Melbourne, FL Real Estate News

By Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
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I love this time of year in Florida, when we can escape from the inside of our homes and sit outside in the cool mornings, read the paper and listen to the birds.  Only this year I'm not hearing any birds.  Usually I have the beautiful singing of the Mockingbirds, the coo of the Mourning Doves,  the cackles of Starlings, and whatever else happens to be hanging around in my neighborhood.  I thought maybe it was just me, or maybe just my neighborhood.  But then the other morning while at the dog park, I noticed the same, deafening silence.  No bird sounds.  And now I'm wondering, is this a harbinger of what is to come, or just a quiet time for the birds.  I have the uneasy feeling that we are losing our bird populations at a faster rate than has been reported and I am already mourning the...
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By Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
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Attention real estate agents and home sellers!  Have you been wondering just what "home staging" can do for your listings?  Have you been sitting on the fence, trying to make the decisions as to whether to contact a home stager or let your listing sit and hope for a sale?  Statistically "staged" homes sell faster than homes that are not staged.  So why wait?  STAGE it RIGHT! is available for home staging consultations, and staging services, in your neighborhood.  We stage vacants, condos, rentals, and occupied homes!  Call today for an appointment (321) 956-2495.Click on the link to take you to the virtual tour of our latest staging.http://bethere360.com/vt/413470/TourWeaver_413470.html
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By Steve Johnson
(National Realty of Brevard, Inc.)
Melbourne is a safe place to liveIt has great weather and lots of sunIt’s easy to travel and get to work and there are good job opportunities..There is a wide variety of recreational facilities.It’s easy to get involved in the community.It’s a great place for creative people.Three out of four would recommend a friend or family member to relocate to Melbourne.Melbourne has the amenities that a larger town would have yet it has a small town atmosphere.I call it user friendly.All that and the Real Estate is a good deal. As of this writing (summer 2007) single-family homes, minutes from the beaches can be had from 200,000 up.Melbourne, and its landside communities of West Melbourne and Melbourne Village, plus its beachside communities of Indialantic, Melbourne Beach, and Floridana (going so...
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By Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
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Realtors, there is no better time than today to include home staging as part of your marketing arsenal.  STAGE it RIGHT! in Brevard County Florida can make the difference between "stale" and "sale".  Don't wait, make that call today to arrange a customized consultation of your listings.STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495 - Licensed, Insured, Certified
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By Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
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The answer to that question is a resounding NO!  Today I made the 2.5 hour trek to Florida's first ever IKEA in Sunrise.  I just couldn't wait any longer.  If you've ever been to IKEA you know it is miles and miles of mazes, winding throughout two floors of anything and everything you could possibly need or want.  And of course, at the end of the maze is the grand prize, the cafeteria, where you can rest your weary feet and mind, and feast on all things Scandanavian.  Today I came home with two end tables and a coffee table, all for $50.  Two bedside tables $40, and too many accessories to list.  At the end of the check out line is the "rainbow", the Scandanavian food market.  That little side trip cost me almost more than I spent on staging inventory!  IKEA is truely a home stagers gol...
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By Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
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Have you ever thought how much energy your traditional oven uses while cooking that lone casserole?  For one thing it runs on 220 electricity which costs more than 110.  Second, your oven has that big cavity that has to heat up, just to cook a small item.  It would benefit you and the environment to invest in an energy efficient toaster oven for cooking single items.  We've been doing that now for about a year.  While I can't attest to the amount of energy saved, I can attest to the fact that the food cooks faster in the toaster oven, probably given the size of the inside of the oven.  As an aside, when I have something that needs warming, I place it on top of the hot toaster oven surface.  So while cooking I am also warming.
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By Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
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                              Master Bedroom                                                 Master Bedroom                          Living/Dining                                 Living Room                                Guest Bedroom                               Master Bath STAGE it RIGHT! stages condos, single family homes, rentals, and occupied homes.  Call today for an appointment for your personalized consultation!  (321) 956-2495 
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By Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
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Its the end of a very long but very pleasant day, thanks to Nora.  We co-staged a condo in Indialantic Florida today.  Nora had originally bid on the job but was unable to do it so she recommended me to the owner.  Trooper that she is she showed up bright and early and dug right in.  We conferred on ideas, hung heavy wall art, laughed, talked, staged, and all this in an un-airconditioned, extremely humid condo.  We were sweaty within five minutes, soggy within the first two hours, and dripping wet by the end of the day.  It was an awesome experience and hope to do it again soon.  THANKS Nora!  Pictures will be posted as soon as they are ready.
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By Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
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Have we all had enough of the insurance fiasco here in Florida?  On top of the first two sur-charges we have paid on our auto and homeowners insurance premiums, to bail out the now defunct POE Financial insurance company, the legislature has just approved another 2% surcharge.  Add that to the 3.5% surcharge to Citizens insurance company, and the 2% FIGA assessment, and the minimum we're looking at is an additional 7.5% added to our insurance premiums. That totals around $200 additional per year for me, far more than the crummy savings the new and improved tax reform garnered me.  I wonder, where was the Insurance Commission when POE was in business?  Were they monitoring their financial activities or as I suspect, allowing them, as they do all the insurance companies here in Florida, c...
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By Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
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Did you know that Avon Skin so Soft, not only moisturizes your skin but it also can be used to:Repel mosquitoes. This skin cream also happens to double as the best mosquito repellent available.Remove makeup. Rub a dab of Skin-So-Soft over your face, then wash clean with water.Get a suntan. Skin-So-Soft works as a suntan oil.Take a soothing bath. Add two tablespoons of Skin-So-Soft to a warm bath as a bath oil.Soften finger nails. Warm Skin-So-Soft and use as a hot oil treatment to soften nails.Enjoy a massage. Skin-So-Soft is an excellent massage oil.Relieve itching from insect bites. Applying Skin-So-Soft over the affected areas alleviates itching.Repel insects. Sponge Skin-So-Soft on screen doors and around door jambs and windows to keep out crawling bugs, flies, and mosquitoes.Polish...
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By Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
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Two months ago my house became free of the old incandescent, energy sapping light bulbs.  I wasn't particularly sure that I'd see a huge savings in my electric bill, but hey, CFL's are more environmentally friendly and they put out less heat than the old bulbs, so it was a no brainer in my quest for going green.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that in the month of August my bill was down by almost 150 kwh.  Thinking it could possibly be beacuse my A/C might not have run as often, I reserved judgement till I got my September bill.  And there it was, 150 kwh less than the year before.  Given this past September was on record with September 06 as being the hottest September on record here in Central Florida, the reduction in kwh can be solely attributed to the CFL's.  So if you've hesit...
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By Steve Johnson
(National Realty of Brevard, Inc.)
Melbourne has a small town atmosphere joined with all the amenities of the big city are a big draw for newcomers. It boasts all the cultural arts including symphony orchestras, bands, jazz groups, art exhibits and cultural festivals all year long. The Maxwell King Center continually offers big name entertainment year round, including concerts, plays, and musicals. Whether you enjoy seafood or steak, dining is a pleasure with restaurants ranging from 5 star establishments to beachside cafes. If boating is your pleasure, many riverside restaurants offer river access.Education is a strong point of Brevard County with the Florida Institute of Technology, the University of Central Florida, Brevard Community College and Rollins College being located here. A high level of education is also inc...
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By Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
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Recently while looking in the phone book for some kind of product to make a pad to park our boat, I came across a business that sells crushed concrete, the same product used as underlayment on asphalt roads.  Not only was the price much less expensive than the available alternatives, the fact that it is not quarried, nor reaped from river beds was appealing.  When we received the delivery and were in the process of spreading it out, I was pleased to see it not only contained concrete, but terrazzo, ceramic tiles, and bits of this and that I couldn't identify.  Awesome!  All this in one recycled batch.  The other benefit to this product is that it packs down hard like concrete but can be removed if desired.  I see this as not only a useful product for parking pads but also in landscaping...
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By Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
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Greg Bluestein | The Associated Press 2:58 PM EDT, October 20, 2007 CUMMING, Ga. - With water supplies rapidly shrinking during a drought of historic proportions, Gov. Sonny Perdue declared a state of emergency today for the northern third of Georgia and asked President Bush to declare it a major disaster area.Georgia officials warn that Lake Lanier, a 38,000-acre reservoir that supplies more than 3 million residents with water, is less than three months from depletion. Smaller reservoirs are dropping even lower.Perdue asked the president to exempt Georgia from complying with federal regulations that dictate the amount of water released from Georgia's reservoirs to protect federally protected mussel species downstream."We need to cut through the tangle of unnecessary bureaucracy to mana...
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By Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
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BANGKOK, Thailand - Cities around the world are facing the danger of rising seas and other disasters related to climate change. Of the 33 cities predicted to have at least 8 million people by 2015, at least 21 are highly vulnerable, says the Worldwatch Institute.They include Dhaka, Bangladesh; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Shanghai and Tianjin in China; Alexandria and Cairo in Egypt; Mumbai and Kolkata in India; Jakarta, Indonesia; Tokyo and Osaka-Kobe in Japan; Lagos, Nigeria; Karachi, Pakistan; Bangkok, Thailand, and New York and Los Angeles in the United States, according to studies by the United Nations and others.More than one-tenth of the world's population, or 643 million people, live in low-lying areas at risk from climate change, say U.S. and European experts...
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By Denise Contella
(RE/MAX Alternative Realty)
The communities: The Melbourne area includes Palm Bay and other southern communities plus West Melbourne, and Melbourne Village in central Brevard up to Viera, Cocoa and Titusville in the north. And it also includes a half dozen beach communities on one long, fabulous barrier island stretching from Sebastian Inlet to Cape Canaveral.About the area Historically, the place that gives this entire area its “name” is Melbourne, the oldest and best-known community on what Floridians call the “Space Coast”. Melbourne is right in the center of a long north-south corridor – coastal Brevard County – that is sandwiched between the St. Johns River Basin to the West and the Atlantic Ocean. Melbourne is a technical center and thus a strong a job producer plus has a great cost of living standard. The r...
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By Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
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October 23 on CNN Anderson Cooper will begin a series about our planet and climate change.  In one of the segments he interviews a researcher who has been making trips to Greenland for the past 20 years, doing research on the environmental impact of climate change in Greenland.  During his last trip, he stumbled upon an island that had not been there a few years before.  This island had been connected to Greenland by ice but climate change has caused so much of the ice and snow pack in Greenland to melt, this island is now an entity unto its own surrounded by water.  The series promises to show us visually the impact climate change is having on the environment worldwide.
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By Josephine Carpenter
(Allison James Estates and Homes)
I hope everyone had a great Wednesday!I am working with a lot of clients that are in need of buying assistance. I always knew about local programs and what was available for sales and rentals, but I didn't realize that the threshold had changed so much in the last year. I expect that it may change again in March 2008.The Melbourne Housing Department has many programs funded by federal and state funds to improve the quality of life for Melbourne's low-income residents and low-income neighborhoods. The programs range from housing assistance to code enforcement activities, demolitions, neighborhood public facility improvements, and funding assistance to a variety of social support agencies.Low Income qualifications for a 1 person family is 32K: Family of 8 is 60K Very-Low Income qualificat...
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By Brady Pevehouse, Your Orlando Real Estate Professional
(RE/MAX Downtown)
For those that are looking to find out more about Melbourne, Florida or Melbourne Real Estate then you have to visit our new page that caters to Melbourne Properties only.You may view all properties for sale including Vacant Land, Homes, Town Homes and Condos of if you like we have even added a few links to only display Melbourne Homes for Sale as well as a Page for Melbourne Townhomes currently for sale.Melbourne is the second largest city / area located in Brevard County, so naturally we thought it best to help our clients keep up with what is going on in the area.If you are looking for a home in Melbourne, then look no further and visit our Melbourne Real Estate page.This page displays all properties for sale via the Brevard MLS, so stop in, look around and when you are ready we will...
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By Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
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These great tips come straight from our grandmother's generation.  Interesting that we are actually moving back in time, when GREEN living was the norm.1. Cut back on processed foods - a lot of it is already cooked, and it gets cooked again when you heat it up, using even more energy.2. Use powder detergents - Laundry liquids contain 70-80% water.  It costs energy and packaging to bring this to the consumer, which is unnecessary when your washing machine adds it.  And, powder is more effective at cleaning clothes.3. Use biodegradable cat litter - consider wheat, pine or corn based alternatives to clay kitty litter (including clumping), which contains carcinogenic crystaline silica and is obtained by open-pit mining.  Who knew?4. Get a fridge with a freezer in the bottom - the freezer on...
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