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Strong Sarasota Real Estate Market In June

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 at 12:00pm. 10 Views, 0 Comments.

With the first six months of the year out of the way, the Sarasota real estate market is definitely on target in 2014, for a record year. The SAR has released its June stats and they reveal that sales for this year are ahead of 2013 figures, which itself was the second best year in SAR's 91 years. Closed sales in June were up 5% over last year, at 1048. This is the 4th month in a row that sales have been over 1000. June's figures were just slightly off the number achieved in May, when sales in 1100.

Distressed Sales Continue To Fall

The news on distressed and short sales continues to be good as well, numbers are far lower than they were four years ago, when the crisis was at its worst. This is a good sign for the health of the market. Foreclosures

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International Buyers Attracted To The Sarasota Real Estate Market

Monday, July 14th, 2014 at 9:32am. 218 Views, 0 Comments.

Total sales to international real estate buyers in the U.S. have increased substantially over last year say the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) and Florida is leading the way. According to the Association's statistics, from April 2013 to March 2014 international buyers spent $92.2 billion dollars on real estate in the U.S. That represents an increase of 35% over the previous year and Florida's share of that pie was 23% or $21 billion dollars.

Warm Weather And Proximity To Family Attract Buyers To The Florida Real Estate Market

The reasons for this substantial increase include affordable home prices, favorable exchange rates and rising affluence abroad. The factors that influence where people buy in the U.S. are varied and include the

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Best Places To Live In Siesta Key: Sarasota Beach

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 at 10:43am. 173 Views, 0 Comments.

Sarasota is becoming an increasingly popular location with people moving to Florida, so to help make that crucial decision about where to buy, we've are going to be writing an ongoing blog series about the best places to live in the Sarasota area. We're starting with the Siesta Key neighborhood of Sarasota Beach.

sarasota beach real estateLocation! Location! Location! Sarasota Beach is an established neighborhood, right in the heart of things, which is why we think it's one of the best place to live in Siesta Key. Sarasota Beach homes are located on and around the distinctive, heart shaped Palm Island, in the central part of Siesta Key. It was one of the first areas developed in the 50's and 60's and as a result the homes here are situated on lots that are generally bigger than

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The Sarasota Real Estate Market Continues To Soar

Thursday, June 26th, 2014 at 11:36am. 271 Views, 0 Comments.

The news about Sarasota's real estate market continues to be outstanding. In fact, according to SAR President Peter Crowley, it's one of the best markets in the nation and all signs point to ongoing success. Median house prices in the area remain steady, which is a good marker of a stable market. The median price for single-family homes was up slightly over May of last year at $191,500 and down slightly over April's $196,250. For condos the story is similar, with a median price of $175,000 prices were down 4.6% over April of this year and up 6% over last May. When looking at the median house price over the 12 month period ending in May, the improvements in prices become more significant, with single family home prices up by 15% and the median price for

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Downtown Sarasota Living: C'est La Vie

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 at 3:04pm. 132 Views, 0 Comments.

Craving French cuisine? Sarasota boasts a fantastic authentic French cuisine cafe located on Main Street in Downtown Sarasota. Everyday, breads and pastries are freshly baked offering a wide selection of just out-of-the-oven delicacies. Perfect for a catering event or just to enjoy on the street side patio, with a cup of coffee. C’est La Vie is proud of their Pastry Chef Jérôme Dulas who is a native from the Southwest of France near Bordeaux and has a great love and passion for the art of pastries.

Pastries, Crepes and Croq' Monsieur

Chef Dulas's travels throughout the world have helped him create some very splendid decorations, taking pastry making to a whole new level. And, once seeing how beautifully designed the pastries are at C’est La Vie, you

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Harbor Acres: One Of Our Favorite Neighborhoods

Thursday, June 19th, 2014 at 5:01pm. 581 Views, 0 Comments.

At Coffey & Co, we think Harbor Acres is one of the best places to live in Sarasota. Its location couldn't be better and its peninsulas, stretching out into the Bay, make it a truly unique neighborhood. In recent years, Harbor Acres real estate has been undergoing a lot of change, with older homes being replaced by modern luxury residences, but the community still retains its old Florida charm. The area was originally developed in the 1940's and 50's and you'll still see quite a few of the typical single story Florida ranchers of that era.

Living in Harbor Acres, Sarasota

The community has no architectural restrictions and the result has been the development of a neighborhood with a diverse and vibrant feel. New homes are being built in a variety of

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Alligator Viewing In Myakka State Park

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 at 4:47pm. 178 Views, 0 Comments.

Myakka State ParkLooking for something fun to do with the family over the summer holiday? Check out Myakka State Park. It's just a half hour from Sarasota and is one of the oldest and largest state parks in Florida. Its 58 square miles is home to a diverse range of wildlife and scenic areas such as wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pinelands.

Stroll Along The Boardwalk Or Through The Air In The Canopy Walkway

Visitors can enjoy wildlife from a boardwalk that stretches out over the Upper Myakka Lake. And the canopy walkway offers a magical view from high up above the parkland, where you can see miles of treetops and all the wildlife bustling around you. The park´s river and two lakes provide ample opportunities for boating, freshwater fishing, canoeing, and kayaking

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Recognizing Outstanding Sarasota Architecture & Design

Friday, June 13th, 2014 at 11:16am. 167 Views, 0 Comments.

The Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Institute of Architects presented it's annual design awards at a gala held on May 15th. According to Harold Bubil, real estate editor of the Herald-Tribune Media Group, the winners have established a new state of the are with “enclosed structures being less evident; open, airy buildings, many with flying posts and beams that frame outdoor space, and raw concrete walls and roofs, provide grand views for clients.”

"Enclosed structures are less evident"

The winning architects include local firms Guy Peterson Office for Architecture, Seibert Architects, Sweet Sparkman Architects, Leader Design Studio, Carl Abbott Architect/Planner, Julian Norman-Webb Studios, Halflants + Pichette Studio for Modern Architecture,

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Sarasota Retirement: The Best In The Country

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 at 4:54pm. 205 Views, 0 Comments.

sarasota retirementA recent study by financial website CreditDonkey.com has named Sarasota the number one place in the United States to retire! With all it has to offer from our beautiful beaches, warm winters, and reasonable home prices, of course. it's number one!

For only, $325,000 you can live in a beautiful three-bedroom, maintenance-free single-family home in the Oaks, a country club community on the bay. Sarasota golf club communities are great for retirees, with perfect weather all year round and the city boasts a relaxed atmosphere with an abundance of events to attend. Strolling through the morning market, picking up fresh fruit from local farms and checking out hand-made crafts is a great way to spend your Saturday.

Sarasota also boasts a wonderful art

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The Good News Continues For The Sarasota Real Estate Market

Monday, June 9th, 2014 at 2:52pm. 185 Views, 0 Comments.

sarasota real estate marketThe Sarasota real estate market saw almost record sales in April of this year—1,195 closed transactions. You have to go back a decade, to 2004, to find higher sales. That year there were 1,223 closed transactions. Historically, March, April and May are strong months for home sales, and that trend has continued now that the real estate market has recovered. This year's April figures, 759 single-family homes and 436 condos, represents increases of 9% and 24% respectively, over March of this year and 8% for single-family homes and 2% for condos over April of last year.

Happily, The Number Of Sarasota Foreclosures And Short Sales Continues To Drop

Another marker of the robust market is the downturn in the number of distressed sales in Sarasota. There

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