Roy Barker's Blog

Real Estate Broker/Owner - Dockside Realty, Inc. - BK3027547
Last evening I was sitting in the living room and caught a glimpse of this rainbow out our window.  I immediately grabbed my phone and ran out the back door.   It was probably the most vibrant colored rainbow I have ever seen.  You can see there is a 'double rainbow' as well.  Not only were the c...
Why not have it all? This beautiful home offers 4 bedrooms! It has both a living room AND a family room! Enjoy vaulted ceilings, granite AND a fireplace! Oh, and what about a pool? YES, it has an in ground concrete pool, pool bath AND a pool cage! Location is incredibly convenient and is a great ...
I just read an article in RISMedia that I thought was interesting.  Of the 300 top real estate markets in the country, over half (55%) have now reached full recovery.  That is up 24 markets from June.We have been watching prices increase at a pretty good pace here in SW Florida and I would have t...
It seems like we always look outside our area for things to do.  I remember when we were living in CA (Sunnyvale) we had so many things around us to do and didn't do most of them.  Once we realized that we were moving we started going to those local attractions.Fast forward to the present.  We ha...
We just found out that one of our largest outdoor 'malls' is now in foreclosure!  The Gulf Coast Town Center reports that they are more than $190 million in debt to Wells Fargo and did not pay off the debt.  This is one of the largest foreclosures in SW Florida History!I am not a commercial broke...
Last week we had the opportunity to show a home to an investor of ours.  The home was priced at the low end of market, but there is always a chance to negotiate a lower price.  The listing agent warned us that there had been cats in the house, but we didn't think too much about that.When we enter...
 We have an investor looking for cheap houses (aren't they all?) and we found a real gem.  It was priced extremely low for the area and on a large lot. It is less than a block from the river.When we called the listing agent he told us that the house had so much mold it was probably not able to be...
It can be very difficult to walk into a home with a prospective buyer and tell them that the home that they have fallen in love with may not be eligible for financing.  I feel like I am being negative, but actually, I am being honest.  I certainly don't want my buyer to get into the contract proc...
Having been raised in the north (Seattle) I think I have always taken some things for granted.  Like, maybe, a cold shower? I just came in from mowing the lawn in 'feels like' 101 degree temps.  The first thought is to get a cold shower, but that doesn't happen here.  Unlike our houses up north, ...
My wife thinks I am crazy because I love gadgets.  I love all types of gadgets, but especially kitchen gadgets.  Our kitchen has two large pantries, one for food and the other for my gadgets.  I also use most of them.I recently purchased a Philips Air Fryer because of an episode we saw on a cooki...

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