Sunday, July 5, 2020

Ideas for those architectural niches

Architectural niches

Do you have those things called "architectural niches" around your home?  You know, those indention, framing nothing parts in your drywall that you have no idea how to highlight, or in some case, hide?  While throwing a vase or a bust of George Washington might be an easy remedy in some of those cases, others are a little trickier.  Like the one that greats your guests the minute they enter your front door. There are some steps that may help make your decorating chore a little simpler.

Decorating architectural niches
Mirrors add some pizzazz

1.  Determine if you are trying to make this area pop, become a functional area or blend into the landscape of the room.

2.  Move various items you have in the space already into this one to determine height, width, and color schemes that will work.

3.  Consider using paint to change the background of the area.  A small area of faux paint can really help make the area unique.

4. Utilize repurposed objects from another area and paint with acrylic or chalk paint so that it will now work in this area.

5.  Light it up.  Do you have a handy touch to add lighting to the area? That may make your niche shine.

6. Glue wood, tiles, glass or mirrors in the area to add extra pizzazz.

No matter what you choose to do, make it your own and make it unique.  You and your family and guests will enjoy your work for years to come and if you, or they aren't crazy about the new look, change it up until you find the look that works for you.

Jennifer Card is a Realtor with The Mark Card Team and enjoys helping her clients explore ideas for making their homes unique and styled perfectly for their families.  If you're in search of someone to help you make those subtle changes that create big results, call Jennifer at 386-566-8091.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Countryside Home Under Contract

Mark Card Realtor

Countryside Real Estate Update

Countryside is still one of the most popular neighborhoods in Port Orange.  The home at 919 Smokerise is now under contract.  The owner of this home had the home built by ICI Construction in 1989.  He and his wife absolutely loved living the Countryside lifestyle and now it is time to breathe new life into this home as the seller moves on to be with family.

Countryside is an active community that while it is right in the middle of the Port Orange city limits, feels like you are literally living along the Countryside.  There are rolling biking and walking trails along with a community pool, clubhouse and tennis courts.  It is located near Publix, Halifax hospital and even our office at Realty Pros Assured.  The Schools nearby are some of the best in the area and include Spruce Creek Elementary, Sweetwater Elementary, Creekside Middle School, Silver Sands Middle School, Spruce Creek High School and Atlantic High School.

If you looking to sell your home in Port Orange, we welcome you to contact The Mark Card Team. With over 40 years of combined experience, we're here to help when you're ready. and 386-566-8092

Ormond Lakes Home Sold

Ormond Lakes

Ormond Lakes Luxury homes for sale in Ormond Beach FL

If you're looking for a beautiful home in a beautiful community, searching homes in Ormond Lakes may be a super choice for you.  Ormond Lakes homes are some of the most hightly south in the Volusia County area and range anywhere between $200,000 and in some areas of Ormond Lakes in the $600,000 range.  It is located near Tomoka State Park and offers incredible landscapes.

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Mark Card sold home in Ormond Lakes 

This lovely home in the Ormond Lakes neighbhorhood was just sold by Mark Card and his team.  It is a super family home that has soaring ceilings, an incredible kitchen area that is situated next to the famly room, so that the entire family can spend quality time together for gatherings, games and food-filled times together.

If you're on the search for a home in the Ormond Beach area, call The Mark Card Team at 386-566-8092. We're happy to help and look forward to talking with you.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Countryside Home Sold 938 Meadow View


Countryside Townhome Sold in Port Orange

The Mark Card Team just sold this beatiful townhome in Countryside.  This home, located in Port Orange Florida, sold to a buyer looking to escape the congested city life.  Countryside is an ideal place to find rest and a slower pace, yet be close to shopping, hospitals, medical facilities and also the A+ schools that Port Orange is known for.

Countryside is one of the best neighborhoods in the area, because it offers miles of walking and biking paths, a community pool and tennis courts.  There is an incredible clubhouse and also RV/Boat parking area - that is offered at a first come first serve basis.

The Mark Card Team has been helping buyers and sellers in the Countryside Subdivision for nearly 20 years and raised their son in Countryside and love the area.  If you're looking to make a move, contact Mark Card and Jennifer Card today.  We are happy to help. 386-566-8092

Friday, June 5, 2020

Are Buyers Looking at Homes Now?

Are Buyers Searching for Homes?

Buyers are in the market looking at homes.  COVID-19 may have slowed things down for a short time, but showings are on the rise.  As you will see in this graphic by Showingtime, showings in the Florida markets are still on the rise.

Searching for homes in the Daytona Beach area is on the rise and we are seeing many properties sell in multiple offer situations.  What does that mean?  For sellers, it means that if they have the correct pricing strategy that meets the conditions of the home, it should sell in relatively short time. If you're a buyer, now is the time for diligence to stay on top of properties that are coming onto the market. Inventory is relatively low, so our opinion is that if there were more properties on the market at this time, there would be even more showings, because interest rates are incredibly low as well.

If you're searching homes or condos for sale in the Daytona Beach Shores area, contact Mark Card 

Impact of COVID-19 on Real Estate Showings  in Florida 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

COVID19 Real Estate Protocols

Selling & Buying Real Estate during COVID-19 

Are you looking to make a move?  COVID-19 has affected us all and real estate is no exception.  If you're trying to sell your home or are looking to make a purchase, there are some guidelines set forth by the Florida Association of Realtors that professional agents are using to do their part.

COVID19 Real Estate Protocol
No Matter Your Position on the Subject, showing Respect for Others' Property & the Protocols they expect, is right.  

COVID 19 Protocols from the Florida Association of Realtors

≫ Follow all CDC guidelines ≫ General guidelines • Practice social distancing. Stay 6 feet away from others. Avoid physical contacts such as hugs, handshakes, large gatherings and proximity. • Wash your hands. Frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is a well recognized preventative measure. • Cover your mouth and nose in public. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others and in public. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. • Disinfect surfaces with the appropriate cleaning solutions. Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants, diluted household bleach solutions and alcohol solutions will work. • Do NOT conduct open houses • Do NOT canvas neighborhoods in person (knock on doors, deliver door hangers, etc.) ≫ Whenever possible, conduct all showings virtually. This is the best social distancing technique. ≫ If it is necessary to show a property in person, plan ahead with the owner and the buyer or tenant. • Wear disposable gloves whenever possible. • Ask the owner to wipe down all surfaces before a buyer or tenant is granted access. • Advise buyers or tenants in advance that they need to bring and will be required to wear gloves and face coverings, and to avoid touching or adjusting their mask. • Consider market availability when requesting additional safety measures like hand sanitizer and personal protective equipment such as shoe coverings or masks. • Consider using the Florida Realtors® COVID-19/Coronavirus In-Person Access Acknowledgement form. • Limit showings to one group at a time to minimize contact, and schedule showings to allow time for needed cleaning of touched surfaces between showings. • Ask the buyer or tenant to limit the number of people viewing the property to only those necessary. • Ask the buyer or tenant to refrain from touching items unless necessary. • Ask the buyer or tenant to be efficient in minimizing the time physically at the property. • For vacant properties, discuss with the owner the plan for proper cleaning. Consider whether a professional cleaning service should be used or whether virtual showings are best. • Have the owner coordinate access for showings with the association, if needed. • Do NOT show property if you do not feel well. • Do NOT show property to someone who does not feel well. RISK CANNOT BE COMPLETELY ELIMINATED, but these are measures