lifeguard: Real Estate Sales Activity - 06/17/13 12:40 AM
Walton County Trend Report shows that we are way up in sales in this county.  Walton County is located in the Panhandle of Florida beginnning at the Alabama Line down to the Gulf of Mexico.
New Home sales were up 15 % in the month of May over last year and for the year to date figure new home sales are up a whopping 28% over 2012 figures.
Resale of Single Family Homes were up 32% over May of last year and for the year up 13%.
In the category of condos and townhomes in the resale category they were up … (0 comments)

lifeguard: Destin Florida March Sales Report - 04/05/13 11:55 PM
My, My, My........Construction is everywhere in Destin, FL.  Signs of a rebuilding and strong economy abound.
Foreclosures and Lis Pendens are way down and inventory is disappearing.
280 Total Single Family Homes sold in March in Okaloosa County.  This is up almost 20% over same period last year.
110 Condos were purchased in the month of March. 
65 Residential Lots purchased in the month of March.
New Average Days on Market is now 197.
Destin Average Sales Price for all Residential is now at $437,530


lifeguard: Train your Dog to Do Your Housework - 03/11/13 09:50 PM
I found this on You Tube and it reminds me how we can train our dogs to help around the house.  I hope you enjoy it.


lifeguard: Can I ride my horse on the beach? Can I walk my dog? - 01/31/13 09:56 PM
A lot of people ask if they can ride their horse on the beaches of S. Walton and the answer is no. 
More people ask if they can have their dog at the beach and the answer is, it depends.
Section 22-31 of the South Walton Ordinances state the following:
(a) No person owning or having charge, care, custody or control of any horse shall cause, permit or allo the animal onto or upon any public beaches in the county.
(b) All dogs shall be prohibited from public beaches in Walton County except:
     (1) Dogs assisting those who are sight … (4 comments)

lifeguard: Took a Dip in August - 09/12/12 11:57 PM
Walton County Florida Sales Report is out for August.  Thank goodness it was just not me that felt the drop in sales activity.  The entire area had a slight drop over July figures.  This can sometimes be attributed to the fact that parents are busy wrapping up the summer and getting their children prepared for school.
Let's take a look at the numbers:
Total Single Family Home Sales gained slightly in August by almost 20% over same period last year.
However, Condo Sales were way off the mark.  They were down 15% from the month of July and down over 20% … (0 comments)

lifeguard: Hurricane Preparedness - 06/23/12 03:46 AM
Debbie is out there in the Gulf of Mexico and now is a good time to remind everyone about hurricane preparedness.
Basic Disaster Supplies Kit
Recommended Supplies List (PDF)Recommended Supplies List (Text)
A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both Flashlight and extra batteries First aid kit Whistle to signal for help Dust … (1 comments)

lifeguard: DR Horton Reduces Incentives - 06/04/12 12:11 AM
DR Horton is one of America‘s largest home builders. They are in my local market building a lot of new homes. They have taken over defaulting neighborhoods and making them whole again. Up until June 1st, they were paying up to $7,500 in buyer‘s closing costs for most communities. Now they have reduced this amount to just $4,000. The prices of their homes also are going up by about 1-2% per month as they are having a difficult time in keeping up with inventory demands.
They used to also allow a buyer to use a local approved mortgage company who was … (0 comments)

lifeguard: 1031 Tax Exchange -- Turning Rental into Primary - 05/16/12 10:25 PM
1031 Exchange – Converting your Rental into a Primary Residence
Under the normal Internal Revenue Service, or IRS, code regulations you are required to pay capital gains taxes when you sell a property and realize a profit. Although the rate at which capital gains are taxed fluctuates, it is typically rather high given federal, possibly state capital gains and recaptured depreciation taxes. This tax can quickly eat away at the gain you realized on the sale of an investment. One option that allows you to defer the payment of capital gains taxes is to enter into a … (1 comments)

lifeguard: Where have all the For Sale Signs Gone? - 05/07/12 01:58 AM
Okaloosa County - April Sales Trends Report
Okaloosa County has approximately 181,000 people living in 930.25 square miles of space.  Towns include Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Crestview, Bluewater Bay, Niceville, Valparaiso, Mary Esther, Eglin AFB, and Hurlburt Field.
There were 273 homes sold in the month of April in Okaloosa County.  For the year it is up slightly by 2.88%.
There were 112 condos and townhomes sold in the month of April.  For the year this number is up 19.44%.
Residentail Lots saw a decline in sales activity.  Only 65 sold in the month of April and down 13.37% for the … (2 comments)

lifeguard: Florida Panhandle Foreclosures - 04/10/12 01:16 AM
1st Quarter Florida PanhandleResidential Property Pre-Foreclousre Filings

lifeguard: All Fridays are Good, Aren't They? - 04/06/12 12:15 AM
Today is a day called Good Friday, but to me all Fridays are Good.  They always have been for as long as I can remember.  I always looked forward to the day called Friday.  How can you not love a Friday.  TGIF !


lifeguard: Beautiful Last Day of the Year - 12/31/11 02:20 AM
Ah, I couldn't have asked for more.  It is just beautiful here today.  I hope your last day of your year is spent reflecting on all of the good that you had this past year.  We all have so many things to be thankful for.  Even the smallest things, like my fingers that are typing this note right now, or my eyes that are reading this.  Take time to reflect on the good and wish for more good in the year to come.  Happy New Year from Lifeguard Real Estate !

Planes over the Destin Harbor.  Happy NEW YEAR!!!!!!

lifeguard: I've lost my MOJO - 11/29/11 01:57 AM
I have lost my MOJO.  Not in real estate, but volunteerism.  I have been a student and champion of my chosen field since 2003.  I have fully dedicated myself to helping others, volunteering for projects, special events, fund raising, you name it.  I am just tired.  I can't remember how many times I have had to rearrange a client appointment just to make time for a meeting or other event.  Well, my 2012 business plan has cut way back on these moments in my business that are not making me any money.  I find that many don't even appreciate all that … (4 comments)

lifeguard: October Sales Report - Emerald Coast Association of Realtors (STRONG) - 11/18/11 01:54 AM
Total Units Sold
Sales statistics are generated on approximately the 10th of each month. These statistics include information recorded in the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors (ECAR)MLS system by ECAR MLS participants and subscribers, and do not include information entered by other Associations or "for sale by owner" properties. The ECAR coverage area is primarily Okaloosa and Walton counties, but may also include parts of Escambia, Santa Rosa and Bay counties. Sales information is based on existing homes only; new construction is not included.

lifeguard: Taste of the Beach - 10/24/11 06:30 AM
Taste of the Beach is coming soon.  Make your reservations now.  Segar's Hilton at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is the location this year.  Follow the above link for more information and tickets.
While you are in town, if you would like to view properties along the Panhandle, give me a ring on my shell phone.
Kelly Klein, Lifeguard Real Estate, Inc.   850-420-2480


lifeguard: How I got my Life Back ! - 08/14/11 03:08 AM
I killed Facebook.  I feel so liberated.  I got my life back.  I found I was spending as much as 2 hours a day of precious business time doing really silly stuff.  Not only do I feel liberated, but I can now concentrate on more face to face activities to build my business. 
It isn't easy killing off your Facebook account.  You can easily deactivate it which is what I did.  I don't feel like deleting every post and photo that I have ever posted.  Can you imagine how time consuming that would be?  So I am a deactivated user.  Facebook … (8 comments)

lifeguard: Getting to the Closing Table - 08/14/11 02:59 AM
Over the last few months getting buyers and sellers to the closing table has gotten harder.  It is almost as bad as watching our current fiascal in Washington between both parties.  Too stubborn to play nice.  Things that used to be considered simple have taken on a new tone of their own.  Buyers who make uncompromising demands and sellers who can't meet deadlines.  I am not sure why it has gotten worse over the past few months in comparison to other months or years gone by, but it has.
It is time for it to STOP.  STOP IT RIGHT NOW.  Whatever … (3 comments)

lifeguard: Economy Affecting my Business - 08/09/11 12:59 AM
I work primarily as a buyer's representative.  In just the past two days I have gotten emails from buyers I have been working with pulling the plug on their purchases.  I have copied and pasted their comments below.
Week of August 08, 2011
Thanks Kelly. After discussing with my wife, we are going to hold off for now. We have a new infant and would not be able to use a beach house now.
We are still hoping to find something but a bit skittish about the current market. Probably won't do anything until we see how this all … (9 comments)

lifeguard: Blue Mountain Beach - 08/05/11 01:03 AM

This view could be your view if you lived in Blue Mountain Beach.  Blue Mountain Beach is located in Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.  On this same road there are homes built in 1950 out of cinderblock that have withstood the tests of time and then there are brand new homes built out of ICF or Insulated Concrete Foam.  The newest house on Blue Mountain Rd is x-Governor and Fox News Reporter Mike Huckabee who calls this area home.  More likely to run into on this road are some of the area's most interesting locals. 
Blue Mountain Beach is home … (6 comments)

lifeguard: Destin, FL Condo Sales July 2011 - 08/03/11 05:39 AM
Absorption Rate for all condos in Destin
Active listings today = 1,134
Number of Sold last Month = 16
16 sold times 12 months = 192
192 divided by 52 weeks in the year = 3.60 units
1,134 divided by 3.60 = 315 weeks of inventory in the market place today
Absorption Rate for Waterfront Condos in Destin
Active listings today = 431
Number of Sold Last Month = 13
13 sold times 12 months = 156
156 divided by 52 weeks in the year = 3.00
431 divided by 3.00 = 143.6 weeks of inventory for Waterfront Condos in … (3 comments)

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"Doing Great Things Today to Improve Tomorrow"

Santa Rosa Beach, FL

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices | Pen Fed Realty

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