Summer's here, and as every year, many people consider this the best time to buy real estate in Daytona Beach. The reason? To get the kids settled into their new schools in time for the next school year.
But before I continue with the rest of this post, if you want to buy real estate in Daytona Beach, first of all check out my real estate MLS listings here. At this time, I have listings of houses, condos and townhouses, in Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, Holly Hill, Port Orange and Edgewater. You can then check the Volusia County School Zoning and Demographics for a particular house, condo, townhouse or apartment. Just type in the address of a particular piece of real estate, or general location, and the Volusia County School Board will provide you with all the information you need, and then some! Just follow the link above.
For more real estate listings, bookmark my web site so you can keep checking back, or ask me to add you to our automated MLS system, which will check for new listings within your specifications each day, and e-mail them directly to you. This way you'll never miss what might be the perfect house for you! You can also use the National Association of REALTORS® IDX system, which is the feed that ALL public access real estate sites use, to let potential real estate buyers know what properties are in the MLS systems. (Side note: Each site may look different, because they've chosen to publicize the information in different formats. But IDX is the system being used by ALL public-access sites.) To check the IDX listings from the Daytona Beach Multiple Listing Service (MLS) just follow this link.
To continue with my house hunting tips and experiences with my Daytona Beach real estate buyers... many people don't realize or just don't think about the fact that Florida has a tropical climate. (This is why I keep a box full of umbrellas in my car.) In Daytona Beach, almost every afternoon, like clockwork, usually around 3:00 or 4:00 p.m., in the middle of our hunt for that perfect home for my real estate buyers, the clouds start rolling in, the thunder starts booming and as my buyers start looking concerned, I tell them not to worry. Yes, we are going to have a torrential downpour. But it will only last around 30 minutes to an hour. And most of the time, they don't believe me. LOL! I guess when you're moving here from another state where, when you see clouds like that, you're about to see rain for days. If you're not used to it, it's unexpected to have a large storm blow through in 1 hour. I guess since I'm a Daytona Beach native, I'm not the least bit surprised or concerned when the daily storm clouds start rolling in. I can't tell you how many times I've been thoroughly soaked while out looking at real estate with buyers.
Story Time! I think my fondest (NOT) storm memory was of the time I had out-of-state buyers in my car who needed to buy 2 properties. The mother needed a house, and the daughter needed a townhouse. And the other daughter was along for the ride. Be honest now, most of you enjoy house shopping even if you're not ready to buy yet =). Anyway, as we stepped out of the car, umbrellas in hand, the rain suddenly started coming down in buckets! By the time we got to the door, our hair was dry, but that was ALL that was dry! Fortunately the real estate sellers were home and were not the least bit uptight. They were the perfect hosts, holding the front door open for us as we came running toward them. (A good frame of mind if you're trying to sell your house!) We were all afraid to step inside and drip water on the floor, but this house had a tile foyer, so the water wasn't going to hurt anything anyway, and these wonderful sellers gave us towels and told us to take our time and feel free to wait out the storm. (Smart sellers! Keep us in the house longer even if we're soaking wet!) We ended up all sitting on the back porch, watching the peaceful rain hitting the fruit trees and flowers, as it subsided in about 20 minutes. Then we were off to continue our search! BTW, the best thing about these afternoon storms is that they bring down the temperature... for a little while.
As I'm wrting this post and thinking about those particular real estate buyers (Hello Sandy and Beth!) I just remembered, I ended up selling one of them a house that was a For Sale By Owner (FSBO). I contacted the sellers on behalf of my buyer and the sellers agreed to sign a "One Time Showing Agreement" which is just a one-page, short form that states that if I sell the house to that particular buyer, within a short period of time, the seller agrees to pay me a commission for bringing them a buyer. Read my new post that addresses the details of how that works, since I've sold several homes this way over the years: REALTORS® Selling For Sale by Owner (FSBO) listings and the Daytona Beach Real Estate Market.
To wrap this up, if you're a real estate buyer who's interested in buying your next home in Daytona Beach, I'd love to help! When you've visiting my web site (I've provided links to quite a few different pages above), keep clicking around. You'll find more information than you have time to read, and answers to any questions you may have. And if by chance you can't find the answer to a question, feel free to e-mail me and I'll direct you to the applicable section of the site, or I'll answer the question in my response to you.
To buy real estate in Daytona Beach, make a Smart Choice and contact Lisa Hill. Don't make a move without me!