Spring Hill, FL Real Estate News

By Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
With the holidays approaching fast, Spring Hill home sellers may be thinking about selling but may also be concerned about putting their homes on the market before the holidays. And of course, sometimes it is not practical because people may have family visiting for the holidays that may interfere with showings.  However, for most home sellers, listing their Spring Hill, Florida home for sale over the holidays may be an advantage for the following three reasons:1. Inventory of Spring Hill homes is low.  When inventory is low, there is less competition from other home sellers!2. Buyers looking for homes around the holidays are often more serious. Everyone has lots of things to do before the holidays so those people who are shopping for a home would like to get it done so they can start p...
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By Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Available homes for sale in Hernando County, Florida have been at consistently low levels over the last few years. Currently, there are just over 1000 residential homes on the market in Hernando County.  This number includes single family homes as well as manufactured homes. Also drastically reduced in recent years is the number of distressed properties on the market such as foreclosure or short sale properties. There are currently only 25 of those total available for sale. The graph below illustrates the reduction in available, non-distressed single family homes on the market in Hernando County since 2008.   As the economy slowly improved, the real estate market also started to recover. Home sales in Hernando County increased in the last few years. The real estate market in Hernando Co...
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By Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Now Pending!Timber Pines 55+ Golf Course Community, Spring Hill, Florida!2399 Westchester Boulevard, Spring Hill, Florida Contact Silvia Dukes, REALTOR and Broker Associate with Tropic Shores Realtyto find out more information about homes for sale in the Timber Pines community in Spring Hill, Florida! Call 352-584-7441   This well maintained home in the 55+ golf course community of Timber Pines in Spring Hill was on the market for only four days before the seller accepted an offer. Since then, the buyers have completed their inspections and this property is now PENDING. For more details about this particular Timber Pines homes, please follow the link to the listing announcement. The Timber Pines golf course community in Spring Hill, Florida, is considered one of Florida's best 55+ commu...
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By Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for friends and family! Today will be a day devoted to enjoying the company of friends and family, good food, good drink, good conversations and a general good time for all! To all my friends, family, and customers near and far, whatever your plans are for today - family dinners big or small, a walk on the beach or in the woods, watching the Thanksgiving parade or a football game, enjoy these things with pleasure and a happy heart! Here is to a happy Thanksgiving to you and your families, may you enjoy a wonderful day!   This is an entry in the Active Rain Challenge 12 Days of Thanksgiving 2017
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By Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
It is the time of the year again where you'll find bell ringers for the Salvation Army standing in front of stores and businesses. But did you know that many of the bell ringers are not necessarily members of the Salvation Army but volunteers from other organizations and in fact, all walks of life?For a several years now, the members of my Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Spring Hill, have participated in the annual bell ringing. Usually, we take two days and split them into several shifts that are covered by a team of Rotarians. After all, everything is more fun that way. And it's a wonderful way to pay it forward!   The photo is from last year's bell ringing of a fellow Rotarian and myself.  It was a nice warm day - typical for Florida at the end of November or beginning of December - ...
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By Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Today my inspiration comes from nature and the outdoors.  It's a bit of a cloudy day today - in fact, we are supposed to get a rainy Thanksgiving Day.  The clouds are keeping it nice and mild though. I took a quick break from working and stepped outside for a some fresh air when I noticed that some of the flowers are still blooming away. Just then, a butterfly came sailing along, visiting one bloom after another in search of some sweet nectar. I watched him for a while before returning to my daytime routine, thankful for the pleasant interruption and for blooms and butterflies in November!   This is an entry in the Active Rain Challenge 12 Days of Thanksgiving 2017
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By Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Home sales in the 55+ golf course community of Timber Pines in Spring Hill, Florida continue to be strong this year and the real estate market in the Timber Pines community is a sellers market.With low inventory in this popular adult living community, sellers can expect to receive offers quickly after their Timber Pines homes goes on the market. Buyers will continue to feel strong competition from other buyers especially during the Fall and Winter months when many Northerners spend their winters in Florida and often look to buy a permanent winter home.    Although inventory is low, there are still homes available in a wide price range suitable for any budget. Currently there are only 25 homes and villas for sale in Timber Pines ranging from $95,000 to $269,900.  The average list price i...
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By Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Hernando County honored its Veterans this year with numerous events throughout the County. Starting out the many festivities throughout the County with a patriotic ceremony  was Notre Dame Catholic School with their Field of Honor celebration. The school's students participated in the event by presenting about their favorite Veterans, reading from their essays about the meaning of the flag, the singing of patriotic songs,  and finally a flag folding ceremony. The annual Veteran's parade in Brooksville, Florida, drew a nice crowd that watched Veterans, members of the High School ROTC programs, elected County and City officials, the Fire and Sheriff Departmens,  and numerous other community organizations. At the community center of the High Point Community, the dedication of a Veterans Me...
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By Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
When you are getting ready to put your Florida home on the market for sale it will require a number of preparations. One of them is to get your home ready for showings. Nowadays, most home buyers will begin their search online so the photos they see of your home will be your first showings! It only makes sense to make sure that the marketing photos your Realtor uses will be a good representation of your home. Keep in mind that good photos do not always mean the biggest and most expensive equipment but it has much to do with preparation and the skills of how to represent your home from the best angle. Following are a few articles with tips and ideas of what you as a home owner can do and what you might expect when your home is being photographed for the marketing materials.  Real Estate ...
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By Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Just when gardeners in most other states have to stop and put away their garden tools for the approaching winter months, gardeners in Florida will get busy and be thinking about planting their Fall garden. Temperatures now are just right for a variety of vegetables including carrots, radishes, and broccoli that do well throughout Florida. Florida is a long state and has different growing zones which are important to remember. Temperatures between the zones can vary considerably and not every plant will be flourishing in each zone. Nevertheless, each zone will support a variety of different vegetables and plants to grow successfully. The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Services publishes a gardening calendar specific to each of the three growing zones in Florid...
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By Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
You just hired me as your Realtor to market your Spring Hill home for sale and we are now scheduling a time for the photos of your home to be taken. Remember these photos will be used in all the marketing materials that may include postcards and flyers, as well as the multiple listing service and a multitude of internet sites. These photos will be the first impressions that prospective buyers will have of your home before they decide whether they will make a real life appointment. Here are some tips in five areas to prepare ahead of time to ensure your home will be showcased from its best side:1. General Preparation: this includes a good cleaning of the home including vaccuuming of carpets, mopping of hard floors, dusting fan blades and base boards, cleaning windows, removing dirty dish...
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By Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
When taking photos, mirrors can present a real challenge.  While mirrors can be found in just about any room, it's in the small spaces like baths and hall ways where it gets tricky to get a good photo of the room. How often have we seen listing photos where mirrors reflected people or even just a hand with a camera sticking around a door frame. To avoid those unwanted effects, I take numerous photos of these spaces from different angles. If possible, I use my favorite strategy and photograph the mirror with the reflection of the opposite wall or space.Like in the photo below, it's a way to present a smaller space within one image. With a little bit of thought, planning and the right positioning, I effectively make the mirror work for me rather than against me.   If you would like to fin...
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By Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Real Estate Photography - Main Listing Photos First impressions count when selecting the main listing photos in the marketing of any home for sale.  Our multiple listing service requires a view of the front of the home as the first photo that prospective buyers will see. In this example, the home was photographed from the street with a zoom lens to cut out most of the driveway. Although the garage is somewhat dominant on the right side of the photo, the eye is drawn to the red door, then the windows and the overall architectural design of the home.   This home in Spring Hill, Florida has sold. If you are interested in Florida living and would like to find out about other homes that are available for sale in the Spring Hill, Florida area of if you would like to know more information abou...
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By Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Real Estate Photography - Interiors Just as an appealing exterior photo will peak a prospective buyers interest, good interior photos will keep and strenghten their desire so that they will want to make an actual showing appointment to see the home in person. 'There are a few things I consider when taking interior photos. The most important one for each room is  a focal point and the best angle or perspective to show off the room's strenghts. In the example below, the family room of this Spring Hill, Florida home featured some beautiful windows located high up the exterior wall filling the entire room with daylight.  The home had many more great features and this room was one of the major ones.   Are there things in the room that could have been improved prior to the photo shoot? Certai...
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By Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Summer Gardening in FloridaPeople who move to Florida from northern parts of the country find that they have to adjust to the different growing conditions when they are thinking about planting flowers or a vegetable garden. Typically late winter/early Spring and Fall are the best times to plant most vegetables because of the cooler temperatures. Summer heat poses a real challenge to growing things and Florida gardeners are often just happy when they can keep their plants alive during the hottest summer months. That is definitely true for the few plants I have currently growing. There is a hot pepper plant that was given to me by one of my sellers a couple of years ago. The plant has been happily producing little peppers that start out green and turn a hot red true to their flavor!I'm ke...
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It's always an honor to close a deal for a Veteran, I personally want to take a moment to thank all our Veteran clients for making us the number one choice for VA mortgages in Hernando County and the surrounding Tampa Bay areas. Serving those who served is an integral part of our business and something I hold close to my heart. While the Veterans Administration does allow lender to charge up to a 1% Origination Fee on VA Mortgages, here at E Loans Mortgage our policy is to waive that and save our Veteran Borrowers as much as possible. It's the least we can do for those who served. Thank you Veterans for service and sacrifices.                                                                                                                                     Sincerly,                     ...
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By Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Let's Get Real - Writing Offers Correctly the First Time First impressions matter and that is true when making offers as well.  One of my pet peeves is receiving offers written incorrectly or sloppily. Even though offer often do get changed in the negotiation process, the appearance and accuracy of the initial offer does transfer some expectations to the sellers of how a transaction will transpire should the offer be accepted and raise questions about the competency of the cooperating agent and even the diligence on the part of the buyer to follow through on the terms of the contract. Naturally, as a REALTOR® who works with many sellers, many offers cross my desk. Here are some recent examples of areas were of concern right from the get-go:   Computations:  Our forms list offer price, i...
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 This question comes up pretty often, A Veteran is seeking to purchase a home with a VA Mortgage and wants to add his girlfriend to the loan or vise versa. Maybe they are engaged and not married yet, sometimes the plans for the wedding are for a date that will come after the purchase of the first home. More often than not we hear lenders telling a Veteran that it is not possible to add a non married non veteran co-borrower to a VA Mortgage and that they must get married in order for them to both be on the loan. That is actually false, but there are a few caviats. For More info on VA Mortgages, please visit http://e-loanmortgage.com/vaLoans.php
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 There's many myths about VA Mortgages and Veteran buyers that we need to dispell out there. Veteran home buyers are some the best borrowers out there and historically VA Mortgages perform better than just about any other home loan out there. I hear to often that a VA buyer's offer is being rejected due to unsubstantiated fears regarding VA appraisals, and other factors, sadly most of these fears are born in myth from years ago and are simply not true today. If you are listing a home, or selling a home please take a few minutes to watch the video below to learn more about VA loans and why you should strongly consider a Veteran Home buyer who is using his VA benefit to purchase a home.  
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By Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Spring Hill Florida Pool Home in Seven Hills Community for Sale!listed by Spring Hill Realtor Silvia Dukes, PA, Broker Associate, Tropic Shores Realty New on the market in Spring Hill, Florida! Beautiful pool home offers lots of space for living and entertaining inside and outside! Built by Arthur Rutenberg custom home builder, this home is of quality construction with many beautiful features. Three bedrooms PLUS a spacious den/study with built-ins that is currently in use as a fourth bedroom. The family room features a wood-burning fire place.  Updated with 18" tile throughout the home makes this home easy to maintain and a great home for anyone with allergies. Step outside and you'll find a large covered lanai that even has a retractable marquis for additional shade if needed. The lar...
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