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! »

20 Ways To Make Moving Easy

By | November 8, 2010

After the inspections are completed, the mortgage is approved, and the closing date is set, there’s still one giant hurdle you’ve got to cross: Moving Day. This is consistently one of the most stressful days in the process – but being prepared is half the battle. Here’s our simple checklist to make your move a success. [line] Two Weeks Before The Move Start accumulating as many boxes as … Read More! »

September 2010 Property Sales Remain Steady

By | November 8, 2010

September 2010 looked a lot like August 2010 in the Sarasota real estate market, with sales and prices virtually identical to the previous month. In fact, September 2010 was also virtually identical to September 2009 in overall sales and median prices. Property sales in September 2010 stood at 547 total sales, compared to 567 last month and 554 last September. Prices were also virtually identical. September 2010 saw … Read More! »

August 2010 Sales Up; Prices Remain Stable

By | November 8, 2010

The Sarasota real estate market rebounded in August 2010 after an expected slower July, following the expiration of the federal $8,000 homebuyer incentive. Sales were up 8 percent over July 2010, and up 14.3 percent over August 2009. Property sales in August 2010 stood at 567 total sales. This compared to 525 sales in July 2010 and 496 sales in August 2009. There were 408 single family home … Read More! »

Every Foreclosure Moratorium Has A Silver Lining

By | November 8, 2010

It seems like every day we get new news about big banks and the housing market.  We hear about bailouts, we hear about foreclosures, we hear about TARP – and most of the time, it’s not the kind of news we want to hear. Then, every once in a while, we get the kind of news everyone wants to hear: good news. Over the past two weeks, several … Read More! »