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Love letters reveal innocent times...

by Justin Willard

As we look at the market update this month, it is always nice to look to our past and see what it reveals.

Elizabeth Taylor's love letters to William Pawley, 90, now of Pembroke Pines, Florida, on display. Photo: REUTERS

Back in 1949, a young Elizabeth Taylor and her mother were on holiday in Miami Beach as guests of millionaire William Pawley Senior, a US ambassador to Brazil and aviation entrepreneur.  Mr. Pawley Senior had a son, also named William, and Elizabeth and the young William spent many an hour poolside as Elizabeth fell "head over heals" in love!

Now a month or so after Elizabeth Taylor's passing, the "never-before-seen" love letters are up for auction.  William Pawley, 90, now of Pembroke Pines, Florida, kept Taylor's letters and has now decided to sell them.  He told collectors at a viewing on Tuesday ''I have never got over Elizabeth.''

The bundle of letters are written on pink, blue and ivory paper - some on Taylor's MGM studio stationery, or on her private stationery, embossed with Elizabeth at the top.

According to Bobby Livingston, the auction company's vice-president of sales and marketing, before Taylor's death, the letters were valued between $US25,000 and $US30,000.  You can bid on these love letters at RRAuction.com

OK, back to the real world!  What is happening here in Keystone Lake this month?

There are 3 active listings comprising all of three bedroom homes averaging 1.760 sq ft in size.  Expect to find these homes asking $268,000 or $153 / sq ft.

The year-to-date closings have totaled 4 properties, with an average sale price of $244,250.  These have mostly been 3 bedroom homes of 1,895 sq ft.  Two of these closing have occurred in the last 30 days with a higher average sale price of $252,500.

As was mentioned in last month's market update, Keystone Lakes offers a good selection of floor plans, one of which is the Athens.

Want to be the first to hear about new listings?  Let us do the work for you and keep you informed via email.  Perhaps you are thinking of selling.  Then you will want an analysis of your approximate home value delivered direct to your inbox.

Call now on (954) 745-4735 and speak with Justin or Claudia Willard for first hand advice.

Where is a good place to eat? Do you like seafood?

by Justin Willard

With 143-acre lake at the center of the community, when if comes to dining why wouldn't you think of seafood?  Just a short distance from this community, located on Pines Blvd you will find Flannigan's Seafood Bar and Grill.  Just imagine how you will feel as you leave your beautiful home to take the family out for an enjoyable meal after a hard day's work.  I think I can hear the grill now!

Keystone Lake offers a good selection of floor plans, one of which is the Athens.  This is a single story home with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a 2 car garage.  Need more detail?  Click on our downloadable and printable floor plans.

The Athens floor plan

Market Update:

Currently there are only two active listings in Keystone Lakes.  You will have the choice of either a 3 or a 4 bedroom home with an average price of just $355,000.

And since the beginning of the year we have only seen one closing.  This was a 3 bedroom home of 1,648 square feet and was on the market for just 56 days.

Want to be the first to hear about new listings?  Let us do the work for you and keep you informed via email.  Perhaps you are thinking of selling.  Then you will want an analysis of your approximate home value delivered direct to your inbox.

Call now on (954) 745-4735 and speak with Justin or Claudia Willard for first hand advice.

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Foreclosure Avoided in Keystone Lake - Pembroke Pines

by Justin Willard

Keystone Lake Home

Foreclosure Avoided in Keystone Lake

Just this week, The Willard Realty Team, closed the sale of a gorgeous home in the community of Keystone Lake in Pembroke Pines, FL.  Selling this home was particularly gratifying because we were able to help the home seller avoid foreclosure while at the same time finding a wonderful home for the new buyer and his family.  Transactions like this are true win-win situations. 

In this case, the homeowner chose to short sale there home versus allowing the bank to force a foreclosure sale.  This had tremendous benefits for the seller in that they avoided having a foreclosure on their credit. In addition, the seller prevented the debt owed from being turned over to a debt collector who may have hounded them for future repayment.  Completing the short sale allowed the seller to walk away debt free and feeling relived.

The buyers purchaesed a wonderful home that had been well cared for by the seller's family.  The home was nicely decorated and in great condition.  The home also had may upgrades including stainless steel appliances, faux painted front and garage doors, California closets and an extended pavered back patio.  Being a short sale, the buyers allowed the sellers time to obtain short sale approval from their lender; but the home was well worth the wait.  The buyers are now in the process of moving in and can't wait to put their personal touch on their new home. 

Claudia and Justin Willard have helped numerous families in Pembroke Pines avoid foreclosure through the process of short sale.  In most cases, the home sellers received a full release of lien and satisfaction of mortgage at closing.  If you are facing foreclosure or are just thinking about not making your next mortgage payment call us today at 954-745-4735 to explore your options.  We partner with a local attorney to get your short sale approved quickly and with the least amount of inconvenience to you and your family.  Please visit www.dadebrowardshortsales.com for more information. 

Keystone Lake: Did you see that house that just listed?

by Justin Willard

Keystone Lake in Pembroke Pines, FL is a gated, master-planned community. Imagine yourself enjoying a paddle boat on Keystone Lake's 145-acre recreational lake. Take a stroll on the sidewalk through the neighborhood and see the lifestyle variety. With 24hr security, some of the lowest monthly HOA fees in the area, and a tot lot for children to play, why live anywhere else? If you are interested in buying or selling in Keystone Lake, I have listed the most recent listing and selling information below.

Active Listings

  • 4 Active Click to view active listings.
  • List prices between $224,730 and $322,900
  • Three 3-bed, one 4-bed homes available
  • Square foot ranges from 1821 to 2078
  • Various styles from 1 story to 2 story  Click to see the model floor plans.

Sold Listings

  • 1 sold between Oct 2010 and present
  • Sale price $318,000
  • Bedrooms 4 baths 2.5
  • Price per sq ft $135
  • Days on the market 4

To check on the availability of any Keystone Lake home, contact Claudia Willard today at 954.745.4735 or email mailto:info@willardrealtyteam.com  or if you would like to sell your Keystone Lake home. We are Keystone Lake experts and pride ourselves on knowing the inside information about this community. We also provide FREE Home Values for Keystone Lakes.

Click here to be among the first to know when new homes hit the market in Keystone Lake.

 

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