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Buying a home for the first time (or any time) is a major life decision and one that takes consistent research and patience. One of the very first things you need to consider is what type of home do you want? Do you want a condo, single family, townhome, etc.? Here are some questions to consider in determining what type of property is the best fit for you and your family.

How much space do you need?

Are you a single guy looking for your very own one bedroom “man cave”? Are you family of four with a dog and in dire need of a giant space? Make sure that you know your need for space based on the amount of members in your family, pets and what your daily routines look like to determine how much space you may need. Not everyone needs 2,000 sq ft for

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Buying a new home is never an easy endeavor. It has many obstacles that no one can prepare you for. Home buying is not something you’re taught in school. It’s nothing something that is necessarily in a textbook. It takes educating yourself and asking the right questions to the right people. But, how do we know which ones are the right ones to ask? Here are some examples of a few:

How long have you been selling real estate?

This question should not be taken lightly. What you should be looking for is not just the numeric value of their tenure in real estate—but to obtain the full breadth of knowledge they obtain. You will unveil what made them start selling real estate, how experienced they are, and how passionate they are.

What is your average

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1. Make sure your credit is in line

If you don’t have a very colorful credit score, you may want to way a little while before you’re thinking of purchasing a home. With a score below 750 and especially 700, you may not get a very intriguing rate with your mortgage. Take time to build your credit if it isn’t already established.

2. Have at least 10% cash for a down payment.

With FHA, VA and USDA loans becoming increasingly popular in today’s economy, it’s becoming easier and easier to get lower down payments. However, with these low down payments come a high interest rates. Ideally, if you have over 10% down payment you will get a fairly decent interest rate for your mortgage.

3. Plan for the surprise expenses.

Most home investors and

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Sarasota has long been praised for its educational institutions. Not only does Sarasota harbor 3 colleges (one being a branch of world-renowned University of South Florida) but Sarasota is renowned for its public school primary and secondary school system, as well. It is not only the metrics alone that make these schools so beloved around the state. It’s a feeling of belonging, volunteer efforts, and community events that the schools partake in, as well.

Niche.com has ranked six Sarasota County middle schools, four elementary schools and a local high school among the best public schools it rated in the state of Florida. In addition, US News has Sarasota public schools consistently in the top 5 public school systems in the Sunshine State. This is

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Top 5 Scenic Tours in Sarasota

Sarasota is unlike anywhere in the world. The scenic bay, wildlife, and activities are unparalleled, especially in sunny South Florida. The best way to capture the ultimate experience in the area is to take the tours. Let the city come to life in your eyes. Here are a few tours to make you and your family fall in love with Sarasota.

Marina Jack II Cruises

 

This 96 foot yacht is unlike any other in the area. Wine and dine you and your family along the bay on the Marina Jack II cruising yacht. The boat's amenities include salons, restrooms, full bar, and an open-air deck. Every seat available has a gorgeous view of the water (with a good chance of dolphins and manatees!).

The Ringling Cà d’Zan

 

Ca' d'Zan

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One major tenant of the “American Dream” has been the ability to buy your own home. However, in 2018 the vision of owning your own house laced with a white picket fence sometimes feels like a pipe dream. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The market is in full swing and people are buying more than ever. Renting is unaffordable and downright expensive. It makes more sense to put your monthly payment towards the total purchase of something you already own, does it not? Here are some reasons why you should buy in 2018 and stop wasting your money renting.

1. You can do what you want with your own space. It’s yours.

You can rip up the floor and add new ones. You can completely knock down a wall if you’d like. There are little restrictions when you

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Don't feel like slaving away in the kitchen this Thanksgiving? Not to worry--several restaurants around town are opening their kitchen doors for those who just don't feel like mirroring the Iron Chef all day.

The Ritz Carlton:1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota, 941-309-2000. If you want the best Dinner will be served buffet style in the grand ballroom from 11 AM-4 PM with live music and children’s activities too. This buffet-style Thanksgiving dinner will be sure to please. The meal plan wasn’t posted yet, but you can expect to be treated.

The Capital Grille: 180 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, 941-256-3647. The Capital Grille just isn’t about their out of this world steak, they serve up a pretty delicious Thanksgiving dinner too. If

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Have you been told you can't find a Bayfront home in the Sarasota area for under $1 million?? Check out this beauty, and old Florida style cottage, with over 100 ft of bayfront on Little Sarasota Bay. Just listed at $925,000. 
Bayview Cottage
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Hurricanes can be an incredibly devastating natural disaster. Florida was just hit with its first and hopefully only hurricane of the season—Irma. While Irma was less devastating than initially expected in Florida, it still did damage and caused even more damage in the Caribbean islands. Fortunately, the sun is shining bright here in the Sunshine State, yet again.

Normality is setting in around the state that was met by an unwelcomed hurricane last month.  However, the debris is being cleaned up, the power is back on, and life is going on as usual down south. The job that was done by our first responders, lineman, FEMA, USCG, cleanup crews and our community was unlike no other we have ever seen. Everyone was lending a helping hand to quick relief

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An eclectic blend of boutique shops, eateries, bars and retail stores, St. Armand’s Circle is everything tourists and locals alike has to offer. Below I have listed several places that are must-sees and must-dos when on your Tour-de-Armand’s.

So, what is there to do on the circle? Well, to start may I recommend The Met –day spa and part fashion palace. If you enjoy getting pampered in a day spa, then this is the place for you. It caters to men and women of all ages and has multiple treatments for you and your family.  

For you smokers out there, Bennington Tobacconist an old-school smoke shop with a vast selection of cigars, pipes, humidors and other smoking accessories. These pipes and accessories are hand-crafted in shop and they are more than

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