Thursday, March 23, 2017

How's the Sarasota and Venice real estate market?

Real estate, like most supply and demand markets,is cyclical.  Right now we are seeing the overall market swing back to more of a buyer's market.

Sellers were encouraged for months and months that the time to sell is now, because there were more buyers than homes for sale.  This mentality was exacerbated by the fact that 50 to 100 new agents are joining our Sarasota and Manatee Realtor association every month.  What easier way to get a listing than for new agents to oversell home values?




My anecdotal experience in working with more buyers than sellers is that sellers are overpricing, and buyers are resisting this.  As always, homes priced correctly are selling fairly quickly.  A sure sign that sellers and their agents are stating to panic is an increase in open houses.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Stickney Point Bridge

The area around Sarasota's Stickney Point Bridge (aka the south bridge to Siesta Key) has a lot of attractions for tourists.  Here you can parasail, rent a boat or a jet ski, or eat at one of the South Village's restaurants.

I recently took a drone tour to share with you.



I have much more drone video tours of Siesta Key at www.sarasotahomesforsale.us.

Siesta Key Beach and Siesta Key Condos

I have taken several videos of Siesta Key beaches from different locations with my own drone.  Here's one of my latest.


If you are looking for a Siesta Key condo, I have profiled 49 individual condos from Siesta Key village south to Turtle Bay.  You can find your Siesta Key condo by name, or by location using my custom map.

Siesta Key condos for sale

Visit www.sarasotahomesforsale.us/siesta-key-condos-for-sale.  Never a sign up to view listings, straight from the MLS.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Siesta Key Condos for Sale

Take a look at my custom Siesta Key condo locator map, with direct links to condos for sale. 49 major Siesta Key condos profiled.




Start searching now with no sign up at www.sarasotahomesorsale.us/siesta-key-condos-for-sale

Re-Open Beach Road on Siesta Key

You may have heard about Beach Road on Siesta Key.  After years of shifting sands, the road has been partially covered and Sarasota County has banned access to this previously public street alongside the beach.

Take an aerial look at the affected area, and sign the petition to re-open Beach Road.



www.reopenbeachroad.org

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Venice: The Video

I possess one of the largest exclusive video libraries of Venice FL attractions, landmarks, and neighborhoods.  Take a look at the highlights of living in the Venice area.


For more real estate information about Venice, visit www.davidbarrhomes.com

The Technological Divide

The real estate industry is at the very beginning of a major shake up.  Older, and yes, successful Realtors, are starting to fall behind due the increasing amount of technology available to us in our business and our daily lives.

Technology for Realtors means two things: 1) Gadgets and 2) marketing platforms to reach customers on their gadgets.

It's hard to serve customer needs when technology gets the better of Realtors

Websites, blogs, and social media are all important ways for Realtors to market themselves.  I use all three as a means to help potential customers learn about our area and learn about my experience and knowledge.

A whole industry of millenials is springing up who are writing blogs, designing websites, and posting social media for Realtors who will hire them.  If a Realtor can't write an ad about your property, doesn't understand how a website works, and isn't posting current local information on social media based on their own knowledge, is that person qualified to sell your home?

A track record is good, and so are testimonials (a subject for another time).  Go one more step.  Ask the Realtor you are interviewing about their tech ability and how they are going to use that to gain an advantage and sell your home.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Historic Venezia Park

Venezia Park is a historic neighborhood on Venice Island. Take a tour of the tree lined streets and see the historic homes, mixed with modest bungalows and new infill construction. 




Venezia Park is easy walking distance to downtown and just a couple of minutes to Venice Beach.

For more Venezia Park information visit my website, www.davidbarrhomes.com/venezia-park-homes-for-sale

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Sawgrass Venice FL

Today I toured Sawgrass in Venice FL with some potential home buyers. It was a great opportunity to create a video tour of the neighborhood. 


Sawgrass homes range from the mid $300's to mid $500's, with most having 3 bedrooms and 2 or 3 baths. HOA fees are $1196 annually, which includes a manned guard gate, use of a well-equipped fitness center, and sparkling community pool. 

For Sawgrass homes for sale visit davidbarrhomes.com/sawgrass-venice-fl

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Resale Homes Inventory in Venice FL Increasing

If you've been frustrated by the lack of available real estate in the Venice area in the past, you'll be pleased to know that resales in many Venice neighborhoods have increased.

I could throw out a bunch of graphs or quote some MLS stats.  Instead, I have the benefit of updating my website, www.davidbarrhomes.com, every day and I see the increased inventory on a detailed level.

Valencia Condo Apartments Venice FL
Condos are available now in Valencia Condo Apartments on Venice Beach

Here are some of the neighborhoods and condos with increased availability right now:

Calusa Lakes
Gulf View Estates
Venice Palms
Verona Reserve
Venetia
Venetian Falls
Sawgrass
Waterford
Venice Golf and Country Club
Valencia Condo Apartments
The Sansovino
Point Whitecap

If you have been on the sidelines waiting to buy in Venice, our current market may be your best opportunity in years.  Contact me today for more information and to schedule a tour.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

La Bellasara in Sarasota

La Bellasara is probably one of Sarasota's most iconic condo buildings.  Take an aerial trip from Sarasota's waterfront park to Golden Gate Point.


For more Golden Gate Point condos for sale visit www.sarasotahomesforsale.us/golden-gate-point-sarasota

Albee Road Drawbridge at Nokomis Beach

Enjoy this video of the drawbridge and boating on the intracoastal waterway in Nokomis.


For Nokomis real estate listings and community information visit www.davidbarrhomes.com/nokomis-fl-real-estate.

Snake Island in Nokomis

If you're a boater or a kayaker, you'll enjoy this video of Snake Island in the ICW between Venice and Nokomis.




You can access Snake Island by launching at Higel Park or at the boat launch across from Nokomis Beach.  For Nokomis real estate information visit www.davidbarrhomes.com/nokomis-fl-real-estate