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            Retiring in Lakeland, Florida 


Today. I'm going to share my top six reasons why retiring in the Greater Lakeland area is the best choice. Hi, I'm Lisa Kelly, Lakeland homes and lifestyles with Premier Realty in beautiful Lakeland, Florida. I hope you could stay with me. Because at the end, I'm going to have a free bonus for you that I know you're going to find very helpful. So let's get started right now.
 



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Choosing the greater Lakeland area, or the surrounding Polk areas, when you've made the decision it's time to retire, to me seems like the natural choice. After all, you've worked hard all your life. You've raised your kids, you've had the big house. And, of course, all the responsibilities and maintenance of that big house. But it's your time now to start a new chapter and do all the things that you said you always wanted to do.

Like most people entering retirement, you want to be able to live the lifestyle that you've always dreamed about. And be able to comfortably afford the Florida life.

Which brings me to reason number one why the greater Lakeland area is the ultimate city to retire. Our low, or in some cases, no taxes. Florida has no state income tax. That means that there's no state income tax on your social security benefits, your 401ks, your IRAs. And there's no state income tax on your estate or inheritance either. But you're going to want to sit down with your financial advisor to determine which revenue stream is best for your personal circumstances.

But be rest assured, there are no state income taxes here. Reason number two. Our area's shopping culture and our arts. One of my personal favorites is the weekly farmer's market. Local vendors bring their best to the market each week. From locally grown produce to unique handcrafted wares. You get a real sense of the community. And you want to take part. We also have museums, five star restaurants, and festivals for those with a more cultured palette.

That's the beauty of the greater Lakeland area. Whether you love the small town feel, or the big city amenities, we've got it. And we do it right. Because there's so much to choose from. I've put a link down in the description for you of all the restaurants, all the museums, everything related to entertainment in the greater Lakeland area. Reason number three, what the greater Lakeland area is best known for is for our parks, our lakes, and our easy Southern charm. From the rich history of the older homes and buildings, to all the wonderful parks and lakes, the greater Lakeland area promises to offer the very best in outdoor fun for everyone. Enjoying fishing at one of our 554 lakes, golfing in one of our 40 plus public courses, gardening, swimming, or just spending the day with friends, having a barbecue at one of our 39 beautiful parks. And I am super excited about the new Bonnet Springs Park being built right now.

It's 180 acre natural venue with walking trails, banquet halls, and activities for all walks of life. I can't wait. That's going to be a separate video, I promise. Reason number four, our g
lorious weather. If you want warm weather six months out of the year. And four months out of the year, you like hot weather with a little bit of humidity, and an occasional summer storm, you're going to love it here. But those two months, I would say between January and March, oh man, it is gorgeous here. Our highs are in the fifties, sixties. Sometimes forties, depending on if it's a February day or not. And sometimes we do get down to around 30. sometimes even twenties on rare occasions. No snow here. I take that back. We did have snow one day.

It was January 19th, 1977. I'll never forget it. Everyone went outside and played with it. It made national news. We had about 0.2 inches. For you Canadians, that's 0.5 centimeters. I mean a little tiny little bit. But it did make national news. I've lived here for over a half a century. And we've only had, I think, three major freezes. Most of the times it's shorts, tee shirts and flip flops.

Reason number five, our hospitals and our clinics. Between Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, and Auburdale. We have some of the best medical facilities in the state. That includes Lakeland Regional, Heart of Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center, and Watson Clinic Centering and Research Center.

Reason number six, and the best part, that vacation feel. The greater Lakeland ,and surrounding areas, are the perfect Florida location. Positioned between Tampa and Orlando, 45 minutes to White Sand beaches. 55 minutes from all the famous entertainment attractions in the Orlando area. And no more than three hours away from any coastal resort city in Florida. We have the best of both worlds here. We have low taxes, low cost of living, very affordable housing, all at the same time, you're having access to that Florida lifestyle you've always dreamed about.

I've lived here for over 50 years. And I can't imagine a more ideal place to retire. Thank you for taking your time to watch today. And don't forget to click the links down below in the description of all the details of some of the things I shared with you today. Oh, and that bonus that I promised you? You're going to want to check out this awesome relocation guide I made for you. In it you're going to find loads of information. This even some of the longtime residents may not know. So enjoy. I'm Lisa Kelly, with Lakeland Homes and Lifestyles, with Premier Realty. And until then, I'll see you on the next one.




 

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My experience while purchasing my first home was the best experience I've ever experienced. With Lisa's guidance it was a stress free experience. She made sure I was comfortable and understood every step. She gave her opinion from the heart. You can tell she genuinely wanted you to have the home you desired. She is very personable and that's great when you are purchasing a large investment. I am forever grateful of her help. So if you are looking to have a wonderful experience while purchasing or selling any property Lisa Kelly Realtor is the way to go.

 

~ Candace Engram

Candace Engram ????? 18 weeks ago My experience while purchasing my first home was the best experience I've ever experienced. With Lisa's guidance it was a stress free experience. She made sure I was comfortable and understood every step. She gave her opinion from the heart. You can tell she genuinely wanted you to have the home you desired. She is very personable and that's great when you are purchasing a large investment. I am forever grateful of her help. So if you are looking to have a wonderful experience while purchasing or selling any property Lisa Kelly Realtor is the way to go.

 

~ Candace Engram

Greg Raymond ????? 43 weeks ago Finding and buying the right house can be a difficult and daunting process. When my wife and I found our home online, we needed someone local to the property to assist us as we were out of state. Lisa came recommended by a local acquaintance and she was quick to respond to our call. She was collaborative and professional throughout the process, and was attentive to our needs and questions through closing. I would certainly recommend her!

 

~ Greg Raymond

I had such a positive experience working with Lisa. Not only is she a complete professional, but such a compassionate human being. Her knowledge guiding me through the Florida real estate process was so helpful as a first-time Florida homebuyer. She was always prompt and responsive while going above and beyond. She attended all key inspections in person and kept me informed throughout the entire process. If you are looking for a great real estate experience, look no further. Lisa is your gal to get the job done. I will definitely be working with her again in the future.

 

~ DJ Bradley

I had such a positive experience working with Lisa. Not only is she a complete professional, but such a compassionate human being. Her knowledge guiding me through the Florida real estate process was so helpful as a first-time Florida homebuyer. She was always prompt and responsive while going above and beyond. She attended all key inspections in person and kept me informed throughout the entire process. If you are looking for a great real estate experience, look no further. Lisa is your gal to get the job done. I will definitely be working with her again in the future.

 

~ DJ Bradley

We can’t say enough good things about Lisa Kelly! From the moment she stepped through our front door, she demonstrated all the characteristics you want in your realtor: integrity, friendliness, optimism, thorough knowledge of her field, state-of-the-art technical savvy, unflagging energy and sensitivity to all our own needs and feelings. Our house sold in four days and we are certain this success was largely due to Lisa’s skill and hard work. We highly recommend Lisa Kelly to anyone looking for a top notch realtor!

 

~ Tom and Kim Manske

We can’t say enough good things about Lisa Kelly! From the moment she stepped through our front door, she demonstrated all the characteristics you want in your realtor: integrity, friendliness, optimism, thorough knowledge of her field, state-of-the-art technical savvy, unflagging energy and sensitivity to all our own needs and feelings. Our house sold in four days and we are certain this success was largely due to Lisa’s skill and hard work. We highly recommend Lisa Kelly to anyone looking for a top notch realtor!

 

~ Kim Manske

Kim Manske ?????Aug 21, 2020 We can’t say enough good things about Lisa Kelly! From the moment she stepped through our front door, she demonstrated all the characteristics you want in your realtor: integrity, friendliness, optimism, thorough knowledge of her field, state-of-the-art technical savvy, unflagging energy and sensitivity to all our own needs and feelings. Our house sold in four days and we are certain this success was largely due to Lisa’s skill and hard work. We highly recommend Lisa Kelly to anyone looking for a top notch realtor!

 

~ Joanna Grizzard

Sidney Wyland Lisa Kelly was our realtor that helped us with our move from Utah to Lakeland. She is a very good resource for us in Lakeland and helped us buy our new home. We found Lisa on the internet. She has helped us with all the contacts and scheduling to insure all things here went smoothly. The closing on our home was completed on time which was very important as we had are household goods being delivered from two different states. She also continues to be there for us for any referrals or help we may need here locally. I would highly recommend her to anyone buying a home.

 

~ Rick and Sidney Wyland

Just wanted to thank Lisa for a job well done. I worked with Lisa on 2 of our homes this past year. We sold one in June and another late in the year. Everything went smooth and all details were handled in a very professional manor. Thanks again Lisa; nice working with you. Lee Brown

 

~ Lee and Frankie Brown

We had been looking for a new home for about three months. We changed Realtors and began working with Lisa. She showed us a couple of places. We talked about limits on price and location. We looked again on a couple. We did not care for those. She emailed us about a home that was being restored for a flip. We met her at our current home. We liked the location and made an offer which was accepted. She did a great job getting the seller to accept and a wonderful job from there. The closing took about fifteen minutes. We have been very happy from that day on. Patricia and Bill Crabb

 

~ Bill and Patricia Crabb

We had been looking for a new home for about three months. We changed Realtors and began working with Lisa. She showed us a couple of places. We talked about limits on price and location. We looked again on a couple. We did not care for those. She emailed us about a home that was being restored for a flip. We met her at our current home. We liked the location and made an offer which was accepted. She did a great job getting the seller to accept and a wonderful job from there. The closing took about fifteen minutes. We have been very happy from that day on. Patricia and Bill Crabb

 

~ Bill & Patricia Crabb

Just wanted to thank Lisa for a job well done. I worked with Lisa on 2 of our homes this past year. We sold one in June and another late in the year. Everything went smooth and all details were handled in a very professional manor. Thanks again Lisa; nice working with you. Lee Brown

 

~ Lee & Frankie Brown

01/03/2017 - shunter317 Bought a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $175K in Lakeland, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: Lisa is an exceptional agent as she knows real estate law and the local market. She communicates and is extremely responsive to her clients questions and needs. She walked us through a complicated contract. We consider Lisa a new friend.

 

~ What Others Had to say

Highly likely to recommend 08/09/2016 - HappyBuyerNEOH Bought a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $225K in Lakeland, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: I highly recommend Lisa Kelly! She was awesome to work with through the whole process. Her communication and promptness went above and beyond my expectations. Working in the mortgage industry, I see all types of realtors, if you want a genuine, awesome, go getter- she is your girl!

 

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Highly likely to recommend 10/27/2014 - jessbparker Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $75K in Auburndale, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: I cannot say enough about Lisa Kelly. She helped my husband and I buy our first home when we had limited funds and difficult circumstances. She is extremely knowledgeable about homes, market, taxes- anything you could want to know. She is also an excellent advocate for her clients during negotiations, which really came in handy when you're a nervous first-time home buyer.Less

 

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Highly likely to recommend 02/22/2014 - par167 Bought a home in 2014. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: Lisa Kelly is the hardest working woman I know! If you are in the market to buy or sell take it from my personal experience she delivers results!In Polk County or anywhere else for that matter you will be hard pressed to ever get better service. Paul Renner.....

 

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Highly likely to recommend 02/25/2012 - user027478 Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $275K in Lakeland, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: Lisa is the most professional realtor I've ever worked with... she's direct, honest, highly-knowledgable, very responsive and a consummate professional. She played fundamentally important roles in helping us to sell our house in a tough market. She's a hard worker and also gave us great advice and we were able to sell after listing for about 30 days. She then helped us find and close on our dream home. Her persistance and negotiating savvy helped us buy a house that was not a very convential listing. If we'd had an average realtor, we'd have been a lot less successful with both our deals. I'd recommend Lisa to anyone who wants to work with a genuine professional. She could write a book on what it takes to be an outstanding service provider.

 

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02/09/2012 - Alyson7707 Bought a Single Family home in 2009 for approximately $125K in Bartow, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: We absolutely loved our experience with Lisa.. She is incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated to finding the home of your dreams. We couldn't be happier with the home she found us or the time we spent with her--she made the experience exciting and easy. We do not hesitate to recommend her to friends and family and will absolutely work with her in the future. Thanks again Lisa! -Michael & Alyson Elrod

 

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Highly likely to recommend 02/08/2012 - AimeeWeed Bought a Single Family home in 2010 for approximately $100K in Auburndale, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: Lisa was always quick to respond to my questions. I honestly think that my family and I would not be in this wonderful house without her hard work. She is honest, not afraid to give her opinion in a helpful way, and she is very knowledgeable in all aspects of her job.

 

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Wonderful wonderful experience. Lisa is what I call a dream maker. I had the dream, and she made it a reality.Lisa's hard work, her quick response, her compassion in knowing I was a single mom purchasing my first house, has earned my loyalty in using her as my realtor for life.

 

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Highly likely to recommend 03/09/2011 - reedswife11 Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $75K in Lakeland, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: This woman is amazing, we have run into every road block imaginable and she has negotiated our problems quickly and effectivly everytime. Always available and Always puts her clients first

 

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