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.)
I've been a landlord for almost 13 years.  I have placed 100's of tenants in  rentals. I have only had to evict a handful of my own tenants. I have been so blessed and never had any real tenant issues. I've never gotten a house back in deplorable condition! Now, I'm not saying that I haven't gotten plenty of them back that were really dirty and desperately needed paint. Well, I have to say...I've just had my first EVER tenant that left in the night.  They left on the 23rd of July and their rent was paid until July 31.  I had a security deposit. So, they owed no money when they left. BUT..they left everything they owned..in the house..including the cockroaches and the grease on the walls! This tenant was with us for over four and a half years and paid the rent every single month on the 1...
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By Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
(Stage it Right!)
Tamira Ci Thayne, founder of Dogs Deserve Better, recounts her recent experience rescuing a starving/dying/chained dog named Doogie, and the "sentence" she received by a judge for taking the dog to a vet. She Pulled Weeds for Doogie  After being informed by my parole officer (it's not often you get to say that!) that if I didn't start my community service by August 22nd, I'd be back in front of the judge, I reluctantly went to see the man who is the highest paid man in the WORLD. No shit! He spent about a 1/2 hour with me, took my basic info, and gave me two choices of places to work near me...the Bellwood-Antis Library, and St. Vincent de Paul. Since the library is closer, I chose it (after all, I DO love books), and he sent me on my way with a stack of timesheets and contact info for ...
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By Teri Eno, Melbourne FL Homes
(RE/MAX Alternative, Melbourne FL)
Hurricane Fay is dancing over Brevard County, Florida for the third day in a row.  Actually a tropical storm, Fay is lingering like a long, 3 mile-per-hour slow dance - just not very enjoyable!  Everyone is hunkered down, making soup and hypnotized by the weather reports on TV.  In the past three days we've received nearly 24 inches of rain.   For anyone who grew up in northern states, this is like a snow day with schools and offices closed.   One big difference is that we're not freezing in our homes if the power goes out!   By day three, however, cabin fever will set in and even for kids the thrill will be gone!   Fortunately this storm is only mildly catastrophic for our area.   Many roads are closed due to flooding and some large trees have blown down.   The National Guard has been ...
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By Stanley Homes
(Stanley Homes)
On September 1st, 2008, Labor Day will be celebrated all over the country. Whether you’re a construction worker in the South, or a dentist out West, workers everywhere are honored for their time, effort and expertise in which contribute to the maintenance of our country’s economy. This year, as our economy struggles, we unite as a country everyday to pull forces and work harder. This year, on Labor Day, we recognize each other as fellow Americans that sacrifice our time, effort and money to build our economy back to its comfortable, safe status. I work for Stanley Homes, a third generation custom home builder in Melbourne, Florida. I meet new people every day in our 5 different communities. Each resident that I familiarize myself with has different career goals, but each resident havin...
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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.)
Tropical Storm Fay is officially here in Melbourne Florida.  Brevard County Schools are closed today and tomorrow. And the first day of school was yesterday. My husband just got off the neighbor's roof in 30 mile per hour wind gusts in the driving rain. His roof is leaking around his chimney and saturating his ceiling.  So, they tarped it to try and keep the rain out. We helped another neighbor pump the extra water out of his side yard and off of his pool deck to keep it out of his house. We just finished getting sand bags for our dear 85 year neighbor, Violet, next door because she is concerned that the rain is coming too close to her front door. Our other neighbor just raced in between raindrops to get more sandbags. Our swimming pool looks like a swamp.  We have been sweeping all of ...
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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.)
Well, here we are...school starts on Monday August 18, 2008 here in Melbourne Florida.  We get so many questions from buyers and owners about the local school systems here in Melbourne Florida.  Did you know that you can visit the Brevard County Schools website for the most comprehensive school information available? Did you know that you can view each individual school's scorecard to see how well that school has performed over the last several years? The county website is full of good information for parents and students. I know as a parent, every year I look for the Melbourne Florida 2008-2009 School Calendar  for Brevard County Schools to help plan the school year In addition, you can find school information across the nation.  You can find school rankings. You can type in a a home a...
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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.)
My teenage daughters, Stef, 15, Sam, 13 and I painted the inside and outside of our rental, including all the cut in work in 2 days, in between raindrops! I have to say that I truly love the comaraderie of working together with my family on one of our rental houses here in Melbourne Florida in Brevard County.  It is such a feeling of accomplishment when we walk out, at the end of the day, with a job well done. Our girls have been working on our rental houses with us since they were both 1 and 3 years old. We take them with us each time a tenant moves out and we need to get the house ready for the next tenant.  We are fortunate in that we are able to do 95% of our own work on our houses. I am so incredibly blessed to have such incredibly hard working daughters.  We all go into separate ...
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By Kelly Cox
(Pillar To Post® Professional Home Inspection)
    Summer is a great time work on projects around the home that reduce your environmental impact. Even if you are not making big changes, such as replacing old leaky windows or installing ceiling fans, there are still small things that can be done around the house to minimize energy consumption and reduce your carbon footprint. Read on to learn more about how to make simple, sustainable adjustments to your home. Plug household appliances such as computers, printers, televisions and microwaves into a power strip that can be turned off at night. Even when these items are not in use their "standby" consumption can be equivalent to that of a 75 or 100 watt light bulb running continuously. Use the dishwasher. Newer dishwashers typically use only 4 or 5 gallons of water, while washing a sin...
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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.)
Did you know that you can find out which of America's neigborhoods are most walkable? My neighborhood walkscore here in Melbourne Florida located in Brevard County is a 42 out of 100. For me, I find that my neighborhood is convenient to most of the spots I want to walk to. I love walking; anything to get out in the fresh air and enjoy the beautiful sunshine.  I like to walk to the store to pick up a couple of items, to walk to get a taco, or a movie or some chinese take out food.  My dog, Bailey the Boxer loves it even more than I do.  Are you thinking of buying a home? But wondering how close it is to major conveniences?  With Walkscore you can find out how easily you can get around in an area without a car. You can type in an address and walkscore indicates the proximity that location...
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By Jo Como
(Keller Williams of Brevard)
Hello Fellow Real Estate Agents and Affiliates, This is my first time blogging and I haven't decided what I want to blog about but it has been fun reading yours.  I have lived in Melbourne....Brevard County for eleven years.  Originally I am from Brooklyn, New York and I am told that I have the cutest New York accent so I think I should learn how to blog by voice. Any suggestions??? You can learn more about my services at my web-site www.Jo-Como.com.  It is going to be great getting to know all of you and thanks for all the great blogs. Love and hugs, Jo Jo Como Broker Associate Keller Williams Realty of Brevard direct: 321-508-3848
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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.)
My dog, Bailey the Boxer, loves the fresh air of being outside.  So, we let him out every chance we get.  He is very social and loves to meet other dogs.  We take him in the car for regular rides, as he doesn't like to be left out of the family fun.  We love to exercise and play with him.  Then, he's happy! For those of you dog lovers here in Melbourne Florida, Wickham Park has a dog park where you can take your dog to socialize with other dogs.  It is a fenced off section, with one area for small dogs and one for large dogs.  Here you can let your dog off leash.  All dogs that enter the park must have a current Brevard County license, with vaccinations up to date.
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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.)
Just the thought of selling your home can be mind boggling.  So many things to do, but you're probably wondering, where should I start? Well, let me try to make it a bit easier for you. 1. Get Pre-Approved for a new Home Loan Know where you're going before you consider moving. Research the housing market in the area where you wish to live so that you have a good idea how much it will take to buy a replacement home. Then, find a lender you trust and get pre-approved for another home before you start the selling proces. Start researching at www.SandyShoresMelbourne.com. I can provide you a list of homes or you can search the entire MLS. 2. Check Your Mortgage Payoff Call your lender to find out the payoff for your current home mortgage. 3. Determine How Much the House Is Worth Determine y...
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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.)
Did you know that there are currently 798 homes available for sale in Melbourne Florida priced below $200,000?  And 1513 homes in Palm Bay?  Did you also know that there were less than 10 homes available for sale in Melbourne in January 2005 priced up to $200,000? UNBELIEVABLE!     There are currently 3154 homes and condos available for sale in the Melbourne and Palm Bay areas.  There were 219 homes sold and closed from July 1 to July 31, 2008.  There are currently 191 homes under contract. Some areas have a 12 to 15 month (and more) supply of homes available for sale! The Florida Association of REALTORS indicates that homes sales dropped only 5% from June 2007 to June 2008.   The median price decreased from $198,000 to $166,400. Today, 4 out of 10 buyers are first time homebuyers, bec...
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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 Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts is located in Melbourne Florida right here in our own backyard, on the campus of Brevard Community College.  It has 126000 square feet, with 2000 seats, and a 200 seat black box theatre. The Brevard County theatre features various types of shows including Broadway shows, ballets, muscials, dance, opera, singers, musicians, family shows and childrens programs. The theatre has brought some incredible talent, here to Brevard County Florida. People travel from across the state to see some of the incredible shows at the King Center.  I'm spoiled, because my familly and I live only 5 minutes from the theatre.  Some of the shows that are coming up at the King Center are Classic Albums Live: Dark Side of the Moon, Randy Owen: the voice of Alab...
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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.)
Melbourne Florida is located in Brevard County in the east central area of Florida halfway between Jacksonville and Miami.       On the Atlantic Coast, Brevard has some of the most beautiful beaches around.  Brevard is 1557 square miles, it is 70 miles long. 539 miles are home to the the St. Johns River, the famous Indian River Lagoon and the Banana River, and our eastern edge major waterway, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Check map location. Come to beautiful Brevard County and enjoy our world famous beaches and parks. Visit my website at www.SandyShoresMelbourne.com to find out more about Brevard County Florida.
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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.)
   Here in Melbourne Florida we are known for our manatees, or sea cows that swim and leisurely play in the Indian River Lagoon. I love traveling 10 minutes to the river to see if we can spot a manatee or two, on a beautiful summer afternoon.      Manatees look somewhat similar to a seal. They have a thin layer of hair on their body to help reduce build up of algae on their skin. Manatees like the Indian River Lagoon because of it's shallow muddy waters.  They enjoy Florida, because of the tropical climate.  They have a very low metabolic rate, with very little internal body fat, thus the warm water temperatures.  Some can be found as far north as Louisiana and Virginia in the summer months. They like water 3 to 5 meters deep. We typically get lucky enough to see the manatees. Although,...
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By Stanley Homes
(Stanley Homes)
With the kids out of school, I really enjoy all the time I get to spend with them. Last week when we decided to get outside and enjoy the Florida sun for a whole day, we thought of a handful of ideas for places to visit. Our first thought was a typical one for Floridians; a visit to “the Mouse” or another theme park. With Orlando less than an hour away from our new home in Ashley Oaks, a theme park would provide us with all the adventure an active family of 5 could handle! We also considered a drive to Cape Canaveral to see the NASA launch a Space Shuttle right in front of our eyes. But when we heard that an awesome estuary was only a short walk away, we decided to pack up the kids and check it out. It’s called The Indian River Lagoon and it’s beautiful. Really! Many of the neighbors i...
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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.)
Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Mayer Wiener, Oh, that is what I'd truly love to be... Cause if I were an Oscar Mayer Wiener, Then, everyone would be in love with me.' Is that how it goes? I'm trying to remember the song.  We used to sing it when we were kids. Did I get it right? Well, the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is coming to Brevard County.  Today it will be coming to Melbourne Florida.  It will be at the Wickham Road Wal Mart at 8500 N Wickham Road from 1:00 to 6:00 today. On Friday it will be in Merritt Island Florida at Wal Mart at 1500 E Merritt Island Causeway in Merritt Island from 1:00 to 6:00. On Saturday, July 26 it will be at Patrick Air Force Base from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The 2 drivers of the Wienermobile are on the road for a year. Both drivers graduated from Hot Dog High in M...
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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.)
      Here in Melbourne in Brevard County Florida we have had tremendous amounts of rainfall, every afternoon.  Some storms are bringing 2-3 inches of rain a day. Thank goodness, because we really need it.       I have noticed that there are mushrooms, or wild fungi, sprouting up in clumps in various spots all over town. I wondered if they were dangerous.  I just recently found out that some wild mushrooms or wild fungi are idenitifed as fairy rings, with white tops.  These are indeed poisonous.  They are the #1 cause of accidential poisoning here in Florida. Not all mushrooms that grow in your yard are poisionous, but it is best to stay away from all of them.     Mushroom picture courtesy Florida Today News.
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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 Craft Fair is Coming to Melbourne Auditorium here in Melbourne Florida on July 26-27. It will be an indoor, air conditioned craft show.  It is sponsored by Buckler Craft Fairs.  Hundreds of exhibitors will display their crafts. This will be a great time for those of you that love these types of bazaars and shows. There is something for everyone! Some of the displayed items will include: Stained glass, pottery, arts and crafts, ceramics, quilts, needle work, folk art, unique gifts and home decor items.   Here is a coupon to get discounted craft fair tickets. http://www.bpcraftfairs.com/coupon.html Visit my website at www.SandyShoresMelbourne.com.
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