Foreclosure rates on the rise in Sarasota & Manatee Counties in Florida.

I’m hearing of many 55 an older buyers are considering or purchasing in this area. I personally believe they should do some additional research and reconsider.

More Southwest Florida homeowners are struggling to pay their mortgages.

The number of residential properties with a foreclosure filing rose 23% as of mid-year in the Sarasota-Manatee region, according to a new report from real estate researcher ATTOM Data Solutions.

While foreclosures nationwide were down during the first half of 2019, the local increase was not that unusual. Foreclosure starts were higher in four out of 10 metros across the country.

A total of 1,277 residential properties, or one in every 327 homes in the Sarasota-Manatee area, were in some stage of distress. That represents 0.31% of the housing units in the region.

Why use an agent to purchase a new home!

The advantages of having an agent help you purchase a new home are the same as those for purchasing a resale home…

• Knowledge of the market

• Help in finding the perfect home quickly

• Expertise in contract writing/negotiation

• Closing assistance.

The builder has a professional representative watching out for his/her needs, and you need the same expert representation.

Buying a new home is a little more difficult and time-consuming than buying a resale. A real estate agent can professionally guide you through this process.

It is very important that your interests be professionally represented when you are entering into a contract for a semi-custom or build-to-suit home. These transactions are complex and the contract details must be exact in order to protect you and to ensure you get exactly the home you want!

REMEMBER – the Builder requires that your Agent accompany you on your first visit to the Builder’s sales office, or they will NOT PAY your representative’s fee!

Ponte Vedra schools.

Ponte Vedra High School Test Scores

Florida administered the Florida Standards Assessment and Mathematics End of Course Exams to high school students. These figures display how well the school as a whole performed in reading and mathematics.

Subject Proficiency

School District State020406080100MathematicsReading

Math Proficiency Distribution

Inadequate 5%Below Satisfactory 9%Satisfactory 36%Above Satisfactory 20%Mastery 30%

Reading Proficiency Distribution

Inadequate 4%Below Satisfactory 12%Satisfactory 21%Above Satisfactory 34%Mastery 29%

Overall Student Performance

This measures overall student performance on state-required tests.

Percentile Score on Florida Standards Assessment and Mathematics End of Course Exams ? 95.8%

Spray Park in Nocatee, Ponte Vedra!

9 Things You May Not Know About Nocatee Spray Park

Posted by Donna Lundgren – Nocatee Welcome Center Manager

4/25/19 11:33 AM

New Nocatee Water Park

Now that swim season is almost upon us, we’d like to share some things you may not know about the new Nocatee Spray Park. Residents can splash, play, relax, eat and more at the new amenity that opened March 9 with a festive grand opening celebration.

Here are nine Nocatee Spray Park fun facts:

  • 1.) The four-story above ground interactive spray playground, Whale Harbor, is the tallest of its kind in Northeast Florida.
  • 2.) The main pool, surrounding Whale Harbor, has over 17,000 square feet of surface area, making it the largest pool in Nocatee, almost twice as large as the Lagoon Pool in Nocatee Splash Park
  • 3.) The slides and play structure were built by ProSlide Technology, considered the best water slide manufacturer in the world. ProSlide also built Volcano Bay for Universal Studios in Orlando.
  • 4.) There are over 75 water features on the main Whale Harbor structure.
  • 5.) There are five water slides with two being enclosed creating a dark slide.
  • 6.) The main pool, Whale Harbor holds just 50,000 gallons of water. The Spray Pad and Scuttle Cove hold about 2,500 gallons. 
  • 7.) The underground holding tank for the main pool is 10,000 gallons (20% of the pool volume). 
  • 8.) The pools are treated with a state of the art chemical controller system that monitors Chlorine, Ph and ORP and makes adjustments 24 hours a day.
  • 9.) There are over 750 chairs currently placed in the park. Time to kick back and relax!
Nocatee Spray Park
Blue Water Bar and Grill at Nocatee

 The Spray Park also includes Serenity Bay, a resort-style beach environment with beach volleyball and blue sand cabanas available to residents on a first come first served basis. For Nocatee’s youngest residents, Scuttle Cove is a smaller spray park for younger children. Also included is Paradise Park playground featuring multiple tunnels, astro turf and shaded areas. 

Beach Area at Nocatee Spray Park

The neighboring event field, Nocatee Station Field, is the new home for community events and concerts, including the monthly Nocatee Farmers Market, the Roscolusa Songwriters Festival, drive-in movie nights, concerts and more. Blue Water Bar & Grill with its large deck and food court is also accessible from the new event field.

Ponte Vedra, PVB & Nocatee events!

People continue to ask me why is Ponte Vedra and Ponte Vedra Beach so attractive to new home buyers?

The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach is an incredible experience and inexpensive.

Family Membership – $115
Two adults & any children/ grandchildren under 18

  • Discounts on Cultural Center classes and workshops for two adults
  • Discounts on Cultural Center camps, classes, and workshops for children
  • Discounts on purchases at PV Arts & Crafts (30%), Atlantic Pottery Supply (10%), and Reddi-Arts (25%)
  • Reciprocal membership with the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association
  • Receive newsletters, eblasts, class brochures, and invitations to special events and exhibitions
  • Member Open Studio Access
  • Pottery Open Studio Access

Please call Catherine Tatem at (904) 280-0614, ext. 1206 for more information about our Family Memberships. To fill out a form and mail a check, please visit the form link.

The incredible Clubhouse and TPC “The Players Tournament each March! Free tours of the club house with historical events you only see behind the scenes!

Image result for behind the scenes Tpc ponte vedra beach

My appologies for slacking on my blogs. We’re going to catch you up to all the incredible benifits of living in the Ponte Vedra, Ponte Vedra Beach areaz!

Ten (10) Real Estate Myths you should know!

10 real estate agent myths outsiders believe

I’ve been blessed with 30+ years of experience in the Florida Real Estate Industry. From the birth of the Florida Comprehensive Plan to initiating it in 1991 is a background few Realtors know or understand.

If you’re thinking about becoming an agent, or a buyer or seller? Please  have a clear view of what it’s like, so you can start out on the right foot. An Experienced agent with a broad scope of the Real Estate Industry is a must!

From the outside looking in, the reality of what real estate agents do and what we are like is often quite different than the perception consumers — or even aspiring agents — have. One of my relatives was so entranced in what he heard on a TV commercial and reality TV that he was ready to jump in feet first. These type of TV myths only take your money and never follow up with support in their product. “It’s Television!” Really?

The actuality of what we do, how hard we work and what it takes to buy and sell real estate would likely surprise most people outside of the industry.

Here are 10 top myths surrounding being a real estate agent.

1. Making a big income is very easy with little work and time involved

Although being a real estate professional is not hard if you love it, and you certainly can make a big income. But like all businesses, there is so much to learn and do and selling real estate is very time-intensive. Even with a staff and personal assistants.

2. You need the looks and personality of a major movie star

These nice attributes certainly won’t hurt you and your bottom line, but the most successful real estate professionals are the ones who”know the business inside and out!” Prepare and take great care of their clients and customers.

3. You have to be a technology expert

Although you don’t have to be an IT expert as many top producers are not, the better you are with technology, the easier it will be to run your business. The broad scope of knowledge with a diverse partnership builds on how well you can serve you customers.

With that said, know that you can always hire an assistant or virtual assistant. Being a people expert is much more important.

4. It takes a long time to make some income

The agents who come in and take advantage of all the training they can and work hard doing the right things when it comes to prospecting really shorten the time it takes to make money. I’ve been with RE/MAX International since 2002 and could not be happier with the support each independent office provides. Surprisingly you will do well sooner rather than later.

5. The hours you put in will be less than a regular job

The agents and customers who believe this, probably are not making the best choices in acquiring an agent to represent them! Making a lot of money? Although you don’t have to work 24/7, you do have to put in hours that would probably exceed a regular job, especially in the beginning. “This is NOT a part time profession.”

The freedom that being a real estate agent gives you, is not always what you may believe. Does it make it easier to be flexible with your time than a more traditional employment? Argumentative to say the least!

6. I can do real estate part-time

Although you can do real estate part-time, you won’t be very effective. Most part timers only do this to perhaps save on brokerage fees when buying and selling their own properties. To make any significant income and to consciously assist your buyers and sellers correctly, it will be very difficult to do real estate on a part time bases.

7. People will be flocking to me to sell their homes, and people will be giving me leads all day long

To make a steady income in real estate, like any sales job, you will have to spend a good part of your day doing various networking and prospecting activities to bring customers to your business. Not much business will drop into your lap.

8. I don’t need any training or support — I got this

Regardless of your background or the personal skills that you bring to the table, to get your business up and running fast, to stay out of legal trouble and to stay in this business long term, someone will have to show you how.

The cost of not getting any training when you start usually results in “A quick end to your real estate career!” Usually because you could not generate enough income.

9. You need to know a lot of people to be successful

Knowing many people who you can contact and try to assist with their real estate needs is nice and will make things easier for you, but your work ethic and the success of your prospecting activities will bring customers to your business.

10. All brokerages are the same, so I can hang my license anywhere

Brokerage models very tremendously and where you choose to hang your license may decide if you are successful long term or not in the business.

For example, training and support are very important to a successful real estate career, but some brokerage models may offer very little of it, if any, and some may build their entire model around it. Ultimately these type brokerages are in it for themselves. Any effort you make and the discouragement you experience will only benefit these independent brokerages. I have hung my hat with RE/MAX brokerages since 2002 and I cannot say enough about the support they provide their agents. Many of you know how well we are supported with technology, staff, assistants, and associates that share experiences vital to the growth process.

The great thing about real estate is that all types of people and personalities can be successful. The key is to have a clear view of what it’s really like to be a real estate agent and to start out the correct way with full training and support so that you can do all the right things and have continued success for years to come.

Ref; By Joseph Santini & Dan Swing