Neptune Beach, FL Real Estate News

By Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
My day started off great yesterday: good workout at the gym, wonderful breakfast. And, then, the phone call. My buyer/s (engaged, she's here in FL, he's in the process of moving here) bought and closed on a house in Neptune Beach, FL on 2/15/13.  She gave birth a week ago.  Yesterday, eviction notices were posted to her doors. She was absolutely astonished, and called me to ask for my help.  Now, I've not encountered this exact situation previously, so my first words were "Relax. It's most likely a misunderstanding. I'll be there within the hour, and we'll figure out a course of action." Stay tuned for more updates...   .  
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By Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
I stopped into Mezza Luna the other day, a wonderful Italian eatery in Neptune Beach, really because I had to pick up something next door. I hadn't been in to see them for a while, and was pleasantly surprised to see they had made some changes to the place: they used to have two entrances (odd for a restaurant), on that opened into the parking lot (shared with other establishments & City Hall), and one that opened onto First Street. More patrons were coming in from the parking lot, so they decided to close the other entrance, which allows them the option of making the patio area on that side private for events. They also made some changes to the parking lot entrance, defining the sitting area, and installing ceiling fans. I've known the owners for quite a few years (since I was in adver...
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By Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
I have watched this market grow over the years, and with the increased interest in local produce, it's nice to see the market is thriving now.  The market is open every Saturday from 2-5pm, and regulars know to get there right at opening time, as produce in high demand goes quickly.  On January 12, they hit an attendance record of  1,278, up approximately 243 shoppers over the prior record of 1,035. If you are in our area on a Saturday, please stop and visit, and support locally grown produce.  Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/community/shorelines/2013-01-27/story/business-blossoms-beaches-green-market#ixzz2JkdYGSdZ
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By Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
 Tomorrow night, Wednesday, the Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute will host a free gathering at the Neptune Beach Library. The main topic will be Orion, a wintertime constellation. At the end of the meeting, you will have learned more about both the constellation, as well as the mythology surrounding Orion.  I would love to be there, as I love watching the night sky, but will be in Orlando for Florida Realtors convention.  Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/community/shorelines/2013-01-20/story/nature-notes-looking-down-night-sky#ixzz2IjqVdOsV  
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(Rowlett Real Estate School)
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By Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
A positive attitude? Do you greet everyone with a smile, and a positive outlook? Do you have positive local real estate news to share with anyone who asks?  Or do you just think you have a positive attitude and outlook? What's the difference? Think about the following exchange: Realtor 1: Hey, how are you doing? Isn't this a great day? Don't you LOVE being in real estate?!!! Realtor 2: I'm ok, it's a tough world these days, all the short sales, the foreclosures. I've only closed one deal this year. Who would you rather deal with? I, personally, would prefer to work with Realtor 1 in this scenario. Consider how you present yourself, not just to prospective buyers and sellers, but also to your peers, frankly, everyone you interact with on a daily basis. Like minded people prefer to be aro...
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By Nan Jester, Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery
(Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL )
Neptune Beach, Fl Home Sales Prices On The Rise. Neptune Beach, FL is about 3 square miles of island property between Atlantic Beach, FL and Jacksonville Beach, FL. It is pretty darn small. In Neptune Beach, there are oceanfront, marsh front, waterfront and interior properties and practically NO commercial property. Statistically, the sales price of homes over October 2011 increased by 75% on an average sales price of $202,000 in 2011 up to an average of $353,750 October 2012. Days on the market had a 600% increase from 29 days all the way up to 198 days. Bad news for buyers is that there was a 25 percent decrease in listings. In 2011 there were 55 listings and in 2012 there were only 41.
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By Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
I blogged about this a few days ago, when it appeared the propert permits werre NOT going to be issued; this is a long standing tradition, and one I've attended many years. You get to see people you haven't seen all year, or, in several years. People dress up like turkeys or in other Thanksgiving costumes.  People start their day with a 5K and then attend. People start their turkeys and bring the kids up for a few hours. If you have the chance, I encourage you to attend, it's well worth it! It looks like the party will go on. Pete’s Bar has received its permit from the state to hold its traditional Thanksgiving Day party on First Street in Neptune Beach. Nancy Jensen got the OK after previously being told the state would not allow it. But Tuesday afternoon, Jensen walked out of a meeti...
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By Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
I'm blogging on my iPad, and have yet to figure out how to insert an HTML link, so this is the article in full from the FLordia Times Union.  THis is an awesome annual event, and a great place to catch up with people you haven't seen in a while.  Trivia: Pete's Bar is the FIRST bar that opened after Prohibition, and was mentioned in John Grisham's "The Brethern".  For 27 years, the crowds have gathered inside and outside of Pete’s Bar in Neptune Beach to celebrate Thanksgiving. Actually, they celebrated Thanksgiving morning and early afternoon. While the turkey cooked, they gathered on First Street dressed as turkeys themselves, or Pilgrims. “We have one senior citizen Pocahontas who comes every year in a bikini,” said Nancy Jensen, the owner of Pete’s. But this year, that tradition, t...
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By Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
The Sun Dog Diner in Neptune Beach has been one of my favorite places since I moved to the Jacksonville Beaches area in 1990.  I have spent many times meeting friends for lunch, dinner or brunch, and have made friends with many of the new faces I've seen, as well as the staff that has served us over the past 22 years. Virtually every bar or restaurant in town, especially at the Beaches, has a server, bartender, or manager who worked at The Sun Dog. This is sad news for the time being, but I'm hopefull the owners are able to find a new location, and bring back the Sun Dog soon! Full article in the Florida Times Union here. 
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By Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL
(Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308)
  The chart above gives a report of the Neptune Beach real estate market in July 2011 vs. July 2012, and also year to date to Jan.-July 2011 and Jan.-July 2012.   The number of new listings is similar in both cases, -0.0% and -1.3%, respectively.   The Months of Inventory at 4.6% represents a solid Sellers Market.   The median sales price is down 3.2% for the 2012 Year to Date.   Closed sales for 2012 are down 14.3%, which is understandable with the low inventory.   Check out the graph where the Neptune Beach market is now trending with the entire MLS median sales price..   With low inventory and prices going up, now is the time to find a great deal at Neptune Beach. Give us a call to help you find your dream home at 904-673-2308. The Neptune Beach real estate market statistics show th...
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By Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
  Here are the 2012 stats and 2011 for comparison -  2012 9 Homes Sold (March=6) Lowest price: $160,000 (March =$138,900) Highest price: $575,000 (March=$355,000) Shortest Days on Market:0 (March=1) Longest Days on Market: 367 (March = 398)   2011 6 homes sold (March =4) Lowest price: $147,500 (March=$175,000 ) Highest price: $1,392,500(March =$350,000) Shortest Days on Market: 15 (March =39) Longest Days on Market:363 (March =212)   Sales are up 33% month over month, and year over year. The days on market is where you really start to see the improvement.    Pricing is mostly stable, which is what I would have expected from Neptune Beach, as the smallest of the beach communities. Properly priced and properly presented properties are STILL selling – currently, the Jacksonville area has 6...
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By Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
 Here are the 2012 stats and 2011 for comparison -  2012   5 Homes Sold (January=4) Lowest price: $195,000 (January =$125,000) Highest price: $325,000 (January =$380,000) Shortest Days on Market:9 (January =6) Longest Days on Market: 167 (January = 590)   2011   1 homes sold (January =4) Lowest price: $200,000 (January =$169,900 ) Highest price: $200,000(January =$200,000) Shortest Days on Market: 90 (January =0) Longest Days on Market:90 (January =192)   Sales are up modestly (20%) down month over month, and significantly year over year. The fact that we only have one sold in 2011 skews the rest of the data set a wee bit, so rather than focusing on year over year increases, I’m going to point out the bright spots month over month.  Lowest sold price is up nicely; part of this has to do...
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By Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
   Here are the 2012 stats and 2011 for comparison - 2012 4 Homes Sold (December=7) Lowest price: $125,000 (December =$69,000) Highest price: $380,000 (December =$620,000) Shortest Days on Market:6 (December =2) Longest Days on Market: 590 (December= 431) 2011 4 homes sold (December =7) Lowest price: $169,900 (December =$193,000 ) Highest price: $619,000 (December =$1,850,000) Shortest Days on Market: 0 (December 10) Longest Days on Market:192 (December =620) Sales are down month over month, but flat year over year. Pricing looks like a ping pong ball, mainly due to Neptune Beach being the smallest of the beaches communities, and having greater pricing stability. Days on market reflects slight improvement at the lower price point, especially year over year.  As I have noted before in ma...
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By Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
  Here are the 2011 stats and 2010 for comparison -   2011   7 Homes Sold (November=6) Lowest price: $69,000 (November =$168,000) Highest price: $620,000 (November =$445,000) Shortest Days on Market:2 (November =18) Longest Days on Market: 431 (November 811)   2010   7 homes sold (November =7) Lowest price: $193,000 (November =$59,900 ) Highest price: $1,850,000 (November =$1,335,000) Shortest Days on Market: 10 (November =3) Longest Days on Market:620 (November =408)   Sales are flat month over month, as well as year over year. Pricing looks like a ping pong ball, mainly due to Neptune Beach being the smallest of the beaches communities, and having greater pricing stability. Days on market reflects slight improvement at the lower price point.  And, being the smallest community, there i...
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By Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
 Here are the 2011 stats and 2010 for comparison - 2011   6 Homes Sold (October=2) Lowest price: $168,000 (October =$139,000) Highest price: $445,000 (October =$265,000) Shortest Days on Market: 18 (October =13) Longest Days on Market: 811 (October =44)   2010   7 homes sold (October =3) Lowest price: $193,000 (October =$59,900 ) Highest price: $1,335,000 (October =$525,000) Shortest Days on Market: 3 (October =16) Longest Days on Market:408 (October =1002)   Sales are up 66% month over month, which is a little factoid I wish the local media would report on. Lowest sold home price is up a nice amount, (month over month) part of which is due to Neptune Beach being the smallest of the beaches communities and being a bit more stable than the other beaches. Days on market (time from first l...
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By Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
I managed to get up to Pete's Bar yesterday, Neptune Beach, FL for the annual street celebration - Neptune Beach suspends their open container law, and you can purchase beverages at Sun Dog Diner, Pete's, Carribbe Key, and Lemon Bar. Needless to say, with fabulous weather, there is no better way to start your Thanksgiving Day!     Turkey Man - some people get dressed for the occasion. Love this hat! Need to get one for next year! There are 5 kids in that car...not sure if they are related to the owners/drivers??? And, this is the BEST oceanfront way to start your Turkey Day! Hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving!
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By Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
Having lived here for quite a few years, I've learned one time of the year you don't want to leave is Thanksgiving weekend. Pete's, a local bar (and I mean bar: full bar & pool tables. Chips, cigarette machine, cash only place) which has been open since prohibition ended, has hosted a street party on Thanksgiving morning starting a 9am and running (officially) until 12 noon. It's a huge gathering, and I invariably run into people I may not have seen in the past year or longer...so much fun! More restaurants have started participating, which means more closed streets, and the smartest way is on foot or bicycle. Another tradition is Champion Cycling's 27th Thanksgiving ride, which will take riders via the ferry to Fort George & Fernandina Beach. Both are fun, and the weather looks to be a...
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By Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
  Here are the 2011 stats and 2010 for comparison -  2011   2 Homes Sold (September=3) Lowest price: $139,000 (September =$270,000) Highest price: $265,000 (September =$440,000) Shortest Days on Market: 13 (September =29) Longest Days on Market: 44 (September =428)   2010  3 homes sold (September =4) Lowest price: $59,900 (September =$81,700 ) Highest price: $525,000 (September =$589,000) Shortest Days on Market: 16 (September =8) Longest Days on Market:1002 (September =170)   Sales are down 66% month over month, which is exactly what we saw in the September report. This is very similar with the decreases we are seeing across the area as we head out of the busy summer buying & selling season. Lowest sold home price is up a nice amount, (year over year) part of which is due to Neptune Be...
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