Farmer’s Market to Resume in Rosemary Beach

Starting May 5, the 30A Farmer’s Market is coming to Rosemary Beach in the Town Center rain or shine, every Sunday year round from 9am-2pm and on Thursdays starting May 30 through Labor Day weekend from 9am-2pm.

The 30A Farmer’s Market will feature the best of locally grown farm fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, beef, and chicken, fresh local seafood, artisan bread, homemade pastas, sauces, meatballs, BBQ sauce, local honey, grits, herbs, olive oil and vinegars, preserves, salsa’s and chow-chows.

It’s an International Farmer’s Market Event with food from around the world including homemade Greek food, Greek pastries, many delicious baked cakes, pies, tarts and cupcakes. Try the Gelato and wonderful jams, and take home fresh flowers to dress up any room.

Prepare for Your Home Inspection!

Ten Tips to Prepare For Your Home Inspection

Here are some tips to prepare the house prior to the inspection. Your home inspection will go smoother, with fewer concerns to delay closing.

  1. Confirm that that the water, electrical and gas services are turned on (including pilot lights).
  2. Make sure pets won’t hinder the home inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from the premises or secured outside.
  3. Replace burned-out light bulbs to avoid a “light is inoperable” report that may suggest an electrical problem.
  4. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries.
  5. Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit securely.
  6. Remove stored items, debris and wood from the foundation. These may be cited as “conducive conditions” for termites.
  7. Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electrical service panels, the water heater, attic and crawlspace.
  8. Unlock any locked areas that your home inspector must access, such as the attic door or hatch, the electrical service panel, the door to the basement, and any exterior gates.
  9. Trim tree limbs so that they’re at least 10 feet away from the roof. Trim any shrubs that are too close to the house and can hide pests or hold moisture against the exterior.
  10. Repair or replace any broken or missing items, such as doorknobs, locks or latches, windowpanes or screens, gutters or downspouts, or chimney caps.

Real Estate Prices on the Rise

For local information about the Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, Niceville, and Crestview areas, contact me at MykeSaysSold@aol.com  850-305-6256

Reasons To Buy a NEW Home–Santa Rosa Beach Area

Top 5 Reasons to buy a new home

I have been helping customers negotiate some great deals on new homes here in the Florida Panhandle.

I wanted to share the top 5 reasons to buy a new home compared to a re sale.

You have to look at the total savings or as I like to call it the total cost of
ownership.

New Homes usually come with special incentives that are not always advertised “Free Stuff
New Homes will have a lower cost to insure when compared to a re sale
New Homes must meet a very high level of energy efficiency
New homes can be bought with very attractive financing offers
New Homes have a lower cost of annual maintenance

When you stack up all the savings purchasing a New Home is something you want to take a closer look at.

Although a new home may have an initial higher purchase price the overall monthly cost of ownership can be much lower than a home only ten years old.

New home builders are always contacting realtors about specials that are about to become available before they are made available to the general public.

DR Horton has 13 new communities here in the Florida Panhandle–great homes at a great price!  Contact me today to take advantage of these deals.

Market Report on Miramar Beach Florida

Miramar Beach Summary

The median sales price for homes in Miramar Beach FL for Jul 12 to Sep 12 was $250,000. This represents a decline of 0.8%, or $2,000, compared to the prior quarter and an increase of 8.7% compared to the prior year. Sales prices have depreciated 38.2% over the last 5 years in Miramar Beach. The average listing price for Miramar Beach homes for sale on Trulia was $588,757 for the week ending Oct 03, which represents a decline of 1.7%, or $10,065, compared to the prior week and a decline of 2.9%, or $17,327, compared to the week ending Sep 12. Average price per square foot for Miramar Beach FL was $168, a decrease of 6.1% compared to the same period last year.

 Miramar Beach average property price

Top 10 Agent Protocol Tips – Rules for Working With Agents

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Here are protocols you can use while shopping for a home that will keep you out of hot water:

1. Understand Agents Work on Commission

  • Very few real estate agents work on salary.
  • Most real estate agents are paid commission. If an agent does not close a transaction, she does not get paid.
  • Agents are not public servants and do not work for free. Do not ask an agent to work for you if you intend to cut the agent out of your deal.
2. Keep Appointments & Be On Time
  • Be respectful, use common courtesy and don’t expect an agent to drop what she is doing to run out to show you a home. You are probably not that agent’s only prospect / client. And if you are, lord help you.
  • Do not make an appointment with an agent and then forget to show up.
  • If you are going to be late, call and let your agent know when you expect to arrive.

3. Choose A Real Estate Agent

  • Decide whether you want to work without representation: dealing directly with listing agents, or if you want to hire your own agent.
  • If you decide to hire your own agent, find an agent with whom you are comfortable.
  • If you are interviewing agents, let each agent know you are in the interview stage.
  • Never, never, never interview two different agents from the same company. Trust me, don’t do it.

4. Do Not Call The Listing Agent if You Are Working With a Buying Agent

  • Listing agents work for the seller, not the buyer. If you hire the listing agent to represent you, that agent will now be working under dual agency.
  • If listing agents show you the property, the listing agent will expect to represent you.
  • Listing agents do not want to do the buying agent’s job. Let your buyer’s agent do her job.

5. Practice Open House Protocol

  • Ask your agent if it’s considered proper for you to attend open houses alone. In some areas, it is frowned upon to go to open houses unescorted.
  • Hand your agent’s business card to the agent hosting the open house. Sometimes this agent will be the listing agent, but often it is an agent also looking for unrepresented buyers. Announcing you are represented protects you.
  • Do not ask the open house host questions about the seller or the seller’s motivation. Let your agent ask those questions for you.

6. Sign a Buyer’s Broker Agreement with a Buying Agent

  • Expect to sign a buyer’s broker agreement. It creates a relationship between you and the agent, and explains the agent’s duties to you and vice versa.
  • Ask about the difference between an Exclusive and Non-Exclusive Buyer’s Broker Agreement.
  • If you’re not ready to sign a buyer’s broker, do not ask that agent to show you homes. Otherwise, procuring causemay pop up.
  • Ask your agent if she will release you from the contract if you become dissatisfied. If she refuses, hire somebody else.

7. Always Ask For and Sign an Agency Agreement

  • By law, agents are required to give buyers an Agency Disclosure.
  • Signing an agency disclosure is your proof of receipt. It is solely a disclosure. It is not an agreement to agency. Read it.
  • The best and most practiced type of agency is the single agency. This mean you are represented by your own agent who owes you a fiduciary responsibility.

8. Make Your Expectations Known

  • If you expect your agent to pick you up at your front door and drive you home after showing homes, tell her. Many will provide that service. If not, they will ask you to meet at the office.
  • Let your agent know how you want her to communicate with you and how often. Do you want phone calls, e-mails, text messages, IM‘s or all of the above?
  • Set realistic goals and a time frame to find your home. Ask your agent how you can help by supplying feedback.
  • If you are displeased, say so.

 

Why Hire A Real Estate Agent?

The typical real estate transaction involves at least two dozen separate individuals – insurance assessors, mortgage brokers and underwriters, inspectors, appraisers, escrow officers, buyer’s agents, seller’s agents, bankers, title researchers, and a number of other individuals whose actions and decisions have to be orchestrated in order to perform in harmony and get a home sale closed. It is the responsibility of your real estate agent to expertly coordinate all the professionals involved in your home purchase and to act as the advocate for you and your interests throughout.

Seven main roles of your real estate agent
A Buyer’s Real Estate Agent:

  1. Educates you about your market.
  2. Analyzes your wants and needs.
  3. Guides you to homes that fit your criteria.
  4. Coordinates the work of other needed professionals.
  5. Negotiates on your behalf.
  6. Checks and double-checks paperwork and deadlines.
  7. Solves any problems that may arise.