Showing posts from 2019

You Put a Condo Under Contract, Now What | Sarasota FL | David Barr Realtor

I'll be starting a series of what I call "explainer videos" for Sarasota real estate.

Topics will include the buying process, the selling process, how to find helpful features on my websites, new home buying, and more.

In this video, I discuss what happens once you put a condo under contract in Sarasota.  Watch my video: 

My YouTube channel is, and you can learn more about Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice FL real estate on one of my three websites, each with current MLS listings and sophisticated search.

My E-Newsletter is Out for Sarasota Lakewood Ranch and Venice

I just published my latest e-newsletter for real estate statistics and news in Venice, Sarasota, and Lakewood Ranch.

This time of year, it's time for a review of 2018, and where I think the market will go for 2019.  Hint:  if you're a home buyer, you'll have more choice and more opportunity to negotiate.

By the way, I was a top local agent in Venice and Sarasota, according to Homelight:

Get my e-newsletter here:

Facebook Live and Expired Real Estate Listings | Sarasota FL | David Barr Realtor

Part of my to do list for my real estate business as we entered 2019 was to begin using Facebook Live.

I've just completed my third live session on Facebook talking about expired listings in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice.

You can view the video here:

Expired real estate listings with David Barr BHHS in Sarasota FL
Posted by David Barr, Broker on Wednesday, February 27, 2019

If your home is an expired listings, and is no longer showing in the MLS, please contact me about putting your property back on the market and getting it sold.

My Berkshire Hathaway Office | Palmer Ranch Sarasota | David Barr Realtor

Sometimes a map isn't enough.  Here's some pictures of my real estate office in Sarasota with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty.

Our office is close to the well known West of Trail neighborhoods.

Buccaneer Bay, Coral Cove, and Southpointe Shores are just across Tamiami Trail from our Palmer Ranch office.

Stop in and see me if you're interested in selling your Sarasota home in these areas.

2019 Real Estate Inventory is Opening Up | Venice FL | David Barr Realtor

Venice FL is not only an interesting place to live, it's also an interesting real estate market.

It's no secret to anyone in the real estate business that we were hit with a double whammy in 2018, which is still having effects: 1) Red tide kept summer and fall vacationers away; 2) The downtown beautification project was ill timed and is taking longer than anticipated.

Who can blame vacationers and potential home buyers from staying away?

The slow market in the last half of 2018 is just now beginning to trickle down to home sellers.  There's more properties on the market now for you to choose from, and a lot of price reductions.

In fact, when touring homes with my last two sets of customers the past couple of weeks, practically every property had been reduced in price.

As far as choice goes, there's even 3 units for sale in The Sansovino on Venice Beach (which rarely has any for sale), and several in Gulf Shores as well.  There's a nice range of prices for single f…

Acting as Your Real Estate Agent | Sarasota FL | David Barr Realtor

When you're working with me as your real estate agent in Sarasota, Venice, or Lakewood Ranch, the state of Florida treats our relationship with customers differently than you may be used to in your current state.

In Florida, real estate agency (relationship or representation) with customers is by default termed as a "transaction brokerage relationship".

A transaction broker provides a limited form of representation to a buyer or home seller, but does not represent either in a fiduciary capacity.  In other words, when you hire me to buy or sell, we do not act as a single legal entity, for which you can be sued for my actions, or I can be sued for your actions.  Transaction broker duties (which most customers expect anyway) are:

Dealing honestly and fairly;Accounting for all funds (such as escrow deposits);Using skill, care, and diligence in a transaction;Disclosing all known facts that may affect the value of residential real property which may not be readily observable t…

South Venice Beach Ferry | Venice FL | David Barr Realtor

The South Venice beach ferry is one of Venice FL's hidden gems.  You don't have to live in South Venice to take advantage of this unique service.

The ferry, a large pontoon boat, leaves from it's dock on Lemon Bay Drive, and takes passengers across the ICW to an unspoiled perserve and beach on the Gulf of Mexico.  No condos or homes spoil your view.

Take a tour of the area with my exclusive HD video:

The ferry is operated by the South Venice Civic Association.  There's also a boat launch, kayak launch, and fishing dock.  There's plenty of car and trailer parking for boaters, and I've never seen the parking area full, even during holidays.
You can download the application forms for use of the ferry and boat launch on my website, and view a current list of South Venice FL homes for sale, at
Contact me with any questions, or to schedule a tour of homes for sale.

Zillow Update on Zestimates | Sarasota FL Real Estate | David Barr Realtor

I've been saying that Zillow is a problem in the real estate business for years.  There's two reasons for this:

1) They publish inaccurate data, that the public thinks is accurate;

2) They give a platform for online exposure to Realtors who have no idea how to market themselves, so how can they market your home for sale?

A recent article by the Seattle Times on January 20, 2019 (read here), reports that the median Zillow Zestimate has a 4.5 % error rate nationally.   That's $22,500 on a $500,000 home.

Zillow is not a licensed real estate broker in most states.  It makes it's money from agents who pay to have their head shot on their site, because it gets a lot of traffic.  Zillow does not have to follow real estate law or conform to the Realtor Code of Ethics or MLS listing rules.  If they did, they could not leave off the market or sold properties on their site, to make it appear they have as many listings are  They also could not mingle FSBO (for sale b…

Real Estate Agent Marketing | Sarasota FL | David Barr Realtor

The real estate industry as a whole probably isn't known for it's marketing genius.  That's how we came to have Zillow.  But I digress.

I'm seeing a lot posts on social media comparing the Polar Vortex to the Florida climate. 

Come on, fellow Realtors.

Gloating about temperatures isn't going to move the needle when it comes to selling your Sarasota, Venice, or Lakewood Ranch home.

I've said it many times in many blog posts.  Home buyers are searching in depth about real estate markets.  More buyers than ever have the flexibility to telecommute, so they can live practically anywhere. 

This means I employ the latest technology and apply it in imaginative ways to reach potential buyers for your home or condo for sale.  I think a smart buyer already knows the basics of winter weather, but they probably don't know much about why they should live in your neighborhood, in your home.

That's what I'm here for.

Contact me when you're ready to sell your ho…

An Update on My You Tube Real Estate Channel | Sarasota FL | David Barr Realtor

Here's an update on my YouTube channel: Over 400 HD video tours;80,000+ views;Playlists for homes in Sarasota, Venice, and Lakewood Ranch;Videos cover 2 of the top 4 selling master planned communities in the country.
Why is this important? I'm able to showcase our local real estate markets to the vast majority of potential home buyers who come from long distance to live here.
Question: What good is listing with a "luxury broker", when one of them, over the past 90 days, had 7 out of 26 (27%) expired listings on Siesta Key and Longboat Key in our MLS?

Homes Offering Owner Financing | Sarasota FL | David Barr Realtor

I've made owner financed properties one of my real estate specialities.  There's a lot of confusion around this subject, especially since the advent of Dodd-Frank financing rules after the real estate crash of 2008.

First of all, a property owner offering a single owner financed home for sale during a one-year period does not qualify as a "lender" who would need a mortgage license under Dodd-Frank.

Secondly, when you visit for owner financed properties, I'm able to display listings from our MLS based on the financing offered.  I include lease option homes, because most listing agents aren't familiar with owner financing and don't bring it up to their clients.  With the right offer, a home owner offering a lease purchase option may consider owner financing.

Owner financing is not for those with bad credit.  You should expect the home owner will run a credit and background check.  After all, you will be, in a sense, business partners.


Luxury Marketing with the Team Concept | Sarasota FL | David Barr Broker Associate

Have you thought about hiring a high volume Realtor, or one of the "luxury" brokerages to list your Sarasota home for sale?
Think about this: If you have a problem, what are the chances you can talk to the actual person you hired to list your home?

And if a Realtor has 10 or more properties they are listing and marketing at the same time, how often can they hold an Open House for yours?
This last point is most important: Our price per square foot for luxury properties is far below that of Naples or Miami. Sarasota has just as nice beaches, with just as vibrant an arts and cultural scene than both those cities.
When there's little competition other than to get your home sold, it's not a good recipe to get you the very best price for your luxury property.
If you think the Sarasota luxury property market is handled by too few, resulting in low prices, we should talk.
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