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Sarasota Information

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Sarasota Real Estate Market Remains Strong

Real estate numbers remained strong in Sarasota and Manatee counties for December 2017 with median sales prices, the number of closed sales and the number of pending sales all climbing as was the trend across Florida real estate. 
This is great news for the real estate industry as sales normally slow during December as sellers prepare their properties for the busy spring season while many buyers decide to stay in their current homes until after the busy holiday season. The usual pattern, however, was seen to some extent with the combined two counties experiencing a 28.3 percent decline over November 2017 and 12.9 percent decline over December 2016. 

With the number of foreclosures dropping to the lowest…
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Sarasota Real Estate Market Stays Hot

November continued to be a hot seller's market in the Sarasota and Manatee area with increased sales, higher prices and an increase in the number of listings. The sales of condos were particularly hot during November 2017. This was great news for sellers because sales usually slow just before Thanksgiving, and they do not pick up again until spring arrives.

After reaching a low in September, inventory of homes on the market continues to inch upward. During November 2017, there was 1.1 percent more homes for sale than a year ago. Manatee County saw a 7.5 percent increase in the number of single-family homes closing. It appears that many families dreamed of closing on their single-family home by the holidays

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Sarasota Real Estate Market Bounces Back

The real estate market will continue to recover from the devastating impact of hurricane Irma in Manatee and Sarasota counties. There are more new listings and pending sales as the market continues to show a healthy growth trend this month.
Closed sales for single-family homes grew by 2.7 percent in the two counties while condos went down by a 10.4 percent since October 2016.   Florida’s rather healthy job opportunities and population growth play important factors. They both should help sales to get back to where they were before the hurricane Irma, said Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist, National Association of REALTORS®.  

End of Season Decreases

The drop in sales is typical for this time of

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pet friendly parks near siesta key

If you're a dog owner, you already know how much fun it is to get outside and play with your furry friend, but finding that perfect spot for the two of you can take a lot of searching. Fortunately, there are several pet-friendly parks near Siesta Key that boast a number of amenities for you and your playful pooch. Hopefully, you'll find the perfect fit in one of these parks and take your relationship with your pet a whole new level of fun!

Each of these pet-friendly Siesta Key parks are a bit different, with some featuring beautiful waterfront views and a beach, while others have spacious grassy areas for your dog to run free without a leash. Depending on how far you're willing to drive and how much your dog enjoys the ocean, there's also one

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As of May of 2017, data assessed by Florida Realtors® from My Florida Regional MLS showed an increase in new listings, closed sales, median sales prices, and inventory in Sarasota and Manatee County.

End of Season Decreases

As is typical for the end of the season, there was a decrease in properties listed in last month's report. This month, new listings have showed an increase from last year at this time. Single family homes increased by 2.3 percent over the last year in Manatee County, while condos have increased by 0.8 percent. Sarasota County condos increased by 1.3 percent, while single family homes have increased by 8.5 percent in the same time period.

Condo Prices Increase in Both Counties

In Sarasota, the median sales price has

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With superb weather, wonderful beaches, numerous scenic parks and a multitude of nature preserves, Sarasota and Manatee housing attracts plenty of potential residents. That desire to live in a recreational paradise is partially responsible for the sellers market that continues in the area. According to Florida REALTORS®, as of April 2017, the My Florida Regional MLS shows more inventory and closed sales as well as higher median sales prices when compared to the same month in 2016.

Home Sales and Median Price Range Increase

Single family home sales increased by 1.5 percent in Manatee County while Sarasota County showed an 8.3 percent jump. However, condo sales dropped by 22 percent in Manatee while falling only 0.3 percent in Sarasota.


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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

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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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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Sarasota-Manatee real estate market stats

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Mantee County real estate market stats - OctoberSarasota real estate market stats for october 2016

In comparison to October of last year, Manatee County saw an 11.3% increase in inventory for single-family homes and an 11.4% increase in inventory for condominiums in October of 2016, and the respective figures for Sarasota County have been 15.7% and 35.8%. In terms of the overall area that the two counties constitute, this amounts to a 17.5% increase in inventory for available residential properties in the area overall, sharply contrasting with the trend that saw a decrease in properties for sale throughout the earlier months of 2016.

Pending sales for these types of property in the two counties, meanwhile, have experienced an upsurge over the previous month. For Manatee County, condominium sales are 24.5% higher

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