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Just Listed - 5013 Sugar Bay St., Sebring, FL

by Maureen Cool

Magnolia Place of Sun ‘n Lake. Beautiful Curb Appeal!

Welcome to 5013 Sugar Bay Street located in Magnolia Place of Sun  n Lake. This beautiful home is move in ready. The home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and two car garage with 2,184 square feet of living space under air. The split floor has glass sliders opening from the living room, dining room and master bedroom extending the living space and bringing the outdoors in. Step into the foyer through the beveled glass front door with the living room straight ahead and the dining room to the right. Moving forward an arched doorway leads to the family room, kitchen and breakfast area. The kitchen features new stainless steel appliances, granite counters, stacked wood cabinets with crown molding and granite counter tops. The master bedroom features a tray ceiling along with two walk-in closets, and a spacious master bathroom which features a dual sink granite vanity, jetted spa tub, walk-in shower, and private toilet room. The secondary bedrooms and hall/guest bathroom are also a generous size. The house is very neutral throughout with freshly painted interior and exterior. The flooring is neutral tile in the kitchen, bathrooms and family room and a neutral shade of carpet in all other rooms. New custom window treatments were just installed. The architectural shingle roof was installed in March of 2017 and has a five-year warranty. Also new is the irrigation pump and oversized gutters. This home has excellent curb appeal with new landscape, up-lights, and a paver walkway and driveway, plus side entry garage. Sun  n Lake is a golfing community with two championship golf courses, restaurant, clubhouse, tennis courts and community center. There is a free one-year Sun  n Lake golf membership if purchased before the end of the year. Some restrictions do apply so check with the clubhouse for complete details. Do not miss this great home. The sellers are motivated!

Maureen Cool, CRS
RE/MAX Realty Plus

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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.

Maureen Cool, CRS
RE/MAX Realty Plus

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Just Listed - 3891 Rodeo Drive, Sebring

by Maureen Cool

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.


Maureen Cool, CRS
RE/MAX Realty Plus

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Maureen Cool is your ultimate real estate resource for Sebring, Avon Park and Lake Placid and surrounding areas. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Sebring International Raceway

by Maureen Cool

Enjoy race day at the Sebring International Raceway at 113 Midway Drive in Sebring and watch some of the world's best sports car drivers. The 59th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring is presented by “Fresh from Florida” takes the green flag at 10:00 am Saturday, March 19th. Gates open Wednesday, March 16, and remain open 24 hours a day through Saturday.

Sebring International Raceway is America's premier sports car racing facility. Nestled among the orange groves and cattle ranches of central Florida, it is the oldest permanent road racing track in North America, evolving from a World War II air base.

Click here for tickets and for a copy of the schedule click here.



Pioneer Park Days

by Maureen Cool

Make plans to go back in time and learn how pioneers lived! This exciting event runs from March 2nd through March 6th,  Zolfo Springs

The Florida Frontiersmen will be conducting daily demonstrations on Pioneer living at its best. Activities will include dutch oven cooking, wood burning, basket weaving, pioneer toys, how to make and play a native American flute, wood burning and several other 1800s era activities.

There will be a flea market area where 491 flea market booths that sell items from old tools to arts and crafts. All this wonderful family entertainment and taking a stroll down memory lane for the low cost of $2.00 daily admission or $5.00 for the weekly pass.  For more information visit or call 863-773-2161.    



Deed Of Trust

by Maureen Cool

When you purchase a new home one of the documents you will sign when you go to closing is called a Deed of Trust. Many homeowners typically are unaware of exactly what it is. Below is more information on this important document.

What is a Deed of Trust?

A Deed Of Trust is the security for your loan. It is the document that is recorded in the public records.  A deed of trust contains three parties:

•The Trustor, which is the borrower

•The Trustee, which is an entity that holds "bare or legal" title

•The Beneficiary, which is the lender

The deed of trust identifies the following:

•Original loan amount

•Legal description of the property being used as security for the mortgage

•The parties

•Inception and maturity date of the loan

•Provisions of the mortgage and requirements

•Late fees

•Legal procedures

•Acceleration and alienation clauses

•Riders, if any, regarding such clauses as prepayment penalties or terms of an adjustable rate mortgage

Before you sign a Deed of Trust be sure to read all the fine print and pre-printed portions. It is a good idea to request a blank copy of the deed of trust beforehand to review. When you do go to closing be sure to make sure everything is correct before signing. Things such as the principal balance of the loan, the interest rate, and any pre-payment penalties should be reviewed for accuracy.

Renegotiating Your Home Loan

by Maureen Cool

In today's current sagging economy, many homeowners are struggling to make the monthly mortgage payment and stay on top of their expenses. Foreclosures are in almost every neighborhood and plunging property values have made it harder to determine the amount of equity homeowners have.

However, the good news is that banks are more willing than ever to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. One of the ways you can do this is to renegotiate your mortgage. By doing this you may be able to get a lower finance rate as well as change your rate from a high fixed-rate mortgages or adjustable-rate.

In order to qualify, typically You’ll need at least 10 percent equity in your home. You can easily check the value of your home on sites such as and I can provide you with a free and quick estimate of your home’s worth. Today's lenders typically will require that you have a credit score of at least 720 to qualify for good rates.

Lenders are aware of the many fiscal difficulties borrowers have in making their mortgage payments when hardships arise. However, they typically won't volunteer or advertise their help. So if you are struggling to make your payments on time, it is vital that you take the initiative and contact your lender and give them a heads up on your current financial hardship before you miss payments.  Keep in mind that lenders have more incentive than ever to work with you. Plunging property values mean they’re recovering less now on foreclosures. Plus, many that received cash infusions from the U.S. Treasury are under pressure to show that they’re responding to the housing crisis.


Types Of Listing Agreements

by Maureen Cool

If you are ready to think about listing your home for sale, there are different options that are available for listing agreements. Below are some options for you to consider when selling your home. Consult with your real estate professional with any questions you may have and what agreement is best for your situation.


Open Listing
An open listing is almost like a "for sale by owner" listing. It is a non-exclusive agreement, which allows the owner to execute open listings with more than one real estate broker and pay only the broker who brings an able buyer whose offer the owner accepts. However, no commission is owed if the seller finds a buyer on his own, without any agent's help. The open listing creates competition between the seller and agent(s) to find an willing buyer.

Exclusive Agency Listing
An exclusive agency listing contracts one agent to sell the home. If that agent, or any other licensed cooperating agent finds an acceptable buyer, the seller must pay a sales commission. The owner still reserves the right to sell the property by themselves and thus avoid paying a commission. The broker is free to cooperate with another brokerage, meaning the second brokerage could bring an able buyer whose offer the owner accepts. Typically, the broker is paid a listing commission that is shared with the selling broker, so the owner pays both fees.

Exclusive Right-to-Sell Listing
An exclusive right-to-sell listing is the most common, typically most real estate listings are this type. The listing agent has complete control of the transaction and so even if the seller, the listing agent or a cooperating selling agent finds an acceptable buyer, the listing agent will still earn the sales commission. However, when the listing expires the seller does have the option of finding another agent if they are not satisfied with their performance,

Multiple Listing
An important marketing tool for listing agents is the multiple listing service (MLS). This allows all the listing information as well as photos of the property to be shared on the computer others who are working with potential buyers. In addition,
these listings are also available online to potential home buyers who are doing their own research. A MLS number is assigned to each listing, it is a unique number given to homes listed in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) used by Real Estate professionals.

It is important to understand that a real estate listing contract is a legally binding agreement that sets out the rights and duties of the seller and the agent. It is important to consider your options when making your decision. Keep in mind that all listing contracts have expiration dates and you can change your listing choice when the contract expires.


Local Thanksgiving Events

by Maureen Cool

The Holiday season is upon us once more! Thanksgiving is next week and now is the time of year we take time to give thanks. The Highlands County area is offering some events for you to enjoy with your family and for a good cause! Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5K Race 
Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, Sebring, FL  33872

This run/walk is a fund-raiser hosted by the Friends of Highlands Hammock and is held on the park's beautiful "Loop Drive." For more information, please contact Jill Willingham at or call the park at (863) 386-6094.
Location: Highlands Hammock State Park   Race starts at 7:30 am

Centre Hosts Community Thanksgiving Benefit Concert

Hill and Hall Benefit Concert  Date: November 24, 2009
Time: 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Unity Life Enrichment Centre will host a benefit concert to collect canned goods and raise funds for local charities, just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The concert will be held on Tuesday, November 24th at 7:00pm. at the Unity Life Enrichment Centre 10417 S. Orange Blossom Blvd. Sebring, FL. The facility is located between State Road 66 and Lake Josephine Road. The concert is open to the public and attendees are asked to bring canned goods to benefit local foods banks and a $10.00 donation will be received. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local charities. For information call the Centre at 863-471-1122. Bring canned goods for local food banks and a $10.00 donation with a portion of proceeds to benefit a local charity

Toy Drive to Benefit Chuch Services Center

Date: November 30, 2009

A toy drive to benefit the Church Services Center will be helod on 11/30 during the Avon Park Christmas parade as well as on 12/7 during Christmas on Main Street. Drop off times will be from 5pm-8pm both days. Everyone donating a new, unwrapped toy will receive a free 1/2 hour massage by Shirley Barrett, LMT MA57383. 
Event Location/Drop off location: 930 West Main Street Avon Park
Date/Time Information: 11/30 from 5pm - 8pm 12/7 from 5pm - 8pm

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Maureen Cool, CRS, CIPS, RSPS
RE/MAX Realty Plus
809 US 27 South
Sebring FL 33870
Fax: 863-385-5897

Maureen Cool * RE/MAX Realty Plus
809 US 27 South, Sebring, Florida 33870
Office: 863-385-0077 X215
Direct: 863-873-7243
Fax: 863-385-5897



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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