Real Estate and Community News in the Sarasota/Bradenton Area 

Sept. 16, 2021

Top 5 Things Happening This Weekend! September 17-19th!

 

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 17TH | OPENING NIGHT! WITH DJ JOEY D at the OVERTON! From 7-10 pm 1420 Boulevard of the Arts!

This casual open-air restaurant in the Sarasota Rosemary district will have a live DJ to celebrate their opening night! The first drink is on them!

 

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 17TH FROM 7-10 PM | BOLTS BREW FEST! IS COMING TO THE AMALIE ARENA!  401 Channelside Dr, Tampa FL 

 

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 17TH | OKTOBERFEST! At MASTRY'S BREWING CO. 7701 BLIND PASS ROAD ST.PETE BEACH

Don’t miss the fun-filled day of full beer specials, games, music, and good eats from The Kitchen! They will have 16oz 4packs of FEST available for TO-GO as well!

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH  FROM 3-6 PM | FIVE GUYS CAR SHOW

You get free drinks with meal purchases for car show participants. There will be trophies, door prizes, and music by Tom Traveling Tunes!

 

 

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 18TH FROM 11 AM- 6 PM! | REAL MEN WEAR PINK- CRAWL FOR A CURE | EVIE’S TAVERN & GRILL ON MAIN STREET! 1560 MAIN ST SARASOTA, FL

 

Crawl to some of the best spots in Sarasota, all while raising awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society's Real Men Wear Pink fight against breast cancer!

 

Posted in Community News
Sept. 9, 2021

What's happening this Weekend! September 10th-12th

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH- 12TH | 2021 FLORIDA GUN SHOW at the Bradenton Area Convention Center 

The largest gun show promoter in Florida. A Huge Selection of New Firearms & Supplies, Antique Firearms & Supplies, Hunting Rifles & Gear, How to Books, Collectibles and much more, from the most reputable exhibitors in the state.

 

 

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 11TH FROM 3-5 PM | PAINT A BEER STEIN OR WINE GLASS AT MELLOW MUSHROOM 

6727 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 

 

SEPTEMBER 9TH - 12th | LOUD ON 7TH - TAMPA’S HIP HOP AND R&B FESTIVAL IN YBOR

Loud On 7th, Tampa's Annual Hip Hop and R&B Festival in Ybor City.

4 Days of Music, Poetry, Panels, Local Vendors, and Performances. There will be over 15 events in 9 different venues over the course of the 4 days. Join us on 7th Ave for the best annual event in the city. Here is where you can buy the weekend wristband that gives you entry to *all Loud on 7th events that weekend. The Weekend Wristband allows you no lines, extra perks, and bonus merchandise. To purchase tickets to each event individually please follow the Loud On 7th organizer page and you will see the events listed.

*wristband does not include entry to the After Party events on Friday 9/10 and Saturday 9/11 but it does allow you access to the fast pass line. Those tickets must be purchased separately.

 

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH | TAMPA BOAT SHOW 2021 AT THE TAMPA CONVENTION CENTER | 333 S FRANKLIN ST 

For Event Details: www.tampaboatshow.com or (954) 441-3220 The Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show has become a must-attend event for every Tampa Bay boater. Whether you're an avid fisherman, wakeboard or ski enthusiast, sailor, or Bay cruiser the Tampa Boat Show has something for you. As Tampa's largest and longest-running boat show it's the best place to see and buy boats, gear, and accessories for every boat enthusiast! From fishing to cruising to family fun there are boats for every lifestyle, activity, and budget-see everything from luxury yachts to personal watercraft displayed both indoors on the floor of the Tampa Convention Center and in the water right outside the convention center.

 

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 11TH | 2ND ANNUAL BOOZY BRUNCH CRAWL: DOWNTOWN ST. PETE | 1- 6 PM @ NATURES TABLE DTSP 163 3RD STREET N

There are early bird tickets for 20 and VIP tickets!  Includes 4 brunch items, discounted drink specials, brunch crawl koozie, crawl map, DJ's, and more

Posted in Community News
Sept. 2, 2021

What's Happening Near Us this Labor Day Weekend!

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH | LOVE FREE YOGA @10AM-11AM BY ST PETE YOGA AT 21ST AVE. ST PETE BEACH, FL

Here’s a reason to get out of bed before noon on Saturdays. Head down to Pass-a-Grille Beach and join the yoga community for free, beachside yoga. This open air event is BYOT (bring your own towel) and is located at the 21st ave beach entrance

 

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 4TH FROM 7-8PM | FREE SALSA CLASS AT THE EDGE

Saturday at The Edge Collective Market place in Downtown St. Pete… FREE salsa class lessons from 7-8pm by Dance Flow Studios 

 

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 4TH | 11AM - 4PM | JENNY’S ZOO 12611 ANDREWS RD, WIMAUMA, FL

Jenny has opened the gates to her Farm! Admission is FREE!

They decided to make this a FREE event for our Tampa Bay Community in hopes to bring joy to one  family at a time. You’ll be able to walk the premises and interact with the animals, ride the camels, ponies, and even have your photo taken. Animal feed is also available. All activities require a small fee. 🎉This attraction is completely FREE to attend🎉 You can pay extra for additional activities. 

When • Every weekend( Saturday & Sunday) gates open from 11:00AM – 4:00pm

Cost • Admission is FREE. Rides, Animal feed, & Refreshments are a small fee

We accept CASH or CARDS

Parking is FREE

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH | 10th Annual Ford Intl. CUBAN SANDWICH FOOD and Art Festival | CENTRO ASTURIANO DE TAMPA - 1913 N NEBRASKA AVE

FREE Family & Community Festival features LIVE Entertainment, food, and culture vendors -  plus Cuban sandwich contestants and vendors from all over the world in our Cuban Sandwich Festivals!

 

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 5TH | TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS SEASON KICKOFF BAR CRAWL

The Tampa Bay Buccaneer's quest to defend the Lombardi Trophy starts Right Now! Time to Raise the Flags. We are kicking it off with one of our signature bar crawls to support the Bucs and get everyone back into football fever! Come join us this Labor Day Weekend in Downtown Tampa as we have 4 quarters of fun and an epic Overtime waiting for you. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE: https://bit.ly/3D1I5AP 

 

There will be plenty of Bucs swag and raffle opportunities to win all day. The Bucs street team krewe and cheerleaders will be out and about throughout the crawl.

 

Posted in Community News
Aug. 18, 2021

Whats Happening This Weekend! August 20th-22nd!

Marina Jack buys large south Siesta facility | Sarasota | Your Observer

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 21ST | 9PM-1AM MOTORWORKS BREWING COMPANY | 1014 9TH St W Bradenton 

Join them in the taproom every Saturday from 9 pm – 1 am for Motorworks’ House and Techno Night with a LIVE DJ! Dance your heart out and enjoy $5 Jameson, 1800 Tequila, Peanut Butter Whiskey, and Fireball shots all night long!

 

SATURDAY AUGUST 21ST | RONNY ELLIOT AND REBEKAH PULLEY | FOGARTYVILLE COMMUNITY MEDIA AND ARTS CENTER

Join them for some live music this Saturday at 8 pm!

 

SATURDAY AUGUST 21 | 7 PM-10 PM | LIVE MUSIC AT NAUGHTY MONK BREWERY| 2507 LAKEWOOD RANCH BLVD

Ten 76 is back for another night of great music! Don't miss out on the fun! Music starts at 7pm! Band Members: Vocals: Ana & Cassidy Drums: Tyler Guitar: Gavin Guitar: Michael Bass: Matthew

 

SATURDAY AUGUST 21| 6 PM-10 PM | LIVE VIOLINIST AT MARINA JACKS | 1 MARINA PLAZA , SARASOTA 

Matt has been a Violinist and Soloist in the Sarasota area since 1993. He has performed for the Asolo Repertory Theatre for multiple seasons and has played as a first violinist for the Venice Symphony. He has also performed regularly with The Pops Orchestra of Sarasota, Southwest Florida Symphony, and Florida Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestras, and has been a resident violinist for St. Martha’s Catholic Church since 1993. Matt has played for National and International Music Festivals and has toured Florida with prominent artists like Johnny Mathis, Mannheim Steamroller, Celtic Woman, and The Irish Tenors.

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 22ND | 11AM-3PM | MATTISON’S RIVERWALK GRILLE | 101 RIVERFRONT BLVD STE 120

 

Authentic Live Blues from Gary Drouin and a Delicious Chef Crafted Brunch Menu with Bottomless Mimosas and Signature Bloody Mary's! Sit outdoors on the covered, open-air patio.

 

Posted in Community News
Aug. 12, 2021

HERE ARE SOME FLORIDA FACTS THAT YOU MAY OR MAY NOT KNOW!

Posted in Buying a Home
Aug. 5, 2021

Pool Homes Commanding Higher Prices Across U.S.

While pools are unique in many U.S. areas, they’re more common in Fla. In some South Fla. metros, 3 out of 4 homes offer a swimming pool in the backyard.

NEW YORK – During the pandemic, it became even cooler to have a swimming pool, and they’ve been in demand since the COVID-19 outbreak.

But for real estate, pools haven’t always been a slam-dunk moneymaker. Real estate pros express mixed opinions on the value they add to a home, especially given their high price tag. Porch.com, a home improvement resource, analyzed how a swimming pool can impact the price of a home in the 500 largest cities across the U.S.

Overall, homes with pools tend to be more expensive than those without. A home with a swimming pool was worth, on average, 47% more than a home that didn’t have one, according to the study. However, a home with a pool also tends to be a bit more upscale than one without one anyway.

In some cities, the premium is much higher. New York, for example, boasts the highest pool premium in the country. If you want a home with a pool in the Big Apple, the average cost is six times the price of an average home.

Florida is a bit unique. Thanks to year-round warm weather and its retirement appeal, a relatively high percentage of homes come with a pool. As a result, a home seller’s advantage can vary widely.

Of the top 10 cities with pools based on the percentage of homes, eight out of 10 are in Florida, with Boca Raton, Miami and Fort Lauderdale topping the list:

  1. Boca Raton: 74% of homes have a pool
  2. Miami: 70%
  3. Fort Lauderdale: 69%
  4. Hollywood: 67%
  5. Pompano Beach: 67%
  6. Sunrise: 66%
  7. Irvine, Calif.: 65%
  8. Davie: 63%
  9. Mission Viejo, Calif.: 62%
  10. Clearwater: 62%
Posted in Real Estate News
July 19, 2021

Latest Facts about Florida Buyers and Sellers

 

 

The Latest Facts and Figures about Buyers and Sellers in Florida What does the typical Florida home buyer or seller look like? Each year, the National Association of Realtors does a deep dive into who's buying and selling homes. The facts and figures about buyers and sellers in Florida included in the report offer insights into the Sunshine State's unique housing market.

 

Characteristics of Florida homebuyers

  • First-time buyers made up 23 percent of Florida home buyers, compared to 31 percent across the country.
  • The typical buyer was 56 years old and had a median income of $90,500.
  • Sixty-one percent of recent buyers were married couples, 21 percent were single females, eight percent were single males, and nine percent were unmarried couples.
  • Twelve percent of home buyers purchased a multi-generational home, to take care of aging parents, because of children over the age of 18 moving back home, for cost savings, and to spend more time with aging parents.
  • Ninety-one percent of recent home buyers identified as heterosexual, four percent as gay or lesbian, and one percent as bisexual.
  • Twenty percent of recent home buyers are veterans and two percent are active-duty service members in Florida.
  • At 22 percent, the primary reason for purchasing a home was the desire to own a home of their own.

Characteristics of Florida homes purchased

  • Buyers of new homes made up 24 percent and buyers of previously owned homes made up 76 percent. Only 15 percent of buyers across the U.S. purchased new homes.
  • In Florida, 48 percent of new home buyers were looking to avoid renovations and problems with plumbing or electricity and 39 percent of previously owned homes were looking for a better overall value.
  • Detached single-family homes continue to be the most common home type for recent buyers at 78 percent, followed by nine percent of buyers choosing townhomes or row houses.
  • Thirteen percent of Florida buyers bought senior-related homes.
  • There was a median of only 10 miles between the homes that recent buyers purchased and the homes that they moved from. Across the U.S., it was 15 miles.
  • Home prices increased again this year to a median of $276,000 among Florida buyers. Buyers typically purchased their homes for 98 percent of the asking price.
  • The typical home that was recently purchased was 1,960 square feet, had three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and was built in 1999.
  • Overall, buyers expect to live in their homes for a median of 15 years, while 43 percent say that they plan to live in their homes for 16 or more years.

The home search process

  • For 44 percent of recent buyers, the first step that they took in the home buying process was to look online at properties for sale, while 17 percent of buyers first contacted a real estate agent.
  • Recent buyers found their real estate agent to be the most useful information source, with 79 percent citing them as very useful, followed by mobile or tablet search devices at 76 percent.
  • Buyers typically searched for 10 weeks and looked at a median of nine homes, four of which were viewed solely online.
  • In Florida, those who searched via desktop/laptop looked at nine homes over 10 weeks; those who searched via mobile devices looked at nine homes over nine weeks.
  • Among buyers who used the internet during their home search, 86 percent of buyers found photos, and 86 percent also found detailed information about properties for sale very useful.
  • Sixty-one percent of recent Florida buyers were very satisfied with their recent home buying process, with an additional 31 percent being satisfied.

 

Home buying and real estate professionals

  • Eighty-five percent of buyers recently purchased their home through a real estate agent or broker, and 12 percent purchased directly from a builder or builder’s agent.
  • Having an agent to help them find the right home was what buyers wanted most when choosing an agent at 52 percent.
  • Thirty-seven percent of buyers used an agent that was referred to them by a friend, neighbor, or relative and 11 percent used an agent that they had worked with in the past to buy or sell a home.
  • Sixty-six percent of buyers interviewed only one real estate agent during their home search.
  • Eighty-seven percent of buyers would use their agent again or recommend their agent to others.

 

Financing the home purchase

  • Eighty percent of recent buyers in Florida financed their home purchase. Those who financed their home purchase typically financed 87 percent.
  • First-time Florida buyers who financed their home typically financed 94 percent of their home compared to repeat buyers at 84 percent.
  • For 57 percent of buyers, the source of the downpayment came from their savings. Forty-one percent of buyers cited using the proceeds from the sale of a primary residence, which was the next most commonly reported way of securing a downpayment.
  • Seven percent of buyers said saving for a downpayment was the most difficult step. In Florida, 26 percent had credit card debt, 20 percent had car loans, 16 percent reported having student loan debt, and 16 percent cited high rent/current mortgage payment. Buyers continue to see purchasing a home as a good financial investment. Eighty-three percent reported they view a home purchase as a good investment.

 

Home sellers and their selling experience

  • The typical home seller was 62 years old, with a median household income of $94,500.
  • For all sellers, the most commonly cited reason for selling their home was the desire to move closer to friends and family (15 percent), followed by moving due to retirement (14 percent), because their home was too small (10 percent), and a change in family situation (10 percent).
  • Sellers typically lived in their home for nine years before selling.
  • Eighty-nine percent of Florida home sellers worked with a real estate agent to sell their homes.
  • For recently sold homes, the final sales price was a median of 98 percent of the final listing price.
  • Recently sold homes were on the market for a median of four weeks.
  • Thirty-two percent of all sellers offered incentives to attract buyers in Florida.
  • This year, Florida home sellers cited that they sold their homes for a median of $69,500 more than they purchased it.
  • Sixty-seven percent of sellers were very satisfied with the selling process.

 

Home selling and real estate professionals

  • Thirty-eight percent of sellers found their agent through a referral from a friend, neighbor, or relative and 24 percent used an agent they had worked with before to buy or sell a home.
  • Sixty-eight percent of recent sellers contacted only one agent before finding the right agent they worked with to sell their home.
  • Ninety-five percent of sellers in Florida listed their homes on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), which is the number one source for sellers to list their homes.
  • Seventy-nine percent of sellers reported that they provided the agent’s compensation.
  • The typical Florida seller has recommended their agent twice since selling their home. Thirty-six percent of sellers recommended their agent three or more times since selling their home.
Posted in Real Estate News
July 14, 2021

LET'S GO BOLTS

 

 

Posted in Community News
July 8, 2021

The VIEWS Have Spoken!

 

 

Click Here > Lakewood Ranch, FLORIDA 2021

Over 10k View and Climbing!!

If you haven't seen our video then click the LINK ABOVE! Lakewood Ranch is made up of more than 20 unique villages. Each offers distinctive homes & amenities, so we offer something for every size of family and every stage of life. Some have golf courses, some are gated, some are 55-plus. All are close to our town centers and A-rated schools. The Ranch is really the size of a town. At 50 square miles, it’s filled with shopping, dining, arts, entertainment, nature, recreation- as well as all the new home choices you can imagine. Just outside our backyard, you can enjoy Sarasota’s white-sand beaches, world-class shopping, and dining, and a wealth of cultural attractions including the Ringling Museum of Art, Asolo Theater, Sarasota Ballet, and Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Wherever you'd like to go in the world, getting there is easy when you live near four major airports offering domestic and international routes, with many nonstop flights.

Posted in Community News
July 1, 2021

10 Tips and Tricks to Selling Your Home

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