key west real estate blog: 713 Emma Street No 2, Key West - President's Weekend Open House - 02/18/18 03:09 AM

In honor of President's Weekend I am hosting an Open House SUNDAY only at 713 Emma Street in Key West. Forget about tourist binoculars and newspapers (although there is an ad in Today's Key West Citizen). I will be there from 12:00 until 3:00 PM where you can see the best condo buy in town.




This is a sweet two story condominium in a small condominium association of only four units all built in 2005. This two bedroom, two bath unit has a first floor/office with half-bath that can double as a third bedroom The unit has GE Smart House technology and … (5 comments)

key west real estate blog: 1214 Olivia Street, Key West - Award Winning Home - 02/16/18 02:28 AM

Brenda Donnelly, the listing Realtor of 1214 Olivia Street in Key West, invited me over to see this impressive listing. She walked me through each room of the house and adjacent guest cottage. She pointed out features of the original house which was expanded in 2002 by the current owner.. The renovation and expansion garnered a Ceramic Star from the Historic Keys Foundation. 
It's mid-February and there was not one cloud in the skies over Key West yesterday afternoon as I began to write today's real estate blog. The temperature was a pleasant 80 degrees. I took the above color photo an … (5 comments)

key west real estate blog: Strange Love in Key West - A True Story - 02/14/18 04:42 AM

I always preference my little tales of Key West by telling my Dear Readers that the stories are true as opposed to stuff that comes out of Washington and reality television. You can't make up the truth, and, sometimes, the truth hurts.
 
A few years ago on the week before Christmas, I was setting up a listing of my office to host a Saturday afternoon open house. I turned on the lights and opened the door to the pool at the rear. I placed my open house signs out in front and prepared to talk to passersby. 
 
I had been sitting on the … (6 comments)

key west real estate blog: 1501 Leon Street, Key West - Bank Owned House Back on the Market - 02/13/18 08:29 AM

BANK OWNED HOUSE - BACK ON THE MARKET.  1501 Leon Street in Key West is a bank owned property that just went back into our MLS as an active listing. The property had been under contract and suddenly the deal fell apart. I spoke with the listing agent who reported the property was ready to close when the buyer failed to close.
 
I wrote about this house as soon as it hit the MLS last year. It went under contract soon after. In fact the day I went over to take photos, another agent was showing the house to her potential buyers. … (2 comments)

key west real estate blog: 713 Emma Street, Key West - Open House Today - 02/11/18 12:24 AM

Okay all of you romantics in Key West this Valentine's Weekend, bring your beautiful bride or handsome husband to see this adorable two bedroom home located at 713 Emma Street just a couple of blocks from Ft Zach Taylor Beach and only a couple of blocks to Duval Street.




 
OPEN HOUSE
 
12:00 to 3:00 PM
 
713 Emma Street, Key West
 

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key west real estate blog: Packing in Key West - 02/10/18 05:02 AM

 
This is a retelling of a true story imparted to me by a lady lawyer who purchased an Old Town  home from me. She lives in a big eastern city throughout most of the year, but spends her winters in Key West. She enjoys the ability to practice her profession in the comfortable environment of her tropical home. She is single and shares her life in Key West with her two dogs which she calls her "puppies".  
 
My buyer. who I'll call "Annie", told me about a recent event which occurred while she was on a scheduled conference call with various "principles". … (11 comments)

key west real estate blog: The Thing I called "The Thing" that Appeared and Disappeard from Higgs Beach in Key West - 02/07/18 04:43 AM

My generation, the baby boomer generation, grew up fearing Russia and anything alien from outer space which I think was really about Russia - a society totally different than our own. One of the cult classics of that time was IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE.  I liked it so much I bought an 8mm five minute silent movie with subtitles.  When we don't understand something we fear it - well, most people do. Others go out and embrace it and figure out what makes it tick. Scientists and daredevils embrace the unknown.
 
Below are photos, most of which I took, but some … (6 comments)

key west real estate blog: Key West January 2018 Real Estate Sales - Prices are Out of This World - 02/04/18 05:28 AM

 
A couple of days ago I was talking with a fellow agent at Preferred Properties Key West. She told me she was up at 5:00 AM and was looking at sales statistics. She said not much has sold and there aren't all that many houses under contract. We shared our concern about over-priced market. I stated I watch the MLS like a hawk and primarily see new listings and price reductions.  They seem to go hand in hand. Some agents will take any listing and put it out there simply to let the market tell the seller that your ego is … (1 comments)

key west real estate blog: Trujillo Grocery as Remembered by Ronny Bailey, Key West Folk Artist - 01/27/18 02:47 AM

I have written several blogs over the past few years touting the folk art of Ronny Bailey, Key West's "artist of residences" so to speak. Ronny is a fifth generation Conch (local who can trace his ancestry for five generations who have lived on the Island of Key West). Ronny  built houses for a living until his retirement a few years ago. Not satisfied with watching re-runs on TV, Ronny emerged from retirement to build tiny houses - very tiny houses, the kind you put in a box and take on a plane back home up north. The houses he builds … (4 comments)

key west real estate blog: 713 Emma Street #2, Key West, Florida - Just Listed - 01/23/18 08:47 AM

 Just Listed 713 Emma Street No. 2, Key West, Florida. This is a genuine buying opportunity for the buyer who wants a home in move-in condition and priced way below the market on the other side of Duval Street. Let's take a look.

This little compound of four homes is located just a couple of blocks east of Blue Heaven and within easy walking distance to the new Truman Waterfront Park. It has the amenities buyers want at a price real people can afford. This home has two bedrooms, two and one-half baths, a ground floor guest room which can also be … (2 comments)

key west real estate blog: 1109 Petronia Street, Key West - Price Reduction on Cute Legal Duplex in Old Town - 01/19/18 06:41 AM

 
Not everybody has oodles of dollars to buy a place in Key West. Some people have to find a way to  make the place help pay for itself so to speak. The legal duplex located at 1109 Petronia Street, as cute as it is, could do just that. The owner could live on the first floor and rent out the second floor for income.
 
This is a scenario that gets played out across the US all time. Single people, married couples, and partners find a place, get a loan, move in, and find some other person to rent the adjacent unit for … (7 comments)

key west real estate blog: Before and After Martin Luther King - 01/15/18 06:54 AM

I don't know what it is about white old men (I am one), but I'll bet they look at the picture of Andy, Barney, Opie, and Aunt Bea and recall that time as the "good old days". Well, I guess, I agree to part of that. I still watch the reruns - they are on TV everyday.  The Andy Griffith Show began in 1960 and reflected life in Mayberry, North Carolina. Well, reflected a vision of a fictional town with very nice white folks.
 
I was thirteen years old in 1960 and remember watching Andy and loving it. I never thought too … (14 comments)

key west real estate blog: 1214 Von Phister Street, Key West - Follow Your Dream - 01/12/18 01:51 AM

Just Listed, but not by me, 1214 Von Phister Street, Key West, This Casa Marina east 2140 square foot home has it all - ALL!  The home was built new in 2002, not remodeled. It has four bedrooms, three baths, and an open concept living area. It is a spacious two story with abundant main floor living area which seamlessly flows out to the covered lanai and pool area. There is also convenient covered parking for two cars.



There is a phrase about a photograph telling a thousand words. Well, these photos show this home is lived in. There is a lot … (5 comments)

key west real estate blog: 629 Elizabeth Street, Key West - Buying Opportunity - 01/09/18 06:25 AM

I have written about or mentioned the house at 629 Elizabeth Street numerous times over the past eleven years including when it was first listed for sale as a "fixer-upper". I know a lot of buyers tried to buy the place back then, including a buyer I represented. He made what he called a fair cash offer which was rejected. The seller selected a different offer and that buyer undertook the project of essentially building a brand new house which incorporated just a few boards from the original cottage that sat on this, the highest point on the island of Key … (3 comments)

key west real estate blog: Fire and Fury & Fatbutt - 01/08/18 06:07 AM

 Today's blog has nothing to do with Key West real estate except that if you want to buy a place or sell a place and you want an agent with life experiences beyond self-aggrandizement and self-promotion, you may want to call me. Info below on that.
 
I want to share a small true tale that may explain why so may people in the White House seem to have made derogatory statements about the boss, Mr. Trump. I think what might have happened was quite insignificant at the time. I did something similar about forty years ago and it changed the course of … (0 comments)

key west real estate blog: 2017 Key West Real Estate Sales Report - My View - 01/05/18 07:09 AM

Photo found in my old shoebox taken in the 1970s from the White Street Pier in Key West - before the condominiums and town homes were built along South Roosevelt and Atlantic Boulevards.
 
It is that time of the year to look back at calendar year 2017 to see the sales prices for single family homes in Key West and to compare those sales to an earlier time to glean a sense of the direction for sales in the near future. This year I decided to compare 2017 real estate sales to 2015 for the simple reason a little distance in time … (1 comments)

key west real estate blog: 2017 That Was the Year That Was in Key West Real Estate Sales - 01/03/18 08:28 AM

Some say Key West dodged the bullet when Hurricane Irma slapped our island home in September 2017.  We were fortunate that only a couple of our homes were severely damaged, but a lot of homes did have roof and fence damages, loss of trees, and loss of peace of mind for a few weeks living in the aftermath of the storm. Earlier in the year we experienced a brisk real estate sales market as dreamers bought houses in the Old Town and Casa Marina areas at higher than ever asking prices.
 
Some people were fearing that Key West might be in a … (0 comments)

key west real estate blog: Key West Properties Blog 11th Anniversay - 12/30/17 08:38 AM

 
Today marks the beginning of my eleventh year in writing my little blog about Key West real estate.  Eleven years ago while having dinner with a couple I sold a house to a few years earlier one of the two suggested that I write a blog about Key West real estate. I asked "What is a blog?" or something like that. He explained a Realtor he knew in New Jersey was writing a blog. So the next day I Googled "blog" and found several examples. I started b blog on December 29, 2007.  I was surprised anybody read what I wrote. … (10 comments)

key west real estate blog: Key West 1989 - A Depiction of the Past - 12/29/17 01:32 AM

I found the above photo a week or so ago. It was taken in Key West in 1989.  I love this pic.  It depicts how much of Old Town looked nearly 30 years ago. (I invite readers who recognize the location to comment below. I will go over and photograph the location and update this blog.)
 
I would guess that more than seventy percent of the homes in Old Town have been totally renovated and that less than five percent look anything like the two above. The old wood telephone poles have been replaced by concrete poles which now include fast internet … (5 comments)

key west real estate blog: Negotiating with Bullies - A Perspective Based on A Christmas Story - 12/23/17 05:50 AM

One of my all time favorite movies is A Christmas Story. It took place about the time I was growing up in the suburbs of Denver. Readers in their sixties and over should appreciate the town, the houses, the school, the neighborhood, the situations, and the characters that are portrayed in this classic.
 
One of my favorite scenes is that of dealing with the bully. We have all encountered bullies in our lives. Collectively we have one in Washington that looks a lot like the kid above. But I will leave that topic for a different forum.  About forty  years ago I … (6 comments)

 
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