Location is the Key – Bellagio, Venice Florida – the only gated community on the Island of Venice

Bellagio is the only gated community on the Island of Venice. The community of 150 homes is a private sanctuary,  with all the amenities you desire: a spacious club house with a small library, a large heated community pool, a well-equipped  exercise room, a clay tennis court, and miles of paved walking/hiking/biking trails to downtown Venice, to the beaches or along the […]

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The risk of remodeling your home in Venice Florida without a proper permit

Some people always  need to learn it the hard way …and one of our sellers recently did so too. This blog is about permits, cutting corners and (not) saving money. Although, you can save a lot of money when you are handy and know how to swing a hammer, when it comes to “major home modifications” you need to think twice what you are doing. If you don’t ever want to sell your home, or if you are sure that you will never have an insurance claim, you may get along with your “none permitted” roof replacement (unless a “nice” neighbor turns you in – what exactly happened to one of our sellers). Be aware that most cities and counties require that homeowners obtain a permit before carrying out major modifications, and they are enforcing the permit laws vigilantly. Ignorance of the law is no protection against punishment! What is a major modification? This is a question the building department can answer best, or you can find the exact information on the building department’s web site. Here are a few major modifications for Sarasota County: Roof replacement, A/C replacement, replacement of doors and windows, installation of hurricane shutters, major plumbing … the list goes on and on and is not complete, but it might give you an idea. At this point, you may ask yourself what a homeowner actually can do without a permit. The answer is: Not a lot – it basically […]

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Inexpensive Living near the Beach in Venice FL

There are no questions about it that many people are dreaming of living in a warmer climate with easy access to the beach.  Some will also think that they have to give up culture and a diverse lifestyle for living near the beach. Here in the Venice & Sarasota area on the West coast of Florida, you can have it all. Ventura Village is a gated community with newer resale homes as well as new home construction within 2 miles from the beach and boat launch.  For your convenience, shopping, dining and good medical facilities and hospitals are in less than 2 miles to reach.  You will find a 24/7 Wal-Mart, Publix, Panera’s Bread, Outback Steakhouse, Home Depot, Bealls and many smaller  Restaurants and shops. The Historic Downtown of Venice is just minutes away.  For those of you who embrace the finer things in life, it is only an easy 20 minute drive to Sarasota. Sarasota, also called “the cultural city” on the west coast of Florida, offers anything a big city has to offer with a subtropical flair and a small-town feeling. If you are an outdoor loving person you will find that Venice has a lot to offer. Whether you are a kayak enthusiast, or like to bike or hike, there are many options for you to explore. See more blogs I wrote on that subject. Ventura Village is a gated community with single family homes and attached Villas. […]

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Investing in Sarasota Florida Real Estate – lucrative and rewarding

Investing in Sarasota Florida Real Estate -lucrative and rewarding – only if done right. “My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income.” Errol Flynn (1909 – 1959) Let’s start with a definition of ‘Investment Property’ first: “A real estate property that has been purchased with the intention of earning a return on the investment (purchase), either through rent (income), […]

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Why buy a new home in Venice, FL? Emotional Factor to Newness.

Some homebuyers will take nothing less than a brand-new home with the idea that no one else has used the bathroom. Others prefer a home with character in an established and mature neighborhood. Personal preferences aside, there are pros and cons to each option. Pro’s and Con’s There is no question that some people prefer that ‘new-home smell’ and on top of that many people like to personalize their home by picking out everything from the beginning. Some buyers find it a financial incentive that buying a new home will typically require less maintenance for years to come. They love the peace of mind that comes along with the builder’s warranty. In addition, your new home is built with new efficient appliances, walls, ceiling and floors with more insulation, dual pane windows and new efficient heating and cooling systems, all of which saves you MONEY. On the financial side builders often offer some incentives like giving a credit if you use their Lender, should you finance your home purchase. The best value for a new home is available if you buy into a development when it is nearly complete. . If you need to sell in a year or two, you don’t have to compete with new construction. On the other hand, new developments have the advantage of pre-construction pricing and you will have a better choice of premium lots. You should consider staying in that house for a longer period […]

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