How to Vet Real Estate Agents

Here is an article from U.S. News & World Report about choosing a real estate agent.  This is an excellent article that should be helpful to anyone buying or selling on St. George Island.  Click to go to the full blog page to open the link.

http://a.msn.com/00/en-us/BBoeYT6?ocid=se

 

 

 

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Spectacular Bayfront Home on East End – UNDER CONTRACT

457 Cutty Sark Way, Clipper Bay subdivision, St. George Island:  This bayfront home has 5 BR/5.5 BA, 2996 sf living area, large porches, elevator, upscale finishes and a private boat slip with lift on the community dock.  Offered mostly furnished.  To see a complete video tour, click on the following link.

Vacation Home Market Booming

St. George Island is following the national trend for real estate sales in the vacation home market. Prices are still low and financing is readily available.   Check out this article on vacation home sales at CNN.  Learn more

Beach Buzz, gulf front, 6 BR/5.5 BA - $1,500,000.

Beach Buzz, gulf front, 6 BR/5.5 BA – $1,500,000.

 

Cozy Carrabelle Retreat

133 Timber Lane, Carrabelle – $189,000.  Nestled on a wooded 1-acre lot in Carrabelle on Timber Island, this well-maintained, 2 BR/2 BA home offers privacy, quiet, comfort and a wonderful setting for wildlife viewing & birding.   WATCH VIDEO TOUR:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7G4OvJE1h4

 

 

UNDER CONTRACT – Charming Plantation Bayfront Home

1935 Indian Harbor Rd.  Charm, privacy and fantastic views await at this lovely bayfront home in the Plantation.   WATCH VIDEO TOUR:  http://youtu.be/Kt6OteFyDPA

PLANTATION BAY FRONT HOME:  $539,000.

PLANTATION BAY FRONT HOME: $539,000.

New Bayfront Home Listing in Plantation

1935 Indian Harbor Rd.  PRICE:  $539,000. Charm, privacy and fantastic views await at this lovely bayfront home in the Plantation.  The cypress siding and new standing-seam metal roof blend with the natural surroundings of this secluded wooded lot. Private dock has boat lift & fish cleaning sink. Screened porch at ground level is huge, perfect for outdoor entertaining along with multiple decks and porches. The main level features an open floor plan with a living-dining-kitchen combo and wrap-around decks. Views on three sides from the living area. Pecky cypress accents add warmth. Two master suites open to decks, both with private baths & walk-in closets. Separate laundry-utility room. Top level is the 3rd bedroom or office with private bath. Rustic furnishings create an original look.

PLANTATION BAY FRONT HOME:  $539,000.

PLANTATION BAY FRONT HOME: $539,000.

 

 

 

Lot Sales Up on St. George Island

The number of lot sales on St. George Island is up 15% year-to-date.  This year through today, 31 lots have closed on the island with an average sales price of $149,066 and a median sales price of $112,000.  In 2013, for the same period, there were 27 lot sales with an average sales price of $133,474 and a median sales price of $89,000.  This indicates a 12% rise in value.  It’s great to see building and construction on the island!

First Tier Lot on St. George Island – $188,000

Enjoy great gulf views with this 1st tier lot on the East End of St. George Island in Sunset Beach subdivision.  Priced at only $188,000, 1828 Sunset Drive, Lot 35, is across from the designated beach boardwalk and has unobstructed beach views due to the staggered lot lines and construction envelopes.  Sunset Beach is a gated community, adjacent to the State Park, that features pool, cabana, tennis, boardwalks to beach, brick paved roads, Mediterranean style and easy beach access.

FIRST TIER LOT - $188,000.  1828 Sunset Drive, SGI

FIRST TIER LOT – $188,000. 1828 Sunset Drive, SGI

SOLD! Great Investment Property in Carrabelle

This townhome unit at 509-D East Meridian Street in Carrabelle in the Sands of Carrabelle complex just sold for $65,100. The end unit is 1500 square feet, 3 BR, 2 BA with parking underneath for 2-3 vehicles.

SOLD:  $65,100.  July 2014.  3 BR/2 BA townhome at 509-D East Meridian in Carrabelle.

SOLD: $65,100. July 2014. 3 BR/2 BA townhome at 509-D East Meridian in Carrabelle.

Questions for Buying Property on St. George Island

If you are considering the purchase of a vacation home, now is a great time to act.  The market has stabilized and prices are still very reasonable on St. George Island.  Here are some questions to ask yourself before your start your property search.

  • Where do I want to be?  On St. George Island, your choices are gulf front, gulf view, bay or interior.  Or you can choose the Plantation, Gulf Beaches , East End or Business District.
  • What is the purpose of my purchase?  Will this be a rental home, a second or vacation home, a retirement home or a telecommuter home?
  • Do I want to buy an existing home or buy a lot and build?  There are advantages to each.
  • What type of amenities do I want?   Pool (onsite or community), tennis, security, beach, beach access, architectural restrictions, boat dock on-site.
  • What home features are most important?  Bedrooms, baths, layout, interior finishes, kitchen, etc.
  • How much do I want to invest?   Determine your budget and price range.
  • Will I pay cash or finance the purchase?  Most financial institutions currently lend up to 75% of the purchase price or appraised value, whichever is lower.

If you need more information about buying on St. George Island, please contact me hspohrer@stgeorgeisland.com or 850-899-1262.

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