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Connect with Roger on Facebook Today!

by Roger C. Pettingell

Are you a true Facebook fanatic? Everyone's favorite social media site is the best place to share info, links, and photos with friends, and most of all it's the perfect way to stay connected with people and businesses that you care about.

Why not add your favorite realtor in Longboat Key and Sarasota to your Facebook friends? That's right, Roger Pettingell is on Facebook, and we want to connect with all of you out there in the social media world.

Once you add Roger's page to your Facebook account, you'll be instantly connected. You'll get all the updates from the Facebook page right in your daily feed, as well as links to posts here on the Roger Pettingell Real Estate blog

It's easy and simple to do, and you'll be even more in-the-know with everything going on in the world of Florida real estate. So drop by the Facebook page and 'like' us today!

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Cautious Optimism For Sarasota Market in 2012

by Roger C. Pettingell

With a new year comes a new outlook on markets and real estate futures in all parts of the country, but most especially here in Sarasota.

Real estate markets everywhere have seen some unwelcome twists and turns in past years, but what will 2012 hold for investors and homeowners? You can take your own guesses, but you can probably get the best idea of what to expect in 2012 by asking business leaders here in Sarasota.

That's precisely what the Herald-Tribune did, interviewing several of the top business professionals in the area what they thought would come in 2012 in terms of economy and market stability. While others were cautious and reserved in their assessments, still some foresee serious improvement for the area.

Particularly of note were the words of Shaun Merriman, President & CEO of Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida, who predicted coastal areas like Sarasota will see the most profound growth in Florida, especially in terms of job growth and increased lending from banks across the region. Also, Economic Development Corp. of Sarasota County President Mark Huey was quoted as saying that health care industries are especially forecast to see plenty of job growth in the area.

It's for all these reasons that Sarasota is a great place to choose if you're wanting to relocate to Florida. To find the perfect home in Sarasota, call Roger C. Pettingell today at 888-309-5714.

Housing Market in Florida Making Positive Strides

by Roger C. Pettingell

For the state of Florida some truly welcome news according to reports from realty experts indicates that things are back on the rise for real estate markets. All the numbers appear to point to a growing recovery for the state, and that could certainly mean that the time to invest could be coming sooner than you might initially think.

According to the National Association of Realtors, across the state home sales numbers are going up, meaning inventories are declining in areas everywhere. This means a major increase in home prices are likely to follow, and could present some great opportunities for homeowners in the future.

There's no doubting, however, that the increase in activity in the market means things are improving across Florida. As well, with gains in employment as well at the tourism and healthcare industries, the overall economy is showing new signs of strength.

That's important for the real estate market, since both of these arenas are so vital to keeping the market stable. With everything looking to be on an upward trend, no doubt we'll be seeing some brighter times ahead for real estate owners and investors in Florida. 

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Sarasota, Longboat Key or the surrounding area, call Roger Pettingell today at 888.309.5714.

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Good News 2011 Florida Real Estate Stories

by Roger C. Pettingell

For the majority of the nation, 2011 brought tales of doom and gloom for the housing market. While Florida, in spite of being one of the leading states for foreclosures, ended the year on a somewhat positive note

Commercial property sales and rentals increased during the year. That is good news for unemployed Floridians as well as local towns and municipalities. Tourists are returning to Florida for vacations and the snowbirds are once again spending money.

Coastal resorts are reporting an increase in traffic, with guests not only staying longer but also spending more money. This has increased the employment opportunities within the hard hit service industry.

Believe it or not, but 2011 was one of the best years for Florida home sales since the housing bubble burst in 2008. Lower home prices, excellent mortgage rates, and a wide selection of available homes made Florida one of the best states for both first-time homebuyers and investors.

Give me a call today at 888-309-5714 and let’s start the home buying process while prices are low and inventory is high!

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Best Reasons to Purchase a Brand New Home

by Roger C. Pettingell

It certainly is a buyer’s market these days and while there are plenty of existing homes for sale, there is nothing like the feeling of owning “brand new.” Plus there are many advantages in owning newer construction.

  • New homes are more energy efficient. Heating and cooling systems are the latest models available. They are better insulated and come with energy efficient rated appliances.
  • New homes have floor plans designed for today’s active lifestyle. Instead of underutilized rooms, there are now multi-purpose areas, convenient built-ins and gourmet kitchens.
  • New homes come with warranties covering everything from carpets to appliances to mechanical equipment.
  • New homes can accommodate all of today’s state of the art technology. Also, more builders are constructing a “healthy home,” free of the toxics and chemicals used in past home construction.
  • New homes are usually located in a well-designed community. Developers are planning neighborhoods for maximum comfort and convenience, including everything from dining to retail to entertainment.

Give Roger Pettingell a call today at 888-309-5714 to learn more about new construction vs. pre-existing and decide what’s right for your lifestyle.

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Luxury Real Estate in Longboat and Sarasota

by Roger C. Pettingell

The key to successfully searching for a new home is finding the right agent with all the best listings. For Sarasota and Longboat Key real estate, there's no better choice than going with Roger C. Pettingell, and we've got the incredible home listings to prove it. 

To find the best luxury home listings in Florida, your one-stop shop is our featured listings area on our official site. Once there, you'll find all the most in-demand, most desired luxury real estate listings in all of Florida. These homes have been custom picked as the cream of the crop in the Sarasota and Longboat Key communities, and we'd love to show you one in person today.

After browsing through all the listings and finding a few homes that interest you the most, you should call the Roger C. Pettingell offices at 888-309-5714. We'll be happy to set up an appointment with you and show you any of our fine, exquisite luxury listings and tell you all about them. 

Don't hesitate to talk with us once you find a home you like because you never know when one of these homes will be taken off the market!  

Best Tips for Sellers in Longboat Key and Sarasota

by Roger C. Pettingell

Selling your home in Longboat Key or Sarasota can be a very trying time. There's a lot of stress that comes with going through the process, but if you're prepared and have a plan of attack everything will go just fine and you'll sell your house in no time. The key is being knowledgeable and sticking to your strategy. As an overview, we've got some useful tips to share with our sellers today for helping make sure your sales process goes smoothly, courtesy of Realty Times:

  • Price: Being realistic and accurate with your asking price will keep your home from sitting on the market month after month without any attention from buyers
  • Perspective: Yes, your home likely has a real emotional value to you, but you have to separate yourself from those feelings and remember home ownership is as much a business venture as anything else
  • Positiveness: Staying confident and positive will rub off on your agent and anyone interested in the home, and always leads to success
  • Communication: Be available and ready to talk at any time, not just with potential buyers but with your agent as well
  • Staging: Preparing your home to be shown to buyers is key, and you'll likely have to make changes around the house to have it ready

Another important step for sellers is to find a professional, experienced real estate agent in Longboat Key and Sarasota that will work hard for you. For luxury real estate in these areas there's no better choice than Roger C Pettingell, so give his office a call today at 888-309-5714.

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Sarasota Offers the Best Shopping at Westfield Southgate

by Roger C. Pettingell

Part of living a comfortable, luxurious life here on the coast of Florida has to do with more than just the home you live in. Sure that's a major part of it, but just as much you want to be living in an area filled with plenty of entertainment choices and activities to partake in. In particular, residents here in Sarasota get to enjoy some incredible shopping, and Westfield Southgate is one of the top shopping locations in the area. With a veritable bevy of shops, stores, and boutiques for the most elite and experienced shopper, Westfield Southgate is the place to be in Sarasota. Open every day of the week with flexible hours, you'll enjoy some of the finest shopping that Florida has to offer, enjoying stores like Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Pottery Barn, and more. No matter what it is you're looking for, whether new fashions, gifts for loved ones, or you're just browsing, they've got the perfect store for you. Besides all the great shopping, they often host plenty of fun and exciting events, as well. You can also partake in some wonderful dining there with great restaurants like Cosimo's Brick Oven or Toojay's Original Gourmet Deli. Westfield Southgate in Sarasota really is the perfect shopping destination, no matter your pleasure. For other great news and information from the Sarasota area, continue reading Roger Pettingell’s Real Estate Blog. Photo via: Paul H. on Yelp

Longboat Key Sellers Tips

by Roger C. Pettingell

Selling your home in Longboat Key or Sarasota can be a very trying time. There's a lot of stress that comes with going through the process, but if you're prepared and have a plan of attack everything will go just fine and you'll sell your house in no time. The key is being knowledgeable and sticking to your strategy. As an overview, we've got some useful tips to share with our sellers today for helping make sure your sales process goes smoothly, courtesy of Realty Times:

  • Price: Being realistic and accurate with your asking price will keep your home from sitting on the market month after month without any attention from buyers
  • Perspective: Yes, your home likely has a real emotional value to you, but you have to separate yourself from those feelings and remember home ownership is as much a business venture as anything else
  • Positiveness: Staying confident and positive will rub off on your agent and anyone interested in the home, and always leads to success
  • Communication: Be available and ready to talk at any time, not just with potential buyers but with your agent as well
  • Staging: Preparing your home to be shown to buyers is key, and you'll likely have to make changes around the house to have it ready

Another important step for sellers is to contact Roger C. Pettingell, your professional and experienced real estate agent in Longboat Key and Sarasota and ask for your personalized home analysis. For luxury real estate in these areas there's no better choice than Roger C Pettingell, so give his office a call today at 888-309-5714. Photo via: stock.xchng

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Roger Pettingell of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate is your Longboat Key, Florida Luxury Real Estate Specialist. Roger provides his real estate expertise to sellers, investors, developers, and buyers in the Sarasota area including Anna Maria, Bird Key, Bradenton Beach, Casey Key, Cortez, Grand Bay, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, Marina Bay, Osprey and Siesta Key. Search for homes, luxury homes, condominiums, investment property, development property, and vacant land and lots on the Longboat Key, Florida and the surrounding area.