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Real estate and local events in the St. Augustine area.
By Diane Grady on 10/13/2011 12:54 PM
This fantastic condo is so awesome that I just had to share it with you!!! More like a 2 story town house, this 2 bedroom unit sits directly over the Intracoastal Waterway in Saint Augustine Florida! It is completely remodeled, comes to you fully furnished, and conveys with the boat slip for your beautiful jet skis or boat!! Take a look at this virtual tour.
By Diane Grady on 10/13/2011 12:39 PM
When engaging an agent to list or purchase a home, what do you think that people are looking for? If you wanted to buy or sell in a particular community what would you want in an agent? Of course you would always look to hire someone who has a neat and clean appearance. Someone who presents them self well, with confidence. Someone who is polite and a good listener.  But are they an expert in that community?
By Diane Grady on 10/13/2011 12:30 PM
On October 1st, my little puppy turned 10 years old! He has been selling Real Estate with me for the past almost 10 years, since he was 2 months old. When I bought Harley he was so young and vulnerable that I hated to leave him home when I went to work. The children were all at school and he just looked so sad when I would get ready to leave the house! So...I began to take him to the office. The customers loved him and he began to accumulate a fan club. Who didn't love that adorable little guy with those big Cocker Spaniel eyes just dying to love, kiss and enjoy your company. Little tail wagging all the time!!!
By Diane Grady on 10/13/2011 12:22 PM
So you are meeting your customer for the first time out of the office and they are joining you in your car to look at properties. You are sharp, have your best outfit on, for the ladies, nails polished and hair nice and neat. Your paperwork is fantastic and you are well prepared. Very nice first impression. So now we walk to your car. What do they see and what does it cause them to think? Not every car has to be new, nor does it have to be a Mercedes Benz, but it does have to be clean, really!  A first impression of your car is very important.
By Diane Grady on 9/30/2011 3:43 PM
With the trends all heading toward social media, and the ability for consumers to see homes on line with virtual tours and massive amounts of photographs, is it really necessary to have open houses any more? My answer would be no.
By Diane Grady on 9/30/2011 3:36 PM
I am saddened this morning as at 5am I received a phone call from my friend's sister that her husband passed away this morning. This friend was and still is a good customer of mine. She, through another Realtor many years ago, bought one of my listings. We got to know each other and years later she listed 2 of her properties with me. In the interim, we became great friends.
By Diane Grady on 9/30/2011 3:25 PM
I truly believe that being all that you can be for a customer, buyer or seller, or even renter, is the way to go. But what happens when you do your job perfectly, find them that fantastic home, perfect location, great price and immaculate shape and then you begin to move to close and one of the many other professionals you must work with do not do their job??
By Diane Grady on 9/30/2011 3:10 PM
For all of you Realtors with Ocean Front Properties for sale here on the Atlantic Coast, did you know that our ocean is the saltiest Ocean in the world? It is true, our ocean has a greater salt content than any other. The Dead Sea is by far the saltiest body of water on Earth, but as far as Oceans go, the Atlantic takes the prize for being the most salty! What does that mean for our Ocean Front home owners????
By Diane Grady on 9/30/2011 10:33 AM
Over the course of the last 12 years that I have been in the Real Estate Business I have had 3 different Accountants. I have never had any of them suggest that I incorporate. Recently while having a conversation with an Accountant, he was surprised to hear that I was not incorporated. I asked him why he thought that it was important and he gave me the following reasons:
By Diane Grady on 9/30/2011 10:06 AM
Have you ever booked showings for your listings and then had a Realtor call to tell you that her customers were running late or that they pulled up and just did not want to see the home? I sometimes have this happen and am always so glad that the Realtor took the time to call me and give me an explanation.
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!


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