kathy west: Power Up Your Real Estate Buying Search - 02/20/08 10:39 AM
Real Estate buyers over the last several years have been flocking to the internet to search for properties available for sale.  Studies show that over 85% of buyers are using the internet first in their search for Real Estate.  It's no wonder either.  The internet offers Real Estate shoppers the ability to get more information and a better perspective of a property with pictures and/or video before ever touring a property. 
Anyone who has done one of these searches through sites like Realtor.com or local MLS feed sites know that this can be a daunting task as well because of the … (1 comments)

kathy west: For First-Time Buyers - 11/24/07 01:16 AM
Many first-time buyers may be getting the wrong impression in regards to buying a house today.  You may be reading that it's not the best investment, mortgages can be damaging, loans are impossible to get now, so forth and so on.  The factis that Real Estate is very much a possibility, and you can achieve that American Dream.  Here's some tips in regards to buying:
Renting vs. Buying - Some may tell you that now is a "better time to rent".  Renting mostly is a benefit for temporary purposes and there are many drawback compared to buying.Rent payments are are often at … (3 comments)

kathy west: Media Review of the Year . . . But Here's The Truth - 11/14/07 08:42 AM
Many who read the media reports over the year would probably see the industry in these perspectives:
If you buy a house, you'll just end up losing money and never build equity.Mortgage loans are a scamRealtors are driving prices up because they just want big commissions.Houses will never sell.You can just do it on your own.If you do some upgrades, you can add tens of thousands to the value of your property.Then there's the truth about Real Estate:
Houses are one of the best investments you will ever make in your life time.  Equity and value increases over time.  Buying today and trying to … (3 comments)

kathy west: Palm Coast Plantation Market Report November 9, 2007 - 11/09/07 01:41 AM
Current Active Residential Properties for Sale: 8Average List Price: $823,350Lowest List Price: $385,000Highest List Price: $1,299,900
Current Active Residential Vacant Homesites for Sale: 79Average List Price: $236,852Lowest List Price: $115,000Highest List Price: $499,900
Year-to-Date Resdential Home Sales: 2Average Number of Days on the Market: 170Average Sales Price: $562,500Lowest Sales Price: $500,000Highest Sales Price: $625,000
Year-to-Date Resdential Vacant Homesite  Sales: 8Average Number of Days on the Market: 186Average Sales Price: $228,875Lowest Sales Price: $120,000Highest Sales Price: $379,000
An overall Palm Coast Market Report can be found on my website at http://www.kathywestrealtor.com/Local_Real_Estate_Report/page_1740413.html
Disclaimer: All information provided is taken from the Flagler County Association of Realtors MLS system as of 11/9/2007.  … (2 comments)

kathy west: Matanzas Woods Market Report - November 9, 2007 - 11/09/07 01:32 AM
Current Active Residential Houses for Sale: 105Average List Price: $253,391Lowest List Price: $149,900Highest List Price: $542,000
Current Active Residential Vacant Homesites for Sale: 92Average List Price: $81,667Lowest List Price: $37,000Highest List Price: $219,000
Year-to-Date Resdential Home Sales: 37Average Number of Days on the Market: 120Average Sales Price: $220,589Lowest Sales Price: $150,000Highest Sales Price: $364,000
August 2007 Residential Home Sales: 1Average Number of Days on the Market: 7Average Sales Price: $150,000Lowest Sales Price: $150,000Highest Sales Price: $150,000
For a complete list of homes available for sale in Matanzas Woods, contact me today.
An overall Palm Coast Market Report can be found on my website at http://www.kathywestrealtor.com/Local_Real_Estate_Report/page_1740413.html
Disclaimer: All information provided is … (0 comments)

kathy west: Neighborhood Watch: Protecting Yourself Online - 09/09/07 02:21 AM
The internet is obviously becoming more and more a part of everyday life.  Website addresses are becoming just as important as physical street addresses.  Email as important as a phone number.  There is no doubt that the technology has added many convenient benefits in regards to communication, storage, services, so forth and so on.  The one thing we tend to forget is that computers and the internet are  an extension of the things we normally do (i.e. visit a bank website rather than the teller, send an email with pictures rather than mail through the post office, etc.).  Therefore, computers are … (4 comments)

kathy west: Palm Coast Plantation Market Report September 5, 2007 - 09/05/07 04:44 AM
Current Active Residential Properties for Sale: 14Average List Price: $780,148Lowest List Price: $375,000Highest List Price: $1,149,990
Current Active Residential Vacant Homesites for Sale: 115Average List Price: $242,703Lowest List Price: $115,000Highest List Price: $529,900
Year-to-Date Resdential Home Sales: 2Average Number of Days on the Market: 170Average Sales Price: $562,500Lowest Sales Price: $500,000Highest Sales Price: $625,000
Year-to-Date Resdential Vacant Homesite  Sales: 8Average Number of Days on the Market: 186Average Sales Price: $228,875Lowest Sales Price: $120,000Highest Sales Price: $379,000
August saw no sales for Palm Coast Plantation.
An overall Palm Coast Market Report can be found on my website at http://www.kathywestrealtor.com/Local_Real_Estate_Report/page_1740413.html
Disclaimer: All information provided is taken from the Flagler County Association of … (0 comments)

kathy west: Matanzas Woods Market Report - September 5, 2007 - 09/05/07 04:31 AM
Current Active Residential Houses for Sale: 71Average List Price: $253,883Lowest List Price: $147,000Highest List Price: $469,000
Current Active Residential Vacant Homesites for Sale: 103Average List Price: $85,779Lowest List Price: $32,900Highest List Price: $219,000
Year-to-Date Resdential Home Sales: 21Average Number of Days on the Market: 130Average Sales Price: $214,480Lowest Sales Price: $165,000Highest Sales Price: $355,000
August 2007 Residential Home Sales: 4Average Number of Days on the Market: 56Average Sales Price: $203,725Lowest Sales Price: $168,000Highest Sales Price: $220,000
An overall Palm Coast Market Report can be found on my website at http://www.kathywestrealtor.com/Local_Real_Estate_Report/page_1740413.html
Disclaimer: All information provided is taken from the Flagler County Association of Realtors MLS system as of 9/5/2007.  The information … (0 comments)

kathy west: Share Some of the Great Things About Your Area - 04/01/07 03:09 PM
We are riddled in negative so much anymore, and I think that deters a great deal from the qulaities of so many communities out there.  Some very bright people have recently brought up the fact that Real Estate is a very unique thing to each area, and I thoroughly agree.  I abosultely love our area.  The scenery, closeness to the beach, so many things to do, the people, and so much more. 
So I thought I would give everyone who wants to a chance to share some of the great things about your community you live and serve in.
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kathy west: Selling On Your Own - 03/31/07 04:14 AM
You have all heard the term "For Sale By Owner" (FSBO for short), and I am sure many owners have considered this option.  Before becoming a Real Estate Professional I had considered this with my own property.  I remember discussing this with my husband who is all about doing alot of things on his own (which later usually requires a professional anyway), but he didn't want to touch this area.  His rationale was that we didn't know enough to price the house correctly, market the house properly, and insure the paperwork would be in order.  This wasn't to mention scheduling showings, open … (3 comments)

kathy west: Worth vs. Listing Price - 03/30/07 06:35 AM
Very often when people are approaching me about selling their property they ask, "Ok, what is my property 'worth'?"  'Worth' is a very misleading concept and very often confused.  'Worth' is often confused with appraisal values and personal factors.  'Listing Price' is the real question.  'Listing Price' is driven by what people are willing to pay for your property at any given point in time.  This is mostly driven by sales in the immediate area of properties with similar makeup and features.  'Listing Price' is extremely important to reaching the goal . . . selling the property.  There are pitfalls that many … (25 comments)

kathy west: Is It A Good Time To Sell? - 03/27/07 09:54 AM
As a colleague of mine says, "It's always a good time to sell."  And I agree with him.  Obviously there are factors unique to each property owner that will impact this decision for each person.  But I categorize sellers two ways: 1) Have to sell (i.e. job relocation, personal reasons, etc.) and 2) Want to sell (i.e. bigger space, upgrade, change of scenery, etc.). 
With each scenario there are things to consider when making the decision to sell.
#1 Price Price Price.  I can't say this enough actually.  I find that owners sometimes can be a a bit subjective in this area.  … (0 comments)

kathy west: Large Lake View Vacant Homesite - 03/26/07 05:22 PM
Only $218,900! 
This beautiful large waterfront homesite is located in the gated community, Palm Coast Plantation. Surrounded on two sides by a lake and a reserve area for beautiful scenic views. Palm Coast Plantation features sidewalks, street lights, and underground utilities. Palm Coast Plantation is loaded with amenities such as a club house for social gatherings, an olympic size swimming pool, tennis courts, a basketball court, storage area for your boat and RV, and a boat launch for non-powered boats to scenic Emerald Lake as well as boat access to intracoastal waterways located conveniently outside the community.
Address: 25 Eagle View Drive … (2 comments)

kathy west: The Function of a Website - 03/26/07 04:56 PM
Obviously one of the biggest focuses in the world of Real Estate is technology and the internet.  I hear a lot of different thought processes on websites and their function within our business models.  The major theme I hear is that a website is a lead-generator.  I agree and disagree with that school of thought.  Can a website generate leads?  Yes.  But it doesn't stop there. 
Customers are actually telling us already what role the internet is playing for them in Real Estate.  Yes, over 80% of homebuyers are shopping first via the internet.  But then they are coming to us.  … (0 comments)

 
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