Oct. 7, 2019

8 Pumpkin Spice Products That Are Healthier Than a Pumpkin Spice Latte

Coastal Estate Team's WELLNESS IN ONE!

It's finally Fall (although we're still enjoying gorgeous warm weather!) and that means it's time for Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING! If you are someone who enjoys "Pumpkin Spice Season", you may want to take a look at some healthier options, rather than just your daily Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. Did you know that a Grande size PSL packs a whopping 380 calories and 50 grams of sugar. Definitely not a health food!

Siggi's Pumpkin & Spice 2% Yogurt - 140 calories, 11 grams sugar You'll save 240 calories and 39 grams of sugar, plus this deliciously creamy, perfectly pumpkin-y yogurt boasts 15 grams of protein. ​

Purely Elizabeth Pumpkin Cinnamon Ancient Grain Granola - 140 calories, 6 grams sugar You'll save 240 calories and 44 grams of sugar, plus it's vegan and gluten free. ​

Angie's BOOMCHICKAPOP Pumpkin Spice Kettle Corn- 140 Calories, 11 grams sugar You'll save 240 calories and 39 grams of sugar by choosing this pleasantly crunchy, pumpkin-glaze drizzled, movie-night snack. ​

Pumpkin Spice RX Bar - 210 calories, 14 grams sugar You'll save 170 calories and 36 grams of sugar when you choose this whole-foods, good-for-you bar that's made with real pumpkin. ​

Nature's Path Organic Pumpkin Spice Waffles - 210 calories, 6 grams sugar You'll save 170 calories and 44 grams of sugar when you treat yourself to these waffles which are made with real pumpkin. You also get 9 grams of whole grains per serving (two waffles). ​

Mrs. Thinster's Pumpkin Spice Cookies - 140 calories, 11 grams sugar You'll save 240 calories and 39 grams of sugar by choosing these buttery, crispy cookies (you get 5 per serving!) which would pair perfectly with a cozy cup of coffee. ​

Barbara's Pumpkin Puffins - 110 calories, 5 grams sugar You'll save 270 calories and 45 grams of sugar with the sweet and crispy, pumpkin spice version of this popular breakfast cereal. ​

KIND Caramel Apple Pumpkin Spice Bar - 200 calories, 5 grams sugar You'll save 180 calories and 45 grams of sugar when you choose this whole-food bar that tastes like pumpkin pie and sweet caramel.

Oct. 1, 2019

Our Favorite Fall Food & Drinks

Speaking of Pumpkin Spice everything, we wanted to share our personal favorite seasonal food and drinks.

Some of us are on Team Pumpkin Spice, and some of us are definitely not! The Coastal Estate Team is excited for Fall!

Carolyn: Seasonal apple ciders, especially hard apple ciders, are the perfect fall beverage! ​

Bridget: Pumpkin ravioli with burnt butter sauce with whole cranberries. My all time favorite!!!! ​

Taylor: Cream cheese pumpkin pie truffles! YUM! ​

Kellie: Honeycrisp apples! They’re my favorite type of apple, and the organic ones are stocked and in season this time of year. ​

Jen: Apple Pie Sangria!!

Sage: I get so excited when the pumpkin beers start appearing on the shelves at Publix and on tap at our local breweries!

Sept. 27, 2019

Downtown Melbourne Is Growing

Has anyone else noticed how the skyline of downtown Melbourne has been changing? It is especially noticeable as you are coming from beachside over to the mainland. The $31 million Highline project, which is an 8-story apartment complex scheduled to open for tenants in early May, is currently the most conspicuous new construction project towering over Downtown Melbourne. Not far behind is the site of the future $42 million Hotel Melby, which will top out at 11 stories and currently houses a tower crane. Just to the north of downtown, construction has begun on the twin, 100-foot Paramount Riverfront Condominiums on US 1, which will offer 68 direct riverfront luxury residences. Another project in the works is a 6-story Aloft Hotel to be constructed at the old SunTrust Bank property across from Hell 'n Blazes Brewing Company at the east end of Downtown Melbourne. Along with these new construction projects have come several new restaurants, including Ember & Oak, Crydermans Barbecue, The Crafty Crane, Quarters Brewery and Arcade, The Living Room Art Gallery & Wine Bar and more. Sounds like a great time to visit Downtown Melbourne to grab a drink and a bite!

Sept. 24, 2019

Home Maintenance Tip - Hot Water Heater Maintenance

Hot Water Heater Maintenance

Your hot water heater... it's one of those appliances you don't think about often, so it's easy to neglect. But it's important to perform some simple routine maintenance in order to maximize the tank's lifespan (typically 10 - 1​5 years) and maintain its efficiency and safety.

Lower the Temperature Setting

Often, the default setting on a hot water heater is over 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Most professional plumbers recommend a setting closer to 115 - 120 degrees. Lowering the temperature will help reduce the chances of your system overheating, as well as save you up to 5% on your energy bill.

Inspect the Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve (T&P valve)

The T&P valve is located on the top or side of your water heater. This valve opens automatically if the pressure inside the tank gets too high. You can inspect this valve in three easy steps: 1. Lift up on the T&P lever partway and let it snap back into place 2. The result should be a gurgling noise as the valve sends some water to the drain 3. If the T&P valve did nothing, call a professional for a replacement valve

Perform a Mini-Flush of Your Water Heater

After time, sediment builds up in your water heater tank. This sediment can both corrode your tank and reduce your water heater's efficiency. To prevent this, you need to flush your water heater (the frequency will depend on the hardness and acidity of your water). Follow these 5 steps to flush your water heater:

1. If you have an electric water heater, start by shutting off the power

2. Place a bucket under the drain valve

3. Carefully open your water heater's drain valve by turning it counter-clockwise (please be careful because the water will be scalding hot)

4. Empty 1 - 3 gallons (until you no longer see any sediment coming out), then shut off the valve by turning it clockwise

5. Remember to turn the power back on if you started by turning it off ​

Just a few minutes of basic maintenance of your hot water heater will pay off in the long run by keeping it working properly and efficiently.

Posted in Home Tips
Sept. 24, 2019

Brevard Housing Market Report - August 2019

A quick recap of the Brevard County Residential Report for August 2019:
  • Closed Sales are down -2.7% for August 2019 in which the number of units closed was 943 compared to 969 in August 2018, with a decrease in cash sales of -10.9% compared to August 2018.
  • New Pending Sales are down -1.0% and New Listings are down -19.1%.
  • The Median Sales Price for Brevard Single Family homes is down -0.4% to $234,000 compared to a year ago, which was $235,000.
  • Months Supply of Inventory is down -15.2% to 2.8 months, a decrease from 3.3 months in August 2018.
  • Traditional Sales are down -2.2%, with a median sales price of $236,490.
  • Foreclosure/REO Sales are down -26.1%, with 17 sales and a median sales price of $126,300.
  • Short Sale Closings are down -33.3% with 4 closed sale in August 2019 compared to 3 sales in August 2018.
A quick recap of the Brevard County Townhouses/Condos for August 2019:
  • Closed Sales are up to +7.3% for August 2019 in which the number of units closed was 263 compared to 245 in August 2018, with an increase in cash sales of +1.7% compared to August 2018.
  • New Pending Sales are up +4.3% and New Listings are down -16.0%.
  • Median Sales Price for Townhomes/Condos is up +2.8% to $185,000 compared to a year ago, which was $180,000.
  • Months Supply of Inventory remained unchanged at +0.0% to 3.5 months in August 2019 from 3.5 months in August 2018.
  • Traditional Sales are up +7.9%, with a median sales price of $185,500.
  • Foreclosure/REO Sales are down -33.3%, with 2 sales and a median sales price of $155,000.
  • Short Sale Closings are unchanged at +0.0% with 1 closed sales in August 2019 compared to 1 sales in August 2018.
Posted in Market Updates
Sept. 19, 2019

Vacation Rental Ownership – Is It For You?

Homes used to be Investment Properties and multi-family properties used for full time rentals. Over the past decade, we’ve seen a new crop of investment properties emerge, the short term rentals. But what’s involved in owning a vacation rental? Is it worth the work?

A short term rental is a great investment for a number of reasons. In addition to creating annual income for the investor, the property could also appreciate in value during the time of ownership. Although the short term rental is still a rental property, it often pencils out to much higher income than a traditional long term lease does.

Vacation Rentals might seem like a great deal of work, and they can be. The first choice a vacation rental owner will need to make is whether they would like to self-manage or hire a property management company. Many short term rentals are managed by a professional property manager that specializes in the short term market. These managers have people on call to help with arrival, departure, cleaning, repairs and rent collections. While they do charge for their services, a professionally managed vacation rental can provide a nice income stream by building positive reviews.

Of course there are downsides to owning this kind of investment. It’s important to choose the right location to ensure a steady stream of renters. Additionally, one must budget for unexpected repairs or damage. With the deposit being made with a credit card, it can be difficult to collect for damage done to the home.

The Internet has been instrumental in the new vacation economy as peer-to-peer platforms like Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway offer visitors the ability to interact directly with the owner. By reducing the advertising costs, investor-owners, can negotiate directly with potential renters and screen them to prevent possible problems.

Start searching today or contact us and we can help!

Posted in Buying a Home
Sept. 19, 2019

What does "Move In Ready" really mean?

If you’ve been searching for a new home no doubt you’ve seen the term, “move-in ready.” This description sounds very appealing, but understanding what it actually means is important so you have the right expectations when arranging your home listing tour.

First it’s important to remember that the descriptions in real estate listings are written by the listing agent or broker. There is no set industry standard for what agents can say in their listings. While there are guidelines and rules which prevent blatant lying, most home buyers have become aware of the fluffy language used to market a home for sale.

The meaning of “move-in ready” is fairly straightforward; it means that the home is in a condition which is acceptable for immediate occupancy. The home meets the standards of living and assures the buyer that the essential elements needed to occupy the home are present and in running condition. For example, the home should have working plumbing, appliances, sound roof, electricity, gas and locking doors and windows.

What “move-in ready” does not necessarily mean is that the home is in pristine condition. A home that is “move-in ready” might still need significant updating and while systems are assumed to be operational, they might still be old or outdated.

“Move-in ready” is a common phrase in real estate listings. Understanding that the home might still need quite a bit of work to suit your taste and lifestyle, you can approach the listing with realistic expectations and determine if the property is the right fit for your needs.

Posted in Buying a Home
Sept. 1, 2019

Our favorite Kitchen Gadgets

We all have gadgets in our kitchen that we just can't live without. Something that makes cooking or preparing just a little bit easier. This month, we wanted to share the gadgets in our kitchens that we love!

Carolyn: We love, love, love our Vitamix. We use it every morning and it makes the most amazing smoothies! ​

Bridget: My cast iron pan. I use it for everything - from the cooktop to the oven to the Big Green Egg grill.

Taylor: My Nespresso machine! Perfect way to get my coffee fix in the morning (or afternoons) - I feel like a barista in my own kitchen with the different options I can whip up! ​

Kellie: My citrus press - for all those cocktails I make, LOL! ​

Jen: We love cooking and our favorite gadget has to be the Pampered Chef Garlic Press! It makes mincing fresh garlic so easy!!

Sage: My family loves to eat fresh pineapple but cutting it up is messy and time consuming. Enter the pineapple corer - it peels, cores, and slices the pineapple so it's ready to eat... fast and easy!

Sept. 1, 2019

Home Maintenance Tip - Check Your Roof

Check Your Roof With hurricane season in full swing, it's a good idea to check your roof for leaks before it's too late.

Here are 3 easy ways to check your roof for leaks:

Do a Spot Check

The first step in locating potential leaks is to spot check the walls and ceilings in every room of your home. Look for things like water stains/spots, bulging areas of paint, and musty odors. Don't forget to check the insides of closets as well.

Check the Outside

After you finish checking the inside, it's time to check the outside. From the ground, check your roof for any missing shinlges, as well as any shingles that may be buckling (typcially in the middle) or curling (typcially at the corners).

Check Your Attic/Storage Space

Go up into your attic and look for black marks, mold, or water stains/spots. Since light can be reflected off water, it's a good idea to bring a flashlight to make it easier to see. If you can get into your attic while it's raining, look for any water drips coming through. If it's not raining, enlist the help of a spouse or friend to pass water from the garden hose along your roof while you are inside, looking for water dripping through. ​

Identifying the signs of a roof leak early on can help avoid extensive and costly damage. If a roof leak is left untreated, the impact can be devastating.

Posted in Home Tips
Aug. 29, 2019

Hurricane Checklist & Hacks from the Locals!


With Hurricane Season upon us it is always good to have your plan of action and checklist in place!   Those of us who endured the 2004 Season of Hurricane's along the Space Coast, we remember all too well that Hurricane Season is not all about Hurricane Parties and being prepared is key.  Here are a few pointers to get you started. 


Know your Evacuation Route

If you need to leave, have your plan ready to go.  How many people?  Animals? Food for the road, games to occupy the kiddies and plenty of gas because you will not be alone in your travels.  Many travelers head away for the storm so make sure to be patient and drive safe.   Here is the Evacuation Route for Brevard County.


Emergency Supplies

Don't wait for the last minute to get these supplies!  Most of these items you can get and store well in advance!

We recommend having a tote that you can store with Hurricane Supplies such as flashlight, batteries, first aid supplies, medications and copies of your critical paperwork.  Adding ziploc baggies, canned food, etc so it is ready in case a storm comes near.  You will already have important supplies ready to go.


Around the home, getting prepared 

Remove anything around your yard that can become a flying projectile.  This includes those lawn chairs, garbage cans, recycling bins, etc.  Bring those inside the garage.


If you are staying home

Be prepared to lose your power.  Having an emergency radio and flashlight along with games to keep you occupied through the storm and possibly a couple days afterwards is always good to have.  

Make sure you have an emergency communication plan set up for your family. 

Don't forget to charge up those cell phones and those extra battery packs and have 3 days food & water supply for family and pet members.  (Don't forget to have your manual can opener ready). 

Be sure to know where your nearest Shelter is in Brevard County in case the Storm becomes too much.

Use your ziploc baggies and tupperware and fill them with water and put them in your freezer.  This will give you additional water if needed as well as help keep those refrigerated items colder for a little longer. 

Turn your fridge and freezer to the coldest setting once you know a storm is coming and keep the doors closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.

Fill up your cars gas tank along with additional gas if you can.  This will help avoid those long lines just before or after the storms as well as help with your generator if you have one.

Get extra cash... when the power goes out so does the ability to get cash from ATM's or pay for anything via credit card.



Posted in Around Town, Home Tips