Daytona Beach, FL Real Estate News

By Susan Summers, CRS, Sold by Susan!
(Century 21 Sundance Realty)
                                                           Pelican Bay Country Club is located in Daytona's Premier Gated Community, featuring 2 championship golf courses that wind around sparkling waterways and lush foliage. 2 18-hole championship golf coursesLarge Driving AreaPutting Area and short game practice areaPro Shop PGA-Certified Golf Professional AvailableExperienced and Professional StaffGolf and Social Activities While the North course is private,  the South course welcomes any golfer at any level for an unforgettable golf experience.  To reserve your spot on the course please call 386-756-0034
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By Lysa Napolitano
If you stopped by and read A Challenge To You! you know about the St. Jude Radiothon that we had here in Daytona this week. Our Bikes and Blues Committee was invited to join the DJ's in the studio this morning to talk about our St. Jude events that we held in April and how much money we raised, along with how many tireless hours we put in year long to get these events off the ground. If you know me, you know I was taking photos, but this time I got to be in a couple too!                                                     I then went to see how hard the volunteers from Embrey Riddle University were working on the phones.                  As I left, the total raised so far was around $22,000. While at work I had the show on my computer and listened to the different stories during the day...
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By Midori Miller, Online Marketing For Real Estate Professionals
(Talk 2 Midori, LLC)
The Daytona Beach Tech Fair to me was incredible, I met a really great man.  He works for Re/Max All Pro and really understands community and teamwork. You might have met him, he joined our network and Ian Anderson has already posted.  While manning the registration table together at the fair, I really got to know him and it was instant friendship.  We had a lot in common and a lot to talk about, it was amazing, as if we were destined to meet one another. Ian and I shared something in common but not in the same capacity, you see my father, John Terwilliger has Multiple Sclerosis and Ian is riding in the MS Bike Ride.  When I heard this I knew that it is destiny for me to know him.  Two Realtors from two different companies, same cause. Same Fight....It's Destiny! Now for some time I was...
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Late December to early March is known as Snow-Bird Season in Florida. People that live up north most of the year spend 3 or 4 months here in Florida away from the bitter cold and snow. Some of these Snow-Birds aren't human, they are the Northern Atlantic Right Whales. They spend their summers in the Bay Of Fundy then in October pregnant females and some juvenile female & males begin their long migration to Florida. We sometimes begin hearing of sightings in Georgia around the beginning of December and start to see one or two whales here in Flagler County, FL in January. In March they begin to go back home just like the Snow-Birds, except the whales who came to give birth have their newborn calves in tow, unlike the Snow-Birds. A little Northern Atlantic Right Whale background: The North...
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I went out to feed the Pelican Bay critters when I arrived at work on Wednesday and was greeted by an old friend, the Great Blue Heron. She looked a bit frazzled and hungry. She nailed two fish rather quickly, but my camera was in the office.     I looked across the water and saw two ducks swimming my way, at first I thought they were young Muscovy's, but as they got closer I realized they were too pretty.         They came right out of the water, walked around me, then stood behind me looking up towards me like a puppy begging for food. I handed one a cracker and he took it from me, gently. The smaller one was a bit more shy and wouldn't come up to me, I just tossed crackers her way. Meanwhile the Red-winged blackbirds are flying around in a craze, they don't like all these birds aroun...
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By Lysa Napolitano
On Saturday Cyndee Haydon posted In Clearwater, Florida ~ Who left that Fowl Trail? then I followed her lead with My Photos Of Some Florida Birds, I showed you a photo of a Brown Thrasher nesting. Monday morning I arrived at work to find a young man cutting the hedges, right where the nest was. My heart dropped! He was using good old fashioned manual hedge trimmers but I was panicked. I unlocked the office, dropped my purse, camera and lunch and told him "STOP, there's a nest!" I think I scared him... I ran to the other side of the bushes where the nest was, found it covered in leaves, no mama, took a deep breath and moved the leaves. Three newly hatched baby birds lay in the nest very, very still. I carefully touched each baby and made sure they were breathing, then I began breathing a...
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Cyndee Haydon just wrote a great post Who left that Fowl Trail? about our wonderful "Birding Trails" here in Florida. I thought I would follow up on her blog with some photo's I've taken of some of the beautiful birds that you might see when you come to Florida. Our Century 21 Sundance Daytona office is located just outside the gated golf community of Pelican Bay, which is home to several different species of birds (but no pelicans). I often take my camera outside when I take a break and go feed the fish and turtles.   This is a pair of Sandhill Cranes that appeared during Speed Week. People pulling into our parking lot would stop and stare at them because of their size & beautiful red heads. They stand about 4 feet tall, with a average wing span of about 6 feet! I took over 200 photos ...
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By Anna Lukyanova
(Century 21 Sundance Realty)
If you never seen strong rip currents of the Atlantic Ocean, it's quite a view.  Click on the You-tube video to hear the wind from the ocean and see the waves level. It is quiet something. Every now and then we get it here in Daytona Beach, where the winds get as strong as 30mph. We may be experiencing this weather until the end of the week. Then, it's back to normal.Click here to view Weather Forecast for the rest of the week.
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By Anna Lukyanova
(Century 21 Sundance Realty)
OK, some of you may not know, but since the beginning of the year Midori Miller, trainer-manager in our Century 21 Pelican Bay office, organized the WOW team aka "Special Forces" of Century 21 Sundance Realty. We used to meet every Monday for 3 months. It is an accountability program that enhances our business using advanced marketing strategies. Currently we meet once a month to evaluate our progress and to receive tons of homework for the entire month.  Everybody likes that............Right................  We get together to discuss current market changes, real estate strategies and updates on our marketing and advertising. It helps us to stay on track and increases our productivity.  Well, last week we met outside of the office at the coffee shop called Hot Spot. It's not too far aw...
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By Anna Lukyanova
(Century 21 Sundance Realty)
What Makes a House a Home? That may seem like an easy question to answer, but for me it was always a touching subject. When I left Russia to study in Settle during school breaks, I would always go back "home"to see my family in Russia. The places where I lived in Seattle were just "Placement Stations", they were never my homes. Don't get me wrong, I loved Seattle. Its beauty and metropolitan lifestyle are fun, but there is nothing like Daytona Beach, Florida. Life in Daytona Beach is very different and I truly feel at home here. You ask how the home I live in right now differs from all other place I've visited? Well a number of reasons. I am only 15 minutes away from the world's most famous beach. Let's face it not everybody gets to see this everyday!  I am only 5 minutes away from my r...
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By Midori Miller, Online Marketing For Real Estate Professionals
(Talk 2 Midori, LLC)
Real Estate...... Let's see we need brokers to be able to sell real estate, but hey we are independent contractors, we have the choice of being good Realtors or bad Realtors. We do create our own little Real Estate Worlds.  I love the business and I loved selling real estate.  Yes I took some training here and there.  I didn't want to join a network group or be active in my board.  No way, I hate the politics, way to cliquey, I was too busy with my own life and I wasn't going to waste my time.  Oh, yes, I sold lots of real estate but there were things happening in my real estate world that I did not like. Maybe I made the wrong decision.  Where are the company policies that I was accustomed to that Corporate America had in place?  Dealing with unethical Realtors, mls rules I didn't care...
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By Laura Hernandez
(Century 21 Sundance Reatly)
DIRECT OCEANFRONT CONDOTEL W/FULL BEDROOM & BATH. WALK WAY TO POOL & BEACH. ON FIRST FLOOR. TILE THRU-OUT COMPLETELY FURNISHED TOTALLY UPDATED AND READY FOR NEW OWNERS. $225,000.See virtual tour: http://visualtour.com/show.asp?T=594290  
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By Laura Hernandez
(Century 21 Sundance Reatly)
BUYERS ALERT!!!--MOVE IN CONDITION---1 car garage,Security system,-In-ground sprinkler system,75x100 lot,Sears Life time paint, central Heat & A/C, Terrazo under carpet. This home was custom designed and lovingly cared for by its only owner with an extra large living room and open kitchen with sliding glass doors leading out to an oversized/fenced backyard. $113,900. See virtual tour:  http://visualtour.com/show.asp?T=902784   
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By Midori Miller, Online Marketing For Real Estate Professionals
(Talk 2 Midori, LLC)
 Daytona Beach Area Association of Realtors Technology Fair will be June 1st.  If you are planning to attend, I hope to see you there, and you will!  As I will be helping with registration and assisting throughout the day!  If we have never met, please make it a point to introduce yourself!  We are cooperating with our other local boards and have invited their associates as well. The Flagler County Board of Realtors, New Smyrna Beach Board of Realtors and West Volusia Board of Realtors.   We do expect a very good turn-out based on R.S.V.P.'s we have received so far.  We have our vendors in place and are working on a few more sponsors!  If you are interested please feel free to contact me! 386-453-3236  DBAAR Technology Fair Sponsorships Gold Sponsors: $500Recognition on DBAAR Tech Fair ...
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By Donna Dosch, Broker Associate, CRS, e-PRO
(Century 21 Sundance Realty)
  I just want to wish all the moms, grandmas, aunts, sisters, and all the woman who have a positive role in the life of a child a Happy Mother's Day. You are such blessings to those you influence and love. Your job is long,relentless, painful, stressful, but most of all wonderful. Enjoy...                                                                                           
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By Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate
(Florida Property Experts)
So you want to move to Daytona Beach?  That's great news! I'm proud to be a Daytona Beach native. If you spend just a little bit of time here, you'll find that I'm part of a rare breed. But this also means that I'm uniquely qualified to help you with all your real estate needs! To view my listings, go to www.RealEstatebyLisaHill.com.         Now let's get your started on learning the lay of the land. Many people are not aware of the fact that what they consider to be Daytona Beach, is actually several small cities, all grouped together. Daytona Beach is the tourist hot spot of the area. It will be up to you to decide which city and area you prefer, before you buy real estate here. And I am able to answer all your questions about the different cities, neighborhoods, schools and more.Read...
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By Anna Lukyanova
(Century 21 Sundance Realty)
OK it is official. I am losing my patience. I woke up this morning and couldn't believe it.For the last 3 weeks here, in Central Florida, we have experienced smoke that was coming all the way from Georgia. It's been crazy! Those 650,000 acres that were burning there were felt all of the way in Daytona Beach.Now we have "our own" brush fire in Flagler and Volusia counties. Click on the link to see news reports and pictures. You can feel the smoke in the air. The smell is unbelievable. All of you out there with allergies and asthma conditions, I feel for you. How to fix it? We need the RAIN. Simple things like air quality make such a big difference.How is your air quality?
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I didn't forget! Really! Just so much going on since our events that I've only had time to post a few things. TodayI'm going to pick up all the photo cds to look through them and see the shots our volunteer photographers took, then shoot the cd's up to our St. Jude rep so she can put them on a website. (There are 6 of them I'm sure) I took 700 photos this weekend, just imagine how many our volunteers took!I can't give you any stats from the Golf Classic, I have no clue who one. I do know one guy, about 25 almost Beat The Pro. At the end of the Classic we were busy printing up the photos of the teams with Mickey to offer to teams for a donation.   A pretty nasty thunder storm interrupted us at the 6th hole and we had to rush back to the "cart barn" to wait out the deluge.        So we ju...
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By Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate
(Florida Property Experts)
I just finished sending letters to our state representatives, regarding the upcoming legislative session, where our dire tax issues will be discussed. If you live in Florida, it's imperative that you contact your local representatives as soon as possible!I received this message from the Daytona Beach Area Association of Realtors.... With the 60 day session scheduled to conclude next week on May 4th, legislators need to hear that comprehensive property tax reform for commercial and residential real estate is needed NOW, during the regular session.The House continues to push for a property tax/sales tax swap but the idea is flatly opposed in the Senate. Governor Charlie Crist recently indicated he does not support a sales tax increase, but wants more relief than what the Senate proposes.A...
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Our Bikes and Blues VIP Party was held so that we could thank our sponsors personally, treat them to dinner and drink and meet our new St. Jude Representatives Virgina and Ginnywho brought DVD's on St. Jude to teach us just a little bit more about that fabulous hospital.The party was held at the Plaza in Daytona Beach run by our generous sponsors Bray & Gillespie & Ocean Waters, our dinner was supplied by Armando at Cancun Lagoon, Budweiser and Coca Cola supplied the drinks and our Bikes and Blues Committee members brought desert! We watched the DVDs, "My Hospital" and one from Marlo Thomas about how charity events like ours support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Did you know it costs 1.2 MILLION dollars a day to run St. Jude? Me either. Did you know St. Jude is working on findi...
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