Hiring an experienced Realtor when buying a Lakeland Short Sale is essential.

I represented the buyers for a home in Carillon Lakes in Lakeland, Florida that was listed as a short sale and my buyer did not walk away – a successful short sale transaction from start to finish.

Showing Lakeland homes listed as Short Sales requires extra precaution when representing buyers.  I always tell my buyers to be patient, have a pre-approval letter from a reputable lender or proof of funds. My estimated closing date is about three to six months out.  If a potential buyer is looking for something to move in right away, a short sale may not be an option.

Before we made an offer on this Carillon Lakes home, a comparable market analysis is completed to make sure that the home is priced right.  Too often the home is priced too low enticing buyers and agents to make an offer only to find out later that the short sale will not be approved after waiting for months.

  • 4026 Whistlewood Drive, Lakeland Florida 33811 Carillon Lakes - Lakeland FL - Short Sale Just Sold
  • Sold for $149,000
  • 3 bedroom, 2 bath,
  • den,
  • lanai
  • hardwood floors,
  • low monthly homeowners association fee
  • 24/7 security guard
  • Listing Date October 2009
  • Contract Date December 2009
  • Date Closed May 2010

Interviewing the listing agent is key to find out if the seller turned in all the required documents needed to complete the short sale process. All too often, it turns out that there are still documents missing or the sellers are not cooperating, delaying the process even further.  Asking how many lenders are involved and if there is private mortgage insurance on the home. More importantly getting updates from the listing agent and keeping my clients, the buyers up-to-date on the status is a key factor having a successful short sale closed.

Buying a Lakeland short sale is not for the faint at heart and patience is required process.  Hiring an experienced real estate agent who is experienced on both sides of the transaction is basis to a successful closing.

Conveniently located minutes from Polk Parkway and Interstate 4, Carillon Lakes gated community is situated southwest Lakeland, Florida and has almost 650 Carillon Lakes - Lakeland Flhomeowners according to their newsletter. Carillon Lakes community has a lot to offer for families and retirees such as swimming pool, tennis courts, basketball court, fitness center, playground and a club house at the Town Center which can be rented for family gatherings such as birthday parties.

Carillon Lakes was developed over ten years ago and it is a deed restricted community. There are a variety of homes and condominiums situated throughout this lovely neighborhood that was developed in the early 2000. This community provides plenty of activities for its residents as well as for children. The community’s monthly calendar is filled with entertainment like, water aerobics, book buffs, game night, investment clubs and much, much more. Carillon Lakes has its own web site and publishes a monthly newsletter. The appearance of this community shows pride with manicured lawns and walkways throughout the community and its surrounding lakes.

A short distance to major employers such as Publix Supermarkets corporate office and GEICO Insurance as well as shopping at the Lakeside Village, Target and many restaurants situated along Harden Boulevard makes Carillon Lakes in Lakeland Florida a convenient location.

Carillon Lakes Homes for sale offer great contemporary architectural style built single family homes and condominiums from 1400 – 3000 square feet of living space at very affordable prices. These homes offer a variety of style and size from a three bedroom to five bedroom homes. A great buy for first-time home buyers, folks who want to down size, and investors. Prices currently range from under $125,000 – $230,000 with an average price of $150,000.

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If you are interested more about this Carillon Lakes in Lakeland and other communities and subdivisions please contact me at petra@petranorris.com

Carillon Lakes School Zone – Lakeland FL:

**Elementary School: Jesse Keen Elementary

**Middle School: Sleepy Hill Middle

**High School: Kathleen High

**Please note that Carillon School Zone in Lakeland Florida -Polk County – occasionally changes and should be verified by the Polk County School Board.