Thursday, December 29, 2011

Apollo Beach Market Conditions as of 30 December 2011

Market Conditions for Apollo Beach, Florida

Reported by Bonnie Fagoh, REALTOR

Updated December 29, 2011.

Welcome to Apollo Beach!

Current inventory 234 active listings from $36,000 to $4.1 million. With 201 closings in the last 6 months, we have just under months of inventory.
If you look at Covington Park alone, there are only 13 active listings and less than 3 months of inventory!
Obviously, the expensive waterfront takes longer to sell.

If You Must Sell Your Home in This Market

Most will agree this is NOT the time to sell your home. But I am starting to see a change with our drastically reduced inventory! I just tested the market a bit on a beautiful pool home in Covington Park. If you looked at recent closings, you may have thought my new listing was a bit overpriced, but it was a NOT a short sale and inventory is quite low in the community. Well, I was right to price it where I did as it went UNDER CONTRACT IN 4 DAYS! It is my job to get the most for my sellers.
You may think, was it still too low since it sold so quickly? Well, it still has to appraise so we can't push it too much. This one closed at $193k, just $7k under list!
What if you just got a job transfer? What if your family is growing and you need a bigger home? What should you do to get the most For your property?
First, make sure you choose a Realtor who knows the market in your area, someone from a large office That has market share in your community. You are not only hiring that agent, but the office, and it can make a big difference if they have a team they can share the listing with since each of those agents has active buyers. The agent should show you comparables that back up the price they suggest for your home.
Choose an agent who knows how to capitalize on internet marketing and knows how to get your property noticed by the masses. Of course, you will want professional photos and slide shows or virtual tours but don't forget the strength of video when it comes to search engine optimization.
You will also want to have your home put its "best face forward"…..spruce up the landscaping for curb appeal (you can't sell it if no one will even go through your door). And speaking of that front door, how about a fresh coat of paint? You may never use that door since you come in through the garage, so go out front and take a good look. Imagine you are that buyer seeing your home for the first time. Some bright flowers will go a long way. Declutter so they will see the house and not your "stuff", wash windows to let that sun shine in! No one likes a dark home….pull those drapes back. And I have been known to say "if you can smell it, you can't sell it". Have a friend come by and be brutally honest and let you know if they notice any odors (pets?). You may not notice it because your nose has become accustomed to it!
The real winners in the market are those who can take advantage of the tremendous deals that are available. If you are upsizing, you come out way ahead. You may get 20% less on your current home (for example $40k less on a home that was previously $200k), but if you save 20% on the bigger one ($60k on a $300k home!) you come out on the plus side. Many of my clients have been amazed at what they could buy today. They are living in homes nicer than they ever imagined they could own. Let me help YOU too….call Bonnie today (813) 390-7606.

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ZIP Code: 33572

Location Characteristics: Apollo Beach is a growing community centrally located between Tampa (20 min), Sarasota (30 min) and St Petersburg (20 min). There are 55 MILES of canals leading to Tampa Bay for those of you who enjoy water sports. Southshore Commons, a major "open air" mall is planned for 2011 with shopping, restaurants, movie theatre and office buildings. The area is excited about our Tampa Bay Rays. AND the Super Bowl Committee is impressed enough with Tampa Bay to have us host the Super Bowl four times!! Our Bucanneers had a tremendous year for such young team. Can't wait to see what they will do next season. Come see for yourself why people love it here! The only state with no snow in Jan 2011. :)

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