Current Real-Estate Trends In Brevard County Florida

How many times have you heard folks speak of retiring on the beach? Florida has become a magnet for those seeking gorgeous weather, outdoor sports, and a relaxing lifestyle. Perhaps those are the reasons why you decided to move your family here.

The real estate market can feel like something from another world to the average person. Statistics show upward trends regarding overall growth and downward trends in respect to previously owned homes, condominiums, etc. It is challenging to navigate the world of real estate. How do you find your way in the ever-changing field of home sales and buying without tearing your hair out? With information, that’s how. Burton Homes is your Melbourne, FL custom home builder.

We work with you to create the home of your dreams. However, we know that not everyone is ready to take the leap and construct a custom built home and for those of you we want to give you helpful insight into the market here. Life on the Space Coast is nothing but a dream and we help those dreams come true. Trends are always changing so having a trusted company like Burton Homes on your side helps you make the right decisions for you and your family.

Market conditions here in beautiful Brevard County are as beautiful as the weather we are blessed with year round. Due to a thriving economy, job growth especially within the technological fields, and the second best economy (behind Texas) in the nation, this is a great time to buy in Florida. 30-year fixed interest rates at their current levels, as of January 2015, are ripe for the taking for homebuyers but, as you well know, interest rates can change in the blink of an eye. Availability for homebuyers is shrinking and now is the time to invest in an upgrade, relocation, or investment property.

Did you know that condominium sales are indicative of single-family home availability here in Brevard? Condos are selling fast and buyers who are waiting for the “perfect” condo are losing out. This trend is already occurring for homebuyers. Desirable homes are selling quickly and with a multiple offers from buyers on the table. Currently Brevard County, FL is in the midst of a real estate boom so to speak. So what does this mean for you?

If you like it make an offer because tomorrow it may not be there.

Buyers, specifically, should be on the lookout for homes. We have seen a decrease in the amount of homes for sale so when they come on the market buyers are snatching them up quickly. Prices aren’t exorbitant yet but that does not mean they won’t be. With fewer homes for sale prices can go higher especially with increasing demand.

Many homebuyers want the “perfect” home and are hesitant to purchase something that doesn’t reflect their deepest desires. If you know you have the resources to renovate or make additions and don’t want to build an entirely new home (or are not happy with available lots) choose wisely. It may be in your best interest to purchase a home that you can then spend time modifying.

If the home of your dreams isn’t available but you are ready to make the jump, call Burton Homes. Our staff is knowledgeable, competent, and ready to make your vision a reality.

Christopher Burton Homes Receives Best of Houzz 2015 Award

Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building, 

Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World

Melbourne, FL, January 19, 2015Christopher Burton Homes of Melbourne, FL has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Design by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The luxury custom home builder was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.

Our motto, “Building homes for life and relationships for a lifetime,” is more than a slogan to us. It’s a statement of our intention, the rule by which we operate, because we at Christopher Burton Homes believe that building homes is far more about people than it is about houses.  

“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Christopher Burton Homes among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

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About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin and Sydney. For more information, visit www.houzz.com

Let Burton Homes Make Your New Year Dreams a Reality

What does the New Year have in store for you? Will 2015 be the time that you decide to move forward with your desire to build the home of your dreams in one of Brevard County, FL’s most exclusive neighborhoods? Have you found the perfect piece of property clamoring for a custom built home and are looking for a builder?

Look no further than Burton Homes. We will assist you from conception to creation and make your dreams a reality, a reality beyond your wildest expectations. We specialize in custom built homes with character, quality, and uniqueness. Why not make 2015 the year of fulfilling your desire for a new home?

If this sounds good to you let us take a look at four of the exclusive neighborhoods in which Burton Homes can be found.

Charolais Estates

Located at the Northern end of Viera, Charolias Estates is the perfect location for those seeking estate style homes situated around pristine lakes. Nature lovers will find a little piece of perfection within this neighborhood. Lots range in sixe from one-third to three quarters of an acre and offer exceptional outdoor amenities for those who love living life outdoors. Burton Homes is an authorized homebuilder for this community.

Fairway Lakes

If golfing is your thing, look no further than Fairway Lakes. Situated right next door to Duran golf club, this exclusive Viera neighborhood offers pristine views, elegance, and golfing just outside your door. Great dining and shopping not to mention the best schools in Brevard County are mere steps away. If you want luxury and convenience Fairway Lakes might just be your forever destination.

Wyndham at Duran

Luxury and prestige like nothing you have ever seen permeate this exclusive Viera neighborhood. Wyndham is the premier location for those seeking to carve out a custom home experience like nowhere else. Burton Homes is one of only two approved builders in this jewel of a neighborhood and we would cherish the opportunity to make 2015 the year of fulfilling your wildest dreams in Wyndham at Duran.

Casa Bella

The Suntree area has so very much to offer families and retirees alike. This featured neighborhood boast Spanish style homes rich in texture and style. Majestic fountains, tennis courts, and an astounding playground are just a few of the amenities Casa Bella has to offer. Burton Homes can make your dream a reality at Casa Bella.

If any of these exciting neighborhoods seem like a great match for you and you are looking for an exclusive custom built home please do not hesitate to contact us. Our team is experienced, professional, and compassionate and will take all the time you need to assist you in creating the home of your dreams. Burton Homes is the place where creativity and expertise come together to make your wildest ideas to reality.

Stay Safe This Christmas

The holiday travel season is in full swing. Over the river and through the woods, we are all headed somewhere this Christmas gathering with family and friends and celebrating. Unfortunately, elves of the unsavory nature are also gallivanting about this time of year too. Empty homes create the perfect setting for scrooges out to spread mischief.

According to an Allstate Insurance 2013 report, 56 percent of Floridians will travel away from home for an overnight stay. Fifty-one percent of those surveyed said that their daily habits and routines change during the holiday season. Overall, theft reports go up during this time of year so it pays to be extra vigilant.

Travel is a necessary part of the Christmas season for many Floridians and criminals know this. The sudden shift in daily routine makes it clear that you aren’t at home and, unfortunately, it is noticed. However, there are things you can do to protect your home.

Motion Sensor Lighting

Motion activated lighting placed in strategic areas will alert neighbors and prowlers alike. They are relatively inexpensive and don’t waste money because they only come on when they sense movement.

Install Outdoor Surveillance Cameras

Outdoor cameras are a great way to keep watch over your home even if you aren’t there. They also provide key evidence incase of a break-in.

Never State Your Plans on Social Media

In the digital age, we are all connected no matter how far apart we actually are. Thieves know this and scan social media outlets looking for victims. Never post your plans on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Once you are safely back home you can post all about your wonderful Christmas away!

Electrical Timers

Electrical timers can be a lifesaver. Set them according to your natural home routine and it can look like your home is still inhabited. If that seems like too much work, try setting them to turn on various lights throughout your home at various times to give the appearance of occupation. Keeping your house completely dark while you are away is a sure fire way to alert thieves of your absence.

Sign For Packages

Unfortunately, when packages are left at your doorstep it is an open invitation for robbers. Without much effort they can stroll right up to your door and walk away with them. Make sure any packages delivered to your home require a signature that way you are home when they arrive and can take them safely inside.

The Holiday Season is one of great joy and part of that is travelling to see loved ones. While there is no foolproof way to avoid being the victim of theft there are things you can do to protect your home and loved ones. Your Melbourne Fl home builder is with you every step of the way in creating the home of your dreams and we want you to travel with peace of mind.

Millennial homeowners: Simple, affordable ways to personalize home decor

(BPT) – Every generation of homeowners has its design priorities. Baby boomers look for home design that will let them age in place, while generation X wants features that facilitate busy lifestyles. Millennials crave interior decor that meshes with their technology, blending energy efficiency, family-friendly features and plenty of personalization. Since many millennials are starting out in their personal and professional lives, affordability is also a priority.

It’s possible to achieve a personal look that accommodates all your requirements. Here are handful of tricks and tips that can help.

* Color your world. Paint is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to give your favorite interior spaces an instant facelift. Gray has become the must-have neutral, while pops of color add energy throughout any season. Place an accent color on a singular focal wall or add a border between the ceiling and the wall color for a subtle pop that adds timeless style and class.

* Look for products that return on your investment in multiple ways. Applause honeycomb shades from Hunter Douglas can be a smart choice for millennials. An affordable way to achieve custom window treatments (Applause shades are made to measure), they are also energy efficient. The honeycomb construction traps air in pockets within the shade, helping keep cool air inside during summer and warm air in during winter, and helping to improve a home’s overall energy efficiency. Available in a variety of colors and customizable to your window dimensions, the shades offer four operating options for ease of use. For young families, Applause shades have the extra bonus of cordless operation for enhanced child safety and a new fabric boasts antimicrobial fabric protection that resists the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew. Visit www.hunterdouglas.com to learn more.

* Repurpose furnishings. Whether it’s an heirloom china cabinet that’s been in your family for generations, a rocking chair from a secondhand store or that shabby but still-comfy sofa from your parents’ living room, repurposed furniture can add a personalized look to your decor at a fraction of the cost of new items. Inspect all the parts of a refurnished piece to ensure they’re in good repair; tighten screws, apply wood glue where needed and add a fresh finish or new upholstery. Personalizing a repurposed piece creates a unique look at little cost, and by reusing an older piece, you’re doing something for the environment, too.

* Don’t overlook the impact of lighting. Upgrading lighting is a cost-effective way to personalize the look of a room. There are a variety of fixtures to suit every decorating taste available now. Simply switching out an ordinary fixture in the breakfast nook, dining room or family room for a design that speaks to you can elevate a room’s personal feel. While you’re at it, feed your eco-friendly, energy-efficient craving by outfitting new lights with electricity-sipping CFLs or LEDs. Such bulbs produce the same level of light as incandescent bulbs, and they use about 80 percent less electricity. Plus, they can last eight years or longer.

* Make your own wall decorations. You don’t need to be an artist or even particularly crafty to create your own wall art, and nothing is more personal than something you’ve made yourself. Look online for wall art that appeals to your sense of style, then search for instructional videos and guides that can help you achieve the same look on your own. Whether you opt for hand-framed prints you created yourself, an arrangement of mirrors as an accent on one wall or creative treatments of your favorite family photos, wall art is an easy, cost-effective way to create a personal look in any room.

Light the Night

Burton Homes in Melbourne, FL is the place for exclusive custom-built homes in Brevard County. Our expert team is here to work with you from inception to creation allowing you to create the home of your dreams. We also value providing our clients with the best tips to create living spaces that defy imagination and enlighten the senses.

Now that daylight savings time is in full effect, the hours of sunlight within the day have diminished. That doesn’t mean that you have to live in the dark though! Have you ever considered adding landscape lighting to your home?

There are a multitude of choices when it comes to lighting the outdoor spaces of your home and doing so can give your more living space and highlight your gorgeous landscaping. Here are a few good reasons why you should consider outdoor lighting if you have not already.

Added Security

There are dark nooks and crannies in every yard where sight is limited. If you choose to add landscape lighting you can diminish those dark spots adding an extra dimension of security and highlighting the architectural facets of your home at the same time. We can work with you to design outdoor lighting that provides both beauty and security to your Burton Custom-Built Home.

Lighting the Way

Lighting pathways and potentially hazardous walking areas around your home will give you, and your guests, piece of mind. There is no end to the possibilities when it comes to pathway lighting. You have so many choices to accommodate the style of your home and add functionality too.

Show Off Landscaping

Florida has the advantage of superb weather year-round. Our tropical climate is notorious for its ability to cultivate lush landscaping full of brilliant greens and luscious vivid colors. There is no doubt that you have put in time and effort to design and create a yard that pleasing to the eye so why not enjoy it in the evening hours too. Landscape lighting affords you the ability to enjoy your hard work even if the sun is not shining.

Extend Your Living Space

Again, the Florida lifestyle is one of the outdoors. Strategically placed outdoor lighting can allow you to create living spaces outside of your home. Lighting gives you the chance to entertain in a cozy safe environment and you won’t have to stumble about in the dark when doing so.

Thanksgiving Safety Checklist

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! This festive time of year brings families and friends together to celebrate the wonderful things life has afforded them over the past year. Gathering together, we celebrate one another and indulge in recipes that have stayed alive through the generations.

We gather together in gratitude thankful for all that has been bestowed upon us. Turkeys roasting in the oven, green bean casserole baking, and luscious sweet potato pie are just some of the scents that waft through the air as we cook together and then share a meal.

There is no doubt that Thanksgiving is a glorious time. Burton Homes, your custom homebbuilder in Brevard County, wants to make sure that this holiday season is one of joyous occasion rather than a potential safety hazard. By following these simple tips you can make sure your day goes off without a hitch.

Guard the Stovetop

Lots of cooking goes on during the Thanksgiving holiday as families gather together. When you are utilizing the stovetop try and use the back burners as much as possible. Turn the handles of pots inward away from little hands eager to assist in the cooking with you.

Never Leave the House When Something is Cooking in the Oven

The turkey may take several hours to roast in your oven and it could be tempting to venture out and finish those last minute errands. Don’t!! Wait until the turkey is done and the oven is turned off before heading out.

Keep the Kitchen Floor Clear

With so many people in your home during the holiday it is especially important that you keep the floor clear of toys and other objects to protect everyone from tripping.

Check Your Electrical Cords

Your electrical outlets get a lot of use during this time of year. Make sure that the cords are in tact and free from fraying or other types of damage when you plug them in.

Try Battery Operated Candles

Candlelight can really set the mood for a Thanksgiving meal. However, it can also be the source of fires within your home. Try using battery operated candles rather than the standard flame to reduce your risk of fire. On that note, never leave the home unattended by an adult should you choose to forgo battery operated candles.

Thanksgiving is a time for festive celebration. Burton Homes wants you to experience it with a full heart free from the worry and stress of potential dangers. Keep yourself and others safe and rest in the holiday that reminds us all of how much we have to be thankful for.

Protecting Your Home During Cooler Weather

Fall is officially upon us here in Brevard County, FL. Cooler temps and frigid breezes are making their way into the Sunshine State. While a few days of cold weather is no guarantee, when it does happen you need to be prepared.

Burton Homes, your custom homebuilder in Melbourne, FL and the surrounding areas, is committed to bringing you the home of your dreams from start to finish. We work with you from inception to creation to provide you with a home nothing short of your wildest imagination. Whatever you seek in a home, we can help you achieve it.

Along with helping you in every phase of the design and construction process, Burton Homes wants to educate as well. You are living your dreams and we want to make sure that it stays that way.

Florida is internationally known as a place of refuge from savage winters. However, we do get our fair share of cold weather now and again. We are all prepped and ready for ravishing heat and hurricanes, but what about prepping for freezing temperatures?

Have you invested time in learning about what needs to be done to protect your home and family in case of severe winter-like weather? This two part series will take a look at what you can do to protect your home and what you can do protect the people and pets that live within it.

Protect Your Pipes

Here in the South we aren’t accustomed to harsh winters and neither are our pipes. During times of temps at freezing or below, pipes can freeze with water still inside them. While it may seem as though the freezing water within the pipes can cause rupture that isn’t the case.

After a blockage within the pipes due to ice and a faucet that is closed at the end, the build up in water pressure is what causes the disturbance. So what can you do, make sure your pipes are properly insulated?

Because freezing pipes aren’t on the forefront of anyone’s mind here in Florida, it pays to know where your pipes are and, at the very least, wrap them when there is a threat of freezing weather. You can also turn your outdoor faucets on and allow a slow drip to help prevent freezing from within.

Protect Your Plants

Brevard County, FL boasts beautiful weather almost year round. Many people invest time and money in their landscaping. Beautiful yards abound here so make sure your plants are protected during cold snaps.

In the event of freezing weather be sure to cover your foliage. This will help ensure that they survive the cold blast with no lasting repercussions.

If you have cool sensitive trees such as citrus and palms, cover the root system. You can also utilize a 100-watt heat lamp made for outdoor use. Place the lamp in the interior of the tree. These measures should prevent damage to the root systems.

Protecting your most valuable asset is important to you and Burton Homes wants to assist you in this process. These steps are powerful and can help you be at ease when cool weather reigns on the Space Coast.

Playing It Safe On Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner. A day for delightful ghosts, goblins, super heroes, and princesses to join together in a festive evening of trick-or-treating. You never know just whom you may meet when your doorbell rings.

Everyone loves the smiles on little faces and the spooky decorations that adorn homes and yards during this time of year. In order to keep your family and your home safe from safety hazards on the spookiest night of the year take a look at these tips to keep smiles all around.

Check Outdoor Décor

Outdoor lighting, high flying ghosts, and eerie ornaments hanging from trees all help set the Halloween mood. However, your festive décor could spell trouble if it isn’t kept in check. Make sure all electrical items are in tact. Check for broken or frayed wires and make sure electrical outlets are safe and functioning properly. If you have hanging items make sure they are made of fire resistant materials and kept away from possible points of ignition.

Battery Operated Candles

Candles are wonderful additions to Halloween decorations but can cause larger scale fires quickly. A better way to achieve the perfect ghostly look is to use battery operation candles rather than those that have wicks. This drastically reduces the possibility of fire and will help you enjoy the evening worry free.

Clear a Path

Another tip is to clear driveways, patios, walkways, and yards of debris and create a clear path. As the night wears on and the moon rises ever higher, vision can be impaired. It is best to keep obstacles out of the way to keep everyone safe.

Costume Safety

Choose costumes made from fabrics that are flame resistant and have some sort of reflective feature. Try and avoid costumes that are long and leave a trail behind the wearer. The extra fabric can cause your little one to trip. Masks should fit properly and have adequate eyeholes so that vision isn’t impaired.

Trick-or-Treating

An adult should always escort children. Everyone should be mindful of pedestrians during trick-or-treating. Unfortunately, many drivers don’t pay attention so it is up to you, adults, to help keep the children in your care safe. Make sure you look before crossing the road and adhere to the rules of traffic. If you are driving on Halloween night keep a vigilant eye out for any trick-or-treaters and slow down in neighborhoods.

Rain Check

In recent weeks we have seen more than our share of rain. The deluge of water pouring from the skies has been nothing short of a monsoon. Thankfully we are experiencing a few days of clear skies and the sun is finally making an appearance giving Melbourne, FL something of a break.

With all the rain recently, now is a good time to brush up on some basics when it comes to water and your house. You home is your most valuable asset and Burton Homes wants to make sure that you remain safe within it.

Check Your Roof

Quality construction by licensed contractors like Burton Homes is your first line of defense in preventing devastating leaks in your home. After that’s taken care of be sure to inspect your roof, ceilings, and walls for any possible water damage. If you see wet spots or leaking areas call a professional right away.

Protect Wooden Floors

Make sure the beautiful wooden flooring in your home is properly sealed to prevent water damage. After significant rainfall traffic in and out of your home may consist of soggy wet feet tracking in all sorts of muck. Worse yet, if you have any leaks they could be devastating to your flooring. Take the proper precautions before the rain to keep your home in tiptop shape

Hold Off on Yard Work

When it begins to rain it is always best to put away any tools that require electrical power to operate. This sounds like common sense but all too often zealous handymen and women try to beat the rain and finish that one last project. If it is raining: stop. Step away and put the tools down.

On that same note, don’t use electrically powered tools when the ground is super soggy. The rains of the past few weeks have saturated the ground and while it is tempting to get outside and do work with the sun shining, be sure to make sure the ground is dry enough to work with. This protects you and your yard.

Get Your Gutters Cleaned

Gutters help move rainwater away from the foundation of your home and your roof. They are essential to preventing rain damage on and in your home. Take some time to clean the gutters surrounding your home or have a professional come out and take care of it.

Hopefully the rain is moving beyond Melbourne, FL now! We are the Sunshine State after all. By following the suggestions and taking care to notice any effects the recent rain may have had on your home, you can keep your family safe and your wallet fuller.