History of New Smyrna Beach

Dr. Andrew Turnbull, a Scottish physician and friend of James Grant, recruited 1,300 settlers from Europe and brought them to New Smyrna in 1768 after receiving a grant of land from Britain.  Dr. Andrew Turnbull recruited these settlers mostly from Minorca, an island off of Spain but also recruited from Italy and Greece.  His efforts to establish a colony this large were the first of this magnitude in all of North America.  Dr. Turnbull’s plans were for these settlers to produce rum and grow indigo, hemp, cotton, rice, corn, and sugarcane.

The colony was unsuccessful in New Smyrna due to Indian raids, insect causing disease, and poor management by Turnbull.  About 600 survived this settlement attempt and left in 1777, for St. Augustine where they stayed.

In 1784, the Spanish took the East portion of Florida from the British until the United States in 1819, acquired the area from Spain.  In 1821, the United States established the Territory of Florida.

New Smyrna was incorporated in 1887, with a population of 150.  New Smyrna’s economy grew tremendously with Henry Flagler bringing the East Coast Railway in 1892.  Tourism, Citrus industry, and commercial fishing expanded within the area.

In the 1920’s there was a real estate boom in New Smyrna on and around Canal Street and Faulkner.  Today, we have about 800 buildings that remain from New Smyrna’s historic era. The city annexed the beachside community of Coronado beach in 1947 and the city was renamed to “New Smyrna Beach”.

Today New Smyrna Beach is a vibrant beach town that attracts tourists from all over the world and has just over 20,000 permanent residents.

New Smyrna Beach Municipal Marina www.sarahcaudill.com

New Smyrna Beach Municipal Marina http://www.sarahcaudill.com

New Smyrna Beach Historic Home

New Smyrna Beach Historic Home

New Smyrna Beach Historic Home along Riverside Drive

New Smyrna Beach Historic Home along Riverside Drive

How to Choose the “Right” Realtor to Sell Your Home

Finding a Realtor to sell your home is easy.  However, finding the “right” Realtor is a little more challenging.  How do you choose a good trustworthy agent to help you?  Here are 4 tips to help you select the right one:

1.  First, interview at least two potential agents for the job.  Ask them if real estate is their full-time occupation or if they have a different day job.  A full-time agent who depends on that income to live will be much more motivated to help you sell your property.  Next, ask them about their potential marketing plan for your property.  The marketing techniques to sell a home have evolved and it is vital that your realtor be up to date with technology and able to advertise your home on Zillow.com, Realtor.com, Trulia.com, their website, as well as utilize the tried and true methods of conducting open houses, and mailing out postcard advertisements of your home to the local area.  A study by the National Association of Realtors determined that 90% of home buyers searched online during their home buying process.  Online advertisement is an essential tool.

2.  Second, request a list of testimonials with contact information from previous clients of the agent you are considering.  Ask previous clients about the agent’s communication, work ethic, follow through, and negotiation skills.  An agent can spend thousands of dollars on advertisement but if they do not answer their phone or respond to emails then your home will not sell.  It is easy to make a convincing pitch to try to capture your listing but the “right” agent will have the client reviews and loyalty to back up their words.

3.  Third, it is important that the list price of the home be in line with the current market values.  Most homeowners have a preconceived notion of the value of their home and most real estate agents will list the home based at what the home owner’s opinion of the value is.  You do not want an agent that does not do their homework and come prepared to your listing appointment with a comparative market analysis of the true value of your home.  They should be able to explain to you why or why not the value you had thought was accurate is correct or not.  The correct pricing of your home is important so your time and money is not wasted.

4.  There are quite a few agents who offer “incentives” or “discounts” for listing your home with them.  This should be a red flag to you.  Consider this example, you worked last month making $25 per hour and your boss informs you that this month you will be making $15 per hour.  You will not be as motivated this month as you were last month on the job.  The agents that offer “discounts” or “incentives” are not the agents that will pay out of their own pocket up front for advertising of your home.  How hard will they really negotiate for you?  Will they require you to show your own house?  Will they require you to print your own fliers?  Will they answer their phone when prospective buyers call?

Finding a good real estate agent is not as easy as it seems.  Hopefully the tips I mentioned will help you when the time comes for you to sell your home.

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