HOW DO YOU IDENTIFY THE BEST REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS? LIGHT UP FLORIDA IT ALL COMES DOWN TO HAPPINESS IN DECEMBER’S ISSUE
IN YOUR CORNER LIVING LARGE
5 NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS FOR YOUR HOME
FLORIDA FINDS LIGHT UP FLORIDA
IN YOUR CORNER FEATURE STORY
HOW DO YOU IDENTIFY THE BEST REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS?
LIVING LARGE IT ALL COMES DOWN TO HAPPINESS CURIOUS IF PRICES ARE UP? WHAT’S THE MARKET DOING? WE’VE GOT ANSWERS!
KID’S CORNER ACTIVITIES TO GET YOU IN THE HOLIDAY MOOD
CBV CARES LEADING THE WAY IN OUR COMMUNITIES
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NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS FOR YOUR 5
Instead of repeating New Year’s resolutions that you’ll never keep this year, try setting a few home improvement goals. You’re certainly aware of the typical “paint your front door” advice for a quick home improvement, but you can save the prettying-up for spring and address the basics now. These resolutions will have an immediate impact on your daily quality of life and help you go into the new year worry-free.
If you consider your kitchen the beating heart of your house, cook up some ways to perform preventative maintenance on your appliances. Machines that receive the brunt of day-to-day use (the refrigerator, dishwasher, and stove) deserve a deep cleaning and a checkup. Make sure to thoroughly clean behind and underneath them and address any operational issues so you can plan for necessary repairs or replacements.
The following is a guest post by GUSTAVO GONZALEZ on Blue Matter, the Coldwell Banker Blog. Edited by CHELSEA CORNELIUS.
KITCHEN EXPERT TIP: GIVE YOUR KITCHEN A LITTLE TLC BY HAVING THE COUNTERTOPS RESEALED AND INSTALLING A BACKSPLASH. A
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There’s nothing quite like settling into a room that’s refreshed from top-to-bottom with spotless windows and floors. Consider renting a floor cleaning machine or scheduling professional services. Furniture with upholstery should get a good steam treatment, and walls could likely use a wipe-down to erase months (or years) of smudges and stains. Once you’re finished, your home will look and, more importantly, feel as good as new.
TO KEEP FLOORS CLEAN AND CUT DOWN ON THE NUMBER OF DUST PARTICLES, IRRITANTS, AND FLOATERS IN OPEN AREAS, CONSIDER USING AIR PURIFIERS, ENTRYWAY SHOE RACKS, AND ROBOT VACUUMS/MOPS.
Whether it’s your hobby space, tinkering spot or storage for miscellaneous items, the garage is often overlooked when it comes to home upkeep – so bring this “out of sight, out of mind” space into the spotlight. Take inventory of everything inside your garage. If you have any unwanted items, set them aside for donation or get rid of them. For everything else, reorganize and declutter by prioritizing items you often use and storeaway items that are used sparingly.
IF YOU HAVE A BARE GARAGE FLOOR, CONSIDER HAVING A PROFESSIONAL COAT IT WITH PAINT, CONCRETE SEALANT, OR EPOXY.
Think about a big project that you haven’t had time to get to or have been putting off. Are there leaves or debris still sitting in the gutter? Should pressure washing be scheduled in the upcoming months? Could the landscaping use a touch-up? Once you have a game plan, you can buckle down and tackle these projects one by one.
To-do lists for your home are never exciting, but by setting aside a time allotment for each area, grabbing some help (with the promise of a reward), and setting up your favorite music playlist, you can lighten the load. You’ll finish up with the pride of knowing your home has been renewed and well-kept for the months to come, and be proud that you actually kept your New Year’s resolutions this year!
IF NOW ISN’T THE BEST TIME TO DEAL WITH OUTDOOR PROJECTS, CALLING AROUND TO GATHER INFO/ QUOTES AND SET DATES IS A SIMPLE FIRST STEP TO GETTING THESE CHORES TAKEN CARE OF..
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The following is a post by Chelsea Cornelius.
The day after Thanksgiving, November 25th this year, is the beginning of the Holiday Season for most Americans. The Golden Triangle in Central Florida takes this to a new level. The Golden Triangle is the area connected by three small towns in central Florida – Eustis, Mount Dora, and Tavares. Each of these picturesque towns lights up for visitors and residents every year to celebrate the holiday season. In Northest Florida, it is St. Augustine that lights up the night skies from the end of November through January. As we are fast approaching the 25th of November, let’s take a look at these upcoming extravaganzas.
EUSTIS Light Up
Light Up Eustis kicks off the festivities the day after Thanksgiving, November 25th. If you aren’t one of the ones forced to work or busy checking off all of your holiday shopping list this could be for you and your family. Join “America’s Hometown” from 5PM to 9PM to celebrate the holiday season as they have since 1989. Downtown will be drapped in lights along with the trees of Ferran Park. There will be food, live music, real snow, and reindeer for you to enjoy at this FREE event. Mr. & Mrs. Clause will be downtown along with a seventy-five foot snow slide for the kiddos to rid over and over.
MOUNT DORA TAVARES ST. AUGUSTINE
Mount Dora is THE Christmas small town in Florida. It is ready to give you all the feels when you step into this hallmark town. That being said, Light Up Mount Dora is a must see event. Every single light of the 2 million on display throughout the downtown area will be twinkling just for you on November 26th. In 2020 due to COVID the light display became a much more walkable one but the event was cancelled out of precaution in 2021, so this year is a much anticipated return of a beloved Christmas tradition.
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Round out your Golden Triangle events on December 3rd in downtown Tavares. All of the trees downtown have been gingerly decorated including the lines of palm trees along Main St. There will be a parade starting at 5PM with a massive celebration following in Wooten Park. Watch Santa fly into America’s Seaplane City on his own seaplane, of course. There will be live music, food, a giant snow globe, a Christmas movie and more for you to enjoy throughout the evening. You can also meander around the downtown area from the Union Train Station all the way to Lake Dora. All of which are decorated to the nines in various holiday decor.
Nights of Lights has been a tradition in the City of St. Augustine for the last twenty-nine years, and the gorgeous glow that falls over the whole city entices visitors from around the world to visit Northeast Florida from November to January. The twenty-nine-year tradition of lighting up the city came from its Spanish roots. You can take in the town with a stroll, on a guided train tour, on a boat, or in a horsedrawn carriage. Today the beautiful Spanish-style architecture and all that surrounds it are covered in more than 3 million lights. Consider making the Nights of Lights part of your holiday traditions this year whether you're a local or just in the area.
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THE BEST HOW DO YOU IDENTIFY
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS?
Investing in real estate can be a great way to create wealth for you and your family, but to see a real return on investment, it's important to adopt a different mindset than when you bought your family home. As a property investor, you will be looking at homes for their profit potential rather than their aesthetics alone. Maybe you've already seen gains as a property investor but want to consider expanding and diversifying your portfolio. It is a great time of year to speak to a Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty agent about residential and commercial opportunities you could consider making as we move into the New Year.
How Do I Make Money?
A common saying among real estate professionals is that you should "profit when you buy." This is because you can control what you pay for a property, but you can't control what the market will do to that property's value. As an example, let's say you bought a property for $150,000 that you intend to sell and it is in need of about $25,000 in repairs. It's located in an area where comparable properties sold between $140,000 and $170,000 dollars.
Is this a good deal? No, you paid more than you could get for it if you were to sell. This doesn't mean you need to time the market perfectly; many experts say you, in fact, shouldn't try to time the market when buying investment properties. Consider being a buy-and-hold investor. Over a good deal of time, you may earn a profit, but it's smarter to make your money going into the deal than count on time and/or luck to increase your property's value. Lucky for you, you're not alone. Your Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty agent knows the market and can guide you to make the smartest decision.
The following is a guest post by LINDSAY LISTANSKI, orignally posted on Blue Matter, the Coldwell Banker Blog. Edited By Chelsea Cornelius.
What Is Positive Cash Flow?
A positive cash flow property is a property that earns more income than it costs you to own it. So, for example, if you had an investment property that brought in a monthly rental income of $1,000 per month and it cost you $800 per month to own it, then it would be considered a positive cash flow property. And as you can guess, a negative cash flow property is one that costs you to own. Make sure you factor in all costs, including maintenance and property management fees, before you invest. Strongly consider making sure your renters buy renter's insurance to protect your investment while the property is in their hands. While it is not required in the state of Florida, you can require it in the leasing process.
What Is Capital Growth?
Capital growth means an increase in the value of your property. So, for example, if you purchased a property at $200,000 and in a year's time, it grew in value to $202,000, then the property market has delivered 2% growth. While you need positive cash flow to fund your property purchases and maintenance, you need capital growth to grow your assets and achieve true wealth.
One advantage of buying property for the purpose of investing is that you can borrow funds to make the purchase, as opposed to other investment opportunities such as stocks and bonds. Another advantage is that when inflation hits and prices increase, sometimes your house value will increase as well. If you borrow with a fixed-rate mortgage, you will still be paying the future monthly payments with a currency that's depreciated in value. As years go by, the equity on your property will increase, and once the principal amount is all paid off, you will have a debt-free asset that will continue to appreciate, depending on market conditions.
Compared to stacking up cash savings in your bank account and watching it lose value to inflation, investing in a property can secure your money in the long term and act as a hedge against dollar debasement. Whether for diversification of your investment portfolio or to secure a property where you and your family can grow and build memories, buying a home can be a timeless investment vehicle.
an Investing Strategy?
To reach any goal in life, you've got to have a plan. Your investing strategy will be the plan you use to reach the goals you have set for yourself. So, for example, if you need to buy an investment property that will pay for itself (positive cash flow), you'll be looking for the following:
· A property that you can buy for less than the market might pay (known as below value or a discount).
· A property that is in a location with higher priced properties that you can do simple renovations to in order to increase its value and charge more in rent (ask your agent if the market will take an increase in rent).
There are certain market drivers that we look for when finding a potential investment. These drivers will impact both what you pay for a property and the rate at which it grows (or doesn't grow) in value.
·Population growth. Put simply, an area that is growing. You want to look for areas that have been predicted to grow.
·Supply and demand. Look for an area with a lot of listing inventory. You want to find an area with more renters than properties available to achieve the best rental returns possible.
·Economics. There should be employers expanding and/ or hiring, retail stores moving into the area, roads being built and/or expanded, and other signs of strong economic growth. Work with an agent with deep local knowledge who can advise you on locations that have these drivers.
Good Investment Opportunity? How Do I Determine If an Investment Is Profitable? Use the following calculations to find possible investment properties. 1. Determine how much gross income the property will deliver. 2. Figure out your monthly expenses, such as insurance, property taxes, property management fees, financing costs, HOA (if applicable), repairs, and vacancy costs. D C F E G
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3. Subtract your monthly expenses from the monthly rent. This amount is your net income (your cash flow).
4. Calculate the cap rate and the cash on cash return. Cap rate compares the return on investment(ROI) to the purchase price. To get the cap rate, divide the net annual income by the purchase price. Aim for a rate of 8% or higher to get the best results.
5. Determine the cash-on-cash return. This calculation tells you how much return your investment is giving you. If you were to pay all cash, then this figure would be the same as the cap rate. If you're financing, this calculation is a more accurate way to determine how profitable your investment is. To calculate, divide the net annual income by the total cash invested. The difference between these last two calculations is that the cap rate tells you how good of a deal you're getting on the purchase price, whereas the cash-on-cash return tells you how good of a return your money is getting.
Investing in a property can be exciting, but it can also be a stressful one if you don't do your homework. Be sure to work with a trustworthy Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty agent to determine if you should invest in a rental or commercial property in a particular location. Reach out to your trusted advisor today so you be confident you have the best plan for your real estate future.
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IT ALL COMES DOWN TO
The following is a guest post by CAMILLA MCLAUGHLIN which was originally pushlished in Homes & Estates Magazine and on the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog Edited by Chelsea Cornelius.
What’s in and what’s out usually dominate design discussions, but homeowners’ desires today transcend colors or square footage. Instead, words like comfort, happiness, and versatility pepper conversations with designers asked about the consumer mindset today. “Generally speaking, everyone wants things to be more casual these days, even in the city.” Even in more formal homes, “they want extremely relaxed, flexible, comfortable,” observes Manhattan designer and member of the AD 100 Liliane Hart. Overall, she says, “People are living more intimately.” A majority want to use all the spaces in their home with no room off limits to children or dogs.
“People are much more in tune to their interiors, men and women alike,” observes Tony Sutton, president, and owner of Est Est, an award-winning interior design firm in Scottsdale. “Men are much more involved in the process because they do care, and they understand the psychological influence the space has on mood.”
In a way, it all comes down to happiness, says Elissa Morgante, founding partner of Morgante Wilson Architects. “When we collaborate with our clients, we are more focused than ever on the simple priority of creating a home that brings them pleasure every time they walk in the door. There’s a lot of freedom in that approach to design because you’re not concerned about following rules or making a safe choice, or thinking about whether something is in or out of style. Instead, the guiding principle is the idea that your home should make you happy — and that’s all about personal choices rather than following trends.”
Embrace Personal Style
Homeowners, particularly the affluent, continue to expect their residences to be uniquely their own. Compared to even a few years ago, they are surprisingly liberated and apt to pursue rooms, aesthetics, and special interests they consider essential to their lifestyle. Features such as outdoor connections, ancillary spaces, and versatility contribute even more to desirability and value. People across the country are no longer defined by one trending style and are comfortable remodeling or building from scratch. Inside and outside, the farmhouse style is waning. Contemporary is growing as a top preference, particularly for elevations, while newly streamlined expressions make traditional and regional vernaculars increasingly relevant, stoking demand.
No longer living in the moment and ready to change interiors on a whim, homeowners are looking for value and thinking long-term, something designers say they have been preaching for years. Antiques, whether single statement pieces or authentic accents are back in favor along with higher-quality furnishings. “Smart people realize the value in doing it right the first time as opposed to instant gratification,” says Sutton.
“Pick a statement piece for the room, whether it’s a stunning chandelier, dramatic wall finish, or oversized piece of art, and put your money there. Save money on side tables, accent pieces, accessories, and pillows. Those items can be updated every 5-10 years to give you a new look,” explains Chicago designer Donna Mondi.
Making Great Rooms Greater
Indoor-outdoor synchronicity continues to transform floor plans. Increasingly, the main rooms are oriented toward an outdoor tapestry of covered and open spaces, lounge areas, gardens, and water or fire features. Transitions seemingly disappear, creating a cohesive experience as much outside as it is indoors. Technology continues to enable enhanced connections with larger windows and doors, screens that do more than block insects, and glass that can change from translucent to opaque. Look for more integrated courtyards and strategies to bring more light into the center of homes.
What will future homes look like? From the vantage point at the beginning of a new decade, we seem to be in a unique position as we look ahead to the decade that follows with potential transformative innovations as well as an ongoing style evolution on the horizon. As long as you are happy in your home the future looks bright.
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October 2022 Want the latest market data when it’s available? Ask your agent if they are a part of the MLS MARKET UPDATE program. OCTOBER 2022 $355,000 OCTOBER 2021 $307,000
“As expected, the real estate market continues to stabilize, as we close out the month of October and move into the holiday season,” said 2022 NEFAR President Mark Rosener. “This year has been a bit of a bumpy ride navigating through the end of the pandemic, the rise of inflation, the mid-year elections, and the rise of interest rates. The combined single family, condo, and townhouse median price has fluctuated between $350,000 and $375,000 since March 2022 in the Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS®’ six-county area settling in at $359,990 at the end of October.”
What does this mean for BUYERS?
Contact your Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty Agent to find out who the experts are you need to talk to and for help finding out what you need to get into your next home. They can also let you know what programs you might qualify for to ease the burden of higher interest rates and soaring home prices.
What does this mean for SELLERS?
The holidays are coming, if you are selling make sure you are on the same page as your Coldwell Banker Vanguard Agent before those photos are taken. They handle the selling process and protect their customers, bringing them the best offers that ensure the sale goes through with due diligence and care. Reach out to them today about your end of the year and New Year's real estate goals.
The Avondale Office was proud to sponsor the annual RAP Home Tour this year. This year’s RAP Home Tour was a huge success! After a hiatus from the pandemic, this was the first RAP Home Tour in two years. Erica Davis, Realtor® and a House Captain for TAE on Talbot for the Home Tour presented the check to the representatives of RAP (Riverside Avondale Preservation) at their office on Herschel Street. Volunteers for the Home Tour from the Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty Avondale office were agents: Erica Davis (House Captain), Christina Jenkins, Nancy Cusimano, Robert Van Cleve, Tiffany Hebert, Wade Griffin, and Glenn Guiler
The Ponte-Vedra Beaches Office is running its Warm Clothing Drive which collects a variety of clothing items for the homeless for Mission House to keep those in need warm and clothed through the colder months. The drive will run the month of November up until their Annual Thanks in Giving Celebration Ponte-Vedra Beaches Agents Carole Bayer and Nancy Hammond were happy to help collect generous donations of toiletries, gently used warm clothing, and plenty of new underwear for Mission House from Britni Burkins Insurance Agency as well as the Crosswater Community Church Women’s Tuesday evening small group this week. If you would like to take part in the Warm Clothing Drive this November please contact your Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty Agent.
The St. Johns Office made a $1000 donation to Wolfson Children's Duran Genetics Center on behalf of the family of Addie Strong , a 2 ½ year old who passed away suddenly from a genetic disorder. The family coordinates an annual 5K Run in her honor in Aberdeen to raise funds and the CBV St. Johns Office sponsored and participated in the event on Saturday, November 12th.
To nominate a favorite charity or organization that is near and dear to your heart, contact your CBV agent for more information.
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ACTIVITIES TO GET YOU IN THE
The holidays are a great time to enjoy your family and friends and appreciate all the great moments you can share. Many of us have cherished holiday memories of finding the perfect tree or watching our favorite holiday classics like good ole Frosty or Home Alone. In anticipation of the holiday season, here is a list of some great activities to get you and the kiddos in the holiday mood.
HoLiday Mood Tree Hunting
There is something great about going to a tree farm and exploring the rows of trees to find the perfect one for your home. Pile the kiddos in the car and head to any of the farms in Northeast Florida, from Songer's Christmas Tree Farm in Middleburg to A Southern Christmas Tree Farm in Hilliard. Enjoy taking in the open air and the smell of fresh trees, and then get to work searching for the tree. Letting everyone find the one they like best and proudly showing off their tree to the family is a great way to make everyone feel included in the picking process.
Decorating the Home
What says the holidays more than a string of twinkly lights or a little holly around the home? As a child, I always loved unpacking and looking through our ornaments with my parents and siblings as we relearned where each special ornament came from, including my brother's first handmade popsicle stick creation to my parent's wedding year ornament. I have continued that tradition with my daughter, who loves to help! The young ones always love to help, and this is the time to let them. I tend to keep the breakables out of the toddler's reach but put on some holiday music and unpack those decorations that have been stored away with the whole family.
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Baking Holiday Cookies
Holiday cookies are great to have on hand during the holidays, whether for guests or to give to teachers and family as presents. You can adjust the intricacy of the recipes depending on the ages, such as the break apart and place on a baking sheet kind for the little ones. If baking is too stressful for you when the kids are involved, consider a decorating activity. Enjoy a baking day by yourself while the rest of the family is out getting their gifts for their loved ones, and then set up a decorating station for kids to take part in that evening or even the next day. Tones of people love an adorable gingerbread man or iced butter cookies. There is something to be said for gifts handmade with love and decorated with care, even if they are perfectly imperfect.
For competitive families, this is a great holiday activity for you. You can break into teams of girls versus boys or every kid for themselves with mom and dad's help. Load up on icing, candy, and all the many decorating options, including glitter galore, you can find. They will love putting their own spin on a holiday tradition, and you can enjoy seeing what everyone creates.
Whatever activities you choose to do this year, we at Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty hope you have a happy holiday and a wonderful New Year!
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