Gather and Transmit Knowledge

My Tuesday “INFORMED CONFUSION” discussions are creating interesting opinions about the future of our barrier island’s properties. To me, opinions are neither right or wrong just informed or uninformed. There are many outside influences to consider before you buy, sell, rent or invest.   I have an obligation to give you as many ideas as I can to help you make the best decisions for your personal situation. Consider property flood elevation, land value, correct pricing according to motivation, remodel or not, buy new or old, type of property, water or non-water, beach or bay, return on investment, competition, for sale by owner or brokered sale, staged or as-is sale, buy rent or lease option, bank or owner financing, buy old or build new, energy costs, timing of sale or purchase, your age, investment strategy, retirement, demographics, safety, county, state, nation or world economic outlook, and a bunch of other considerations. My April article titled “SELL NOW, BUY LATER” caused a flurry of comments, both positive and negative. One client cancelled a listing because I suggested that most buyers should wait to buy. Most brokers say that it’s always a great time to sell or buy regardless of personal circumstances. It can’t be both. Maybe this is why agents generate such a low level of trust from clients. The main value of a real estate professional is their ability to “gather and transmit knowledge” to clients. My comments are based upon 45 years of experienced through 4 recessions (soon to be 5) as a Florida real estate broker. I’ve bought and sold my own properties at the top and the bottom of these recessions, sometimes not too wisely. I’m confident that I can help you decide the best course to steer when navigating the sometimes choppy waters of Pinellas barrier island real estate.

Join me any Tuesday from 5.30 till 6.30 at 5050 Gulf Blvd. 33706 for an interactive discussion on any real estate topic you choose. We share ideas with buyers, sellers, renters, investors and agents to unconfused the facts to your advantage. RSVP to attend or contact me to chat. An informed client is the best client to work for.

In closing, before you sell or buy, investigate. I have a contract with an analytics provider to show the current value of most addresses. It allows you to correct any misinformation that you discover about your home. Go to  and we’ll email your value…it’s free with no obligation. I also suggest that you check values on other sites. Just google an address and other analytics sites will come up. Be careful, because the prices they give are often too high or low compared to reality. By way of example; Zillow discloses that their Tampa Bay prices vary by 8.7% on average.  On a $500K Zestimate that’s overpaying by $43,500 or leaving $43,500 on the table.  All the best, Jim “property wizard” Beggins

By Jim “Property Wizard” Beggins, broker, CENTURY 21Beggins Enterprises, with 11 offices and 400 agents serve Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Since most opinions about real estate can be supported with facts. I will inform you to the best of my ability so you can unconfuse the facts to your personal advantage. I think I can use my “hands on” experience in Florida real estate since 1970 to achieve your desired outcome. Please let me know how I’m doing. 727 254 8144 Cell. Call, text or email with any questions.