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Market Report: Hobe Sound Florida Real Estate Snapshot for Zip Code 33455, Condo Sales for April 2011 For April, 2011 in the 33455 Zip Code area of Hobe Sound, Florida :
There are currently 39 active condo listings. (Up 2 from last month)
9 Condo sales are pending and awaiting close or lender approval. (Unchanged from from March)
There were 3 sales. (A decrease of two condos from last month)
The Hobe Sound Condo market was off slightly from March. Very small differences though and inventory levels remain moderately low compared to last year. (2 comments)
Tips to Get Top Dollar on Your Las Vegas Home - 05/31/11 04:38 PM
Renee Burows of Las Vegas Nevada writes this great post about getting top dollar for a Las Vegas home. Not only true for Las Vegas, this applies for sellers anywhere in the country in this market: Via Renee Burrows - Las Vegas Real Estate (702-580-1783) www.ShackDiva.com (The Force Realty -Realtor-Estate-Probate-REO-Short Sale):
Occupancy Status – The best type of occupancy status is a vacant home. It is always easy to show. No appointments are necessary and no roadblocks are in the way. Usually the worst type of occupancy status is an uncooperative tenant. The more people who get into a home, the quicker (1 comments)
Deal Breakers and How to Safeguard Against Them - 05/31/11 04:36 PM
Lora "Leah" Stern, of Rockland County NY, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker gives some good pointers for sellers about possible problems they need to be aware of before they actually occur: Via Lora "Leah" Stern, Realtor Suffern, Rockland County NY (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage): Deal Breakers and How to Safeguard Against Them You've found the house of your dreams, you've successfully negotiated a purchase price that's satisfactory to both you and the sellers and you're fully under contract for the sale. Things are moving along nicely, everything seems to be in order and you're looking forward to the move. But then deal braking (2 comments)
DOES FILING BANKRUPTCY GET YOU FIRED FROM YOUR JOB? - 05/31/11 04:28 PM
Richard Zaretsky is one of the leading real estate attorney's in Florida and specializes in distressed property sales. He posts this informative news about the possible consequences when filing for bankruptcy: Via Richard Zaretsky, Florida Real Estate Attorney (Richard P. Zaretsky P.A. - Bd Certified Real Estate Attorney): A lot of homeowners and commercial mortgagors that consider strategic defaults or foreclosure as solutions to being upside down on their home loans need to also consider what is often a perceived a simple escape mechanism - a Bankruptcy.
The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on May 17 2011 that the Bankruptcy Code does not (1 comments)
The Longer the Shelf Life, The Less Chance You Have of Selling Your Home - 05/31/11 03:52 PM
Debe Maxwell is the leading Realtor in the Charlotte area. She writes this post that applies to all areas of the country. The longer your home is on the market, the more difficult it will be to sell. Via Debe Maxwell - Search Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte NC Neighborhoods (iCharlotteRealEstate.com Savvy + Company Real Estate): The Longer the Shelf Life, The Less Chance You Have of Selling Your Home "HELP! We've received an offer on our home...and it's WAY too low! What on earth are we to do?" I know it stinks and it just plain doesn't 'feel' right either. (0 comments)
What Realtors Do for Sellers - 05/31/11 03:49 PM
Mimi Foster of Colorado Springs writes another excellent post, this time outlining what Realtors do for sellers. Were you aware of all these things? Do you think you can do it on your own, as well or as efficiently?
Via Mimi Foster - Realtor Colorado Springs (EPIC Real Estate Group Real Estate Colorado Springs): What Realtors Do for Sellers Last week I posted a list called What Realtors Do for Buyers. As promised, I told you that I would provide a list of What Realtors Do for Sellers. This list was designed and developed many years ago. I have tweeked it (3 comments)
What Realtors Do for Buyers - 05/31/11 03:46 PM
Mimi Foster of Colorado Springs writes this excellent post outlining what Realtors do for buyers. Were you aware of all these things? Do you think you can do it on your own, as well or as efficiently? Via Mimi Foster - Realtor Colorado Springs (EPIC Real Estate Group Real Estate Colorado Springs): WHAT REALTORS DO FOR BUYERS Okay, here's the deal. I'm gonna share my list with you of some of the services that we provide to our Buyers (I'll share my Seller list with you next week, so if you want to get it, be sure to subscribe to Mimi's Musings :) (1 comments)
A community filled with great family homes, Jensen Park Estates is located in the captivating city of Jensen Beach, Florida. This friendly neighborhood has a mix of both newer and older homes with spacious floor plans and ample yards. There are a number of small ponds great for fishing dotted throughout the estates. Jensen Park Estates is close to all the exceptional amenities Jensen Beach has to offer; ‘A’ rated schools, stunning stretches of beach, the Treasure Coast Square Mall, marvelous local and chain restaurants and recreational areas. Living in Jensen Beach gives the (5 comments)
On Memorial Day the flag is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for (10 comments)
Treasure Coast Home Buyers, Are You Stuck on the Fence? The current housing affordability index shows homes are now more affordable than they have been for the past 35 years. In 1963, when possibly your parents bought their first home, it cost 43 percent of their income to finance the purchase. Today, if you’re the average person in those statistics it will cost you 22% of your monthly income to finance your new home.NAR (The National Association of Realtors) recommends that an average family’s housing costs be approximately 25% of their pretax income (which includes mortgage payments, taxes, insurance (4 comments)
Thinking About Renting vs. Buying You probably know that many homeowners are underwater on their mortgages and a lot are losing their homes. After that, most of them become renters.How big is the demand? In the 1980s, about 28 million people in the United States were living in rented apartments. By the 2010s, that number had risen to about 42 million.It's good news for apartment owners, who are seeing the values of their properties rise. Apartment values are also rising because the market is healthy, which makes financing cheaper.It isn't good news for renters. Rents are rising and vacancies are (12 comments)
Hideaway Isles is a community of a variety of homes where you will surely find something to suit your needs! Homes range in size from modest two to over five bedroom homes with plenty of room around the homes for a great opportunity to make your backyard a fantastic weekend getaway. There is a variety of homes in Hideaway Isles that have newer and older designs and ages. However, most homes have completed updates to the inside and outsides that today’s home buyers find so appealing. Most Hideaway isles homes are waterfront (4 comments)
Do I Have To Miss Payments To Do A Short Sale? - 05/25/11 10:42 AM
Bryant Tutas is a short sale specialist and knows the pulse of the distressed market in Florida. What used to be unheard of is now happening fairly often. Home owners current on their mortgage getting approvals for short sales: Via Bryant Tutas-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc: Maybe. Maybe not. Some lenders/investors will require that you are 30 days late to receive short sale approval and some won't. As a Florida Short Sale Broker who has handled lots of successful Florida Short Sales I still haven't figured out what triggers the "You must be late" requirement. Just recently I've experienced: One seller was told (2 comments)
Look at Houses Yourself - 05/25/11 10:41 AM
Mimi Foster writes this excellent post that those that feel they can find their dream home without the assistance of a Realtor should read. It's not only finding the home, but going through negotiations, inspections, escrow and all those little sticky points that could cost you money or even worse, cancel the purchase: Via Mimi Foster - Realtor Colorado Springs (EPIC Real Estate Group Real Estate Colorado Springs): Over the weekend I wrote a post about What Realtors Do for Buyers. Many commented and emailed that they have worked with Buyers who couldn't figure out why we got paid if all we did (0 comments)
Parkside in Palm City is a beautiful DiVosta built community for people of all ages looking for a home that is large enough to be comfortable but also small enough to be easy to maintain. Each of the approximately 68 homes in Parkside is of solid poured concrete construction with modern appliances, featuring pristine landscaping and a few with lovely lake views. Close to all the great things that Martin County has to offer such as “A” rated schools, entertainment and fantastic local restaurants. Parkside is well located close to quick (3 comments)
There are currently 62 active condo listings. (down 3 from March)
9 Condo sales are pending and awaiting close or lender approval. (up 2 from last month)
4 Condos Sold in April. (down 1 from March) Mixed results for the Palm City Florida condo market snapshot – zip code 34990. Basically unchanged from last month, with sales off by 1 unit, pending sales slightly (2 comments)
A Georgetown, Washington, DC Condo Transformed - 05/24/11 12:18 PM
Monica Murphy of Potomac falls VA shows how well a professional stager can transform the ordinary to the extra-ordinary. When a condo shows this well, it will sell quicker and for a higher price. Via Monica Murphy, ASP, IAHSP, RESA (Preferred Staging, LLC): Last week we staged a fabulous one bedroom condo in a prime Georgetown location, right across the street from Rose Park. This unit has a really wonderful open floor plan with a full kitchen and eat-in area, but what we really loved was the living room with the transom lights and access to the beautiful communal courtyard. Before we could stage, (2 comments)
Is Early Occupancy OK for Short Sales? - 05/24/11 09:07 AM
Wendy Rulnick is one of the country's premier short sale experts. She poses a very interesting question. In almost all traditional sales, early occupancy is fraught with potential disaster and is discouraged by most professionals. However, in short sales it might be different: Via Wendy Rulnick "Its Wendy!" Destin Florida Short Sales (Rulnick Realty, Inc.):
Move in without closing first? Whoa! I just got an offer on a Destin Florida short sale listing with an early occupancy clause. The buyer wants to move into the property before closing and short sale approval. Is that a good idea? One of the negatives (0 comments)
Morris County Staging: Look What Can be Done in a 1/2 Day of Home Staging! - 05/24/11 09:04 AM
Kristine Ginsberg shows just how amazing a 1/2 day of staging can be. Look at the results below. Don't you think this home will sell for a higher price due to these changes? Via Kristine Ginsberg (Morris County, NJ: Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC): Morris County Staging: Look What Can be Done in a 1/2 of Home Staging! This post was inspired by Laura Baker's post: I Can't Afford Home Staging! All professional home stagers, myself included, love the big jobs that come with a big budgetso we can utilize all our resources and talent, shopping for fabulous accessories, furniture rentals and have days to (0 comments)
Short Sale Series - What is the right offer? - 05/24/11 08:58 AM
Vanessa Saunders writes this post about making offers for short sales. The third party on these deals is a bank or lender and knows what the home is worth. Can you get it at a discount. Probably. Can you get it for a steal. Probably not. Via Vanessa Saunders MBA MIMC (Baer & McIntosh Real Estate): Banks owe their shareholders and investors a duty to get as much as they can for short sales. Just because you see it's on the market and listed as a short sale or a foreclosure doesn't mean they're going to give it to you for a fraction (0 comments)
Realtor Property Resource (RPR) - 05/24/11 07:14 AM
Realtor Property Resource (RPR) Late last year, NAR began rolling out an exciting new product for Realtors alone. It is called the Realtor Property Resource. Those of us that belong to the Realtor Association of Martin County have been privileged to be able to use this awesome tool since late last year. What is RPR? You can read the long version here. But in a nutshell it’s information fed from participating MLS and numerous sources of public records. This resource is not available to any one but participating Realtors, no third parties, no sales of information. Currently RPR has records for (3 comments)
There are currently 524 active listings (down 31 from March)
151 Residential sales are pending and awaiting close or lender approval. (Up 6 from last month)
59 Homes Sold in April (up 6 for March)
For the second month in a row, strong positive movement in all categories in Palm City, Florida real estate (zip code 34990). As with other areas in Martin County, inventory continues (3 comments)
Things You Shouldn't Find In A Home Inspection #6 - 05/23/11 04:12 PM
Rob Thomas of Bristol, TN shows a picture from the inspection of a home. This is one scenario you wouldn't want to see in a home you're about to purchase. Just remember that most of these problems can be remedied. Hopefully the seller will do so, and do it correctly. Via Rob Thomas Tn-Va Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Heritage Homes at Sixth Street,Inc CALL....423-341-6954): Things You Shouldn't Find In A Home Inspection #6
I guess you take your life into your own hands when you wash cloths in this laundry room! The inspector was shocked there hadn't been a major incident with (1 comments)
6 Inexpensive, Easy Fixes to Better Curb Appeal - 05/23/11 04:08 PM
Here are six excellent and inexpensive, easy fixes to better curb appeal courtesy of Kristine Ginsberg of Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC from Morris Plains, NJ. Great tips for presenting your home in a buch better light for bettering the chances of a successful sale: Via Kristine Ginsberg (Morris County, NJ: Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC): 6 Inexpensive, Easy Fixes to Better Curb Appeal
1. A home's front door should be the focal point that draws buyers in. Paint it in a brighter shade that contrasts, yet compliments your home's façade. This is a cost effective way to make a big impact on your (0 comments)
"BANK APPROVED SHORT SALE"??? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN??? A RANT! - 05/23/11 04:04 PM
Lenn Harley of Homefinders.com writes a very important post about the meaning of the so-called 'preapproved short sale'. More often than not (with a few - very few exceptions) this does not mean a fast, easy close with an approved price. Via Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker, Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate): "BANK APPROVED SHORT SALE"??? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN??? A RANT! How often do we read that phrase in MLS listing reports for Short Sale listings?? WHAT DOES IT MEAN?? Often that particular Short Sale listing will have had one or more prior (0 comments)
Four Charlotte Real Estate Mistakes Sellers Make - 05/23/11 04:02 PM
Debe Maxwell of Charlotte, NC writes about common seller mistakes for her area. Her post is just as true and applies to the Stuart, Florida real estate market as well as most others in the United State. Via Debe Maxwell - Search Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte NC Neighborhoods (iCharlotteRealEstate.com Savvy + Company Real Estate): Four Charlotte Real Estate Mistakes Sellers Make Is your home is just sitting on the market month after month? Have you only received ridiculously low offers or none at all? You very well may be committing one of several common seller slip-ups. Some homes almost sell (1 comments)
Located in the heart of Jensen Beach, Holly Creek is a wonderful community of town homes and single family homes many with great views of the neighborhood ponds. Holly Creek features a club house, community heated pool and tennis courts. Well located close to beautiful beaches, the Treasure Coast Square Mall, great local and chain restaurants, and the eventful Downtown Jensen Beach. This peaceful neighborhood is a gorgeous place to call home to and is great for those looking for either a first time home or a seasonal residence with low maintenance and up-keep. Search for (7 comments)
Residential Market Report for April 2011 in Martin County, Florida - 05/22/11 10:12 AM
Residential Market Report for April 2011 in Martin County, Florida Mixed results for April in the Martin County Residential Market Report. Sales were off considerably from last year (which it’s important to keep in mind were greatly inflated by the government’s first time home buyer’s tax credit). Unfortunately, sales were also off a bit from a very strong March of this year (down to 161 homes from a March total of 187). On the positive side, the inventory is continuing to shrink, now down to 1531 units. The last time it was at this level was back in November of (3 comments)
Condominium Market Report for April 2011 in Martin County, Florida - 05/22/11 10:09 AM
Condominium Market Report for April 2011 in Martin County, Florida Corresponding fairly closely to the residential Martin County Market Report, condo sales were off from a year ago as well as from last month. Possibly due in small measure to the coming end of the season, but not completely as it takes some time for transactions to close, typically from 30 to 60 days. So, April sales actually represent contracts written in February and March. Historically, April sales are typically slightly less than March. Inventory had a small decline and we are back to inventory levels last seen in November of (3 comments)
Inlet Village Condominiums on Hutchinson Island Inlet Village is located near the South end of Hutchinson Island in Stuart, Florida. Just 40 minutes North of Palm Beach International Airport. Inlet Village consists of three 4 story buildings. Two of which overlook the wide Indian River (Intracoastal Waterway) and the other with seeping views of lakes and the Indian River Plantation golf course. Within easy walking distance to the IRP Marriott Resort where you can enjoy guest privileges such as golf, tennis, water sports, spa, fitness center, hotel dining and the delightful sandy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean! At the (0 comments)
Waterfront paradise in the private secluded Pelican Cove neighborhood of Palm City! This totally remodeled and updated home with 110′ on a deep water canal that is only 4 lots from the wide open Saint Lucie River and only a short ride to the wide open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. This fully upgraded home features 3 Br’s, 2 Baths and a 2 car garage. A screened gas heated pool and spa (3 comments)
Get Off of My Cloud Who would have thought that the Rolling Stones, back over 40 years ago sang about something concerning me about today’s technology revolution. Cloud computing, cloud storage, etc. is all the rage. Easier to be transportable between locations, less expensive hardware requirements for the home or office, etc.But, call me skeptical. You are at the mercy of the cloud. When there’s an outage up on the cloud, no work, no data, no computing. If your Internet connection is down, no computing, no work. If your cloud provider isn’t careful, your files may be compromised and hacked. (3 comments)
195 Residential sales are pending and awaiting close or lender approval (down 2 from last month).
55 Homes Sold in March (down 22 from March) For zip code 34997 in Stuart Florida, April sales were off by 22 units, but still remained strong. Pending sales were basically unchanges from a month ago. Of particular note, the inventory has (4 comments)
The US Sailing Center of Martin County The mission statement of the US Sailing Center of Martin County (USSCMC) is: The US Sailing Center of Martin County is committed to broadening the base of the sport of sailing through dedicated, affordable, community sailing programs for youth and adults, and providing support for the development of future champions and Olympic racers. The Sailing Center has been at it’s present location on the North end of Indian Riverside Park in Jensen beach since 2002. This is not a yacht club, but instead a community recreational center offering competitive and educational sailing venues (0 comments)
Cypress Lake in Palm City is a beautiful DiVosta built community for people of all ages looking for a home that is large enough to be comfortable but also small enough to be easy to maintain. Each of the approximately 90 homes in Cypress Lake is of solid poured concrete construction with modern appliances, featuring pristine landscaping and many with lake views. Close to all the great things that Martin County has to offer such as “A” rated schools, entertainment and fantastic local restaurants. Cypress Lake is well located close to (3 comments)
There are currently 222 active condo listings (down 20 from last month).
35 Condo sales are pending and awaiting close or lender approval (up 1 from March).
15 Condos Sold in March (down 21 units from last month)
Condo sales in the Stuart 34996 zip code were down a significant amount from March, but pending sales remain strong as well as a continuing decline in (3 comments)
Selling a Condo? Sell a Lifestyle! - 05/18/11 07:16 AM
Diana Young is a stager from the Seattle area. Take a look at the excellent job she's done to transform this condo from an empty shell to an inviting place to live. Don't you think the seller will do much better with the sale price when it shows so beautifully? Via Diana Young (Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties): Staging helps buyers visualize themselves living in a property and making it their home. When a home is vacant, especially if the layout feels a bit awkward and the rooms are small, potential buyers have difficulty envisioning how to use the space and where (2 comments)
No time is a good time to play Russian Roulette - 05/18/11 07:13 AM
Tish Lloyd is an outstanding Real Estate Agent from Wrightsville Beach, NC and writes this great post about the role of a Realtor in helping a home seller place their home on the market: Via Tish Lloyd Real Estate Agent Wrightsville Beach, NC (Prudential Laney Real Estate 910.547.1446): No time is a good time to play Russian Roulette. "What's the single most important thing I can do when I want to sell my house?"
PRICE IT RIGHT!
In my opinion, pricing your home is the most important decision you will make when selling your home. Price it wrong, and you'd better (4 comments)
How to prepare for your home to be inspected. - 05/18/11 07:10 AM
Coral Gundlach of Arlington, VA writes an intriguing post about preparing for a home inspection. Some great points here for both the buyers and sellers. Just remember to not take it personally and look at these inspections at face value. Then let your real estate agent handle the issues that may or may not come up: Via Coral Gundlach (McEnearney Associates, Arlington Virginia): Home Inspections can be a daunting experience for both buyers and sellers. Buyers: If you are about to go through one, remember that it will be difficult to find out everything "wrong" with the house you are in love with. You (2 comments)
The Saint Lucie River is located in the Martin and Saint Lucie Counties of Florida. The North Fork originates in Saint Lucie County and winds for miles until joining the South Fork in Martin County on the shores of Palm City, Jensen Beach and Stuart. The South Fork becomes the Okeechobee waterway and is navigable through the lake and beyond to the Gulf of Mexico via the Caloosahatchee River. The Saint Lucie River in Martin County is almost a mile wide in places and offers residents great boating and aquatic (5 comments)
27 Residential sales are pending and awaiting close or lender approval (down 4 from March).
11 Homes Sold in March (up 3 from March).
Continued improvement for the residential Stuart Florida real estate market activity for zip code 34996. Inventory continues to decline, closed sales were up and only a small decline in pending activity. (0 comments)
Gas Saving Tips - 05/17/11 08:36 AM
Gas is getting more and more expensive. Here are some excellent tips to keep the gas bills slightly down courtesy of Mike Wong a Realtor from Sugar Land, Texas. Via MIKE WONG Realtor, GRI (Keller Williams Realty Southwest): In an interview by Financially Fit with Chris Faulkner, CEO of Texas-based Breitling Oil and Gas Co., offers these ten tips: 1. Don't buy gas along the major highways. Gas stations near the highway typically charge 10 cents to 15 cents a gallon more. We know prices vary station to station. Usually stations along the highway have higher overhead because they are open 24 hours. (3 comments)
HOA Documents: Why Should I Look at Them? What Should I expect to Find? - 05/17/11 08:34 AM
Jeff Dowler from Carlsbad writes about Home Owner Association rules and regulations. If you happen to be purchasing a home that is a member of an association, it's imperative you read these documents. There may be something that is important to your lifestyle that is restricted. In Florida (and I'm sure many other states), it states in the purchase and sale agreement that buyers should not execute the contract until reviewing and understanding these documents. Via Jeff Dowler ~ Carlsbad Real Estate ~ 760-840-1360 (Solutions Real Estate (CA DRE Lic. # 01490977)): A Buyer Asks - Why Should I Look at the HOA (0 comments)
Squirrels In An Attic Are A Danger! - 05/17/11 08:30 AM
Any critters that might get into your attic can cause all sorts of damage. Whether it's insects, rats or squirrels. It's very important to check up there periodically and insure all is well. Here's Jay Markanich's take on squirrels in the attic: Via Jay Markanich (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC): I have had squirrels in my attic before, and they were hard to get rid of. A Havahart trap from the local farm supply center worked great, along with some apple and peanut butter bait, and they were finally removed. I took them to the Manassas Battlefield Park and let them go right (0 comments)
Via Paula I Hathaway, SVP (Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate): In this very challenging real estate market, I thought it would be interesting to look at which agents are making deals come togetherand which agents are failing to make it happen. This is the most difficult time to make deals come together in this profession; (1 comments)
Stuart, Florida is known as the "Sailfish Capital of the World" with superb fishing that is readily available from the countless waterfront homes in Stuart. If you are interested in Stuart Florida Real Estate, please feel free to search available homes on our search pages here.
A very unique feature of Stuart, Florida is that it has minimized crowding by limiting the height of buildings to 4 stories. No High-Rises! Stuart allowed one modest exception, Martin Memorial Hospital, which is 6 stories high in downtown Stuart. (4 comments)
We're thinking about buying a home in the next year or two. How can we best prepare for a home purchase? - 05/16/11 04:18 PM
Thinking of buying a home in the future? It's never too early to start to prepare for that big event. Benjamin Clark of Salt lake City writes this post with some really valuable tips: Via Benjamin Clark - Exclusive BUYER'S AGENT - Certified Negotiation Expert - SLC, UT (Homebuyer Representation, Inc.): I have a lot of people asking me how to best prepare for a home purchase in the next year or two. Here are a few tips. I'm more than happy to answer any additional questions anyone considering a home purchase in the next 2 years may have. How much should you (0 comments)
How To Prepare Your Home For Sale in Wilton CT #5 - 05/16/11 04:16 PM
Thinking of selling your home? Dagny Eason writes this excellent primer on how to prepare your home for a successful sale. Follow her advice and you'll have the right ingredients to be successful in a difficult market: Via Dagny Eason Lower Fairfield County CT Real Estate and condos (Dagny's Real Estate LLC): How To Prepare Your Home For Sale in Wilton CT #5 You may want to read the previous post first about How To Prepare Your Home For Sale For the month of May 2011, we at Dagny's Real Estate will post one post per day explaining how you should prepare your (0 comments)
MORTGAGE LOAN DENIED!! WHAT??? I HAVE EXCELLENT CREDIT! WHAT'S GOING ON?? - 05/16/11 04:14 PM
This is a very difficult time to get a mortgage loan for the average person. Many folks are having difficulties. Very important to keep your financial house in tip-top shape if you plan on getting a new loan. Here's an excellent post from Lenn Harley: Via Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker, Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate): MORTGAGE LOAN DENIED!! WHAT??? I HAVE EXCELLENT CREDIT! WHAT'S GOING ON?? Inspired by a post by George Souto, see "I WANT IT NOW". IT'S A LINE OF CREDIT. It represents CASH. That doesn't mean you have to spend it all (0 comments)
Basic Search | Advanced Search | Map Search | Address Search | Listing ID Search 5334 SE MITCHELL LN, Stuart, FLORIDA 34997-1539 (Mapped) Price: $137,500 You need to be near the interstate but don’t want to be isolated from the action in downtown Stuart. … View Details View Photo Gallery Save Property MLS# 357776 MLS: MCMLS Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Partial Baths: 1 Square Ft: 1460 Stuart, FLORIDA 34997-8043 (Mapped) Price: $154,000 Wonderful cul de sac location for this 3/2.5 townhome in MSCC. Lake and golf (0 comments)
The Domino Effect of Home Ownership - 05/15/11 07:19 AM
The Domino Effect of Home Ownership Were you aware of the effect that real estate has on our communities, neighborhoods and the economy? Watch this excellent video, courtesy of Florida Realtors and the next time you see a Realtor sell a home in your community, thank them:
Golf and Yacht Club Town Home in Palm City 2372 SW Island Creek Trail, Palm City, FL 34990 View Map Wonderful opportunity to live in a gated Golf Course and Yachting community in Palm City. This spacious 3 BR, 3.5 Bath Town-Home with a two car garage situated on private cul-de-sac location. This updated home features ample space in an open plan with granite counters and stainless appliances. Large walk-in closets with custom treatments. The master bedroom is downstairs. A second bedroom upstairs features a (2 comments)
If you have the pleasure of visiting our fair city some time in the future, try taking a drive down Saint Lucie Blvd. and going through our famous Banyan Tree Tunnel. Here’s what it looks like on a bright sunny day. Prior to the 2004 hurricanes it was even darker, but we did loose a few branches which opened it up a little. But in a few years, it will be back to its former splendor.Did you know that the banyan Tree is native to India? It was introduced to Florida by (4 comments)
Beautifully Updated Waterfront Pool Home for Sale in Palm City – Just Listed - 05/13/11 07:47 AM
Beautifully Updated Waterfront Pool Home for Sale in Palm City – Just Listed Pelican Cove Waterfront Pool Home for Sale in Palm City 1222 SW Pelican Cres., Palm City, FL 34990 View Map Waterfront paradise in the private secluded Pelican Cove neighborhood of Palm City! This totally remodeled and updated home with 110' on a deep water canal that is only 4 lots from the wide open Saint Lucie River and only a short ride to the wide open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. This fully upgraded home features 3 Br's, 2 Baths and a 2 car garage. A screened (5 comments)
Gilbert's Bar House of Refuge on Hutchinson Island in Stuart, Florida The Gilbert's Bar House of Refuge on Hutchinson Island in Stuart, Florida is the only one of ten Houses of Refuge remaining standing that were built by the U.S. Treasury Department in 1876. Combined with the Life Saving Service, this House of Refuge was one of the earliest U.S. Coast Guard installations. The original keepers of the house provided shelter, food, clothing, and transportation to survivors of shipwrecks and storms at sea. During World War II, the U.S. Navy built a tower as a lookout for German U-Boats. (4 comments)
28 Residential sales are pending and awaiting close or lender approval (down 1 from last month).
8 Homes Sold in April (up 2 from March)
Inventory is significantly reduced in Stuart’s 34994 zip code area for April. Strong pending sales and an increase in closed sales for April were all positive signs for this segment of Martin County’s real (0 comments)
Market Report: Sewalls Point, Florida Real Estate Snapshot, Residential Sales for April 2011 - 05/11/11 03:41 PM
Market Report: Sewalls Point, Florida Real Estate Snapshot, Residential Sales for April 2011 For April, 2011 in Sewalls Point, Florida : There are currently 60 active listings (unchanged from March) 12 Residential sales are pending and awaiting close or lender approval (An decrease of 1 from March) 5 homes closed in Sewalls Point Florida in April (up from 2 in March) This spring has shown excellent resiliency in the real estate market for Sewalls Point. Other than a very weak February, both March and April have shown positive results with increases in both pending and closed sales. If you look at (1 comments)
Indian River Plantation, Hutchinson Island, Florida
Indian River Plantation consists of numerous condominium associations and buildings. All styles from Ocean front to River front and Golf and Tennis villas can be found here. IRP is associated and co-located with the Marriott Resort and Marina.Tucked away on Hutchinson Island, the Treasure Coast’s 16-mile lush barrier island, is a unique resort that greets guests with the warmth of true Southern hospitality. The Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort and Marina stretches across 200 acres of plantation landscape on Hutchinson Island, bordered on one side by the Atlantic Ocean and by (3 comments)
Immaculate Palm Cove Golf and Yacht Club Home for Sale 102 SW Hatteras Ct., Palm City, FL 34990 View Map Palm Cove Golf and Yacht Club Homes for Sale Welcome to this beautiful Toll Brothers home with spacious floor plan and open golf course view. 3600 square ft. of well designed living space. Many quality features - large windows, high ceilings, tile floor. Gourmet kitchen has cherry cabinets, granite, desk, butlers pantry, double oven, over sized center island. Office with golf course (1 comments)
Lighthouse Point & Seagate Harbor, Palm City, Florida
A boater's and sailor's Delight in an affordable waterfront niche community with deep water dockage! Nature and families are the focus in this desirable community characterized by beautiful homes, parks, nearby golf, restaurants, shopping, and A Rated schools! Almost every home has waterfront dockage available in an intricate network of deep water canals. Some select homes with wide views of the Saint Lucie River. A community boat ramp is also available. Everything a boater would want! Search for available homes in Lighthouse Point and Seagate Harbor
Lighthouse (3 comments)
HOME INSPECTIONS and HOME INSPECTORS. . . HOME BUYERS CAN'T READ THE ARCHITECTURAL PLANS OR "SEE THROUGH WALLS". EXPERIENCED HOME INSPECTORS CAN! - 05/09/11 07:22 AM
Lenn Harley the Real Estate Broker of Homefinders.com in Virginia & Maryland re-emphasizes the importance of home inspections by a qualified and experienced inspector. A must read for all buyers: Via Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker, Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate): HOME INSPECTIONS and HOME INSPECTORS. . . WHY HOME BUYERS SHOULD ENGAGE AN EXPERIENCED HOME INSPECTOR FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION. HOME BUYERS DON'T USUALLY UNDERSTAND THE ARCHITECTURAL PLANS, SPECIFICATIONS, MATERIALS OR THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS FOR THE NEW HOME THEY ARE BUYING. HOME INSPECTORS FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION. (Chapter I)HOME INSPECTORS FOR RESALE HOMES. (Chapter II) Contributors: Jay Markanich, Real Estate Inspections, LLC, (0 comments)
FAQs About Buyer Representation - 05/09/11 07:19 AM
One of the least understood facets of real estate is buyer representation. Here's an excellent synopsis from Peggy Chirico of Prudential CT Realty in Manchester, CT: Via Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900 Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate (Prudential CT Realty): When I am speaking for the first time with potential buyers, one of the most misunderstood aspects of buying a home concerns buyer representation. Although we have had buyer representation in Connecticut since 1996, many people still do not understand that, as buyers, they have the right to have an agent who solely represents their interests. Here are some of the most common (0 comments)
Hide And Seek Electrical - 05/09/11 07:17 AM
The importance of home inspections performed by an expert can't be emphasized enough. Jay Markanich of Bristow, VA shows what he found in one inspection recently. Would you have noticed? Via Jay Markanich (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC): Entering the house and walking up the stairs I looked at the kitchen ceiling and said, "Uh-oh..." I knew I was in for some hide and seek electrical during the inspection. Before I even turned on the dishwasher (always the first thing) and unpacked my tools, I was thinking how to approach this one. Do you see what got me so excited? There are (1 comments)
When Preparing Your Home For Sale - Aim for a Cohesive Look - 05/09/11 07:13 AM
And some more great tips for preparing your home for sale from Kathy Nielsen of Georgia Interior Solutions, LLC in Marietta, GA. Make the home look cohesive through out: Via Kathy Nielsen Home Stager Atlanta Atlanta Georgia Home Stager (Georgia Interior Solutions, LLC): When Preparing Your Home For Sale - Aim for a Cohesive Look As a professional home stager in Atlanta, I'm often asked by sellers what "look" they should aim for that works well when selling a home. The short answer is to when possible, keep it as consistent throughout. Why? Let's use paint color as our example. Let's say that the (0 comments)
Selling a House is Hard. Selling a Home is Easier - 05/09/11 07:11 AM
What makes a buyer interested in a home? As opposed to another house for sale? Here's an excellent post with the pictures to back it up from Kathy Nielsen of Georgia Interior Solutions, LLC in Marietta, GA: Via Kathy Nielsen Home Stager Atlanta Atlanta Georgia Home Stager (Georgia Interior Solutions, LLC): Selling a House is Hard. Selling a Home is Easier Last month, our Atlanta home staging company de-staged 6 homes and staged 6 new ones. All 12 had one thing in common - they were all vacant homes that were either on the market for a while or were getting ready to (1 comments)
How to Prepare the Home for the Open House - From A New Perspective - 05/09/11 07:07 AM
Chrissy Doremus of U.S. Inspect Home Inspections in Chantilly, VA gives us some excellent tips for preparing for an open house (as well as a home inspection at the same time): Via Chrissy Doremus ~ U.S. Inspect ~ Home Inspections (U.S. Inspect): We all know that problems with larger items or systems like roofs, or basements can become issues when selling a home. But often—it is not the“big” things—but many smaller items “all added-up” that can cost or slow down a sale.Luckily, making some smart choices and small repairs prior to the open house can cost very little, but make a big difference. (0 comments)
When Builders Say Green, Find Out What They Mean - 05/09/11 06:58 AM
Jay Markanich of Real Estate Inspections, LLC in Bristow, VA writes this informative post about energy efficiency and being 'green'. Ultimately, be careful of over spending for limited benefits. Via Jay Markanich (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC): On new construction inspections, I have learned a couple of things. First, everyone wants to say their product is green, although I am not sure why. And second, when they do, when builders say green, find out what they mean. My clients on a recent new construction said that the builder told them it was a "green house." I asked which standard was used to (0 comments)
I Can’t List Your House based on What You Want to Net - 05/09/11 06:56 AM
Kathy McGuriman of Lansdale, PA writes this excellent post for her hypothetical (possibly not so hypothetical) seller. The real estate market doesn't care what you need or would like to get for your home. You will get what a buyer is willing to pay. And that value ir more often than not within a few percentage points of market value. Via Kathy McGuriman, CRS, SRES Realtor for Lansdale, PA area (First time home buyers, downsizers,seniors,new construction): I hear this comment several times from a prospective seller, "If I don't get X from the sale of my home, I won't be able to (2 comments)
My credit isn't good enough to buy a home.....what now? - 05/09/11 06:53 AM
Mark Schmitz of Aurora Bank FSB in O'Fallon, MO writes this excellent post for those with low credit scores. They can be improved and more often than not, fairly rapidly. Via Mark Schmitz (Aurora Bank FSB): 1st off......who are you to say it isn't? You definately need to talk to a mortgage professional and have a tri-merge credit pull done. Why a tri-merge? Banks will always look at all 3 of your credit scores and use the median score to determine your creditworthiness.
2nd.......with banks tightening their lending guidelines it is getting tougher and tougher for people to be approved. Most loan (0 comments)
Home Staging Consultations in Houston By Redesign Etc....Why You Should Do It! - 05/09/11 06:51 AM
Cindy Bryant from Houston TX is a professional Home Stager. Take a look at how different a staged bedroom can look. Don't you think this will be worth more to a potential buyer? Via Cindy Bryant Home Staging & Home Stager Houston~Redesign Etc.~RESA-PRO~ASHSR (Redesign Etc. Home Staging): Home Staging Consultations in Houston by Redesign Etc....Why You Should Do It!
Before Home Staging Consultation and Staging.
After Home Staging by Redesign Etc. Home Staging Have you decided to sell your home in this Spring Market? If so, are you overwhelmed, don't know where to start, don't know where to invest your money into (0 comments)
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Lakeside Home for Sale in Palm City, Florida 2524 SW Greenwich Way, Palm City, FL 34990 View Map Desirable lake front Burg & Divosta Hampton Model in a park like setting. This home is located in the Meadows, one of Palm City's favorite communities. A 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2 Car side entrance garage with living, dining and a family room with sweeping lake views. The kitchen comes complete with a breakfast area. Master bathroom features dual sinks as well as separate shower and spacious roman tub. (0 comments)
Thinking of Selling on Your Own? Do you know really know what you have to do? What is legally required? Time periods? Mandatory disclosures? Permit issues? Insurance? Appraisal issues? You may be surprised at all there is to selling a home in today’s real estate market. Here’s a little video courtesy of Florida Realtors
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River Landing Homes in Palm City Florida Real Estate
River Landing in Palm City is a picturesque gated community that takes you closer to nature, right in your backyard. The neighborhood is comprised of 120 custom built homes that is nestled intimately with wooded areas of conservation preserves along with gorgeous views of wetlands and lakes. This one of a kind gated community offers child and pet friendly quiet streets and has an ocean access boat ramp as well as RV/Trailer/Boat storage facility, tennis courts and playground. Living in River Landing is like being on vacation year round (5 comments)
A recent poll shows only 43 percent of renters had hazard insurance, while 96 percent of homeowners did.Many study respondents said their apartments were small and they didn't have many possession so insurance was not necessary. But consider this: In case of a fire, they could lose their television set and CDs, their computer, table and chairs, bed and their clothing.Renters insurance would cover the cost of replacement.In larger apartments and rental homes, the cost of replacing furniture and possessions would be far greater. Some apartment dwellers mistakenly think their stuff is covered by (10 comments)
For those with Android based smart phones, and especially for those with multiple e-mail accounts, consider downloading and installing K9 Mail on your device. I’ve been using this for about a week and it is my absolute favorite and so much better than the native email app for my phone. Here are some of the features (but my favorite is the fact that it syncs with the server and will delete emails on the phone that I delete on my computer).
Send and Receive Configure to IMAP, POP3, and WebDAV (Exchange) email protocols Search Multiple inboxes Swipe (4 comments)
Hardly Used-Fully Furnished Home on Lake in the Meadows 2954 SW Brighton Way, Palm City, FL 34990 View Map DiVosta Hampton model, poured concrete 3 BR 2 BA home with scenic lake views off a covered screened patio and a spacious open deck. This one owner home has barely been used (less than a few weeks per year). Freshly painted. AC only 6 years old. New kitchen with instant hot water system, Corian counter tops and new appliances. Heavy duty hurricane shutters (180 mph). This guard gated community offers (4 comments)
Good Customer Service Is Just As Important Today As It Was Yesterday Your listings or presentations might be great, but experts quoted in INC. say companies can earn the greatest loyalty and respect by investing in customer service. In a stressed economy, that’s more true than ever. Buyers today are also sellers. They influence others with their product selections, because they broadcast their opinions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and elsewhere. That means great service is not just about speed and accuracy but also about warmth and personalization. People want a personal connection. Customer service heroes want to avoid disappointing friends, (5 comments)
Hammock Creek Homes for Sale in Palm City Florida Hammock Creek is one of Palm City 's most desirable upscale gated communities. Elegant homes are surrounded by lakes, lush preserves, and Hammock Creek Golf Course, a Jack Nicklaus designed course. All levels of golfers can play and enjoy this course. The par 72 course, plays 7,107 yards from the black tees. This gorgeous community is located near fine dining, A rated schools, and has quick access to Floridas Turnpike and I-95, which is perfect for commuters! Truly an outstanding place to live!
There are three sections to Hammock (3 comments)
Six Easy Tips to help sell your house and are worth the cost, Realtor magazine, April/May 2010. - 05/02/11 07:14 AM
Bert Spangenthal of Toledo, OH points out some very effective repairs/fix ups that can get a positive return, even in this challenging real estate market: Via Bert Spangenthal (Key Realty): In the April/May magazine of Realtor Magazine there were Six Easy Tips for home repairs or fix-ups to help sell a house, and are worth the cost. If you want to sell a home in today's market these six steps should be discussed.
Cleaning and Declutering. You’re going to be moving. So why not pack up those items you don’t use every day. It will make the rooms in your house, closets, (2 comments)
Does it make sense to buy a place for your college student? - 05/02/11 07:12 AM
If you have a child that's on their way to university, you know the cost of student housing is astronomical. Sharlene Hensrud of Saint Louis Park, MN points out a way to possibly make this situation an investment opportunity: Via Sharlene Hensrud (RE/MAX Results - HomesMSP.com): The idea of buying a place for your kid while in college has been around for a long time, and was even part of the inspiration for the "Kiddie Condo" FHA loan program. With today's depreciated home values and low interest rates it can make more sense than ever, but don't assume it is a good option for everyone. Here are some (3 comments)
West University Home Staged By Redesign Etc.~Offer In 2 Days! - 05/02/11 07:10 AM
Cindy Bryant a premier home stager from Houston shows this home that she staged and it received an offer in 2 days. When the home is made to look very inviting, your chances of an offer are greatly increased: Via Cindy Bryant Home Staging & Home Stager Houston~Redesign Etc.~RESA-PRO~ASHSR (Redesign Etc. Home Staging): West University home Staged by Redesign Etc. had an offer in 2 days. These are the before and afters including the guest house. The sellers followed our home staging consultation recomendations and it paid off. After the de-clutter process, paint and updates, we were able to use some of (0 comments)
Always make A Lasting Impression! - 05/02/11 07:07 AM
Rob Thomas of Bristol, TN points out what it takes to get your home sold in this market. It's all about making the right impression for those thinking of making their future in your past: Via Rob Thomas Tn-Va Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Heritage Homes at Sixth Street,Inc CALL....423-341-6954): Always make A Lasting Impression! After a closing yesterday where I represented the sellers I started thinking about how important it is as a seller and listing agent....to leave a really good lasting impression on the buyers! We all know that the home is to be left in broom swept condition prior to (0 comments)
Do I need a permit for that? - 05/02/11 07:02 AM
Coral Gundlach of Arlington, VA gives us this timely post about permits from your municipality. There is an increased emphasis in Florida that all open permits and any unpermitted work be resolved before a home can be sold. This is causing lots of problems for folks that didn't permit work on their home, even if it was many years ago: Via Coral Gundlach (McEnearney Associates, Arlington Virginia): Depends on what it is, but it is very likely when making major improvements or replacements in your home, you will. You may think permits are only for new construction, but they are actually required for (2 comments)
FSBO - Is this wise? - 05/02/11 06:59 AM
Mimi Foster a Realtor from Colorado Springs points out many of the difficulties a seller will face when attempting to sell their property without representation: Via Mimi Foster - Realtor Colorado Springs (EPIC Real Estate Group Real Estate Colorado Springs): FSBO - Is this wise?When someone decides to sell their home without the services of a Realtor, they are commonly called a FSBO (For Sale by Owner), but I prefer to call them Unrepresented Sellers. When I first started in real estate in the early 90s, I had a mentor who told me that 97% of FSBOs would end up listing with an (0 comments)
What do you mean, you need a letter from my Lender? - 05/02/11 06:57 AM
Tish Lloyd, one of the top Real Estate Agents in Wrightsville Beach, NC, writes this informative post as to why a good agent will ask prospective buyers to have a letter from their financial institution with an indication of what they can afford: Via Tish Lloyd Real Estate Agent Wrightsville Beach, NC (Prudential Laney Real Estate 910.547.1446): What do you mean, you need a letter from my Lender?
Fair question. In days of old, Real Estate Agents would show homes to anyone who wanted to look. We'd put prospective Buyers in our cars, grab our trusty MLS book and drive all over (1 comments)
Tips For Selling Your Home. - 05/02/11 06:54 AM
Herb Johnson a Northern Kentucky Realtor writes this excellent post with great tips for home sellers that want to effectively sell their home in this challenging market: Via Herb Johnson Northern Kentucky Realtor, Remax (REMAX Affiliates): Even though the real estate market has slowed down over the last several years, there are still plenty of home-buyers eager to make a purchase. Knowing how to prepare your home for sale, when to allow access for showings, and how you can offer buyer incentives will help you find the right buyer, even in a declining market.Before you put your home on the market, make sure (0 comments)
Home Staging Tips in Palm Beach County... Why Not Stage Your Office to Sell YOU!!! - 05/02/11 06:52 AM
Not only does staging help one sell a home, it can help an office be more inviting and productive. Great information from Kathy Streib of Room Service Home Staging in Delray Beach, FL: Via Actively Raining Thoughts-Kathy Streib- Stager-South Florida - 561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging): Home Staging Tips in Palm Beach County- Why not stage your office to sell YOU! We've been told to Stage our homes when we're trying to sell it, so why not Stage your office space to sell YOU... and your business! Room Service! Home Staging was asked to assist a local Boca Raton business as they prepared for (0 comments)
Steps to Avoid Business Identity Theft - 05/02/11 06:50 AM
Tagrid Shunia of First Pro Capital c/o Credit Consulting Professionals Inc writes this excellent post with information to help you prevent business identity theft. Great tips: Via Tagrid Shunia (First Pro Capital c/o Credit Consulting Professionals Inc): Steps to Avoid Business Identity Theft
Business identity theft is worse than individual identity theft. Why? Because the business (the victim) to consumer (the other victim of the crime) relationship will forever be unsettled. Do you actually think the customer will do business with you again after their personal information was stolen from your business?
The internet is simple accessibility to computer crimes. (1 comments)
Should I Pay off My Mortgage? - 05/01/11 11:38 AM
Should I Pay off My Mortgage? Martin County homeowners may dream of the day they can pay off their mortgage. Financial advisers across the country say they are hearing questions all the time about the wisdom of retiring the mortgage early.The pros: The obvious reason to do it: Paying off the home loan on your Martin County home could save tens of thousands of dollars in interest during the time you would make payments. The second reason is the peace of mind you have from owning your Florida home free and clear. Most experts recommend owning your home free and clear (5 comments)
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