Sell Your Home | Sarasota FL | David Barr Realtor

I'm continuing to see a large number of expired listings in our MLS.  Expired listings mean that the listing contract term between a home owner and a Realtor has lapsed, and the home is off the market.

We're supposed to be in a strong reale state market, so what's the cause of this?  It's usually one of these reasons:

The listing price was too high;The property was not in proper condition;The property was not staged properly;The listing agent had no marketing plan beyond what their Broker offered.

I want to bring attention to the last bullet point above.  The first question you should ask a Realtor who wants to list your Sarasota home for sale should be "What do you know about SEO and online marketing?".  This is very important.

Every major Broker has basically the same marketing plan.  Of course, your home is special, and it should be marketed that way.  SEO means "Search Engine Optimization", and online marketing is crucial.  The goal should be to …

Che Vista Condos for Sale | Venice FL | David Barr Broker Associate

Che Vista condos on Venice Island in Venice FL are now complete.  I spotted trucks moving in the first residents last week.

Here's an updated and final video for Che Vista, now that construction work is completed:

Che Vista has direct beach access through Chauncy Howard Park, and most units have some kind of Gulf of Mexico view.

These units sold for over $650,000 when new, with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and private elevators.  Che Vista is pet friendly, allowing two large dogs.  Condo fees are $496 monthly, but can change once new construction is completed and management is turned over to the owners.

No resales have come on the market yet, but you can book mark my website and check when they become available, or you can let me know if you'd like an automatic email update as soon as the first Che Vista condo resale hits the market.

Barton Farms Homes for Sale | Sarasota FL | David Barr Broker Associate

Barton Farms is an established neighborhood of single family homes in Sarasota, located east of I-75 off Bee Ridge Road and Iona Road.

The 324 homes in Barton Farms have 3 to 5 bedrooms, with 2300 to up to just over 4000 square feet of living space.  Most homes were built between 2000 and 2004.  When the real estate market crashed, there were a few vacant lots left over, so you will see a few homes there built more recently in 2015 or 2016.

Amenities in Barton Farms include a clubhouse, community pool, and tennis, in addition to the neighborhood being gated.  Barton Farms HOA fees are a low $1300 annually.
Home buyers will appreciate open floor plans and serene water views.  The larger homes in the neighborhood provide lots of interior space to spread out, with split bedroom floor plans and open kitchen/living room.
Home prices range from the high $300,000's to the mid $500,000's.  If your home buying budget is in this range, you may also want to consider new construction hom…

Tour The Legacy Trail | Sarasota to Venice FL | David Barr Broker Associate

Some nice Florida weather over the holidays encouraged me to update this HD video tour of The Legacy Trail.

The Legacy Trail is a 13 mile converted railroad bed that runs from Palmer Ranch in Sarasota south to Venice, connecting with The Venetian Waterway Park that continues to Shamrock Park and Caspersen Beach.
Sarasota County has approved funding to extend the trail from Palmer Ranch north to downtown Sarasota.
You'll see how popular this hiking, walking, and biking trail is, with lots of people out and about as I filmed this video.
If you're interested in Florida real estate, you could live within easy biking or walking distance to The Legacy Trail.  Visit my website for a list of homes and condos selected geographically close to The Legacy Trail.

Aqualane Estates Homes for Sale | Sarasota FL | David Barr Broker Associate

Aqualane Estates is one of a quartet of Sarasota waterfront neighborhoods on the mainland, across the ICW from Siesta Key.

You'll find Aqualane Estates just north of the Stickney Point Bridge.  Turn north on Beechwood Avenue from Stickney Point Road.  The streets in Aqualane Estates are Ridgewood Lane, Shelburne Lane, Stanford Lane, and Meadowood St.

Homes in Aqualane Estates run from original ranches and ramblers from the 60's and 70's, to new construction luxury waterfront homes on canals.  Because of the canals and ICW access, Aqualane Estates is attractive to boaters.  There's only one bridge to the Gulf of Mexico at the north end of Siesta Key, which offers clearance for all except the largest yachts.
Please visit my website for a list of current homes for sale from the MLS, and recently sold properties.

Venice Island in Venice FL | Real Estate | David Barr, Broker Associate

If you're interested in Venice FL real estate, no doubt you are looking for information on Venice Island, the location of downtown Venice, Centennial Park, Venice Airport, and local beaches.

I've put together a page on my website where you can find:

An HD video tour of popular restaurant Sharky's and it's fishing pier;All currently available homes for sale from the MLS;An HD video of a ride from downtown to Venice Beach via Heritage Park;An HD video of the north end of the Island;Demographic reports;Walk Score;A photo gallery of the spectacular new library;Sales statistics for the last 5 years.

Take a ride from downtown to Venice Beach

An informed customer is my best customer. If you'd like to tour homes and condos on Venice Island, please contact me. 

Blue Heron Pond | Venice FL Homes for Sale | David Barr, Broker Associate

Tucked away in Venice FL is the very nice single family home neighborhood of Blue Heron Pond.

Located off Venice Avenue just east of the Jacaranda traffic circle, Blue Heron Pond's 102 residences are the perfect example of a small neighborhood with a low HOA fee.  All homes are 3 bedrooms and 2 baths with 1800 to 2300 square feet of living space.

With no manned guard gate and no community pool, Blue Heron Pond's HOA fee is only $576 annually.  Homes here are not maintenance free, so homeowners are responsible for irrigation and lawn maintenance.  There is no clubhouse or community pool, but a survey of the homes from my exclusive aerial footage shows about 2/3 of the homes have private pools.

Blue Heron Pond was built by local builder Caithness Construction, who has a good reputation for quality.  Most homes were built between  2003 and 2005, well before issues with Chinese drywall became a concern in our local market.  The concrete block and tile roofs have stood up well.  M…