Day 10 Post Hurricane Michael Pets

As most are still trying to put their lives together, the animal shelters are overwhelmed with displaced pets.  They range from dogs, cats, and over 100 goats from Callaway, FL.  They are looking for donations to care for all of these animals.  It costs a lot of money to provide them food on a daily basis.  The animals are scared and you can see it in their eyes.  There have been over 200 cats and dogs abandoned by their owners.  They may never meet again.  Others have been sent to other shelters as far away as Orlando and have found new forever homes.

Sad stories of one man who had no way to care for his 19 year old Yorkie who was overheated in the back of his car was left in the care of Alaqua Animal Refuge.  The shelter is in need of medical supplies and dog cages too.  They need housing, love, and care to survive the next steps of their ordeal by no choice of their own.

Another couple who had lost everything brought their sick dog to Alaqua for shelter and care but their pet had to be euthanized.  It was devastating to lose everything including their beloved family pet.

The shelter needs food, donations, and volunteers.  If you can help, please do so at this website.  IMG_2191 (2)




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Post Hurricane Michael

You may be asking what is going on Post Hurricane Michael?  Well, real estate is crawling to a halt in the Panama City Beach market.  There are homeless people in tents, campers, all in need of rentals.  Most of the business is shifting to the West in areas like Santa Rosa Beach, Miramar Beach, and Destin.  Many are still without power, no internet and only sketchy cell phone services.  The newer buildings are doing the best.  In 2005, Florida building codes were strengthened with tougher standards on how to attach a roof to a home, hurricane strength rated hurricane windows and doors and higher lips for sliding glass doors.  With this came some stronger and better built buildings.  So when thinking of buying a home, a townhome, or condo, you will want to keep these items in mind.  Look for purchases built after 2005 or newer.  One home in Mexico Beach is still standing because that owner demanded on even higher than the basic standard codes.  His home had poured concrete walls and windows rated up to 220 mph force winds and a higher elevated ground floor to avoid flooding.  The higher costs paid off and that home is still standing.  However, it will be a long time for his community to rebound.  No power, no internet, and no supporting businesses makes for a lonely way to live.  Most humans are kind and try to help and assist others in need.  Then you have people that are mean no matter what and try to take advantage of others in times of need.  That is why a curfew, the national guard, and extra police come in to protect what belongings are still there.  I believe most people are good and we will bounce back.  If you are still in the market for a home or a condo along the Gulf Coast, there are some very desirable ones still available to the west of of Panama City Beach, FL.  If I can help, please do not hesitate to contact me at 850-420-2480 or do a proactive search at

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How to Use your Cash Wisely for Exterior Projects

Often times I get questions on what a seller can do to help with the sale of the home.  A lot of times this comes down to exterior improvements.  Here are some cash investments that you may want to consider when you are selling your home.

Landscape Maintenance is Number 1.  You will get 100% recovered on exterior landscape maintenance.  If you cannot get a buyer in the door, then you may have lost that buyer.  It is important to have an attractive entrance bringing the buyer into the home.

Tree Care is Number 2.  You will get a 100% return on money spent in this area.  It is important to have your trees healthy and trimmed.  Make sure trees are not touching the house and make sure that your palm trees are trimmed back.

Irrigation System is Number 3.  You have to have water to keep your plants in your yard healthy, especially here in Florida.  You will recover 86% of your expenses.

Overall Landscape Upgrades is Number 4.  You will get approximately 83% recovered costs in this category.  This would cover additional landscaping additions to your yard.

New Wood Deck is Number 5.  You will only recover 80% of your expenses in the area of a new wood deck.

Outdoor Kitchen is Number 6.  Outdoor Kitchens are very popular.  Gatherings in Florida are often times around the outdoor kitchen area.  They will bring you a 71% return on your money.

New Patio is Number 7.  You will only recover 69% of your costs in the area of a new patio.

Landscaping Lighting is Number 8.  Look for only a 69% recovery in costs in this area.  Lighting today is expensive.

Fire Pit or Fire Feature is Number 9.  Who doesn’t love to sit around a fire.  However, you will only recover 67% of your expenses.

New Pool is Number 10.  Don’t expect a lot of return on your new pool.  You will spend approximately $57,000 and only recover around $25,000 on any appraisal.  The recovery is only about 43%.

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Like to Golf, so do I !

I have been a member of the Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club for sometime now.  I really enjoy being a member.  The golf course is challenging.  I usually do better on the back nine than the front nine.  If you like to golf, you should check it out.  You can book a tee time at Santa Rosa Golf Club and learn more about the club and membership.  Tournaments are a fun way to meet new people and join for a cause.

One such really fun event every year is the For Her Tournament.  I particularly like the ball drop when the helicopter above drops balls on the driving range to see which ball comes closest or goes in the hole.

Hope you can join us at the club soon and take part in a lot of fun activities and discounts.


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Walton County July Sales Statistics

Living and working in Walton County, FL I like to keep up on the sales statistics.  Statistics on their own can be painfully difficult to read, so I will try to make this painless.

Total number of sales in July 2018 were down -15.8% over July 2017 sales figures.  Many things can come into play with this number.  One are rising mortgage rates and two being that Rick Scott signed HB 631 declaring the beaches private instead of public.  It was a horrible mistake on his part and sales in Walton County are declining where this fight is the biggest.  Over 7,000 affidavits have already been collected.  I know I will not be voting for Rick Scott.   His ideas are dangerous and have nothing to do with what is right for all, but for himself and others.  His decisions are prompted by greed, his own.

Sorry for the rant above, but this is having an affect on sales in Walton County.  Our Median Sales Price is $347,000.  This is up 9.1% over same period last year, but only because inventory is low.  I predict a reversal of this trend within the next year.  We currently have 6.8 months worth of inventory to sell.

Typically the month of August means less sales than the month of July looking over the historical pattern.  It typically does not pick up again until the month of November and December when tax advisers tell their clients to sell something before the end of the year.

Let me know if you would like to know a sales pattern for your community, county, or area.  I would be happy to provide such a report.  Thank you.  Kelly


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Not Everyone Is As Nice As You

Realtors work long hours researching, showing properties, calling prospective sellers and buyers, and educating ourselves with local knowledge all of the time.  Our time is well spent and we do so for free.  We are never paid a dime until a property successfully closes.  So we spend a lot of time in hopes we will have a closing.

So when do you say no to a potential customer?  One, if a customer is rude then do not work with them.  If they are not loyal to your hours of service, then do not work with them.  If during a background check you find out they have felony arrests for child molestation, robbery, resisting arrest, etc. then do not work with them.

You are a stranger to a Realtor.  We have never met before.  I require a photo ID before I meet with you.  I do a precursory background check before I agree to meet with you.  I never put you in my car.  You will follow me and we will meet at the first property.

Realtors take a huge liability risk by placing customers in their car.  One such story is that of an older couple riding with a Realtor and the Realtor took a speed bump a little fast.  The couple sued that Realtor for whip lash.

Realtors have been robbed at gunpoint in the past for placing customers in their car.  Other Realtors have been murdered in vacant homes meeting strangers on the fly.

So, please do not be offended when I take the necessary steps to make sure that you are a good person and are able to afford the properties I will be showing you.

Do not ask me to set up 10 properties for viewings and then call the next morning to cancel.  It takes a lot of time to call for showing instructions, get door keys or codes, and permission to gain access to show a property.  It is just plain RUDE of you to cancel at the last minute.  You know who you are…….

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