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Friday, February 17, 2012
Tags:   buying and selling in sunset lakes, miramar real estate, short sales in sunset lakes, sunset lakes real estate

Right now I am working with several buyers looking for homes in Sunset Lakes or the surrounding area. If you have something similar to what they are looking for and are thinking of selling please call me as soon as possible so we can see if it might be a good match. Here are the types of homes we are looking for:


 A 4 or 5 Bedroom town home in Grand Key with 2 car garage

 A Sonoma or Montevina on a big lake-preferably one at a short sale price-(I can negotiate the short sale for you) or a competitive regular sale price

3 Bedroom Stephanie Model in Moneco Cove/Monaco-Regular sale or short sale


A Christina Model with a pool, lake is optional

An agent in my office has a buyer looking specifically for a courtyard home so she called me to put the word out.


Thursday, February 16, 2012
Tags:   moving to south florida, buying and selling in south florida, sunset lakes real estate, single family homes in miramar, miramar real estate


Dear Sunset Lakes Neighbors:

Another year has come and gone.  Many of us are wiser and smarter than we were the year before and some of us experienced great fortunes while others fell on hard times.  It was a year of economic recovery in some ways. We did see an increase in home sales this past year in Sunset Lakes, while we also continued to receive downward pressure on prices.  Here is a quick summary comparing last year to 2010.

We did see an increase in regular sales this year but the lower prices accepted on foreclosure and short sale homes outweighed the increase in regular sales, pushing our single family home average price down by 3%.  We anticipate prices will not be heading significantly upward anytime soon as there are over 219 homes in foreclosure in Sunset Lakes alone.  It will take years for these foreclosures to be burned off and until they are gone we will continue to feel the downward pressure on pricing.  The best thing we can do to solve these foreclosures is to encourage our residents to do a short sale rather than a foreclosure where we can get a higher price for the home and slow the downward pressure.  Even short sales effect our market values in a negative way but not nearly as much as foreclosures do.  Even though we saw an increase in regular sales in 2011 we currently have 31 pending homes (under contract), of which a record high of 25 are short sales.  Two of these homes are foreclosures and only 4 are regular sales.  Only 13% are regular sales.  As each of these nonregular close you will see more downward pressure on our pricing.  If you need to sell your home in the next 3 years I would encourage you to call me sooner rather than later to discuss your options.  Even if you are not looking to sell in the near future but have real estate or mortgage related questions please do not hesitate to call or email me at anytime.  I always love to hear from my neighbors in Sunset Lakes.  I also want to thank you for making me the top listing and sales agent in Sunset Lakes for 2011.  I am looking forward to another great year!

Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Tags:   south florida real estate, sunset lakes real estate, miramar real estate, selling or buying real estate in miramar

MLS# F1172158

Welcome to your new home in Sunset Lakes located at 3381 SW 195th Terrace in Miramar, Florida. This 5 bedroom/3 bathroom home spans over 3,000 square feet and combines the ultimate in luxury finishes, upgrades and views.  Situated on an oversized lot with an extended driveway with pavers, this home is sure to impress. Outside you will find Accordion shutters, professional landscaping throughout and fruit trees adorn the backyard. Relax by the gorgeous pool or gas heated spa all while overlooking the lake.

Formal living and dining rooms as well as separate sitting and dining areas, and built in desk area, provide plenty of space. The kitchen contains upgraded lighting and Corian countertops.  Inside boasts a Master Bedroom that overlooks the pool, spa and lake. The Master Bathroom is outfitted with a spa tub, separate sinks, majestic columns and 2 California walk in closets. Each additional room also contains walk in closets. Additionally, crown molding and tray ceilings are throughout with Silhouette blinds and custom drapes.

Listed at $445,000 this is your chance to purchase the perfect home in the sought after Sunset Lakes Community. Amenities include A-Rated school district, clubhouse, gym and tennis courts. Don't miss this opportunity for your South Florida dream home!

Contact Sandra Rathe for all your real estate needs at (954)547-4601

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