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New Year Resolutions! We get to "Start Over" again each Year!

by Pat Argo

 

After spending the Holidays with family and friends, this is a time of the year to start thinking about changes to make in our lives, both personal and in business.  I wanted to share one of mine with you.

My goal has always been to become your REALTOR® for life.  I'd like you to think of me first when you need to buy, sell or lease and that you’ll recommend me to your friends, family, co-workers, too.  That kind of trust has to be earned. I'm committed to continue helping you be a better homeowner even when you’re not buying or selling.

The strategy is simple.  A well-informed homeowner will make better decisions.  Periodically I'll offer information through articles and social media on a wide variety of home-related topics like maintenance tips, tax law changes, financing suggestions, insurance, equity building strategies, and rental property investments. Feel free to share it with others via email or ?.

Please contact me if you need a recommendation on a service provider.  My experience, along with that of my co-workers and friends, has built a list of reputable and reasonable contractors that you can rely upon.  When you have any kind of home-related questions, I hope you’ll have the confidence to call me or send me a text or email. Let me know when you discover really good service providers or a new place to eat yourself! I'll pass it on, too!

Happy New Year!  I sincerely look forward to helping you, your family, co-workers or your friends. And it doesn't always have to be about real estate! I am usually open for coffee or brunch/lunch just to get caught up on each others lives.

Consider Going Green & Gardening in Pots

by Pat Argo

Consider Going Green & Gardening in Pots

My Mother's family name is Greene. Her Dad was a preacher and my Grandma was a gardener. Momma was one of 7 kids. My Dad also loved to garden and friends always enjoyed taking produce home and even some of his Hot Pepper Sauce. (Sonny worked in our restaurant as a teen!) So I really grew up with gardens but did very little real gardening due to time constraints until recent years as I raised my family and worked.

In the Spring, many homeowner’s thoughts turn to the garden. Given the beauty and convenience of a container garden, it’ should be no surprise that an estimated 90% of America's 67 million gardeners grow plants in containers. Here are a few tips for creating a cheerful container garden of your own.

Plants: Expand your imagination beyond flowers: a wide variety of plants and evergreen shrubs do very well in containers. Some vegetables do quite well in containers. Be sure to buy your plants at a dependable nursery or specialty store, selecting only high quality plants that are free of disease and pests. For more visual interest in each pot, use 3 or 4 plant varieties that harmonize with one another.

Sun & Soil: When growing plants in containers, rotate them a quarter turn each day to help them grow straight and full. Potted plants usually require a bit more water and fertilizer than plants growing in the ground> Using the proper kind of soil is very important. I keep a compost container for fruit and veggie scraps, coffee grounds, trimming materials, etc. I also add earthworms to my beds and pots. 

Containers: Your imagination is the limit when it comes to containers for your garden. Most plant containers are made out of wood, plastic, ceramics or clay. But you might try non-traditional containers, such as buckets, wooden crates, or an old watering can. An unusual container can make for a striking garden arrangement.

Get your kids or Grands involved! I noticed a label on a frozen food entree I cooked this week that indicates the paper based tray in recyclable and suggests using it for planting seeds! I am all for this. It cleaned up nicely. I will put it to the test this weekend!

Your container garden will make your home appear more welcoming and even more attractive to potential buyers. And whatever type of garden you create, remember to take time to enjoy it. They can also move with you if you are not going far!

I planted a late Fall Garden in a couple of raised beds I have last year. We enjoyed a wonderful harvest of assorted tomatoes for several months. Later I picked all the green ones ( 2 trays full!) right before the first big frost before Christmas. Then I removed another half dozen of ripe Grape Tomatoes last week as I was getting the beds ready for spring! The fresh green beans, parsley, basil and lettuce starts I got from Lowe's really made my Fall season and also some great meals! Please feel free to share some of your own tips!

Did You Get a Call?

by Pat Argo

     Out of the Blue, I got a call at home on Tuesday evening. It was an "800" number so I almost didn't answer. Then I remembered that I'd had a discussion with my insurance carrier about a missing delivery... so maybe it was them?

     No... It was a recorded message from Suzanne Kosmos asking me "to participate in an important call on Wednesday evening where I could even ask personal questions about the issues at hand"! You betcha!!! ;-)  I had already been rolling over my disappointment in her changed vote on the Health Care after all the earlier publicity she put out against it, in my mind for several days! I was also upset about a lack of care from some about "our" cuts to the Space Program and semi-forgotten promises made earlier by others. I thought seriously all evening and the next day about what I would ask.

     As promised, I got the call and was connected on Wednesday evening... along with about 7000(?) other people! That's OK. Others points of view and ways of expressing them were very interesting.   By the time I had a chance, my question had been answered so I passed. Aren't we blessed to have a system to be able to express ourselves freely about the actions our "representatives take in our behalf? Think of so many other countries that have no real  voice!

     Okay, so I still am not one bit happy with the Health "stuff" or the diminishing space role of our country. I am happy to be living in a country that lets me express my views and where acceptable changes may still come about if we pull together. I have always been so proud to live in this area, where so many fantastic accomplishments have come to pass, where most people are proud of their jobs and careers and so much good has come to all the world from the "discoveries" that developed from this very industry!

     Happy tears well up and I get goose bumps with every successful launch and shuttle return. Some locals have long taken all of this for granted. Not me.

     We all need to speak up and be heard. It is a privilege and a responsibility. Do your part to improve our area and nation. Talk to your neighbors, family and friends. Ask questions when you don't understand. Act like a citizen!

Mid-Year Market Report

by Pat Argo, CRS

Pat’s Mid-Year Residential Report for North Brevard

Everywhere I go, people are always asking me “Pat, How’s the real estate market doing around here now?”  I decided it’s time for a real report vs. my humble opinion, but of course I will share some of that with you as well!  These stats are gathered from the Brevard MLS system. areas 101-210.  Private & builder non-mls sales are.excluded.

 

In 2008: 1st 6 months: 411 closings with average of 125 Days on Market

High $899.000.         Low $32,000.         Average: $150,000    Median: $135,000.

In 2009: 1st 6 months: 533 closings with  average 119 Days on Market

High: $745,000.        Low:$10,500.         Average: $108,000    Median: $92,000.

 

So what everyone is saying IS partly right. It is taking longer to sell… the ones that closed and the final prices are even lower. To put this into perspective, I did the numbers by price range as well for the same 6 months.

Under $100K      $100K>     $150K>     200K>     300K>      $400K>     $500K>

2008:     109         142           80             56            14              3                 3

2009:     260         155           56             38              9              1                 1

 

Inventory today is 902 residences priced from $9,900. to $2.5million, average 193 DOM  

Actually we have 5 Million $+ Listings, all but 1 were on in 2008!

Important in the 2009 numbers is that there were less than 50 closed sales priced at $150,000. or more, about a 50% drop! And those closed under $100,000 were more than doubled!  (2.38 times).

 

Here’s what that could mean for you! 

If you are able to buy, especially if you qualify for the Tax Incentives, you really need to get serious about looking for the right home while the selection is good.

If you are considering selling vs leasing, weigh your options carefully. It may take longer than you are thinking for market recovery.

If you are an Investor, even a first timer, the choices could be outstanding. Figure out your financing options before you make the offer. Cash talks, particularly in condos and lender owned properties. And be prepared to be a bit more liberal with your new tenant prospects because their credit may be bruised.

If you really want or have to sell now, for whatever reason... remember that curb appeal is still important, but pricing right is absolutely King! Be sure to use "internet price points" to your advantage when you enter the market. Be prepared to help the first time buyers with closing costs since they are prime buyers now.

If you or a family member/friend is a Snowbird, empty nester, or retiring soon, now could be an excellent time to find the next nest before the best ones get picked over. You can even use a reverse mortgage to BUY!

Regardless of all of the above, there is an important fact I learned back in 1973 when I first started in real estate. “UNDER ALL IS THE LAND.”  Buying, selling or leasing, the one thing you cannot change is a property’s location. That’s in Gods hands. You are better off with a smaller place in a nicer area than the best place in a less desirable one. The only thing that “fixes” a poor location is dropped price and owner terms!

 

If there is anything I’ve said that you would like to discuss, please fel free to contact me. I am always pleased to be able to share my knowledge and experiences as well to help you understand the market or explore your next move.  

 Pat Argo, CRS, SRES  321-537-4721

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Pat Argo, Broker Assoc, CRS, GRI, RECS, SFR, S
Keller Williams Realty of Brevard
6905 N Wickham Road #405
Melbourne FL 32940
Cell/Text: 321-537-4721
Office: 321-259-1170
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