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Fairwoods Condos Imperial Lakes Mulberry

by Lisa Castanet

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The Fairwoods condominium complex is located in Imperial lakes Golf Community just off Shepherd Road, Lakeland FL.  When you live or vacation in Fairwoods you can walk to the Publix grocery shopping center and Imperial Crown Centre. You'll find eateries, a dry cleaner, hair and nail salons, the UPS store, a computer repair shop and others. The main Imperial Lakes Blvd is nearly 3 miles in length with a sidewalk for walking, jogging or biking along the boulevard. Imperial Lakes homeowner's associations allow short term rentals in many of the condo complexes. A property owner can purchase a second home and rent it out as a vacation rental condo.  We manage several furnished rental properties for owners who live out of state.

Fairwoods Units Offer Variety

Fairwoods condos complex was built in 1984 and includes ten buildings with a total of 135 individual units. The units with an even number address offer views of Imperial Lakes golf course.  Units with an odd number address offer some views of green space or natural preserve. Each building is 2-story with downstairs or upstairs units that have a private front door entry and assigned parking spaces. There are 3 available floor plans in each building. The downstairs units include Plan "A" which is 2 bedroom, 1 bath with 774 square feet of living space or Plan "B" which is 2 bedroom, 2 bath with 812 square feet of living space. Some downstairs units have double screen porches with sliding doors of master bedroom and living areas.  The upstairs condos are all Plan "C" which is 2 bedrooms, 2 bath with an enclosed sunroom for a total 945 square feet of living area.

Typical sales price range in 2013 has been between $35,000 to $60,000 dollars.

Fairwoods Community Swimming Pool

Unique to Fairwoods condos that other neighborhoods within ImperiaLakes do not feature is a heated community swimming pool and spa with gated, secure entry.  Each unit owner has their private pool card access.  The homeowner's association dues are $221 per month and include maintenance for the exterior of each building, the roof, building insurance, garbage removal, lawn and grounds maintenance and basic cable television service.  The homeowner's association is managed by Above & Beyond Property Management 863-701-8309 which is located at the first entrance into Imperial Lakes Golf Community.

Living in ImperiaLakes Mulberry and Lakeland area

The best thing about living near Lakeland and in the Imperial Lakes community is the location.  Centrally located off the Interstate-4 corridor and many other intrastate roadways which offers a resident or vacation guest many entertainment and day travel destinations.  We are 35 minutes from downtown Tampa, 45 minutes from Disney, Universal, Sea World, Legoland and other area attractions. Imperial Lakes is within an 1 hour drive to Orlando and 90 minutes drive to area beaches.  There are many shopping centers around the area including Lakeland's Lakeside Village Mall, North Lakeland Mall, Tampa's Westshoreand International Mall, Westfield Mall in Brandon, Orlando's Millenia Mall and dozens of outlet shopping centers.

Adventure seekers can spend their days and weekends at a variety of museums, local and state recreation and water parks.  If you love wildlife, then you will fall in love with all the beautiful and unique animals that live in Florida. Where else can you see Alligators, snakes, frogs and toads, lizards, fish, freshwater and sea turtles, sea gulls, eagles and hawks, Sand Hill Cranes, Great Blue Herons and dozens of other species that live here.

The Fairwoods Condos in Imperial Lakes Golf Community is a great place to call home. You will not be disappointed if you end up living here. You can find condos for sale in Fairwoods (if there are any available today) as well as all available Imperial Lakes condos and homes for sale on my website.

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Market Trends for Polk County in August 2015

by Lisa Castanet

Real estate market data for Central Florida provided by Lisa Castanet of Native Palm Properties

Polk County Home Prices

I was taking a look at the current market data for Polk County. I think the news is very positive in 2015 compared to five years ago.  The volume of closed sales for August 2015 compared to August 2010 has increased by 110 sales. The average price has also increase by $22,719. since 2010 which is very good news. Our current market inventory has greatly declined and I would highly recommend that now is the time to place your home on the market for sale.  If you would like to request a copy of the August 2015 summary report, just call us or email me at  For specific zip code market conditions, you should see our market trend reports for Lakeland, Mulberry, Auburndale, Bartow and Winter Haven.

If you are interested in how much current inventory is on the market in Polk County or specific cities you can find that information by clicking on the links provided above. The average days on market for single family homes in Polk County is currently 85 days.  Year over year in August 2015 the average sales price increased by 10.6%. This is very good news for homeowners. 

Have you noticed that the volume of short sales has also greatly decreased and the REO or bank-owned inventory levels are way down from 2014?.  We have our theory about both. I believe that the banks made the decision to slow down on approving short shale transactions and focus on the foreclosure route for distressed property owners. Since approximately 2013, we have seen banks move away from handling the majority of their own REO inventory to having their various asset management companies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac take charge of selling off their assets. This happened after the controversial "Robo Signing" settlement in 2012.  From about 2012 through 2014 the REO inventory on market and sales volume was extremely high.  This caused values to come down a bit and that is the exact opposite objective of these institutions whose goal was to stabilize communities and improve home values.  However, we have seen a trend since early 2015 to correct this by slow releasing bank owned properties on the market and now have seen the local home market values improve.

Lakeland Real Estate Report Summary

The following information covers zip codes: 33801, 33803, 33809, 33810, 33811, 33812 and 33813.

The average sales price in August for single family homes in Lakeland is $171,805.

The number of sold transactions for fair market type (an owner selling directly to a buyer) was 193 and the number of REO (bank owned homes) sold was 50.

The average days on market in August was 66 days for single family homes which is slightly lower than Polk County overall.


Winter Haven Real Estate Report Summary

The following information covers zip codes: 33880, 33881 and 33884.

The average sales price in November for single family homes in Winter Haven is $125,437.

The number of sold transactions for fair market type (an owner selling directly to a buyer) was 107 and the number of REO (bank owned homes) sold was 40.

The average days on market in November was 83 days for single family homes which is quite a bit higher than Polk County overall.

Find Homes for Sale in Polk County

Visit my website to search for homes in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Auburndale, Bartow and Mulberry or to be notified when homes come on the market.

To find out what your home is worth in the current market click here or call our office at 863-647-1679.

Homes for Sale in Sundance Neighborhood Mulberry FL

by Lisa Castanet

Homes for Sale in Sundance Neighborhood Mulberry, FL

Why Do People Live here? 
The community has sidewalks along the main boulevard which is just over one mile in length. You frequently see neighbors strolling or enjoying a bike ride through the community and watching the birds and other wildlife. There are also benches at different spots to sit, relax and take in the views.

Looking for a home in the Sundance Neighborhood Mulberry FL?
Interested in finding homes for sale in the Sundance neighborhood Mulberry FL? Click that link to find all the currently available homes in this community.
What's the Neighborhood Like?
There are currently five separate neighborhoods within the community.  The Preserve at Sundance includes 213 homes built in 2002 to 2005 ranging from 1314 to 3382 square feet in size with 3-4 bedrooms and 2-3 bathrooms. Seven Oaks at Sundance includes 77 homes built in 2005 and 2006 ranging from 1538 square feet to 2563 square feet with 3-4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Festival Pointe at Sundance includes 139 homes built in 2006 to 2009 ranging from 1242 to 3241 square feet in size with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Park Ridge at Sundance includes 100 homes built 2007 to 2009 ranging from 1489 to 2909 square feet with 3-4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  The builder, KB home, has started selling in their newest phase Sundance Fields which will feature homes ranging from 1676 to 3187 square feet, 3 to 6 bedrooms with 2 to 4.5 bathrooms and is starting int he $170ks price range. Additional phases are in development now and you should see them in the next year or so with potentially other builders.
What's Going on Nearby the Sundance Neighborhood?
The location right off of Shepherd Road means you can enjoy so many events, shopping and dining as several major chain and local restaurants are in the area.  The community is within 2 miles of Christina Park with softball fields, children's playground and outdoor picnic area and the Loyce E. Harpe Park at Carter Road which offers softball, soccer and football fields, outdoor cooking areas, boat launching ramp, mountain bike trail, children's playground and DiOGi Dog park.  You can see many activities are available to you when you live in this neighborhood.
What Schools will the Kids Attend?
If you buy a home for sale in the Sundance Neighborhood, the local schools serving this area are James W Sikes Elementary School, Mulberry Middle, and Mulberry Senior High. To get local school scores and more information about these schools check out the Polk County school reports on their website.
Now You Really Want to Find a Home Here, Right?
If you are interested in the current homes for sale in Sundance Neighborhood Mulberry FL click on the link.

Nice Home in Park Ridge at Sundance Neighborhood Mulberry FL

by Lisa Castanet

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Listing Details

3 bedroom, 2 bath home in Park Ridge at Sundance

3227 Ogden Drive, Mulberry FL 33860
Price: $130,000

MLS number: L4647549
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1716

Call Lisa Castanet at 863-647-1679 to see if this property is still available and arrange a showing.

Move In Ready Condition

This bank owned property is in good condition and ready for your family to move into. This home was built in 2007 and is located in the Park Ridge at Sundance neighborhood within Sundance.  The home has an open floor plan, large kitchen with an eat-in breakfast nook, high ceilings and split bedroom design.

Kitchen is very nice

The kitchen features include a center island cabinet, lots of cabinets, closet pantry, granite counter tops and all the appliances. There is plenty of space for the whole family to gather in the kitchen area while fixing meals, dining or studying. Natural sunlight pours through the window and sliding doors that lead to the back yard.



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Spacious Master Bedroom Suite

The master bedroom suite is approximately 17X12 with a good size walk-in closet and the master bath features a dual vanity sink cabinet, garden tub with separate tile shower.  The ceilings are high and the windows let in plenty of sunlight.

Location is convenient

When you live in this home you are within walking distance to James Sikes Elementary school and the Publix grocery shopping center is within 2 miles.  There are several eateries close by and if you commute to Tampa or Lakeland this will be a convenient location for your family.


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James Pointe Bartow FL Home

by Lisa Castanet

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Listing Details

2007 Built Home on Corner lot

1742 James Pointe Drive, Bartow FL
Price: $134,900
MLS number: L4645651
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1563

Call Lisa Castanet at 863-647-1679 to see if this property is still available and arrange a showing.

You Will Love the Corner Lot and Side Entry Garage

This bank owned home was built in 2007 and is situated on a corner home site within James Pointe neighborhood. The corner lot is slightly larger than the typical home sites in the same neighborhood and the side entry garage gives an attractive look to the front exterior of the home. This home also offers a covered and screened porch to enjoy the backyard.

Pictures Of Living Area and Kitchen


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Main Living Layout Perfect for Entertaining

The floor plan offers an open views from kitchen to dining room to  and the whole family can interact with each other or with guests.  The kitchen light and bright, has a breakfast nook and breakfast bar.  The dining and living area have vaulted ceilings and there are sliding doors off the living room on to the screen porch. The master bedroom and additional bedrooms are on opposite sides of the home which is often referred to as a “split bedroom” floor plan.

James Pointe Location is Convenient to Everything

Located just off Turner Road and Old Bartow/Eagle Lake Road near downtown Bartow, this home offers a convenient location to commute to Lakeland, Winter Haven or Brandon and is within one mile from the Publix grocery shopping center, Walmart and several restaurants.

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Investment Property in Winter Haven

by Lisa Castanet

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Listing Details

Investment Property in Winter Haven

2445 Brent Ave SW, Winter Haven FL 33880
Price: $77,000
MLS number: L4645533
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1305

Call Lisa Castanet at 863-647-1679 to see if this investment property in Winter Haven is still available and arrange a showing.

Swimming Pool with Enclosure and Fully Fenced Yard

This home offers an open floor plan with ceramic tile floors in main living areas, breakfast bar in kitchen and all appliances included. This home needs some help with remodeling so this is perfect as a handyman special.  Needs new carpeting in bedrooms, some drywall repairs and repainting. You can put your own personal touches on this and live here or use as an investment rental property.  The backyard is fenced and there is a covered back porch and screen enclosure over swimming pool which needs some repairs.  This bank owned home will have the initial pool service to drain, clean and refill.

Interior Photos


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The Floor plan is popular with many families

This home was built in 1979  the layout includes a split bedroom and open floor plan design with vaulted ceiling in the main living area and sliding doors out to the covered porch and swimming pool.  The lawn and landscape can be spruced up with a few plants and new mulch and yard size is .22 acre.

Location is close to main roadways

The home is close to Recker Hwy, Coleman Road and Spirit Lake Road and a Publix grocery shopping center is within 2 miles drive.  If you are looking for a home you can fix up and live in with a pool then this offers some potential for you.  If an investment property in Winter Haven is of interest to you then call us to set up an appointment to view this home.

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Market Trend Reports

by Lisa Castanet

Wow, we are so excited to bring you current market trend reports. We have created several new pages to our website which include statistical data, charts and graphs for Polk County and parts of Hillsborough County FL.

This information is supplied by our multiple listing service and automatically updates each month for the previous month's statistics.  These new pages contain the most-up-to-date, accurate market trend reports for the entire Polk County area.  We have also created web pages that target individual zip codes for Lakeland, Auburndale, Winter Haven, Mulberry, Bartow and Plant City in Hillsborough county. In the weeks to come we will be adding statistics for additional cities to include Haines City, Davenport, Lake Alfred and Lake Wales zip codes.

Do you want to know information about how many closed sales, active listings and the average sales price in your zip code?  Are you curious how many single family, condo or mobile homes have sold in your zip code in 2013 at a month by month glance? We provide data for days on market, information on short sales, bank-owned or foreclosure sales and fair market or traditional sales in your zip code.  We also provide information on sales price to original list price ratio for various transaction types.  If you like, we can provide a written report as well.

Now you can find out what is going on in your zip code from actual data collected from our multiple listing service market trend reports. So, please check this out when you get the opportunity and let us know what you think.

Market trend reports for Polk County, Lakeland, Mulberry, Bartow, Auburndale and Other surrounding cities are here for you and update every month automatically.

It is a crazy time in real estate today

by Lisa Castanet

It is a crazy time in real estate today.  This week I received calls from two different asset management companies. They are in the process of bidding on large portfolios of under performing loans.  Each company needed a “ broker’s price opinion” (BPO) which is a determination of value on the property.  I do these types of reports for many banks and asset management firms. They needed a local professional who is familiar with the local market.  This valuation report will help them decide what amount to bid on the portfolio.  If they win the bid and purchase the portfolio then I would be hired as the real estate broker to list, market and sell these bank-owned homes.

I am working with another asset management company specializing in rental property portfolios.  The company is waiting to hear from their client; the investor that owns the bulk portfolio. The investor will decide whether or not they will rehab each home and have us handle the property management or whether they will have us list the homes for sale.  The decision will be based, in part, on our BPO and the repair bid estimates obtained by general contractors.

I mentioned in an earlier blog post that there are several hedge fund entities that are gobbling up properties in central Florida markets.  Local buyers trying to purchase residential property have to compete with these corporations who have deep pockets of cash.

Yes, it is a crazy time in real estate today.  The market is swiftly changing from a buyer’s market to a seller’s market because of such low inventory of available homes.  Potential home buyers and home sellers really need professional advice and guidance in such a market.   

When choosing a Realtor to represent you in a real estate transaction today you need to do your homework.  There is a wide variety of transactions in today’s market.  There are “traditional” or “fair-market” transactions, “short sale” transactions, “ REO” (bank-owned) transactions and property management.  A transaction can even begin as one type of sale and wind up as another type in certain circumstances.  Potential home buyers and home sellers need to understand how the various types of transactions can affect a purchase or sale of a property. 

There are many good people who are licensed and want to help a friend, neighbor or family member.  I understand the generous heart that wants to help someone.  However, perhaps the best help is to refer them to a full-time agent active in the current market and knowledgeable about these transaction types.

We welcome buyers, sellers and other agents to contact us with questions about your real estate needs. Our office is open Monday to Friday 8:30am  to 5:00pm  and our agents are available weeknights and weekends.  It is a crazy time in real estate today but our doors are open wide and our hearts and experience are here for you. 

Home Inspections

by Lisa Castanet

Many buyers ask why we recommend they get home inspections.  This is the best way to know what you are getting into when purchasing a home.  The majority of homes in our current market are being sold “As-Is” by sellers.  This is beneficial for a seller who may not have lived in the home as in a bank-owned home that is listed for sale.   In this case, the seller is advertising that they are not going to make any repairs to the home and the buyer may get inspections at their own expense to determine the condition of the property prior to purchasing. 

The buyer’s contract offer will include a time frame for the buyer to get these home inspections completed.  For example, a buyer may make a contract offer and ask for 7 to 14 days in which to have home inspections completed. Within this time frame they must notify the seller whether or not they intend to remain in the contract and close on the purchase of the home.  A buyer may decide to back out of the contract if they find something within the inspection report that concerns them.  This notice should be in writing from the buyer to the seller.  This is beneficial to the buyer because if they give written notice cancelling the contract during the inspection period then the earnest money deposit can be returned to them.  The only money they may have lost is the cost of any inspections. 

The cost for a general home inspection is usually based on the square footage of the home and prices generally start around $200.00.  A termite inspection generally costs $75.00 to $100.00. We recommend buyers get both of these inspections.  Depending on the property, the buyer may also want to have inspections performed on a septic tank, well water or the roof; to name a few.

We have worked with several different companies and they usually provide a written report with pictures and description of their findings or recommendations.  The piece of mind is well worth the cost of these inspections for the buyer.  The buyer must pay for the inspections at the time they are done, however, it is far less expensive than buying a home that may end up being a ‘money pit’ down the road.

For more information on home inspections, please feel free to contact one of our agents

Foreclosure Filings

by Lisa Castanet

The latest numbers for February 2013 foreclosure filings have been reported. According to RealtyTrac’s Foreclosure Market Report, Florida once again is the highest state in the nation.

Nationally, Realty Trac reports an increase in foreclosure filings of approximately 2% while Florida foreclosure filings have increased by 6%.  Florida’s largest metro areas hold 7 of the top 10 cities nationwide for filings.  As a state, Florida is up 20 percent year over year.  This is due , in part,  to the lengthy time line for processing foreclosures in our judicial system.

There has been a significant decrease nationwide from the highest levels in 2007 to end of 2012 calendar year.  However, due to the so-called “shadow inventory” of foreclosure filings that still loom out there we think it will be another year or two for Florida to work through all the back log in the judicial system.

The good news for sellers in this market is that we have experienced a stabilization of values.  The tepid news is that depending on when the back log in Florida foreclosure filings hits the market and the volume level that the banks release this inventory could affect property values positively or negatively.  Call one of agents today or visit our REO listings page for available homes to purchase in Central Florida.

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