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Southwest Florida is a mecca for beautiful waterfront homes. Homes on the water will forever be one of the most popular types of properties for aspiring home owners. The amazing scenery and idyllic locations make these properties high in demand. When you start your search for waterfront homes, you want to make sure you are asking the right questions with your Realtor. There are a slew of different factors a waterfront property purchase entails. As a home buyer, make sure the right steps are being taken when on the hunt.

First off, a potential buyer should know exactly what they're are buying. The term “waterfront” can mean a variety of different things depending on the geographical location you reside. Aqueducts, reservoirs, lakes, ponds,…

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After a strange couple of years, the end of 2022 has been showing some significant promise in the real estate market in Southwest Florida and we couldn't be more excited. It is no secret that buying a home is one of the best financial investments one can make. Not only for a primary residence, either, but for purchasing a second home for passive rental income, as well. Some folks that have had a rough couple of years could strongly benefit from this. Others who have been financially unchanged can also benefit. Those who wisely invest in the real estate market often come out on top. The extra money per month isn’t the only positive trait of investment properties either. There are an abundance of reasons purchasing a second income is a great move to…

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Bird Key is one of those places where luxury meets simplicity. Boasting beautiful homes, and lavish parks, it is the perfect spot to take in the most scenic views in Southwest Florida.

Bird Key has an amazing history full of vibrant stories and culture dating back to 1917 when the very first home was built. Like many areas and islands in the area, John Ringling purchased this island just a few years later and started building it up to what it eventually is today.

The scenic key is directly situated in the heart of Sarasota Bay, while it’s breathtaking 250 acre Key is the hottest, most exclusive community in the entire County. Nestled right off the John Ringling Causeway bridge, Bird key is perfectly located with easy access to downtown Sarasota,…

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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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Southwest Florida attracts all walks of life from all across the globe--for good reason. The perpetual summer weathers and endless However, you may not have thought that one of those reasons is taking advantage of the breathtaking 55+ communities that outline much of Southwest Florida.

The Sarasota area is the idyllic if you're retired, the kids are all grown up, or you just want a change of scenery. The 55+ communities bring 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. These communities are popping up every day in Southwest Florida catering to those looking for the sunny Florida lifestyle.

The move into such a community is…

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Most of us have been 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 2022. You may even have input your homes' information on a "what's my home worth" calculator. 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) . Millenials and Generation X'ers are the major players with the AVMs. However, these tools are rapidly being used by Boomers and others, especially in recent months due to home values increasing. There are a myriad of major players out there when it comes to AVM models, such as…

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Have you ever been personally and financially ready to pull he trigger on buying a home, yet were hesitant because of outside factors such as the economic and housing market outlook? You’re not alone. Thousands of people across the country every year are renew their lease and continue shredding dollars renting because there are outside forces delaying their buying process.

 

There are a lot of factors that affect the housing market such as inflation, economic woes, etc. However, the fall elections and 2020 Presidential elections are on people’s minds. Everyone’s eager to buy or sell at the right time and depending on who wins the next presidential and congressional elections in Washington could skyrocket or slightly hurt the housing market.…

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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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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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