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

Golf course communities are a perennial luxury attracting thousands of people per year to Southwest Florida.  While many of us enjoy catching rays and relaxing on the green, that's not all they're for. 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 Southwest Florida golf course communities in droves?

It's quite simple, really. Beauty and elegance is everywhere in Southwest Florida. Sarasota is…

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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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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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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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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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