Sarasota, FL Real Estate News

By John Buetergerds, The Buetergerds Team
(Buetergerds Team at Keller Williams Realty Select)
2451 Terry Lane, Sarasota, FL Get Directions Click Here OPEN HOUSE July 30, Sunday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure Our Reviews $ Click for current price 2 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 1240 SQUARE FEET If you love gleaming terrazzo floors and that Mid-Century Modern look, this spacious villa is the perfect place to call home. The interior of the home is a must see. It is clean, bright, open and comfortable; the home just makes you feel good when you walk in. The current owner says, "The location is perfect! We can walk to dozens of Gulf Gate area restaurants, or go shopping in the stores at The Sarasota Pavilion, and it's just a mile to the beach. I walk there for my exercise" This villa is complete with two bedrooms, two full baths, a bea...
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By Dan Jasmer, Changing the way you look at real estate
(Fine Properties)
Palmer Ranch, a roughly 6,700 acre development, was once part of a cattle ranch belonging to Bertha Palmer.  It offers residents many choices for housing including single family homes, villas, condos, rental apartments and assisted living facilities.  The outskirts of the community offer countless shopping and dining options, including the areas only Costco.  A branch of the YMCA can also be found on property.   Some neighborhoods are gated for those looking for more privacy.   From resort style communities, to "no frills" environment, there truly exists something for everyone looking for a place to call home.    There are two new developments that I'll go over in this post.  The first, is Legacy Estates at Esplanade on Palmer Ranch.  Homes will range in price from 500k to 2M and start ...
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By John Buetergerds, The Buetergerds Team
(Buetergerds Team at Keller Williams Realty Select)
3036 BROWNING STREET, SARASOTA, FL Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure Our Reviews $ Click for current price 4 BEDROOMS | 3 (2 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 1864 SQUARE FEET Honey, stop the car! This one is Updated, has Four Bedrooms AND a Pool! There's nothing left to do...just move right in! This home features New Carpet and Fresh Paint inside and out. The updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counters is open to the dining and living room; it's perfect for entertaining. The large family room is off the kitchen with direct access to the backyard and pool. The backyard is completely fenced in white vinyl panels, and has a 20' x 9' storage shed. Three of the four bedrooms are upstairs away from the living area and the hust...
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By Dan Jasmer, Changing the way you look at real estate
(Fine Properties)
The highly anticipated neighborhood project of Lakewood Ranch Waterside in Sarasota has finally broken ground with plans beginning to emerge.   The project has been stalled for nearly 15 years due to various legal battles and the real estate bubble of 2005.   This will be the newest village in the 30,000 acre master planned community of Lakewood Ranch.   Lakewood Ranch Waterside will span over 5,000 acres which includes 7 large lakes (4,000 acres worth!).  5,144 Residential units in 12 unique neighborhoods are proposed to be built 7 lakes offering 20 miles of shoreline (nearly 4/5 of the total community acreage is made up of lakes) 390,000 square feet of office/retail space 90,000 square feet of civic space Coastal inspired village center overlooking the 250 acre lake (Waterside Place) ...
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By Marnie Matarese, Showing you the best of Sarasota!
(DWELL REAL ESTATE)
 5 Mistakes Home Buyers Often Make  Beginning the search for a home without consulting a lender…When you go shopping for groceries, clothing, or even a car, you have an idea of just how much you can spend.  Your budget determines whether you buy steak, caviar and champagne or stick to the basics of the four food groups.  It determines functional versus frivolous attire and financing a Maserati or a Mini-Van. Before you begin your search, get your ducks in a row with your finances and make sure that you look only in the price range you can afford.  Go local for your lender.  It is best to deal in person and establish a relationship that you feel comfortable with. Having an unattainable wish list…Why do people build custom homes?  Because they want to realize every item on their wish list...
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By Marnie Matarese, Showing you the best of Sarasota!
(DWELL REAL ESTATE)
  While visiting my shoe repair shop yesterday, I was happily surprised at the opening of a fabulous new store next door.  I ended up celebrating Doughnut Day at Five-O Donut Co . The name fits because it is located on Ringling Bouelevard right down the street from the Sarasota Police Department and the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.  The small space is warm and welcoming, decorated with a police motif including an old time logo of a police officer with a nightstick and a car door painted like a squad car's.  It has mock-brick paneling, a navy-gray color scheme, along with corrugated metal details, exposed wood and farmhouse lights.  The "DO-NUT CROSS" crime scene tape was  cute and the scent of the donuts baking was heavenly.  The owner, Christine Nordstrom, is having fun with it a...
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By The Keith Kropp and Wayne Rogers Team, Nowhere But Here
(Michael Saunders & Company)
 The Reserve, A Wonderful New Coffee Shop In Sarasota The Reserve is a recently opened coffee house located at 1322 N. Tamiami Trail just north of downtown Sarasota housed in three historical buildings built during the Ringling Era.  Owned and operated by Jessica Simmons, Kim Cressell and Bethany Simmons. The Reserve offers a tranquil oasis for enjoy your favorite coffee beverage or a glass or wine or beer while you visit with friends.  The Reserve also offers a nice selection of baked goods.  Feel free to browse the eclectic collection of hardcover and soft cover books for sale.  Or, just plan to settle in for a while to enjoy a respite from the hectic world we all live in. There are three separate buildings, each with it's own ambiance as well as an outdoor courtyard.  The wood floors...
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By The Keith Kropp and Wayne Rogers Team, Nowhere But Here
(Michael Saunders & Company)
Sarasota Named Best Place To Live In Florida By US News & World Report! According to U.S. News & World Report's 100 Best Places to Live in the USA, the Sarasota Area ranked number 21 and came in as the top place to live in the State of  Florida.  That is no surprise to those of us who live here in this Gulf Coast semi-tropical paradise.   "Warm temperatures year-round, award-winning beaches and a thriving arts and cultural scene have made Sarasota a go-to place for retirees and families, not to mention a handful of celebrities," the report says. Sarasota is known as the cultural jewel of Florida.  In fact, we have been called the Number One Cultural City in America for a city of it's size.  Sarasota offers an Opera Company, Ballet and Symphony Orchestra.  There is a plethora of live the...
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By John Buetergerds, The Buetergerds Team
(Buetergerds Team at Keller Williams Realty Select)
2026 UTICA DRIVE, SARASOTA, FL Just Sold Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure Just Sold! Get the Info! Sarasota Homes For Sale Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Free Home Values Mortgage & Refinance Free List of Foreclosed Homes For Sale Presented By: The Buetergerds Team Keller Williams Realty Select 941-894-4063 Licensed In: FL License #: SL3223298   Schedule a Showing/Request Info $ Click for current price2 BEDROOMS | 1 (1 full ) BATHROOMS | 1216 SQUARE FEET Move right in - there is nothing left to do! Upon entering you will find yourself in an open and inviting home. The kitchen is updated and features stainless steel appliances which make cooking a joy. The large dining room has great views of the front yard. French doors lead from the famil...
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By John Buetergerds, The Buetergerds Team
(Buetergerds Team at Keller Williams Realty Select)
3356 Webber Street, Sarasota, FL Just Listed Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure Follow This Home! Sarasota Homes For Sale Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Free Home Values Mortgage & Refinance Free List of Foreclosed Homes For Sale Presented By: The Buetergerds Team Keller Williams Realty Select 941-894-4063 Licensed In: FL License #: SL3223298   Schedule a Showing/Request Info $ Click for current price2 BEDROOMS | 1101 SQUARE FEET Your opportunity to buy a clean, well kept Sarasota home has arrived! If you're looking for your first home, or down sizing or just looking for a solid investment home this may the one for you! The home features mature trees, a LARGE fenced back yard with room to play and the front yard's setback from the street is ...
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By Dan Jasmer, Changing the way you look at real estate
(Fine Properties)
Figuring out what to give a customer as a closing gift can be difficult and sometimes stressful for some Realtors®.  In the past, I've given gift cards, wine, and even Cutco knife sets with personalized engraving on the blades.  Some of these items are very impersonal and once used are gone forever (as are you when they are no longer reminded of you and your gift). My wife recently introduced me to Thirty One brand bags which can be custom emroidered to each client.  Depending on the price of the transaction, I'll choose an appropriate sized bag, customize it with the customers last name, initials or the state of Florida with the year they purchased and fill it with some fun and useful housewarming gifts.  It's easy to pick up some coffee, wine, batteries, small houseware items, toys/bo...
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By Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322, When you're thinking of moving...ThinkSuncoast.com
(PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties)
You Don't Need 20% Down to Buy a Home in Sarasota NOW!A survey by Ipsos found that the American public is still somewhat confused about what is required to qualify for a home mortgage loan in today’s housing market. There are two major misconceptions that we want to address today.1. Down PaymentThe survey revealed that consumers overestimate the down payment funds needed to qualify for a home loan. According to the report, 40% of consumers think a 20% down payment is always required. In actuality, there are many loans written with a down payment of 3% or less. Many renters may actually be able to enter the housing market sooner than they ever imagined with new programs that have emerged allowing less cash out of pocket. 2. FICO® Scores  The survey also revealed that 62% of respondents b...
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By Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322, When you're thinking of moving...ThinkSuncoast.com
(PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties)
Renting or Buying in Sarasota Florida… Either Way You’re Paying a MortgageThere are some people who have not purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage - either yours or your landlord’s. As Entrepreneur Magazine, a premier source for small business, explained this month in their article, “12 Practical Steps to Getting Rich”:“While renting on a temporary basis isn't terrible, you should most certainly own the roof over your head if you're serious about your finances. It won't make you rich overnight, but by renting, you're paying someone else's mortgage. In effect, you're making someone else rich.”Christina Boyle, Senior Vice President and...
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By Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322, When you're thinking of moving...ThinkSuncoast.com
(PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties)
How to Get the Most Money When Selling Your Sarasota HomeEvery homeowner wants to make sure they get the best price when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ensuring you get the highest price possible.1. Price it a LITTLE LOW This may seem counterintuitive. However, let’s look at this concept for a moment. Many homeowners think that pricing their home a little OVER market value will leave them room for negotiation. In reality, this just dramatically lessens the demand for their house (see chart below). Instead of the seller trying to ‘win’ the negotiation with one buyer, they should price it so that demand for the home is maximized. By doing this, the seller will not be fighting with a buyer over the price, but...
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By Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322, When you're thinking of moving...ThinkSuncoast.com
(PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties)
How Much Money Do I Need to Buy a House in Sarasota Florida?Over Half of All Buyers Across the Country Are Surprised by Closing CostsWhen buying a home on Sarasota's Suncoast, choosing a good real estate agent is your first step. A good agent is going to have a team of real estate professionals to help make the home buying process as smooth as possible. Part of that team is a good mortgage lender. Your mortgage lender is going to help you understand the mortgage process and what will be needed from you in order to get a mortgage. If you're getting financing, it's likely you'll need a down payment. In addition to a down payment, you can expect to incur closing costs. Your mortgage lender can give you a pretty good idea as to how much your closing costs will run. Depending on the home you...
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By Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322, When you're thinking of moving...ThinkSuncoast.com
(PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties)
Choosing a Good Mortgage Lender on Sarasota's SuncoastNot All Florida Lenders Are Created Equal - Finding a Good Mortgage Lender is Key to Closing!Disclaimer:  Let me start out by saying that I'm not a mortgage lender. I've learned what makes a good mortgage lender and I'm writing this blog post and expressing opinions from my experience as a real estate professional on Sarasota Florida's Suncoast.Will You Be Paying Cash or Getting a Mortgage?As a Realtor, one of the first things that we need to establish when working with buyers is whether they are actually qualified to make a purchase. We will ask our buyers if they will be making a cash purchase or if they will need to get financing to make the purchase. If they need to get financing, we will need to find out if they can be pre-appro...
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By Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322, When you're thinking of moving...ThinkSuncoast.com
(PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties)
Paw Parks aka Dog Parks in Sarasota County Dogs Just Wanna Have FunSarasota County has some great dog parks, also known as paw parks, where you can let your dogs run free without a leash to exercise and play in a controlled environment. There are 5 dog parks in Sarasota County. Three are located in Sarasota and two others are in Venice. Some of the amenities available at the dog parks in Sarasota County include drinking fountains for dogs, separate fenced areas for large and small dogs, and waste disposal bags and trash cans for you-know-what. For addresses and directions to the dog parks, click the pins on the map.  Bring Your Dog to the Beach to Swim & Run Free! That's right! There's a very special dog park in Venice called Brohard Beach Paw Park. What makes it so special is that is l...
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By Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322, When you're thinking of moving...ThinkSuncoast.com
(PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties)
Where Are the Home Prices Heading in the Next 5 Years, Sarasota? Today, many real estate conversations center on housing prices and where they may be headed. That is why we like the Home Price Expectation Survey. Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts, and investment & market strategists about where they believe prices are headed over the next five years. They then average the projections of all 100+ experts into a single number.The results of their latest survey:Home values will appreciate by 4.4% over the course of 2017, 3.4% in 2018, 2.8% in 2019, 2.7% in 2020, and 2.8% in 2021. That means the average annual appreciation will be 3.22% over the next 5 years. The prediction for cumulative appreciation fell from 21.4% to...
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By Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322, When you're thinking of moving...ThinkSuncoast.com
(PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties)
Daydreaming About Your Perfect Sarasota Home? Know What You WANT vs. What You NEEDIn this day and age of being able to shop for anything anywhere, it is really important to know what you’re looking for when you start your Sarasota home search. If you’ve been thinking about buying a home of your own for some time now, you’ve probably come up with a list of things that you’d LOVE to have in your new home. Many new homebuyers fantasize about the amenities that they see on television or Pinterest, and start looking at the countless homes listed for sale through rose-colored glasses. Do you really need that farmhouse sink in the kitchen in order to be happy with your home choice? Would a two-car garage be a convenience or a necessity? Could the ‘man cave’ of your dreams be a future renovatio...
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By Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322, When you're thinking of moving...ThinkSuncoast.com
(PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties)
Buy a Home in Sarasota & Be Healthier!The Impact of Homeownership on Family HealthThe National Association of Realtors recently released a study titled 'Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing.’ The study confirmed a long-standing belief of most Americans: “Owning a home embodies the promise of individual autonomy and is the aspiration of most American households. Homeownership allows households to accumulate wealth and social status, and is the basis for a number of positive social, economic, family and civic outcomes.”Today, we want to cover the section of the report that quoted several studies concentrating on the impact homeownership has on the health of family members. Here are some of the major findings on this issue revealed in the report: There is a strong positive r...
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