Showing posts from August, 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

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.

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.

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

Hurricanes | Real Estate | Sarasota FL

As I write this, another hurricane is forming in the Gulf of Mexico headed towards a Texas landfall.

In fact, since 2004's Hurricane Charley and 2005's Katrina, Florida hasn't had a direct hurricane strike.  We have had tropical storms, which are basically prolonged versions of a typical afternoon thunderstorm in intensity.
Wind mitigation (roof construction) is a major component of homeowner's insurance, and newer homes have to be built at least 10 feet above base flood elevation (BFE).  If you are thinking of buying a waterfront home in Florida, there's always a risk, but the likelihood of you experiencing major damage as a result of a storm should be low if the 10-12 year trend continues for a few more years.

June 2017 | Real Estate Market Statistics | Sarasota County FL

Real estate in Sarasota County showed mixed results for 2017.  While dollar volume was up over June last year, the number of sales was flat, and time on market increased.
Median sales price in Sarasota County continues to climb.  This statistic is affected by both an increase in the sales price of resale homes, and increasing sales prices of new construction. Increasing prices are a function of demand and still relatively low inventory.
A common question among Sarasota County home buyers is how negotiable are list prices?  While every situation is unique, the average list price to eventual sales price ratio has remained consistent over the past year.  Important:  list price to sales price is based on the current list price of the property at the time of contract, not the original list price.
Time to contract is an indicator of the mindset of home sellers.  The time from initial listing of the property for sale to the date a contract is executed increased over June 2017.  
In my opinion,…

For Sale By Owner | New Real Estate Statistics | Sarasota FL

A new study shows that for sale by owner properties (FSBO's) tend to sell for lower prices than properties sold through Realtors through the MLS, and in many cases below the differential of what it would cost in Realtor compensation.  The study was conducted on data  from home sold from 2016 through the first half of 2017.

FSBO's attempt to avoid paying a Realtor fee by selling their home on their own, but it can backfire with a much lower than market sales price and the time the seller has to invest in the sale.  The study found that FSBO sales averaged 6 percent lower than those involving a Realtor.

Click here for the detailed results of the study from Collateral Analytics Research.

SOURCE:  "Saving Real Estate Commissions at Any Price", Collateral Analytics Rearch

Zillow in Legal Trouble Again | Real Estate | Venice FL

Zillow is in legal trouble (again), this time with the federal government for alleged violations of anti-kickback and deceptive practices rules. 

In short, it's a violation of RESPA, the Real Estate Settlement Protection Act, for an entity to pay for real estate referrals, such as a lender paying for advertising for a Realtor. Buyer beware: Whenever you see a Zillow Premier Agent promoting a lender, that lender is helping pay for that agent's marketing on Zillow. 

When you hire a Realtor to market your home for sale, you need someone can market themselves first.  Gary Keller of Keller Williams once said "Zillow is lazy marketing for agents".  

Zillow is an unethical company which always seems to be in litigation for misuse of data or misleading business practices.  Avoid Zillow when looking for a property because of bad data, and when choosing an agent who can't market themselves.