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By Team Albert - KW Port St Lucie | Agent in Port Saint Lucie, FL
  • Young Local Player Does Good on PGA Tour

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Port Saint Lucie  |  September 10, 2014 12:10 PM  |  39 views  |  No comments



    CLICK to see Golf Home For Sale PSL 34986

    Billy Horschel was born in Grant which is  located in Indian River County just north of St. Lucie County.  Since he joined the PGA tour his titles include 2013 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, and 2014 BMW Championship.  He recently was asked to speak at his local high school and he did.

    He not just spoke to his school, he spent about a half day there, first giving a speech, and then meeting with the coaches and students afterward in several sessions, in the theatre, the careteria and the courtyard. 

    He made headlines Sunday when he won the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills just outside of Denver for his second PGA Tour career title.

    Call him resilient as that win came 6 days after hitting a really poor shot on the 18th hole at the Deutsche Bank Championship when he had a chance to win.  He settled for a second-place tie.  There was no pity party.  Horschel just owned up to the embarassing shot and just said, "It Happened", about his chunked 6-iron shot at Deutsche Bank.  He added, "Things are going to happen in life and in golf.  The sooner you get over it, the sooner you can move on."  I guess Sunday's win was his redemption and his statement is also something for all of us to remember.

  • Where have all the listings gone? Lowest level in 30 years.

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Port Saint Lucie  |  September 9, 2014 8:43 AM  |  44 views  |  No comments

    Click photo to search the MLS!

    Where have all the listings gone?  Lowest level in 30 years.

    It takes two to make a house sale.  You need a buyer and you need a seller.  Lately we have had more buyers than sellers in St. Lucie County.  When working with buyers who need the perfect home, it has become more and more frustrating as the supply of homes on market  is around 4 months.  That is pretty low historically.

    A 5 1/2 to 6 month supply of inventory is considered to be a balanced market between the buyer and seller.  When you go over 6 months, you have a buyers market.  Under 6 months is a sellers market.

    That indicates that if you are thinking of selling, this is a great time because there are more buyers than homes, the chances are very good that you can sell and sell at the right price for you at this time.
    This inventory supply issue is not a St. Lucie County issue, it is a trend nationally where according to Freddie Mac, homes available for sale is the lowest level in over 30 years.

    One reason is the decline of Short Sales.  There are still some homeowners who owe more than their home is worth, however it dropped because home values appreciated over the past year or so.  Now that it is 2014 homeowners selling now that are underwater are having to pay income tax on the difference, so many are just not listing.  I can't say I blame them!  Pay tax on phantom income?  HUH?? Actually, they would be paying tax on money that they have lost.  I would hold off selling too until congress renews the Relief Act and this issue goes away.

    There is also lower supply because of the number of buyers in the market.  Our numbers have been about 500 homes a month sold.  It is a happy time for all as more buyers are now qualified to purchase a home.  Pricing is good as the median sale price rose 8.5%  from last year.

    All of this equals one thing - we are in a Sellers Market.  So, if you are considering a sale, click here to find out: What Did The House Down The Street Sell For?  This is important because sales in your area determine what you can list your home for.  There is another FREE Report: 27 Tips to Get Top Dollar For Your Home Sale. Our job is to meet your real estate goals.

  • Endless Summer Winery - Special Events

    Posted Under: Entertainment & Nightlife in Port Saint Lucie  |  September 6, 2014 12:20 PM  |  74 views  |  No comments

    Endless Summer Winery has some events upcoming events: Click for additional information

    9/7/14 - Southern Surf Sunday with the SOUTHERN VINE AND HOT WAX SURF BAND. 1-5PM - featured charity: Treasure Coast Food Bank.

    9/14 - Sunday Wine and Jazz with the COFFEEBEANS. 1-5PM. Featured Charity in observance of Patriots Day and the 9/11/2001 Twin Towers Attack: Trident House for Navy Seals.

    9/19 - Friday Evening - Toast the Sunser with the Chillin' sounds of Anna and Will. 6-9:30.

    9/21 - Sunday Wine and Soul with Mr. Entertainment himself: Mr. Gregg Jackson 1-5 pm.  Featured Charity: HALO Rescue

    Food for all events by CHEF BOB'S FOOD ISLAND FOOD TRUCK.

    Chef Bob's menu and food and service was so impressive and well received that he is now the Preferred Food Vendor for the foreseeable event needs.

    SPECIAL EVENTS:

    Sunday 9/28 - 2nd Annual Anniversary Celebration - MUSIC FEST and ART SHOW.  This event will feature 4 bands, several local artists and great food by Chef Bob and Food Island Food Truck.  Noon - 6pm.  Featured Charity is Dogs and Cats Forever.  FREE Admission.

    Thursday Evening 10/30/14 - Dinner Murder mystery  - Get your costumes ready as we kick off our 2014/2015 Dinner Murder Mystery Season with our Hallowine in the VInes: HOORAY FOR HOLLY-WIERD Murder Mystery & Costume Contest.  More Information and tickets are available on info@endlesssummerwine.com and in the tasting room.

  • New Building Materials - How will our buildings act?

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Port Saint Lucie  |  September 6, 2014 4:05 AM  |  61 views  |  1 comment

    While it doesn't look like flying cars will appear anytime soon, clients may soon park their normal cars beside homes and buildings of a very different sort. Popular culture blog Gizmodo identified seven new materials and techniques that could lead to everything from taller high-rises to wallpaper that charges a smartphone.

    A company called uBeam is heading the phone-charging effort. Taking its cue from current wireless charging techniques, uBeam is working on using an ultrasonic sound transmitter to fill a room with inaudible energy. A receiver inside a wireless device can pick up the sound and convert it back to energy, letting owners charge their devices anywhere in the home – even in a pocket. The transmitters can be placed around a home to provide full coverage.

    Also in the energy realm, researchers at Michigan State have created solar cells that should help to make energy collectors more pleasing to the eye – by vanishing. Everyone has seen the large black panels that sit on roofs, and some have seen photovoltaic panels on windows that shimmer with rainbows; but Michigan State's new solar concentrators are transparent. This material can be used in windows and doors to create solar power.

    Building materials are also being upgraded. A team at MIT, for example, has studied bamboo's structural power and looked for ways to apply it to other materials. Even plywood could soon be stronger and cheaper and have less environmental impact, says Gizmodo writer Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan.

    A company called Kite Bricks developed bricks reminiscent of Lego blocks that snap together, but the holes can serve as conduits for the home's wiring and plumbing, allowing easy access for repairs and upgrades.

    Other developments identified by Gizmodo:

    • A new plastic that lights up in the wind, with potential for both decorative and emergency applications
    • Carbon fiber rope that could double the height of high-rises by allowing elevators to more securely reach new levels
    • A new paint technique that can detect when structural fissures have developed in buildings – a big benefit in earthquake zones, but also a tool applicable to older buildings everywhere

    Source: "7 New Materials That Could Change How Our Buildings Act," Gizmodo.com (August 25, 2014)

    To check trends in St. Lucie County on The Treasure Coast - Click Here

  • Thinking of Selling? Get Recent Home Sales in Your Neighborhood.

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Port Saint Lucie  |  September 5, 2014 10:43 AM  |  78 views  |  1 comment

    If you are thinking of selling, there are a number of things to know.  First, what is the market like in your area?  Second, can you get the most money for your home in it's current condition?  It there really a checklist to follow? How do I get Top Dollar?  and... What are the recent home sales in my area?

    Ideas that work- You will want to have your home show well.  You will want your home priced well, after all a buyer is not just seeing your home, they are looking at many in the same price range.  How about condition and location, yes all of that matters.  How about picking the right agent?  Yes, that is important too.

    Have any homes sold in your area lately?  Do you have a neighbor who recently sold and you are wondering what his house sold for?  We can tell you.  Get your list of recent homesales in your area as well as active listings.  Just click that link and your list will be on its way.  There is no coast or obligation for this service.

  • Golf Your Bag? PGA Golf Homes For Sale

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Port Saint Lucie  |  September 5, 2014 7:28 AM  |  65 views  |  No comments

    It is not just retired people who come to Port St. Lucie to buy a Golf Home.  Many have seen the value in PGA at Port St. Lucie Florida.  We are in the heart of the Treasure Coast.  We have boating, beautiful beaches, Mets Spring Training at Tradition Field and fishing too.

    At PGA Village, you will find homes from the 90's up to over $1,000,000.  From Condos, Townhomes and Villas to Estate properties.  View MLS Listings with photos.  PGA Village is the only community in the United States that is owned by The Professional Golfers Association

    In the area, you have the PGA Golf Center for Learning and Performance.  While you are there to check it out, make sure to stop by the PGA Golf Museum where you can enjoy golf history and displays.  Walking tours with an audio tape are now offered so you can totally absorb the history of golf.

    If you think you would like a retirement home, a winter home or you never want to leave and just move in, visit our PGAHotNewListings.com page and get your custom search built for you.

  • Retireing? Florida is the Tops for Relocation

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Port Saint Lucie  |  September 5, 2014 7:25 AM  |  65 views  |  No comments

    As the baby boomers retire, a significant number follow the same path their parents did – they move to Florida.  There are several reasons for this:

    1.  There is no state income tax in Florida

    2.  Florida has a homestead exemption of $50,000.  As long as you do not have a homestead elsewhere, you can claim it in Florida.

    3.  The weather!  You will love the winters here

    4.  The Treasure Coast attracts many residents because of the lifestyle.  Enjoy the beaches, golf, tennis and boating year around.

    Here is a MLS search for condos/townhomes on Hutchinson Island in St. Lucie  You will find properties starting in the 50's to over $700,000.  You can search single family with docks if you want.

    Additional information for Hutchinson Island and the lifestyle it offers.

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