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Real Estate Agent - Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International
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2009 

We stopped for lunch yesterday at Playa Ocotal in the Guanacast region of Costa Rica, and the iguanas wanted to join us. The hugest bluebird I've ever seen landed on George's plate and started eating French fries. Then our host said that the iguanas liked them, too. So I threw one over, and yes, ...
01/24/2009
  One of many interesting road signs here in Costa Rica - monkey crossing, or Caution: Monkeys! This was one taken yesterday at Reserva Conchal near Tamarindo,  in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, when a colleague was showing me real estate opportunities for our clients. The weather each day...
01/22/2009
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  There are many kinds of Welcome Mats - here's one for dogs. Our new office, ALVA International, is on a section of Beach Drive in downtown St Petersburg that is frequented by people walking their dogs. Whether it's a hot day and they want a cool drink, or whether they just want to sniff someth...
01/12/2009
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  Our new awning is up at ALVA International, Inc., 238 Beach Drive NE in downtown St Petersburg, Florida 33701. Since there's no name recognition yet for our new company, we chose to describe our services. This is what anyone coming out of the Museum of Fine Arts will see across the street.   W...
01/12/2009
Allen Hainge's CyberStar Summit is currently being held in Phoenix. Allen just announced the 2008 CyberStar of the Year: James Nellis. James has always contributed so much to the group, he certainly deserves the award. He is also a certified CRS instructor. He joins an elite group - previous Cybe...
01/12/2009
We find sale prices in our MLS statistics, on Zillow and on our property assessor's website. Can we believe what we see? Historically, the recorded price might be overstated - perhaps the seller paid some of the buyer's closing costs, or included some furniture or a boat. Perhaps there were devel...
01/08/2009
When you have "tear-downs" or "knock-downs" and build a much larger home than the older homes in the neighborhood, it's important to try to fit in. Since flood elevation requirements often require that the living levels be elevated, homes often appear much larger than their actual living area. La...
01/04/2009
A friend of mine sent me information on bar codes - if you look at the first 3 digits, you'll know where the product was made, i.e.: 690-695 made in China 740-745 made in Central America 471 - made in Taiwan 00 - 13  made in USA or Canada 40-44 made in Germany Pretty handy information to know whe...
01/03/2009
Often on the weekend it's difficult to reach agents to set up showings - you leave messages, but you don't get calls back.There are lots of postings on Active Rain about that. Well, today was not that kind of day here in St. Petersburg. This morning I was setting up showings, and called four agen...
01/03/2009
Today I was showing co-op units at the Flori de Leon, a 1920s historic building in downtown St. Petersburg. Living in downtown St Pete is all about the lifestyle, so we walked the two blocks to the building. From the penthouse unit and common areas on the 7th (top) floor, we were able to see the ...
01/03/2009
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