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Real Estate Agent - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Knight & Gardner Realty
  Nearly one out of four renters (24 percent) say they plan to rent for the rest o f their lives, even as apartment rents continue to rise, according to a survey by apartment search engine Apartment Nearly half (47 percent) of renters surveyed believe renting is smarter than buying a ho...
  A question was recently posed to me from a customer who owns a rental. The owner entered into a written  lease with a tenant, which prohibits the tenant from having pets in the dwelling. Recently, the land lord was surprised that the tenant not only has a dog, but a cat too. My customer now wan...
  In the kitchen area of my office the other day I saw that someone had mistakenly put a plastic bag containing a Styrofoam food box in the recycle bin.  I lamented to another worker standing nearby that people are just not getting educated about what items are recyclable. It is hard to keep trac...
One would think in a real estate market beginning to pick up with sales increasing, more contracts would make it to a successful closing. Not true, according to Capital Economics 18% of signed purchase contracts on existing homes were cancelled from May through July of 2012 in the US. Although th...
     I recently watched the Key West Sustainability Advisory Board meeting where the city’s solid waste consultant, Kessler Consulting Inc. presented their draft recommendations of the nearly completed solid waste master plan. I became especially interested in this a several years ago when I was ...
  June 6-10 is coming up pretty fast for Pride Fest 2012.  This sounds like too much fun, a street fair, pride parade, pool parties, sunset sails, karaoke, comedy and film.   Events for the week include the family friendly street fair on legendary Duval Street and steamy late night clothing –opti...
Canada has announced that it will join Austria, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom in phasing out production of the penny due to production costs. It costs Canada 1.6 cents to manufacture a penny.  Eleven million a year will be saved with its discontinuance.     It is expected that the US...
This sale was a real estate agents dream.  He sent his parents to look at only three homes.  They picked Graceland.  He liked it and closed 7 days later. I wish all my transactions went that smooth.  Elvis was having a fabulous year in 1956.  In January he was only a regional sensation and by the...
   As the number of homes being sold as short sales and foreclosures continue there are a whole new set of words that have become part of our vocabulary. Years ago we had never even heard terms used commonly today such as “short sale” (selling a home for less than the mortgage amount and asking t...
Maybe because it is tax time the elegit 3.8% sales tax on the sale of a home built into the health care reform law is circulating on the internet again. For example, there are articles  claiming if an ordinary home owner sells his home for $400,000 he will pay a 3.8% sales tax of $15,200.  Like O...

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