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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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Sarasota County saw the 2nd highest level of sales in its history in April 2014, a total of 1,195 closed transactions. That figure was topped only once by the 1,223 sales reported in April 2004, just preceding the real estate boom that saw rapid price escalation.

“Activity has been robust, and clearly there continues to be tremendous interest in buying properties in Sarasota County,” said Sarasota Association of Realtors® President Peter Crowley. “Last year, June and July also showed a high level of sales and activity in the Sarasota real estate market, and we are hoping for a repeat in 2014.”

Pending sales maintained a high level in April, at or close to the previous several months, and economists consider pending sales to be a good indicator of

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Have you dreamed of living on a secluded, relaxing island where the average temperature year-round is in the 70’s, you’re surrounded by sunny beaches and warm waters and the natives are as friendly as any you’ll meet anywhere?   If that’s your dream, you should become familiar with Anna Maria Island.

Anna Maria Island is one of the many barrier islands off the west coast of Florida, this one off the Coast of Manatee County.  It is a narrow strip of land about 7 miles long.  It is bounded on the north by the waters of Tampa Bay, on the west by the Gulf of Mexico along some of the nicest beaches in Florida, on the south by Longboat Key and on the east by Anna Maria Sound and across a causeway, the city of Bradenton Florida.

Anna Maria Island is divided

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west-of-trail_photoAsk any native of Sarasota where the most desirable properties in Sarasota are and you will very likely be told "West of the Trail".

The group of "West of the Trail" (The “Trail” is the Tamiami Trail aka U.S. Route 41) neighborhoods lie on the west (or bayfront) side of South Tamiami Trail.  The area is bounded generally by Mound Street on the north and by Bay Road on the south.  Many of these neighborhoods sit under canopies of 100-year old banyon trees.

Prospective buyers considering homes in the "West of the Trail" neighborhoods are generally seeking more than one of the following attributes:

  • Homes with historic significance
  • Excellent schools within walking distance
  • Proximity to a hospital and excellent health care at Sarasota Memorial
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sarasota34_400Across the nation, new construction homes and existing home sales are strengthening and prices are continuing to rise, stoking confidence among observers of the housing market that a recovery is underway.  Nationwide, sales of existing homes jumped 10.4% compared with the same month last year.  In step with the nationwide market, Sarasota Florida area home sales, which normally drop off during the summer months, remained strong in July with 699 closings, almost 17% higher than the level in July, 2011.  The local July home sales included 523 single family homes and 176 condominium sales.

Beneath all this good news, however, lies a dilemma developing here in the Sarasota - Bradenton area.  There are simply not enough homes available here to meet the

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sarasota-lifestyle-7_400In the 2nd Quarter of 2012, the Sarasota real estate market achieved the highest level of sales in seven years.  There were 2,604 home and condo sales from April through June.  The 864 closed transactions in June alone represent the second highest number of home and condominium sales since September 2005.   The only higher point was in April of this year when sales were slightly higher at 886.  As expected with the migration north of our snow birders, the number of pending sales (properties undercontract but not yet closed) dropped just slightly in June after four months in a row when pending sales topped 1,000.

The available inventory of homes and condos on the market dropped again to another 10-year low of 3,816.  The June inventory of homes for sale

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downtown-sarasota_01Sarasota has long been known as “Florida's Cultural Coast,” and downtown Sarasota epitomizes that honor.  It is home to a professional symphony, ballet, opera, jazz clubs, nearly a dozen theaters and 30 art galleries.  Sarasota was recently ranked #1 on American Style Magazine’s annual list of the “25 Best Arts Destinations.”   But downtown Sarasota is also much more than an arts and cultural gem.

There are dozens of boutique shops, restaurants and nightclubs.  Nearby, there are 35 miles of beaches including nearby world-famous Siesta Beach known for having the whitest, quartz sand, and, of course, St Armands Circle and with its famous collection of eclectic shops and casual restaurants.

The boundaries of “Downtown Sarasota” are roughly Sarasota Bay

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sarasota_400Once again, Sarasota, Florida has earned top honors by being named the “Best Place to Retire in the Country”.  This time the honor was given by the TopRetirements.com website.  John Brady, founder of that website pointed out that “the best retirement cities and towns in America have good weather, access to healthcare, low property taxes, and a certain “wow” factor.  Sarasota has all of those qualities and more.

The Sarasota area is known as "Florida's Cultural Coast"; home to the renowned the Ringling Art Museum, the Sarasota Orchestra, the Sarasota Ballet, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and the Asolo Center multi-theater complex as well as many art galleries, jazz clubs and local theater groups like the Manatee Players in Bradenton and the Venice

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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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As we enter the New Year, I’m hopeful your memories of the past year are happy ones and the upcoming year will be a happy, healthy and successful one for you.

We’re seeing the end of another full year of all the indicators of a changing tide in our Real Estate market.  Once again, the market has demonstrated that the Sarasota area is a destination of choice for many primary and second homebuyers. For 2011, the resurgence in sales was dramatic, and represents a 44 percent increase over the low point of the downturn in 2008.

In a recent Today Show real estate report, Barbara Corcoran noted that Sarasota was one of the top recovering markets in the nation. Corcoran said Sarasota is a “beautiful beachfront community” that offers residents and visitors “a

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