Bascom Grooms Blog

An End of Summer Key West Real Estate Review

Autumn Rolls in on the Island It’s September in Key West, with Labor Day past and the first official day of autumn in view. Tourism is about as slow as it gets in the Keys, school is back in session, and we get more cloud cover as the summer heat begins to break just a […]

Bascom Grooms Continues Streak as Best Key West Realtor

A Perennial Key West Favorite When the 9th annual Keys Weekly Bubbas: Key West People’s Choice awards winners were announced July 23 at a gala held at the Key West Theater, it was no surprise to see Bascom Grooms lauded as Key West’s favorite realtor for the 9th time. With the popular charity event and […]

The Birth of a Legend—Sloppy Joe’s Bar

Key West July—Hot Weather and Cool History In the hot days of July, life in Key West used to slow down to a sleepy crawl. With the humidity high and afternoon temps reaching for the 90s, whispering ceiling fans and sweating cocktail glasses were the biggest attractions on the island. Now, air-conditioned spaces are plentiful […]

Summer in Key West

Summer Vacation in America’s Caribbean Paradise You can see a different side of Key West in the summer when the weather warms and the crowds thin out. The days are sultry and often punctuated by morning showers and sometimes thunderheads rolling in off the water. Summertime starts the island’s rainy season, with June and July […]

Changes are Afoot in Key West

COVID Inspires a New Take on an Old Favorite This spring is bringing rumors of change to Key West, with plans in the works to reimagine Duval Street. Duval is the defacto main street of our island city, and the last few blocks where Lower Duval ends at the Gulf of Mexico waterfront have long […]

Key West Real Estate 2022 Outlook

Key West Property Market: Onward and Upward in 2022 As the Key West property market exits the pandemic years and settles into 2022, 1st Quarter action indicates that the trend remains firmly upward. The situation is largely unchanged since Florida Keys real estate went white-hot following the June 2020 post-lockdown reopening of the island chain […]

New Condo Safety Laws Affect Transactions

Tragedy Leads to Condo Transaction Troubles At nearly 1:30 in the morning on June 24, 2021, disaster struck Champlain Towers South, a beachfront condominium building in the Miami suburb of Surfside just north of Miami Beach. The north-central section and eastern wing of the L-shaped 12-story building collapsed suddenly, killing 98 people and injuring 11 […]

The Key West 200th Anniversary Celebration

Key West Celebrates Its Bicentennial Next month, Key West is celebrating 200 years as America’s Southernmost City, and the town is already busy with plans and preview events. Its an exciting time to be a conch, and local attendance at the celebration’s many events is projected to be very strong. Key Westers are inviting everyone […]

Florida Homestead Exemption

Keys Homeowners Save on Property Taxes Key Westers and visitors rang in the New Year with festivities that were bright and busy despite a few minor omissions and restrictions. The weather was perfect as usual, there were more than enough special events to fill the evening, and the city’s diversity of iconoclastic “drops” went off […]

Key West Real Estate: Naughty or Nice in 2021?

The Seller’s Market Rolls On In June 2020, when the Florida Keys re-opened from the pandemic shutdown, a phenomenal Keys-wide run on residential real estate kicked off then continued through the year and into 2021. When residential inventory fell short, vacant land sales took off, and the commercial property market also responded positively to the […]