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Gulf to Bay Properties on the Sarasota's Keys

Saturday, November 7th, 2015 at 11:01am. 567 Views, 0 Comments.

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If you are considering buying a property on subtropical island in the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico, the barrier islands (also called keys) off of Sarasota are choices worth considering. Imagine yourself enjoying a cocktail while watching the sun set over the turquoise Gulf waters or being just a quick drive from the hustle and bustle of downtown Sarasota. Here’s a list of some of the keys you might consider looking at if you are searching for real estate in Sarasota.

Casey Key

Casey Key is one of Sarasota County’s barrier islands. This eight-mile expanse of land is located west of Nokomis, a charming coastal town located just south of the City of Sarasota. This barrier island is not as populated as some of the more commonly known keys; the beach…

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How to Sell a Home Surrounded by Distressed Properties

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 at 11:39am. 248 Views, 0 Comments.

How to Sell a Home Surrounded by Distressed PropertiesThe 2015 real estate market continues along a strong stride, carrying-over near record-high sales volumes from last year in Sarasota County. In fact, the first seven months of 2015 clearly demonstrate a quite stable, but growing market. Should the pace last through the remaining months of the year, new record sales figures will be reached, making 2015 the most successful historically. That's a big feat, fighting-off fears of years past, when median prices and values deflated significantly.

In the latest statistics compiled by the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee, median prices for single family homes reached $219,500 for Sarasota County, besting July 2014 by an impressive 9.2 percent. Conversely, median condo prices dropped to $190,000 from…

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Biggest Home Inspection Mistakes

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 at 3:17pm. 287 Views, 0 Comments.

biggest home inspection mistakesYou spent what seems like an eternity finding the right home for you. The journey started with hours of online searching, picking plenty potential properties from a plethora of listing descriptions. You never thought you'd find so many choices, became a bit overwhelmed, and successfully narrowed your list down to a manageable number. Then, you began to drive by a few of the longshot contenders, even going so far as to see inside. Eventually, it wound-up as a choice between a top few, and, you saw each one, perhaps more than once.

Before you made a final decision, you acted on the advice to visit the homes on different days and different times. The neighborhoods and homes were quite comparable to one another, and, the asking prices lined-up with market…

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Do these 7 Things before Moving Day

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 at 3:03pm. 370 Views, 0 Comments.

do these seven things before moving dayLeaving a home that you've lived in for years is generally a bittersweet experience. On one hand, you're ready and excited for the next chapter in your life, but on the other hand, you're saying goodbye to a placed filled with memories. In most instances, the change is a positive one and filled with expectations. You look forward with enthusiasm to the future and feel a renewed sense of purpose.

Unfortunately to get to where your new locale, you'll have to move. Perhaps one of the most dreaded things in life, moving is a big deal. It requires quite a bit of preparation, takes-up a lot of time, costs money out-of-pocket, and, disrupts your day-to-day life in a big way. You spend an inordinate amount of time looking for boxes, have to purge as much stuff…

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Tips to Make a Small Kitchen Look Larger

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 at 11:42am. 297 Views, 0 Comments.

Tips to Make a Small Kitchen Look LargerIf there's one room in the house that gets the highest amount of foot traffic and use, it's certainly the kitchen. Used for a variety of reasons, primarily for meal preparation, cooking, and serving, but also, for a gathering place, a little stop to go through the mail, and where calendars hang, showing a litany of things to do throughout the month. In addition to all of these, it serves as the hub of entertaining, from small, casual get-togethers with a couple of friends, to the place where family congregates.

Unfortunately, though most homeowners and buyers prefer a large, open space, with plenty of working room and all the best in energy efficiency, space-saving appliances, that's not always a reality. Some properties just don't have all that much…

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How to Handle Common Home Buying Pitfalls

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 at 11:13am. 348 Views, 0 Comments.

avoid common home buying pitfallsWhen you're ready to buy a home, be it a primary residence, a seasonal home that serves as a vacation property, or even an investment property, you'll encounter many different situations. We all know that it's an exciting and anxious time, but ultimately a worthwhile endeavor, because you lock-in your cost of housing, are able to build equity, and, have a great investment in your future.

All of this, not to mention it helps you to build wealth, provides you with tax benefits, and for so many, an escape from the capital gains tax, which is applicable to sale profits of up to $250,000 for singles, and up to $500,000 for married couples. In addition to these many benefits is the ability to make custom changes to suit your wants, needs, and lifestyle. What…

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Don't Forget these Home Buying Costs

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 at 10:46am. 331 Views, 0 Comments.

dont forget these big home buying costsBuying a home, be it your new primary residence, a second home, or, a vacation rental, is an exciting time. You think to the future and what lies ahead, filled with anticipation, and, the memories waiting to be made. Now, it's time to start planning to get there and create a checklist of all the things you need to do. Some of these tasks are obvious, like setting a budget and choosing an experienced real estate buyer's agent that's intimately familiar with the area.

You'll also have to decide what type of property will best suit your wants and needs. Fortunately, here in Sarasota, there are many choices, from single family residences, to condominiums and townhouses, to villas. Location will be a really big factor in your decision, but the good news is,…

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Best Ways to Advertise a Vacation Rental Home

Thursday, July 16th, 2015 at 9:27am. 474 Views, 0 Comments.

best ways to advertise a vacation rental homeYou have a wonderful retreat that serves as your special vacation residence a few times out of the year. It's in beautiful, sunny Sarasota, and is in a great location. That means it could easily be generating a steady income stream, and, serve as your dedicated place to stay when you are taking some time off. What's more, you'll be able to take advantage of some tax benefits that will reduce incurred costs, which makes it even sweeter.

To get things rolling, you begin brainstorm on how you'll get the word out. After all, you can't rent your vacation rental if people don't know that it's an option. Of course, you can just post ads online and hold out hope that those will bring people to you to rent your property. While this is definitely part of a…

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Ways to Get an Earnest Money Deposit Back

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 at 11:15am. 603 Views, 0 Comments.

ways to get an earnest money deposit backBuying a home comes with a litany of tasks, takes quite a bit of time, and of course, there's a lot of money involved. It's not just being pre-approved for a home loan, but also, the mortgage note down payment, inspections such as home, pest, and wind mitigation, moving expenses, closing costs, as well as an earnest money deposit. Simply put, you'll be pulling your wallet out often, but it's well worthwhile to own a home in a great place like Sarasota.

It's not unusual for buyers, especially those house hunting for the first time, to be a little uneasy with parting with up-to thousands of dollars, based on a promise they have little control of keeping. Keep in mind, it's not that you don't want to live-up to your word, life happens when you're busying…

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What to Know about Home Appraisals

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 at 9:36am. 361 Views, 0 Comments.

what to know about home appraisalsWhether you are selling or buying a home, there are two figures that are quite important, but only one dictates a specific direction. Those are the asking or listing price, and, the appraisal amount. Those two ought to be at parity, or, the appraisal should be more than the listing or asking price. If the appraisal comes in for less than the asking price or listing price, lenders will not approve a home mortgage for the buyer. Put another way, mortgage lenders won't pay more than a home is professionally deemed to be worth, according to market specifics.

This is the very reason a home appraisal is conducted in the first place, it allows banks, credit unions, and other mortgage lenders to avoid financing a bad investment. In addition, it also helps to…

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