Sarasota, FL Real Estate News

By Regina Brassil, ABR, AHWD, e-Pro
(True Sarasota Real Estate)
Three news stories crossed my desk this morning that are of interest to Sarasota home buyers. 1) Sarasota was named by the Editors of "Relocate America!" in their annual Top 100 places to relocate. The winners are picked based on the towns own submission of what makes their town special, and demographic information such as schools, business, environmental awareness and amenities. 2) Siesta Key Beach, arguably a Sarasota Buyer Agent's best selling point, was named 2nd runner up in Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman's annual "Top Beaches in America" list. Not that this comes as ANY surprise to us, and the fact that a Hawaiian beach just barely beat us out is well, quite flattering. 3) Across the nation, the housing sales number that remains quite strong is the luxury housing market. Sarasota certa...
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By Annette Smith, Sarasota Real Estate Agent
(Allen Real Estate Services, Inc.)
Sarasota Real Estate Market Update Sales of Sarasota Florida Homes Total 567 The Sarasota Board of Realtors issued a press release on May 23 indicating month over month improvement in Sarasota's real estate market continuing what looks like a trend.  Statistics pulled from the Sarasota MLS system reported overall property sales in the local market for April 2008.  In March, home sales in Sarasota topped 500 for the first time in eight months and in April homes sales stood at 567.  Read article in its entirety on our Sarasota Real Estate News Blog.
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By Annette Smith, Sarasota Real Estate Agent
(Allen Real Estate Services, Inc.)
Gulf front  Longboat Key Condos Update Beach Condo Communities - Over 100 Currently Available on Longboat Key Longboat Key Condominium Report Posted on Longboat Key Luxury Condos Blog Sea Oats Sea Oats, offering the lowest priced Gulf condo on this key, is a small 8 unit beachside complex allowing rentals "52" times per year.  In this buyer's market, take advantage of the incredible inventory of condos on Longboat Key, many with Gulf views.  No frills at Sea Oats -- enjoy the beach! Longboat Key Fl is approximately 90 minutes from Tampa International Airport. Water Club is a beautiful beachfront complex right on the beach providing an elegant resort lifestyle.  These luxury Water Club units start in the high $1 millions! The Sarasota MLS currently lists over 100 Longboat Key condos for ...
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By Regina Brassil, ABR, AHWD, e-Pro
(True Sarasota Real Estate)
Although Sarasota has been impacted by the downturn in the housing market like everyone else, report after report has come out over the last 12 months citing that Sarasota is a bright spot in an otherwise dismal outlook. Our sales are up, our pending sales are strong and many buyer agents in town, myself included , can speak to greatly increased sales volume. As a matter of fact, the last 6 months has been remarkable for me. Which led a customer of mine to ask, why is Sarasota different? I suppose I could expound on how beautiful it is here. Situated on the emerald waters of the southern Gulf Coast, there is water everywhere! Breathtaking views from many places in this city might explain the draw and continued buyers... Or perhaps its the fact that Sarasota remains a small town with big...
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By Bill Travers
(Bill Travers Real Estate, Inc.)
was visiting amazon.com tonight to check out a phenomenal artist; Victor Wooten.   This guys is unbelieveable.  But something came to mind, each one of his songs on Amazon.com can be purchased for $0.99.  Some songs were 7:11 minutes in time and one of them was only 2:56 minutes.  Regardless, they all were the same price of $0.99.  Sure each song is original. Was the 2:56 song time worth more money than the 7:11 song?  It must be if it were shorter and could still bring the same cost.  Or was the 7:11 not as good since you got more music for the same price?  In real estate, we analyze with cost per sq. ft.  A buyer can see the benefit in paying a little more for the floor plan or because the home was freshly painted in today's earth tone neutral colors that make it a move in ready home....
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By Linda Reynolds, Bradenton Real Estate
(Bradenton Real Estate - Linda Reynolds)
The Ringling Art Museum in Sarasota Florida is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. Huge rooms that house some of the most famous paintings around. The Ringlings spent years collecting art and displaying it in this wonderful building.The courtyard is breath taking as you stroll through the gardens and view the statues interlaced among the grounds. When you sit on the veranda, you get the view of Sarasota Bay just past the grounds facing West. If you are in the area, this is one place that needs to be on your must visit list.
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By Linda Reynolds, Bradenton Real Estate
(Bradenton Real Estate - Linda Reynolds)
Make an on-line slideshow at www.OneTrueMedia.com Looking for a place to explore in a day? Try out the Ca d Zan, it has been refurbished and the original furniture still remains. The home is 4 levels high and is 22,000 square feet in size. The regular admission of $20 will get you into the first two floors, you have to pay another $20 to see floors 3 and 4. While I recommend the general admission price, I did not feel the extra $20 was worth seeing a couple more bedrooms and the terrace that sits atop the house.The mansion sits on the edge of the water on 66 acres. John and Mable Ringling built this home in 1924 and when you tour the home you will see they spared no expense. Marble is all throughout the home and gold leaf on the ceilings. They travelled through Europe collecting furnitu...
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By Annette Smith, Sarasota Real Estate Agent
(Allen Real Estate Services, Inc.)
St Armands Circle and Lido Key Real Estate Live, Shop and Dine on Prestigious St Armands Circle St. Armands Circle and Lido Key real estate offer waterfront homes on canals off the intracoastal and the bay.  Homes styles are diverse from tiny ranch houses of the 1940s and 1950s to majestic wrought iron gated estates.  Fabulous shopping, restaurants and galleries await you on prestigious St. Armands Circle.  You can walk to Lido Key Beach or stop by a local java cafe on the Circle for your favorite flavor. St. Armands Key FL and Lido Key are approximately 2 hours from Tampa International Airport Want a homes for your boat, panoramic water views? Search for St Armands Key or Lido Key real estate on our sites.  Currently Sarasota MLS data reports 37 homes for sale with prices ranging from ...
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By Annette Smith, Sarasota Real Estate Agent
(Allen Real Estate Services, Inc.)
Beaches Condos on Longboat Key Right on Longboat Key Beach Residents at Beaches can actually hear the waves of the Gulf of Mexico from their condo on Longboat Key.  Most of these condos have Gulf views and some are offered with Gulf and Bay views providing views of sunrise and sunset. Longboat Key FL  is  approximately 90 minutes from Tampa International Airport Beaches is right on the pristine Longboat Key beach providing a relaxed lifestyle in some units are under $1 Million!     The Sarasota MLS currently lists only 5 Longboat Key condos at Beaches for sale.  Prices range from $639,000 for a 3 bedroom, 3 bath turnkey furnished condominium with 2183 sq.ft. to $1,199,000 for a totally remodeled 1524 sq.ft unit with full Gulf views. Amenities at Beaches include Club house, elevator, fit...
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By Annette Smith, Sarasota Real Estate Agent
(Allen Real Estate Services, Inc.)
Gulf front  Longboat Key Condos Report Beach Condo Communities - Over 175 Available on Sarasota's Pristine Key Sand Cay, offering the lowest priced Gulf condo on this key, is a small beachside complex allowing rentals "52" times per year.  There is an onsite rental office to handle your property.  In this buyer's market, take advantage of the incredible inventory of condos on Longboat Key, many with Gulf views.  Longboat Key FL  -  approximately 90 minutes from Tampa International Airport Lafirenza is a small 10 unit enclave right on the beach providing an elegant resort lifestyle.  These luxury units are in the $3 millions and there is only one available!   The Sarasota MLS currently lists over 175 Longboat Key condos for sale with full Gulf or partial Gulf views and a minimum of two b...
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By Annette Smith, Sarasota Real Estate Agent
(Allen Real Estate Services, Inc.)
Sarasota Golf Course Homes at the Founders Club Best Development 2008 Parade of Homes Tranquil lakes and stately oaks draped with Spanish moss are signatures of the lush landscaping of this three year old Sarasota golf and country club community.  These Sarasota golf course homes are beautifully detailed. The Founders Club, a signature Robert Trent Jones Golf course, is approximately 60 minutes from Tampa International Airport. If you are planning to retire and enjoy a resort lifestyle, new golf course homes in Sarasota at the Founders Club are currently priced starting at $999,000.  Currently, data shows 49 homes are available in the Sarasota MLS at the Founders Club.  A $3,799,000 home on the 4th fairway is offered and designed with the finest architectural features of Sarasota signat...
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By Annette Smith, Sarasota Real Estate Agent
(Allen Real Estate Services, Inc.)
Sarasota Real Estate Market Update Sales of Sarasota Florida Homes Total 500 The Sarasota Board of Realtors issued a press release on April 22 indicating even more improvement in Sarasota's real estate market  Statistics pulled from the MLS system reported overall property sales in the local market for March 2008 topped 500 for the first time in eight months. March property sales totaled 514 and easily beat February 2008 Sarasota property sales of 423. Sarasota single family homes sold totaled 344 in March 2008 and 170 condos were sold.  In February, 294 single family homes sold and 129 condominiums. A small decline  of 6.3 percent in the median sale price for single family homes was reported.  Median prices of condos rose slightly from $230,500 in February 2008 to $235,000 in March 200...
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Longboat Key is barrier island located off the coast of Sarasota, Florida. Its sugar-white beaches are famous tourist destinations, along with the area's manicured lawns, southern architecture, and crystal waters. This barrier island is a tropical vision of understated elegance, according to observers, and offers a wide array of wonderful real options for home buyers. Recent Condo Sale Prices Keep Market Watchers Hopeful Recently, the area got good news; that the owners of the Longboat Key Club and Resort are preparing to invest $500 million over the next several years to revive the famous tourist destination. Recently as well, local real estate brokers announced that two condos on this key sold for what represented the highest price per square foot for condos in the last six months. A ...
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By Annette Smith, Sarasota Real Estate Agent
(Allen Real Estate Services, Inc.)
Downtown Sarasota Condos - 1350 Main For an urban lifestyle, check out 1350 Main, one of downtown Sarasota's newest buildings.  Built in 2007 1350 Main is centrally located in the heart of downtown and close to the water.  It is ideal for enjoying a city lifestyle.  See our bay front slide show on our latest  downtown Sarasota condos blog article to see the picturesque waterfront area of Sarasota Florida. Own a downtown Sarasota condo at 1350 Main and enjoy shopping, dining, cultural attractions of beautiful Sarasota.  Dock your boat at the marina to spend weekends on the water.  Sarasota has a small town feel with city culture including a spectacular waterfront park within walking distance to 1350 Main.  It is also a short drive to the barrier island beaches. In September, the Sarasota...
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By Annette Smith, Sarasota Real Estate Agent
(Allen Real Estate Services, Inc.)
Bay Isles  - Longboat Key Florida Neighborhood Resort Lifestyle Available:  Boating, Tennis and Golf on Longboat Key Retire to a Longboat Key FL Luxury Home Behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club on the Bay side of Longboat Key is beautiful Bay Isles. Popular enclaves of Queen's Harbor, Corey's Landing and Sabal Cove provide golfers and boaters an active Florida lifestyle.  Lush tropical landscaping and sweeping waterfront views provide spectacular vistas for residents in this active community.  To experience the beach and the Gulf of Mexico, residents visit the card secured Bay Isles Beach Club. A "world-class" marina, the Harborside golf course of the prestigious Longboat Key Club as well as tennis, biking and walking trails are amenities of this resort community.  Water sports suc...
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By Annette Smith, Sarasota Real Estate Agent
(Allen Real Estate Services, Inc.)
Forest Lakes Country Club Annual Garage Sale Spring Cleaning in Forest Lakes          Sarasota Florida - Annual Garage Sale at Forest Lakes From Trash to Treasure or "Junk to Jazz up you home", Forest Lakes Country Club residents are out in full force this morning cleaning out their closets and garages.  Furniture, light fixtures, orchids, plants, glassware are among the items I spotted while Snuffy and I strolled the neighborhood early this morning. Every year I forget or conveniently forget to get my wares on the street.  I always remember on the way to Starbuck's when I see this neighborhood bustling at 6:30 am to make the 8:00 am deadline.  Signs were up everywhere and customers were arriving my 7:00 am.  I opened the trunk of my Jeep Cherokee and filled it to the brim with "trash."...
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By William True, Sarasota Real Estate
(True Sarasota Real Estate)
Sarasota waterfront real estate The term Sarasota waterfront real estate conjures up thoughts of multi-millionaires or maybe "lifestyles of the rich and famous". But there are Sarasota county real estate options for everyman, in quiet, tucked away communities that seem to have escaped notice. In South Sarasota is the enclave colorfully named Tropical Shores. The community of homes is located directly on boating water, and even has a resident boat dock and slips. The clubhouse is situated directly on the scenic waterway. All homes in the subdivision are walking distance to boating and fishing. And yet homes in this neighborhood currently range between $200,000 and $350,000,with the exception of a newly updated direct waterfront home with two boat docks. Just south of Sarasota is Venice, ...
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By Regina Brassil, ABR, AHWD, e-Pro
(True Sarasota Real Estate)
You are driving around, looking at properties. You see a great home, in a great neighborhood. Excited to see inside, you dial the number on the sign out front...But WAIT. The listing agent on the sign likely represents the Seller's interest, not yours. Their job is to sell the home with the most advantageous terms for their Seller. It is critical that you have someone on your side, to represent your interests and negotiate the best deal for YOU. A Buyer's Agent specializes in the interest of the home buyer! In Sarasota, many agents act as "Transaction Brokers", meaning they can handle both sides of the deal. While they are ethically bound to deal honestly and fairly with you, they do not solely represent you. Buyer´s Agents represent ONLY their Buyers. True Real Estate Agents are buyer ...
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By Annette Smith, Sarasota Real Estate Agent
(Allen Real Estate Services, Inc.)
Lido Key Condominiums on the Beach Orchid Beach Club - New Beach Condos Near St. Armands Circle Spectacular Sunsets Daily! A Beach Resort Home or Florida Getaway at Orchid Beach Club!      Lido Key FL  -  approximately 58 miles from Tampa International Airport Walk on the beach from new Lido Key Condominiums!   Lowest Priced Lido Condos: 2/2 bed/bath  Low $300,000s!     The Sarasota MLS currently lists 15 condos at Orchid Beach Club for sale.  Prices range from $1,475,000 for a 2 bedroom, 3 bath with 2936 sq.ft. to 7,800,000 for a 6000 sq.ft penthouse with views of the Gulf and Sarasota skyline. The Beach Residences of the Ritz-Carlton which is the beach home of  a real tikki bar is on Lido Key.  Residents and visitors enjoy fabulous sunsets and people watching while sipping ice tea!   ...
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By Annette Smith, Sarasota Real Estate Agent
(Allen Real Estate Services, Inc.)
Market Continues to Improve for Sarasota Homes The Sarasota Florida real estate market is improving and buyers from all over the world are searching our websites for Sarasota homes. Showing traffic is up! Properties are available from high-rise condos with waterfront views to mainland villas or golf course homes. A wonderful selection of inventory is available.  If you've been pondering Sarasota for years and the market passed you, consider beginning a search while the selection is fabulous! The Sarasota MLS database is on all our sites and from the barrier islands to mainland Sarasota including estates, homes, condos, villas, and land. Do a simple search, change, add some parameters, delete a bedroom, add a bath, want a pool.  It's never been easier to view all the mls listings and nar...
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