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Of course there are numerous reasons to leave the frigid cold north and set up shop in sunny South Florida. However, you may not have thought that one of those reasons is taking advantage of the astonishing 55+ communities that outline much of Southwest Florida.

If you're retired, the kids are all grown up, or you just want a change of scenery—this could be the move for you. Maybe you want a simpler lifestyle. Maybe you want to get away from the hustle & bustle of your up and coming neighborhood. Maybe you just want to be around like-minded folks. The change of lifestyle with Americans moving into 55+ neighborhoods is becoming ever-so prevalent.

The move into such a community is definitely a change of pace. Who will you be living next to?…

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Not all of us always feeling like spending countless hours in the kitchen during Thanksgiving. We want to spend as much quality time with family as possible. Not to worry--multiple restaurants around town are opening their kitchen doors for those families who want some quality food out of the house.

Marina Jacks: 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, 941-365-4232. Imagine having a Thanksgiving dinner overlooking one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Plus, there is not only one, but two Thanksgiving specials. For $29 per person, you can enjoy a traditional turkey dinner with all the sides you can imagine. If you're not a turkey fan, how about a prime rib special for $33 per person?

Chart House: 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, 941-383-5593.…

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Siesta Key is one of those rare places where you feel as though you're walking through a dream. White, powdery sand beneath your toes (8 miles of it, in fact), award winning seafood at every corner, and endless activities for you and your family.

 

There is a reason Siesta Key Beach has been rated the #1 beach in America multiple times by several travel outlets including US News & Word Report. Pictures alone don't do it justice. It doesn't suffice to just read an article and imagine your day at the beach. There is a reason thousands of people move to Sarasota each year.

So what exactly is on this magical s6tretch of land? For starters, in 2015 Siesta Key Beach expanded their parking lot space to cater to the droves of new residents and out of…

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Sarasota County is the most desirable place to retire to in the United States. It is a community dedicated to helping seniors live the most prosperous life imaginable. In the past 10 years, Sarasota County has increased its senior citizen population by 5% percent. The grand total population of seniors in Sarasota County is a whopping 35%! The rapid growth is expected to continue due to a relaxing and harmonious lifestyle in the community.

There are a multitude of serene parks for seniors to walk, skate, bike, and stretch on. Believe it or not, there is even an option for horseback riding on these trails.

Not to worry, for those with disabilities or want a slower pace on the trails, a majority of the parks have paved trails for easy…

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Golf courses aren't just for Sunday recreation and relaxation. These luxurious communities are an incredible area to raise families in Southwest Florida. There are millions of people across the United States living in a SFR, apartment, condo or townhome in a common urban or suburban neighborhood. There are however, a growing amount of Americans who are moving to golf course communities. But what exactly are the benefits of living there? Why are people flocking to south Florida golf course communities each and every year?

Elegance is everywhere in Southwest Florida. Sarasota is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the country. There are numerous high-class communities right here in the Sarasota area such as: The Concession,…

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The internet has become a cornerstone to the real estate industry over the past twenty years. The interconnection between various technology and the web has exponentially grown to incredible heights in 2020. Some industries are slower in adapting to the new implementation of virtual tools, and real estate has notoriously been one of them. However, in recent years the real estate industry has been transforming itself to enhance buyers and sellers experiences like never before.
In the United States alone, almost $3 trillion of our country’s economy stems from the real estate market. That’s a healthy chunk, to say the least. Technology companies have finally come to realize the opportunity to infiltrate the market like never before. Here are…

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We have had quite a unique start to 2020 across the globe. We’ve seen 
some unprecedented events. However, here in Southwest Florida, the 
real estate market is already showing very strong signs of thriving.

“It did not stop, but it dropped fairly dramatically,” David Clapp, 
President of the Realtor Association Of Sarasota & Manatee, explained 
to WWSB7 local news. One major factor that has helped boost the 
housing market in Sarasota has been the addition of virtual open 
houses. Virtual walk-thru’s and open houses may even become a gold 
standard in the near future—a luxury many Realtors and home-buyers on 
this coast have gladly relished. In addition to this virtual luxury, 
mortgage rates have remained low, helping buyers (especially first 
time…

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In some instances, foreclosures may be dropping in certain parts of the country. However, in many larger metropolitan cities, foreclosures account for a substantial amount of the market.

How many home-seekers do you know that start their search sifting through local foreclosures? The reality, is, probably not many. It’s common for home buyers to leave foreclosures as a last resort of skip them all together. I’m here to tell you that foreclosures are in fact a remarkable investment and can make for an ideal find for you and your family.

Just under 1 million homes in the U.S. are foreclosures according to Experian. "Florida has a statewide home foreclosure rate of 0.72%, which doesn't seem too steep a figure given the Sunshine State's…

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Southwest Florida has a myriad of pristine islands along its’ coastline. Most of these keys are highly coveted real estate gems. One of these islands are one of the most beautiful and famous islands in the entire country. The family-friendly laid-back and natural Anna Maria Island awaits – just 20 minutes from the cozy town of Bradenton.

Anna Maria Island was first settled in the beginning of the twentieth century by Tampa Mayor Madison Post who then named the island for his wife Maria and his sister-in-law Anna. The island quickly became a huge fisherman’s hub with families and nautical enthusiasts flocking to the island in droves. Hundreds of people starting settling the island toward the mid twentieth century.

Once you get on the island,…

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Many of us know (especially in the real estate industry) that buying a home is in fact one of the best financially sound and promising investments you can actually make. But this doesn’t go for just your primary residence—this goes for purchasing a second home for passive rental income as well. The extra money per month isn’t the only positive trait of investment properties either. Here are some other reasons purchasing a second income is a great idea.

  1. Cash, Cash, Cash – Even a beginner in real estate investing—if following proper guidance and research—can make plenty of extra money right out of the starting gate. The best advice is to contact your real estate agent to see how they can guide you through the process.
  2. Live Rent Free– The…
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