lifeguard real estate: 2012 Home Size Fact - 10/18/13 06:01 AM
According to the U.S. Census Bureau the Median home size in the U.S. in 2012 was 2,306 square feet of space and the number one biggest regret was not buying a bigger house.
My local market has 1,316 homes for sale that fit this category today.

Would you like to own a piece of Paradise?
Kelly Klein, Lifeguard Real Estate, Inc.

lifeguard real estate: Can I shoot off fireworks at the beach? - 02/11/13 01:31 AM
South Walton County has the following ordinance on the books concerning fireworks at the beach.  Fireworks desplays south of the Choctawhatchee Bay shall require a permit from thw South Walton Fire Department (SWFD), and may only be issued to a person or company maintaining a valid, current Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Explosive (BATFE) license.  At a minimum this shall be a Low Explosive License.


lifeguard real estate: Take a Drive - 01/23/13 08:55 PM
Home builders release forecast for 2013 LAS VEGAS – Jan. 23, 2013 – The housing upturn that took root last year is expected to pick up momentum in 2013, but headwinds along a number of fronts could impede the pace of the recovery, according to economists at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas this week. “Nearly every measure of housing market strength – sales, starts, prices, permits and builder confidence – has been trending upward in recent months and we expect to see gradual but steady growth along these lines in 2013,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe.
This isn't … (3 comments)

lifeguard real estate: Walton County Florida School Calendar - 08/12/12 10:30 PM
School started August 8th for Walton County School District
Days Scheduled Closed are the following:
September 3rd for Labor Day
November 12th Veterans' Day
November 19-23 Thanksgiving Holiday
December 21-January 4, 2013 Winter Break
February 18, 2013 President's Day
March 14th and 15th Teacher Planning Days (Students Out)
March 25-29, 2013 Spring Break
May 24th, 2013 Last Day of School
Graduation Dates this year are as follows:
Paxton High School - May 18, 2013
Walton High School - May 18, 2013
South Walton High School - May 23, 2013
Freeport High School - May 24, 2013

lifeguard real estate: July 2012 Walton County Florida Sales Report - 08/10/12 12:11 AM
New home sales are up over 98% in Walton County Year-to-Date 2012 over Year-to-Date 2011 figures. DR HORTON has contributed to this increase with 13 new communities in South Walton County alone. To view, go to
Resale of Detached Single Family homes remain stagnant. Why buy used when you can buy new for less and get a home warranty?
Walton County does not really have any new condos to offer for sale so this number is almost 70% down over last year's figure. It makes sense for this to happen. Land is at an all time premium, thus we have … (1 comments)

lifeguard real estate: July Sales 2012 - 08/09/12 12:30 AM
In my targeted sales area, there were 395 sales in the month of July.  The average sales price was $368,829 and the average price per square foot was $179.35 per square foot.  On average listings are staying on the market 190 days.
School is right around the corner and with kids and parents all rushing to end their summer vacations, sales generally slow a bit in the month of August and will pick up again in September.
We have had a lot of rain in the Panhandle this year.  We are no longer in a drought. 


lifeguard real estate: June Sales Figures Out -- Walton, County Florida - 07/12/12 01:41 AM
While lot sales soared in the month of June, it is mainly due to DR Horton buying failed subdivisions that are just hitting the market as distressed properties.  DR just closed on 68 lots in Cypress Breeze Planatation.  Talk about a great place to build.  They will be soon selling homes in there from the low $200,000 to the mid $300,000 and it is only a mile to the beaches of S. Walton.  Looking for a buyer's agent to help you through this?  Look no further.  I can assist you with the process and make sure that your interests are protected.

lifeguard real estate: 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 real estate: We Are All Beautiful, Aren't We? - 06/21/12 11:52 PM
Okay, between trying to stay fit, dressing professionally, and keeping my car clean daily, we are all beautiful, right?
Yes We Are !
So how do we do it?  It becomes harder when we age.  I recently found a new app on my iPhone 4S called My Fitness Pal.  I love this app.  It tracks how many calories I eat each day and how many calories I burn each day during exercise all with the end goal of losing weight and looking more beautiful.  It works !  I set a goal to lose a pound a week and this week I lost … (2 comments)

lifeguard real estate: Walton County Real Estate Sales Activity for May 2012 - 06/12/12 10:31 PM
What is going on in Walton County Florida? 
Let's take a look.  May experienced a jump in Single Family Homes sales.  Up 19% for the year and 14% over May of 2011.  Lower interest rates and affordable homes are making a difference.
Condo and Townhome sales were only up slighty by 9.28% for the month of May and down overall slightly for the year by -.44%.  Condo and townhome loans are more difficult to obtain.  You must have excellent credit and at least 25-30% cash down.  On top of that, the condo association cannot have more than 15% deliquencies of non-paying … (1 comments)

lifeguard real estate: April Walton County Florida Sales Activity Report Just Out - 05/08/12 12:13 AM
Total Number of Single Family Homes that have sold in the month of April were 193.  Sales have been brisk.  Out of the 193 homes that have sold, 130 of them were new.  This means that we see a lot of construction activity again and the market is recovering nicely putting a lot of folks back to work.
Total Number of Condos that sold in April were 97.  This is actually slightly down from a year ago.  However, the condo market has been hit hard in the mortgage area.  If you can't pay cash, then it is extremely difficult to finance … (0 comments)

lifeguard real estate: Featured Complex -- Gulf Place Cabanas - 04/17/12 12:59 AM
The Gulf Place Cabanas are located at 145 Spires Lane in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459.  This building is a low-rise offering just four floors with 43 units.  There are 43 one bedroom units in this complex and they rent quite well.  They are located across the street from three deeded beach access areas and the Public Access of Ed Walline Park off of Hwy. 30A.  They have an outdoor pool, a hot tub, elevator, tennis courts, shuffle board courts, dog park, walking trails, hall bunks, private balconies and washer and dryers in each unit. 
Gulf Place hosts a walkabout every 3rd … (2 comments)

lifeguard real estate: Walton County Real Estate Sales Activity Report -- March 2012 - 04/09/12 01:44 AM
What has been happening in Walton County Florida lately? 
Single Family New Home Sales are up 205% over March of 2011 and for the year they are up 168.63%.
DR Horton seems to be the trend leader in this category.  They have more building permits than any other builder in Walton County at this time and new construction can be seen everywhere in the county from Mussett Bayou Estates, Santa Rosa Golf Villas, Peach Creek, Sacred Oaks, Driftwood Estates, Whispering Lakes, Water Oaks, and Windsor Estates.  It has put a lot of people back to work and you can catch positive … (0 comments)

lifeguard real estate: 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 real estate: Destin Condo Market is HOT - 03/30/12 12:16 AM
One way to decipher a market is to analyze it.  I love to do this in all categories.  I am a bit of a real estate nerd and love to watch the numbers so I understand what is going on.
In my Investment Market, Condos under the $175,000 price range the numbers came as below:
Number of Condos in the Market in Destin and Santa Rosa Beach having at least one bedroom , one bathroom and less than $75,000 in price = 140 total
Number of Condos in the Market in Destin and Santa Rosa Beach having at least … (0 comments)

lifeguard real estate: Monday Morning Mortgage Market Update - 03/19/12 04:48 AM

Market Update Week Ending March 16, 2012
What began as a quiet week quickly turned negative following the release of Tuesday's Fed announcement. Mixed economic data and Treasury auctions had little impact. Mortgage rates ended the week significantly higher.
While it was very similar to the last statement, the Fed announcement reflected some degree of improvement in the economy. This caused investors to reduce expectations for further Fed easing through purchases of mortgage-backed securities (MBS). The chance that the Fed would produce enormous additional demand had helped propel MBS prices to their recent highs, so this news caused investors to … (0 comments)

lifeguard real estate: Seaside Half Marathon - 03/04/12 11:50 PM
Seaside, FL has an awesome turnout for its 10th annual Seaside Half Marathon this past weekend.  Although I do not participate, I do have a bird's eye view of the racers from my 4th story condo.  My dog Dolly who viewed the race for the first time in her life loved it too.

Dolly watching the runners in the 10th Annual Seaside half marathon.
There were 3,700 runners and 300 volunteers this year.  This is the maximum amount of runners allowed for this race.  The race begins at Seaside and the turnaround point is Gulf Place along the 30A corridor.  … (0 comments)

lifeguard real estate: Featured Complex - Emerald Hill Townhomes - 02/29/12 03:53 AM
Today I am featuring the Emerald Hill Townhomes located at 3722 East Hwy 30A, Seagrove Beach, FL 32459
This complex has 3 floors offering 36 total units.  There are 7 Studio Units, 8 one bedroom units, 11 two bedroom units and 10 3 bedroom units.  Unit numbers 1-16 are Gulf Front.  There are private garages and an open parking lot as well.  They own 100 Feet of Dedicated Beach. 
Located in the heart of Seagrove Beach near shopping, bicycle rentals, and restauranta.  It has an outdoor pool area, BBQ grills, and washer and dryers.
There have been two recent sales both … (0 comments)

lifeguard real estate: Mortgage Market Update - 02/26/12 10:57 PM
<!--StartFragment--> Market Update Week Ending February 24, 2012
The Greek bailout package was passed on Monday as expected, and there was little reaction in US markets. Mixed US economic data also had little influence. Strong Treasury auctions were the biggest factor for mortgage rates this week, and rates ended the week a little lower.
Investors are beginning to focus on the price of oil. Concerns about Iran have pushed oil prices up to the highest level in nine months. Higher energy prices are bad for consumers and the economy. Since higher oil prices have two opposite effects on inflation, though, the … (0 comments)

lifeguard real estate: 1031 Tax Exchange - 02/22/12 11:45 PM
1031 investment property is real or personal property held for the proper intent as defined by Internal Revenue Code § 1.1031. 1031 exchanges allow the owner to indefinitely defer the federal and state capital gains and recaptured depreciation taxes triggered when the property is sold and replaced with like-kind property. Taxes are due when the replacement property is sold or deferred in another 1031 exchange.
Proper Intent The proper intent is “property held in a trade, business or investment.” Facts support the proper 1031 investment property intent such as:
hold time rental history minimal personal use history of purchase and sales, … (0 comments)

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Santa Rosa Beach, FL

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