Treasure Coast Real Estate and Community News

Dec. 4, 2023

Reef to Ranch Real Estate Welcomes New Talent

Fort Pierce, FL – Reef to Ranch Real Estate is pleased to announce the newest addition to their growing team of real estate professionals. Taehler Piercy, REALTOR®, has joined their agency, and as a proud Fort Pierce local, she brings a wealth of Treasure Coast knowledge and expertise.


Taehler Piercy is a real estate professional with a unique background in healthcare, where she spent 8 years providing exceptional care and personalized experiences, skills that will carry over into her realtor role with Reef to Ranch Real Estate.


"A caring and knowledgeable professional such as Taehler will make a tremendous impact in our clients' home-buying or selling experience," said Cooper Osteen, Managing Broker at Reef to Ranch Real Estate. "We're excited to have her join the team."


Taehler Piercy commented, "I've spent years caring for patients, honing my ability to listen attentively, understand individual needs, and deliver tailored solutions. I'm committed to guiding my clients through every step of the process, ensuring their needs are met and expectations exceeded."


Reef to Ranch Real Estate is confident that Taehler Piercy will enhance the agency's ability to meet the diverse needs of clients on the Treasure Coast.


For more information about Reef to Ranch and to get in touch with Taehler Piercy, please visit or contact (772) 577-4077.

About Reef to Ranch Real Estate


Reef to Ranch Real Estate is a value-generating brokerage firm that opened in 2015 in Fort Pierce, FL. They have over 75 years experience in the Treasure Coast real estate market. By utilizing a committee approach, Reef to Ranch can maximize the value for their clients by providing multiple inputs from many key specialties for client, opportunity, and transaction. Their team comprises real estate professionals that specialize in residential real estate, vacation rental acquisition, property management, land development, commercial real estate, and agricultural lands.

Posted in Community News
Dec. 4, 2023

Shelly Piercy Joins Reef to Ranch Real Estate to Elevate Client Experience

Fort Pierce, FL – Reef to Ranch Real Estate, a value-generating real estate brokerage known for its commitment to excellence and client satisfaction throughout the Treasure Coast, is delighted to announce the newest addition to its dynamic team: Shelly Piercy.


Over the past 2 decades, Shelly has built a strong reputation for expertise and dedication in the real estate industry. This extensive experience has allowed Shelly to navigate the ever-changing market with ease, ensuring her clients receive top-notch service and guidance throughout the buying or selling process.


"I believe in the importance of building strong relationships and fostering a sense of community, both in my personal and professional endeavors," Shelly said. "With a genuine love for what I do, I am committed to making every real estate transaction a seamless and rewarding experience for all involved."


Shelly Piercy brings this impressive track record to Reef to Ranch at an exciting time, as the real estate market continues to evolve and present new opportunities for buyers and sellers.


The addition of Shelly reflects the Reef to Ranch commitment to provide premium service and expertise. Clients, both current and future, can expect the same level of dedication, expertise, and personalized service that Shelly Piercy has consistently delivered throughout her career.


About Reef to Ranch Real Estate


Reef to Ranch Real Estate has over 75 years buying, selling, and investing in the Treasure Coast real estate market. By utilizing a committee approach, Reef to Ranch can maximize the value for their clients, providing multiple inputs from many key specialties for each transaction and opportunity. Their team comprises real estate professionals that specialize in residential sales, vacation rental acquisition, property management, land development, commercial real estate, and agricultural lands.

Posted in Community News
Nov. 5, 2023

Understanding an Owner's Policy in Real Estate

A Comprehensive Guide for Buyers and Sellers

When it comes to buying or selling real estate, there's more to the process than just finding the perfect property or the right buyer. It's equally important to understand the various policies and legal aspects that can significantly impact your real estate transaction. One such policy is the owner's real estate policy. In this blog, we will provide you with valuable information to educate both buyers and sellers about owner's real estate policies and how they can affect your real estate journey.

What is an Owner's Policy?

An owner's real estate policy, also known as an owner's title insurance policy, is a vital component of a real estate transaction. It's designed to protect both buyers and sellers from potential title-related issues that may arise during or after the sale of a property. This policy is typically purchased by the seller, and it safeguards the interests of both parties.

Why Do You Need an Owner's Real Estate Policy?

  1. Protection Against Title Defects: Title defects can encompass a wide range of issues, from undisclosed heirs to unresolved liens. With an owner's real estate policy, you are safeguarded against these unexpected problems.
  2. Peace of Mind: By having this policy in place, you can rest easy knowing that your investment is protected, and you won't face financial losses due to unforeseen title issues.
  3. Ensuring a Smooth Transaction: Title issues can cause delays or even derail a real estate transaction. Having an owner's real estate policy can help prevent such scenarios and keep the process on track.

Understanding the Owner's Policy Coverage

Owner's real estate policies vary from one provider to another, but they typically cover the following:

  1. Forgery or Fraud: Protection against forged signatures in documents related to the title.
  2. Survey or Boundary Disputes: Coverage for disputes over property boundaries or encroachments.
  3. Mechanics' Liens: Safeguard against unpaid contractors or builders who may file a lien against the property.
  4. Undisclosed Heirs: Coverage for claims from undisclosed heirs to the property.
  5. Errors in Public Records: Protection against inaccuracies in public records affecting the title.
  6. Restrictive Covenants: Coverage for violations of property use restrictions.

How to Acquire an Owner's Policy

  1. Seller's Responsibility: In most cases, the seller is responsible for purchasing the owner's real estate policy. It is often seen as a part of the seller's closing costs.
  2. Consult with a Title Company: To obtain an owner's real estate policy, you'll need to work with a title insurance company or an attorney who specializes in real estate law.
  3. Review Policy Options: The policy cost and coverage can vary, so it's important to carefully review your options and choose a policy that suits your needs.
  4. Hire a Quality Real Estate Agent: Hiring an agent that values the quality of their services offered and has demonstrated a deep knowledge of the real estate transaction process is instrumental to not only a smooth real estate transaction; they will also guide you to reputable title agents in the field.  They will also review the policy with you to help you obtain the most favorable policy available.

The Importance of a Clear Title

A clear title is essential when buying or selling real estate. It ensures that the property ownership is free from any encumbrances or disputes. An owner's real estate policy acts as a safety net, offering protection should any unforeseen title issues arise.

Educating yourself about the owner's real estate policy is an essential part of a successful real estate transaction. Whether you are a buyer or a seller, understanding this policy can provide peace of mind and help you navigate the complexities of real estate with confidence. Remember that working with experienced real estate professionals and title insurance experts can make the process smoother and more secure.

If you have any questions or need assistance with your real estate transaction, feel free to contact Reef to Ranch Real Estate. We are here to guide you through every step of the process and ensure that your real estate journey is a smooth and secure one.

Posted in KnowledgeBase
Nov. 3, 2023

Value of Lenders

What a Real Estate Buyer Should Consider in a Lender

When you're in the market to purchase real estate, finding the right lender is just as crucial as finding the perfect property. Your choice of lender can significantly impact the terms of your mortgage, your financial stability, and even your overall home-buying experience. To ensure you make an informed decision, it's essential to consider several key factors when choosing a lender. In this blog post, we'll explore the aspects a real estate buyer should consider in a lender to make the best choice for their specific needs.

1.     Interest Rates

Interest rates play a pivotal role in the cost of your mortgage and, consequently, your monthly payments. Different lenders may offer varying interest rates based on market conditions, their business model, and your financial profile. It's crucial to compare rates from different lenders and understand the terms, including fixed-rate mortgages, adjustable-rate mortgages, and other loan options. The lower the interest rate, the less you'll pay over the life of your mortgage.

2.     Loan Types and Programs

Lenders offer a variety of loan types and programs to cater to different borrowers' needs. Some of the common options include conventional loans, FHA loans, VA loans, and USDA loans. Consider which loan type suits your financial situation, credit score, and down payment capabilities. A reputable lender should be able to guide you through these options and help you select the most appropriate one for your situation.

3.     Down Payment Requirements

Different lenders have varying down payment requirements, and some may offer programs with lower down payment options, making homeownership more accessible for those with limited savings. Consider your financial situation and the down payment you can comfortably afford. Be sure to inquire about any potential financial assistance or grants that may be available to you through your lender or local government programs.

4.     Closing Costs and Fees

Lenders charge various fees for processing, underwriting, and closing a mortgage. It's crucial to understand the complete cost structure associated with your loan, as these fees can add a significant amount to your closing costs. Compare the fees of multiple lenders and choose the one with the most transparent and reasonable cost structure. Sometimes, a lender may offer a slightly higher interest rate but lower closing costs, which can be a better deal in the long run.

5.     Customer Service and Reputation

A lender's reputation and customer service are vital factors to consider. Look for lenders with a proven track record of responsiveness, reliability, and customer satisfaction. Reading online reviews and seeking recommendations from friends or real estate professionals can help you gauge a lender's reputation. Effective communication and support throughout the home-buying process can make a significant difference.

6.     Pre-Approval Process

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage is a crucial step in the home-buying process. Lenders vary in their pre-approval processes and timelines. Some may offer faster pre-approval, while others may take longer but offer more thorough assessments. A solid pre-approval can make your offer more competitive and help you better understand your budget.

7.     Accessibility and Technology

Consider the lender's accessibility and the technology they provide. Some lenders offer online applications and digital tools that make the application and document submission process more convenient. If you prefer a more traditional approach, look for a lender with a physical presence and a local branch where you can speak with a loan officer in person.

Choosing the right lender is a significant decision when buying real estate. The lender you select can affect your mortgage terms, costs, and overall home-buying experience. By considering factors like interest rates, loan types, down payment requirements, closing costs, customer service, pre-approval process, and accessibility, you can make an informed choice that aligns with your financial situation and home-buying goals. Be sure to research and compare multiple lenders, ask questions, and seek guidance from a trusted real estate professional to make the best decision for your unique needs.


Posted in KnowledgeBase
Nov. 3, 2023

Brokers Price Opinion (BPO)

Understanding BPO's in Real Estate

When you're looking to buy or sell a property, understanding its market value is a crucial step in making informed decisions. A Broker's Price Opinion (BPO) is a valuable tool in the real estate industry that can help you assess the market value of a property. In this blog post, we'll delve into what a Broker's Price Opinion is, how it works, and why it's essential in the world of real estate.  A BPO has the human capital component that automated valuation software misses to deliver realistic valuations.

What is a Broker's Price Opinion (BPO)?

A Broker's Price Opinion, often referred to as a BPO, is a professional estimate of a property's current market value provided by a licensed real estate agent or broker. BPOs are typically used in various real estate transactions, such as buying, selling, refinancing, foreclosure, or settling an estate. They offer an alternative to traditional property appraisals, which can be more time-consuming and costly.

How Does a BPO Work?

A BPO is prepared by a licensed real estate professional who is familiar with the local real estate market. The process typically involves the following steps:

1.     Property Inspection: The broker or agent visits the property to assess its condition, location, and any unique features that may affect its value. They take photos and gather information about the property's size, layout, and condition.

2.     Market Research: The real estate professional researches recent sales of comparable properties (comps) in the area. This data is crucial in determining the property's market value, as it provides a basis for comparison.

3.     Evaluation: The broker or agent analyzes the gathered data, including market trends and the condition of the subject property, to arrive at a fair market value. They may consider various factors like property age, location, improvements, and any recent renovations.

4.     Reporting: The BPO report is prepared, outlining the property's estimated market value. There are typically three types of BPOs: a. Drive-By BPO: This is a more basic evaluation where the broker or agent doesn't enter the property but assesses it from the outside. b. Interior BPO: In this type, the broker or agent evaluates the property both inside and out, providing a more comprehensive assessment. c. Broker's Price Opinion with Repairs: This BPO includes an estimate of any necessary repairs or improvements to the property and their impact on value.

Why is a BPO Essential in Real Estate?

1.     Cost-Effective: BPOs are generally more cost-effective than full appraisals, making them a preferred choice in certain real estate transactions, such as determining a property's listing price.

2.     Speed: BPOs are typically completed more quickly than traditional appraisals, which can be crucial in fast-paced real estate markets.

3.     Local Market Expertise: Real estate professionals who perform BPOs have a deep understanding of the local market, enabling them to provide a more accurate estimate of a property's value.

4.     Versatility: BPOs can be used for various purposes, including listing a property, refinancing, or assessing the value of a property in distress, such as a foreclosure.

5.     Informing Decision-Making: Whether you're a buyer, seller, lender, or investor, having a BPO can help you make well-informed decisions in real estate transactions.

In the ever-evolving world of real estate, understanding a property's market value is crucial. A Broker's Price Opinion (BPO) offers a cost-effective, timely, and reliable way to assess the value of a property. Whether you're looking to buy, sell, refinance, or engage in any real estate transaction, a BPO can provide you with the insights you need to make informed decisions. It's an essential tool in the toolkit of real estate professionals and anyone involved in property transactions.

At Reef to Ranch Real Estate, precise valuations are a core competency of our real estate services, and clear accurate expectations are a key value of culture.

We believe it's best to enter a transaction with realistic expectations.  Contact us today for your free BPO!

Posted in KnowledgeBase
Oct. 21, 2023

The Invaluable Value of Realtors with Local Knowledge

In the fast-paced world of real estate, having a skilled realtor by your side can make all the difference. But not just any realtor will do. The true treasure lies in realtors with intimate local knowledge, and today, we're here to show you why.

The Local Advantage

1. Insider Information

Realtors with local knowledge are like living encyclopedias of the area. They can provide valuable insights about the neighborhoods, schools, market trends, and hidden gems that only locals know. This insider information can be a game-changer when making one of the most significant investments of your life.

2. Pricing Precision

Local realtors have an uncanny ability to price properties accurately. Their deep understanding of the local market allows them to analyze recent sales, current inventory, and future trends. This ensures that you don't overpay or undersell your property.

3. Navigating Regulations

Each locality has its unique set of regulations and zoning laws. Local realtors are well-versed in these regulations and can help you avoid costly mistakes. Whether you're looking to buy, sell, or invest, they know the legal ins and outs of the area.

Personalized Guidance

4. Tailored Recommendations

Realtors with local knowledge don't just recommend any property; they recommend the right property for you. They take the time to understand your needs, preferences, and lifestyle to match you with the perfect home. It's not just about the property; it's about your happiness.

5. Community Connections

Local realtors are deeply connected within the community. They can introduce you to trusted service providers, contractors, and other professionals you might need during your real estate journey. This network is invaluable for newcomers and seasoned locals alike.

Time and Money Savings

6. Swift Negotiations

With their experience and local insights, these realtors can negotiate deals swiftly and effectively. Whether it's securing a better price or expediting the closing process, they have the upper hand.

7. Investment Opportunities

If you're considering real estate as an investment, local realtors can identify the most promising opportunities. They know which neighborhoods are up-and-coming and which ones are prime for long-term investment.

In a world where information is at our fingertips, you might wonder if you need a realtor at all. The answer is a resounding "yes," especially when that realtor possesses local knowledge. They offer insights, connections, and personalized service that no online search can replicate. When you partner with a realtor who truly understands the area, you're not just buying a property; you're investing in peace of mind, confidence, and a brighter future.

At Reef to Ranch Real Estate, we take pride in our team of local real estate experts who are dedicated to helping you find your dream property or sell your current one. Contact us today to experience the incredible value of realtors with local knowledge. Your real estate journey begins here.

Phone:(772) 577-4077


Remember, in the world of real estate, knowledge is power, and local knowledge is the key to unlocking your real estate dreams.


Posted in KnowledgeBase
Oct. 12, 2023

Back on the Market?

Unraveling the Mysteries

Why a Home Returns to the Market in Real Estate

In the ever-evolving world of real estate, it's not uncommon for homes to make a second debut on the market. But why does this happen? In this blog post, we'll explore the various reasons why a home may come back on the market in the realm of real estate, while also providing some tips on what to look out for if you're in the market for a new home.

1. Financing Fell Through

One of the most common reasons a home returns to the market is that a potential buyer's financing falls through. This can happen due to a variety of factors, such as changes in the buyer's credit score, job loss, or issues with the mortgage approval process. When a deal falls apart because of financing, the home is relisted.

Tip: If you're a buyer, it's essential to have your financing in order before making an offer. It can prevent disappointment down the line.

2. Inspection Revealed Major Issues

Home inspections play a pivotal role in the real estate transaction process. Sometimes, an inspection may reveal significant problems that the buyer and seller can't agree on, leading to the property returning to the market. Common issues include structural problems, mold, or extensive repairs.

Tip: As a buyer, always get a professional home inspection to uncover any potential problems before closing the deal.

3. Appraisal Issues

A low appraisal can also cause a home to return to the market. If the appraised value of the home is lower than the agreed-upon purchase price, it can lead to renegotiations or, in some cases, the deal falling apart.

Tip: Be prepared for appraisal issues by working closely with your real estate agent to determine the best course of action.

4. Contingency Clauses

Many real estate contracts include contingency clauses, which allow buyers to back out of a deal under certain circumstances, such as not being able to sell their current home or facing unforeseen issues. When these clauses are invoked, the home goes back on the market.

Tip: Understand the contingency clauses in your contract to avoid surprises during the transaction.

5. Buyer's Remorse

Sometimes, buyers simply change their minds or experience cold feet. This can result in a home being returned to the market. It's essential for sellers to be prepared for this possibility.

Tip: As a seller, be patient. Understand that if a buyer backs out, it's part of the real estate process.

6. Legal or Title Issues

Title problems, such as disputes over property boundaries or liens on the property, can lead to a home coming back on the market. Legal issues must be resolved before a successful transaction can occur.

Tip: As a buyer, always invest in a thorough title search to avoid surprises.

7. Market Conditions

Lastly, broader market conditions can play a role in homes returning to the market. Economic changes, fluctuating interest rates, or local market shifts can influence the buying and selling decisions of both buyers and sellers.

Tip: Stay updated on market trends with the help of a trusted real estate agent.

Homes returning to the market in real estate can happen for various reasons, and it's crucial to be informed and prepared for such situations. Whether you're a buyer or a seller, understanding these common causes can help you navigate the real estate process more effectively and make better-informed decisions. Real estate is a dynamic world, and having the right knowledge can make all the difference in your property journey.


Posted in Market Updates
Oct. 10, 2023

What is a CMA?

Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) in Real Estate

When it comes to buying or selling a home, one of the most crucial tools in a real estate agent's arsenal is the Comparative Market Analysis, or CMA. A CMA is a comprehensive report that provides valuable insights into the current real estate market, helping both buyers and sellers make informed decisions. In this blog post, we'll delve into what a CMA is, why it's important, and how it can benefit you in the world of real estate.  Want a CMA on your home?

What is a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA)?

A Comparative Market Analysis, often referred to as a CMA, is a detailed report that real estate professionals prepare to determine the fair market value of a property. It is a critical tool used to evaluate a home's worth by comparing it to similar properties in the same area that have recently sold or are currently listed for sale.

Components of a CMA

  1. Property Information: The CMA starts with detailed information about the subject property, including its size, layout, condition, and unique features. This serves as the baseline for the analysis.

  2. Comparable Sales (Comps): The heart of the CMA consists of a selection of recently sold properties in the same neighborhood or vicinity that are similar in size, style, age, and features to the subject property. These comps provide a benchmark for assessing the property's value.

  3. Active Listings: The CMA may also include information about properties that are currently listed for sale and are in direct competition with the subject property. This gives sellers an idea of the competition they face in the market.

  4. Pending Sales: Properties that are under contract but not yet closed can also be included. These can provide insights into the current market trends and buyer activity.

  5. Market Trends: The CMA typically includes data on recent market trends, such as average sale prices, days on market, and the number of homes sold in the area. This information helps both buyers and sellers understand the overall health of the local real estate market.

Why is a CMA Important?

  1. Setting the Right Price: For sellers, a CMA helps in setting an accurate and competitive listing price. Overpricing a home can deter potential buyers, while underpricing can lead to financial losses. A CMA provides data-driven insights to strike the right balance.

  2. Informed Decision-Making: Buyers can use a CMA to assess whether a property is priced fairly. It allows them to make informed decisions when making an offer, ensuring they don't overpay for a home.

  3. Negotiating Power: Armed with the information from a CMA, both buyers and sellers have stronger negotiating positions. Sellers can defend their asking price with data, while buyers can make more compelling offers based on market comparisons.

  4. Market Insights: Real estate professionals rely on CMAs to stay updated on market trends and conditions, enabling them to offer valuable advice to their clients.

A Comparative Market Analysis is an invaluable tool in the real estate industry, offering a data-driven approach to determining property values. Whether you are a buyer looking for the perfect home or a seller aiming to get the best price for your property, a CMA provides the insights needed to make well-informed decisions. When you work with a knowledgeable real estate agent who can prepare and interpret CMAs effectively, you can navigate the complex world of real estate with confidence, knowing that you are making choices backed by solid market data.

Contact Reef to Ranch Real Estate now to get your free CMA!

Sept. 29, 2023

Precision Matters in Treasure Coast Real Estate!

In the dynamic Treasure Coast real estate market, precision is your secret weapon! 🎯 Why does it matter so much, you ask? Let's break it down:

1️⃣ Fair Deals: Precise valuations ensure fair transactions for both buyers and sellers, creating trust in the market.

2️⃣ Avoid Pitfalls: Overvaluing can lead to prolonged listings, while undervaluing might mean missing out on your property's true worth.

3️⃣ Investment Confidence: Investors rely on accurate valuations to make smart decisions and maximize returns.

4️⃣ Market Insights: Valuation precision gives us valuable insights into market trends and areas of opportunity.

So, whether you're buying, selling, or investing, make sure you have the right valuation experts by your side. Let's keep the Treasure Coast market thriving with precision and integrity! 

Learn more about Reef to Ranch Real Estate and Precise Property Valuations here.

July 31, 2017

Curious About Local Real Estate?

Receive the Latest Local Market Stats

Curious about local real estate? So are we! Every month we review trends in our real estate market and consider the number of homes on the market in each price tier, the amount of time particular homes have been listed for sale, specific neighborhood trends, the median price and square footage of each home sold and so much more. We’d love to invite you to do the same!

Get Local Market Reports Sent Directly to You

You can sign up here to receive your own market report, delivered as often as you like! It contains current information on pending, active and just sold properties so you can see actual homes in your neighborhood. You can review your area on a larger scale, as well, by refining your search to include properties across the city or county. As you notice price and size trends, please contact us for clarification or to have any questions answered.

We can definitely fill you in on details that are not listed on the report and help you determine the best home for you. If you are wondering if now is the time to sell, please try out our INSTANT home value tool. You’ll get an estimate on the value of your property in today’s market. Either way, we hope to hear from you soon as you get to know our neighborhoods and local real estate market better.

Posted in Market Updates