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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, […]

When Options Fail…Lease Purchase, Lease Option?

“I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”  J. Wellington Wimpy – Popeye Cartoon

Lease options, lease purchases and delayed closings sometimes go badly.   As a broker, I always look for potential ways to make a sale, but am cautious as the closing times grow.  A lease option can be […]

First Time Buyers, Thoughts and Listening

First time buyers have so much to consider and, often, no real estate or sometimes thinking beyond an average lease term. They come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. Jobs, goals, age…everyone has a different need, but what should all buyers and first time buyers consider, before buying?

What do you need? Are you […]

Rarity of Water and Proximity

Waterfront is an unusual commodity.  Distance for a dock, depth of water, direction, no wake zones, distance to marinas or gas, and even location on or off a high traffic area, all change pricing or desirability.  Some properties have a little…and a handful have it all.

I’ve been selling property in Northeast Florida for the […]

Don’t Forget to File for Homestead

There is more to filing, but the link below will take you to the Property Appraiser’s website and a direct link to file for homestead online.  In addition to an exemption, the cap on increased tax in future years is a huge benefit, not to mention homestead portablility, if you qualify.  Many new residents forget […]

Landscaping Ideas and Trend Toward Drought Tolerance

 

Interested in plantings suited to the climate and landscaping to minimize water usage? Hang around a nursery specializing in native or drought tolerant plants and specialty hard improvements. Improving curb appeal and reducing water consumption is just smart, here in Florida.

Florida-friendly Plant Database Drought–Tolerant Plants for North and Central Florida—University of […]

Land, Contacts, Experience……Sunday

The last week has been an interesting week, with some of the busiest days I remember, since 2005/6.   This afternoon, after the “officially lost count” weekend in a row of working instead of playing, today was actually pleasant.   Only 11 emails of varying length, posts to www.loopnet.com , www.facebook.com/realtysource , www.zillow.com , www.trulia.com , www.realtor.com […]

Economic Growth On the Road to Recovery

I see the changes and appreciate the drop in inventory, as well as the changes to price and days on market locally.  My concern is a lack of sales volume increase.  As prices increase, I would assume we will also see growth in refinance activity.  HARP refinance is still attractive in the near term, but […]

Logical to Use Existing Site for Addition to Nassau County Library in Fernandina

Logical Addition to the library. Close atrium, use the Alachua side for addition and only lose a few staff spots.

If you look at the picture, you’ll see an aerial view of the Nassau County Public Library site in downtown Fernandina. In recent years, a great deal of discussion centered on moving the library […]