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July 27, 2020

Florida State Facts

Quick Facts

Geographical facts

  • Total Area - 58,560 square miles
  • Total land area - 54,136 square miles
  • Total water area - 4,424 square miles
  • Rank among states in total area - 22nd
  • Length north and south - 447 miles (St. Marys River to Key West)
  • Width east and west - 361 miles (Atlantic Ocean to Perdido River)
  • Distance from Pensacola to Key West - 792 miles (by road)
  • Highest Natural Point - 345 feet
  • Geographic Center - 12 miles northwest of Brooksville, Hernando County
  • Coastline - 1,197 statute miles
  • Tidal shoreline (general) - 2,276 statute miles
  • Beaches - 663 miles
  • Longest River - St. Johns, 273 miles
  • Largest Lake - Lake Okeechobee, 700 square miles
  • Largest county - Palm Beach, 2,578 square miles
  • Smallest county - Union, 245 square miles
  • Number of lakes (greater than 10 acres) - about 7,700
  • Number of first-magnitude springs - 33
  • Number of islands (greater than 10 acres) - about 4,500

Historical facts

  • First permanent European settlement - 1565, St. Augustine, by Spain
  • Acquired from Spain as a U.S. Territory - 1821
  • Admitted as 27th state of the U.S. - March 3, 1845

Current facts

  • Capital - Tallahassee
Posted in Community News
July 27, 2020

Real Estate News

Some home buyers are feeling confident enough to proceed with a home purchase after a virtual tour. The latest sight unseen mega-deal occurred last week for a private island off the coast of Ireland. An anonymous European buyer purchased the entire 157-acre island, known as Horse Island, for more than $6.3 million without ever seeing it in person. Negotiations mostly took place over WhatsApp. The agent said the buyer viewed a video of the island before making an offer.

During a week in mid-April, as the COVID-19 pandemic heightened in the U.S., a quarter of real estate professionals surveyed by the National Association of REALTORS® reported that their clients put contracts on homes without physically seeing the property.

For a growing group of buyers, the first time they walk into a home is after they buy it.

Some buyers who are relocating from out of state are turning solely to virtual tours to help make their decision.

Chad Lail, a professional WWE wrestler known as Jaxson Ryker, moved his family from Orlando to Mooresville, N.C., and did the sale completely virtually—without viewing homes in person.

“It was crazy,” he told CNN. “But we had a couple FaceTime calls; we did the home inspection and loved it. With the coronavirus going on, it was easier for everyone.”

Likewise, Jeff and Janet Ralli shopped for homes completely virtually in Ocean County, N.J. Nancy Phander, the couple’s real estate agent, sent them virtual 3D and video tours of homes. They ended up putting in an offer on a home without ever going there physically.

"I don't see an upside of doing it in person the old way," Jeff Ralli told CNN. He says with the virtual tour, he could look at the home whenever he wanted as he made his decision. “When you’re doing a home tour with a (real estate agent) you kind of rush through it, you don’t want to waste their time and you miss a lot of things,” he says. “With the virtual tour, I looked at it over and over again. It is almost like doing a home inspection.”

He was able to zoom in on features within the virtual tours, including being able to spot the date the furnace was installed and a small chip on the cabinet hardware molding. He also was able to look out the windows from each room.

“I’ve never had a truer sense of what I’m buying before I made a bid,” he says.

National Association of Realtors


Posted in Real Estate News
July 27, 2020

Selling Your Home

Choosing the correct real estate agent to sell your home is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. It can be the difference between your home sitting on the market for months or selling quickly, for hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars more.

Your home is a very personal, important, and valuable asset, and it can be an emotional and complicated endeavor to sell it, especially in today’s challenging marketplace. Numerous questions and concerns will need to be addressed, and the advice and consultation that you receive can make a tremendous difference in the results.

Marketing and advertising, remodeling and/or upgrading, photography, internet exposure, staging, design, floor-plan measurements, videography, timing and presentation, inspections, pre-market exposure, agent outreach, and relationships, open houses, pricing, and dozens of more nuances and subtleties all make up the difference between failure and a successful sale.

At Florida Property Brokers Realty Group we are here for you, and Will Phillips is not just a real estate agent, he’s the licensed Real Estate Broker of the company.

He and his team are experienced and have a proven track record of success, in not just selling homes, but achieving record-breaking results for their clients.

Contact us so we can discuss in more detail what we do to get your home sold quickly at the best price.

We look forward to working for you!! 

Posted in Selling Your Home
July 27, 2020

Buying a Home

Purchasing a home is one of the most important decisions you’ll make, and the right advice and guidance are essential in the home buying process. Experience and expertise matter and they can make a significant difference in making sure that you not only find the right house but at the best price.

At Florida Property Brokers Realty Group, we not only have a thorough understanding of the marketplace, but we also have access to many properties that are off-market and awareness of properties that are about to be listed. Most importantly, we are keenly aware of the nuances that determine the value and we are discerning as to construction quality, materials, and craftsmanship.

We will listen to your wants and needs and find you the home of your dreams, and we will make sure that you make an educated and informed decision. Once you choose a property we will represent your interest throughout the purchase process, including negotiating the best possible purchase price, managing and advocating for you during escrow, inspections, title, and closing.

We will also advise you on how to make the house even better.

Call us today so we can provide you with our expertise.  

Posted in Buying a Home
July 24, 2020

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Posted in Market Updates