Buyers Dreaming ** Foreign Buyer Registration has begun today … 1/17/2024 FREC’s Affidavit Rule Effective Today By Amy Connolly FREC adopted a rule to implement a portion of Senate Bill 264 entitled Interests of Foreign Countries. ORLANDO, Fla. – A rule containing buyer affidavits went into effect today, Jan. 17, 2024. It was created by the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) with the help of industry […]
Buyers Dreaming DECEMBER 2023 – HAPPENINGS IN SARASOTA !! Experience the enchantment of the 45th Annual Holiday Night of Lights, transforming St. Armands Circle into a Gulf Coast holiday haven. Immerse yourself in the festive kick-off at 5:30 p.m., followed by a joyous Christmas Carol Sing-a-long at 6 pm. Help Santa count down the final 10 seconds to illuminate the Circle with our 60-foot […]
Local INFO Sarasota-Manatee Housing Inventory Climbs to its Highest Point for 2023 Housing inventory in both Sarasota County and Manatee County is on the rise, marking the highest number of listings reported this year in October. The latest data, sourced from Florida REALTORS® and compiled by the REALTOR® Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM), indicates an uptick in home sales and an influx of new listings added to the […]
Buyers Dreaming October 2023 – Sarasota and Manatee Real Estate Report Sarasota-Manatee Housing Inventory Climbs to its Highest Point for 2023 SARASOTA, Fla. (November 21, 2023) – Housing inventory in both Sarasota County and Manatee County is on the rise, marking the highest number of listings reported this year in October. “Compared to the rest of the country where home sales are declining in most markets, […]
Local INFO SEPTEMBER 2023 HOME SALES INCREASE FROM LAST YEAR’S HURRICANE Posted by: Communications Department on Thursday, October 19, 2023 Amidst the lingering impacts of Hurricane Ian’s disruption to Florida’s housing market last September, the latest data from Florida REALTORS® paints a contrasting picture for September 2023. While closed sales registered an unusually high year-over-year growth, median prices stayed relatively stable. September-2023-Press-Release-and-Statistics
Buyers Dreaming Sarasota Is the Country’s Second Most Popular Relocation Destination PODS, the portable moving company, recently shared its top 20 list of cities people are moving to. Sarasota is No. 2. By Kim Doleatto July 13, 2023 Sarasota still tops PODS’ list as one of the most moved-to cities in the country. The portable moving and storage-solutions company recently released its third-annual relocation trends report, which […]
SRQ RE Market Updates July 2023 RASM Stats for Sarasota & Manatee   “Buyers are facing a trifecta: historically low inventory, home prices that have risen for over a decade, and higher interest rates today than a year ago.” Jessica Lautz, NAR’s Deputy Chief Economist and Vice-President of Research JUNE HOME SALES INCREASE IN NORTH PORT-SARASOTA-BRADENTON MSA Home sales in Manatee County have increased year-over-year for the […]
Buyers Dreaming Why Focus on Radon? It Can Lead to Cancer For many buyers, radon is a contract detail or something noted during an inspection. But a large number of buyers don’t know what radon is or what it does. SARASOTA, Fla. – Dear Doctors: Would you please address radon gas? I’ve spent 40 years in real estate sales here in Florida, and while radon is […]
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Nuts & Bolts 20 Ways to Save Money on Homeowners’ Insurance By Hillard Grossman Most money-saving tips have a secondary side effect, such as increasing out-of-pocket costs after a disaster or no coverage at all for something you may need. MIAMI – Living in a Barbie’s World is getting more challenging as homeowners’ insurance rates soar. But, there are ways you might be able to keep […]
SRQ RE Market Updates NAR’s 2023 International Sales Report: 23% in Fla – JULY 2023 NAR’s 2023 International Sales Report: 23% in Fla. By Kerry Smith International buyers face the same challenges as domestic buyers: Transactions were down 9.6% year-to-year, and the number of homes sold (84.6K) declined 14.2%. WASHINGTON – From April 2022 through March 2023, foreign buyers purchased $53.3 billion worth of U.S. existing homes – 9.6% […]
Nuts & Bolts Gov. Signs 3 Property Insurance Bills into Law – JUNE 2023 Gov. Signs 3 Property Insurance Bills into Law By Kerry Smith HB 881 expands the My Safe Florida Home program to most areas and increases minimum home values. SB 7052 boosts consumer protections and insurer accountability. HB 799 changes Citizens’ price increase “glide path” mainly for non-homesteaded properties. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis signed […]
Nuts & Bolts Senate Bill 264 – Interests of Foreign Countries – May 2023 Learn more about a new law that regulates the sale, purchase and ownership of certain properties in Florida by specific foreign principals, persons and entities. During Florida’s 2023 legislative session, lawmakers passed Senate Bill 264 – Interests of Foreign Countries. This bill was recently signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis and will take effect […]
Buyers Dreaming Out-of-Town Moves Didn’t End with Pandemic – April 2023 Out-of-Town Moves Didn’t End with Pandemic By Kerry Smith Number of buyers looking within their metro dropped 15.6% in 1Q, but the number looking elsewhere fell only 4.2%. Fla. has 5 of top 10 want-to-move-to metros. SEATTLE – The pandemic-era trend of buyers relocating greater distances didn’t end with the pandemic. While Redfin says searches […]
Nuts & Bolts Florida insurance policyholders hit with 1% emergency ‘assessment’ fee – April 2023 Florida insurance policyholders hit with 1% emergency ‘assessment’ fee  1% emergency ‘assessment’ to be collected to cover costs of claims   TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – State insurance regulators last week signed off on a plan that will lead to policyholders throughout Florida paying extra on their bills because of property-insurer insolvencies. Insurance Commissioner Mike Yaworsky issued […]
Buyers Dreaming What’s ‘Special’ About Special Assessments? April 26, 2023 by Meredith Caruso What’s ‘Special’ About Special Assessments? By Meredith Caruso   Special assessments appear in various places of the Florida Realtors/Florida Bar contract, but Paragraph 3(c) on the Condo Rider has confused more than a few members. ORLANDO, Fla. – The contracts and riders/addenda Florida Realtors offers members mention “special assessments” in various places. However, one tends […]
SRQ RE Market Updates International Real Estate Sales in Fla. = $15.3B (April 2023) International Real Estate Sales in Fla. = $15.3B ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida remained the top destination of foreign buyers purchasing U.S. residential real estate in 2022, with 24% of all foreign buyers who bought residential property in the United States, according to the 2022 International Transactions in U.S. Residential Real Estate report from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). Florida […]
SRQ RE Market Updates March Market Stats 2023 “Manatee County’s single-family home market has bucked the trend we’ve seen in recent months, showing the first year-over-year increase in sales since February 2022 and the first year-over-decrease in median prices since February of 2019. Meanwhile, single-family home sales for Sarasota and the condo markets for both counties have followed an opposite trajectory in March, […]
SRQ RE Market Updates Citizens Insurance Seeks 14.2% Rate Hike – 3/29/2023 By Kerry Smith Increases vary by county and property, but only a few condo owners could see a discount. Some Panhandle and non-coastal counties may see the biggest increase. TALLAHASSEE Fla. – Citizens Property Insurance Corp. leaders approved a proposal Wednesday that would raise average rates by 14.2% this year as they continue to push […]
SRQ RE Market Updates One Park Sarasota – setting the record straight … March 2023 Setting the Record Straight: Here are the facts about One Park Sarasota By One Park Sarasota | 3:51 p.m. March 3, 2023 One Park Sarasota is an 18-story, 123-residence tower wrapped in glass that pays tribute to the local architecture and promises exquisite attention to detail and a serene, holistic residential experience. Designed by Sarasota-based […]
Local INFO Bobby Jones restoration focus turns to short course Richard Mandell turns his creativity to a links-like par-3 companion to the Donald Ross design. By Andrew Warfield | 11:15 a.m. March 23, 2023 With sod installed around the greens, tee boxes visible from Fruitville Road and fairways sprigged on some of the back-nine holes along 17th Street, the Bobby Jones Golf Course is starting […]