It was a High of 77 degrees Fahrenheit Low of 65 today in the capital of San Jose, Costa Rica. Compared to Tampa Bay today, the high and low was the same. However, my friend Diana moved to Chicago last month and she shared there is a foot of snow on the ground today. Our featured Costa Rica property is Casa Jacobson which has BREATHTAKING 180 degree views of the mountains of Grecia. You’ll feel welcomed and relaxed as soon you open the front door to your permanent oasis or vacation home. Move-in ready, fully furnished, 2015 new construction! Located on a main road, yet the gated entrance to the estate is private and blacktop all the way! The main house is a 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 baths, with a 2 car garage, and a 1 bedroom, 1 bath mother-in-law or caretaker/apartment. Call today to learn more or visit to see more properties for your permanent oasis or second home.FeaturedImage_1



Plus a 20×26 out garage for lawn equipment etc., which can be changed into another small cottage, all services are already installed. The home has a tile roof, top of the line windows with high-end, upgraded security glass. Full underground watering system for the entire property, with a 2500 gal. storage tank and pump, for domestic and irrigation.



Full alarm, and camera system! Complete solar electrical system! The kitchen is all custom made cabinets, with granite counter tops, top of the line stainless steel GE appliances. The property is completely enclosed, with auto gates, & remarkably landscaped.



On 3662 square meters of land, or .946 acres, this home is less than 6 months old and has real cable TV, Internet up to 20mbps available, and phone. 10 minutes from Grecia, 1 hour to SJO airport.







Some homeowners opt to sell their residence without a real estate agent to get around paying a commission and make more of the profit. Forty-eight percent of people who sell without a real estate agent think that if they sell themselves, they’ll end up doing a little extra work in exchange for not paying a commission or closing fee. According to the research, however, what they actually get is a lot of time spent hustling to make the sale and a final selling price that is less than what the market can bear.

Do you have a lot of extra time to market your home and do all the work to meet and greet properly? Are you versed in local trends on the housing market and know the latest regulations for closing a sale? Do you have a list of potential buyers ready to view your home? Eighty-nine percent of all homes sold in 2015 were sold with the assistance of an experienced real estate professional, according to the 2015 Home Buyers and Sellers Profile. Most leave it to the professionals, yet there is still a small group of people who prefer to do it themselves. Eight percent of home sellers chose to list themselves, known as For-Sale-By-Owners (FSBO) home sales. That number has steadily declined since 2004 where only 82 percent of all home sales were agent-assisted and 14 percent of homes were listed FSBO. FSBO sales are currently at an all-time low since data collection began in 1981.

Let’s break it down further. Thirty-eight percent of all FSBOs—that’s only three percent of the total home sales in 2015—were homes sold to people where the buyer knew the seller selling to a friend, neighbor, or family member. However, 62 percent of FSBO home sales—five percent of total homes sold—were sold by the owner to someone they didn’t know. According to the 2015 Home Buyers and Sellers Profile report, sellers cited creating yard sings, listing their homes online on multiple websites, spreading the news through word of mouth, putting out classified ads, displaying on social media, hosting an open house, and registering with the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) database. That’s a lot of work just on marketing and finding potential buyers.

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The time it takes to sell a home on the market was roughly the same for FSBOs and for agent-assisted homes, the median time listed was four weeks for both groups. A third of all homes were sold in less than two weeks last year. Most FSBO homes sales were located in a resort area (16 percent), rural area (15 percent), or a small town (13 percent). Seventy-five percent of FSBO sales were detached single-family homes. Ten percent were mobile or manufactured homes. FSBOs typically had lower incomes than those who worked with an agent. The median income of FSBOs was $84,000 and for those who sold through an agent was $105,600. Those who sell themselves have the perception that they have less money to pay for assistance when selling their home and opt to go it alone.

As it turns out, FSBO make less money on their home sales than buyers who work with a real estate agent. According to the report, the median selling price for all FSBO homes was $210,000 last year. When the buyer knew the seller in FSBO sales, the number plunges to the median selling price of $151,900. For homes sold with the assistance of an agent, the median selling price was $249,000 ̶ almost $40,000 more for the typical home sale. According to NAR’s 2015 Member Profile, sixty-nine percent of all real estate agents get paid by a percentage commission split between two agents representing the buyer and seller.

Talk to an agent and find out what they suggest for the commission and then do the math yourself. The closing price for the agent-assisted seller is likely going to be way above an FSBO. In reality, homes sold by the owner make less money overall. Based on these closing numbers, why not save yourself time and make more money by working with a real estate agent that is excited to sell your home?


Panama Canal Expansion is Reshaping America's Ports

According to CBRE Group, the Panama Canal’s expansion, the first major renovation the canal has undergone since its opening in 1914, is a milestone that will have a major impact on the global trade industry, and specifically, the way cargo is handled and transported throughout North America.

By Michael Gerrity | See more at:

Scheduled to open in April 2016, the larger canal will be able to accommodate a new line of Post-Panamax vessels — supertankers, container and passenger ships too large to pass through the canal, pre-expansion. The $5.25 billion expansion project has already created a new set of locks that will accommodate these larger vessels, providing shippers easier access to North America.

Container-Ship-at-sea.jpg“Now you can have these massive ships go directly to the East Coast, and that is going to drastically change the way merchandise is distributed,” says Carla Lopez, head of research in Latin America for CBRE.

Ports on the East Coast are spending billions to deepen their harbors, increase their bridge heights and transform their infrastructure to accommodate larger vessels that bring with them more cargo and potentially more business. But how immediately this influx of new business — in the form of cargo shipped from Asia directly to the East Coast — will land in the reconfigured ports has yet to be determined.

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) estimates that ports and their private sector partners are investing over $9 billion a year to modernize and expand port facilities.

These port renovations fall into three main categories: land-side connections (the roads and rail lines that lead into the ports); water-side connections (especially those that need to be deepened and widened to accommodate greater volumes in these Post-Panamax vessels); and the port facility infrastructure itself (often referred to as “inside the gate”).

The association estimates there are 125 port-related infrastructure projects underway or planned, cumulatively valued at $29 billion. Except for on-dock rail, these projects are mostly improvements outside of port facilities, including intermodal connectors, gateway and corridors and marine highways.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has dedicated $1.3 billion for the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Project, which will raise the bridge to 215 feet from 151 feet for the passage of these larger ships. It has also spent over $2.7 billion for other improvements to its water-side and land-side connections, along with its port facility infrastructure.


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“New York is always going to be huge, and it is best positioned in the short term,” says David Egan, CBRE’s head of industrial research in the Americas. “If you take the major ports from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Charleston and Baltimore, they’ve all made a committed investment to receive these Post-Panamax ships.”

Ports in Savannah, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida, are currently undergoing costly dredging projects to deepen their harbors for these larger ships (Georgia has set aside $266 million for the Savannah Harbor).

“I still think there are some limitations, like the Port of Savannah, which only has a certain depth that can be achieved there,” adds Egan.

Perceived limitations aside, the Port of Savannah has seen a bump in total TEU volume from March 2014 to March 2015, according to CBRE Research. This volume helped the Port of Savannah surpass the Northwest Seaport Alliance, a newly formed alliance between the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, as the fourth-largest port in total TEU volume.

More cargo also means a growing demand for speedy distribution services, and that can also lead to substantial real estate benefits for East Coast ports. For instance, the increased cargo traffic at the Port of Virginia helped fill warehouse space in Hampton Roads with imported goods. As of 2014, about 91 percent of the 108 million square feet of leasable industrial space there was leased, and the total amount of vacant square feet of warehouse space in the area dropped to 1.9 million from 3.6 million in 2012.


Scott Marshall

There is also the question of how those along the supply chain–from existing shippers to retailers–are going to change their methodology based on these new access points for larger ships.

“If you’re looking at an Asia-to-North America shipping lane and you’re an existing retailer, how quickly can you turn on a dime and change your supply chain in order to take into consideration this new opportunity?” asks Scott Marshall, executive managing director, industrial services in the Americas for CBRE. “By changing that, what happens to your turn time?” ~~~~~~~
– By Michael Gerrity | See more at:

While taking a break from the National Association of Realtors Conference my cousin, her partner and I went to the San Diego Air & Space Museum, where I met this incredible Veteran named C.O. Smith. As I thanked him for his many years of service, C.O.Smith started telling me all that he had done for the USA as a serviceman. I captured some of it on this video. What better way to honor a vet than in his own words. Thank you, Veterans! Thank you, dad!


Veteran O.C. Smith, San Diego

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Veteran O.C. Smith, San Diego

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Costa Rica mountain top, ocean view estate is a 2008 custom built pool home by one of San Ramon’s premier engineers. Enjoy the panoramic 270 degree view of the Gulf of Nicoya, 35 miles of coastline, as well as, most of the Nicoya Peninsula.




The gated, private and secure property is 4,850 ft. above sea level and is situated on 4.5 mountaintop acres, just five miles from the conveniences of downtown San Ramon. The property maintains Costa Rica’s eco, sustainable philosophy with solar-powered electricity. There are 15 grid tied solar panels.  The power company gives the current owners credit for any power that is generated in excess of what they use. Featuring a 50’ solar heated lap pool, the main house (casa) is approximately 2,500 sq.ft. and the furnished guest cottage (casita) is approximately 595 sq. ft.

There is a level, cleared building site close by (on the property) which could accommodate another house, for a possible family compound, business retreat, or B&B.




Equipped with a spacious Gourmet kitchen with a refrigerator and freezer purchased in 2014, that are two separate energy star units, 27 cu feet each. The home’s modern amenities include a front loading washer and gas dryer. Enjoy the jetted bathtub after walking the surrounding nature trails featuring rain of gold orchids.

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San Ramon is in the Cordillera de Tilarán mountain range, the temperatures tend to be very mild year-round: 20-27 C (66-80 F) offering a very livable environment. June through October is considered the rainy or “green” season with November to May considered the “dry season.”



The beautiful tropical wood ceilings, imported Spanish tile floors throughout and the saltwater, solar heated lap pool will make this an enjoyable vacation home or permanent oasis.


Located one hour from downtown San Jose, 45 min from SJO airport and 45 min from the beach.

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Here are just a few different things to do and see in downtown St Petersburg, Florida. Nice day so get out and have some fun!

Tampa Bay Home Show presented and produced by Tampa Bay Times
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
Meet the home improvement experts at the Tampa Bay Home Show. Plan to spend the day discovering great exhibits, giveaways, door prizes, seminars, and so much more. See the latest trends in home remodeling: from kitchen and baths to flooring, to windows and home protection. 

Saturday 11/7

METRO Presents Gala Rouge

METRO’s Third Annual Gala takes place at the Historic Train Station. METRO is proud to be entering their 22nd year of providing services and support to those infected by HIV/AIDS, as well as a hub of activity for the LGBT community. This event will feature pop-up burlesque performances! Tickets to the event benefit METRO LGBT Centers and the NEW METRO Health Centers. Begins at 7pm. Historic Train Station, 420 22nd Street South.

FREE Saturday Morning Market 
More than 100 local vendors including farmers, growers with fresh produce and gourmet foods. Also, crafts, prepared foods, live entertainment, flowers and plants The mission of the market is to be the ‘heart’ of St. Petersburg – the place, more than anywhere else, that people feel a strong sense of joyful connectedness and creative community. While actual farmers, great food, interesting crafts and lively music are all wonderful elements of the market, this spirit of community is what really defines the market experience. The market is held every Saturday from October 2-and runs through May. The market is open from 9am-2pm. Al Lang Parking Lot, 230 1st Street Southeast.

St. Pete Indie Market Street Festival
Artists, makers and crafters will line up the sidewalk outside The Bends this Saturday for one of the best local shopping events of the season! Runs from 12-6pm. The Bends, 919 1st Avenue North.

FREE Brocante Market (Saturday & Sunday)
Brocanteurs (vendors) spend their days hunting, picking, and salvaging the most unique finds available in the entire Southeast.  Each month, for only two days, they open our doors to the public.  This limited engagement creates an air of excitement as items are claimed and treasures find their new home. Born from a love for all things vintage, Brocante represents an idea and a love and a love for the used, the past, the re-imagined, and the re-inspired. St. Petersburg area….a place where people are just as creative and unique as the items displayed. The event runs Saturday and Sunday. 9am-7pm Saturday; 9am-5pm Sunday. Brocante Market, 2200 2nd Avenue South.

FREE Crafty Fest @ ARTpool Gallery (Saturday & Sunday)
ARTpool’s monthly crafty fest. The event runs from 11am-5pm Saturday AND Sunday. ARTpool, 2030 Central Avenue.

Folkfest St. Pete (Saturday & Sunday)
The festival attracts artists from around the region and continuous live music from local and national musicians throughout the two-day event. Confirmed musical acts to date include Have Gun Will Travel on Saturday and Miami Indie/Folk/Americana performer Keith Johns on Sunday. Also performing are Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets, and The Coteries. In addition to live music and artist vendors selling original folk art, jewelry and home décor items, the festival includes a family area sponsored by Great Explorations Children’s Museum, free parking at Tropicana Field Lot 6, food vendors and craft beer selections. Saturday 10am-9pm. Sunday 10am-7pm. $5 suggested donation. Baum Avenue between 11th and 13th Avenue in the EDGE District.

Bungalow Fest 2015 Tour of Homes
BungalowFest celebrates Historic Kenwood’s recent and past history with a unique home tour. The tour features homes that are completely restored and sometimes ones that are actually under renovation. BungalowFest 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Association. 
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Sunday, November 8th, 2015

Vintage Motor Classic @ South Straub Park
The Vintage Motor Classic is considered one of the premium vintage car, boat, and motorcycle collector shows in the Southeastern United States. The presentation of over 300, pre-1980, show vehicles is under the trees, on the lawn, and on the beautiful waterfront of South Straub Park. 10am-4pm. South Straub Park, 198 Bayshore Drive Northeast.

America Remembers: A Veterans Day Salute
The St. Petersburg College Concert Chorus and Madrigalians, under the direction of Dr. Vernon Taranto, Jr. presents its annual Veterans Day gala concert. The performance pays tribute to our armed forces for sacrifices made for liberty and freedom and includes songs including This is My Country, An Armed Forces Salute, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, Mr. Franklin Proffers Thanks, Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever, and God Bless the U.S.A. 3pm. Free and open to the public. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North. 

Gallery Talks: Reading Women @ Museum Of Fine Arts
Contemporary artist Carrie Schneider’s video projection and photographs in the Helen and Dick Minck Gallery spotlight her women friends and acquaintances in the process of reading.  They are captured in domestic spaces and are all reading books by talented women.  This exhibition complements Marks Made, which Ms. Pill curated. 3-4pm. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast. 

MCLEAN, Va. – Sept. 2015 – Freddie Mac’s latest Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi) finds that the Florida real estate market’s rebound leads the nation. In a city-by-city comparison, Orlando leads the nation in both a month-to-month and year-to-year comparison, and only one non-Florida city makes the top five list for either timeframe.

Florida comparisons

Month-over-month, Florida’s index score rose 2.0 percent. It was followed by Colorado (+1.99%), New Jersey (+1.83%), Connecticut (+1.80%) and Nevada (+1.48%).

Year-over-year, Florida’s index grew by 14.35 percent. It was followed by Oregon (+13.45%), Nevada (12.18%), Colorado (+11.65%), and Washington (+10.18%).

Florida metro comparisons

Orlando topped all city lists from Freddie Mac. Month-to-month, Orlando improved 2.6 percent, followed by Greenville, S.C. (+2.55%), Cape Coral (+2.51%), Tampa (+2.19%) and Jacksonville (+2.12%).

Year-to-year, Orlando improved 18.27 percent, followed by Cape Coral (+17.75%), Tampa (+15.99%), Palm Bay (+14.98%) and North Port (+14.77%).

“Florida has some of the most improving housing markets in the country, largely a reflection of more borrowers becoming current on their mortgage payments as the local employment picture improves and house prices rebound,” says Freddie Mac Deputy Chief Economist Len Kiefer. “Nationally, all MiMi indicators are heading in the right direction for the second consecutive month and improving more than 6 percent from the same time last year.”

U.S. numbers

Nationally, Freddie Mac added one more name to its list of slowly stabilizing markets: Rhode Island. It also added four cities: Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Phoenix, Arizona; and Albany, New York.

The national MiMi value stands at 81, indicating a housing market that is on its outer range of stable housing activity. The number improved 0.93 percent month-to-month and 6.17 percent year-to-year. Since it’s all-time low in October 2010, the MiMi has improved 37%.

© 2015 Florida Realtors®

Columbus called Costa Rica “the rich coast”—and it still is, with Caribbean beaches and Pacific shoreline that’ll take your breath away. But this nation has much more to offer, too: a year-round tropical climate, modern cities, rainforests, lush valleys and majestic mountains.

With its slower pace of living, warm, welcoming climate, healthy, fresh foods and reputation as one of the “greenest, cleanest” countries in the world it’s no wonder Costa Ricans are considered among the “happiest people on the planet.”


The country is aimed at becoming a carbon-neutral region, and it has almost succeeded in accomplishing this. Attempting to have no carbon footprint by 2020. Costa Rica is classified as a tropical country due to its proximity to the Equator, 10 degrees above.


Pura Vida, meaning Pure Life, characterizes the modern culture in the country. The expression means that life is plenty or that living is great. The locals in Costa Rica use this phrase often such as when expressing greetings, thanking someone or acknowledging that things are going well. Music Like in most parts of the world, music is also loved in Costa Rica.

Official language: Spanish

Currency: Colon  – colorful currency representative of the Eco-friendly philosophy.

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Costa Ricans call themselves ticos (males) and ticas (females).

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Even though its landmass only takes up .03% of the planet’s surface, the country is host to more than 5% of the world’s biodiversity.


Buying property Real estate is booming once again in Costa Rica, and is one of North America’s most popular destinations. The country’s attraction goes beyond white-sand beaches, lush rain forests and great weather year around. Costa Rica’s stable democracy and comparable prices have attracted an increasing number of investors searching for their own slice of paradise. Another advantage to purchasing real estate here is that the constitution provides foreigners and Costa Ricans equal treatment under the law.


Grecia is a medium-sized town in Costa Rica’s Central Valley, about a 30-minute drive from San Jose. It’s half an hour that makes all the difference in the world, say expats who live here. While nearby San Jose offers world-class hospitals and all the shopping malls and big box stores anyone could want or need, it’s also fraught with big-city woes, especially mega hustle bustle, parking and traffic problems. Not so, in Grecia, where the pace of life is slower and there’s plenty of time to stop and smell the coffee. Literally!


We have found there are five major reasons people choose Costa Rica for their “get-a-way” vacation second home or their retirement and investment property, and they are, as follows;

1) weather (shorts and shirtsleeves year round)
2) lower taxes (tax base $0.0025 x highest recorded value)
3) cheaper labor (anything labor intensive – construction, medical, services, restaurants, etc will be less)
4) stable government (banana republic with NO military)
5) Secure and stable Central Bank (not exclusively tied to the US Dollar)

The beautiful scenery, forest, beaches, waterfalls, hot springs and nature allows you every sport you want to do – You can play every day out in the sun or sit in a natural spring and soak your bones with a good book

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Clockwork Knotwork and Three Birds Tavern are hosting a traditional Steampunk Masquerade Ball!
This Halloween Night, come and dance under the stars and beautiful oaks of the Tavern to the beautiful and haunting music of Clockwork Knotwork. Elixir Mandragora will be performed in it’s entirety as well as many other grand dances tunes.
Part of the floor will remain open, for the people who wish to dance, and anyone seen waltzing will receive a free Clockwork Knotwork pin. There’s no place better to celebrate All Hallows Eve than with Clockwork Knotwork on the majestic patio of Three Birds Tavern. (7:30-8, meet & greet. 8-11 Clockwork Knotwork medicine show. ALL AGES & FREE EVENT!)

41st Annual St. Pete International Folk Fair @ Vinoy Park (Saturday & Sunday)
 SPIFF returns to Vinoy Park this weekend. Enjoy food, music and art from all around the world all weekend long! The event takes place from 10am-9pm on Saturday, noon-6pm on Sunday. Adult tickets are $10, Students are $6, Children 6 and under are FREE! Vinoy Park, 500 Bayshore Drive Northeast. 

This Halloween weekend, America’s fastest growing and newest Olympic sport is coming to the Sunshine City. AR7s and Bill Edwards Presents Inc. in association with St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission and Al Lang Stadium will host the inaugural Halloween Rugby 7s Elite Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 31 and Sunday, Nov. 1. The premier, two-day event along the waterfront in downtown St. Petersburg is officially sanctioned by USA Rugby, the National Governing Body for the sport of rugby in the United States, and supported by American Rugby 7s, a new professional rugby sevens organization. Games begin at 1pm both days! Tickets start at $20. Al Lang Stadium, 230 1st Street South. 

Circus McGurkis – The Peoples’ Fair @ Lake Vista Park
This amazing event has been taking place since 1971. Circus McGurkis features arts, crafts, music, games and ideas with a special focus on activities for children and families of all ages. 9am-4pm. Lake Vista Park, 1401 62nd Avenue South (corner of 16th Street and and 62nd Avenue South).

Generation Food Truck: The World’s Largest Food Truck Rally on Halloween
The world’s largest food truck rally (close to 80) arrives in the Burg on October 31st. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit CASA.  The event runs from 11am-6pm, rain or shine. Kids 14 years and younger get FREE admission. Tickets are $10 general admission, VIP tickets are $50. Event takes place at 480 Beach Drive Northeast.

Tampa Bay Rowdies vs New York Cosmos Watch Party @ Rowdies Den
The Rowdies face the Cosmos in New York this Saturday. We’re hosting the best watch party in the Burg to celebrate their wild season. Be a part of St. Pete history this weekend and join Rowdies Den for the official watch party. Game begins at 7pm. Rowdies Den 200 1st Avenue South.

It’s Jailaiween with UNRB @ The Ale and The Witch
Enjoy live music by UNRB and Danfield. Cigar City’s Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin will be on tap starting at 6pm. The Ale and The Witch opens at 2pm and the BBQ Den will be featuring some ghoulishly good smoked specials all day long. No cover. The Ale and The Witch, 111 2nd Avenue Northeast. 

Zappaween 20 with Bogus Pomp @ State Theatre
It’s the 20th Anniversary of Zappaween! Celebrate with Bogus Pomp at State Theatre. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets are $20. State Theatre, 687 Central Avenue.

Halloween Monster Mash @ The Local 662
The Local 662 has an amazing show lined up for you on Halloween night. Brough to you by : NIGHT OF THE LIVING SOUND and THE LOCAL 662 .The bar will have SPOOKY cocktails of all sorts , also the local 662 will be getting dark and evil with awesome horror decorations. Event runs from 7pm-3am on October 31. The Local 662, 662 Central Avenue.

7th Annual Dia de Los Muertos Party @ Red Mesa Cantina 
Ready for one of the rowdiest Halloween events in the Burg? Red Mesa Cantina hosts their 7th Annual Dia de Los Muertos party on Saturday. The event will feature over $2,000 in prizes! There will be a Costume Contest (with multiple categories), live music, food, drinks and more! The event begins at 9pm. No cost to enter. Red Mesa Cantina, 128 3rd Street South.

Happy Halloween to you all !! May you only receive treats.

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

(727) 804-6566

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