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Real Estate Agent - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Knight & Gardner Realty
I recently read about a town in Massachusetts that recently under went an environmental movement to not only ban the sale of bottled water but also to gain the right to dry your clothes outside. The town did not outlaw outdoor drying, but homeowner's and condominium associations within the town ...
Although the number of distressed sales nation wide are at 29%; there are some areas where the percentages are higher. Certain locations like California, Nevada and South Florida have higher rates. On checking the residential sold properties for the last 6 months in the Key West MLS there were 23...
I was driving down College Rd today and an Iguana began to run across the street. He was about ½ way, saw another automobile coming towards us and turned around running back in front of my car! I slammed on the breaks. As I calmed down and headed back to my office I wondered about this. I would ...
It was in the newspaper recently that the Southernmost Point Buoy is going to get repainted. I was kind of curious if they had two and switched them out. I thought I saw one over in the welding yard on Amelia and Simonton St. a while back. It turns out that was probably the temporary buoy that wa...
The Wachovia Bank building is an architecturally beautiful land mark sitting majestically at the corner of Duval and Front St. Built in 1891 it has weathered hurricanes and dodged fires that periodically engulf other historic Key West buildings. Originally and for years it was Florida First Nati...
  This however is a great buy on this bank owned property (3814 Flagler Avenue, Key West, FL)!  Can you believe it, a 5 bedroom 3 bath waterfront house on a huge lot (1/3 of an acre) just reduced to $699,000!  In addition to the 3106 sq ft of living area there is also a two car garage. At this as...
The other day I was thinking about this past decade and trying to think about what characterized it when I realize that we do not have a name for it. There is a gap in the English language as to what to call it. Yes we are in the 21st century, but that is for the whole century, not just the first...
Why is it that I am asked daily is my short sale not yet approved after months and months of waiting. This is the all too common question from buyers who have made offers on short sales.  Buyers are pre-approved, brought in offers that are at the current value and then just wait.  Banks seem to b...
A new term has emerged in the ever changing real estate world. Just as none of us knew what a "short sale" was 4 years ago or a "flipper" 9 years ago, we now have chance to expand our vocabulary and incorporate "strategic foreclosure". A strategic foreclosure is when a property owner has the abil...
When ever I talk to people they always ask "how is the real estate market?" So many people have invested in or own homes and other real estate in the Key West area that it is a constant question. So here we go. At the beginning of 2009 in January we had 854 properties on the market in Key West. A...

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