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.


Whether you're a new homeowner or you've lived in your home for decades, most of us are at some point curious as to what the value is of our own homes. Especially nowadays, when your home value more than likely has risen quite significantly since the beginning of 2023. With sites like Zillow, Trulia, Redfin, etc., it's easy to get a rough estimate in just a few seconds. Almost a quarter of U.S. homeowners use online home-value calculators to get a preliminary estimate of what their home may be worth. These online tools are called automated valuation models (AVM) . While Baby Boomers are starting to use these tools much more frequently, Millenials and Gen X'ers are the major players with the AVMs.

If you're looking to get your home value then the…

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The past few years have undoubtedly been tough for this country. People are escaping for paradise...and we don't blame them. Welcome to the Sunshine State with bright skies and white sandy beaches. Thousands of people flock to sunny South Florida year after year during the summer to enjoy the beach, sun, and outdoors. This year is no different from the rest. Americans move to Florida in droves. However, many don't think about how the summer can affect their new homes. Have you thought about what you’ll do with your home during the summertime? Weatherization for winter is the norm up north, but in Florida, we must make sure that our homes are safe from the stormy weather and the summer heat.

Southwest Florida, especially Sarasota, is a beautiful…

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When you think of a retirement destination, what comes to mind? More often than not, Sarasota County makes the list. Sarasota is consistently named of the best places to retire in the entire world. It 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 6% percent. The rapid growth is expected to continue well into 2024 and beyond,

The outdoor lifestyle here attracts people from all over. There are a plethora of wonderful parks for seniors to walk, skate, bike, and exercise on. There is bike trails, fishing and even horseback riding.

Not to worry, for those wish…

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The beautiful beaches are a dime a dozen in Southwest Florida. However, one that is often overlooked for its charm and beauty is Nokomis Beach. Nokomis, FL sits just north of Venice and south of Osprey. The town harbors a historic and pristine beach in Nokomis Beach; a 22 acre beach park that attracts people from all across the country. While some tourists visit the beach, it is a very quiet local beach with little interruption throughout the year. Nokomis Beach runs into North Jetty Park, right next to the intercoastal waterway. There is so much to do on the water during sunsets and beautiful days.

The geography has unique features, as well. Anywhere west of S. Tamianai Trail is virtually overlooking the water. The area is a hot spot for locals to…

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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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