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Dancing the Weekend Away

by Roger C. Pettingell

Dance lovers will find a reason to celebrate this weekend at the Sarasota Opera House. It's the Festival of the Stars - Carreño Dance Festival. The show Friday is at 7pm, and Saturday at 2:30pm. In addition to seeing some of the world's most talented dancers, young students will have a chance to learn from and dance with the performers. The video below will give you just a taste of what you'll experience:

You can get tickets online at the Sarasota Opera House website.

 

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What Life Stage Is Your House?

by Roger C. Pettingell

What Life Stage is your house? I’m not asking how old your house is or what era of construction it is. Instead, I want to know, who is the ideal family to live in your house? Think about the family structure you can picture making a life in your home.

First-time Home Buyers
First-timers want lower maintenance to ease into homeowner responsibilities. So, a newer home that doesn’t require much work, or a townhouse with some of the exterior maintenance included would be perfect. First-timers often don’t need much space, and a quick-turnover neighborhood works well as the family starts to grow out of the starter house.

Young Family
Let’s face it. Small children take over every square inch that isn’t dedicated space for something else. That’s why playroom space is nice to have to contain toys and games. Young families like yard space for kids to run, lots of storage space, and easy childproofing ability.

Mature Family
Families with older children gravitate toward homes with plenty of room for teens to have their own space. Many families need garage space for multiple drivers, and a place for teens to have friends over that won’t disturb Mom and Dad.

Empty Nester
Functionality is key for the retiring family. Empty nesters like a single floor, main-floor laundry, a low-maintenance yard, a quiet neighborhood, minimal upkeep and an atmosphere of relaxation.

Investor
A real estate investor, or “flipper,” buys up houses in good markets that are priced low and need some simple upgrades. As we would expect, they want to turn a profit.

If you’re not sure what life stage your house is, I can help you figure that out. I’ve heard lots of feedback from lots of buyers and I know what people are looking for. We should talk about why you bought the house in the first place. What was your family situation? What features really worked for you? Just email me some of the key features of your house, and I can let you know who to target!

This blog is maintained by Michael of Kim Hughes & Company.
Photo courtesy born1945/flickr.com

Revisit the Fantastic Fifties Saturday Night

by Roger C. Pettingell

Baby boomers who fancy the Fifties may want to head over to the Venice Theatre [map] Saturday night for an evening of music from that era with The Boomers. Ken Kaplan, and brothers Bruce and Keith McLendon have been playing together on and off since they were in Junior High School in the late Seventies. Saturday night they'll be on the Main Stage. The show starts at 8pm. Tickets are going fast at $20 and can be purchased online. The proceeds will go to raise money for the Venice Theatre Guild's scholarship program.

This blog is maintained by Michael of Kim Hughes & Company.
Photo courtesy The Boomers

Luxurious Choices For Lottery Winning Home Buyers

by Roger C. Pettingell

You may have heard that there's another huge lottery jackpot, and that has a lot of people thinking about what they could do with all that money if they won. As a service to those of you who are entertaining thoughts like those, I present three real-estate options for your consideration.

For just under 5 million dollars, you can pick up House Island, just off the coast of Portland, Maine. First settled in 1623, the 24-acre island includes three cottages and a fort that was occupied by the military from 1808 through to 1945. Harold Cushing Jr's family has owned the place since 1954, and he won't say why he wants to sell. Perhaps the island is haunted? Let's hope not!

Maybe you're looking for something a bit more upscale? If that's the case, you might consider the Crimson Palace for sale in Beverly Hills. Sitting on an acre in the 91020, the magnificent house has 48,000 square feet of living space. That includes seven bedrooms and eleven bathrooms, which should be enough for the huge parties you'd probably throw in home like this.  Oh, the asking price? A cool 58 million dollars. With three floors, indoor and outdoor pools, a huge wine cellar and an underground garage, it might be worth it.

And finally, with one hundred million dollars, you could buy the most expensive apartment ever listed in New York City.  It's the penthouse that takes up the top three floors of the CitySpire building, overlooking Central Park. 8,000 square feet of living space, plus an additional apartment below for staff members and a wine cellar with room for a thousand bottles of your finest.
 

Of course, if you are in the market for a new house and your tastes aren't quite as extravagant, I can certainly help you find a beautiful, luxurious home here on the Gulf Coast . Just let me know how I can help you!

 

 

This blog is maintained by Michael of Kim Hughes & Company.
Photo courtesy Wayne31r (House Island) and Troy McClure SF (CitySpire Penthouse)/flickr.com

 

On Stage for the Weekend

by Roger C. Pettingell

With another weekend approaching, you might be in the market for more than a luxurious new home. If theater is something you enjoy, here are several possibilities for you.

Perfect Wedding is on stage at the Florida Studio Theatre [map]. The show is at 8pm and 10pm. 
   On the morning of his wedding, Bill wakes up in his honeymoon suite with a dreadful hangover and an unknown woman in his bed. It's a race against time as he has to either get her out or make up a plausible story before his fiancee and future mother-in-law arrive. Desperate times call for desperate measures in this hysterical romp of a love story gone wrong.

Crimes of the Heart, the Pulitzer Prize and Drama Critics Award winning play by Beth Henley is on stage at the Jane B. Cook Theatre at the FSU Center [map]. Presented by the Banyan Theater Company, you can see it at 8pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm and 8pm Sunday.
   Three vastly different Magrath sisters, long separated, have gathered to tend to the last days of their elderly father. Lenny, the oldest at 30 and unmarried, is focused on her quest to find a mate. Meg, the middle sister, is just back from the West Coast after a failed singing career. Babe, the youngest, has just made bail after an arrest for having shot her husband.

Random Acts, the guerilla theater group that also bills itself as Attention Deficit Theatre, will be on stage Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 8pm.
   This show isn't for kids, as it contains adult language and partial nudity, but it is a lot of fun for adults who enjoy more improvisational theater.

This blog is maintained by Michael of Kim Hughes & Company.
Photo courtesy Banyan Theater Company

Make Your Home Stand Out in a Crowd

by Roger C. Pettingell

If you're trying to sell your home in this economy, you need every advantage you can get.  That process begins by choosing a real estate professional with a track record of success and ends at closing. Along the way, there are some sure-fire ways to improve the appeal of your home when it goes on the market.

Make Sure It's Clean - It's such a simple idea that it seems hard to believe anyone would have potential buyers into a dirty home. But, it happens, and its a recipe for disaster. Clean, and clean like your mother was looking over your shoulder. No one wants to live in a dirty house, and certainly no one wants to start in a new house that needs to be cleaned.

Outside - Your landscaping needs to be trimmed and neat, and you need to make sure the exterior of your home is clean. Get those leaves off your roof and out of your gutters!

Lighting - Check to be sure all of the lights in your home have bulbs. And its a good idea to replace lower intensity lights with something brighter.  You don't want people believing you have something to hide!

Plants - If you have plants around the house, make sure they've been water and tended properly.  Add fresh flowers, and make sure to change them regularly.

Colors - Let's be honest: Those wacky colors and that tacky wallpaper have the potential to derail even the most interested buyer. A new coat of white paint, properly applied, over the entire interior will make the entire place look fresh and new.

Get it Checked Now - Don't wait until a buyer is interested to find out what a home inspector is going to tell you needs to be fixed. Get it fixed now and get it out of the way.

Are there other things you've seen as a potential buyer that have turned you off?  Be sure to leave a comment with things you think are important to consider.  And if you are looking for a new house or to sell your current home, please feel free to contact me!

This blog is maintained by Michael of Kim Hughes & Company.
Photo courtesy Knitting Zeal/flickr.com

Weekend Plans for Sports Fans

by Roger C. Pettingell

It's a big weekend for sports fans, with the Olympics entering their second week. But, if you want to get out of the house, there's plenty for sports fans around here as well.

It's going to be an especially important weekend for the Tampa Bay Rays, who face the Orioles in a three game series. The Rays and O's go into the series tied for second place, 6.5 games behind the Yankees, and both teams are tied with Detroit for third place in the wildcard standings. Given there are only two wildcards and 57 games left in the season, the Rays are going to have to pick up their game if they want to make it to the playoffs. Let's hope they get around to that this weekend.  Friday and Saturday's games at Tropicana Field begin at 7:10pm and the Sunday game first pitch is scheduled for 1:40pm.

The Buccaneers have one week left before the pre-season begins with a showdown against Miami. You can check out the team and new head coach Greg Schiano Saturday night. The team will be practicing under the lights at One Buccaneer Place, not far from Raymond James Stadium. This event is free and will include a scrimmage, fireworks and a chance to get some autographs signed.

If you're weekend includes looking for a beautiful home out on the keys, I'm here to help.  Otherwise, have a great weekend!

This blog is maintained by Michael of Kim Hughes & Company.
Photo courtesy Keith Allison/flickr.com

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