Covid19 in Florida

Well, we are at an all time high for Covid19 cases and yet, it has not stopped visitors and buyers alike from coming here. They are coming more now than ever before with record crowds at the beach and in restaurants. Rosemary Beach reported a strong month of sales and vacationers alike. The pent up stay at home humans just want to be seen and heard. They want it to go back to the way it used to be. It will never be that way until a vaccine to prevent the horrible disease is created and works without fail. So what to do in the meantime? It is a great time to surf the Internet for a new home or condo. Rates for a mortgage are still at an all time low, so it is also a great time to buy.

One problem is that we have less inventory than we had a year ago. Prices are remaining steady and sellers are getting many times full price for well priced properties.

Want to get away from a multiple living situation such as a condo with an elevator? It is a great time to buy a home or a lot to build on. Let me find you what you are searching for. I too have a lot of time on my hands right now. Working from home has given me more time to search and research than ever before. So, during lockdown, look for me and my “shell phone”. I am just a phone call away., #kellykleinrealtor, #kellykleinflorida, #kellykleinrosemarybeach, #kellykleinberkshirehathaway, #grandpanamabeachresort, #thepreserveatgraytonbeach, #edenoaks, #lotsforsale, #beachgetaway

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Real Estate and COVID19

So one of the many questions I get is how is the real estate market? I can tell you we have a lot of listings right now. In the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors©, we currently have 4,317 listings to choose from. The Median List price is now $479,000 in my market area which is trending upward. It is taking 3.91 months to sell a property on average. Buyers can only expect a 3-4% savings off of the seller’s list price. Lower priced properties priced between $250,000 and $350,000 are the ones that sell the fastest.

In the higher market area above $2,250,000 there are 59 properties pending a closing today.

So from the low end to the high end, there are properties still selling. It has become harder to show properties and rules do exist. As a buyer be prepared to be asked to wear a mask and have no more than 2 people viewing the property at any one time.

As a seller, be prepared to make sure that your home is cleaned thoroughly and sanitized to the best of your ability.

I always wear a mask and gloves when needed. I have hand sanitizer to clean my hands after every showing and never allow another in my car. You will be expected to follow your Realtor as prescribed by best practices.

Florida Covid19 cases are spiking right now and we have 103,503 confirmed cases in the State of Florida as reported by the Department of Health. We have had 3,238 deaths and rising. In Walton County, there are 188 confirmed cases right now with 9 deaths. It is the fact that we do not have a lot of hospital beds in this small resort town to handle much more already. There are 23 people in the hospital right now trying to beat this Pandemic. Beds are full.

So, if you are planning a trip to Florida to look at a property to buy, please be mindful of others. Look for the Realtor© that follows CDC Guidelines and make your experience a safe one.

Have a great day! I am here for your needs.

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Covid19 and Buying a Property in Florida

A Message to Our Homebuyers regarding COVID-19

As we monitor and learn more about the impact of the coronavirus in our communities, I want to share with you what we’re doing as a company to protect our clients, sales professionals and employees.

First and foremost, we are open for business and our branch offices as well as our support service teams are staffed. However, we are strongly discouraging our agents and clients from visiting our offices unless it is an absolute necessity. If you do need to visit one of our branch offices, please limit your interaction with others and know that we are maintaining and exceeding the CDC’s guidance for cleanliness. We are disinfecting surfaces throughout the day and having our offices professionally cleaned regularly.

Second, to prevent inadvertent transmission, we are advising our home seller clients to disinfect their homes thoroughly and to provide hand sanitizers and soap to visiting agents and home buyers whenever possible. We are also encouraging our sales professionals to provide virtual tours of listings for our buyers and to host open houses online.

Third, encouraging all our clients, agents and employees to practice social distancing by communicating through the many digital apps and tools available – email, text, Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, and conference calls.

Your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty agent is 100% dedicated to guiding and supporting your transaction during this time of great uncertainty. We will offer you a choice of settlement service providers that are able to provide a 100% remote closing experience so that no in person gathering of buyers and sellers is required. Rest assured that we are committed to doing our part to protect the health and safety of the communities we serve, and to simultaneously ensure the best possible outcome for your home search and purchase.

If you are visiting a property in person, please use the following guidelines to safeguard the health and safety of you, the home seller and our sales professional:


  1. Please do not tour properties in person if you are sick in any way or have recently traveled.
  2. When visiting a property, we ask that you use your own vehicle and either meet your agent at the home or follow behind them on the tour.
  3. Before entering the property, please thoroughly wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizers.
  4. Please keep physical contact with surfaces and objects in the house to a minimum.


Thank you for your patience and understanding, and we wish you the best in your search for your new home.



Kelly Klein

Broker Associate | Florida Region

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty

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Here are seven reasons why it’s beneficial to work with an ABR® in the home buying process.

When you’re ready to buy, make sure to reach out to a real estate professional who has earned the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation. That means that they have specialized skills and education to advocate for you in the home buying process.

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What’s Happening in Real Estate?

Inventory levels are low and prices are increasing right now.  Listings are taking about 107 days on market before selling overall average.  We will run out of inventory in just 3 1/2 months at this pace.  Many investors are leaving the stock market fearing a crash and now buying up real estate.  If you understand investments and money, contact me to assist you with the best real estate investment options that we still have left.

I look forward to hearing from you.  In service, commitment, and integrity, I am here for you.

Have a great day!

Kelly Klein, Realtor (Top 2% in the US)

Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Pen Fed Realty


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Are you an Overachiever?

What is your definition of an overachiever?  Are you one?

  1. An overachiever often believes that success can only come from power, money or status.

What would your life look like if you were a true success?  Try mapping out a plan for other areas of your life~family, professional networks, investments, travel, books, physical fitness and more.

2.  Most overachievers suffer from negative thoughts and especially “I can’t” beliefs.

Things like “I can’t afford to do something falls into this category.  This self talk really means you won’t even try.  You can overcome obstacles with talent, conditions, time and the right amount of ingenuity.

3.  Classify and conquer your flaws.

If you think you have any flaws at all, you must work wholeheartedly to resolve them.  In order to achieve true happiness embrace the notion that you may have a few things left to learn and then actively aspire to gain the knowledge and wisdom to overcome them.






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136 Sugar Sand Lane, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

This home is a short distance from Seaside Florida located in Seagrove Beach just north of Hwy. 30A.  Closest public beach access will soon be right across the street with an addition of a new access.  Being sold furnished with very few exceptions it has a private pool in the pet friendly fenced in backyard.  Nearby is one of the best restaurants along Hwy. 30A called Café 30A.  Less expensive and just as good for pizza and pasta is Angelina’s.  Live the dream.  Selling for the current appraisal value keeping guess work out of what it is worth.  I look forward to hearing from you.  $670,000 Appraised Value.


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Must See Waterfront Home with Boat

I am bragging today about my newest listing because it is going to sell quickly.  It just went live this morning.  It is an absolutely beautiful Bay front home that conveys with a boat.  You can now find it by searching for either the address:   265 Crest Drive, Miramar Beach, FL 32550 or by the MLS # 826820.


Built in 2018.  This home is in move-in condition with many updates even since being built.  It is a boater’s dream home.  If you are a car collector you will also love the additional garage heated and cooled for your Antique Cars now being used as a Master Woodworker’s Shop.  There are a total of 5 garage spaces with a golf cart bay.  I can’t think of anything else you will need in this 6 bedroom, 4 bathroom new home with a gourmet kitchen and backup generator.  Owners have thought of everything.




Plenty of backyard space to add a pool.   Call today.  850-420-2480 Kelly Klein, Realtor

Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Pen Fed Realty

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Preparing for a Home Inspection

To properly prepare your home for a home inspection you will want to repair any damage to steps and walkways and declutter around the front door.  Make sure your doorbell works and make sure all of your window locks and seals are in good working condition.  Replace any missing shingles and arrange to have your furnace and central air conditioning serviced prior to inspection.  Fix leaky faucets and fixtures and repair grout around tubes and sinks.  If the home has battery operated smoke detectors, put in fresh batteries  and test prior to inspection.

You will need to allow approximately 3 hours for the inspection.  Do not plan on being there when the inspector is there.  Make sure the inspector has full access to any and all locked areas.  If you have pets make sure that your pet goes with you or you have them properly crated.  It is also a good idea to have valuable and medications locked out of sight for peace of mind.

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9 Tips for Buying a Vacation Home

  1.  Consider how you will use the home.  Will it just be for family and friends or do you plan to rent it as well?
  2. Evaluate Locations.  Are there enough amenities and attractions to keep you and your renters coming back year after year?
  3. Talk to locals.  What do they love about the area?  What is changing?  Are you hearing anything negative?
  4. Study local laws.  If you plan to rent the home, local rules may restrict rental periods or cap the number of days you can rent each week, month, or year.
  5. Calculate costs.  Along with mortgage, insurance, property taxes, and association fees, plan for wear and tear.  A good rule of thumb is 1 to 2 % per year to plan for maintenance and repairs.  Also, don’t forget the property management fee.
  6. Talk to an Accountant.  This person can advise you on such issues as the tax implications of rental income and changes in federal tax laws that could impact deductions.
  7. Test before you buy.   Once you have settled on an area, you should rent in every season so you can gauge busy and slow periods for rentals.
  8. Work with an experienced local sales agent.  Pick someone who knos the community and who can recommend the other experts you will want to consult.  Consider agents with Certified Residential Specialities (CRS) and Resort and Second Home Property Specialists certifications (RSPS).
  9. Take your time.  Don’t let the excitement of one great vacation push you into an impulse buy.  Educate yourself and listen to your agent.

I hold a lot of certifications including the CRS and RSPS certifications.  I have the local knowledge to go the distance for you.  I hope to hear from you soon.

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