March 26, 2020

Brevard County Market Update...Housing Statistics - FEBRUARY 2020

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A quick recap of the Brevard County Residential Report for February 2020:

  • Closed Sales are up +4.4% for January 2020 in which the number of units closed was 695 compared to 666 in February 2019, with a decrease in cash sales of -18.4% compared to February 2019.
  • New Pending Sales are up +16.2% and New Listings are up +4.7%.
  • The Median Sales Price for Brevard Single Family homes is up +7.8% to $248,000 compared to a year ago, which was $230,000.
  • Months Supply of Inventory is down -27.8% to 2.6 months, a decrease from 3.6 months in February 2019.
  • Traditional Sales are up +4.9%, with a median sales price of $250,000.
  • Foreclosure/REO Sales are down -8.3%, with 22 sales and a median sales price of $162,550.
  • Short Sale Closings are unchanged 0% with 3 closed sale in February 2020 compared to 3 closed sales in February 2019.
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A quick recap of the Brevard County Townhouses/Condos for February 2020:

  • Closed Sales are down -0.9% for February 2020 in which the number of units closed was 210 compared to 212 in February 2019, with a decrease in cash sales of -17.6% compared to February 2019.
  • New Pending Sales are up +4.8% and New Listings are down -5.8%.
  • Median Sales Price for Townhomes/Condos is up +21.5% to $210,750 compared to a year ago, which was $173,500.
  • Months Supply of Inventory is down -21.4% to 3.3 months in February 2020 from 4.2 months in February 2019.
  • Traditional Sales are down -1.0%, with a median sales price of $212,500.
  • Foreclosure/REO Sales are unchanged 0%, with 3 sales and a median sales price of $72,100.
  • Short Sale Closings are unchanged 0.0% with 0 closed sales in February 2020 compared to 0 closed sales in February 2020.
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Feb. 27, 2020

Tips to get your Space Coast House Ready For the Spring Real Estate Market

Tips To Get Your Space Coast House Ready For The Spring Real Estate Market

Springtime brings sunshine, showers, and buyers. Spring also brings warmer weather, and people tend to shop for homes as the weather gets warmer, meaning Spring also offers plenty of opportunities for home staging

Make the most of the spring season to attract more buyers, and prepare your home for the prime selling season. Buyers are looking for the best home in excellent condition, with all its best features centrally showcased. 

Here are a few tips from CENTURY21 Ocean to help prepare your home and get the most out of this year’s buying season! 

Preparing Your Home For the Spring Market

CENTURY 21 Ocean understands the value of taking the spring season to ensure your home as prepared as possible for the market. 

Here is a brief checklist of the interior, exterior, and general tasks that should be reviewed during the warming seasons. A sparkling clean home, with everything buttoned up as nicely as possible, will impress buyers, lower your time on the market, and get the highest selling price possible. 

Exterior Tasks To Complete When Preparing A Home For The Spring Real Estate Market

The curb appeal of a home can is a major deciding factor for buyers when it comes to considering and buying a home.

If a buyer drives by or views a property online that seems neglected from the exterior, they may choose not to even look at the home. Below are some of the key exterior tasks to review when preparing your home for the spring real estate market.

Trim shrubs and bushes

Plant bright flowers and plants

Plant grass seed or grass patches if the lawn is thinning

Clean windows

Paint faded or peeling paint, if applicable

Wash siding, if applicable

Reseal driveway, if needed

Freshly mulch flowerbeds and gardens

Clean and inspect gutters and downspouts

Pressure wash driveway & walkways

Remove spider webs

Clean screen & screen skeleton, if applicable

Inspect roof

Interior Tasks To Complete When Preparing A Home For The Spring Real Estate Market

Below are some important interior checklist tasks to review when preparing a home for sale.  Many of the tasks below are low-cost home preparation tips and, in many cases, cost nothing except for a little time and effort.

Declutter home of furniture and items

Clean windows

Wash and polish flooring

Vacuum and steam clean any carpeting

Organize all closets and storage areas

Fix all light fixtures & replace if needed

Clean all fans – replace if out of date 

Repaint/Neutralize rooms, if necessary

Deep clean appliances

Make sure the home feels fresh and inviting

Service and clean your HVAC systems (furnace & central air conditioning)

Inspect the plumbing

Bring fresh spring aromas indoors. Spring is not only a warm, colorful season but a fragrant one, as well. Bring the aroma of spring indoors. Scents can have a profound effect on mood, so infusing spring scents into your home with diffusers, candles, or fresh cut flowers can improve the overall appeal of a home.  

Also, don't forget about proper lighting, keep blinds open during showings, use higher watt bulbs, and update any old or outdated fixtures.

Interview Prospective Realtors® & Create A Game Plan

In addition to preparing your house physically, you'll want to think about your overall selling strategy.

One of the most important components of a successful home sale is the process of interviewing and hiring the right real estate agent to help you with the process of selling your home. Choosing a qualified real estate agent begins with knowing how to interview prospective Realtors® and knowing which essential questions to ask during the interview process.  

Having a top real estate agent on your side can truly make the difference when selling a home in a competitive spring market. A top Realtors® will work with you to create an effective game plan that will lead to a successful home selling experience. 

Below are three areas where a real estate agent will help to create a sound selling strategy that will ultimately lead to a successful spring sale.

When Should You List Your Home?

Timing the spring real estate market is essential. Listing your home for sale too early or too late can cost you a fast sale. An experienced real estate agent can discuss the local market conditions in order to determine the best time to enter the market and list your home for sale.

Your real estate agent will analyze statistics from previous sales to determine the optimum time to list a home for sale in a particular area. 

Sellers who are going to be listing their home in the spring real estate market should become familiar with common real estate terms such as; market absorption rate, and average days on the market, and inventory from their real estate agent.

Winning the Pricing Game

After hiring the best listing agent for your sale, the next most important decision is working with your realtor to come up with an effective initial listing price; this is especially important when preparing to sell your home during the competitive spring real estate market.

There are many dangers with overpricing a home. 

The first few weeks that a home is newly listed are the most critical, and if your listing price is not accurate, you could lose buyers or leave money on the table by selling to low. It's essential sellers understand the importance of the first 30 days a home is on the market.

If a seller has hired an agent that they feel confident in, then they should value their Realtors® expert opinion when deciding an initial listing price.

Begin Planning For Your Move

Here are a few more tips on how to prepare for a red-hot spring real estate market. 

One of the best tips to make moving more manageable and less stressful is to begin packing while decluttering your home. As you come across items that you want to remove while your home is on the market, begin placing these items in boxes or storage. 

For example, if you are clearing out a closet and replacing winter clothing with summer clothing, place the winter clothing in a box that is labeled winter clothing. This can make the task of unpacking at your new home much more manageable if everything is organized and clearly labeled.

Are You & Your Family Prepared for the Rush of the Spring Real Estate Market?

As we have mentioned before, the spring real estate market is often hectic and fast-paced.

It's important that a seller and their family are prepared to accommodate showings with reasonable notice and try to accommodate anytime they can.  

Sellers who turn away showings because it is an inconvenience for them may potentially be costing themselves the sale of their home.

Final Thoughts

The spring real estate market is an exciting time to sell and prepare a home, and if you take the necessary steps, it can be very lucrative! 

With the help of a top real estate professional assisting you, and by following a few simple tips on how to prepare your home for the spring real estate market, it can be a very easy process. The timing of a spring market will vary from location to location, but spring will be here before you know it, and it is always best to get an early start.

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Feb. 25, 2020

Brevard County Market Update...Housing Statistics from JANUARY 2020

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It may be your first house, your dream home, or an income property but when you decide to break up with your home it can be an emotional and challenging experience.

Chances are your house is not merely a place that you've lived in; it's your home. It's the place where you’ve spent your time day in and day out, created countless memories in, and perhaps even the place where you raised or started your family! All of these issues cause for added stress during the selling process.

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A quick recap of the Brevard County Residential Report for January 2020:

  • Closed Sales are up +15.0% for January 2020 in which the number of units closed was 599 compared to 521 in January 2019, with an increase in cash sales of +9.3% compared to January 2019.
  • New Pending Sales are up +12.0% and New Listings are down -1.3%.
  • The Median Sales Price for Brevard Single Family homes is up +5.5% to $240,982 compared to a year ago, which was $228,463.
  • Months Supply of Inventory is down -27.8% to 2.6 months, a decrease from 3.6 months in January 2019.
  • Traditional Sales are up +14.9%, with a median sales price of $244,900.
  • Foreclosure/REO Sales are up +18.8%, with 19 sales and a median sales price of $118,000.
  • Short Sale Closings are unchanged 0% with 1 closed sale in January 2020 compared to 1 sale in January 2019.
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A quick recap of the Brevard County Townhouses/Condos for January 2020:

  • Closed Sales are up +19.0% for January 2020 in which the number of units closed was 175 compared to 147 in January 2019, with an increase in cash sales of +7.3% compared to January 2019.
  • New Pending Sales are up +17.9% and New Listings are down -6.7%.
  • Median Sales Price for Townhomes/Condos is up +0.4% to $170,000 compared to a year ago, which was $169,400.
  • Months Supply of Inventory is down -19.0% to 3.4 months in January 2020 from 4.2 months in January 2019.
  • Traditional Sales are up +20.7%, with a median sales price of $170,000.
  • Foreclosure/REO Sales are down -100%, with 0 sales and a median sales price of $N/A.
  • Short Sale Closings are unchanged 0.0% with 0 closed sales in January 2020 compared to 0 closed sales in January 2020.
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Feb. 3, 2020

3 Big Reasons To Hire A Real Estate Agent

 

 

It may be your first house, your dream home, or an income property but when you decide to break up with your home it can be an emotional and challenging experience. 

Chances are your house is not merely a place that you've lived in; it's your home. It's the place where you’ve spent your time day in and day out, created countless memories in, and perhaps even the place where you raised or started your family! All of these issues cause for added stress during the selling process. 

In this article, we'll explore how a Realtor® can make this life transition a much less stressful experience and produce the most optimal results for you! Their industry expertise will allow you to focus on the bigger picture of getting your home sold for 

1)The Highest Price

2) In the Shortest Period of Time 

3) With Limited to No Stress

That means a higher net profit in a much shorter period of time, maximizing your return. 

1) Sell Your Home for More With a Real Estate Agent

A 2019 study indicated that agent listed homes sold for 23% more than "for sale by owner" properties in the same market. For the Brevard County market, the Median sale price of properties sold using a Realtor® was $235,000, and the average sale price of "for sale by owner" or FSBO properties was $180,950. That’s 23% increase in median sale price for properties listed with a Realtor®! 

Tap Into the Home Pricing Expertise of Your Agent.

Most homeowners have a good idea of how much their house is worth, but their emotions, blind spots, and inaccurate data may cloud their perspective.  Some fascinating work by behavioral economists coined this phenomenon, the Endowment Effect. By working with a Realtor®, you can develop an accurate, unbiased, and realistic listing price.

Realtors® such as our amazing team at CENTURY 21 Ocean, know the Brevard County neighborhoods, the current Brevard County market conditions, and they know all the comparable housing data you’ll need to sell your home at the highest cost possible. 

All of these things factor into pricing your home accurately. A Realtor® is an expert in home prices for your area and can provide you with access to accurate sales data and professional advice to arrive at a fair market value for your listing price. 

When you work with an agent they will help walk you through the amount you would like to sell the home for and compare that to what other homes are selling for right now, and together, you can come up with the best initial listing price for your home. Your Realtor® wants you to get the highest possible price for your home, but they will have a realistic perspective that an emotionally attached seller may not have. Using a professional Realtor® gives you someone emotionally removed from the situation that's still on your side. Realtors® are an invaluable resource to have when trying to price your home accurately. 

Online home pricing estimates are precisely that, estimates based on location, and square footage guesstimates. This method of pricing is not nearly as accurate as an actual market analysis conducted by professionals such as our Century21 OCEAN team -  that will give you an honest, precise price opinion based on their market assessment, and years of experience. They will base their assessment on a very detailed comparative market analysis and a visual inspection of your home and then compare that data to the current market inventory to help accurately formulate the optimum initial listing price. 

Realtors® also, actively track local and national real estate market conditions, and have knowledge of potential market conditions that could affect your home's value and salability, ensuring that your home is listed for the most accurate listing price to draw buyer interest and help you sell for the best possible price.

2) Time on the Market

On average, for sale by owner or FSBO homes take 19 days longer to sell than homes listed with an agent.

Multiple Listing Service (MLS)

Realtors® have access to their Multiple Listing Service (MLS). The MLS is the industry database of current homes for sale. Having your home on the MLS greatly increases your listings market exposure leading to more showings and more offers. By hiring a Realtor®, information about your home will be instantly available to all the real estate agents in your area, and buyers' agents will bring your home to their clients' attention. Access to list your home in the MLS is one of the top benefits of using a professional Realtor®.

Realtors® Know What to Look For

Your Realtor® will be alert for issues that you may not have considered, such as furnace or HVAC issues, plumbing leaks, roofing problems, potential mold, and insect issues. A Realtor® will recognize the telltale signs of these problems and know how best to approach each situation and protect yourself through legal disclosure. Your Realtor® will be able to provide referrals of qualified home inspectors and contractors should your home need additional inspections or repairs. 

Industry Experts

Some sellers are intimidated by the complexity of modern real estate transactions; after all, there are a lot of moving parts, legally binding contracts, timelines that have to be met, and legal disclosures. When an expert Realtor® is involved, a transaction has a seemingly effortless flow to it. They will manage negotiations, transaction complexities, marketing, and client expectations. Having a professional real estate agent moves the whole selling process along smoothly within the transaction timelines.

An experienced Realtor® can help you get your home ready to sell, address any housing-code or zoning violations, and suggest improvements to help your home sell for the highest price possible.

Your Realtors® experience and knowledge can end up saving you thousands of dollars in the selling process. 

3) Avoid Seller Stress.

Don’t Sweat the Paperwork

Selling a home comes with a lot of paperwork, there's no avoiding it, but your Realtor® can organize, prepare, and execute all of the documents you'll need to complete your transaction. Your Realtor® will draft the sales documents for you and work with a title company or attorney to prepare the closing documents to finalize the transaction.

In this day and age, the process of purchasing a home can include ten or more page purchase agreements, federal and state-mandated disclosures, or local disclosures. One mistake or unsigned document can lead to complications that may hinder, or even derail the sale process. When you hire a Realtor®, they are responsible for helping you complete the necessary paperwork and meet all of the transaction deadlines.

Attention to Detail

You may be out of your area of expertise when it comes to reviewing and understanding the stacks of contracts and legal documents involved in a real estate transaction. You should have a thorough understanding of all of the required documents that you agree to. Purchase agreements alone can easily top 10 pages, not to mention all of the federal, state, and local document requirements. 

Luckily, your agent will be familiar with the required paperwork and will be able to explain it to you in detail. Mistakes or omissions in these legally binding documents can cost you thousands of dollars or the loss of a sale. 

Connections are Key

When planning to sell your home, you may need the assistance of other housing professionals, including; inspectors, contractors, and moving companies. With the help of a trusted Realtor®, you will have an easier time finding professionals that are licensed, qualified, and well respected.

Follow Laws, Legal Guidelines, and Regulations.

You likely aren't versed in all of the current laws and legalities of selling a home in today's ever-changing real estate market. There are strict guidelines to follow and legal disclosures to abide by to navigate the selling process effectively.  Required disclosures vary based on location, and you have two choices: learn these rules yourself or simply hire someone who already knows them and navigates them daily. 

Issues After Closing. 

Many issues can pop up after a closing that might have been overlooked during the selling process. A Realtor® will remain as a point of contact for these questions even after you have sold and closed on your home.

Privacy, Confidentiality, and Fiduciary Duty

Your Realtor® always has your best interest in mind. Realtors® have a "fiduciary" responsibility to their clients and are legally obligated to put their clients' best interests first and foremost. This duty imparts a very high standard for confidentiality and expert professionalism. 

You Don't Have to be a Real Estate or Legal Expert. That's another of the many benefits of using a Realtor®. An experienced Realtor® can save countless hours and thousands of dollars for sellers who don't fully understand the nuanced process of executing contracts and legally transferring the rights to a home.

The Bottom Line

When preparing to sell your home, a Realtor® will have the industry knowledge and experience you may lack. Hiring a professional Realtor® will relieve that burden and make the process of selling your home a much simpler and more profitable experience.

There’s a lot that goes into selling a house that most people may not have considered. Realtors® do much more than just property showings for potential buyers and running legal documents around to get signed. They know all the ins and outs of selling a home specific to your market and the current market conditions. Having a professional Realtor® on your side to assist you in the sale of your home is an invaluable advantage. 

The research is conclusive, hiring a Realtor® to sell your home will lessen the stress of selling while getting your home sold for a higher net price.

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Jan. 31, 2020

Brevard County Market Update...Housing Statistics from December 2019 | CENTURY 21 Ocean

 

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We're very excited about the new year for many reasons; these include moving to our new location in downtown Cocoa Beach in our newly renovated 1939 cottage, the team structure we implemented in our brokerage last year, and the vigorous real estate market conditions we've been experiencing.

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A quick recap of the Brevard County Residential Report for December 2019:

  • Closed Sales are up +19.2% for December 2019 in which the number of units closed was 893 compared to 749 in December 2018, with a decrease in cash sales of -4.5% compared to December 2018.
  • New Pending Sales are up +12.4% and New Listings are up +7.1%.
  • The Median Sales Price for Brevard Single Family homes is up +8.3% to $248,000 compared to a year ago, which was $229,000.
  • Months Supply of Inventory is down -23.5% to 2.6 months, a decrease from 3.4 months in December 2018.
  • Traditional Sales are up +22.8%, with a median sales price of $249,000.
  • Foreclosure/REO Sales are down -41.7%, with 21 sales and a median sales price of $158,000.
  • Short Sale Closings are down -100.0% with 0 closed sale in December 2019 compared to 3 sale in December 2018.
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A quick recap of the Brevard County Townhouses/Condos for December 2019:

  • Closed Sales are up +31.3% for December 2019 in which the number of units closed was 252 compared to 192 in December 2018, with an increase in cash sales of +1.1% compared to November 2018.
  • New Pending Sales are up +15.2% and New Listings are up +8.5%.
  • Median Sales Price for Townhomes/Condos is up +3.7% to $191,850 compared to a year ago, which was $185,000.
  • Months Supply of Inventory is down -15.8% to 3.2 months in December 2019 from 3.8 months in December 2018.
  • Traditional Sales are up +33.0%, with a median sales price of $194,350.
  • Foreclosure/REO Sales are down -50.0%, with 2 sales and a median sales price of $78,075.
  • Short Sale Closings are unchanged with 0 closed sales in December 2019 compared to 0 closed sales in December 2018.
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As trained real estate professionals, we can help you get the results you want. From the very beginning, we will work together to define your needs and develop a plan for achieving your real estate goals. Throughout the process, we’ll keep those goals and your best interests in mind, and we’ll work hard to make sure all of your expectations are met. We won’t give up until the job is done to your satisfaction. When we work together, you can expect nothing less than the best. We have a history of satisfied customers, and I hope you’ll be next.

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Jan. 16, 2020

Why YOU Should Move to Brevard County

 

Brevard County has tons to offer for people of all ages who are looking to move to Florida or moving from another part of the Sunshine State. Whether it be the white sand beaches that line the Space Coast, the year-round beach weather, or the fun activities for all ages; Brevard County has something for everyone.  

Don’t take our word for it! 

In a recent U.S News & World Report ranking released in 2019, Melbourne showed up as the #1 best place to live near the beach. According to Florida Today, the report was made based on factors such as affordability, job market, the morning commute and access to quality health care. 

Let’s take a look at some of the facts of Brevard County…

Ideal Coastal Location

Brevard County is located halfway down the coast between Jacksonville and Miami and is just a short drive to Orlando. That means you’re steps away from the beach and a short drive away from one of the largest tourist destinations in the world, famous of course for their huge selection of theme parks and attractions such as Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando.

 

Tucked right around the beautiful Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean, Brevard County offers the perfect small-town feel that people look for while choosing a place to settle down, yet close enough to all the amenities you could ask for. 

 

From enjoying the natural beauty of Florida’s Space Coast to indulging in some of the area’s nightlife, shopping, and dining – there’s never a dull moment (unless you want one). 

 

Downtown Melbourne, the Eau Gallie Arts District, and Cocoa Village are some fun and popular spots in Brevard County for couples and people of all ages to spend their day. With local and popular restaurants and bars lining the streets, there is plenty to do for family time or a night out with some friends. 

 

As Movoto puts it perfectly, “Melbourne's population of almost 80,000 supports a quaint but lively, eclectic urban downtown core, centered around East New Haven Ave. It's a central business district for the Space Coast, but also has lots of unique stores, restaurants, coffee shops, bars, nightclubs, and more”.

 

Picturesque Weather

It is no secret that Florida can get warm during the summer months but what most people don’t know is that Brevard’s annual temperature is around 72 degrees with more than 200 days of sunshine per year. This means more beach days, outdoor activities with friends, and family and plenty of time to enjoy the sun. The coastal winds bring in a nice breeze along the coast of Brevard County unlike other more interior cities such as Orlando, keeping it cooler during those sunny months.

While hurricanes are always a worry, hurricane-force sustained winds have not struck Brevard since 1979! That was Hurricane David, the labor day storm of 1979. 

 

"There are a lot of people in Brevard County who believe that they have experienced Category 2, 3, 4, 5 hurricanes in this county. And unless you were here in 1979, you did not experience a hurricane in Brevard County" said Kimberly Prosser, Brevard County Emergency Management Director. She went on to explain "There have been hurricane-force gusts, absolutely. But sustained hurricane-force winds are not what Brevard County has experienced".

 

Superior Safety and State Leading Education

Living in a city that your family feels safe in is one of the most important things when choosing somewhere to settle down. Brevard County has had cities and towns on Florida’s top safe cities list year after year. 

Among that for 2019, according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security, Satellite Beach, which is located on the coast of Brevard County, was the number one safest city in Florida. 

When it comes to education, Brevard county is a leading area for school quality within the state. According to the Economic Development Commission for Florida’s Space Coast, 97% of Brevard County’s schools are ranked A or B Schools and the county is ranked 2nd in the state by the Florida Department of Education



Keep More Of YOUR Money With No Income Tax

Did you know that Florida is one of the few states that doesn’t have a state income tax? This means more money in your pocket each year when choosing to settle down in Brevard County. 

Forbes writes, “The land of retirement communities and hanging chad (2000 election joke) does not have a personal income tax. Warm weather and endless beaches, plus no state income tax, makes it easy to understand why Florida has become popular with retirees”. 

 

 

 

Like all states, Florida does still have a sales tax that ranges between six and eight percent depending on location. But whether you are headed to the sunshine state to start or continue a career or if you are choosing to retire while relaxing under a beach umbrella, a key draw to Florida is saving money on taxes. 

 

Activities

Brevard County offers a wide variety of activities for people to enjoy year-round. Activities range for all ages whether you are looking for a slow pace environment or if you are a person that thrives off adrenaline. Let’s take a look at a few activities that Brevard has to offer: 

Rocket Launch- Not too many people can say that they watch history be made on their front lawn with frequent rocket launches that take place at the Kennedy Space Center. Whether you have an interest in visiting the Kennedy Space Center for the day or would just enjoy watching the launch from your door-step, homes all across Brevard County have views of these beautiful launches. 

World-Famous Beaches- If we haven’t emphasized this enough, the beaches in Brevard County are definitely something to write home about. With miles and miles of soft sand beaches and more than 200 days of sunshine, you will practically be begging to move here. According to U.S News, Cocoa Beach was listed on the best beaches in Florida by saying “Cocoa Beach’s proximity to Orlando and world-renowned waves make it a popular beach retreat for both families and surfers”. It is here that you can visit Ron Jon Surf Shop and grab all your beach essentials before hitting the sand and water. 

Go Skydiving- If you have ever considered skydiving, Brevard County is a prime spot to experience the thrill. One spot located in Sebastian (Located on the south side of Brevard County) you can soar through the sky over breathtaking views of the ocean. 

Kayak/Paddleboarding- Float along-side some Florida native wildlife while experiencing a paddle of a lifetime. Whether you are looking for an activity as a family or just looking for a solo ride, going on a kayak or paddleboard are always a good idea in the Indian River; which is the river that flows down the barrier island of Brevard County. This fun activity could become a daily ritual having ramps and docks located in many spots up and down the river to take a morning paddle.

 

These factors are just a few of why Brevard County has a lot to offer when looking to move to the coast. What’s stopping you from living like its vacation every day? 

 



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Dec. 23, 2019

November 2019 News from CENTURY 21 Ocean

 

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At the holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible. It is in this spirit that we say…Thank you and best wishes for a Merry Christmas, happy holidays and Happy New Year!!!

~Barbara Schluraff

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1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup sugar

1 pinch of salt

1/3 cup boiling water

3 1/2 cups whole milk lower fat content milk will work, but will not be quite as creamy

1/2 cup half and half

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Brach's Crushed Peppermint Candy Canes

Brach's Full-Size Candy Canes

Instructions:

Combine cocoa powder, sugar, salt and boiling water in a sauce pan. Bring mixture back up to an easy boil, stirring constantly. Simmer, while stirring, for approximately two minutes. Keep a close eye on it and make sure it's a gentle boil to avoid scorching. Stir in milk and heat until hot, but do not boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla and half and half. Stir well. Top with marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate sauce and Brach's Crushed Peppermint Candy Canes. Serve with a candy cane for stirring.

 

Recipe Courtesy of @lovefromtheoven

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A quick recap of the Brevard County Residential Report for November 2019:

  • Closed Sales are up +17.9% for November 2019 in which the number of units closed was 805 compared to 683 in November 2018, with an increase in cash sales of +13.3% compared to November 2018.
  • New Pending Sales are up +22.8% and New Listings are up +1.2%.
  • The Median Sales Price for Brevard Single Family homes is up +6.5% to $240,000 compared to a year ago, which was $225,295.
  • Months Supply of Inventory is down -20.0% to 2.8 months, a decrease from 3.5 months in November 2018.
  • Traditional Sales are up +18.8%, with a median sales price of $242,425.
  • Foreclosure/REO Sales are down -4.8%, with 20 sales and a median sales price of $173,500.
  • Short Sale Closings are down -100.0% with 0 closed sale in November 2019 compared to 1 sale in November 2018.
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A quick recap of the Brevard County Townhouses/Condos for November 2019:

  • Closed Sales are up +9.4% for November 2019 in which the number of units closed was 210 compared to 192 in November 2018, with a decrease in cash sales of -15.6% compared to November 2018.
  • New Pending Sales are up +32.6% and New Listings are up +0.7%.
  • Median Sales Price for Townhomes/Condos is up +18.0% to $195,000 compared to a year ago, which was $165,250.
  • Months Supply of Inventory is down -10.5% to 3.4 months in November 2019 from 3.8 months in November 2018.
  • Traditional Sales are up +13.1%, with a median sales price of $195,000.
  • Foreclosure/REO Sales are down -62.5%, with 3 sales and a median sales price of $120,000.
  • Short Sale Closings are down -100.0% with 0 closed sales in November 2019 compared to 1 closed sales in November 2018.
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Nov. 22, 2019

Brevard County Housing Statistics - October 2019 from CENTURY 21 Ocean

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As we count our blessings this year, we want you to know fortunate we are to have the opportunity to work with you as a customer. We truly value the trust you have put into our team. Thank you for your continued support and for making this year a great success! We wish you a happy & grateful Thanksgiving holiday season!

In honor of the Thanksgiving meal, I'm sharing a family recipe called Angel Biscuits, handed down by my grandmother, Mema. I'm 'elected' every holiday now to bake these. I'm still trying to perfect them and get 'scores' from the family (96-99 out of 100) around the dinner table. I doubt they'll ever give me a perfect score, though, so they have an excuse to continue asking me to bake them each holiday!

Mema was the quintessential matriarch & her kind; generous nature touched everyone with love & grace plus lots of prayers. I hope you have a family member or friend in your life that supports & loves you like this. If not, let us all strive during this season to become a better version of ourselves to embody these qualities.

...(PS, the recipe is not at all healthy like I usually try to eat....but these are light & delicious and hey, it's the holidays!

~Barbara Schluraff

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5 Cups of Flour

1 Tsp. Baking Soda

1 Tsp Salt

3 Tsp Baking Powder

4 Tb. Sugar

1 Package yeast dissolved in 2 Tb. of Warm Water

2 Cups Buttermilk, room temperature

1 Cup Shortening (Crisco or Humanely raised Lard)

Mix flour, soda, salt, baking powder & sugar. Cut in shortening then add buttermilk & yeast. Mix only until blended. Let rise, covered, in warm area at least 1 hour. Roll out on floured surface then cut into biscuits. Let rise, covered, another 1/2 hour to hour. Bake at 400 until very lightly browned.

 

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Make sure to stop in and see Jacqueline Sampson and her brilliant team, recent winners of the 2019 Blended Burger Project through the James Beard Foundation. I don't know about you, but I am hungry for a Psychedelic Phish Burger! Local Florida-caught cobia, Scottish salmon, and roasted cremini mushrooms, hoisin sauce, ginger, and garlic.

 
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A quick recap of the Brevard County Residential Report for October 2019:

  • Closed Sales are down -8.7% for October 2019 in which the number of units closed was 739 compared to 809 in October 2018, with a decrease in cash sales of -26.0% compared to October 2018.
  • New Pending Sales are up +22.7% and New Listings are up +4.0%.
  • The Median Sales Price for Brevard Single Family homes is up +4.3% to $240,000 compared to a year ago, which was $230,000.
  • Months Supply of Inventory is down -15.2% to 2.8 months, a decrease from 3.3 months in October 2018.
  • Traditional Sales are down -6.1%, with a median sales price of $244,900.
  • Foreclosure/REO Sales are down -55.2%, with 13 sales and a median sales price of $152,000.
  • Short Sale Closings are down -87.5% with 1 closed sale in October 2019 compared to 8 sales in October 2018.
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A quick recap of the Brevard County Townhouses/Condos for October 2019:

  • Closed Sales are down to -6.0% for October 2019 in which the number of units closed was 220 compared to 234 in October 2018, with a decrease in cash sales of -14.0% compared to October 2018.
  • New Pending Sales are up +20.3% and New Listings are up +15.3%.
  • Median Sales Price for Townhomes/Condos is up +5.7% to $185,000 compared to a year ago, which was $175,000.
  • Months Supply of Inventory is down -2.8% to 3.5 months in October 2019 from 3.6 months in October 2018.
  • Foreclosure/REO Sales are unchanged at 0.0%, with 3 sales and a median sales price of $131,000.
  • Short Sale Closings are unchanged at +0.0% with 0 closed sales in October 2019 compared to 0 closed sales in October 2018.
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Nov. 1, 2019

Real Estate Trends 2019-2020

 

Real Estate Trends 2019-2020 

2019 has been yet another great year for the Real Estate market. The rise in home prices has started to slow, but demand is steady. Mortgage rates have dipped to historic lows, and there has been a recent increase in new housing construction. These are all indicators of a strong, healthy real estate market, and these trends are expected to continue well into 2020. This is great news for both buyers who are looking to become new homeowners and sellers hoping to make a move.

 

Home Prices Are Rising, Slowly 

The National Association of Realtors is expecting home price increases to slow slightly in 2019 but expect a "soft landing." The average home sales price is expected to increase roughly three percent over the course of 2019, and they expect home sales to increase by one percent over last year's growth. Slower steady growth is an excellent sign of a healthy, stable market.

The total number of homes sold next year is still expected to rise, even if it's at a slightly slower pace than recent history. That's great news for sellers but, higher prices means some buyers will be priced out of the market, which could ultimately lead to fewer offers for sellers.

 

Slower growth in home sale prices isn't always a bad thing. Slower appreciation and lower prices it can enable more buyers to enter the market creating more demand. What matters most is the fundamental strength of the economy; low unemployment numbers, healthy consumer spending, and responsible lending practices. The Federal Reserve wants the economy to grow at a slow, steady pace to prevent another market crash down the road. This is what will keep home prices stable and steadily increasing as supply and demand fluctuate in various markets.

 

Markets Remain Hot in the South 

According to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Indices- the leading measures of U.S. residential real estate prices- Phoenix, Arizona, led the U.S. with an annual price increase of 6.3% in 2019. Price gains in the Southeast remained strong led by Charlotte, North Carolina, Tampa, Florida, and Atlanta, Georgia, which saw prices rise 4.5%, 4.3%, and 4%, respectively. Some southern coastal markets like Cocoa Beach, Florida, show no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

 

Slightly Longer to Sell

With fewer buyers in the market, there will also be fewer offers, so you will want your home to stand out from competing homes for sale in your area. The best way to present your home is to put extra effort into online marketing, curb appeal, and staging to present your home in the best possible light for potential home buyers. Most important of all, work with a professional Realtor to help you list your home at the perfect price.

Higher prices for buyers means they may need to expand their search area or be willing to give up some extra "wants" to get their "must-haves." It is also a good idea to consider looking at the least expensive home in a good neighborhood or a fixer-upper that may need a little work. 

For home sellers, today's real estate trends mean fewer offers. Still, good listings in hot markets will have no problem selling in a reasonable amount of time. Overall, market demand is still strong, and prices will continue to rise, albeit at a slower pace. The bidding wars and overnight price gains of the past few years are fading, but sellers in hot markets can still expect strong demand driven by a low supply across the country. You can see if your market is "slowing" by looking at the average Days On Market—DOM or the number of days a home is actively listed for sale. 

 

Find a professional real estate agent who is an expert in your current market. They will help you set expectations for how much you can sell for, and how long it may take to receive the right offer.

 

Rates are Still Historically Low

Economists at Freddie Mac predict the fourth quarter of 2019 will average a 3.7% interest rate or lower on a 30-year, fixed-rate loan. According to Fannie Mae, the 2019 average has been about 4% apr overall, and they expect the year to average out at about 3.9%.

 

For home sellers, higher mortgage interest rates mean properties will be on the market slightly longer and to possibly receive fewer offers. For home buyers, higher mortgage interest rates mean they will have less purchasing power, and they will not be able to afford as much house. Even though mortgage interest rates are starting to climb, they're still historically low.

 

Millennials Will Be Buying

In 2019, millennials will lead the way in new mortgage originations, accounting for at least 45% of the total real estate market and since 2017, millennials have accounted for the largest share of new mortgage originations in the country. Realtor.com expects millennial buyers to be the largest segment of home buyers again in 2020, accounting for more than 45% of all new mortgages. Data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that Millennials made up more than 37% of all new homebuyers last year and more than 20% of all sellers. 

 

Millennials are used to living in the instant gratification age of high-tech conveniences of Netflix, GrubHub, and Amazon Prime. They expect convenient online home shopping as well. millennials are very internet savvy and do their research online before house shopping, so you need to make the best possible online impression with great photos, a well-written property description, virtual tours, and an accurate listing price. 

 

Millennials are looking for energy-efficient smart homes and homes in up and coming trendy cities like Nashville, Tennessee, or Austin, Texas, or Cocoa Beach, Fl that offer big city life at a more affordable cost of living. Smaller cities are also growing and creating more affordable opportunities for buyers. Many of the larger metropolitan cities have become too expensive, and that has led to growth in smaller fast-growing cities and in the suburbs outside of large cities — a re-emergence of the suburbs. 

 

Property Tech And AI in the Real Estate Industry

The impact of technology on the real estate industry has become much more prominent. Property technology has changed how agents, brokerages, and buyers and sellers work. From real estate service apps and websites to AI assistants and digital brokerages, the real estate industry is being disrupted. And that's a good thing for the market as a whole. 

Today's Real Estate Trends Mean homebuyers

...should not expect major price reductions as home prices are still gradually increasing in many markets, but they will have a greater supply of homes to choose from. This is good news for patient buyers looking for a good value or the perfect home. 

 

Many first-time homebuyers may continue to struggle with affordability. While more first-time homebuyers are entering the market, rising home prices will make it more challenging to get everything on their wish list so right now is still a perfect time for potential first-time homebuyers to enter the market. There are no signs of an impending market shift that would either force them to feel pressured to buy quickly or cause them to hesitate in buying a home. So, yes, 2019 is still an excellent time to search for that new home or to put your current home on the market.  

 

Whether you are planning to list your home or you are looking to buy your dream home, the current trends are favorable. Partnering with a professional Realtor in your area and make your dream a reality.

 

 

 

Posted in Real Estate News
Oct. 30, 2019

Brevard County Housing Statistics - September 2019 from CENTURY 21 Ocean

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A quick recap of the Brevard County Residential Report for September 2019:

  • Closed Sales are up +3.5% for September 2019 in which the number of units closed was 775 compared to 749 in September 2018, with a decrease in cash sales of -16.3% compared to September 2018.
  • New Pending Sales are down -1.4% and New Listings are down -2.5%.
  • The Median Sales Price for Brevard Single Family homes is up +2.1% to $240,000 compared to a year ago, which was $235,000.
  • Months Supply of Inventory is down -12.5% to 2.8 months, a decrease from 3.2 months in September 2018.
  • Traditional Sales are up +4.3%, with a median sales price of $240,000.
  • Foreclosure/REO Sales are down -17.6%, with 14 sales and a median sales price of $146,000.
  • Short Sale Closings are down -66.7% with 1 closed sale in September 2019 compared to 3 sales in September 2018.
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A quick recap of the Brevard County Townhouses/Condos for September 2019:

  • Closed Sales are up to +19.0% for September 2019 in which the number of units closed was 219 compared to 184 in September 2018, with a decrease in cash sales of -19.1% compared to September 2018.
  • New Pending Sales are down -8.4% and New Listings are down -19.9%.
  • Median Sales Price for Townhomes/Condos is up +18.3% to $199,990 compared to a year ago, which was $169,000.
  • Months Supply of Inventory is down -2.9% to 3.4 months in September 2019 from 3.5 months in September 2018.
  • Traditional Sales are up +21.1%, with a median sales price of $199,745.
  • Foreclosure/REO Sales are down -75.0%, with 1 sale and a median sales price of $220,000.
  • Short Sale Closings are unchanged at +0.0% with no closed sales in September 2019 compared to no closed sales in September 2018.
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