The Panama City Real Estate Blog

Fall Property Maintenance

As we approach the changing season, you should consider preparing and protecting your home from the harsh weather that could possibly do damage to the overall life of the structure.
Maintaining your home with these simple tips will not only extend the life of the different systems but also extend the life the infrastructure. Whether you hire a contractor, or whether you do it yourself, conducting these  seasonal maintenance tips is really important.  

Start by checking the roof. Clean out gutters and make sure there is no debris lying around. Check for leaks and other damage with the shingles or around the chimney for any possible repairs. Having your chimney cleaned is also a wise choice. Also, make sure water is draining away from the home and that moisture is not doing damage to the interior. Secondly, make sure all plumbing is working properly. Check around toilets and under sinks that there are no leaks and also check faucets for dripping water. Higher water bills can be a sign that there is water leaking somewhere. Thirdly, the heating/cooling system is also important to have serviced yearly. Having the HVAC system flushed out maintains the system from clogging and causing serious problems. Next, exam all electrical outlets for anything that may be loose or dangerous, caulk around all doors and windows to save on heating and cooling bills, insulate any pipes to prevent freezing, check smoke detectors, and finally, make sure you have a fire extinguisher.  

These important tips for fall maintenance can extend the life of your home and its prevailing systems  and can prevent damage and prevent higher water or electrical bills. Plumbing, heating,
electrical, and the outside structure of your home can be well maintained either by a professional
or by yourself. Investing a little time and money into the home also protects the value of it. Any home maintenance extends the life of the systems and brings a return on your investment. For further information on home maintenance or to schedule an appointment to list your home contact one of our agents at Miller and Associates and we would be glad to assist you in your needs. Preparing your home is important in the  sale process.  

...

Before that Condo Purchase...

So you’ve decided to purchase a condo and you are ready to take that next step.  Before you make that decision then about where to place your investment dig a little deeper by following these few simple steps so that you know that your venture is the most profitable, the most adventitious, and the most beneficial one you make.  Ask one of our agents at Miller and Associates to set up an appointment to see several different complexes that interest you and then once you’ve decided on a location let us help you research the HOA, the rules, and the outlying development.  

First off, find out how much are the HOA fees and what does it include?  Does it include any utilities, are pets allowed, are their restrictions on rentals, and what about renovations?

Next, find out about the master insurance policy and what does this include?  What is the coverage amount should any damages arise?  Don’t forget about the owners own HO-6 policy for interior coverage.  

Are there any lawsuits pending?  This can determine if there is any trouble going on between owners, the developer, or the association.  

What is the associations budget and are they delinquent on their dues?  What are the capital reserves?  Problems with delinquency and capital reserves can signal financial troubles.

Are there any pending special assessments?  Special assessments for capital improvements can run into the thousands of dollars and are an extra expense you should be aware of.  

Finally, What is the ratio of owners versus renters in the development?  How quiet, loud, or noisy is the complex and is there lots of turn over traffic.  

Answering these simple questions is imperative before you make the next move.  You will want to have the peace of mind that what you choose will be the perfect match that is the most suitable for your needs.  Ask one of our knowledgeable agents to assist you to find the answers to these questions.  Then you can go ahead with the purchase of your new property!

http://cheapiosity.blogspot.com/2010/05/things-to-know-before-you-buy-condo.html

...

New Construction Boom

Panama City Beach has seen a major growth in new construction and approved proposed single family home communities just in the first half of 2017.  With this boom in new community developments and in single family homes, sales continue to move quickly as construction becomes complete.  With the announcement from Freddie Mac on Thursday that interest rates have dropped to its lowest level since last November, considering that home purchase now may be just a good time as any.  

Currently, such new proposed construction projects include 40 new homes in the newest community of Whisper Dunes located just off Back Beach Road at Sand Oak Blvd.  This deed restricted community offers all the amenities for comfortable Florida living. They only have a few home sites left.  Or, if you are looking for a beachfront condo, Calypso III Tower is a 250-unit, 20-story condo complex which adds to the grandeur of the Calypso Towers development.  This new construction project is the first high rise condominium complex built since 2008.  Furthermore, Moonraker is a proposed 85-lot single-family subdivision located just off Alf Coleman Road and Middle Beach Road.  This new expansion has been approved and expected to start construction soon.  Additionally, the Waterfall community, the Chaudry Residential community, and Golfer’s Paradise at Hombre are all under preconstruction approval.   

With this boom in new construction scattered throughout Panama City Beach, which includes condos, golf course homes, and single-family home sites, now is a vital time to contact one of our agents who can supply you with further information about one of these proposed developments. Time is of the essence as we are committed to finding you your next perfect home investment. Contact our office today!

http://www.newsherald.com/news/20170415/new-building-boom-on-beach

...

Makers, Bakers, and Local Artistry.

If you are looking to enjoy some local ‘home grown’ fruits, vegetables, and other local artistry’s, why not check out one of the area’s farmers markets?  Located in three different areas for variety and convenience, visit 30A Farmers Market in Rosemary Beach, Grand Lagoon Waterfront Farmers Market on Panama City Beach, or St. Andrew’s Waterfront Farmers Market located at the marina in historic St. Andrews, Panama City.

30A Farmers Market is open from 9 am – 1 pm every Saturday and Sunday.  With a variety of local farmers goods, this market offers everything from fruits and vegetables to wine jellies, homemade soups, hot sauces, hydroponics, veggie dips, eggs, and grass fed beef just to name a few.  Browse the local shops surrounding the market or just meander along the different booths taking in the fine work of some of the surrounding makers, bakers, and growers.

www.facebook.com/30aFarmersMarket

Grand Lagoon Waterfront Farmers Market is located in the parking lot of Captain Anderson’s and is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm.  This farmers market offers a wide array of goods from some of the finest local artists.  Included in what is offered are both perishable and nonperishable items.  Arts and crafts, fruits and vegetables, and other food items are some choices to come check out.

https://www.facebook.com/Grand.Lagoon.Waterfront.Farmers.Market

St. Andrews Waterfront Market is a seasonal farmers market located in historic St. Andrews near the marina.  It runs on Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm, in the months May through October.  Local merchants display their goods which include fresh produce, baked goods, honey, art and crafts.  This market is a community wide initiative that was developed as a way for the residents to improve their overall economic health and to promote small businesses.  Come check out the fresh products and fine artistry provided by the area’s local residents.

https://www.facebook.com/St.Andrews.Waterfront.Farmers.Market

If you want to take in some fresh air and stroll through some of the area’s finest farmers markets, then come check out one, or maybe all three on a spare weekend that you have. You’ll be able to pick up fresh produce, specialty sauces and jellies, and other fine artistry products made by some of our very own locals.  Afterwards, schedule an appointment with one of our Miller and Associates agents so that we may be of assistance in showing...

**NEW LISTING**1108 Delaware Avenue, Lynn Haven, Florida 32444

OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, August 19th, 2017 from 1-5 pm.

MLS # 662129

                             

This 4 bedroom, 2 bath Lynn Haven home is the perfect setting for a family. Offering a large living area with a gas fireplace, stainless steel appliances, and a large fenced in backyard. Free of HOA fees, and located within a few short miles of both charter schools and public schools. Recent upgrades: sliding glass door, tile in both bathrooms, hot water heater, and A/C unit. The shed offered in the back yard has electricity and conveys with the sale of the home.

Contact Miller & Associates Realty today for more information or to set up a private showing of your new home!

850-249-6655

...

Fun in the Sun and More!

Whether you are a tourist or one of our locals, Panama City Beach and the surrounding areas offers you a plethora of year round entertainment to satisfy any desire.  Sitting and relaxing, and soaking up the sun on the beautiful beach is just a small portion of all that you can experience in our community.  Let’s start with the local TDC.  Year round they host many different events.  Some of these include: The Gulf Coast Jam, The Spring Jam, Pirates of the High Seas, New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop, Thunder Beach, UNwineD, and the PCB Mardi Gras and Music Festival.  Other events include the Iron Man Triathlon, the 4th of July Festival, the Seabreeze Jazz Festival, the Winter Residents events, and the Summer Concert Series.

Once you’ve gotten your fill of fun entertainment why not eat, drink, and be merry at one of our scrumptious local restaurants with food prepared by some of our famous local chefs.  There is such a wide array of choices.  Trip Advisor has ranked the top local restaurants to visit while in PCB by categories of Fine Dining, and Cheap Eats.  ‘Fine Dining’ includes- Fire Fly, Salt Water Grill, Captain Anderson’s, and Dolce 101.  ‘Cheap Eats’ includes- David’s Snow Balls, Eat My Pasty, Finns Italian Style Grub, and Diego’s Burrito Factory as just a few. Many local favorites are also available throughout the beach so your choices are never ending. 

For shopping and pleasure why not visit the famous Pier Park which is always rapidly expanding. Also, for more fun and variety visit Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Wonder Works, Gulf World, or Zoo World all different and worth the  trip.  Play some miniature golf, ride go carts, or visit one of the many arcade facilities found up and down the strip.

Finally, for the not too out of the way day trip why not take a ride to one of our many surrounding natural springs/state parks?  Just a short drive away you can visit the Florida Caverns, Wakulla Springs, Vortex Springs, Ponce De Leon Springs, Eco Fina, and Eden Gardens to name a few. Everything from the tallest waterfall in Florida, beach camping, to crystal clear natural springs and cave diving are some of the natural surrounding sites you can visit.  Florida’s Panhandle offers such a variety of options- all different and beautiful in its own way. 

Panama City Beach is not just about the beach.  There is so much ‘fun in the sun’ and beyond that you can experience that one is never bored.  Talk to one of our agents today about purchasing your next beach property so that you too may experience all that PCB and the surrounding local areas have to offer. We guarantee that you won’t be disappointed!

...

Boardwalk Beach Resort

     As one of the premier, private vacation destinations on the beach, Boardwalk Beach Resort offers the elegance, luxury, and outstanding amenities for the perfect beachside living environment.  Whether purchasing property for vacation rental income, or for a first or second home, you may want to look no further than this grand condominium complex. Soaring 22 stories into the deep blue skies, and fronting 1700 feet along the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico, one can sit back and relax on their very own private, panoramic balcony while taking in the breathtaking views of all PCB has to offer.  

Offering spacious deluxe and standard condo units, Boardwalk Beach Resort includes everything from efficiency suites to deluxe 3 bedroom/ 3 baths with bunk room units ranging from 752 square feet to 1950 square feet.  All for your comfort and affordability. Each unit features cultured marble, crown molding, full window walls, and 9 foot ceilings. With security gated access and with covered parking entrance to the facility is also safe and secure.

Upon entrance into the lobby, one immediately notices the grand panoramic view of the tropical zero edge pool and the spacious sun deck.  Also, located on property and for further entertainment and enjoyment amenities include a gulf front fitness center with sauna, steam, and massage therapy and onsite tennis courts. Take a dip in the pool or unwind in one of the hot tubs.  For food and beverages, visit the Under Boardwalk Bar and Grill, the corner market, and  the Rusty Anchor poolside sports bar.  For the children’s enjoyment, Boardwalk Beach Resort offers a kids recreation club and a splash zone kiddie area. Sit back and relax, dine and entertain, all under one roof of this spectacular complex.  

If you are looking into purchasing a condo on the beach look no further than the Boardwalk Beach Resort complex.  As it is located on the East end of the beach on S. Thomas Drive, it is still centrally located to shopping, dining, and entertainment but also in a more quiet, laid back spot. Whether you're wanting a home away from home, or you’re wanting your next relocation, consider viewing one of the units and we are sure you will love this development.  

www.boardwalkbeachresort.com

...

Tidewater Beach Resort

As one of the newer condominium complexes on the beach, Tidewater Beach Resort Phase I and Phase ll has all the amenities onsite and nearby for the perfect beachside stay.  Located just a short walk from Pier Park, this 31 story, 570 gulf front unit development is outstanding in its own right.  Pristine, luxurious, and beautiful are just some of the words that describe the atmosphere at this resort.  

With a wide array of floor plans to choose from, this first class destination offers one, two, and three bedroom units- some with additional bunk rooms.   Each condo features corian or granite countertops, canac type cabinets, crown molding throughout, and marble tubs and showers.  Also offered are private exterior storage closets for that extra needed space.  

On property there are seven high speed elevators, covered and non-covered parking, valet parking service, a porte cochere entryway, and concierge service.  Located on the 31st floor is the owners lounge for that extra special touch.  Other amenities also include two 4,200 square foot lagoon pools- one indoor and one outdoor, a poolside tiki bar, a 4,300 square foot fitness center with a 30 person roman spa and a health bar, a movie theatre, and a 5,000 square foot conference center.  If you are hungry and don’t want to leave the development there is also an onsite restaurant.  This condominium complex offer all kinds of fun and entertainment needed without ever leaving through the front gate.  

With all this said, Tidewater Beach Resort is not only in the perfect location but it also is the perfect place to unwind either while on vacation or as a permanent resident of Panama City Beach.  Come home after a long day at work and chill on your balcony for that relaxed laid back beach atmosphere.  Book an appointment with one of our agents to see everything that this prestigious complex offers.  

...

Staging Your Home

Staging Your Home

Now that you have decided to sell your home it is best then to consider ‘staging’ it so that it looks its finest.  In order to receive the highest possible price, consider transforming your space using some easy expert tips that costs little to nothing at all.

The main focus of staging your house is so the prospective buyer can ‘imagine living in the home’. First impressions count.  Start with decluttering and depersonalizing each room. Start packing your items in boxes and remove excessive photos, toys, and other personal items that distract the tentative buyer when viewing the home. Neatly stack the packed boxes in a corner in the garage. Also, remove items from the kitchen and bathroom countertops to make the areas look neat and clean.

Additionally, new paint in rooms that most need it is something to also consider.  Neutral colors work best.  Touch up other areas that need it the most.  

Clean, clean, clean.  The fresher and cleaner the home the better staged it is.  Consider hiring a professional company to do a deep clean which covers everything from curtains to blinds, and from wall to wall.  

View model homes to know how best to rearrange furniture.  Professional builders stage their model homes to best suit the buyers eye.  Tour one of these or take a virtual tour online to get the best layout design.

Finally, do not forget about the exterior of the home.  Pressure wash, mow the lawn, cut back the shrubs, and possibly mulch for that neat and clean look.  The neater the exterior the better!

Staging your home for the best possible price for what you have to offer is a good idea when listing your property.  Contact Miller and Associates for more tips on staging or to have an agent come do a walk-through with you so that we may start the process to list your home!

...

Edgewater Beach Resort

Edgewater Beach Resort

Would you like to own a piece of paradise? This rarely available, one and only full-service beach resort in Panama City Beach is exactly what you are looking for. The amenities alone are enticing enough to want to consider an investment in this beach front condominium complex. With three separate towers to choose from, offering golf course views or gulf front views of the 1/1.5 bedroom, 2/2 bedrooms, and 3/3 bedrooms spacious units. Security controlled for that added comfort, lush landscaping, lakes, and fountains throughout the property only add to the serenity that this development offers.

Sunbathe or swim in the 11,500-square foot lagoon pool along with the 10 other smaller pools located on property and then relax in one of the four hot tub jacuzzies. If you are an avid golfer, take in a round or two at the Par 9, 36-hole golf course.  If that alone doesn’t satisfy your leisure desires, other astounding amenities on property include shuffleboard, tennis courts, health club, spa, and fitness center along with a 32,700-square foot conference center.  There is a gift shop, a golf pro shop, and an on-site beach club restaurant. Seasonally, there is also parasailing, jet skiing, a kid’s adventure zone with a splash pad, and a sky trail ropes course offered by the on-site rental office.  

Fun for the whole family, for the individual, or for the business client, Edgewater Beach Resort is a true find as an investment.  Live on property year-round, or invest as a second home or rental purchase. One of our agents at Miller and Associates would be glad to show you the property and all that it has to offer so that you may see what all-encompassing beach style living is about.  

http://www.resortcollection.com/edgewater-beach-resort/

...