Siesta Key Beach

By | May 8, 2011

The great Dr. Beach has spoken…and do we have news for you..  Sarasota’s Siesta Key Beach now holds 2010’s Number 2 spot in the Nation for ‘Top Ten Beaches’! Of course it’s still Number 1 for those of us who have chosen to live here and are we ever lucky! It’s the best place we know to take a beach walk, picnic or watch a magnificient sunset.  Some … Read More! »

Listings Compete to make the “Must See” Property List

By | May 4, 2011

With a high inventory count in the Sarasota/Bradenton market place Realtors and Buyers can afford to be picky in which properties they would like to see when they go out with their Realtor. Often times the pictures and the way the home looks in the pictures can influence their choice. Now more than ever it is important to make your home standout above the rest. The Cleary Group … Read More! »

May Events in and around Sarasota

By | April 29, 2011

Many of our seasonal residents have returned north so it’s a great time to get out and enjoy all that Sarasota has to offer. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the Sarasota area during the month of May: Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for More Information May 1st 33rd Annual Siesta Fiesta Siesta Key Siesta Fiesta May 1-31st Ringling School of Art & … Read More! »

Casey Key’s Best Kept Secret

By | April 27, 2011

Casey Key Fish House was established in 2000 and offers waterside dining at Marker 32 along the Intracoastal Waterway. Whether you come by land or sea, you will not be disappointed. Casual dining with reasonable prices, along with a great menu including Fish and Chips, Daily Specials and of course, Willie’s Famous Bouillabaisse will keep you coming back. The Fish House is open from 11:30 to 9 seven … Read More! »

Rising Rents Make Rentals Less Appealing

By | April 23, 2011

Apartment bargains once dominated the housing market, but those bargains have slowly faded away. As vacancies decrease and rents rise, renters are finding fewer deals. Analysts expect vacancies to decrease even more and rents to continue to rise through 2013, as the economy continues to improve. Rental activity recorded its best start for the year since 1999, according to Reis Inc. Vacancy rates have fallen to mid-2008 levels … Read More! »

RE/MAX Alliance Group Still the Market Leader in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties!

By | April 19, 2011

DID YOU KNOW……… A few weeks ago the Herald Tribune published a blog that said Coldwell Banker was the local real estate market leader siting sales transaction figures that were incorrect and incomplete as they were skewed toward only one Coldwell Banker franchise.  Luckily, somehow the Trib was made aware of their mistake and last week published an apology to RE/MAX Alliance Group, and a new article that … Read More! »

Flipping Foreclosures Becomes New Game

By | April 19, 2011

More investors are finding a sweet spot in flipping foreclosures, but it’s not the same type of house flipping seen during the real estate boom. During the housing boom, investors would take advantage of skyrocketing real estate prices and loose lending regulations by buying a property, remodeling, and then selling it for profit. Today’s flippers are buying at ultra-low prices — mostly in cash deals — and are … Read More! »

Fannie Offers Closing Cost Help for REOs

By | April 15, 2011

Fannie Mae is trying to lure more buyers to its foreclosure properties by offering to cover 3.5 percent in closing costs for home owners who close by June 30 on its HomePath properties. Fannie’s HomePath program provides low down payment financing on REO property sales and has no requirements for mortgage insurance or appraisals. During the fourth quarter of last year, Fannie offered closing cost assistance and was … Read More! »

Sales in the Sarasota Real Estate Market Reach Highest Level in Six Years

By | April 14, 2011

Total property sales in the Sarasota real estate market hit 800 for the month of March 2011 – the highest level since September 2005 when sales started to decline. The other great news in March –  prices rose in double digits for both single family homes and condos from the previous month, pending sales were the highest since the real estate boom ended in 2005, and the inventory … Read More! »

Burns Court Dining

By | April 14, 2011

The Burns Court Historic District has been designated a U.S. historic district since 1984. The district runs from 400 through 446 Burns Court and 418, 426, and 446 South Pineapple Avenue and contains 24 historic buildings. The area is a mix of residential, art and antique galleries, shops, restaurants and the Burns Court Cinema. I had the pleasure of dining at the Retropolitan last week and would highly … Read More! »