Thursday, January 27, 2011

With Snow and Cold Up North the Mind Turns to Florida and Your Second Home…

 With Snow and cold up north, the mind turns to Florida and your second home…  

I learned a long time ago (OK, about eight years ago)  that when the weather in the northeast gets cold and the snows start coming folks have a tendency to get “orange juice in their veins.”

Actually I coined the phrase after my first winter in real estate in Brevard County Florida.  I realized so many of the folks I was showing houses to were snowbirds who had come for a visit and “just had to buy a home here.”

Very few purchased but I learned about the effects of the orange juice!

Looking at my blogs today Florida Homes for Sale as well as Florida Homes and Condos for Sale   I realized that the majority of web site visitors over the past week have been from places up north like
  • Sharon, MA, 
  • Chesapeake, VA (to us you are north!) 
  • Rochester, NH, 
  • Scarsdale, NY,  
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia, 
  • Hamburg, NJ 
  • Memphis, TN (you are north too!), 
  • Howell, NJ 
Well, you get the picture!   So, as you struggle to stay warm, you start thinking of warmer climates think about  moving to Brevard County, Florida

I know it is the winter and it will only be 65 tomorrow!

Pending Home Sales Showed Improvement in December

According to the National Association of Realtors®, pending home sales rose in December 2010 by 2%.
This gain marked the fifth time in the past six months pending homes has risen – a positive sign for the real estate market.

Pending homes sales in the south rose 11.5% – a good sign that will hopefully continue as folks dig out of the snow in the northeast and consider moving to Brevard County, Florida!

If you are ready to buy that winter home in Florida, consider the Viera area – especially the 55+ communities of Heritage Isle and Grand Isle.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

It’s a Short Sale–The Bank Will Take Any Offer!

Very often folks get short sales and foreclosure sales confused.  The difference is really quite simple.

A foreclosed property has already gone through the judicial process and  is already owned by the lender.  The selling process is not much different than a regular sale although the acceptance or rejection time may be somewhat longer.

A short sale is a situation where the home owner is trying to sell due to a hardship  for less than the mortgage monies owed.   In the case of a short sale, any offer accepted by the home owner must be approved by the lender and the process can be rather lengthy.

If you are considering a short sale purchase in Brevard County, Florida,  keep in mind...

Short sale does not mean fire sale or any sale...Buyers must be realistic because there is no requirement for a lender to accept any offer!

If you are considering selling your Viera or Rockledge house as a short sale, call me at 321-693-3850 or email me