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Tierra Verde Florida – Last night we went to Tampa Bay Watch’s 2nd Pumpkins on the Porch. It was a wonderful evening overlooking the bay and  we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful sunset or weather. Jennifer Silva, their Director of Development, said they were thrilled to have this opportunity to “give back to the Tampa Bay community” – and so appreciative of the community business and civic support to enable the evening to be FREE to everyone who came since sponsors donated all the goodies and fun. haydonstampabaywatchparty thumb Loved Tampa Bay Watch 2nd Annual Pumpkins on the Porch

We had pumpkins to carve, a live DJ, decorating apples on a stick with gooey carmel and sprinkles, face painting, games, movie, Dunkin Donuts, snow cones, pinata and the Lealman Fire Dept had all kinds of goodies from popcorn to reflective wristlets they gave the kids to use on Halloween. Who could believe we’d do so much in just 2 hours!!

If you don’t know about Tampa Bay Watch, you should.

Tampa Bay Watch, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit stewardship program dedicated exclusively to the protection and restoration of the marine and wetland environments of the Tampa Bay estuary through scientific and educational programs.

Here’s an article I wrote about them back in 2007 and they’re still doing amazing work for all of us today.

Now just because  you missed out on this event, don’t worry they have another great event coming up on November 13th. It’s their 4th annual Evening for the Bay. We’ll be there and we’d love to see others committed to keeping our “bluest backyards” blue and healthy join us there.  It’s from 6-10 pm all the event details are >> here <<

Hope  you enjoy this  really short video are some pictures I took of the fun we had – thanks again to all the fabulous sponsors.

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So below is a short video I took wayyyy back in 2007 with a Tampa Bay Watch intern, Jessica, who was kind enough to share about many of the programs that  www.TampaBayWatch.org is involved in. Check it out!!

You can support their efforts and I encourage you to get involved and volunteer personally as well as you can join Tampa Bay Watch and become a member for as little as $25 a year

So, hope to see you at Tampa Bay Watch in Tierra Verde on November 13th for an Evening for the Bay or out their at one of the volunteer events. If you’re there, look for the SandbarsToSunsets.com table – we’d love to meet you in person!!!

P.S. In case you were wondering…It was 80 degrees today and we’re officially oil free, so what other questions do you have about the Tierra Verde real estate market right now? Just ask us!!!

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Sand Key Florida | Learn to Sail or Windsurf at Clearwater Sailing Center -33767

Sand Key Florida – Clearwater’s own Community Sailing Center

IMG 0077b small Sand Key Florida | Learn to Sail or Windsurf at Clearwater Sailing Center  33767Sand Key Florida – When heading to Sand Key Beach or Clearwater Beach next time, consider visiting the Clearwater Community Sailing Center (CCSC) is you’re looking for something different to do. The Clearwater Sailing Center is located on Sand Key across from the Sand Key Beach Park at 1001 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater, Florida 33767. You can learn to sail or windsurf there along with renting out the facility for weddings or parties.

The Clearwater Community Sailing Center was established to provide safe, enriching and affordable sailing opportunities to local Clearwater Florida residents and visitors, including youth, seniors, and the disabled for the benefit of the entire Clearwater community.

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Te non profit – Sailability, based out of the CCSC, raises funds to purchase and outfit boats and equipment to allow disabled or challenged individuals to also enjoy sailing in Clearwater.

Sand Key FL – Clearwater offers Sailing Instruction

The Clearwater Community Sailing Center which is actually a public facility and part of Clearwater Beach and owned and operated by the city of Clearwater, Florida (which Sand Key is a part of).

IMG 1143b small Sand Key Florida | Learn to Sail or Windsurf at Clearwater Sailing Center  33767It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or an experienced sailor because the Center has sailing instruction and sailboat rentals for everyone.

The sailing instruction is geared to all age groups, is delivered in a small group setting, and they guarantee these courses will teach you to sail safely and confidently. They will teach you everything you need to know to navigate your first dinghy or race your Laser to victory.

Sailboat Rentals available on Sand Key Florida

The Clearwater Community Sailing Center even offers sailboat rentals which you can easily check out online and has a fleet of over 40 sailboats available to the public. Daily or annual membership is required to use the boats and the rental rates range from $20/hr for a Sun-fish to $40/hr for a 17′ Sloop. (subject to change so verify current rates)

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Are you looking to buy a Sand Key Beach Condo or Clearwater Beach house? Here’s what some of our past clients have to say about how we helped them….

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Buyers tell us that selecting Sand Key Realtors, especially online or from a distance, can be a challenge. Some of our past clients agreed to share their experiences and tell you why they think you should work with us.

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(** Note – Reprint: This article was originally published July 14, 2007)

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Beachfront Sand Key Condos for Sale – Condos under $250000? $300000? $350000?

Sand Key Condos – Distressed Beachfront Inventory going down

Sand Key Florida – As Clearwater Beach Realtors specializing in helping buyers with Sand Key condos for sale we’ve spent a lot of time showing the condos for sale this past month.  Every year when the weather starts to cool up north, people start think seriously about finding their piece of paradise here in sunny Florida.  This is where the news media is so misleading because they keep giving “lumped up stats” when all real estate is local and they also make it sound like people with condos for sale here in Sand Key Florida are just giving beach houses and condominiums away.

** I wrote this in October 2010 and wanted to give you an update for March 2012**

If anything we’ve seen inventory tighten and good inventory priced well as becoming rarer and rarer when looking at Sand Key condos for sale. Today March 18, 2012 there are currently so today there are NO gulf front Sand Key Condos for sale under $250,000 and  only 3 units for sale on the intercoastal side of Sand Key for under $250,000 – there are more choices when looking at Clearwater Beach condos for sale so give us a call to get the latest list.

Yes, some people worried about the Oil Spill and many thought that would reduce values but we’re not seeing that – in fact the opposite is true. We are seeing new “highs” closing and that appraisal that was leverage for the buyer to get a “great deal” is the sword that cuts both ways – the new comps may have you paying more sooner rather than later.

We’re still finding many real estate buyers are shocked after spending time with us to find out how few two bedroom beachfront condos there really are for sale in Sand Key Florida under $350,000 – How many do you think there are for under $250,000, $300,000 or $350,000 of the 127 Sand Key condos for sale today?

Sand Key Condos for Sale – Finding the 1 out of 100 Bargains

We researched 2 bedroom condos and Would you be shocked to find out the:

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Cabana Club Sand Key FL Condos for Sale – 2 Things Buyers MUST Know

Are the Cabana Club Sand Key FL Condos for Sale Financially stable?

Sand Key Florida – This is the 3rd article in a series I’ve written on the Cabana Club Condos for Sale. If you didn’t see the first two click below to read them and get more of the back story.

So what started this series was the fact that the prices on Cabana Club Sand Key FL condos for sale are some of the lowest priced  gulf front especially for 3 bedrooms on Sand Key FL and Clearwater Beach FL…which always begs the questions, Why?

Part of the answer I believe lies in the fact that somewhere along the way, and unfortunatelycabanaclubsandkeyflclearwaterbeach thumb Cabana Club Sand Key FL Condos for Sale – 2 Things Buyers MUST Know I don’t know where or when exactly it happened but the owners of the Cabana Club Condominiums (I spoke with what I believe to be a reliable source who gave me the following info and asked not to be named. I of course have no way of verifying the information so as always buyers should do their due diligence.) * explained to me that they decided not to keep their reserve fully funded for the normal upkeep and ongoing maintenance of their beachfront condo community.

Well for a Sand Key Florida Gulf front condominium that is @25 years old it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that you are going to have some BIG expenses coming. I was told that since 2008 they have chosen to just do annual assessments.

You might ask yourself why Cabana Club Condos Sand Key FL Owners would choose to do annual assessments versus funding reserves? Well in my experience, just like many families right now, everyone works with a budget or a monthly income and when owners, especially those on more fixes income or whose income has dramatically changed in the last couple of years (can you say Realtors, Lenders, Stock Brokers, Retirees living off investments and the list goes on and on)…they often are hoping to buy some time and either have things improve or sell before they are affected.

Here are the notes I took based on my phone conversation with this inside source trying to get the information straight from those in the know on the afternoon of 10/7/10:

“The Cabana Club had assessments starting in 2008 to envelope the building, which they explained included updating and renovating the outside areas like balconies, concrete, clap board, etc.

Each unit got a new assessment on Sept 1 2010  which varied based on size of unit and that
starting in 2008 the owners decided not to fully fund current and future projects and agreed to annual assessments instead. (When I asked this person how much per unit they would not tell me however in researching with sellers of units my buyers were interested in I found a typical 3 bedroom unit was looking at an additional $600+/mo)


They just agreed again to do an assessment on Sept 1 2010 and the same for 2011 and they are looking to do a longer “loan” to roll in and fund future ongoing assessments / projects.

When I asked this person if they were fully funded on reserves, their comment to me is they have “some reserves”

* Updated 3/7/11 – At 12:53pm I received a call today from the original source regarding this article. We spoke for 4:01 minutes in the presence of one of my clients. The person called me and said ”that there are facts in this article that are incorrect” – I told them we would gladly correct any errors or incorrect information if they would please let me know what is wrong. They refused to give me any additional information and  just kept repeating that it was wrong and I should remove this article.  My client heard me ask  for 4 minutes straight to give me any corrections and this person refused. I asked them to give me the current fees and assessments and she refused and said “I’m not going to tell you anything about the Cabana Club”. They also said they didn’t speak to me in the afternoon because they don’t work afternoons and yet this person just called me at 12:53pm which is roughly the same time we spoke back in October. We strive to provide accurate information however while all information is deemed accurate, it is not guaranteed and all mistakes will gladly be corrected when brought to our attention. As always, any buyer should not rely on this or any other information without verifying all information to their satisfaction when making any purchase.  We live in a dynamic market and things are constantly changing. All seller’s must provide a Buyer making an offer with a complete condo disclosure for current fees and assessments so our advice is be sure you are completely satisfied with the information you receive. If you are a seller/owner at the Cabana Club and have information that would be helpful to this article please feel free to call or email me and we will gladly update this with the latest information.

So while right now there are several low priced 3 bedroom units for sale – it appears you are looking at currently paying an additional $600+ a month for the current assessment which appears to be scheduled to run through 2011. So if you are asking how come these Clearwater Beach 3 bedroom condos are so cheap?…Now you know more of the story.

In my opinion this is why when I see a cluster of “great condo deals” in the Clearwater Beach real estate market I know there’s got to be more to the story and you should have a Clearwater Beach realtor who digs in and makes sure you’re educated as to what you’re getting into.

And remember, unlike other Sand Key condos for sale, you can not rent these units out except for 6+months at a time so that’s not a very viable answer for offsetting these costs – you are basically looking at trying to find an annual renter – thank goodness property taxes and interest rates are down at the moment .

How could Cabana Club Condos Assessment affect me as a new owner?

You should know that when you buy in a condo community you are obligated to pay association assessments or they actually have the ability to foreclose on  you. This is why lenders are so serious about financial strength because if they finance a purchase it’s in no one’s interest to realize you can’t afford the condo with escalating association cost or surprise assessments. Buyer beware – do you homework and work with Sand Key Realtors that are YOUR advocate and making sure you have all the info to ensure  you are REALLY getting a good value – even in today’s market, it’s not a given!!!! (Disclaimer: I am not an attorney and don’t give legal advice and should not be construed at legal advice)

Condos that choose to manage my assessments versus solid reserves can be Russian Roulette for buyers that don’t have deep pockets..,can you say another “Clearwater Beach foreclosure” if you can’t pay them!!! Feel free to ask us more we’re happy to share our local insights!!!

Is a Hotel Coming next door to the Cabana Club Condos on Sand Key – What’s the impact?

The other big “unknown” is that in place of the Cabana Grille restaurant owned by the Belleview Biltmore there is supposed to be a new 6 floor low-rise boutique 38 room Victorian style hotel with a new restaurant being built between Dan’s Island condos and The Cabana Club condominiums and some people don’t like that idea which can also motivate some to sell as well as others not to choose to buy. If you’d like to read more you can check it out p20506471 thumb Cabana Club Sand Key FL Condos for Sale – 2 Things Buyers MUST Knowhere.

Lots of people that already live in Sand Key Florida have expressed their concerns about this hotel. In my opinion, it will probably be an asset at best and neutral at worse (except during the construction process which is always a pain), however, each buyer has their own desires and you should know who your future neighbors could be – don’t you agree?

What else do you want to know that wasn’t answered here? If you want a list of all the condos for sale in the Cabana Club or all the Sand Key Condos for Sale – we’d be happy to customize a list based on just what you’re looking for.

As always, if you’d like to know about what’s happening with Clearwater Beach real estate just give us a call and we’ll bring you up to speed on what’s happening right now.

Disclaimer: I am not an attorney and don’t give legal advice and anything in this article should not be construed at legal advice. In addition, all information given here is believe to be true with sources sited however subject to change at any time and is not guaranteed and should be verified for your own purposes and situation.

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And if you’re looking for a Clearwater Beach Realtor we’d like you to know that we are passionate about being your real estate advocate. We’re committed to delivering Results daily based on Integrity, Knowledge & Experience – helping you find the perfect Clearwater Beach condos for sale.

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Call Cyndee @ 727.710.8035 or Jack @ 727.710.8036

Warmly,
Cyndee and Jack Haydon
Charles Rutenberg Realty

Clearwater Real Estate Office
1545 S. Belcher Rd
Clearwater Florida 33764
727-710-8035 (Cyndee’s cell)
727-710-8036 (Jack’s cell)

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 Cabana Club Sand Key FL Condos for Sale – 2 Things Buyers MUST Know

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Cyndee Haydon, Future Home Realty - Realtor | Estate Agent specializing in selling Luxury homes and beach condos from Clearwater Beach to St Pete Beach - 26 miles of paradise. (727) 710-8035 Cyndee's Google Profile

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Sand Key Realtors Tell Why Buyers Like Cabana Club Condominiums

Sand Key FL – In my previous article (about the Cabana Club Condominiums (Click the Part I  link below).  I shared the typical info you find online from Sand Key Realtors regarding condominium complexes like the Cabana Club Condominiums for sale.

The funny thing is many of those kind of articles we find online are written by people who have never even been inside the buildings. I mean once you get past, yes there’s a heated pool, and basic amenities most people looking at Sand Key condos img 1889 thumb Sand Key Realtors Tell Why Buyers Like Cabana Club Condominiums for sale want to know what’s really happening (translated – why are so many people selling? and if prices are unusually low for the marketplace – Why? and what’s the overall health of the association, etc.) Those are the questions we dig to find answers for.

Most of the clients we serve come from out of the area and are looking to buy a second home, some strictly for their own use, some to blend between rental and personal use and some strictly for investment purposes. We find they are expecting and even relying on a local expert to go deeper and make sure they are asking the questions they may not even know they need to ask.  The number one thing our clients expect from us as Sand Key Realtors serving buyers is to give them ALL the information they need to make a good decision based on their personal situation.  For us that’s what it’s all about – educating, empowering and negotiating for our clients so they get the waterfront condo or home of their dreams.

We specialize in Gulf front Clearwater Beach Real Estate along the 26 miles of amazing that include some of the best beachfront condos and intercoastal waterfront homes from the tip of North Clearwater Beach at Carlouel down to Pass A Grille south of St Pete Beach including Tierra verde.

3 Best Things about Cabana Club Condominiums

  1. One of the things these Sand Key Realtors like and our buyers continue to tell us they like as well is that they like that this community has the direct, straight on gulf views. As you know if you’ve spent time looking at condos on Sand Key, only a few have direct gulf front units by design in all the units. It’s typically the older condominiums on Sand Key because as we all know land values have escalated and so in later times developers have more often than not opted for the angled views.
  2. My second favorite thing is that they are spacious units with large balconies which are comfortable for entertaining and offer some of the lowest prices for 3 bedrooms on Clearwater Beach and Sand Key. (I’ll answer my thoughts “why” below)
  3. The 3rd favorite thing is the look. I love the unique Key West / Victorian look of these Sand Key condos. We don’t have another one like it in the area. I like the front porch when you walk up and the inviting warm feel of the condominium.

Ok, so those are some of my favorite things about the Cabana club – now for Part 3 in this series:

As always, if you’d like to know about what’s happening in with Clearwater Beach real estate just give us a call and we’ll bring you up to speed on what’s happening right now.

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And if you’re looking for a Sand Key Realtor we’d like you to know that we are passionate about being your real estate advocate. We’re committed to delivering Results daily based on Integrity, Knowledge & Experience – helping you find the perfect Clearwater Beach condos for sale.

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We’d like to be YOUR Clearwater Beach Real Estate Team!

Call Cyndee @ 727.710.8035 or Jack @ 727710.8036

Warmly,
Cyndee and Jack Haydon
Charles Rutenberg Realty

Clearwater Real Estate Office
1545 S. Belcher Rd
Clearwater Florida 33764
727-710-8035 (Cyndee’s cell)
727-710-8036 (Jack’s cell)

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 Sand Key Realtors Tell Why Buyers Like Cabana Club Condominiums

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