Beaching It in Flagler County

 

 

Our 19 miles of beautiful beaches are the place to be this time of year! Flagler County’s beaches are made up of coquina and red sand and have plenty of room for tossing a frisbee, flying a kite, or wind surfing. A unique coastal community, Flagler Beach has one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, and recreational experiences. 

 

Waterfront homes in Flagler Beach are highly desirable and don’t last long when they come up for sale. Nearby Palm Coast offers access to numerous restaurants, shopping, and entertainment options. International  airports are not too far away. Even though living the Florida lifestyle is almost like being on vacation, you may wish to visit family, take an interesting vacation, or even a business trip. 

 

When people move to the beach they typically find their friends and relatives visiting on a regular basis. And, why not? Our beaches are fun for the entire family, pet-friendly, and great for surfing, swimming, and playing in the sand. Our Flagler Beach Pier is a great spot for fishing, dolphin spotting, and watching the July 4th fireworks! 

 

At REMAX Flagstaff, our dedicated REALTOR® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

 

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Experience the Coolest of Florida’s Natural Amenities, Florida’s Springs

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Florida summer weather extends into September, which gives folks extra time to enjoy the outdoors. Some of Florida’s prettiest places to enjoy summer and beat the heat are its freshwater springs. While Silver Springs State Park in Ocala often comes to mind first, there are two other springs located within 60 miles of Palm Coast, Salt Springs and Silver Glen Springs.

 

Salt Springs Recreation Area is part of the Ocala National Forest. The natural spring bubbles up from fissures, or cracks, in the ground, flowing for 5 miles and emptying into Lake George. Visitors can enjoy swimming, canoeing, and motor boating in the crystal-clear waters of Salt Springs.

 

Also part of the Ocala National Forest, Silver Glen Springs is a gorgeous spot just north of Astor that is both a recreation area and an important archaeological siteThis beautiful spot shows how we can enjoy the outdoors as well as preserve one of Florida’s most valuable natural resources. The spring basin flows gently down into the spring, making it ideal for swimming. Visitors can swim and snorkel in the clear waters that maintain a cool, constant 73*F. Canoe and kayak rentals are also available.

 

With such a short drive from Flagler County to Ocala, why not take a day trip to one of these recreational areas? For more locations and additional information about Florida’s natural springs, visit Florida’s Springs at http://www.floridasprings.org/

 

At RE/MAX Flagstaff, our dedicated REALTORS® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

 

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Strong March Home Sales, Low Inventory Means Tougher Market for Buyers, Easier for Sellers

 

As we spring into peak home-buying season home sale prices continue to rise, according to this month's RE/MAX National Housing Report. 

 

The inventory of homes available to buy dropped below 3 months for the first time in the history of the report, indicating a market that greatly favors sellers, as six months is considered a balanced market.

 

Buyers, this doesn't mean you can't find - and buy - your dream home. We’re still helping people get the right home at the right price - it just requires more creativity and tenacity.

 

Homes continued selling faster last month, with the average Days on Market dropping to 64, compared to 68 in February 2017 and 71 in March 2016. 

 

“We expect a seasonal uptick in sales this time of year and March certainly met and somewhat exceeded that expectation,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder. “We don’t anticipate the tightening inventory to ease up in most markets until new home construction can catch up to its pre-recession pace. Until then, sellers will enjoy a fast-paced market and buyers will need to work with their agents to get in the right home.” To read the April 2017 Housing Report in its entirety, click here.

 

At RE/MAX Flagstaff our dedicated REALTORS® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

 

 

 

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Lunch with "The Artistic Astronaut"

 

 

Have you ever had lunch with an astronaut? RE/MAX Flagstaff brokers Annette Gardinal and Jimmy Millhollin recently had the opportunity to meet and have lunch with Nicole Stott, a veteran astronaut, who was the keynote speaker at the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce Thrive Business Summit held at the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience. 

 

Nicole is a 27-year veteran astronaut with two NASA spaceflights and 104 days living and working in space on both the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station (ISS). She performed one spacewalk and was a member of the crew of the final flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery, STS-133. She is also a NASA Aquanaut and holds the Women's World Record for saturation diving following an 18-day mission on the Aquarius undersea habitat.

 

Seeing the Earth from space, Nicole had an epiphany. She vowed to dedicate the rest of her life to sharing the overwhelming beauty of our planet with others. She believes that doing so will help others appreciate and care for our home planet and each other.

 

The first astronaut to paint in space, Stott is now a full-time artist and SciArt Education Advocate, known as "The Artistic Astronaut." Through her work, she shares the awesome beauty and impressions she experienced through the windows of a spacecraft. An ongoing promoter of Art and Science, she works to generate widespread interest in the integration of these two important fields. 

 

Annette and Jimmy adventurous in their own right, were very impressed with Nicole’s service to our country, the space program, and dedication to the integration of art and science.

 

At RE/MAX Flagstaff our dedicated REALTORS® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

 

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The Interesting History of Mortgages

 

Mortgage rates have hit their record lows and even though they've risen slightly, it’s a great time to buy! First time homebuyer programs offer loans with down payments as low as 3% and millennials are buying homes!

 

Mortgage rates have not always been low, if you’re old enough to remember 1981 and the average rate of 17% for a 30 year fixed note!

 

Did you know that mortgages once were only written for three to five years and not amortized? In the 1920’s this was the reality of home buying and mortgages could be renewed by the bank, or not! By not amortizing the loan, borrowers were paying back mostly interest and ended up being in a constant state if indebtedness. When the stock market crashed and the loans became due, banks refused to renew loans and loans became more expensive and harder to get. An astonishing half million homes were in foreclosure and the housing industry collapsed. In the mid 1930’s the construction industry was 1/10th the size that it had been prior to the crash. Finally, the New Deal focused on restarting the construction industry and ultimately the banking industry. Want to know more? Read Debtor Nation: The History of America in Red Ink by Louis Hyman

 

Mortgages have come a long, long way and we have learned a lot through the years about lending practices. At RE/MAX Flagstaff our dedicated REALTORS® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

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