New Flood Insurance Rules

  In March of this year FEMA issued a National Flood Insurance Program bulletin which included the rate changes that revise premium rate tables to comply with Section 5 of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act.  Section (5) of the Act prohibits FEMA from increasing premiums more than 15 percent a year within a single risk … Continue reading New Flood Insurance Rules

Siesta Key’s Point Of Rocks Neighborhood

Geologists aren’t sure how long Point of Rocks, just south of Siesta Key’s Crescent Beach, has been visible. Jutting into the Gulf of Mexico for about a half-mile along the shore, the outcropping is composed of quartz sand and molluscan grindstone — quite different than the rest of Sarasota County.  A 2003 report by University … Continue reading Siesta Key’s Point Of Rocks Neighborhood

Michael Saunders & Company Leads With The Best

Michael Saunders packed nearly her entire sales force, about 475 agents, into the Hyatt Regency Sarasota Thursday for Michael Saunders & Co.’s annual conference. Guest speakers Mark Davison and Brian Parsley entertained and educated, speaking about the attributes of great companies and the secrets of great salesmanship. The biggest news at the event was the … Continue reading Michael Saunders & Company Leads With The Best

Home Prices Continue Their Climb

Home prices will rise in 2014 but at a slower, more steady pace compared with historical trends. In 2013, We experienced somewhat of a feeding frenzy as buyers took advantage of low prices and historically low interest rates.  A limited selection of properties for sale resulted in bidding wars in some cases.   This happened … Continue reading Home Prices Continue Their Climb

We’re not just a pretty Beach!

Sarasota has a lot to explore in the great outdoors – not just our pristine beaches. “In fact, our natural habitats are among the top reasons visitors choose Sarasota instead of other Florida destinations” according to Virginia Haley, president of Visit Sarasota County. Nature activities like kayaking through the mangroves off Lido Key, hiking and … Continue reading We’re not just a pretty Beach!

Crossing That Bridge

Most everyone remembers the line from the motion picture Field Of Dreams. “If you build it, they will come”. We did. They did. The John Ringling Bridge is a crossing of such lyrical beauty that it seems the most natural of tasks to make a crossing. At the peak,  Sarasota and her islands offer breathtaking views. Looking south … Continue reading Crossing That Bridge

Sarasota Claims Another Art Designation

SARASOTA – The Sarasota Chalk Festival is now among the world’s most “intelligent” travel destinations, according to the New York Times blog In Transit. The local favorite was picked up by the international travel website — intransit.blogs.nytimes.com — on Monday, two weeks before this year’s festival starts. The Chalk Festival now shares online distinction with Ellis … Continue reading Sarasota Claims Another Art Designation

Longboat Key Set For New Gulf Front Condominiums

LONGBOAT KEY – A Sarasota developer has filed plans to build a 16-unit, luxury condominium complex on southern Longboat Key, one of the first projects of its kind proposed since the economic downturn of 2007. Jay Tallman intends to break ground next summer on the five-story building, planned for five acres at 2251 Gulf of … Continue reading Longboat Key Set For New Gulf Front Condominiums

Luxury Sales Continue Even In Slow September Period

Twenty six properties sold for a combined $40.3 in September. This reflects a 26% decrease in luxury sales compared to August but is still considered a good month of sales during the traditional slow sales period for our area. The average sale price came in at $1.55 million. Topping the sales chart was a home on … Continue reading Luxury Sales Continue Even In Slow September Period

Sarasota Captures International Rowing Championship Competition For 2017

  There was jubilation heard throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties when the news came from Korea. The International Federation of Rowing Associations, in a unanimous vote, chose Sarasota’s Nathan Benderson Park as the site of the 2017 competition, beating out a more established European venue. The facility, which is still under development has already hosted … Continue reading Sarasota Captures International Rowing Championship Competition For 2017