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Real estate and local events in the St. Augustine area.
By Diane Grady on 9/16/2011 5:42 PM
How many times in the past few years have you had a really great listing, clean, nice location, soft neutral colors, great curb appeal, wonderful neighborhood, and best of all, outstanding sellers who understand the market and price competitively to sell?
By Diane Grady on 9/14/2011 8:05 PM
God Bless our parents who raised us and gave us opportunities that they never had themselves. We should take note like many foreign countries like Asia and Europe who worship and revere the elderly. We need to protect our Seniors. Take some time and visit the nursing homes and elder care centers. Adopt a Senior Citizen, they have so much valuable life experience to share and would so love the companionship. Let's not leave our parents and grandparents out in the cold. Without them, we wouldn't be here!!
By Diane Grady on 9/14/2011 8:26 AM
It is a shame that it has come to this, but agents, both men and women, should really think before they show a home or host an open house. We have not had any known incidents here in Saint Augustine Florida, but the crime is up here and everywhere and it is, I am sure, just a matter of time, before someone is hurt because of not being prepared.
By Diane Grady on 9/12/2011 3:51 PM
It used to be that you could be a good agent and do a good job and that was enough. It was all that it took. Today is a totally different world. With the financial chaos, political problems and national debt in the trillions, our buyers and sellers need us more than ever. They are afraid to buy, afraid not to buy. Want to sell, have to sell, need to sell, They are all over the place and need someone strong, smart and level headed to help them sort through all of it and assist them in making good decisions.
By Diane Grady on 9/7/2011 9:35 PM
As Realtors, we hear it all the time. Buyers continue to wait for "the bottom" before they buy. After seeing so many homes and a few that they really really loved, I gave this example to buyers that I was working with. You know, every year Macys has  great sale. The first day offers the best selection even though the items are only marked down to 50%. At 50% off it is still a great deal and with so many things to chose from the first day, it is the best time to shop!
By Diane Grady on 9/6/2011 9:10 AM
For many years Saint Augustine has been known as a sleepy little town, quaint, nice and virtually undiscovered by most. More recently things have begun to change. Saint Augustine is in the news and beginning to get noticed! The US World and News Report rated Saint Augustine as one of the top 10 places to live.  Coastal Living Magazine wrote a lovely article about us, naming Saint Augustine as one of the best places to enjoy the Christmas lights. Flagler College was ranked one of the top 10 most beautiful campuses! Wow! Someone is paying attention!  All of a sudden people are noticing all of the things about Saint Augustine that those of us who are lucky enough to live here, love and enjoy about our beautiful little city! However, because we are such a small town, the question always arises...What is there to do in Saint Augustine?
By Diane Grady on 8/28/2011 9:38 AM
At a native plant seminar I found out about a special place in one of our local subdivisions. This neighborhood, Saint Augustine Shores, is only about a mile from my office. They have a large meadow where mostly senior citizens, not even residents of the Shores, come to volunteer and grow native plants for everyone to enjoy. I was intrigued by The Meadow and so last week my son and I went out to visit. The county is actually building a park next to it amongst large old growth oaks and it will be a very lovely spot.
By Diane Grady on 8/25/2011 8:38 AM
Recently, I went to show a very expensive home. 2.6 million was the asking price. The seller had everything absolutely perfect but the air was full of dragonflies which I felt was very distracting. The outside of this home was exceptional, with Intracoastal frontage, beautiful gardens, outdoor fireplace, summer kitchen, koi pond, pergola, and so much more.
By Diane Grady on 8/18/2011 8:59 AM
This sensational Waterfront home is fantastic enough on its own but now the Sellers are going to throw in all of their beautiful Pottery Barn style, like new furnishings, 2 scooters and a Jeep Wrangler! All are in mint condition and the vehicles have low miles, ready for you to enjoy some fun in the sun!
By Diane Grady on 8/15/2011 7:17 AM
When I was growing up we always had curtains. Lots of loud prints with dark colors, and it was all very stylish. Later, when I had my own home, the thought of curtains seemed old fashioned and I wanted wood blinds. The next home sported Plantation Shutters, still the rage in many places. After all of this, I am now switching back to curtains. Not the loud flowered ones, but pretty flowing white curtains that sort of drag the ground just a touch. They flutter in the breeze and make everything clean and romantic looking!
By Diane Grady on 8/15/2011 7:15 AM
It has been a sensational week! My oldest son and his darling girlfriend have passed their Real Estate exams and are going to join my Team! This was a decision that they came to themselves, unsolicited by me and so that makes it even more special! They are a beautiful couple, honest, kind and so very bright and they will be such a welcome addition.
By Diane Grady on 8/15/2011 7:11 AM
The past few weeks the temperature here in Beautiful Saint Augustine Florida has been in the 90's with a heat index of approximately 107 degrees. Amazing. Our average temperature is 72 degrees.....normally. This summer is a whole different story. No one is showing up to see our open houses and the average time to go to the beach has become 6pm!!
By Diane Grady on 8/5/2011 3:39 PM
I just started blogging a couple of weeks ago. After a business mastery class I hired a social media coach. I needed to learn to blog, tweet, hoot and whatever else, to bring myself current and connect to other like minded people networking on the Internet. So, I hired Dave Hall from Listing Solutions in Saint Augustine and we began to dissect my web site and get into it.
By Diane Grady on 8/2/2011 10:20 AM
For any of you that endure back pain, I encourage you to visit a Chiropractor. Check them out. Get personal recommendations. Interview them. Be informed and then make a committment to do what it takes to become "well adjusted". I cannot thank Dr. Jack enough for giving me a new lease on life. Some of the neck pain that I had prior to this accident combined with the lack of movement in my neck is now dissapating and I am sleeping like a baby at night!
By Diane Grady on 8/1/2011 8:30 AM
I had the opportunity to attend a Green Roof seminar last week. I thought that it would be about something entirely different than what the presentation was about!  My thoughts regarding a "green" roof were like what you most commonly think of when you hear the word "green". Environmentally friendly, Energy Efficient, etc.  Much to my surprise, this was about an actual green roof. A roof that has a garden growing on it. I had never heard of this and found the topic interesting enough to share.
By Diane Grady on 7/29/2011 3:36 PM
With the wide sparkling Intracoastal Waterway through Saint Augustine, you would think that there would be a large amount of properties available with deep water docks. Fact of the matter is, most of the Intracoastal Waterway is bordered by marsh grasses, State Park, and nature preserves.
By Diane Grady on 7/26/2011 10:04 PM
Did you know that it is OK to grow Wax Myrtle but not a Crepe Myrtle? That Mexican Petunias are invasive plants and should not be grown anywhere here?  That the word "Wort" means medicinal so anytime that you hear a plant name with "wort" in it you will likely find it has medicinal properties? That Beauty Berries have bright magenta berries that are great for making jelly and that if you were to eat the berry raw, it would make you salivate?? It was all very interesting and I will definitely use this information to cultivate a new garden where butterflies and hummingbirds live and play!
By Diane Grady on 7/22/2011 8:39 AM
I have the most sensational produce dropped off at my home, come rain or shine. This is also accompanied by a loaf of fresh bread, again, baked locally! The group that does this is called Local Fare Farm Bag and they are incredible! Dependable, always a fantastic selection and no delivery fee if you sign up for 8 or more deliveries.
By Diane Grady on 7/20/2011 7:07 PM
It had obviously crawled quite a distance and it seemed so very tired!! Finally, after what seemed like ages, he/she hit the ocean"s edge. I felt like cheering as it was swept to sea only to find that to my dismay, the little guy was then pushed back to the shore, way back farther than where he was minutes ago. This happened so many times and the tide continued to come in, higher and higher.
By Diane Grady on 7/19/2011 4:50 PM
Most people kind of lump million, billion and trillion into a category that is sort of like "a bunch". Well, actually, trillion is so far from million and even billion, that it is scary!


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