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Strom Park is one of Viera's newest communities and the first community of the new Central Viera Villages.Strom Park offers residents a large playground, several smaller playgrounds, a splash park and a dog park. Strom Park's convenient location is near the new Viera Hospital, Viera High School, The Avenues Shopping, Pro-Health Fitness Center, restaurants and several golf courses including the Duran Golf Course. Nearby (almost across the street from the development) is Quest Elementary School.What is currently for sale in Strom Park at Central Viera?Currently there are two homes for sale in Strom Park. Both of these are 2016 built new homes although one appears to be a re-sale (although never lived in).List prices range from $336,704 to $415,000. One is a smaller (approximately 2,100 sq.ft.) 3 bedroom 2 bath 2 car garage while the other is a much larger (just over 2,500 sq.ft. ) with additional bedrooms and bath as well as a three car garage. There are also five homes in Strom Park already under contract and awaiting closing. List prices for these range from about $347,000 to $429,900.What has recently sold in Strom Park?Over the past six months there have been 30 homes sold in Strom Park. Selling prices ranged from $328,519 to $429,100 Since August 1 2016 there have been seven homes sold in Strom Park. A few examples of home size and selling prices (as reported in the local Brevard MLS system) include:8092 Strom Park Drive - 2016 built 4 bedroom 3 bath 2 car garage home with 2,425 sq.ft. under air sold for $422,892.7918 Quimby Court - 2016 built 4 bedroom 3.5 bath two car garage home with 3,177 sq.ft. sold for $433,018.7999 Marquette Drive - 2016 built 4 bedroom 3 bath 3 car garage home with 2,600 sq.ft. sold for $380,477 For information on homes for sale in Viera, call or text me at 321-693-3850.
Pokemon Go seems to be the big rage these days. So how can you use Pokemon Go to help sell your Viera, Florida home?What is selling a house? It is a process where real people interact with real people to sell a real product.What is Pokemon Go? It is a game where players interact between the real and make believe.While Pokemon Go has apparently stirred the interest of those playing virtual games it likely will not sell your home.Selling your home is not a game. It is a serious process. It does not involve collecting multiple various characters and getting points or whatever. It involves collecting one character (a buyer) and getting real money.Want to use make believe with your real estate marketing? Have your agent utilize virtual designs in staging your vacant home. Ready to sell your Rockledge, Florida home? Call or text me at 321-693-3850 or send me an email.Image courtesy of basketman at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
There are three 55+ communities in the planned unit development of Viera (Melbourne), Florida. While all three are gated and offer some of the same amenities, each is still different and has their own personality. The differences in some cases are subtle, but they do exist. Still, if one is looking for a Florida 55+ community, one is probably just right for anyone looking at Florida retirement communities.This post provides a market report for the gated Grand Isle community for October 2016.What is currently for sale in Grand Isle?Currently there are five properties for sale in Grand Isle. Listing prices range from $264,500 to $339,000. Average list price in Grand Isle is about $290,000. Average home size about 2,100 sq.ft. under air (3 bedroom 2 bath 2 car garage). These homes were all built between 2002 and 2004. All of the homes for sale are standard sales. There is also one home under contract awaiting closing.What has recently sold in Grand Isle?Over the past six months there have been seven properties sold in Grand Isle. Since August 1, 2016 there have been three homes sold in Grand Isle. Homes recently sold in Grand Isle include:1564 Boca Rio Drive - 2004 built, 3 bedroom 2 bath 2 car garage with 2,011 sq.ft. sold for $287,000. 1557 Grand Isle Blvd - 2004 built 4 bedroom 3 bath 3 car garage with 2,271 sq.ft. sold for $330,000.1710 Lago Mar Drive - 2003 built 3 bedroom 2 bath 2 car garage pool home with 2,034 sq.ft. sold for $270,000.For information on homes for sale in Grand Isle as well as Heritage Isle in Viera call or text me at 321-693-3850.
Provided below is a quick recap of the Brevard County Townhouse/Condo market for September 2016 compared to September 2015:Closed Sales are down -7.9% for September 2016 in which the number of units closed was 220 compared to 239 in September 2015, with a decrease in cash sales of -2.2% compared to September 2015. New Pending Sales are up 13.4%. New Listings are down -4.4%. Median Sales Price for Townhomes/Condos is up 15.6% to $138,700 compared to a year ago, which was $120,000. Months Supply of Inventory is up 6.2% to 3.4 months compared to 3.2 months in September 2015. Traditional Sales are down -4.1% with a median sales price of $141,500. Foreclosure/REO Sales are down -47.4% with a median sales price of $81,650. Short Sale Closings are down -33.3% with a median sales price of $135,000.
Provided below is a summary of the Brevard County single family home market for September 2016 compared to September 2015.Closed Sales - Just barely lower by 0.7% for September 2016 with 849 units closed vs. 855 in September 2015. There was a decrease in cash sales by -23.7% this September. New Pending Sales - Increased are up 4.3% in September 2016.New Listings - Increased 5.6% which is needed in this seller's market!Median Sales Price for Brevard Single Family - Climbed 15.9% to $197,100 compared to a year ago which was $170,000.Months Supply of Inventory - Continued the current trend by going down -3.8% to 2.5 months vs 2.6 months last September. Traditional Sales - Went up 8.2% with a median sales price of $200,000.Foreclosure/REO Sales - Decreased -60.2% with a median sales price of $141,000.Short Sale Closings - Also down -6.7% with a median sales price of $123,500.
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.
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
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