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DBC Day 30 - Building A Wheelchair Ramp, Hastings, Florida - 12/31/11 11:30 AM
We have an incredible local Housing Partnership, and a strong relationship between our local Realtor Board and the Housing Partnership. They stated a goal, in early December, to build 10 ramps by the end of the year; a tough time of year, although the weather this time of year is MUCH better to accomplish this task than, say, August. A group of 7 of us made the drive from the Beaches to Hastings, FL (a bit west of the beach) yesterday morning. We arrived at 8:45am, and the Housing Partnership had done some of the prep work for us the day (2 comments)
Here are the 2011 stats and 2010 for comparison - 2011
7 Homes Sold (October=15) Lowest price: $60,250 (October =$34,900) Highest price: $940,000 (October =$1,250,000) Shortest Days on Market:27 (October =5) Longest Days on Market: 332 (October =523)
16 homes sold (October =16) Lowest price: $39,900 (October =$66,100) Highest price: $2,850,000 (October =$900,000) Shortest Days on Market: 3 (October =3) Longest Days on Market: 537 (October =259) Sales are down quite a bit, both month over month, and year over year, which is disturbing. However, it’s more important to look at the time on (1 comments)
16 Homes Sold (even with October) Lowest price: $72,000 (October =$125,000) Highest price: $645,000 (October =$570,000) Shortest Days on Market:8 (October =6) Longest Days on Market: 215 (October =511)
18 homes sold (October=15) Lowest price: $90,000(October =$69,900) Highest price: $2,415,000 (October =$480,000 ) Shortest Days on Market: 3 (October =0) Longest Days on Market: 502 (October =215) This is what I wish the local media would focus on: Sales are flat (or stable) month over month, and down a modest 11%% year (0 comments)
6 Homes Sold (October=2) Lowest price: $168,000 (October =$139,000) Highest price: $445,000 (October =$265,000) Shortest Days on Market: 18 (October =13) Longest Days on Market: 811 (October =44)
7 homes sold (October =3) Lowest price: $193,000 (October =$59,900 ) Highest price: $1,335,000 (October =$525,000) Shortest Days on Market: 3 (October =16) Longest Days on Market:408 (October =1002) Sales are up 66% month over month, which is a little factoid I wish the local media would report on. Lowest sold home price is up (3 comments)
I Wish That I Could Wrap Up Christmas - 12/25/11 10:29 AM
I Wish That I Could Wrap Up Christmas I wish that I could wrap up all the love and Holiday cheer That comes along with Christmas and with New Year's every year, Pack it in a pretty box and put it on my shelf And pull it down again each year and give it to myself. I wish that I could tie up all my favorite carols with twine, Wind around some ribbon, too, and for twelve months call them mine Until the next Yuletide came when the sounds again could be unfurled And untie every single one then give them (9 comments)
Let It Snow! Thanks, Google! - 12/17/11 05:36 PM
I just read about this today, on Huffington Post, and had to try it. Go to Google, and type in "let it snow". Then watch what happens - it's too cool! Just another example of how brands can be flexible and creative and true to their brand. Simultaneously! Enjoy & Happy Holidays! PS - when you get bored with that, try do a barrel roll!
DBC Day 14 - Chamber Board Of Directors Meeting - 12/17/11 10:41 AM
I have chaired several task forces/committees over the past few years for the Chamber of Commerce, and have thus evolved to be on the Board of Directors for the Beaches Division. The meetings are every other month, so the time commitment is not large, but the pay off is immense. I LOVE being among the first to know what is going on in my area, and that is exactly what happens as part of being on the Board. I have learned what is opening next in vacant commercial space (the vacant Caribee Key will have a new restaurant operated by (3 comments)
DBC - Day 12: Obedience - 12/14/11 03:49 PM
I represent buyers and sellers as a Single Agent in the great state of Florida, which includes the following duties to my clients: Full Disclosure Confidentiality Dealing honestly & fairly Presenting all offers & counteroffers in a timely fashion Accounting for all funds Loyalty Skill, care & diligence in the transaction Disclosing all known facts that materially affect the value of residential value and may not be readily observable. Obedience The standard in our state is Transaction Brokerage, and the differences between Single Agency and Transaction Brokerage are bolded above. I wrote and presented an offer on a short sale for (2 comments)
DBC - Day 11: Working On Days Off - 12/14/11 03:47 PM
I tend to take Sundays off whenever possible; I miss having a full two days off per week, but did a great job this past weekend with time off. On Sunday, I received two offers on listings, and had no choice but to work a few hours; please understand, I'm not complaining! It's a great position to be in, and I'm thrilled to say I'm in the process of working 4 deals right now (one failed, see DBC Day 12). Sometimes, in order to achieve our goals, we have to be flexible and look at the bigger picture; a few hours (2 comments)
DBC - Day 10: Salvation Army Bell Ringing - 12/12/11 12:14 PM
This past Saturday, I rang the bell for an hour at my local Publix for the Salvation Army. I love doing this every year: since it's the Publix I shop at, I always see people I know, and it's just fun! I could not locate my antlers this year (probably need a new pair, as the lights no longer work anyway), so I sported my Tigger Santa hat (green, with ears like Tigger!), and that was more wind friendly in the long run (may be a weather based decision in the future). If you have the chance to do this in (5 comments)
DBC Days 8 & 9 - 12/11/11 05:34 PM
I've been so busy this week, with 8 total events, including local Association events, Chamber of Commerce, and other networking events - whew! Was nice to have some down time this weekend, although that included writing an offer on one, getting offers on two others, and preparing one for submission tomorrow, pending a roof age question being answered. Great to be so busy in December!
Day 8: I started my shopping for the daniel foundation which helps kids in need. My two kids this year wanted books (and since I donated to their library, I LOVE giving books!) and DVD's. (6 comments)
DBC Days 6 & 7 - Take a Stand & Networking - 12/07/11 09:26 PM
Many times, we tend to be somewhat reticent on hot topics for various reasons. I, for example, do not get drawn into political conversations with buyers in my car (not that this comes up often, but used as a good example). Day 6: There are times it's ok to take a stand and be passionate about how you feel about a topic- mine most recently was the Jacksonville Jaguars Monday Night Football game. Here is my post on Facebook: Good morning! My two cents on the MNF game: I think it's ridiculous for anyone to expect Jack's departure, an interim coach, (3 comments)
DBC Day 5 - Being Upfront & Honest - 12/07/11 08:10 AM
This past Monday, I showed a young engaged couple some homes with the fiancé's in laws. I had showed them some houses in the past, and because of their price point, many of the homes are REO's and short sales, which typically require work. More work than most first time buyers really are capable of taking on. These kinds of properties can be more difficult to purchase, as well as present very differently than traditional re-sale properties. It was the first time I was meeting the in laws, so I wanted to impress upon them we were (as a team) (5 comments)
DBC Day 3 & 4 - Going The Extra Step & Saying Thanks! - 12/07/11 08:03 AM
Day 3 - Today, I worked on getting the utilities transferred over into my customer's name for a property they are buying in Atlantic Beach, FL. They are a wonderful couple from Utah, who are ultimately looking to retire here, and hence, parts of the utility application need to be done in person, which I, of course, volunteered to do. How will this help my business in 2012? When they tell all their other friends how easy and seamless I made it to buy a house from out of state! Day 4- I work out every (ok, most every) day, and (1 comments)
December Blogging Challenge Day 2 - Sphere List Reduction - 12/07/11 07:52 AM
I was so thrilled to have yet another reason to blog on a daily basis with this challenge! Being just a little competitive, this will just urge me to post more often, which is not a bad thing at all. Today, I worked on my sphere of influence (SOI). I've got a TON of names on this list: past customers, friends, prospects. It really would benefit from some trimming, frankly. Having recently started a coaching program, this is a task that I have to finish, and I pushed myself to get this done. The theory is that the only names that (2 comments)
M Shack, Atlantic Beach, FL - December Blogging Challenge Day 1 - 12/07/11 07:51 AM
The Medure family has opened another restaurant, this time in Atlantic Beach, FL. Known for their other endeavors, Matthew's in San Marco, & Medure's in Ponte Vedra Beach, & Take Away Gourmet in San Marco, M Shack is a bit different. For one, I love both Matthews and Medure's...when someone else is picking up the tab (more so at Matthew's; Medure's has a terrific lounge menu). At M Shack, the most expensive burger is $18, and served with foie gras. That's it. I had a basic burger ($3.50) without cheese, fries and an glass of Cable Car Pinot Noir during my (0 comments)
Are You Ready For Some Football??? Jags vs Chargers on MNF, 12/5/11 - 12/05/11 04:21 PM
For those of you who follow football, the Jaguars have really had nothing to purr about (sorry!) in quite some time. Losing seasons, losing games, even if we were ahead. Heck, even Barbara Todaro's Rocky hardly ever goes with them - but he did again this week! Why? For the first time in a LONG time, we here in NE FL have a bit more to talk about. Jack Del Rio was fired. And quite a few fans (and others) think this was long overdue (I would tend to agree). We have an enigmatic new owner, Shahid Khan, and the energy (9 comments)
Building Height Limit Changes Upcoming For The Beaches??? - 12/03/11 08:06 AM
I've lived in the beaches area of Jacksonville, FL for the past 20+ years, and have seen the redevelopment of several areas, maximizing their locations and consumer friendliness. I have first hand witnessed some of these changes, and for the most part, they have been positive changes. One of the items the voters of Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach and Jacksonville Beach voted on a few years ago was a building height limit to keep the coastline looking like it did: not dotted with a myriad of high rise condos. It was really targeting residential, and defined several Central Business Districts. (20 comments)
Is It A Foreclosure Or A Short Sale? It's BOTH! - 12/01/11 04:24 PM
I took on a challenging listing earlier this year, with the conviction that I could, of course get it done, and look like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat. Oh, boy. Here is the abbreviated back story: My seller purchased a condo at the beach on the courthouse website for $8000. This was an association foreclosure, subject to the first lien. My seller didn't really know what he had just done. The first lien is for $220K roughly. The lender has started foreclosure proceedings against the absentee note holder who abandoned the property (and took all the appliances (11 comments)
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