Monday, September 25, 2017

HOW TO BUY A NICE, MOVE-IN-READY HOME IN THIS MARKET


Today we have a very fast-paced market in Land o Lakes and Wesley Chapel, FL.  When a nice, move-in-ready listing comes on the market it is very many times under contract in less than a week. Sometimes with multiple offers, it is difficult, if not close to impossible to compete, but you can be successful. 
So how can you be successful in such a crazy market?  This is how...
#1) You must be ready to buy.  Give your pre-approval letter to your Realtor to save valuable time.  If you fall in love with a house on the weekend, you may not be able to get a pre-approval letter until Monday and then it may be too late.  And have your funds available for your down payment and closing costs.  Gone are the days when buyers could ask for closing costs.
  


#2) You must be watching the new listings.  Have your Realtor set you up with auto emails that come to you just as soon as the listings hit the market. You must have a Realtor who can get you in the houses quickly.  Here is why you need a fast-paced Realtor.  If you have to wait for a slow moving Realtor to make an appointment in 2 or 3 days, of course you are not going to get there in time.
       


#3) You must be working closely with your Realtor.  Let your Realtor know what you are thinking, when you are likely to want to see houses, etc. so she can be expecting it.  Discuss it.  Make a plan with your Realtor.

#4) And you must be ready to do whatever it takes to be successful. Sometimes you have to put a little extra money in, make a higher offer than asking, cover the difference after the appraisal,  jump through some hoops to get to the finish line.  Be ready to do that.  Talk to your lender about the paperwork you will be needing to give them.  Remember, you are the lucky one if you do win a contract on the home you love.
Another great option is New Homes.  
You can pick your builder, your lot, your floor plan, your kitchen package, flooring, etc. Some builders have inventory home, which are move in ready or close to move in ready.  Some even have incentives, such as closing costs, upgrades, etc.  You must have a Realtor who knows the new homes builders, and knows how to get you what you can get.

*Now, if you are looking for a steal, there are still some ‘discounted’ short sale properties, foreclosures & re-sales available, but these are in need of repairs and updating.  We do have the  
FHA 203K Mortgages with built in repair and ‘reno’ funds to help with these.  And I can also recommend good contractors to help you with those renos.  In these cases, if you have a good negotiator for a Realtor, you can also ask for and get closing costs and other incentives. 


I have been very successful with my buyers using these guidelines. I try to make it easy for you. Call, text or email me.  Dee Smith 813-714-9737  deesmith@deesmith.com   www.DeeSmith.com

Monday, August 14, 2017




HURRY TO SEE THIS ONE! AMAZING NEWLY RENOVATED POOL HOME on a large lot & a quiet cul-de-sac street in Lake Padgett Estates East. Beautiful new kitchen has wood-look tile floors, pendant lights, granite & stainless, new island with sink looking over the fam room & pool area & new backsplash . This is a very efficient, open, 3 way split plan w/formal dining/office/den, foyer, & cathedral ceiling in great room looking over the pool & backyard. Relax by the pool on your huge lanai on the north side of the house for a shady view. All sliders are pocketed so they open up wonderfully to the newly updated pool area. This home has been well maintained & well loved & it shows. NEWLY resurfaced pool, NEW patio pavers around pool, NEW privacy fence, NEW carpet, NEW attic stairs, NEW appliances & NEW garage backdoor. NEWER a/c handler w/UV light, roof, water heater, gutters, central vac system & attic stairs. The salt water pool has awesome hands free agreement w/Pool Medic, $54/month includes leased equipment & chemicals 2x month.
Low HOA is $40/ month & low Pasco Co Taxes & great schools. Lake Padgett Estates East has a complete community center w/pool, clubhouse, lounge, party rooms, fitness, tennis, racketball, walking track, soccer field, play ground, basketball court & more. Near County park and Library, churches, shopping & restaurants. This one has it all! Call your Realtor to see it today.

SEE VIRTUAL TOUR:  http://www.searchallproperties.com/listings/2389289/23121-GENEVA-ROAD-LAND-O-LAKES-FL/auto

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

WHAT TO DO THIS WEEKEND...ZEPHYRHILLS PIE FESTIVAL ...MARCH 25... 11:00AM -3:00PM

PIE FEST AT 38116 FIFTH AVE, ZEPHYRHILLS, FL
FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING

$10 ALL YOU CAN EAT
PIE BUFFET
Noon to 3:00PM


Pie vendors, slices of pie, whole pies, pie eating contests,
pie buffet, local business showcase, kids area,
DJ entertainment and more...

What fun!  I'll see you there...
or if you would rather look at houses
call or text me 813-714-9737
DeeSmith@DeeSmith.com
www.DeeSmith.com

Thursday, March 16, 2017

WHAT TO DO THIS WEEKEND ... DOG DAYS IN DADE CITY ... MARCH 18TH ... 10:00AM- 2:00PM

DOG AND WAGON PARADE, DOG COSTUME CONTEST,
CANINE GOT TALENT, ICE CREAM / YOGURT EATING
CONTEST AND MORE...
AGNES LAMB PARK in downtown Dade City

What fun this is going to be.



FREE for the whole family.



I'll see you there...
OR if you would rather look at houses
Call or text me 813-714-9737
DeeSmith@DeeSmith.com
www.DeeSmith.com

Thursday, March 9, 2017

WHAT TO DO THIS WEEKEND ... IT'S WHAT TO DO IN LAND O' LAKES ... MUSIC FEST ... MARCH 11

Second Annual Land o' Lakes Music Fest at the Land o Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land o Lakes Blvd.... Saturday March 11 from Noon to 8:00PM  Rain or Shine.


Early bird tickets $10-$25 and $15-$30 at the gate. $5 parking.

Live music, bounce house, obstacle course, car show, food and drink vendors, art and craft showcase, business showcase.


I'll see you there...
OR if you rather look at houses call or text me at 813-714-9737
DeeSmith@DeeSmith.com
www.DeeSmith.com

Thursday, March 2, 2017

WHAT TO DO THIS WEEKEND ... FLEA MARKET AT THE OLD LUTZ SCHOOL ... MARCH 3 AND MARCH 4


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FLEA MARKET AT THE OLD LUTZ SCHOOL ... MARCH 3 AND MARCH 4

AT THE OLD SCHOOL HOUSE ON U.S.41 N. IN LUTZ, FL

There will be thousands of items old and new from antiques to unique finds.  Don't miss this one.
Sponsored by the Lutz-Land o' Lakes Women's Club.
Learn more about this historic landmark  http://oldlutzschool.com/

ADMISSION IS FREE

Loads of fun for the whole family in the quaint little town of Lutz.

I'll see you there....
OR if you would rather look at houses call or text me 813-714-9737
DeeSmith@DeeSmith.com
www.DeeSmith.com




Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I'M BACK.... WITH WHAT TO DO IN PASCO COUNTY THIS WEEKEND....

Did you know the Pasco County Fair is running this week from 2/20 to 2/26 at the Pasco County Fair Grounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City?


What a fun thing to do this weekend. Ride the rides on the midway, sample some yummy fair food, checkout the awesome displays and amazing competitions.  Find some great entertainment for the whole family.

FOR MORE   visit   PascoCountyFair.com

I'll see you there...
Or if you would rather look at houses call or text me 813-714-9737
DeeSmith@DeeSmith.com
www.DeeSmith.com