During the COVID-19 lockdown, many began home improvement projects. Many of us had the time and still do to work on making our homes better.
Blame it on Mad Men, but our appetite for 1950s style and furniture is insatiable. It was the design movement of the times, which launched a quintessential look that was organic, minimalist and smooth with a distinct style. It is called mid-century modern design, and it has very distinct characteristics.
As you can guess, there is no right or wrong answer. Each option has its pros and cons. For instance, a new building will give you the floor plan you want, but it will take months to construct. If you buy an existing home, you might have to compromise on the floor plan, but you’ll get to move in right after you close!
Hurricane Irma not only brought physical devastation to the state of Florida, but it also brought many surprises including one of the largest evacuations in state history. With that, we saw one of the largest gasoline shortages in decades, due to the uncertainty and the elevated use of generators.
According to Wikipedia, a townhouse is a type of terraced housing. It usually has a smaller footprint with multiple floors. From the 18th century, the townhouse provided a city residence during the “social season”, for wealthy landowners or nobility. Today, townhouses are sought after for the simple lifestyle they provide. On Old Treeline Trail in DeLand, Fla., you find ease of lifestyle, traditional elegance & the tranquility of a lagoon.
Living in a subdivision or a gated community has a lot of great benefits, but it does come at a price. That price is usually in the form of a homeowners association (HOA) fee. This is typically a monthly fee that can range from $50 - $400 per month.
Florida offers plenty of opportunities for those looking to retire in the Sunshine State, offering some of the best retirement communities in the world. In fact, you've probably heard of one community over the rest, The Villages.
The Villages is a mega-retirement community located in sections of Lake, Marion and Sumter counties. The population is more than 114,000. The community is popular because of its numerous golf courses, recreation centers, restaurants and shopping.
However, you don't have to live in The Villages to enjoy retirement life at its finest in Florida. We have an amazing retirement center in DeLand that offers a different experience. Cresswind at Victoria Gardens is a 55+ community located as part of the larger Victoria Park development in DeLand, Fla. The community has a lot to offer and is a completely different experience than The Villages.
Below are 7 reasons why Cresswind at Victoria Gardens might be the place to hang your hat instead of the Villages.
1) Conveniently located 20 minutes from New Smyrna Beach.
2) Only 45 minutes away from the Orlando theme parks.
3) Close to the St. Johns River and some of the best scenery that Central Florida has to offer.
DeLand is a very unique city. It has a warm, small-town feel in the downtown area, but also has many great subdivisions that echo a neighborly town with southern charm.
One of those subdivisions is Saddlebrook. Once someone steps foot into the Saddlebrook community, it feels like stepping back in time, when life moved at a slower pace. The brains behind the community is well-know developer, Taylor Morrison. In other nearby areas like Heathrow, Taylor Morrison homes are a premium. However, this subdivision in DeLand is an excellent value for the potential homebuyer.
Occasionally, we will feature local residential listings on our blog. This month, we are featuring a historic farmhouse a few blocks from Stetson University and Downtown DeLand. That's right, a farmhouse near Downtown DeLand. That's just one of the many details that make this property truly unique.
A Beautiful Mind...
Have you ever had a question about seller credits and ended up scribbling notes like Russell Crowe’s portrayal of John Nash in A Beautiful Mind? We understand.
We often are asked this question by interested buyers. When looking in a price range for a property, the amount of money necessary “to bring to the table” at closing remains important. Outside of the financed amount for a property, a buyer needs to have the amount of the down payment and enough for the other closing costs to close the transaction. These closing costs can differ, and a good lender should be able to provide an estimate detailing the costs. We typically estimate these costs to be 3 to 4% of the purchase price.
To help offset these closing costs, a buyer can request a seller credit. This credit reduces the amount due to the seller and credits that same amount to the buyer’s side of the closing statement (effectively offsetting a portion of the aforementioned closing costs). But how?
Swann Real Estate
Swann Real Estate has been an established part of the local community since 1987.