Sarasota Real Estate Blog


They say the best time to buy a new car is during the fall or holiday season. The best time to buy school supplies is towards the end of the school year. There is always an “off season” or a “down season” for most industries but what about when it comes to the unyielding field of real estate? When is the best time to buy a home?

If homebuyers in Florida know one thing—it’s that during the summer time the housing market slows down and many seasonal Florida dwellers are moving back up north to escape the summer heat. With that fact at hand, homebuyers also should note that that means they could be eligible for the very best real estate deals with the home-seekers thinning out over those few months.

Some brokers offer perks that include the

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Real estate is a finicky, yet beautiful creature. There are ups, there are downs. It truly is a unique rollercoaster. However, as confidence is starting to gain steam this year, the industry faces a number of innovative and fundamental shifts that will have a colossal impact on the future of the market. These advances will completely reshape what the standard in the real estate industry really is. What will in-home technology look like? Will A.I. be a part of everyday life inside the home? Will exterior weather-proof technology finally take off in South Florida? What other tech changes are out there just waiting to be unearthed?

Not only will the major evolving landscape have incredible positive changes for current home-owners, but especially for

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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. 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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