Again this year, The Jim Soda Group of Prudential Palms Realty will be participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk for Sarasota/Manatee Counties on October 24, 2009 at the Sarasota Polo Grounds. Making Strides is the American Cancer Society’s event to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. The Sarasota/Manatee event in 2008 had over 5,000 participants who helped raise $370,000 to help fight breast cancer. This year we are expecting an even bigger event. Making Strides is an opportunity to honor breast cancer survivors especially our colleague, Realtor Beth Barnett.  As well as educate women about breast cancer prevention, early detection, awareness, and will raise funds to help achieve a day when no one will have to hear the words “You have breast cancer.”  The walk is on October 24th and starts at 9:00am, with registration opening at 7:30am. Please contact me or any member of the Jim Soda Group if you have any further questions or need more information. Thank you in advance for supporting the fight against breast cancer.  We hope to see you there!

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Don’t forget tonight is “Music on Main” in Lakewood Ranch. Tonight’s musical guest will be: Sheri and the Vision. This free monthly music event draws one of the friendliest ranch crowds every 30 days. There is plenty of music, dancing,  beverages and food to satisfy every ones taste. You can also shop at 30  boutiques, 7  restaurants, and/or go to the  Lakewood Ranch Cinemas and watch a movie. Oh yeah…bring your dog as tonight’s charity is the SPCA Honor Sanctuary. Come and enjoy one of the events that separates Lakewood Ranch from other communities here in Florida. See you there…

More and more we are seeing buyers making offers on foreclosure properties. Typically, these properties are sold “as is”, but what does that really mean? It doesn’t have to be a take it or leave it scenario, but it’s important to have someone on your side that knows how to navigate these situations. Most importantly, you AND your Realtor need to understand the fine print!

Typically, when you come to a “verbal” agreement on a foreclosure property the bank will issue their own version of the contract with an extensive amount of legal jargon, time frames and limitations. In between all of this are some things that you need to understand:

  1. What is your time frame for completing and reporting on inspections?
  2. Is it from verbal agreement or executed contract?
  3. Is that in calendar or business days?
  4. What is the process for negotiating repairs? 

  • Note – just because it’s being sold “as is” doesn’t mean that there will be nothing that the bank will resolve. It’s not guaranteed, but sometimes worth a try if there is extensive damage or an underlying issue.

The Jim Soda Group has recently contracted and closed some foreclosure properties and in most situations found ourselves in a position where we had to order and execute inspections prior to a fully executed contract. Save yourself some anguish and decide up front if this is a risk you’re willing to take, knowing that the deal could fall through after you’ve put the money in to inspections.

If you’re currently looking at foreclosure properties and need the assistance of a Real Estate Professional, we’re here to help. You can reach us at 941-809-7759 or  info@jimsoda.com .

 

To Search Homes for Sale in Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota or Bradenton, FL visit Jim Soda’s Web-site.

 

Sarasota, FL –Prudential Corporation and Prudential Palms Realty recently announced Jim Soda and the Jim Soda Group as the TOP Prudential Real Estate producers in Sarasota and Manatee County at a recent ceremony at the Asolo Theater. This year Jim Soda and his team were awarded with the prestigious Chairman’s Circle Platinum honor which is earned exclusively by rating in the top two percent of all Prudential Realtors® Nationwide. Helen Sosso Owner/Broker of Prudential Palms Realty recently presented the award.  Jim Soda was the only agent achieving this level of sales in the greater Sarasota –Bradenton-Lakewood Ranch area for 2008.

 

Prudential Real Estate Awards are presented annually and recognize outstanding listing and sales achievements by Prudential Real Estate Sales Associates. Jim Soda personally thanked team members Donna Soda, Toni and Randy Huartson, Kelly Zoller and Judy Dumas. 

 

Jim began his career in 2002 as Rookie of the Year and since then has held the Chairman’s Circle Honors and Legend Award as well.  “My team goes to work everyday” expressed Jim, “we work hard to achieve these results.”  You can contact Jim or members of his team at www.jimsoda.com or at 941-809-7759.

 

Here are some bullet points and explanation on how the stimulus package (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) will affect home buyers. President  Obama is expected to sign this bill into law today  in Denver, CO.  An important area of the bill that was reduced was the proposed $15,000 home buyer tax credit.  The credit was cut down from $15,000 to $8,000, but is an improvement over last year’s $7,500 tax credit.  If  you are looking for a house or would like to contact me about the “Stimulus Package” please feel free to give me a call or e-mail me your question.

 Here are some bullet points of the HOME BUYER TAX CREDIT:

  •         Lesser of 10 percent of purchase price of home or $8,000
  •       Applies to purchases after 1/1/09 and before 12/1/09
  •       Primary Residences
  •       Available to individuals making up to $75,000 or $150,000 for joint returns
  •       First Time Home buyer (may not have owned a primary residence in the past 3 years)
  •       No repayment required, unless home is sold within 3 years
  •       Can utilize credit if using state/local bond financing 

It seems a full and formal announcement is coming soon from Lakewood Ranch developer SMR on a new Sports Academy that will be located just east of  Lakewood Ranch’s  newest  neighborhood, The Lake Club. The Spring Bok Academy and Spa will bring  internationally known tennis player Johan Kriek to run the tennis division. The academy will also incorporate other sports such as golf and swimming and develop a new private school for their student athletes. So if your looking for one more reason(I have many) to come and enjoy the great Lakewood Ranch lifestyle (or buy a house) here is yet another. Great Job SMR!

Are you are looking to buy or sell a home in Lakewood Ranch? Whether your a first timer or experienced investor, working with the Jim Soda Group can leverage area knowledge here in Lakewood Ranch. It doesn’t matter if the market favors buyers or sellers.  The right agent will help you secure the best deal.  We pride ourselves on being knowledgable real estate consultants in the Lakewood Ranch area and vicinity:  

 

  • Local Market Homes Inventory and Activity
  • Preparing and Marketing Homes Effectively
  • Partnering with Excellent Vendors and Service Providers
  • Knowing the Area (Schools, Places of Worship, Where to Shop, Transportation, etc.)
  • Proper Pricing
  • Contract Preparation and Presentation

When you’re ready to buy or sell property, I am ready to help.  Please contact me or any of the Jim Soda Group to discuss a marketing or home buying plan for you! Give Us a call.