Category Archives: Selling homes in Ocala

Do you know anyone that needs an In Law Suite?

This spectacular home features tall cathedral ceilings, a unique split bedroom floor plan with wood flooring accented with ceramic tile, lots of closet space throughout the main living area, a wood burning fireplace, a spiral staircase that leads to a loft and a formal dining room. The open kitchen has beautiful cabinetry, solid surface counter tops and stainless steel appliances. The large master suite has walk in closets, double vanity sinks, and a stunning ceramic tiled walk in shower with a built in seat. There is also a mother in law suite with its own living quarters, a separate bedroom, a full bathroom and set up for a kitchen installation. On the rear of the home is an “L” shaped screened in lanai, a big back yard and a shed. Beautiful home in Ocala, Fl. Call Ocala’s Realtor, Rhonda to view 352-266-2637. WatchVirtual Tour

Ocala Market update First Quarter 2014|Ocala Home Sales

Marion County Florida Real Estate Market Quarterly Update
Due to the market fluctuations that we have recently encountered, casual conversation with the general public usually goes something like this. “So you’re a realtor, how’s the market really doing”. Follow by “The media says…”, or “I looked on Zillow the other day…” Tough question to wrap up in one tight little package answer. All that we can do is present the facts. Below we have given you a snap shot of what we like to refer to as a whirlwind first quarter.
First Quarter 2014 First Quarter 2013 First quarter 2010
Average number sold 528 447 343
Average List price $124,378 $121,583 $128,221
Average sold price $116,612 $113,359 $117,235
% difference Sale/List 136 147 219

Homes are selling and as you can see close to asking price. Looking at the big picture this is good. With bank owned home prices going up, and the decline of short sales due to the lack of cooperation from the lien holders, what we call normal sale prices should go up proportionally. Private property appraisers will tell you, they can only use comparable sales, regardless of where they come from. The only thing that makes your home worth the money that you need out of it, is for the appraiser’s to have sales to compare it to.
Other factors for home prices increases are supply and demand. Our inventory for quality listings is becoming slim. We are starting to see multiple offers on homes and in a lot of cases homes are only on the market a matter of days before the offers start hitting the email and fax machines. For all of you home owners that have endured the equity drought, in our opinion, it is slowly but steadily coming to a halt. For the home investors, now may be the time to get what you can while they are still out there. The days of the $50,000 to $60,000 fixer uppers are once more fading into the sunset.
As usual we hope that we have helped to keep you informed about the real estate market in Marion County. If you have any questions about the value of your home, or you just want to know if the latest rumor is true, we would love to hear from you, gives us a call, Rhonda 352-266-2637 or David 352-812-0127. Have an awesome second quarter, David and Rhonda.

Does Anyone Need $10,000?|First Time Home Buyers Program

$10,000 Anyone?

Do you know any one that could use $10,000. Sure we all could use it. The state of Florida has a First time home buyers program that is giving anyone that has not owned a home in the last 3 years an opportunity to purchase. Yes there are minimum requirements, like 640 credit score and household income limits.
It is a great opportunity for those who are looking to purchase and do not have cash for a down payment and closing costs. This program can be used towards any home in Marion County. Give Rhonda a call for more details, 352-266-2637. Let me know if you have any friends or family that might be interested.
Rhonda Buckner can help you get your credit score up to 640. Rhonda has helped first time home buyers find their home with ease. Real Estate in Ocala is selling quickly and Buckner Homes Realty can help you. We have a reputation for results. Give us a try.

Buckner Homes Realty Inc
3200 SE 20 Ave
Ocala, Fl 34471

30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Decline for 4th Consecutive Week

Rhonda Buckner with Buckner Homes Realty
3200 SE 20 Ave. Ocala, Florida 34471

Read more great news posted on Zillow today!
Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages fell this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace at 3.31 percent, down from 3.34 percent at this same time last week.

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate remained relatively flat for the majority of the week, hovering between 3.34 and 3.32 percent before dropping to the current rate this morning.

“Amid continued economic uncertainty both domestically and abroad, mortgage rates held steady near this year’s lows,” said Erin Lantz, director of Zillow Mortgage Marketplace. “We expect mortgage rates will remain close to these levels during another relatively quiet week for economic events and data.”

Additionally, the 15-year fixed mortgage rate this morning was 2.53 percent, and for 5/1 ARMs, the rate was 2.22 percent.

What are the rates right now? Check Zillow Mortgage Marketplace for up-to-the-minute mortgage ratesfor your state.

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*The weekly rate chart illustrates the average 30-year fixed interest rate in six-hour intervals.

Give Rhonda a call to help you find that perfect home and to discuss the options that buyers have. As always you can search for homes in Florida at . I am always here to help you.

Just call and say Help Help me Rhonda 352-266-2637


Rhonda Buckner with Buckner Homes Realty
3200 SE 20 Ave. Ocala, Florida 34471
According to Trulia’s latest predictions Ocala seems to be rebounding

The average price per square foot for Ocala FL was $65, an increase of 12.1% compared to the same period last year. The median sales price for homes in Ocala FL for Jan 13 to Mar 13 was $86,000 based on 713 home sales. Compared to the same period one year ago, the median home sales price increased 13.8%, or $10,400, and the number of home sales decreased 15%. There are currently 2,687 resale and new homes in Ocala on Trulia, including 1 open house, as well as 3,243 homes in the pre-foreclosure, auction, or bank-owned stages of the foreclosure process. The average listing price for homes for sale in Ocala FL was $271,165 for the week ending Apr 10, which represents an increase of 0.9%, or $2,374, compared to the prior week.

Give Rhonda a call to help you find that perfect home and to discuss the options that buyers have. As always you can search for homes in Florida at . I am always here to help you.

Just call and say Help Help me Rhonda 352-266-2637

Thinking of Buying or Selling Your Ocala Home? | Buying & Selling in the Housing Market’s ‘New Normal’

Rhonda Buckner with Buckner Homes Realty
3200 SE 20 Ave. Ocala, Florida 34471

Great information written by Jill Simmons. Check it out!!

Home-shopping season is just getting underway, and many people who’ve sat on the sidelines in recent years are finally ready to enter a market that might be quite different from what they’re expecting. Here are a few tips to help buyers and sellers get the best results in the competitive market.

Tips for buyers

1. Choose the right real estate agent. Times have changed. Due to inventory shortagesacross the country (down nearly 17 percent from last year) the tables have turned, and buyers are no longer in control like they were a few years ago. Not only is it hard to find a good home for sale, once you do, expect to be competing with lots of other buyers. Choosing the right agent is more crucial than ever in this type of environment. You need to find someone who is skilled at negotiations and knows how to handle competitive offer situations.

Tip: Read online reviews of agents, focusing on reviews of their negotiation skills. Then interview at least three agents and ask how they handle competitive bids, what you can expect in your area/price range and what your strategy will be.

2. Get creative. Search for homes that aren’t on the market but might actually be for sale — if the right offer came along. You’ve heard of agents soliciting homeowners asking if they’d be willing to sell? Zillow has a feature that enables homeowners to post a dream price for their home — without actually putting it on the market. Buyers can search for homes that are “listed” this way, and contact the homeowner directly to start a dialogue. Make Me Move® listings are the fastest growing listings on Zillow right now, due in no small part to lack of inventory. Who knows, your future home may not even be listed on the market.

3. Make yourself as attractive to sellers as possible. Come to the table pre-approved for amortgage and be able to put down 20 percent or more. Be prepared to close quickly — 30 days if possible as opposed to 60. Consider waiving certain contingencies. Write a heart-tugging letter as to what this home means to you — it works! Consider an escalation clause.

Tips for sellers

1. Price it right. Bidding wars are the new reality but only for homes that are priced right from the get go. Overpriced homes won’t attract buyer attention and therefore will miss all the action. Get lots of buyers interested in your home with the right price, and they’ll bid up from there.

Tip: Unsure of how to price your home? Try putting a Make Me Move price on Zillow first. It’s a low-effort way to test the market. You can gauge whether you get any interest from buyers, who are contacting homeowners with MMM listings in increasing numbers. You just may end up with a willing buyer, while avoiding the hassle of putting your home on the market, as well as the seller’s costs.

2. Your listing needs to be where the buyers are. Mobile is where it’s at. More and more buyers are using their mobile devices to shop for homes. Zillow says 60 percent of its weekend traffic comes from a mobile device. So make sure your home shows up on mobile real estate apps — and that it shows well. That means your listing should have lots of photos taken with a high-resolution camera.

3. Prioritize your home improvements. First, take care of any basic maintenance issues such as a leaky faucet or creaky door — small things that signal to buyers that the home hasn’t been property maintained and bigger issues could lurk ahead. Then before buyers walk through your door make sure your house is decluttered and sparkling clean! After doing these two things, you can make other basic improvements such as painting walls neutral colors, updating fixtures or installing a new appliance or two.

Tip: Don’t spend a lot of money on renovations just for selling purposes. Everyone has a different style, and while you may design your dream kitchen, buyers probably have other needs/wants in mind. Updates are fine; major, expensive overhauls are usually not worth it.

Give Rhonda a call to help you find that perfect home and to discuss the options that buyers have. As always you can search for homes in Florida at . I am always here to help you.

Just call and say Help Help me Rhonda 352-266-2637