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By Stephanie LeFew | Agent in Tampa, FL
  • Million Dollar Equestrian Estate Sold in December - 22515 HALE RD, LAND O LAKES, 34639

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Land O' Lakes, Home Buying in Land O' Lakes, Home Selling in Land O' Lakes  |  January 28, 2012 12:03 AM  |  1,231 views  |  No comments

    Here are some pictures and virtual tour of this beautiful estate ... http://hdshowings.com/vtours/unbranded.php?order_id=606&w=1280&h=800

    Elegant Country Estate the perfect harmony of home and land. This custom home with superior craftsmanship is situated on 11.08 acres mol. The gated entry with the winding drive leads to the circular main entrance with afountain and portico which joins the 6 car garages. A separate entrance leads to the stables with oversized stalls, fencing, wash area, tack room and resting loft. A formal entry greets you adorned by the large formal living and dining areas. The mahoganylibrary is breath taking and includes a rolling ladder with brass rails. A chefs dream kitchen includes a breakfast/serving bar, island, pantry, desk, stainless appliances, Sub Zero Refrigerator, Thermador Professional Series Gas Range w/double ovens, custom cherry cabinets with granite counter tops, travertine stone flooring and a dinette area. The family room has beautiful windows and built in entertainment center. Master suite is complete with a luxurious bath and huge walk in closet. Upstairs is thebonus room and a second oversized bedroom suite with built in computer work station. Other features are: Pella wood windows and 8 ft doors, exquisite crown molding, volume ceilings with inlays, a gas fireplace, wood floors, travertine flooring, granite counters, closet organizer cabinets, wet bar, special lighting inside and outside of the home. Home and outbuildings have commercial grade electrical service, surge protection and irrigation system.

    This property was originally listed in July 2010 for $1,999,950 for a total of 233 days. It was then re-listed in February 2011 for $1,600,000.

    A buyer contacted me about another million dollar property that I had listed that had sold in Odessa, also an equestrian estate.

    After a day of looking at their favorite homes this familiy had selected from their customized home search, we found this elegant equestrian home that really excited them.  We had a second look the next day.

    We made an offer and received a counter-offer. We then countered their offer and went under contract for $1,450,000 and closed on this beautiful property in December just before Christmas.

    Please call me if there is anything that I can do to assist you in either your search for luxury real estate in the Tampa Bay area in sunny Florida, or in the sale of your luxury property.
    Stephanie LeFew
    Tampa Home Buy Realty
    813-624-3332
    www.TampaHomeBuy.com
    PLEASE CLICK HERE TO BEGIN YOUR HOME SEARCH
    All Services are FREE to Buyers / Buyer Incentives Available - please Call for details
  • Mortgage Relief for the unemployed - See if you qualify for aid

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Wesley Chapel, Home Selling in Wesley Chapel, Foreclosure in Wesley Chapel  |  January 14, 2012 6:07 AM  |  1,547 views  |  No comments

    Fannie Mae says it will provide more mortgage aid to the unemployed, possibly extending the forbearance period up to a year for those who qualify.

    Starting on March 1, Fannie Mae will require mortgage servicers to extend the forbearance relief to qualified unemployed borrowers for six months – without any approval needed from Fannie Mae. The government-sponsored enterprise also says special consideration will be made for some borrowers in suspending mortgage payments or reducing them for up to a 12-month period.

    Fannie’s announcement follows on the heels of Freddie Mac’s announcement earlier this week about similar changes to its mortgage relief program for the unemployed. Freddie Mac announced it would begin offering a 12-month forbearance period to qualified unemployed borrowers starting on Feb. 1.

    To qualify, mortgage servicers will determine if the “borrower has less than 12 months worth of mortgage payments in reserves and has monthly housing expenses above 31 percent of their incomes before extending a forbearance plan,” HousingWire reports.

    In order to see if you would qualify, first you need to contact your mortgage lender to see if your loan is a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loan.  Then apply to see if you qualify.

    Warmly,
    Stephanie LeFew
    Tampa Home Buy Realty
    813-624-3332 / 813-991-1355
    www.TampaHomeBuy.com
    http://www.tampahomebuy.com/behind-in-your-mortgage/
  • Are you considering doing a short sale in Wesley Chapel FL? Wesley Chapel Realtor Specializing in Short Sales

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Wesley Chapel, Home Selling in Wesley Chapel, Foreclosure in Wesley Chapel  |  September 22, 2011 8:15 PM  |  1,888 views  |  No comments

    If you are behind in payments or upside down in your mortgage, I encourage to do your best to get caught up on your house payments and keep and save your home. Having a home gives a feeling of security for your family. First pray for a way to keep the house. If it becomes impossible, pray for another solution.

    What are some options? You’re going to need a professional on your team, no matter what path you take. Feel free to meet with a Realtor, an attorney and/or an accountant. If your bank has told you that you may be eligible for a shortsale and you are not able to bring the mortgage current, a shortsale is a very good option. Other options would be a loan modification – contact your lender to see if you qualify; this may take several months to see if you are approved. Another option may be to seek the counsel of an attorney in order to do a bankruptcy. A voluntary foreclosure, deed in lieu, may also be possible.

    If you are looking for a Realtor to list and sell your home, negotiating the shortsale with your mortgage company, call a Realtor who welcomes the challenge. If you are thinking about selling your home by shortsale, list your home with a realtor that has a lot of experience in getting shortsales approved and closed. I have 10 years of experience in shortsale negotiations and a very successful track record. *Click Here to see what my customers have to say about their experience with me as their Realtor.*

    Your mortgage lender would consider a shortsale due to job loss, prolonged sickness. Attempting a Shortsale shows the bank that you are wanting to do the right thing. The worst thing on your credit is a completed foreclosure. With a shortsale the bank is going to need financial information, paystubs, and tax returns, etc to determine if you qualify for a shortsale.

    Why would the bank consider accepting less than what they are owed? If there is a legitimate reason that the homeowner is behind in payments and are not able to catch them up, the bank will consider a shortsale. When people abandon the house it puts the bank more at risk and make it succeptible to vandalism, moisture or mold damage, break ins, and theft. Often times it just makes sense for the bank. If the house becomes a bank owned home, the bank has added expenses to secure the home and get it ready for sale, hire a realtor to sell it, oftentimes at lower price than what they would have accepted as a shortsale.

    Do you think you can’t afford to list your house or pay a realtor? Realtor fees are included in the negotiations with the bank. The bank actually pays my realtor fee out of the money that they receive out of the sale of the house.

    Have you heard about what President Bush signed in to law in 2007? The Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 generally allows taxpayers to exclude income from the discharge of debt on their principal residence. Debt reduced through mortgage restructuring, as well as mortgage debt forgiven in connection with a foreclosure, qualifies for the relief. This provision applies to debt forgiven in calendar years 2007 through 2012. Click Here to go to find out more.

    Call for professional assistance,
    Stephanie LeFew, Realtor and owner
    Tampa Home Buy Realty
    www.TampaHomeBuy.com
    813-991-1355 / 813-624-3332
    813-434-2183 efax
    stephanie@tampahomebuy.com

    IMPORTANT NOTICE

    Tampa Home Buy Realty LLC is not associated with the government, and our service is not approved by the government or your lender. Even if you accept this offer and use our service, your lender may not agree to change your loan. If you stop paying your mortgage, you could lose your home and damage your credit rating

  • Are you considering doing a short sale in Wesley Chapel FL? Wesley Chapel Realtor Specializing in Short Sales

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Wesley Chapel, Home Selling in Wesley Chapel, Foreclosure in Wesley Chapel  |  September 22, 2011 8:15 PM  |  1,868 views  |  No comments

    If you are behind in payments or upside down in your mortgage, I encourage to do your best to get caught up on your house payments and keep and save your home. Having a home gives a feeling of security for your family. First pray for a way to keep the house. If it becomes impossible, pray for another solution.

    What are some options? You’re going to need a professional on your team, no matter what path you take. Feel free to meet with a Realtor, an attorney and/or an accountant. If your bank has told you that you may be eligible for a shortsale and you are not able to bring the mortgage current, a shortsale is a very good option. Other options would be a loan modification – contact your lender to see if you qualify; this may take several months to see if you are approved. Another option may be to seek the counsel of an attorney in order to do a bankruptcy. A voluntary foreclosure, deed in lieu, may also be possible.

    If you are looking for a Realtor to list and sell your home, negotiating the shortsale with your mortgage company, call a Realtor who welcomes the challenge. If you are thinking about selling your home by shortsale, list your home with a realtor that has a lot of experience in getting shortsales approved and closed. I have 10 years of experience in shortsale negotiations and a very successful track record. *Click Here to see what my customers have to say about their experience with me as their Realtor.*

    Your mortgage lender would consider a shortsale due to job loss, prolonged sickness. Attempting a Shortsale shows the bank that you are wanting to do the right thing. The worst thing on your credit is a completed foreclosure. With a shortsale the bank is going to need financial information, paystubs, and tax returns, etc to determine if you qualify for a shortsale.

    Why would the bank consider accepting less than what they are owed? If there is a legitimate reason that the homeowner is behind in payments and are not able to catch them up, the bank will consider a shortsale. When people abandon the house it puts the bank more at risk and make it succeptible to vandalism, moisture or mold damage, break ins, and theft. Often times it just makes sense for the bank. If the house becomes a bank owned home, the bank has added expenses to secure the home and get it ready for sale, hire a realtor to sell it, oftentimes at lower price than what they would have accepted as a shortsale.

    Do you think you can’t afford to list your house or pay a realtor? Realtor fees are included in the negotiations with the bank. The bank actually pays my realtor fee out of the money that they receive out of the sale of the house.

    Have you heard about what President Bush signed in to law in 2007? The Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 generally allows taxpayers to exclude income from the discharge of debt on their principal residence. Debt reduced through mortgage restructuring, as well as mortgage debt forgiven in connection with a foreclosure, qualifies for the relief. This provision applies to debt forgiven in calendar years 2007 through 2012. *Find out about The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act and Debt Cancellation by clicking here*

    Call for professional assistance,
    Stephanie LeFew, Realtor and owner
    Tampa Home Buy Realty
    www.TampaHomeBuy.com
    813-991-1355 / 813-624-3332
    813-434-2183 efax
    stephanie@tampahomebuy.com

  • Ballantrae Land O Lakes Home Prices - MLS

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Langley Air Force Base, Home Selling in Langley Air Force Base, Foreclosure in Langley Air Force Base  |  January 22, 2011 4:42 PM  |  1,509 views  |  No comments

    Ballantrae Land O Lakes Market Trends and Pricing

    Ballantrae is a beautiful housing community located in Land O Lakes in Pasco County Florida.  Amenities include large community pool and clubhouse, park, playgrounds, basketball courts, and tennis courts.  This new community is located approximately 5 minutes from the Suncoast Parkway that will take you to Tampa Airport and Downtown Tampa.  Shopping at Wiregrass and The Groves is nearby, as well as movie theatres, restaurants and nature trails.  

    **View Ballantrae MLS Now** 

    Land O Lakes School Search

    *Search the Entire Tampa MLS*

    Please let me know if there are any questions that you may have about the current Ballantrae and Land O Lakes homes for sale.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.  Please call me on my cell phone.

    Warmly,
    Stephanie LeFew
    Ballantrae Real Estate Broker and Realtor
    www.TampaHomeBuy.com
    stephanie@TampaHomeBuy.com
    813-624-3332 cellular / 813-991-1355 home office
    Ballantrae Land O Lakes Florida Real Estate Agents

  • Land O Lakes Pool Homes - Search the Tampa MLS Here

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Langley Air Force Base, Home Selling in Langley Air Force Base, Foreclosure in Langley Air Force Base  |  January 11, 2011 8:12 AM  |  1,185 views  |  No comments

    *Click Here to view Real Estate for Sale in Land O Lakes Pasco County with pool and or spa on the MLS.*

    Please let me know if you have any questions about a specific neighborhood, home, or the area.  I would love to hear from you and would like to assist you in your home search in Tampa Bay.

    *Real Estate Search on the Tampa Bay MLS -  FREE Access Here*

    Home Buyers, your realtor services with me as your Realtor are FREE to You.  Also you may be eligible to a Buyer Incentive.  Call or email me with any questions that you may have.

    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    Stephanie LeFew - Pool Homes for Sale in Land O Lakes - Real Estate for Sale at Incredibly Low Prices
    Tampa Home Buy Realty
    www.TampaHomeBuy.com
    stephanie@tampahomebuy.com
    813-624-3332 / 813-991-1355

  • Wesley Chapel Homes for Sale - Bargain Real Estate for Sale in Wesley Chapel

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Wesley Chapel, Home Selling in Wesley Chapel, Foreclosure in Wesley Chapel  |  January 11, 2011 7:37 AM  |  1,083 views  |  No comments
    Wesley Chapel Real Estate Market - Market Trends and Current Pricing in Pasco County

    *See current real estate listings of homes for sale in zip code 33544 Wesley Chapel*

    Click on the link above to see homes including waterfront homes, preforeclosures and shortsale listings, foreclosed property, bank owned homes or REO real estate, new homes for sale, affordable homes for sale in zip code 33544, luxury million dollar homes for sale in zip code 33544 pool homes, single story homes, and two story homes, homes with 2 car garages, villas, townhomes or townhouses, homes with 3 car garages, some homes for sale with deed restrictions and hoa fees, and some homes for sale with no deed restrictions or hoa fees, homes for sale with acreage, large tracts of land or wooded lots or acreage for sale-- all at Reduced Prices.

    This search includes homes in Angus Valley, Bay at Cypress Creek, Belle Chase, Fairways of Quail Hollow, Forest Oaks, Homesteads of Saddlewood, Lakes at Northwood, Lexington Oaks, Northwood, Palm Cove, Quail Hollow Pines, Quail Run Estates, Quail Woods, Saddle Creek Manor, Saddlebrook Village, Sante Fe at Westbrooke, Seven Oaks, Tampa Highlands, The Lake, Wesley Chapel Acres, Westbrook Estates, Williams Acres.

    Please call me if any of these homes interest you. Buyer Services are FREE!!  Valuable Buyer Rebates or Incentives are available to Home Buyers that use me as their Realtor.  Please call to find out the details.

    **Search the Tampa MLS Here - Click if this interests You**

    "It is an honor and priveledge to assist you in your home search and purchase"
    Stephanie LeFew
    Wesley Chapel Realtors -- Real Estate Agents in Wesley Chapel
    Wesley Chapel MLS and Listing of Real Estate at Reduced Prices in Florida
    Tampa Home Buy Realty
    www.TampaHomeBuy.com
    stephanie@tampahomebuy.com
    813-991-1355/813-624-3332
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