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30A CLOSE TO SEASIDE FOR UNDER 250K!!!

It’s called “Relaxation Station” for a reason!  This incredible 30A condo is in walking distance to Seaside and sits directly across the street from a beach access!! The bedroom has new carpeting, kitchen has granite and stainless appliances! This would make a GREAT rental unit that can comfortably sleep six! Rental projections from Beach Blue are $20,000 to $25,000 as is for 2016! With a Gulf view from the front balcony, this condo will not last!

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Two Strategies for Starting a Productive Day!

You’ve probably had it happen before. You get to the office and fire up your computer. You have a clear plan for the day and you’re ready to get going.

Then you check your email.

Your sellers want to hear the feedback from yesterday’s showing. Your buyers found a couple of properties on Zillow they’d like to view. Another agent has a list of questions about one of your listings.

Before you know it, it’s noon and you haven’t accomplished a single item on your to-do list.

Starting the day by checking email is inviting chaos.

Productivity experts agree it’s one of the worst activities you can do first thing in the morning (checking social media also ranks up there).

What productivity experts don’t agree on, however, is the right way to start your day. The following two strategies are the most popular. Try them both and see which one is right for you.

 

Strategy #1: Eat the Frog

Mark Twain once said if the first thing you do in the morning is eat a live frog, you can go through the rest of the day knowing it can’t get any worse.

His statement led to the eat the frog productivity strategy and it works well if you tend to procrastinate.

Start your day by doing your most important task. It could be prospecting, it could be following up with leads, or it could be writing an offer. Regardless, it should be something with the potential to make you money.

Only when you’ve completed your most important task do you check email and begin working on the rest of the items on your to-do list.

 

Strategy #2: Small Wins

People who find success with the eat the frog strategy enjoy tackling a major task first thing. If that doesn’t suit you, then the small wins strategy might be a better fit.

Start your day by completing three or four minor tasks. Each task should take less than 10 minutes and require little mental effort. As soon as you’ve completed one task, check it off your list and immediately move to the next one.

Completing several tasks in a short period is energizing. These “small wins” build momentum and pave the way for you to complete the larger items on your list.

The key to both of the above strategies is planning. At the end of every day, write out your tasks for the following day. That way, when you get going in the morning, you will already know which major or minor tasks to complete first.

 

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Your willpower is at its strongest in the morning. That’s why, no matter which strategy you use, you want to complete your high priority tasks early in the day.

Home Inventory Shrinking!!

According to Trulia, inventory for both starter homes and trade-up homes — the two lowest price brackets in the housing market — is down about 40% in the last four years. Overall, the total number of homes sitting on the market is down to around 860,000, down from 1.4 million 2012. In short, the US housing market is facing a severe lack of supply that will either be resolved by higher prices (and more inflation) or more building:Current Articles Trulia

 

 

 

 

7 Best Places to Buy a Vacation Home

Daily Real Estate News | Friday, August 09, 2013
Many buyers are still seeing plenty of opportunities with buying a vacation home, says Tom Gilmore, chief executive and founder of VacationHomeRentals.com. The home can even turn into a money-maker for those who choose to rent them out.
Twenty-three percent of buyers said they plan to rent out their recently purchased second home, according to a National Association of REALTORS® survey on the second home and vacation home market.
MarketWatch reports that the following are some of the best vacation home hot-spots, based on the potential return from renting, provided by VacationHomeRentals.com.
1. Kissimmee, Fla.
Average rents (from VacationHomeRentals.com): $2,800 to $4,100 per week for eight-bedroom home located five miles from Disney World.
2. Cape Cod in Massachusetts
Average rents: $1,200 to $3,500 per week for a three-bedroom/one-bathroom oceanfront house.
3. The Poconos in Pennsylvania
Average rents: $2,100 to $2,450 per week for a three-bedroom/three-and-a-half bathroom house.
4. Outer Banks, N.C.
Average rents: $595 to $3,495 for a four-bedroom/three-bathroom home.
5. Destin, Fla.
Average rents: $900 to $2,500 for a three-bedroom/two-bathroom home with a private pool and access to a private beach.
6. Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Average rents: $1,200 to $2,650 per week for a five-bedroom/four-and-a-half bath house, located in the family friendly beach area of Surfside.
7. Ocean City, Md.
Average rents: $700 to $3,500 for a three-bedroom/two-bathroom town house with an ocean view.
Source: “Best Places in U.S. to Buy a Vacation Home,” MarketWatch (Aug. 8, 2013)

Foreclosure & Short Sale Info for Buyers & Sellers

The prospect of foreclosure can be financially and emotionally devastating, and often homeowners proceed without guidance of any kind. CDPEs believe that in almost all cases, the best course of action for a homeowner in distress is to speak with a well-informed, licensed real estate professional. They have the tools necessary to help homeowners find the best solution for their particular situation. While enduring financial difficulties are challenging for any family, the process of finding a qualified real estate professional should not be. Ed and Terri Smith have achieved the CDPE designation, ensuring you deal with a professional trained to address your specific needs. CDPEs don’t merely assist in selling properties, they serve and help save their clients in need.

Property Tours by Boat

Property tour by boatEd and Terri are pleased to offer property tours for their waterfront buyers on their Hatteras, Southern Exposure. Piloted by Captain Dave Kisner, a private waterfront tour can be a wonderful way to fall in love with a home or condo by seeing its “curb appeal” from the water! http://www.SouthernExposureCharters.com

 

Meet our terrific team of professionals

               Ed and Terri’s team of professionals work in concert to provide their customers the highest standards of service.  Team members include Buyer Specialists Rick Gonzalez & Andy Werschky  and Team Marketing Manager Cathy Morrow and Office Manager Amy Mazzone.

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Rick Gonzalez -ABR-MRP Realtor/Buyers Agent

I spent most of my childhood in the U.K. with my father being stationed in England for most of his Air Force career.  We moved to Ft Walton Beach in 1989.  After graduating from Choctawhatchee High school in 1991 I served in the US Navy until 1999, so I have a great appreciation for the men and women who keep us safe at home and around the world. I spent 4 years in vacation property management with the areas leading property management company, and the last 3 years in real estate.  I have recently teamed up with Ed & Teri Smith at RE/MAX Coastal Properties in Destin and plan to grown my real estate business to its fullest potential.  I am committed to improving myself and my craft and have recently added the ABR (Accredited Buyers Representative) and MRP (Military Relocation Professional) designations to my specialties.

 

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Andy Werschky-Buyers Agent

Andy Werschky was first licensed as a real estate agent in Grand Rapids Michigan in the year 2000. His love of beach life and boating brought him to Destin in 2003 and by 2004 had earned a spot as an associate broker at RE/MAX Coastal Properties. In 2010 he returned to Michigan to spend some time with his recently widowed mother, and in 2011 he moved his family of 7 to Kauai Hawaii where they spent time chasing their dreams of running a private surf school. Andy returned to Destin in late 2014 where he re-joined forces with The Ed and Terri Smith Team as a professional buyer’s agent. His local knowledge, real estate experience, and history of service excellence make him a great asset to our clientele.