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Home renovations that boost your home's value

It’s a new year, which means homeowners in Sarasota and Siesta Key are going to start looking at doing some renovations or upgrades to their properties. Before you committing to renovation projects around your home, you should consider your budget and the return on investment that these projects will bring.

National data for 2016 has been released showing the best and worst home remodeling projects for recouping the original cost. The data shows that some of the most popular renovations are often not the best investment. Let’s take a look at some of the best and worst cost-recouping projects in the region:

The Best

When it comes to upscale renovations, replacing your garage door offers the best bang for your buck. In the region, a typical

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Emerging bathroom trends for your Siesta Key home

When a homeowner thinks they want to upgrade something in their house or condo, the bathroom is usually at the top of the list. And for good reason! Since they’re smaller, they can be more budget-friendly than other rooms and a little can go a long way in improving your home’s overall aesthetics. If you’re thinking of modernizing a bathroom in your Siesta Key house or condo this year, here are some of the hottest trends you won’t want to miss.

1. Transitional Is Trendy

What happens when you mix Traditional and Contemporary styles together? One of the hottest combinations in the industry, to say the least. Transitional unites two of the industry’s most popular styles and creates something that’s simply elegant and elegantly simple.

2. Neutrals

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Rising Inventory Levels Good News for Home Buyers

If you're looking for your dream home in Sarasota or Manatee counties, your search might be getting easier. That's because the number of homes for sale in both markets is on the rise.   The combined number of homes for sale in the two Florida counties rose to 8,557 in February. That is the highest this number has been since April of 2012. That's good news for buyers! The greater the number of homes available, the easier is it for buyers to find one that fits their budget and needs.   A closer look at the housing numbers illustrates just how busy the Sarasota and Manatee county markets might become this spring. When compared to the same month one year earlier,…
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Sarasota Real Estate Market Update - November 2016

Sarasota Real Estate Market Remains Strong

In signs of an improving market in the region, sales totals for single-family dwellings and condos in Sarasota and Manatee counties remained near record highs for 2016, and median sale prices also showed improvement. Similarly, the total number of distressed sales dropped significantly. Inventories are seen tightening and pressures on prices remain upward.

2016 led to a small decrease, around 2.6 percent, in sales of single-family homes and condos in Sarasota and Manatee. Although this represented a slight drop off from 2015, a record year, it was still better than the four years prior to 2015. While sales for 2016 in the region didn’t set a new record, they managed to stay in record territory. A total

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Siesta Key investment property requirements

Siesta Key is one of Florida’s hottest markets for investment properties and it’s no wonder why. Between the beautiful beaches, world-class golf, and boutique shops, the area has a thriving tourism sector that dominates the economy of this quaint coastal town. But it’s important to note that not all investment properties are the same.

Here’s what to look for if you’re on the hunt for a great rental property in Siesta Key:

It’s all about location.

When people are looking for a place to rent in Siesta Key, they’re usually after one of two things: walking distance to the beach or somewhere with boat storage and access. Even condos located just a block away can have a harder attracting renters than those located on the beach, so location is

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Siesta Key Vacation Guide: Shopping, Dining, and Recreation in Siesta Key, FL

Siesta Key is a beach-lovers paradise. From its silky beaches to the bustling sidewalks of Ocean Boulevard and cool coastal breezes, it’s no wonder why TripAdvisor voted it as the Best Beach in the U.S. in 2015. Now, two years later, it’s as popular as ever.

Here are some of the great places to relax, explore, and dine on Siesta Key.

Dining In Siesta Key

Ocean Boulevard is where Siesta Key comes to feast. From better-than-average breakfasts to the fresh catch of the day and barbeques to late-night bars, this is the epicenter of activity on the island.

Another Broken Egg Café

You simply can’t beat the breakfast at Another Broken Egg. This casual breakfast bistro offers all of the quintessential breakfast bites and some mouthwatering

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How to find an affordable condo on Siesta Key

Beachfront properties are a desirable commodity that much is for sure. As with most real estate options in high demand, the price for a waterfront property can typically range from $400,000 to a million, depending on the size and location. With those kinds of prices, it’s easy to see why waterfront properties are so exclusive.

However, what if you could snag a beachfront bargain at a much lower cost than typical Siesta Key properties? Here are some tips and tricks to get the most bang for your buck when searching for a beachfront property in Siesta Key, FL.

Look for the Unexpected

Most buyers looking for waterfront properties in Siesta Key are looking for condos or houses along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. These are the properties that go

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Sarasota Real Estate Market Update - November 2016

National market reports indicate modest overall increases in new and existing home sales for November 2016, and climbing home prices in many areas.

Measuring from November 2015, Sarasota and Manatee Counties saw an 8.7% increase in total closed sales. Single family home sales improved by 10.5%, with a 4.5% improvement in condo sales.

New pending sales also gained, with noticeable increases since September of this year. In Sarasota County pending condo sales are 39.8% greater, and single family homes have a 24% increase. Manatee County saw similar gains with a 25.1% improvement in pending single family home sales, and an 8.4% intensification in pending condo sales.

Strengthening sales accompany increases in median sales prices for single

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how to find a vacation home in Siesta Key, FL

Everyone dreams of owning a beautiful piece of property at some point in his or her life. For many, this achievement comes after years of saving and determination to make this dream come to fruition. When it’s finally time to buy the vacation property you’ve always envisioned, here are a few things to consider before you begin your search:

Think About What You Want In A Vacation Residence

When you think about your vacation home, do you envision it as a getaway from your everyday life? Or is it more of a gathering space for your friends and family? Will it be just for you, or do you hope to rent it out while you’re away? All of these questions are important to consider prior to your search because they’ll help you identify what kind of property

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Holiday Events in Sarasota - 2016

Festive Holiday Fun For The Whole Family!

The 6th Annual Snow Fest Sarasota!

It's the 6th annual Snow Fest Sarasota! Whether you're a child or just a child at heart, everyone is sure to have a ball at this fun filled event. Over 250 tons of snow are being trucked in to transform the area into a real winter wonderland! Catch live performances by ReFlex Arts Dance and Ovation School of Musical Theater, hop inside the 16' snowglobe, sing along with the carolers, then visit with Santa, Rudolph, and Frosty. Other attractions include:

  • Santa's Circus
  • Snow Tubing & Sculptures
  • Pony Rides
  • Mrs. Claus's Kitchen and Santa's Workshop
  • Carnival Rides
  • and so much more!

When: December 16 - 18 from 3 PM - 8 PM on Friday, 12 PM to 9 PM on

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