In the aftermath of Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew, Floridians are assessing the impact and thinking about what may still come before November 30th.
Early on the morning of Friday September 2, Hermine came ashore south of Tallahassee with winds near 90 mph, making it a Category 1 hurricane. Throughout Tallahassee, residents experienced power outages, with some going six days without power. City and county officials are looking at infrastructure upgrades, tree removal and communications improvements as they review the city and county’s response to the storm. Homeowners with and without damage are also considering ways to better prepare for future storms. Take a look around your yard and home now to identify some of the ways you can be sure that your home will be ready the next time around.
Bradfordville, located on Tallahassee’s Northeast edge, has long been recognized as an area of town with rural and suburban charm, canopy roads, beautiful homes and excellent schools. The strong attraction for growing families has been always the excellent school district. Subdivisions such as Ox Bottom, Summerbrooke, Killearn Lakes, Golden Eagle, McBride Estates and Bull Run offer home buyers a wide selection of homes for the First Time Buyers, Growing Families upsizing and for downsizing retirees.
Now the amenities have increased with the new development Bannerman Crossing Shopping Center. New Leaf Market, a trusted organic and local food co-op that operated a store on Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee since 1989, opened a second store in April 2016. In addition to natural and organic groceries, the new store will offer sushi, smoothies and salad bars.
Other businesses that will open in Bannerman Crossings in 2016 reportedly include restaurants and bars, including Italian, Japanese and Mexican food offerings. Also located in the development will be an outdoor pavilion for outdoor events, including televised major sporting events, and musical performances. The Old Bradfordville School House / Community Center is now featured in a park.
In addition to typical retail and entertainment space, the development also houses a children’s fun center and a Walk-in Urgent Care facility operated by Capital Regional Medical Care and has professional office space available.
Traffic congestion during rush hours has been greatly improved by the added lanes and traffic circles and an additional cross road between Bannerman and Kinhega Roads.
Orchard Pond Parkway
Just a few weeks ago, a new transportation artery opened across the top of Lake Jackson, that connects Northeast Tallahassee to Northwest Tallahassee. The new road brings the airport, some state offices and other offices located on Hartsfield Road closer. It will also hopefully cut down on congestion on Meridian and Thomasville Roads.
Tallahassee's Northeast side continues to develop and offer new options for residents and businesses alike.
Popular wisdom says that the winter holiday season (November through January) creates a lull in the housing market. Experience, however, indicates that this is a myth. There are several reasons the holiday season
is attractive to sellers:
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In recent weeks, two national surveys have illustrated ways that Tallahassee’s
famous higher education institutions bring value to Tallahassee. When thinking about why you may want to buy a first home in Tallahassee, upgrade to a larger home, or even invest in a
retirement property here, consider the amazing economic and real estate market
benefits that local colleges and universities bring to Tallahassee.
Tallahassee has been ranked as the 11th most educated city by the WalletHub.com,
a personal finance resource website. The
study, “2015’s Most and Least Educated Cities” used data from the US Census,
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics, GreatSchools.org and US News & World
Report to compare education levels, the quality of education and household
incomes to rank 150 metropolitan areas in the United States. The study finds
that communities with highly educated workforces have vibrant economies. Certainly, Tallahassee capitalizes on the success of its higher education industry beyond the confines of the college
gates. For example, the Knight Creative Communities Institute (KCCI) has
been innovating change, including instituting cultural festivals, environmental
initiatives and business development projects, since 2007.
These same attributes make Tallahassee a great place to retire. In the September/October 2015 issue of Where to
Retire magazine, Tallahassee is named as one of the eight great football
towns for retirees. As the study discusses, in college towns, football creates a sense of community and provides entertainment for all ages. Active retirees can enjoy football, as well as the restaurants, continuing education environment and cultural activities that Tallahassee's vibrant college community has to offer. When
the FSU Seminoles or FAMU Rattlers are not playing, Tallahassee residents can enjoy other entertainment and educational opportunities offered by the colleges and universities in the area, including:
As students move back to campus this week, the energy and excitement these institutions bring to Tallahassee is evident. As I have said, and many other real estate professionals say, location is everything. Tallahassee’s universities and colleges, including FSU, FAMU, TCC and satellite campuses of Flagler and St. Leo, provide much more than simply education to our community. They bring economic stability and wealth that make Tallahassee a great place to live, work and retire. The desirability of the Tallahassee market means that real estate here is worth the investment.
The selling price of real estate is always a moving target. At times the market may whizz up and down like a roller coaster. At whatever speed, it is always headed up or down except when a level period suspends us only long enough to take a deep breath.
Do you know the current fair selling value of your property and how long it will last? Be careful about pricing and marketing your home without counsel of a knowledgeable Realtor in your market. Ask your Realtor to:
To price higher than your Realtor’s recommended price range may cause your property to remain on the market beyond the window of opportunity. You may realize a much lower selling price or not sell as a result.
A “window of opportunity” to Sellers can be identified by Realtors with good knowledge, experience and skill, who analyze all relevant market statistics and trends to estimate a property’s best selling price and how long those conditions will hold. Realtors must always stay alert to many factors affecting your real estate market such as changes of supply and demand and fluctuating interest rates.
We are experiencing a fairly good balance of supply and demand right now. Because of strong buyer activity, optimistic Sellers are placing their homes on the market. The increased inventory and buying power of low interest rates and more relaxed lending policies create a “window of opportunity” to Buyers.
Credible market indicators show our current Tallahassee real estate market is leveling and slowly trending upward. Interest rates are fluctuating but remaining low right now. In addition to being favorable for Sellers and buyers, this is a “Window of Opportunity” for homeowners. It could be very profitable for Homeowners to place items such as landscape, remodeling, removal of PMI (mortgage insurance) and refinancing to a 15 year mortgage and/or lower rate at the top of your “to do list”.
With careful study, there is a “Window of Opportunity” to be found in every market. A good real estate strategy requires planning “windows of opportunity” to ride out all the ups and downs of the real estate market roller coaster. Realtors must be on their toes to provide good insights to the real estate market for investors, sellers and buyers. You should regularly consult with a Realtor who pays careful attention to statistics and indicators of where and how quickly the market is changing so that your window of opportunity doesn’t pass before taking action.
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Now that summer is in full swing, lawns provide lush carpets of green that set off many Tallahassee homes. An established lawn should look good all summer assuming adequate light, water and regular care. Worried about your lawn? Don’t overlook your local garden center. They will have ideas for turf varieties that grow well in Leon County, and can suggest the most suitable varieties for the specific sun and water realities of your site. Not only will local experts be able to recommend the best plants, they will also be able to help identify and solve pest or soil issues. Also be sure ask them about the recommended mowing level for your lawn.
Even before looking at homes, buyers look at neighborhoods. Think about your own
neighborhood. What makes it unique? The style of the houses? History?
Parks? Social events? Each neighborhood has a character of its own. In
fact, part of the value of a property comes from where it’s located!
On May 8, 2015, Leon County, the City of Tallahassee and the Council of Neighborhood
Associations (CONA) are offering Tallahassee neighborhoods the
opportunity to spotlight their successes, accomplishments, and style in
the annual Neighborhood of the Year contest. ThAwards will be presented
in three categories: Small Neighborhoods (200 or fewer homes); Large
Neighborhoods (more than 200 homes); and Unincorporated Area (outside of
the city limits). Neighborhoods are judged on the following criteria:
All Saints District
– This urban setting offers an eclectic, friendly and artistic mix of
upscale residential properties and vibrant commercial spaces, including
some of the most exciting food and entertainment option in Tallahassee.
– This east side neighborhood is located off Buck Lake Road. Residents
enjoy neighborhood gatherings under flowering trees, such as dogwoods,
azaleas and crepe myrtles.
Callen – This community in southern
Leon County is close to Tallahassee’s universities, including the
FSU-FAMU College of Engineering, and outdoor venues such as Seminole
Killearn Lakes Plantation
– Located in northeast Tallahassee, Killearn Lakes has six named lakes
as well as parks that offer residents many opportunities to enjoy
nature. The community also hosts annual events, including a children’s
fishing contest, Easter egg hunt, and a fall festival.
Lafayette Oaks -
Lafayette Oaks is a neighborhood steeped in history and community. It
sits on the land that was originally part of the Lafayette Land Grant,
has a neighborhood pool, and frequently hosts get-togethers for
– This neighborhood’s residents span many professions, interests and
ages. Walking distance to mid-town’s restaurants, shops, and of course
Lake Ella, this fostering and nurturing community welcomes new
Los Robles - Florida's rich history is evident in the
Spanish influenced architecture of the homes in this centrally located
neighborhood. The winding streets, mature oaks, and convenient access
to parks, restaurants and shops makes Los Robles a desirable place to
Waverly Hills –
This mature and highly desirable neighborhood is nestled among stately
oaks, pines and magnolias. It sits in close proximity to Tallahassee
shopping, dining, and some of the area’s best schools.
Weems Plantation -
Located near Tom Brown Park, this Tallahassee neighborhood is
surrounded by conservation property. The homeowners association hosts
events throughout the year, including a summer pizza party for children
and a fall Oktoberfest.
Woodland Drives -
Woodland Drives is rich in Tallahassee history – past, present and
future. Moments from the State Capitol and the revitalized Lafayette
Street, it also includes the site of Hernando de Soto’s winter
encampment in 1539.
Woodgate - Founded in 1970, Woodgate boasts its own day-long festival! Woodgate Day features a parade of neighbors, games, food and more.