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Halloween on Sherwood Avenue in Satellite Beach


If you haven't heard, the festivities on Sherwood Avenue in Satellite Beach have exploded in the last couple years. It has gotten to the point where they are actually blocking off the road and have a police presence, both of which are fantastic for ensuring everyone can enjoy the evening safely with their little ones. St retching from as far west as Pineapple Street and to the east all the way into the cul-de-sac.

This year was our first year attending the halloween extravaganza on Sherwood Avenue and there were at least 1000 others who decided to do the same. Just about every homeowner on the street is involved with involvement ranging from giving out candy to garage dance parties to live spooky synthesizer sounds in the front yard (kudos to the synth guy!). Decorations were everywhere and the costumes were handmade, store-bought, political, traditional or some combination of any or all of these. 


You might think what if my little one needs to use the bathroom... well, they've got port-o-potties too! Phew! What a "relief"! Hungry for popcorn, snow-cones or cotton candy? My best find was the husband and wife duo offering bottles of water at the end of the evening. You can find all of this and more along Sherwood Avenue hosted by the friendly neighbors in Satellite Beach, FL.

Short Sales vs. Foreclosures


As unfortunate as it can be when homeowners fall behind on mortgage payments and must face the possibility of losing their homes, short sales and foreclosures provide them options for moving on financially. The terms are often used interchangeably, but they’re actually quite different, with varying timelines and financial impact on the homeowner. Here’s a brief overview.

A short sale comes into play when a homeowner needs to sell their home but the home is worth less than the remaining balance that they owe. The lender can allow the homeowner to sell the home for less than the amount owed, freeing the homeowner from the financial predicament.

On the buyer side, short sales typically take three to four months to complete and many of the closing and repair costs are shifted from the seller to the lender.

On the other hand, a foreclosure occurs when a homeowner can no longer make payments on their home so the bank begins the process of repossessing it. A foreclosure usually moves much faster than a short sale and is more financially damaging to the homeowner.

After foreclosure the bank can sell the home in a foreclosure auction. For buyers, foreclosures are riskier than short sales, because homes are often bought sight unseen, with no inspection or warranty.

Full Service or Discount?



It's a little known fact that some of the generic products you'll find on the shelves of your supermarket are made with superior ingredients with a higher quality process than those of their brand name competitors. How can they do this you might ask? Well, they spend little to no money on advertising, marketing, or packaging, resulting in a massive amount of savings that can be better used in making a better product. 

When you are looking to sell your home there are a lot of options out there. More recognizable names of course, some are reputable, some offer discounted rates, and some are simply friends or family. This is one of the most important decisions to make during the process of selling, what is for most people, their largest investment - their home.

You can go the route of the discount broker and sign a listing agreement laying out a 2% commission structure and feel like you've done well for yourself and saved a bunch of money. But at what cost? The real estate market is different than that of a grocery store. As a a homeowner you are not repeatedly selling a product with which buyers will become familiar over time. This is a one time sale and it demands quality service at every turn. 

Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc. provides luxury service to all of real estate buyers, real estate sellers and real estate investors. That's why I'm proud to be one of their sales associates. Whether it's providing an industry leading mobile app for our clients or wrapping the Florida Today every Sunday, we are maximizing exposure for all of our clients. Not every method of marketing works for every buyer or seller. But the more methods or avenues that you have available the more opportunity you are going to reach that specific buyer that uses a given method for their search. Take a look here at our vast array of marketing efforts that span not just the United States, but across the globe.

The moral of the story is that when you are shopping for diapers and cereal, go with the generic or discount brand. When it's time to sell your home, buy a new home or buy a piece of commercial real estate, choose Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc. by choosing Matt Sonberg to represent you in the deal. Pay for the marketing, the quality of service, the knowledge and experience and protect your hard earned money and your most important investment by doing so.

SOLD! Congratulations to the Lacy's!


I wanted to take a second to thank Claudia Allen Lacy and Steve Lacy for putting their trust in me to handle the sale of their long-time "home", where they raised their daughter and are now moving on to new things. This was a smooth closing and the home is going to another fantastic couple in Laura DiGiovine and Victor DiGiovine. Congratulations all the way around!

I've been representing Buyers and Sellers in Brevard County for several years now and enjoy every minute of it. Overcoming hurdles such as navigating the probate court process, negotiating roof replacements, tax liens, out of area sales and even tackling tortoises. If you're looking for an experienced, knowledgable and above all else, trustworthy, then pick up the phone and call me! Let's prepare for your next big investment or the sale of your existing investment today!

Progress at Laguna Village


The Laguna Village Community in Melbourne, FL is building some momentum these days. After clearing the permitting phase on several homes there is quite a bit of activity on site. Two new construction homes being built by DiPrima Custom Homes are already underway with the forms being laid out last week and plumbing getting finalized today. The final go ahead was received from Florida Power and Light in order to supply power to the irrigation equipment which means the landscaping of the entry is just around the corner.  The entry way signage is partially complete as the lettering was being installed today as well.  In the next week or so the foundations will be in and construction will be full throttle by then. 

DiPrima Custom Homes and Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc. have combined forces to deliver this California inspired community here in Melbourne. Both entities pride themselves in providing luxury service and bring with them an outstanding track record.

During the month of July The Laguna Village Community is offering a $2500 match on your refundable lot deposit! That means you can lock in your lot for just $2500 and begin building your dream home immediately! We've already sold just about 10% of the community and prices will never be lower than they are today. That means you have a chance to get in at the bottom floor with the most competitive prices and will be securing your best opportunity for aggressive appreciation. 

Brevard Rocks!


Brevard Rocks! But in a way you might not have imagined. There is a movement going on across the county inspiring joy and happiness by painting personal messages on rocks and hiding them in random places for others to find. You can get involved too by painting your own rocks and stashing them where you see fit. They do have some rules and/or guidelines though and they're worth checking out here. In March there was an article written about Brevard Rocks and there were only 1200 members on the Facebook Group and today there are over 35 thousand! 

We found out from a neighbor down the street. We loved the idea and of course went home and broke out the paint and began producing our own special little rocks to leave behind for someone else to find. This is a "pay it forward" movement and just oozes positivity and happiness, so take a few with your kids and be a part of Brevard Rocks!

Artificial Reef at Paradise Beach Park


I know we're all wondering what this barge and crane thing is doing just off the beach at Pelican Beach Park. Well, for once, it's for a great reason! As part of the Beach Management Program there will be several of these projects going on over the summers during 2017 and 2018 when the weather is most favorable. The US Army Corps of Engineers will begin construction of these artificial reefs that will consist of low lying concrete mats covered with a layer of coquina limestone.

You might think "What about our surfers?", but the reefs will be in about 15 feet of water about 1000 feet from the beach, so no worries! In addition they are designed with a low relief that will not have an influence on wave break which we all know is quite important to our favorite "breaks" here in Brevard County. So surf on and don't forget to grab your Da Kine's for lunch after you've smacked your last lip!

In all there will be 10 sites constructed measuring roughly 4.8 acres of reef that will help mitigate about 3 acres of coquina rock reef. These reefs are providing a great source of protection for our shoreline as well as delivering a robust habitat for a vast array of marine life.

So in summary, Brevard County is making strides to maintain the quality of our beaches! The big barge with the crane on it is no longer a mystery and you can rest easy tonight knowing that better days are yet to come.

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Home Sales On the Rise In Brevard County


The Brevard County market was impressive in the current week's report, as the quantity of home sales climbed 5.4%, pushing the total to 1,151 homes sold in the course of the most recent 30 days. A wider view reveals close-by St. Lucie County had 531 deals in a similar time frame, the highest total of all surrounding areas. The middle deals value rose to $195,000, up from a week ago's $189,950. With just three months of inventory and increasing sales, Brevard County is 100% a seller's market!

About Brevard County and the Space Coast


Brevard County has a rich and diverse history, spanning nearly five centuries of recorded activities that include the earliest European explorations of America and the moment that humans first left this planet to explore worlds beyond our own.

Obviously we have the space program booming in Brevard. 1.6 million people visited the Space Center Visitor Complex in 2008 which has since changed gears after the Obama administration largely de-funded NASA. Even still the city officials in Brevard got their heads together and developed a plan for the future. It's almost a weekly event to witness a SpaceX rocket delivering another payload to orbit above.

Setting sail is an every day occurrence here in the "Countdown County". Port Canaveral is the world's busiest cruise port. There are seven cruise lines, with six major cruise terminals. The Port enjoys large crowds on a regular basis with cruisers arriving early or extending their stay after returning to port. These cruise-goers spend their hard earned cash at many of the local eateries and bars in the immediate area.

The Brevard County lifestyle lends itself to friendly neighbors and beautiful sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean and beautiful sunsets over the Indian and Banana Rivers. Brevard County is home to outdoors activities galore. With 250 square miles of federally protected wildlife refuge. There are over 150 species of birds to be found here, some of the more common being: sandpipers, sand hill cranes, scrub jays, white pelicans, and the great horned owl.

Our beaches are peaceful, clean and expansive. Unlike many other cities and beach front areas you won't find a sea of parking meters here. We believe in convenience when it comes to your daily visits to the sand. Delivering some of the best waves for surfers along the eastern seaboard our beaches range from sandy bottoms to natural reef bottom providing a variety of greetings to swell making a long trip to the coastline from deep in the Atlantic Ocean.

If you're looking for culture and have a tendency for the arts, Brevard County paints a perfect picture. You'll find local and unique style from Titusville to Sebastian. And the trend is ongoing. There has been a concerted effort to improve upon the existing culture here in Brevard County. Cocoa Main Street, a member of the Florida and National Main Street Programs, works toward restoring business sites in the historic area known as "Cocoa Village". The restored area is a tourist attraction and an economic magnet. Melbourne Main Street is another historic business area and tourist attraction restored through the Main Street Programs. Brevard has five judged art festivals annually attracting tens of thousands of people to art displays. Most festivals are held in the spring or fall when many tourists can attend. The Brevard Cultural Alliance maintains an event calendar and a map of sites of historic, cultural, and ecological interest.

So if it's a new landing spot you're searching for, I'm sure Brevard County and the Space Coast have it. Our real estate market is strong, with array of quality home builders extremely active and outstanding job growth, we can certainly find that dream home for you.

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