Palm Coast, FL Real Estate News

Top Five Tips To Renovating A Home Stress-free Without Breaking The Bank! Have you ever called in contractors for estimates and the quotes were so ridiculous, you said forget it? Or have you ever wondered how your neighbor managed to renovate their home so beautifully and not break the bank? Well, this blog will address some of the most common mistakes in renovating a home along with practical tips.   Common mistake #1: Hiring the cheapest contractor This is the most common mistake made by homeowners and it’s understandable. Who doesn’t like a good deal? However, there is a common saying. You get what you pay for…… and it’s also true in this case. After years of experience we’ve discovered that the cheapest contractor may offer a low quote in order to secure the job. As a homeowner if ...
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How To Make A Bold and Positive Statement With Your Front Door!!Replacing or updating a front door is a task that most homeowners either avoid like the plague or unfortunately become too creative and overdo!! What does overdoing really mean?Have you ever been on a street where you can spot that one house from a mile because of it's front door color?And..... the only thing you could say was, "what were they really thinking, when they decided to do that"  If you're unsure as a homeowner, it could be a wise idea to seek professional help before you make any decisions. Why Make A Bold and Positive Statement With Your Front Door?Here are the top seven (7) updates with average return on money according to the " Cost vs Value Report, produced by Remodeling magazine in cooperation with the Nati...
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The Top Five Disaster Kitchen Designs!Why should one even care about the design of a kitchen?Firstly because it's often said, kitchen sells homes! And secondly: everyone loves kitchens. Ironically, even people who don't cook much, also loves beautiful kitchens. Here are the top five disaster kitchen designs with solutions:  1. Kitchen not functional - have you ever seen a kitchen and the fridge is in the room next to it? Or a kitchen fully ensuited with a clothes washer and dryer? Would you feel confused, just by looking? If your answer is yes, you're not alone!Solution: To accommodate all kitchen appliances, the best and highly recommend work flow layout is a triangular design. Click here for examples.Clothes washer and dryers - should be relocated to a basement, spare room or closet i...
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The Importance Of Selecting Appropriate Lighting For A Kitchen The kitchen is often referred to as “the heart of the home" because of it's multi-function and versatile use. Let's consider some of the many purposes a kitchen serve: social gathering hot spot, family financial decision hub, informal dining room, coffee/tea station, food preparation area etc.   It's often said, kitchens sells homes! The good news is lighting could be considered one of the most inexpensive upgrade one could do in a home to create a wow factor!   To get the best out of your kitchen, the lighting scheme should accommodate the many activities that takes place. To do so, careful consideration is required for appropriate light selection and design.   Adequate lighting can even make cooking fun and exciting!   So...
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How To Dramatically Transform Your Kitchen From Ordinary To Extra-Ordinary.          Kitchen Before Renovations                 Kitchen After Renovations  Why should one even think about renovating a kitchen?Because it's often said, kitchens sells homes! And secondly: everyone loves kitchens. Ironically, even people who don't cook much, also loves beautiful kitchens.Now if you're considering renovating your kitchen, here are the top nine (9) things to transform your kitchen from ordinary to extra-ordinary.1. Add potlights - lighting sets the ambiance in homes. Having potlights installed in your kitchen could create a cozy and inviting feeling. 2. Add custom kitchen cabinets with fancy decorative hardware - having nice and clean kitchen cabinets isn't enough. Fancy decorative hardware is...
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Is someone you know thinking about renovating a home or condo, but don't know  where to begin?   Request a FREE no obligation in home consultation today! We are friendly, knowledgeable and professional. View one of our recent project pictures below:                         Dining Room Before Photo                        Dining Room After Photo  This kitchen took two weeks to be complete.   Here are a few things we did: Open up wall from kitchen to dining room. New flooring. New custom made cabinets.                        Kitchen Before Photo                             Kitchen After Photo    Here are a few things we did continuation: Shimmering beige quartz countertop. Elegant glass backsplash added to create contrast and drama. New stainless steel appliances. Potlights were added to ...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Coastal Properties
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Is there such a thing as a perfect home?  What are the odds that people buying together are going to agree across the board? Not much, and chances are that "perfect" home won't be found.  As a Real Estate professional, it is important to help your clients work through compromises. so that nobody loses, and both parties feel satisfied.Author and Consultant, Jeff Shore wrote in a recent Realtor Magazine Article titled  "He Loves It, She Doesn't"  that there are four different ways to counsel clients with creative compromises when they disagree on the house: Distinguish between "best and perfect" Transfer ownership of the objection Look for small compromises from both sides Set the less passionate buyer up to be the hero Help your clients work through their differences and everyone is happ...
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By Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices
(Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408)
We a few accounts with Florida Power & Light (FPL) for the properties, which we remodel for our clients.I received the call from FPL. It was an automated service, and the robot told me that the service would be terminated, as of this coming Friday, and we needed to make a payment immediately. The robot gave the amount and the address of the property, but all I could figure was 20 and then the street name, which I did not catch.No problem, I called FPL, explained the situation, and asked to clarify the address. Oops, they can’t. It is against their policy. This is after they grilled me, asking for Social Security, company name, address, everything. So they know that it is me.And yet, no…They suggested that I read them the address and they would say “yes” or “no”. I have quite a stack in ...
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By Jeff W, USDA /FHA Mortgage Source
(USDA / FHA Mortgage Source)
Buyers always have questions regarding the USDA loan purchase process and steps involved. Below we have listed the basic steps involved of how the USDA RD mortgage process works. Homebuyers should have a basic understanding of the process,  especially first time home buyers.  If you have questions at anytime, please call us at 904-302-6060 or visit www.UsdaMortgageSource.com USDA Mortgage Prequalification – Before talking to a realtor or driving around looking for homes, you need to do your USDA loan application. After all you need to know if you are approved for financing, and for how much.  We will determine how much home you can afford and insure you meet all the USDA loan eligibility requirements.  We will evaluate a few areas:   Your Job / income - Your job history,  How much you e...
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By Kathleen West, Flagler County & Palm Coast Realtor
(Trademark Realty Group of Palm Coast)
As a homeowner for 11 years now inMatanzas Woods, I get asked what is going on in the market quite often.  Since the closure of the Matanzas Golf Course around 2008, we have all seen an impact on values coupled with the drop in the market since that time.  There is a lot of speculation surrounding the neighborhood real estate market and the real effects of the closed golf course property on values.  The area has been getting more attention since late 2013 when Jim Cullis of Grand Haven Realty was contemplating the purchase of  the property with intentions to work with the City of Palm Coast for the property to be used as a linear park and build a some homes in the northeast corner of the property.  An idea that I still feel was a great opportunity for us as owners to recoup values even ...
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By Kathleen West, Flagler County & Palm Coast Realtor
(Trademark Realty Group of Palm Coast)
There should be no doubt at this point that the Palm Coast & Flagler County is not only recovering, but is more in the recovered phase.  Although this year started off a little light compared to the first two month of 2014, the area is up 10% with 1,144 residential house sales through June compared to the same period for 2014.  June was another strong month with 221 residential house closings which was up 18% compared to June 2014.  Median sales price in June was also up slightly compared to June of last year.  Buyers who are serious about finding a home in the area should not waste any time as the pace at which homes are selling is around 87 days on the market for all of Flagler County and around 78 for Palm Coast.The number of existing homes for sale (aka “inventory”) in the area also...
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By Kathleen West, Flagler County & Palm Coast Realtor
(Trademark Realty Group of Palm Coast)
This past December finished up as one of the strongest for real estate home sales in recent years with 194 residential house sale closings.  This was about 15% higher than the December 2013 and the highest number of closings in a December going back to 2009.  For the year, the area saw about a 2% gain in the number of residential home sales coming in at 2,169 for 2014 compared to 2,124 for 2013. Median home sales price also showed positive gains coming in at about $155,000 for 2014 compared to $145,000 for 2013.  A large part of the steady increases in median home sale prices has been the decline in the contribution of distressed sales for the area.  For example ‘Short Sales’, which once were about 35% of all sales in recent years, were only about 6% in 2014 at around 118.  REO & Govern...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Coastal Properties
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Oceanview Luxury Dream Home Built on the Wrong Lot now a Million $$ Problem Flagler County - Ocean Hammock in Hammock Dunes  - A Luxury ocean view dream home in beautiful Hammock Dunes, a high end gated master planned community in Palm Coast was actually constructed on the wrong lot.  The mistake was not discovered until recently, six months after receiving the Certificate of Occupancy when a surveyor, who was doing a survey on the same street, discovered the error and notified the community manager and builder. The 3-story vacation home,  with an estimated construction value of $680,000 actually sits on the lot next door to the one it was supposed to be built on.  The builder, Keystone Homes (a highly respected builder) was hired to construct the home for the Voss's of central Missouri...
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By Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices
(Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408)
Hammock Beach Resort is an AAA 4-star Resort, a unique condo development in Palm Coast. It’s famous neighbor to the South – Hammock Dunes has a reputation for privacy to the point, as my client once told me, you have to give them your first born just to get there… Very quiet, very secluded… And Hammock Beach, which enjoys a similar setting along the Atlantic, is everything but Hammock Dunes. It is a place, which was designed with the idea of activities 24/7, people coming and spending a few days or a few weeks (which can be expensive). I remember my feeling when I toured this 12-story beauty right after they finished the construction in 2003. It was vast and empty, and looked overwhelming and deserted. It was difficult to imagine life in this remote location… How different it is now. Ev...
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By Kathleen West, Flagler County & Palm Coast Realtor
(Trademark Realty Group of Palm Coast)
After a somewhat weaker March this year, residential home sales picked up in April and May coming in almost “flat” compared to last year’s sales.  Visit my “Market reports” section for more stats.  Let’s take a look at some highlights: Sales There were about 199 residential houses sold in May 2014 which is about 2% higher compared to the 196 for May 2013. The total number of sales still remain down about 4% with 843 residential houses sold January through May in 2014 compared to the same period in 2013. Values Most news has been speaking to values recovering and that is very true.  Sellers like this news, but buyers aren’t typically so happy.  We’ve actually seen values recovering for some time in the area.  We’ve seen a nice gain in median sales price so far this year coming in at abou...
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By Kathleen West, Flagler County & Palm Coast Realtor
(Trademark Realty Group of Palm Coast)
As I said last week, March residential house sales in Flagler County saw a dip in performance compared to March of 2013, when the number of sales this year came in at -22%.  April thus far this year has had 62 closings for residential houses in Flagler County bringing the total to 498 year-to-date. April 2014 Residential House Sales (as of April 13, 2014) Number:   62 Lowest:  $46,700 Highest: $900,000 Average: $193,367 Median: $144,600 The top 3 house closings for this month as April 13, 2014 are: 3349 Oceanshore Blvd at $900,000 19 Waterview Drive S. at $619,000 262 Yacht Harbor Dr at $530,000 The top 3 house sales for 2014 so far (as of April 13, 2014):  21 Hammock Beach Way $1,553,500 160 Island Estates Parkway at $1,530,000 24 Ocean Ridge Blvd at $1,200,000 We have seen a slight bu...
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By Kathleen West, Flagler County & Palm Coast Realtor
(Trademark Realty Group of Palm Coast)
After a strong start for existing home sales in January and February, activity in March did not continue on the same trend in comparison to 2013 with the number of sales dropping about 22% and coming in at  157 compared to 199 in 2013.  But sales were slightly above February which had 152 residential house closings.  This brings the number of residential house sales through March down about 7% compared to the same period last year.  On a more positive note new home builds are up about 29% for the area in the 1st quarter.  With existing home sales and new builds picking up in the area we stand to see  another strong year in the area. Inventory picked up slightly with 1024 houses on the market in the County which is one of the few times that inventory levels have broken the 1,000 mark ove...
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By Al Raymondi, Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales
(Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida)
28th Annual Flagler Home & Lifestyle Show Saturday January 25,2014 Sunday January 26, 2014   Presented by: Adult & Community Education Home~Health~Arts~Food~Family~Entertainment With an estimated 20,000 visitors it is one of Flagler County’s largest events. Flagler County Home & Lifestyle Show, now in its 28th year, promises as always, to give you a weekend of entertainment and valuable information. A Home Show showcasing hundreds of local businesses. A Service Fair featuring nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations serving Flagler County. A Health Fair sponsored by Florida Hospital/Flagler with lectures and free screenings. Arts and Crafts featuring local artists and handmade specialty crafts. A Food Court offering a variety of foods for your enjoyment. Professional and local entertainment thro...
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By Kathleen West, Flagler County & Palm Coast Realtor
(Trademark Realty Group of Palm Coast)
As we wind down 2013, Flagler County & Palm Coast once again saw another positive year.  With just a few days left in 2013, the area is already finishing the year at least 2% above 2012 in terms of the number of residential house sales with 2,066.  Some other highlights for the year are: November came in very strong this year with 176 residential house sale closed which was 22% above November last year July was the highest month in terms of the number of sales with 223 and was 17% above July 2012 57% of transactions were cash in the Flagler County which is in line with the last couple of years transactions Median Sales price is around $144,300 through 12/28/2013 and this figure has been showing positive gains Short Sales continue to be almost non-existent coming in at only 57 of the 945...
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By Palm Coast Homes, Palm Coast/Flagler County Real Estate, The Ross/Co
(100 Plus Realty LLC)
Palm Coast Florida Sold Homes & Condos For November 2013 Click here to view the full report of all 204 properties
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