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 to earn a return on the investment (purchase), either through rent (income), the future resale of the property (appreciation), or both. An investment property can be a long-term endeavor, such as an apartment building, or an intended short-term investment in the case of flipping (where […]

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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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Discover the Legacy Trail – a scenic bike ride from Sarasota to Venice, Florida

Updated in January 2020 The Legacy Trail, a 12.4-mile paved trail in Sarasota County, Florida, is one of the best ways to experience what it means to enjoy the outdoors’ year-round. The trail is perfect for biking, rollerblading, jogging and walking. If you want to take Fido with you, you can. However, your little furry friend has to be on a leash, but that is the only inconvenience he has to face. Not bad, isn’t it? What to expect on the Legacy Trail in Sarasota County In the summer months, […]

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Venetian Golf and River Club – Venice Florida

Discover the Venetian Golf and River Club a prestigious gated community, nestled along the serene Myakka River. Whether you are a golfer or would like to play tennis or just want to take part in social activities, Venetian Golf & River Club has it all. As a resident, you enjoy a palette of amenities.  The River Club is the center of all social activities: fine and casual dining, private and corporate functions and weddings. The Club seats for up to 200 people. The 18 –hole 72 par championship golf course meanders […]

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Are you thinking of relocationg to Sarasota,Florida?

Everybody who considered to move to beautiful Sarasota on the West Coast of Florida, but was hesitant, because there was no Trader Joe’s or Costco, you can make the move NOW. The opening day was Friday, September 7th. Of course, I haven’t been in a Trader Joe’s yet, I was curious about the store and so I went on Saturday. The place was packed with shoppers and lookers alike – I thought they give away food for free. After the dust settles I will be back for sure. Along with […]

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Grand Palm – Venice, Florida

Grand Palm is a master-planned community in Venice, with a big focus on nature  Post updated December, 2019 Welcome to Grand Palm in sunny Venice Florida. This is one of the newer developments in Venice and the first community built under the 2050 guidelines in Sarasota County. Grand Palm is also part of the new West Villages.  The Philosophy of Grand Palm is to save trees, build wildlife corridors, preserve resources, restore wetlands and conserve energy. So there is a big focus on nature. Grand Palm welcomes residents of all ages, […]

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South Venice is a Beach and Boating Community – No Deed Restrictions

Updated January 2020 Don’t like Homeowners Associations and their rules and regulations? Have a closer look at the South Venice Beach Community. With 7,000+ homes, South Venice is the largest subdivision in Sarasota County. The none deed restricted community is unique in several ways: no homeowner is forced to be a member of the homeowners association, but if he decides to become one, the $60 annual fee will grant him  access to the community center and to many community events.  Of course, you can keep your boat or your RV […]

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Does Florida’s property tax law penalize Canadians?

property taxes in Florida

The answer to the question is a firm “NO” – although it seems on first glance as if the Canadian Homeowners are getting a “special property tax treatment”. Obviously, they are paying more than the average “Floridian”, right? Well, the fact is that all Foreign National homeowners and all US Snowbirds with a secondary home are treated alike in the Sunshine State – with no exception and no special treatment whatsoever. However, one group of homeowners is actually getting the “royal treatment”. There is a section in Florida’s tax law, which is […]

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Southbay Yacht and Racquet Club, Osprey FL

Southbay Yacht & Racquet Club is a lovely  established  waterfront neighborhood West of Trail (route 41) in Osprey, Sarasota County. The community is deed restricted but not gated.  Located along Little Sarasota Bay, it is truly a place to live if people cannot decide whether they want country living or waterfront living. Therefore, Southbay is ideal because homeowners can enjoy both worlds. What a deal! Almost 360 homes are in Southbay Yacht and Racquet Club. Some are located along the  Intracoastal Waterway. Some are surrounding the 7 acre marina, and many […]

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Siesta Key Beach, FL – one pearl out of a string of beautiful subtropical Barrier Islands in the Gulf of Mexico

Flock of Birds

Sunny beaches with crystal-white, powdery sand that stretch for miles and miles. You can stroll through shops with all sorts of fashion, beach accessories, and souvenirs. You will find restaurants where you can grab a quick breakfast or lunch in your flip-flops and sandy toes, or where you can relax in style over an extraordinary candlelight dinner while watching the sea birds go to rest. Originally, the place was named “Sarasota Key”. In the late 1920s this 8-mile long, crescent-shaped Gulf Coast barrier island was renamed to “Siesta Key“. This […]

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