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Real Estate Agent - Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International
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      The Florencia is a luxury condominium in downtown St Petersburg, built by JMC Corporation, with 49 residential units.   This is a very stable building with few units coming on the market for resale. The last unit sold was in December 2007, an 03 (south) unit that sold for $1,050,000.   The...
05/22/2009
  When a storm is coming or going, it's always interesting to see the contracts of light and dark. When you have a wide view, it's also interesting to watch a storm coming. You can actually see the wall of rain as it approaches. This evening there was a lot of lightning as well, but it was alway...
05/22/2009
Living Room With a View of the Plaza Courtyard in downtown St Petersburg. Look below to see why I titled this "Ikea has  Room To Go": When I drove past this ROOM parked beside BayWalk in downtown St Petersburg, I did a double take - drove around the block again, parked, and took these photos. IKE...
05/22/2009
Lifestyle Liquidation is a term I read in this morning's Wall St Journal, in an article by Robert Frank about the End of the Gilded Age. Yes, it's partly about money, as the economic crunch is hitting the wealthy now, not just the middle class. More than half of all millionaires have lost 30% of ...
05/19/2009
Why are some of our clients buying properties and/or land in Costa Rica? Of course there's the weather, the views, the wonderful Costa Rican people ... but why are they buying now? For many people, our current economic conditions are scary. What if ... we have super inflation when the bailout bil...
05/15/2009
Obviously a non-binding offer is an offer that isn't binding. But beyond the semantics - what is it really? Two of the condo projects in our area, one that recently filed bankruptcy (Opus South who has 400 Beach in downtown St Petersburg and Water's Edge in downtown Clearwater, as well as others)...
05/15/2009
It's interesting to watch how the English language has developed. Sometimes terms come up for new situations; sometimes one word can substitute for many - i.e., "google" has become a verb. I'm ok with hearing, "I google my prospects" rather than saying "I search for information on my prospects by...
05/15/2009
This morning I stopped for a cup of latte at Kahwa Coffee Shop here in downtown St Petersburg. The usual neighborhood folk were there, before school or before work. When I stepped back outside the door (it's getting warm here in Florida so I had my coffee inside instead at one of the outside tabl...
05/12/2009
There are 3 Ps to selling your home quickly: Price - Prepare - Present Price it right. It doesn’t matter what you paid for it or how much you have in it. It doesn’t matter if it’s “fair”. It doesn’t matter what you could have sold it for 2 years ago. It’s all about what’s actually selling - which...
05/10/2009
Christopher Bean suggests that resident Obama should enhance transparency through the new media and appoint a Secretary of Blogging. Perhaps this is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but his article in this morning's St Petersburg Times did make reference to an interesting government blog (that's not an oxy...
05/10/2009
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