Prepare Your Place For A Photo Shoot

A fresh start. A little inspiration. Whether you are planning to sell your home this year or just want to live in a place that looks like it jumped off the page of a magazine, the infographic below can be your guide. – Beth

Ringling College of Art and Design ranks No. 1 in the US on two magazine lists

Sarasota might not be at the top of people’s minds when it comes to education, but Ringling College of Art & Design is treasure not to be overlooked.  As you’ll see in the article and links below, the school is incredible well respected in the animation and filmmaking worlds. (And they have a pretty strong … Continue reading Ringling College of Art and Design ranks No. 1 in the US on two magazine lists

The 20 Best Christmas Towns in Florida

It really is the most wonderful time of the year. And while we may not have actual snow & ice, we Floridians know a thing or two about celebrating the season. Coastal Living has compiled a list of 20 “best” Christmas towns in Florida, but I can think of at least a dozen more that … Continue reading The 20 Best Christmas Towns in Florida

November 2018 Real Estate Results

The number of closed sales posted increases during November in all sectors except for Sarasota. (I believe that has to do with the influx of new condo towers being built in the market.) Overall, things remain quite consistent with previous months’ reporting.       Housing Inventory Rises in November SARASOTA, Fla. (December 19, 2018) … Continue reading November 2018 Real Estate Results

4 Quick Reasons NOT To Fear A Housing Crash

The 2006 housing debacle may be in the back of our minds, but this article keeps things in perspective. Heading into 2019 we are no where near the same scenarios we were then.   There is a lot of uncertainty regarding the real estate market heading into 2019. That uncertainty has raised concerns that we may … Continue reading 4 Quick Reasons NOT To Fear A Housing Crash

12 Benefits of Living in a Small House

Bigger is better. That’s what we’ve been told. But sometimes smaller is smarter. Emma from Little House, Lovely Home shares her thoughts on why that just may be the way to go. – Beth 12 Benefits of Living in a Small House There are many other benefits of a small house. I’ve laid out some … Continue reading 12 Benefits of Living in a Small House

A Royal Visit

One of my favorite parts of working with the Michael Saunders team is the global reach we have. Earlier this month colleagues from Mayfair International Realty in London came to Sarasota for their annual tour. It’s always interesting to get their take on the market compared to what they are seeing in other parts of … Continue reading A Royal Visit

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota’s Gingerbread Display

A few weeks ago I mentioned pastry chef Lindsy McDonald from the Ritz-Carlton was appearing on the Food Network’s Halloween Wars.  And then she won the competition! Ms. McDonald is definitely not resting on her laurels now that she is back in Sarasota. Every year the hotel creates a stunning gingerbread display – and this … Continue reading The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota’s Gingerbread Display

3 Things to Consider Before Listing Your Home as a Short-Term Rental

Short term rentals continue to become more popular for the one-or-two night travelers as well as those who are interested in living someplace for a short period of time to see if a community is a good fit before buying (I’m looking at you, snowbirds…).  This article gives a good overview about things to consider … Continue reading 3 Things to Consider Before Listing Your Home as a Short-Term Rental

Rent hikes mixed in Southwest Florida cities, Apartment List says

This week there were a few interesting articles about renting properties – both short term and long term – that I thought would be fun to explore. Sarasota rents are remaining stable, yet still at the higher end of the rental pricing scale. If you are considering buying a property to use as a rental, … Continue reading Rent hikes mixed in Southwest Florida cities, Apartment List says