The DonBell Sells Team

General Information

Information on area's history, special events, parks and recreation attractions.

History

Incorporated as the Town of Daytona in 1876, this small riverfront community has grown to become the City of Daytona Beach through the merging of two neighboring communities, Seabreeze and Daytona Beach, in 1926.

To the south of Daytona Beach lies Daytona Beach Shores, first organized in 1960 by local business leaders. The City was incorporated in 1967 and is a resort and retirement community.

Inland from Daytona Beach Shores is the metropolitan community of Port Orange. The earliest recorded settlement of the Port Orange area dates back to 1804 when Patrick Dean was granted 995 acres by the Spanish Crown upon which he constructed what was later known as the Dunlawton Plantation.

After the Civil War the area gained prominence with the founding of the Florida Land and Lumber Company by Dr. James Milton Hawks. This company and the people associated with it made a significant contribution to the founding of Port Orange. Hawks, an abolitionist, selected this area for the establishment of a settlement for freed slaves. The settlement was situated on the mainland near Dunlawton Plantation. In 1867 he arranged for the arrival of 1,600 black colonists to the settlement, immediately making Port Orange the most populous area in the county.

From the 1870s to the mid-1910s Port Orange grew and prospered. The area was developing a reputation as a boat-building town, with a strong economy based on oyster harvests, fishing, farming, and citrus as well. In 1913 the community was incorporated as the Town of Port Orange with a population of 380. In 1925 the Town of Port Orange was abolished and renamed the City of Port Orange by the Florida legislature.

Located to the north of Daytona Beach, the city that is now Ormond Beach dates back to the period immediately following the Civil War, when Andrew J. Bostrom, a former Union soldier, settled land on the peninsula. Concentrated settlement on the mainland began in 1873 with the establishment of New Britain, founded by a small community of New Englanders intent on making their living from citrus cultivation.

By 1880 New Britain had grown enough to warrant incorporation. During the elections for incorporation the town name was changed to Ormond, in honor of James Ormond III, descendant of an early British colonist from the 1770s. The town was legally incorporated on April 22, 1880, adopting the banana tree as the town emblem.

The railroad came to Ormond in the 1880s, greatly accelerating the development of the small, wilderness community. This arrival led to the construction of a bridge spanning the Halifax River from mainland to the peninsula, and to the construction of the Ormond Hotel. During the late 19th and early 20th century Ormond became one of Florida`s most recognized resort communities as well as the location of some of the first automobile races in the United States.

Special Events

The Daytona International Speedway hosts a series of special racing events throughout the year. Beginning in February with Speedweeks, these events include the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the Bud Shoot-Out, and finally the Daytona 500, arguably the greatest race in the world. The Daytona 200, the biggest motorcycle race in the world, and the Daytona Supercross headline 10 days of motorcycle racing held the first week in March every year.

Independence Day is highlighted at the racetrack with the Pepsi 400, a NASCAR Winston Cup Series Stock Car Race. Also during this summertime period is RaceFest, a public salute to NASCAR and its drivers. Thousands of fans meet NASCAR drivers, view show cars, and enjoy the excitement.

The Daytona Beach Racing and Recreational/Facilities District sanctions two major auto shows each year. In late March the Daytona Beach Classic Car Speedway Spectacular features antiques, classics, sports cars, and vintage race cars. During Thanksgiving week, street rods and muscle cars compete in the Turkey Rod Run.

Park and Recreation Attractions

In the Ormond Beach area, Bicentennial Park offers extensive sports facilities, including tennis, softball, basketball, and handball, along with nature trails from the ocean to the river.

Tomoka State Park offers 3,000 acres of natural beauty, abundant wildlife, and a wealth of outdoor activities. Visitors can enjoy boating, fishing, picnicking, hiking, and camping. Located within the park is the Tomoka Cultural and Historical Museum.

In Port Orange history buffs can enjoy Sugar Mill Gardens, featuring sugar mill ruins and dinosaur statues, as well as botanical gardens and nature trails. South of Port Orange is Spruce Creek Park, offering a fishing and observation pier, primitive camping, a horse trail, and other amenities.

The area is a prime spot for boating and water sports. Offshore sailing and fishing is available off the Atlantic Coast, the Intracoastal Waterway, the St. Johns and Tomoka rivers, and Spruce Creek. Several marinas are located throughout the county, including Marina Point in downtown Daytona Beach, Pelican Island Marina in Port Orange, Daytona Beach Yacht Club in Daytona Beach, and the Halifax Harbor, also in Daytona Beach. Sightseeing, sunset dinner, and moonlight cruises are available on the Halifax River from November through April, and along the St. Johns River year-round.

How to Sell Your Home

Each year, about two million Americans sell their homes, some more successfully than others.

In today’s highly competitive market, selling your home is no do-it-yourself project. Placing your home with a reputable real estate agent brings faster results, primarily because it brings more viewers to your home. More viewers means more prospects.

Why use a Realtor when you could sell the home yourself and save the commission? There are as many reasons not to do this as there are houses on the market. The buyer, for example, who sees a for-sale-by-owner sign in the front yard expects a bargain. He expects the amount saved on commission to play to his benefit.

And, there are other pitfalls. Are you familiar enough with the market to properly price your home? Do you want curiosity seekers tramping through your home after work each day? Can you handle the intricacies of negotiating and financing? Do you want to?

Your real estate agent performs several functions that will save you time, and probably increase profits, as well.

For example, your agent screens prospects, eliminating those who do not qualify financially from those who are just looking. He is familiar with zoning, financing and the market in your area.

With an agent, your house will receive the optimum exposure it deserves and will, most likely, sell at a higher price—high enough to cover the cost of the real estate commission.

Choose a Realtor who has the right combination of drive, integrity and knowledge to get the job done.

Make sure you select an agent who bears the Realtor® logo, a patented trademark signifying a true professional. This guarantees the Realtor is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Boards and subscribes to the organization’s code of ethics.

The value of your home is not necessarily what you think it should be. Why? Home values are primarily determined by two factors: the status of the market and the home’s location. Knowing the market is the first step in proper pricing.

Your Realtor can provide you with a realistic opinion of value, or you can hire an independent appraiser to assess the value. Overpriced homes that remain on the market for too long are hard to sell. Agents become discouraged, and buyers assume there is something wrong with the house.

Recognize Your Best Offer

If your asking price is a realistic appraisal of your home’s value, it should be relatively close to the actual selling price of the home.

An accurate appraisal factoring in appreciation or depreciation, should reflect your home’s real value. That makes it easy to recognize a good offer because it falls within a predetermined plus or minus of the asking price.

If a buyer makes an offer that falls within those parameters, don’t hesitate - just accept. It could be that a first offer falling on the low end of your pricing structure, may be the best offer you’ll get. Recognize it when it comes.

Hopefully, these tips will facilitate the selling process. Remember, buyers are all looking for the same thing: an attractive, well-maintained house in the right neighborhood at a reasonable price.

Put Your Home's Best Face Forward

Nothing prevents a sale more than a rundown exterior or unappealing interior. If your house needs exterior paint to make the grade, paint it, with a word of caution: be sure the value of the improvement added into the price of the home does not exceed normal neighborhood property values.

Other areas of improvement might include replacing loose shingles or tiles, fixing the fence, replacing loose floor-boards, repairing leaky faucets, tightening loose fixtures or doorknobs, planting flowing, trimming the hedges or mowing the lawn.

Other touches that don’t cost a dime include placing a vase of flowers on the dining room table, simmering cinnamon sticks on the stove, playing soft music on the CD player or lighting a fire in winter.

Never forget, all the improvements in the world won’t make up for a dirty house. Be sure your home is clean inside and out. Organize your closets, clean out the basement, keep the dishes washed and be ready to receive guests at any time.

Once you’ve selected an agent, disappear and let him do his job. Tell your agent in advance about the pluses your house has to offer such as low electric bills, insulation that exceeds requirements, special paneling or extensive attic space, and leave when prospective buyers come. Simply put, too many people distract.

A professional Realtor will lead prospects on a guided tour that emphasizes the best aspects of the property. Pets, children, radios, televisions and washing machines should not be included in this process.

Preparing Your Home for Showing

When selling your home, appearance can be the single most important thing that attracts a buyer. Many needed improvements and repairs can add to the value of your home. Here are a few tips to help you maximize your home’s value.

  • Keep your house and garage tidy.
  • Repair sticking doors or windows.
  • Decorate faded walls and touch-up worn woodwork.
  • Replace cracked windows, door windows and torn screens.
  • Clean and sanitize carpets and rugs.
  • Replace worn carpeting and rugs.
  • Repair broken switches and light bulbs.
  • Wash or paint exterior, if necessary.
  • Repair leaky plumbing.
  • Abolish objectionable odors.
  • Keep pets out of sight and under control.
  • Keep television and radio volumes low or off.
  • Never apologize for appearance.
  • Leave showing entirely to agent.
  • Make sure your lawn and other landscaping is neatly trimmed and mowed.
  • Make certain your yard is clean of refuse and leaves.
  • Open the drapes and curtains. Clean the windows. Dark rooms do not appeal to most buyers.
  • Have your closets clean and organized, so they look as spacious as possible.
  • Repair or replace discolored or damaged caulking around bathtubs and showers.
  • Give the real estate associate a key for use when you’re not there. Remember a missed showing can result in a missed sale!