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Active Adult or 55 plus communities in Venice and Sarasota, Florida

55+ or Active Adult Communities Post updated July 2017 55+ communities are now called “Active Adult Communities.” That sounds so much better and doesn’t look so “ooold.” What a relief. The homeowners in such communities now feel a lot younger although the threshold of 55+ remained the same. What happened? What is a 55 or active adult community? As the […]

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Where is the next “Albert Einstein” coming from?

You have probably never heard the name “Osprey,” Florida, right? Yes, of course, it is the name of a bird, you’re right, but it is also the name of a community in Sarasota County. Why is this even worth mentioning, you may ask? Well, this is the place where  “Pine View School” is located, and  this particular school has just been rated “#1 School in Florida” and  “#6 in the nation.” This may be good news for you if you ever wanted to enjoy the year-round beautiful weather in the Sunshine State without “leaving your kids behind.” Send your kids to Pine View and let them build a solid foundation for their future careers. We don’t know if they will be as famous as the developer of the general theory of relativity one day, but what the heck, why don’t you give it a try? By the way, Osprey is only a stone’s throw away from the best beach in the US….the #1 rated Siesta Key Beach…… Sigh! Another #1 rating…… However, if you are looking for a home within a short distance to  “Pine View School” you will find some really nice neighborhoods in that area. Woodlands at Rivendell is a community with newer homes, like Park Trace and Willowbend. Do you like boating?  Southbay Yacht & Racquet Club might be your choice. They have a harbor where you can park your little 50′ cruiser. For those of you looking for […]

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Blackburn Estates on the Bay a hidden Treasure in Nokomis Florida – Homes for Sale

It’s time to move to Florida! If you prefer mega communities with 2,000+ homes, this is not for you. However, if you like small and cozy communities with a personal touch to it, you should continue reading.  There is a hidden gem called “Blackburn Estates on the Bay” – a rare find in Nokomis, Florida. An exquisite gated community of only […]

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I can’t believe it – there are communities in Sarasota and Venice with low Homeowners Association Fees!

The startling truth about the cost of living in Sarasota is………that it is “challenging” in some places – money-wise. If money didn’t matter, there’d be plenty of fabulous places to spend the retirement or to raise your kids. A penthouse on Longboat Key, overlooking the  beautiful Gulf of Mexico, or a 4,000 sq ft Pool-Home in the Oaks Club, with golf course view, would be perfect. Perhaps a nice property in one of Sarasota’s finest Ranch Communities would be your dream? Bring your animals and have fun in the sun. You will all love it! Unfortunately, for many of us money does somehow matter. You may be able to buy a nice home at rock-bottom price, but when the monthly Homeowners Association bill hits your mailbox, your face may turn a whiter shade of pale. Paying the price for the home is one thing, coming up with the monthly expenses for the years to come can become a real task …..and it can put a noticeable dent into your retirement funds. You know already, there is not too much you can do about taxes and insurance. Only the assessed value determines the amount of your property tax. If you want to pay fewer taxes, you can only buy a cheaper property, or you can try to bribe the county property appraiser? Insurance wise, you are  in the same boat. Insuring a cheaper home costs less, a newer home costs less, being further […]

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Rive′ Isle – an Exclusive Island Community on the Manatee River.

  A lifestyle at the water’s edge….simply unique Imagine a community that has it all: boating, golf and tennis on a private island surrounded by pristine nature preserves in a subtropical climate. Though is sounds like an oasis, such place does exist and it’s just minutes from the cultural triangle of downtown Sarasota, Bradenton and St. Petersburg in the Tampa Bay […]

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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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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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