Posted by: Sandy Shores, Broker-Associate | 01/16/2014

Florida Residents, It’s Time to File Homestead Exemption

If you own a home in Florida and live in it as your primary residence, then Florida law may allow you a $25,000 tax exemption on the assessed value of the property. If you purchased the property in 2013, then it is time for you to file for homestead, as it doesn’t automatically transfer to a new owner, at the start of the new year. An application must be filed. After that, the exemption automatically renews, if you remain eligible.

Homestead exemption may allow a Florida homeowner a savings of approximately $450 on their yearly tax bill. And, some homeowners may be entitled to an additional $25,000 in exemption for a total of $50,000, on the assessed value of their property. Check online to see whether you are eligible and if there are any other exemptions applicable to you.

New homeowners may apply for homestead between January 1 and March 1, for the first time. You must have purchased your home prior to December 31, 2013 and it must be considered your primary residence. The deadline to register this year is March 3, 2014.  If you don’t do so by then,  you may lose your rights to homestead for that year.

In order to file you will need:

Florida Driver’s License, or, if you do not drive, a Florida Identification Card;      

Florida Vehicle Registration, for all vehicles owned or leased by you, or registered to your business;

Brevard County Voter Registration Card, if you are registered to vote;

Social Security card or other official document that includes the social security number. (Social Security documentation is required for the spouse of each applicant even if said spouse has no ownership interest in the homestead property);

If you are not a U.S. citizen, a Permanent Resident Alien Card ("Green Card");

If property is in trust, a copy of the trust agreement or a copy of a recorded Memorandum of Trust;

If the taxpayer owns property in any other State or Country, a letter from the appropriate agency verifying that the taxpayer does not receive benefits based on permanent residency in that jurisdiction;

A copy of your recorded deed or tax bill for property identification purposes;

If the dwelling is a manufactured home, registration(s) or title(s) for the manufactured home.

In some cases an owner can file for homestead online. Check the website as there are certain circumstances in which you will not be allowed to file for homestead exemption online.

There are other exemptions available, be sure to check to see if you are eligible for any of them.

If you have questions, contact the Brevard County Property Appraisers office at 321-255-4440.

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Posted by: Sandy Shores, Broker-Associate | 01/15/2014

New Construction by DR Horton in Manchester Lakes, West Melbourne

Manchester Lakes in West Melbourne, DR Horton New Construction

Congratulations, Gary on your newly constructed home in Manchester Lakes, West Melbourne. It’s a beauty! Thank you for hiring me to represent you as a buyer’s agent in the transaction.

You stayed ahead of everything the lender and builder needed and you were such a joy to work with! I feel blessed that we have become great friends!

I wish you all the best and many happy years in your new home!

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Posted by: Sandy Shores, Broker-Associate | 10/18/2013

Realtors Must Be Cautious in Answering Some Questions

 

A REALTOR can be a wealth of knowledge to a prospective buyer.

Fair Housing Laws

REALTORS build relationships with customers and often buyers feel that they can talk to them about anything.

Due to various laws there are many questions that REALTORS cannot answer.

For example REALTORS cannot comment on-

- demographic statistics, such as the cultural make up of a neighborhood.

- sex offenders in a neighborhood.

- crime statistics in a neighborhood.

REALTORS are forbidden from steering a buyer to or away from a specific area.

In our area of Brevard County Florida we had seen such a population boom that our school districts and Fair Housing Lawsboundary maps were continually changing.  So, when a buyer moved to a specified area, we were uncertain as to whether their home will be included in their school district of choice the following year.  Thus, we were advised not to discuss school districts. Many agents refer buyers to the Brevard Public School System Website, in our area.  The site highlights school districts and it is full of statistical data in our area.

Many counties have their own school system websites. There are websites available that will tell which addresses are within a given school district. You can find them on my website. 

REALTORS are in a position to refer their customer to the necessary websites to help them find the information that may help them make a decision to suit both their wants and their needs.  One such website is City Data.  It is packed full of statistical data on any given area. Crime stats for an area can be found here, also.

A REALTOR can refer a client to the National Sex Offender Registry Website for sex offenders in an area.

Remember, Realtors also cannot give legal advice to a client.  This is best left to an attorney.

So, the next time a buyer asks a REALTOR a question that they are unable to answer, remember, there are topics that agents cannot discuss.  There are various resources today that offer an abundance of excellent information.  But, be sure to check that you are getting the information from a trusted site.

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Posted by: Sandy Shores, Broker-Associate | 10/17/2013

Is Your Smelly Pet Keeping Your House from Selling?

Posted by: Sandy Shores, Broker-Associate | 10/16/2013

Stunning Greystone Pool Home for Rent, Melbourne FL

4 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage

$1800 per month

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Posted by: Sandy Shores, Broker-Associate | 10/16/2013

Great Curb Appeal is a Must

Home buyers decide whether or not to look inside a house based on its curb appeal or the exterior appearance of a property. What they see when they drive by, or when they arrive for a showing sets the tone for that first impression. It often determines if a buyer wants to go inside.

Great curb appeal

To prepare the house for sale, first you have to detach yourself from the property.

We are all proud of our homes, but when getting ready to sell, you must try to detach yourself from the house and remember that this is a business transaction. Try to look at your house in the same way a potential home buyer may.

The next time you come home, stop across the street or far enough down the driveway to get a good view of the house and its surroundings.

  • What is your first impression of the house and yard area?
  • What are the best exterior features of the house or lot? How can you enhance them?
  • What are the worst exterior features of the house? How can you minimize or improve them?
  • Park where a potential buyer would and walk towards the house, looking around you as if it were your first visit. Is the path clean and tidy?
  • Start making a list of positives and negatives about the property’s appearance.
  • Take photos of the home’s exterior and review the pictures.

In the evening do a drive by on the house again.  Stop across the street, like you did before.

Lighting is Always a Plus

  • Add a decorative street lamp or an attractive light fixture to a front porch.
  • Solar versions of outdoor lights are quick and easy to install, but only work when they receive full sun each day.
  • Lighting that’s visible through front windows should enhance the home’s appearance.

Don’t Forget the Rear View

Buyers doing a drive by will try to see your back yard. If it’s visible from another street or from someone’s driveway, it should be addressed as well.

Curb Appeal Starters

  • Kill mold and mildew on the house, sidewalks, roof, or driveway.
  • Pressure wash siding and decks.
  • Keep sidewalks and driveways clean.
  • Put away unnecessary garden implements and tools.
  • Clean the windows and gutters.
  • Mow the lawn regularly. Get rid of weeds.
  • Rake and dispose of leaves, even if your lot is wooded.
  • Edge the sidewalks.
  • Trim tree limbs that are near or touching the roof.
  • If you can budget it, a fresh paint job does wonders.
  • Put a fresh coat of paint on the front door.

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Posted by: Sandy Shores, Broker-Associate | 10/03/2013

There is Nothing Like the Love of Great Friends

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly time passes.

There's Nothing Like the Love of Great Friends

My girls, Sam and Stephanie and I visited with my dear friend of 24 years, Jennifer and her family. Jennifer was there the day Stephanie was born almost 21 years ago.  She has watched my girls grow up.

And now it’s time for us to watch her little boy, Luke Henry, who is filled with energy, excitement, joy and giggles, grow up.

Jen and Chad you are amazing parents. And, you are all so truly blessed to have each other.

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Posted by: Sandy Shores, Broker-Associate | 10/02/2013

No More Texting While Driving in Florida

 

No More Texting While Driving in Florida

The new law has been rolled out here in Florida putting a ban on texting while driving.  Drivers cannot use a cell phone or a tablet while their vehicle is in motion.

It could be a $30 fine for the first offense. A second violation in five years will cost $60 and add 3 points to your drivers license.

The law includes reading or sending a text, email or instant message on a smartphone while driving. This means police have to stop drivers for another offense in order to write a ticket for the texting. The law allows texting at a red light or in a traffic jam.

Florida is the 41st state to put this law into effect.

How is this going to affect your driving?

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Posted by: Sandy Shores, Broker-Associate | 09/28/2013

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

There is just something about the charm of an old railroad trestle…

in Downtown, Melbourne.

The Charm of it All in Downtown Melbourne FL by Sandy Shores

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Posted by: Sandy Shores, Broker-Associate | 09/27/2013

Time to Set Sail on a Port Canaveral Cruise

Port Canaveral Cruises, Time to Set Sail

Here in Brevard County, we are home to Port Canaveral is home to Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Disney Cruise Lines.  These incredible ships come into port and set sail, right here.

Port Canaveral currently has long term contracts with Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Disney Cruise Lines to place some of their newest ships here in Port Canaveral Cruising.  These ships typically travel to Caribbean destinations.

If you’ve never been on a cruise, it is absolutely fantastic!  Hop on board, put your feet up and be ready to be spoiled. The price of your cruise includes all the food you can eat, lodging, great live entertainment including shows, comedians, games trivia and more. Drinks, gifts and shore excursions are extra. Cruises set sail for 3 days to 2 weeks. There are some beautiful destinations to see! And the food is absolutely phenomenal!

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