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? 

 



Posted in Real Estate News
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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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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Aug. 29, 2019

Brevard County Housing Statistics - July of 2019 from CENTURY 21 Ocean

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

  • Closed Sales are up +2.8% for July 2019 in which the number of units closed was 985 compared to 958 in July 2018, with an increase in cash sales of +1.0% compared to July 2018.
  • New Pending Sales are up +7.7% and New Listings are up +0.6%.
  • The Median Sales Price for Brevard Single Family homes is up +6.6% to $244,000 compared to a year ago, which was $229,000.
  • Months Supply of Inventory is down -6.5% to 2.9 months, a decrease from 3.1 months in July 2018.
  • Traditional Sales are up +3.5%, with a median sales price of $245,000.
  • Foreclosure/REO Sales are down -21.1%, with 15 sales and a median sales price of $190,000.
  • Short Sale Closings are down -50.0% with 2 closed sale in July 2019 compared to 4 sales in July 2018.
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A quick recap of the Brevard County Townhouses/Condos for July 2019:

  • Closed Sales are unchanged at +0.0% for July 2019 in which the number of units closed was 287 compared to 287 in July 2019, with a decrease in cash sales of -4.7% compared to July 2018.
  • New Pending Sales are up +19.5% and New Listings are up +3.7%.
  • Median Sales Price for Townhomes/Condos is up +7.2% to $183,000 compared to a year ago, which was $170,750.
  • Months Supply of Inventory increased +12.1% to 3.7 months in July 2019 from 3.3 months in July 2018.
  • Traditional Sales are up +0.4%, with a median sales price of $185,900.
  • Foreclosure/REO Sales are down +20.0%, with 4 sales and a median sales price of $91,850.
  • Short Sale Closings are unchanged at +0.0% with 0 closed sales in July 2019 compared to 0 sales in July 2018.
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(321) 720-3878 - Mobile
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Posted in Real Estate News
Aug. 7, 2019

Barbara Schluraff Talks Quarter 2 Brevard County Market Stats And More!

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Did you know we've made it easy for you to search for homes by Elementary School, Middle School, and High School?

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A quick recap of the Brevard County Residential Report for Q2 2019:

  • Closed Sales are up +7.5% for Q2 2019 in which the number of units closed was 3,018 compared to 2,808 in Q2 2018, with an increase in cash sales of 5.7% compared to Q2 2018.
  • New Pending Sales are up +3.2% and New Listings are down -11.0%.
  • The Median Sales Price for Brevard Single Family homes is up +6.6% to $241,250 compared to a year ago, which was $226,384.
  • Months Supply of Inventory is down -6.5% to 2.9 months, a decrease from 3.1 months in 2018.
  • Traditional Sales are up +7.4%, with a median sales price of $243,000.
  • Foreclosure/REO Sales are up +17.5%, with a median sales price of $172,500.
  • Short Sale Closings are down -27.3%, with a median sales price of $182,450.
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A quick recap of the Brevard County Townhouses/Condos for Q2 2019:

  • Closed Sales are up +1.5% for Q2 2019 in which the number of units closed was 792 compared to 780 in Q2 2018, with a decrease in cash sales of -9.9% compared to Q2 2018.
  • New Pending Sales are up +1.6% and New Listings are up +1.2%.
  • Median Sales Price for Townhomes/Condos is up +5.1% to $189,125 compared to a year ago, which was $180,000.
  • Months Supply of Inventory increased to 3.9 months in Q2 2019 from 3.4 months in Q2 2018.
  • Traditional Sales are up +1.3%, with a median sales price of $190,000.
  • Foreclosure/REO Sales are up +42.9% with a median sales price of $112,500.
  • Short Sale Closings are down -50% in Q2 2019 with a median sales price of $900,000.
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Please feel free to call me at 321.720.3878 or email me at barbara@c21ocean.com if you have any questions or are looking for a specific market report.

We have years of experience and are here to assist you.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Broker/Owner
Barbara Schluraff
barbara@c21ocean.com
(321) 720-3878 - Mobile
www.century21ocean.com
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Posted in Real Estate News
July 26, 2019

JUST IN! ... Brevard County Housing Statistics - June 2019 from CENTURY 21 Ocean

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If you physically, mentally and emotionally feel well then you are naturally confident, motivated and ready to perform. Among running, biking, and swimming, to name a few, Barbara likes to spend time at a local Yoga Studio - Infinity Yoga to get her M I N D right so that she is best she can be for her friends, family, and customers.

We understand that you—like every client—have your own unique personality, wants and needs. We rise to meet you at your level, tailoring our approach to match your preferences.

This service-oriented mindset isn’t limited to the office—we seek to extend outreach and aid to the community we live in, work in and love. century21ocean.com

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

  • Closed Sales are down 3.5% for June 2019 in which the number of units closed was 924 compared to 958 in June 2018, with a decrease in cash sales of 9.3% compared to June 2018.
  • New Pending Sales are up +0.3% and New Listings are down -10.3%.
  • The Median Sales Price for Brevard Single Family homes is up 7.8% to $248,000 compared to a year ago, which was $229,950.
  • Months Supply of Inventory is down -6.5% to 2.9 months, a decrease from 3.1 months in June 2018.
  • Traditional Sales are down 1.2%, with a median sales price of $249,250.
  • Foreclosure/REO Sales are down 69%, with 9 sales and a median sales price of $130,000.
  • Short Sale Closings are down 75% with 1 closed sale in June 2019 compared to 4 sales in June 2018.
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A quick recap of the Brevard County Townhouses/Condos for June 2019:

  • Closed Sales are up 7.2% for June 2019 in which the number of units closed was 239 compared to 223 in June 2018, with a decrease in cash sales of -8.3% compared to June 2018.
  • New Pending Sales are up 26.5% and New Listings are up 30.6%.
  • Median Sales Price for Townhomes/Condos is up 14.3% to $200,000 compared to a year ago, which was $175,000.
  • Months Supply of Inventory increased 14.7% to 3.9 months in June 2019 from 3.4 months in June 2018.
  • Traditional Sales are up 7.3%, with a median sales price of $200,000.
  • Foreclosure/REO Sales are up 50%, with 3 sales and a median sales price of $133,000.
  • Short Sale Closings are down 50% with 1 closed sale in June 2019 compared to 2 sales in June 2018.
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We're taking a different approach to buying and selling Real Estate in Brevard County …….and people are noticing!!!!

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Please feel free to call me at 321.720.3878 or email me at barbara@c21ocean.com if you have any questions or are looking for a specific market report.

We have years of experience and are here to assist you.

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Posted in Real Estate News
June 4, 2019

Real Estate News | June 2019 | Real Estate News That Matters To You

Gen Xers Driving Multi-Generational Housing Trend

MultiGen Living

This Is Us. Jane the Virgin. Black-ish. What do they have in common? They are all family television programs that have members of multiple generations living under one roof. But the reality of multi-generational living is more than sitcom fodder.

According to the 2019 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends report by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), multi-generational housing continues to be a growing trend among homebuyers. This trend is driven largely by Gen Xers (typically use birth years ranging from the early-to-mid 1960s to the early 1980's), who are the second-largest band of homebuyers today at 24%. Of that cohort, one in six purchased a multi-gen home, half of whom cited accommodating adult children as their reason for doing so.

When it comes to millennial buyers, nine percent purchased a multi-generational property they could share with aging parents, per the report.

Whether you're looking to accommodate aging parents or making room for your boomerang child, these tips will help you find the right place to make it work.

Look for a home that was built with multi-generational living in mind.

Schumacher Homes, Lennar, and Plantation Homes are just a few of the builders offering a multi-gen solution in a brand-new residence.

Tailor your home search.

If custom built multi-generational home isn't doable, look for a home that's easily convertible. A downstairs bedroom and bath is key for older residents, and an en suite bathroom is even better. A home with a basement or attic may seem like an ideal place to turn into a grandparent's haven, but stairs can be dangerous and obviously wouldn't work for a parent using a walker or wheelchair.

A property with a guesthouse or enough land on which to place a granny suite or tiny home is another option. Just make sure the land is zoned properly to accommodate this type of structure.

Make smart renovations.

Taking down walls to create an open floorplan is a smart move that can have a positive impact on your home's value and also make it more accessible for aging parents.

The National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) Aging-In-Place Remodeling Checklist recommends a "5-foot by 5-foot clear/turn space in the living area, kitchen, a bedroom, and a bathroom." They also suggest wide hallways that measure a minimum of 36-inches across, good lighting, and non-slip flooring. 

 

 

 

6 Kitchen Design Trends Inspired by Restaurant Kitchens

Not all kitchen design trends stand the test of time, but a restaurant kitchen is meant to be as functional as possible for as long as possible. Taking a few cues from restaurant kitchens can help you create a residential kitchen that you'll be sure to love for years to come!

1. Forget the Island

A kitchen island allows for lots of prep space and storage but can also make even a large space seem cramped and crowded. A work table in place of the kitchen island still provides plenty of room to work, offers shelving underneath for storage, and can be moved easily when not in use.

2. Consider a Stainless Steel Backsplash

Stainless steel is durable, doesn't absorb microbes, and is fire-resistant, which is why it's long been a popular material for commercial kitchen backsplashes. It's also easy to clean and coordinates with most kitchen styles.

3. Hang Utensil Rods

Rarely do restaurant kitchens keep utensils in drawers, as this is a surefire way to create a cluttered, jumbled mess. A utensil rod or two will keep all your kitchen tools organized, in plain sight, and close at hand.

4. Install a Magnetic Knife Strip

Much like utensil rods, many commercial kitchens include magnetic strips along walls to hold chefs' knives. Storing knives on a magnetic wall strip reduces the risk of cutting yourself while rooting around in a drawer and also allows you to easily see each knife blade type and size. A magnetic knife strip also eliminates the need for a bulky knife block on the countertop.

5. Use Wire Shelving in Your Pantry

Wire shelving allows for air circulation around your stored foodstuffs, reducing damage from heat and humidity. Wire shelves also don't need cleaning as often as standard wood shelves.

6. Install an Open Shelf Over the Stovetop

Many commercial kitchens feature an open shelf or two over the stovetop, for holding pots and pans, spices, timers, and even a recipe or prep instructions. Consider asking your kitchen contractor about an open shelf over your new stovetop, for added convenience and to break up the look of a bare wall behind the stove.

Posted in Real Estate News
May 31, 2019

Brevard County Housing Statistics - April of 2019

Closed Sales in Brevard County are up 10 percent for April 2019. Across Florida, the housing market reported more sales, higher median prices, and increased inventory.

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

  • Closed Sales are up 10% for April 2019 in which the number of units closed was 998 compared to 907 in 2018, with an increase in cash sales of 14.3% compared to April 2018.
  • New Pending Sales are up 10.7% and New Listings are down -5.9%.
  • The Median Sales Price for Brevard Single Family homes is up 4.6% to $238,000 compared to a year ago, which was $227,500.
  • Months Supply of Inventory is up 6.9% to 3.1 months, an increase from 2.9 months in April 2018.
  • Traditional Sales are up 8.2%, with a median sales price of $240,000.
  • Foreclosure/REO Sales are up 121.4% with 31 sales and a median sales price of $179,900.
  • Short Sale Closings are down -50%, with 3 sales and a median sales price of $150,000.

 

A quick recap of the Brevard County Townhouses/Condos for April 2019:

  • Closed Sales are up 0.4% for April 2019 in which the number of units closed was 256 compared to 255 in 2018, with a decrease in cash sales of -12.1% compared to April 2018.
  • New Pending Sales are down -9.1% and New Listings are down -10.4%.
  • Median Sales Price for Townhomes/Condos is down -8.7% to $173,500 compared to a year ago, which was $190,000.
  • Months Supply of Inventory is up 11.4% to 3.9 months in April 2019 from 3.5 months in April 2018.
  • Traditional Sales are up 1.2%, with a median sales price of $175,000.
  • Foreclosure/REO Sales are down -50% with 2 sales and a median sales price of $91,013. 
  • Short Sale Closings did not occur. There were no short sales in April 2018 or April 2019.

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