New listing in the Fairways in Sandestin Fl, for $335,000
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New listing in the Fairways in Sandestin Fl, for $335,000
See this one before its gone!
Fairways is located in Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort with access to three golf courses, 15 tennis courts, two spas, The Village at Baytowne Wharf with playground, restaurants and stores. Enjoy access to the Marina for water activities, Grand Boulevard for shopping, retail and movies. With miles of bike trails and access to indulge in the gorgeous gulf beaches. Conveniences near the resort include Destin to the west and Santa Rosa Beach with Scenic Hwy 30A to the east.
FULLY FURNISHED- TurnKey Ready! This cozy cottage is beautifully decorated, very well taken care of and has never been rented; it can sleep 8-9 people. Relax indoors with two entertaining areas to accommodate family and friends. Enjoy grilling on the back deck with water views or enjoy fishing from your own back yard. Outside Storage keeps your beach toys and your fishing gear neatly stored and ready. Seller has maintained and cared for details in this happy retreat such as reupholstered sleeper-sofa/ updated bathroom cabinets and sink fixtures/ plantation shutters/ replaced HVAC (still under warranty)/ stainless steel appliances/ bamboo floors throughout/ Nest system/ replaced interior doors/ fixtures and fans throughout/ golf cart electrical hook-up.
Call me (Gena Bolton) today to see this wonderful cottage in the Fairways of Sandestin.
This is always a fun event and supports a great cause.
Eggs on the Beach EggFest at Seascape Resort
Eggs on the Beach
Sept. 30, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Eggs on the Beach EggFest is one of the "official" Big Green Egg Festivals held throughout the U.S. Cook teams will demonstrate the delicious results of cooking on the Big Green Egg by smoking and grilling their favorite dishes while tasters vote for their favorites. Presented by Bay Breeze Patio, Eggs on the Beach EggFest will be held at Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach, and will feature more than 30 cook teams, serving delicious samples. The event also includes live music, celebrity judges, Big Green Egg accessories, kids zone, chances to win prizes and cash bar. Proceeds benefit the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and Food for Thought.
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Newest Luxury Condo in Miramar Beach, Alerio
Feast your eyes on morning SUNRISES over the Emerald Coast in this TOP floor luxury condo. Experience the Gulf's white sand and clear water in B403 by simply walking across the street. Perfect for dining in, as there is a full kitchen equipped with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, oversized pantry, and stack washer/dryer in hallway. A large high-top table by the window provides you with breathtaking views. Every room has a 58" Smart TV and is beautifully decorated with a beach theme including hardwood floors. Community amenities include a pool, hot tub, children's splash pad and a grilling area. As a rental it can occupy 10 comfortably, but is also a great place to call home. It is conveniently located near restaurants, shopping, golf and movie theaters.
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Let me show you this great Blue Mountain Beach Retreat - reduced to $1,295,000.00
This stunning and graceful new home will capture you by its quality construction and impeccable design. The alluring sugar white beach is only half a block away from this peaceful Blue Mountain Beach community. This 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath home has gulf views, a salt-water pool and a great open floor plan. Beautiful re-sawed oak floors grace the floors and the ceilings are V-groove wood. The one-of-a-kind front door is made of spanish cedar. There is a formal dining room and an enormous gourmet kitchen. The kitchen cabinets are wainscoting and the pantry is one of the largest you will ever see. Additional features of the kitchen include top of the line, stainless steel appliances, a large kitchen island made of white ice granite, a wine refrigerator and icemaker.
A mud room leads you to the courtyard and pool. The second floor has the master suite and 2 additional bedrooms. The master bedroom has a private balcony and the master bath has a separate shower with twin showerheads, a double vanity and a lava limestone garden tub. The 3rd floor includes a bedroom, bunk room and 1 full bath. This brand new home is strategically placed in Blue Mountain Beach which is characterized by both lavish gulf front private residences, and simple Old-Florida cottages. It is one of 30A's most sought after communities; a paradise set on the highest elevation in the Gulf of Mexico. Monikered from the lush lupines that grow wild along the shores of one of 30A's coveted coastal dune lakes, Blue Mountain is truly the purveyor of the 30A lifestyle. This home is being sold furnished and rental ready.
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This is a GREAT time to buy a second home here on the Emerald Coast. Many here believe we will see the continuation of home values in the next coming year. Because of this belief it has brought in to the area more people wanting to purchase this year.
The stock market is up and many are enjoying an increase in their portfolios as well as their 401k. We are seeing more and more buyers now wanting to keep their money in the market and finance the second home purchase. Financing a second home for lenders is what they do and most of the time the interest rates are competitive to a primary home purchase with the required down payment requested by the lender.
However in the past 10 days and happen again yesterday I have been asked about the availability of 100% financing of a second home three different times. They share with me they have either heard or they tell me they know someone who has done this type of mortgage recently. While I know a little bit about financing and how it relates to a sale of property, I respond to them - you should always seek out your options with a proficient lending expert who can provide assistance with structuring your mortgage for the purchase.
But I did make some calls yesterday to local mortgage lenders and banks to see if any new loan products have come to the area allowing for a one loan 100% second home purchase. (answer was no) however they all shared with me about the three ways of doing this that we have seen buyers employ in the past.
1. Use the equity line of credit on another property you already own as the down payment – this is the most common method we see used to purchase second homes when a buyer is looking to have minimum to no money down at the time of purchase. Equity in a current home is considered an asset you already own, normally all that is needed from you by the lender is to provide terms and conditions of the loan so when qualifying they can add this to the debt ratio.
2. The Pledged Asset Mortgage (mostly offered by your brokerage house) - this feature allows you to increase the size of the loan on your home up to 100% of the value of the real estate, by pledging the additional assets in the form of a securities account in lieu of the normal down payment. The Home Loan will be secured by both the home and the Pledge Account. A Pledged Asset Mortgage involves pledging securities as collateral for a home loan in lieu of making a cash down payment. By using the Pledged Asset Mortgage feature, you are subjecting the investment in a home to the fluctuations of the securities market. The Pledge Amount varies based upon your effective Loan-to-Value determined during the application process of a first mortgage loan. Normally the value of the securities held in the Pledge Account must be maintained at the Pledge Amount. If the value of the securities in the Pledge Account falls below the agreed-upon Floor Amount, the owner of the Pledge Account must deposit into the Pledge Account acceptable securities or other collateral to stay in compliance with the terms of the home loan. Many of these type loans allow you to continue to trade the securities in the Pledge Account.
3. Cross-collateralisation Mortgage
Cross-collateralisation occurs when more than one property is used to secure a loan. For example, a person owns Property A and wants to purchase Property B without using any of their own funds. The bank can use both properties as collateral for the new loan. Cross-collateralisation may often seem to be an appealing option to a buyer, but I have been told it puts banks in a stronger position as it provides them with greater control over the properties. One lender said it has a benefit initially, in that he or she has not had to use their own cash to acquire the second property; however this strategy does have the potential to negatively impact future opportunities.
1. LOSS OF FLEXIBILITY
If a property is cross-collateralised it can limit severely the way in which sale proceeds may be used if sold.
2. INCREASED COMPLEXITY
It is often the case that every property in a cross-collateralised portfolio needs to be re-valued whenever one property is released.
3. LIMITED PRODUCT CHOICE
Regardless of one’s asset position, many banks will want to control the type of loan that they will make available to a buyer when his or her aggregate debt with them is high. The lender said if can often be a better strategy for a buyer to use multiple lenders and therefore gain access to the most suitable loan products.
4. CHANGING LENDERS CAN BE DIFFICULT AND COSTLY
When a loan(s) is secured by multiple properties, the establishment fees are usually higher as they include charges for ‘additional’ security. (both properties) This cost can be compounded when an owner wishes to move those cross-collateralised properties from one lender to another.
5. EQUITY ACCESS
If the equity in the property increased value over time is inaccessible.
Hope this was helpful! If your looking to purchase a second home call me, I would be happy to help you with finding your dream home.
Financing Condos in a Resort Market Like Destin Can Be Tricky for Buyers and Sellers!
Financing Condos and Condotels in Destin, Miramar Beach and Santa Rosa Beach, Florida are very different because of the resort like qualities that most of our condominium complexes have along the Emerald Coast.
As we have noted in earlier post, choosing the right agent is very import when listing your condo for sale. As much as we all would like to have cash buyers when we sale our condo, we know that’s not the reality. The market and economy is bringing more buyers into our area and financing is growing to be a larger part of these transactions. This is good for sellers because with more buyers we should see increase of property values. As noted before if you are going to accept an offer and take your condo off the market, you as a seller have a right to know who is doing the financing. We hear the story all too often of sellers accepting offers and to find out a few weeks later the buyer can’t get it financed with their bank or lender and seller then looses those days on the market. A seller chooses a condo specialist and much of this can be avoided.
Same thought also applies to buyers as well. Choose an agent who knows condos! Someone who understands that if you want to finance then focus on what is available to you. This includes upfront having the discussion about what your goals are in purchasing a condo, what kind, max price, income generated, and how much you can put down. (Very important as the financing changes with down payment.) Just the other day I got a call from a frustrated buyer who had been working with another agent. The agent was very nice and seems like a good fit in the beginning but as they got into looking and making offers they became very frustrated with the process. See, the agent showed them many units in their price range and got them very excited but never asked them if they were financing and if so how much are you putting down (down payment). The agent showed them condos in 300k price range as asked by the buyers. But failed to know they were only able to put down 10%. Many of the condos that the agent showed (and got the buyer excited about) required 30% down or 60k more in down payment! Unfortunately this was unrealized until offer time. What a waste of the buyer’s time with them being here for only a week.
How even a strong borrower gets denied.
Financing condominiums along Florida’s Gulf Coast can be a very tricky process. The difference in financing a condominium compared to single family homes is that lenders are required to get the property approved in addition to merely approving the borrower. This is the main reason that I would NEVER recommend that a buyer use an out-of-town lender when financing a condo in Destin and the surrounding area. Lenders that are not located in this market are not familiar with our properties. Many of them have very unique characteristics which can make them difficult to get approved. Most out of state lenders are not familiar with these nuances. It is important to note that a loan can be denied because the condo is not approved no matter how strong a borrower is with credit/income. Even if the borrower has a top-tier credit score, high down payment, and low debt ratio, a lender will still deny the loan if they determine that the condo building has certain characteristics.
Condo or Condotel?
There are many reasons why a lender could deny a condo for financing. Here are a few:
Loan Denials Late in the Process!!!
Many out-of-state lenders will not determine until several weeks into the process that the project does not meet their requirements. When this happens they deny the loan. Sometimes these denials come in the 11th hour of the loan process. This denial often happens after the lender has had the HOA complete a condo questionnaire; and this often happens after the borrower has paid for an appraisal and/or inspection quite often, these lenders will deny a building when a local lender could have actually approved the condo for conventional financing. Federal lending guidelines thru Fannie Mae and/or Freddie Mac do not necessarily classify a condo as a condotel simply because the project offers nightly rentals—but many out of town lenders will tell a borrower they cannot proceed with their loan as soon as this fact is uncovered! Generally, a local condo lender can or already has reviewed the condo project, to determine that the out-of-market lender is incorrectly classifying the condo project as a condotel. When this happens, the buyer is able to obtain a regular, conventional loan. This means better interest rates and terms too.
Lastly, most out-of-town lenders are not going to have a condotel loan program available in the event that the condo is accurately classified as a condotel. With many of the local condo lenders, they do offer condotel financing if the building is indeed a true condotel.
Call me and I will happily discuss your goals and needs and see if our team of condo specialists can help you find that perfect condo!!!
Rosemary Beach is still growing!
It is getting to the point on the 30a that the communities like Rosemary, Alys and Seaside need no introduction or welcome signs, you know this is where you are! Rosemary is continuing to change, you are seeing homes being purchased for the lot and new homes being built in their place. As well as the new condominiums being built. Rosemary has an allure of sophistication where every you look. Have you seen the new art work in the green spaces? Or the new pool? Have eaten dinner at the Pearl? All are fun! Today Rosemary Beach is one of the go to places on 30a even for those not staying there. If your wanting more info about this wonderful exciting place on the beach call me and I will happily show you why it is in such high demand. http://bit.ly/RosemaryBeachhomesforsale
That's right. That sly, mischievous, anthropomorphic rabbit who ran afoul of the dimwitted Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam, maintained a friendly (?) rivalry with Daffy Duck debuted 77 years ago today in the animated short "A Wild Hare." His first line to the gun-toting Fudd remains iconic in the American lexicon: "Eh, what's up, doc?"
Whenever I meet children unfamiliar with Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig or the other characters in Looney Tunes pantheon, I think its so sad. Children can be deprived today with their fancy iPads, video streaming and on-demand television. Take some time to introduce Bugs and the gang to a child in your life. They will love you for it.
Relive some of the magic here.
That's All Folks,
This past Sunday I went to Alys Beach. There’s no need for a “Welcome to Alys Beach” sign. It’s clear you’ve entered something different—something special—dazzlingly in this place of special communities, this one stands out. I love the Art work for the outside spaces is nothing but fun! I enjoy every time I get to show Alys to customers, I think I have have more fun than they do.
Elton Stephens named the 158 acres today known as Alys Beach after his wife, Alys.
Alys Beach homes boast of the courtyards. The designers learned that while residents love engaging in public realms like parks and greenspaces, they want privacy at home. As opposed to front porches, which can feel more like a front-row seat to a busy boulevard, walled courtyards privatize the outdoors.
Alys Beach is delivering on its long-held promise, and the transformation is being done in a way that respects the natural beauty of the area and the distinctive architecture that drives the town’s uniqueness.
The glamorous Caliza treats both homeowners and rental guests to a long list of exclusive amenities—a hundred-foot, zero-entry saltwater pool, a shallow family pool with a play fountain, a lap pool with a poolside iPod port for underwater music, and a spa whirlpool.
Alys Beach is designed to be walkable, with easy access to the town center’s many shops and restaurants. It seems like new shops springing up daily. The concept of Alys Beach is one luxury, style, and elegant living at the beach
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Destin's Newest Luxury Development! The Henderson Lofts.
Are you in the market for a condo?
You really need to let me show you The Henderson Lofts, only 54 units and Pre-sales happening now. Fantastic amenities include a fitness facility, family pool with lazy river, adult only pool, PRIVATE beach access, private beach club, on-site fine dining, room service, covered parking, HOA pets allowed and complimentary use of resort bicycles.
This will truly be a luxurious vacation destination. Don't miss your chance to take advantage of these pre-construction prices.
The resort is anchored by the new Henderson Hotel.
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