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!)
No Lockbox, No Sale... How not to get Showings on Your Home for Sale   While searching the MLS today for waterfront homes for sale in Hernando Beach, Florida, I came across the following "showing" instructions:   No Lock Box, No Sign, Agent Must Accompany, Large Dog on site, Owner Must be present. Owner not available on Fridays & Saturdays.   I couldn't help but felt reminded of the old Bob Marley reggae song "no women, no cry"... "No lockbox, no sale..." Seriously, what other restrictions would an owner put on showings to make sure they don't take place?  What really surprises me is that sellers agent has to accompany and the owner has to be present as well!   Too bad, I'm scheduling showing appointments for my buyers who will be here this coming weekend but this house will not be on t...
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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!)
WCR Nature Coast participated in Affiliate Fair for Hernando County Realtors   Hernando County Realtors were treated to a great affiliate fair yesterday.  Our local Women's Council of Realtors (WCR) Nature Coast chapter was represented by 2014 President Annabelle Serici, President-Elect Silvia Dukes, Past President Micki Hanna, and Secretary Sarah Duncan.  Pictured below are Micki Hanna and Silvia Dukes.      We participated to inform our fellow Realtors about WCR and to sell raffle tickets for a $500 gift card as a fundraiser for our organization.  The event was a great success for all vendors who participated as well as the attending Realtors.     Women's Council of Realtors is a nationwide community of many of the industry's most successful and motivated real estate professionals who...
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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!)
    Florida Fall Colors! Florida Fall colors cannot compete with those vivid colors found in the northern states but contrary to what most people believe, depending on where you are in Florida, you may enjoy a little taste of Fall. Think of Florida Fall colors as "vignette staging" by nature!  You will find some beautiful colors in the maples and the cypress trees.       This year, it seems that our trees are changing a little earlier than most years.  Some years you won't see these colors until late in December or even early Januar.  These photos were taking on this beautiful November day.  Temperatures today are in the mid to high 70s but will dip into the 50s during the night.   Florida Fall Colors!
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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 Home Just Sold - Perfect Florida Winter Home! listed by Spring Hill Realtor Silvia Dukes of Tropic Shores Realty   This two bedroom home in Spring Hill, Florida has just sold!  The lucky buyers bought this home as an investment home but it would have been perfect as a starter home or the perfect Florida winter home just as well.  An open floor plan and a large covered lanai to enjoy Florida outdoor living made this home very attractive.  And  the affordable price was hard to beat! Property Details: 3161 Maxwell Ave, Spring Hill, Florida 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, 1 Car Garage Living Area under Heat/Air:  896 SF Total Area under Roof:  1550 SF Built:  1983 Lot Size:  0.24 acres Sold Price:  $50,000     Located in a quiet neighborhood of Spring Hill, Florida, this home is close ...
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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!)
Happy Fall from Timber Pines in Spring Hill, Florida   "Cooler" temperatures have arrived even in Florida - daytime temperatures in the low to mid 80s and evening temperatures in the 70s!  Residents of the Timber Pines golf and country club have been getting ready for Fall by decorating their community for the season!   Are you interested in buying or selling a home in the Timber Pines 55+ community in Spring Hill, Florida? Please email or call Spring Hill Realtor Silvia Dukes at 352-584-7441 for more information about available homes and villas in Timber Pines or for information on how to market your Timber Pines home for sale.     
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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!)
Timber Pines, Spring Hill, Home Sales August and September 2014   Home sales in the Timber Pines 55+ community in Spring Hill, Florida, decreased in the months of August and September 2014 compared to July 2014 sales.    Low inventory and hot summer temperatures could be considered great contributors to the decrease in sales as the number of homes under contract was not affected by the slowdown.     Homes and Villas for Sale in Timber Pines   Currently, there are 21 homes and villas under contract in the Timber Pines community, a slight increase from July indicating steady buyer interest in this popular community.         Home Sales in Timber Pines - August 2014 Number of homes and villas sold in Timber Pines decreased compared to July sales and while average sales price decreased, medi...
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Many first time buyers in Spring Hill are drawn to the USDA Rural Housing mortgage. Why?  The USDA Rural home loan is one of the few programs that still allows buyers to purchase a home with NO money down. So, how to do you apply for the USDA loan application, what are the steps for USDA loan pre approval in Hernando County?   Before we get into too much detail, it's critical to understand exactly what a pre qualification and pre approval actually mean in the mortgage world. USDA prequalification means that based on the information you the buyer has provided to your USDA mortgage specialist, you generally meet the guidelines that are set for USDA home loans. This is sort of generic since none of your underwriting documentation (paystubs, assets, and tax returns) is verified at this poin...
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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, Florida Home Sales September 2014   Home sales in Hernando County, Florida decreased in September compared to the previous month. Inventory of homes for sale in Hernando County, Florida increased slightly. There are currently 512 homes under contract in Hernando County. Median and average home sale prices both decreased in September.   Home Sales Report for Hernando County Florida Homes for Sale in Hernando County:  1289 List Price Range:  $19,6,000 - $1,999,900 Median List Price:  $125,000 Average List Price:  $165,506 Median list price remained the same since last month while average list price slightly increased by a little more than $2000.  Overall, list prices in Hernando County continue to increase.                                      Homes Sold in Hernando Cou...
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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!)
National Night Out in Spring Hill, Florida   Spring Hill residents came out in masses tonight for National Night Out!   Many government agencies and local businesses supported the event that took place at the Target Superstore off Spring Hill Drive.  Some of the agencies present were Hernando County Sheriff Department, Brooksville Police, Hernando County Fire Department, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Supervisor of Elections, and Crime Stoppers.   Additionally, there were many community organizations and private groups presented.  National Night Out in Spring Hill offered something for all ages.  Smaller kids enjoyed the bounce castle, for the older crowd, there were even some wrestling performances.  Local car clubs showed up with their show cars and local dance and martial ...
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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, Florida Home Sale August 2014   Home sales in Hernando County, Florida increased again in August compared to the previous month. Inventory of homes for sale in Hernando County, Florida also decreased again. The number of homes currently under contract has increased by 9.5% to 540 homes since last month. The median home sales price remained stable while the average home sales price decreased by almost 4.5%.     Home Sales Report for Hernando County Florida Homes for Sale in Hernando County:  1270 List Price Range:  $20,000 - $1,999,900 Median List Price:  $125,000 Average List Price:  $163,063 Five properties in Hernando County are currently listed above the 1 Million Dollar mark.  These are luxury properties or properties that come with large acreage.    Homes Sold in ...
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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 isn't over in Florida just yet! We really got to feel this today while spending some time in nearby Tarpon Springs, Florida.  This popular Greek sponge fishing town has an arts and crafts show going on this weekend that will last through tomorrow, Labor Day.  We arrived early before the crowds right around 10 am and already, the sun was hot, shade was definitely in demand while browsing the many vendors.  We took advantage of some photo opportunities,  I bought two silk scarves and we finished out the day with a great lunch at one of Tarpon Springs Greek restaurants.   I had a Greek Salad and Kalamari while my husband opted for the Gyro platter. And we both shared a dish of Saganaki!  OPA!     Tarpon Springs is located approximately 24 miles south of Spring Hill, Florida, and is ...
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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 Foreclosure Home Just Sold by Realtor Silvia Dukes, PA of Tropic Shores Realty, Spring Hill, Florida   This foreclosure home in Spring Hill, Florida was an "investor special" and it just closed!  The home needed some work making it less interesting for move-in buyers but it was just what my investor buyer was looking for! After putting on a new roof, thorough cleaning, new paint, and a few needed repairs, this home will shine again and provide rental income to the new owner. Property Details: 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths Built:  1976     Lot Size:  0.34 acres Living Area under Heat and Air:  1124 SF Total Area under Roof:  1948 SF Sales Price:  $38,000  CASH Are you looking to buy foreclosure properties in Spring Hill, Florida? Currently, there are 131 bank-owned or foreclosure h...
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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!)
Timber Pines, Spring Hill, Florida Home Sales July 2014   Home sales in the Timber Pines 55+ community in Spring Hill, Florida, increased again in July 2014 by two homes.  Average days on market for homes and villas sold in Timber Pines decreased to 58 days while current inventory of homes for sale in Timber Pines remains at a steady average of 61 days.     Homes and Villas for Sale in Timber Pines Currently, there are 18 homes and villas under contract in the Timber Pines community, an increase of 50% from the previous month.   Average and median list prices continued their upward trend in Timber Pines     Home Prices in Timber Pines - July 2014 Average sold priced increased in July 2014 while median sold prices saw a slight decrease.   The decrease in median sold prices can be attribu...
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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!)
Another Spring Hill Florida Pool Home Sold! by Realtor Silvia Dukes PA, Tropic Shores Realty, Spring Hill, Florida   This newer Spring Hill pool home just sold and the moving trucks will arrive shortly to deliver the belongings of the happy new owner!   Property Details for 4417 Ohara Street, Spring Hill, Florida Built:  2004 Three Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 2 Car Garage Living Area under Heat/Air: 1487 SF Total Area under Roof:  2192 SF Sales Price:  $117,000 Financing:  CASH     Buyer and seller both were happy today when they met for the signing of the closing documents and the handing over of keys and checks.  My seller had maintained her Spring Hill pool home well and was happy to see that the buyer was looking forward to living in the home she had called  home for the last ten years. The ...
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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, Florida  Home Sales July 2014 provided by Silvia Dukes, REALTOR, Tropic Shores Realty, Spring Hill, Florida   While nationally, home sales may be on the increase, home sales in Hernando County, Florida decreased in July 2014 compared to the months of May and June.  There is also a decrease in showing and sales activity as measured by homes that are currently under contract.  However, it is not unusual for sales activity to decrease in the summer months in our area of Florida.  Sales are expected to go up again in the Fall months with the return of cooler temperatures and our winter visitors or "snowbirds" who are seeking to find a permanent place to escape ice and snow in their northern home states. .   Hernando County home sellers will be happy to hear that average hom...
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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!)
Growing Pineapple in your Florida Garden   Florida gardening provides challenges but also many joys.  The best is when you can actually harvest something from your garden like this nice Pineapple that I just picked off one of my plants. Unlike store-bought fruit, home grown can stay on the bush or plant until it is actually ripened before it needs to be picked. Ripe and fresh from your garden to your table, it just cannot get any better than this. I do buy pineapple at the grocery store but each time I do, I take the top and stick it in the ground in my backyard.  These tops take root fairly quickly and grow into relatively large plants that will produce fruit in a couple of years.  After that, you can discard the plant as it will not produce another fruit.  If it's a good and strong pl...
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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 Realtors 5K Walk to Support People Helping People   Hernando County Realtors rose early this morning to meet at Deltona Woods Park in Spring Hill, Florida for a 5K Walk in support of a local charity. Sponsored by the Hernando County Association of Realtors, the walk was a fundraiser in support of People Helping People and in particular Weekend Blessings.  Weekend Blessings provides meals to school-aged children in Hernando County who would otherwise not have sufficient food on weekends. The 5K walk event began at 8 am this morning and ended at 11 am.  It was pleasant to walk the path through treed areas as well as open areas with nice views across an old lake bed with plenty of wildlife to watch along the way. Monies were raised through sponsorships for the event as wel...
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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!)
Spacious Villa in Timber Pines, Spring Hill Florida - Just Sold! by Realtor Silvia Dukes of Tropic Shores Realty, Spring Hill, Florida Just a little over three weeks ago, I received a phone call from a buyer interested in villas for sale in the 55+ golf course community of Timber Pines in Spring Hill, Florida.  She loves to golf and wanted to live in a community that offers the golfing lifestyle.  We met and went out the next day to take a look at the available villas for sale in Timber Pines.   This particular unit stood out in my buyer's mind and she decided to make an offer.  It was one of the rare foreclosure homes that can occasionally be found in Timber Pines and after some quick negotiation, my buyer had a contract for sale and purchase of her future new home. Property Details: 2...
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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!)
Three Bedroom Home in Spring Hill, Florida - Just Sold!   This three bedroom, two bath home in Spring Hill, Florida has now sold!  The buyers were relocating to Spring Hill, Florida and came to me in July looking for a new home.  They've found it in this newer Spring Hill home located in a quiet neighborhood but with great access to all the amenities that were important to my buyers. Property Details: Bedrooms:  3    Baths:  2     Living Area under Heat/Air:  1723 SF Total Area under Roof:  2306 SF Built:  2005     Lot Size:  0.23 acres Sold Price:  $113,750     This beautiful home was sold as a Fannie Mae foreclosure home.  It was in move-in condition and even had new flooring and paint.  The interior features a great room sliders to the covered patio, a U-shaped kitchen with all new a...
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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!)
The Other Agent Can List it for More!   ... that was the reason a seller gave me when she decided to list with another agent.  Of course, anyone can list anything for any amount they want - but would it sell?  Here is the rest of the story: A few weeks ago I was contacted by a seller who owns small home that she had purchased about two years ago sight unseen as an investment property.  She told me her agent back then had assured her "it would be an easy flip!"  She had rented it out for a while and then listed it for sale about a year later.  Meanwhile, after a some price reductions, the listing had expired and she contacted me to find out what it would take to sell this home within a three month time frame indicating she was ready to get this home sold. I went to work gathering informa...
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