This costly mistake could have been avoided!

January 19, 2009

Just before the holidays, I attended a seminar given by David Levin, prominent local attorney specializing in waterfront property transactions. Entitled “Red Flags on the Waterfront,” it outlined some of the things Realtors should watch out for as they assist their clients in buying and selling.

Many possible pitfalls await the unwary buyer.

Now, regarding making changes to a  property after you’ve bought it, you would certainly expect to have to comply with all regulations and get permits and Read the rest of this entry »

“How much will my property taxes be?”

January 16, 2009

“How much are my property taxes going to be?”

This is a question we constantly get from our real estate clients. It’s a reasonable question – property taxes are a factor in the operating cost of any property.

To get the answer, I attended a forum featuring the newly-elected Sarasota County Property Appraiser, Read the rest of this entry »

How to talk to people

January 15, 2009

First, the numbers: It’s about 11 pm, the temperature here is about 54 degrees, low tide was just a few minutes ago, and the next high will be at 3:47 am. Regular gas is about 1.87 a gallon. says it will get down to about 38 degrees tonight, which is COLD for here! Number of days since I was last out on the boat: 4. 

My wife Cynthia were talking a few minutes ago about how to talk to people when you feel intimidated by their wealth, their social standing, etc — especially when there is a lot on the line (the potential for a large real estate transaction, say). Read the rest of this entry »

Getting started

January 14, 2009

First, the numbers:

It’s about 4:30, temperature here at the office is about 66 degrees, skies are mostly sunny. High tide was at 3:47, and the next low is at 9:31. Days since the last boat ride: 3!

I was out on Sunday, despite the weather being a touch on the cool side. Winter boating in Sarasota is really interesting, since the water temperature is too cool for lots of the microorganisms and that makes the water clearer. The low tides in winter are also quite a bit lower, so you can see where all those sandbars and mudbanks  are– the better to avoid them when they are submerged. I think the bst kind of local knowledge is gained by running around in boats at very low tides.

Anyway, it was a great day spent with friends and looking at boats and homes. Never, ever get tired of THAT.