The past four years of REALTALK™

Approaching 2019 and our 200th episode of real estate discussions

Episode Number 1
First Episode - We discussed the 2013 and 2014 Sarasota real estate market on April 23, 2014.

When I launched the REALTALK™ video series on April 23, 2014 I wanted to discuss important topics that affected home buyers and sellers in the Sarasota and barrier islands. Now 187 weekly episodes later we have done just that. The videos have covered 47 different communities from the Oaks Bayside in Sarasota to the Lands End neighborhood on north Longboat Key. Many times Mary Kay Ryan and I have recorded our episodes from the homes in the neighborhood we were discussing.

There is so much to discuss as each community has its own atmosphere. In our videos of residences on Longboat Key I try to address those unique features that would make it attractive to buyers. We can explain the difference between the luxury beachfront lifestyle of Beachplace and why Grand Bay on the bay side might offer a different attraction.

We covered the Ritz-Carlton downtown from the penthouse there in REALTALK™ #71, then followed up with a spotlight on the Ritz-Carlton Beach Residences two years later in our #154 episode. Someday I hope to have a review of the new Ritz-Carlton that is under development in the rejuvenation of the Quay district downtown.

And we have gone into areas that the casual home buyer may not be aware of. We recently discussed Tremont Estates on Lido Key, just blocks from St. Armands Circle, and Bungalow Hill, west of trail in Sarasota. We thought it would be important to discuss areas like Sapphire Shores on Indian Beach in Sarasota and the luxury homes that were built in the Sanderling Club on Siesta Key.

We have also directed our attention to the gated communities of Bay Isles and homes that have beach access through deeded titles. You can get a glimpse of Queens Harbour, Fairway Bay and the Bayou neighborhood in our community spotlight series.

Topics by the experts in the purchase process and home insurance

REALTALK interview with Mike Mailliard
Interview with experts including Mike Mailliard of MIC Insurance discussing Florida home insurance.

But we have also taken on the serious business of home buying and invited local experts to discuss topics that impact a sale or the value of a home. Real estate attorney Thomas Luzier of the Sarasota firm Dunlap and Moran took on the discussion of state Doc Stamps and Title Insurance in REALTALK™ #38. It has been one of our most viewed videos. This is one I send a link to customers who have questions about these two topics as Thomas did an eloquent and concise review of these two sometimes confusing areas of Florida real estate law.

Insurance in Florida is also unique and sometimes misunderstood. Mike Mailliard of MIC Insurance has been an expert and a frequent guest. In the fall of 2014 we recorded a two-part series where he discussed some important features to look for while insuring a condominium, and then followed it up with part II on insuring single-family homes. He returned for another two-part series as we approached the storm season two years ago. His June 2016 series was timely as he first discussed changes in Florida law that affected home owners, then followed up the next week on actions that needed immediate attention in preparation of the summer months. This episode is one I highly recommend as he discussed protecting your most valuable assets before disaster hits. On September 21, 2017 he provided an update on Florida insurance just days after Hurricane Irma made its path through central Florida.

We have had other experts discussing different topics. A good discussion on the ease and use of a Smart Home was presented in an interview with Wicked Smart Homes president, Mark Bolduc. Sea wall construction has changed over the years so we invited Jim Smith of Custom Dock & Davit to discuss and demonstrate new technologies that offer more longevity. We discussed the advantages of buying new construction in Sarasota with guest Amy Drake, in REALTALK™ #52. I am no lawyer but have enough knowledge of common questions customers ask me so I discussed TRIM notices and preparing for taxes in REALTALK™ #57.

Local programs that have a great social benefit have been discussed. There was no one better to explain the world renowned St. Armands Circle than Diana Corrigan, Executive Director of the St. Armands Circle Association in REALTALK™ #58. Titus Herman, CEO of Southeastern Guide Dogs discussed his program of service to the blind and veterans of war. Juliette Valin, director of membership at the Longboat Key Club was in an episode to discuss the benefits of joining this highly recognized organization. The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe was highlighted in REALTALK™ #101 in an interview with Nate Jacobs, founder and artistic director, which finished with a duet.

Market updates for sellers and buyers as we see it

Max and Jake guests
Sons Max and Jake - I receive many good comments when sons Max and Jake join me in REALTALK™ discussions, especially around the holidays.

We sometimes think that buyers are only here during peak season from November to mid April. If that were the case we wouldn’t have any home sales in the summer, of which we had a brisk season in those months too this year. As peak seasons come and go I discuss the market and prepare sellers on expectations for their homes on the market. I discuss timing and any perceived fluctuations that might have an impact on the sale of luxury homes or residences. In these updates I provide my best estimate of market timing and how to best present your home for the upcoming season. These updates have been very popular and are some of the most viewed videos.

We like to have fun too. Sons Max and Jake have grown up as guests the past four years, and they discuss serious topics. These videos receive the most comments from viewers, whether they like the way Jake and I discussed the home-buying process or Max asking me questions about home pricing. We present these videos around holidays, particularly at Thanksgiving when I promote Roger’s Great Pie Extravaganza. I learned of their aspirations for the future in a year ending 2016 holiday greeting and magic trick in REALTALK™ #112.

But what could be more fun than the bloopers episode put together by our videographer Detlev von Kessel for our first year anniversary. Catch all the episodes, with their transcripts on our REALTALK™ page. You can also subscribe to these videos from our YouTube playlist. We have enjoyed bringing these two-minute videos to you over the years and hope that the information has been valuable to you. Look for more episodes brought to you on Thursdays. Please email me if you have a suggestion for an upcoming REALTALK™.

We also listed three new properties recently in the Sanctuary and Beachplace on Longboat Key, and a single-family residence in the Oaks. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

Address List Price Media Slideshow
535 Sanctuary Dr, #C308 $1,695,000 Video Photo Slideshow
76 Osprey Point Drive $849,000 Video Photo Slideshow
1075 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #203 $549,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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