Tuesday, December 12, 2017

To D.I.Y or Not?

What to D.I.Y

The holiday season can be a hectic time with lots of spending, and when it comes to your house doing projects yourself can save you money. Doing projects yourself also give you pride because you did it with your own two hands. But there are some projects that you just have to call the pros for. Here are three common projects that Neighborly, a community of home experts, drew the line for:

Safe to DIY
Call a Pro
Patching drywall: Homeowners can easily cover small, nail holes in their walls. Make sure the wall is clean, then spackle the hole and sand it down.
Too much spackle or hole too big: If a hole has been spackled before or is bigger than a nail hole, it is best to call in an expert.
Cleaning an AC unit: Cleaning is essential for healthy and efficient air conditioning systems. Check the filters and change them when necessary. This will ensure the air is clean in your home and your unit is working well.
Repairing or replacing any HVAC unit: HVAC units are technical and require specialized tools. They also use a large amount of voltage, therefore call the experts on this one.
Repairing plumbing hardware: Items like seals, chains or clogs can become faulty, these are easily replaced or fixed. Also, if the toilet feels wobbly or seat comes loose, DIY kits for these are available with the parts and tools needed to repair them.
Remodeling renovations with plumbing alterations: Here permits are often needed to move or expand plumbing. A professional is familiar with these local permits and codes. A plumber is best to ensure the connections are done properly and correct.

If you have DIY aspirations for a home, check out our website www,MarkCardTeam.com to find your new home! Or call (386)-566-8091. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Keeping a Safe Home during the Holidays

Holiday Safety Tips


The holiday season can be a business time filled with many people and tasks, but don't neglect your home's safety. From decorations to holiday travel, here are some ways to keep your home safe for the holidays.
  • Use caution with holiday decorations. Try to choose those made with flame-resistant, flame-retardant and non-combustible materials.
  • Keep children and pets away from electrical cords, decorations, and outlets.
  • Check the wiring of your decorations. Insuring there is no fraying and the insulation is good.
  • Leave your lights on a timer at night. Especially if you are out of town. This makes the image that you are still at home and can prevent burglary. 
  • Make sure to keep any possible combustible or flammable decorations away from your Christmas tree.
  • Avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food, and that are sharp or small. These may tempt a young child to put them in his mouth.
  • Test smoke alarm at the beginning of the holiday season to make sure if anything were to happen everyone in your home would know.
  • Don't leave a kitchen unattended while entertaining. When cooking, make sure to keep an eye on the food. 
  • When lightening a fire place, be sure to clean the surrounding area. Keep flammable materials away from the fire, burning these could cause a flash fire.
  • Keep poinsettias well out of reach from kids and animals. These can be very poisonous for both humans and pets. 
  • Keep up with your home alarm system during the holidays, especially when traveling. This time of year is prime for many burglaries to occur while people are away from their homes. 
  • Do not put the boxes of big-ticket items in front of your house. This shows a burglar everything that is available in your home. 
  • When leaving your home, ask a trusted neighbor to keep watch for you. And never advertise your vacation plans to strangers.
The Mark Card Team hopes you have a safe holidays. If you are looking to make a move this time of year, you can contact us at www.markcardteam.com or (386)566-8091. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Winter Whites

Winter Whites

White is the  is a perfect color to add into your home to create a fresh, clean look. Also as winter approaches white goes with the upcoming season. However, white decor isn’t the easiest to keep clean, especially with kids and pets. So rather than opting for a big, white couch, HGTV suggests incorporating the winter neutral with one of these elements instead:



Lighting accents
White diffused light fixtures or a sculptural statement lighting piece can be the perfect pop of white in any room, and will create a cozy glow in darker spaces.

Painted brick
Rather than all-white walls, painting a brick fireplace or accent brick wall can make a space seem larger and brighter. Plus, they will allow for other color pairings throughout the room.

Texture and patterns
Add touches of white with a faux-fur throw or rug in the living room, or layer different patterns, such as a duvet and pillows in the bedroom. These items will add depth to a space, and they can be easily removed or washed if anything is ever spilled on them.

Drapes
White linen drapes are not only great accent pieces, they help diffuse outside light and are easy to clean.

Marble
White Carrara marble is a beautiful accent, but it comes with a large price tag. Rather than have the entire kitchen or bathroom outfitted, choose a smaller area, such as a breakfast nook or vanity, to fit the space and your budget.

If you're looking to make a move right now we can help you! MarkCardTeam.com









Wednesday, November 22, 2017

1014 Belleflower Drive Port Orange, FL 32127

Property Site: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/ZGFARA/1014-Belleflower-Drive-Port-Orange-FL-1036341
Awesome LAKEFRONT Opportunity!! Super home in Countryside that has been remodeled and ready for new owner. You'll love the BAY WINDOW BREAKFAST NOOK and the large kitchen that has PLENTY OF COUNTER & CABINET SPACE. The home is designed for MAXIMUM USE OF SPACE which helps to make the LARGE ROOMS and create ENERGY EFFICIENCY. The SCREENED PORCH overlooks THE LAKE and the MASTER BEDROOM IS LAKEFRONT ALSO. In the master suite, there is a HUGE WALK-IN CLOSET along with Double vanity and additional storage for linens. COUNTRYSIDE IS CONVENIENTLY LOCATED near PUBLIX, A+ SCHOOLS & MEDICAL FACILITIES yet feels just like you're in the COUNTRYSIDE. Community Pool, RV/BOAT STORAGE, TENNIS, CLUBHOUSE, and BASKETBALL COURTS.
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Square feet: 1,965
Price: $209,000

For more information about this property, please contact Mark Card at (386) 566-8092 or markcardteam@aol.com. You can also text 4730396 to 67299.


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


MLS ID: 1036341

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

The Mark Card Team is sending a very Happy Thanksgiving!



We hope your day is filled with family, food, and happiness!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Trouble-Free Move

Making your move simple


Having an efficient, well-managed move will save you time and money, and also create a smoother transition into your new home.Your move should be pleasant for your family, so everyone can enjoy the new home.

Here are 10 proven tips to help make your move a trouble-free experience from start to finish:

  1. Set a budget and stick to it.
  2. Hire reliable movers and be clear about your expectations. Also understand their company policies.
  3. Take care of the details, such as: shut off or transfer utilities, contact your bank, contact credit card issuers and any other company that regularly sends you mail. Be sure to change your address with the post office.
  4. Make a packing list. Go room to room and make an inventory list. Organize first by room, then by type of item (furniture,linens, fragile items, etc.). Once you have a full list, use highlighters to color code all items into three categories: keep, sell or give. 
  5. Get rid of everything you don't want or need!
  6. Start first by boxing things you use less often, such as off season clothes, extra linens, or tchotchkes. Clearly label each box with its contents the the room it will go to in the new place.
  7. Plan to transport the valuables yourself.
  8. Prep your new home. If possible, go to your new home before moving day to clean and make sure the utilities have been turned on.
  9. Show the movers which items you want loaded last, and therefore unloaded first. Have as many items as possible ready to go- this should be almost everything in your home. 
  10. Donate canned goods and food items so you don't have to move them.Organizations can help you clear our your pantry while also helping those in need. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Thriving in a Seller's Market

Tips to Thrive in a Seller's Market

Right now home inventories are low. This is a seller's market. Buying in this situation can be difficult, and there are often bidding wars for homes. These tips will help you ensure you get the home you want to closing.


  1. Treat your hunt seriously. House hunting must be your priority, not your weekend hobby. Check new listings regularly, be prepared to drop everything to view a home when it hits the market, and be ready to make a quick decision. 
  2. Bring paperwork, not promises. Want to be taken seriously by the seller? When you visit homes, bring a mortgage pre-approval letter and a “proof of funds” form from your bank showing you have enough to cover the down payment. 
  3. Consider waiving what-ifs. Homebuyers often include contingencies when making an offer so they won’t lose their deposit if, for example, the home doesn’t pass inspection. Waiving contingencies could help you close a deal, but this defnitely is not a move for the faint- hearted. To gauge your risks, consult your Realtor and check www.realtor.com/ advice/buy/what-really-happens-when-you-waive-contingencies. 
  4. Don’t play hardball. This isn’t the time to  try to lowball on price. Bid aggressively—while still staying within a monthly budget you can afford. 
  5. Widen your search. You’ll increase your chances of finding a property if you’re willing to consider homes outside your ideal neighborhood and houses that may need some remodeling or renovations. 
In this market The Mark Card Team wants to help you find the best home in your price range. We will work with you and for you to help you thrive. For more information check us out at www.MarkCardTeam.com. Or contact us at (386)566-8091.

Monday, November 6, 2017

2801 S Ridgewood Avenue 314 South Daytona, FL 32119

Property Site: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/74B5WB/2801-S-Ridgewood-Avenue-314-South-Daytona-FL-1035730
2/2 PLUS OFFICE that has an ENORMOUS OUTDOOR LIVING AREA on the BALCONY. It is nearly 490 sqft and has a great view of the canal and HALIFAX RIVER. When you enter the unit and see the WATER, it is breathtaking, but then you'll notice the LARGE, OPEN LIVING AREA. The kitchen offers a smart ISLAND AREA along with a BREAKFAST BAR, GRANITE COUNTERTOPS and STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES. Each bedroom is set up as a suite and has plenty of room to have a SITTING AREA. Both have a shower but one also has an ADDITIONAL JACUZZI TUB. HALIFAX LANDING has a state of the art FITNESS CENTER, CLUB ROOM, RIVERFRONT POOL & BARBECUE area. The access offers layers of SECURITY in a GATED GROUNDS along with SECURED ENTRANCE and CAMERAS throughout. MAINTENANCE FEE COVERS INTERNET ALSO.
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Square feet: 2,105
Price: $254,000

For more information about this property, please contact Mark Card at (386) 566-8092 or markcardteam@aol.com. You can also text 4700443 to 67299.


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


MLS ID: 1035730

Monday, October 30, 2017

Safe Halloween

Tips for a Safe Halloween

When walking:

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Before crossing look left, right and left again. Then keep looking as you cross. 
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up when crossing
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to
    the left as possible.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Make sure children know to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

When driving:

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and can be unpredictable 
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic. You should turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

Other tips: 

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. 
  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.



Thursday, October 26, 2017

Latitude Margaritaville Sales

Latitude Margaritaville Sales Starting Soon!
Daytona Beach Sales Center Rendering


Latitude Margartiaville Daytona Beach is coming soon. This 55+ community will be your retirement escape! Sales for this island-inspired living start November 13, 2017. Along with model homes opening in early 2018. 

For more information... Margaritaville

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Avoid Closing Traps

Closing Traps

No one wants to delay a closing, but recently nearly a quarter of real estate professionals  say they have been faced with a delay to settlement. Some delays are unavoidable, such as a job loss in the middle of a sale. However, there are three main causes of a delay: lender, appraiser, and inspector. With these three factors buyer's agents can play a critical role in avoiding delays. The following are tips to help buyers get to closing on time.

Financing 
   - Talk to the lender first. Urge buyers to get pre-approved before even looking at homes. Many don't realize their true credit.
   - Gather Documents. At the start of the process, give buyers a list of all the documents they will need to provide to a lender. This includes tax returns, bank statements, pay stubs, and even divorce decree, if applicable. Lenders ask for lots of information, so be sure your buyers are aware of this.
   - Keep your finances steady. Avoid behaviors that could jeopardize financing approval. Search "The 10 Commandments of Buying a Home" to more habits that can hurt financing.

Appraisal
   -Appraisals have become a increasing issue in real estate. Many delays related to appraisals are blamed on a shortage of qualified appraisers. Many valuations are not on par with the current market, or appraisers are not familiar with local market. There are just not enough appraisers in some markets to get the job done.
   - Be proficient in estimating fair prices. An agent needs to give a fair home price, and not just go along with what the seller or buyer wants. The appraisers' job is to ensure the price is fair and ensure the lender a solid investment; this is not for the buyers.

Home Inspections
   - Home inspection reports can sometimes lead to delay. When inspectors find issues, the sellers are not always responsible to take care of it. Who is responsible for the repairs is up for negotiation.




Even with these tips, still many issues can come up to threaten a sale, even after a contract is signed. You must be vigilant to keep the odds in your favor and surround yourself with an experienced team of professionals. If you're looking to make a move feel free to contact us at 386-566-8091.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Price Reduction!

104 Double Eagle Reduced Price!


$349,900 

4 bed/3 bath home
3,655 total sq. feet
In gated Pelican Bay

104 Double Eagle Drive
Daytona Beach, FL 32119

Call for more information. 
(386)566-8091

1601 Big Tree Road 408 South Daytona, FL 32119

Property Site: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/E4MC6C/1601-Big-Tree-Road-408-South-Daytona-FL-1034848
NEW A/C and HOT WATER HEATER! This impeccably maintained END UNIT is ready for immediate sale. Kitchen has an eat-in area and the laundry room, with washer/dryer is conveniently located just beyond. The bedrooms are large and there is plenty of closet space as well. The extra you'll find handy is that this has an ASSIGNED, COVERED CARPORT along with a PRIVATE STORAGE AREA. Yorktowne has a COMMUNITY POOL and CLUBROOM area. THIS IS ONE YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS!
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Square feet: 1,224
Price: $83,000

For more information about this property, please contact Mark Card at (386) 566-8092 or markcardteam@aol.com. You can also text 4661766 to 67299.


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


MLS ID: 1034848

Trendiest Features

Making a Return on Investment of Home Selling


Whether you’re thinking of selling soon or have an eye on remodeling with solid return-on-investment potential, think about which features make your home oh-so-desirable when it’s time to list. An analysis of the Realtor.com listings over the past five years found that the following items were listed most often, solidifying a venerable spot among buyers’ favorites:

  1. Fireplace
  2. Wood floor
  3. Carpet
  4. Granite counters
  5. Stainless steel appliances
  6. Open floor plan
  7. Walk-in closet
  8. Formal dinning room
  9. Vaulted ceiling
  10. Open kitchens 
When looking to make a move we can help prepare you and your home for the be resale, or we can help find a home that has the trends you want. Check us out at MarkCardTeam.com. Contact us at (386)566-8091.

Friday, October 13, 2017

4626 Harbour Village Boulevard 3204 Ponce Inlet, FL 32127

Property Site: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/9GX6C7/4626-Harbour-Village-Boulevard-3204-Ponce-Inlet-FL-1034696
GATED RIVERS EDGE at HARBOUR VILLAGE condo! Beautifully maintained and decorated, you'll find this to be a lovely spot to escape the ordinary. It offers a greater level of privacy because there is no facing building next to it. Eat-in kitchen and dining area overlook the family room and OVERSIZED BALCONY beyond. Each of the bedrooms is situated is en suit and has a French too leading to the balcony as well. The master has an additional sitting area, and large walk in closet while the bath area has a separate tub and shower along with a raised, double vanity. HARBOUR VILLAGE offers private POOL, BEACH CLUB, FITNESS AREAS, GOLF, TENNIS and MARINA.
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Square feet: 1,482
Price: $259,500

For more information about this property, please contact Mark Card at (386) 566-8092 or markcardteam@aol.com. You can also text 4655464 to 67299.


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


MLS ID: 1034696

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

20 Questions for Buying a Condo

20 Questions to Ask When Buying a Condo

   according to FloridREALTORS®





  1. Condition? What is the condition of the unit-the building- the entire complex?
  2. Common Areas? Are common areas well maintained?
  3. For sale? How many condos are for sale (a large percentage could be a sign of issues)?
  4. Owner Occupied? What percentage of the units are owner-occupied? Some lenders may dislike large majorities being rented.
  5. Condo fees? How much are the condo/association fees, and what all do they cover?
  6. Reserves? Does the association have adequate reserves for emergencies and renovations?
  7. Board Temperament? What is the temperament of the board? Looking at board minutes could reveal tensions or controversies.
  8. Lawsuits? Are there any pending lawsuits against the association or judgements you may have to help pay?
  9. Insurance? What does the association's insurance cover? You may need supplemental insurance to cover everything else.
  10. Debt? How much outstanding debt does the association have?
  11. Arrears? What percentage of the units are in the arrears on their dues?
  12. Assessments? Does the seller owe back fees or assessments that may become your responsibility after you close?
  13. Neighborhood? What is the neighborhood like? Ask neighbor and walk the area at night to check it out and see when residents are home.
  14. Parking? Does the unit come with guaranteed parking?
  15. Guest Parking? Is there adequate parking for guests as well?
  16. Storage? Will you have extra storage for bikes, equipment, tools and the like?
  17. Management? Is the association managed by a qualified professional company?
  18. Complaints? Does management handle owners' requests and complaints quickly?
  19. Rent? Do association rules limit your ability to rent the unit?
  20. Restrictions? Will restrictions prevent you from changing visible elements such as the color of your front door or window coverings?

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Atlantic High School Career Expo 2017

Atlantic High School Career Expo

The Mark Card Team at Realty Pros Assured recently participated in the Atlantic High School Career Expo.  Principal Stephen Hinson and Counselor Jan Turp, as well as their staff, worked tirelessly to gain community participation in the event and it was a success for all.

Hundreds of students filed in to learn more about careers they can work toward once completing high school and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to answer questions and hopefully inspire this generation to explore careers related to real estate, as well as home and business ownership.

Jennifer Card with Counselor Jan Turp

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

New Home Buyers' Stresses

Need Help Finding the Proper Financing?

Recently it was found that Florida is the state with the most frustrated borrowers. This is according to a new Home Buyer Reality Report. This report assessed the satisfaction of successful buyers and those who did not make it to closing. Florida showed to have high stress for buyers trying for mortgage approval. Also 1 in 5 mortgage applications are turned down in Florida.

It was also found that 41% of the applicants felt they did not know all of their options throughout the process. On top of that 42% said that the home-buying process was stressful, along with 32% believing it was complicated.

Seeing this data is worrisome for us as agents. We believe that as an agent we should help minimize the stresses of the home-buying process. For those looking to buy/sell make sure to go with an agent that does this for you.
At Mark Card Team we are here to ease the home-buying process. For more information check us out at MarkCardTeam.com or call (386)566-809. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Just Sold HALIFAX LANDING #606

Mark Card Just Sold Halifax Landing #606

Mark and his team just completed and closed the sale of unit #606 at Halifax Landing, located at 2801 S. Ridgewood Ave. South Daytona, FL and the seller says that he couldn't be happier. "It's a great feeling to know my condo is sold and I appreciate all of the hard work to get it done."

The unit was an estate sale and the personal representative needed extensive guidance and coordination through an estate attorney as well.  Our team has completed advanced coursework in order to obtain the National Association of Realtors Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designation.  This has proven to be helpful to our buyers and sellers unique situations to keep them moving in a smooth motion during transitions.

If you know a senior that is looking to make a move, please give us a call.  We're happy to answer questions as well as provide tools to make a smooth move for your loved one.  Jennifer can be reached at 386-566-8091 



Tuesday, September 26, 2017

925 Pelican Bay Drive Daytona Beach, FL 32119

Property Site: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/Q6DAZX/925-Pelican-Bay-Drive-Daytona-Beach-FL-1034017
Opportunity knocks in this lovingly maintained WATERFRONT home in the GATED PELICAN BAY neighborhood. From the moment you enter the circular drive, you'll be impressed by the manicured lawn and inviting entrance. Inside you'll find that all of the ROOMS are HUGE. Formal LIVING & DINING ROOM. FAMILY ROOM is cozy w/ a BRICK FIREPLACE & ceiling w/ WOOD BEAMS. EAT-IN KITCHEN has a BAR AREA, SECRETARY & FRENCH DOORS that lead to the AIR CONDITIONED FLORIDA ROOM and the VINYL-ENCLOSED PORCH beyond. Back inside, the MASTER SUITE has plenty of room for a sitting area overlooking the WATER & has a SUPER BATH with DOUBLE VANITY, SOAKING TUB & SEPARATE SHOWER. The other BEDROOMS ARE HUGE & they ALL HAVE WALK-IN CLOSETS. Pelican Bay offers GOLF, TENNIS, PICKLE BALL, WALKING TRAILS & RESTAURANT.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Square feet: 3,934
Price: $289,900

For more information about this property, please contact Mark Card at (386) 566-8092 or markcardteam@aol.com. You can also text 4622103 to 67299.


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


MLS ID: 1034017

Home Appreciation

What appreciates the most for your home?

A home generally should appreciates between 3 and 4 percent annually. But, not every home appreciates equally. Every market is different of course, and appreciation is naturally affected by factors homeowners can't control. But there are some home features that create greater appreciation than others. Realtor.com did some research and analyzed millions of listings over the past five years to determine what creates the most appreciation. The 5 features they analyzed were: size, bedrooms, floor plan, style, and adjacency.

The following table tells what factors affect a home's appreciation:

Our team understands how a home appreciates, and we want to help you get the most for your home when looking to sell. For more information on our team find us at MarkCardTeam.com or call (386)566-8091. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Local Residential Inventory

Low Local Inventory Still



   In the first half of this year we have seen a tight availability of inventory. According to statistics released by Florida REALTORS® the recent months' supply of single-family homes in the Daytona Beach Area has a very low inventory The supply in may was 3.8 months. This means that if no new homes are added to our inventory, then the supply of homes on the market would be gone in less than 4 months.
   From previous data and charts, we can see that this market metric has steadily declined in the last few years. Four years ago we were moving towards a more balanced market. And analysts usually consider a 5.5 to 6 month supply as balanced. More recently the supply of homes has shifted towards a seller's market.
   May's data shows a decrease in inventory of residential listings of 11.8% compared to May of last year. In some neighborhoods, the months supply of is under 2. But a good sign for inventory is that new listings added to inventory increased 3.5% compared to last year. This increase shows a good sign for the tight inventory in the area.
   To see the listings available check out our home search on our website: www.MarkCardTeam.com.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach Margaritaville Community 



The Jimmy Buffet-inspired 55+ community is coming soon! If you are ready to change your latitude and let your hair down, then this is the place for you. This place has the Jimmy Buffet outlook on life, and offers life in paradise. Sales for these homes will begin at the end of 2017. These homes will start from the low 200s. We are getting ready to launch this new community in a big way!

To get more information, click here.... Margaritaville

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

145 Blue Heron Drive A Daytona Beach, FL 32119

Property Site: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/YMMU5C/145-Blue-Heron-Drive-A-Daytona-Beach-FL-1033541
JUST BEAUTIFUL!! This FIRST FLOOR 3/2 condo in the GATED PELICAN BAY subdivision is MOVE-IN READY. It has a superbly designed use of space and the kitchen has a breakfast nook, bar and STAINLESS APPLIANCES. It is super clean, has upgraded vanities and fixtures, is freshly painted and has a terrific screened patio area. Pelican Bay has roving security, 2 golf courses, tennis & pickle ball courts and a clubhouse with restaurant. Pelican Bay Master Association fee is $710/yr.
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Square feet: 1,459
Price: $149,900

For more information about this property, please contact Mark Card at (386) 566-8092 or markcardteam@aol.com. You can also text 4571767 to 67299.


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


MLS ID: 1033541

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Family Emergency Plan

Emergency Plan Checklist

Disasters, natural and man-made, come without warning often. Having a plan, for when a disaster comes, is a great idea. The following items will help you get through the storms with less stress. 

  • Know your area and what disasters are possible. Know if you're in a flood plain or active fault line. (Locally we know we are at heightened risk for hurricanes and storms)
  • Create a basic emergency supply kit. Make sure it includes: water, food, can opener, battery powered radio, flashlight, batteries, wipes, towelettes, whistle, wrench and pliers, and first-aid kit.
  • Consider a few extra items, for your family's personal needs. These could be: food, medication, pet supplies. infant formula and diapers, extra clothing and shoes, blankets or sleeping bags.
  • Know your evacuation routes. Be sure to know your options when trying to get out of town.
  • Designate family meeting spots. Have an area near the home to meet at if you need to escape the home. Have a local spot to meet at if the family gets scattered. And also, an out-of-town spot for evacuation, if the family is separated.
  • Have an out-of-town contact. Select a person who can serve as the point of contact for everyone if family happens to get separated.
  • Make a list of important numbers. Make enough for everyone of in the family to have one in case of emergency. The numbers can include cell numbers of family, work numbers, health and home insurance numbers with policy number. 
  • Write down important personal information. On the phone list also include important notes, such as medical conditions, addresses, and birth dates.
  • Know the emergency plan for your children's schools.
  • Have a family meeting. Sit down with your family to make sure they all understand the emergency plan. 


Our team wants your family to be safe in any emergency. www.MarkCardTeam.com 

204 N Gull Circle Daytona Beach, FL 32119

Property Site: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/PDJSW6/204-N-Gull-Circle-Daytona-Beach-FL-1033515
Sparkling GATED PELICAN BAY home. Enter the front door and you are in a wide open floor plan with a clever layout that provides great views of the WATERWAY. It has been lovingly maintained and has cozy wood flooring in the bedrooms and tile in the high traffic areas throughout. Upgraded sliders, lighting and doors give an extra touch while the custom made HURRICANE SHUTTER panels provide the SECURITY you need during rough weather. The kitchen has a NOOK, DOUBLE OVEN and a PASS THROUGH to the BAR & FAMILY room area. LIVING ROOM w/STONE FIREPLACE. Each bedroom has a PRIVATE BATH and WALK IN CLOSET with CUSTOM SHELVING. Pelican bay has 24 HR ROVING SECURITY, 2 GOLF COURSES, TENNIS & PICKLE BALL and a CLUB HOUSE W/RESTAURANT. Pelican Bay Master Association is $710/year.
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 3
Square feet: 2,586
Price: $173,900

For more information about this property, please contact Mark Card at (386) 566-8092 or markcardteam@aol.com. You can also text 4569617 to 67299.


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


MLS ID: 1033515

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Volusia County Schools Early Release

2017-2018 Early Release Schedule

With this new school year upon us, our team wants to make sure everyone stays up to date and involved in our local schools. Through out the year many Wednesdays are early release, meaning students are released 1 hour earlier.
This is all the dates of these early releases:

Tomorrow, August 30th, is an early release day as seen above. Also, in April there are fewer early release day, and this is because of testing happening within the schools.

The Mark Card Team knows this area and is involved in the community. To find out more about the team check us out at www.MarkCardTeam.com and continue to follow our blog.

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:

August
   Aug 18- Seminole HS
   Aug 25- Seabreeze HS

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

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

November
   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

Friday, July 14, 2017

1601 Big Tree Road 507 South Daytona, FL 32119

Property Site: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/N3Q58S/1601-Big-Tree-Road-507-South-Daytona-FL-1031543
Yorktowne Estate condo 2 bedroom 1 1/2 bath with covered carport and storage area. Community pool and clubhouse. Located near colleges, hospitals, restaurants and shopping.
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Square feet: 1,224
Price: $83,900

For more information about this property, please contact Mark Card at (386) 566-8092 or markcardteam@aol.com. You can also text 4464573 to 67299.


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


MLS ID: 1031543

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Yards with Big Appeal

Lawn Staging


Not everyone has the lush and sprawling yard, and not everyone dreams of the big backyard. So don't count out the smaller outside areas. It can be even be easier to make smaller spaces more charming. There are tips that can make any outdoor space, from balcony to backyard, make a bigger statement.

  1. Watch the scale- Decluttering is crucial for outdoor spaces, as it is the rest of the house. You do not want to overcrowd your space. The placement and size of plants is very important in smaller yard spaces. Make sure your trees or plants don't block the architectural features of your home. Also keep garden statues and ornaments to a minimum.
  2. Set a focal point- Outdoor spaces often benefit from an attention-grabbing feature. These include a water fountain, outdoor fireplace, or just a restful nook in a compact garden. 
  3. Outdoor reflections- A trick borrowed from interior designers, hang an outdoor-friendly mirror on an exterior wall to reflect light and make spaces feel more open. Be mindful of what you are reflecting, make it greenery, not a bare wall.
  4. Go for the vertical- Taller plants can add height to areas. A spiral topiary by a front door can accentuate the space. For height, prune your plants to grow vertically, rather than out. Also, vertical wall planters can add to the space and plant height; consider using containers of ornamental grasses. 
Outdoor spaces can be a great selling point to a home, and no matter the size you can make it feel more charming. Adding a appeal to your yard can take just a few steps. 

For more home tips check out more of our blog or out website, MarkCardTeam.com.  


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Keeping your Air Conditioner in Prime Shape

Air Conditioner Maintenance 



With warm weather upon us, it's important that homeowners and sellers make sure this feature is on full display and tuned up. It's also helpful for homeowners to make sure their units are properly maintained throughout the year.

Air Conditioner Checks:

  • Inspect the unit to make sure it's in good working condition.
  • The A/C must be leveled and free from obstruction
  • Clean and/or replace your air filter
  • Check your thermostat to make sure it’s working properly
For  more information or professional maintenance, check out our friends at Air Systems of Daytona


 We'd love to help you maintain your home and resell it. Check us out at markcardteam.com or at (386)566-8091.