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  1. Buying a second home (keys retreat) ahead of time, can help you ease into retirement.
  2. Location, view and other amenities will determine if it is a wise investment or financial bust. Don’t rush your decision. I can help you with this.
  3. Your main motivating factor should be to relax. Renting your home can be profitable, but consider the constant cleaning and other factors. For top dollar, you would rent your home at a time you would most probably want to go.
  4. Rule of thumb – your keys retreat should be less than 2 hours from your primary residence. It will be frequented more often than something further away.
  5. Know the costs. Make sure you can afford the new place. Calculate mortgage payment, real estate taxes, property insurance, utility bills, maintenance and possible repairs.
  6. Find a lender who is familiar with the Florida Keys. I can help recommend several lenders.
  7. Your keys retreat can function as a weekly mini vacation from the hustle and bustle of your every-day lives. Enjoy it weekly until you retire. When the time is right, you can make it your primary home.

If you have ever considered buying a “keys retreat”, please contact me at 305 496-3489 or cristina@mykeysretreat.com

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Conveniently located bayside in Tavernier (mile marker 93), Sunset Acres has quick access to the ocean via Tavernier Creek. It is an hour drive from Miami and close to shopping, movie theaters and restaurants. This is a small friendly community with concrete homes, modular homes and manufactured homes. We have lived here for 5 years and absolutely love it.

Some misconceptions of manufactured homes are that they can not be financed. This is not true. If the home is built after 1976, they are financeable via conventional loans with as low as 10% down payment. Also, the new homes are being built to withstand 180 mile an hour winds.  Many come equipped with impact windows and metal roofs.

Currently, there are several homes for sale in Sunset Acres, including:

124 Sunset Lane              3/2        updated             asking $339k

144 Sunset Lane              3/2        double lot           asking $359k

104 Mangrove Lane        3/2        boatlift                asking $598k

103 Starfish Lane            4/3        CBS + boatlift     asking $899k

 

If any of these interest you, feel free to contact me 305 496-3489 or cristina@mykeysretreat.com.

Cristina Macia’ Allen

Broker-Associate / EWM Realty International

“I found my keys retreat, let me help you with yours” isn’t just my slogan, it’s what I love to do.

To all my Miami friends and family thinking of buying a new home, second home or investment property in the Florida Keys, I wanted to let you know that, as a Broker-Associate with EWM Realty International, I have access to the local Florida Keys multiple listing service. I am very familiar with the Florida Keys. I would love to help you find your Keys retreat.
I have sold single family homes, duplexes, mobile homes, condos and vacant land down there. Whatever you are looking for, I can help you. You can enjoy your home in the summer and rent it out in the winter.
Feel free to contact me with any questions you have. “I found my keys retreat, let me help you with yours!” is not just my slogan, it’s what I love doing.

Cristina Macia’ Allen (305) 496-3489 cristina@mykeysretreat.com

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Most people think of trailers and trailer parks when they hear mobile homes. This is what I thought before I bought mine. This morning, someone asked me how much I paid per month to rent the land out. I told her I own the land and my home is strapped and secure and attached to the land. Nowadays, mobile homes are built to withstand winds up to 180 miles per hour. They often include impact windows and metal roofs. In the Florida Keys, most mobile homes built after 1976 are financeable. My home withstood Hurricane Irma with no structural damage. We lost the back side awning, which was easily replaced. We never lost electricity either.

241 Hispanola frontGood opportunity to purchase entry level home in Tavernier. 1985 2/2 mobile home with access to Harry Harris beach and boat ramp. Potential income of $1500.00 a month after repairs. 1 hour commute to Miami. Contact me for more info at 305 496-3489. #mykeysretreat.com

2018 shrimping reducedPack your boat with some goodies and head out just before sunset. For best results, go on a cold night and full moon. Find your favorite alcove where the current goes through. After sunset, drop some lights in the water on the side of the boat. Several people can have nets and look for the shrimp to run. Drop the net in the water and the shrimp will swim into it. Get a 5-gallon bucket and put the catch in there. Make sure to observe the legal limits. Before you know it, you will have a nice dinner. Once you get to shore, you can remove the shrimp heads. You pack it up in dinner portions and freeze.

I found my keys retreat, let me help you with yours!

Cristina Allen  305 496-3489  cristina@mykeysretreat.com

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I just sold this amazing view in Sunset Acres, and am pleased to welcome wonderful new neighbors to our fabulous community. Sunset Acres consists of 77 homes, and is an easy one hour drive from Miami. Conveniently located in Tavernier at mile marker 93 Bayside, residents have easy access to the ocean via Tavernier Creek just minutes away.

Sunset Acres is a close-knit community where everyone knows one another. The Buyers have been visiting Sunset Acres for years and had become acquainted with the Seller, resulting in a thoroughly pleasant transaction among friends.

If you are interested in a Keys Retreat in this great community, please contact me. There are currently a few homes for sale and I would be happy to show them to you.

“I found my Keys Retreat, let me help you with yours.”

Nov
01

Optimistic

I am optimistic about our wonderful Florida Keys. I believe we will be stronger and better than before Hurricane Irma. The recovery is still a work in progress, but changes can be seen daily. One of my favorite sayings is “You can’t drown a conch”.

The Upper Keys (Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada) were not affected as bad as the Lower Keys (Big Pine Key and surrounding area). Also, properties on the bayside fared better than properties on the oceanside.

In the Upper Keys, many neighborhoods had power within a few days. Some never lost power. In many cases, electricity in the Keys was restored quicker than in Miami.

In the real estate market, there are fewer homes available for sale today than before the storm. Currently, there are 6-9 months of inventory. Sellers have not flooded the market with new listings. Interest rates remain low. The average sales price is between $500k and $600k. These are great signs of a stable market.

Whether you want a second home/weekend getaway, an investment property or a permanent home, I can help you with all your real estate needs in the Florida Keys.

Enjoy your home in the summer and rent it out in the winter. Remember, the “winter folks” are on their way.

Contact me at (305) 496-3489 or cristina@mykeysretreat.com for more information.

“I found my Keys Retreat, let me help you with yours!”

Apr
27

Winter Season

Another winter season has come and gone in the Florida Keys. Year after year, the same people come to our community and spend 4 to 5 months with us. Some have been renting the same place for 15 years. We have made lifelong friends with some of them. The good news is that we will see them again in 6 or so months. Now comes the summer, when the locals from Miami come more often. We will swim in the canal and have good times with them.
This is a great reason why you should buy your keys retreat. Enjoy it in the summer and rent it out in the winter to people who will enjoy and take care of and your home.
“I found my keys retreat, let me help you with yours!”

Ever wanted a home in the Florida Keys? Rent it out in winter and enjoy it in summer. Great investment/second home opportunity. Completely renovated with impact windows. 3/2 plus bonus room. 40 foot dock. 5 houses from open ocean in protected canal. Easy 1 hour commute to Miami. Asking $549,000.00. Call me for more information 305 496-3489