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    July 4 fireworks: Here’s where to find celebrations in Volusia and Flagler counties

    By The Cook Group | June 28, 2022

    Jim Abbott – The Daytona Beach News-Journal / Published June 22, 2022 Although there are plenty of issues that divide us, Independence Day remains a holiday that unites all Americans in a salute to freedom, an occasion that is traditionally punctuated with the rockets’ red glare of glorious fireworks displays. Sacrifices for freedom: ‘Freedom isn’t free’:... Read More

    How To Buy a Condo for the First Time

    By The Cook Group | June 23, 2022

    By Erin Gobler / Published May 20, 2022 / Fact checked by Jane Meacham The Pros and Cons of Buying a Condo, and How To Get Started For some people, their vision of homeownership is a single-family home with plenty of land. But others picture the benefit of having their own space, minus the maintenance... Read More

    Commemorate Memorial Day Weekend at these events in Volusia, Flagler

    By The Cook Group | May 25, 2022

    Jim Abbott – The Daytona Beach News-Journal / Published May 24, 2022 DAYTONA BEACH — Amid a long holiday weekend that marks the launch of the summer vacation season, there also will be plenty of opportunities to honor the sacrifices made in the name of freedom at an assortment of Memorial Day ceremonies and events in... Read More

    Coming to Daytona for Jeep Beach 2022? Here are 6 things you must do

    By The Cook Group | April 20, 2022

    Jim Abbott – The Daytona Beach News-Journal / Published April 4, 2022 DAYTONA BEACH — Speedweeks, the Daytona 500 and Bike Week are in the rearview mirror, but there’s yet another vehicular-themed celebration ready to unfold at the World’s Most Famous Beach. Now in its 19th year, the annual Jeep Beach will draw tens of thousands... Read More

    Think you know everything about Daytona’s Bike Week? Test your knowledge

    By The Cook Group | March 3, 2022

    Eileen Zaffiro-Kean – The Daytona Beach News-Journal / Published March 2, 2022 DAYTONA BEACH — Longtime visitors and local residents might think they know everything there is to know about Bike Week and its history, but there may be a few things even the most faithful attendees of the 10-day motorcycle party haven’t heard before. Want to test... Read More

    Owning Is More Affordable than Renting in the Majority of the Country

    By The Cook Group | January 31, 2022

    If you were thinking about buying a home this year, but already pressed pause on your plans due to rising home prices and increasing mortgage rates, there’s something you should consider. According to the latest report from ATTOM Data, owning a home is more affordable than renting in the majority of the country. The 2022 Rental Affordability Report says: “. . . Owning a median-priced home... Read More

    Why Pre-Approval Is Key for Homebuyers in 2022

    By The Cook Group | January 26, 2022

    You may have heard that it’s important to get pre-approved for a mortgage at the beginning of the homebuying process, but what does that really mean, and why is it so important? Especially in today’s market, with rising home prices and high buyer competition, it’s crucial to have a pre-approval letter prior to making an offer. Here’s why. Being intentional and competitive are... Read More

    What’s Going To Happen with Home Prices This Year?

    By The Cook Group | January 18, 2022

    After almost two years of double-digit increases, many experts thought home price appreciation would decelerate or happen at a slower pace in the last quarter of 2021. However, the latest Home Price Insights Report from CoreLogic indicates while prices may have plateaued, appreciation has definitely not slowed. The following graph shows year-over-year appreciation throughout 2021. December data has not yet... Read More

    Real Estate Professionals Are Experts at Keeping You Safe When You Sell

    By The Cook Group | January 10, 2022

    If you’re on the fence about whether or not you want to sell your house this year, there’s good news. For nearly two years, real estate professionals have worked tirelessly to ensure the safety of buyers and sellers during the pandemic. Today, they’re seasoned experts, not just in the art of buying and selling homes, but also in how... Read More

    How Much Do You Need For Your Down Payment?

    By The Cook Group | January 4, 2022

    As you set out on your home buying journey, you likely have a plan in place, and you’re working on saving for your purchase. But do you know how much you actually need for your down payment? If you think you have to put 20% down, you may have set your goal based on a... Read More