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: or

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 and

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

Friday, September 8, 2017

Flood Insurance | Homes and Condos | Sarasota County

Because of Hurricane Irma, I've been getting record setting visits to my website

If you want a new flood insurance policy, you're probably out of luck.  Most insurers' flood policies take effect 30 days after purchase.

Owners of condos should inquire about condo owner's insurance.  Your condo association fees cover the structure of the building outside the stud walls, such as roofs, walls, and window.  Condo owner's insurance resembles renter's insurance, which covers personal items but adds protection from loss for HVAC and appliances.

FEMA flood zone designations

Sarasota County provides a very good mapping tool that will provide the flood zone designation for your address:  click here.

Visit my website for local insurance providers, who can answer your specific property questions:

Stay safe!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Legacy Trail | Downtown Extension | Sarasota FL

Great news for bikers (the pedal kind): Sarasota County is in the process of moving forward to contract land for an extension of The Legacy Trail to downtown Sarasota.

For homes and condos for sale near The Legacy Trail, visit my website

Saturday, August 26, 2017

New Domain Name | Sarasota Real Estate |

My Sarasota real estate website has a new web address:

I've greatly expanded the number of individual neighborhood and condo profiles on the site.  Now you can find Siesta Key and Lido Key condos individually by name, or by using my custom map. lido key condo map search
Browse Lido Key and Siesta Key condos by map or by condo name on my custom maps

I've also added more search tools for you such as price range search, map search, and map draw search for your favorite geographic areas.

Take a tour of easy to navigate for all your Sarasota real estate needs.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

CDD Fees | Real Estate | Venice FL

Home buyers don't like to pay them, but CDD fees are a necessary evil in funding new residential development, that you will have a hard time avoiding. 

CDD fees in Lakewood Ranch can be over $3,000 per year. You'll find CDD fees for new construction homes in Ft. Myers, Bonita Springs, and Naples. 

The good news is that some of the lower CDD fees are found in The West Villages in Venice FL, ranging from $300 to $1700 per year. For more about CDD fees visit