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Sarasota Luxury Homes

News and updates of the Sarasota and Bradenton area luxury real estate market. Check back often to get information about all your Sarasota area real estate news.

Found 27 blog entries about Sarasota Luxury Homes.

Platinum Service Award is based on the Real Estate Industry's Only independent Survey of Customer Service

 

Andree Huffine of RE/MAX Alliance Group in Sarasota, FL was awarded the highest level of service achievement in the real estate industry, Quality Service Certified® Platinum.  The award is in recognition of earning 100% client service satisfaction in 2011, as measured by Leading Research Corporation (LRC). 

Quality Service Certified (QSC) status is the only award in the real estate industry based on independently validated, measurable service results.  Clients of QSC agents receive a customer satisfaction survey at the end of each transaction.  The surveys are administered and the results are compiled by LRC.

Client feedback from the surveys

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This week’s Sarasota Herald Tribune had yet another interesting article about Sarasota’s active real estate market-"Luxury Home Sales up 42% in Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte Counties" specifically focused on the Sarasota and surrounding area Luxury Homes.

Here are a few highlights from the article:

  • In Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties, September sales in the $1 million-plus market increased 42.1% in September over August, and they were up a stunning 170% from a year ago.
  • Pending sales (contracts that have been signed but not yet closed) in the luxury market were up 8% in September over August, and 77% from a year ago
  • Sarasota County saw the biggest spike in $1 million + sales, up 26.7% in September over August, and 280% from a year
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sarasota-lifestyle-4_400Here's an interesting statistic, I found recently. There are 78 million baby boomers in the U.S., and demographic professionals predict that one-sixth of them will spend part of their lives in Florida. That's almost 13 million new residents in Florida by 2023.  Those future residents will be looking for the most attractive places in Florida to live. The Sarasota - Manatee County area will be high on their list of "most attractive places".

So, you may ask, "why should I be considering the Sarasota - Bradenton - Lakewood Ranch area in my plans?" Here's why:

For starters, Money Magazine listed Sarasota among "the nation's 15 most livable communities" calling it a city with the charm of a smaller southern town with the conveniences of a big city.  CNBC

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sold-sign_120I've heard it time and again this year from buyers I've worked with. “…we’ve been watching the market for a couple of years, afraid to jump in. This year, we saw that there was less available to choose from. We realized if we wanted to get a Sarasota area home we should do it now, before we can’t find one”…. Here's the most recent update from the Sarasota Association of Realtors, published July 12.

Sarasota real estate market remains strong in June 2011 (from Sarasota Association of Realtors release)

Members of the Sarasota Association of Realtors® continued to sell properties at a brisk pace in June 2011 with 728 total transactions recorded last month. This marks the fourth month in the last 12 with sales exceeding the 700 level - all occurring in

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sarasot_dancers_400Once again, Sarasota draws top kudos. For the second year in a row, AmericanStyle Magazine ranked Sarasota 5th on it's list of the Top 25 Small Cities for Art. Bradenton ranked 10th. It's no wonder - Sarasota’s rich arts scene rivals some of the biggest urban centers in the country. Home to dozens of performing arts venues, opera, theater, and ballet companies, there is never a shortage of visual and performing arts entertainment. Check out the Sarasota Arts Scene on my website to learn more about Sarasota's Arts.

Just last year, in a survey conducted by Portfolio.com Sarasota/Bradenton earned the top spot as America’s most popular retirement destination. This is not the first time Sarasota was named one of the best places retire. Money magazine once

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lakewoodranch-country-club_120If you’re looking for an upscale and secure gated-entrance golf course community, Lakewood Ranch Country Club in Lakewood Ranch, Florida should be on your list of places to consider buying a home. Residents of the Country Club golf course community enjoy a luxurious, yet comfortable, lifestyle in a community of ten neighborhoods. There are single-family homes spanning a wide range of sizes with prices ranging from the low $300's to over $2 million. There are also condos and town homes available for those who are looking for a maintenance-free housing option.

The Country Club community, situated right in the heart of Lakewood Ranch, is one of the seven "villages" that comprise master-planned 8,000+ acre Lakewood Ranch. Lakewood Ranch is the largest

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aerial_400While the media devotes a lot of space and time to highlighting the negative aspects of today's real estate market, there are actually many unique opportunities that exist for savvy buyers in the Sarasota market. This may be your once-in-a-lifetime chance to purchase a first or second luxury home at prices we haven't seen in many years. 

Buying a high-end property requires a different approach, though. As a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, I am well versed on the important nuances of luxury home buying and I have the knowledge and resources to help you explore the Sarasota luxury market.

Here are five important tactics to keep in mind when navigating the Sarasota area luxury market:

  1. Typical search avenues don't always work. Many
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