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Port Orange Real Estate Blog. MLS Listings and Sales by Lisa C. Hill, "THE SMART CHOICE!"

Port Orange house for saleYesterday I posted a blog about my new listing for sale in Port Orange FL. This is a brand new listing for me. But it's not the first time I've blogged about this house, or the owner. I originally met this seller back in September of 2008 when he asked me to do a Market Analysis (CMA) on his house. You see, this house is so unique that it's hard to determine an asking price So I posted a blog titled "How Would You Sell This House?". And because of some fantastic changes that had been made to this house when it was built (that were not completely in-line with the Codes for Port dining room in Port Orange houseOrange and his neighborhood), he was not allowing his then-current REALTOR®, or any REALTOR® who got the listing, to advertise the very features that made the house worth his asking price. In that blog, many of you posted your suggestions on how you would market, and sell this house. Due to the non-conforming changes, we thought in circles without ever really reaching any definitive answers.

After posting that blog, as the home owner read all of our answers and suggestions, he decided not to give me the listing just yet. He decided to reduce his price, and leave it with his then-current listing agent. I wish there were more real estate sellers like that! You see, this house for sale in Port Orange FLseller wasn't unhappy with his current listing agent. He just wanted to sell his house. And since he decided the best course of action was to just reduce his asking price, he really had no reason to move his listing to another brokerage at that time. (All sellers should take a lesson from this one... unless you have specific reason to believe your real estate agent is not properly marketing your real estate listing.)

And now I'll jump forward in time. This week I listed this house, and blogged about it yesterday. It turns out, that after he extended his listing with his previous REALTOR®, that REALTOR® dropped the ball and didn't call him at all for several months. So now I have the opportunity to market and sell this fantastic listing! But I wanted to remind you all about the previous blogs regarding this house. Because since last September, the seller made a few changes that were minor, but brought his house into conformity house for sale with solar heated swimming poolwith Port Orange codes, but at the same time, maintained the integrity of the unique features that made his house worth every penny of his asking price.

So at this time, this fantastic house still has a full in-law suite/guest area that is more like an apartment, including a separate 220 line, but the 220 outlet has been capped, and the separate service panel now has a couple of dummy switches installed. So all the wiring for the extra 220 line is still in place, but not connected.

One thing I didn't know before, was that the garage wall that separates the 3rd car garage bay from the 1st and 2nd garage bays, has a door framed out in the wall. But it has been covered over with drywall. So if a buyer would like to have in-garage access to the 3rd bay, it's a simple fix to just cut along the lines, and install a new door.

So if you're a REALTOR® with a potential buyer for this unique Port Orange home, then don't hesitate! Call me today, to schedule your appointment. And if you're a buyer for a spectacular house of this nature, you too should call me right away. Because I intend to market this listing to the fullest extent possible, in order to help the seller find a buyer as quicly as possible.

View information and photos of this unique Port Orange house.

Lisa Hill real estate agent in Daytona Beach FL with Adams Cameron Realtors

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Comments (11)

Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~

It sounds like a beautiful house.  Good luck and get it sold

Jan 30, 2009 02:05 PM
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

Lisa...  I am sure any unique property is very hard to list. But what kills me is the lack of work and effort that other realtors don't put out there once they have the listing.  Sad, very sad... and this property looks really good.  Good luck with the house.

Jeff Belonger

Jan 30, 2009 03:38 PM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Not knowing anything about the Florida codes, I'm presuming that the electric to the suite was a code issue. A 220-V line would typically be used for a large appliance, such as an electric range. Some areas here in San Diego don't allow a kitchen/range in guest areas.

Jan 30, 2009 08:37 PM
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

Jeff- Unfortunately, there are too many agents that take a listing, then doing nothing but put it in the MLS. And yes, it makes us all look bad. But now there's another problem... if several months go by with either no sales, or only enough to put food on the table (so to speak), many agents don't have the money to get as create as they'd like to, in marketing their listings. But those agents don't understand just how many opportunities there are, via the internet. And then the final problem is explaining "Web 2.0" to the sellers, or even to most average people. The last 6 months to a year have shown such a huge transformation, that the web as we once knew it, no longer exists. But it's too difficult to explain. So I do the best I can in explaining the many hours I'll spend in tweaking my online presence, and searching for buyers, and keep plugging away until it's sold!

Russel- Yes. It was the 2nd 220 line that was a code violation, in a single-family housing community. So now, it's just "wired for" a 2nd kitchen, which is really the most you can do with the situation. Obviously, the wires can't all be ripped out of the walls. The house was actually built this way. So the situation has been resolved, as much as possible =)

Jan 31, 2009 01:52 PM
Midori Miller
Talk 2 Midori, LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Online Marketing For Real Estate Professionals

Congrats on your new listing! :)

Feb 01, 2009 12:33 AM
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

Midori- Thanks =)  I never checked back on your post, where I commented about doing a community-wide open house in Pelican Bay =/

Feb 01, 2009 05:52 PM
Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

The "unique seller" that sounds like code to me for a pain in the butt seller to me.  Sounds like you have your work cut out with this guy, probably thinks his house is worth twice what his neighbors similar house is worth because he did a few things to his house that probably dont create much value to a buyer.

Feb 01, 2009 10:22 PM
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

Morgan- There was no code. He's actually a nice guy. He's meticulous, but that's a good thing. The only code is a reference to the previous post I wrote about him a few months ago. And no, his house is actually worth the asking price. That is also in a previous post. Just click the links toget all the information. Also, I don't want to be rude, but please be careful what kind of comments you write. I encourage my clients to read my blogs; especially when they pertain to them. Your comment, while it may be true for some clients, is not true for this one, and he's probably already seen it, and is now offended; which means I now need to do damage control.

Feb 02, 2009 12:48 PM
Art Kruschka
Administrative Manager - Manassas, VA
Manassas Woodbridge Dumfries Real Estate Sevices

Lisa  Yes, there are challenges, but I congratulate you on yhe impression you created that had him call you

Feb 04, 2009 03:33 AM
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

Thanks Art. It's a really great house!

Feb 04, 2009 12:05 PM
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