Captain Curt’s on Siesta Key

By | January 20, 2011

This isn’t your grandfather’s karaoke.  But there is one 80-ish year old dude who regularly brings down the house at Captain Curt’s if you’re lucky enough to catch him on one of the Karaoke nights: (Thurs-Sat).  The scene is more locals and people who really think they can sing (some can really belt one out!) over drunken bachelorettes who “will survive,” though they will always manage to make … Read More! »

Sales surge in December 2010 and Prices Remain Stable

By | January 13, 2011

The Sarasota real estate market saw a big surge in December sales, from 534 in November to 681 last month for a 27.8 percent increase. In addition, the median sales price for both single family homes and condos was up in December 2010, indicating a recovering local real estate market. The property sales breakdown in December 2010 was 500 single family home sales and 181 condos. The statistics … Read More! »

Tax Consequences Of Vacation Vs. Investment Homes

By | January 6, 2011

January is once again upon us, and with it come our seasonal residents! Our 2011 season is forecast to be one of the busiest seasons on record.  Buyers have picked up on the fact that prices stabilized over a year ago and, now that interest rates are creeping up again, have jumped back in the driver’s seat. A good portion of those residents aren’t ready to move here … Read More! »

Merry Christmas From Lake Sarasota!

By | December 29, 2010

I am proud to admit that I live in the Lake Sarasota subdivision and we do have many families that are involved with helping children and their families throughout this holiday season. There was a wonderful gathering of residents to put on a benefit to adopt a family for Christmas. They had games and events along with auction items to raise fund of $1000.00 for these families. The … Read More! »

January 2011 Schedule Of Events

By | December 29, 2010

Happy New Year! Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays is behind us, get out and experience some great events. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the Sarasota area during the month of January: Date Event or Activity Location Click Link forMore Information January Myakka River Bird Naturalist Program (Every day 9am – 1pm) Myakka River State Park Friends of Myakka River State … Read More! »

Holiday Boat Parade Of Lights, Sarasota, Florida 2010

By | December 15, 2010

The 24th Annual Boat Parade Lights is one of many traditions Sarasota has to offer.  We are a sophisticated city with small town heart of gold and this annual event is one that just reminds you of what a fantastic place this really is.  Thousands of spectators set up beach chairs along the route and watched in awe the floating works of art!  In case you were unable to attend (or, … Read More! »

November ’10 Market Stats: Local Market Enjoys Sales, Prices Rise

By | December 13, 2010

November 2010 saw resurgence in the Sarasota real estate market, with more sales and higher median sale prices indicating a healthy seasonal boost. There were 534 total sales reported last month, compared to 487 in October 2010 and 553 in November 2009. The median sale price for single family homes rose to $160,100, from last month’s figure of $147,500, and for condos the price stood at $159,000 – … Read More! »

Sarasota Arts, Attractions, and Information

By | November 29, 2010

Sarasota is much more than just the best beach town on the Gulf Coast – it’s also a cultural haven complete with museums, universities, theaters, and a world-famous aquarium. Stroll through beautiful St. Armand’s Circle or charter a boat for a deep-sea fishing expedition. Catch a ball game at Ed Smith Stadium or enjoy fine dining and outdoor music in one of the myriad downtown cafés. Whether you’re … Read More! »

The Today Show: Sarasota Is The #1 Place in the US To Buy A Home

By | November 29, 2010

Thanks, Today Show, for telling the country what so many of us already know: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Home sales are surging at an incredible pace as the national economy rebounds; the average sale price went up 13% in the last quarter, inventory is at its lowest point since before the boom (yes, BEFORE the boom) and buyers are getting … Read More! »

Interest Rates On The Rise?

By | November 8, 2010

As interest rates have plunged to record lows over the past year, there’s been a lot of speculation about where rates are headed and when they’ll rise again.  Heading into 2010, many experts believed that rates would shoot up as the Fed backed out of buying mortgage-backed securities; the opposite turned out to be true when rates instead continued to fall in response to the economic climate. This … Read More! »