For over 12 years, the team at Smart Properties, LLC, has been helping property owners and renters in the Lakeland area. Our commitment to quality and customer service has never wavered, which helps explain the longevity of our company. We treat each property we manage as if it were our own, and we always make sure our renters are taken care of.
We manage all types of residential properties, including duplexes and single family homes. If you are interested in finding a great rental in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Mulberry or Auburndale, we can help. Contact us now to get started
Smart Properties, LLC
229 North Tennessee Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801
F: (863) 248-1975
Office Hours: 9am to 5pm Monday – Friday
Our goal is to provide you with the best service and manage your properties efficiently and effectively. Our team has invested in a complete and modern software solution, AppFolio Property Manager. We are excited to share several of the new capabilities and how they will benefit you.
- More effectively market your properties and fill vacancies sooner. AppFolio allows us to quickly advertise vacancies online, posting to our website, and hundreds of other listing sites. Applicants can also apply right from their smartphones.
- Price rentals right for your market and reduce vacancies. AppFolio’s built-in rental comparison tool provides actual rental rates for units similar to yours in the same geographic location. This insight allows us to maximize your revenue and fill vacancies faster.
- Screen for the best residents. Streamlined, built in resident screening includes standard background and credit checks along with past rent payment history. Screens can be completed in minutes – enabling us to place the highest quality residents quickly.
- You will be paid faster and more securely. New functionality provides our team the ability to deposit funds directly into your bank account. No more waiting for a check in the mail.
- On-demand access to your statements. Owner statements are securely posted to an online Owners Portal, saving time and paper. These simple statements provide you with a quick snapshot of your property details for the past month. We can also include maintenance invoices and additional reports you request.
- Handle property maintenance issues faster. We use AppFolio for electronic work-orders and communication with vendors so we can quickly resolve issues. At your request, we can email you a copy of the work order and relevant information giving you real-time updates.
NAR – swift gains in fourth quarter push home prices to peak levels in majority of metro areas
The best quarterly sales pace of the year pushed available housing supply to record lows and caused price appreciation to slightly speed up in the final three months of 2016, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The report also revealed that sales prices in over half of measured markets since 2005 are now at or above their previous peak level. The median existing single-family home price increased in 89% of measured markets, with 158 out of 178 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) showing sales price gains in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared with the fourth quarter of 2015. Twenty areas (11%) recorded lower median prices from a year earlier. There were more rising markets in the fourth quarter compared to the third quarter of 2016, when price gains were recorded in 87% of metro areas. Thirty-one metro areas in the fourth quarter (17%) experienced double-digit increases — an increase from 14% in the third quarter. For all of 2016, an average of 87% of measured markets saw increasing home prices, up from the averages in 2015 (86%) and 2014 (75%). Of the 150 markets NAR has tracked since 2005, 78 (52%) now have a median sales price at or above their previous all-time high. The national median existing single-family home price in the fourth quarter of 2016 was $235,000, which is up 5.7% from the fourth quarter of 2015 ($222,300). The median price during the third quarter of 2016 increased 5.4% from the third quarter of 2015.
At the end of the fourth quarter, there were 1.65 million existing homes available for sale, which was 6.3% below the 1.76 million homes for sale at the end of the fourth quarter in 2015 and the lowest level since NAR began tracking the supply of all housing types in 1999. The average supply during the fourth quarter was 3.9 months — down from 4.6 months a year ago. NAR President William E. Brown says prospective buyers will likely see competition in their market increase even more this spring. “The prospect of higher mortgage rates and more home shoppers in coming months should be enough of an incentive for those serious about buying to start their search now,” he said. “There are fewer listings on the market, but also a little less competition than what’s expected this spring. Buyers may find just the home they’re looking for at a good price and without the possibility of having to outbid others.” Total existing-home sales, including single family and condos, rose 3.3% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.57 million in the fourth quarter from 5.39 million in the third quarter of 2016, and are 7.1% higher than the 5.20 million pace during the fourth quarter of 2015. Despite a meaningful increase in the national family median income ($70,831), rising prices and the boost in mortgage rates at the end of the year slightly weakened affordability compared to a year ago. To purchase a single-family home at the national median price, a buyer making a 5% down payment would need an income of $51,017, a 10% down payment would require an income of $48,332, and $42,962 would be needed for a 20% down payment.
Metro area condominium and cooperative prices — covering changes in 61 metro areas — showed the national median existing-condo price was $222,000 in the fourth quarter, up 6.1% from the fourth quarter of 2015 ($209,300). Nearly all metro areas (93%) showed gains in their median condo price from a year ago. The five most expensive housing markets in the fourth quarter were the San Jose, California, metro area, where the median existing single-family price was $1,005,000; San Francisco, $837,500; Anaheim-Santa Ana, California, $745,200; urban Honolulu, $740,200; and San Diego, $593,000. The five lowest-cost metro areas in the fourth quarter were Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio, $87,600; Decatur, Illinois, $92,400; Cumberland, Maryland, $94,000; Rockford, Illinois, $109,500, and Binghamton, New York, $109,700. Total existing-home sales in the Northeast jumped 10.5% in the fourth quarter and are now 6.4% above the fourth quarter of 2015. The median existing single-family home price in the Northeast was $254,100 in the fourth quarter, slightly lower (0.2%) from a year ago. In the Midwest, existing-home sales climbed 2.3% in the fourth quarter and are 8.8% above a year ago. The median existing single-family home price in the Midwest increased 5.7% to $181,100 in the fourth quarter from the same quarter a year ago. Existing-home sales in the South increased 2.6% in the fourth quarter and are 5.4% higher than the fourth quarter of 2015. The median existing single-family home price in the South was $210,500 in the fourth quarter, 7.9% above a year earlier. In the West, existing-home sales rose 1.6% in the fourth quarter and are 9.1% above a year ago. The median existing single-family home price in the West increased 7.8% to $348,800 in the fourth quarter from the fourth quarter of 2015.