We are enjoying the company of dozens of refugees from the Carolinas. None of them have received news about possible damage but they obeyed their governor and got out of the way.

Our anniversary of Irmageddon striking our island chain was Monday, September 10th, and you can bet we are prayin' for leniency for our neighbors in the Carolinas. It wasn't so long ago that we were picking up debris amidst the smell of dehydrated salted sea life.

Actually, according to our county annual report, 2.5M cubic yards of debris, including 22,000 flooded appliances, were removed from the Fabulous Florida Keys. The largest number of damaged homes was in a stretch from Marathon to Big Pine Key. 1,200 homes were destroyed, 3,000 had major damage and 5,400 had minor damage. (Not including mobile homes). 1,600 boats sustained damage or sunk. 1,100 cubic yards of debris was pulled out of the canals in the Keys. That project is still ongoing a year later.

"Hurricane Irma" was the number 1 searched google topic nationally and globally in 2017.  As Hurricane Florence is likely to be in 2018. To donate for Florence Relief you can text Florence to 90999 or click here to visit the Red Cross' website. Other links: The Weather Channel: Catastrophic Flood Threat Increases This Weekend as Florence Slowly Tracks Across the Carolinas, Appalachia CNN: Florence pummels the Carolinas The New York Times: Hurricane Florence Live Updates The Wall Street Journal: Tropical Storm Florence: Live Updates

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Bobbie Watson, Owner, Broker, Realtor
Watson Luxury Properties
Posted by Roberta Watson on September 15th, 2018 9:11 AM



With Hurricane Irma’s first anniversary looming, we can’t help ourselves but to remember the devastation Ocean Reef and the Florida Keys experienced with Irma’s impact on September 10th. Irma was the fifth-costliest tropical cyclone on record at $64.76 billion. Those with adequate insurance coverage for their damages were truly blessed.

Recently, we were lucky enough to meet with Meg Dieppa and Cheryl Lyons of MARSH here at Watson Luxury Properties to freshen up on our insurance IQ. Apparently, we can’t navigate the world of insurance without professional help, and we aren’t afraid to admit it! We do notice that many home buyers here at Ocean Reef typically call up their insurance brokers in other states to add their new piece of paradise to their existing policy or bundle. Which we always thought to be very efficient. However, I’m sure you knew this already, Florida is a wacky state (in more ways than just insurance), which is why we now recommend to our clients to give MARSH a call and request a free review of all your policies from this state’s experts. Plus, MARSH, now recognized as the largest broker in the world, is also a member of our Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce!

The most noteworthy information we got out of the whole meeting, was that they are salaried employees. Yes, that’s right, the policies they write for you are not commissioned. So you can trust that they are truly in this to help you (there isn't just dollar signs in their eyes). They love what they do, and they are darn good at fitting all the puzzle pieces together.

Other Links:

Email Meg Dieppa here.
Email Cheryl Lyons here.
Check out their Brochure here.

Forbes: Hurricane Insurance: Is It Important? Why Do You Need It?

WSJ: As Hurricane Season Arrives, U.S. Homeowners Haven’t Fixed Their Big Underinsurance Problem

 

Posted by Roberta Watson on September 8th, 2018 7:41 AM

Am I the only one that feels like summer temperatures have been hotter than usual? And there’s nothing like feeling hot and uncomfortable to allow yourself to complain just a little. Especially when frizzy hair and armpit stains aren’t the only things to be annoyed about; think: bugs, burned feet, expensive power bills and brown grass.

   

While here at Ocean Reef, we are lucky enough to enjoy the most beautiful swimming pools (including that to-die-for infinity pool) and refreshing ocean breezes to combat the warmth, here we’ve found a fun article about how to nix 9 irritating things about the summer heat; and some of them are surprisingly simple (I’m all about the backyard water feature).

While the first day of Fall is approaching, I’m not sure we’ll be seeing cooler temperatures anytime soon. Enjoy your flip flops, burgee caps and tropical drinks, it’s the dog days of summer.


Samantha Ochoa, Sales Associate
Watson Luxury Properties

Posted by Roberta Watson on August 31st, 2018 9:52 AM

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs raised their kids technology-free! Hard to believe, right? I mean, the two biggest technology moguls in our country were strict about the use of technology in their homes? Believe it.



Recently, our LinkedIn feed has been filled with articles about the physical effects of spending too much time on our phones, the damage blue light can do to your eyes, and how inactive our younger generation is – spending 7.5 hours daily in front of a screen! SCARY! Real Estate Agents particularly, know what it’s like to be constantly refreshing their MLS sites, following up with leads via email and text, and scouring the internet to keep up with real estate news and trends.

Now, I know it seems silly that this topic inspired a blog post, because, well, I typed this as I stared at my computer screen, and I only came across all this data on screen-time because I was scrolling in my LinkedIn app, but that’s the terrifying part! I bet there isn’t one person reading this that doesn’t feel they spend too much time in front of one screen or another.

The easiest ways we’ve learned to reduce daily screen time can be found right here. My personal favorites include: no screen time while eating, and setting a timer. Yes, a timer; seriously, I can get sucked into my Instagram feed and not come up for air until I’ve realized I’ve lost 30 minutes of my day!

Leave a comment below to share your tips on breaking the habit!

Other Links:

Business Insider's article on Bill Gates’ and Steve Jobs’ tech-free kiddos

WebMD tips we like on how to reduce kids screen time


Samantha Ochoa, Sales Associate
Watson Luxury Properties

Posted by Roberta Watson on August 24th, 2018 9:55 AM

Thinking of putting your home up on the market?

Wanting to sell quickly and at your asking price?

Besides the obvious: you should list with our office; you may ask: “Is home-staging really that impor…” “YES!” (Sorry to cut you off.)

You can find tried and true staging tips all over the internet, but the most important tip, in my little ‘ol opinion, is DECLUTTERING. All the clutter must go and no one ever said it will be easy. Your style may not be the style of everyone else; and decluttering allows your space to look BIGGER. Yes, BIGGER, and cleaner, and more appealing. Here we’ve found 21 helpful staging tips from Houzz to get you started.

Now let’s rewind. Decluttering does not mean EMPTY! (I know. I know. There is a fine balance in staging for a sale. It’s not fair.) So what do you do if your home is unoccupied and bare? Fill it!

Here we bring you a little #TBT when we were asked to sell an empty home earlier this year. Brand new furniture was whisked in from John Rudolph Designs and the buyer even had the option to purchase all or some of the pieces!

    

What are your thoughts? Does staging really make a difference?


Samantha Ochoa, Sales Associate
Watson Luxury Properties

Posted in:Tips and tagged: tipsstagestagingdeclutter
Posted by Roberta Watson on August 17th, 2018 8:59 AM

Ocean Reef is known for having one of the most beautiful and well maintained dog parks in South Florida! That simple fact alone tells us that the Ocean Reef community is one that truly cherishes their dogs.

My daughter’s terrible allergies don’t allow our home to be that of a pooch’s paradise anymore. Since the passing of our beloved pup last year, a cute little cockatiel calls our house its home now (and we don’t mind the peaceful daily chirping).

However, as a former dog mom, I know that leaving your pooch at home while you work, or even for a quick trip to the grocery store, can be a stressful event for our four-legged babies.


To keep your pup from missing you too much next time you plan to be away from home for a few hours, try these easy and simple tips to keep your dog happy while you’re out. Spoiler Alert: It begins with exercise! Have you tried out our dog park?

P.S. We love meeting your furry family members! Next time you’re headed to or from the Ocean Reef Dog Park, remember to pop into our office (9 Barracuda Lane) so we can give your pup a pat and a treat!



Samantha Ochoa, Sales Associate
Watson Luxury Properties
Posted in:Tips and tagged: homedoghoundtips
Posted by Roberta Watson on August 10th, 2018 9:41 AM

We all know the feeling of sifting through our inboxes trying to decipher useful emails from spam and junk communication. While scrolling through our admin inbox here at WLP, I couldn’t help but click on an email from houselogic with the subject line “What smells so great?”

I’m a scent junkie; and truly believe that a fresh smelling home moves off the market much more quickly than a stale smelling listing. There’s just something about scent that allows a person to think “this is home.”

Rather than cleaning (or dare I say masking) with powerful chemicals, I suggest you try these easy DIY cleaners. The Lavender Linen Spray and Cinnamon and Sandalwood Air Freshener are definitely my personal favorites.



Samantha Ochoa, Sales Associate
Watson Luxury Properties
Posted by Roberta Watson on August 3rd, 2018 9:55 AM

One thing that I’ve particularly noticed this summer is the number of families that have decided to enjoy long- term rentals (one month or longer) with their little ones.

We like to say down here that “it’s so easy to raise a baby at Ocean Reef!” Which we usually chalk up to the four-hour cabana naps all our island babies are known for.

Ocean Reef’s activities department is incredibly talented in keeping the calendar jam-packed with swim lessons, live music, and unique camps for aspiring scuba divers, golfers, and sailors (just to name a few). These exclusive camps are not only a summer to remember for our next generation, but they give opportunity to our moms and dads to take advantage of the member fitness center, tee times, fishing charters, and spa schedule.

   
Check out some of our camps before it’s too late by clicking here and give our office a call with any of your rental inquiries: 305-367-0999. 

Summers at Ocean Reef are seriously a win-win for every generation!


Live the luxury island life ????


Bobbie Watson, Owner, Broker, Realtor
Watson Luxury Properties

Posted by Roberta Watson on July 20th, 2018 9:01 AM
Our monthly series is back with ORC Market Stats for the month of June 2018.
If you recall, May's Market Stats included a 10 month inventory projection, while June's calculations have dropped that stat almost in half!!

Click here for the June Market Stats.
Got a Questions? Don't hesitate to contact anyone of our Team Members here.

Live the luxury island life ????


Bobbie Watson, Owner, Broker, Realtor
Watson Luxury Properties

Posted in:Market Stats and tagged: MarketStatsJune2018
Posted by Roberta Watson on July 18th, 2018 10:15 AM

I already know what you’re thinking.:  

“This is a $10.5 MILLION property! How in the world can you justify that 19 Card Sound Road is currently the best deal on the Reef?”

Honestly, I had no intension of highlighting one of our listings when I took on the task of finding the best deal, but when I was playing with the statistics, I couldn’t help myself!

Just hear me out:

Ocean Reef, the definition of an ideal, exclusive community, consists of two-thousand lush tropical acres that are bordered by water on three sides.

Water IS the attraction. Our brains are hardwired to react positively to water. Just take W. H. Auden’s word for it- “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.”

Now, for this opinion, I’m not including homes with Lake Frontage; I’m talking wide open water.

At this time, there are about five Bayfront and Oceanfront homes on the market with an average listing price of $1,948.12/square foot. Four of these homes are 4-6 bedrooms, while the best deal on the Reef is an astounding 8-bedroom, 8-bathroom, Luxury Island Retreat with a 180 degree view of Card Sound and the Atlantic Ocean that frame a sunset that would heal your every trouble.

That’s not the best part of it though; 19 Card Sound Road is a whopping 11,419 square-feet, which makes it the ONLY [Oceanfront/Bayfront] property in Ocean Reef under $1,000/square foot at $919.52/square foot. Watch the video here.

“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came.” -JFK


Samantha Ochoa, Sales Associate
Watson Luxury Properties

Posted by Roberta Watson on June 29th, 2018 5:54 PM