sarasota real estate: Buyer beware of new construction - 01/24/14 09:20 AM
Do I have your attention?  Yes, I said "Buyer beware of new construction".
One of the many unfortunate consequences of the real estate downturn in 2005/06 was that most skilled laborers were forced to move away from jobs held with large home builders.  Skilled contractors and subs were either let go due to little demand for new homes or they decided on their own to go work for themselves or shift careers altogether.
   
Now that new construction is once again hot, many builders are faced with a shortage of "skilled" laborers.  What is the effect on the consumer?  You guessed it, a sub-par quality build.  … (0 comments)

sarasota real estate: Bay Front home in Bradenton Florida - 01/24/14 08:28 AM
This bay front home in Bradenton Florida sits on nearly one acre of land and offers 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and sweeping views of the azure waters of southwest Florida. 

The original builders of this home made sure that all main living areas took advantage of the incredible water views.  There is a large lanai with pool and spa which has southern exposure!  The 16k boat lift has new motors installed and is in tip-top shape.  There is additional docking space along the 105 feet of seawall.  A bay front home in Bradenton Florida at this price, on this size lot is hard to come by.  The … (0 comments)

sarasota real estate: My #1 Most FAQ! - 05/19/12 03:24 PM
FAQ:  Why do I need pre-approval or proof of funds before I make an offer for a home?
This is a question that so many buyers ask that I have finally distilled the myriad of answers to a very simple and direct one.  The seller to whom you are submitting your offer wants to sell his home.  He is looking for buyers who can prove to him that they have the cash on hand or that they have a lender prepared to work with them to obtain a mortgage in the amount that is needed.  As inventory is shrinking and multiple … (3 comments)

sarasota real estate: Sarasota Costco Opening - 02/23/12 09:21 AM
Construction has been underway on the new Sarasota Costco since December of 2011.  While we don't have an exact date for the Sarasota Costco opening, we do know that the company is shooting for the Summer of 2012.
The Sarasota Costco location will be adding approximately 200 jobs to the local economy at their new 145,000 square foot warehouse.  It will be attached to Westfield Sarasota Square Mall at the site of the former Dillard's on Palmer Ranch. 
 
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sarasota real estate: Mote Aquarium and Marine Laboratory in Sarasota FL - 01/14/11 12:49 PM

Mote Aquarium and Marine Laboratory in Sarasota FL is a must see if you live in, or are visiting our area. 
Founded in 1955, Mote Marine Aquarium is a nonprofit organization with several centers for marine research.  The Mote Aquarium and Education Divisions specialize in programs which are open to the public.
Those with an interest in Marine Biology will find opportunities for volunteer work as well as paid positions at Mote Aquarium and Marine Laboratory in Sarasota FL.  
A trip through the aquarium with the entire family is a day well spent.  There are several "hands-on" areas which are both fun and educational … (1 comments)

sarasota real estate: Sarasota Farmer's Market - 01/09/11 09:48 AM
One of the benefits of having an office in Downtown Sarasota is the easy access to various events held here throughout the year.   I had the pleasure of visiting the Sarasota Farmer's Market yesterday prior to meeting with a client.   The market is held along Lemon Avenue at it's intersection with Main Street.  
Here you will find vendors ranging from artisan's selling candles, clothing and art work and farmer's selling everything from local honey to ripe produce.   There are also fresh herb plants and flowering orchids for purchase.

It's a great way to spend the morning in Sarasota.   The Sarasota Farmer's Market is held each Saturday from 7am to 1pm.
For more information … (1 comments)

sarasota real estate: Best Place to Retire in the US - 12/17/10 08:52 AM
Where is the best place to retire in the US?  We'll, it's nice to know that I won't have to pack up and move when I am ready to retire.  According to Portfolio.com, the Sarasota-Manatee market was named to the top of their list. 
Six other Florida markets achieved a top ten spot.
Sarasota-Manatee Prescott, AZ Lake Havasu City, AZ Cape Coral-Fort Myers Naples Palm Bay-Melbourne Homosassa Springs Ocala Punta Gorda Port St. Lucie This isn't the first time Sarasota has been named a top place to live.  In 2000, Money Magazine named Sarasota the "Best Place to Live" and in 2001 they named it … (3 comments)

sarasota real estate: Costco in Sarasota Florida - 08/25/10 04:15 PM
Costco opening in Sarasota Florida has been long overdue.  There is a lot of buzz about this in the community but details are coming out very slowly.  Here is what we do know.  The old Dillards space will be torn down and the new 145,000 square foot Costco will replace it.  Rumors are that they want to add a gas station.  We will have to wait and see how the Palmer Ranch community feels about this.  My guess is that we will not see much controversy about this since it will be located on the outer edge of Palmer Ranch.  Convenient gas stations are lacking in the southern area of … (12 comments)

sarasota real estate: Sarasota drive to RainCamp in Orlando - 08/25/10 01:05 PM
The drive from Sarasota to Orlando yesterday went well.  It was without accidents, traffic and thankfully without Mondays' monsoon rains.  
It is rare that I go to real estate seminars and conventions as most I have attended have not given me the information I am looking for.  Most push the sale of a product all day long that will give you the secret to what they won't tell you during the entire seminar!  They just dangle the carrott all day long and then the seminar ends. Booh.  Not so at RainCamp.  While there were a few vendors from Zillow.com and MarketLeader, RainCamp was full of insight into … (2 comments)

 
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