June 22, 2019

Coastal Estate Team's WELLNESS IN ONE! - Is your summer coffee beverage sabotaging your health?

Coastal Estate Team's WELLNESS IN ONE!

Is your summer coffee beverage sabotaging your health?

Are you making smart decisions at the drive-thru? Most nutrition experts agree that if you're trying to slim down, it's important to watch your liquid calories as well as what you're putting on your plate. Let's take a look at the nutrition info of some popular iced coffee and frozen coffee drinks to find out what's inside!

Popular Iced and Frozen Coffee Drinks - Best to Worst

Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee - As basic as you can get, DD's iced black coffee is the clear winner. Coffee beverages without added milk or sugar keeps the calories low. Dunkin Donuts Medium Iced Coffee, Black: 15 calories, 0g fat, 10mg sodium, 2g carbs (0g sugar, 0g fiber), 1g protein

Starbucks Iced Latte Macchiato - This drink is pretty simple with just espresso, skim milk, and ice. Starbucks Grande Iced Latte Macchiato with Nonfat Milk: 90 calories, 0g fat, 0mg sodium, 14g carbs (12g sugar, 0g fiber), 9g protein 

Panera Iced Café Latte - A creamy latte with freshly brewed espresso and foamed reduced fat milk over ice. Panera Iced Café Latte, 20oz: 160 calories, 6g fat, 140mg sodium, 16g carbs (15g sugar, 0g fiber), 10g protein ​

McDonald's Iced Caramel Latte - McDonald's coffee drinks are hugely popular, and this is no exception. This one is sugary sweet and creamy, thanks to the addition of sweetened condensed milk. McDonald's Medium Iced Caramel Latte: 270 calories, 8g fat, 340mg sodium, 40g carbs (36g sugar, 0g fiber), 9g protein

Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino Blended Coffee - The original frozen coffee drink, this is still a favorite. Made with 2% milk, it's still better than some other frozen Starbucks options, but the amount of sugar in this one puts it near the bottom of the list. Starbucks Grande Coffee Frappuccino Blended Coffee with 2% Milk: 240 calories, 2g fat, 220mg sodium, 50g carbs (50g sugar, 0g fiber), 3g protein ​

Dunkin Donuts Frozen Coffee with Caramel Swirl - When you see the word "frozen" in the name of a coffee drink, it basically means milkshake. The calories are high and the amount of sugar in this drink is triple the recommended daily intake. Dunkin Donuts Medium Frozen Coffee with Caramel Swirl with Non-Fat Milk - 680 calories, 4g fat, 150mg sodium, 153g carbs (145g sugar, 1g fiber), 9g protein

Overall, you can make the best choice by choosing the smallest size possible, requesting skim milk, and holding off on the whip cream or added syrup on top.

June 22, 2019

Orlando Melbourne International Airport getting new flights!

Orlando Melbourne International Airport just announced American Airlines' new daily nonstop service between Melbourne and Philadelphia. This flight will begin on December 19th, just in time for holiday travel. This nonstop service to and from Melbourne will join another recent nonstop flight to Washington DC (Reagan National Airport). Great news for business travelers as well as tourists!

Posted in Around Town
June 22, 2019

Port Canaveral Making Top Lists for Cruising!

Lots of great news for Brevard County tourism!

Port Canaveral was recently named "Best Cruise Port" by Global Traveler Magazine and was presented with a 2019 Leisure Lifestyle Award. Global Traveler conducted a survey of its readers from October 2018 to January 2019, asking about their favorite cruise port, and Port Canaveral grabbed the top spot! In other Port Canaveral news, Disney Cruise Line will be expanding their operations at the Port by making it home to two of Disney's three new ships. The new ships are expected to be delivered in 2021, 2022 and 2023, with two of the ships homeporting in Port Canaveral for at least their first five years of operation. ​

Posted in Around Town
June 22, 2019

Is Your Home Hurricane Ready?

Is Your Home Hurricane Ready?

Hurricane season has begun... are you ready for it? The Atlantic hurricane season officially runs from June 1 - November 30, although occasionally storms develop before or after the official season dates.

Supplies tend to run out quickly once the forecast predicts a hurricane heading in our direction. It is important to make some basic preparations beforehand, just in case.

  1. Prepare a Storm Kit  Your kit should allow you and your family to get through 3 - 7 days without electricity and basic services. This kit should include flashlights, whistles, pillows and blankets, weather-appropriate clothing, garbage bags, emergency radio, batteries, first aid kit, multi-purpose tool, cash, and 3 - 7 days worth of food and water. Have no less than one gallon of water per person, per day. Don't forget about pets - make sure you have enough food and water, plus a crate, for them too.
  2. Fill Gas Containers  ​If you have a generator, remember that it will need fuel. A 5,500-watt will generator will use about 5 gallons of gas for every eight hours it is running. Be sure to think about how much fuel you will need for an extended power outage.
  3. Prepare Your Yard  During a storm, outdoor furniture and toys can easily become flying projectiles. Prior to any storms, take inventory of your yard and throw away/sell/store any items that you don't use on a routine basis. Before a storm, move any unsecured items into your home or garage; if you can't move something indoors, tie it down with a strong rope to keep it secure.
  4. Locate Water, Gas, and Electricity Shut Offs  Familiarize yourself with the location of water, gas, and electricity shut offs before a storm is even in the forecast.
  5. Prepare Windows and Doors  If your home already has hurricane shutters, make sure they are in working condition and be sure that you have all the parts and pieces necessary for installation. If your home does not have hurricane shutters, make a plan for covering your windows and doors. If you are thinking about plywood, get it now, rather than taking the risk of it being unavailable when you need it.
  6. Evacuation Plan  Finally, it's a good idea to have an evacuation plan for you, your family, and your pet(s). Pick two locations that you could choose from in case evacuation is necessary. Gather all insurance documents and other important papers that you will bring with you if you have to evacuate.
Posted in Around Town, Home Tips
June 22, 2019

Dog Days of Summer! Check out the Coastal Pups!

They call it the "Dog Days of Summer", so what better time to talk about our pets!

The Coastal Estate Team are animal lovers, so this month, we're going to tell you about the furry friends we share our homes with.

Carolyn: We have the most adorable Havanese, Pepper. She has not figured out she is a small dog and has appointed herself protector of the family! She is a big ball of fluff and brings lots of joy. ​

Bridget: We have always had labs and now are down to one beauty Lulu who's 13 years old and still ticking. She still loves the water and if her legs worked better would be out chasing the dolphins and manatees every weekend. ​

Taylor: What is better than 1 golden retriever? TWO! Kiki and Quinn are sisters (same parents different litters). They fill our home with so much happiness and hair - but it is all worth it (thank goodness for the invention of a Roomba)! They truly have the best personalities and are such water dogs so they fit perfectly into our family.... there is nothing they love more than hopping on the boat and going for a swim in the river to chase and play with dolphins and manatees and pelicans! ​

Kellie: We have 4 furry children. Clyde is our boxer that we rescued through Coastal Boxer Rescue. Chloe is a true mutt- a mix of 7 different dog breeds. We adopted her from Halo in Sebastian when she was a puppy. Louis is our one year old French Bulldog- he runs the show around here. He is the definition of high maintenance! Bella is our 12 year old calico kitty, adopted from a farm in Southern Maryland. ​

Jen: Willow is our sassy 5 year old English Bulldog and Bruce is our 1 year old French Bulldog who keeps us on our toes!!

Sage: Last year we adopted the sweetest dog, a 2 year old, 100+ pound Weimaraner from Puerto Rico. When we got him, he only spoke Spanish, but now Dusky is bilingual and has settled into our family so well! He loves basking in the sun in the backyard and keeping watch over all the action in the canal behind our house.

 

Looking for Dog Friendly places in Brevard?  Click here to see our favorite places to bring our pups!

June 20, 2019

Overview of Brevard County, FL Homes Sales for May 2019

Check out the Brevard County Market Snapshot for May!!

Report for Single Family Homes

  • The median sales price for single family homes is up 6.3% compared to May 2018
  • Closed sales are up 16.2% for May 2019 compared to May 2018
  • New pending sales are down -1.5% and new listings are down -16%
  • Months supply of inventory is down -3.2% to 3 months, an decrease from 3.1 months in May 2018

Report for Townhouses / Condos

  • The median sales price for townhouses/condos is up 3.9% compared to a year ago
  • Closed sales are down -1.7% for May 2019 compared to May 2018
  • New pending sales are down -7.2% and new listings are down -8.6%
  • Months supply of inventory has increased to 4 months in May 2019 from 3.5 months in May 2018

 

Contact the Coastal Estate Team if you have any questions about the current market value of your home!

Posted in Market Updates
June 16, 2019

A proposed hotel site is gaining momentum for Downtown Melbourne.

A proposed hotel site is gaining momentum for Downtown Melbourne

A proposed hotel site is gaining momentum for Downtown Melbourne.

With city counsel's approval, the hotel will be a 6-floor, 80 foot high Aloft, a Marriott-brand hotel. The 125-room hotel will be directly across the street from Hell 'n Blazes Brewing Company at the east end of Downtown Melbourne. It would join a couple of other projects in Downtown Melbourne which are already in the works. The $30 million high-end apartment tower known as The Highline is currently under construction next to the Henegar Center, and expected to be finished next year. If approved, Aloft will join another hotel planned for Downtown Melbourne, 156-room, 11-story Tapestry Collection by Hilton, which is to be built behind Meg O'Malley's.

 

View full article in Florida Today

Posted in Around Town
May 30, 2019

Our Favorite Getaways - Coastal Estate Team

We love living on the beautiful Space Coast, but sometimes it's nice to get away, especially during the steamy Florida summers. Here are the Coastal Estate Team's Favorite Summer Getaways:

Carolyn: Absolutely nothing beats the English countryside! The historic sites, castles, country homes, pubs, quaint villages - and generally fabulous ​climate. Definitely one of my favorite spots especially in the summertime.

Bridget: Nothing better than a quick jaunt to the Bahamas (Treasure Cay), easy to get to, beautiful beaches with crystal clear blue waters.

Taylor: The Hamptons - it's fun to get out of Florida and head up the coast. I love the relaxed beach feel, all the charm, and some of the best restaurants (who can turn down a lobster roll????)! ​

Kellie: St. Pete! I love the cute little downtown area and swimming in the warm gulf waters is dreamy. ​

Jen: We love Helen, GA! My brother and his family live there so we get to see them, tour the wineries, and go tubing down the Chattahoochee River.

Sage: My family and I have been on a National Park kick lately; we love being outdoors, exploring, and enjoying nature. This summer, we will check 15 more Parks off our list!

Posted in Just for Fun
May 29, 2019

It's Sea Turtle Season - sign up for a Turtle Walk!

Coastal Estate Team's WELLNESS IN ONE!

It's Sea Turtle Season - sign up for a Turtle Walk!

Great exercise (walking on the beach burns extra calories) and lots of wonderful information.

Watching a turtle crawl onto the beach, dig a nest, and lay her eggs is an amazing experience for all ages. With an average of 20,000 sea turtle nests per season on our beaches, you are almost guaranteed an up close and personal encounter!

Sign Up for a Turtle Walk Now, They Fill Up Quickly!

Sea Turtle Preservation Society - Offers walks several nights per week during May, June, and July at three different locations in South Brevard County. Make Reservation Here

Click here to make a reservation for a turtle walk with the Sea Turtle Preservation Society.

Barrier Island Center / Sea Turtle Conservancy - Walks are offered four nights per week from June 3rd to August 2nd. Make Reservation Here

Sebastian Inlet State Park, Fishing Museum - Walks are offered five nights per week in June and July. Make Reservation Here

We would love to see your pictures!  Post them on social and tag them #coastalestateteam #lifebythebeach

May 15, 2019

Brevard County Housing Market Snapshot - Q1 2019

A quick recap of the Brevard County Residential Report for Q1 2019:
  • Closed Sales are down -4.7% for Q1 2019 in which the number of units closed was 2,088 compared to 2,192 in 2018, with a decrease in cash sales of -7.2% compared to Q1 2018.
  • New Pending Sales are up 2.2% and New Listings are down -1.9%.
  • The Median Sales Price for Brevard Single Family homes is up 1.5% to $229,750 compared to a year ago, which was $226,323.
  • Months Supply of Inventory is up 21.4% to 3.4 months, an increase from 2.8 months in Q1 2018.
  • Traditional Sales are down -5%, with a median sales price of $230,000.
  • Foreclosure/REO Sales are up 16.7% with 63 sales and a median sales price of $165,000.
  • Short Sale Closings are down -50%, with 6 sales and a median sales price of $199,100.
A quick recap of the Brevard County Townhouses/Condos for Q1 2019:
  • Closed Sales are down -10.7% for Q1 2019 in which the number of units closed was 633 compared to 709 in 2018, with a decrease in cash sales of -17.4% compared to Q1 2018.
  • New Pending Sales are down -11.5% and New Listings are down -6.8%.
  • Median Sales Price for Townhomes/Condos is up 10.8% to $175,000 compared to a year ago, which was $158,000.
  • Months Supply of Inventory is up 17.1% to 4.1 months in Q1 2019 from 3.5 months in Q1 2018.
  • Traditional Sales are down -10.2%, with a median sales price of $176,500.
  • Foreclosure/REO Sales are down -20% with 8 sales and a median sales price of $136,000. 
  • Short Sale Closings are down -75% with one sale and a median sales price of $120,000.
Posted in Market Updates