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November 21, 2014 – This week’s GoToby.com featured property is a luxurious oceanfront ninth-floor Hammock Dunes Portofino condominium. Built in 2003 by WCI Communities, it has three bedrooms, three baths, an office and 2,390 square feet of living space. Its two balconies offer breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Tom Fazio-designed Hammock Dunes Golf Course to the west.
November 20, 2014 – Existing-home sales rose in October for the second straight month and are now above year-over-year levels for the first time in a year, according to the National Association of Realtors®.
November 18, 2014 – Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes rose four points to a level of 58 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released today.
November 16, 2014 – NE Florida’s most famous Bald Eagle pair, Romeo and Juliet, won thousands of friends who watched last year’s successful nesting season unfold via high resolution streaming video. This afternoon Juliet laid the first egg of the 2014/-2015 season.
November 14, 2014 – GoToby.com’s featured House of the Week is in the private community of Hammock Dunes. Built in 1999, it has five bedrooms and 4.5 baths. The Mediterranean home features a two-story screened courtyard with a heated pool, spa and separate guest house. There are glass French doors across the entire length of the home on the first level with a lanai overlooking Lake San Gabriel. The second level balcony, accessed through glass French doors, offers views of the Atlantic Ocean.

November 13, 2014 – Firming home prices in markets across the country contributed to a slight dip in nationwide housing affordability in the third quarter of 2014, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI), released today.
November 12, 2014 – Beginning Monday, November 17 motorists and other travelers should expect lane closures along Palm Coast Parkway at the I-95 overpass.
November 11, 2014 – Palm Coast and Flagler County will remember 2014 as marking the end of the foreclosure crisis. While there are still 851 open foreclosure cases to deal with, the number of new foreclosure filings has returned to normal levels. Thirty new foreclosure filings in October represent the lowest number of new filings in the county since June 2006.
November 10, 2014 -- Realtors® met in New Orleans in conjunction with their 1014 Realtors® Conference & Expo. Yesterday’s topic was changing demographics and how they impact the housing market.
November 8, 2014 – Commentary: The Flagler County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) should be mindful that the State of Florida is watching to see how BOCC crafts its new short-term vacation rental ordinance. For years, Flagler County was the poor stepchild, unnoticed and underrepresented in Tallahassee. Flagler’s recent growth spurt and census-driven redistricting earned the county a seat at the grownup’s table.
November 7, 2014 – GoToby.com’s featured House of the Week is in Palm Coast’s most exclusive private community of single-family homes. With only 200 lots, Island Estates has accounted for 27.3% of all MLS sales over $1,000,000 during the past 12 months in Flagler County.
November 6, 2014 – For six years, Robin and Steve Sampson enjoyed their Palm Coast home at 21 Luther Drive. They had purchased the modest 1,316 SF three bedroom, two bath home from Village Homes Construction, the builder, in 2004 for $126,900. All of the paperwork was in order; sales contract, deed and legal description, survey, utility hookups, mortgage and title insurance. Life was good until 2010 when Louis DeSantis, of Coral Springs, knocked on their door to tell them that their house was on his 23 Luther Drive lot. Robin and Steve’s lives would be changed forever.
November 4, 2014 – CoreLogic released today its September Home Price Index (HPI) Report. The report examines the housing market within each state. U.S. prices rose 5.6% in September, year-over-year. In both September and October, home prices in metro Palm Coast (which includes all of Flagler County) remained stable. Steady price increases witnessed during the first eight months of 2013 tapered off after August.
November 1, 2014 – The City of Palm Coast issued a demolition permit for 250 Palm Coast Pkwy, the location of Palm Coast’s original shopping center to make room for Island Walk. The demolition contractor is Hawkins Construction Inc, of Tarpon Springs.
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Don "Toby" Tobin is a licensed real estate professional affiliated with Watson Realty Corp. Toby is a member of the Flagler County Association of Realtors®, the Florida Association of Realtors, Enterprise Flagler, Flagler Home Builders Association, and the National Association of Realtors.

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