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Focus: Longboat Key’s Public Parks

  Longboat Key, Florida | July 11th, 2018 – The public parks on Longboat Key are very much a part of the many local facilities that make living in this town such a great experience. The island’s parks are community centers woven into holidays and celebrations, which was quite well pronounced in the 4th of … Continue reading Focus: Longboat Key’s Public Parks

Explore the Bestsellers of Longboat Key Here

  Longboat Key, Florida | July 3rd, 2018 – Recent house sales and market listings with record-high price tags are on Longboat Key, underscoring the town’s stature as a territory of luxury real estate typically priced from $1 million and over.   Nevertheless, market activity on Longboat Key at easier price ranges also appears vibrant, … Continue reading Explore the Bestsellers of Longboat Key Here

Longboat Tightens Reins on Short-Term Rentals

  Longboat Key, Florida | June 28th, 2018 – Longboat Key residents ever-protective of the town’s high sense of community would be happy to note that local officials have taken a new step to strictly enforce the town’s code imposing a ban on renting out a residence for less than 30 days.   Early this … Continue reading Longboat Tightens Reins on Short-Term Rentals

Whitney Beach: A Historical Condo in Longboat Key

  Longboat Key, Florida | June 19th, 2018 – There’s no doubt about it. Condominiums are very much a part of the development of the real estate market in Longboat Key as well as one of the town’s defining character. For this reason, it is quite heartwarming to note that a historical marker has been … Continue reading Whitney Beach: A Historical Condo in Longboat Key

Sarasota Rushing Lido Key Beach Renourishment

  Longboat Key, Florida | June 12th, 2018 – Thankfully, there is some relief coming for residents of Lido Key who are worried about the shrinking shoreline of their beloved and popular beach. The city government of Sarasota has doubled up on its efforts to immediately stop the erosion of Lido Beach which has gotten … Continue reading Sarasota Rushing Lido Key Beach Renourishment

Simple Tips to Help Seniors Buy a Vacation Home

  Longboat Key, Florida | June 7th, 2018 – One of the joys of retirement is getting to decide how you’ll spend all that extra time. You can pick up some hobbies, do some traveling or even buy a little vacation spot of your own. If you’re thinking about investing in a vacation home, keep … Continue reading Simple Tips to Help Seniors Buy a Vacation Home

Our Gem at Historic Laurel Park

  Longboat Key, Florida | June 5th, 2018 – Each weekend this June, our Judy Kepecz-Hays team has a scheduled open house at our sales listing on 1790 Cherry Lane, Sarasota. We expect our showings to generate some keen buying interest, as this residence is one of the new gems just east of downtown Sarasota. … Continue reading Our Gem at Historic Laurel Park

Selling a Luxury Property? Here’s What You Need to Know

  Longboat Key, Florida | May 29th, 2018 – Prospects look bright for sellers of luxury residences moving onwards to 2020. In the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Report 2018 released recently, the projection is that the ultra-high net-worth individuals is a growing market for luxury real estate.   Citing figures from the market research firm … Continue reading Selling a Luxury Property? Here’s What You Need to Know

Here’s the Deal If You’re Selling Your Home

  Longboat Key, Florida | May 22nd, 2018 – Consumers are now less confident on buying a home compared with the last two years, according to Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors (NAR).   Yun, who was the keynote speaker during the recent 12th annual global conference of Manatee and Sarasota … Continue reading Here’s the Deal If You’re Selling Your Home

Longboat Key Town Is Tackling Rising Sea Levels

  Longboat Key, Florida | May 15th, 2018 – Months before the peak of the hurricane season between August and October, Longboat Key Public Works officials are planning emergency beach renourishment at the erosion-prone north end of the island. According to these officials, increased beach deterioration has been observed in this area since last year’s visit of storm … Continue reading Longboat Key Town Is Tackling Rising Sea Levels

Epoch Sarasota Condo Debuts amidst Vibrant Luxury Market

  Longboat Key, Florida | May 1st, 2018 – Pre-construction selling began this April for Epoch Sarasota, a new bayfront luxury condominium, and the timing for this launch looks right on the dot, given the upbeat mood of the condo market locally.   Sarasota condos sold in March rose to 454 residences, up nearly 10 … Continue reading Epoch Sarasota Condo Debuts amidst Vibrant Luxury Market

New Commercial Ventures Add More Spice to Downtown Sarasota Living

  Longboat Key, Florida | April 24th, 2018 – True to our expectations, a breakout in the luxury housing sector this season is materializing. There were several multimillion-dollar closings in Sarasota earlier this April, which include the $3.3 million deal on a Ritz-Carlton penthouse in downtown Sarasota that our Judy Kepecz‒Hays team represented.   Moving … Continue reading New Commercial Ventures Add More Spice to Downtown Sarasota Living

Selby Gardens

  Longboat Key, Florida | April 17th, 2018 – This is one piece of wonderful news that we at the Judy Kepecz-Hays team would be more than glad to share. The widely circulated USA Today in March ranked the bayfront Marie Selby Botanical Gardens at the edge of downtown Sarasota among the top 10 parks … Continue reading Selby Gardens

Here’s Why Retirees Pick Living in Sarasota

  Longboat Key, Florida | April 10th, 2018 – Older folks love to live in Sarasota. This is a common thinking in our real estate market territory, and recent statistics have again proven it as correct.   Persons 65 years old and over in Sarasota constitute 35.4 percent of the county’s population of about 420,000 … Continue reading Here’s Why Retirees Pick Living in Sarasota

Is a Sales Breakout Looming for the Luxury Housing Segment?

  Longboat Key, Florida | April 3rd, 2018 – Our Judy Kepecz-Hays team is quite optimistic on the multimillion dollar residence we have listed at Lighthouse Point in Longboat Key just this March. Why? The luxury segment of the Sarasota housing market appears heading toward a sales breakout this year.   By the numbers, it … Continue reading Is a Sales Breakout Looming for the Luxury Housing Segment?

Weighty Factors to Consider: Green Living and Sustainability

  Longboat Key, Florida | March 27th, 2018 – A recent survey of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) provides some food for thought, especially to those planning to sell their residences. It indicated that installing energy-saving devices would provide better value to their properties and put the sellers ahead on the market.   In … Continue reading Weighty Factors to Consider: Green Living and Sustainability

Home Improvements That Boost Resale Value

  Longboat Key, Florida | March 23rd, 2018 – If your house is the homeliest one on the block, you might consider a few improvement projects that will boost its curb appeal and increase its resale value down the road.   Projects That Pay   Indeed, according to Remodeling Magazine, some of the home improvements … Continue reading Home Improvements That Boost Resale Value

Florida Best of Blue Awards: An Inspiration to Do More

  Longboat Key, Florida | March 20th, 2018 – The Judy Kepecz‒Hays/Buky Team has just been recognized in the 2017 Best of Blue Coldwell Banker real estate agents in Southwest Florida as the No. 1 Team (large) in terms of closed sales last year.   We are truly grateful to all our clients and friends for this honor. Their … Continue reading Florida Best of Blue Awards: An Inspiration to Do More

Market Favors Sellers as Inventory Remains Thin

  Longboat Key, Florida | March 13th, 2018 – Here are some good news if you’re planning to sell your house. Recent industry data show that our Sarasota‒Manatee area remains a sellers’ territory, meaning that you enjoy an edge on pricing of your property once you engage the market.   In January, the estimated duration … Continue reading Market Favors Sellers as Inventory Remains Thin

Mote on the Move, But No Goodbyes

  Longboat Key, Florida | March 6th, 2018 – There are some misgivings in Longboat Key about the recently announced plan for the transfer of the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium from City Island in nearby Lido Key to the Nathan Benderson Park at the mainland. However, Longboat residents who’ve been hooked on volunteering for … Continue reading Mote on the Move, But No Goodbyes

Builders’ Annual Showcase Parades New Residential Choices

  Longboat Key, Florida | February 27th, 2018 – The vibrant mood of our region’s housing market is in full display in the 2018 Parade of Homes, a much-awaited annual event of the Manatee‒Sarasota Building Industry Association (BIA). Quite heartwarming as an added treat last Valentine’s Day, the BIA hosted a February 14 meet-and-greet breakfast … Continue reading Builders’ Annual Showcase Parades New Residential Choices

Here Are Two Big Projects Molding Our Market’s Future

  Longboat Key, Florida | February 20th, 2018 – One of the privileges for us and our peers in the Sarasota real state sector nowadays is seeing some great local projects that looks certain to have a significant impact on how our communities will shape up for the future.   Foremost among these initiatives which … Continue reading Here Are Two Big Projects Molding Our Market’s Future

Don’t Miss Out as Sarasota Condo Market Revs Up Its Pace

  Longboat Key, Florida | February 13th, 2018 – More is yet to come in our region’s condominium trade, so if you’re planning to sell or buy, now looks the right time to engage the market.   In downtown Sarasota, a new luxury condominium is expected to break ground during this first quarter, a project … Continue reading Don’t Miss Out as Sarasota Condo Market Revs Up Its Pace

New Listings Signal Uptempo in Luxury Residential Market

  Longboat Key, Florida | February 6th, 2018 – The timing just looks perfect for the luxury residential listing in Sarasota’s Lido Shores that our Judy Kepecz-Hays Team put on the market this January. During the past few weeks, we’ve noted that more and more sellers of high-end residences are coming off the fence in … Continue reading New Listings Signal Uptempo in Luxury Residential Market

Check These Out: Smart Tech Choices that Boost Residential Values

  Longboat Key, Florida | January 31st, 2018 – For a growing number of homeowners, adopting smart tech gadgets is the way to go these days. In fact, the annual Smart Home Marketplace Survey of Coldwell Banker released this January showed a 33 percent jump in smart gadgets installed in American households.   We can … Continue reading Check These Out: Smart Tech Choices that Boost Residential Values

The Preserve Community Set in North Longboat

  Longboat Key, Florida | January 23rd, 2018 – There are only a handful of sales-listed single family residences which are either newly built or pre-construction in Longboat Key, and one of these incidentally is the Judy Kepecz-Hays team’s four-bedroom listing at Reclinata Drive at the northern end of town.   A dozen new builds, … Continue reading The Preserve Community Set in North Longboat

We’re All Geared Up for a Vibrant 2018. Are You?

  Longboat Key, Florida | January 17th, 2018 – Like most of our colleagues in the real estate trade, our Judy Kepecz‒Hays team looks forward to an upbeat and vibrant residential property market moving onward 2018. Already, we have set Sunday open houses this January for our condo listing at the upscale Sunset Beach.   … Continue reading We’re All Geared Up for a Vibrant 2018. Are You?

Lose Some, Win More on Dining in the Keys

  Longboat Key, Florida | January 9th, 2018 – It looks like that islanders need not fret much on losing two landmark restaurants in Longboat Key in 2017. For one thing, the award-winning Amore restaurant which left its site at 555 Bay Isles Parkway last May reopened in December on 446 South Pineapple Avenue at … Continue reading Lose Some, Win More on Dining in the Keys

Arts and Culture at Longboat Town Center on Preview Soon

  Longboat Key, Florida | January 3rd, 2018 – Residents of Longboat Key can expect to see in 2018, how arts and culture will be integrated as a focal point for the long-anticipated Longboat Town Center. In March 2018, the preliminary site design of the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Culture and Education is … Continue reading Arts and Culture at Longboat Town Center on Preview Soon

Can Tourism Unlock More Residential Sales at the Keys?

  Longboat Key, Florida | December 26th, 2017 – Where tourists go, home buyers typically follow. Given this oft-repeated correlation between the tourism and real estate industries, an annual survey of travel trends provides us with added reasons to be optimistic about the prospects of the realty trade in 2018.   We’re talking about the … Continue reading Can Tourism Unlock More Residential Sales at the Keys?

Luxury Segment Picks Up Pace as Sales Sizzle

  Longboat Key, Florida | December 19th, 2017 – The luxury segment of our region’s residential property market showed unbridled vigor in November. Surely, the Judy Kepecz-Hays team is thankful and proud to be very much a part of all the excitement as million-dollar sales contracts were sealed last month.   It is a source … Continue reading Luxury Segment Picks Up Pace as Sales Sizzle

FDOT Eyes Solutions to Traffic Gridlock

  Longboat Key, Florida | December 12th, 2017 – The official activities of Longboat Key Town Commissioner Jack Daly would most likely be among those tracked by local folks onward this 2018. This seems so because Jack sits on a steering committee on top of a study seeking solutions to the overlapping issue of island … Continue reading FDOT Eyes Solutions to Traffic Gridlock

Hurricane Recovery Expo Reveals Key Market Insights

  Longboat Key, Florida | December 5th, 2017 – It is praiseworthy for the Herald-Tribune to have hosted in November the Hurricane Recovery Expo.   This first event of its kind in Sarasota was no doubt prompted by the near-miss our region had with Hurricane Irma in September. This expo called to attention not only … Continue reading Hurricane Recovery Expo Reveals Key Market Insights

Florida Realtors Engaging More Foreign Buyers

  Longboat Key, Florida | November 28th, 2017 – A new report of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) has just confirmed our experience at the Judy Kepecz-Hays team—that we are engaging more buyers from abroad compared with other realtors in the overall U.S. market.   This new study released this November showed that Florida … Continue reading Florida Realtors Engaging More Foreign Buyers

It’s Time to Act Whether Selling or Buying Real Estate

  Longboat Key, Florida | November 21st, 2017 – There are plenty of reasons to expect that more sellers and buyers shall be engaging the residential property market in the months and years ahead. Encouraging for sellers, residential prices have recovered a decade since the last U.S. real estate crash that triggered the Great Recession. … Continue reading It’s Time to Act Whether Selling or Buying Real Estate

Marking an Eventful November on Longboat Key

Longboat Key, Florida | November 14th, 2017 – November is turning out as eventful for Longboat Key, especially with our Coldwell Banker American Dream Open House Event held in the beginning of this month.   Besides this showcase of some of our top selections of real estate for sale on Longboat Key, it pleases us … Continue reading Marking an Eventful November on Longboat Key

Our Market Mood Upbeat as 2017 Heads for the Homestretch

Longboat Key, Florida | November 7th, 2017 – Moving onward to the last two months of 2017, the Judy Kepecz-Hays team remains upbeat even though residential sales in Sarasota and Manatee slipped in September mainly due to back to school preparations and business disruptions brought by Hurricane Irma.   Our optimism on near-term market prospects … Continue reading Our Market Mood Upbeat as 2017 Heads for the Homestretch

Here’s the Deal on Longboat Key’s New Sign Code and Other Real Estate Marketing Tools

Longboat Key, Florida | October 31st, 2017 – The Planning and Zoning Board of Longboat Key approved this October its latest revision of the town’s sign code regulating island signage. It covers signs for real estate purposes like “for sale” signs and open house announcements, which are among the vital tools in the marketing of … Continue reading Here’s the Deal on Longboat Key’s New Sign Code and Other Real Estate Marketing Tools

Free EV Charging Bodes Well for Sustainable Living on Longboat Key

  True, Longboat Key has yet to undertake similar solar-power generating initiatives. However, the town’s first electric vehicle charging station should be a worthy showcase on the values of green energy and the island’s participation toward sustainable development.   Significantly, three similar charging facilities are already operating north of Longboat Key at Bradenton Beach, Holmes … Continue reading Free EV Charging Bodes Well for Sustainable Living on Longboat Key

This is Why People Over 50 Account for Half of All Repeat Home Purchases

  Customization. Owning your own home allows you the freedom to customize your space based on your specific needs and tastes. This is especially important for older adults who may require upgrades such as lower kitchen cabinets, wider doorways, or walk-in showers to accommodate mobility limitations.   Emotional security. More than just financial factors, having … Continue reading This is Why People Over 50 Account for Half of All Repeat Home Purchases

How Longboat Key Nonprofits Help Draw Retirees to the Suncoast

  Our region, moreover, offers a slew of adult enrichment programs which are offered not only in the Sarasota mainland but also within Longboat Key. A nonprofit, Longboat Key Education Center, is one of the local agencies at the forefront of such seniors-oriented initiatives in the island.   Just this October 16, the Center began … Continue reading How Longboat Key Nonprofits Help Draw Retirees to the Suncoast

Communication Upgrades Coming as Longboat Key Undergrounds Its Utilities

  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

Getting to Know the Longboat Key Garden Club

  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

Waterfront Properties’ Market Looks Upbeat and Here’s Why

  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

A Buoyant Market Ushers in Our “Ber Months”

  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”

All about Taxes on Longboat Key

  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

Residential Property Market Girds for More Vibrant Months Ahead

  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

Here Are Some Exciting Dynamics Driving Longboat Key Real Estate

  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: Where Foodies and Gourmets Get the Best Treats

  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

Proud to say we are currently #1 again!

  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 Realtors Welcome New Town Manager

  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 Welcomes Zota Beach Resort

  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

Have you ever wondered who the best real estate agent is in your local market?

  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:

Here’s How Amazon’s Alexa Can Help in Your Home 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

Here’s the Drill on Storm Preparedness on Longboat Key

  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

Here’s How to Get Top Dollar from a House Sale

  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

      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:

Center for Healthy Living Hums on Longboat Key

  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

Durante Park: A Hidden Gem 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

Excitement Building Up for Longboat Key Luxury Real Estate

  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 Utilities Undergrounding Moving Forward Fast

  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 Town Tackles North End Erosion

  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 Scores Wins Vs Traffic

  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

Bayfront Park Ready for the Joys of Summer

  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

May Ushers in the Sea Turtles’ Nesting Season

  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

Bay Isles Reeling in a New Crop of Buyers

  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

Why the Strong Vibe at Gulf of Mexico Drive?

  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?

Coldwell Banker Recasts Global Luxury Real Estate Marketing Platform

  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

Here’s One Confidence-Builder for Longboat Key Home Sellers

  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 Luxury Real Estate Listing Trending Upwards

  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

Coldwell Banker Awards The Kepecz-Hays and Buky Realtor for Ranking as the #1 Realtor Team(Large) in Sales Volume in Southwest Florida!

  The Kepecz-Hays and Buky Team of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate  were officially ranked  the #1 Realtor Team(Large) in Sales Volume in Southwest Florida with $65 Million ($62 Million Sold & Closed and $3 Million Pending).   The team were awarded this prestigious Award by Coldwell Banker for their impressive achievement.  Leading the team … Continue reading Coldwell Banker Awards The Kepecz-Hays and Buky Realtor for Ranking as the #1 Realtor Team(Large) in Sales Volume in Southwest Florida!

Herald Tribune Interviews Judy Kepecz-Hays on Ritz-Carlton

  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

Official #1 Top Realtor Team in Southwest Florida

  The Longboat Key top realtor team(Large) 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 $65 … Continue reading Official #1 Top Realtor Team in Southwest Florida

Longboat Key Beach Nourishment Project Update

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

Beach Nourishment Progress Update for June 6

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

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

Beach Nourishment Progress Update for May 16

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

Beach Nourishment Progress Update for May 11

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

FDOT to drop speed limit on Longboat Key

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

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

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

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

Beach Nourishment Progress Update for April 18

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

Kolter plans another downtown Sarasota high-rise

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

Coastal Living with Sea Turtles

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

Longboat Key Beach Nourishment

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!

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!

Sarasota Real Estate Breaks Record!

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!

Sarasota Real Estate Market Poised to Break All-Time 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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Lonboat Key Property Values Rise Again, Over 5%, For Second Year in a Row….

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

Coldwell Banker No. 1 in State, Nation

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

Client Received TOP HONOR from the Queen of England

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

Sarasota Ranked No. 18, Highest Number of Active Luxury Home Listings

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 2015-16 Season

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 – March 28th

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

Proposed New I-75/University Parkway interchange design

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.

Sarasota named among top small towns for luxury homebuyers – The Observer Group

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….

Lido condo fetches $3.97 million/May 7, 2014

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!

Median Age In Sarasota: 45

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

Recent Developments in Longboat Key

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