Election 2016’s Presidential Election Cost and Angry Taxpayer

You love Trump or you hate Trump. I don’t seem to see many moderate views of the presidency this year, but there is an excessive coverage of the “so called” Russian interference in the election. The amount in question appears to be about $100,000, with 56% of the money spent after voting day. This means […]

Signs of an Illegal Rental

If you rent, short or long-term, did you ever wonder if you were illegally renting? Reading through an article on illegally permitted rental property, I began to think about just how many properties might be illegal on Amelia Island. A few I’ve experienced or heard of in the past are included below, along with some […]

Alachua Street Opening Approved and Long-Awaited CRA Domino…falls into place…

Something you notice immediately, when looking at an aerial view of Fernandina’s waterfront, is the success of the area south of Centre and the under-development of the area to the north. Why? Well, the most obvious reason is access. Northward, the access to the water and traffic circulation are forced past an industrial and working […]

Tax Cuts in the Forest…..

If every tree in the forest were 2 feet shorter, would you notice? I’m reading an article on tax reform and the proposed cuts, including a doubling of the standard deduction, some claim will curb the incentive to purchase a home, leading to a “de facto tax increase on homeowners” according to the National Association […]

Ethics and Real Estate….Not “Turtles all the way down….”

“Always put your client first.”

Not “Turtles all the way down…”

In the biggest transactions most of us will see in a lifetime, consideration of fairness does not mean sacrificing the ability to negotiate or market a property. Fairness insures the client comes first. Fairness insures agents working together are on the […]

Why does Atlanta love Fernandina? (…Amelia Island)

The TDC does a wonderful job promoting Amelia Island, including Fernandina Beach, the town covering most of the northern half of Amelia. Why someone might choose a vacation location is often the same reason we seem to be unusually popular with Atlanta.

(Source: Amelia Island Tourist Development Council www.ameliaislandtdc.com 10/8/17)

Lifestyle […]

Proximity, Aggregation and Scarcity

Proximity to Schools, Beaches, Dining, Events and Employment…..

I had a conversation with a client earlier and it made me think about some of the ways to consider value. Appraisers try to attach value and justify the numbers a local market will support for a particular property. Typically, most appraisers will use income, comparable […]

FBCC to allow lot combination Variance Requests for Job Opportunity Areas

This is good government! Avoiding a taking of property rights, seeking compromise and looking for fair treatment is something we all should support. This was an excellent step toward reasonable. The job opportunity areas along the beach are small and many lots could only be reasonably used if combined with adjacent property. Particularly in the […]

Easy Projects and First Impressions


I don’t like to recommend costly repair or improvements, unless absolutely necessary. If you talk with the average owner, they are usually thinking of the next home, not improvements to the home they hope to sell. That said, I will recommend anything I feel will be worth the effort and cost. Simple projects […]

iPhones, Damage from Hurricane Irma, Housing Supply, Unpaid Commissions and Licensing

I’m up early, as usual, thinking.   There are changes coming to the industry and I’m thinking about the coming few years.  What do I want to see and what am I planning?

The supply of homes is low, compared to licensed agents.  I think inventory is at the lowest level I’ve seen in the […]