Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Spruce Creek Football Season

2017 Spruce Creek Hawks

The school year has started, which of course means the return of Friday night football. Last year this team became district champs, and our team can not wait to see what this team brings this year!

Here's their schedule:

   Aug 18- Seminole HS
   Aug 25- Seabreeze HS

   Sept 1- Atlantic HS
   Sept 8- Matanzas HS
   Sept 15- @ Sandalwood HS
   Sept 22- @ Haines HS
   Sept 29- @ Deland HS

   Oct 13- Flagler Palm Coast HS (Homecoming) 
   Oct 20- @ Mandarin HS
   Oct 27- University HS

   Nov 3- @ New Smyrna Beach HS

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

New School Year!

The Mark Card Team wishes all the students, faculty, staff & parents a great year! 

School starts back in Volusia County on August 14th

Strive to Make the 2017-2018 School Year your Best Yet!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Common Home-Selling Mistakes

When our sellers come to us, we do all we can to ensure they do not make these mistakes. If you are looking at selling, we would love to help you. For more information check us out at markcardteam.com or at (386)566-8091.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

104 Double Eagle Drive Daytona Beach, FL 32119

Property Site: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/N62BGJ/104-Double-Eagle-Drive-Daytona-Beach-FL-1031964
This is a SHOWSTOPPER!Lovely one-owner home in the Estates at Pelican Bay. 4 Bedrooms & 3 Baths with Dining & Living Room that offer beautiful views of the LAKE in the front & POOL area in the back.Spending time with loved ones is easy in the INTEGRATED FAMILY ROOM & KITCHEN AREA. There is GRANITE, BREAKFAST NOOK, BAR, SECRETARY and a FIREPLACE here along with TRIPLE SLIDERS & BAY WINDOW that make the LANAI ideal as an expanded outdoor living area. The owners' retreat offers plenty of room for a sitting area while the bathing area has separate tub & shower as well as a huge walk- in closet, double-vanity and linen closet. All of the bedrooms are large with ample closet space. The POOL is SOLAR HEATED with HUGE LANAI. Pelican Bay is Gated, has Golf & Tennis and roving security.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Square feet: 3,655
Price: $369,900

For more information about this property, please contact Mark Card at (386) 566-8092 or markcardteam@aol.com. You can also text 4489034 to 67299.

See more listings at: http://www.MarkCardTeam.com

MLS ID: 1031964

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

What to Pick in an Agent

When selling a home the sellers want the to be sure they are picking the right person for the job. According the the 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, generally customers are looking for guidance through the process, marketing skills, and negotiation skills.

But there's more to specific things consumers value the most. These include:

  • Having a thorough plan for their home
    • Sellers want to be presented with a plan that can get their home market-ready as soon as possible
  • Being problem solvers
    • Problems will always arise when buying or selling, thus an agent must be able to find solutions to the problems with little stress on the customer. 
  • Having strong customer service
    • Real estate is constantly dealing with sellers and buyers, and any agent must have the skills to please the consumer.
  • Being there through every step to ensure all the work gets done
    • Buyers and sellers want an agent who will be there through every step of the process, and who will explain and help them understand all the necessary steps.
  • Listening to exactly what a buyer is looking for or seller is needs
    • An agent should understand what their customer is wanting so they are able to meet all their expectations
  • Being knowledgeable in the area and the inventory
    • Buyers want an agent to know the area so that they are able to find the best home; sellers want an agent that knows the area so they can price and sell their home fast.
Our team wants to help buyers and sellers have the best experience, and therefore we highly value these traits. We would love to help you! Check us out at www.MarkCardTeam.com or call at (386)566-8091. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Summertime Nuisances

Summer should be a carefree time. Not the time to have to spend time constantly fixing your home. Here are some issues you may face and ways to help solve them:

#1 Mosquitoes

These bugs can suck the fun out of any outdoor festivities.
What to do:
-Clean your gutters- neglected gutters can be breeding nests for mosquitoes.
-Plug in a fan. Or install a ceiling fan to deter the pests with high winds. 

#2 Doors That Stick

Wooden doors can swell, outgrowing their jambs on humid days, causing an annoyingly sticky situation.
What to do:
-Tighten the hinge screws.
-Scale back the weather stripping. If you installed it in the winter to keep out drafts, it could be too thick come summer.
-Shave down the door. As a last resort, use a planer or sander to trim down the door ever so slightly. Seal the newly exposed edge with paint or wood sealant to block out future humidity.

#3 Carpenter Ants and Carpenter Bees

Carpenter ants and carpenter bees often make their nests by burrowing into your home’s wood, which can cause some really pricey damage on top of their annoying presence.
What to do:
-Keep all exposed wood sealed or painted. Including window sills!
-Direct water away from wood.Gutters and flashing will help keep wood dry.
-Remove existing colonies. Look for sawdust trails to find the entrance, then use a rinsed squeezable ketchup bottle to blow an insecticide dust or boric acid powder into the hole.

#4 AC That Causes You to Freeze in One Room and Sweat in Another

Moving from room to room shouldn't mean a temperature change. 
What to do:
-Check your ductwork. Look for unsealed joints or hire a pro to make sure your ducts are properly working.
-Set your whole-house fan to “on.” This continuous circulation will mix the air so no space is too hot or too cold.
-In two-story homes, send cool air upstairs. 

#5 Fruit Flies

Summer’s excess of fresh fruits and veggies can invite these pests into your home. There’s a ton of solutions on the Internet, but preventative measures work best.
What to do:
-Keep sinks, drains, and disposals clean. Even dirty dishes can harbor fruit flies.
-Freeze food waste. Place rotting fruit, meat scraps, etc. in a bag in your freezer until garbage day.
-Pitch overripe fruit. And until you eradicate the flies, keep all other produce in the fridge or a sealed container.
-Pour bleach or boiling water down the drain. This will kill any eggs or remaining adult flies.

#6 Weeds in Patio Cracks

Besides ruining a well-manicured view, resilient weeds can crack or shift your pavement.
What to do:
-Block new growth. Fill the weed-free cracks with asphalt or cement crack filler, sand, or corn gluten meal, which prevents future germination.
-Pull ‘em. Especially if you don’t want to use an herbicide, which can spread and damage desirable plants.

#7 Faded Furnishings 

Summer makes you want to open the shades and enjoy that summer sunshine, but your furnishings and flooring are sensitive to the fading and drying effects of UV rays.
What to do:
-Add transparent window film. It shuts out 99% of UVA and UVB rays without blocking sunlight or view.
-Spray furnishings with a protectant. Spritz upholstery, curtains, and rugs with a UV-blocking fabric protector and treat wood with a varnish. Providing better sun protection than other types of sealant.

#8 Splinters on the Deck

Keeping your decking is in good shape, your bare feet don’t have to suffer through a gauntlet of splinters again this summer.
What to do:
-Resurface it. Apply one of the newer deck restoration products that essentially gives your deck a coating that will prevent splinters.
-Sand it- this is best if splinters are deep and big. Then apply a water-repelling, UV-resistant sealer.

#9 Slamming Screen Doors

Slamming the doors can not only become annoying, but can damage the hinges of your screen door.
What to do:
-Adjust your door closer. If your door has a closer, find the perfect bang-free tension by simply turning the screw on pneumatic models or rotating the body on hydraulic styles.
- If you don't have one, then add a closer. It costs just $10 to $20 to retrofit an older screen door.
-Apply felt pads to the door frame. 

#10 A Patio or Deck That Burns Your Feet

Your patio or deck should be for enjoying this summer, not giving you the risk of burning you,
What to do:
-Throw some shade. Position an umbrella or pergola over frequently used areas.
-Add an outdoor rug. Choose a lighter color that won’t absorb as much heat. Plastic styles keep their cool best.
-Refinish the surface. If you have a darker color, choose a lighter color. 

#11 Ugly, Dried-Out Brown Grass

Widespread browning, rather than patches of brown grass, has two common causes: lawn care oversights and a cool-season grass going dormant.
What to do:
-Sharpen or replace your mower blades. This could be the answer if just the tips of your grass are brown and jagged.
-Set the blade height to 3 inches. When you take less off the top, it helps grass absorb water before it evaporates.
-Water less frequently, for longer periods of time. This helps grass develop deeper, drought- and disease-resistant roots. Aim for 1 to 1.5 inches of water a week.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Safe Selling

Sellers' Mistakes

You’ve decided to sell your home and naturally you want to sell it quickly, profitably and smoothly. To maximize your success, here are five common and costly mistakes to avoid when selling your home.

Mistake #1 Overlooking repairs
Making repairs before selling is a must. These include electrical issues, water damage, rotten or chipped flooring, or a leaky roof. Consider getting a pre-inspection to uncover necessary repairs that might spook buyers and cause them to lower their offer or back out of the deal.

Mistake #2 Overpricing your home
Buyers are going to compare a sale price to other homes in the area, so your home should be priced competitively. We'll make sure your Realty Pro provides a comparative market analysis to help establish a competitive price and has their own system for helping you price your home.

Mistake #3 Over-sharing with buyers
Another costly mistake is having too much communication with potential buyers. You don’t want to give away too much information to potential buyers, which could be used later during a sale negotiation. Either make yourself scarce during showings or think carefully about what you disclose to buyers.

Mistake #4 Poor Staging 
Both a cluttered home and an empty home will be unappealing to buyers, so proper staging and curb appeal are important. A majority of buyers are shopping for homes online these days, so consider bringing in professional staging and photography services.

Mistake #5 The wrong attitude
Đ¢his includes both patience and setting expectations too high. Not every prospective buyer will submit a bid—some are just window-shopping or are interested in a nearby home. Remembering that browsers are part of the home-selling process will help keep disappointment at bay.

With the Mark Card Team, we can help you avoid all these mistakes when selling. Check us out on our website! Or contact us a386-566-8091