This is one insider's unpolished take on the current state of the Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral, Florida real estate market. I am a licensed agent and partner with Walker Bagwell Properties. My sometimes blunt opinions here are not welcomed by the real estate mainstream. Whatever. Hopefully my insights will allow you to make better decisions about your participation in this market.
Larry Walker - 321.917.5786 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, June 17, 2010
A day in June
Our depleted MLS inventory continues to drag on activity. We never saw the usual increase in new listings that we've come to expect every spring and it's making the search for good properties tougher than it's been in a long time. The good properties that do come on that are priced right are selling. If you're looking to purchase, it will pay to have your ducks lined up in advance and be ready to move when the opportunity presents itself. The competition is intense in desirable property types like weekly rental condos.
Twenty MLS-listed condos and townhomes have closed so far in June in Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral, none for more than $430,000. Sales of note include:
The highest price sale so far; a four year old, top floor (5th), 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, direct ocean northeast corner at Almar in south Cocoa Beach. This unit has 2713 square feet and a private 2 car garage. Sold new in 2006 for $900,000 and closed this month as a short sale for $430,000.
A beautifully remodeled 5th floor southeast corner direct ocean at 2100 Towers in Cocoa Beach sold for $350,000. This over-sized (1600 square feet) 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit with a single garage sold fully furnished.
A super nice direct ocean 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2 story unit at Cocoa Beach Club closed for $280,000. This unit had been over-the-top remodeled and was never rented even the Cocoa Beach Club allows weekly rentals. This was a deal.
Two Spanish Main units in the popular weekly rental building in downtown Cocoa Beach have closed. One, a furnished 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2nd floor with a peek of the ocean from behind the pool with some remodeling sold as a short sale for $240,000. The other was a foreclosed 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 3rd floor in need of lots of work, also behind the pool. Sold for $214,000.
A cute but small direct ocean, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 4th floor at Ambassador Shores in south Cocoa Beach sold fully furnished for $200,000. Even without a garage, that's a smoking deal.
A direct canal front, 1st floor, 2 bedroom, 2 bath in original condition with garage and boat slip at Beachwalk in Cocoa Beach sold for $169,000.
A 5th floor direct Banana River, 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit at Costa del Sol in Cape Canaveral closed for $145,900. It had a private garage and was in mainly original condition.
Two short sale Oak Park townhomes, both with 1855 square feet and 2 car garages have closed. One was a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath that sold new in 2006 for $299,900. It closed last week for $135,900. The other was a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath that sold new in 2006 for $318,000. It closed last week for $129,000.
A lakefront 3 bedroom, 2 bath ground floor at Harbor Isles in Cocoa Beach sold for $115,000. Needed work but had 2 private garages.
A foreclosed 2 bedroom, 1 bath at the Diplomat in Cocoa Beach sold for $107,000. Two week minimum rental at this very popular with snowbirds complex.
A small, furnished 1st floor 2 bedroom, 2 bath flat at Villages of Seaport in Cape Canaveral sold for $103,000.
And a short sale, 2nd floor condo conversion at Brisa del Mar on Ridgewood in north Cocoa Beach sold for $58,000. This same unit sold for what now seems insane, $178,000, when 1st converted in 2005.
Three single family homes have closed so far this month, only one worth noting. It was a short sale direct river pool home that had one of the nicest remodels that I've ever seen. It had 2730 square foot, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths in like brand new condition with top of the line everything and a beautiful view of the islands. Closed last week for $510,000.
"A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for."_________William Shedd
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