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There are three gated 55+ communities in the planned unit development of Viera - Grand Isle, Heritage Isle and Indian River Colony Club. This market report covers IRCC only however here are links to recent market reports for Grand Isle and Heritage Isle. Market Report for Grand Isle in Viera September 2015 Market Report for Heritage Isle in Viera September 2015There are currently thirty homes for sale in Indian River Colony Club. List prices range from $139,000 to $324,000. While this range seems high there is actually only one property priced above $320,000 and one other above $250,000.Of the thirty homes listed eighteen are priced below $180,0000. Most of these homes were built between 1988 and 1993 and have a median size around 1,900 sq.ft. under air. Most homes are three bedroom two bath two car garage properties. Size varies from 1,179 to 2,506 square feet under air. There is plenty of activity going on in IRCC with nine homes currently under contract. Since August 1, 2015 there have been six homes sold with selling prices ranging $104,000 to $200,000. One of these sales was a foreclosure (no surprise it was the lowest priced home). Average selling price (excluding the foreclosure) was about $175,400.Homes sold in August and September included:1384 Pilgrim Ave - 1,616 sq.ft. built in 1989, 2 bedroom 2 bath 2 car garage Bangor model sold for $145,0001200 Mayflower Ave - 1,880 sq.f.r 2 bedroom 2 bath 2 car garage Bangor model built in 1989 sold for $104,0001451 Goldrush Ave - a 1,886 sq.ft. 1995 built 3 bedroom 2 bath 2 car garage Phoenix model sold for $200,0001094 Continental Ave - 1,894 sq.ft. 3 bedroom 2 bath 2 car garage Raleigh model , 1990 built home sold for $192,0001755 Independence Ave - 1994 built 1,904 sq.ft. 3 bedroom 2 bath 2 car garage Phoenix model sold for $180,0001520 Independence Ave - 2,480 sq.ft. 1994 built 4 bedroom 2.5 bath 2 car garage Hartford I model home sold for $160,000Below are some articles about IRCC and the other 55+ communities in Viera, Florida55+ Developments in Viera, Florida Indian River Colony Club - Not Your Usual 55+ Community 55+ Communities in Viera - Similarities and Differences Heritage Isle and IRCC - These Two 55+ Communities Are Different! Why would someone choose Grand Isle over Heritage Isle?55+ Living Does Not Mean Living in a Tiny Box! For information on buying a home in Heritage Isle, Grand Isle or Indian River Colony Club in Viera, Florida, call me at 321-693-3850 or send me an email.
In the past six months nine homes have been sold in the gated 55+ community of Grand Isle. Grand Isle, located in the planned unit development of Viera, Florida is comprised mostly of single family homes constructed in the 2001-2004 years. Grand Isle is smaller than the newer Heritage Isle 55+ community also located in Viera. Read my September 2015 Heritage Isle market report here.Since August 1, 2015 there have been five properties sold (3 in the month of September). The average selling price over the past six months has been around $262,000.Recent Grand Isle homes sale include (extracted from Brevard MLS system): 1581 Perdido Court - a 2004 built 3 bedroom 2 bath 2 car garage home with 2,107 sq.ft. sold for $231,500 (09/28/15).1392 Keys Gate Dr - a 2001 built 2 bedroom2 bath 2 car garage home with 1,545 sq.ft. sold for $207,000 (09/25/15)1566 Grand Isle Blvd - a 2004 built 4 bedroom 2 bath 3 car garage pool home with 2,178 sq.ft. sold for $325,000 (09/01/15)1562 Keys Gate Drive - a 2002 built 2,011 sq.ft. 3 bedroom 2 bath 2 car garage home sold for $260,000 (08/31/15)1514 Timucuan Drive - a 2001 built 2,011 sq.ft. 3 bedroom 2 bath 2 car garage home sold for $270,000 (08/14/15)Currently there is only one home listed for sale in Grand Isle. The listing is a 2,465 sq.ft. 2003 built 4 bedroom 3 bath 2 car garage lake front home listed for $325,000.Here are several articles about the 55+ communities in Viera. Indian River Colony Club - Not the "usual" Florida 55+ community.There is a difference in 55+ communities.How to choose a Florida 55+ community.Downsizing to a 55+ CommunityHeritage Isle - Viera's Premier 55+ Community. If you are considering a 55+ community in Florida both Grand Isle and Heritage Isle are well worth consideration. For information on homes for sale in Viera, Florida, give me a call at 321-693-3850 or send me an email.
Over the weekend I watched a few television shows about buying and selling homes in between football games. I am not even sure what the shows were called but I did hear something very similar in two of the shows.In both cases people selling their current home in order to buy another home said "I need to get this." Both times sellers were basing their new budget on what they had to receive.It is probably a rare occurrence when the "need to get" and "get" amounts are actually equal.More importantly the amount received is totally independent of any amount needed to satisfy budget requirements for the next house. Buyers do not care what a seller needs but rather only what they are willing to pay.While the net proceeds from the sale may be applied to the new home sellers can rarely determine in advance of the sale any specific amount unless there is positive equity. As for planning purposes your real estate agent should be able to take your projected sales price along with mortgage, tax and selling expenses and project relatively closely your net proceeds. If you are ready to sell your Viera, Florida home, here are ten articles that may be of assistance.Twelve Articles to Help Your sell Your Florida HomeSigns Your Home is Not Priced Right.Don't Forget About Safety When SellingHow to Not Sell Your Florida HomeMinimize Your Exposure to Loss When Selling Your Florida HomeWhat is a Comparable Market Analysis?What is Wrong With a Listing Price Ending With "999"? What is the Price of Memories?10 Common Sense Rules For Buying (or Selling) a HomeWhat Do You Do If Your House is Just Sitting?When you are ready to sell your Viera, Florida home, call me at 321-693-3850, please.Why should you call me to sell your Viera, Florida home? Because I promise to deliver the results you seek. I know that you have other options. I value your time and business. I know that just because I may sell your Viera home it does not mean you will ever call on again or recommend my services to another consumer. It is all about your experience.
Timing the purchase of a home can be a challenge. The challenge is a little greater when one is in a lease. What if one has six months left on the current lease?In an ideal world one could work backwards. Say 45 days to close after contracting (inspections, mortgage approval, survey, etc.) and about a month to find the target property. In the ideal world it would seem about three months to find and close the transaction and move in. But this is not an ideal world.What happens if you do not find the house within the parameters above? If your lease can be extended on a month to month basis then there is no problem. Then there are some landlords that will charge a new higher fee on a month to month term or prefer to get a new 12 month tenant.One of the key steps a renter can do now before ever looking is to check with your landlord and find out if there are any "outs" now or if you find a house before the end of your lease. Most leases have an early termination provision although most have penalties. I have seen some leases where the early out provision required two month's rent or continued payment of rent until a new tenant has moved in. So talk to your landlord about arrangements to end your lease just in case. Very often a good relationship with a landlord will translate into a willingness to work with you.I believe it is a good idea to put the home purchase wheels in motion at least six months out at a minimum. This provides time for research, mortgage inquiries and finding your real estate agent. In the current Brevard County. Florida residential real estate market waiting to find your new home could be a costly wait. Prices are rising every month month. While interest rates are very attractive now what happens when interest rates rise? They will - eventually.Here are ten articles that discuss the home buying process I have previous posted on my blogs. Please read and let me know if you have a question or a suggested topic.Are you buying a home or just browsing?Mortgage Pre-Approval and Mortgage Pre-Qualification - Different Animals!Home Buying Process - Is it really that difficult?Searching for Your Home - Bracket Your Desired Price and See What Happens!Know what the seller thinks about closing time frame.Don't Spend Too Much - Your Realtor Will Not Be Paying the Mortgage!Qualified For is Not The Same As Must Spend! How Long Does It Take to Close?Home Buyer Strategies in a Seller's Market.From Contract to Closing in (About) Twenty Steps.If you plan to buy a Melbourne, Florida home in the next year, call me at 321-693-3850 or ...Image courtesy of steafpong at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
The stories are legendary when it comes to poor customer service received at DMV offices. I suggest the same can be said about cable companies.Just last week I had one of those experiences at a local Brevard County, Florida cable company. Without detailing the experience suffice it to say that it was not without hassle. In the end we left with the service we intended to get although the process was less than ideal. As a consumer I recognized what I considered to be poor service or, at a minimum, a customer service experience that was below my expectations. As one who is in the customer service business I take such experiences and treat them as opportunities to review my own methods and practices. So what are my lessons learned from one afternoon in the cable office?1. Understand what your customer is seeking. Do not assume the consumer has a thorough knowledge of your products, services and the processes involved.2. Deliver what you say and confirm your customer understood and got answers to their questions. 3. Use language and terms you are certain your customer understands. It is really easy to use the language of your trade (doctors, real estate, legal, construction, etc). 4. Never assume all is well because one of the parties to the transaction understands! Above all else this was particularly the worst part of the experience cable experience where the clerk remarked "That is OK, your husband understands." If your customer ever feels like you are being condescending it should be game over.5. Know who the decision maker really is. See point number four.6. There are always other options. In this case the product was cable services and not real estate. Unlike cable and cell phone, I know I am not the only real estate agent in Brevard County, Florida and must be customer focused - always. In real estate just because you closed a deal with a consumer does not mean they will ever call on you again or recommend you to another consumer.If you are looking for a Viera or Melbourne, Florida real estate agent, call me at 321-693-3850. I understand the above paragraph!
I saw the subject question posted on another real estate site earlier this week. I know few real estate agents who specialize and practice solely in one side of the transaction.Many sellers choose to use the same agent who sells their home as their buyer's agent for their new home. Many buyers very often call their buyer's agent later to sell the house they helped them buy. The reason these consumers use the same agent for both types of transactions is simple - its all about the agent's skills and trust.What does a seller want from their real estate agent?The above graphic says it all. Prospective sellers should interview several agents and work with the one they trust who can meet their goals in their time-frame - regardless if they are a "buyer's" or "seller's" agent or work with both. Its experience, professionalism and local knowledge that counts.Here are some related articles on interviewing and choosing a real estate agent to sell your Florida home.Choosing a real estate agent to sell your home.Choosing an agent - Step One The InterviewChoosing an agent - Step Two Face to FaceTwelve Articles to Help You Be A Successful SellerUnsolicited Advice for Home SellersReady to sell your Melbourne, Florida home? Call me at 321-693-3850 or send me an email if I can help.
Who has not heard these wise words of counsel...Don't look at where you are but where you are going. These can be encouraging words, for sure.When working with home buyers I provide similar advice although it is usually re-worded somewhat. Put into the context of the home buying process it sounds more like "look beyond what you see before you at this time."What do I mean look beyond? It is simple...disregard the distractors that really mean very little.What distractors?Paint color is one of the most common but it could be that gawd awful wall paper sometimes present. Or it could be the clutter that makes the room look small. Or the neglected landscaping that makes you wonder why the homeowner association hasn't done something yet! Or it could be the filth or smell. Yes, sometimes people do not clean their house before putting them up for sale...I kid you not! Of all things one can do to prepare a home for the market the least costly is cleaning!I have found the ability to look beyond these distractors is a rare trait among the less experienced buyers.This is not to say the distractors will not be deal killers. It is just a matter of seeing what can be and not necessarily what is.It all comes down to what a buyer is seeking in a new home. If a home buyer has no desire to make any changes whatsoever then the decision is easier. But if a buyer will consider making some changes then the ability to see what could be is critical. There are a couple of limiting issues buyers must consider when seeing what could be:Understand the required skills and time required to take the property where it needs to go, andIs the available budget sufficient after the cost of buying and moving to allow changes?Key Point: Buyers need to understand the impact distractions have on their decision making when shopping for a home. Just as importantly sellers need to understand the role distractions can play in getting an offer on their house.Ready to buy or sell a home in Melbourne, Florida and the surrounding area? Call me at 321-693-3850, please!
I hate solicitation calls! Whether in the real estate business or any other business there is always someone wanting to separate you from your money.As a Melbourne, Florida real estate agent I am always getting out of area calls. So when my phone rang early this morning with an unfamiliar zip code I figured it was someone relocating to Florida. Instead it was some sales call from California. After being grilled for five minutes with nothing but questions and criticism of my current methods of marketing to people who are looking to buy a home in Melbourne, Florida I finally ended the call rather abruptly. This caller was a great example of what can happen during the home sale and purchase process. I have rarely ever gone on a listing interview where a prospective seller did not boast about their home's positive qualities and characteristics (location, updates, neighbors, schools nearby or whatever). Sometimes that pride was accompanied by an overly optimistic opinion of their home's worth.After providing a market analysis and thorough explanation of market conditions the seller usually decides on a reasonable listing price given the competition, circumstances of the sale and the property's qualities (good and bad). Once the house is on the market sellers are anxious for showings and excitedly anticipate feedback from showing agents. (Feedback is rare and the best feedback is an offer.) One thing I have noticed through the years when working as a seller's agent is when prospective buyers really like a house and a potential offer may be forthcoming more "nitpicking" comments showed up during feedback. Many times the criticisms was a "set up" for a lower offer.And even when negotiations were successful then comes the inspection. While property inspectors are only reporting findings the delivery of these results are often interpreted by sellers as criticism.This is one of the great challenges when buying or selling a home......criticism and how it is received.If the ego gets involved (and bruised) then the hopes of a satisfactory closing sink. You are never going to sell or buy anything if you want to argue. With the call this morning there was no one between the two parties (yours truly and the anonymous caller) so it ended abruptly. I still have no idea what the caller was selling or what company they represented (Is expecting an introduction early on asking for too much?)Fortunately, in the case of buyers and sellers, the real estate professionals involved can be the calming voices. As a matter of practice I never use any method of business generation that involves a technique that will not work on me like cold calling. I will never bother anyone who visits my website to search homes for sale in Brevard County, Florida.
Thinking about selling your Viera or Melbourne, Florida home? Why not do it yourself as a For Sale By Owner (FSBO)? After all, anyone can sell their own home, right?The process is simple.A seller needs just one buyer with the ability and desire to purchase. But, in the current Brevard County, Florida real estate market, having only one buyer trying to buy your home could mean it has not been marketed to the right people.In the current Florida real estate market, a well maintained, move in ready home that is priced appropriately will likely receive multiple offers. While the for sale by owner price may be on target (emailed a real estate agent to get a free market analysis) it could be the right message gets ignored because it is delivered the wrong way (case in point, consider politicians).Its all about maximizing exposure to the most likely to buyer pool. A FSBO seller needs targeted focused marketing to get multiple offers (and the best price). A focused marketing plan is more than just a sign out front or an advertisement in the Sunday Florida Today real estate section (who reads the Sunday paper anyway?). Call a local knowledgeable real estate agent about how they would create a customized marketing plan to effectively market your home.All homes are not the same. A cookie cutter marketing plan found on some Internet web site does not always work.One final word... As a FSBO getting a buyer is one thing. What about the other considerations like your family's safety... the buyer's ability to close....escrow monies and the process? There are a myriad of issues when selling your home. Don't minimize the process or the risk. If you are considering selling your Viera, Florida home talk to me about a marketing plan that will create demand.
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