Saint Augustine, FL Real Estate News

By For Buyers Only Realty, Sharon Stevens & Dwight Cole
(FOR BUYERS ONLY REALTY )
What is going on in our local market? It is a GREAT time to buy!! There is a huge inventory and interest rates are still at all time lows.On the other hand-- if you are looking to sell-- do not lose hope-- with some professional guidance in pricing your property correctly-- you can still sell your property at a decent price. Sellers need to be aware that you need to price your home where you expect it to sell at --- the days of pricing your home high for some "wiggle room" are over--- price it right in the beginning and sell it. Buyers are not willing anymore to make offers on homes that are over-priced to begin with, like they have been in previous years.Make sure that you and your Realtor do a thorough market analysis of your neighborhood before deciding on a price. This is the most c...
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By For Buyers Only Realty, Sharon Stevens & Dwight Cole
(FOR BUYERS ONLY REALTY )
We have all heard the rumors...from neighbors, relatives or friends. There are a wide variety of myths floating around about what you should and shouldn't do to improve your credit reports and credit scores. The buck stops here! TrueCredit has exposed these urban legends to provide you and your informers with the truth about credit:1. Your score will drop if you check your credit - Fortunately, this one is definitely not true. Checking your own report and score is counted as a "soft inquiry" and doesn't harm your credit at all. Only "hard inquiries" from a lender or creditor, made when you apply for credit, can bring your credit score down a few points. Worried about damaging your credit while shopping around for a loan? Multiple inquiries for the same purpose within a short amount of t...
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By For Buyers Only Realty, Sharon Stevens & Dwight Cole
(FOR BUYERS ONLY REALTY )
When you've found the home of your dreams, you don't want to delay in producing your offer to purchase, so it's a great benefit to know what to expect in advance. While there is no foolproof formula for negotiating a fair price, you can begin by looking at recent sales in the neighborhood and comparing their list price to their final sale price. If homes are generally selling at 5% below list, you have that starting point for determining your offer. Once a price has been accepted, it's time to put it into high gear by obtaining your financing, scheduling a home inspection, and establishing a closing date. Your offer should be contingent upon securing a loan and a satisfactory "walk-through" before closing.Earnest money, or the "deposit" on your purchase, will be placed in escrow. It wil...
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By For Buyers Only Realty, Sharon Stevens & Dwight Cole
(FOR BUYERS ONLY REALTY )
In slower housing markets, most sellers understand that attracting buyers becomes more of a challenge. With more homes for sale at ever more competitive prices, buyers tend to have more power to choose and negotiate under these circumstances.What steps can you take to insure a faster sale at a higher price? First, seek representation. Over the last ten years, the number of homes that sold "by owner" fell by one third, and that statistic includes all markets, both hot and cool. What does that trend mean? Sellers have come to realize that real estate professionals are better equipped to produce top dollar offers, especially in slower conditions.In 2006, the National Association of REALTORS® reported that the median selling price for homes listed through agents was 16% higher than those ho...
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By For Buyers Only Realty, Sharon Stevens & Dwight Cole
(FOR BUYERS ONLY REALTY )
Attracting buyers has turned into quite the competitive sport. Once you catch a buyer's attention with a favorable asking price, how do you encourage them to select your home from the other choices? Namely, assault their senses!Since first impressions do count, you should start at the front door. Apply a fresh coat of paint and new hardware. On the inside, paint the walls with neutral colors. Designers recommend golden beiges and sandy tans.Now make the buyer's eyes dance around the home, taking in shiny new faucets, bright light fixtures, and attractive doorknobs and cabinet pulls. Like jewelry that accessorizes your home, these details can make quite a statement about your pride of ownership.Another way to show off is to reduce your furnishings by at least 25% throughout the house, ev...
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By For Buyers Only Realty, Sharon Stevens & Dwight Cole
(FOR BUYERS ONLY REALTY )
As a seller, you'd prefer a nice clean, unconditional offer at full price, right? One way to encourage such confidence among potential buyers is to have an inspection report available during showings, as well as any receipts (or estimates) for repairs. Why order an inspection when the buyers will probably do so anyway? Because when you take the initiative and perform repairs before listing, you are basically presenting a clean bill of health for your home.Prelisting inspections are becoming a popular way to give sellers an edge in competitive markets. Taking such action also provides a great opportunity to take care of problems that otherwise might come back to bite you. Buyers today are armed with more knowledge than in the past, and they recognize the security offered when the seller ...
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By For Buyers Only Realty, Sharon Stevens & Dwight Cole
(FOR BUYERS ONLY REALTY )
Have you ever heard of the "home staging" profession? These individuals assist sellers with presenting their home in a fashion that will increase the likelihood of a full price offer. While the value added by such professionals is often worth the investment, many sellers can put the basics into action themselves, and enjoy the same benefits.There are several "quick fixes" that stagers commonly recommend, and here are some highlights for your consideration as you prepare to market your home.First, the dirty work. You've got to clean your windows, but don't forget about washing all the screens to let in as much sparkling sunlight as possible. In tiled bathrooms, clean and regrout the floors. You know what they say about cleanliness!Second, create space in two ways. In the kitchen, roll aw...
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By For Buyers Only Realty, Sharon Stevens & Dwight Cole
(FOR BUYERS ONLY REALTY )
In slower housing markets, most sellers understand that attracting buyers becomes more of a challenge. With more homes for sale at ever more competitive prices, buyers tend to have more power to choose and negotiate under these circumstances.What steps can you take to insure a faster sale at a higher price? First, seek representation. Over the last ten years, the number of homes that sold "by owner" fell by one third, and that statistic includes all markets, both hot and cool. What does that trend mean? Sellers have come to realize that real estate professionals are better equipped to produce top dollar offers, especially in slower conditions.In 2006, the National Association of REALTORS® reported that the median selling price for homes listed through agents was 16% higher than those ho...
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By Susan Dennis
(Keller Williams Realty of St Augustine)
Keller Williams® Realty of St Augustine would like to invite everyone in the community to get involved in helping out one of our fellow Agents, Barrie Higgins and also KW Rosa Cares. We are holding a garage sale and bake sale on Saturday June 19th, followed by a silent auction Thursday June 21st at the Chamber Mixer. The benefits from these functions will benefit Barrie Higgins and KW Rosa Cares so come out and help us raise money for these worthy causes. Barrie Higgins, a St Augustine Keller Williams Realtor® is medically uninsured, and through her battle with cancer and has been overwhelmed with mounting medical billsKW Rosa Cares is a non-profit charity funded through donations and fundraisers by the associates of Keller Williams of St Augustine. Keller Williams ® believes that givin...
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By Barbara Jenness, St. Augustine FL Real Estate
(Barbara B. Jenness, P.A. - St. Augustine, FL)
Fiddler's Green is now owned by St. Johns County. The closing happened on Tuesday, May 8th for $5,500,000. Saturday, May 5th they served their last meals to the public. On Sunday, May 6th, they had a Farewell Party for family, friends, selected customers, and supporters. We had a great time. Here are some pictures I took: Fiddler's Green Farewell Party 
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By Barbara Jenness, St. Augustine FL Real Estate
(Barbara B. Jenness, P.A. - St. Augustine, FL)
The 3rd Annual St. Augustine Regional chapter of the Women's Council of REALTOR'S Golf Tournament will be held June 18, 2007 at Marsh Creek County Club on Anastasia Island in St. Augustine. Registration for golfers and sponsors is currently open and filling up fast. Please visit http://wcrstaugustine.org to get forms or contact me at 904-823-0027. The tournament benefits St. Augustine Youth Services and the Women's Council of REALTOR's, both non-profit organizations.
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By Mitchell Jamel, e-PRO Realtor
(Brite Real Estate Professionals - Saint Augustine Florida)
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By Mitchell Jamel, e-PRO Realtor
(Brite Real Estate Professionals - Saint Augustine Florida)
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By Mitchell Jamel, e-PRO Realtor
(Brite Real Estate Professionals - Saint Augustine Florida)
If you are a homeowner in St Augustine Florida and you need to sell your home in the next few months then please read on.Currently we have over 100 Sales per month In St Johns Countythat means you have an Opportunity to sell your homeIt all about the Correct pricing of the homePut the Trusted Real estate team to work "Producers" My Outlook for Single Family homes pricing will flatten out as we start to reduce Inventory, condos are a different story with a builder surplus, I would expect prices to decline for the next few months. Listing your Home | Free home Sellers reports | Home Value
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By Mitchell Jamel, e-PRO Realtor
(Brite Real Estate Professionals - Saint Augustine Florida)
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By Mitchell Jamel, e-PRO Realtor
(Brite Real Estate Professionals - Saint Augustine Florida)
What would you say to a Townhouse with over 1050 Sq Ft under air 2 Bathroom & 2 1/2 Baths ? Priced at $126,800? that makes this brand New Townhouse the St Augustine Real Estate Deal of the week or should I say Steal! this can be yours for less then your current Rent, First time home Buyers and Investors now is the time to Contact me! Investors Rents are from $900 -$1000 which make this A "10 Factor"  
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By Mitchell Jamel, e-PRO Realtor
(Brite Real Estate Professionals - Saint Augustine Florida)
Are you looking for a Deal? Can you close in 30 days or less, if so Do I have a deal for you.2 Bedroom 2 Bath 1272 First Floor with lake or Preserve view (only 10 units left)Offered from $167,000 ... These unit are brand new, calling all investors, this is a great opportunity to buy this centrally located condo minutes from Historic St Augustine, Anastasia Beach and the Outlet Malls.Please contact me for more Information, Your Trusted Real Estate Team - Producers - Realtors - St Augustine Florida 
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By Barbara Jenness, St. Augustine FL Real Estate
(Barbara B. Jenness, P.A. - St. Augustine, FL)
I am happy to report the return of our Bluebird of Happiness to the Vilano Beach Town Center. The Bluebird of Happiness is a tall bird (I'm guessing about 8' tall) that was two oranges on top of each other that used to be in front of Newt's Hotel. He was originally orange and arrived in Vilano in th 1940s encouraging people to purchase orange juice. He was a local icon in Vilano Beach for years. Some years ago he wandered out and left Vilano and ended up in a person's yard in North City (the development on the west side of Vilano Bridge). When that home was sold, the Bluebird went with it. The current owners have agreed to let him come home in exchange for a plaque recognizing them.I'm so glad he is home, but he is in disrepair. I am hoping some local students take on the task of re-pai...
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By Wendy Sawyer
(Prime Real Estate Company)
 My name is Wendy Sawyer, Broker-Saleperson at Keller Williams Realty in St. Augustine Florida.  I love St. Augustine.  I've lived here since 1979 as a young girl.  I grew up a Gator fan, thanks to Charlie LaPradd, and I am proud to be a part of the GatorNation.  I listen to Jimmy Buffett and have a boat named after one of his songs "Barefoot Children".  My down time is usually spent off the coast of St. Augustine just over the horizon or floating through the intracoastal with Jimmy or Jack (Johnson) playing and the jolly roger flying high in the breeze as the sun drops in the western skies.Real Estate isn't just a job to me.  It's a lifelong love!  I continue to strive to be better every day in how I exceed a customers expectations.  I strive to be better educated in real estate by con...
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By Mitchell Jamel, e-PRO Realtor
(Brite Real Estate Professionals - Saint Augustine Florida)
St Augustine, Florida  Located South of Jacksonville, St Augustine is a year-round community that offers a full array of recreational, entertainment, housing, shopping and dining opportunities.  St Augustine is a city of neighborhoods full of single family homes, condos and townhouses with much to offer residents, visitors and businesses.It's a great place to live, work and play.  St Augustine dates back to 1565 when Pedro Menendez de Aviles first arrive on Florida Shore and established the mission of Nombre de Dios, from the first steps until now St Augustine offers an array of sightseeing including Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, a living history museum which interprets life in the colonial, the Fountain of Youth Discovery Park, where it is said Ponce de Leon sought everlast...
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