Archive for November, 2011

Should I List My Home, or Buy a Home at Christmas?

Monday, November 28th, 2011

by Sean Hess (Sean@StAugTeam.com), Broker and Manager for St. Augustine Team Realty (www.StAugustineTeamRealty.com). Join us on Facebook.

Is it a good idea to list your home for sale during the holidays?  Is it a good idea to buy a home during the holidays?  This short video will answer your questions!

Contact your St. Augustine Team today for the best group of December Realtors!  You can also call Broker Sean Hess at (904) 386-8327.

Work with St. Augustine Team in December!

Work with St. Augustine Team in December!

How to Price Your Home for Sale, Part III: How a Realtor Prices Your Home

Friday, November 25th, 2011

by Sean Hess (Sean@StAugTeam.com), Broker and Manager for St. Augustine Team Realty (www.StAugustineTeamRealty.com). Join us on Facebook.

This is the third video in our series on How to Price Your Home.  This one focuses on the factors a Realtor uses when they price your home.

See Part I of our Series, How to Price Your Home, and Part II, How You Can Price a Home Yourself.

Contact St. Augustine Team today to price your home right, or call Broker Sean Hess at (904) 386-8327

Price Reduction at 915 Brookhaven Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32092

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

by Sean Hess (Sean@StAugTeam.com), Broker and Manager for St. Augustine Team Realty (www.StAugustineTeamRealty.com). Join us on Facebook.

We’ve just reduced this fantastic 4 bedroom (2.5 bath) home at 915 Brookhaven Drive in the St. Augustine’s St. Johns Golf & Country Club to $262,000.  This home boasts 2788 square feet and a long, deep back yard that backs to the fairway.

View the video below.   Call Kate Stevens at (904) 377-2276 or email Kate for more information.

How to Price Your Home Part II: Pricing the Home By Yourself

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

by Sean Hess (Sean@StAugTeam.com), Broker and Manager for St. Augustine Team Realty (www.StAugustineTeamRealty.com). Join us on Facebook.

Here’s part two of our video series on How to Price Your Home.  This covers the best resources on how to price a home by yourself, or before the Realtor comes over.

See the first video in the series, How to Price Your Home.

Contact St. Augustine Team Realty today to have your home priced right, or just call Sean at (904) 386-8327.

 

Holiday Happenings in St. Augustine for 2011

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

by Sean Hess (Sean@StAugTeam.com), Broker and Manager for St. Augustine Team Realty (www.StAugustineTeamRealty.com). Join us on Facebook.

If you’re coming to St. Augustine for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, there are plenty of things to do!

I moved to St. Augustine in 1994…here are the holiday events that I think stand out:

Winter Wonderland at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre is Great for Kids!

Winter Wonderland at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre is great for kids.

St. Augustine’s famous Nights of Lights starts with the lighting ceremony at 6:30, Saturday, November 19th.  During Nights of Lights the entire Historic District and bayfront are lit up through February…coming over the Bridge of Lions from Davis Shores it’s an absolutely gorgeous spectacle.  The lighting ceremony will be held at the Plaza de la Constitucion in the center of St. Augustine’s Historic District this year.  Entertainment starts at 4:30 with a local dance troupe and local orchestra.  Get there early as the Plaza fills up fast!

An awesome place to take the kids is Winter Wonderland at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.  There’s an Elf Village for the kids to explore where it “snows” every night at 7 and 9 pm (seriously, I grew up in the Frozen North and for all the world it looks like snow).  There’s an ice slide, an outdoor ice rink with ice skating (and rental skates), sleigh rides, a bounce house, kiddie train, and a s’mores pit.  There’s also lots and lots of holiday lights and decorations.  The event runs from November 26th to January 1st this year.  Most days it opens at 2 pm, but most activities don’t start until 5 pm.  Admission is free, the Elf Village is free, but you have to buy a ticket for things like the ice skating, sleigh rides, etc.

Though I don’t think it’s as fun as the B&B Hop (see below), the Garden Club of St. Augustine’s Holiday Tour of Homes is a great event as well.  This year’s tour features six private homes in the Historic District dressed out in holiday attire; some of these homes date back to the 1700s so it really is Christmas through the ages.   The event will take place from 12 pm to 5 pm on Sunday, December 4, and tickets are $25.  Buy your tickets early–seriously–this event sells out fast.

The first time I saw the British Night Watch in St. Augustine it was an accident–we just happened to be downtown on St. George Street and stumbled on it as it started.  Basically someone hands you a candle and you are invited to parade from the Plaza to the City Gates and back along with a group of colonial-era British soldiers (reenactors) with a full fife and drum corps beating out the march.  Afterwards you sing Christmas carols in the plaza…it’s really a lot of spontaneous fun.  This year’s march will start at 8 pm on Saturday, December 3rd, in the Plaza.

Winter Wonderland at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre is Great for Kids!My personal favorite thing to do in St. Augustine during the holidays is Luminary Night at the St. Augustine Lighthouse. Lumanaries surround the lighhouse and the paths around the keepers house while a steady parade of local musicians and choirs play and sing holiday favorites.  Admission is free for the event and you can even climb the light.  Something about the ambiance of the light at night with cookies and Christmas carols makes this one really special.  A lot of tourists miss this event because it’s usually held mid-week…this year’s event will be held from 6 pm to 9 pm on Wednesday, December 7.

In my opinion the star attraction “thing to do” in St. Augustine over the holidays for adults is the Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour (also called the “B&B Hop”).  Basically, you get to tour nearly all of the St. Augustine Bed & Breakfastes over two days.  The B&Bs are decorated for the holidays, and at each one a local restaurant is serving heavy/light hors d’oeuvres or a small dessert.  It’s not only a great walking tour of the Historic District, but you’ll get to see streets you’d normally never venture down and burn off all that food you’re eating at the same time!  This year’s event is December 10 and 11, and goes from 1 pm to 5 pm each day.  Tickets are $25 each.  Click on the link above for tickets and more information.

If you’re down on the bayfront at 6 pm on Saturday, December 10th, check out the Regatta of Lights.  This is a goofy, fun and free event where pleasure boats, shrimp trawlers, tourist boats, and anything else that floats dress up in lights and parade around the harbor.  It’s a great time for those ashore, but see if you can find someone to sail with because it’s supposed to even more fun on the water.

If you’re looking for a date night activity why not check out the St. Augustine Ballet’s rendition of the Nutcracker?  Held on December 16, 17 and 18 at the Flagler College Auditorium downtown, it would be a great place to go with that special someone.  Tickets range between $15 and $30, click on the link above for showtimes and more information.

Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that our very own Peter Gold.  Peter is a licesed guide and operates St. Augustine Gold Tours downtown.  This year from November 19th to mid January St. Augustine Gold Tours will be doing evening tours from 5 pm – 7 pm in the Historic District during the Nights of Lights on its eco-friendly electric bus.  Hit the links above to find out more!

Contact St. Augustine Team today for a group that’s in the know about not only the best local events, but the best local properties! Or just call the Team’s Sean at (904) 386-8327.

Native and Drought Resistant Plants for St. Augustine: Wildflower Plantings in November

Monday, November 14th, 2011

by Sean Hess (Sean@StAugTeam.com), Broker and Manager for St. Augustine Team Realty (www.StAugustineTeamRealty.com). Join us on Facebook.

My daughter seeding Florida native wildflowers.

My daughter seeding Florida native wildflowers.

This month we’re finally seeding wildflowers for our Valley of Life Project.

A recap: I’ve nicknamed my front yard “The Valley of Death” because nothing will grow there, except sand and the occasional weed.  So I decided to replant it using Florida native and drought resistant plants that are perfect for the soil and climate (read about our earlier plantings this season).

Last month we tarped off an area of the Valley for planting Florida native wildflowers.  The idea is to kill anything underneath the tarp using the heat of the sun, which is ironic as nothing grows in the Valley anyway.

In the meantime we ordered a 1.5 oz seed packet from FloridaWildflowers.com.  I ordered the beach wildflower mix which includes Beach Sunflower, Blanket Flower, Soft Coneflower, Standing Cypress, and Powder Puff Mimosa.  I chose the beach mix because I really like Blanket Flower and Soft Coneflower.

The real trick (before ordering the seeds) was trying to figure out how much/many seeds we needed.  After doing some research online I somehow came up with the figure of 7 pounds of seeds per acre.  The tarped test area that we were going to plant the wildflower seeds on was only 120 square feet (.22 percent of an acre).  So the smallest seed pack sold (1.5 ounces) would actually work out to something like 4 times as much seed as we needed.

When I pulled off the tarp this weekend the scraggly grass that was there when I covered it was dead (okay, I exaggerate when I say nothing grows…the grass is patchy and gets burned out easily in the hot sun), but some of the scraggly weeds still managed to maintain some green.  The weeds don’t grow well but they won’t die either!  Oh, well.

I moved the tarp to an adjacent area that we’ll seed next month.

My daughter and I used a rake to scrape and till the area, but not too much.

Then we took out the wildflower seeds in pinch-fuls and let the wind broadcast them onto the tilled area.  It’s hard to believe that so few seeds are needed.

Stomping down the wildflower seeds.

Fun, fun, fun! Stomping down the wildflower seeds.

Then the fun part (for my daughter) was stomping over the area to make sure the seeds made contact with the soil, so they can germinate.

Ideally we should have tarped the area in August and planted the seeds in October, per the reccomendations for Northeast Florida.  But since we live so close to the actual coast where it’s warmer, as opposed to being well inland, I’m hoping we’ll get by with a later planting season more suited to Central Florida.

If things go as planted the seeds should sprout sometime in the spring or early summer.

Contact St. Augustine Team or just call (904) 386-8327 if you want to find your Florida native home today!

How To Price Your Home

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

by Sean Hess (Sean@StAugTeam.com), Broker and Manager for St. Augustine Team Realty (www.StAugustineTeamRealty.com). Join us on Facebook.

Here’s a video tutorial I (and my partner) did on How to Price Your Home.  It’s probably the only real estate tutorial you’ll see with outtakes!

What do you think?  Did this cover it?  Let us know on our Facebook Page or in the comments section of this blog!

For a group of Realtors that will always help you put the best price on your home, contact St. Augustine Team  or just call us at (904) 386-8327!

Real Estate Commission: What is it and How Does it Work?

Friday, November 4th, 2011

by Sean Hess (Sean@StAugTeam.com), Broker and Manager for St. Augustine Team Realty (www.StAugustineTeamRealty.com). Join us on Facebook.

Here’s a quick video tutorial I did on real estate commissions, what they are and how they work.

Have any questions about real estate commission that I didn’t cover?  Please leave a comment on our Facebook page or below.

For a group of Realtors that you can commission for the best service, contact St. Augustine Team or just call (904) 386-8327!

Sean Hess, Broker for St. Augustine Team

Sean Hess, Broker for St. Augustine Team

List or Buy a Home with St. Augustine Team in November and Help Veterans!

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

by Sean Hess (Sean@StAugTeam.com), Broker and Manager for St. Augustine Team Realty (www.StAugustineTeamRealty.com). Join us on Facebook.

In honor of Veterans Day, if you list or buy a home with us during the month of November we’ll donate 5% of  St. Augustine Team Realty’s gross commission from the sale of that property to Homes for Our Troops.

With your help St. Augustine Team will donate to Homes for Our Troops.
With your help St. Augustine Team will donate to Homes for Our Troops.

Homes for Our Troops assists severely injured servicemen and  women and their immediate families by raising donations of money, building  materials and professional labor and then coordinating the process of building  a new home or adapting an existing home for handicapped accessibility.  The finished home is then given to the  veteran, all at no cost to the veteran.

This is the second straight year that we’ve done this, and I cannot think of a better thing to do this November than to help provide housing to disabled veterans.

Last year we raised $146.  Not a huge amount but a start.  This year we would like to double that but we need your help.  So tell your family and friends.

Want to know more? Watch the video below and then visit our Helping Disabled Vets page at StAugTeam.com.

Please support us in this effort, and thank you.

Do you like this?  Please leave a comment on our Facebook page or below.

For a group of Realtors that will get out of bed early to sell your home, contact St. Augustine Team or just call (904) 386-8327!

Monica Nunchuck of St. Augustine Team Supports Bratini!

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

by Sean Hess (Sean@StAugTeam.com), Broker and Manager for St. Augustine Team Realty (www.StAugustineTeamRealty.com). Join us on Facebook.

"Rock Me With Pearls" designed by Monica Nunchuck for Bratini

"Rock Me With Pearls" designed by Monica Nunchuck for Bratini

St. Augustine Team’s very own Monica Nunchuck helped raise money in the recent Bratini event benefiting Artbreakers.

Artbreakers Foundation is a local organization that uses its donations to help local cancer patients.

In Bratini sponsors decorate bras utilizing a theme, the bras are then modeled by men and  then are auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Monica designed her bra, called “Rock Me With Pearls,” with two long strings and four short strings of saltwater pearls.  The bra drew a top bid of $175 for Artbreakers.  The bra’s entry fee was sponsored by Smith Appraisals.

Monica also helped get the men dressed in the bras and kept them in line before their performances.  Her son Alex modeled the “Rock Me With Pearls” bra to throngs of ooohing and ahhing spectators.

All of us at St. Augustine Team think Monica rocks!

What do you think?  Post a comment on Monica’s page at Facebook or just give her a call at (904) 669-1075!