the keyes company: About Wilton Manors - 04/29/07 04:34 AM
Wilton Manors is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. The population was 12,697 at the 2000 census. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2004 estimates, the city had a population of 12,844. Wilton Manors is part of the Fort Lauderdale, Florida metropolitan area. Wilton Manors was the second city in the United States to elect a majority gay city council (After West Hollywood, California). Wilton Manors is one of the nation's premiere gay friendly destinations.
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the keyes company: Home For Sale (1800sft Plus 800sft Hobby Room) - 04/28/07 01:22 PM
Spacious 1800 sq.ft. home PLUS 800 sq. ft. patio-styled storage workshop. Main house is highly energy efficient with new electric. Two large master bedrooms with baths PLUS guest room with bamboo wood floors throughout. Designer styled gourmet kitchen with new stainless steel 5 burner gas stove and appliances. Studio sized air conditioned separate storage /office with outside door, oversized laundry room, and large computer / library room. Excellent schools blocks away. Home crafted with value and tender loving care.
Style: Detached Total Area: 2000 Living Area: 1806 Lot Size: Less than quarter acre Waterfront: Yes Amenities/Equipment: Dishwasher Dryer Fire Alarm Gas … (0 comments)

the keyes company: What should a Realtor keep in their car? - 04/25/07 11:32 AM
Today I decided to get organized. I decided the best thing I could do to achieve ultimate efficiency was to put a file system in my car. I went to Office Depo and got a portable file system and 25 brightly colored files. I made 5 copies of both purchase and listing contracts and put them in separate files and neatly labeled them. I found a few flyers for local condo projects like Trump Hollywood, my third folder witch I also neatly labeled. 3 folders down twenty-two to go, that's when I had a brain freeze. What else should a Realtor … (20 comments)

the keyes company: Open House Today (Price Reduced 30,000) Oakland Park - 04/22/07 02:35 AM
1 O'clock today untill 4 New Price!!! This Remodeled 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home In Lovely Whispering Lakes Subdivision. This home is ready for you to move in! All new wood-look laminate floors, crown molding, brand new kitchen with stainless steel appliances; huge laundry/storage room with new washer, dryer and water heater; baths are tastefully remodeled; large living room-dining.
1771 NW 45TH ST Oakland Park 333092 Bedrooms 2 Full Baths Whispering Lakes Subdivision Ben Gwilliam The Keyes Company 1520 E. Sunrise Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 E-mail: Mobile: 954-309-1444 
Map of 1771 Nw 45th St Oakland Park, FL 33309-4539, US … (0 comments)

the keyes company: Event Calendar On Las Olas - 04/21/07 08:46 AM
April 2007Las Olas Outdoor Gourmet MarketSunday, April 8th - 9am-4pmLocation: 1201 East Las Olas BoulevardTo be held in the parking lot of Las Olas ChemistFull details at on Las Olas benefitting Partners in EducationThursday, April 19thLocation: Las Olas BoulevardFull details at Olas Outdoor Gourmet MarketSunday, April 22nd - 9am-4pmLocation: 1101 East Las Olas BoulevardTo be held in the parking lot of between Rino's Tuscan Grill and Mediterranean MarketFull details at Week USA presented by McDonaldsMonday, April 30th - Friday, May 4thLocation: Las Olas Boulevard at A1A / Port EvergladesMore on details at 2007McDonalds Air & Sea … (0 comments)

the keyes company: Las Olas - 04/21/07 04:24 AM
Las Olas Boulevard is a popular thoroughfare located in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States. It is home to many of the bars and nightclubs, as well as trendy shops, chic boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and hotels. Las Olas Boulevard has drawn comparisons to many of the most upscale places to shop in the United States. It is referred to as the "Rodeo Drive" of Fort Lauderdale. The name "Las Olas" means "The Waves" in Spanish.
The boulevard was constructed in 1917, when Las Olas was just a dirt road that took people to the Fort Lauderdale Beach.
There has been a radical … (0 comments)

the keyes company: Eliminating Subjective Language (Puffery) From Professional Reports - 04/20/07 09:28 PM
When completing reports for banks or mortgage companies, I find it is unprofessional to use subjective language (puffery) in my reports. The grid below lists comments and phrases that are unacceptable because they are subjective as well as acceptable objective alternatives.
Words and Phrases NOT to use                                          Words and Phrases To Use
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the keyes company: Why Go With The Keyes Company? - 04/20/07 08:14 PM
The Keyes Company is a full-service real estate company whose heritage can be traced back to a small, one-desk office opened on Biscayne Boulevard in Miami in 1926 by Kenneth Keyes.  The company has become a legend in South Florida real estate and is now one of the largest firms in the country.
As an independently-owned family business, Keyes has served the residential and commercial real estate needs of South Florida families, neighborhoods and business communities for over 80 years.  Today, Keyes has over 1,800 associates in 30 branch offices located throughout Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin and Volusia counties as well as in … (0 comments)

the keyes company: Glossary of realtor puffery terms - 04/19/07 10:59 AM
Spacious - average
Charming - small
Comfortable - very small
Cozy - very, very small
Low maintenance - no lawn
Walk to stores - nowhere to park your car
Prestgious - expensive
Bright and sunny - venetian blinds not included
Townhouse - former tenement
Modern - 30 to 40 years old
Contemporary - at least 15 years old
Sprawling ranch - inefficient floor plan
Natural setting - forget about planting, the deer will eat everything
Secluded setting - far away
Executive neighborhood - high taxes
Near houses of worship - fanatical denomination next door
Park-like setting - a tree on the block
Unaffected charm - needs painting
Starter home - run down
Hurry! Won't last - about to collapse
And much, … (15 comments)

the keyes company: Top Real Estate Sales Professionals Honored by The Keyes Company - 04/18/07 01:29 PM
Taken from The Keyes Company Website.
February 16, 2007
Top Real Estate Sales Professionals
Honored by The Keyes Company
The Keyes Company is proud to salute the top real estate professionals who are setting the standards for excellence with outstanding sales success in 2006.  Associates who have achieved $3 million and up in sales volume were recognized during a special dinner cruise and ceremony.
"We are honored to have so many dedicated, high caliber professionals as part of the Keyes organization," said Keyes Company President Mike Pappas.  "It is our associates who can be credited for the Keyes' reputation for integrity, … (2 comments)

the keyes company: Tips For Sellers In A Buyers Market - 04/17/07 02:09 PM
So how long have you had your home on the market? This is a common topic of conversation lately in Ft Lauderdale. Many people have had their homes on the market for months without an offer. In years past all a Realtor had to do was put a home on the MLS (multiple listing service) within hours the homeowner would be presented with multiple offers. The Fort Lauderdale market has changed, almost over night we went from a sellers market to a buyers market. This happens when the local inventory of homes becomes greater than the demand for those homes. While … (0 comments)

the keyes company: Don't listen to the negitives, its time to buy. - 04/15/07 07:36 AM
Ft Lauderdale real estate has been booming for the last five years. Then a few months ago something changed. All of a sudden the Sun Sentinel and the Miami Herald had nothing good at all to say about the South Florida real estate market. I even read some where that the Florida real estate bubble had finally burst. I don't think what is happening in the market is quite that serious but there are changes happening. For years Ft Lauderdale was a sellers market. That meant that sellers held all the cards and where in total control. During this time it … (1 comments)

the keyes company: Home For Sale (Price Reduced 50000) Ocean Access - 04/15/07 02:20 AM
Today At 1:00 O'clock
JUST REDUCED! This fixed bridge ocean access home is updated and in move-in condition! New kitchen and appliances and granite counters. Luxurious new baths. Laminate and tile flooring and crown moulding. Brand new dock for your boat. New deck in the reargarden overlooking the waterway, and room for a pool. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac with easy access to everything. Irrigation system is canal fed. New roof. Move right in and enjoy everything this South Florida beauty has to offer!

the keyes company: Photography Tip’s and Tricks - 04/14/07 02:44 PM
Good Pictures are priceless when it comes to the marketing of a listing. You don't have to spend much time on to realize there's a bunch of bad photographers out there and most Realtors don't value what good photography can do for their image and sales.
Tip 1Wait for a good day, blue skies sell houses. I've seen million dollar houses photographed in the rain.
Tip 2Take your front shot with the sun to your back, your skies will be bluer and your image will look much crisper. Front shots should not have cars parked in the driveway and the … (43 comments)

the keyes company: Summer Lake Condos - 04/14/07 09:23 AM
Summer Lake Condos
The lake is still as you drift along. The afternoon is slowly giving way to dusk as the sun begins to descend on the horizon. The balmy air and the sound of the water as it laps the side of the boat stir up fond memories of your childhood - warm summer picnics, fishing, canoeing, and counting stars as they appear in the sky. On the lake side deck, children watch in wonder as tiny fish dart in and out of site. This is the life. This is Summer Lake.
Amenities and Features
23 Acre Lake For Fishing And BoatingControlled Access … (1 comments)

the keyes company: Another Reason To Love South Florida - 04/12/07 02:24 AM
Just North of Trump Hollywood on the left hand side of Ocean Drive is another reason to love South Florida, Giorgio's Bakery & Market. Giorgio's was the first restaurant I ate at after moving to Aventura from New York five years ago. Since then I must have eaten there a hundred times. I have a lot of great memories there, good friends and good times.
Giorgio's has a great Greek bistro atmosphere and it overlooks the Intra-Coastal waterway. On any given day you can sit, eat and watch million dollar boats float by, the whole atmosphere is very inspiring. It's a great … (2 comments)

the keyes company: Trump Does Florida "again" - 04/11/07 02:33 AM
Yesterday after leaving the office at Keyes Ft Lauderdale I decided to go take a sneak peak at Donald Trump and Jorge Perez, of the Related Groups, latest joint venture, Trump Hollywood. I was not disappointed. Trump Hollywood will be a magnificent glass and concrete tower coming out of white sand to stand 40 stories over looking the Atlantic Ocean. Glass and concrete does little to make me think of home but some how these moguls have pulled it of, standing in the show room I could easily picture myself living there. The plans scream luxury and yet conveys excellence and elegance. … (3 comments)


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