The Narcissist Number and Sales

…Obviously worried about appearances, my son took a picture of me exaggerating the size of a fish.

We all hear a lot about narcissism and social media seems to encourage it. Just think about selfies. Over coffee this morning, I thought it might be interesting to compare social media users and the number of […]

Feasibility and Economic Impact Study for Pier Location?

In commercial development or any development, it is almost unheard of to begin without an economic impact or feasibility study first. Consider any major improvement and expenditure of tax money. Would you prefer to see measured and careful consideration before construction or would you prefer the biggest impact for dollar spent?

Jacksonville, Flagler, Cocoa, Sebastian, […]

FEMA Flood Zones Changing in August…If Buying or Building, Check first!

If adopted, the FEMA flood maps will change in August. Most of the island changes very little…a few areas become more favorable, but some properties, like areas along South Fletcher, might change from Flood Zone X, to VE. VE zones are areas subject to wave action, with an elevation requirement as well. Knowing this before […]

12 Reasons Why Small Brokerages are Underrated

I joined a family business after college in 1987. I’d been licensed for a few years before and, although I really didn’t plan to become a broker, it seemed inevitable. The job market was not good and a job while I waited, turned into income I couldn’t turn away. I built a first home about […]

Reminder….Flood Zones Effective Change August 2017

Areas in low elevation or near a flood zone, should pay particular attention to changes.

FEMA will adopt new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) for Nassau County in August.   It is important to know whether your property’s flood zone will change and, if building, whether construction cost might change.  In the past year, I […]

Downtown Fernandina Beach Density Change…not quite what you think.

I’m going to weigh in on something the City of Fernandina Beach is considering. Opposing points of view seem to be charged, to say the least, but I think I might be able to add perspective. First, as a disclaimer, I work in Downtown Historic Fernandina Beach and own one of the buildings. I’m also […]

Foresight, Not Hindsight…Wrecking Takes Less Skill

Nursing home on Atlantic….12 months to build, 2 weeks to demolish

What is a leader? Leadership is making hard decisions and having unpopular discussions, when needed. There are always people willing to demean a leader or stand on the sidelines, pontificating…”Ohhh…where are the leaders…our town is going straight down the toilet!”. Pointing fingers at […]

Giant Florida Tomato Plant Towers Over 2 Story Florida Building!

This plant, growing out of an old building on 4th Street in Fernandina, towers over the building in the background. I think I have a green thumb, but this plant is growing out of a crack between the sidewalk and building….in February! I’m wondering if it will last long enough to bear fruit.

Angles and […]

Photographic Advantage

What sets the home apart? Landscape, privacy, trees….showcase the best features.

Filter liberally applied….this picture generated more calls in the first month of a listing…simply for the color of water.

I’m not a photographer! That said, I take thousands of pictures each year. Last year alone, I counted iPhone shots alone and racked […]

Celebrities Enjoy Cool Locals of Amelia Island….

I am an admin for a large online local’s group on the island…well, at least in the virtual world of Amelia Island.  The subject of celebrity came up and pictures were posted of a local celebrity’s home nearing completion….with comments about another home being built nearby.  If you think about it, Amelia Island is […]