Real Estate Results – January 2019

  More Options for Buyers as Housing Market Finds Balance SARASOTA, Fla. Closed sales in Sarasota and Manatee County fall short at the start of 2019. Median prices continue to rise and a jump in inventory and new listings point to a more balanced market. Combined, closed sales in the two-county area decreased by 17.2 … Continue reading Real Estate Results – January 2019

Play Ball: Orioles Prepare For Spring Training Opener In Sarasota

If you are a baseball fan, then you likely know about the many spring training facilities in Florida. The Orioles are back in Sarasota again this year to give us access to Major League fun while they wind up for the upcoming season. The construction of the new Atlanta Braves stadium in North Port is … Continue reading Play Ball: Orioles Prepare For Spring Training Opener In Sarasota

The Home Appraisal Process: What to Expect as a Buyer

Some surprises in life are wonderful. Unexpected repairs or problems with a home you just purchased? Not so much.  The appraisal process can be a bit nerve racking while you wait to see if your professional appraiser comes back with anything out of the ordinary. The article below gives a good overview of the process … Continue reading The Home Appraisal Process: What to Expect as a Buyer

Overview for Qualifying and Applying for a Homestead Exemption

Applying for homestead exemption on your house can save you a lot of money on your taxes. The tax assessor will tax you at a lesser amount than your non homesteaded neighbors. Plus, you have a 3% cap. This means that year over year, your assessed value cannot increase more than 3%.. This is why … Continue reading Overview for Qualifying and Applying for a Homestead Exemption

13 Crazy Foods You Need To Try At The Florida State Fair 2019

I’m usually up for an adventure. When I saw this list of 13 crazy foods at the Florida State Fair (in Tampa through Feb 18) I grew curious. Some of them made my mouth water. Others…well? Let’s just say I agree with the “creativity” description. -Beth 13 Crazy Foods You Need To Try At The … Continue reading 13 Crazy Foods You Need To Try At The Florida State Fair 2019

Ranked: Announcing the 10 “Best of the Best” Places to Retire for 2019 from Topretirements.com

We never get tired of sharing top ten lists that feature Sarasota. Yet another group is touting Sarasota as a great place to retire and I must say I agree! – Beth   Announcing the 10 “Best of the Best” Places to Retire for 2019 from Topretirements.com KEY WEST, Fla., Feb. 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Baby boomers looking … Continue reading Ranked: Announcing the 10 “Best of the Best” Places to Retire for 2019 from Topretirements.com

Turn Your Backyard Into a Paradise of Tropical Fruit

Looking for one more list item to place in the “Sarasota Is The Place To Be” column? We are lucky enough to be able to grow tropical fruit in our very own backyards! And in addition to a very hospitable climate we also have an abundance of resources to help make your pineapple dreams come … Continue reading Turn Your Backyard Into a Paradise of Tropical Fruit

December 2018 Real Estate Results

  2018 Ends with More Inventory and Slowing Price Gains SARASOTA, Fla. (January 22, 2019) – After a strong year of sales, Sarasota and Manatee housing market falls short in December. Compared to December 2017, this month showed a decrease in overall closed sales, pending sales, and median prices. However, inventory increased across the two-county … Continue reading December 2018 Real Estate Results

Ready to Remodel? These Home Renovations Will Pay Off the Most (and the Least) in 2019

New year! New goals! Are you ready to make the changes you know you’ve been playing with this last year. The information from Realtor.com below will help give you some thoughts on where to put your efforts to get the most return on your investment of time and money. Time to have some fun! – … Continue reading Ready to Remodel? These Home Renovations Will Pay Off the Most (and the Least) in 2019

Arrivederci! 5 Tricks to Give Your Outdated Tuscan Decor the Boot

Is this you? Are you trying to do some updates but are stuck on how to evolve your beloved Tuscan inspired kitchen? The article below has some really good ideas. Get ready to lighten up! – Beth    Arrivederci! 5 Tricks to Give Your Outdated Tuscan Decor the Boot TerryJ/iStock Walk into any American home … Continue reading Arrivederci! 5 Tricks to Give Your Outdated Tuscan Decor the Boot