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.

real estate: 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.


real estate: 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)

real estate: October Sunrise - 10/21/12 10:04 PM


real estate: Walton County Florida Sales Trends - 10/05/12 05:26 AM
Here in the Panhandle there are signs of new construction everywhere.  Walton County had an 88% jump in the new home sales category.  Once again mostly prompted by builders buying up distressed residential lots and building new at very affordable and reasonable prices this close to the beach.
Lot sales were up almost 74% for the year over last year contributing to this growth.
The only category seemingly going down right now are condo sales.  Down overall almost 17%.  Financing for a condo is much more difficult than in days gone by.
Foreclosures have dropped off while Lis Pendens are beginning … (1 comments)

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)

real estate: 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)

real estate: March Sales Report for Okaloosa County - 04/08/11 06:06 AM
Okaloosa County -- 24 Miles of White Sugar Shoreline.  Destin, Florida considered the luckiest fishing village in Florida.  Award winning beaches.
263 Homes sold in Okaloossa County in the month of March.  This is an increase of 15% over same period last year.  Year to date totals show that there have been 646 home sales in the county which is a year to date increase of 21%.  Home sales are brisk with the increased presence of our military men and woman relocating to our area at Eglin Airforce Base and Hurlburt Field.
92 Condos/Townhomes sold in the month of March compared … (0 comments)

real estate: Panama City Beach February Gulf Front Condo Report - 03/10/11 02:08 AM
I just looked at how many Gulf Front condos are for sale today in Panama City Beach, FL.
I found out that there are 708 of them.  In the month of February there were 67 sales completed for the month. 
I figured how many weeks of inventory we still have on the market and although the number is large at 45 weeks of inventory, it is a whole lot less than last year at this time.
My guess is that all of the fence sitters better get a move on.  Condo prices are still relatively low matching those prices from April … (1 comments)

real estate: Tax Benefits of Buying a Home - 02/09/11 06:47 AM
Homeownership offers lots of tax benefits
WASHINGTON - Feb. 9, 2011 - Renting offers zero tax breaks, while buying a home has several tax benefits that make ownership more affordable. Real estate professionals, however, must be careful when providing detailed tax advice to clients to avoid lawsuits - but it's okay to make sure clients have the information they need to understand all the tax benefits of homeownership.The following list outlines a few tax benefits of homeownership, according to Stephen Fishman, an author and lawyer who specializes in small business, tax and intellectual property law.▪ Home mortgage interest deduction: Homeowners can … (0 comments)

real estate: Commission Splits - 02/05/11 04:16 AM
In general in your State do the listing agents split fairly, meaning 50/50 with the selling agent or buyer's representative.  Who do you think works harder for the sale?
Have you ever had an agent tell you that it is the company policy where they work?  Do you think they are really an independent contractor if so or an employee?  Uhmmmmmm......
Do you think that the seller knows the split being posted in the local MLS ahead of time and what this can and cannot do to assist him or her with the sale of their property?
If you have identical … (7 comments)

real estate: Martin Luther King Holiday - 01/17/11 07:00 AM
Wishing you a NONVIOLENT holiday !  We need more civility.  Peace be with you all on this holiday.  May you too have a DREAM.

real estate: Cobra Zones - 12/20/10 12:28 AM
A closing that was supposed to happen, didn't.  Along the beach areas of Destin, Florida there are several neighborhoods that are in a Cobra Zone. Cobra Zones are insurance zones where the Federal Government will deny flood insurance to home or commercial owners.  Flood Insurance is available but only through insurance companies like Lloyds of London and at a high cost.  The deal that went south recently had a yearly flood insurance cost of $30,000 per year.  That was enough to make this buyer walk.  I am now unsure how this bank owned property will ever sell.  Of course a cash buyer … (6 comments)

real estate: Coming Soon ~ New Stores - 12/15/10 03:37 AM
Destin Commons is located where the MidBay Bridge and Hwy. 98 meet in Destin, FL.  There are several new stores that have opened up and about to open up this year.  This will present some new employment opportunities in our area.  Located in Okaloosa County, FL.   If I can help you move to this destination employment city, please feel free to contact me.  I would love to help.
Okaloosa County has the 10th highest job growth rate of the 300 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) across the United States.
High Technology Industry-Cybercity#3 in Florida, 2007American Electronics Association
Best Cities for Doing … (0 comments)

real estate: Do you take a vacation? - 12/04/10 12:50 AM
Here it is Saturday morning.  I just got back from the gym.  I am lining up listings for viewings today and tomorrow as well.  I work 7 days a week.  You might wonder if I take a vacation?  It is difficult when you work for yourself to do so.  I refer business out to other Realtors in my market area that I trust and respect when I am away.  I usually am the passenger in a car when traveling.  I hate flying and even avoid it more now.  I am not one to take a cruise ship either.  So you might … (7 comments)

real estate: Grayton Beach Fitness - 11/20/10 01:55 AM
I love working at at the Grayton Beach Fitness Center.  They have 24/7 access.  They also have a full line up of classes.  On Monday, Wednesday, and Firdays you can take a spin class for an hour.  Guaranteed to make you wobble out of there.  On Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays at 8:30 you can take a variety of classes from circuit training, Ab Core workout, and Body Mechanix workouts.  At 10:30 at Wednesdays they have Tai Chi Class.  If you prefer to workout after work they have spin classes and Tai Chi as well as the Boot Camp class.  No matter what … (0 comments)

real estate: Be careful of Mixed Use - 11/17/10 11:42 PM
Mixed Use is the use of real property for more than one use, such as a condominium building that has residential and commercial units both.  It could combine retail, office and residential, or industrial, office and residential.
In Florida, many of the condos are in mixed use buildings.  Although at first this seems like a great idea.  For instance, need lunch?  Just go downstairs to the local sandwich shop.  However, you will soon find that there are wrappers and left over coke cans in your parking lot that you are now picking up and taking care of just to keep your … (3 comments)

real estate: Your're Where? I know..... - 11/10/10 10:59 PM
Facebook is being used more and more for thieves to know when you are away.  Be careful posting where you are at any exact moment in time.  If you want to share where you've been and what you've been up to, it is best to do it on a day other than the actual day.  Don't make it easy to be a target by criminals.
Don't share all of your laundry either.  Keeping things private can go along way with safety of you, your home, and your family.
The same can be said of property listings.  Don't advertise a listing as … (4 comments)

real estate: Referrals - 11/08/10 12:19 AM
Referral Survey
1)  What percentage of your business are you now getting through referrals?
2)  What percentage of your business would you realistically like to get through referrals?
3) What is the most effective method that you are currently using to generate referrals?
Here is what I found out.
The most effective method of generating referrals was though a networking group.  Second most effective was asking for a referral verbally.  Yes, just asking for it.  3rd most effective is asking for it in writing.

real estate: Can I just be sick today? - 10/17/10 04:38 AM
I have been fighting my first cold of the season.  My ears ache, my throat is so sore it hurts to talk, and my body in general is just yucky.  I have not been sick in a very, very long time and I am known for being always on my game and always up and positive.  A client called and wants to see a home this afternoon.  I told him I just couldn't today.  It is the first time I have said no in a long time.  However, I would probably make them ill too if I hung out with them … (4 comments)

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"Doing Great Things Today to Improve Tomorrow"

Santa Rosa Beach, FL

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