Blog - Coastal Florida Real Estate
HOW BIG SHOULD THE ESCROW DEPOSIT BE?

August 15, 2017 Posted by: Richard Sites

When is Enough, Enough?  That Depends on Who You Ask In a residential real estate transaction, there is a concept called “Earnest Money”.  Sometimes this is referred to as an escrow deposit.  What is it’s role in the deal and how big should it be? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of a big deposit and the risks to the buyer and seller.

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SELLING? IS SOCIAL MEDIA JUST A BUNCH OF HOT AIR?

August 12, 2017 Posted by: Richard Sites

Social media is the latest buzz phrase.  But, like most newer trends, there are folks who are hard to convince and even later to begin adopting things.  Let’s take a look a couple of examples. Here are a couple of social trends of the past and how they are perceived today.

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SELLING?  CAN YOU TUBE HELP YOU?

August 10, 2017 Posted by: Richard Sites

You Tube is For Kids, Right? What do you think of when you think of You Tube?  Maybe a spot for goofy videos or how-to tutorials?  Well, there is a lot more to it than that. You Tube is the second biggest search engine in the world!  Wouldn’t it make sense to use this powerful tool to help sell your home?  Let’s talk about it.

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VIRTUAL TOURS, DO YOU NEED ONE WHEN SELLING?

August 8, 2017 Posted by: Richard Sites

Create Desire With Great Pictures Pictures can make or break the sale of your house.  Today we live in a world of astounding visual displays including 4K and even 5K.  Nearly everyone has a smart phone with a fantastic display and they use these phones to search online for a home.  So, should you offer a Virtual Tour when selling?  Let’s talk about it for a minute.

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THE COMMUNITY DOESN’T ALLOW PALMS

August 3, 2017 Posted by: Richard Sites

Palms are a part of the South Florida lifestyle.  Palms, more than any other plant, typify the tropical setting.  I have several varieties growing in my yard including 3 towering coconut palms loaded with coconuts. Palms, since they are tropical trees, also survive hurricanes better than most trees.  Other native trees, like live oaks, survive hurricanes well, especially if they have been trimmed some to thin them out. I love palms, but not everyone sees it the same as I do.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT WOODEN HOUSES

August 1, 2017 Posted by: Richard Sites

“I’ll Huff and I’ll Puff and Blow Your House Down” We all know this phrase from our childhood.  Sure, things looked bad for the 3 Little Pigs but what is the truth about homes made of wood?  Let’s talk about them for a minute. Insurance is a big, and profitable, business.  And there is nothing insurance companies hate worse than claims, especially if they have to pay them.  But since 2004 when Hurricane Frances came to town, insurance companies have fostered a fear that the next storm will be the […]

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JUPITER ISLAND, NOTHING SELLS FOR $65 MILLION

July 29, 2017 Posted by: Richard Sites

Jupiter Island is one of the most exclusive and expensive areas in the country.  A barrier island off the coast, Jupiter Island has an unmatched tropical location with waterfront views of the Intracoastal or the sparkling Atlantic. When it comes to selling Jupiter Island homes, several residents have tried to sell at around $60-$70 million yet nothing sells at these prices.  Let’s take a look at a couple of attempts.

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JUPITER CONDOS, 15 MORE LUXURY UNITS PLANNED

July 27, 2017 Posted by: Richard Sites

As the waterfront along Jupiter continues to change, another landmark is slated for demolition.  The Profile Art Gallery, on the SW corner of Indiantown Road and US One, is going to be replaced with luxury condos.

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LIGHT THE COAST: DANGEROUS STORMS, DANGEROUS SEAS

July 25, 2017 Posted by: Richard Sites

Monday marked the two-year anniversary of a tragedy that united the Jupiter area community.  The commemoration event, now called “Light the Coast”, was held at the Jupiter Inlet as well as other places up and down the Florida coast, around the United States and across the globe. Two young boys, 14 years old, we’re lost at sea during a violent summer thunderstorm off the coast of Jupiter.  At the time, they were in an 18 foot Seacraft like mine pictured above.

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CYBER-SECURITY INSURANCE

July 22, 2017 Posted by: Richard Sites

Cyber-security is perhaps one of the biggest and fastest growing businesses around.  And no business is safe from the growing threat of cyber-theft these days.  Real estate is especially vulnerable in a couple of ways.  Let’s take a look at two of them.

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