Friday, July 24, 2009

Heritage Isle - Viera Florida's Premier 55+ Community

The 55+ community of Heritage Isle in Viera (just north of Melbourne, Florida) is the "best kept secret in the Florida 55+ active lifestyle market."

Although you really need to see the Heritage Isle 55+ community to understand why it is on the list of Where to Retire magazines top 100 retirement communities I wanted to include a few snap shots of the community to pique your interest!

A special thanks to the folks at the concierge service who let me in with a camera!

For information on homes for sale in the 55+ community of Heritage Isle, please contact me at 321-693-3850 or by email .

Heritage Isle is more than a master planned community - it is an active lifestyle community!

Gary Waters, Florida licensed real estate agent, Century 21 Baytree Realty, Rockledge, Florida, serving buyers and sellers in the Viera 55+ community of Heritage Isle.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Condo For Sale Viera Florida Reduced to $62,000!

Viera, the master planned unit development in Melbourne, Florida, offers some of the best deals around for Florida living.

100_4813 If you are in the market for a condo, this two bedroom two bath 937 square foot unit in The Greens at Viera East has been reduced to $62,000. This is a great price for a ground floor!

The Greens at Viera East is ideally situated near excellent schools (Ralph Williams Elementary and the new Viera High School), great shopping (The Avenues at Viera Mall), great golfing (next door is the Viera East Golf Course), and more.

Only 15 minutes to Patrick Air Force Base and the beaches, 45 minutes to Orlando, lots of parks and bike paths, and more!

The Greens at Viera East complex offers residents a community pool, exercise/fitness room, hot tub/spa, putting green, car wash area and more.

To read more about the Viera East Communities, visit the Viera East Community web site.

Short sale requires third party approval. Sold "as is.

For information on Viera Florida real estate contact Gary Waters, Century 21 Baytree Realty, Rockledge, Florida at 321-693-3850. Email me at

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Are you the “real deal?”

Pardon me for asking, but I must. Are you for real? The real estate market has been going through a period of, as the experts say, correction.

Sellers have finally realized the critical nature of pricing to sell. They know there is more to marketing than sticking a sign out front. The sheer volume of short sales and bank owned properties have applied the pressure. Thus, prices are pretty attractive.

Some buyers have taken the down market to mean that every sale is a short sale. Not every sale is a short sale. Not every sale is a foreclosure sale.

So now we find ourselves with lots of buyer interest. If you are the real deal (a serious buyer), you will have done your home work prior to going out looking.

What is the home work? Get started by discussing mortgage qualification with a reputable lender (a local bank is a good start). Are you qualified to take advantage of the first time buyer tax credit of up to $8,000?

Research the area to narrow your preferred location. Separate your needs and wants and reconcile them with your budget. Find a good agent who will work with you and…

find the deal since you are the real deal!

Gary Waters, Florida licensed real estate, Century 21 Baytree Realty, Rockledge Florida. Read my blog, Florida Homes for Sale and Brevard County Homes for Sale.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Mortgage Interest Rates Week of July 10, 2009

Mortgage interest rates dropped this week (along with gas/oil prices). None of us has a crystal ball so what happens in the future is a great big ????????.
  • The average on 30-year financing slipped to 5.2 percent from 5.32 percent a week ago.
  • The 15-year mortgage declined to 4.69 percent, down from 4.77 percent.
  • Five-year ARMs were down to 4.82 percent from 4.88 percent.
  • One-year ARMs fell to 4.82 percent from 4.94 percent.
Source: Los Angeles Times (07/10/09) © Copyright 2009 Information Inc.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Sometimes I can not deliver....

I did not get a listing this week and although I am disappointed I am not too disappointed. You see, when I go to your house for a listing presentation I am also interviewing you!

Sometimes I just don't get that feeling of "yes, let's sell it!" Sometimes I get an uneasiness that tells me either I ate something bad for lunch or that something is not right.

Sometimes it is because you greet me with a resounding lambasting of your last real estate agent. I know you withdrew your listing at its expiration. I know that your house was way overpriced. A clue to overpricing - no activity. When a listing is new it generates the most activity.

Sometimes it is because I can not deliver the marketing strategy that you require. It is best to not take a listing than to fail to deliver!

Being a buyer or seller agent is a relationship that requires communication, teamwork and flexibility. Sometimes it just isn't meant to be but that does not mean I wish you anything but the best...

Good luck and if I have a buyer that is a good fit, I will bring them by!

Gary Waters, Florida licensed real estate agent, Century 21 Baytree Realty, Rockledge, Florida, representing buyers and sellers in the Brevard County, Florida real estate market.

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Friday, July 3, 2009

Your house just “ain’t!”

Hey, Mr. Seller, your house is
  • not the biggest in the neighborhood,
  • not the lowest priced in the neighborhood,
  • not the magazine cover curb appeal of your neighbors,
  • not the newest
  • not the most updated


It can be sold! Because you house is

  • clean,
  • neat,
  • uncluttered,
  • easy to show prospective buyers,
  • staged appropriately,
  • has a welcoming feel
  • priced appropriately for its condition, location, age and competition.

Gary Waters, Florida licensed real estate agent, Century 21 Baytree Realty, Rockledge, Florida. Call me if you are considering selling your Viera, Suntree, Rockledge or Merritt Island home.

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Is a home warranty worth it?

First of all, in this buyer’s market there is very little no risk for the buyer because an agent would be remiss to not request the seller provide a home warranty!

Home warranties are not that expensive. They may not provide 100% bumper-to-bumper coverage but they do offer some comfort.

As a buyer you should have must have a home inspection conducted by a competent home inspection company. Upon getting a clean bill of health then you need to insist on a home warranty.

As nice as your new home may be, none of us have a crystal ball!

While most home warranties do not cover pre-existing conditions, you should have protection for future events. I had a home warranty when I purchased my current home. It came in handy when the roof leaked!

[Wish I had one when my AC went out yesterday. New AC on its way for about $4,000!]

Buy a home with me as your buyer’s agent I will include a home warranty at closing. Of course I will try to get the seller to pay for it first!

Gary Waters, Century 21 Baytree Realty, Rockledge, Florida, serving buyers and sellers in Brevard County, Florida.

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