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 worded […]

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 […]

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 […]

Agent Performance and List/Sell Ratios…Small Coffee Shops and Big Burgers

List to Sale Percentage 7 Year History Amelia Island NCMLS 4/19/2017 List to Sale AVG Percentages

I care about clients. Their homes, future, savings….every penny they spend…I care. It becomes personal when you care. Years ago, I started in the industry with our family business. Our motto at one time was “Think Pink”…changing to […]

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 […]

Weak Negotiation, Backups and Possible Future

Politics and business look a lot like passages from Sun Tzu, if you stop to think. Without being partisan or going too far into a political judgement, there are some common rules to negotiating. When your position is weak, recognizing this is important. As an agent, a weak position could be working with a highly […]

iPhone Tricks

I’m continually discovering a new use or app for the most useful tool in my mobile office…..my iPhone. Beyond email, scheduling and client contact information, I’ve found so many uses for the device, covering them all in one post would run chapters, instead of a few paragraphs. Today, it occurred to me to use the […]

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 […]

Eminent Domain, Trump and the 5th Amendment

Watching the republican debate last night, I began to think of how the fear of eminent domain is frequently abused.  I’m not talking about the undisputed right of the government to use or take property within it’s borders.  The 5th amendment actually protects private property owners, setting a standard of “just compensation”.    My thoughts […]