Another good news is that we could expect work on the undergrounding and the fiber optics project to start very soon. Town officials are aiming to begin the island-wide project to bury Longboat Key’s fiber optic and power cables by end-2018, a target which looks quite doable with the recent progress in the undergrounding … Continue reading Communication Upgrades Coming as Longboat Key Undergrounds Its Utilities
What many don’t know is that this 48-year-old club consisting of some 150-plus members is also a service-oriented organization. It is quite active in fundraising for the club’s various meritorious projects. One of the most successful fundraisers of the Longboat Key Garden Club is its annual Home Tour which had its 41st edition early … Continue reading Getting to Know the Longboat Key Garden Club
Priced upwards of $1 million, this property and similar sales-listed waterfront residences should get some marketing push from the media mileage expected from world-class rowing and sailing events set in our region this year and in 2018. This September, Sarasota and Manatee counties will host the World Rowing Championships at the Nathan Benderson … Continue reading Waterfront Properties’ Market Looks Upbeat and Here’s Why
These recent activities truly gave us a feel on how vibrant the Longboat Key real estate market is. Once sold, our Sabal Cove listing should count as the third closed deal in this community alone so far this year. Market activity is well pronounced in the whole of Bay Isles where we have … Continue reading A Buoyant Market Ushers in Our “Ber Months”
Farther west across Sarasota Bay, this demarcation line crosses Longboat just north of Bayfront Park, in effect dividing the town in half between Manatee and Sarasota. Properties south of this line fell under Sarasota’s tax and services area while those in the northern part became Manatee territory. This north/south division of Longboat Key … Continue reading All about Taxes on Longboat Key
These sellers could expect a shorter time to bag a sale. Median time to contract, for instance, in the $1 million-plus range dropped in June by 37.1 percent to 105 days in Sarasota and by 35.5 percent to 162 days in Manatee, the recent MLS data also showed. Having sold several properties on … Continue reading Residential Property Market Girds for More Vibrant Months Ahead
Another major development in Longboat Key which could soon impact upon the town’s real estate market is the $100 million expansion of the Resort at Longboat Key Club. This project, which town residents approved in a May 2015 referendum, calls for the construction of a 259-room hotel, about 90 residential condos and expanded meeting … Continue reading Here Are Some Exciting Dynamics Driving Longboat Key Real Estate
Longboat Key, Florida | August 1st, 2017 – There’s an amazing array of dining venues on Longboat Key that not only contributes to the delights of living here but also draws patrons from out of the island. Among the town’s top choices for diners is Maison Blanche just across the Shoppes of Bay Isles … Continue reading Longboat Key: Where Foodies and Gourmets Get the Best Treats
Longboat Key, Florida | July 26th, 2017 – Proud to say we are currently #1 again! The report for the first half of 2017 for our region is in and we are proud to say the Kepecz-Hays/Buky Team is ranking #1 again. Call Judy Kepecz-Hays if you have any questions regarding selling and … Continue reading Proud to say we are currently #1 again!
Longboat Key, Florida | July 25th, 2017 – Come this December, Longboat Key will have a new Town Manager in the person of Tom Harmer, who is leaving his current position as Sarasota County Administrator to assume stewardship of our town. As long-time realtors in the Sarasota area, the Judy Kepecz-Hays Team is … Continue reading Longboat Key Realtors Welcome New Town Manager
Longboat Key, Florida | July 20th, 2017 – The Judy Kepecz-Hays Team joins the Longboat Key community in welcoming the much- anticipated inauguration of the Zota Beach Resort which opened June 23rd. It was supposed to open in December last year in time for the season but this was pushed back due to construction … Continue reading Longboat Key Welcomes Zota Beach Resort
Longboat Key, Florida | July 19th, 2017 – REAL Trends rated the Judy Kepecz-Hays/Buky Team in the top 40 of America’s Best Real Estate Agents 🙂 http://www.realtrends.com/best-real-estate-agents-florida General Property Search:
Longboat Key, Florida | July 17th, 2017 – A voice-activated home-buying search? Now, how cool is that? Coldwell Banker has just made this possible for those aspiring home buyers already equipped with the interactive and voice-controlled Echo speakers from the online retail giant Amazon. With this smart-home gadget, you can interact with Echo’s … Continue reading Here’s How Amazon’s Alexa Can Help in Your Home Search
Longboat Key, Florida | July 11th, 2017 – Most residents of Longboat Key are already braced for the hurricane season this year which is expected to bring an above-average frequency of severe weather. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecast a 70 percent chance that 11 to 17 storms and/or hurricanes will visit … Continue reading Here’s the Drill on Storm Preparedness on Longboat Key
Longboat Key, Florida | July 5th, 2017 – Getting the best deal for a residence for sale largely depends on attracting the most number of prospective buyers as possible. For this reason, our Kepecz-Hays Team has aligned with the current efforts of local realtors for a more liberal policy on permits and on signage … Continue reading Here’s How to Get Top Dollar from a House Sale
Happy 4th of July from the Judy Kepecz-Hays Team Judy Kepecz-Hays: 941 587 1700 Email: Kepecz@JudyHays.com | Web: LongboatKeyLuxury.com General Property Search:
Longboat Key, Florida | June 27th, 2017 – There’s plenty more to share, it turns out, about Centre Shops that our Kepecz-Hays Team recently got reacquainted with as we explored the attractions of its nearby Joan M. Durante Park. This commercial hub at 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, which is a short distance … Continue reading Center for Healthy Living Hums on Longboat Key
Longboat Key, Florida | June 20th, 2017 – We at the Kepecz-Hays Team just love working with clients on Longboat Key and sharing information on local places that help sell luxury properties on our island. Having listed some high-end properties north of town recently, we are delighted to get reacquainted with some of the … Continue reading Durante Park: A Hidden Gem on Longboat Key
Longboat Key, Florida | June 13th, 2017 – The luxury real estate market on Longboat Key continues to show strength in May, and we can expect this uptrend to be sustained moving forward to the second half of 2017. Based on the Kepecz-Hays team’s reading of MLS records in May, at least a … Continue reading Excitement Building Up for Longboat Key Luxury Real Estate
Longboat Key, Florida | June 5th, 2017 – An overhead jumble of cables and wires could ruin the all-important curb appeal of residential properties. For this reason, recent news on the steady progress in the planning of the Longboat Key utilities undergrounding put a smile on prospective sellers of residences in the town with … Continue reading Longboat Key Utilities Undergrounding Moving Forward Fast
Longboat Key, Florida | May 30th, 2017 – The Kepecz-Hays Team, as active partners to sellers and buyers of residences on Longboat Key, is quite pleased that our Town is now urgently pursuing solutions to erosion on Greer Island at the north end of the Key. Like local residents, we share the concern … Continue reading Longboat Key Town Tackles North End Erosion
Longboat Key, Florida | May 23rd, 2017 – Perhaps, we can now strike out traffic congestion as a potential drawback to the appreciation of residential property values on Longboat Key. Some recent solutions to untangle bottlenecks on local roadways and bridges appear already working to some extent, judging from some observations of the past … Continue reading Longboat Scores Wins Vs Traffic
Longboat Key, Florida | May 15th, 2017 – Here’s something to look forward to this coming summer. Our town expects to officially reopen Bayfront Park in June after a year-long improvement of its facilities, which surely are community assets that are also of great help in selling real estate in Longboat Key. As … Continue reading Bayfront Park Ready for the Joys of Summer
Longboat Key, Florida | May 9th, 2017 – This month of May promises to be event-filled days for our Kepecz-Hays Team, more so that this is the time of the year marking the start of the sea turtle nesting season. This annual visit of turtles to lay their eggs on the gulf-side beaches … Continue reading May Ushers in the Sea Turtles’ Nesting Season
Longboat Key, Florida | May 2nd, 2017 – The Kepecz-Hays Team truly enjoyed the four successive Open House activities we’ve had this last weekend of April on Lido Key and Longboat Key. But what excites us even more is the bright market prospects in Bay Isles where we’ve been fortunate to have some listings … Continue reading Bay Isles Reeling in a New Crop of Buyers
Longboat Key, Florida | April 25th, 2017 – Our Kepecz-Hays Team feels a strong market vibe particularly along the flanks of Gulf of Mexico Drive where many sellers of Longboat luxury residences have recently tapped Coldwell Banker in listing their high-end properties. What we’re truly excited about is the various initiatives of the … Continue reading Why the Strong Vibe at Gulf of Mexico Drive?
Longboat Key, Florida | April 18th, 2017 – New logo, signage and website unveiled for Coldwell Banker Global Luxury program Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, in a bid to remain ahead in the growing world interconnectivity of the luxury property market, launched its Coldwell Banker Global LuxurySM program in early April of 2017. … Continue reading Coldwell Banker Recasts Global Luxury Real Estate Marketing Platform
Longboat Key, Florida | April 11th, 2017 – The Longboat Key real estate market remains vibrant as always, with sellers remaining active even as the peak spring selling season is nearing its homestretch. This is evident in the well-priced Longboat Key listings that we at the Judy Kepecz-Hays team have been recently seeing, most especially in … Continue reading Here’s One Confidence-Builder for Longboat Key Home Sellers
Longboat Key, Florida | April 3rd, 2017 – Excitement appears to be building up for homeowners wishing to list their property for this 2017 spring and summer selling season, particularly in the luxury market segment of the real estate market on Longboat Key. The Kepecz‒Hays team, as licensed and registered Coldwell Banker realtors, sees clear signs … Continue reading Longboat Key Luxury Real Estate Listing Trending Upwards
The Kepecz-Hays and Buky Team of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate were officially ranked the #1 Realtor Team in Sales Volume in Southwest Florida with a staggering $70+ million in Residential and Commercial Sales. The team were awarded this prestigious Award by Coldwell Banker for their impressive achievement. Leading the team is Judy-Kepecz-Hays, … Continue reading Coldwell Banker Awards The Kepecz-Hays and Buky Realtor for Ranking as the #1 Realtor Team in Sales Volume in Southwest Florida!
Chris Angermann of the Herald Tribune interviews Luxury Property Realtor Judy Kepecz-Hay (9 times winner of the Legends Society Award) for his article on the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Sarasota and Lido Key. Judy is a well respected long term resident of the Ritz-Carlton in Lido Key and often the first choice for clients … Continue reading Herald Tribune Interviews Judy Kepecz-Hays on Ritz-Carlton
The Longboat Key top realtor team consisting of Judy Kepecz-Hays (9 times Winner of the prestigious Legends Society Award) along with Steven Kepecz, Gabe Buky and Charles Buky of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate ranked the #1 team out of the entire company in Sarasota County in 2016. The Team had a staggering combined … Continue reading Official #1 Top Realtor Team in Southwest Florida
Lights Out for Sea Turtles! Central Key Truck Haul Project Complete; New Pass Dredging Mobilization Begins Week of August 8th July 28, 2016 Lights out for sea turtles! With a record sea turtle nesting season, the time has come for hatchlings to begin emerging onto the beach at night. Lights from upland areas can disorient … Continue reading Longboat Key Beach Nourishment Project Update
The beach nourishment project team is closely watching the increasing wave and tidal surge conditions created by Tropical Storm Colin. The storm will create rough surf along the Longboat Key shoreline at least through Tuesday, June 7, and will affect sand placement, sea turtle nests and shorebird nests. Beach construction continues to move quickly along … Continue reading Beach Nourishment Progress Update for June 6
Beach Nourishment Progress Update for May 23 Posted Date: 5/23/2016 Work is progressing rapidly along Segment 3 with sand placement from Pelican Harbour (4241 Gulf of Mexico Drive) southward. May 23, 2016 | Work is progressing rapidly along Segment 3 with sand placement from Pelican Harbour (4241 Gulf of Mexico Drive) southward. Work will progress south … Continue reading Beach Nourishment Progress Update for May 23
May 16, 2016 | With completion of the truck hauling operations at the Atlas Street beach access (4795 Gulf of Mexico Drive), approximately one-third of the beach nourishment project for the Central Key has been completed. The beach access at Atlas Street should re-open to the public by May 20. Sand-hauling trucks begin arriving on Monday, … Continue reading Beach Nourishment Progress Update for May 16
Trained staff from Mote Marine Laboratory relocated the first loggerhead sea turtle nest found in the beach nourishment project area. May 11, 2016 | Trained staff from Mote Marine Laboratory relocated the first loggerhead sea turtle nest found in the beach nourishment project area. When nests are laid in active nourishment or truck-hauling areas, or areas that will … Continue reading Beach Nourishment Progress Update for May 11
The state has decided to lower the 45-mph speed limit on a 0.3-mile stretch of Gulf of Mexico Drive. by: Observer Staff Within the next month, the Florida Department of Transportation will be changing out speed limit signage at the north end of Longboat Key, after deciding to lower the limit to 35 mph on Gulf … Continue reading FDOT to drop speed limit on Longboat Key
Beach Nourishment Project Update for May 4 Posted Date: 5/5/2016 Truck hauling operations at the Atlas Street beach access (4795 Gulf of Mexico Drive) are approximately 40 percent complete. Truck hauling operations at the Atlas Street beach access (4795 Gulf of Mexico Drive) are approximately 40 percent complete. This segment of the project, which extends … Continue reading Beach Nourishment Project Update for May 4
Beach Nourishment Project Update for May 2 Posted Date: 5/2/2016 May 2, 2016 | Sand delivery to the beach segment between Aria and Seaplace (2295 to 2045 Gulf of Mexico Drive) is complete, with the last of 3,058 truckloads of sand delivered on April 26. May 2, 2016 | Sand delivery to the beach segment … Continue reading Beach Nourishment Project Update for May 2
Beach Nourishment Progress Update for April 22 Posted Date: 4/22/2016 Work on the first segment of the beach nourishment project is approximately 85 percent complete. Work on the first segment of the beach nourishment project is approximately 85 percent complete. More than 2,400 truckloads of sand have been delivered from the mine in Immokalee for … Continue reading Beach Nourishment Progress Update
Mote Marine Laboratory sea turtle biologists have begun monitoring the beach for crawls, nests and sea turtles that may have arrived in the beach nourishment work zone overnight. April 18, 2016 | Mote Marine Laboratory sea turtle biologists have begun monitoring the beach for crawls, nests and sea turtles that may have arrived in the … Continue reading Beach Nourishment Progress Update for April 18
The West Palm Beach-based developer has announced plans for the 18-story Grande at the Ritz-Carlton Residences. The boom in condominium development in downtown Sarasota continues this month with the announcement of a new high-rise building: the Grande at the Ritz-Carlton Residences. West Palm Beach-based developer Kolter plans to break ground on the 18-story luxury tower … Continue reading Kolter plans another downtown Sarasota high-rise
Lights Out for Turtles! Posted Date: 4/8/2016 Turtle season begins May 1 and ends October 31 each year. Beachfront properties should have turtle-friendly lighting in place by May 1, with beach furniture and umbrellas placed at or behind the dune line each night. Each year, hundreds of sea turtles nest on Longboat Key’s beaches. Each … Continue reading Coastal Living with Sea Turtles
Beach Nourishment Project Begins Posted Date: 4/7/2016 Work commenced on the Longboat Key beach nourishment project on April 6 with the first phase of the truck haul operation. Sixty-two truck loads of sand were delivered through the Colony access for sand placement south of the Islander Club groins. Work commenced on the Longboat Key beach … Continue reading Longboat Key Beach Nourishment
Beat this BY: MARK GORDON | MANAGING EDITOR February 19, 2016 Judy Kepecz-Hays has sold real estate on Longboat Key and Sarasota since 1978. Photo by Mark Wemple Luxury Realtor Judy Kepecz-Hays received some blunt advice a few days after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in summer 2014: Don’t tell anyone. Several fellow real … Continue reading BEAT THIS!
The year 2015 was one for the record books in real estate sales for both Sarasota and Manatee counties, closing out the year with an all-time record of 20,691 in combined closed transactions, 1,302 sales above last year’s numbers. “These truly are exciting times for the real estate community, and reflects the hard work and dedication of our … Continue reading Sarasota Real Estate Breaks Record!
The Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee is on pace to record the highest number of sales in its 100-year history. In 2014, a total of 19,389 properties were sold in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. With 19,020 sales recorded in the first eleven months of 2015, only 370 property sales are needed in December to … Continue reading Sarasota Real Estate Market Poised to Break All-Time Record
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The property appraiser offices in Manatee and Sarasota counties are reporting a 5.3% increase in island property values. by: Kurt Schultheis Senior Editor Longboat Observer http://www.yourobserver.com/article/longboat-key-property-values-rise-again
Sarasota-based Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate is again No. 1 in Florida by both closed transaction sides and sales volume, based on 2014 sales results, according to the REALTrends 500 annual report. Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, along with parent company NRT LLC, employs almost 200 in Sarasota and Manatee counties in addition to its … Continue reading Coldwell Banker No. 1 in State, Nation
Please join me in congratulating Helen McArdle, my client, in receiving top honor from the Queen! As chairman and founder of Helen McArdle Care, she has been named a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for her services to the industry and the community. The honors system recognizes people of … Continue reading Client Received TOP HONOR from the Queen of England
According to BIZ (941), Sarasota ranked number 18 in U.S. cities with the highest number of luxury home listings. Please click on the link for the full story! http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=90b255b20087b1d87f7762948&id=20f51171f6&e=464076506f#1
Sarasota Opera has just announced its plans for the 2015-2016 fall and winter season, the most climactic in the company’s 56 year history. The season will feature the final two installments of the 28 year Verdi Cycle – The Battle of Legnano and Aida- in a grand spectacle of music, vocal prowess, awe-inspiring choruses, sumptuous … Continue reading Sarasota Opera 2015-16 Season
Earth Hour is a one hour annual global event scheduled for the last Saturday in March. The purpose of Earth Hour is to bring attention to sustainability and environmental issues on our planet, and how individuals can make a difference. As a resident of the Ritz Carlton Beach Residences, I would like to invite you … Continue reading Earth Hour – March 28th
With the new University at Town Center, an increase in traffic on the I-75 and University Parkway interchange is anticipated. This is a proposed new design for the intersection to improve flow, alleviate back-ups and improve access to our new shopping center.
The Observer Group is pleased to announce that Sarasota was named among top small towns for luxury homebuyers! Click above to read the entire article online….
Please click on the link below to view the article in the Sarasota Herald Tribune. Judy successfully closed on a condo in the Ritz-Carlton managed Beach Residences on Lido Key…… Lido condo fetches $3.97 million!
Just recently in the subject of a Herald Tribune article, titled “Nations ‘Oldest’ City? It Just May Be Venice” that the age gap in an area could potentially stifle the ‘life’ of a city. “The median age in Venice is 66.7, according to data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau. It ranks sixth nationally … Continue reading Median Age In Sarasota: 45
The weather is absolutely beautiful here on Longboat Key. Real estate activity on the island is on the upswing like everywhere else all over the world. We have already seen transporter trucks delivering cars in early October! Internet hits are steady on all my properties. As we head into season, activity has been spiking. My … Continue reading Recent Developments in Longboat Key