August 25, 2014

Real Estate Activity August 18th to August 24th, 2014 - New listings, pending sales and closed sales

New Listing - 108 N. Bounty
Last week, a listing came on the market that got a lot of attention - a large bayfront home for just $423,900. Upon closer examination, this home has some major issues - including being built without an active building permit. despite failed inspections, and an expired permit, construction continued. There is speculation that this home will have to be bulldozed. This explains why the price is what it is. It is essentially being marketed as a vacant lot, listed at land value only.  Still, I am sure some investor will take a chance on it and try to save the building. Time will tell.

Pending Sale - Key Largo Yacht Club
Pending sales included a beautiful 3 bedroom townhome at Key Largo Yacht Club with direct open ocean views. This complex is off the beaten path and is very quiet and serene. There is also not one, but two deeded boat slips included with this property in the protected marina. The home was offered fully furnished for $875,000 at time of contract.

Sold Listing - 120 Columbus Drive
Sold listings included an all concrete home on Lower Matecumbe for $479,000. This canalfront home needs some updating, but it is in a great location and was priced to sell.  Listed for $499,900, it sold in just 48 days for $479,000.

Follow the links below to view the listings.

New Listings
Pending Sales
Sold Listings

Listing information is gathered from the Florida Keys Multiple Listing Service (MLS).  Listing links will automatically expire after 9/24/2014.

August 20, 2014

Understanding Flood Insurance in the Florida Keys

There are a lot of industry terms used in the real estate market that are not readily understood by potential buyers coming into the area. Terms such as "above flood" or "below flood" and "pre-firm" may be confusing for buyers. I'd like to share this video from Key West that does an excellent job illustrating those terms and more. It also let buyers know that there is a possibility to elevate an existing building to above flood, and what the advantages are to doing that. 

August 19, 2014

Market Update - Real estate activity from August 11th to August 17th, 2014

It's that time of year when the kids start going back to school, tourism starts to drop a bit and life in the Keys returns to a slower pace. At least that is what usually happens this time of year. There is still quite a bit of traffic on the Overseas Highway and quite a few people looking at real estate.

Last week, 21 new listings entered the market (with two of them are under contract already). 28 properties went under contract and 14 properties sold and closed.

New Listing - 25 Coral Drive
One of the new listings - 25 Coral Drive - was on the market for just 11 days when it went under contract. It's an old conch cottage located on a nice lot in Key Largo. It's in need of a lot of repairs, but the location is a good location. I wouldn't be surprised if we see this little gem fixed up and put back on the market soon. It was listed at $119,000.

Pending Sale - 216 Treasure harbor
Pending listings include my conch cottage in Treasure Harbor, located in Islamorada.  This 2 bedroom, 2 bath home is on a large lot overlooking an open harbor. There is immediate Ocean access and very quick bay access via nearby Snake Creek. It was listed for $610,000 at the time of contract.

Sold Listing - 1120 Heron Road
Sold listings include a nice CBS stilt home on a canal with cut-in boat slip. This home has a large covered parking area as well as a bar with tiki on the ground level and a spacious 1,400 square foot residence upstairs. Originally listed at $755,000, it sold for $630,000.

Follow the links below to view the listings.

New Listings
Pending Sales
Sold Listings

Listing information is gathered from the Florida Keys Multiple Listing Service (MLS).  Listing links will automatically expire after 9/18/2014.

August 13, 2014

Not the typical boat race - The Annual "Anything That Floats" contest is this weekend

The Florida Keys with its beautiful waterfront setting are well known for boating.  It's not unusual to have sailboat races, speedboat races, and more.

But this event is unlike any of the others. In this event, the boats are all homemade - with restrictions. Materials allowed that you can find around your house: cardboard, wood, PVC, duct tape, milk jugs, 5 gallon buckets, saran wrap, old t-shirts, outdoor furniture, old bikes, and pool noodles. Just no motors, inflatable rafts, foam, or pool toys are allowed.

"Boats" need to hold together long enough to hold team members inside during the half-mile dash through a buoyed course set in Blackwater Sound from Key Largo's Caribbean Club to Sundowners and back.

Always a crowd pleaser, this event is sure to be fun for all - both spectators and participants alike.

The race is held on Saturday, August 16th. For more event information, go to

August 12, 2014

Market Update - Real Estate Activity from August 4th to August 10th, 2014

What a week!  Last week was certainly a busy one with 20 new listings, 15 sold listings and a whopping 35 listings put under contract!

New Listing - 27 Lake Shore Drive
New Listings include a large 3 story home with pool on protected harbor in Key Largo. This home has 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, with the master suite being a private third floor retreat. Each level features open patios overlooking the pool and the harbor. It is offered at $850,000

Pending Sale - #503 Summer Sea
Pending Sales include a large top floor penthouse at Summer Sea Condos in Tavernier. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath residence has covered parking and bay views, in addition to a private rooftop deck. This complex makes for easy vacation rental to earn income while you are not using the unit for yourself. It was listed at $494,900 at time of contract.

Sold Listing - 135 Palermo
Sold listings included a ground level home in desirable Venetian Shores in Islamorada. This home is in need to total repair and restoration and the new owner will most likely be building a completely new home. It has 70 feet of dockage and a cut-in boat ramp.  It sold for $400,000

To view the listings, follow the links below:

New Listings
Pending Sales
Closed Sales

Listing information is gathered from the Florida Keys Multiple Listing Service (MLS).  Listing links will automatically expire after 9/10/2014.

August 07, 2014

Just Reduced - 216 Treasure Harbor Road - Islamorada

Old Florida Charm Overlooking Protected Harbor in Islamorada – The perfect fishing retreat in the Florida Keys. This 2BD / 2BA home boasts 70’ of dockage on wide, quiet, protected harbor with immediate ocean access and quick bay access via nearby Snake Creek. The property features a spacious yard with covered lanai overlooking the water, updated kitchen, open floor plan and more.  Just reduced to $610,000. 
Visit for photos and more information.

August 04, 2014

Weekly Market Update - Real Estate Activity from July 28th, 2014 to August 3rd, 2014

Traditionally, this is the slow season in the Florida Keys. But after speaking with fellow Realtors and even land surveyors, most are reporting that business is booming.

This last week was no exception.  18 new listings were put up for sale (with one of them already under contract), 18 listings went under contract and 21 sales were closed. Not bad numbers for "off season"!

Plantation By The Sea
One of the new listings to appear is a condo at popular Plantation By The Sea. This 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath condo has been renovated with top of the line touches such as granite counter-tops, solid wood cabinetry, impact windows and new appliances.  It is offered for sale at $230,000.

Moon Bay
Pending listings include my listing at Moon Bay in Key Largo, unit A203. This  complex allows weekly rentals, making it a sound investment for the buyer who is looking for rental income.  This unit has 2 bedrooms and 1.5 baths and includes a deeded boat slip. It was listed at $255,000 at time of contract. For more information about Moon Bay, visit

Ocean Pointe #4312
Closed sales include another of my listings, #4312 at Ocean Pointe.  This condo was beautifully renovated and professionally decorated.  Ocean Pointe has one of the most flexible rental programs in the Keys, allowing for rentals of just one day or more. The on-site rental program makes renting the unit a breeze.  For more information about Ocean Pointe, visit

To view the listings, follow the links below:

New Listings
Pending Sales
Closed Sales

Listing information is gathered from the Florida Keys Multiple Listing Service (MLS).  Listing links will automatically expire after 9/23/2014.

August 01, 2014

Remodeling - Before and After

When looking at property it's easy to dismiss a property you saw because it didn't have a "wow" factor.  However, sometimes all it takes is a little updating with new furniture and a few well chosen accents to make a huge difference.

This beautiful condo in Ocean Pointe just sold. When it last sold, the new owner wanted to do some remodeling. The unit was in wonderful condition when she purchased, but just a few renovations made it truly beautiful. Here is a view of the living room and kitchen taken before and after. The appliances, cabinets and flooring were all left the same. The new owner added new light fixtures in the kitchen, replaced the granite counter-top with a larger piece, removed the popcorn ceiling and mirror panels on the wall.  Then, she added crown molding, new furniture and decorations, new ceiling fan and new paint. The difference is amazing.

Remember to think about the potential some changes can make when looking at possible properties to buy.

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