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Thursday, October 6, 2022   /   by Ana Baldner

Fall Décor Trends 2022

In Florida, the transition from summer to fall is a gradual one. The temperatures begin to cool down in October, and by November they're generally comfortable for spending time outdoors. Although we won't have colorful falling leaves like other places, we can still have fun decorating for it!

Let's look at some Fall décor trends that are taking place in 2022:

Colors

Transition your home into cozier colors like warm reds, oranges and browns. Choosing colors on the warmer side of the color palette will make your space seem cozier even if your A/C is still running. Green, traditionally a summer color, can fit your fall theme if you lean into a deep forest hue. Plus, it goes great with tones of brown and orange. You can easily incorporate these by switching out throw pillows, blankets, candles or maybe a rug. If you want to make a bigger change, you can always repaint an accent wall or two.
Another great way to add pops of orange to your home is with flowers or other ...

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Thursday, September 22, 2022   /   by Ana Baldner

What Is Happening In Our Local Market?

The Real Estate Market has been hot for a while. Homes are selling quickly and for higher prices. Many people fear a crash or wonder about a shift. Many media outlets are also pushing these topics to the forefront. CNBC reported statistics such as homes in August sat on the market an average of five days longer than they did a year ago, or that listing prices are dropping thousands of dollars month to month.
 
There are a couple of things to keep in mind when consuming National Media. First, these are statistics that average together all US markets. Grouping together major cities like Seattle and LA with smaller areas like the Space Coast. Our housing markets are completely different! There is no way an average is an accurate representation of all Real Estate Markets in the US. 
 
Second, these media sites give no context for the numbers. Comparing the numbers we find to previous years is what gives them value and meaning, and allows us to gain perspective on it2 ...

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022   /   by Ana Baldner

Real Estate Terms: Cheat Sheet

When it comes to dipping your toe in the Real Estate World, the first thing you'll notice is the abundance of industry specific terms that seem to come up frequently and may seem like foreign concepts. Terms you probably haven't ever heard of before! Skipping over the meanings of these words can keep you from understanding crucial information about your favorite listings.
 
Here we made you a quick “cheat sheet” with a bunch of common Real Estate Terms. Keep these in mind, and it'll help you out when browsing for properties or closing on your own home. 
 
As-Is: The home may need repairs or renovations that the seller will not complete before or as part of the sale. As-is also refers to the condition of the property at the time the offer was written and should something happen to the property from the time the offer was written to closing which alters this condition, then the seller must bring back the property to its “as-is” condition OR the 2 ...

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Thursday, September 8, 2022   /   by Ana Baldner

Local Coffee Shops

September is here and that means Fall is knocking at our door. This doesn't mean much for the weather here on the Space Coast, but we can still partake in the Autumn festivities! Personally, when I think of the Fall, my mind goes to coffee shops and yummy cinnamon drinks. 

Here are five local coffee shops you should visit as the heat starts to settle down:
1. Apocalypse Coffee Roasters
Perhaps one of the most unique options in our area is Apocalypse Coffee! A family run business in Melbourne, their mission is to be “the last coffee you will ever need”. Their menu consists of Apocalypse themed drinks and meals. The specialty drinks change every month to keep things new, and September's options are perfect for a fall coffee run!

2. RiverRoad Coffee & Popsicles
RiverRoad is located in Cocoa and has two featured menu items: coffee AND popsicles. There is always something new to try, as they have so many specialty items on their menu. And they just released the; ...

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Thursday, September 1, 2022   /   by Ana Baldner

Is Buying Cheaper Than Renting?

Is buying cheaper than renting? This depends mostly on the local market and its conditions. The Real Estate market has been heating up the past couple years and many Americans are making the transition from tenant to homeowner. 

With rents skyrocketing all over the country, some may make the assumption that even in a heated market, buying may be the better option. But the truth is, there are different associated costs that create key Pro's and Con's to either choice. 

Costs of buying
The biggest upfront cost of buying is your down payment. Typically between 3-20% of the home's purchase price. If you do put less down, your interest rate will typically increase, making your monthly payments increase as well. There are many monthly costs you will face, your mortgage payment being the biggest, including principal and interest for your loan. This number could also go up or down if you have a variable interest rate. HOA dues should also be factored in, generally covering lan2 ...

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