Melbourne Centrally Located to 5 Cruise Ship Ports
Melbourne is Centrally Located to Five Cruise Ship Ports
We’re so fortunate here in Melbourne on Florida’s Space Coast. We are within 3 hours of five different ports to head out on a cruise ship. Port Canaveral is practically in our backyard, just 30 minutes away.
For the past 7 years we have taken a Caribbean Cruise out of four of these ports. We’ve haven’t travelled out of Jacksonville yet. We’ve enjoyed visiting some incredible destinations including … Cozumel Mexico, Roatan Honduras, Nassau Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Belize, Virgin Islands, St. Martin and Puerto Rico just to name a few. My favorite destination so far has to be Cozumel Mexico.
Today, in real estate it seems that all of the advertising we do has our picture on it. Get
How Old is the Picture on your Business Card?
to know our faces by seeing our picture. In time, the customer will begin to feel comfortable with us. After all, don’t we want people to recognize us, and put a face with a name by looking at our pictures? Isn’t that part of our branding when we advertise? We look at websites and blogs and house listings and agent flyers and business cards with Realtor pictures all day long. We want people to grow accustomed to seeing our warm, smiling, familiar faces.
But, have you ever, finally met a Realtor, after talking to them on the phone or seeing their print advertising for months, and wondered who the person standing in front of you was? The first thought might be, is this the same person in the pictures?
Well, guess what, this happened to me. But, I was actually meeting a very old friend that was moving back to the area, and I was the Realtor! My friend is a bit of a smart butt anyway. He’s always throwing out a funny one liner, always good for a laugh. We hugged, exchanged hellos and as always, I reached out and handed him two of my business cards, one to keep and one to give to a friend. He did a double take when he looked at the card. Here it comes, I thought. “How old were you in this picture?” he asked.
“What do you mean, how old was I?” I asked.
“You look like you’re 16 years old in this picture,” he said. I didn’t know if I should take that as a compliment or an insult.
“Do I really look that different?” I asked.
“Well, it’s not really your face that is that different, but your hair is a lot lighter now. ” True, I thought. Covering that gray hair can be quite the challenge these days. I had to think about it for a moment. I realized the picture had been taken about 6 years prior. Wow, how time flies.
I have since changed the picture on my business card a couple of different times. I try my best to keep it up to date, since I am always ordering cards.
But, when I reach a certain age, I may have to stop updating the picture on my cards.
Treasure Island Club Condos in Cape Canaveral Florida
are located directly off of Highway A1A on Columbia Drive,
just south of the Beach Line or Bennett Causeway.
Treasure Island Club Condos in Cape Canaveral FL
They are just blocks from the beach.
And, about 7 minutes from the world famous Cocoa Beach Pier and Ron Jon’s Surf Shop.
Cocoa Beach Pier is undergoing a MultiMillion dollar facelift.
Cocoa Beach Pier getting a Multi Million Dollar facelift
This exquisite gated community is tucked back into it’s own peaceful world.
The three buildings boast a swimming pool, workout room and elevators.
Each unit has it’s own balcony with splendid views of the Banana River Lagoon.
Boat slips and trailer parking may be available to residents.
The dock master can tell us availability at any given time.
Treasure Island Club Condos in Cape Canaveral FL 32920
I love to spend the afternoon and wander down to the boat docks
and sit in the gazebo overlooking the river.
Beautiful Sunsets at Treasure Island Club Condos in Cape Canaveral 32920
Watch the Cruise Ships set Sale at Port Canaveral
Royal Caribbean, Disney and Carnival Cruise Lines set sail at Port Canaveral,
less than 10 minutes away.
Jetty Park, Cape Canaveral FL
Jetty Park is about 10 minutes away. They have some of the best fishing in the area.
Watch the manatees, or sea cows from your balcony, as they play.
Manatee at Treasure Island Club Condos, Cape Canaveral 32920
There are currently no units for sale in any of the 3 buildings in the complex. The majority of the units are two bedroom two bath at 1200 square feet of living.
There is one unit under contract in building one. The listing price is $129,900. There are 6 units that have sold in 2014. Two were in building one, two in building two and two in building three. Two units were bank owned foreclosures and four were standard listings (non distressed properties). Sales prices ranged from $124,000 to $149,900.
There are 10 units that have sold in 2013 in the complex. Sales prices range from $115,000 to $148,000.
The average sales price for properties sold in 2013 is $131,395.
Treasure Island Club Condos in Cape Canaveral FL is an exquisite community. This is one of the nicest, well maintained and affordable communities in the area. Investors and out of town folks are always quick to scoop up the great deals in the complex, because of it’s wonderful location and it’s breathtaking views.
Watch the cruise ships set sail on balconies on the upper floors.
Here’s a Throwback Thursday. This was taken a year after I graduated from high school. It’s hard to believe how time flies. There were some great times back then. If you could turn back time and go back, would you?
Palm Bay Florida Real Estate Market Watch 32905, 32907, 32909
Did you know that there are currently 568 homes available for sale in Palm Bay Florida?
Here’s the breakdown,
Under $100,000 - 185
$101,000 - $200,000 - 268
$201,000 - $300,000 - 54
$301,000 - $400,000 - 31
$401,000 – $500,000 - 15
$501,000 - $750,000 - 5
$751,000 – $1,000,000 - 2
$1,001,000+ - 4
Of the 568 properties (these include single family, condos, townhouses and mobile homes) 428 are standard listings (not a short sale or foreclosure). 35 of these are short sales (the sellers owe more on their homes than they are worth in today’s market. They are hoping their mortgage companies will accept today’s market value as payment in full and write off their remaining mortgage balance.) 91 of these are bank owned, foreclosures, auctions or being offered through HUD (the Department of Housing and Urban Development.)
There are currently 431 properties under contract, with a negotiated price, waiting to go to closing.
There are 1334 properties that have sold and closed since the beginning of 2014.
The average sales prices of homes sold here on Florida’s Space Coast is $173,670 at 77 days on the market.
When you buy a property, you are buying a house, a building made from bricks or blocks, wood and nails. It is the people that move into the house that make it a home; their home.
We grow together and raise a family in our home. Often we get married and have our first child in our home. We watch that baby take their first steps and say their first words in that home. We share the joy of our accomplishments, and in turn we comfort each other in sadness and sorrow. That home becomes so much more than just a building with four walls. It holds those precious moments for us; the good times, as well as the bad. We learn to grow. It somehow becomes a part of who we are.
It’s the friends, the long nights of playing Nertz and Charades… It’s the unforgettable shaving cream fights, the pool parties and the holiday dinners. Those great times make a house a home. (It took days to wash all of the shaving cream out of my eyes, ears and hair.)
Every home has a different smell, a different “feel” to it. Some are warm and homey, while others may seem cold and uninviting to an outsider. But, it’s the place we come back to, even if just in our memory. We sit down and rest our head at the end of a long day and we feel safe. For so many, our pet greets us at the door. It’s a place where we can be ourselves; where we can share our lives with those that know us best and love us the most.
So often, we see people that have become emotionally attached to their homes, because of all of the memories it holds.
Today, I still remember the warmth and love I felt when we went to my Grandma Mae’s. She would squeeze me tight. Sometimes I thought I was going to break. And, she would pinch my cheek till it turned a rosy red. She told me never to forget how special I was. And, she would press a couple of dollars into the palm of my hand. My sisters and I would run across the street to the beach and play in the sand. We would stick our toes in the water with the waves beckoning us to come in for a swim.
Today, the house is gone, replaced by a bustling 5 star high rise hotel and parking lot, overlooking the tourist filled beach with the sparkling waves of the ocean, lapping at the shore. It saddens me to think that the house is gone and so is Grandma Mae. But, the memories will last a lifetime.
I will never forget the love and the warmth I felt when I visited Grandma Mae’s home.
It’s the love, the fun, the memories and the people that make a house a home.
We feel it when we walk outside… the warm, balmy weather of Summer hitting us right in the face.
Here are a couple of tips to help prepare your home and help keep your electric bill down:
Check out your thermostat. Do you have a programmable one, that can be adjusted to set different temperatures at different times of the day and night? If you don’t have one, consider having one installed at a small cost. What is your thermostat set on? Set it for a couple degrees warmer in the house while you are away at work. And then when you’re home, have it drop back down. (Don’t forget about your pets during the day. Be sure it remains comfortable for them).
Clean or replace your A/C filter every month.
How much insulation do you have in your attic? Take a peek and look. A lot of hot air escapes from the attic. A well insulated attic can help save hundreds on your electric bill.
Check your windows and doors. Are they properly sealed? If not, add weather stripping where necessary and apply silicone or caulk around the windows.
Avoid pre rinsing dishes when putting them in the dishwasher.
Reset the temperature on your hot water heater, now that warm weather is here.
Reset the water level on your washing machine for each new load.
Clean your dryer lint trap before each new load.
Run your pool pump 6 hours a day, at the most, in the summer.
Turn off lights as you leave a room.
Turn off all ceiling fans when you leave the house for the day.
Turn off your computers. A computer that remains on for 24 hours a day can use up to $7 a month in electricity.
Keep your shades drawn on your windows during the day, while you are gone. It keeps the house a bit cooler.
Install the new CFL light bulbs. Each bulb can save as much as $30 to $50 a bulb, over the lifetime of the bulb.
The National Association of Realtors conducted a study to find out why houses don’t sell. Well, not surprisingly, price topped the list. An overpriced listing will sit on the market for months, and sometimes even years, without selling, and often without ever receiving an offer.
The study went on to indicate the second reason a house doesn’t sell is because it’s not ready to be put on the market. The attention to the small details has been overlooked. The house hasn’t been cleaned and cleared of clutter.
So, before the for sale sign goes up a good cleaning from top to bottom is ideal. Neutral paint and wall coverings appeal to a wider variety of buyers. And, clearing out the excess clutter, knick knacks and furniture help to show off the beautiful features of the property. If a buyer can’t see past the furnishings and the mess, the buyer will either make a low ball offer, or the buyer will turn away and never take a second look at this property.
Note: The picture features a house that I showed to a buyer that was listed for sale.
I remember when a buyer and I looked at a house that advertised a ‘newer’ air conditioning system and roof. We questioned what ‘newer’ meant. In checking further and asking for documentation we found that the system was 13 years old. The original paperwork for the unit was all we needed for clarification. We were also able to get an accurate age on the roof.
When looking for a house to purchase, buyers like to know dates. Insurance companies also like to know dates. They like to know how old the roof is, how old the A/C is. Has the electric and plumbing been updated? When? How old are the appliances?
Time flies and sometimes these dates slip away from sellers.
In selling a house it’s important to gather those important documents to pass along to a buyer, should they or their insurance company ask for them. If those items have recently been updated or replaced those are items that should be included in the notations of the property listing. These dates often help a prospective buyer in making a decision on a particular house.
On traditional sales sellers fill out a property disclosure, noting any defects they are aware of. But, often, questions come up. With proper documentation and receipts there’s no question as to the age of the roof, air conditioning system, appliances or hot water heater.
Owners, gather all those important papers and keep them in a handy place.
And buyers, be sure to have your Realtor ask to see copies of these documents.
NOTE: On foreclosed properties, there are no warranties, no property disclosures and no documentation. The sellers that owned the property are gone. And, the banks selling the properties do not have any of these records. So, unfortunately we don’t have dates on appliances, the electrical system, the roof, etc. But, check with your city or county to see what dates permits were pulled.