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.)
As I take my regular walk with my dog, Bailey the Boxer, I enjoy the crispness in the air. It's a bit chilly. Blue jeans, a T shirt with a sweatshirt on is quite comfortable. One of my favorite places to visit with Bailey is Wickham Park here in Melbourne Florida. It's a favorite place for many. There's always a bustle of activity in the park. I love the 50 minutes that it takes to get around the whole park. This includes a stroll passed the playground, the shuffleboard courts, and the archery range. There are 2 lakes that are safe for swimming.  Although it's a bit chilly for that right now. There's are picnic benches right next to the lake. Or, you can rent a pavilion, and have a party, complete with a barbeque pit. The park has an exercise relay that allows you to do different types ...
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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.)
Short sale, the sale of a property in which the proceeds of the sale fall short of the amount of money owed to the mortgage company. It often happens when an owner can no longer continue to make the payments on the home.  We talk to buyers each day that see properties being offered for short sale.  Many want to jump right in because they look like great deals.  But, we have found that there is a lot of misinformation in the marketplace about short sales. >Typically, there is nothing short about the length of time that it takes to do a short sale.  They can take 2 months or they can take longer, often up to a year.  A buyer for a short sale property typically must be very patient and have some flexibility. >The advertised price on a short sale, is not necessarily the price that the lende...
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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 see them all the time, those houses listed for sale that need a good cleaning.  The carpets need to be shampooed, a room or two needs a coat of paint.  The yard needs a good mowing and the bushes need to be trimmed back.  The house needs some of the junk cleared out of it.  Box it up and get rid of it.  The house is unkempt and/or poorly maintained. It may be like this for any one of a number of different reasons: divorce, family illness, elderly owners or a death.  Or the owners just may not be the tidiest people on the block. The buyer walks in, takes one look, and cuts $5000 off the price for painting. Hey, wait a minute, only one room needs to be painted. They cut $5000 off of the price for new carpeting. Wait, the carpets just need a good cleaning. The house is in a state of dis...
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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 see it all the time. Sellers that move out of their home that's listed for sale.  And, they  leave a couple of items.  Maybe it's a a sewing machine, a chair, a TV, a motorcycle, a freezer.  They figure on getting it out of the house when the house sells and closes.  Well, be careful, with this thinking. If you have a home listed for sale, and it is 99% empty, and you leave an item or two, a buyer that wants to purchase your home assumes that those items are being left with the house. So when that offer to purchase comes in, you can  bet your bottom dollar that sewing machine, TV, motorcycle or freezer will be written into the contract. Buyers see those items and they automatically want them. Who can blame them, right?  A nearly empty house, 'oh look at what the seller is leaving wit...
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By Steve Vitani, Brevard County MLS Viera Fl Real Estate Viera Florida, Suntree
(RE/MAX ELITE, Brevard County FL)
IN Florida there has always been an ongoing Bond money program available for First Time Buyers. The question is, how do you get your hands on it? Well depends on who you ask. Some mortgage professionals do not have access to all available programs directly and some do. Some professionals will even say, there is never any money left, or it is way too difficult to do a deal because of the hold up over such a program. Let me explain why some say these things. There are Local Programs that are County specific, even too specific in some cases to where they target specific areas within the County. These are called SHIP Funds. This program you have to go down to the County and go through the qualifications and usually get on a list due to limited funds left in their pool. Many times they run o...
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By Steve Vitani, Brevard County MLS Viera Fl Real Estate Viera Florida, Suntree
(RE/MAX ELITE, Brevard County FL)
So is this really the year to make that move up or purchase for the 1st time? I know, we have heard this each of the last 3 years as the market has continued to slide. After all a broken clock is right twice daily, so maybe the clock will be right after this :-) There are always two sides to this kind of subject. I can only hope that to those out there do not put off their purchase because they think rates will stay low or they think home prices will keep falling. Now is the time to take advantage of a home in the area you want to live in, on the street you want the home site you want. Real Estate is a long term investment and to be able to buy a home at price levels not seen in years, in some areas prices are 50-60% below the peak price. Couple that with super low rates plus tax credi...
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By Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F
(Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.)
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By Jason Koivu - SFR Certified Realtor Brevard County, Florida
(Serving Brevard Realty)
The management team at Melbourne International Airport in Brevard County, Florida have announced several expansions that will not only boost business for the Space Coast but also has the potential to increase tourism. The Florida Institute of Technology based in Melbourne has created the Florida Tech Research Park with the Melbourne Airport Authority.  This will be a twenty year partnership between the airport and the university and it is designed to enhance and expand technology-research infrastructure for Brevard County.  The ultimate goal is to foster economic development and make Brevard County competitive for high-tech industry and jobs. Approximately 100 acres of prime land is designated for the park which lie within the Airport Industrial Park. The airport has another 500 acres o...
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By Lisa Rees, Coldwell Banker Reilly & Sons Real Estate Agent
(Coldwell Banker Reilly & Sons)
Main Street Pub located in downtown Melbourne is one of my favorite places to visit while I am in Melbourne, FL.  Great food and a very cozy outside seating area in the back with a Florida style bar.  I tried the chicken wings (buffalo stlyle) during my last visit and they were incredible. Here is the website and a google live view map of their location.  This is a Lisarees Favorite!  Thank you Main Street Pub! Email Lisa Rees for a Real estate referral if planning to move to Melbourne, Florida @ Lisatherealtor@gmail.com http://www.mainstreetpub.cc/MainstreetPub/Welcome.html   View Larger Map
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By Paul Whitehouse, Realtor, SFR
(BEX Realty LLC)
A number of posts recently have underlyingly had a similar theme " The Need for Minimum Standards ". Tales of Agents lack of responses to emails, telephone calls, offers, client concerns, listing details and general public behaviour are almost a daily occurence on this site as well as less popular ones. Why? Do you work and treat your clients the same way as you would expect to be treated or even better? How do we score ourselves against other Agents and how many do we know or know of that lower our overall min. standard in our neighborhoods. With what I have read recently no wonder the general public think the average Agent comes under the ranking of a used car salesman but what can be done. My thoughts are that there are two avenues that can improve the situation and they both involve...
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By Jason Koivu - SFR Certified Realtor Brevard County, Florida
(Serving Brevard Realty)
As we approach the holiday season, most people think about the preparation for parties, last minute gifts for Uncle Joe or being able to work off all those calories from Aunt Edna's casserole. However, with all the rush of the season, it is easy to forget those that we do not work with or interact with on a daily basis. We are so busy with making sure that our families have everything together that it is easy to forget about the plight that others have this time of year as well as all year round. That is why it is just as important as any other time to become involved in local charity work. "But, I don't have the time," you say. Well, you do not necessarily have to give your time; there are plenty of other ways to help without stressing any more than you already do. A lot of organizatio...
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By Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County
(Bucci Realty, Inc.)
Is it a 55+ community in Melbourne, Florida or a 55+ community in Viera, Florida? It is Heritage Isle - Brevard County, Florida's premier 55+ community and it is located in the planned unit development of Viera. And the mailing address is indeed Melbourne, Florida.So, either way - it is the same place! Right now there are about 25 active single family units for sale and about a dozen condo units on the market. That is plenty of choice for anyone looking for a new home in Heritage Isle!Prices range from about $145,000 to almost $400,000. Plenty of choice in that range although most homes can be found in the $200-230,000 range. Also, there is still a chance to purchase new construction in Heritage Isle.If you are just starting your research on Florida 55+ communities here are a few links ...
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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.)
So often, in helping buyers find their first home, I can’t help but think back to my first home away from home.  And, oh what a home it was! I was 21 years old.  My first home was a mobile home.  No, let’s just call it what it was, it was a trailer, a rickety old single-wide 12 x 60 foot trailer, that needed alot of tender loving care. It was downright ugly.  It needed a good thorough scrubbing from top to bottom and a coat of paint. It had red shag carpeting with red lights in the ceiling. The second bedroom was the size of a bathroom. It fit one single bed and a tiny little dresser. You had to practically climb on the bed to get into the closet. And, it was on the railroad tracks. The master bedroom window was 10 feet from the train. On the other side there was a busy street. So, I l...
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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.)
The 2009 R.A.W. United Southern States Push Pull Powerlifting meet was held at The Gym this past weekend here in Melbourne FLorida. There were about 20 lifters competing. Sam Shores had a 97 lb. bench press. Shores had a 195 lb. deadlift. There will be a R.A.W. United Powerlifting meet coming up on December 5 and 6 that will be held at West Shore Junior Senior High School in Melbourne Florida. Lifters will be competing from across the country.  It is estimated that there will be about 75-85 competitors in this meet. Sandy Shores REALTOR®, Melbourne/Palm Bay FL Real Estate Brevard County Real Estate & Investing I also buy, sell, rent, own and manage Investment Property.
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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.)
Stunning Viera Florida Beauty with Lake Views! Overview Maps Photos Features Description Neighborhood $173,333 Single Family HomeFor Sale Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms1 UnitInterior: 1902 sqftLot: 0.16 acre(s) Location 8576 Mizell DriveMelbourne, FL 32940 Sandy Shores (321) 253-4545sandyshoresmelbourne@hotmail.comhttp://www.SandyShoresMelbourne.com Listed by: Sandy Shores, Realtor Our recent listings Gorgeous setting, .52 acre property!Stunning Viera Florida Beauty with Lake Views!3012 Chica Circle, West Melbourne Subscribe to our listing feed See more Melbourne, FL real estate for sale
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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.)
HR 3548 was signed into law, extending the up to $8000 tax credit or 10% of the purchase price, offered to First Time Homebuyers, people that have not owned a house in 3 years.  The original tax credit was due to expire on November 30, thus we had been scrambling to help buyers find properties. Now a buyer has until April 30, 2010 to get a home under contract, and until June 30, 2010 to get that home to closing.   On December 1, the income limits on the tax credit will change from the original guidelines of $75,000 to $125,000 for single people.  And, from $150,000 for married couples to $225,000 Homebuyers cannot purchase a home for more than $800,000. Effective immediately an existing homeowner may qualify for $6,500 if they purchase a home.  Their principal residence must be owned f...
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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.)
I take pictures as I enjoy sharing them with others. If you would like to use one of my photos, please ask, I am usually happy to oblige, however I would like to receive mention of having taken the picture. Sandy Shores REALTOR®, Melbourne/Palm Bay FL Real Estate Brevard County Real Estate & Investing I also buy, sell, rent, own and manage Investment Property.  
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By Vera L. Koon, Realtor
(The Waterman Team)
  The Brevard County Quick Guide Part Three | Vera L. Koon | Realtor ~ 321.302.9588 ~ www.BrevardHomesToGo.com Welcome to the Space Coast!  Brevard County, known as the “Space Coast” because of its rich history with NASA and space exploration, has an abundance of interesting and exciting attractions and community events to make every day in this area a new adventure!  Whether you are relocating or just visiting, we are sure you will love this east coast Florida area.      Dining/Nightlife The Brevard County area features an array of local dining and nightlife spots and you can find many great dining and nightlife experiences no matter where in the Space Coast you are!  Brevard is home to over 1,400 area restaurants and nightlife establishments.   Whether you enjoy upscale dining like th...
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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.)
The last couple of days have been glorious. We are experiencing some beautiful, crisp cool weather.  It's been in the 60's in the mornings and has been getting up into the mid 70's during the day. Now, I know that many are probably wondering what the heck I'm talking about, with crisp cool weather being in the 60's. I must be kidding, right? That's probably warm to some of you. But, for us here in Florida this little cool snap has been quite a switch for us, as we've been having some hot, humid weather.  I was going swimming in my pool, everyday, up until last week.  Did I mention that I like the water to be around 82 degrees?  Bathtub temperature, I know. We've turned off the air conditiong, and opened all the windows. On Sunday night I was in blue jeans and had to throw a sweatshirt ...
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By Paul Whitehouse, Realtor, SFR
(BEX Realty LLC)
TO ALL ACTIVERAINERS AND REALTORS MY CONCERN TODAY IS WITH ALL THE SYNDICATION THAT IS AVAILABLE TO US AND THE HUGE USUAGE OF THE INTERNET WHY ARE SO MANY REAL ESTATE AGENTS CONTINUALLY LETTING THEIR CLIENTS DOWN BY NOT SUPPLYING MORE THAN 1 PHOTO WITH THEIR LISTINGS. THE FIRST JOB WITH A NEW BUYER OR RENTER ONCE YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR IS TO EMAIL THEM SOME CHOICES FOR THEIR CONSIDERATION AND THEY ALWAYS WANT TO SEE PICTURES. SO WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU FIND A LISTING WITH NONE OR JUST ONE PHOTO YOU SKIP OVER IT AND SELECT ANOTHER LISTING. THE OLD ADDAGE "A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS" COULD NOT BE MORE APPLICABLE IN RELATION TO REAL ESTATE.SO I HAVE A PLEA, PLEASE PLEASE TAKE PLENTY OF PHOTOS BECAUSE YOUR VIEWINGS WILL INCREASE AND YOUR LISTING WILL BE SOLD OR RENT...
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