HGTV – Ormond Beach Best Realtor

New Smyrna Beach’s very own Sarah Caudill, MBA of Florida Life Real Estate was recently featured on HGTV’s “How Close Can I Beach”. You can view the show on Florida Life Real Estate’s website. HGTV producers began speaking with Sarah and Tim Caudill of Florida Life Real Estate over 2 years ago. They had followed this fast growing real estate firm and were intrigued how just how much of a positive impression their clients were left with of this team.

HGTV reached out to Sarah and Tim and started planning to shoot a show in the local market area. The producers chose Ormond Beach, Florida. Sarah and Tim had recently helped a young couple find their dream home close to the beach in Ormond for less than $300K. This dynamic team worked endlessly to find Ron and Stephanie the perfect home.

Sarah and Tim Caudill of Florida Life Real Estate are one of the Top Ranked Zillow Premier 5-Star Agencies. Florida Life Real Estate is also the Top New Smyrna Beach Real Estate Team and has a 5-Star Rating with Google as well.

Watch Sarah Caudill in action as she helps to deliver top notch service to Ron and Stephanie in the search for the perfect home. Go to http://www.FloridaLifeRealEstate.com to learn more about Sarah and Tim Caudill and Florida Life Real Estate.

 

Florida Life Real Estates, Sarah Caudill, MBA featured on HGTV

New Smyrna Beach Acreage Homes

Have you been looking for acreage in Florida?  New Smyrna Beach has some outstanding opportunities for buyers looking to purchase acreage and live close to the beach.

Here are 50 homes with at least 2.5 acres in New Smyrna Beach and the surrounding areas:  CLICK HERE

Here is vacant land with at least 2.5 acres in New Smyrna Beach and the surrounding areas:  CLICK HERE

We are seeing a common thread in buyers that are recognizing the highest and best quality properties as irreplaceable and those that are priced at fair market value are receiving the majority of the activity.  However, the homes and land with substantial challenges or properties that are perceived as being overpriced are not garnering much attention.

How long will it take to sell my home in New Smyrna Beach FL?

Views from Ebb Tide - www.sarahcaudill.com

Views from Ebb Tide – http://www.sarahcaudill.com

New Smyrna Beach Realtor

One of the first questions that sellers typically ask me is “How long will it take for my home to sell?”  This is not a simple question to answer.  There are many factors that go into selling your property.  Homes can sell the week they are listed and others take longer for that right buyer to come along.  Consider the following elements below when estimating how long it will take to sell your New Smyrna Beach home.

1. The Market –  

The most significant factor impacting the length of time it will take for your home to sell is the current condition of the housing market.  If the housing market is strong, your home will sell more quickly than when the housing market is performing poorly.  The good news is, the housing market in New Smyrna Beach is performing well as our inventory is low and demand is high in our city.

2. Interest Rates – 

Interest rates fluctuate daily.  When interest rates are high, buyers will be more hesitant to apply for a new loan.  When they are low, buyers are more likely to shop for a new house and apply for a mortgage.  Buyers can spend more on a home when interest rates are low.  This may bring additional buyers into the price range of your home.

3. Competition – 

Your home may take longer to sell if there is lots of competition in your neighborhood.  For example, if a buyer has made up their mind to buy a home under $275,000 in Venetian Bay and your home is one of three listed in that price range in Venetian Bay, buyers will more than likely consider your home.  However, if there are many homes in the same price range with similar features and amenities, buyers may not be as interested in your home.

4. Marketing – 

If buyers are not aware that your home is on the market, they will not come look at your home.  To sell your home quickly, it must be marketed effectively.  To be sure that your home has the best exposure, you need to find a New Smyrna Beach Realtor that is an expert on this area and who will invest their own money to advertise your property to the right buyers.

Visit my website at http://www.sarahcaudill.com to learn more about me and read my testimonials from buyers and sellers who have worked with me.  Contact me today to learn more about listing your home for sale.

Where is New Smyrna Beach in the Current Real Estate Cycle?

New Smyrna Beach's Minorca Condos

New Smyrna Beach’s Minorca Condos

With the volume of single family home sales up 17.9% in February 2015 and condo sales up 15.6% compared to February 2014, it is easy to see that the real estate scene in New Smyrna Beach is seeing an unprecedented real estate boom not seen since the real estate market tanked.

The 2015 real estate market overall here in New Smyrna Beach is seeing less inventory evident by 7.9% less single family homes on the market and 3.3% less condos and townhouses on the market in February 2015 than February 2014.

This time, the market is being fueled by rich Central Floridians and out-of-town investors who are looking and eager to purchase in financially solid regions and to be part of projects established by experienced developers. New Smyrna is being recognized as an exciting place to own a condo or beach side home, and a great location in the county to get out of the rough northern winters.

The current real estate cycle differs drastically from the pre-market crash cycle in that it is much healthier as no one is taking big risks.  Investors are only looking to support financially strong projects with experienced developers in the drivers seat.

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February 2015 NSB Board Stats | http://www.sarahcaudill.com

February 2015 Single Family Homes NSB Board of Realtors Statistics

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February 2015 NSB Board Stats | http://www.sarahcaudill.com

February 2015 Condo and Townhome NSB Statistics

To search the current MLS listings in Volusia county directly:  Click Here

How to Create the Perfect Pro-Style Kitchen

Pro-Style Kitchen | New Smyrna Beach | www.sarahcaudill.com

Pro-Style Kitchen | New Smyrna Beach | http://www.sarahcaudill.com

All homeowners who cook need a beautiful kitchen that provides them with the tools to efficiently and effectively prepare meals.  Having top level appliances, the correct layout, the right counter surfaces, deep sinks, and plenty of storage is essential.  In the real estate world we use terms like “gourmet kitchen” to describe a kitchen that has easy to maintain surfaces and an abundant amount of storage that a “chef” would incorporate in their kitchen.  These professional tools will make your kitchen a realm of “culinary magic”.

1.  Lighting – Having the right lighting in your kitchen is important.  The best kitchens have adequate lighting in the food prep areas and modern pendent lighting over the kitchen eating areas.  Recessed lighting is popular as it effectively brightens your entire kitchen.

2.  Kitchen Layout – Homeowners that enjoy cooking and being involved with friends and family prefer open kitchen layouts.  Kitchen layouts that flow into family and entertainment areas are chosen.  Having multiple food prep areas allow for multiple “chefs” in the house.  Consider a kitchen island or dual sinks.

3.  Counter Surfaces – If you plan on spending time in the kitchen, it is essential to invest in surfaces that will not scratch if cut on, not be stained easily, and not be burned if a hot pan or bowl of hot food is placed on them.  Durable surfaces such as granite and quartz that will withstand the normal wear of cooking are typically chosen for kitchen counter surfaces.

4.  Appliances – Professional level appliances provide added features that make it worth the extra money.  For example, professional-grade refrigerators often allow the owner to keep multiple temperatures for separate food storage compartments to keep food the freshest.  Stainless steel appliances and appliances that are hidden with matching cabinet doors are still popular.

To receive information about how much your kitchen contributes to the overall value of your home please contact me HERE.

5 Things You Should Do Before You Move Into Your New House

1.  Change out the Locks – The first thing you should do after leaving the closing table at the Title Company and receiving the keys is to change the locks of your new home.  You do not know who all has had keys to the home in the past and you want to ensure that you are the sole person with access to your home.  It is very inexpensive to change out the locks yourself or call a locksmith.

2.  Have your A/C Ducts Cleaned Out – Next, you should hire a duct cleaning service to clean out the ducts of your home.  It costs about $400 and will drastically improve the air quality in your new home.

3.  Clean the Carpets – Prior to moving in your furniture and personal belongings, you should steam clean the carpeted areas within your new home.  You have two options to have this work done.  It costs about $50 per day to rent a steam cleaner and do the work yourself or you can hire a professional carpet cleaner for about $50 per room.

4.  Pest Control – Ask a local pest control company to come out and treat the home for unwanted guests including roaches, ants, and spiders.  Depending on your location you might also want the home treated for mice and termites.

5.  Familiarize Yourself with the Location of the Main Water Valve and the Circuit Breaker Box – Make sure to test and ensure all of the switches in the breaker box are labeled appropriately.  It is important to know which switches control the different areas of your new house.  Also, it is good to know where the main water valve shut off is.  You always want to be prepared with that knowledge in case of a plumbing emergency situation.

For more information on important things to do when purchasing your new home, click here 

How to Prepare to Sell Your Home

New Smyrna Beach Real Estate

New Smyrna Beach Real Estate

You can do a lot to increase the appeal of your property and to create a lasting impact on potential buyers.

What To Do To Prepare:

The following are a couple of factors to keep in mind when listing your property for sale:

1.  Curb Appeal.

Keeping your landscape pristine, and adding creative touches to your yard, such as colorful flowers, will create an immediate impact on passers-by and potential buyers.

2.  Property Repairs.

Simple upgrades such as window repairs, polishing the doorknobs, and a fresh coat of paint in the most frequently used rooms will instantly brighten up the property.

3.  Cleanliness and Staging.

Keep your property uncluttered, sweet-smelling and well-lit from top-to-bottom. Pay attention to details: put away the kitty litter, place a vase of fresh flowers near the entryway, pop a batch of cinnamon rolls in the oven, have your carpets cleaned.

4.  Disclosures and Inspections.

I am very familiar with the legal procedures involved in disclosures and will help you develop a thorough disclosure statement beneficial to both you and the buyer, as well as suggest home improvement measures before placing your property on the market (such as termite and pest inspections).

5.  Showtime.

Presenting your property to potential buyers is a job that I will take care of for you. Buyers feel more comfortable discussing the property if you are not there. Moreover, I will know what information will be most useful in representing your interests when speaking with prospective buyers.

For more information on how to prepare to sell your home and the selling process please visit my website: http://sarahcaudill.com/sellers/decide-to-sell/

To List your home in Volusia County, call me today at 386-295-8664 or email sarah@sarahcaudill.com.

How to Financially Prepare to Purchase a Home

Before you start shopping for your property, it is a good idea to make some preparations.

Build Your Green File.

A green file contains all your important financial documents. You will need it to secure financing for your property. The typical green file should contain:

  • Financial statements
  • Bank accounts
  • Investments
  • Credit cards
  • Auto loans
  • Recent pay stubs
  • Tax returns for two years
  • Copies of leases for investment properties
  • 401K statements, life insurance, stocks, bonds, and mutual account information.

Check Your Credit Rating.

Your credit score will have a huge impact on what type of property you can buy, and at what price. It is first recommended to check your credit rating with an experienced lending institution so that Sarah can determine what you can afford. The lender will research your credit ratings from the three credit reporting agencies Equifax, Experian and Trans Union. I will be happy to recommend experienced, knowledgeable lenders in the residential, construction, commercial, and investment real estate fields.

Be Careful With Your Finances.

Now is not a good time to make sudden career changes or large purchases. You want to approach your property purchase from a position of financial stability.

Please visit my website to find more tips on preparing to purchase a home  Deciding to Buy and search the MLS listings throughout Volusia County directly on my website www.sarahcaudill.com

Best Condo Community in New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna Beach Minorca Condos | www.sarahcaudill.com

New Smyrna Beach Minorca Condos | http://www.sarahcaudill.com

Minorca is one of the best condo communities in the pristine beach town of New Smyrna Beach.  With the Atlantic Ocean on the East side of these condo buildings and the inter-coastal waterway to the West side, this community offers breath-taking sunrise and sunset views.  The Minorca community was built on 65 acres and is 15 miles south of Daytona Beach.  New Smyrna Beach is the closest beach town to Central Florida’s theme parks being only an hour from Orlando.  Adjacent to this fantastic community is the Smyrna Dunes Park that offers 220 acres of park with over four miles of boardwalk and walking trails.  The first of the 7 Minorca buildings were completed in 2002 and the last in 2006.  The property includes 310 condo homes.

Minorca offers an exclusive clubhouse complete with a full kitchen, bar, pool table, and entertainment area; a large heated pool and spa along with a fully equipped gym with a sauna; tennis courts; 24/7 staffed security gatehouse; Ponce De Leon River Pavilion; excellent on-site management staff; boat docks for rent or purchase; and fishing docks overlooking the New Smyrna Beach Coast Guard Station and Ponce Inlet Lighthouse.

Currently the lowest priced condo in this prestigious community is a second floor, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,450sq ft unit listed at $347,000 and the highest priced condo is a seventh floor, 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,620 sq ft unit listed at $1,550,000.

Call your full-time Minorca resident and realtor today to tour this one of a kind community #386-295-8664! Or view the current Minorca condos For Sale by following this link: http://sarahcaudill.idxbroker.com/idx/results/listings?idxID=a096&pt=1&lp=0&ccz=city&per=10&srt=prd&a_complexName[]=Minorca

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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