Sarasota, FL Real Estate News

By Axel Weiss, Sea to Sky Realty
(Bradenton Realtor and Sarasota Homes for Sale)
Another Luxury Real Estate Auction took place on Friday at the Longboat Key Club and Resort.The responsible local Real Estate company for this auction was Sky Sotheby's Realty of Sarasota. The auction was overseen by Daniel DeCaro Real Estate Auctions Inc. Some noticeable outcome:1522 & 1538 N Casey Key Road8 Bedroom(s) | 10 Full Bath(s) | 0 Half Bath(s) | 11748 sq. ft.Offered for $20,035,000Sold for $14,000,000We compile a sale to listing price ratio: 69%120 Osprey Point Drive6 Bedroom(s) | 7 Full Bath(s) | 2 Half Bath(s) | 11759 sq. ft.Offered for $8,900,000Sold for $ 6,100,000Sale to listing price ratio: 68%204 Bird Key Drive5 Bedroom(s) | 5 Full Bath(s) | 1 Half Bath(s) | 8071 sq. ft. Offered for $7,900,000Sold for less than $4,200,000Sale to listing price ratio: 53%Lake Vista Condo...
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By Nicki Conway, Sarasota Fl Real Estate
(RE/MAX Alliance Group)
  As I write this blog post, I'm thinking back to a few days ago when I was literally showing condos in Paradise.  Longboat Key, Florida is one of my favorite communities in Sarasota Florida and one of my favorite places on earth.    Longboat Key is a 9-mile barrier island just north of Sarasota Florida.  It's flanked by the Gulf of Mexico on the West Side and Sarasota Bay on the East side.  Here's a map Starting at the South end of the Key, you have the Longboat Key Resort.  Behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club, you'll find a variety of condominiums as well as ultra luxury single family homes that line the Gulf of Mexico. Some of the amenities in having a membership at the Longboat Key Club are 45 Holes of Championship Golf Two Driving Ranges with Complimentary Range Balls 38 Har-...
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Each Wednesday the Sarasota Real Estate Investors Association meets for it weekly luncheon meeting.  Usually about 75-90 members attend to hear speakers, share property needs or wants, and to keep abreast of opportunities in our Bradenton - Sarasota, Florida real estate market.Members are comprised of local investors, Realtors, mortgage brokers, home inspectors, insurance agents, handymen, and other vendors. Here's a few photos I took at this week's meeting.I attend weekly because I like to learn more about investing and I enjoy networking with the members.  I am a featured speaker from time to time.  I was wondering how other AR members generate leads from networking. Dan Forbes, PL is a licensed Broker-Associate and Certified Residential Specialist serving the Bradenton - Sarasota, Fl...
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By Billnulls Blog Florida Realty Professional, AHWD
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
It is time again for the Sarasota Blues Festival! That is right - mark your calendar for November 3rd, Saturday Night!!! The event will be taking place at the Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota - This is the 17th Annual Blues Festival!!!Buddy Guy, Zac Harmon, The All Stars, Oteil and the Peacemakers, Mighty Lester and Conrad Oberg will be performing! It will be 10 hours of non-stop blues!!!Take the Fruitville exit from the interstate and head west! The stadium complex is on 12th Street-
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By Billnulls Blog Florida Realty Professional, AHWD
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
November is coming and with it the Renaissance Fair is returning to Sarasota for its annual tour!!! There will be three days of food, music and medieval festivities taking place from November 2 through November 4th!!!The event will be taking place in the forest behind the Robarts Arena at 3000 Ringling Blvd in Sarasota! So put on your medieval garments, grab your musical instruments or jousting gear and head out to the Sarasota Fairgrounds at Robarts Arena for a wonderful trip back in time!!!!
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Sonoma is Ryland Homes' newest development in the Bradenton - Sarasota area. This new community on the Southern border of Manatee County with its neighbor Sarasota County offers both townhomes and single family homes.  Prices for the townhomes begin at $219,900 and single family homes at $399,900.Today's Bradenton Herald features the Bella Vista model townhome with a base price of $259,900.  The story and photos can be found here: http://www.bradenton.com/home/story/174960.html Community Features Include:Community PoolCul-de-Sac StreetsGated CommunitySports Court and PlaygroundPlease give me a call if you have questions abour our Bradenton real estate market.  You can reach me, Dan Forbes, at 941-746-0505 or toll free 877-646-8326.  Also visit my web site at BradentonFloridaRealEstate.C...
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By Joe Glasgow
(CityScapes International Realty Group)
Hi,It would be my pleasure to help you in anyway to secure the right real estate investment you are looking for in this Buyers Market.I work with a lot of aggressive investors, and  what may not be so surprising is that there are a lot of investors that are spinning off their inventory because they are unable to cover the mortgages on their properties.Timing is everything, and if you are looking to buy low, now is the time!I'm a Certifited Interntational Property Specialist and would be glad to help you find some excellent opportunities in the Carribean Basin or the Pacific Rim where there is a great opportunity available.Properties in Cannada are a worthy consideration, along with throughout the Northern States, of Oregon and Washington.China is growing as an industrial powerhouse and ...
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By Billnulls Blog Florida Realty Professional, AHWD
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
The Sarasota Folk Music Festival is taking place October 20th at the Crowley Museum and Nature Center in Sarasota! There will be plenty of folk music on the three stages available, as well as workshops, hayrides for young and old to participate in and plenty of food!!! You can even bring your own musical instrument along to participate in the country jam circles!!!    www.sarafolk.orgAnd on top of that, the 13th Annual Sarasota Craft Festival is going to take place October 20 & 21 directly on Main Street in downtown Sarasota!!! There will be an array of arts and crafts available. A great way to start off your Christmas shopping!!! For more information on this go to www.artfestival.comThere is ALWAYS something cool taking place in Sarasota!!! That is why people come from as far away as P...
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By Gary Brey
(AKELA REALTY INC)
Reverse Mortgage By Gary R. Brey, BrokerManasota Realty Inc. Over the last ten years or so, there has been a major increase in specialty mortgages. It use to be, in the not so distant past, that you would go to the bank to get a mortgage and there was really only one kind of mortgage that you could get.  These days, you have your interest-only loans, your Sarasota home equity loans and now comes a new kind of mortgage, and it sounds almost too good to be true.  A reverse mortgage actually stipulates that you do not have to pay back a single cent of your mortgage until you move out of your Sarasota home. That's right, you do not pay a cent until you move out. Are there catches? Well, yes, of course there is, but that doesn't mean that the reverse mortgage won't work for you. Let's take a...
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By Nicki Conway, Sarasota Fl Real Estate
(RE/MAX Alliance Group)
  Last night we decided to go to the SRQ Magazine's Annual Hot List event.  It's always big news in the area. You'd think with a name like "Hot List", Sarasota folks would come dressed in the latest and greatest and would want to be seen in their best attire.  I'm not a fashion critic, but last night I saw the worst fashions I've ever seen at any event.For example, about 7 women wore Scarf dresses.  These are basically, well, big scarves that are sewn together, have straps that either go around the neck or over the shoulders.  The bottom of the dress goes to the floor in a point at the front of the dress and hardly covers the butt at the back.  Ladies, these dresses are UGLY.  These dresses are not fashionable and I wouldn't wear one to a costume party for halloween.  WHAT ARE YOU THINK...
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By Florence Tanner
(Sun Realty)
Shells Realty has opened a new office in Sarasota, Florida. The address is Shells Realty - Sarasota Office 1990 Main Street  Suite 750   Sarasota, FL 34236. We're very excited about expanding our business in the beautiful Sarasota area.
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By Marc Rasmussen, Sarasota Real Estate
(DWELL Real Estate)
Peacefully sitting in the clear blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota bay is the dazzling island of Longboat Key. The island offers luxury living in a beautiful, serene environment close to all of the amenities of Sarasota, Florida. Here you can walk along the beach, hook into a snook from your boat, play a round of golf at The Longboat Key Club, enjoy a friendly game of tennis with a friend, eat a tasty meal at the Dry Dock restaurant or do some shopping just over the bridge on St. Armands Circle. Longboat Key, Florida is a fantastic place to live full time or own a winter or vacation home. Longboat Key offers a variety of housing options. Condominiums make up most of the beachfront property. Since the island is a popular destination for "snowbirds", those looking to escape th...
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By diana Kryszak
(Michael Saunders & Company)
 While the USD versus the euro has dampened some American desire for european travel, many Brits are taking advantage of the situation and taking another look at American property.  With direct flights to Orlando, and Sarasota a couple of hours drive, the appeal of Sarasota's ammenities and the great beaches on Longboat and Lido Keys, sales to Brits have skyrocketed.  Sarasota Board of Realtors Time To Buy campaign seems to be paying off!   Prices are leveling, buyers are making offers and sellers are working with first offers.  If you are looking for a great value on the beach or bayside on the key, this is definitely the time to buy! 
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By Marc Rasmussen, Sarasota Real Estate
(DWELL Real Estate)
There are a number of luxurious water front homes in Sarasota from which a buyer may choose. With 35 miles of shore line and the delightful barrier islands, known locally as "keys", there are many homes in various price ranges in Siesta Key, Bird Key, Longboat Key, Casey Key and Lido Key.The area is world renown for its beaches made of velvety sand. The clear, aquamarine water of the Gulf of Mexico is perfect for swimming, snorkeling or boating any time of the year as Sarasota is located on the Central West Coast of Florida with mild, balmy weather where daily highs range from the low 70's to the low 90's. The sun shines almost every day and you can smell the fragrance of exotic tropical plants that grow everywhere all year round.Canal front homes in sarasota start around $600,000. Home...
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By Marc Rasmussen, Sarasota Real Estate
(DWELL Real Estate)
If you are seeking a luxury home to live in, for vacation property or for an investment opportunity, look no further! Luxury Sarasota real estate will meet all your needs and exceed your expectations. This small city offers ideal mild temperatures which average 72 degrees year round in an area of exceptional beauty. Watching the glorious sunset over the Gulf of Mexico each night - along with magnificent views of the local keys and bays - is part of your reward for choosing your luxury home in Sarasota. For those who have achieved the pinnacle of financial success, there is no better place to call home.There are a number of custom properties with all the amenities sought by the discriminating home buyer both on the Keys and on the mainland for those seeking luxury Sarasota real estate. T...
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By Marc Rasmussen, Sarasota Real Estate
(DWELL Real Estate)
For those who seek a home in an area much like Paradise, a beach front condo in Sarasota is as close as you can get with thirty-five miles of pristine sand like spun sugar leading into the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Beautiful beach front property is the most expensive and desirable in Sarasota, Florida. Life on the beach - viewing magnificent sunsets over the Gulf - is delightfully relaxing. Every lifestyle and any type of real estate you could wish for is available in Sarasota, a city located on the Central West Coast of Florida.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sarasota had a population of 54,349 in 2004 which makes it large enough to provide all the amenities one could want to make life enjoyable but not that large to make it a crowded city. Among the amenities are a numb...
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By Marc Rasmussen, Sarasota Real Estate
(DWELL Real Estate)
This wonderful new water front condominium sold recently for $2,250,000. Located on Golden Gate Point within footsteps of downtown Sarasota are La Bellasara condos. Built in 2006, this Tuscan style condominium building offers magnificent water, downtown and marina views. Solid mahogany doors open to a 3,300 square foot residence with 3 bedroom suites, a designer kitchen and grand salon opening to over 600 square feet of terrace with a summer kitchen. 24" travertine flooring with marble and granite finishes accentuate the grandeur of the open rooms. The master suite features his and her baths, morning bar, and master terrace. Theater, game room with billiards, conference room, fitness club, catering areas, pool & spa, private two car garage, optional boat slip. Source - Sarasota MLS (sa...
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By Nicki Conway, Sarasota Fl Real Estate
(RE/MAX Alliance Group)
Here's something pretty to look at while you read the Real Estate Statistics for June in Sarasota Florida.Sarasota Single Family ResidentialActive Listings as of June 30:  4866                Active Listings as of May 31: 5027Sold Listings as of June 30:      240                Sold Listings as of May 31:    203Sarasota CondominiumsActive Listings as of June 30: 3512                 Active Listings as of May 31: 3703Sold Listings as of June 30:     114                 Sold Listings as of May 31:    130Most of the Real Buyers in Sarasota are turning up in the price range of $250,000 to $500,000.  In that range there were a total of 153 sales in June.  In the $500,000 to $1,000,000 range, there were 54 sales. In the Luxury market, there were 25 sales in the $1,000,000 to $3,500,000 range ...
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By Lana Sue Lezcano
(Realty Executives Solutions)
 July 3, 2007 Independence Day right around the corner! Hope every one has a safe holiday. Remember at what price we have to pay to be Free. So, remember to keep love, and consideration of others before yourself and the day will come you will receive a bigger blessings for kindness.See you at the Fire Works!Lana Sue   
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By Marc Rasmussen, Sarasota Real Estate
(DWELL Real Estate)
This lovely beach front condo in Villa Di Lancia on Longboat Key closed last week for $2,702,500. This is a five bedroom penthouse offering huge open spaces, expansive balconies looking over the Gulf of Mexico and every conceivable luxury and amenity. Built in 1996 the condo has 4,918 square feet of relaxing beach front living. Source - Sarasota MLS (sar.mlxchange.com)
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