December 2013

Found 6 blog entries for December 2013.

Selling a home involves many parts, and parties. When it comes down to it, there's only two truly interested parties: you, the seller; and, your buyer. The other parties, particularly the ones with the most influence in the sale will be uninterested parties, such as the mortgage lender, the title company, the pest inspector, the home inspector, and, the home appraiser. These entities and individuals actually control the fate of the deal and in the vast majority of cases, things go smoothly.

You want to get the biggest return on your investment, so, you want the home appraisal to come in as high as possible. At this stage of the game, the buyer is hoping the price will be at parity with his or her offer, or even a tad bit lower. While you want it to

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Watch the Pineapple Drop in Sarasota 2014


Now that Christmas has come and gone, we’re getting ready for the next big bash: New Year’s Eve! If you’re in the Sarasota area, you won’t want to miss the festivities going on downtown on the 31st of December. This is a family-friendly event, so bring everyone alone and expect to have fun!


The streets of downtown Sarasota will be set up for dancing, and with two live bands plus DJs set up on four stages, you won’t be able to resist. The music starts at 8:00 pm with Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones playing at Mattison’s City Grill (on Lemon Avenue at First Street) and Gods and Generals playing at The Gator Club (Lemon Avenue and State Street). If you are on Main Street, you’ll be able to hear DJ Xtreme at

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The home loan down payment average is falling across the country, now at 15.73 percent,according to a recent report published by Lending Tree. The falling mortgage down payment average represents a decrease of 9.4 percent over the past two years from 2011 to present. In some instances, consumers are getting approved for a mortgage with just 12 percent down and still others with less than 10 percent.

Here in Florida, the average down payment to get a home loan is 16.5 percent; what's more, the interest rate on a fixed, 30-year mortgage is about 4.27 percent, down one basis point from 4.28 percent from two weeks prior. This is also under the national average of 4.31 percent by a margin of a full 4 basis points. Consumers are qualifying for mortgages with

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The decision to sell a home is a big one and it becomes all the more daunting when you're selling to buy. Whether upsizing, downsizing, or moving for an opportunity, there's a delicate balance which must be struck so the home your current in sells about the same time you buy another. There are few homeowners who can afford to pay two mortgage simultaneously, and it's a difficult and stressful situation to deal with.

The most popular places where real estate is moving are: Indian Beach/Sapphire Shores, Lido Key, Bayou Oaks, Park East, and Arlington Park. Other active areas are San Remo, Park East, Bird Key, Ringling Park, and Harbor Acres. However, the old cliche the three things which matter most in real estate are location, location, location is true,

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Leona Helmsley, known as the “Queen of Mean,” died in 2007, leaving her Lido Beach hotel, the Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel, to her dog, Trouble. Trouble made his way over the Rainbow Bridge two years ago, and the hotel, which opened its doors in 1953, went up for sale recently. CBRE was entrusted with the sale of the property, and it was marketed as a site for condominiums.helsley_sand_castle_1_550
The last day for offers to be submitted was earlier this week, but a decision hasn’t been made as of yet. Some visitors to Lido Key were disappointed that the hotel will most likely be turned into condos, but others realize that on the barrier islands, condominiums are a hot commodity, bringing more residents onto the beautiful beaches of Sarasota County.
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Sarasota is brimming with activity and this weekend will prove to be no exception. With a intrepid spirit, residents from University Parkway down to Siesta Drive are set to come together to enjoy some of the biggest events of the year. From sculpture to Porches, to fresh markets and beyond atomic, there’s something for everyone. Filled with fun and plenty of sun, these events have plenty to offer and all kinds of things to discover. So, get ready to delve deep into adventure, art, speed, and a whole fare of good eats! Step outside and check out what the weekend will bring...

Season of Sculpture

Running through May 30th of next year, the Season of Sculpture is a celebration of the finer things in life, particularly art. Officially, it’s under the…
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