Sunday, November 12, 2017

Property Taxes | Frequently Asked Questions | Sarasota FL

I get asked fairly frequently how property taxes in Sarasota compare to Manatee County. This article answers the question and brings up interesting points about Longboat Key.

https://www.yourobserver.com/article/longboat-proposes-one-county-initiative-to-sarasota-commissioners

Also available on my website I have more information, such as when taxes are billed, market versus real estate value, and homestead exemption.

Visit my website:  www.sarasotadavid.com/sarasota-property-taxes

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Home Partners of America | Homes for Sale | Sarasota and Venice FL

I'm happy to announce I'm now one of a handful of certified Home Partners of America agents in the Sarasota area.  #HomePartnersofAmerica is an innovative program that helps home buyers get a good quality home who may not be able to otherwise qualify for a conventional bank mortgage. 




For more information visit www.davidbarrhomes.com/home-partners-of-america

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hottest Real Estate Markets | 2017 | Sarasota FL

Coastal Living put out a list of the hottest real estate markets, and Sarasota/Bradenton/North Port ranked #6.

Despite recent storms, people are still flocking to coastal cities such as Sarasota and Venice.  We have cultural attractions, gorgeous beaches, some of the best locally owned Zagat rated restaurants in the country, and a wide range of real estate options.

New construction lake view home in Venice FL


Read the article here.   For the most up to date real estate listings visit my website and search the MLS for free, with no sign up, ever:  www.sarasotadavid.com

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Best Places to Retire | Real Estate | Sarasota FL

US News and World report named Sarasota the best place to retire for 2018.

Here's a link to the article.

If you can't make it down in the next few weeks to see why Sarasota is the #1 place to retire in 2018, take a look at my video, and contact me for expert real estate service.





Saturday, September 16, 2017

Condo Insurance | Real Estate | Venice FL

With Irma gone and the Venice FL and Sarasota areas thankfully suffering little property damage, I'm getting questions about condo insurance.

Condo associations are responsible for everything outside the stud walls of the condo:  the roof, windows, building structure, and shared plumbing.  This is a large portion of your condo association fee.

Venice FL and Sarasota condo insurance


Condo owners can obtain insurance for their personal property items, such as furniture, appliances, and HVAC systems.  The cost is similar to a renter's insurance policy.

Condo insurance would be recommended if you are on the ground floor.  The structure would be covered by your association in the event of a flood, and your flooded personal property items would be covered by your personal insurance policy.

For local insurance company contact information please visit either of my websites:  www.sarasotadavid.com/service-providers or www.davidbarrhomes.com/service-providers

Monday, September 11, 2017

Market Update and Hurricane Irma

First, about Hurricane Irma.....

I evacuated to Augusta GA, but according to my clients most of the damage was done to trees.  The expected storm surge thankfully did not materialize.

Now on to an update on Sarasota and Venice FL real estate news.

July year to year sales are flat, with prices increasing and available homes on a 3 month decline in supply.  Time to contract and close are also increased over last year.  Take a look at the data:

Sarasota County July 2017 real estate statistics

If you are ready to buy or sell in Sarasota or Venice, please contact me for the best customer service and the highest level of technology and marketing.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Flood Zones | Hurricane Irma | Sarasota County

Please call me 941-993-6853 with any of your Hurricane or Irma concerns about your Venice or Sarasota property. 

Find the flood zone for your address, and find out what the FEMA flood designations mean at www.sarasotadavid.com/flood-zones-sarasota-fl and www.davidbarrhomes.com/flood-zones-venice-fl.

Sarasota have ordered mandatory evacuations of the barrier islands:  Siesta Key, Lido Key, Bird Key, Longboat Key, and Casey Key.

Read more about mandatory evacuations here.

FEMA preliminary flood map Venice FL