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Home Seller Tips: Protect Your Unoccupied Home When Selling

28 Jul 2015 09:01:48 PD

Selling your vacant home can be an opening for burglary or vandalism.  What can a seller do to lessen the chance that their vacant for sale home will not be a victim? If you are selling then it is likely not a secret.   This assumes you have met and know your neighbors by the time you are moving!Let your neighbors know your house is vacant and your real estate agent's name/contact information.  (This might help get your home sold if someone asks them about your house.)    Let them know what kind of car your real estate agent drives.  Do not neglect your yard maintenance.   Keep the grass trimmed and the flower beds well maintained.  If other neighborhood homes look well groomed, make sure your home fits in. Brighten up your home's exterior.   If you do not already have them consider outdoor lighting.   A well lighted yard can discourage would be burglars from hiding in landscaping as well as provide cover for window entry.  Lights with motion sensors are even better.  The goal is to make your home less appealing and approachable to criminals.  A further step would be to place some lights on timers within your home.If your home has an alarm, use it.   Make sure your real estate agent includes "Alarm on" in the message to other real estate agents.   Even if it is only a local alarm when it goes off uninvited types usually retreat!Consider letting your neighborhood watch (if you have one) know your house is vacant.   Just as some police departments will do routine checks while you are on vacation, check with your local department about performing periodic checks as well.Find out from your real estate agent the type of access controls they will have in place on your home.   Are they using a combination lock box to hold the key?  In my opinion this is the least secure of all control mechanisms.Will your real estate agent be using an electronic lock box such as the Supra lock box where each agent has an individual pin number for controlled access.  These devices will allow listing agents (and owners if possible/desired) to receive an email when your house key is accessed.Ask your agent if they will ever go by and check on the home.   I make it a policy to go by my unoccupied listings whenever there have been recent showings and, at a minimum, every two or three days if there have been no showings.   Not only does it allow me to pick up real estate agent cards left after the showings but also  to check doors and windows.   Although agents should always double check all doors before leaving a showing, mistakes happen.Finally, if your home is vacant but still has furniture present make sure personally identifying documents and data (PCs) are secure.  Ideally important papers, medications, computer data and weapons should be moved removed if the house is unoccupied.Remember, most real estate agents do not personally know their buyers.  Your listing agent will not know the buyers either.  While real estate agents try their best to securely protect your home while in your house, do what you can as well.If you are considering selling your Melbourne, Florida home, please give me a call (321-693-3850, direct)  if I can help in any way.Send me an email to request a comparative market analysis.Image courtesy of Gualberto107 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Home Buyer Tips: Why won't a real estate agent just show me the house I want to see now?

25 Jul 2015 20:00:01 PD

What kind of response should a prospective buyer expect when sending an email to a real estate agent to see a house now?Most real estate agents in this business receive email contacts daily from complete strangers.   One of the most common is an inquiry about seeing properties in such and such neighborhood today or soon.  What response should senders expect?   Most likely the sender wants a quick "Sure whenever it is convenient I will meet you there!"However, in 2015 Realtor safety has unfortunately become a higher priority than it was in the past (or at least received more publicity).  There have been too many cases where real estate agents have been robbed, beaten and even murdered.Real estate agent safety is a top priority for every real estate broker owner and should be for every agent in the business.For this reason expect your request to be met with a "Please meet me at my office." (or some other public location.More importantly, expect the response to be met with questions.A prospective buyer should expect to receive a response that includes questions on ability to buy (mortgage qualification), time frame, familiarity with the home purchase process, if working with another agent plus a few more.If a phone number has been provided senders may receive an initial phone call although many (generation Y/Z/millennials) prefer to do business by email and text rather than telephone.My typical response will be an initial email unless the sender has provided the phone number (interpreted as "call me, please").   Regardless of the form my response takes it will always include a question about the preferred manner/times of communication.So why so many questions?   To determine expectations and deliver the results clients seek.Related Read:  Safety Practices When Buying or Selling a Home Ready to buy a home in Melbourne, Florida?  Call me at 321-693-3850 or send me an email.

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Condo and Townhome Sales - Brevard County, Florida June 2015

25 Jul 2015 12:00:02 PD

While the condo and townhouse market in Brevard County, Florida has shown further signs of recovery it lacks the intensity of the single family home sales in June 2015.For information on buying a condo in Brevard County, Florida (Cocoa Beach, Satellite Beach, Indian Harbour Beach), give me a call at 321-693-3850 or send me an email.

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Home Buyer Tips: Will a letter to the seller help my offer get accepted?

24 Jul 2015 15:00:03 PD

The current Florida housing market is hot.  In Brevard County, Florida the median days on the market for single family homes is currently about 30 days.  That means many sellers are often receiving multiple offers.   Multiple offer situations will sometimes cause buyers to try additional tactics.One of the tactics some buyers will use is the personal letter to the seller.  These letters, although not common practice, are sometimes written by buyers explaining why they want to buy the home.Some buyers may even include pictures of the kids or even remembrances of a similar house in times gone by or whatever.  The point of the letter is to attempt to gain some additional leverage.But will they work?  I don't know but, if a buyer is willing to pen the letter, why not try if they really want a specific property?Some sellers may be so emotionally attached to their home that they may be more receptive knowing it is being lived in by a buyer who wants it so badly.Key Point:  A letter from a prospective buyer, while maybe an attempt at the seller's heartstrings, will not make up for a poorly prepared, poorly reasoned offer.If a prospective buyer is going to include a personal appeal with their offer it is still critical to make sure the offer is: Competitive.  After all, it is almost always about price.  Read "Your Offer is more than price."Supported.  Support refers to either a mortgage pre-approval letter or proof of funds letter being available.  Sellers must have faith a buyer has the ability to close before accepting any offer. Clean.  By clean I am referring to including the fewest contingencies possible.  Here in Florida, property inspection and financing/appraisal contingencies are usually expected.   Timely.  The usual time frame for closings in Florida with a mortgage is about 45 days.  Some lenders may be able to pull it off in 30 days.  Cash offers can be closed in days or weeks. So, will a letter to the seller help a buyer get their offer accepted?  Perhaps, if all the above components of a well written competitive offer accompanies the letter.Considering buying a home in Viera or Melbourne, Florida?  Call me at 321-693-3850 if I can help.

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The Ventura at Turtle Creek Condos in Rockledge, Florida - Market Report July 2015

23 Jul 2015 15:00:01 PD

The gated condo community of The Ventura at Turtle Creek located in Rockledge, Florida provides excellent amenities, very attractive prices and a resort lifestyle in a central Florida location close to everything (Orlando International Airport only 40 miles away).  The Ventura at Turtle Creek is located next to Turtle Creek Golf Course and is near excellent schools, shopping and more.  This gated condo complex will appeal to anyone looking for a primary, secondary or investment condominium in Florida.  Condo association fees are approximately $360 per month and covers exterior maintenance, insurance, water/sewer, club house/pool and amenities as well as the gated entry.  Currently there are only two units on the market in Ventura at Turtle Creek.  One is a foreclosure (not finance-able due to its condition ) which is listed at $93,900.  The other unit is a 3/2 with a garage listed at $168,500.  There have been seven units sold in Ventura at Turtle Creek over the past 6 months.  The last three sales (since June 2015) included:1576 Peregrine #309 - a Santa Anna floor plan  with 1,447 sq ft under air, 3 bedrooms/2 bath sold for $127,000.1576 Peregrine #101 - a Sonoma floor plan with 1,247 sq ft under air, 3 bedrooms/2 bath sold for $116,000.1576 Peregrine #107 - a Napa floor plan with 1,112 sq ft under air, 2 bedrooms/2 baths sold for $121,000.Two other floor plans which were built in Ventura at Turtle Creek (although none are currently listed) include Santa Rosa, 1,412 sq ft under air, 3 bedrooms/2 bathSanta Cruz, 1,391 sq ft under air, 3 bedrooms/2 bathIf you are looking for a gated condo community near Viera in central Brevard County, check out Ventura at Turtle Creek.Call me at 321-693-3850 or email me if I can help you with a home purchase or sale in Viera and Rockledge, Florida.

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