1948 and 1950 Fern Palm Dr, Edgewater FL

$269,000

Wonderful investment or live/rent opportunity in this concrete block duplex located in Florida Shores! Each side of the duplex has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and each side has its own inside laundry room with storage closets. 1948 Fern Palm A/C replaced in 2016, hot water heater 2020, 1950 Fern Palm A/C replaced 2019, hot water heater 2020. Make an appt. to view this duplex now!

2284 Davis Dr New Smyrna Beach FL 32168

$490,000

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If you were thinking of buying a home in New Smyrna Beach, not only are they getting harder to find, but you also couldn’t do better than this one! As one of the most meticulously remodeled homes for sale in the Volusia County area, it sits on a beautiful lot in a neighborhood that’s highly regarded by real estate agents and residents alike! Because of its family and retiree-friendly community and close proximity to local shopping necessities, I-95, restaurants, and of course the famous white sandy beaches here, it represents the very best that New Smyrna Beach has to offer, Iin real estate, it’s all about location, and this property shows exactly why. 

This is a lovely 3 bedroom 2 bathroom split floor plan home featuring vaulted ceilings, modern wood-look tile, and an open and functional galley kitchen complete with Quartz counter tops and stainless steel appliances. At one end of the home is a very peaceful master bedroom with a walk-in closet and remodeled en suite, while the dining room offers you the choice of dining in as you overlook the enchanting pool or outside on the recently added composite deck and travertine pavers. The pool was added this year and is both heated and cooled, so the fun doesn’t have to end with summer and continues on into fall and winter!

Take a look at the must see evening photos! Some properties come to life at sunset, and this is one of them. The deck is beautifully constructed and second to none, and is perfect for entertaining or quiet evenings with the family. 

This is of course for when you’re not out on your boat or RV, which you can store in the 34 X 22 detached garage with 14′ roll up door! Giving you the chance to save on costly fees and hard to find storage is one of the best features of this property – plus you can keep your toys at home. Other, endless improvements completed since 2018 include windows, doors, septic system (redone in 2021),sStanding seam metal roof, gutters, ample parking on the paver circle driveway, kitchen remodel, bathrooms, flooring, paint, pool, newly sealed travertine pavers, composite deck, detached garage with high end epoxy floor, and a fully fenced yard with white vinyl. This backyard oasis is what dreams are made of, and you can make it yours! Start living life close to the beach!

This incredible property truly stands out among listings in New Smyrna Beach – check the MLS yourself – and it’s ready to give its new owner a slice of paradise. 

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2401 S. Atlantic Unit 106D New Smyrna Beach FL

$675,000

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Welcome to the GROUND FLOOR, Northeast CORNER unit in the highly desirable building of The Pelican! Exterior building renovation, roof, windows, and paint are underway so this condo will be in tip top shape! This townhome style unit has incredible DIRECT north and east views! From your living room and the master bedroom you will feel as if you are sitting on the sand. View the beautiful white sand and blue water through new hurricane high impact sliding glass doors and windows, added in 2020, this large expense is taken care of for you. Hurricane windows are great for noise, protection, piece of mind and there is no need for unsightly roll down shutters. Head on up to the second floor where you will find the master suite with ensuite, second bedroom with a Murphy bed, perfect for guests and/or a home office. Do not worry there is a chair assist (new battery Dec. 2019) on the stairs if walking up stairs ever becomes an issue. New A/C 2020, dishwasher and stove 2018. The Pelican Condo has excellent rental history if you decide to rent for added income when your not here. Pets allowed for owners. Other wonderful amenities included 2 pools, newer club house, shuffle board, and grills. Come view one of New Smyrna Beach’s most desirable condo complexes.

 

How To Buy In A Tight Market

You’ve all read the headlines – the housing market is on a streak hotter than an expert card-counter at the blackjack table. The news is replete with stories of skyrocketing prices, low inventories, brutal bidding wars, buyers paying 10-20% above market value without question, and even all-cash offers from corporate buyers. All of which is to say, this is a seller’s paradise. For buyers, not so much. 

 

Competition is stiff out there. Even though prices are high, demand is strong and shows little sign of abating. We’re in the middle of the traditionally busy season for real estate, and we started from an already chaotic point in the market. As interest rates remained low, and as savings increased over the course of the pandemic, more and more prospective buyers have found themselves in a good position to take the plunge. This is also the reason why higher and higher prices seem to not have deterred many buyers, since lower interest rates end up saving thousands over the course of a mortgage, and what they save often turns out to be more than the difference in price on the home. 

 

If you include the powerful incentive to buy now and lock in a low interest rate, it’s easy to see why we’re in the middle of a veritable gold rush for homes right now. Add all of that up, and it makes for a truly daunting experience for buyers.

 

Even in normal times – and we’re not in normal times by any means – if you’re buying, you need to be able to distinguish your offer from other buyers. In this market, you’ve got your work cut out for you. So what’s a would-be homeowner to do?

 

To start, make sure you have a good buyer’s agent. They’re going to be your lifeline and roadmap through this challenging process. Even on a good day, buying a home is difficult enough; when you have to compete against other buyers and even all-cash offers, it becomes that much harder. 

 

When it comes to making compelling offers on a home, I usually tell buyers that it’s not always the amount of the offer, but sometimes the time frame on which it’s placed. Often, sellers are themselves moving to another home, and this involves buying one (basically, they’re doing the same thing you are when they’re not busy trying to sell their home, which is literally double the work). So, if you’re not in a hurry to move in, giving a generous timetable in your offer can make a real difference. This is especially important now because, in this market, chances are the seller may need some time to find and close on their new home. Giving them that breathing room might very well out-compete even the stoutest of all-cash offers. 

 

Now more than ever, it’s important to keep your offer clean. I know, this means giving up some concessions, but we are where we are. What I mean by a clean offer is attaching as few contingencies as possible to it, such as an appraisal, or the seller’s purchase of a home. This gives the seller some assurance that you have fewer opportunities to back out of a contract, and certainty is everything to a seller – this also helps them move forward with their own purchase of a new home, and this can make a real difference in nudging the entire process along. You should also avoid asking for seller concessions, like help with closing costs. It’s not ideal to give up this much, but it’s a huge help when it comes to making your offer more attractive than those of other buyers. How much should you be prepared to concede? It depends on what you’re willing to give up in order to have this particular home or, if the supply is really that low, any home. Obviously, this should be discussed with your agent on a case-by-case basis, because you don’t want to give up a home inspection on a fixer-upper when the goal is to move your family into it. 

 

You can also help your offer stand out by putting down an EMD or earnest money deposit. It shows that you’re serious about the home. Typically, an EMD is held by third parties like attorneys or title companies, and goes toward your down payment and/or closing costs, usually totaling 1-3% of both. Ideally though, you want to put down as high an amount as possible, because that increases the chances of your offer being accepted. In this case, more is more. Again, this gives the seller some assurance, but make sure that you’re certain about buying the home. Depending on the contract, if you put down an EMD and don’t purchase the house, in some cases the seller can keep that deposit in compensation for the time their home is off the market. 

 

Finally, if you’ve bought your home within the last six months and found yourself needing to move again, delayed financing is a potential option. This allows buyers to access the equity of their homes immediately by choosing a cash-out mortgage. This provides buy-in cash to remove financing contingency in ultra-competitive real estate markets, and can help you compete with all-cash offers as well as give the seller that coveted assurance that keeps coming up in this blog (hint: yes, it’s that important!). 

 

You can access the equity in your property sooner than a standard cash out refinance, and this can help accelerate the buying process. Lenders are also more commonly using programs that allow you to buy the house, pay cash, and then finance after the fact. Again, this can make your offer a lot more competitive among one or more other all-cash offers. 

 

This may not be a possibility for everyone, but it’s an example of how lenders are willing to adapt to help buyers in this new environment. Make sure you ask your agent and your lender what options are available to you! As always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions! 

 

  • Matt

 

Matt Guarro is a top-producing Florida REALTOR servicing the New Smyrna Beach, Winter Park, Edgewater, Port Orange, and Daytona Beach areas.

 

824 E 12th Ave New Smyrna Beach FL

$949,900

Remarkable custom built family home located a block to the beach. Quality construction was a top priority when this home was built, constructed of ICF (Insulated concrete forms), which are foam blocks filled with rebar and concrete. Very energy efficient and strong. Paired with a lifetime metal roof! As you approach the home a very attractive curved Hickory staircase leads you up to the front door, as well as when you enter the foyer you are greeted by another curved staircase leading to the second story. On the entry level is the gourmet kitchen with a natural gas stove, and cherry cabinets, which then leads by way of Mahogany floors on to the living room that opens to an outstanding covered porch, and one of 2 master suites. Head down one level into the half basement where you will find a very enjoyable movie theater for those nights of movie watching with kids and family! Also on this level is a bedroom, and a game room that could also be a 3rd bedroom. Out of the back of the home through the game room is a separate exterior entrance allowing this space to be an in-laws suite or private guest quarters. There is also ample storage on this level and throughout the home including a 228 sq. ft air conditioned storage room that is accessed on the exterior of the home keeping your beach toys out of the heat and elements. Head on up the hickory staircase to the upper story where you will find the 2nd master suite with covered balcony and another bedroom or home office. Spacious oversized 2 car garage with 8 ft high garage door to allow parking of large vehicles. The backyard completes this home with an inviting fire pit. Come see this home today and start enjoying the beach life!

103 Cunningham Drive, New Smyrna Beach FL

$1,850,000

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A highly desirable location in coveted New Smyrna Beach! Located directly on the Intracoastal waterway and minutes to access the Atlantic Ocean via Ponce Inlet which you can see from your backyard! The position of this home within the community of Inlet Shores is impeccable as you look directly down Rockhouse creek, on to disappearing island, through to the jetty and Inlet. 180 degrees of unobstructed views out back from your 41 ft balconies or through the large high impact windows providing peace of mind, comfort and value! Unbelievable boaters set up with DEEP water dock in place where the owner currently houses a 56′ Hatteras, includes a 10,000 lbs. covered boat lift, davits, and 50 amp power. In minutes your ready to enjoy life on the water whether it be on an abundance of nearby Islands, waterfront restaurants, dock fishing or offshore/backwater fishing. Large 75’x200′ lot is ready for your pool design, finishing off your resort style private oasis. This home offers a great deal of comfort and privacy for friends and family to enjoy! 5 bedrooms, 2 of which have their own ensuite, and all have wonderful views! The owner has extensively renovated this home with 2 story, 1775 sq. ft. concrete block construction addition. Large great room occupies the back of the home opening up for entertaining while 10 ft ceilings pull in light and picturesque views. Stunning, private, large master suite with ensuite and walk-in closet adjoins a spacious bonus room. Use for entertainment, theater, gym, or office….you name it! Imagine the sunrises from the bed! Bring your creative style, and designer talent to cap off the finishing touches in the kitchen and baths as the seller left these for you to add your mark. Other recent upgrades include 2 AC units, paint, porcelain tile, carpet, sprinkler system and sod. Don’t forget the very spacious 3 car garage allowing you to house cars and toys. Capture your piece of the Florida lifestyle now!

325 N Putnam Grove Rd, Oak Hill Florida

$625,000

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Welcome to Moody Hawk Farm, 22.05 acres named after one of resident hawks that patrol the property. The more time you spend on this property the more it is appreciated through the eyes of endless possibility. Zoned A1 including Agricultural exemption currently in place through a honeybee lease currently at the back of the property. The current owners originally set into motion their dream of having an Agritourism center including expansive opportunities including weddings, winery, overnight lodging, retail sales, recreational activities, tours, reunions, company retreats, holiday event, music festivals, educational workshops, and others! As you meander down the long driveway toward the large 40’x60′ barn you are greeted by a 40’x20′ covered patio. Continuing onto the double french doors welcoming you to the grand ball room you will be attracted to the 20′ ceilings, massive hand-built bar!

Highlights include a 4 compartment sink, plumbing for ice maker and beer coolers, 2 instant hot water heaters, 400 amp electric panel with 240 outlets by the stairs for beer making, 19×19 storage room suitable for a walk-in cooler, commercial kitchen and health department compliant, 20×40 upstair room with full bathroom and laundry facilities, ADA compliant bathroom downstairs, and 3 AC units. Outside on the manicured grounds you will find a 46’x21′ Carolina carport that includes 2 enclosed bays and one open air bay, 4 wells, 1 potable with water treatment system and others for irrigation, main barn is plumbed for 2 outdoor bathrooms, electric is ran to the workshop/carport area, and mobile chicken coop. The cultivated grounds include 40 persimmon trees, 800 lbs. of turmeric, 250′ of blackberry trellis, 30 mulberry trees, 8 Loquats and 50 beehives via Apiary lease along with extensive landscape trees circling the property. Be sure to head down the road behind the back of the main barn where there is cleared area perfect for a possible home site. Ready to make your dreams come true?

963 Lemon Bluff Road, Osteen FL

$250,000

 

Pristine Old Florida Living on the St. Johns River! Doesn’t get much better. Direct access to Lake Monroe, Lake Jesup, and Lake Harney by boat! Located just a couple doors down from the public boat ramp so family and friends have easy access to the water so they can enjoy with you. This lot sits high on a dune with approximately a 10 foot drop to the water from the back of the property. The seller has 2 boats slips currently as part of a shared dock with the neighbors in place, accessible through a common area that runs behind this property and the surrounding homes. Close to Sanford/Orlando airport and between Orlando and New Smyrna Beach. This property provides the escape to peace and quiet you have been looking for.

257 Minorca Beach Way Unit 107, New Smyrna Beach FL

 $610,000

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DIRECT OCEANFRONT 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo located in one of New Smyrna Beaches coveted communities of Minorca! The 2nd floor views are incredible from inside the unit and the extra large patio overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Ponce De Leon lighthouse, and Smyrna dunes 220 Acre park that includes a dog beach and 1.5 mile boardwalk. This unit has been updated over the years and shows very nicely. FURNISHED with some exceptions, ready for your enjoyment! Features include a laundry room in the unit, wet bar, tile floors, high impact windows and large sliding glass doors which add a great value. The community and amenities are first class including gated security, 2 heated pools, spas, gorgeous clubhouse, fitness center, 4 har tru tennis courts, ocean front pavilion, fishing dock and marina on the riverside. The private Beach walkover dedicated to this building is among the closest to the beach in this community. You will not be disappointed once you view this condo and the community.

205 W. Division St. Deland, FL

$175,000

Wonderful 3 bedroom 1.5 bathroom home very close to downtown Deland, Stetson University and the ballpark! Downtown Deland is bustling with a lot of eclectic shops, restaurants, breweries and events! Very recent updates in 2021 included the roof, with a 5 year leak guarantee, smoke detectors installed to code, extensive tree service of over $5300 cost removing all overhanging trees and branches, bedroom interior doors, bedroom closet sliding doors, paint inside and out, bathroom vanity, lower kitchen cabinetry, refrigerator and water heater in 2020.