Sunday, May 31, 2009

May Sales Summary

Upper Keys

New Listings
Price Reductions

Middle and Lower Keys:

New Listings
Price reductions

If you are looking to buy or sell please call me at 305-393-0923 or you can e-mail me at

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Deals Deals Deals

This is the lowest priced piece of Real Estate in the Upper Keys, a condo for 56K:
Click here

A great deal in Venetian Shores; this is the lowest priced CBS house on an opem canal VS:
Click here
Under Contract!

Here are the three lowest priced canal front homes: Click here

Canal front homes under 700K: Click here

Lowest priced direct bayfront homes: Click here

Lowest priced Ocean Front Listing: Click here

Best Value/deal Condos/townhouses: Click here

If you are interested in Real Estate please call me at 305-393-0923 or e-mail me at

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

New listing in Buttonwood Bay

Please take a look at this beautiful new Buttonwood Bay Unit:

Also take a look at these listings as well:

Ocean Harbor

Gulfview Dr.


The Sanctuary

If you have any questions regarding Real Estate in the Keys please call me at
305-393-00923 or e-mail me at

Saturday, May 23, 2009

What's for sale

Following links to all properties listed in that category:

Canal Front houses under 800K: Click here

Canal front houses from 800K to 1 Million: Click here

1 Bedroom condo: Click here

Condos/townhouses up to 400K: Click here

Condo Townhouses from 400 to 800K: Click here

Open water front homes under 2 Million: Click here

If you are looking to buy or sell in the Keys please call me at 305-393-0923 or
Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Going once ... going twice .... sold

It is a buyers market! True! The deals are selling! Also true!
If you are seriously looking to buy: this is the time to make offers! Almost every property that I have featured as a great deal is under contract.
I do not feature all properties that are great deals on my blog because I give my customers first bid on them. Some buyers will search the internet for listings, then drive by and if they like the property they call the listing agent (whose sign is in the front yard). There is no benefit to the buyer to work with the listing agent. The seller pays the same commission. When I see a great deal I contact MY customers first. If none of my customers are ready to make an offer on the property I feature the listing on my blog. Sometimes I don't feature a great deal because the asking price is not that great of a deal but I know that the seller is very motivated. (Inside info)
There are great deals in the current market and they are listed by many agents.
All Realtors in Monroe County have access to all listings in the MLS (Multiple listing system). I gather the deals from that source and not just from my listings.
If you choose to work me as your Real Estate agent you can rest assured that you will know first about the best deals. Right now it is especially important that you work with a seasoned local Realtor who knows the market inside out and who is as involved in the market today as they were 5 years ago. It is essential that your Realtor knows off the top of their head what is selling NOW. Not 6 months ago, not 2 years ago but NOW. An involved Realtors will know figures that are not published yet and in this market that knowledge can save you a lot of money!
I have three properties under contract and just closed on one that came directly from readers of this blog. All of them are purchasing properties below the current market value! If you are ready to buy NOW this is the time to contact me at 305-393-0923 or If you are watching the market for a while before making a purchase please continue to read my blog; I provide you with all the facts and data to become an educated buyer. Thanks for reading my blog!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Finance info by Frank

The Home Valuation Code of Conduct

As of May 1st 2009 the mortgage industry has experienced major changes in the way we conduct business. The HVCC reqiuirement for conventional loans reads as follows.
No employee, director, officer or agent of the lender or any other third party acting as joint venture partner , independent contractor, appraisal management company or partner on behalf of the lender shall influence or attempt to influence the development , reporting, result or review of an appraisal through coercion, extortion, collusion, compensation, instruction, inducement, intimidation, bribery, or any other manner.
Basically the lender or broker can no longer have direct contact with an appraiser but can only order an appraisal through a management company that will then contact the appraiser and place the order.
The purpose is to avoid any potential fraud. Here are the basic changes:
*CMA's and Comp Requests will not be allowed.
*Mortgage brokers will not be allowed to order appraisals.
*Mortgage brokers or loan officers cannot request specific appraisers.
*COD payment for appraisals will not be allowed.
*Value pressure on appraisers will not be allowed.
*Owner's values or hoped for values cannot be communicated
*Blacklisting" cannot be done without notice to the appraiser
*"Value Shopping" by the lender is not allowed.
*Withholding timely payment is prohibited.
*Borrowers must be supplied a copy of any appraisal.
*Required 10% re-appraisal or review of reports.
*Lenders will be held accountable for appraisal quality.
*LENDERS will be REQUIRED to report appraisers to State Boards of Real Estate Appraisers if appraiser misconduct is suspected.
And, finally, the lender MUST provide a copy of the appraisal to the borrower not less than 3 (three) BUSINESS days prior to closing.
Should you need a copy of the HVCC requirements please email me at

Thursday, May 14, 2009

What is selling and what to buy

If you check my daily updates on the right hand side you already know that Real Estate is really starting to move in the Keys.The best deals are selling of course.
Inventory is slowly starting to decrease. A lot of buyers I am working with have been watching the RE market for quiete some time and are confident that this is the right time to buy.

Following are the lowest priced properties in each category from MM74 to MM110:

Canal Front homes under 700K: Click here

Condos under 300K: Click here

Lowest priced condos with a view: Click here

Lowest priced condos/townhouses with deeded/assigned dockage: Click here

Dry lot homes under 300K: Click here

If you are interested in property in the Keys please give me call: 305-393-0923 or e-mail me:
I look forward to working with you!

Friday, May 08, 2009

Ocean Harbor

Please take a look at my new listing in Ocean Harbor. Ocean Harbor has it all:
Dockage, Tennis Courts, Pool, Beach, Fuel on site, Trailer storage, play ground, Tiki huts ...... please take a look:


For info on this or any other property please contact Veepka at 305-393-0923 or

Financing Info By Frank

Frank is a Mortgage broker many of my cutsomers have used. He is good, competetive and communicates extremely well with all involved parties during a Transaction. I asked Frank to contribute some Finacing facts to my blog every so often.

Here is Frank:
Second Homes
In order to qualify for a second home loan there are a few parameters to look at. Lenders look at three main factors :Capacity, Credit, and Collateral.
One needs to show the income or capacity to repay the loan. Present mortgage, credit debts such as credit cards, car loans and the new mortgage for the second home must not exceed 36% of your income. There is some flexibility if your credit and liquid assets are strong compensating factors. Also one needs to show assets sufficient for the down payment as well as monthly reserves of at least 3 months.
The credit score requirements on most second home loans are at a minimum of 680. After checking all 3 credit repositories the lender drops the high and the low score and uses the middle score. Apart from the score being good there must not be any recent lates ,especially not on your current mortgage. The higher the score the better the terms.
If the property your are buying is in fairly good shape and has no outstanding violations this should not be a problem.
An appraisal report will indicate most of what the property entails and give the bank the collateral it needs. The lender requires a condo questionnaire form from the condo association to find out if there is any pending litigation or poor mismanagement that could cause the values to be affected.
The lenders do have plenty of money to lend and will do so gladly if the borrower qualifies correctly.
Frank Lazcos is a mortgage broker with Equity Option. If you have any questions regarding financing please give Frank a call: 305-525-258
or visit his website: Click here

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Canal front home in Islamorada under 440K If I could I'd buy it! Under Contract!

Wow this is a great deal! This property is an REO located in Plantation Key Colony on an oversized lot on a wide canal. If I could buy something right now: This would be it!
It is a three bedroom, 2 baths Concrete home listed at $435,900
If you have any questions regarding this property or would like to make an appointment to view it please call me at 305-393-0923 or e-mail me at .
Don't wait too long. This won't last!