If They Don’t Like the Outside, They Won’t Go Inside

If you Don't Like the Outside, They Won't go InsideHome buyers decide whether or not to look inside a house based on the exterior appearance. 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 even wants to go inside for a closer look.

Back in the 1980’s, before I was a Realtor, I was in the market to buy a house. The agent pulled up to a house that was rundown, unkempt and showed years of deferred maintenance. There were chickens, barricaded by wire fencing, roaming the overgrown front yard. I wasn’t in the market for an investment property or a fixer upper. I told the agent I had no interest in looking at the interior. She insisted I would fall in love with the house once I got inside. I told her no thank you.

If a buyer doesn’t like the outside of a house for sale, they’re not likely to look inside.

To prepare your house for sale, detach yourself from the property. Remember, it’s a business transaction. This can be hard for some, as there are memories attached to a home. Look at the house, as if you are a potential buyer.

Look outside

What is your first impression of the house and yard?

Can you enhance the outside features of the house?

Can you minimize the worst features?

Curb Appeal

Pressure wash the front path, driveway, sidewalk, deck and house.

Mist the roof with a light chlorine rinse. Be careful not to kill plants around the house.

Cut back any bushes or shrubs.

Mow, weed and edge the yard. 

Rake and dispose of leaves, even if your lot is wooded.

Trim tree limbs near or touching the roof.

Put away unnecessary items around the house.

Clean the windows and gutters.

Put a fresh coat of paint on the front door.

If you can budget it, a fresh paint job does wonders.

Add some potted flowering plants to the front porch, by the door.

Keep the pool crystal clear for showings.

I recently had a home seller tell me that she never liked her house, even the first day she drove up and saw it. She said a friend told her that it would ‘grow on her’. I say go with your gut instincts. If you don’t like it the first time you see it, then it’s not the house for you.

Remember, a buyer will discount their offer price on a house by thousands, for items that may often cost a seller hundreds to fix.  At home inspection time, buyers may estimate items found on an inspection report high. And often, they fear there are items that may not have been found, that may turn up after they have purchased the house.

So, before that for sale sign goes up, get that house market ready.

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If they don’t Like the Outside, They Won’t Go Inside

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Some Pets are Scared on the 4th of July

Some Pets are Scared on the 4th of JulyIt’s time for those holiday festivities this weekend and a lot of people are looking forward to having some much needed time off. But, not everyone is excited about the July 4th.  Some pets are scared on Independence Day.

More pets run away on the 4th of July than any other time of year. Too much activity and noise can cause severe anxiety for some pets.

During the 4th of July festivities try and keep your pet safe and comfortable.

Keep pets inside if at all possible, away from the noise of the fireworks. This will keep your pet from getting injured by stray fireworks and it will keep him away from the noise. He’ll have less chance of bolting or running away.

  • Turn on some soft music or the television in the house, to cause a slight distraction from the noise of the fireworks.
  • Spend time with your pet in a quiet safe place, during the height of the fireworks and festivities, to soothe him.
  • If you have to take your pet outside with you, be sure that you have him on a leash and keep him in close sight.
  • Keep an eye on your pet. Barking, howling and moving from window to window can all be signs of anxiety. Distract your pet with a dog treat or a favorite toy.
  • If you have a thunder shirt or vest for your pet, put it on before the fireworks start. It can help comfort some animals.
  • Don’t leave your pet home alone during the fireworks.
  • Keep holiday food away from your pet. It can be too rich.Bailey’s friend, Ralphie is coming over to spend the night so they can hang out inside before the holiday.

Have a safe and Happy 4th of July.

Deer Lakes, Melbourne Pool Home on the Lake Sold

Deer Lakes, Melbourne Pool Home on the Lake SoldCongratulations, Jeannine on the sale of your gorgeous Deer Lakes pool home in Melbourne with soaring views of the lake. The breathtaking sunsets are my favorite!

I hope that when I am 85 years old, I am as sharp, direct and energetic as you are. You are amazing!

Thank you for hiring me to sell your home.

Where are Mortgage Interest Rates?

Where are Mortgage Interest Rates?In real estate, mortgage interest rates are always a hot topic. Interest rates have been hovering above 4.00%. The projection is that they are going up. When interest rates go up, that affects a consumer’s buying power.  Higher rates often mean a lower purchase price of a home, as lenders look at the debt to income ratio of a borrower. Debt to income ratio is the percentage of a consumer’s monthly gross income that goes towards paying debts in comparison to their monthly income.

The interest rate on my mortgage is currently 5.875%.  I remember refinancing to get that rate. It wouldn’t benefit me to refinance again, to get a lower rate now, as I anticipate having it paid off within 18 months.  I wouldn’t be able to recoup the cost of the refinance in just the 18 months I take to pay if off.

I remember when interest rates were 13%. Heck, I remember when they were 18%. But, I also remember when houses were selling here in Melbourne for $25,000 to $50,000. Those same houses today are going for $150,000 and up.

Interest rates are projected to go up. And the word from analysts is to buy before they get too high. That’s probably pretty good advice.

To get an idea of what interest rates look like, check here. Your best source of information will be a local lender.

Where are mortgage interest rates?

Pineda Ridge Melbourne 32940 Real Estate Market Report

Pineda Ridge Melbourne FL 32940 Market Report

Pineda Ridge Melbourne 32940 real estate market report

Pineda Ridge Subdivision is located on the west side of Wickham Road between Post Road and Pineda Causeway. It is a gated neighborhood with a community pool and a tranquil lake.

There is currently one house for sale in Pineda Ridge Subdivision Melbourne built in 2008. It is a 3 bedroom, 2 ½ bath with 2353 square feet of living. The list price is currently $221,500. It is a bank foreclosure, currently being offered through HUD, the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Pineda Ridge Melbourne 32940 Real Estate Market Watch Report

Currently there is one house under contract. This means that the buyer and seller have negotiated a sales price and they are waiting for inspections, loan approval or closing. List price is $239,000 with a 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and 2503 square feet of living.  The house is a short sale, which means that the sellers owe more on the house than it’s worth in today’s market, so they are asking their lender to forgive a portion of their debt.

There have been no homes that have sold and closed in Pineda Ridge Subdivision in 2015.

There were 11 homes that sold and closed in 2014.  Sold prices ranged from $219,000 to $307,000.  They were 3 or 4 bedrooms and 2 to 3 ½ baths.  Living square footage ranged from 1668 to 2913.  These homes were all built between 2013 and 2014.

Pineda Ridge 32940 real estate market watch

In 2013 there were 14 homes that sold in Pineda Ridge Subdivision. These ranged from 1663 square feet of living to 2913 square feet. They were built between 2009 and 2014.  Sales prices ranged from $198,900 to $324,800.

Drive to Patrick Air Force Base, beaches, the Indian River, dining and shopping. Minutes to the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts.

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Baby, It’s Cold in Sunny Melbourne Florida and It’s Getting Colder

Baby, It's Cold Outside in Sunny Melbourne Florida

This morning we woke up to a brisk 39 degrees here in Sunny Melbourne Florida.
Baby, It's Cold Outside in Sunny Melbourne Florida

As I headed out to show houses, I met with my buyers. One of them said that she is loving this cold snap that has come to Brevard County! The sun was shining beautifully, with not a cloud in the sky. But, it didn’t warm up much today. When I got back in and checked the thermometer it was 50 degrees. This is a record low for this time of year here in Melbourne.

Baby, It's Cold Outside in Sunny Melbourne Florida

We are hearing that tonight we have a freeze warning coming and the temperature should drop a bit lower. Okay, granted, we don’t have any snow here in Melbourne Florida, but to some of us, thin blooded Floridians, it’s cold outside.

Baby, It’s Cold in Sunny Melbourne Florida and It’s Getting Colder

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Fairview Estates, Lake Washington, Melbourne FL 32934 Market Report

Fairview Estates, Lake Washington, Melbourne FL 32934

Fairview Estates is a small, well appointed community of just under 60 custom built, single family homes, situated on half acre lots or larger. Fairview feels like being in the country, but living on the outskirts of the city. Currently, there is no Homeowner’s Association in place.

Fairview Estates, Melbourne FL

Fairview is located south of Lake Washington Road, one block west of Wickham Road. Location is key in this desirable neighborhood. Walk to shopping, Burger King, Taco Bell, Ice Cream, Dunkin’ Donuts and LA Fitness. Just minutes to I-95 and US 1 and the Maxwell C King Center for the Performing Arts.

Fairview Estates, Melbourne FL

Fairview is situated near top rated Brevard County Schools.

There are currently no houses for sale in Fairview Estates.  Fairview is a well established neighborhood and typically there is not much owner turnover.

There is currently a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home under contract in Fairview Estates. List price is $175,900. This property is an auction property being sold AS IS. We will not know what the negotiated sales price on the property is until it goes to closing.

There were two house that sold in Fairview Estates Melbourne in 2014. There was a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home with 2027 square feet of living that sold for $230,000. And, a 3 bedroom, 2 bath pool home with 2246 feet of living sold for $224,500.

There were 3 houses that sold in Fairview Estates Melbourne in 2013. Sales prices were $210,000  $216500 and $280000.

There were no homes sold in 2012.

Many of the houses in Fairview boast a three car garage.

Fairview Estates, Melbourne FL

Fairview is located between the Pineda Causeway and the Eau Gallie Causeways.

A drive to enjoy beautiful Brevard County beaches takes about 15 minutes.

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The Lake Washington area of Melbourne is a short drive across the Eau Gallie or Pineda Causeway to the beaches.

Hop on your bicycle and head down to Lake Washington to catch a glimpse

of an incredible sunset.

The Lake Washington area of Melbourne, near Fairview Estates, boasts many beautiful neighboring

communities at incredibly affordable prices.

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