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Sun Aug 14, 2016
Tad answered:
I specialize in Highland Lakes as well as Arlington Ridge and Plantation. If you would send me an e-mail at tad@escapeinflorida.com. I will do a search for you. There is a property there that had a sink hole issue. Be careful.....Thanks....Tad McLarty. ... more
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Mon Apr 18, 2016
Jw11680 answered:
Golf at Cranes Roost was horrible. Virtually no grass on most greens! Over priced and would be concerned about the future of this golf community. We had considered looking at homes based on prior visits to Plantation of Leesburg. Looking at other communities now. ... more
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Mon Aug 17, 2015
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Tue May 5, 2015
Chyrel Napper answered:
Is there any parks with very low HOA fees, like under $75.00? We wanted to find a cheap but decent, move in ready, furnished home for around $10,000. cash. Any help you could give us would be great!!!! ... more
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Thu Feb 12, 2015
Lauren Lester answered:
Hello,

Were you able to find somewhere to live or are you still commuting? If you are still making the commute and would like to discuss your options here in Leesburg then I would more than happy to help. I live in Leesburg and know the area well. You can reach me at (352) 615-5075. Thank you! ... more
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Thu Feb 12, 2015
Lauren Lester answered:
Congratulations on your upcoming retirement. Were you able to get the answer to your question? Leesburg is a great place to live and there are many different options.

If you did not find a home yet, please feel free to give me a call (352) 615-5075 and we can talk in more detail about your move.

Lauren Lester
Villages Independent Realty
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Thu Feb 12, 2015
Lauren Lester answered:
Hello,

Were you able to find out the answer to your question? If you didn't then please let me know the name of the community you are looking for and I will be able to better assist you. There are a few 55+ communities/ parks in Leesburg so the rules may differ by community. ... more
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Sat Jan 10, 2015
Michael Joseph answered:
As a retired officer I would advise you check the UCR which is ran by the FBI. It is the most accurate data on crimes and list them based on degree. I don't know this area but high crime is a big enough reason not to live there. It also will greatly reduce your property value. If crime continues to increase the value of your home will continue to decrease not to mention your safety and families is is worse off. ... more
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Wed Apr 30, 2014
Cynthia Drobot answered:
Arlington Ridge is a Community Development District. As Alan has stated in a previous answer, you are billed your regular tax bill plus the CDD annual payment on your tax bill. This is true with a number of communities in Florida, including the Villages.
But an additional reason someone's taxes may be higher is because they do not have a Florida Homestead Exemption on their Florida home. In Florida, if your home is your primary residence you can claim a Homestead Exemption which gives you a reduced property tax.
Many of the homes in Arlington are owned by people who do not use their Arlington Ridge home as their primary residence.
I hope you still consider Arlington Ridge in your choices. It is a beautiful Golf community with many amenities for its residents enjoyment.
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Tue Apr 29, 2014
Jim Olive answered:
I agree with almost everything here, but as I've said before...never say "never". As I write this I'm sitting in my beautiful home that I bought as a short sale. It was a nightmare to get the deal to the closing table, but when I walked away from the table I had just bought a home that was instantly worth $150k more than I paid for it, and one that I could never have afforded if it were not distressed. I didn't have to do a thing beyond replacing the missing appliances, and I've never made a better investment in my life. However...that is BY FAR the exception to the rule. MOST short sales are not worth the CONSIDERABLE time they take (mine took 9 months to close!).
An BY FAR the most accurate statement I've seen this year comes from Annette, below, when she says "there is not 'good faith' partner on the other side". B A N K is a four-letter word, and Larry's summation of their arrogance and stupidity are right on the money in 99 out of 100 cases. Best of luck whether you decide to proceed or not...
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Fri Apr 25, 2014
j1ceasar answered:
When you read the below answer remember that some communities provide more services such as lawn cutting ( worth $50 -60 a month. ) The upside to lawn cutting is that all on your block get donw one day a week and that means less noise the other 6 days. However you can't fire them f you son't like their service.

Some provide basic cable. Great if you watch TV . Not so if you ust want internet etc.

Some do even more like a section of Plantation that has a seperate pool . a section of Pennbrooke has complete lawn / schrub care as well as a roof fund , power washing etc yearly for maintainence free lifestyle.

Some communities have separate golf courses and fee's some none.

Most fee's cover community costs as pools, clubhouse's, fitness centers, greenways . Some have indoor / outdoor poos , big and small. Keep in mind to check out the community financials and that they have sufficient funds to cover future liabilities .

Small communities have a harder tome to raise funds.......
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Fri Apr 25, 2014
j1ceasar answered:
Hi , I am a homeowner in Leesburg, in my town of Leesburg, its the city and the typical bill will run $ 100 -200 a month depending on the season. Also they provide gas service if that's how you will heatyour water or stove. Seco / Duke are reasonable also .

Remember sewer bills are based on water usage, ANd on Lake you will have seperate school and fire taxes as well as St johns water authority.
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Wed Apr 9, 2014
Annette Lawrence answered:
Susan,
It means it is now time to tighted up that seat belt. The ride is about to begin.
This is one step that indicates someone on the other side is doing something.
It does not mean the one on the other side is a 'good faith' partner. There is no good faith partner on the other side. Don't expect logical or linear and transparent responses.

In a short sale the bank can and will do what ever they please. Your purchase offer, although signed by both you and the seller MEANS NOTHING.

Consult with your agent to discuss the mind boggling events that 'can' take place.
The finish line may be in sight, but, this is a short sale, where there exists only an ILLUSION of rules.
Do get emotionally attached.

Buckle up and enjoy the ride.
YOU will need to rely on the team of professionals you hired to work on your behalf. Much of what they do is invisible to you, but be assured, they are working and creating contingencies as the process advances.

You will need to be equally agile.
You may need to increase your offer. (The appraisal purpose is to raise the price)

You may need to change the purchase venue. (is an auction in your future)
You may need to pay more upfront costs. (refer to auction)
You may need alternate funding options.
You may need to walk away from the short sale mess.

There are no rules, but you can be prepared.
Identifying the bank / servicer/ negotiator/ will allow more accurate responses

Best of success to you.
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Sat Mar 15, 2014
Dan Tabit answered:
dmerkley,
You didn't include a home, so I can't say for certain, but in most cases you need a great agent representing you to open the door. Being pre-approved for financing is a very important step that I'd recommend, because if you like what you see, no offer would be considered without it.
Start by finding a great local agent who will put your needs first. They can suggest a great lender they have experience with and together you have a team on your side.
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Thu Dec 26, 2013
Danielle Sharp answered:
If you're outside a gated or deed restricted community, which is most likely what you will find in that price range, then you should not have any problems owning a dog of any breed. There are no breed restrictions per city codes that I'm aware of. ... more
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Wed Dec 18, 2013
Jim Richardson answered:
Your best bet would be qualifying for a USDA loan. I have a lender that can help
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Mon Nov 25, 2013
Alan A. Parrow, Ph.D. answered:
I suspect that you are referring to 26010 Meadow Breeze Lane which is owned by Bank of America but which also has a contract pending. You can't rely on Zillow for accurate estimates. The list price on 26010 Meadow Breeze was $224,900. All of that said, there is a brand new home on the same street which, though significantly smaller, has an asking price of $155,055. Let me know if you'd like to see it. My office is just a mile or two from the community. Call 352-460-0210. Thanks. ... more
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Tue Nov 19, 2013
Margie Smith answered:
Scottish Highlands has a lot going for it like indoor & outdoor pools, etc. It has restrictions that require the properties be well maintained so that the property values will not drop due to someone hording junk in their yard, etc. Because the homes are older than the rest of the Pringle developments, they are less expensive making it an economical choice among 55 Plus age restricted communities.
The Dream Catchers, 352-552-2546
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Wed Nov 13, 2013
Bill Deese, GRI, SFR answered:
Hi Alex,

Nice community with convenient location, close to shopping, dining, entertainment, schools, etc.

Let me know if there is any other information you need.

Thanks,
Bill Deese
352-250-1653
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