Melbourne, FL Real Estate News

By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
Several of us headed out for some fun on Friday night.  Our first stop was at Chili's for dinner. The food was delicious. The balloon guy was happy to make us any kind of balloon we asked for.  I have to say, these were the most detailed balloon animals I've ever seen.  The monkey was my favorite. We had a great time and we enjoyed leaving with our new friends. Let me that for you   Sandy Shores, Melbourne FL REALTOR Specializing in Residential, Investment and Relocation Real Estate Melbourne Real Estate / Palm Bay Real Estate 321-253-4545 ____________________________________________ Serving Brevard County Florida for 15 Years Brevard County Resident for 36 Years Melbourne, Palm Bay, Suntree, Viera, Rockledge, Titusville, Mims, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Satellite Beach, Cocoa ...
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By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
Dawn Shores, You were such an important part of our lives.  We love you and miss you dearly! You were like no one we've ever known.A day doesn't pass that you aren't in our thoughts and our hearts. 10/23/1935 - 03/05/2009   This is the poem I read at your funeral and it touches my heart to this very day.   If Tomorrow Starts Without Me Author UnknownIf tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not there to see,If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me;I wish so much you wouldn't cry, the way you did today,While thinking of the many things we didn't get to say.I know how much you care for me, and how much I care for you,and each time that you think of me, I know you'll miss me too;But, when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand,that an angel came and...
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By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
Melbourne FL Home Buying Over the past couple of months, I have been spending quite a bit of time with buyers.  We have buyers picking first homes, vacation homes and just plain looking for a good deal. I always tell buyers to let me know what they like or don't like about a property.  At first, some buyers can be reluctant to say what they don't like. "Well, I kind of like it," almost as if they don't want to say something negative. It's not about positive or negative. It's about the qualities in a house that they'd like in the house that they'd like to buy. I remind them that I don't own the house, and it's not going to offend me if they say they like or don't like something about a particular property.   The more feedback that I can get from the buyer, the more that it helps me to fo...
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By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Seller(s), You have a beautiful home in an area of well maintained homes.  And, I would love to bring your agent an offer to purchase on your property. Your home is EXACTLY what my buyers have indicated that they are looking for... BUT... Your dogs are cute and oh, so friendly. I know that all three of them are a part of your family, but my buyers don't care for dogs. They don't care to see your 'dancing, singing' poodle jumping up and down for 15 minutes.  So, we would have appreciated it if you could have removed your pets before we came to visit, especially, since my buyer's wife is terribly allergic to dogs. The floor plan on your home is perfect, no wasted space, just what my buyers are looking for.  But, your 20 years of furnishings, nick nacks and odds and ends...
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By Laura Forman, Your Brevard Premier Property Specialist
(RE/MAX AEROSPACE REALTY www.LauraSellsBrevard.com)
Strawberry Festival in Melbourne, Florida to Benefit Habitat for Humanity Spring is around the corner, and it is time for the 23rd annual Strawberry Festival in Melbourne, Florida.  Come on out to this family friendly event to benefit Habitat for Humanity, an organization dedicated to building homes for families in need. Location:  Wickham Park Main Pavillion Times:  Saturday, March 5, 2011 7:00 - 5:00 Sunday, March 6, 2011 9:00 - 5:00 Also, start the day with a pancake breakfast from 7 - 10a.m. on Saturday, and 9 - noon on Sunday.  The event will also host a car and bike show on Saturday.  Join the 5K run on Sunday starting at 8 a.m, and enjoy the music festival from 9 - 5 on Sunday. To volunteer for the festival call (321) 728-4009 or visit www.brevardhabitat.com For information on b...
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By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
Melbourne Market Values A couple of days ago, I went out to meet with sellers about professionally marketing their home for sale.  I arrived at an attractive home, situated in a well appointed, upscale neighborhood. This home was a beauty.  It had numerous upgrades, and it was very apparent that this home had been well loved by it's caring owners. As I toured the home, trying to get a "feel" for the property, I was impressed with it's amenities.  We don't always see homes in excellent condition.  But, as I continued through the property, the owners were careful to enumerate the costs associated with all of the upgrades. I began to get that nagging feeling that these beautiful enhancements may come back to bite these owners in the behind. The owners were eager to hear what the house was ...
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By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
I love visiting the Indian River Lagoon here in Melbourne, Florida. On this day, I found the waves lapping at the shore.  There's something peaceful, almost soothing about being near the river. Let me that for you Sandy Shores, Melbourne FL REALTOR Specializing in Residential, Investment and Relocation Real Estate Melbourne Real Estate / Palm Bay Real Estate ____________________________________________ Serving Brevard County Florida for 15 Years Melbourne, Palm Bay, Suntree, Viera, Rockledge, Titusville, Mims, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Satellite Beach, Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral ______________________________________________ I buy, sell, rent, own and manage Investment Property.
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By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
Today, many buyers are looking for that "great deal." We've seen deals in various price ranges.  Investors have gotten back in the market. Some are looking for houses to use as rentals, while others that are a bit braver are attempting their hand at flipping, for a profit. Investors typically look at properties that need work, so they can build some sweat equity.  Some will buy a house that needs a new roof, or a new A/C, one that needs a new kitchen, new baths or maybe just new flooring and a coat of paint.  It depends on the amount of time, money and work each is willing to invest.  However, they all have one common thread - they are ALL looking for a great deal.   Investors are in the business of trying to make money. Remember, an investor makes his money when he buys. An investor m...
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By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
As Melbourne Florida has been having some great pre Spring weather recently, it's been a great time to grab some pictures highlighting the beauty of our area.  This morning, my friend Paul Henderson commented on a slideshow I posted, yesterday, about another beautiful day in Melbourne.  Paul takes some absolutely gorgeous pictures showcasing his area. Paul asked if Melbourne ever has any bad days. Recently, we have been fortunate to have beautiful 75 degree weather.   The temperatures have been ideal.  When we've had cold weather, the cold snaps haven't lasted for more than a couple of days at a time.  This morning it was pretty foggy outside.  This is something we don't see very often.  Usually, the sun is peeking out, first thing in the morning. Actually, it's been dry around here, l...
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By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
Today, a friend and I headed out to enjoy a pretty day in the Florida Sunshine. We crossed the Melbourne Causeway to Indialantic.  We figured we would go and see what was going on at the Boardwalk on 5th Ave. They were having a Skimboarding Contest.  There was quite a crowd.  There was a nice breeze and the waves were perfect good for the contest. We stayed for awhile and got some great shots. Then we decided to head over to the Downtown Eau Gallie Founder's Day Fish Fry.  It took a couple times around to find a parking spot. We sat and listened to the band that was playing for a bit. It was a bit of older southern rock - good stuff. There were some feet that were tapping. There wasn't a cloud in the sky, and no humidity in the air. There was an art show with different artisans there a...
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By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
On Saturday, February 19, 2011 the Founder's Day Fish Fry will be held in Historic Downtown Eau Gallie. There will be games, a car show and entertainment. Don't forget the fresh fish and the beer.  This years Founder's Day festival will focus on the Historic Downtown Eau Gallie's revitalization project.  It will highlight the city's history.  The city has been trying to restore this old section of town and breathe some life back into it, with a weekly farmer's market, a monthly art walk and an annual art show.  Last year the Historic Downtown Eau Gallie Arts District was added to Florida's Main Street Program.  The program is geared towards restoring and preserving Florida's old downtown areas. The fish fry will be from 12:00 to 4:00 PM with music till 6:00 PM. Fish dinners will be $10...
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By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
Lansing Ridge is a large, popular community of approximately 440 homes located in Melbourne Florida. It is a comfortable setting with different styles and models of well maintained houses to suit a wide range of buyer's needs. There are currently 9 houses available for sale in Lansing Ridge, with asking prices ranging from $108,900 to $185,000. Two of these are short sales. The square footage of these range from 1320 feet of living space to 1875 square feet. Houses were built from 1991 to 1999.  Houses have 3 and 4 bedrooms, most have 2 baths, but a few have 3. There are currently 3 houses under contract. There have been 13 sales in Lansing Ridge in the past year, with sales prices ranging from $100,105 to $155,000.  Three of these were short sales.  The square footage of these range fr...
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By Steve Neville
(Aamerican Property Management and Sales)
  The Advantages of Buying Melbourne Florida Waterfront Real Estate Now!   With prices where they are right now, there's never been a better time to buy waterfront property in the Melbourne Florida area . Anyone who has ever been to the Melbourne Florida area has at one point in their lives considered a life of relaxation with only the sound of the sea and the ocean breeze to worry about. While this may sound like an unobtainable form of paradise, with the current pricing, it is actually much more realistic than it seems. Here are several reasons. 1. A second home that generates income. For those who already own a home and are happy living where they are, waterfront property in Florida's popular Melbourne Florida area area can be a lucrative investment. Each year, thousands of tourists ...
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By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
Yesterday, I went to meet a prospective tenant at a rental I have listed.   We toured the property as the tenant asked several questions.  While discussing move in money, the woman asked, "Do you  know if this place is haunted?" It wasn't the first time the topic of ghosts has come up, and I'm guessing it probably won't be the last. A couple of years ago one of my tenants called to say she needed to talk.  I met with her the following day. She started with, 'I have been afraid to tell you this because I was afraid you would think I am crazy!' I couldn't imagine what she had to say. 'Well,' she continued, 'your house is haunted.  You've got ghosts here!'  What? Ghosts? I was taken aback. "What do you mean?" She said she had been aware the house had ghosts since December. It all started w...
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By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
Yesterday, as I was coming out of the store, after picking up some things, I could feel a set of eyes looking my direction.  As I loaded my purchases into my van, I couldn't shake the feeling of someone looking at me.  As I looked up, I found this handsome pooch, sitting in the driver's seat, looking my way.  He was beautiful and he had the most telling facial expressions.  It made me feel as if I were looking at a person.  I snapped some great shots of this well mannered pooch, as he waited for his owner to come out of the store.  I smiled as I drove away.  Dogs are great and so full of character.  This one was no exception. Let me that for you Specializing in Residential, Investment and Relocation Real Estate. Melbourne Real Estate / Palm Bay Real Estate and the Surrounding Areas I b...
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By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
I caught a glimpse of this guy resting on the brick wall at the entrance to the Fountainhead Neighborhood in Melbourne. He looked as if he were standing guard to watch all who drove in. Let me that for you Specializing in Residential, Investment and Relocation Real Estate. Melbourne Real Estate / Palm Bay Real Estate and the Surrounding Areas I buy, sell, rent, own and manage Real Estate.
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By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
Brevard County Beaches A couple of days ago, my oldest daughter, Stephanie and I looked at each other and decided it was time to take a break. We had both been working all day, getting projects done around the house.  We threw on our blue jeans, grabbed a light sweater and decided to head across the causeway to the beach, in Indialantic.   When we got there, we saw that there were a few other people that had the same idea we did.  It was such a pretty, peaceful afternoon. The sun was shining, the waves were lapping at the shore and there was a slight breeze.  We only saw one boy in the water, skim boarding.  I always take my camera with me, anytime I go somewhere.  It seems that I often see things now, that I never saw before.  This day it seemed that there were birds, everywhere, enjo...
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By Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
On Saturday, February 5, 2011 the Melbourne and the Beaches Music Marathon will be held in Downtown Melbourne.  There will be a Florida Today 5K and 8K race that will begin at US 1 and US 192. Runners will run through the streets of Downtown Melbourne, cross the Melbourne Causeway and come back.  There will be 6 musical groups performing and a kid's can enjoy a moon walk bouncy house. Races begin at 7:00 AM for the 8K race, and 8 AM for the 5K race.   Let me that for you Specializing in Residential, Investment and Relocations. I buy, sell, rent, own and manage Investment Real  
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By Laura Forman, Your Brevard Premier Property Specialist
(RE/MAX AEROSPACE REALTY www.LauraSellsBrevard.com)
When will the Pineda Extension be Completed?   UPDATE:  PINEDA EXTENSION OPENED 05/02/11     After driving past the Grand Haven subdivisions that line the extension of the Pineda Causeway, motorists still find the barricades near the Brisbane subdivision, and wonder, "When will the Pineda Extension be completed?" The Florida Today recently reported that the Pineda Extension for I-95 would be open by the end of February; however, I was surprised by what I learned today when I called the office of Mary Bolin, District 4 County Commissioner, for an update. Commissioner Bolin's office said the project has been delayed and the Pineda Extension is now expected to open in late spring or early summer of 2011.  Brevard County's portion of the project is completed, and we are waiting for the Flo...
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By Laura Forman, Your Brevard Premier Property Specialist
(RE/MAX AEROSPACE REALTY www.LauraSellsBrevard.com)
Today I saw Big Bird and it wasn’t on Sesame Street While driving this morning to look at homes for sale in Melbourne, Florida, I met Big Bird in the East Bay Plantation subdivision.  Instead of yellow feathers, this big bird, known as the Florida Sandhill Crane, has a bald red crown, stands between 4 - 5 feet tall, and has a trumpeting call that can be heard more than a mile away. Sandhill Cranes can sometimes become territorial in a neighborhood and will defend it against other cranes.  Upon seeing its own reflection in the shiny car, this Sandhill Crane believes it has encountered another bird.  It is doing its best to defend the subdivision against the intruder.  I wonder how long the confrontation will last? Contact Laura Forman - Realtor, CDPE, for information about Melbourne, Flo...
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