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  • Spring is Coming to Mexico Beach!

    Mary Blackburn
    Mary Blackburn REALTOR®
    Mexico Beach, FL Real Estate Agent
    February 23, 2014

    Well, it has finally warmed up!   This has been the coldest winter I can remember!

    I know I have no right to complain about our few days of 28 degree weather when others were suffering with temperatures in the single digits!!!    But, hey……why aren’t those people moving to Florida???

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     I wanted to feature a few upcoming events!    Always something to do!

    SaltAir Farmers’ Market, March 1st & 15th – March 01, 2014 – March 15, 2014 – City Commons Park, Port St. Joe / 9:00am-1:00pm ET

    Take a morning stroll Downtown Port St. Joe the 1st and 3rd Saturdays and you’ll be treated with fresh seasonal produce from local farmers, regional vegetables, fruit, Gulf seafood, meat, cheeses and breads that are all ready for your table at the SaltAir Farmers’ Market! Handmade arts, crafts, jewelry, pottery and gifts highlight the market’s offerings with live music and fresh air.
    Phone: 404-906-2637

    First Friday’s Art & Music Series – April 04, 2014 – September 05, 2014 – The Thirsty Goat/Port St. Joe

    Live music is the perfect backdrop as you relax with friends and watch the sun go down over St. Joseph Bay.
    Enjoy live music and local art at The Thirsty Goat in Port St. Joe on the first Friday of every month.

     Beach Blast Triathlon & Duathlon – April 26, 2014 – Veteran’s Memorial Park/Beacon Hill

    Join hundreds of athletes that run and bike to the backdrop of the beautiful beaches of Beacon Hill and St. Joe Beach and swim in the warm waters of the Gulf in a race of speed and endurance. Enjoy good food and beverages at Veteran’s Memorial Park after the race. Register at www.beachblasttriathlon.com. Good luck athletes!

     Art Walk March 22, 2014 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM (ET)
    Downtown Apalachicola

    Art 11:00am-6:00 pm – Fine art in all forms will be woven in and around picturesque downtown Apalachicola where artists will be showing, selling and demonstrating their talents from 11:00-6:00 pm. Progressive Wine Tasting 3:00-6:00 pm – Festivities continue into the afternoon with a progressive wine tasting and hors d’ oeuvre from 3:00-6:00 pm at  area restaurants.  Wines will be sampled at several locations.  A special ArtWalk glass your “ticket” and can be purchased at each tasting station for $25.00. Culinary 6:00-9:00 pm Participating restaurants will prepare at least one special menu item that highlights our wonderful local food- oysters, shrimp, crabs, fish, tupelo honey- for their special for the evening, and pair a wine with the special.  A culinary guide will be prepared to participates know about the specials and encourage them to stay in town for dinner.  Music The Dixie Theatre will have Del Suggs & Friends at 8 pm.  

    St.George Island Charity Chill Cook-off

    The St George Island Regional Chili Cook off will take place Saturday, March 1. Friday, the Auction art Preview is in the eventing from 5-7 at the island’s firehouse(324 E. Pine Ave.). Saturday includes the 5K Red Peper Run at 8:00 a.m, Crock Pot Judging 10-11:00 a.m, the Auction begins at 11:00, booth showmanship judging is at 11:30-12:15pm Miss Chili Pepper and Miss Hot Sauce  judging at 12:15pm, taste awards 3:30pm. There is a $5 entry fee. Proceeds benefit the St. George Island Volunteer Fire Department and First Response (850)927-2753.  jbamburg@resortvacationproperties.com

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    AS for real estate:    it’s been fairly busy for this time of year!

    Click here to see some new inventory since my last blog.

    Click here to see what folks have contracted to purchase since my last blog.

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    Real Estate 101

    To continue explaining some of the basics……I still get calls where people ask if I can show them a home that is listed by another company.   Or calls where the buyer is calling every listing agent for the homes they want to see.

    I am licensed in the state of Florida, so conceiveably I can show and sell any property in the state of Florida!  I can show any property that is listed by any agent in the state of Florida.  

    That being said, I’m only going to show properties in the area of which I am most familiar, Mexico Beach, St. Joe Beach, Windmark Beach, Port St. Joe, Cape San Blas, Wewahitcka and occasssionaly Panama City.

    You don’t have to go through the listing agent.   Find a Realtor you trust and they can help find you properties, make all the appointments and walk you through the buying process.

    Just some basic vocabulary:

    Under contract:   This means there is an accepted offer on the property.   Buyer and seller have agreed to a price and have set a closing date.

    Contingency:   This is something that must be taken care of before the property actually sells.  Typical contingencies are securing financing, home inspections, survey.

    Pending:  This is when all the contingencies have been taken care of and buyers and sellers are scheduled to sign their closing documents.

    Closed:   This is when the property has actually transferred to the new buyer.  This is payday for Realtors.  

    Short sale:  This is when the seller owes more than what the property is worth.  The seller tries to sell the property for the current market value and asks their lender to release the property for that amount.   This process can take anywhere from 60-120 days, sometimes more depending on the specific lender. 

    Foreclosure:  Also called an REO or Bank owned.   This is when the bank has officially taken over the property.    Once foreclosure proceedings start it can take anywhere from 6 months to 3 years to for the bank to actually foreclose on the property and take ownership.

    Pre-approval letter:   If you are going to require financing, it is best to talk to a bank before you make an offer.  They can issue you a pre-approval letter.   This just states they will be willing to finance the purchase after they have reviewed all your financial documents and the property appraises for th purchase price.   This pre-approval just lets the seller know you have started the process.   This is just the starting point. 

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    As always, please feel free to call me anytime.   I work evenings and weekends and holidays too!

    Have a great week and remember:

    Whatever you do,do your work heartily,as for the Lord rather than for men,knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance.It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.
    COLOSSIANS 3:23–24 NASB

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