Real Estate is Hard

By saying “real estate is hard” do I mean that marketing and selling real estate is so difficult only a genius can do it?  Um, no, not really!

What I mean is that it can be difficult for the parties involved in a real estate transaction on so many levels.

For sellers, it can be difficult to decide which possessions to keep when trying to declutter and downsize. It can also be difficult to see your home the way buyers will see it, and understand that it may need some tender loving care before marketing it for sale. It can be difficult to get feedback from realtors or buyers that may not be favorable. It can be difficult when you get that first offer and it isn’t quite as much as you had hoped. Lastly, it can be difficult when you are packing everything up and leaving that home that meant so much to you.

For buyers, it can be difficult to understand that maybe the type of home you would love to buy and the type of home you can afford to buy are two different homes. It can be difficult to understand that the market where you are buying may be totally different than the market where you have been living. It can be difficult to find the right home to fit all of your large furniture that you are hoping to keep. It can be difficult to know if the home, neighborhood or area that you are choosing is really the best fit for you and your family.

So, yes, the decisions and transactions in real estate can be difficult and stressful. It is important to do your research, ask questions and ask for help in making those decisions. That process can and should include the right lender and the right realtor to help guide you through the process. Once you have made that decision to downsize and declutter, or that decision that you need to move to a larger home, or you definitely decide on a specific neighborhood, then, all of a sudden, the stress tends to melt away because you know you have made the right choice!  Give me a call and let me know how I can help!

Learn more about neighborhoods in St. Augustine at Single Family Homes and Condominium Communities.


Recent updates on a variety of St. Augustine homes for sale

  • Recently Reduced!  Pool Home with an attached 2 car garage plus an additional 3 car garage and a large lot in Oakbrook. For more information see: 3312 Woodbury Court | St Augustine

  • Recently reduced! Spacious island home in a great location close to the beach. For more information see: 409 A Street | St Augustine

Not quite what you are searching for? Find your St. Augustine home today.


To Buy or Not to Buy – That is the Question

So, you have decided that it is time to move. Your current home no longer meets your needs, for whatever reason, and you want to market your current home for sale and find a new one.

What is the process? Well, that kind of depends on you and how you want the process to go.

Buy your future home, then sell your current home. Market your current home for sale, while shopping for your future home. Sell your current home and rent for some amount of time while you shop for and purchase your new home.

Your financial situation may dictate much of how this works. If you simply cannot afford to buy your future home before selling your current one, then that decision is made for you. Also, if you will need to sell your current home and close that loan prior to qualifying for a new home loan, again, that may be decided for you.

It is possible to have a somewhat simultaneous closing. I say “somewhat” because you will still need a few days to a week where you can store all of your personal belongings while you move out, clean and close on your current home and get closed on your new home.

Lastly, if you are just moving across town, that can be a much easier situation than moving across the country. I know, because I have done both. Each time we made it work, but each came with different decisions and challenges.

If you are thinking through the process and want to talk it out, just give me a call and let me know how I can help!


What is your lifestyle dream?

Do you want to be close to the beach? How about having your homeowners’ association do some of the yard work for you? Are you starting a family or downsizing? Are you going to be retiring and are looking for your future home? I would love to help you find your St. Augustine Home and have these great properties to offer:

17 Village Del Lago Circle

Choose a beach condo in a community with amazing amenities and beach access to use as a weekend getaway or place to settle into your retirement. Imagine stealing away to your own hideaway at the beach and it is your very own, beautifully decorated and furnished condo with soothing water views.

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For more details about this property see 17 Village Del Lago Circle, St. Augustine

1481 Stockbridge Lane

Enjoy the privacy of a home on a golf course and a screened lanai overlooking a lake and greenery. This home is built to be the center hub of an active day and a retreat to recharge. Just 5 minutes to historic downtown.

For more details about this property see 1481 Stockbridge Lane, St Augustine.

208 Mayan Terrace

Tired of yard work? Have the HOA do it for you while you enjoy the beach and nights out in historic downtown. This is the best opportunity to own a home on the island and start living your beach life dreams.

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For more information about this property see 208 Mayan Terrace, St. Augustine.

204 N Ocean Trace Road

The right amount of living space, near the beach and low maintenance with the yard work done for you.  Walk or bike to the beach!  The perfect place to downsize to.

For more information about this property see 204 N. Ocean Trace Road, St. Augustine.

3389 Kings Road South

Searching for a large backyard for kids or pets to play? This half-acre lot offers the opportunity for making memories with pets, kids, or grand-kids.

Didn’t find what you were looking for?  Start your search today!


Home for the Holidays!

Searching for a home for the holidays?

Here is a selection of homes to choose from – there’s something for everyone!
7870 A1A South #302

7870 A1A South #302 | St. Augustine, FL 32080

  • Stunning ocean views from this penthouse, corner unit condo at Ocean House.
  • Expansive covered balcony. The views can be seen from everywhere within this top floor condo.
  • The interior is as striking as the view with the finest upgrades and design.
  • The owners have truly transformed this unit – after taking it down to the metal studs – and have lovingly enjoyed and cared for it since.
  • Beautifully designed kitchen arranged to allow the chef ocean views as well, with Meile appliances and Sub-Zero refrigerator with two freezer drawers, plus Sub-Zero two refrigerator drawer under-counter unit for easy access to drinks or fruit.
  • The sleek design of the Poliform Varenna Kitchen Cabinets topped with Calacatta Gold Marble countertop and tile backsplash adds elegance to the space, and, along with the pantry with Miele coffee system and plate warmer drawer.
  • During the remodel, the unit was fully rewired, replumbed and a/c ductwork all replaced. Windows and sliding doors replaced during remodel.
  • Electric roller shades by remote control to close some or all of the shades.

To learn more about this home see: 7870 A1A South #302


220 Casa Sevilla

220 Casa Sevilla Avenue | St Augustine, FL 32092

  • Upgraded home with four of the bedrooms and the office all conveniently located on the main level, but an additional bonus and bedroom upstairs.
  • Screened lanai with lake views.
  • Spacious kitchen with 42” cabinets, prep island, pantry and quartz counters.
  • Porcelain tile flooring through the living area.
  • Medallion accents; the crown molding, gas fireplace for cool evenings.
  • master retreat with laminate flooring and the bath with large, garden tub and custom tile shower.
  • Fully fenced backyard.
  • Community pool, playground or basketball court and shopping nearby.  Easy on and off of I95 for your commute.

To learn more about this home see: 220 Casa Sevilla Avenue


687 Bahia Drive St. Augustine, FL 32086

687 Bahia Drive | St Augustine, FL 32086

  • Generous room sizes and a nice open floorplan that is light and bright.
  • Family room just off the kitchen with access to the screened lanai and partially fenced backyard.
  • Living room/den opens to dining room.
  • Spacious master retreat with lots of closet space and updated tile shower.
  • The screened lanai has vinyl window panels so the space can be used during all seasons. Access from family room or dining, and a pass-through window from the kitchen make it great for entertaining.

To learn more about this home see: 687 Bahia Drive


824 W. 13th Street

824 13TH St | St Augustine, FL 32084

  • Great opportunity for a comfortable home within the city.
  • Spacious family room and the eat in kitchen has plenty of cabinets and counter space and room for a table.
  • Master suite with separate bath is private with the split design.
  • Extra room, used as office, and nice sized utility room as well.
  • Great floor plan for a great price.
  • Located close to the Solomon Calhoun Community Center and zoned for good schools.

To learn more about this home see: 824 W. 13th Street


118 Amistad Drive

118 Amistad Drive | St Augustine, FL 32086

  • Roomy townhome with an attached two-car garage.
  • Truly move-in ready and lovingly maintained.
  • Spacious master is on the main level with en-suite bath and walk-in closet.
  • Upstairs has space to spare with a nice loft, plus two roomy bedrooms – both with a walk-in closet.
  • Great touches like the crown molding and neutral paint.
  • Well planned with 42” cabinets, pantry and lots of counter space in the kitchen.
  • Casual dining off of the kitchen that are both open to the spacious family room.
  • Covered lanai with backyard views of the preserve.

To learn more about this home see: 118 Amistad Drive


3389 Kings Road South

3389 Kings Road South | St Augustine, FL 32086

  • Neat and clean and move-in ready.
  • Gas Range, white cabinets, lots of counter space
  • Light and bright open floor plan with gas fireplace shared with den and family room.
  • Spacious screened lanai overlooks large backyard on half acre lot with gorgeous palm trees!

To learn more about this home see: 3389 Kings Road South


3381 Kings Road South Front

3381 Kings Road South | St Augustine, FL 32086

  • Move-in ready with great touches like tile floors, 42″ cabinets, arches, columns, plant shelves, rounded corners.
  • Corner lot is over a 1/2 acre with room for pool.
  • Open floor plan with split bedroom design.
  • Covered lanai overlooks large backyard with room for expanded patio or pool addition.
  • Newer roof in 2015.

To learn more about this home see: 3381 Kings Road South


 


Your Story Matters!

I was recently driving past a local bank and on the sign outside it said, “Your Story Matters!”  That is so true in life,
and in the world of Real Estate.  Your story does matter!  As a Realtor, I am here to help you write just a part of your story.  I want to find you that home or second home that you can make memories in and will always be part of your story.  If part of that story is that the second home has to make some income to support it, that can be possible.  Maybe you are at the beginning of your story, looking for your first home – that’s great!  Maybe you are more in the middle of your story, and the home you are in was great for raising your children, but they are all in stories of their own now and you need to downsize – I can help you figure all of that out.  Maybe your story took a turn you didn’t expect – not so much a surprise ending as a turning point that took you by surprise – that, too, can be figured out. Or maybe you are even farther along in your story, and even your small home or condo is not working any longer and it is time to move to assisted living – I can help with that too.  Our stories are our lives being played out with all of our friends, family, neighbors – all being part of that story.  If you, or anyone in your story, needs the help of a Realtor – just let me know!  I would love to be a part of your story – and I will never forget that it is YOUR story.

Related: Why I do What I do


Toughest Spring in Years

I get an email newsletter update every day from the Florida Realtors.  Great information about all things real estate and other news as well.  Yesterday, it mentioned a Wall Street Journal article that this may be the toughest Spring in years – and they didn’t mean all those nasty Spring storms that have been brewing all across the country, although that makes for a very tough Spring!  It was referring to a tough Spring market for buyers in the real estate market nationwide.  It can be felt here, in St. Augustine, as well.  While prices and mortgage rates will increase, inventory of homes for sale can be tight or decreasing – especially for first time home buyers. That will be tough for buyers, but equally tough for sellers, who may have a difficult time finding the replacement home as they want to downsize or upsize and place their current home on the market.

What can you do?  As a buyer, make sure you have your mortgage pre-approval.  That way, when you do find the right home, at the right price, you can show the seller that you are ready to buy and there shouldn’t be any hiccups in the process.  Make sure you are communicating everything you are looking for, but don’t be afraid to look in areas you may not have thought of or for home styles you may not have considered – that may help increase the number of homes available to you.  And, remember, you may not find the perfect home – it may not have all the bells and whistles that you thought you wanted.  Can you make some small adjustments after closing to make it the perfect home?  In a tight inventory market, you may have to be a little more flexible. You can start your search for a home here: MyStAugustineHome.com.

As a seller, you may think that low inventory means you don’t have to do your due diligence.  You still need to get your home ready for the market by decluttering, repairing, and making sure you have great curb appeal.  Just because the inventory is tight, does not ensure that your home will be one to sell in two days or get multiple offers.  It still needs to be appealing to the buyers in the market and be listed for the right price.  Also, depending on the price point of your home, there could be more or less inventory, demand, etc., so keep that in mind.  You will want to have your plan in place for where you are going after the sale.  Be looking for your next home prior to listing so that you have an idea of neighborhoods and home styles you like.  You may not be in the financial position to purchase your next home prior to selling your current one, but have a plan for either the next purchase, or for a short term rental until you can find that next home.

Let me know how I can be of help finding your first home, your next home or in getting your home ready for the Spring selling season!  I am just a call, text, or email away!