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I received a phone call yesterday from someone asking about Jameson Place condos in Rockledge, Florida. The caller wanted to know if it was good complex. Although the caller did not say it I got the impression she had read one of my blogs about homes for sale in Viera and Rockledge, Florida. The thing she really liked about the complex was the fees were realistic (under $200 a month). A side note on condo fees: Like taxes, association fees can change based on the circumstances, needs of complex, reserves, insurance costs, etc.Jameson Place is in Rockledge, not Viera, which means owners do not pay additional Viera planned unit development fees. But Jameson Place is on the border (literally hundreds of feet) with Viera so people sometimes forget its not Viera.Jameson Place is convenient to major routes US 1 and Interstate 95. Jameson Place is ideally suited for most commutes whether driving to Orlando, the Kennedy Space Center or Patrick Air Force Base. With its community pool, playground and nearby parks, Jameson Place offers its residents a comfortable lifestyle at very affordable prices. Association fees are in the $150-$160 per month range. With excellent schools nearby (public and private) as well as parks and medical facilities, Jameson Place deserves consideration if one is looking to purchase a condo in Viera or Rockledge.What is currently for sale at Jameson Place Condos in Rockledge?Currently there are three units for sale in Jameson Place. Two of the units are three bedroom two bath properties priced in the $150,000-$160,000 range while the smaller unit is juts under $130,000. All are standard sales and have been on the market about two weeks. There are another four standard sale units under contract awaiting closing. , List prices for these units are slightly under current list prices.What has recently sold in Jameson Place in Rockledge, Florida?Over the past six months there have been twenty one properties sold in Jameson Place. Selling prices ranged from $114,250 to $152,000. But in a market such as Brevard County, it is what has sold recent that tells the real story. Since May 1, 2016 all sales except one have been standard sales.More recent sales in Jameson Place (since September 1, 2016) included these two units. One unit, located at 4116 Meander Place #204, was a two bedroom two bath one car garage unit with 1,230 sq.ft. under air which sold for $139,000 (96% of list) on 09/06/16.The other unit was a three bedroom two bath one car garage unit with 1,473 sq.ft. under that sold for $148,500. Located at 4086 Meander Place # 202, this property was on the market for only twenty five days and sold for 99% of list price.For information on buying or selling a condo in Rockledge, Florida including Jameson Place and the nearby Ventura at Turtle Creek complex, call or text me at 321-693-3850.
The title question is a an open ended question. There are multiple ways to not sell a home. In all likelihood the biggest reason no offers come is price. One of the first questions most sellers wrestle with is determining the selling price.So how does a seller determine the listing price? One answer I heard recently was " I paid this much for it plus I have put this much into it. Besides, my home is better than all the others in the area so your comps do not do it justice."In an ideal world the above answer would be the ideal answer. But we do not live in an ideal world.While showing homes not long ago a prospective buyer asked me how much value a pool would add when selling a home. My response was simply "not as much as you will pay for the pool. Install a pool if you're going to use it!"Determining how much your home will sell for is a function of multiple issues and characteristics. Some of those include...How old is your home? What is the condition of your home? Where is your home located? What are the competing properties? Has there been any major updating? What about any major systems issues (roof, AC, electrical and plumbing)? What are the current market conditions? Who are your potential buyers? And a few more depending on the property.How does a seller determine the projected selling price? Call a local real estate professional and schedule an appointment for a comparative market analysis and consultation.Ultimately, the market will determine the real price. If one hires a knowledgeable local agent and follows their advice as well as cooperates with reasonable showing requests...there is no reason for failure.
Located at 897 Brunswick Lane in Rockledge, Florida, this three bedroom two bathroom two car garage home is move in ready. With about 1,338 square feet under air, this well maintained 1977 built three bedroom two bathroom two car garage home is is being offered at $169,000.View the MLS entry for 897 Brunswick Lane, Rockledge (including photos and maps). The central location in Rockledge's Levitt Park subdivision, makes it easy to get around central Brevard County! Parks, playgrounds, walking paths, excellent schools (public and private) nearby. Public transportation easily accessible.Its location near I-95 as well as US 1 make it an excellent location for commuters. Orlando is only about 45 minutes away, Melbourne about 20 minutes and the beaches are only about 10-12 miles! New Roof in 2015: The asphalt shingle roof was just installed in September 2015 and both bathrooms have been remodeled. The garage door and opener are recent as well as the interior doors and exterior paint.The laundry room includes a tub sink as well as a newer washer and dryer which will remain with the house. Hot water heater new 2016.The fenced back yard offers a patio for your grilling, plenty of space to play in the sun and a covered screened porch when you just need to relax.Also in the back yard you will find what the seller refers to as "The Little House." Do you need that little extra space for a hobby or home office? This 192 square foot concrete block trussed roof, air conditioned building offers lots of possibilities!If you are considering buying a home in Rockledge, Florida, call or text me at 321-693-3850. #movingtoflorida Search Homes For Sale in Brevard County, Florida..
Jameson Place in Rockledge, Florida offers gated condo living at very affordable prices (although they seem to be rising in 2016). Located in south Rockledge with easy access to US1 and I-95, Jameson Place is ideally suited for most commutes whether driving to Orlando, the Kennedy Space Center or Patrick Air Force Base. With its community pool, playground and nearby parks, Jameson Place offers its residents a comfortable lifestyle at very affordable prices. Association fees are in the $150-$160 per month range.What is currently for sale at Jameson Place condos in Rockledge? Currently there are three units for sale in Jameson Place. List prices range from $139,000 to to $160,000. All units are three bedrooms two bath with an attached single car garage. There are another four units under contract awaiting closing. All seven properties are standard (fair market) sales.Over the past six months there have been twenty one units sold in Jameson Place. Selling prices ranged from $114,250 to $152,000. All were standard sales. Since July 1, 2016 there have been eight units sold in Jameson Place. The most recent sales since September 1 included4116 Meander Place Unit 204 - 2 bedroom 2 bath one car garage with 1,230 sq.ft. under air sold for $139,000.4086 Meander Place Unit 202 - 3 bedroom 2 bath one car garage with 1,473 sq.ft. (largest unit in complex) sold for $148,500.For information on condos for sale in Jameson Place in Rockledge, Florida, call or text me at 321-693-3850.
First of all - pricing is not an exact science. Still, most sellers I have ran across on listing appointments are so focused on "the price" they often ignore the real stuff that counts.... like marketing, local knowledge, experience, recommendations for preparation, open house, etc!Some sellers are seek to hire a real estate agent who gives them the highest price during the process. While the price may or may not be supportable, it is this optimism that can lead to disappointment down the road. A routine part of the listing process is having a local real estate agent provide a comparative marketing analysis . While a comparative market analysis when done properly is a "price right analysis, there are some sellers who want an appraisal done first. I am offering to cover the cost of a pre-listing appraisal*** for home sellers in Brevard County, Florida who list and sell their home with Waters Realty of Brevard (Gary Waters, listing broker). The cost of the pre-listing appraisal will be credited to sellers at closing.This is understandable in the current Brevard County, Florida housing market with rising prices. This may also be understandable when the property has unique characteristics unlike most nearby properties.I have encountered situations where the appraisal done after a contract is in place comes in low. This is sometimes because appraisals are based on similar sold (already closed) properties and does not reflect properties that are currently under contract (i.e. the current market dynamics). Sometimes when appraisals are challenged or another appraisal performed the values can be different. Part of the difference can be attributed to the fact an appraisal is an opinion and not a statement of fact.Will an appraisal on file help sell a house sooner? Possibly if it is used as a basis for establishing list price. Of course the appraisal value should be weighted against the current market competition during the listing process. As stated above - pricing is not an exact science. If you are considering selling your Viera, Florida home take a look at these Twelve Articles to Make you a Seller and Not a "For Sale'r"***If you List, Sell and Close using Gary Waters of Waters Realty of Brevard as your Listing Broker, I will reimburse you for the cost of the appraisal at close of escrow.Image courtesy of Stuart Miles Freedigitalphotos.net.
While holding an open house recently I had a visitor remark they "were buying a house in a couple of months."My follow up conversation brought to light three red flags. The lack of understanding about how long the purchase process takes; No effort was made to obtain mortgage pre-approval or pre-qualification; Friend who does mortgages. Why are these red flags?First, this is a first time home-buyer who really had not been educated on the process. Since he had no real estate agent that is quite understandable.The first step in the home buying process? Get a local knowledgeable real estate agent you can trust. Here is a quick summary of the home purchase process in Florida - Contract to Closing in Twenty Steps! Who pays for the buyer's real estate agent? The seller. Secondly, a seller (and a real estate estate) wants to have some confidence of a prospective buyer's ability to pay. Seller's do not want to take their home off the market without confidence the transaction will close. Real estate agents get paid only after a deal is closed.Unless paying cash, it is critical a prospective buyer know what they can afford (including acquisition costs). If a buyer can't afford a property everyone is just spinning their wheels!Lastly, buying a home is very often the largest financial decision many buyers make. Trusting a "fiend," relative, or anyone without an understanding of their experience is a major risk.Take a look at these home buyer articles.When Do You Talk to the Mortgage People?Why Does it Matter if I Work with more than one agent?Why Won't a Realtor Just Go Show Me Houses?Contract to Closing in Twenty StepsHow to "View" a ListingOffers, Counter Offers, Negotiating...Buying Your Florida HomeBuying a Home in Florida - Keys to a Successful ClosingFinding the Perfect "Imperfect" HomeIf you have questions about the home buying process in Brevard County, Florida, call me at 321-693-3850.
When I speak with prospective home sellers in the Viera, Florida area I like to point out the difference between having a home "For Sale" and home "listed" in the multiple listing service (MLS).Put another way.....There are two types of agents to choose from - "Listing Agents" and "Seller's Agents."What is the difference? Mechanics and results.There are the mechanics of listing a home which most real estate agents can manage to complete. Then there are the results... Sold! Sold! does not just happen. Sold! is the culmination of a planned process with a realistic achievable goal.What does the process involve? Beyond the basic steps like listing agreements, disclosures, signs, entry into the MLS system, etc. there are the details of the process like providing advice and counsel regarding pricing and preparation. There is the communication and responsiveness to the client and prospective customers/buyers. There is the development of a marketing plan that makes sure the pool of most likely buyers know the home is for sale (more than a sign and MLS entry).Here are a few articles on the home selling process...Home Seller Tips: Pricing, Preparation and PresentationSelling an Imperfect Home.Pre-Listing Efforts Pay Off! Have a Pre-Listing Appraisal - On Me!A Cheat Sheet For Home Sellers.When Selling Your Home, Turn Down the Noise! For additional information on how to sell your Melbourne, Florida home, call or text me at 321-693-3850. Remember, real estate agents get paid when property is sold - not listed.
Grey Poupon is a brand of whole-grain mustard. I remember many of the commercials on TV where some person asked "Pardon me, Do you have any Grey Poupon?"The point of the commercials was simple - distinguish yourself from the competition and get noticed.To me Grey Poupon is not just mustard because I see it differently from any other yellowish condiment. The marketing and presentation made it stand out.How does this apply to selling a house?In many communities, like our Viera (Melbourne), Florida planned unit development, many of the subdivisions are "cookie cutter" developments built by a single builder with only a handful of models. While some have different front elevations on the surface there is not much difference. Not only does this apply to single family homes but this can be especially a challenge when selling condos where there are usually only maybe four different floor plans in an entire complex. The challenge when selling is to differentiate your home from the others...distinguish yourself and get noticed.The seller's real estate agent must put together a marketing plan that makes the home stand out. Of course the easiest way to make a house stand out is price. Some sellers take this approach by pricing at the lower end of the market and thereby encouraging competition among buyers. When the inventory is low this could be a great approach.Your house may be gold on the inside but in some communities it may look the same from the outside.... Start the selling process by thinking "Grey Poupon." After all, your house is not just a house. Image courtesy of Sira Anamwong at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
There has been a lot of discussion about the benefit of an open house - especially for the seller. The reality is very few homes are ever sold by the agent at an open house.Not every house is a candidate for an open house either. But, if an open house is considered then there are preparations required by sellers and their real estate agent. Consider this incident... "Real estate agent reportedly lets in jewel thieves during open house; $150,000 in loot stolen" Among the several thoughts that came to me was Glad it wasn't me! Some of the other thoughts included The headline makes it sound like the agent was almost a willing party who "lets in" the crooks.It appears there was only one person on site.The preparation phase was inadequate.You never know who is watching.I am sure the agent did not open the doors to the thieves on purpose.An open house brings all sorts of unknowns into the process. The neighbors, tire kickers, people just wasting time and an occasional prospective buyer may show up at an open house. Thieves can easily dress up as a buyer and even ask the right questions! It is incumbent on a listing agent to determine the requirements of the open house and bring additional persons to help in the case of a large property.Sellers need to be aware that strangers will be perusing their home. Most real estate agents do not have personal knowledge about the character of the customer. Sure, the buyers are pre-qualified based on ability to purchase and motivation but anything else is rarely known.Sellers must prepare for selling by removing or securing valuables especially highly pilferage-able, small items like jewelry, money, laptops, etc. Sellers should secure items like firearms, medications, and important personal papers (financial, passports, etc).Finally, the good news... There was a surveillance system. Real estate agents and buyers need to always be aware that they are potentially being video-recorded. In this case the agent did not have to try and explain the missing property!The seller did indicate that this was his last open house. His advice - "appointment only.'" After all, you never know who cometh through the front door!Ready to sell your Melbourne, Florida home? Call or text me at 321-693-3850 for your market analysis.“Character Thief In Good Person” by kittijaroon provided by freedigitalphotos.net
One of the keys to selling your Melbourne, Florida home is to hire a real estate agent who is not only local but also knowledgeable. I always recommend sellers interview at least three agents before deciding who to hire. [For more, read the related article links at bottom of post.]But these real estate agent interviews are like a boy picking up your daughter for a first date. They know they are going to be quizzed and better be on their best behavior with the right answers!Sellers are at a disadvantage because these these agents will likely all appear to be knowledgeable. All will probably be dressed to impress, responsive to questions and saying what you want to hear!My suggestion is don't do the initial interview in your home but at this really really secret location....At a nearby open house.I call this the "just browsing" screening process. Choose homes for sale ideally in your neighborhood or another nearby neighborhood. Stop by and take a look. Be a browser.Observe how the agent presents them-self to all visitors. You know what you like and don't like in sale people. And real estate agents are primarily sales people. Are they employing pressure and arm twisting? Are they knowledgeable about the product (listing)? Do they make you feel comfortable? Ask them about the neighborhood. Ask them about home prices and seller attitudes. Don't ask the easy questions. Ask about homeowner associations. Ask them about criminal activity. What about school quality and school assignment areas. See how far out on a limb they will go with answers. A good local real estate agent will also know the limitations of their knowledge as well as potential liability. Do not be surprised if you get advised to call the schools or local law enforcement folks for answers. This is not the final selection process. You may not find the agent you are going to hire but you may just find some to skip when the interviews start for real! I like to tell new agents to always expect any contact at an open house to be an interview.By the way, this "just browsing" interview technique works well for prospective buyers who can have a relaxed, no pressure consultation! Twelve Rules for Buying or selling a Home in FloridaTwelve Articles to Help You Be Better Seller.Understand the Process From "For Sale" to "Sold"Thinking about selling your Rockledge, Florida home? Call or text me at 321-693-3850.
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