Published on 2013-05-22 10:53:43
Thinking about a nice waterfront condo in Sarasota, Florida? Take a look at Golden Gate Point near downtown Sarasota. Here you will find some of the nicest condos in Sarasota. Some of them include La Bellasara, Grande Riviera, Majestic Bay and Phoen
Published on 2013-05-22 09:43:56
My oldest son turns 5 this week, so in honor of him, I’m going to write about his most favorite activity, the thing he asks to do every Saturday, the thing he asks to do every time we drive home from his preschool (which is [in]conveniently located
Published on 2013-05-22 09:06:06
Below is press release from the Sarasota Association of Realtor. Here are the highlights:
More than 1,000 properties sold in April 2013.
This is the first time sales have hit four figures since June 2005.
There have only been ten months
Published on 2013-05-15 06:03:42
Thinking about purchasing a vacation property in Sarasota? One of the draws of this gorgeous beach town is our vibrant downtown area. Watch the video below to learn more about downtown Sarasota and why so many yearn to live here.
Published on 2013-05-15 05:39:18
Watch the video below to admire the beauty and serenity of Lido Key and St. Armands Circle. Both keys are located conveniently just a couple of miles west of downtown Sarasota and offer a variety of beautiful of homes and condos for sale.
Published on 2013-05-13 18:56:36
A little free press doesn't hurt. Below is an article from the Sarasota Herald Tribune about all of the fabulous sales in the luxury home and condo market. They were nice enough to quote me. Here is a link to the article - Sarasota luxury sales hit 4
Published on 2013-05-08 14:08:28
We received a call this morning from one of our clients raving about our Realtor John Wilcher. She wanted to say this instead of typing,
"John is wonderful. We purchased a home through him, listed a home with him and plan on listing another home w
Published on 2013-05-08 11:47:54
Buyers are not asking about bank owned and short sale properties like they used to. It seems that all of the positive real estate news in the media and Realtor community is changing the buyers from "I Need a Smokin Hot Deal!" to "I would like to buy
Published on 2013-05-08 10:51:10
Check out this lovely home listed by DWELL Realtor Ansu Swanepoel. Give us a call at 941.822.0708 if you are interested in this property.
Private setting within minutes of the heart of Lakewood Ranch
This unique 7.2-acre family compound is se
Published on 2013-05-01 10:03:24
Congratulations to DWELL co-broker Allison Werner for becoming a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist!
Allison recently attended a conference at the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, which exists to help real estate professionals prov
Published on 2013-04-29 13:28:23
Congratulations to our clients who just purchased this lovely golf course home in Misty Creek in Sarasota. This home offered gorgeous golf course views as well as 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 2,482 square feet. It was listed for $399,000 and it closed
Published on 2013-04-29 11:20:34
Congratulations to our clients who purchased this fantastic unit in Lido Surf and Sand. This unit offered 2 bedroom, 2 bathrooms and 1,213 square feet of totally remodeled space (check out the photos below). This unit was listed for $495,500 and it s
Published on 2013-04-29 10:23:03
Congratulations goes out to our clients who purchased a fantastic unit in Winding Oaks on Longboat Key. This was a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 2,678 square foot, turnkey furnished villa behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. It was listed for $599,000
Published on 2013-04-29 09:25:01
A big congratulations goes out to our clients who just purchased a lovely condo in the Orchid Beach Club on Lido Key and Allison Werner for representing them. This was unit #D402 in the building overlooking the Lido Key beach and the Gulf of Mexico.
Published on 2013-04-24 14:09:42
Two new distressed beachfront condos have recently hit the market—in St. Armands Tower on St. Armands Key, and in Seaplace on Longboat Key.
St. Armands Tower Condo
Condos in St. Armands Towers are considered the best condo location for proxim
Published on 2013-04-24 10:57:34
It’s about time we welcome our newest addition, Kathryn Cooper. She comes to us with years of experience in many areas of real estate. In the four short weeks Kathryn has been with us, she is already getting properties under contract. So, wel
Published on 2013-04-24 09:52:20
U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best High Schools list was announced Tuesday and revealed what most Sarasotans know already: Pine View School is the #6 best public high school in the country. Established in 1969, Pine View is a public school fo
Published on 2013-04-19 04:50:07
If you really want to annoy a Realtor ask them to help find you a home and then buy the home through a different Realtor. Like many agents I have been burned this way in the past but not so much anymore.
I was recently contacted by someone asking
Published on 2013-04-17 12:02:49
Do you have a dog that is a part of your family? Sarasota is a great place for dog-lovers! (And other kinds of pet lovers, but I’m focusing on dogs here, because frankly, I don’t ever see people with their cats at restaurants, with their ferr
Published on 2013-04-17 09:44:26
Take a look at this gorgeous home in Lakewood Ranch Country Club that my clients purchased yesterday. This home boasts 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 3,973 square feet built in 2003. It sat on a spacious 1/2 acre lot with fabulous views of a lake and go
Published on 2013-04-17 05:41:07
Celebrate the end of the season with DWELL Real Estate at our listing in The Oaks Bayside tomorrow night. Realtors and the general public are welcome. Please stop by between 4:00 - 7:00 for refreshments and hors d'oevres. We will also have gift bas
Published on 2013-04-17 05:02:46
If you read this blog consistently then you probably won't be surprised by the following news about how well the Sarasota real estate marketing is doing. Here is a press release from the Sarasota Association of Realtors.
Property sales in the Sa
Published on 2013-04-10 12:33:28
Our clients just purchased this impressive condo in the Orchid Beach Club Residences on Lido Key. The views from this condo are gorgeous and plentiful, with waterfront views available in most of the condo's interior. This unit offers 3 bedroom
Published on 2013-04-10 05:19:38
I was poking around my blog this morning and ran across this post from December 2010 - "I'm only interested in short sales and foreclosures."
I added this picture to the post because it was how many agents and myself felt. Virtually every buyer we
Published on 2013-04-03 13:32:39
Looking for a departure from the traditional grocery store options? You’ve come to the right city. Sarasota has so many local markets, it would be impossible to name them all in one post. I’m glad that we have so many wonderful grocers in t
Published on 2013-04-03 12:37:12
Where do today's home buyers come from?
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) conducts surveys every year to help us Realtors figure out where to spend our time and money. It is interesting to see that 86% of home buyers come from the interne
Published on 2013-04-03 09:18:50
With the lack of inventory in the Sarasota market new home builders are super busy. Many of our clients have decided to build a home for themselves. However, not everyone wants to go through the building process. Reasons vary as to why they don't wa
Published on 2013-03-27 10:20:27
When I first moved here from Michigan nearly five years ago now, one of the first things I noticed was how easy it is to be healthy here. Options are endless when it comes to places to be active; we all know the weather agrees with it, local farmer
Published on 2013-03-26 10:09:57
Does having your boat docked in your back yard sound like a dream come true? Homes in Sarasota’s boating communities will give you the chance to make your dream come true with a private dock on the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay, the Intercoastal Wat
Published on 2013-03-20 09:30:41
Looking for this view? The waterfront is one of the most sought after segments of the Sarasota real estate market. That is totally understandable. Who wouldn't want to sit on their terrace or lanai sipping a tasty beverage while watching a gorgeous s
Published on 2013-03-18 10:55:52
Here is a sneak peek of a completely renovated waterfront condo that we are listing on Golden Gate point in Sarasota, Florida. It will go on MLS in the next day or two. Give us a call at 941.822.0708 if you would like to view this Sarasota condo.
Published on 2013-03-13 10:16:29
West of the Trail (U.S. 41or Tamiami Trail) is one of the most sought after areas to live in Sarasota, Florida. These are popular areas because of the convenience to all of the amenities of Sarasota as well as diversity in real estate. You migh
Published on 2013-03-09 05:37:14
Chris Angermann was nice enough to interview me for the Sarasota Herald Tribune and refer to me as a pro. ;-)
Here is a link to the article
At 41, Marc Rasmussen is one of the younger real estate company owners in town. He started in the busine
Published on 2013-03-06 11:15:39
With all the freezing cold weather this week (don’t laugh at me, snowbirds! It’s cold out there!) I’m going pretty stir crazy being bundled up in my house every evening, and I bet some of you are too. (Supposedly, we're looking at better we
Published on 2013-03-06 11:00:43
Here are some of the least expensive homes and condos for sale in Sarasota, Florida.
The Least Expensive
Newest built home in The Oaks Bayside -
If you think you know The Oaks, this exquisite property will make you think again! Built
Published on 2013-03-06 09:56:55
If you have ever been to an open house or inquired about a property for sale you have probably been asked by the agent, "Are you working with a Realtor?" This is one of the most important questions an agent can ask a potential buyer. Here are 3 reas
Published on 2013-02-27 10:27:06
Just a short drive east of I-75 off of Clark Road will get you to Sarasota’s wonderful Myakka River State Park. The serene park is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, offering miles of shady trails that show you a different
Published on 2013-02-26 16:43:23
Tips & Information for Prospective Home-Buyers
Why should I work with a Realtor?
Oh, so many reasons! Since you are reading this, you probably already know it is a good idea to work with a professional on what is likely the largest purc
Published on 2013-02-26 15:46:45
With all the talk about gorgeous beaches, gulf breezes and expansive water views, people tend to forget about the golf communities. Sarasota, Florida is fortunate to have a variety of wonderful golf communities to choose from. Here is a market upda
Published on 2013-02-26 05:20:52
Realtors love to receive referrals. They are usually the best prospects for us. What is more believable? An advertisement promoting the services of a Realtor or a friend that tells you what a stupendous job their Realtor did for them? Most people
Published on 2013-02-21 13:57:00
The Sarasota real estate market saw sales leap by 22 percent in January 2013, compared to January 2012 - a great start for the new year, and evidence that the 2012 real estate market boom is continuing unabated. Members of the Sarasota Association of
Published on 2013-02-20 12:27:31
Selling or buying a home can be a stressful experience. The stress can be compounded when you have a lackadaisical Realtor. So, how do you know if your agent is lazy? Here are 8 signs to look out for.
Your agent skips your home inspection to
Published on 2013-02-20 12:23:30
Since Marc is so quick to post exciting things all of his agents are doing, their accomplishments, and their praising testimonials, I thought it was about time someone did it for him. Congratulations to DWELL broker/owner Marc Rasmussen for becomin
Published on 2013-02-13 11:31:39
Ever since I moved here, I heard rumblings of Drag Queen Bingo. “You have to go to Drag Queen Bingo!” “Oh, you haven’t been yet? It’s hilarious!”
Well, finally I can say I’ve completed this Sarasota “Must Do.” Last Friday
Published on 2013-02-13 11:17:59
Congratulations to our sellers who recently sold their condo in Beachplace on Longboat Key. It only took 11 days to successfully get it under contract. This was a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,503 square foot condo that faced the clubhouse & swimming pool
Published on 2013-02-13 11:03:53
We all want to sell our properties for more than they are worth. Dealing with a seller who wants to overprice their property can be a Realtor's biggest frustrations. There is nothing wrong with wanting to find a buyer willing to overpay for your home
Published on 2013-02-06 13:40:32
I love writing about the million things Sarasota has to offer: nightlife, culture, beautiful weather, endless gorgeous beaches, great shopping, wonderful restaurants… I could go on. And I will. Because here is something that should be talked ab
Published on 2013-02-06 06:37:55
We just listed this fabulous 2 bedroom/2 bathroom lakefront villa in University Park.
7742 Whitebridge Glen, University Park
Enjoy the Florida lifestyle in this adorable villa in the highly sought after golf and tennis community of University
Published on 2013-02-04 18:46:47
In an effort to improve the home buying or selling process for our clients we always ask after the closing about their experience and if there was anything we could have done better. Today, we received a great testimonial from a couple that re
Published on 2013-01-30 14:08:10
If you think you know The Oaks, this exquisite property will make you think again! Built in 2006 on a lot and a half, this made-for-entertaining home offers the best of newer construction in the pristine, lushly landscaped setting of The Oaks Baysid
Published on 2013-01-30 14:07:40
What’s the first thing you think about when you think about retirement in Florida? Okay, okay, AFTER the beach. Golf, of course! And there is no shortness of wonderful golf communities, golf courses, and country clubs in our area. Here I’
Published on 2013-01-30 14:04:15
Congratulations to Nik Wallenda for putting on a good show yesterday. There was quite a stir in downtown Sarasota yesterday as their were tons of people walking by our office. I read somewhere that 10,000 people showed up to watch the high wire act.
Published on 2013-01-23 09:31:30
Our new listing in Beachplace is already under contract! It only took 11 days to successfully find the buyer. We are hopeful that the transaction will come to a successful closing. The asking price is $500,000.
Can you guess the sales price?
Published on 2013-01-23 08:16:10
Realtors should be careful of losing their clients to agents holding open houses. Some agents are very aggressive in trying to poach buyers at their open houses. We have had two separate recent incidents where the open house Realtors tried to steal
Published on 2013-01-17 13:05:31
Property sales for the year 2012 were the fourth highest in the 90-year history of the Sarasota Association of Realtors®, achieving 9,169 total sales. In 2003, sales in our market hit 9,697, followed by 11,267 in 2004 (the current all-time high) and
Published on 2013-01-16 13:25:09
Sarasota ranks No. 10 in the nation among U.S. moving destinations, according to a just-released report by moving company Penske Truck Rental.
ABC 7 News produced a nice segment on the topic. They were also nice enough to plug DWELL and intervie
Published on 2013-01-16 12:16:32
I started writing a blog on bars in Sarasota, covering different scenes such as “Dance Club Bars” and “Sports Bars,” but had such a wealth of material for the “Beer Bar” section, that I decided to branch it off into its own blog. It’s
Published on 2013-01-11 12:45:39
We just listed a great condo in Beachplace on Longboat Key.
1075 Gulf of Mexico Drive #104
This attractive beach condo is located just steps from the gorgeous waters of the Gulf of Mexico in Building 7 at Beachplace, one of the most desirable c
Published on 2013-01-09 13:05:35
Congratulations to buyers of Beth Lancaster for closing on this fabulous home in Racimo Ranches. This fabulous properties offers a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom main house as well as 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom guest house for a total square footage space of 3,9
Published on 2013-01-09 11:16:13
What a great opportunity to own on one of the worlds best beaches. This gorgeous 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 728 square foot condo in Casa Blanca is waiting for a new owner.
View more photos, details and virtual tour of 6154 Midnight Pass Road
Published on 2013-01-09 11:01:07
Thank you to all of the great buyer and seller clients who put their trust in us. We appreciate you using our services and look forward to working with all of you in the future. Congratulations to all of the phenomenal agents at DWELL Real Estate
Published on 2013-01-09 08:51:46
It was an interesting year for the Sarasota, Florida real estate market. We saw a noticeable drop off of properties for sale in this market. It became increasingly difficult to find a suitable property for buyers and quite often buyers would have to
Published on 2013-01-08 13:00:32
Although many of our blog articles are geared toward homebuyers, we at DWELL are also highly skilled at working with sellers and future sellers. Many homeowners who are not quite ready to sell today but may be in the future use our website to find
Published on 2013-01-02 15:02:50
We are continuing our MOST EXPENSIVE series below with some of the highest priced properties for sale in the Sarasota real estate market. Contact us at 941.822.0708 if we can help you buy or sell a property in the greater Sarasota area.
Published on 2012-12-26 12:03:10
We at DWELL hope you had a wonderful holiday season this year. We wish you a happy and fruitful 2013!
See you in the new year!
Molly Russo, Sarasota Lifestyle Guruon behalf of all the agents at DWELL Real Estate
Published on 2012-12-19 06:53:32
We are continuing our least expensive series below with some of the lowest priced properties for various segments of the market in the Sarasota, Florida area. Contact us at 941.822.0708 if we can help you buy or sell a property in the greater Sarasot
Published on 2012-12-18 19:40:21
Our clients just purchased this fabulous condo in the Water Club on Longboat Key. The views from this unit were simply breathtaking. It offered 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 2,965 square feet.
1241 Gulf of Mexico Drive #808D
Gulf or B
Published on 2012-12-18 19:35:39
We know there are a million wonderful places to eat with water views. This is bayside Sarasota, after all. So while the options are seemingly endless, there are a few that locals and regulars to the area have picked up on as special. These stre
Published on 2012-12-17 10:15:14
The Sarasota Association of Realtors® is on pace to see the fourth highest number of annual sales in SAR's 90-year history in 2012, after members sold 764 properties in November 2012, a robust 29 percent increase over last November's figure of 602 t
Published on 2012-12-12 14:35:21
Sarasota is far from a sleepy town. I’ve already talked about parks, shops, and beaches to help you wile away your daytime hours, so now let’s talk about how to fill up your evenings! Sarasota has a rich, cultural nightlife, with plays, music
Published on 2012-12-07 16:59:58
I wouldn't mind waking up to this view everday. The above photos was taken from the condo Shayla Twit recently sold at the Inn on the Beach on Longboat Key.
225 SANDS POINT RD # 7104
Own a piece of paradise in this tasteful, fully furnished uni
Published on 2012-12-05 14:44:03
Clients of Allison Werner just purchased a fabulous condo in Peppertree on Siesta Key. This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,324 square foot condo is in Peppertree Bayside.
6026 E Peppertree Way # 221A
Paradise found at Peppertree Bay! You will just lo
Published on 2012-12-05 13:03:01
The Sarasota Herald Tribune and agents like myself keep writing stories about how hot the Sarasota real estate market is. Here are a few examples:
October Rise in Inventory Welcomed by Realtors
Are Home Buyers Giving Up on Sarasota-Manatee?
Published on 2012-12-05 10:30:45
Living in Florida has brought out in me a new passion for outdoor fitness, my favorite of which is running. Sure, there is a lot you can do outside here: kayaking, strolls on the beach, bayside boot camp workout classes, but I love the simplicity
Published on 2012-11-28 14:00:10
I was at a Realtor social last night. This is where people in the industry get together once a month to mingle, network, let off some steam and tell stories about working in the real estate trenches. An interesting topic of conversation was the simil
Published on 2012-11-28 09:43:33
One of my favorite things about living in Sarasota is the shopping. Before I moved here, I was a frequent vacationer. Yes, it’s true; I was a tourist, cramping the city during winter and spring breaks for years. Actually, on my first trip her
Published on 2012-11-28 05:50:45
Inventories in Sarasota county rose during the month of October. Realtors working with buyers generally regard this as good news. It has become increasingly difficult to find good properties and when you do there might be a good chance of competing w
Published on 2012-11-21 15:13:27
This is the view that just about everyone envisions in their head when wanting to retire to Florida or buy a winter home here. Sarasota is blessed with a large bay that offers expansive water views. Fortunately, we have a number of condos and s
Published on 2012-11-21 15:12:44
If you ever spend much time in Sarasota you probably noticed this funny looking boat with trees cruising around the bay. Yes, those are actual live trees. I have lived in Sarasota since the mid 1990's and have never had the pleasure of enjoyin
Published on 2012-11-21 15:12:28
We recently added a Facebook like button in the header of our website. If you enjoy using our website and reading our blog posts please do us a favor and LIKE our page on Facebook. You can find it above.
I would be happy to return the favor. Just
Published on 2012-11-16 15:21:47
It’s a nasty job but somebody’s got to do it. The mission: locate some of the best after work happy hour deals every day for a week. Looks like this will be the most fun research I’ve ever done for a job!
MONDAY: Margaritas at Two Senori
Published on 2012-11-14 14:18:31
Not everyone is looking for the least expensive property. Wise buyers are looking for the BEST VALUE and that does not always mean the lowest price. Even if you are not looking to buy the most expensive property in Sarasota they are at least fun to l
Published on 2012-11-14 11:13:23
Finding a 'great deal' requires you to be both patient and fast acting. You have be patient and unemotional enough to wait for a good one. Once a 'great deal' appears you have to be quick enough to buy it before the others.
Believe me, there are p
Published on 2012-11-14 10:57:55
What I hate to hear more than anything, especially from the under 40s in the area, is that there is “nothing to do in Sarasota.” Wrong! Aside from all the beaches, restaurants, and museums, there is a thriving social undercurrent in Sarasota,
Published on 2012-11-14 06:04:24
Even though it is easier to sell a home in Sarasota these days it is still important to avoid some common pitfalls. Afterall, doing it the right way can put thousands of additional dollars in your pocket. Before you call your Realtor to list your pro
Published on 2012-11-07 10:14:53
Sharon Straw recently sold her listing in the Hawks Harbor waterfront community.
This fabulous home was on the market for only 13 days before receiving the successful contract and it closed in 55 days. This is a great example of how to suc
Published on 2012-11-07 10:05:39
We DWELL agents work with both buyers and sellers in all sectors of the market here in Sarasota and there are some challenges that we help clients face, regardless of the price point or location. One of these is the matter of list price. A major
Published on 2012-11-06 20:43:09
Sarasota is a sort of cultural mecca in southwest Florida, known for the sheer quantity of plays, operas, museums, festivals, and other fun ways to fill your free days. But what I bet you didn’t know is how many cultural and educational activitie
Published on 2012-10-30 12:49:22
Sarasota is blessed to have several gorgeous beaches. Siesta Key is ranked by several authorities as one of the best beaches in the country (probably the world). Thankfully, that brings a lot of interest to our area. Just in case you are unaware, Siesta Key is an eight mile long island is located just south of Lido Key and north of Casey Key. There are two bridges that connect the island to the mainland of Sarasota which makes access easy. Siesta Key beach is made up of 99% quartz and fee [..]
Published on 2012-10-27 12:18:10
Who wants to live in downtown Sarasota?
Check out my new listing in the 100 Central condo complex in the heart of downtown Sarasota. This fabulous end unit offers 991 square feet 2 bedrooms (1 bedroom + den), 2 bathrooms and a spacious terrace overlooking the city.
View Photos and Virtual Tour of new 100 Central listing
Asking Price is $409,000
Built in 2005, and in a prime location in the heart of downtown Sarasota. This attractive, light-filled end unit is a short s [..]
Published on 2012-10-27 11:47:55
Congratulations goes out to our Realtor John Wilcher for a job well done. Check out the great testimonial below.
If you are looking for a real estate agent, I highly recommend John Wilcher! When my parents moved to Florida, my father searched online to find a real estate agent. He found an American veteran who served our country. He helped my parents select a home in a Neal Community where he became a preferred Neal Home Realtor. Then it was my turn. We looked at numerous houses, foreclos [..]
Published on 2012-10-27 11:36:49
There was a very good article in the Sarasota Herald Tribune yesterday by Cynthia Anderson. The articles talks about the bidding wars happening in the Sarasota real estate market. We were fortunate enough to be quoted in the article and one of our clients, Barbara Dunn, was featured.
Barbara Dunn stands in front of a house that she is buying on Blaine Way in Sarasota's Gulf Gate. Dunn prevailed in a "bidding war" for the property.
Real estate bidding wars are making a comeb [..]
Published on 2012-10-23 20:43:51
After examining the number of quality fitness venues in Florida, one could come to the conclusion that many Floridians consider physical fitness a prerequisite for state residency. Traditional gyms as well as themed fitness centers have flourished in the sunshine state. Even the otherwise laid back, sunny city of Sarasota takes a serious view of fitness and provides varied activities to suit most fitness enthusiasts. Experienced and new athletes alike enjoy the convenience of a traditional fitn [..]
Published on 2012-10-23 13:29:19
I would like to welcome Ansu Swanepoel to DWELL Real Estate. She and her family hail from South Africa. Ansu is no stranger to real estate. In South Africa she and her husband owned an ERA real estate franchise and were quite successful.
I met Ansu via the internet almost 2 years ago where I helped her purchase a home in Lakewood Ranch. Like many successful real estate agents Ansu is going to focus on where she lives. She will be one of our "Lak [..]
Published on 2012-10-18 07:25:14
The following press release was issued by the Sarasota Association of Realtors yesterday.
September sales cool, but higher than last year
Members of the Sarasota Association of Realtors® sold 648 properties in September 2012, up almost 14 percent from last September, when only 570 transactions were closed. The figure was down almost 21 percent from the 819 sales in August 2012, continuing the historic trends that normally show a sales lull in the early autumn. The category totals we [..]
Published on 2012-10-17 10:24:08
Clients of John Wilcher just closed on a wonderful condo unit in Boca Grove in Lakewood Ranch. This unit offers 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,552 square feet and the community was built in 2001.
7123 BOCA GROVE PL # 201
Wanting a turn-key unit? You can purchase this one!(under separate agreement). "Sophisticate" is the word that best describes this upper end unit condominium. "Dressed" in Tommy Bahama style, this professionally decorated, two bedroom, plus a convenient den, will knock your so [..]
Published on 2012-10-17 09:54:10
Beach, sun and boating. If you are looking to enjoy the fun Florida waterfront lifestyle you should explore Country Club Shores on Longboat Key.
A life of luxury is not just a dream but also a reality for those who live in Country Club Shores. Homes here include sprawling estates that front the Sarasota Bay as well as ranch-style homes built along the deep-water canals for convenient water access. Only a very few homes in the Country Club Shores are not located directly on waterways, which is [..]
Published on 2012-10-16 06:59:57
St. Armands Circle is the focal point on the island of St. Armands Key. Off the west coast of Florida's luxurious Sarasota, this Gulf Coast idyllic retreat was once owned by the famous John Ringling. He wanted to create an isle of great beauty that would become a world renowned tourist attraction. Today, it is just that. The Holiday Inn at Lido Beach is a primary island accommodation. Pampering guests is what they are all about. Various unique shops are found on St. Armands Circle. After sunni [..]
Published on 2012-10-10 08:59:42
I am pleased to announce that Beth Lancaster has joined DWELL Real Estate. Beth and I were agents together back in 2006 & 2007 when we were both at SKY Sotheby's. I've always admired Beth for her positive attitude that is very contagious. She also has vast market knowledge and a fantastic work ethic. We are excited to have her aboard and are lucky to have her.
Savvy. It's a combination of knowledge, tenacity and commitment that has established Beth a successful agent in [..]
Published on 2012-10-10 08:36:23
"You can't know where you are going until you know where you have been"
I find these charts particularly useful when I am talking to a buyer or seller. Below are charts showing inventory levels, sold and pending figures for properties in Sarasota county, Longboat Key, Siesta Key, Bird Key, Lido Key, Downtown Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch. They are quarterly charts for the last 11 years. The light green bars are inventory levels, dark green are sold properties and the red line indicates pending [..]
Published on 2012-10-02 12:13:58
Our clients just purchased a foreclosure in the exclusive Ritz Carlton managed Beach Residences on Lido Key. This 2005 built condo directly on Lido Key beach offers 2 bedroom ensuites, den, 3 bathrooms and 3,315 square feet. This was a 12th floor unit with stunning water and beach views. Th asking price was $1,750,000 and it closed for $1,700,000 (public record).
1300 Ben Franklin Drive
Create your own vision of paradise in a penthouse at The Beach Residences, the most luxurious & prest [..]
Published on 2012-10-01 09:50:54
Congratulations to clients of Shayla Twit for purchasing a lovely unit in the Sarabande condo community in downtown Sarasota. Located at 340 S. Palm Avenue this luxurious building offers fabulous water views and walkability to all of the amenities that downtown Sarasota has to offer.
340 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota
This beautiful bay view two bedroom, two bath condo with a den, is situated on the first living level (which is the fourth floor) of one of the most sought-after addresses [..]
Published on 2012-10-01 08:56:01
There simply aren't enough superlatives. Our Dwell agent, Allison Werner, did everything except paint the condo (she did guide us to the right person for the job).
Having lost two opportunities when an agent from one of Sarasota's most publicized agencies lost track of her commitments, we switched to Dwell.
We were immediately delighted. Allison provided several excellent alternatives that matched our needs and professionally guided us on the path to the perfect deal. We're new to th [..]
Published on 2012-09-26 12:30:57
Congratulation to our clients who just purchased in Beachplace on Longboat Key. This lovely condo within footsteps of Longboat Key beach has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 1,392 square feet.
1105 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Beautiful sunset views, expansive views of the landscaped grounds and reflection pond. Located on the second floor of a 6 story building; you are afforded abundant natural light, the updated kitchen offers neutral colored corian counter tops with white cabinets and newer ap [..]
Published on 2012-09-26 11:34:27
Looking to live near the beach? Below are 12 bank owned properties on Lido Key, Bird Key, Longboat Key or Siesta Key.
290 N Washington Dr, Sarasota - Home on St. Armands Circle
204 Bird Key Dr, Sarasota - Home on Bird Key
1300 Benjamin Franklin Dr, Sarasota - Home on Lido Key
940 Siesta Key Pl, Sarasota - Home on Siesta Key
5621 Gulf Of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key - Condo on Longboat Key
1211 N View Dr, Sarasota - Home on Siesta Key
901 Beach Rd, Sarasota - [..]
Published on 2012-09-19 10:30:42
How do you feel about matching mailboxes? How about cars parked in lawns? Questions like this may seem silly but are very important as choosing a neighborhood you feel comfortable with is one of the first steps of the home-buying process. Your Realtor will help you narrow down areas that may be a fit for you, and one of the main criteria we use is whether you prefer to be in a neighborhood with deed restrictions or not. For the purposes of this discussion we will focus on only single-family ho [..]
Published on 2012-09-19 10:17:28
There is a lot of "fluff" in the real estate sales business. Our industry has many participants because of the relatively low barriers to entry. As a result, Realtors and Brokers are always trying to differentiate themselves from the pack. One way we try to do this is through our strategies to market and sell your home.
If you have ever sold a home then you may have had to listen to a few Realtor marketing plans. They range from just sticking a sign in the yard all of the way to an elaborate [..]
Published on 2012-09-12 15:48:02
I was in Panera Bread the other day for lunch and overheard a conversation from the neighboring table. One lady mentioned how she just listed her house for sale. Her friend eventually asked, "What made you go with that (real estate) company?" The lady said, "They do the most advertising in the newspaper." Although not surprised I did find this amusing.
Many people are still under the impression that newspaper and other forms of print advertising are effective or even necessary in the sale [..]
Published on 2012-09-12 13:20:27
We just listed two new great waterfront properties. Take a look at them below and contact us with any questions or for a showing.
This exquisite waterfront home in Hawks Harbor was built in 1997 and offers 3 bedrooms, 4 bathroom and 4,314 square feet.
7154 Hawks Harbor Circle
Experience this gated private enclave of single family homes surrounded by the bay minutes from downtown. A stunning residence featuring extraordinary quality, expansive use of traventine, [..]
Published on 2012-09-12 10:36:50
Congratulations to our clients who just sold their Siesta key home at 5318 Avenida Del Mare. The asking price was $899,000 and it closed for $837,000 (public record). This 1997 waterfront home offers 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 3,044 square feet.
5318 Avenida Del Mare
Discover this impeccable and captivating Siesta Key Home on the Grand Canal featuring an inviting foyer, lovely 10' tray ceilings throughout, three full bedrooms all with en-suite baths plus a separate dining room open to [..]
Published on 2012-09-12 10:07:31
If you enjoy yoga and don't mind doing it in 105 degree heat I highly recommend Body Heat Yoga in Sarasota. It was voted Best Yoga Studio on the Suncoast by Creative Loafing.
I used to do it quite a bit but unfortunately I haven't done it for quite awhile. Other than last week I have not done hot yoga in about a year. I started DWELL Real Estate in late 2011and have been working lots of hours. That is my excuse for not going. ;-)
According to BodyHeatSarasota.com:
Published on 2012-09-05 10:32:55
As a hip realtor specializing in the downtown market (why yes, I am! & yes, I do! :-) ), I am a downtown happy hour aficionado. If you are visiting to get to know the area before making a move, definitely scope out downtown during this time. It is quite lively and if you chat with the person in the next bar stool over, you’ll likely find that Sarasota is full of friendly transplants who LOVE it here and who are happy to give you tips on what else to check out during your trip.
Here i [..]
Published on 2012-09-05 10:18:06
A few weeks ago I headed down to Naples, Florida to check it out. Home buyers that contact us will often look in Sarasota as well as Naples for retiring or purchasing a vacation home. We lose buyers to that area and they lose buyers to Sarasota. Naturally, since I sell here my first instinct is to say, "Sarasota is Better!" However I will try to objectively compare the two areas.
A friend of mine, Tim Ryan of NaplesGuru.com, recently opened his own real estate brokerage so I went down there w [..]
Published on 2012-08-29 14:06:28
We just sold this wonderful home in The Hammock subdivision in east Sarasota.
3759 Eagle Hammock Drive
This 4, potentially 5 BD home with office will not disappoint you as it has all the right spaces. Almost 3,500 SQ FT of majestic living area with fine details including tray ceilings, luxury trim, and exceptional built-ins. Oversized pool and spa area with outdoor kitchen. Property highlights include sumptuous master suite with walk-in closet large bath, efficient gas range and hot wa [..]
Published on 2012-08-29 13:11:14
In Sarasota’s real estate market today short sales are nearly unavoidable. I talk with buyers every day and many of them have questions about how short sales work, how they are different than regular sales, etc. Here are the most common misconceptions & the real scoop:
Misconception: The lender forgiving the seller’s loan has set the list price of the home.
Real Deal: The seller and the seller’s Realtor set the list price. They do this based on what they believe is the [..]
Published on 2012-08-29 09:12:00
Which Downtown Condo Buildings are Most Active?
Below are the number of sales by condo building. Condo on the Bay, Renaissance and 1350 Main have been the busiest.
Condo on the Bay
Plaza at Five Points
Savoy on Palm
Marquee en Ville
Royal St. [..]
Published on 2012-08-22 10:48:02
We fortunately have been busy selling property in Sarasota. Below are a few of our recent sales:
Lakewood Ranch Sales
Clients of Realtor James Tassell bought home to be built in the Country Club East section of Lakewood Ranch at 14361 Stirling Drive. Another client of his closed on a home at 5005 Torrey Pines Run in the Central Park section of Lakewood Ranch. James has been very busy in the Lakewood Ranch area as he just put two more homes under contract to be built. The Lakewood R [..]
Published on 2012-08-20 08:32:02
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Published on 2012-08-17 09:34:30
Below is a press release for the Sarasota Association of Realtors.
July sales continue hot streak for Sarasota real estate
The Sarasota real estate market remained active and strong in July 2012, with 699 closed sales reported by members of the Sarasota Association of Realtors®. The total was 16.7 percent higher than the 599 sales reported in July 2011. The breakdown was 523 single family homes and 176 condos sold.
The normal seasonal influx of buyers tends to drop shortly after t [..]
Published on 2012-08-15 13:22:39
The great recession has been difficult on everyone, but every dark cloud has a silver lining. Despite lower numbers of foreclosures and short sales there are still great opportunities out there, which means you can finally afford to turn your dream of living in a tropical paradise into a reality. I remember back in 2005 when condos on the gulf side of Midnight Pass Road on Siesta Key were selling for a minimum of around $400,000. Times have certainly changed. This condo I sold in the Peppetree c [..]
Published on 2012-08-15 12:30:48
We have some clients interested in selling their condo in 100 Central in downtown Sarasota. This unit has 1 bedroom, den, 2 bathrooms and is 991 square feet. It offers a large terrace with southeast views of the city.
100 Central Condos
Built in 2005, and in a prime location in the heart of downtown Sarasota.This attractive, light-filled end unit is a short stroll to Whole Foods, The Saturday Farmer's Market, Starbucks, Bayfront Park, Selby Botanical Gardens, The Sarasota Opera House and a [..]
Published on 2012-08-08 17:30:57
This is an interesting time in the Sarasota Florida real estate market. In my years of selling in Sarasota I have noticed a few pivotal points when the underlying forces can change the long term tide of the market. The real estate market changes on a daily basis with properties coming on the market, going under contract, selling and expiring. So the market is constantly in flux. This why Realtors are generally not excited to show a buyer a bunch of properties for sale when their anticipated cl [..]
Published on 2012-08-08 08:38:19
Congratulations to our clients who purchased a fabulous beachfront condo on Longboat Key in the Islander Club complex.
Islander Club is a condominium property located only a short three miles away from St. Armand's Circle, a world-famous shopping paradise in Sarasota, Florida. This majestic condo complex overlooks a private and deeded 400-feet stretch of powder-fine sandy beach. In addition to this ideal location, residents of the Islander Club enjoy a host of impeccable amenities [..]
Published on 2012-08-08 07:20:34
Congratulations to our clients for purchasing a fabulous unit in the Condo on the Bay 888 building. If you want to be in the downtown Sarasota area you cannot find much better of a water view than the 888 and 988 buildings in the Condo on the Bay complex. All of the units have breathtaking views of the Sarasota bay. Another great amenity are the boat docks. This condo complex is one of the few places in downtown Sarasota where you can park your boat within a few steps of your condo.
This con [..]
Published on 2012-08-01 13:47:15
Yesterday, I went deep sea fishing with my Realtor friend Jason Painter of ProgramRealty.com (I highly recommend him for property in Englewood, Venice, Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte and Rotunda Florida real estate). We were about 18 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico fishing for grouper. We were on a really good spot and all of us were reeling in fish left and right. Jason and I were on the same side of the boat and at one point we both hooked into the same fish. We brought the fish in and Jason turn [..]
Published on 2012-07-25 12:18:02
Downtown Sarasota condos are highly sought after. Many people love the idea of walking to all of the amenities that downtown has to offer without the hassle of jumping in the car, fighting traffic and finding a parking spot. Wouldn't it be nice to walk outside your front door and have Whole Foods, Starbucks, countless restaurants, a plethora of arts and culture, boating and other great entertainment within footsteps? Sounds like a great lifestyle.
There aren't any bank owned downtown condos [..]
Published on 2012-07-25 11:11:00
Here are some recently listed properties by our Realtors at DWELL.
This is a fabulous studio overlooking the lagoon located on the south end of Longboat Key. It is part of the Inn on the Beach at the Resort at the Longboat Key Club. Currently, it is the least expensive condo for sale. Yes, that is the view from the unit.
225 Sands Point Road # 7104, Longboat Key
Own a piece of paradise in this tasteful, fully furnished unit overlooking the long intercoastal waterway. Nicely upgr [..]
Published on 2012-07-25 10:31:00
We recently reduced the price of this home by $50,000! This lovely 1997 built home is located on the grand canal of Siesta Key. It offers 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 3,044 square feet.
5318 Avenida Del Mare
Discover this impeccable and captivating Siesta Key Home on the Grand Canal featuring an inviting foyer, lovely 10' tray ceilings throughout, three full bedrooms all with en-suite baths plus a separate dining room open to the views and an office. Bring the outdoors in with a 16' slidi [..]
Published on 2012-07-18 11:02:15
Looking for a fabulous Siesta Key condo to spend the winters, weekends or for your retirement years? There may be no better time to explore the Siesta Key condo market. Below are 6 condominiums that are either classified as a short sale or bank owned property:
6300 Midnight Pass Rd, Sarasota - Crystal Sands
5900 Midnight Pass Rd, Sarasota - Sarasota Surf and Racquet
6157 Midnight Pass Rd, Sarasota - Bay Oaks
5683 Midnight Pass Rd, Sarasota - Sunrise [..]
Published on 2012-07-17 10:58:42
More good news about the Sarasota real estate market. The Sarasota Association of Realtors issued the following press release today.
With 864 closed sales transactions in June 2012, the Sarasota real estate market achieved the highest level of quarterly sales in seven years, with 2,604 sales from April through June. The 864 closed transactions in June was also the second highest total since September 2005, yet another indication of a market that is achieving sales totals not seen since the [..]
Published on 2012-07-14 11:56:43
DWELL Real Estate is happy to announce that John Wilcher has joined our team. We are excited to have him aboard.
Decorated Combat Veteran of the Afghanistan War
Originally from Kentucky, John Wilcher made Sarasota, Florida, his home in 2000. He was drawn to the area because of its great beauty, fabulous beaches, ample supply of sunshine and superior quality of life. In 2001, John decided to he could help others live a similar lifestyle and decided to pursue a career in real e [..]
Published on 2012-07-11 15:08:45
Fortunately, we are still busy during the summer. Many of our agents on the phones talking to potential buyers. A conversation we frequently have is the current state of the market. We continually have to remind/educate buyers that they no longer have all of the leverage. Despite the bombardment of news about an improving real estate market many buyers still think that they are in total control. That is truly no longer the case.
Let's pick some popular areas of town and see how many propert [..]
Published on 2012-07-04 16:04:10
Looking for this kind of view?
I used my property search and found 9 condos on Lido Key, Longboat Key and Siesta Key that were either a short sale or bank owned property and had what the listing Realtor calls a 'full gulf view.'
Here are the condos:
4235 Gulf Of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key
5790 Midnight Pass Rd, Sarasota
1135 Gulf Of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key
5393 Gulf Of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key
5621 Gulf Of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key
5155 Gulf [..]
Published on 2012-07-02 09:29:46
We love it when our clients say good things about us. Below are two unsolicited testimonials that two of our clients wrote last week.
Thanks for everything Allison. It was a pleasure working with you on our condo purchase. You did a great job, and we feel that without you we would not be owners of this great condo. We will recommend you to anyone we know that’s looking for property in the Sarasota area. .Hope to see you when we are in Sarasota, Chuck and Ilse
Thank you Mrs Twit fo [..]
Published on 2012-06-27 15:15:21
Have you ever visited St. Armands Circle? Did you love it or hate? Do you like to shop there? Have you had a massage or facial at The Met? Have you enjoyed a tasty meal at The Columbia, Daquiri Desk, Tommy Bahamas?
We would love to hear your experiences of St. Armands Circle. In an effort to continually improve our website we would love to have your feedback.
Please visit the following link and write a review (good or bad). You just have to scroll below the listings and click the b [..]
Published on 2012-06-25 10:48:55
A big congratulations goes out to clients of Liz Nason for purchasing a lovely home at 1508 Flower Drive in the highly sought after West of Trail community of Harbor Acres.
1508 Flower Drive
This absolutely stunning custom Spanish Mediterannean home, located in prestigious Harbor Acres beckons your most discriminating buyer. Attention to every detail is evident though-out the home and property. As you approach the front door, you will be dazzled by the glorious bougainvillea trell [..]
Published on 2012-06-20 10:24:51
Our clients just purchased this fantastic 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,200 square feet condo in Peppertree on Siesta Key.
The asking price was $320,000 and it closed for $290,000 (public record).
1200 East Peppertree Lane #407
Popular Peppertree Bay! Great Gulf View at a Low Price! Watch beautiful sunsets from this turn-key furnished condo. Very spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo located on the 4th floor, east of Midnight Pass Rd.In addition, this condo features an open plan with a sliding do [..]
Published on 2012-06-19 12:43:15
The Sarasota Association of Realtors just issued the following press release.
The May 2012 numbers are in, and property sales in the Sarasota market once again topped 800 for the third consecutive month. The 854 closed transactions was the second highest total since September 2005, demonstrating once again a market that has recovered to levels not seen since the 2003-2005 real estate surge in Sarasota.The breakdown was 591 single family homes and 263 condominiums. Sales were 7.2 percent highe [..]
Published on 2012-06-19 08:21:26
Congratulations to our clients who just purchased 4131 Boca Point Drive in Prestancia.
This lovely 1988 built home has 3 bedroom, 5.5 bathrooms and 4,133 square feet of living space.
High quality, custom golf course home located on the best street in Prestancia. Spacious and light, this well designed and gracious floor plan includes a dramatic foyer entry into the living room with soaring 20' ceilings, large master suite with updatedhis and hers baths featuring gorgeous Carrera marble and [..]
Published on 2012-06-13 16:29:25
Have you ever wondered how many short sales and bank owned properties are for sale in Sarasota county with an asking price above $1,000,000?
Click on the links below to view them:
213 North Polk on Lido Key
637 Norton Street on Longboat Key
1020 Palmetto Way in Sarasota
4151 Founders Club Drive in Sarasota
5314 Siesta Cove Drive on Siesta Key
296 Osprey Point Drive in Osprey
819 Mangrove Point Road on Siesta Key
6312 Midnight Pass Road on Siesta [..]
Published on 2012-06-13 11:10:55
DWELL Real Estate would like to welcome James Tassell to our firm.
Originally from England, James has a passion for real estate and for assisting his clients with finding their home here in sunny Sarasota. His marketing degree and professional background make him adept at working with sellers to successfully market their properties, and his personable approach helps buyers feel comfortable throughout the entire purchase process.
James has traveled, lived, and worked throughout Europe, [..]
Published on 2012-06-06 10:56:16
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I would be happy to reciprocate. Just [..]
Published on 2012-06-06 09:35:39
Did you miss the boat?
Yesterday in the Sarasota Herald Tribune there was an article titles - Distressed Homes Become More Rare. Here are some highlights from the article:
Loan delinquency rates have dropped along with foreclosures, putting a squeeze on the supply of distressed properties that have dominated Southwest Florida's real estate market for years.
CoreLogic, a Santa Ana, Calif.-based company that tracks housing, reported that loan delinquency rates in the North Port-B [..]
Published on 2012-06-02 06:05:38
Our West of the Trail expert Liz Nason was quoted many times in the Sarasota Magazine article - A mini-boom for West of the Trail. The article says she is with Rosebay International but she joined DWELL recently. Kudos to Liz!
I reposted the article below:
A building boomlet is heating up the West of the Trail area, with seven newly constructed homes for sale, two additional new homes that sold this spring, and another 12 homes currently under construction. (Two are spec homes; the other 1 [..]
Published on 2012-05-30 15:14:49
Clients of ours just purchased a lovely unit in Seaplace on Longboat Key. This condo has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,265 square feet and was built in 1974. The asking price was $475,000 and the final sales price was $465,000. It only took 19 days to get a contract. You can view more photos, virtual tour and property details of this sold condo
2045 Gulf of Mexico Drive #509
Enjoy fabulous gulf views from this 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,265 square foot condominium home with direct gulf views! [..]
Published on 2012-05-30 14:32:55
Looking for a fabulous home on Siesta Key? Consider the luxury waterfront home at 5318 Avenida Del Mar on Siesta Key. This 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 3,044 square foot home canal front home was built in 1997.
5318 Avenida Del Mare - Siesta Key Waterfront Home
Discover this impeccable and captivating Siesta Key Home on the Grand Canal featuring an inviting foyer, lovely 10' tray ceilings throughout, three full bedrooms all with en-suite baths plus a separate dining room open to the views [..]
Published on 2012-05-22 08:13:50
Congratulations to clients of Jim and Jamey Hirschman for buying 5073 Higel Avenue. This immaculate Siesta Key canal home has 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 2,466 square feet. I have shown this home several times and thought it was a great waterfront home.
The asking price was $899,900 and it closed for $840,000 (public record).
5073 Higel Avenue
The "wow" factor will be the first thing you think about upon entering the front door of this totally and perfectly renovated and expanded cana [..]
Published on 2012-05-22 05:38:08
An article from the Sarasota Herald Tribune - Sarasota Ranks #1 for the Arts
It is no surprise to locals, but American Style Magazine made it official when it released its 2012 readers' poll of the top arts cities in the nation: for its size, you can't beat Sarasota.
Sarasota, ranked No. 5 in 2010 and 2011, vaulted to No. 1 on this year's annual list of the 25 best arts destinations with populations of 100,000 or less with more than 27 percent of the total votes for the category.
"We all [..]
Published on 2012-05-21 11:31:42
There seems to be no stopping the Sarasota real estate market! April 2012 saw yet another seven-year high for monthly sales, hitting 886 total closed transactions. The figure topped last month's 831 sales by 6.6 percent.It was the highest number of sales since August 2005, and when there were 908 total sales. The breakdown was 589 single family home sales and 297 condo sales. Last April, the totals were 546 homes and 226 condos for a total of 759 overall sales, so the jump was about 17 percent y [..]
Published on 2012-05-18 11:37:10
Congratulations to Sharon Straw for making another client happy!
I need to let you know that had it not been for Sharon, I probably would not have bought a vacation home in Sarasota recently. After going out on a disappointing and eye opening venture in North Port, I decided that I would just forget about even looking. But I had been following your new company online since you broke out on your own and decided to go ahead and an email an inquiry about a house,,as Sarasota is really where I wa [..]
Published on 2012-05-16 10:08:21
We would like to welcome Nathan Hays to our company. As a 10-year resident of Sarasota, Nathan has developed an extensive knowledge of local neighborhoods and their unique attributes. He has established a wide range of connections through his professional and volunteer work, and is known for his approachable style. With a strong background in technology, Nathan uses his skills and expertise to leverage the Internet and expose his clients to the widest range of qualified buyers possible. Natha [..]
Published on 2012-05-15 20:00:23
January 1, 2012 - May 15, 2012
The Longboat Key condo market has been active this year. Here are the sales statistics for all Longboat Key condo from January 1, 2012 to May 15, 2012. There were 171 condo sold in this time period.
Published on 2012-05-15 19:31:38
Doesn't this look like a nice place to enjoy your morning coffee and breakfast? This terrace is facing east over the Sarasota bay so it provides stunning views of the sun rise in the mornings.
A client of ours just purchased this 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 2,482 square foot condo in Fairway Bay on Longboat Key.
2016 Harbourside Drive, Longboat Key, Florida
Open and spacious is this 3BD/3BA condominium home in Fairway Bay! Savor the expansive bay views and lush tropical mangroves all wit [..]
Published on 2012-05-15 18:48:45
Wouldn't it be nice to hang out on this lanai with a cold beverage and watch the sunset?
We just listed this fantastic spacious townhouse in Miramar in Lakewood Ranch. If you need some space in a new development with fabulous golf views then you should take a look at this townhome. This 2006 built townhouse offers 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 2,997 square feet.
8366 Miramar Way, Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Lakewood Ranch Country Club living at its best with this gorgeous 3 bedroom/3 bath [..]
Published on 2012-05-09 08:21:09
Sharon Straw is on a roll! Not only did she represent the buyers on this Longboat Key beach condo but she also just sold a very nice home in the Lakewood Ranch Country Club.
The home at 6607 The Masters Avenue in Lakewood Ranch is a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 2,992 square foot, 2000 built home. The original asking price was $609,000. The sellers then lowered the price to $599,900 and it closed for $565,000 (public record).
Lakewood Ranch Country Club Home
6607 The Masters Avenue
If you a [..]
Published on 2012-05-08 20:34:15
Congratulations to Sharon Straw for selling a fantastic Longboat Key beach condo in Whitney Beach on the north end of the island. This beachfront condo offers stunning beach and water views. See what I mean?
I would not mind hanging out there.
6701 Gulf of Mexico Drive #306
Make you daydreams of living on the beach a reality! Watch the dolphins play in the sparkling water of the Gulf of Mexico or wave to one of the passing sailboats as they leisurely pass by your fully furnished cor [..]
Published on 2012-05-07 21:01:34
I love to sell homes but even more satisfying is selling a rare and unique property. It was such a joy to sell this modern style home on Siesta Key. 724 Tropical Circle is one of those rare properties that you just don't see on a daily....weekly or even on a monthly basis for that mantter. And, I see a lot of homes.
I can't figure out what I like best about this contemporary style home - the clean lines, high ceilings, minimalistic feel, large windows offering ample naturaly light, serene wat [..]
Published on 2012-05-02 20:24:22
We often get asked from our buyers, "How long do short sales take to close?" I typically give a pretty vague answer because some of them happen quickly and some take what seems like forever. I prepare people that they will typically be waiting for several months to get a response.
Last year I closed this Lakewood Ranch short sale in just over a month. But that is because the bank involved was a local community bank and it was easy to get the decision maker on the telephone.
Clients of [..]
Published on 2012-04-24 14:37:51
We just put our Palm Bay Club condo listing back on the market. We had to take off during the busy winter season because it was constantly rented and impossible to view. . This lovely condo at 5970 Midnight Pass Road #171 is located within foosteps of the # 1 beach in the U.S.
Palm Bay Club Condo
Fabulous 2/2 condo within footsteps of the #1 rated Siesta Key beach. This well maintained condo has southern exposure so there is plenty of natural sunlight. This is the perfect place to enjoy th [..]
Published on 2012-04-24 14:04:07
Selecting a Realtor is one of the most important decisions you will make when you are buying or selling a home. Here are five tips to help you make the best choice:
Full-Time or Bust
In the Sarasota market particularly, there are many part-time Realtors. Often retirees think that being a Realtor will be a “fun” thing to do. It can be fun indeed, but it is a serious job and it requires all of the time, energy, and focus of any other job. To stay on top of the market, the new [..]
Published on 2012-04-24 08:33:54
The Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay are home to the island of Longboat Key. And along the eleven acres of this key is the beautiful community of Longboat Key condos. With views, activities, and well designed and accented condos you have a place where you can run away from it all and still be close to Sarasota, Florida.
The location is paramount to the condos that are built here. Whether you are a business man, retiree, or utilizing the home for a wonderful second home getaway this is a place [..]
Published on 2012-04-18 17:18:57
The Sarasota Association of Realtors just issued a press release today regarding the flurry of buying in the Sarasota FL real estate market.
The Sarasota real estate market saw sales climb to a seven-year high in March 2012, with 831 properties changing hands during the month. Not since September 2005 has the local real estate association seen sales at that level. In addition, pending sales (which represent properties that went under contract during the month) reached the highest level in [..]
Published on 2012-04-17 15:25:58
We are very excited to announce that Liz Nason has joined DWELL Real Estate. Although she is well versed in the entire Sarasota market, Liz is very active in the West of Trail neighborhoods. If you cruise around that section of town you probably have noticed her real estate signs:
Liz was born and raised in New England and moved to Sarasota after building a career in staffing and employee relations in New York City. Looking for a better climate and more civilized pace, she [..]
Published on 2012-04-17 06:51:01
Lakewood Ranch is a sprawling community of eight villages with tremendous room for growth. The community is comprised of 8,500 in east Sarasota and Manatee counties. It is a popular place to live for retirees, snowbirds, young professionals and families.
Many people are drawn to Lakewood Ranch because of the consistency of the neighborhoods. You won't find a community of million dollar homes adjacent to a mobile home park. Take one drive through the area and you can't help notice the pristine [..]
Published on 2012-04-14 07:32:56
I have sold a couple of units in the Longboat Key Towers buildings on south Longboat Key over the years. These are great buildngs because of the double view. Units run from the west side of the building overlooking the beach and Gulf of Mexico Drive to the east side which overlooks the Longboat Key Club golf course and Sarasota Bay.
Longboat Key Towers located on the beautiful island of Longboat Key Florida is a superior architectural statue consisting of two charming twelve-story buildings a [..]
Published on 2012-04-12 14:33:05
Central Park Lakewood Ranch is part of the 8,500-acre, highly exclusive and award-winning Lakewood Ranch community. It is strategically located on the Florida Gulf Coast and very near I-75. Central Park Lakewood Ranch is made up of six eco-friendly and distinctive neighborhoods. Central Park homes in Lakewood Ranch can be found in the following neighborhoods:
Lakewood Ranch, where Centra [..]
Published on 2012-04-10 10:46:48
On March 6th I wrote about listing a great beachfront Lido Key condo. You can read it here - Lido Key beach condo. Then I subsequently wrote about receiving multiple offers on the condo shortly after putting it on the market. - Lido Key condo - multiple offers.This condo closed last week for $335,000 (public record) which was $10,000 more than our asking price. We received two offers immediately after putting it on the market. The winning offer was obviously more than asking price, cash and a qu [..]
Published on 2012-04-10 09:52:45
By: Allison Werner
Want boating water access for under $200,000 in Sarasota/Bradenton? Here are your best bets!
The Harborage on Braden River
A Neal community with a mix of condos and maintenance-free single family homes, The Harborage on Braden River is a great spot located west of I-75 off State Road 70. There are nature trails throughout, a lovely community pool and workout room, and community boat slips and lifts on the Braden River are available for annual rental at reaso [..]
Published on 2012-04-03 14:32:03
We keep hearing about the strength of the Sarasota real estate market. Here are few interesting updates.
Area Pending Sales Near 12 Month High
Pending Sales Rise to 11 Month High
Lakewood Ranch Ranked a Top Selling U.S. Community
Pending Sales Spike in January 2012
Pending sales in the Sarasota real estate market hit an 11-month high in February, demonstrating once more the health of the local industry as the buying season heats up.Median sale prices were also up substantial [..]
Published on 2012-04-03 13:38:24
Congratulations to Allison Werner and her lovely clients for their closing in popular Burns Court Villas. This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom townhouse offers 2,124 square feet and was built in 2007.
The asking price was $674,000 and the closing price is $650,000 (public record).
565 South Palm Avenue
3 Story Corner Unit!Very bright with many windows & Sliding Glass doors! Within Walking distance to Downtown! PRIVATE ELEVATOR! Fabulous Garden & Pool/Spa area with Selby type setting.Floor Plan [..]
Published on 2012-03-27 09:58:44
I just added a ratings feature to this website. Now you can add your own personal opinions about various areas of Sarasota, Florida. Take a look at my Siesta Key page below. Notice the stars under the title. The average ratings is 4.71 (out of 5 stars) based on 7 reviews.
Please take a moment and add a review (good or bad). Please be honest. Here are pages where you can add reviews (more to come):
St. A [..]
Published on 2012-03-27 09:16:12
My client just purchased this great condo in St. Armands Towers. It is a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,320 square foot with southern exposure on the 2nd floor. There are water and beach views from the balcony. One of great features of this building is location. Residents of St. Armands Towers can easily walk to all of the shops, restaurants and fun times of St. Armands Circle. The asking price of this condo was $395,000. The closing price was $350,000 (public record). It was on the market 7 days befo [..]
Published on 2012-03-22 07:14:01
Sarasota Herald Tribune wrote yesterday about Sarasota's active real estate market. Link to the article - Area homes under contract near 12 month high. I was fortunate enough to be quoted in the article.
Area homes under contract near 12-month high
Residential real estate may still be soft in some places nationally, but not in Sarasota and Manatee counties.The number of completed home sales fell a bit in February, according to new figures from local Realtor associations, but the nu [..]
Published on 2012-03-20 12:21:47
More good news for the Sarasota real estate market.
Pending sales in the Sarasota real estate market hit an 11-month high in February, demonstrating once more the health of the local industry as the buying season heats up.
Median sale prices were also up substantially for single family homes and condos in February 2012 compared to this time last year – another positive sign for a successful home buying season.
“I have heard nothing but positive reports from our members about th [..]
Published on 2012-03-20 11:10:11
I copied an article below about Lakewood Ranch. Give us a call at 941.812.6272 if we can help you buy or sell in the Sarasota area.
Of all the possible indicators of economic recovery, perhaps none will boost consumer confidence as much as the recovery of the housing industry. According to Candice McElyea, spokesperson for Schroeder-Manatee Ranch Inc., which oversees the development of Lakewood Ranch in Manatee and Sarasota counties, evidence of that recovery can be found in master-planne [..]
Published on 2012-03-13 16:38:04
Last week I wrote about this lovely condo on Lido Key that I just listed for $325,000. Fortunately, we had multiple offers on the property. Below are some tips to handling multiple offers written by Shayla Twit in 2009.
1) Mortgage pre-approval or proof of fundsIt is best to get pre-approved for a mortgage or have proof of assets prior to looking at property. If you get into a multiple offer situation and you are not prepared there is a strong chance that you will lose. I have represent [..]
Published on 2012-03-06 08:59:46
More good news for the Sarasota-Bradenton area. Portfolio.com, the national business news site, named the Sarasota-Bradenton market as the most desirable community for retirement. I pasted the article below or you can read it here - Sarasota-Bradenton Chosen Top Place to Retire.
Portfolio.com, the national business news site, named the Sarasota-Bradenton market as the most desirable community for retirement.
The ranking is welcome news in a region that is still getting over the effects o [..]
Published on 2012-03-06 08:44:27
Looking for a fabulous beach getaway at an affordable price? I just listed this a wonderful one bedroom/1 bathroom, 862 square foot condo on Lido Key that overlooks the tranquil blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. For more photos, a virtual tour and information visit 1900 Ben Franklin Drive #403A.
1900 Ben Franklin Drive #403A
Stunning gulf and beach views from this well maintained Lido Key condo. You are within a few footsteps of the white sandy Lido Key beach and tranquil blue waters of t [..]
Published on 2012-03-02 20:31:04
Good job to Shayla Twit. It is great when a client loves our services enough to send a raving review. Below is an email from one of Shayla's clients.
Mr. Rasmussen- Shala Twit showed me all the currently available units at Lido Towers this morning in response to previous email contact we had. My wife and I have been renting a unit which is currently listed and Ms Twit's intelligent, informed assistance helped us to see and analyze the possibilities the current real estate market in this b [..]
Published on 2012-02-28 09:31:58
A client of mine purchased a great townhouse in the Fairway Bay community on Longboat Key. The townhouse is located behind the gates of the luxurious Longboat Key Club. It has 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 1,626 square feet and overlooks the Sarasota bay. The beauty of this property is the price and the private deep water boat dock that comes with it.
The previous owners bought this Fairway Bay townhouse for $512,500 in 2009. It was listed in December of 2011 for $399,000. Later in December the [..]
Published on 2012-02-28 08:57:46
DWELL Real Estate made the newspaper yesterday. You can read it here - DWELL Real Estate.
While some real estate companies shrank and died during the Great Recession, some are sprouting now that the Southwest Florida market is showing signs of stability.
One of the latest companies to get started is Dwell Real Estate, a Sarasota firm launched by former Michael Saunders & Co. agent Marc Rasmussen.
Rasmussen has worked at numerous agencies in the area. He was at Re/Max Properties Group and [..]
Published on 2012-02-27 13:45:00
I am always interested to hear what Warren Buffett has to say. Watch this CNBC video - I'd Buy up Millions of Single Family Homes if I Could. His comments about the real estate market are found around the 5:00 minute mark. Glad to see that he is bullish on the housing market. Here are some highlights from the article:
Warren Buffett says along with equities, single-family homes are a very attractive investment right now.
Appearing live on CNBC's Squawk Box, Buffett tells Becky Quick he'd b [..]
Published on 2012-02-21 11:47:04
DWELL Real Estate sold a few properties last week. Leave a comment below with your guess of the sales price of each property.
1) River Strand at Heritage Harbour
Jim and Jamey Hirschman recently sold this home at 8723 River Preserve Drive in Bradenton. This is in the River Strand section of Heritage Harbour. This pool and lakefront home has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 2,661 square feet and was built in 2009.
Take a guess at the sales price.
8723 River Preserve Drive
Almost new, gen [..]
Published on 2012-02-16 14:53:31
The Sarasota Association of Realtors issued a press release:
The new year started with a 38 percent jump in pending sales from the previous month, as reported by members of the Sarasota Association of Realtors® - a strong indicator for a successful 2012 season for real estate agents and firms.In January 2012, a total of 963 contracts were signed for property transactions. The breakdown was 723 single family homes and 240 condominiums. Pending sales is considered a major indicator for the nex [..]
Published on 2012-02-14 13:46:33
If you, like many people, prefer a newer home in Sarasota, there are more options now than in the recent past. Builders like DR Horton and Neal Communities have really cranked up construction in the past few months and these new homes are selling fast! Buyers I am have worked with recently have been impressed with the values found in new construction now , especially when comparing the gorgeous model homes to sometimes-tired existing homes at the very same price point.Here is your guide to t [..]
Published on 2012-02-07 10:57:20
Looking to enjoy the Florida lifestyle on the water? Here are 3 waterfront short sale in Sarasota, Florida.
Siesta Key Canalfront Short Sale
The home above is located on the immensely popular Siesta Key. It is a canal home with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,096 square feet and was built in 1972.
Short Sale - Beautifully updated canal front 3 bedroom 2 bath home. Crown mouldings throughout and custom tray ceilings in the family room and living room with recessed lighting. Kitchen has to [..]
Published on 2012-01-31 09:10:43
Are prices in Sarasota, Florida rising yet?
It depends on where you look. Here is a concrete example of where prices have risen. Take a look at the Marquee en Ville condos in downtown Sarasota.
These are the hip looking modern townhouses on Fruitville road. From this location you can walk to all of the amenities of downtown Sarasota. The difference between these and other downtown condos is that you get over 2,000 square feet and a 2 car garage whereas most other condos are in a high r [..]
Published on 2012-01-31 08:40:36
Is Sarasota a cheap or expensive real estate market? I guess it depends on who you talk to. Someone coming from Manhattan might view this area as a bargain. Another buyer from Detroit, Michigan might view Sarasota as very expensive. It is all relative to what you are used to.
Sarasota vs. Vail
I am on vacation this in Vail with my family. Even though this is a vacation I am still observant when it comes to real estate. We are staying in the Lionshead area of Vail which is within walking di [..]
Published on 2012-01-24 10:14:53
This is a follow up to last week's post - 50% off?
Clients often ask us what kind of discount they can expect to receive in an all-cash transaction. Sellers love receiving cash offers and typically will discount their home a little more because of no mortgage headaches. However, the discount is not as great as most people think. Below are sales statistics in Sarasota county for sold properties in the last six months.
Sarasota County Sales in the Last Six Months
4,171 - Number of prop [..]
Published on 2012-01-17 14:50:40
Foreclosures....Bank Owned....Short Sales....REO's
These are popular buzz words in today's real estate world. We talk to buyer daily and often hear "Super Deal!", "Sweet Deal!, "Great Deal!" or something similar. That is perfectly ok. Today is a fabulous time to take advantage of the depressed real estate market.
How much can knock off these foreclosures and short sales?
Many home buyers come to Florida with the misconception that you can immediately take off 30-40% from the list [..]
Published on 2012-01-17 10:21:20
I just listed a remodeled 1 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom condo in the Lido Regency building on Lido Key. This is the perfect place for those looking to escape the cold northern winters or a small weekend getaway to get from the daily grind. You can dip your toes in the Gulf of Mexico within seconds of this lovely condo.
1700 Ben Franklin Drive #4F
Luxury awaits you in this remodeled condo on Lido Key beach. Enjoy the Florida lifestyle in one of the least expensive beach front condos in Sarasota. [..]
Published on 2012-01-17 09:30:24
Allison Werner just listed this fabulous remodeled home in the convenient South Gate community. This 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,836 square foot remodeled home is in search for a new owner. Imagine living within 15 minutes of some of the world's prettiest beaches.
2311 Tanglewood Drive
Short sale. This fantastic South Gate home has so much to offer! The home has been renovated from top to bottom, including bathrooms, kitchen (granite, stylish vanities, new appliances, the works!), and [..]
Published on 2012-01-11 16:17:54
For the full year 2011, property sales of members of the Sarasota Association of Realtors® jumped by 8.2 percent to 8,224, achieving the highest level since 2005. The surge in sales was accompanied by stabilization in the median sale prices, which now stand at $155,925 for single family homes and $156,800 for condos over the full year, and have not fluctuated much for the past 12 months.
Once again, the market has demonstrated that Sarasota is a destination of choice for many homebuyers. For [..]
Published on 2011-07-04 06:31:46
Below are the 5 largest residential real estate transactions in the month of June.
667 Mourning Dove Drive, Sarasota
This lovely Bird Key waterfront home is located at 667 Mourning Dove Drive. It offers 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 half
Published on 2011-06-26 19:54:49
My Bradenton waterfront home just sold last week for $325,000 (public record). This 1995 built home was on the Braden River and has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 3,266 square feet. Give me a call at 941.812.6272 if you would like a free market analysis
Published on 2011-06-26 17:48:36
Looking for a fabulous Siesta Key condo? Take a look at this bank owned condo in the popular Gulf and Bay Club community on Siesta Key beach. This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,335 square foot unit is one of the least expensive condos in Gulf and Bay Club
Published on 2011-06-21 06:43:09
Some clients just purchased this lovely Lakewood Ranch home yesterday. They worked with Allison Werner in finding this great deal. The home was located at 8075 Royal Birkdale Circle in the Lakewood Ranch Country Club.
Published on 2011-06-18 05:41:23
A little slice of paradise of just sold yesterday. A client of mine just purchased this fabulous home at 5105 Oxford Drive on Siesta Key. This 2004 built home is on the grand canal so the new owner will be able to hop on the boat behind the house to
Published on 2011-06-17 06:01:18
My clients just lowered the price of this fabulous home at 6453 Indigo Bunting Place in Lakewood Ranch from $425,000 to $399,900! What a fantasic value for 2004 built, 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom, 3,076 square foot pool home.
Give me a call at 941.812.
Published on 2011-06-15 10:47:33
I was out showing property yesterday and my client said, "all of the homes we wanted to see have sold!" She had been searching for homes on my website fors awhile and when she came to town many of her favorites had sold. Lately, this has been a commo
Published on 2011-06-15 09:50:52
Below is a press release from the Sarasota Association of Realtors:
May numbers continue exceptional spring for Sarasota real estate market
The Sarasota real estate market continued its strong spring showing in May 2011, with 796 total sales re
Published on 2011-06-12 16:15:58
I just added this great new feature to LuxurySarasotaRealEstate.com. Now you can view properties that have sold in the Sarasota., Florida area. Who can use this?
Home Owners & Nosey Neighbors
Property owners can now better estimate the val
Published on 2011-06-10 09:12:44
Clients of mine just purchased this fabulous townhouse in Miramar Lakewood Ranch. What a great deal!. This is a 2006 built townhouse with 2,997 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 2 car garage. The best part is that it sits on the golf course and
Published on 2011-06-09 09:37:08
Has the Lakewood Ranch real estate market bottomed? As I was writing my last blog post Lakewood Ranch real estate market update I was analyzing some of the great charts that Trendgraphix provides. One of them was a chart of months of inventory. You c
Published on 2011-06-09 08:40:32
Lakewood Ranch Video
Take a look at the Michael Saunders and Company produced video above about Lakewood Ranch, Florida.
Lakewood Ranch Homes For Sale
Below are statistics on single family homes for sale in Lakewood Ranch. If you ar
Published on 2011-06-06 12:25:44
Take a look at the condo below in Siesta Dunes on the world famous Siesta Key beach. This short sale has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,150 square feet, ground floor and was listed for $600,000. It closed May 26th for $500,000 (public record).
Published on 2011-06-06 11:46:14
Extensive market knowledge is so crucial for a good Realtor. It really is essential in properly helping buyers and sellers. The home buying or selling experience is so much more efficient and enjoyable when you are working a Realtor who has vast mark
Published on 2011-06-06 11:01:15
Take a look at the photos below. Unit #1103 in the Ritz Carlton Tower Residences just closed. This lovely unit was a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 2,990 square foot condo in the highly sought after Ritz Carlton condos in downtown Sarasota. This is one of th
Published on 2011-05-30 07:42:58
So, you have decided that you are ready to buy a home? Congratulations? Buying a home is one of the most exciting times in anyone’s life. In order to make sure you are making a sound purchase that will serve you well for years to come, however, the
Published on 2011-05-27 05:55:50
Yaaaaay! Dr. Beach just came out with his list of the best beaches in the country. Siesta Key beach in Sarasota, Florida was ranked #1!
Siesta Beach in Sarasota No. 1 in nation on list by 'Dr. Beach'
SARASOTA - The powdery white shoreli
Published on 2011-05-23 15:53:43
Looking for paradise?
If you are on this website then you are probably looking to relocate to Sarasota, Florida or buy a vacation property here. Many of our clients come from all over the world. Not only do we have clients from all over the United
Published on 2011-05-23 11:29:07
Below are all of the Sarasota and Manatee county property sales from May
15th to May 21st. I pulled this information from the Mid Florida MLS
which is deemed to be reliable but is not guaranteed.
Highest sales price - $4
Published on 2011-05-23 10:34:32
Congratulations to my associate Allison Werner for making another buyer happy and a successful transaction. Read the letter below which came to us from one of her happy clients. We love to receive these. ;-)
If you would like Allison to help you
Published on 2011-05-16 19:58:56
We have been busy lately. Below are three properties recently sold by Marc Rasmussen and his teammates Shayla Twit and Allison Werner.
14961 Amberjack Terrace in Lakewood Ranch
Shayla Twit just sold this lovely townhouse in Lakewood Ranch.
Published on 2011-05-16 12:04:06
How do you figure out the value of a property?
First let's discuss what market value is
It is not the price you paid for
the home plus improvements and real estate commissions.
It is not how much your friend,
Published on 2011-05-09 12:37:50
Living on the beach remains to be one of the most sought after segments of the Sarasota real estate market. If price were not a factor most people would prefer to live on one of Sarasota’s beaches versus other locations. Stunning water and beach vi
Published on 2011-05-02 19:30:51
Clients of mine just purchased this lovely home at 612 Indian Beach Lane in the Indian Beach subdivision of Sarasota, Florida.
This is one of the nicest Sarasota waterfront homes that I have ever seen. The design of this ho
Published on 2011-05-02 18:54:38
We lowered the price of this fabulous home in the Greenbrook section of Lakewood Ranch. Check out the home below.
6453 Indigo Bunting Place - Lakewood Ranch, Florida
This home offers 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, swimming
Published on 2011-04-30 10:23:25
The condo in the center of the picture above is L' Elegance in Sarasota. This is a fabulous beach front condo on Lido Key. Many of the units in this building offer not only fabulous views to the west of the beach and Gulf of Mexico but also views to
Published on 2011-04-29 09:57:48
By Tina Fountain - Atlanta Luxury Homes
How savvy are you when it comes to the mortgage process? A mortgage is the largest, single investment most people will ever make. Therefore, it is important to not just have a good understanding of the m
Published on 2011-04-25 15:56:19
I just listed this fabulous 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom, 3,076 square foot pool home in Lakewood Ranch. It is in fabulous condition and is a great place to live for a family. Give Marc Rasmussen a call at 941.812.6272 for a viewing.
Published on 2011-04-25 15:14:15
The luxury market in Sarasota continues to be busy. I wrote about it roughly a month ago - Luxury Sarasota Homes & Condos selling. There was a high profile sale on Longboat Key. It closed for $12,500,000 last week. The home located at 825 Longboa
Published on 2011-04-21 19:34:34
Today, April 22, 2011, people around the world will be celebrating Earth Day. Most of us – like me - don’t have celebrations on our calendar, but particularly given recent events like the Tsunami in Japan and gas prices inching up to $5 a gallon,
Published on 2011-04-18 20:08:08
I would love to hear where you think the Sarasota real estate market is on this market cycle. Please make a comment. Are better times ahead? Are things going to get worse before they get better? Where do you think we are on this ch
Published on 2011-04-18 19:03:09
Remember the boom years of 2003-2005? Remember when the market was going crazy and everyone became a buyer of investment properties, regardless of price? Well, here is some interesting news. The March 2011 pending
sales, which is a future ind
Published on 2011-04-18 04:46:28
by Milan Cole - Portland Real Estate When the real estate market was booming it was a lot easier to get your home sold in a hurry, but it's not so easy anymore. In today's market many homes sit unsold month after month. This is not because homes are
Published on 2011-04-11 16:37:52
Looking for ample space and fabulous views in a downtown Sarasota condo? Take a look at this bank owned foreclosure in the One Watergate condo building. This is a huge unit at over 3,100 square feet. The water and marina views are fantastic. Resident
Published on 2011-04-11 15:57:36
A client of mine just purchased this lovely Longboat Key condo below. The first person (non Realtor) to guess the sales price will receive a $25.00 gift certificate to their favorite restaurant or store.
Published on 2011-04-11 15:27:07
I was out showing property this morning when a fellow Michael Saunders Realtor texted me with, "Quoted in the paper? Aren't you special?" I didn't know what she was talking about and I was in the middle of looking at a house with a client so I respon
Published on 2011-04-11 14:44:15
Good news for the Sarasota real estate market. Inventories continue to decline while pending sales and closed sales rose. Take a look at the chart below from Trendgraphix.com which pulls sales data from our Mid Florida MLS.
The data above is
Published on 2011-04-04 14:18:18
Just Sold! Guess the Sales Price
It is important to know the market before you take the plunge and buy a home. Viewing what similar properties have recently sold for will help you get a better understanding of the market. Afterall, an appraisal is
Published on 2011-04-01 09:40:37
I read an interesting article from CNN Money this morning. It talks about the coming shortage of new homes in the United States. I pasted it below. You can read the actual article here - Real Estate: It's time to buy again.
Forget stocks. Don't be
Published on 2011-03-28 09:44:55
Below is a pie chart showing the market share of brokers for properties over $750,000. People's definition of luxury will vary. Some believe it is over $1,000,000 while others think it is less. It is hard to say that a $900,000 home does not classify
Published on 2011-03-28 08:20:39
Who sells the most Sarasota real estate? Below is a pie chart from Trendgraphix.com showing market share for the lasdt 12 months based on sales volume for Sarasota county. I included any brokerage that had more than a 2% market share. Based on the la
Published on 2011-03-22 11:44:20
Below are 4 sales of Sarasota luxury homes. All of the homes were listed by Realtors with Michael Saunders and Company. Photos courtesy of the the listing agents. Congrats to all of them for the sale.
Bird Key Home Sold
What a gorge
Published on 2011-03-21 19:33:01
I am contacted frequently by potential buyers looking to purchase a short sale or foreclosure on one of the barrier islands - Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Bird Key, Lido Key and Casey Key. I thought it might be interesting to see data on how many "distr
Published on 2011-03-18 06:50:31
The Sarasota real estate market is very active in all price ranges (see Sarasota February Property Sales Up and Inventory Levels Drop to 6 Year Lows). Below are all of the pending sales within the last 30 days in Sarasota and Manatee counties that ha
Published on 2011-03-14 13:24:02
Check out the huge increase in pending sales in February. I knew the February numbers were going to be good when I wrote my last post - The market is busy, busy, busy. As you can see both the pending sales and closed sales were up while the inv
Published on 2011-03-08 06:40:12
The Sarasota Florida real estate market is very active. This is our busy selling season as many of the visiting snowbirds consider buying a slive of paradise. Our January pending sales shot through the roof. I imagine the same will be true when the F
Published on 2011-02-28 09:51:52
Check out this new foreclosure in Lakewood Ranch. It is located at 6939 Westchester Circle in the Country Club section of Lakewood Ranch overlooking the golf course. I showed this home a few months ago when it was a short sale. It was huge. It has 6
Published on 2011-02-28 09:15:41
Looking for the best deal on your next home purchase? Here are 4 tips to help you get the best deal.
1) No financing contingency
If you pay cash or remove any financing contingency from the purchase agreement then chances are good that you will
Published on 2011-02-28 07:20:41
The Sarasota Association of Realtors recently came out with their monthly statistics. If you are interested you can read them here. It provides some valuable information and statistics on the Sarasota Florida real estate market. Aside from fabulous n
Published on 2011-02-28 05:49:24
I have seen a lot of fabulous homes in Sarasota. The home above is listed with fellow Michael Saunders associate Deborah Beacham. I went to a cocktail party there when it was originally put on the market. What a great home on the beach. This modern d
Published on 2011-02-17 07:33:16
Check out the fabulous home below. My clients just purchased this lovely Cherokee Park home this week.
This 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom, 3,559 square feet home in Cherokee Park was extensively remodeled in 2003. The beauty of this home is the conv
Published on 2011-02-16 06:58:20
The Sarasota Association of Realtors issued a press release yesterday - Pending Sales Surge in January, early 2011 appears promising. Highlights include:
Pending sales in the Sarasota real estate market experienced a major climb in January 2011
Published on 2011-02-15 06:34:47
Congrats to Shayla Twit for her 2 recent sales this last week. If you are looking to buy a home visit Shayla Twit and tell her what you are looking for. She is very prompt and will get back to you as soon as possible.
Lakewood Ranch Home
Published on 2011-02-15 05:42:01
Take a look at this adorable villa that my clients just purchased in the University Park Country Club.
This was a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom, 1,464 square foot vila on Whitebridge Glen in University Park. It was built in 1994 and was in spectacular shap
Published on 2011-02-14 05:18:28
I heard a theory once about people who vacation in Florida. Vacationers tend to do three things when they visit – go to our beaches, visit our amusement parks and grab a Realtor to look at properties for sale. It is pretty common for vacationers or
Published on 2011-02-05 08:24:08
I want to welcome Allison Werner to the fun. I met her at a social event back in November and pulled her over to Michael Saunders and Company to work with me. I was impressed by her work ethic and desire to succeed.
I threw her in the fire quickl
Published on 2011-02-05 06:42:52
Making minor improvements to your house or condo can go a long way in attracting potential buyers.In order to sell, your home depends on three things: price, location and condition. Sprucing up your home’s aesthetics – also known as staging – c
Published on 2011-02-01 18:33:53
You can deal with this
Need I say more?
Published on 2011-01-31 15:59:51
One common theme among today's home buyers is the need to find a "deal". Almost every buyer mentions it when talking about their needs and wants. We Realtors joke about it as we hear it all of the time. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it. If I
Published on 2011-01-24 13:13:25
492 Partridge Circle on Bird Key
My listing at 492 Partridge Circle closed today for $1,050,000. This was a large house of over 4,000 square feet, 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. It was built in 1968 however many of the ceilings in the home had been
Published on 2011-01-20 15:42:21
If you have ever visited LuxurySarasotaRealEstate.com before you may notice that it looks a little different. We just revamped the site and added some features. Please bare with us as we work through the kinks. One of the coolest upgrades is our Sara
Published on 2011-01-12 18:56:24
The Sarasota Association of Realtors had a press release today.
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 bo
Published on 2011-01-07 04:39:29
Below are the Sarasota real estate sales figures pulled from the Mid-Florida MLS comparing years 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Published on 2011-01-05 08:29:34
Some clients of mine just purchased this fabulous home at 1229 Seaplume Way on Siesta Key. This Siesta Key home was built in 1989 but was recently remodeled. It has 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. One of the best features about this home is the short w
Published on 2010-12-27 06:22:51
Sarasota did it again! In a survey conducted by Portfolio.com Sarasota/Bradenton earns the designation as Americas most popular retirement destination. This is not the first time Sarasota was named one of the best places retire. Money magazine once g
Published on 2010-12-24 07:46:39
There was an outstanding article in the Sarasota Herald Tribune today about condo sales in Florida. Follow this link to read it. I probably only think it is outstanding because they quoted me and added a photo. ;-)
Here are the highlights of the art
Published on 2010-12-22 18:52:33
According to recent reports, the U.S. economy has been showing new signs of economic recovery. Not only are new claims for jobless aid declining, but factory activity in the Mid-Atlantic region has been on the rise. Although housing data continues to