Archive for February, 2012

Feb 25 2012

Cape San Blas Real Estate Week in Review – Feb. 18-24, 2012

For Sale and Sold SignThe winter months are typically slower for our real estate market here along the coast, but no such winter doldrums so far and this week is no exception, with four sales and four new contracts, six new listings and six price changes. Our inventory remains unchanged from last week, closing once again at 380, with 94 homes and 286 lots listed for sale in the Cape San Blas, Indian Pass and C-30 Corridor market. Let’s see what sparked all that interest.

Cape San Blas Cottage Under Contract  with List Price of $119,900

The first of our four sales is a unique listing: two mobile homes located on a single third-acre lot. They’re on Jamaica Lane, the road next to The Tradin’ Post. Listed for $119,900, and valued by the county at $94,796, they last sold in April 2003 for $134,100. One thing impacting the value of this property is that it may be deemed a non-conforming parcel due to the two homes on one parcel. This week they sold for $109,000.

Cape San Blas Bank-Owned Interior Lot Under Contract Nov. 14, 2011 with List Price of $40,000

On the south side of the Cape in Piney Woods subdivision our second sale is a bank-owned interior lot which they acquired from the developer who tried to sell it as far back as early 2006 when he marketed it with a $375,000 price tag. It went under contract with a list price of $40,000, below the county’s assessed value of $45,000, and closed on Friday for a bargain-basement price of just $17,000.

Gulf View Second Tier Lot Under Contract Feb. 1, 2012 with List Price of $59,000

We’ll head out onto the C-30 Corridor for our third sale, heading east until we reach this second tier gulf view lot in Indian Palms subdivision that went under contract February 1st with a list price of $59,000. It’s an irregularly-shaped FEMA eligible property measuring roughly a quarter acre valued by the county at $50,000, darn close to the $51,000 it sold for on Tuesday.

Bank-Owned Gulf Front Home in Gulf Pines Near Cape San Blas Under Contract Jan. 9, 2012 with List Price of $799,900

A little further east along the C-30 Corridor, our fourth and final sale is this bank-owned 3-bedroom, 3 1/2 bath, 3,271 square foot handsome gulf front home in Treasure Shores. It went under contract with a list price $799,900 and the current asessed value is $651,881, once again very close its sale price of $649,000 on Friday. It has only had one owner (other than the bank) and built it in 2002. This, too, is in a FEMA eligible area.

Two Cape San Blas Lots Under Contract with Joint List Price of $69,000

We’ll begin our review of this week’s four new contracts up on Sandlewood Blvd. in Peninsula Estates, about a half mile south of the state park where we have another “twofer”, this time two lots being sold as one parcel with a combined list price of $69,000, attractively below the combined assessed value of $95,000. There is roughly 1 1/3 acres between the two of them. They last sold in 1999 for $35,800.

Pick of the Week Dec. 27, 2008 Our second contract is one of my Price Change Picks of the Week from way back, a bay front home on the Cape which goes under contract with a list price of $699,000. The sellers have owned it since 2004 when they purchased it for $750,000, and since then they have renovated and added many upgrades. This 4-bedroom, 3 bath, 3,376 square foot beauty is a treasure trove of bells and whistles.

Check out the view from the deck:Sunset View From Bay Front Beauty on Cape San Blas

Here’s the description from the MLS:

Beautiful bay front home with private boat dock including two boat lifts and a private inground screen-enclosed swimming pool.

Not One but Two Boatlifts on on this Bay Front Home on Cape San Blas

Bay Front Pool on Cape San Blas

Boardwalk to the Bay on Cape San Blas

The spacious open floor plan features a large, entertainer kitchen and large living room and dining room. There is a full apartment on the lower level with full kitchen, living room, bedroom and bath and private entrance and walkout to pool area. The sunrise view from the porch was recently featured in Atlantic Southeast Airlines travel magazine. The privacy, decks, porches and views galore make this a truly special home.

Hot Tub With an Awesome View of St. Joe Bay on Beautiful Cape San Blas

If an in-ground pool isn’t enough, enjoy a dip in the hot tub instead.

And here’s your view from the living room (complete with fireplace).

Bay Front View from the Living Room of this Cape San Blas Home

There are contingencies on the contract to be met, so no projected closing date yet.

Bank-Owned Cape San Blas Office Building Under Contract Feb. 19, 2012 with List Price of $245,000

Next up we have a commercial property on the south side of the Cape, a 2,384-square foot, bank-owned office building listed for $245,000, very close to the assessed value of $223,550.

Indian Pass Gulf Front Lot Sold September 2010 for $156,000

Our fourth and final new contract is on a gulf front lot over on Indian Pass, a 50′ wide property last sold in September 2010 as part of an estate from a family which had owned it for quite some time. At that time it was a very ineresting comp in that the county had it assessed at $350,000, the list price well below that at $289,900, and yet it closed for $156,000. This time around it goes under contract with a list price of $135,000 and an assessed value of $157,500.

That’ll do it for now. We spend a lot of time here each week looking at property values but I was abruptly reminded this week how important it is to stop and take stock of the value of friendships and loved ones. The number of times we get to show those we care about how much they mean to us really is in limited supply, so please try to take some time this weekend to do just that.

I appreciate hearing from my readers and enjoy getting to know so many of you. If you’d like more info on our beautiful area, call or text me at 850-227-5197 or shoot me an email to sherri@sherridodsworth.com. Have a terrific week, and thanks so much for stopping by today.

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Feb 18 2012

Cape San Blas Real Estate Week in Review – Feb. 11-17, 2012

For Sale and Sold SignIt’s been a rainy, foggy week with even more promised for the weekend, and it was enough to finally dampen our market a bit as we had our first slow week in some time, managing just two sales and two new contracts, seven new listings and thirteen price changes. Unfortunately, that means our inventory continues its slow upward climb again, closing at 380, up three from last week, with 94 homes and 286 lots listed for sale in the Cape San Blas, Indian Pass and C-30 Corridor market. Let’s take a look at what went on.

Cape San Blas Gulf Front Townhouse at Barrier Dunes Sold Feb. 2012 for $225,000

The first of our two sales is also one of our two new contracts having gone under contract and sold for cash in a mere matter of days. This is one of the original townhouses at Barrier Dunes, built back in 1984. It’s a 3-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath gulf front home with a somewhat obstructed gulf view from the main living area due to the large dune centered in front of it. She has definitely seen better times, and needs a little TLC at this point to spruce her up. In 1995 it sold for $163,642, and resold in 1998 for $189,500. That family first put it on the market in December 2008 asking $625,000. It went under contract Monday with a far more modest list price of $274,900, and sold by the end of the week for $225,000. When adjusted for inflation, that $142,500 1989 sale price equals $260,470 in today’s dollars, for a real loss of over $35,000, which is pretty staggering to realize a gulf front property could lose that much value in 23 years.

Bay View Lot on C-30 Corridor Under Contract Jan. 21, 2012 with List Price of $38,500

We’ll head out on to the C-30 Corridor for our other sale, heading north towards Port St. Joe. This one’s a bay view lot in Treasure Bay measuring 101′ x 290′, or about 0.67 of an acre, listed for $38,500. Here’s another one with an interesting sales history. In early 2001 it sold for $14,000, resold in December 2003 for $89,000, then again just the following summer in July 2004 for $162,500. The county’s somewhere between those 2001 and 2003 prices, having it valued at $25,000, which is exactly what it sold for on Valentine’s Day.

Cape San Blas Gulf Front Home For Sale with List Price of $699,000

Our one contract other than the Barrier dunes townhouse which already closed, takes us down to the southern end of the Cape San Blas Peninsula to just before the rocks at Stumphole, where this 4-bedroom, 4 1/2-bath, spacious 3,618 square foot gulf front home went under contact on Monday with a list price of $699,000. Built in 2002, the sellers bought it the following year for $888,000 and have been marketing it since late 2006, initially listing it for $1.399M. The county currently has it assessed for $428,515.

That’s a wrap for now. Quite a change of pace from the past few weeks.We’ve been seeing a lot of activity for this time of year, so if you’re interested in finding a great deal of your own, let me know. You can always reach me by either calling or texting to 850-227-5197 or sending me an email to sherri@sherridodsworth.com . Have a great week, and thanks so much for taking time to stop by today.

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Feb 11 2012

Cape San Blas Real Estate Week in Review – Feb. 4-10, 2012

For Sale and Sold SignOld Man Winter finally remembered where the Cape is and rolled in this week with his calling card cold weather. Try as he might, though, he couldn’t cool off our red hot real estate market as we managed one more sale and four new contracts, seven new listings and a dozen price changes. Our inventory remains stubbornly sluggish, removing only two from its numbers, with 91 houses and 286 lots listed in the MLS in the Cape San Blas, Indian Pass and C-30 Corridor market.

Cape San Blas Home Under Contract Jan. 12, 2012 with List Price of $279,000

Our one sale is on an interior house on the bay side of the road on Blue Heron drive which is the road running next to Coneheads Restaurant. This inviting 3-bedroom, 2-bath, 1,872 square foot home built in 2005 is situated on a half-acre lot which shares a boundary with the state park, for a peaceful, private setting. The sellers bought the lot in late 2003 for $82,500, then built the home which they first listed for sale in March 2009 for $389,000. It went under contract in mid-January with a list price of $279,000, a good bit above the county’s assessed value of $210,208, and on Friday it sold for $273,000, very close to that list price.

Cape San Blas Cottage Under Contract  with List Price of $119,900

The first of our four new contracts is on a unique listing: two mobile homes located on a single third-acre lot. They’re on Jamaica Lane, the road next to The Tradin’ Post. It’s listed for $119,900, and valued by the county at $94,796, and last sold in April 2003 for $134,100. One thing impacting the value of this property is that it may be deemed a non-conforming parcel due to the two homes on one parcel.

Gulf Front Home at Cape San Blas Under Contract Nov. 17, 2010

Looks as if folks are shopping waterfront, as three of our four new contracts are on gulf front properties, beginning with this gulf front home on Rachel Beach Lane on the Cape. It’s a 3-bedroom, 3-bath, 1,395 square foot home built in 2000 with a sales history illustrative of the local housing boom. In October 2003 it sold for $660,000, and exactly one year later in October 2004 resold for $1.1M. Those buyers put it back on the market just eighteen months later for $1.549M but by then the market had ground to a halt and they have been trying to sell it ever since. It goes under contract this week as a short sale with a list price of $399,900, a bit above the county’s assessed value of $360,337.

Bank-Owned Cape San Blas Gulf Front Fixer Upper Under Contract Jan. 6, 2011 with List Price of $289,900

Next up is a bank-owned gulf front bona fide fixer upper located on the Cape in the vicinity of Scallop Cove. One family had owned this 4-bedroom, 4- bath, 2,400 square foot beach house for about twenty years but sadly lost it to the bank this past fall. She has definitely seen better days; the decks and rails are rotting, the roof needs a lot of work, etc. and the bank has it priced at an “As Is” price of just $289,298, which means they’re putting most of the value in the 50′ waterfront lot. The county’s more generous than that, having it valued at $349,298.

Cape San Blas Gulf Front Lot at Jubilation Under Contract as Short Sale with List Price of $225,000

Our fourth and final new contract is on the south side of the Cape in Jubilation and it’s on a 1.27 acre gulf front lot measuring a generous 50′ by 1,068′. This is another short sale with its list price of $225,000 having last sold in October 2004 for $900,000. The owners started trying to sell it in August 2010 when they listed it for $449,900. The county currently has it valued at $315,000.

That does it for this week. We may have an abundance of lots still in the inventory, but the number of homes from which to choose is steadily shrinking, so if you’ve been thinking of buying a home at the beach now is a good time to start your search. I’ll be glad to help you with that, so call or text me at 850-227-5197, or shoot me an email to sherri@sherridodsworth.com . I hope you have a wonderful week and thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to stop by today.

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Feb 04 2012

Cape San Blas Real Estate Week in Review – Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2012

For Sale and Sold SignIf we keep this pace up, 2012 is going to be a strong year moving a lot of properties out of the inventory. We had another impressive showing, with four sales, four new contracts, eleven new listings, and four price changes. With all that activity, our inventory started inching back up again, closing at 379, up four from last week, with 91 homes and 288 lots listed in the MLS for the Cape San Blas, Indian Pass and C-30 Corridor market. Let’s take a look at what buyers picked up this week.

Barrier Dunes Townhouse Under Contract Jan. 27, 2012 with List Price of $144,500

‘We’ll get our review of this week’s four sales underway beginning where we so often do, on the Cape up at Barrier Dunes, where this 2-bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 1,172 square foot townhouse situated on a pond back by the park went under contract just last week wth a list price of $144,500, well below the assessed value of $162,131. It wasn’t listed as a short sale even though the seller paid $210,000 for it in May 2003. On Thursday the buyer picked up the keys at closing for $130,000.

Óur second sale is on the south side of the Cape in Jubilation, where this bank-owned tiny lot measuring just 51′ by 80′ (0.09 acre) went under contract on Wednesday with a list price of $40,000, roughly 12 cents on the dollar of the $320,000 it last sold for in October 2004. The county has it valued high at $70,000, and on Friday it sold for exactly half that, $35,000.

Bank-Owned Bay Front Lot Under Contract Jan. 2012 with List Price of $69,000

We’ll leave the Cape and head north on C-30 to the first subdivision on the left, Marnie’s Island, for our third sale. It’s an irregularly shaped 0.6 acre bank-owned bay front lot listed for $69,000, below its current assessed value of $85,000. Originally sold in December 2004 for $315,000, it sold again in February 2007 for $310,000. On Friday it closed for $55,000.

Indian Pass Bank-Owned First Tier Home Under Contract Dec. 13, 2011 with List Price of $349,900 Our fourth and final sale is on a bank-owned first tier 4-bedroom, 3-bath, 1,830 square foot house at Indian Pass builit in 2003 and last sold in January 2006 for $1M. It has been on the market since October of that year when it was originally listed for $949,000. Suntrust took it back last summer and listed it for $349,900, a good bit above the county’s assessed value of $277,454, but not too far of what it sold for on Wednesday, $320,000.

Cape San Blas Gulf Front Home Under Contract Feb. 3, 2012 as Short Sale with LIst Price of $799,900

The first of our four new contracts is on this expansive 6-bedroom, 4 1/2-bath, 4,266 square foot gulf front home in the popular Two Palms subdivision on the south side of the Cape. Originally listed back in May 2008 for $1.7M, it went under contract on Friday as a short sale with a list price of $799,900, well above the county’s assessed value of $619,014. The MLS notes detail the home nicely:

Gulf Front with 100′ of beach frontage. Three floors of living space make this an exceptional gulf front home! Special features include a dumb waiter, 2 fireplaces, 2 large fully-equipped kitchens (cherry cabinets in main area kitchen), 2 laundry areas-Whirlpool Duet set on main floor; and a Jacuzzi in the master bath. The bottom floor sports a wine cooler and separate ice maker; the deck downstairs has a sink w/running water, several outside shower heads, enclosed shower area, & large entertainment area. Large screen porch overlooking the gulf is perfect for relaxing in the teak chairs & watching spectacular sunsets year round. The ramp to the beach is wide enough for your golf cart. Constructed with extra large pilings & steel beams.

Gulf View Second Tier Lot Under Contract Feb. 1, 2012 with List Price of $59,000

We’ll head once again out along the C-30 Corridor, this time heading east until we reach this second tier gulf view lot listed on Saturday for $59,000 and under contract lightning quick by Wednesday. It’s an irregularly-shaped property measuring roughly a quarter acre which the county has valued at $50,000.

Lagoon Front Lot Overlooking Indian Pass Under Contract as a Short Sale Feb. 1, 2012 with List Price of $49,900

A mile or so further east on C-30, we have a lagoon front lot under contract as a short sale with an attractive list price of $49,900. It has a sales history illustrative of the real estate bubble, having sold in August 2003 for $135,000 then reselling the following year in October 2004 for $260,000. Today the county has it valued at less than 10% of that, having it at $24,984.

Gulf Front Home on Indian Pass Under Contract Feb. 4, 2008 Our fourth new contract this is on a gulf front spec home on Indian Pass, a 3,076 square foot, 4-bedroom, 3-bath home situated on a .26 acre lot with 50 feet of gulf frontage. It was originally listed in July of 2007 for $1.395M, but now it is a short sale with that list price down to $599,000, well above the county’s assessed value of $484,483. With it being a short sale, we won’t know for some time when it’s likely to close.

That’ll do it for today. I’m looking for new listings so if you’re thinking of selling, let’s talk. Call or text me at 850-227-5197 or email me at sherri@sherridodsworth.com. I hope wherever you are this weekend you’re warm and cozy. If you’re up there in blizzard country shoveling snow, keep in mind our “white drifts” are warm and sunny, and waiting for you here along Florida’s Forgotten Coast.

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