florida keys real estate: Green Growth is heading to the Keys- Press release - 05/09/08 11:08 AM
 
Green Growth is heading to the KeysBy KAREN QUIST kquist@keynoter.comPosted-Tuesday, March 25, 2008 3:36 PM EDTIn the keys there is a growing interest in residential and commercial use of alternative energy and energy- and water-efficient systems.Sea Air Land Technologies Inc., better known as S.A.L.T., is moving up the Overseas Highway at the end of this month.The 18-year-old Marathon-based company designs, sells and installs power and backup systems for home use, and air-conditioning, refrigeration and desalination systems for marine use.Its newly purchased home, at 2992 Overseas, is the former site of Paradigm Boats. Company founder Bob Williams and co-owner Chuck Meier are … (0 comments)

florida keys real estate: Green Growth is heading to the Florida Keys - 04/11/08 09:29 AM
Green Growth is heading to the KeysPosted-Tuesday, March 25, 2008 3:36 PM EDTIn the keys there is a growing interest in residential and commercial use of alternative energy and energy- and water-efficient systems.Sea Air Land Technologies Inc., better known as S.A.L.T., is moving up the Overseas Highway at the end of this month.The 18-year-old Marathon-based company designs, sells and installs power and backup systems for home use, and air-conditioning, refrigeration and desalination systems for marine use.Its newly purchased home, at 2992 Overseas, is the former site of Paradigm Boats. Company founder Bob Williams and co-owner Chuck Meier are converting the building's … (0 comments)

florida keys real estate: 5 reasons to invest in the Florida keys now - 04/11/08 09:27 AM
5 reasons to invest now 1.  Prices in the Keys have stabilized and are in fact even better than other destination resort areas in the United States. This includes both residential and commercial Real Estate.
2.  Real Estate sales and closings have seen a steady increase in the Upper Keys since January 2006. This clearly indicates the buyers are responding to increased inventory choices and competitive pricing.
3.  The explosive growth of South Dade County, (just miles away) will definitely benefit Real Estate sales as people look for weekend getaways. (Predictions for the Homestead area and just north are for one million residents by … (2 comments)

florida keys real estate: Using a Keys home as a rental - 02/07/08 09:14 AM
Renting your home out as a seasonal(vacation rental)or long term. Long term renters are easy to find as there is a shortage of homes for rent. So, if you want to buy something for retirement or a vacation home and rent it out to help your payments-this is typically the easiest way. (Long term rentals are considered to be anything over 6 months, as the tenants don't pay the 11.5% Florida tax) • Generally long term rentals should be unfurnished. • Initially we do a credit check before submitting a lease to you, then with your approval of the lease, we … (0 comments)

florida keys real estate: Information about the Lower Fl Keys-Big Pine Key through Sugarloaf Key-Part 3 - 02/07/08 09:11 AM
* There are exceptions to that rule, and they tend to cost more: Cudjoe Gardens, Summerland Key, one section of Big Pine along Pine Channel. There are few deep natural channels between Gulf and Ocean near the more built-up areas which most bigger pleasure boats can use, but unlike most of Key Largo, at least they exist.
Big Pine Key
Big Pine in particular is one of the largest and most interesting Islands in the Keys. It has a population just over 5000 and as of Sept 2005-there were homes starting at $340,000. As you get closer to the water … (0 comments)

florida keys real estate: Information about the Lower Fl Keys-Big Pine Key through Sugarloaf Key-Part 2 - 02/07/08 09:09 AM
Big Pine “Metro”
The Lower Keys or what I’ll call “Big Pine metro”, includes the islands of Big Pine, Little Torch and Big Torch Key, Ramrod and Summerland, Cudjoe and Sugarloaf. Each Island is unique in its environment and boating access, which does translate down to home prices. More on that below.
When you enter the Lower Keys, you will see right away that it is much more laid back. Generally, the further you get away from Miami, the more the Bahamian feel. And to some extent, particularly on Big Pine and its attached No Name Key, and a couple of … (0 comments)

florida keys real estate: Information about the Lower Fl Keys-Big Pine Key through Sugarloaf Key-Part 1 - 02/07/08 09:08 AM
Big Pine through Sugarloaf For the Real Estate buyer or investor, the Lower Keys start at Mile Marker 30 or Big Pine Key You have arrived in a world that is more laid back, slower-paced, more isolated in most ways, and geographically shaped differently.
* Until now you’ve been driving along the mostly northeast-to-southwest spine of each narrow Key, ocean to your left, Florida Bay or the Gulf of Mexico to your right, with neither body of water more than a few hundred feet away (or much less), for almost 100 miles
* Now, beginning at Spanish Harbor, you head … (0 comments)

florida keys real estate: The buying process in the Florida keys Part 2 - 12/06/07 01:33 PM
Coastal Barrier Resources
System Act (CBRS):  
Certain properties in Monroe County may be affected by the Federal Coastal Barrier Resources System Act or proposed amendments. For information contact the United States Department of the Interior, the Monroe County Planning Department or your legal representative. Property so designated is not eligible for federally subsidized flood insurance as well as other benefits.
Land Use Disclosure: 
Due to the unpredictable and constantly changing status of the municipal, county and state regulations for property developments in Monroe County each buyer should contact the appropriate local government department(s) to determine how the subject property may be affected by the Comprehensive … (1 comments)

florida keys real estate: Buying Fixer uppers in the keys - 11/29/07 12:55 PM
Buying a fixer upperAsk many a home buyer about the type of house they are looking for and many will reply "We are looking for something we can fix up and live in (or resell). We like the idea of gaining some quick sweat equity." The classic "fixer-upper" home. Unfortunately, there is a bit of fantasy in the notion, though. First of all, there are many more fixer-upper buyers than there are fixer-upper properties. Second, the current thinking in many minds is that anyone can make a killing in the Real Estate market, which is not always the case. Third,many buyers … (1 comments)

florida keys real estate: Summerland Key - 11/29/07 12:51 PM
Summerland Key
Imagine flying your own plane to your island paradise home where you step onto your sports fisherman or cabin cruiser for a weekend of sun and fun. It's all possible here. Summerland is a mecca for large boat owners and private pilots. It’s one of the few places in the whole country where you can have it both ways.
The island boasts unusually wide flow-through canals and a private air strip for local residents making it a perfect spot to park a Beechcraft and a 50 foot + boat. The majority of homes on Summerland are located on the Atlantic side … (0 comments)

florida keys real estate: Lower Florida Keys information - 09/14/07 03:55 PM
The Torches
The Torch Keys are located just west of Big Pine Key and are comprised of three separate islands know as Big, Middle, and Little Torch Key. Little torch Key is the primary residential area with the majority of development nestled into the canal systems just south of the Overseas Highway on the ocean side. While there is some residential development on both Middle and Big torch Keys, these islands are largely protected by state and federal wetlands and hardwood hammocks.
Little Torch offers excelent boating access to both backcountry and offshore for both small and slightly larger boats. Some of the … (2 comments)

florida keys real estate: Cudjoe Key in the Florida keys - 09/13/07 08:26 AM
Cudjoe Key
There are a number of (perhaps apocryphal)stories of how Cudjoe got its unusual name. Many Cudjoe streets are named after either famous or amazingly obscure pirates, which might include a Mr. Cudjoe. Another story has the island described in 19th century Key West scuttlebutt as the location of ”Cousin Joe’s” woodcutting and charcoal-making place, of which there were quite a few in the Lower Keys.
Whatever its history Cudjoe is a quiet and peaceful residential island surrounding its own bay, probably the best bay in the area for water sports. The island’s fishhook appearance and bay are such distinctive features that … (1 comments)

florida keys real estate: Sugarloaf Key in the Florida Keys - 09/13/07 08:24 AM
Sugarloaf Key
Former home to the Sugarloaf Pineapple Plantation, Sugarloaf Key offers quite solitude to its residents. If you are looking for larger floorplans, more luxurious landscaping and privacy this is the Key for you. The majority of homes are located south of the Overseas Highway looking out onto the distinctive blue white waters of Upper and lower Sugarloaf Sounds. Large ocean front Estates rim the outside of the island facing out to the Atlantic.
Boating is excelent for shallow draft boats with quick access to the backcountry, but there is no access for large boats or sailboats. The Sugarloaf backcountry is legendary … (0 comments)

 

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