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Real Estate Agent - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Knight & Gardner Realty
Palms, the iconic tree of South Florida, exist in most Key West yards.  My yard included, because of my husband’s passion for them, has endless varieties surrounding my home.  Those palms have taken off over the years with the benefit of our warm sunny climate and some fertilization.  Many are n...
Many Americans got a clear idea of what a “meth house” was from watching the popular TV series Breaking Bad.  Away from Hollywood homes where methamphetamine is manufactured do exist.  Recent evidence in a home would be a smell like cat urine, stripped out batteries, lighter fluid, salt and empt...
I was recently reading about the explosion of luxury high rise condo buildings in Miami and thought it was pretty amazing how this market has bounced back after the recession.  Apparently there are a large percentage of cash purchases and cash deposits preconstruction.  Much of this is fueled by ...
1. They begin looking at homes without first getting prequalified.         Getting prequalified with a lender is the very first step when a purchase is being contemplated.  It is necessary to find out if there are any credit blemishes and what is the dollar amount of borrowing power.  At this po...
   More new home builders are including energy saving features in their homes according to a study from The National Association of Home Builders.  Energy Star appliances, energy efficient windows, compact fluorescents and programmable thermostats are among the features being offered.  Some big h...
I currently have a listing in Old Town on a walking lane (no off street parking) and I keep getting asked where to park.  So I say on the street, but then there have been some more questions about what restrictions there are pertaining to parking on the street.  For instance if you bought the hom...
The recession was traumatic for many, but with it came more affordable housing in the Key West area.   In 2005 you could not buy a single family home in New Town under $500,000.  Now there are 19 of them available.  The average sales price in March of 2013 was $543,000.  In March of this year it ...
There is now another new term in the evolving real estate market and a very colorful one.  We have all seen the homes around town that have been in foreclosure for years.  They now have a name, “Zombie Foreclosures”.  These are properties in which banks may have begun the foreclosure process on ...
What has seemed to be a relic from the past for years is now almost gone.  The 50 year old Key West Trailer Park at 1015-1025 Simonton, across from the Gato Building is almost packed up and gone.  Developer, Southernmost Cabana Resort LLC, owned by Joe Cleghorn was bought from the Catholic Church...

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