Home buying can be scary… Until you know the facts!


Deciding to buy a home can be a stressful and often scary decision to make.    How much is it going to cost?  Is my credit good enough? Where do you start?


Well good news!  I’m here to help.

First, if you are buying a home – did you know that it doesn’t cost you anything to use a REALTOR®?  Most of the time our real estate commissions are paid by the seller so it’s always a good idea to find an experienced real estate specialist to help you along.    A REALTOR® can offer a variety of tools and resources to make the home buying process smooth and easy for you.

Here’s some quick facts:

  • You don’t HAVE to have 20% down to purchase a home
  • You don’t HAVE to have “perfect” credit to purchase a home
  • Getting a mortgage is now so much easier than it has been in a long time.  We have some great local lenders in Indian River County that will work hard to get you financed
  • It is NOT cheaper to rent.  Rental rates have skyrocketed lately.  Buy something now, save money and invest that savings for yourself and your family

If you’d like to just call a lender and see if it’s possible here’s a list of a few of our local lenders that you can call.  Click Here to See Lender List

Rates are still GREAT and the time is right to buy now!

Call me now and I’ll help you get started.

Jennifer Bailey, REALTOR® e-PRO®
Dale Sorensen Real Estate
Vero Beach, Florida


Cold Days Call for Chili – this recipe is one of the best!

amazing chili

Who doesn’t want amazing mouth-watering chili on a cold day?  I’m guessing there’s not one person anywhere that wouldn’t love a great bowl of chili.   This is a recipe I found a several years ago and it is AMAZING!!  Try it – your family will LOVE YOU for it!

Will need one big Crockpot – stir all the ingredients together in the crockpot, cover and cook on low about for 6-8 hours.   Do not open the pot – no need to stir it until its all done.

2 pounds of cooked/browned ground beef
one 29-ounce can tomato sauce
one 29-ounce can kidney beans (with liquid)
one 29-ounce can pinto beans (with liquid)
1 cup diced onion (1 medium onion)
1/2 cup diced green chili (I use 1 small can of green chili usually found by the tacos)
1/4 cup diced celery (1 stalk)
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
2 teaspoons cumin poder
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups water

You must come back and tell me how it was!!


Jennifer Bailey, REALTOR® e-PRO®
Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Vero Beach, Florida
772-559-5524 • veroluxuryhomes.com


What’s going on in Vero Beach? Diesel Engines, Legally Drunken Goats and American Icons

What a crazy mix right?  That’s exactly what I thought too.   Well anyone that’s spent any time in Vero Beach has probably seen this big brick building right next to the railroad tracks just off of Rt.60.  It’s just been sitting there quiet and empty for many years. Vandalized, abandoned and rotting away.

Vero Beach Diesel Power Plant

Click here to see some great historical images of it on the National Registry Gallery


What’s the real story of this old brick beauty?

This near-century old historic building in downtown Vero Beach, Florida, was built in 1926 replacing an earlier power plant due to extensive growth in the area.  It was built in the masonry vernacular style by architects Carter and Damerow and by the engineering firm of Kennard and Sons.  It was known back then as the Vero Beach Diesel Power Plant or the City of Vero Beach Municipal Power Plant.   The structure was the city’s first public utilitarian facility and is the city’s oldest municipal building.   On February 26, 1999, it was added to the US National Register of Historic Place.

historic registry

Fast forward to 2016 the old diesel plant was sold to Michael Rechter who brought his dream to life with an incredibly extensive renovation project that cost a mere $6 Mill.  Transforming this power palace giving it a new name and renewed life.  Now known as the American Icon Brewery a cool and funky hot spot opened in September 2017.    The menu has a great selection and the beer board is full of tempting libations.

See their menu here:  American Icon Brewery Vero Beach

Here I am today after a luncheon meeting with some of our marketing brains.

photo 2

You’ll see right behind us that big red sculpture which is actually remnants of a diesel engine that was left behind in this once forgotten place.   See if you can spot it in the old photos on the National Registry. 😉   I highly recommend stopping by this sparky spot for lunch or dinner and while you’re there try some of their home brewed beer.

Outside you’ll find plenty of mingling spots and lots of comfy seating, games like a life sized Connect Four, corn hole and many others.  Just sit back, relax and enjoy the atmosphere.   As far as the food goes, I chose the “Legally Drunk Goat Burger”.  Sounded like it was worth a shot, especially based on it’s popularity on social media…  it didn’t disappoint!  I saved a bit to enjoy some for later.  Yum!

legally drunk goat burger

goat burger

This is all that what was left of my drunken goat – there was plenty to fill you and save some for later.  Yes, they branded the bun!  Delish!

I’ll be returning again to try some of the other items on the menu and maybe a couple brews too.

American Icon Brewery

Standing proud and beautiful the new American Icon Brewery in Vero Beach, FL.


I’m a proud and long time resident of Vero Beach.  A safe and fun place to be with family and friends.  Great for anyone that wants to enjoy the beautiful Florida Sunshine State in a small and beautiful town that is graced with a ton of history.

Call me to find out about more great places in Vero Beach, Florida.

Jennifer Bailey, REALTOR® e-PRO®
Dale Sorensen Real Estate • Vero Beach, FL

Photo credit: Old Vero Beach Power Plant – By Ebyabe (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Info Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vero_Beach_Diesel_Power_Plant
and a personal visit to the new facility 🙂


To-Do List for First-Time Home Buyers

Not sure where to start?  Here’s a helpful to-do list for anyone thinking of buying.


DOWNLOAD A PDF COPY HERE:  First Time Buyers Info Graphic

Also, did you know that “First-Time Home Buyer” doesn’t necessarily mean that you have never ever purchased a home before.

According to HUD a first-time home buyer is an individual who meets any of the following criteria:

  • An individual who has had no ownership in a principal residence during the 3-year period ending on the date of purchase of the property. This includes a spouse (if either meets the above test, they are considered first-time homebuyers).
  • A single parent who has only owned with a former spouse while married.
  • An individual who is a displaced homemaker and has only owned with a spouse.
  • An individual who has only owned a principal residence not permanently affixed to a permanent foundation in accordance with applicable regulations.
  • An individual who has only owned a property that was not in compliance with state, local or model building codes and which cannot be brought into compliance for less than the cost of constructing a permanent structure.

Source:  First-Time Homebuyers

Did you say yes to any of the above questions?  Then you are a “First Time Home Buyer”.

Oh, and did you know working with a REALTOR® is FREE to buyers?  Our commissions are typically paid by the seller.  So take advantage of our expertise, don’t go it alone.

REALTORS® also take an oath to uphold the strict REALTORS® Code of Ethics.  What does this mean to you? It means that any REALTOR® with whom you work has voluntarily agreed to abide by a Code of Ethics, based on professionalism and protection of the public.  The Code is your assurance of dealing with a professional who has  your best interests in mind.

I would be delighted to be your REALTOR® and help you and your family with the purchase of your new home.  I have a ton of great resources to share with you many of which you can find on my website to help you get started.  You can visit veroluxuryhomes.com for more information or to begin your home search.   Want something more mobile?  Go to searchinvero.com to download my mobile app to get listings via GPS, works great on iOS and Android phones and tablets.

Just starting to think about it?  Have some more questions?  Ready to get it started?  Or just need some help?  Give me a call today, I’ll be standing by 772-559-5524

Jennifer Bailey, REALTOR® e-PRO®
Dale Sorensen Real Estate,
Vero Beach, Florida
772-559-5524 • veroluxuryhomes.comjbailey@sorensenrealestate.com


Realtors celebrate 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act

Source: Realtors celebrate 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act


WASHINGTON – Jan. 11, 2018 – In 1967, many home buyers signed a document at closing swearing they would never sell their new home to African Americans. But in 1968, the Fair Housing Act brought fairness to the real estate market and changed everything for a number of minority groups.

Realtors commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act this year, noting that a number of specialized Realtor groups now exist that represent protected classes in the Act (as amended in 1988) to ban “discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, family status, and national origin.”

Realtor groups include:

  • The National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB)
  • The Women’s Council of Realtors (WCR)
  • The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP)
  • The Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA)
  • The National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP)

“Together we will raise awareness and create action as we examine community and fair housing issues,” says Elizabeth Mendenhall, 2018 president of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). “We will also advocate for changes to the Fair Housing Act to expand fair housing protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As stewards of the right to own, use and transfer private property, fair housing protects our livelihood and business as Realtors.”

In addition to protecting U.S. citizens, the Fair Housing Act protects Realtors by guaranteeing a free and open market.

NAR suggests some ways Realtors can get involved in the Fair Housing Act’s 50th anniversary celebration:

  • Help your company, community, and local and state association identify and commemorate fair housing history and champions in your state.
  • Submit information about how you’re participating in this commemoration on FairHousing.realtor under the “Showcase Stories” tab. Share ideas, learn what others are doing to adapt in your own community, or work with local chapters of our national partners.
  • Examine how access to quality education, health care and economic opportunity intersects with fair housing and property rights in your local area and nationally.
  • Work to support efforts in your community to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

© 2018 Florida Realtors®

Related Topics: Fair housing
Reposted by Jennifer Bailey, REALTOR®,  Dale Sorensen Real Estate, proud member of the Florida Realtors.  772-559-5524 • veroluxuryhomes.com

The 2017 Real Estate Market – From Top to Bottom

Nick Churton

A London Perspective by Nick Churton, Managing Director of Mayfair International Realty.



At the end of 2016 we thought that there couldn’t be any more political fireworks in the offing for a while – the Brexit referendum in the UK and the presidential election in the USA were surely quite explosive enough. How wrong we were. By May 2017 the British prime minister had called a snap general election and all but lost. In the same month 40 year old Emmanuel Macron came from nowhere to win the French presidency, and then to top it all the supposedly unassailable German chancellor, Angela Merkle, was assailed. Europe had become a different place by September.

Theresa May’s 2017 election decision is now regarded as the worst in modern British political history. She blew a 20-point lead and, instead of increasing her majority as was intended, she reduced it to the slenderest of margins. The result was a weakened government at a time when the UK was and is facing its sternest test since the Second World War – Brexit.

Photo Credit: By Annika Haas [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Brexit seems to have taken over everything. It has reduced even important domestic issues to sideshows. Brexit dominates in the UK and that means in real estate too. Despite a surging stock market, high employment levels and almost unprecedented low interest rates, uncertainty over Brexit is making people think twice about moving home if they don’t have to.

We are used to short term events from time to time suppressing the real estate market. Events like general elections, national referendums and even the Olympics and soccer’s world cup can have a temporary dampening effect. But Brexit, like the great recession of 2008, is another matter entirely. And the Brexit question is going to go on for at least another two or three years.

The Brexit outcome is far from being a forgone conclusion. Nobody knows what sort of nation the UK will be at the end of the long de-coupling process. So hand-in-hand with uncertainty goes depleted real estate activity in the UK.

It seems there are parallels to be drawn between Europe and the US. Despite a soaring stock market, high employment and business growth there are still areas in the US where the luxury real estate sector confounds expectations through surprisingly low transaction levels and downward pressure on values and asking prices. Why? To some this makes little sense. Certainly, as in Europe, there is some political turbulence and uncertainly. But is this the whole reason? It certainly isn’t. There is another elephant in the room – the middle class population. More particularly, it is the middle aged, middle class population. Some of those reaching their forties are taking a long, hard look over their shoulders at the millennials chasing them up the greasy pole. While it might not be a question of fight or flight many are choosing prudence over adventure at this point of their lives – especially if they live in high property tax areas.

What will this mean going forward? In the UK it means that for the next few years, at least, nothing is as certain as buyers and sellers would like it to be. Higher risk real estate investments may be put on hold until career pathways and real estate trends become clearer. In the meantime one thing does seem assured – that first time buyers, urged on by government initiatives, low interest rates, the bank of mum and dad and the retreat of buy-to-let investors will be entering the market in greater numbers than we have seen for years. This is very good news as first time buyers mean second time buyers and second time buyers mean third time buyers and so on. For those in the luxury real estate sector it is a timely reminder that our market is often not so much driven from the top but from the bottom.


Our economics, demographics, trends, wealth, politics and many other things will always be changing.  As a Real Estate Specialist and Sales Associate, one of my responsibilities is to stay informed an well networked.  Mayfair International Realty is a great resource to us at Dale Sorensen Real Estate.  They allow us a direct international reach to maximize our exposure and marketing for our sellers here in the United States.  I always enjoy hearing about what’s going on across the pond.   If you’d like to set up a private meet to learn more about our international marketing partners we can, set up a Skype call with them, or even have your home featured in the front window of the office right there on busy Thayer Street in London.    Give me a call and I can tell you more about it.

Jennifer Bailey, REALTOR® e-PRO®
Dale Sorensen Real Estate
772-559-5524 • veroluxuryhomes.com

Photo credits:
Trump Photo – Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Brexit Photo – By Bulverton [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Theresa May Photo – By Annika Haas [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Can you keep it together when the internet is not working?


Have you seen this before?  Yes, I HATE it when I get this annoying dinosaur too.  But did you know that Google Chrome tried to help you make the best of it?  Next time you get this screen just press the space bar and see what happens next…

You’re welcome!  Enjoy!

Jennifer Bailey, REALTOR® e-PRO®
Dale Sorensen Real Estate
772*559*5524 veroluxuryhomes.com

Old clunkers for sale, a service garage or is it a place to get a delish wood fired PIZZA?


Pizza you say??  Well yes it is, and I hear it’s pretty good too.  Station 49 is the latest business to take over this great little spot in the downtown commercial section of town.  It’s specifically located at 1802 Old Dixie Highway, Vero Beach, FL.  Reusing this building as a pizza restaurant is such a great re-use of this building.

I remember back in about 1994 this was the very place I purchased one of my first cars.  A beat up old clunker it was but it got me around (most of the time).  My how time flies.


Photo of just another broken down car, no way would I have taken a photo of my old clunker.  (:

Blast forward to today and it’s the place to get great tasting wood fired pizza as well as a few other tasty treats and super cool atmosphere to go with it.  The restaurant is now called Station 49.  It was most formerly known as “The Garage” which also featured delicious wood fired pizzas.

Stop by and check it out!  I haven’t had the chance to eat there just yet but will be taking advantage of it soon.   Let me know what you think!

I picked up a copy of their menu in case you wanted to see what they have available.  This morning when I stopped by to take a photo the chef said it would be open from 11am-9pm.

Station 49 Menu  <– click link for a PDF copy of this menu

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Station 49 – Wood Fired Pizza
1802 Old Dixie Highway, Vero Beach, FL  •  772.492.8342

Call me today to learn more about owning your “own piece of the pie” I will help you and your family get settled in so you too can enjoy this amazing town.

Jennifer Bailey, REALTOR® e-PRO®
Dale Sorensen Real Estate • 772.559.5524
Vero Beach, Florida

Mosquitoes, Movies and the Progressives that changed Vero

I recently read an interesting story written by the Vero Communique that got me thinking.  How did Vero Beach get it’s start?   What were the people like at that time?  Why is it called Indian River County?  So I thought I’d do a little research and share with you what I have found.


Vero was settled by early pioneers in the 1880’s, was chartered as a town in 1919 and became Vero Beach in 1925. Henry T. Gifford was one of Vero’s most notable early settlers. In 1887, he built a house which is now located near present-day City Hall. He operated a citrus grove business and established Vero’s first mercantile store, which also operated as a post office, express office and railroad ticket office. The name Vero is often attributed to his wife Sarah who suggested the settlement be named for its Latin meaning, “to speak the truth”.

Home of Henry Gifford

This is the home, store and post office of Henry T. Gifford. Recorded as built in 1887 this is the oldest building in Vero Beach and is still standing. Of course it’s seen some better days but it’s looks pretty good for a 131 year old. Sold in 2016 by Carl Sciara, REALTOR from Dale Sorensen Real Estate.

oldest-home-in-vero         Vero-beach-first-post-office

Historical Gifford Home photos courtesy of Carl Sciara, Dale Sorensen Real Estate – This is the oldest home in Vero Beach.  Recorded to have been built in 1887.  If the walls could talk, I’d love to hear all the stories they’d have to say.

vero map

Photo from collection at the Archive Center, Indian River County Main Library

There are a dozens of variations of stories about where the name “Vero” came from.  You can read some of these great ideas which have been published by the Indian River County Library in an articled called “Where did Vero Beach get its name?”.

Here’s when it all happened: 

Post Office Application • 29 September 1891
Vero Platted by Herman Zeuch • 1913-14
Vero Incorporated • 10 June 1919
Vero Changed to Vero Beach and incorporated • 19 May 1925
Indian River County formed • 30 June 1925
Official Flower approved: Hibiscus • 17 October 1967



It all had to do with mosquitos, “blue” laws and Governor John Martin.  Prior to 1925 what are now Indian River and Martin counties were part of St. Lucie County.  Fort Pierce was the main seat for the county.

At that time there was a lot of tension between the two counties on the control of the mosquito population.  During the land boom developers in the northern part of the then St. Lucie county thought that the mosquitoes would discourage potential purchasers from moving there.  They believed that a mosquito abatement district would stimulate economic growth.


Meanwhile, St. Lucie county’s “blue” laws caused a crisis and was one of the main catalysts for the break-up of St. Lucie county.  “Progressive” Veroites created an uproar in 1924 wanting to remove the town from the grasp of St. Lucie county politicians as the result of William Atkin’s new movie theatre in downtown Vero.  Mr. Atkin opened the “picture show” on a Sunday.

At that time St. Lucie County blue laws forbid the sale of any merchandise on a Sunday, as well as showing movies.  Although Mr. Atkins premiered the Sunday movie anyway despite warnings to stop.   Vocelle, Atkin and other community leaders worked vociferously to create a new county shortly after an aggressive raid by law enforcement at the Theatre where several employees were arrested, adding to the ever mounting tension.


Vero Beach Historical Theatre Plaza on 14th Avenue Downtown Vero BeachPhoto Credit: By Ebyabe (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Mr. Patterson writes that: In Vero, Vocelle and Alex MacWilliam, a Scottish emigre and prominent businessman proposed that a bill calling for the creation of the state’s first mosquito control district should be introduced at the same time as the legislation authorizing the creation of a new county.  In May, 1925 Vocelle and MacWilliam led a trainload of one hundred supporters of the new county and the mosquito abatement district to Tallahassee.  After some resistance and a bit of negotiation the Governor agreed to the separations of the county.  The northern end would become Indian River County, the middle remained Saint Lucie County and the southern end became the new Martin County, named after Governor Martin which was something the businessmen knew would help the Governor with his decision to go forward.  The order was signed on June 30, 1925 forever changing the future of our area.

Governor Martin came to Vero Beach to celebrate the creation of the three counties at Mr. Atkin’s new movie theatre.

Florida Governor John Martin

Florida Governor John MartinPhoto Credit: Edwards / State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, via Wikimedia Commons

You can read more of the story written by Vero Communique’s blog here

I have learned after several years living in Vero Beach that this community is a great place to raise a family, full of kindhearted people, plenty of warm days and sunshine.  Vero Beach is slow to grow but this is by design.  Were surrounded by loads of ancient tall trees, very few tall buildings, plethora of cultural activities, it’s still free to park at the beach and of course a great history of people that have made a great impact on our town to make it what it is today.

Call me anytime to learn more about finding your own piece of paradise and becoming part of the charm that lives in Vero Beach.

Jennifer Bailey, REALTOR® e-PRO®
Dale Sorensen Real Estate • 772.559.5524
Vero Beach, Florida

Indian River County Library
Vero Communique
City of Vero Beach