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Hello from the Beach!

March 21, 2020

As the saying goes, ‘I have seen a thing or two’. After 35 years of owning Sand Dollar Real Estate I have experienced many ups & downs in our local real estate market – from financial breakdowns to destructive hurricanes. Each time, LBI weathered the times and came bouncing back. Today we are dealing with something most of us are having a hard time fathoming. The uncertainties are overwhelming. What we do know is we need to isolate ourselves if we want to avoid contracting and spreading the coronavirus.

To that end, Sand Dollar has closed its doors, but not our business. We are here for you; all phone lines are on call forwarding and we are all working from home. So, if you need us, just call us. Our health is our most precious commodity and we must do everything we can to make sure we stay healthy.

This thought hit home with me just this week. I had not been feeling well for quite some time and found out that I had an obstruction in my bowel. Surgery was needed, and needed now, since it was only a question of when the obstruction would close and I would need emergency surgery and the hospital could be loaded with coronavirus cases. So, I was rushed in and rushed out.

Let me tell you with our local hospital on lockdown this was a very interesting experience. I was able to witness the entire SOMC hospital team, working with reduced staff (winter staffing needs), begin their preparation for the anticipated large caseloads of coronavirus patients and take care of patients like me. They are doing an amazing job; you see the strain on their faces, but also the smile for you. Imagine being on the front line and your job in a few days or weeks will be touching and healing coronavirus patients. We need to support them and make their jobs easier.

If we do not abide by the ‘stay at home orders’ and spread more cases of the virus; all the hospitals will be overwhelmed and patients like me, and maybe your love ones, will not be able to receive the care they need.

I do not make light about what we are about to experience, yet I am so thankful that I am home and healthy and know that l will have the opportunity to once again be out and about. This is a temporary situation and it can give us time to work on that ‘to do’ list, spend quality time with our family and take a few deep breaths to just enjoy life at a slower pace for a short while.

It will take all of us to conquer this virus, so our part is to stay home and stay healthy. This is the most important contribution you can make and the quickest way to get our lives back on track.

Please …

Stay Home, Stay Healthy,

Pat Sepanak




Have a question about LBI real estate? Want to learn more about the market? Maybe want to do a little window shopping for a beach house to brighten up your stay at home?

Sand Dollar offers you these new programs to alleviate some boredom and learn about LBI.

Have an LBI Real Estate Question? Check out ‘Chat with Pat’ – a new interactive Q&A blog to answer your questions and encourage input from other current and future LBIslanders. We will start with: Is this a Good Time To Buy or Sell on LBI?

Want a Good ‘Read’ About the LBI Market? I am posting the latest issue of my LBI MarkeTrends Newsletter written in January. My forecast at that time may not be my forecast at this time. However, I will be updating my Newsletter & giving my thoughts as we progress through this difficult time period.

Want to do some Window Shopping? Browse our new MLS search site. Connected to the same MLS that we Realtors use. More “Zaccurate” then other large national sites. Clean, Easy and No Registration needed. Choose one of our searches, make your own or map search an area. You can also search under contracts and solds. Find your perfect beach house at:


Want to Know What’s Happening on LBI?

Sand Dollar Real Estate
Offers You the Latest LBI Market Statistics & Analysis

In today’s real estate climate, you need a resource that gives you the latest market stats and keeps you appraised of the latest issues affecting LBI. This type of information is paramount when making your decision to buy or sell. This website hosts the most comprehensive LBI sales statistics, past and future analysis as well as information on current topics that affect our local economy and real estate market.


Exclusive Sand Dollar Real Estate Programs

SEARCH OUR LOCAL MLS Custom search module links directly to the MLS that LBI Realtors use. Choose from pre-defined popular searches to start and then create your own custom search. Can use quick or advanced search modules or a map location search. More accurate and easier to use than other major web site portals.

EARLY BUYER’S ALERT Rather we created your search, no problem!  Fill out a simple form with your preferred buying parameters and be emailed from our local MLS every appropriate new listing on the day it appears. Includes price changes & properties under contract and closed, with full details & photos. Find the finds first.

DRIVE BY LISTA great way to learn about LBI at your pace. Choose your preferred buying parameters based on Location, Style & Price Range. We will provide you with addresses & property information organized with a planned car route to explore the various neighborhoods on LBI.

THIS WEEK ON LBI Updated weekly with a Market Snapshot of what’s just been “listed”, went “under contract” and “closed”, list of prior months closed sales, plus local headline news and links to web sites of LBI importance. This is our most visited page each week!

ONLINE MARKET EVALUATION Fill out a short form about your LBI property and you will be sent an email report chock full of information about the trends and current LBI sales market along with ‘comps’ and a detailed analysis explaining your property’s price
range of value. In a changing market this is a must for our LBI homeowners.

LBI NEIGHBORHOOD TRACKERFor LBI Homeowners who want to know what is happening in their LBI neighborhood. Initially we fill your ‘electronic cart’ with info about all homes currently for sale in your neighborhood. Thereafter, all new listings and price changes and sold properties will be added as they occur.

MARKETRENDS – Visit our Market Statistics page for historical comparison data plus quarterly updates on the LBI real estate market. Don’t forget to preview LBI Quarterly Sold Properties broken down by area.

SUMMER RENTALS LBI Visitor’s – See the particulars on the various styles and locations that we offer so you can have the best LBI vacation possible. Need some extra help, use our Concierge Service for guidance. LBI Homeowner’sNot booked as much as you like? Ask for our ‘Rental Review’. We will take a look at your property and make suggestions on how to increase your rental bookings inexpensively and review your current rates. You can even fill out our Rental Authorization online and review our Guidelines.

This web site is dedicated to the luxury real estate market on LBI. These homes stand out in design and location.

Potential Purchasers:  Learn about the LBI Beach Lifestyle, what makes LBI such a special place. Or Preview our Luxury Beach Collection. You can choose from our most popular predefined searches or create you own.

LBI Luxury Homeowners:  We have a special section for you if contemplating parting with your lovely beach home. You have a luxury home that needs to have unique marketing and a comprehensive Marketing/Business Plan.

LBI Real Estate Seminar  

 Thinking of Selling?    Thinking of Buying?  

Then, this is a must, you should have the most up to date
LBI real estate information to make the right decision for you.
No hype, just factual information.

Topics Include:

  • LBI MarkeTrends – Historical Overview, Recap & Forecast for Rest of Year
  • Latest LBI Sales Statistics – Average Sales Price, Days on Market, Inventory Levels, Percent of sales price to sold price, comparison reports & more
  • Tax Advantages – Second Home vs. Investment with explanation of write offs
  • 1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges – Still here and a great way to trade up
  • Financing – Many programs available
  • Local & State Building Regulations – Know what you can and can’t do prior to buying
  • Flood Insurance Update – Ever changing and ways to lower your flood without lifting
  • LBI Rental Market – Latest Trends and how to meet them with your rental property
  • LBI Local News – Beach replenishment, the bridge and other news
  • Q & A Period – Always lively & informative

RESERVATIONS:  For more information or online reservations, click here or call 609-494-1130

Check out Sand Dollar Real Estate’s Exclusive Listings

on our Featured Homes Page