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Sarasota Market Nearing 4th Best Year Ever

By | December 18, 2012

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a-housing-graphThe Sarasota Association of Realtors just released the sales figures for the month of November. We are on pace to see the fourth highest number of annual sales in SAR’s 90-year history in 2012, after members sold 764 properties in November 2012, a robust 29 percent increase over last November’s figure of 602 total sales. The sales total was also 8 percent higher than in October, when 719 properties changed hands.

The category totals were 556 single family homes and 208 condos sold, compared to last November when only 435 single family and 167 condos were sold. This summer and fall, the market has remained extremely active, with open houses experiencing heavy foot traffic and multiple offers reported on many available properties. The available inventory remains near the lowest level in a decade, and the improving economy and employment picture have also helped fuel the real estate market recovery.

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Sarasota Real Estate Sales Statistics for October

By | November 20, 2012

October 2012 sales jump 24 percent over last year!

The Sarasota Association of Realtors just released the statistics for the month of October which show that members of the Sarasota Association of Realtors® sold 719 properties in October 2012, a robust 24 percent increase over last October’s figure of 577 total sales. The sales total was also 10.9 percent higher than in September, when 648 properties changed hands.

The category totals were 516 single family homes and 193 condos sold, compared to last October when only 412 single family and 165 condos were sold. Over the last several years, the local real estate market has witnessed sales lulls in September and October. But this year, the market has remained busy and healthy in the early fall, following a very active summer. Foot traffic at open houses has remained strong and multiple offers on available properties have become routine. The inventory – at the lowest levels in a decade – is partially responsible for this trend, along with the improving economy.

For the full report and statistical charts click HERE.

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Sarasota Real Estate Market Update

By | October 23, 2012

The Sarasota Association of Realtors just released the sales statistics for the month of September showing that members sold 648 properties in September 2012, up almost 14 percent from last September, when only 570 transactions were closed. The figure was down almost 21 percent from the 819 sales in
August 2012, continuing the historic trends that normally show a sales lull in the early autumn.

The category totals were 500 single family homes and 148 condos sold, compared to last September when only 430 single family and 140 condos were sold. This summer was an exceptional one for local Realtors® who normally have a respite after the spring season. This year, traffic at open houses has been heavy and multiple offers on available properties have become the norm. Part of the reason for this has been the continuing decline in the inventory of available properties on the market.

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Why Get a Home Inspection?

By | September 18, 2012

A Home Inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and systems of the home, from top to bottom and inside out. It is a process of discovery.   The professional home inspectors have a unique skill. They have developed an instinct for discerning problems or deficiencies through intense training and lots of experience performing inspections.After the discovery of the home is complete, the information is transferred to a computer generated report with digital photos added, as needed. The report will include deficiencies, recommendations, and cost to repair when appropriate. The report can be delivered  by email, downloaded from our web page, faxed, or mailed.

The purchase of a new home is one of the single most costly investments that a family will make. Along with the extra stresses this will add, there is also the fear factor of, “Will This Home Stand The Test of Time?” It is also important to know what YOU, as the primary investor, are getting for your money.A home inspection is an excellent tool for you, the home buyer, to help determine not only the condition of the home, but to also help foresee any immediate unnecessary additional cost that may go unnoticed without the help of a home inspection. Home inspections are not a prediction of future performance, but can pinpoint existing problem areas.

 

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Sarasota County Schools Back in Session

By | August 27, 2012

While much of the country is still enjoying  the lazy days of Summer until after Labor Day Sarasota’s 40,000 students  headed back to school on August 24 to start the 2012-2013 school year.  Sarasota is fortunate to have an outstanding public school system that as a community we are proud of!  Our residents understand the importance of excellent schools and continue to support extra funding through tax initiatives. 

Thank you to our teachers, staff, and administrators for all you do to make our children successful!

Please click on this link for the Sarasota County Public School Website.

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Most Affordable Places to Live

By | August 24, 2012

CNN Money Magazine just released their list of most affordable places to live and our own North Port in the southern part of Sarasota County came in at #2. With affordable housing, lower property taxes and what we feel is the best lifestyle we’re not surprised at the ranking. The top 10 communities are:
1. Spring, Texas
2. North Port, Florida
3. Missouri City, Texas
4. Cedar Rapids, Iowa
5. Bellevue, Nebraska
6. Rochester, Minnessota
7. Warner Robbins, Georgia
8. Enid, Oklahoma
9. Casas Adobes, Arizona
10. Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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