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September 15, 2014 – The Palm Coast Metro (all of Flagler County) housing market continues to become more healthy. The number of homes sold remains flat year-over-year, but there are fewer distressed sales, fewer cash sales, higher gross sales, more single-family building permits, and fewer new foreclosures.
September 13, 2014 – An HGTV crew spent four days filming in Flagler Beach and the surrounding area for an upcoming episode of Beachfront Bargain Hunt. Activity was observed at The Funky Pelican, Marineland, Washington Oaks and area beaches.
September 12, 2014 – Well known Flagler Beach real estate agent Linda Kasper yesterday pled No Contest to one reduced charge of Scheme to Defraud, a second-degree felony. The plea closed a $9 million mortgage fraud case against her in which she and 14 other defendants had been charged with one count of racketeering (RICO) and one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering (RICO), both first-degree felonies.
September 10, 2014 – The Flagler County Department of Economic Opportunity announced today that Moving Minds, a global strategic marketing and web consultancy is expanding and plans to hire more than 50 qualified, local employees over the next 3 to 5 years.
September 9, 2014 – Last Friday, Palm Coast resident John Orr and TV celebrity Alan Kalter teed it up at a Rock Rimmon CC golf tournament in Stamford, Conn. Both sported Palm Harbor Golf Course attire. Kalter is a television announcer from New York City, best known as the announcer for The Late Show with David Letterman since 1995.

September 8, 2014 – A home equity line that lets you borrow money as you need it can be a great way to pay for a remodeling project or an education - unless the lender cuts off your line in the middle of a home improvement or when your kid is only halfway through college.
September 5, 2014 – The number of Palm Coast metro single-family homes under contract at the beginning of this month was 396, its lowest level since GoToby.com began tracking this metric in 2011. This compares to 498 on September 1, 2011, 590 on September 1, 2012 and 496 on September 1, 2013. Pending sales is often considered a forward looking indicator.
September 4, 2014 – The Hammock Beach Club, Palm Coast’s most notable resort facility, has invited its members to see on Friday its latest plans to upgrade the club’s oceanfront lodge. This will be the second time in five months that resort operator, Salamander, has reached out to garner member support for the new plans. Salamander operates the resort and club for Lubert-Adler and reportedly holds an equity position in the facility.
September 3, 2014 – The CoreLogic July 2014 Home Price Index Report was released today. It highlights home price increases and measures how far back the market has come towards the peak prices of the recent housing bubble. How is the nation doing? And how do Florida and metro Palm Coast compare? The report is one of only a few that analyzes pricing both with and without distressed homes sales included.
September 2, 2014 – Foreclosures are the crabgrass in the lawn of the real estate market. Properties in foreclosure are often vacant and poorly maintained. Their existence depresses the value of surrounding properties. The problem is more acute in judicial foreclosure states like Florida, where the courts control the process. While many argue that the judicial process affords more protection to borrowers, the process can be excruciatingly long. But things are getting better, both nationally and locally.
August 29, 2014 – The Florida Office of Financial Regulation (OFR) reminds Floridians that the deadline to file a claim under the Ocwen Mortgage Settlement is September 15, 2014.
August 28, 2014 – 73 Flagler County properties are scheduled to be sold at foreclosure auctions in September, including commercial condominiums located at the Flagler County Airport.
August 27, 2014 – The City of Palm Coast’s Indian Trails Sports Complex has been selected as the host site for a prestigious, national-level soccer tournament for US Club Soccer, to be played Dec. 31, 2014, through Jan. 2, 2015. The National Premier League Showcase to be played here is for U-15, U-16 and U-17 girls.
August 27, 2014 – Beginning Tuesday night, September 2, access to the on-ramp for Interstate 95 southbound from eastbound Palm Coast Parkway will be relocated to the signalized intersection.
August 25, 2014 –My rumor antennas are quivering. After hearing on and off for months about the on again/off again sale of the Matanzas Golf Course I can now say for certain that something is probably going to happen at the Pines and Cypress too. The Pines Golf Course, the Cypress Course and the closed Matanzas course, collectively known as The Grand Club, are owned by Golf Group of Palm Coast LLC.
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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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