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One of the best real estate deals in Brevard County, Florida can be found at 897 Brunswick Lane in Rockledge. What is there about this house that makes it worth a look?First, many prospective buyers do not want the hassle or expense of a home owner association. HOAs often must approve paint color changes, replacement of plants, parking on streets...even if you can keep a car in your driveway, and much more! Here, the owner has no association and the freedom to do as they desire as long as city code is not violated.The most important reason to look at the house located at 897 Brunswick Lane in Rockledge? Price, condition and location!Price: Only $169,000. Three bedrooms 1977 construction, two car garage. Concrete block, stucco. 10 by 16 concrete block building in back. Patio, screen porch, fenced yard. Condition: Roof put on in 2015. Exterior recent paint. Interior doors replaced. Popcorn ceilings replaced with knock-down. Bathrooms completely renovated and updated. Carpet recently replaced as was the hot water heater. Also a newer garage door and opener. While the kitchen has not been updated, it is quite usable in its current condition. Update later! Location: Good schools nearby. Check out Andersen Elementary Kennedy Middle School and Rockledge High Schools. Easy access to major routes.... beaches about ten miles, Kennedy Space Center a short drive. There is easy access to major routes like US1 and I-95. Close to everything! The planned unit development of Viera is nearby with shopping, several golf courses and more. But, no home owner association to deal with!VIEW MLS ENTRY AND ALL PICTURES HERE.For information on buying a home in Rockledge or Viera, Florida, call or text me at 321-693-3850.
There are three 55+ communities in Viera, Florida. One of these, Indian River Colony Club, is totally unique in that it is a maintenance free community.The other two communities are more similar. These communities- Heritage Isle and Grand Isle - were both developed by Lennar Builders. Still, there are some differences.For instance Grand Isle is smaller and the residents own their own clubhouse and facilities. Grand Isle is gated however the gates at Heritage Isle are staffed 24 hours a day. Grand Isle is a little older with the development being from the early 200s through about 2005. There are other differences...ask me!Here are some additional articles on the 55+ communities in Viera.Indian River Colony Club in Viera - Its a Lifestyle!55+ Developments in Brevard County, FloridaChoosing a 55+ Community in Viera, FloridaMy blogs have at least a hundred articles about the 55+ communities in Viera. Many are market reports while others provide general information. Because these articles were produced over the past 8 to 10 years I recommend interested persons contact me directly for the latest information.Here is a market update for Grand Isle as December 2, 2016.What is for sale in Grand Isle?Currently there are seven homes for sale in Grand Isle. Listing prices range from $249,900 to $335,000. As wide as the prices range so are the sizes with homes varying from just over 1,500 sq. ft, under air to almost 2,500 sq.ft. Most are 3 bedroom 2 bath 2 car garage homes. All of these homes are standard sales and were built between 200 and 2004.What has recently sold in Grand Isle at Viera?Over the previous six months there have been seven properties sold in Grand Isle. Selling prices for these ranged from $199,000 to $330,000.More recent sales, since October 1, 2016, included:1564 Boca Rio Drive - 3 bedroom 2 bath 2 car garage home built in 2004 offering 2,011 sq.ft. sold for $287,000.1371 Lago Mar Drive - 2,032 sq.ft. 3 bedroom 2 bath 2 car garage home built in 2003 sold for $260,000.1557 Grand Isle Blvd - With 2,271 sq.ft. under air, this 2004 built 4 bedroom 3 bath 3 car garage home sold for $330,000. For information on homes for sale in Grand Isle, Indian River Colony Club and Heritage Isle in Viera, call or text me at 321-693-3850.
This discussion of real estate fees is important because fees are often the largest expense when selling a home in Florida. Many folks have an image of real estate agents driving big, nice, new cars; dressing nice; going out to lunch every day, plenty of free time on the golf course or beach, and making lots of money. But that would definitely be the exception. Most agents work hard, often 7 days a week, eat lunch in the office or on the run in an older car, and juggle multiple schedules and make about $25,000 a year. That $25,000 comes from fees charged to clients (most often the seller).Quite often on listing appointments the discussion of will turn to how much a prospective listing real estate agent charges. This is an important question because it is likely the highest seller cost when selling real estate. Here in Brevard County, Florida there are some basic (unwritten) rules about real estate agent commissions. First, a couple of basic fee truths:There is no standard real estate fee. Real estate commissions are negotiable. Sellers typically pay the buyer's real estate agent (as well as their own).The total fee charged is usually split 50/50 between the listing office and buyer office. Real estate agents are almost all independent contractors with overhead expenses and no salary. Real estate agents get paid when property sells - not gets listed.Because selling is more than just putting a sign out front it is important sellers understand the marketing process is labor intensive and with cost.More importantly, sellers should understand the need to pay another agent because the likelihood of another agent bringing the buyer is high. For example, here in Brevard County there are about 4,000 real estate agents. Basically there are 3,999 more opportunities for a buyer to be obtained by others.And that buyer's agent will need to be paid by the fee split.I recently was asked by a seller "How much of the fee will the buyer's agent get?" My answer...it all depends.Most real estate agents are independent contractors who work on a commission split with their employing broker. For example, lets say the seller is paying the buyer side .025% on a $200,000 sale..025% times $200,000 is $5,000. Seems like a lot of money for the buyer's agent! But, if the agent is on a 75/25 split with their broker the $5,000 becomes $3,750. Still looks good, right?But agents, as independent contractors, now must pay their own social security/medicare/self employment/income taxes. While these vary from individually, suffice it to say a conservative figure would be 35-40% of earnings. $3,750 is now about $2,250. Still, not bad right? But think about the expenses and overhead an agent covers... car, gas, insurance, multiple listing fees, state, local and nation Realtor Association dues (must pay in order to use/advertise in MLS system), etc. Just a shot in the dark estimate o $500-$750 a month for these and then the $2,250 is now $1,500.If an agent closes one transaction a month that becomes $18,000 a year. But it is not that gloomy. The latest I have read is the average real estate agent makes about $25,000 a year.So, sellers, when paying the buyer's agent, don't complain. You are really getting a lot of work for your money!My opinion... if any agent is going to get less, it should be the seller's agent. But then, fees are negotiable. If you are considering selling your Viera or Melbourne, Florida home, give me a call at 321-693-3850.
Available now! This move in ready Rockledge home for $1,350 a month, one year lease!Three bedrooms two bath two car garage concrete block stucco home in the centrally located Three Meadows development. Built in 1995, this smoke free home is in great condition and is located near excellent schools, shopping, several golf courses. With beaches, Patrick Air Force Base, Kennedy Space Center as well as major Melbourne employers within easy commute, this home will not last.Open floor plan with 1,320 sq.ft. under air. The enclosed, tile back porch easily cooled as well!Features gas heat and water heater. Sprinkler system on well water. Carpet in bedrooms, laminate in living room and dining area. Tile kitchen and baths. Quiet city street, sidewalks and more!NO PETS ALLOWED. NO SMOKING PERMITTED.Send me a text or call 321-693-3850 for more information.
Sellers must do only one thing to get a buyer for their home. Here is it in a nutshell...stand out - be noticed - be remembered.The key is to make sure you stand out for the right reason such asattractive price (not the same as lowest) value offered (not the same as lowest price) tastefully presented nice curb appeal inviting entranceThere are some wrong ways to stand out such as...?unappealing exterior/poor landscaping poor paint choices too much clutter for the space dirty (if you can smell it, can't sell it) pets jumping all over prospects trying to see the homehighly personalized paint/wallpaper (think neutral) unbelievable price (as in what were they thing?) 1960s wallpaper or appliances! To sell your Brevard County home, whether located in Wyndham at Duran in Viera or Chelsea Park in Rockledge, it must stand out in the mind of a prospect when they pull into your driveway and be remembered after they walk out the front door.Remembered for the right reason, of course!For information on homes for sale at Viera and Melbourne, Florida, please give me a call or text at 321-693-3850.
Some prospective home-buyers I have spoken with over the years called me about one of my listings. One of the early questions I always ask is whether they are working with another real estate agent.Sometimes the answer is no.Sometimes the answer is yes. If a caller already has an agent I send them back to their agent in a very nice way.Having an established relationship with a buyer's agent prohibits the listing agent from interjecting them self into that relationship. If a listing appeals to a buyer, call your real estate agent. A buyer's relationship with their real estate agent is not open to interference by another real estate agent. By placing a property in the local multiple listing service (MLS) system listing agents have agreed to pay a buyer's agent a "coop fee."Remember, it does not cost a buyer anything to have their own representation (don't call the name on the sign out front!). Sometimes the purpose of the call is try to get a better price. However, thinking "I can get a lower price by working with you because you know what the seller will take" is flawed.First of all, even if I knew what the seller would take for the property, I would not disclose that to anyone. Listing agents work for the seller - not a prospective buyer.Sometimes the call is motivated by thinking the listing agent will lower their commission because there is no other agent involved. This reduced cost can then be passed on to a seller in the form of a lower selling price.Listing agents have a contract with their sellers. That listing agreement already has a predefined payment. Click Here For Additional Reading: Why does everyone ask me all the same questions?Common Rules for Buying a Home.Why won't the real estate agent just show me any house?Ready to buy a house in Melbourne, Florida? Call or text me at 321-693-3850.
To paraphrase the Serenity Prayer "Change the things you can, accept the things you can't." This came to mind this morning as I watched reports of protesters dissatisfied with the election results.And to those college students skipping class...the rest of it goes like " and the wisdom to know the difference."There have been fifteen presidential elections during my lifetime. Although I have been mistakenly thought of as old I was not old enough to vote in all of them.But I have voted in every one ever since I became of age. Relax, boys and girls, here is the secret to surviving afterward..... After every one of those elections the sun came out. And it will tomorrow as well. Relax. Take a deep breath. Hurry back to class. Get back to work... If you are ready to buy or sell a house in Melbourne, Florida, call or text me at 321-693-3850.Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Selling a home is a process. There has been much written about the process. Once a decision is made to sell your home what is the first step?Some say it is hire a real estate agent. Some say prepare your house. There are probably as many answers and recommendations as there are people!I say that choosing your real estate agent is the third thing to do.So what are the first two things to do when getting ready to sell your home?Number one: Manage the mindset. Sellers need to change the thinking from selling my home to selling a house. The house is now someone's future home. Go ahead and clear the mind so when feedback comes a defensive posture is not assumed. This is key for the second step.Number two: Choose the real estate agent who will sell the house. Notice "the" house and not "your home." Part of this process will be require an open and frank discussion about the property condition, competition and market prices.Step 3: Know what the next step is going to be. This does not refer to the step in the closing process but the bigger picture. Where are you moving? Where will you live? Where is life going? Thinking about selling your Melbourne, Florida home? Call me and lets talk about "the house" and where you are going next! Call or text me at 321-693-3850. Image courtesy of ddpavumba at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
When it comes to selling a house or condo it is always the price that seems to be the "driver." Regardless of where the price falls against the competition one thing is certain. Price reflects the seller's motivation.But sellers must not forget motivation is conveyed to prospective buyers in other ways. How do prospective buyers "read" the seller's motivation. Let me count the ways...First, price is the number one indicator. Put another way...price is the smell test.Condition. If a house is not ready for new owners prospective buyers many buyer prospects will doubt the seller really wants to move it.Accessibility. If getting in to see a house is more difficult than scheduling a doctors appointment then the seller may not relay be motivated to sell. Sellers hire real estate agents for one thing - results.Even the best agent in the world can't deliver if the motivation and cooperation is not there.Ready to sell your Melbourne, Florida home? Call or text me at 321-693-3850 for your free market analysis.
This morning I received a text from another agent whose listing I had shown buyers last week. The text was simple...agent bonus of $XXXX for buyer.I did not respond for a couple of reasons. If my buyers had really liked the house we would have made an offer. Secondly, offering me a bonus will not cause me to push any specific property on my buyer customers.There are lots of "games" used when selling a home. I recently published "Will Pokemon Go help you sell your house?" on another blog I write. Games do not sell homes. So what sells homes?Start with the four Ps of selling your home. Preparation is key. Pricing is a number one. Promotion is vital. Presentation is critical.Preparation begins before a house gets listed. Sellers usually get one chance to impress prospective buyers. A house that has not been prepared beforehand will not be likely get a second visit.Pricing must reflect seller motivation, circumstances and competition. It goes without saying it must also be a reflection of the property's real condition. Promotion is simple. Getting your home's information in front of the most potential prospective buyers. This involves your local real estate agent having marketing plan which has identified who the likely buyer will be and where they will come from.Presentation is key. This is a broad topic. It involves ease of being seen by prospective buyers (no 24 advance notice, no agent must accompany all showings, no owner must be present, etc.). Most serious buyers have a tight schedule and the ability to view when seeing other homes is key. Accommodation when possible is critically important. Presentation also can be interpreted as being "show ready" every day the home is on the market. Unless a house is vacant buyers understand that there are people living there. Still, forgoing some routines and habits for the short time a house is actively on the market is a small price for finding a buyer.Selling a house is an orderly process. It begins with the decision to sell. The next decision should be choosing a local knowledgeable real estate agent to sell your home.Your real estate agent is key to the process and can offer solid advice.If you are considering selling your Rockledge, Florida home, call or text me at 321-693-3850 for your free market analysis. I would be happy to discuss the process and make recommendations on how to best prepare your home.Call or text me at 321-693-3850.
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