Melbourne, FL Real Estate News

By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
Cutting the grass may help it sell quicker.  Every little thing counts.    
Comments 4
By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
       It’s that time of year, hurricane season, time to pull out the insurance policy and review your coverage. Are you with a financially strong company, a company that can pay a claim in case of a disaster? Although, insurance companies allow changes, some, such a change in deductibles can be done only at renewal time. The Florida insurance industry changed considerably after the hurricanes of 2004-2005.  Many large companies were replaced by smaller ones.  But, are these companies financially strong? How quickly will they pay after a claim is filed?  Can they pay at all?  Today, an insurance company's financial strength is rated on the several different rating scales.   So, be careful.  Do some research.  Online you can find a list of strongest and weakest insurance companies. Call ...
Comments 0
By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
Hurricane season is from June 1 to November 30 each year. In Florida, we have been fortunate, over the past several years to avoid any major storms. It is still wise to be prepared under any circumstances. Did you know that Florida Disaster.org offers a FREE emergency family or business plan in the event of a hurricane? It only takes a couple of minutes to fill out the paperwork. The plan will outline the following information: >Your family meeting location and out of town contact information >List of evacuation routes >A plan for family members with or without a disability >A kid and pet items supply checklist >A supply checklist for food, water, ice and first aid kit items >Your local emergency contact information >Checklist of things to do before and after a disaster It's a great tim...
Comments 7
By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
My favorite Pizza place in the Suntree-Viera area has always been Pizza Gallery in the Avenue Mall in Viera. Great pizza and a fun atmosphere. I tried the new Fia's on Wickham Rd in the Melbourne-Suntree area just south of Pineda on the west side of Wickham (by Home Depot). I think Pizza Gallery now has some competition on the Mainland! To start with the is a decent sized restaurant that has the added benefit of a large outdoor covered patio. The feel is New York Italian and the menu is straight out of the Northeast. As well as offering some pretty darn good pizza, Fia's has a nice menu which includes traditional Southern Italian favorites, sandwiches, pasta, seafood, salads and much more. They are open for lunch and dinner...and during lunch they offer a lunch buffet that includes piz...
Comments 5
By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
If it is time to list your home for sale, hopefully you have found a great agent who is either a certified stager or works closely with a stager to give advice on how your home should look every time a perspective buyer walks through the doors. Many aspects go into making a home "show ready" to the largest pool of potential buyers. A neutral home will help you accomplish this. When a buyer comes through your home it should look much like a blank canvas looks to a painter...maybe a little flair like an accent wall...but with appeal to everyone...and set up to offend no one! Think of model homes with their nondescript decor and photos. This is specifically designed to make the home the star...not the decor Here are a few tips to make your home more neutral in appeal: 1. No personal pictur...
Comments 15
By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
With Cinco De Mayo around the corner I decided it was time for a Mexican stand-off. The Space Coast (in fact I am going to say the State of Florida in general) is not known for great Mexican food. We do have wonderful Latin options like Cuban, Guatemalan and Central American...but for whatever reason we seem to be limited to chain type restaurants or sub-par south of the border offerings. Here on the Brevard Coast we do have a few really good burrito joints so I decided to do a taste off between the three best (in my opinion) powerhouse burrito options: Da Kine Diego's in Satellite Beach, Big Island Burrito in Indialantic, and Robburrito's in Melbourne Beach. All are within about a 10 mile span of each other on Hwy A1A south of Patrick AFB. To begin with all three make burritos that ar...
Comments 6
By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
We feel it when we walk outside... the warm, balmy weather is creeping up on us.  Summer is right around the corner.  So, here's a couple of tips to help prepare your home and help keep your electric bill down: Check out your thermostat. Do you have a programmable one, that can be adjusted to set different temperatures at different times of the day and night? If you don't have one, consider having one installed at a small cost. What is your thermostat set on? Set it for a couple degrees warmer in the house while you are away at work. And then when you're home, have it drop back down. (Don't forget about your pets during the day. Be sure it remains comfortable for them). Clean or replace your A/C filter every month. How much insulation do you have in your attic? Take a peek and look. A ...
Comments 3
By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
Do you know what's on your credit report? I never get tired of reminding consumers to check your credit report. Do you review your credit report on a regular basis? Do you know what's on your credit report? It's important to review your credit report so you can check for errors.  if you are considering buying a home soon, it puts you in the drivers seat when you know what info your credit report contains before starting the process. According to the Federal Trade Commission in 2003 FACTA requires the nationwide credit bureaus to provide consumers with a free copy of their credit report, at their request, once every 12 months from the 3 major reporting agencies Equifax, Experian & Transunion. Consumers who want to access their credit report online can go to AnnualCreditReport.com or by T...
Comments 2
By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
A wish... for simpler times,   for people to come together, and for peace to all across the nation!
Comments 4
By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
  I see rentals advertised all over town. Move in with first, last, and security deposit. Hmmm. That's a lot of money. How many people can afford to do this? But, does the landlord understand what they're really asking for? Not always. As a landlord for nearly 17 years I have always required first month's rent and a security deposit from tenant's moving in. The security deposit is typically about $150 to $200 more than the rent amount. So, for $800 rent, the deposit is usually $1000. Many landlords require first month's rent, last month's rent and a security deposit for move in. Let's think about this for a minute. On an $800 rental, that's $800 first, $800 last and $1,100 security. If they have a pet that can be another $250 nonrefundable FEE. So, a perspective tenant could be looking ...
Comments 4
By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
  The National Association of Realtors conducted a study to find out why houses don't sell. Well, not surprisingly, price topped the list. An overpriced listing will sit on the market for months, and sometimes even years, without selling, and often without ever receiving an offer. The study went on to indicate the second reason a house doesn't sell is because it's not ready to be put on the market. The attention to the small details has been overlooked. The house hasn't been cleaned and cleared of clutter. So, before the for sale sign goes up a good cleaning from top to bottom is ideal. Neutral paint and wall coverings appeal to a wider variety of buyers. And, clearing out the excess clutter, knick knacks and furniture help to show off the beautiful features of the property. If a buyer ...
Comments 10
By Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County
(Bucci Realty, Inc.)
This Baytree Golf Course home located in the Isles of Baytree in Melbourne, Florida recently sold for $180,000. Homes in the Isles of Baytree are not staying on the market very long with three homes selling in the past two weeks.  All sold for prices between $180,000 and $195,000. Baytree offers residents lawn service, club house, exercise center and community pool all within the gated Baytree Golf Course communities. Baytree Golf Course and the surrounding communities are located in the very popular planned unit development of Suntree.  For information on the Suntree Master Association, click here. For information on other homes for sale in the Baytree, Suntree and Viera area.
Comments 10
By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
I belong to a running club here on the Space Coast of Florida. We usually run in the Melbourne or Viera area. After our run this morning we all decided to head over to D.I.G. Bistro on Wickham Rd in Melbourne. It opened earlier in the year so we all wanted to try out the new kid on the block. The location is great...right in the Suntree and Viera area a little east of I-95. (The address is 7700 Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL 32940 for those wh0 use navigation...and the phone number is 321.254.5001). D.I.G serves both breakfast and lunch seven days a week. The menu combinations and alcoholic smoothies are more reminiscent of a restaurant in Miami or Denver then our usual Space Coast options. The open style kitchen and huge specials board above the see-in kitchen window will give you the feel...
Comments 5
By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
Windover Farms of Melbourne is a beautiful development of larger homesites and New England style farm homes built in a secluded community...yet near everything the Space Coast has to offer. What really sets Windover Farms apart from other close by communities is lot size...lots range from 1/2 acre to over 5 acres...very unusual when it comes to deed restricted communities that seem to want to carve out every homesite they can...and a large lot is 1/4 acre. The community itself is made up of 741 homesites...all with lots of trees and picket fences. Windover Farms is located in central Brevard County...west of Wickham Rd, East of I-95, South of Pinieda Causeway and north of Eau Gallie. This central location puts residents minutes from everything...including the Atlantic Ocean! The neighb...
Comments 3
By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
        Sandy Shores, Melbourne FL Broker-Associate M & M Real Estate, Inc. Residential, Investment, New Construction and Relocations We have a team of professionals to facilitate your Short Sale. Melbourne Real Estate / Palm Bay Real Estate 321-253-4545 or 321-733-6080 www.SandyShoresMelbourne.com Email me at SandyShoresMelbourne@hotmail.com Subscribe to my blog ____________________________________________ Serving Brevard County Florida for 16 Years Brevard County Resident for 37 Years Melbourne, Palm Bay, Suntree, Viera, Rockledge, Cocoa, Canaveral Groves, Merritt Island, Titusville, Mims, Melbourne Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Satellite Beach, Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral ______________________________________________ I buy, sell, rent, own and manage Investment Property...
Comments 6
By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
Times are tough, and today you don't hear people complaining that they have too much money left after they've paid all of their other bills.  Sadly, many fall short each month of covering their monthly bills. It's so important to watch those pennies. The other day I headed to the store to pick up the items on my shopping list.  My bill came to $35.56. I gave the cashier $35.60 and waited. He laughed as she was handing me my change, almost as if she were uncomfortable handing me a bunch of pennies. "Sorry." "That's fine, I like getting my change back. All those pennies add up," I said. I remembered being in this type of situation before, where the cashier asked if I wanted the change.  Of course, I always want the change. This cashier told me a story about a clerk that she knew that wor...
Comments 10
Carolyn Smith, Realtor & Bridget Sentz, Realtor ~ Coastal Estate Team - Brevard County, FL Employment: 900 New Jobs Coming to Melbourne, FL! Over 900 new jobs coming to Brevard County, FL! Aerospace and defense company Northrop Grumman recently announced its plans to locate a Manned Aircraft Design Center of Excellence at Brevard County's Melbourne International Airport, bringing over 900 new jobs to the area. The majority of these jobs will be for engineers, and computer designers and developers. The projected 920 new jobs will almost double Northrop Grumman's current Melbourne, Florida workforce, bringing an enormous boost to the local economy. Northrop Grumman has been a major employer in Brevard County for decades, and these new plans for expansion come at a very important time for ...
Comments 0
By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
Grills is a resort type restaurant, bar and night club wrapped up into 2 large locations...one in Melbourne Florida on the west side of the Indian River and one in Port Canaveral. The Melbourne Location is on US.1 just north of the Pineda Causeway. To try and explain Grills you need to think of the place as more of a destination rather then a restaurant. They often have live entertainment, boats docking, a cool tiki bar atmosphere (outside)...and a full munu restaurant. I have seen some really good bands playing out on the deck...go to the website and check out who is playing: www.grillsseafood.com Grills has a large and interesting menu. From a bunch of starters (nibblers) to burgers (including Boca Burgers), wraps, sandwiches, kabobs and tacos. They also have quite a few seafood (and...
Comments 8