florida: Flagler County/Palm Coast Market Takes Off In March - 04/19/15 07:59 AM
2015 started off slightly down with January and February both 4% under the number of sales compared to 2014, but the area rallied last month and took off.  March had 202 residential houses close which was around a 27% gain compared to March 2014, and bringing the total number of sales at around +9% compared to the same period last year.  It’s always difficult to put a finger on just one contributor to these types of fluctuations, but I personally think the travel barriers caused by weather in many other part of the country this winter was a significant contributor.
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florida: Flagler County & Palm Coast Market Update Through May 2014 - 06/16/14 10:39 PM
After a somewhat weaker March this year, residential home sales picked up in April and May coming in almost “flat” compared to last year’s sales.  Visit my “Market reports” section for more stats.  Let’s take a look at some highlights:
Sales There were about 199 residential houses sold in May 2014 which is about 2% higher compared to the 196 for May 2013.
The total number of sales still remain down about 4% with 843 residential houses sold January through May in 2014 compared to the same period in 2013.

Values Most news has been speaking to values recovering and that is very true.  Sellers … (1 comments)

florida: Matanzas Woods Residents Split On Course, & Why A Park Is A Great Idea - 11/30/13 10:24 AM
Guest author, Brad West, is my husband and assists me with my real estate business.  He is the designer of PalmCoastHomeShow.com, is licensed in real estate (inactive at this time due to another career), and works in online marketing and communications.  He writes about his thoughts on the current meetings and discussions taking place about the Matanzas Woods golf course and the neighborhood’s future.
Matanzas Woods recently had “exploratory” meetings with Jim Cullis of Grand Haven Properties for him to gain a feel for the community’s feelings towards an alternative use (a regional park) for the closed Matanzas Golf Course.  The plan, as Mr. Cullis … (2 comments)

florida: Kathy’s Real Estate Tip (The Speculation Trap) & Weekly Update - 11/02/13 06:47 AM
When it comes to buying and selling real estate, it’s important to make informed and educated decisions.  The worst thing to do is to speculate about the seller, the buyer, the market conditions, the property, etc.  Speculating on any of these things can cause buyers to lose out on a property they really wanted, over pay for a property, plus more. Likewise sellers could lose equity, take longer to sell, plus more.   Here are a few ways that buyers and sellers speculate today and how to avoid it:
The market – Many people are still under the impression the local market … (0 comments)

florida: Palm Coast & Flagler County Market Update: Life After Short Sales - 10/19/13 11:49 PM
Over the past 2 years we have seen a very dramatic, and very positive, change in local market conditions.  The average number of days on the market is down below 100 days in Palm Coast and slightly over 100 in all of Flagler County year-to-date.  We continue to see the number of residential home sales exceeding the previous year's number, and are currently 3% above 2012 through September.  And the number of homes for sale is way down with 839 in Flagler County and 599 in Palm Coast.  And cash sales continue to dominate the market at about 54% of all residential home sales in … (0 comments)

florida: Trulia Adds “Trulia Estimates”: Novelty or Not? - 03/21/12 04:25 AM
Let me start by saying, Trulia.com and Zillow.com are great companies that I think bring great additional resources for home shopping to consumers.  I love their websites and resources they offer.  Zillow.com became a hit with it’s “Zestimate”.  Just recently Trulia.com launched, what I am guessing is a competitive response to Zillow’s “Zestimates”, called “Trulia Estimates”.  These are these companies attempts to provide real-time property valuation using proprietary algorithms.  Sounds simple enough right?  Think again.
One of the things any Real Estate Professional will tell you they wish was automated is . . . property pricing.  This is one of the … (0 comments)

florida: 2010 Palm Coast & Flagler County Housing Recap - 01/08/11 11:27 AM
At the beginning of 2010 I had said it was going to be a very interesting year.  The tax credit was showing some promise to help boost home sales, but it remained to be seen as to what the effect would be once that credit ended.  Initially contracts had to closed by June 30th.  This spurred sales to perform very well in the first half of the year with the area running about 15% above the year before in terms of the number of sales and then fell off in July and the proceeding months.  The year ended basically even with … (0 comments)

florida: The 'For Sale' Sign Just Got Better - 11/27/10 02:01 AM
The 'For Sale' sign on the lawn of a property is still alive and well and continues to serve a purpose . . . letting others know the property is for sale.  In fact, buyers still continue to find properties of interest by these signs and continue to take drives to look for them in an area of interest.  But the sign has always had a huge barrier . . . the lack of information.  You basically get 3 bits of information from the sign:
That the property is for sale The company and agent the property is listed with A … (9 comments)

florida: Two Great Tech Marketing Options You Might Have Missed - 11/12/10 02:02 AM
We're always exploring new options and services that are out there and particularly like the word 'FREE' in any advertising.  Over the last few weeks we've found two newer options that you might have missed. 
The first is www.Paper.Li This service takes Twitter feeds (i.e. a member, hastag, or a list) and creates a custom automated online newspaper-looking site.  The paper provides vistors with a very rich reading experience that can be updated daily, weekley, or twice per day.  It also adds in automated announcements on Twitter that your new edition is available.  Check out two I created this week:
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florida: Why Interest Rate Can Be The Better Benefit Than a Tax Credit - 09/17/10 06:03 AM
The national average interest rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage is an astonshing 4.29%.  Many buyers were obviously motivated by the tax credits last year and unfortunately the record-low interest rates get overshadowed.  Are these rates a better benefit to make the decision to buy now if you are considering purchasing a home?  Well let's do the math and you'll see that the truth is that these rates are the better benefit.
Let's take a $100,000 loan at 30 years fixed today at 4.50%.
Payment would be $506.69 (principal and interest) Total interest over the life of the loan would be … (3 comments)

florida: Understanding Market Performance - 03/13/10 02:58 AM
The other morning I looked at the front page of an area newspaper, The Daytona Beach News Journal, and saw the top headline “Home-Sales Pace Cools Off”.  Just below the headline and to the left were the number of sales of homes in Volusia and Flagler Counties  for December 2009 & January 2010 with January being lower.  So I’m thinking . . . so?  January is always a lower month in terms of the number of sales with December often peaking up just before the end of the tax year.  Even more interesting is that the article goes on to state how January … (0 comments)

florida: Understanding What Zillow's Zestimate Is and Isn't - 02/25/10 02:49 AM
First of all, this article is in no way meant to put Zillow and their Zestimate 'down'.  Zillow has done a great job producing a place to shop for properties from both Real Estate professionals and owners.  But after reading local forum posts, internet articles, and conversations with others that have begun to view Zillow's Zestimate as 'gospel' in terms of price it is obvious that people are not understanding the concept.  For example, I recently read an article from a Real Estate investor who was questioning the need for appraisers since Zillow offers the Zestimate.  Commenters agreed that this was … (2 comments)

florida: Selling Your Home: Is Price Or Advertising More Important? - 10/22/09 03:26 AM
I read a great article this morning by Donna Harris, a Realtor with ReMax Austin Skyline, entitled "Real Estate Opinions - Is it the Pricing or the Marketing?".  In the article, Donna does an excellent job highlighting two scenarios of properties that have yet to be sold.  The first being a situation where there has been a lot of showing activity but no offers.  The second being a multiple price reduction scenario that has yielded little or no activity.  The question that comes up quite a bit with sellers is which is more important, price or advertising?  I say that it … (2 comments)

florida: Beautiful 4 Bedroom Loaded With Comfort & Charm - 09/28/09 06:23 AM
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florida: Great Resource Volunteer Opportunities & Serving Your Community - 06/24/09 01:19 AM

Service work is one of the most rewarding things I have found in life.  Volunteering time and talent within your community offers so many great gifts.  The people you meet, the friendships that are born, the great feeling of a smile on another's face are just a few of those gifts I've experienced.  The www.Serve.gov website is a great resource to start if you are wondering what you could do in your community.  We all have various passions and talents, and all can be very beneficial to your local community.  Remember, the little things can be huge in another's life. 
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florida: Stunning Custom Home For Sale In Beautiful Golf Community - 05/04/09 08:51 AM
Stunning Custom Home In Prestigious Golf Course Community Visit www.PalmCoastHomeShow.com for more information.
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florida: Palm Coast Mayor Is Florida Trend's "Person To Watch" - 03/30/09 03:56 AM
Mayor John Netts, was publicly recognized in Florida Trend's 2009 Yearbook for his Green Leadership efforts.  Mayor Netts has held Council Seats on the local government for several years and was voted in as Mayor last year.  He has placed a lot of focus on water supply issues and bringing a desalination plant to Northeast Florida.  He has also brought a lot of attention to the area in regards to conservation of resources.  Palm Coast lanuched the "Let's Green Green" initiative which provides a ton of information regarding recycling and can be found on the City's website at by clicking here. 
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florida: Can I Sell In Palm Coast At A Good Price With All Short Sales and Foreclosures? - 03/05/09 10:04 AM
Many sellers have been questioning whether they can sell with all of the short sales and foreclosures on the market.  This is a valid concern, but it does not mean that you can not sell and get a good price for your property.
Right now amongst Residential Homes in Flagler County, FL there are:
- 1,754 Residential Homes for sale- 523 Short Sales (30% of all homes available)- 26 "Lender Owned" (1% of all homes available)
In the City of Palm Coast, FL amongst Residential Homes for Sale there are:
- 1,354 Residential Homes for sale- 489 Short Sales (36% of all … (0 comments)

florida: Florida Housing Market Trend & Prices Going Forward - 02/19/09 09:46 AM
 
 One of the biggest concerns on past and present buyers minds in Florida (as well as other parts of the country) is prices.  Where are they headed?  Should I wait?  Should I buy now?  Will they shoot back up again?  So forth and so on.  First of all, "timing" a Real Estate market is NOT possible.  If you wait for the "bottom" or "top", you'll miss it every time.  One reason is that "bottoms" and "tops" of markets can never be realized until a consistent trun has happened for a period of time.  In addition, there are many many various factors … (1 comments)

florida: Reminder: First Time Home Buyers Tax Credit Available Through 7/1/2009 - 02/05/09 04:53 AM
 As we enter ino a new tax year and you are considering buying a home, I wanted to take a moment to remind 'First Time Buyers' that you may qualify for a tax credit up to $7500 for the 2009 tax year.  This a program which was set in place last year and below are some highlights on the program from the website www.fedralhousingtaxcredit.com :
The tax credit is available for first-time home buyers only. The maximum credit amount is $7,500. The credit is available for homes purchased on or after April 9, 2008 and beforeJuly 1, 2009. Single taxpayers with … (0 comments)

 
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