Thursday, June 21, 2018

The direct contact movement

The Direct Contact Movement

 Being in direct contact with a top producing realtor in Port Orange, can help you maximize your real estate investment goals 

In today's society technology is more relevant that ever. You can use your phone or computer to do just about anything. In some ways it's a good thing, it makes our lives easier and more convenient, but it can do some damage as well. People forget about the basic act of communicating to a person directly, not by using a robot voice recording or a chat room. Most real estate agents are moving towards the technology side of things, but the top producing agents are doing just the opposite. The top producing agents are putting themselves in direct contact. By taking the time to pick up a phone and connect with someone, you are creating a bond, forming a trust between you and the clients. Not only does it help form connections but it helps things run more smooth and efficiently. 

To get into direct contact with a realtor about buying for selling your home call Mark Card (386)566-8091

Bricks And Mortar Retail Is Changing!

S. Ridgewood Commerical Lot for Sale in Port Orange 

Is your Commercial Property Attractive to Potential Buyers?

According to Florida Realtor magazine, Bricks and Mortar Retail is evolving. Citing changes in consumer needs, owners are working in conjunction with Realtors to change existing buildings to fit the needs of today's markets.

Online sales are leading many national retailers to vacate their "big box" stores. These strategies are proving helpful as the end of the year vacancy rate was 10.83% while the prior year was at 12%.

 Adding diversity by rezoning to new mixed-used developments has helped to create an appealing retail experience by using a strong mix of local tenants and national brands. Economic prosperity and population growth should bode well for retail in the upcoming years.

For any commercial real estate buying or selling needs,
call Mark Card 386-566-8091

Monday, June 18, 2018

Best Return for Your Investment

Best Rate of Return on Home Improvements 

Recently homebuyers are more attracted to home's structure than cosmetic details.When updating or renovating you want to earn the most return for the investment. Based on 2017 data here are the top-10 home improvements for return on investment, according to Remodeling magazine's 2018 Cost vs. Value report:

1. An updated garage door will give a 98.3% return.
2. Adding manufactured stone veneer equals a return of 97.1%
3. You will get a 82.8% return with a new wood deck addition.
4. Minor kitchen remodel will give an 81.1% return.
5. Replace your siding and get a return of 76.7%.
6. A 74.3% return will be earned with updated vinyl windows.
7. Giving your bathroom a universal bathroom design will equal a 70.6% return.
8. And a complete bathroom remodel usually earns a return of 70.1%.
9. When you update your windows with new wood windows replacements it earns a 69.5% return.
10. A new roof can equal a 68.4% return.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Legal issues that could Stall a sale

Legal Issues That Could Stall A Sale!
When you're looking to buy a new home, there are unforeseen challenges that can arise.  Be sure to keep an eye out....
Issue #1: Foreign investment and real property tax act! This means a buyer who purchases U.S. real estate from a foreign seller is required to withhold and pay to the Internal Revenue Service at closing a percentage of the gross sale price. This amount is not the tax itself, it is a deposit to be applied against the sellers actual tax bill when the seller files a federal income tax return. FIRPTA presents a few issues for seller, especially in the sale of a highly leveraged property where the sellers may not have enough profit from the sale to satisfy the withholding and any loans secures by the property.
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Issue #2: Power of attorney! In many cases International owners of Florida real estate cannot be presented during the entire sales process. To keep a transaction moving, they might wish to sign a power of attorney.

Issue #3: Visas! Another challenge for international investors is immigration status. First of all, some visas allow them to stay on the United States for only a short period of time. For example tourism visas issued to residents 
of many Asian countries allow only a six-month stay. This present 
logistical challenges if the closing is scheduled near the end of their stay.

To avoid these time consuming issues and get into your new home call Mark and Jenn! (386)-566-8091

Monday, June 11, 2018

A 10-Year Fix

After 10 years, a home is usually in need of some maintenance. There are some updates that will benefit your home the most, after the 10-year mark and anytime to update. Here are the top nine:

  1. Get new carpet. Replace your carpet if rips, tears, stains and odors remain, even after a good cleaning.
  2. Replace the hot water tank. A water heater may not show signs before it leaks or fails, but if it’s been around for 10 years or more, it should be replaced.
  3. Update ceiling fans. If the fan’s light bulbs seem to burn out more quickly than usual, it’s time for a new one.
  4. Buy a new dishwasher. You’ll likely get a more energy-efficient model that’ll pay for itself over time.
  5. Replace the garbage disposal. The average garbage disposal lasts about 10 years.
  6. Replace the washer and dryer. The average lifespan of both appliances is eight years. Replace them before problems pop up.
  7. Repaint inside and outside. There’s no rule about when to repaint, but its always a great update. And if it’s been 10 years, it's time to repaint.
  8. Re-caulk the tub, shower and sinks. It’s a simple update you can easily do yourself.
  9. Re-glaze windows. Re-glazing old windows is easier and more cost-effective than replacing them.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Bust the Myths!

Home Care Myths

We hear so many thing about how to take of your home and what is best for your home, but® shared the top myths that are a waste of your time and money.

  • Stone counter-tops are indestructible --- In reality, they scratch and stain easy, and regular household cleaners can dull the stone surface over time.
  • Your smoke detector's test button is foolproof --- The test button does not actually tell you if the smoke sensor works. To test it, light a match then blow it out near the detector to test if it detects the smoke.
  • Gutter guards are maintenance-free --- Gutter guards keep leaves out, but can still collect small debris. So, it's best to clean them out either annually or every 2 years.
  • A lemon is great way to clean the disposal --- A lemon's acid can corrode the metal of your disposal; the best natural cleaner is baking soda, which cleans the blades without damage.
  • Mow your lawn short and you'll mow less --- Your grass really needs 1 to 3 inches above the roots for a lush lawn, and removing more will leave your grass too weak.
  • CFLs cost too much, and are dangerous --- Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) aren't as expensive as thought and don't cause any harm, but last an average of 5 years.
  • Trendy kitchen re-do will increase my home's value --- Trends come and go, so try repainting with trendy colors before remolding. And remodel with timeless elements. 

Monday, May 14, 2018

812 Wingate Trail Port Orange, FL 32128

Property Site:
Port Orange Jewel Alert!! This GATED PINNACLE PARK home is super clean & barely lived in. From the tiled living areas, to the HUGE KITCHEN that is open to the nook, dining and great room area, the SMART LAYOUT utilizes every possible space as FUNCTIONAL to optimize ENERGY EFFICIENCY. There are PLANTATION SHUTTERS throughout the home which adds to the aesthetics as well. The master bedroom has large walk-in closet & the bathing area has a separate shower & soaking tub. The PRIVACY FENCED back yard is gorgeous & easy to enjoy from the extended porch that is TILED & SCREENED. Pinnacle Park is a GATED COMMUNITY close to A+ SCHOOLS, the PORT ORANGE PAVILION, GROCERY & BANKING. There is also a gorgeous CLUBHOUSE & COMMUNITY POOL. Call for appointment today.
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Square feet: 2,148
Price: $274,900

For more information about this property, please contact Mark Card at (386) 566-8092 or You can also text 5020578 to 67299 (Message and Data Rates May Apply, see terms and privacy policy).

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MLS ID: 1043138