hotel from the 1920s. Relive the past where famous celebrities like Al Capone, Babe Ruth and Clark Gabel stayed.

Experience a less stressful holiday season as you drive through open pastures and beautiful orange groves to reach the hotel. As you enter the Grand Lobby, you’re sure to be impressed with the 15-foot Christmas tree. A fireplace is decorated with ornate beauty while nutcrackers add to the ambience. Visit the Palm or Citrus dining rooms to enjoy lunch or dinner. Poinsettias enhance the mood in the Arcade along with an antique sleigh.

For more information or to book a room, please visit the website here.

When: December 24-25, 2016

Where: Jacaranda Hotel, 19 East Main Street, Avon Park, FL 33825

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Holiday and Year-Round Security

by Maureen Cool

Home SecurityHome security should always be a priority, and almost always should be installed and maintained by professionals. If you're going to upgrade your security, it can be helpful to know a bit about what goes into that security. After buying new house, or traveling for the holidays, the last thing you want to do is worry about is a break-in.

Doorknob locks are the most basic type, and on doors leading from the outside comes the inherent problem that they are easy to defeat. They aren't really enough to provide reliable security. They should always be paired with a deadbolt. An attachable chain lock on the inside might make you feel safe, but is easily overcome by physical force.

A study [pdf] by the city of Chula Vista discovered "that 87% of the break-ins ... targeted the one door that had no deadbolt lock." The deadbolt lock is a physical safety lock, securing the door in the frame with a metal bolt that slides into a receptacle in the door frame. The bolt itself should be steel and at least an inch long. The strike plate, where the deadbolt locks into place, should be securely set into the door frame with screws that are strong, durable and at least three inches long. Shorter screws are easily torn out of the wood. You might consider two deadbolts in the same door, one above the door handle and one below it.

Another option is to replace your entire door and door frame with a steel security door and a steel frame.

Home SecurityThere are also a variety of high tech lock systems on the market. Keypads are the most common of these, and are widely and successfully used in commercial settings. Biometric deadbolt locks read your fingerprint before they release the bolt, but these locks are not perfect, and some of them failed in tests conducted by Consumer Reports.

A good alarm system is the best back up for any door. The major reason for this is that very few criminals want to get caught, and the alarm is going to scare most of them away quickly.  But, alarm systems can come with problematic contracts with alarm monitoring companies, which are beyond the scope of this post.

If you're in the market, security is something that we can prioritize as we look at possible homes. If you want to do more research, try Consumer Reports which offers a buying guide and a set of reviews. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you find your dream home.

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Carousel of Lights

by Maureen Cool

Sebring EventsThe 31st annual Downtown Sebring Carousel of Lights is something spectacular to see. Held in historic Circle Park, the light display will brighten the night every evening from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Guests will enjoy amazing light displays as well as a singing puppet show, games for kids, miniature golf and a visit from Santa Clause every night. The event is free to attend, but there is a small fee for the activities. For more information regarding Carousel of Lights, and to see a map, please click here.

Don’t miss out on this great holiday event in Sebring. Gather the family and head downtown this weekend for Carousel of Lights.

When: December 17-18, 2016 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: Circle Park, Sebring, FL

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DIY and Home Improvement Apps

by Maureen Cool

Home ImprovementWhether it is your first attempt or you’re a seasoned pro with home improvement projects, the internet can make your life easier. Numerous apps and programs exist to help you prepare for the task or work through it until it’s completed. Here is a look at a few of them.

Handyman Calculator

This calculator will help you determine the specifics on many different projects. Get the estimate cost or required materials to help you get everything you need at the start. Figure out how long it will take or figure many other details. You can save the information to add or edit later. Install the free app on an Android device.

TapPainter

This app is ideal for anyone who wants to paint a room even if they aren’t an avid DIYer. Take a photo of the room you plan to paint and try out different shades to get an idea of what it would look like. You can easily switch to another shade until you find what you want. This program is available for anyone with the iOS.

Insteon

This app will turn your home into a smart residence, and it’s available for Android and iOS as well as Microsoft and Amazon users. Set it up to control the heat and air conditioning, open or close automatic windows, and even set up alerts for home security. You can use your smartphone to control wireless sensors, LED bulbs and more.

iHand Carpenter

Turn your smartphone into a handy tool with this app. While it costs $1.99, the price is well worth it for any DIYer. Use your smartphone as a ruler, surface level, bubble lever bar, protractor or other measuring tools. Instead of filling your toolbox full with these tools, you only need the one device.

Handyman DIY

This app will help you stay organized no matter how intensive the project is. As a project manager, it will help you create a shopping list and develop a budget for your project. With settings that are pre-configured for specific projects, the results are more precise and give you more control.

These are just a few of the apps available for home improvement experts and other handyman services. There are many great options to help you stay on top of your projects. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about buying or selling a home.

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Lake Placid Christmas Parade

by Maureen Cool

The largest Christmas parade in the county will be held on December 10, 2016 from 7pm to 9pm. Guests will see floats, bands and cheerleaders walking along Main St. along with fire trucks and the guest of honor, Santa Claus himself.

The parade starts at Dal Hall Blvd and Main St. in Lake Placid and follows Main St. to Interlake Blvd. This event is free and fun for all ages. Arrive early to get the best spot to view all of the festivities. To learn more about this event, you can visit the Highlands County website.

Don't miss great holiday fun in Lake Placid this weekend. The Christmas Parade is an event the whole family will enjoy.

When: December 10, 2016 7pm to 9pm

Where: Corner of Dal Hall Blvd. and Main St. Lake Placid FL

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Just Listed - 4013 Lake Haven Blvd, Sebring, FL $267,613

by Maureen Cool

Spacious Harder Hall Area Pool Home!

Sebring Real Estate

Welcome to 4013 Lake Haven Blvd., located in the Harder Hall area. As you drive up the private road it will be love at first sight when you first see this this gorgeous pool home. Lovely curb appeal offers a circular driveway, side entry garage, lush landscaping, large oak trees, and an attractive elevation. Walking up to the front entry you will immediately notice the arch transom.

Sebring Real EstateEntering through the front door you will find a spacious and inviting separate formal living and dining room which is great for entertaining. The dining room features an entry into the kitchen. There is a separate passage flanked with built-in shelving leading to the family room. Moving forward you will love the open floor plan. A spacious family room offers French doors to the lanai and screen enclosed 14x28 pool. In addition, this room has a built-in niche for an entertainment center and plant shelves for display.

The gourmet kitchen is separated from the family room by an angular breakfast bar. The kitchen offers a large center island, modern white cabinets with frosted glass doors, quartz countertops, all new LG appliances and cork flooring. A perfect breakfast nook space offers views of the lanai/pool area and wooded preserve-like adjoining lot.

The master suite is secluded from the secondary bedrooms and features a wall of French doors with pool and conservation views. The attached master bathroom offers new quartz countertops, dual sink vanity, large walk-in closet, updated separate walk-in shower with cultured marble walls for easy care and a Jacuzzi tub for relaxing. The three secondary bedrooms are spacious and share two full bathrooms. One offers a private entrance in addition to a hall entrance. The third bathroom also serves as the pool bath. The front bedroom is the perfect spot for a home office or den.

Features throughout this home include; volume ceilings, recently painted interior and exterior, newer carpeting, updated fixtures and quartz counters in all bathrooms, updated lighting, dual zoned cooling and heating with new AC and handler.  The pool deck was extended and a new pool cage and hot tub/spa installed.  The roof was replaced in September 2014. This immaculate home is move-in ready. There are two golf course close by in the Harder Hall area. This home is waiting for you to come take a look!

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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