Archives February, 2010

The Neighborhood Report – Turtle Rock

Turtle Rock offers a variety of residential options to suit any taste.

Turtle Rock is a gated residential community located in the heart of Palmer Ranch. The community is comprised of 751 properties, including single-family homes and maintenance-free villas set within a lovely background of serene beauty. Most of the homes enjoy views of the pristine lakes and natural preserves. Residents enjoy an assortment of great amenities, such as tennis, basketball, swimming, walking, biking and even canoeing. In Turtle Rock, you are just steps away from the ever-popular Legacy Trail, where you can bike, jog or rollerblade 11 miles to Venice. Whether you are an active adult, early retiree or have a young family, there is a home that is right for you. (more…)

Pages of Inspiration – Top 10 Books for Motivation

Motivational books can help you overlook your obstacles to focus on your goals.

When faced with challenging times, the right message can lift you up to look beyond hardships and encourage you to set your sights on the goals you seek. Inspirational, instructional and influential words have long served as the building blocks for success, whether used to boost morale, enhance attitudes or ignite hopes and dreams.

Without motivation, it gets much too easy to give up when you meet the obstacles on the way to success. Fortunately, there are motivational books that can help you fire up yourself and jumpstart your motivation. Here are the top 10 motivational and inspirational books as suggested by our management team: (more…)

The Great Buyers’ Market of 2010

Our nation has been experiencing a one-day-at-a-time economic recovery, punctuated by fits and starts.  Finally, however, the good news is consistently outweighing the bad; allowing for a sustained measure of confidence to seep back into our battered psyches.  In fact, consumer confidence across the U.S. rose in January to the highest level since September 2008 as new signs of recovery caused Americans to feel more optimistic about their immediate futures. Florida’s consumer confidence index also rose unexpectedly in January—by five points, to 74—with the biggest jump being in the perception of whether it is a good time to buy big-ticket consumer items.

For sure, confidence has at long last trumped fear and trepidation with respect to our local housing market.  The months-long buying binge in the price tiers below $400,000 is showing no signs of letting up; especially as season revs into high gear and buyers continue to compete for pared-down inventories of lower-priced properties.

This should come as welcome news to everyone—including pundits, prognosticators and seasoned market watchers—who believes a recovery in the housing and labor markets are the essential ingredients for restoring our nation’s overall economic health.  Moreover, while virtually every housing market in Florida continues to grapple with the twin hurdles of high unemployment and record foreclosures, Southwest Florida’s has been on a solid trend toward recovery and price stability for the better part of the last six months in spite of these serious and ongoing obstacles.

While the U.S. experienced a 16.7 percent dip in existing home sales between November and December of last year—the largest such monthly decline in more than 40 years—Sarasota-Manatee veered hard in the opposite direction; notching a 43 percent increase in existing home sales; while Charlotte County posted an equally impressive 42 percent increase.   Furthermore, while December’s decline in national sales was largely attributed to buyer belief that time had run out on the first time home buyers tax credit, that perception did nothing to put the brakes on sales in Southwest Florida.  In fact, the last time our region saw a monthly decline approaching 17 percent in unit sales of existing homes was between July and August of last year.  Since then, sales and pendings have shown nothing but consistent improvement.


The Neighborhood Report – The Meadows

Tranquility awaits in The Meadows in Sarasota. Discover a range of available properties.

The Meadows is a country club community that was the original planned urban development in Sarasota. Along with an assortment of real estate styles from single-family homes to villas and townhouses, The Meadows features 54 holes of challenging golf and a dynamic tennis club. This is a very active time in The Meadows, as many of its residents are seasonal, and everyone is here now to enjoy the beautiful winter weather.

Market Activity – The Meadows

At this time, there are approximately 40 properties for sale in The Meadows with prices ranging from $125k to $1,150,000, so opportunities for all types of homes are present. Our Main Street office represents a number of available properties for sale in The Meadows, and our most recently completed transactions have been accomplished by Judy Nimz. (more…)

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