Daytona Beach News - Port Orange Updates

It's times like this that give us a chance to reflect and remember what is truly most important to us in our lives. Happy Thanksgiving!

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On a cool, but sunny morning, Bob and Judy Ries of Salt Lake City rode in a golf cart around the well-manicured grounds of the Oceanwalk Condominiums in New Smyrna Beach.

"Isn't it lovely?" Judy Ries asked.

A few minutes later, a long, black snake slithered down a wall as the golf cart drove by. Judy was less thrilled by this aspect of the local flora and fauna.

Welcome to Florida. The Rieses have been thinking for some time about buying a vacation home in Florida. In the current buyers' market, they've decided the time is right.

"That was a big thing to me," Judy Ries said. "We're getting older. If we're going to do it, we better do it."

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This premier condo building in Daytona Beach Shores now has 3 more units available. The Ocean Villas will spoil you and your family with some of the best ocean views and amenities on the beach. The following are 3 new condos that Kevin Kling has listed at the Ocean Villas in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida:

  • Penthouse Bellaire Unit #1101 - Seller asking only $999,000. This unit offers 2470 sq. ft. of living area, panaramic views of the atlantic ocean and intracoastal waterway, sienna cherry cabinetry, floor to ceiling windows, ocean views from master tub and much more. 2 reserved underground parking spots are included.
  • Direct Ocean Front Avalon Unit #1008 - Seller asking $1,199,000. Breathtaking expansive views of the ocean! Enjoy the
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port orange home loan rates mortgages real estate floridaThe Federal Reserve cut a key interest rate by a quarter point for the second time in only six weeks. The real estate market, slowing economy, and inflation concerns may equal another rate cut in the coming months. Great Port Orange home deals are available for buyers in this market combined with great mortgage rates. I’m currently working with a buyer that secured a 30 year fixed mortgage rate for his Daytona Beach condo. He just locked in his rate at 5.875%. Can you believe it?

Estimated Port Orange Mortgage Rates:

  • 30 year fixed mortgage rates averaged 6.21
  • 15 year fixed rate mortgages average 5.91 percent
  • 5 year adjustable rate mortgages average 5.98 percent
  • 1 year arms average 5.57 percent

For more Port

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A very important step in the home buying process is obtaining homeowners insurance. All the recent news coverage and media attention does make it seem like finding homeowners insurance in Florida is impossible. Getting property insurance is  POSSIBLE for the majority of Port Orange real estate and there are multiple insurance companies to choose from.

Here are a few companies you can call for a Port Orange home insurance quote:



  • Caton Hosey Aaron Phillips 386-767-3161
  • CCI Insurance 386-756-8551
  • Ormond Insurance Agency 386-673-2115
  • State Farm Blake Thomas Office 386-760-2020
  • Allstate Bert Daniel 386-788-4400
  • Nationwide Welch Insurance 386-253-4744

This is a short list of Port Orange property

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covendale home for sale port orange florida

New listing available in Covendale. The property is located at 6724 Merryvale Ln in Port Orange, Florida. This Covendale home features 4 bedrooms, a screened in pool, 3 car garage, wood cabinets, a formal dining room, family room, crown molding, and more. Click Covendale Homes for more information.

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If you kitchen looks like this picture, your Port Orange home will not sell for top dollar. Kitchens are very important to buyers in all price ranges. The title was intended to grab your intention, but I really want to point out things you can do to make your Port Orange home sell faster and for more money. The truth is that most homeowners spend the majority of their time in the kitchen eating and entertaining. Therefore, a buyer prefers a sparkling clean kitchen. There are a few things that you can do to make your kitchen stand out from the competition:

  • Make sure the sink is completely clean and empty before each showing
  • Clean all kitchen faucets, kitchen appliances, and dust the cabinets
  • Clean off all counters and remove
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port orange real estate home lawns It's that time of year again! Fall is the best time to fertilize your Port Orange lawn. The St. Augustine grass can take a real beating during the winter months. Fertilizing the grass this month will help your lawn build strong, deep roots for the winter and can also help grow a greener and thicker lawn in the spring. A Port Orange lawn with deep roots will be much healthier next summer. The local Port Orange Lowes or Home Depot carries many kinds of fertilizers. I've had great success in the past with Scotts Turf Builder and lawn fertilizers.

 

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Port Orange real estate market snaphot for the month of September 2007.

2007 Port Orange Single Family Home Snapshot

Port Orange Single Family Home Sales = 35

Average Port Orange Single Family Home Sale Price = $261,838

2006 Port Orange Single Family Home Snapshot

Port Orange Single Family Home Sales = 34

Average Port Orange Single Family Home Sale Price = $287,088

Based on the data available on the Daytona Beach MLS, there has been about a 9% decrease in Port Orange home sale prices compared to September 2006. Many different variables determine the sale price of a Port Orange home. For a detailed market analysis of your Port Orange property, contact Kevin Kling.

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Our leaders in the Florida House and Senate continue to look for the perfect "band-aid fix" for our property taxes. The Florida Property Tax problem is more like a "deadly cut" and not a minor bruise. It will take much more than a band-aid to fix the current inequities in the Florida Property Tax system. Homeowners in Daytona Beach, Port Orange, and throughout Central Florida are affected.

 The most recent proposal includes:

  • Doubling of homestead exemptions - The lawmakes want to add another $25,000 homestead exemption. Does not apply to school taxes. BIG DEAL!! This doesn't fix the problem!
  • Low-Income Senior Exemption - Are you 65 or older? You may not have to pay taxes if this new plan is voted in. Is this Fair?
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