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.)
Congratulations to Ernie and Connie on the purchase of your lovely new home! Thank you for hiring me to represent you in the transaction. It has been such a pleasure. Thanks Connie, you were fantastic in making sure that everything that was requested from the lender got to them asap.  I wish you many happy years here in Melbourne, near your family! Sandy Shores, Melbourne FL Broker-Associate M & M Real Estate, Inc. Residential, Investment 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 R...
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By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
I love to give a shout out to any local business that is trying to make good in a tough economy. It is also easy to find articles about the positive attributes of raw honey in your diet (stop the refined sugar madness!)...and I often write posts about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Lake Washington Honey actually allows me to write about both these passions in one blog post. Lake Washington Honey is a wonderful Melbourne, FL based product that is locally harvested and delicious. It can be found in many of our local farmer's markets and small health conscious shops. You can also call or email them for purchase: Phone: 321.254.3430email: lkwashingtonhoney@bellsouth.net
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By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
Brevard County FL Real Estate, including single family residential, condo, and townhouses: There were 864 new listings. There were 503 sold listings. Average sales price was $138,499. Average days on the market were 112. For single family residential units only: There were 610 new listings. This is an increase of 18.91% from August 2011 of new listings. There were 408 sold listings. This is an increase of 15.58% from August 2011 of 353 sold listings. The average sale price in August 2012 was $143,293. This is a decrease of 11.41% from August 2011 of $161,811. Average days on the market were 85, a decrease of 29.17% from August 2011 of 120 days.   Source: Melbourne Association of Realtors Brevard County showed an 11.28% increase in the number of total properties (single family, condo & t...
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By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
Of all the mistakes sellers (and their agents) make...I think this one is the most easily correctable and the one made most often! ...now I work on the Florida Space Coast. We are a medium sized market that has little crossover from other areas within the State (we are too far from Orlando for most agents to travel here..and it would require those agents to sign up for our MLS and pay some pretty high fees). This has both positive and negative aspects for potential buyers (and sellers). On the good side the agents you hire usually have a decent knowledge of the area. On the bad side it means they can tend to be behind the times on new marketing techniques that can help a home sell more quickly. This leads me into how to price a home. As agents we all have access to the same MLS statisti...
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By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
I am a long term lover (since my days in South Florida) of great quick Cuban food. In the Miami area many little hole in the wall places exist that have outstanding food at cheap prices. On the Space Coast we have a few small intimate little places of our own...and a few hole in the wall types as well. I would fit the Cuban Sandwich sort of in between the two. It does have a small sit down area with tables. You order at the counter and they call your name when your food is done. They have daily specials as well as two sizes of Cuban Sandwiches...the smaller one is the normal human size for $6 and the larger size (huge) is $8. I will cut to the chase...the food is well priced, authentic and delicious. The Cuban Sandwich is one of the better efforts in the Melbourne Florida area and the ...
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By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
I think we are programmed to buy the discount these days. We see it all the time from department stores that promise us 40% off to grocery stores that offer 2 for 1 deals. These deals seem really enticing until you check out the reality of the small print and find out the list price is high enough to allow for the discount and still let the store make a nice profit. In real estate we sell a product that is always different in some way from what is being offered elsewhere. If you are out buying an IPAD you will find exactly the same model offered at WalMart, Best Buy, Target...etc... You can shop and see if the deal is really as good as the seller is saying it is. You can even see if they have inflated the list price to give you a bigger discount. In Real estate you must consider upgrade...
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By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
It seems like no matter what part of the Country you live, restaurants exist that always seem to have the same people eating or drinking at the place every time you go (think the TV show Cheers). It can sometimes be loyalty to the owners...loyalty to the location...or just great food that brings the patrons back. I think Don's Famous Hoagies might just have a combination of all three! First, the location. They are located on Apollo Blvd, right between a bunch of car dealerships and a short stroll from Holmes Regional Medical Center (the largest hospital in the area) so they always have a built in lunch crowd! Second, loyalty to the owner...since 1986 I can recall Don yelling and screaming behind the counter...and I still get a glimpse of him every time I go in. Don's Hoagies is truly a...
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By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
...so anyone who reads my blog probably knows I love food. Based on all the restaurant and market reviews many of you probably assume I need a crane to help me out of bed in the morning. The truth is I do cook for myself at home quite a bit and I try to buy healthy organic and natural foods as often as I can. Now I must admit Melbourne, FL is not Boulder Colorado. We do not have an organic grocery store on every corner....or have a population of residents who call someone out of shape because they have 9% body fat. In short Melbourne is not an easy place to find reasonably priced organic food options. One of the few Natural Markets we have is Nature's Market on Apollo Blvd in Melbourne. I know the sign says Supermarket out front but I would say it qualifies as more of a large specialty...
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By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
Windover Farms in Melbourne, located just off of Post Road in Melbourne, Brevard County FL is a sprawling, deed restricted community of gorgeous homes situated in a lush, natural, country setting. The homes were built between 1988 and 2009. Windover Farms is lcoated West of Wickham Road, just off of Post Road. Windover Farms, Melbourne  is conveniently located minutes to shopping, dining, churches and schools. Publix grocery store is within walking distance. It is close to all grade levels schools and right around the corner from Bervard Community College and the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts.  Access to I-95, US 1 and Wickham Roads are within minutes. Patrick Air Force Base and the beaches are approximately 15 minutes away. The Melbourne Airport is about a 10 minute dr...
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By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
We're keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Isaac out in the Atlantic Ocean.  We're waiting to see what the storm is going to do.   Although Isaac has been looking a bit unorganized, the projections right now indicate that it may become a Category 1 hurricane.  It pays to be prepared.  Often, it's not the hurricane that causes all of the damage, it's the tornadoes that spawn off the storm and the blankets of rain that follow, that wreak the most havoc. Visit the National Hurricane Website for more information. Did you know that Florida Disaster.org offers aFREE 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 in...
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By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
I have a few friends who are vegetarians or vegans. They refuse to eat meat of any kind. I applaud them and I would like to thank them for one thing: it leaves more burgers at The Burger Place available for me. The Burger Place is located in Historic Downtown Melbourne, FL. It is kind of an unassuming place on a side street. I discovered it one day riding on Rt. 192 on my way to the beachside. My boy saw a sign that said best burger in town this way! I laughed and we decided to try it for lunch. When you walk in the place you will feel like you just headed into the late 1950s or early 1960s. You walk up to the counter and order. It really does not matter what else is on the menu...order a burger, fries and a shake (yes...I realize this is a huge number of calories). The burgers are som...
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By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
  Before buying a Melbourne FL house remember to take a second look inside and out.  And, ask questions, and then ask some more. I have been working with a buyer that is very inquisitive. She's very sharp, doesn't miss much and she asks a lot of questions. Yesterday, we were able to come to terns with a seller on a home that suits she and her husband's wants and needs.  We found the right house for them. And, we asked a lot of questions and took note of so many different things before they decided on this one. Things to consider are: How high does the house sit compared to the middle of the street? Is there sufficient drainage? Are there signs of standing water; mold and mildew on sidewalks, on patios or near the house? Is the house close to or on a main street? How much traffic travel...
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By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
"This house doesn't look like the pictures I saw." I've heard that before, many times. Last week while showing houses for sale, I pulled up to a house and thought I must be at the wrong property. "Is this it?' Are you sure?" by buyer prodded. We checked the street sign and the house number. They matched the listing. We checked the company on the for sale. It matched the listing. We checked the outside picture... it sure didn't look like the house we were sitting in front of.  How long had it been on the market?  Had the property deteriorated over time.. since it was listed?  It looked so nice in the pictures. But, no, we were at the correct address.  My buyer wasn't sure she wanted to go in.  "I don't think I want to waste my time looking at it." We decided to go in anyway.  We were cu...
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By Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School, Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor
(Rowlett Real Estate School)
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By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
This is a new series I am writing for sellers and buyers. It is designed to help those with questions or issues that come up when listing or purchasing a home. The subject we are going to delve into today is for sellers. When you sell your home it is always in your best interest to get the most bottom line dollars (for your pocket). What I mean by this is after all commissions and expenses are paid...you should look at what potential plan (or Realtor marketing plan) will fetch you the most money. The mistake many sellers make is to think it is always best to work hard negotiating the commission rate down so they can pay the lowest amount...therefore making a larger bottom line. In theory it sounds great...but before you go down that road I want to run a couple of issues by you that migh...
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Now that you own your brand new Marondahome, let us talk about some inexpensive ways to make it uniquely your own.  One of the best ways to customize your new home on a budget is with paint, especially if you provide the labor yourself.  There are many choices when it comes to interior painting, from exotic colors and faux finishes, to custom murals and effects.  One of the most important things to consider is your abilities and experience.  Interior painting is a very popular DIY project, however, proper preparation and planning is critical to obtaining a professional result. One of the first things to consider is the brand and type of paint to use.  Most interior paints that are designed for residential use have low V.O.C’s.  Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from...
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By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
  Do you remember the Tootsie Roll Pop commercial from TV? The little boy goes up to Mr. Turtle and asks, "Mr. Turtle, how many licks does it take to get to the tootsie roll center of the tootsie pop?" And Mr. Turtle says, "I don't know, ask Mr. Owl." So, the boy takes the tootsie pop to Mr. Owl and asks the same thing. Mr. Owl takes 3 licks and then bites the lollipop. He tells the boy it takes 3 licks to get to the tootsie roll center of the tootsie pop. It reminds me of buyers of real estate...some people buy the first day they're out looking at houses, some people take their time, and some never buy at all. A buyer calls up and tells us they are looking for a house to buy. We show them a couple of houses and the first day out they write an offer and  buy a house. They're like Mr. Ow...
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By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
  Often I receive phone calls from buyers that have an interest in coming to Melbourne FL to grab a "great deal on a foreclosed property."  They're often surprised to hear the low number of bank owned properties that are currently on the market, only 7.24%.  Many are pretty specific in saying they don't really want to buy a short sale property, as often short sales can take some months to get to closing. Currently 77.38% of the properties on the market are non distressed sales in Mebourne, FL. The chart includes single family residential, condos and townhouses. These are the types of properties that have sold in Melbourne FL in 2012. 63.53% have been standard/traditional (non distressed) properties. These properties include single family, condos and townhouses. Sandy Shores, Melbourne F...
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Mandalay Grove is our brand new single-family home subdivision in the beautiful and prestigious Merritt Island, Florida.  Mandalay Grove is gated with Estate-sized lots and is located only 5 minutes from the beach in the tropical paradise of Merritt Island.  Our homes come complete with Tile Roofs, Paver Driveways and Luxurious Granite Kitchens included in the price. This neighborhood is as good as it gets in Brevard County; close to fantastic shopping and dining, I-95 and major employers.  We have a beautifully furnished Madison model that we invite you to come and see during our Grand Opening celebration month! ... Read the rest of the article on our Maronda Homes Blog ...
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By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
nShare While out showing houses the other day, my buyer asked, "have you ever seen a haunted house?"  Well, funny that you ask, I responded, as I remembered the day my tenant called me frantically. She said she needed to talk right away.  So, I got in the car and headed right over. When I got there, she immedately started with 'I have been afraid to tell you this because I knew you would think I am crazy!' I couldn't imagine what she had to say. 'Well, she continued, 'your house is haunted.  You have ghosts here!'   I was sure that I hadn't heard her correctly.  "What?" "Your house is haunted." She went on to say that the house had ghosts in it since December.  It started with Christmas tree ornaments flying off the tree and across the room.  Then, pictures would fly off the walls and a...
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