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River Strand Real Estate: River Strand Condo For Sale.
Beautiful bright 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 3rd floor condo that overlooks a beautiful lake and golf course and being sold furnished. As you enter through the front door just to the left you have a breakfast nook that leads to the kitchen that offers granite countertops, crown molding, stainless steel appliances with the kitchen sink positioned so you have gorgeous views through the sliders. Just off to the right of the kitchen you have the spare bedroom and bathroom. Around the bend is the dining room and living room with crown molding and tile on a diagional with sliders leading out to the lanai where you can enjoy your favorite beverage overlooking an array of wildlife.
6521 Candlestick Dr. - River Strand Real Estate
River Strand Villa For Sale
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Beautiful Villa in River Strand at Sanctuary! This 2 bedroom, 2 bath with a den almost 1600 sq. ft. under air, has tile floors throughout the main living area, carpet in the master bedroom, and wood laminate floors in the bedroom and office, crown molding, ceiling fans and light fixtures and an extended lanai with brick pavers. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, granite counters and wood cabinets. Not only can you enjoy your lake view from your lanai, you can also enjoy the resort style amenities at the club house. Enjoy this gated...
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Is Getting a Home Mortgage Still Too Difficult?
There is no doubt that mortgage credit availability is expanding, meaning it is easier to finance a home today than it was last year. However, the mortgage market is still much tighter than it was prior to the housing boom and bust experienced between 2003 - 2006.
The Housing Financing Policy Center at the Urban Institute just released data revealing two reasons for the current exceptionally high credit standards:
- Additional restrictions lenders put on borrowing because of concerns that they will be forced to repurchase failed loans from the government-sponsored enterprises or Federal Housing Administration (FHA).
- The concern about potential litigation...
Selling in the Winter Attracts Serious Buyers
A recent study of more than 7 million home sales over the past four years revealed that the season in which a home is listed may be able to shed some light on the likelihood that the home will sell for more than asking price, as well as how quickly the sale will close.
It’s no surprise that listing a home for sale during the spring saw the largest return, as the spring is traditionally the busiest month for real estate. What is surprising, though, is that listing during the winter came in second!
“Among spring listings, 18.7 percent of homes fetched above asking, with...
3 Questions to Ask Before Buying Your Dream Home
If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family will have your best interest at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in the real estate market.
Ask yourself the following 3 questions to help determine if now is actually a good time for you to buy in today’s market.
1. Why am I buying a home in the first place?
This truly is the most important question to answer. Forget the finances for a minute. Why did you even begin to consider purchasing a home? For most, the reason has nothing to do with money.
For example, a recent survey by Braun showed that over 75% of parents...
Have You Saved Enough for Closing Costs?
There are many potential homebuyers, and even sellers, who believe that they need at least a 20% down payment in order to buy a home or move on to their next home. Time after time, we have dispelled this myth by showing that many loan programs allow you to put down as little as 3% (or 0% with a VA loan).
If you have saved up your down payment and are ready to start your home search, one other piece of the puzzle is to make sure that you have saved enough for your closing costs.
Freddie Mac defines closing costs as:
“Closing costs, also called settlement fees, will need to be paid when you obtain a mortgage. These are fees charged...