LOCAL INFO Understanding Assignability of Contract Understanding Assignability of Contract By Meredith Caruso   Many real estate contracts allow buyers to “assign” their rights and obligations under the contract, and sellers can suddenly find themselves working with Joe rather than Sally. What’s a Realtor to do? Ask the right questions – and don’t give legal advice. ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida Realtors® […]
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LOCAL INFO April 2024 Real Estate Market Report: Sarasota and Manatee Counties .        April 2024 Real Estate Market Report: Trends in Sarasota and Manatee Counties Posted by: Communications Department on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 The REALTOR® Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM) today released its monthly market report detailing the real estate trends for April 2024. The data reveals a significant shift in the […]
LOCAL INFO 2024 RE Market in Sarasota & Manatee: Trends and Predictions The 2024 Real Estate Market in Sarasota and Manatee Counties: Trends and Predictions. See FULL REPORT HERE SARASOTA, Fla. (April 18, 2024) – The real estate markets in Sarasota and Manatee counties have undergone significant changes throughout the first quarter of 2024, reflecting broader economic influences and evolving buyer and seller behaviors. This press release […]
LOCAL INFO ** 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 […]
LOCAL INFO 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 […]
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
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LOCAL INFO 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 […]
LOCAL INFO 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 […]
LOCAL INFO 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 […]
LOCAL INFO 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 […]
LOCAL INFO 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 […]
LOCAL INFO 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 https://www.clickorlando.com/news/2023/04/17/florida-insurance-policyholders-hit-with-1-emergency-assessment-fee/   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 […]
LOCAL INFO 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 […]
LOCAL INFO 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 […]
LOCAL INFO Downtown Sarasota multifamily projects move through review committee Four condo and apartment developments will bring nearly 300 new units in the city. By Andrew Warfield | 5:00 a.m. March 21, 2023 780 SRQ Condominiums will include 34 units, two of them priced as attainable.Courtesy rendering DSDG Architects Multiple projects adding to the housing stock in and around downtown Sarasota are making they way […]
LOCAL INFO Sarasota Insider … March 2023 Sarasota Insider — A sampling of fun things to do and see around our beaches. Please enjoy this snapshot of happenings throughout the month. MARK YOUR CALENDAR March 12 | Daylight Saving Time March 14 | National Pi Day March 17 | St. Patrick’s Day Every Sunday Sarasota Polo Club There is no way better […]
LOCAL INFO 5 Reasons This Isn’t a Repeat of the 2008 Housing Crash ( Dec 2022) 5 Reasons This Isn’t a Repeat of the 2008 Housing Crash December 15, 2022 Challenging Markets By: Melissa Dittmann Tracey NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun draws the distinctions between today’s real estate market and that of more than a decade ago. © BrianAJackson – iStock/Getty Images Plus Many homeowners are still haunted by the 2008 housing […]