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Vincent Fattizzi

Coldwell Banker
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St. Augustine, FL 32095
904-635-1086
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From the Desk of Vince

735 E RED HOUSE BRANCH RD ST AUGUSTINE, FL 32084

Long day at work? Peace and tranquility is yours! Grab a cold drink, a good read and escape to your lushly landscaped backyard where you can swing gently in your private hammock. Enjoy your totally private backyard, with over 100 feet, backed to wooded conservation! This home is a must see - open and airy, updated and ready for immediate occupancy. Beautifully painted and tastefully decorated, you will immediately feel comfortable with this brick home - from your first view in the driveway to your personal tour within. 4 full bedrooms and 2 full baths, with nearly 2,400 sq. ft. of living space! Huge eat-in Kitchen overlooks cozy Great Room with real-wood fireplace. Separate, open sitting area for those special gatherings of friends and family. Newly renovated owners bath! This view could be yours - call, text, email me. I would appreciate the opportunity to show this lovely home to you.

Looking for a Cost Efficient Family Outing? Head to the Night Market!

The Night Market at the Amphitheatre is held from 6:00 - 9:00 pm the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.  

Stroll among over 90 vendors specializing in handmade crafts, goods and art. There are fantastic dinner options, a full bar and live entertainment! And it's FREE!  

The Night Market is open to the public with FREE admission and free parking!

 

Home Partners of America Lease-To-Own Could Be Your Solution!

Many of you may be struggling with the question of whether it's better to purchase or lease a home?  And, I bet you have a myriad of "pros and cons" that can be listed on both sides which makes finding the right answer for you, and your family, at this time, even more difficult.  Well, I may just have the answer to this very question through a little known program offered by a company called Home Partners of America. 

Basically, Home Partners of America is offering you the opportunity to try, before you buy, at a price similar to a rental in the same market.  Try out the neighborhood, try out the home, Lease-To-Own a home that is in ready to sell shape instead of one that has been rented over and over.  Perhaps there's a chance of a transfer in a year or two, that's not set in stone, but you don't want to take the chance of purchasing a home only to turn around and sale in a year.  

All of this can be handled quickly and easily though Home Partners of America's program.  Need more information, watch this video of me explaining the program on HGTV, click on the Lease-To-Own tab of my website FindStAugustineHomes.net or call/text me anytime at (904) 635-1086.  I love this program and would be happy to explain it to you personally. 

 

 

St. Augustine is Home to Foodies!

Those of us who live here could have told you, and most likely did, that St. Augustine is a GREAT place for dining.  Now, we have Southern Living Magazine telling the world what we have known for years!  Voted #1 on the list!

In the story by Southern Living Magazine: “This year, many of our previous food town winners made return appearances, but we were also pleasantly surprised to see some new tiny taste making towns make it into our top ten. St. Augustine, Florida, worked its way from the bottom to be our overall champion with their ever-burgeoning food scene anchored by restaurants like Preserved, which shows off the wealth of local ingredients in a modern way in the country’s oldest city.”

Imagine that?  Just wanted to do a quick shout out - Preserved, The Floridian, The Hyppo, Ice Plant, Catch 27 -Yay You!  Catch the full article and see who came in the top 10 under St. Augustine, read here.

 

 

 

Should I Hire a Real Estate Agent or go For Sale By Owner?

So, it's time to sell your home. Ugh!  This is tough... How do you go about it?  What should you do first?  Can you sell it on your own?  The truth is, in most cases, it pays to hire the professional.  You wouldn't fill your own cavity, right?

Although tempting to go it on your own, keep this in mind.  According to the National Association of Realtors Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers the average FSBO (For Sale By Owner) sales price was $185,000, while the average price for a home represented by an agent was $245,000. That's a difference of $60,000! Hiring an agent just covered the cost associated! 

List Price - Your Real Estate Professional will provide an accurate home value based on a researched and comprehensive market analysis to guide you toward the RIGHT listing price. Your want your home priced in the sweet spot—not too high, where potential buyers may pass you by, and not so low that you end up leaving money on the table.

Home Preparation - A Real Estate Agent will give you tried and true advice on home staging and necessary updates.  Should you completely re-model your kitchen or will paint, minor updates and a good cleaning do?  An agent can counsel you on how to spend the least amount of money to set up your home in order to get the best outcome.

Marketing - Most buyers start online and sellers going the For Sale By Owner route are unlikely to get the full exposure needed to effectively market their home.  A Real Estate Professional will see beautiful, professional photos are taken (they pay for this!) and will place your home on a multiple listing service making the listing immediately available to thousands of agents who may already be working with potential buyers for you!  And, most national Real Estate Brokerages have sharing deals with a myriad of Real Estate web sites ensuring wide spread viewing of your home.  As a seller, you could pay BIG bucks for advertising and still not receive this kind of exposure!

Showings - They can be a PAIN!  Keeping up with showing calls and schedules, putting up with looky-loos, "investors" and derogatory comments on your home all while smiling and remembering, "it's business, not personal".  Why not let someone not personally involved handle this and save you the angst and heartburn? 

Handling Offers - The same goes for negotiating an offer.  It's very hard to keep calm when buyers want a good price and don't like the tree you planted on Mother's Day 10 years ago.  Let the agent be the go between and ease the situation.  Not to mention paper work and legalities.

Paperwork - As the seller, do you know every law and required paperwork specific to your community? For instance, did you know every home built before 1978 needs an addendum regarding lead-based paint? Not having all the paperwork in order may open you up to lawsuits and future liabilities.  While there are programs online to assist you, an agent is licensed and trained to do so... Let the professional make your life easier.

Call me, Vince Fattizzi | Coldwell Banker Premier Properties today for an absolutely free market analysis.  I may just make your day!

 

137 GRAFFT LN - HOME PARTNERS OF AMERICA LEASE-TO-OWN APPROVED!

137 GRAFFT LN  ST AUGUSTINE, FL 32084 

This home is located between I-95 and downtown St Augustine in the quaint subdivision of Olde Florida.  If you are looking for a Lease-To-Own option, this $2,090 / 3 Bedroom / 2 Bath home is a winner.  Register on the Lease-To-Own page and start the ball rolling or contact Vince to see the home and gather the details!

Sea Turtles Coming Soon!

AROUND ANASTASIA ISLAND: Turtle nesting season starts May 1 Courtesy of Lorraine Thompson and StAugustine.com 


Hundreds of endangered sea turtles, some as large as 1,500 pounds, are expected to begin visiting the beaches of St. Johns County during the 2019 turtle nesting season.

The female turtle drags her body from the ocean to the dunes area, where she digs a nest with her back flippers and deposits nearly 100 eggs per nest. She then covers the eggs with sand and returns to the sea, leaving the fate of the anticipated offspring to the elements and volunteer caretakers. Left undisturbed after approximately two months, the eggs hatch, sending the two-inch long hatchlings seaward.

Turtle and turtle nest protection regulations go into effect May 1 and are enforced through Oct. 31, or until the last nest is hatched. The regulations affect beach visitors as well as residents. Vehicular traffic on the beach is only allowed from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Motorists that remain on the beach after that time may be subject to fines. All beachfront properties are required to reduce interior and exterior lighting, which may impact nesting sea turtles. Volleyball court lights at St. Johns County Pier Park will turn on at sunset and turn off at 9 p.m. during the season. Driving areas on most beaches are one-way, south only. Motorists are cautioned to obey the 10 m.p.h. speed limit and to drive in the vehicle lane designated by the orange cones.

Both endangered and protected species are covered by county, state and federal laws, which can result in fines of up to $20,000 for tampering with or causing harm to the turtles and nests.

During the 2018 season, 537 nests were identified and monitored on St. Johns County beaches. A majority of those nests, 394, were on the north beaches. There were 105 nests on Anastasia Island and 38 nests in the Matanzas Inlet South beaches. An estimated 33,873 hatchlings emerged from those nests.

While that sounds like a large number, scientists estimate that only 1 in 100 hatchlings will survive once they leave the nest. Hatchlings have to escape a gauntlet of predators, such as shore birds, ghost crabs and insects to make it to the sea.

During the first year after hatching, many species of sea turtles are rarely seen. This first year is referred to as the “unknown year.”

The five varieties of sea turtles that inhabit the waters around Florida include the endangered leatherback, hawksbill and Kemps Ridley and the threatened loggerhead and green turtles. All are protected under the Endangered Species Act.

A volunteer program is authorized through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and coordinated through the efforts of Marine Turtle Permit holders. Volunteers must complete extensive training provided by the FWC and the Marine Turtle Permit Holder is responsible for specific stretches of the beach. Throughout the season volunteer turtle patrols survey the beaches at sunrise, post and stake off new nests and collect important data on nesting activities.

There are four survey areas on Anastasia Island and adjoining areas. For Anastasia State Park, call 904-461-2000; Pope Road south to Crescent Beach, email Bob Fraser at bfraser68@yahoo.com, Crescent Beach ramp south to Fort Matanzas ramp, email Scott Eastman at scottfeastman@gmail.com; and Matanzas Inlet South to southern St. Johns County, email Beth Libert at seaturtlepatrol@bellsouth.net or call 386-763-0977.

For information about permit holders and contact information along the north beaches, go to www.sjcfl.us/HCP/SurveyZones.aspx.

For information about the turtle nesting season, call St. Johns County Habitat Conservation and Beach Management at 904-209-3740 or go to www.sjcfl.us/hcp.

St. Augustine Rhythm & Ribs Festival - April 6-7-8

St. Augustine is known for it's incredible schedule of outdoor festivals, many of which are set in the Springtime each year. The weather is sunny, humidity is low and temperatures are moderate (75-85 degrees) - beautiful! The season has already kicked off, but one of the very best events is coming in just 1 week: the "Rhythm and Ribs" Festival - a wonderful blend of food, drink, music and fun - and charitable giving!

  • The Festival is sponsored by the St. Augustine Sunrise Rotary Club - which has typically raised at least $100,000 each year for local St. Augustine/St. Johns County charities! Click here to see the beneficiaries of this year's festival: https://rhythmandribs.net/event-beneficiaries/
  • The Festival is fully supported by an all volunteer team - nearly 2,000 hours of cumulative volunteer time is given by participants over the 3-day event!
  • The event features five world-class BBQ vendors from across America, in addition to many other "novelty" food vendors providing everything from sweet corn to ice-cold snow-cones. Here's the list of vendors for this year's festival: https://rhythmandribs.net/vendors/
  • Music is key to all of these festivals and no one will be disappointed with the schedule for this year's event. Click here to see the band list and when they will be performing: https://rhythmandribs.net/timeline/

If your in town next week, April 6-7-8 - don't miss this wonderful event. Join us for some incredible food, great music and wonderful people. See you there!

Nights of Lights Has Begun!

This photo courtesy of the Schooner Freedom is a great snapshot of twilight over the city, lit up with millions of lights to celebrate the holiday season. 

Grab a drink at the Tini Martini Bar or wander down St. George Street... after dark, Saint Augustine only becomes MORE magical. 

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