Monthly Newsletters

Monthly Newsletters

Monthly news for the Sarasota area

The monthly newsletter sent out by Roger Pettingell the third Wednesday of each month is a report of local news, events, real estate information and local attractions. Register for these newsletters through the contact form on this page. You will also receive emails of weekly REALTALK™ videos with Roger discussing topics of interest with local experts. It's easy and you can opt-out at any time.

October 17, 2018 Newsletter

The signs of season are trickling in. We are preparing our new inventory for sale and welcoming back our customers who are beginning their annual return to Sarasota. I invite you to review the stories below and watch the REALTALK™ videos that display our expanding list of homes for sale. Please call us at (941) 387-1840 to discuss your real estate needs for the upcoming season.

Inventory has a good range of prices, location and home styles

I highlight three communities and single-family home new listings that show the range of prices, from $779,000 to $6,795,000, and from Sarasota to Longboat Key. Our inventory is swelling to include a wide range of prices, locations and home types. There was a master plan when land fill was used to start the formation of Bird Key and the first home was built. Canals were formed so most homes on this 250 acres of island would have boating access to Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico...   Read more >>

Magnificent home on Bird Key
This new listing at 675 Mourning Dove Drive on Bird Key is a good example of luxury waterfront living.

Global Luxury listings display the quality of homes on the market

I presented a strategy for new listings in the fall season in REALTALK™ #182 and in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune this month. Now that we are approaching the “shoulder” season in which we carry more listings on the market, we are kicking into high gear. That includes new listings in the past couple of weeks that qualify as Global Luxury listings. These high quality properties appear on the Global Luxury website based on their listing price and features. On this list are three residences and one home, the first of which is...   Read more >>

High quality L'Ambiance listing
A good mix of high quality homes and residences will attract a variety of buyers this season.

A comparison of repair limit and As-is Florida real estate contracts

You find a home that you want to make an offer on but notice that the seller will only accept As-Is contracts. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? Or, the seller has a concept of using a repair limit. I discussed the As-is contract in my REALTALK™ #30 video and repair limit contracts last week in my REALTALK™ #181 video. These are contract tools that have advantages for the seller and the buyer. The scenario in...   Read more >>

Repair limit contracts discussed in REALTALK™ #181
Florida repair limit contracts in REALTALK™ #181.

Local real estate market update and strategy for seasonal sales

After 35 years selling real estate on Longboat Key and Sarasota we have learned a thing or two about setting up for peak season which begins this month. At present the inventory is low but I have a good feeling that is about to change for the better. We have signed a number of listing contracts that will offer a good variety of single-family homes and residences. We will also have a good price range for buyers. The housing market is faring well too. The Florida Realtors trade group...   Read more >>

Fall sales strategy in REALTALK™ #182
The strategy for new listings as we head into the "shoulder" season, discussed in REALTALK™ #182.

September 19, 2018 Newsletter

With all the new construction in Sarasota we are proud to bring you monthly Comparative Market Analysis reports for one of the largest buildings downtown that was completed last year, VUE Sarasota Bay. It includes Active, Pending and Sold sales. We also have CMA reports for many Sarasota and Longboat Key communities, some going back to 2008.

Also, if you miss a newsletter or have a need to see a past newsletter, we now have them on our past newsletter history page. It has all the newsletters for 2018.

We are approaching the autumnal equinox this weekend which means the official end of summer. I hope you had a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you this fall.

We have been busy with over $82 million in volume sales so far this year. That is a 12 percent increase compared to the same time last year when we sold over $100 million. We hope to hear from you if we can help you buy or sell any Sarasota property (941) 387-1840.

Boat lifts and davits, with special seawall information

We love great water views. The bay, Gulf and intracoastal provide great vistas from sunrise to sunset. The sound of the waves lapping up on the shore is a great way to relax. It can also be a great resource for recreation, boating, kayaking or a thrilling ride on a Jet Ski. When it is time to protect your precious belongings and views, you look to the experts. And there are great companies here in Sarasota to protect your seawall, build docks that will last for years, and offer solutions to protect your watercraft with lifts or davits. If...   Read more >>

two lifts at 1449 Hillview
Two sets of lifts — This home for sale in Harbor Acres has two sets of cradle boat lifts.

Sarasota events that feature the arts and sports culture of the city

Now that we are approaching peak tourism season and the snowbirds are planning their return, we can look at the upcoming festivals that will attract millions to the area. From the now defunct Ringling International Arts Festival (RIAF) in October to the Englewood Pioneer Days that recently concluded, the area has something for everyone as one festival ends and another begins. Many of these festivals center on the arts. In November last year the Ringling Museum startled the city by announcing plans to halt the RIAF...   Read more >>

Sarasota Opera House
Many of the activities of the Sarasota Film Festival and other events will be held at the Opera House.

Showcasing three newer listings for the month at Beachplace

It’s been a year since we visited Beachplace, the community on Longboat Key overlooking the Gulf of Mexico with 11 buildings on 31 acres. And since we have three newer listings there, we can discuss the residences and the 1,450 linear feet of beach frontage that stretches along the southern end of the island. It is our Community Showcase XXVI for September. Arvida Corporation, which had much to do with many developments in the area, built the community over three...   Read more >>

Beachplace community showcase in REALTALK™ #76
Beachplace Community Showcase video - I highlighted this Gulf-front community in my REALTALK™ #76 video.

Comparing the Big Three FSBO sites to local agents

Considering selling your home by owner, either through a website or just by hanging a sign near the street? There are many obstacles to consider before you travel down this route, especially if you are serious about the sale of your home or residence. It seems lately there are new websites offering alternatives, claiming to save you thousands of dollars and with a quick sale. Are these claims real? Let’s examine how websites such as Offerpad, Knock and Opendoor...   Read more >>

1235 N Lake Shore Drive
Home-buying programs may not be the best choice for the luxury waterfront second-home market.

August 15, 2018 Newsletter

Despite the slower activity of late summer, the landscape of Longboat Key is changing. The demolition of The Colony began a few weeks ago, and Longboat Key Club has been constructing their new entrance. Phase I of both projects are estimated to be completed in the late fall this year. Our office has remained busy, and we put four listings under contract this month. We hope to hear from you if we can help you buy or sell, (941) 387-1840.

Great opportunities for owning, renting or booking a charter boat

We love our water here in Sarasota. We can travel the intracoastal, Sarasota Bay and Gulf of Mexico to fish, explore or just enjoy the open water. You can own your boat or you can join a club to avoid the maintenance. Or you can take advantage of the many charter operations with captains that seem to know exactly where the fish are hitting. And last, but not least, you can book a dinner cruise out of Marina Jack. There are advantages to each. Are you prepared to enjoy the...   Read more >>

Overlook Park
Sailing classes — Students with their boats in Overlook Park near the New Pass inlet.

Three Global Luxury residences and communities are highlighted

In our home showcase series, we highlight the communities of three new listings that meet the criteria of the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury brand. These are residences in the Savoy on Palm in downtown Sarasota, Galleons Reach in Englewood and on the Gulf of Mexico in the Sands Point community of Longboat Key. Coldwell Banker has established minimum criteria for its Global Luxury brand based on price and features, and posts those residences on the website I highlighted...   Read more >>

6155 Manasota Key Drive, Galleons Reach home for sale, Englewood
Englewood - This residence for sale at 6155 Manasota Key Road is one of three communities and homes highlighted in this Home Showcase XXV article on Global Luxury properties.

July 18, 2018 Newsletter

There is something about summer that makes you want to take some time to relax. The weather is warmer, the pace slower and kids are out of school. This year the market has been steady and our office remains busy. We closed on six properties since our June newsletter, including one today for $1.9 million at 412 Bayshore Drive. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have a property to sell or buy. Relax and enjoy your summer.

St. Armands Circle updates and new events

One of the world's most famous shopping meccas is actually on a barrier island, St. Armands Circle. Known for its shopping and dining in a quaint area of St. Armands Key and Lido Key, its charm attracts visitors from around the world year round. And with 130 merchants within a short walk of each other, it is no wonder TripAdvisor awarded the shopping district with its 2018 Certificate of Excellence. The circle is rated high overall and generally receives high rankings for its merchants on Plan at least a half day to enjoy the many diverse shops, have breakfast...   Read more >>

Clyde Butcher exhibit
St. Armands Gallery — Clyde Butcher photography exhibit through January 6.

'West of Trail' attractive for its proximity to downtown Sarasota

Bayfront homes in Sarasota have a charm that is representative of old Florida when the town was growing into a city. Travel north from downtown along US 41 and turn left on Indian Beach Road to find Bay Shore Drive where you will find beautiful older homes next to new or upgraded homes. You’ll find similar charming neighborhoods as you head south on US 41 and look to the bay side, commonly referred to as West of Trail. The Tamiami Trail, or US 41, is so named for its Tampa to Miami passage. Homes west of...   Read more >>

The Field Club
The Field Club — Established in 1957.

White sand beaches is a benefit of our luxury waterfront paradise

We love our beaches by day and our cultural events at night. Seemingly that is the lifestyle of a typical Sarasotan because the beaches are packed and the Opera House or Asolo Repertory Theatre can be sold out on any given day. From Clearwater to Siesta Key, our beaches rank high for their white quartz sand that reflects heat rather than absorbing the warm temperatures. The result is a comfortable walk out to the Gulf of Mexico. Clearwater Beach was ranked this year by TripAdvisor...   Read more >>

Siesta Key Pavilion
Siesta Key Pavilion - The amenities were updated to continue number one beach rankings.

June 20, 2018 Newsletter

Sarasota Ranks High in Multiple Indices

We know that Florida is a great place to relax after working years saving up for retirement. In October of last year, Sarasota was ranked Number 1 in a U.S. News and World Report analysis of 100 potential U.S. retirement cities. Last week Jacquelyn Pica, contributing writer for U.S. News and staff writer for the Penny Hoarder, wrote that Sarasota was one of eight best places to retire in the Sunshine State. She was especially kind to the Gulf coast cities in her selections. She cited Sarasota’s culture, museums and beautiful gardens as some of the reasons for her ranking. She also based her ranking on a modest median home value and population percentage of retirees.

Last week it was also announced that Sarasota is at the top of a growing luxury market list. In the May 2018 Luxury Home Index, Sarasota grew 19 percent in the fastest-growing luxury market, representing the top five percent of home prices in the county. The index was released by®. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have a property to sell or buy.

Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix continues summer festival fever

While the Sarasota Music Festival wraps up Saturday with the world premiere of Luminous Bodies, a commissioned chamber event by yMusic, the next festival begins to kick off, the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix. Thousands will have traveled to Sarasota to attend either event as the hotels empty, then fill again for the Grand Prix with its many events June 23 to July 4. The first event for the Grand Prix is the Bob Rizi Memorial Golf Classic, Saturday with an 8:30 AM start at...   Read more >>

Miss Geico team in 2014
Powerboat racing weekend - The popular Geico team returns as a superstock panther race team.

Coastal Community Celebration at Florida Maritime Museum

There are some great museums in Sarasota and Bradenton. The Ringling Museum and South Florida Museum immediately come to mind. There is a lesser known museum in Cortez that celebrates the history of the fishing town, the Florida Maritime Museum. Its celebration last week on the beginning of World Ocean’s Day featured the ribbon cutting for the Burton Store and the opening of the temporary interactive Meaning Behind Maritime exhibit. The mission of this museum shares the town economic resource in that it is a fishing village. The importance is celebrated...   Read more >>

Burton Store at Florida Maritime Museum
Little Drummer Boy — Someday this child may understand the significance of the historic porch he was on during this month's celebration.

Under the direction of Jeffrey Kahane, festival concludes this week

The Sarasota Music Festival, three weeks of classical music that attracts fans, 60 students and 40 masters from around the world is closing in on its final weekend. Now in its 54th year, the excitement of 50 classic works were packed into 12 performances, Thursday through Sunday in each week of the festival. These programs are designed so that no two are alike, giving you a choice of your favorite concerts or an opportunity to see them all with completely different programs each night. Mondays through Wednesdays, the students learned from the masters in hopes that someday they will achieve master status. These gifted students from 10 different...   Read more >>

Opera House, Luminous Bodies
Opera House - The world premiere of Luminous Bodies Saturday night will conclude the concert schedule for the 2018 Sarasota Music Festival.

Quay, Resort at Longboat Key Club and Colony updates

Ground has been broken recently for two major hotel and residence projects that will significantly raise mixed-use property in the area. A more than symbolic groundbreaking off Tamiami Trail in downtown Sarasota sets in motion a series of development for the old Quay property. A diversion of the road around our offices and the Chart House will make room for the planned expansion of the Resort at the Longboat Key Club. And yet there is a third still in limbo, the old Colony Beach & Tennis Resort residences on Longboat Key. Last month, developers GreenPointe Communities LLC of Jacksonville staged a ceremony with city planners and high school...   Read more >>

Colony Beach & Tennis Resort update
Colony Beach & Tennis Resort - Recently a judge ruled the town has the right to demolish all but one building of this once famous resort. Demolition is one obstacle to overcome for the development of a new luxury resort managed by the St. Regis chain.

May 16, 2018 Newsletter

Last week in my REALTALK™ #167 video we discussed the upcoming summer selling season and concluded that it may be a good time to consider placing your home on the market. This may be contrary to popular belief, but the serious buyers are here now and inventory is generally low. That market description was echoed last week in speeches and panel discussions at the Global Real Estate Conference held here in Sarasota. The chief economist of the National Association of Realtors, Dr. Lawrence Yun, spoke about low inventories by noting that home buyers feel pressure to make offers because there is a shortage of quality homes. Please call us at (941) 387-1840 if you have property to sell or are looking to purchase a home.

'West of the Trail' community spotlight on Oyster Bay

Whenever you see a property for sale that is “West of the Trail”, meaning the Tamiami Trail, you are given the clue that this home is near the water. It’s a popular advertising statement whether the home is on the waterfront or is within a short distance. The community of Oyster Bay qualifies as “West of the Trail” and is a popular historic Sarasota neighborhood. Oyster Bay has many amenities that make this community very attractive to home buyers and I outline some them in my REALTALK™ #150 video. Driving...   Read more >>

The Field Club
The Field Club - This private membership club in Oyster Bay is named after the heirs of the Marshall Field department stores based in Chicago.

The third Ringling Bridge is an icon for Florida

Everyone has their favorite Sarasota icon to visit, whether it be Ca’ d’Zan at the Ringling Museum, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Opera House or Marie Selby Gardens. Most have at the top of their list the Ringling Causeway Bridge that provides the main thoroughfare between Sarasota and the barrier islands of Bird Key, Lido Key with St. Armands Circle and Longboat Key. It’s been photographed from almost every angle with spectacular shots at sunset and evening. It’s been walked across, biked across, run across and driven across. There is even a Segway tour over the bridge. Now it spans 60 feet high...   Read more >>

The Ringling Bridge from boat view
The Ringling Bridge - Its width accommodates two vehicle, bicycle and walking lanes in both directions.

Four unique residences on Longboat Key in Home Showcase XXIII

This month we devote our Home Showcase series to Longboat Key and four residences for sale. They are in the wonderful communities of 360 North Condominium, Grand Bay, Islander Club and Beaches of Longboat Key Club. All are splendid properties with their unique features, something for everyone looking for a good location on Longboat Key. The first in the 360 North Condominium community at 260 North Shore Rd, #4 has been renovated from top to bottom...   Read more >>

360 North Condominium community
260 North Shore Rd, #4 - $1,999,000

Myths, legends, quirky laws and hauntings that attract our attention

Each state has its own set of myths and legends, and Florida has its own too. I have collected a set of urban legends, some have been confirmed or disputed by scientific research. What continuously occurs in nature can be studied, while infrequent phenomenon is left to the imagination and a legend is created. I have assembled a few of these laws, myths and legends that help make Florida a great state to live in. Nearly 80 percent of home buyers on Longboat Key make an offer based on paying cash at...   Read more >>

Ghost tours in Sarasota and Bradenton
Bradenton Ghost Tour - Check our calendar of events for Sarasota ghost tours in Five Points Park

April 18, 2018 Newsletter

If you’ve been reading my Monday REALTALKplus™ articles you're aware of the abundance of festivals in the area. The four main festivals last week have concluded or are winding down. I hope you had time to relax and enjoy them. The Sarasota Film Festival continues through Sunday with special events on Saturday, conversations with the stars and Chill Under the Stars closing party at Selby Five Points Park.

Two festivals conclude tonight. The La Musica International Chamber Music Festival concludes with its final program, a Bernstein piano trio concerto, a Brahms viola version followed by a Schubert composition string quintet in C major. The concert begins at 8 PM in the Sarasota Opera House. The Sarasota Ballet Principal Film Series and Inside the Studio concludes with its final presentation, Bugaku, Blending Subtlety and Strength, an Inside the Studio presentation tonight at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Please call me at (941) 387-1840 if you have property to sell or are looking to purchase a home.

Good news and announcements at Mote Marine

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium has been in the news a lot lately. The base campus and aquarium on City Island is notably the most visible of their research facilities but there are four other facilities in Florida where research on the oceans is an ongoing effort. The Mote Aquaculture Research Park on Fruitville Road, Mote Boca Grande, Mote Eco-Discovery Center in Key West and the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration in...   Read more >>

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium - The Aquarium was added for a public research view.

Global Luxury waterfront homes in Home Showcase XXII

The theme this month for the Home Showcase series is new listings that meet the criteria of Coldwell Banker and its Global Luxury brand. Global Luxury homes are selected based on their listing price and features that are in high demand by homebuyers. I have two Sarasota single-family homes on the water, located in Harbor Acres and Oyster Bay for this Home Showcase XXII article. They are luxurious and in exclusive communities. Harbor Acres is in a great location within the southern Sarasota city limits with few encumbrances of road access to areas of the city and beyond. The homes here are on the...   Read more >>

1352 Harbor Drive in Harbor Acres
Harbor Acres Home - This home for sale at 1352 Harbor Drive features four bedrooms, attached three-car garage, deep-water boat dock with lift and room for two boats and waterside swimming pool.

March 21, 2018 Newsletter

Best in Blue awards ceremony video
Best of Blue - Coldwell Banker awards for Southwest Florida at the Westin Hotel last week. Click on the image above to watch a short video.

Last week it was my privilege to share with the honorees for the Coldwell Banker Best in Blue awards ceremony at the Westin Hotel in downtown Sarasota. It was impressive to see the figures in the global luxury market with Coldwell Banker being the #1 real estate company in Florida. Our average sales price for properties over $1 million is $1.9 million. Sarasota is still a strong market for real estate. I appreciate your business; please call me at (941) 387-1840 if you have property to sell or are looking to purchase a home.

Sarasota continues its drive to build-up residence inventory

The residence construction page on our website tracks new community developments that are in the planning, under construction and recently completed stages. Currently there are 41 new developments on the list from Venice to Bradenton. There is a brief description, photo and more information on listings if they are in the Multiple Listing Service. There is contact information to reserve a unit if they are not in MLS. When available there is a link for more information and floor plans. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune...   Read more >>

The Ritz-Carlton Grande
The Grande - One of the first developments announced for the vacant Quay lot.

Community Spotlight on Corey's Landing in Bay Isles

If you want to escape the cold harsh winters of the north and have an active lifestyle, the community of Corey’s Landing on Longboat Key may offer the best of all worlds for you. While you are away in the summer months your landscaping is part of the maintenance free arrangement with the community. Boating, swimming or relaxation in the spa is available in a centralized location or can be part of your home. Many of the 72 homes in Corey’s Landing were built...   Read more >>

3426 Mistletoe Lane
Corey's Landing - 3426 Mistletoe Lane

The horse action is fast at the Sarasota Polo Grounds

Sunday afternoons in Sarasota with great weather defines this area as the land of paradise. And in the months of January through April there are plenty of Sunday outdoor activities to keep you busy. You can visit the Pirates in Bradenton or the Orioles in Sarasota to catch a spring training game. The Ski-A-Rees show off their water skiing acrobatics at their water arena off Ken Thompson Park in City Island. But the Sport of Kings should also be on your bucket list. The value is great for the show, $12 per person...   Read more >>

Sarasota Polo Grounds
Sarasota Polo - Only three more weekends in this season, get there early to reserve a good spot.

Bird Key homes highlighted in this month's Showcase XXI

Bird Key, an unpretentious 12-acre plot of land that was inhabited by waterfowl and grass flats in 1911, may have the most celebrated history of the barrier islands. It is a history that started that year with the construction of a single home that was developed from land that was dredged out of a channel that split the island. The New Edzell Castle was ahead of its time in building technology with hot and cold running water and lighting that could easily be seen from the mainland...   Read more >>

670 Mourning Dove Drive
Bird Key - 670 Mourning Dove Drive

February 21, 2018 Newsletter

We are fully immersed in peak season. We have added 12 high quality new listings since the last newsletter. A majority of our 16 pending sales are scheduled to close in March. The phone is ringing with plenty of showings, a good indication there is no slowdown in home purchases. The stock market seems back on track, an indicator of second-home purchases as I discussed this month in REALTALK™ #155. In fact, we could use more inventory at all levels to satisfy the demand. Look for my 2018 mid-season market report tomorrow in my REALTALK™ video. Please call me at (941) 387-1840 if you have property to sell or are looking to purchase a home.

Upcoming winter and spring events for an active lifestyle

The 36th annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival and the annual Thunder by the Bay ended this weekend, but this is peak season and there are many more events to fill their places. There are mini-festivals such as the two events this past weekend. There are operas, ballet, orchestra Masterworks series, plays, musicals and sports that create a national buzz, if not international attraction to Sarasota and Manatee counties. And most are within the next couple of months while the weather is attractive for those who have...   Read more >>

Sarasota Opera House
Opera House - The downtown venue will play a role in the music and film festivals this spring.

Iconic community influenced by Sarasota School of Architecture

As you leave St. Armands Circle and head toward Longboat Key you may notice a wonderland of homes on your left before you reach the New Pass Bridge. It is the community of Lido Shores, with 116 unique homes that is the showcase for the Sarasota School of Architecture alumni. The homes here have their own charm and are named for either their unique feature, sleek lines or the color of paint on the exterior walls. Those familiar with architects in the area...   Read more >>

Hiss Studio on Lido Shores
Hiss Studio - 1310 Westway Drive.

Full services and amenities of the Ritz at Beach Residences

When the Ritz-Carlton moved into Sarasota in 2001 with the building of its Residences on Ritz Carlton Drive, the world took notice. It opened up the city to worldwide travelers that were looking for another location in Florida that represented the luxury brand. The brand was on a 20-year rebuilding effort and was constructing its luxury hotels all over the world. The building in Sarasota was a new concept of financing construction of the hotel with the sales of residences...   Read more >>

Beach Residences on Lido Key
Beach Residences - The Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota is discussed in REALTALK™ #154.

Beachplace and Grand Bay new listings in Showcase XX

For my Home Showcase series I am highlighting three residences on Longboat Key that are in two of my favorite communities, Grand Bay and Beachplace. They are both near the shopping center that has a Publix and CVS and they are both within an easy drive distance to St. Armands Circle and Sarasota. The wonderful amenities at both attract visitors to become buyers. They are also on opposite sides of the island, Beachplace on Gulf of Mexico shore and Grand Bay...   Read more >>

1,450 linear feet of shoreline
Beachplace - Over 1,450 linear feet of white sand.

Marie Selby, the only epiphyte botanical gardens in the world

We love our art in Sarasota. There are many venues to see traveling displays of art from all over the world. One great place would be the Ringling Museum and the legacy of art John and Mable left for us to view for many years. So you may think that it would be a great location for a Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica exhibit, but it is included in an exhibit at another historic landmark in Sarasota, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Selby Gardens celebrates art with its horticultural displays. It is much more, concentrating...   Read more >>

Orchids at Selby Garden
Orchids are used for education, research and art, a predominant epiphytic plant at Selby Gardens.

January 17, 2018 Newsletter

Coldwell Banker has taken a keen interest in Smart Homes. In the luxury waterfront property realm, this technology is increasingly important to home buyers. Last week I had a great opportunity to see some of the newest technology at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as a delegate for Coldwell Banker in their Smart Home marketplace section. I wrote about some exciting demonstrations Monday in my REALTALKplus™ article. Look for my special CES report in an upcoming REALTALK™ video.

The year 2017 is behind us. I finished with $105.4 million in sales, including one sale on the last day of business. That volume set a record, a personal best, and continued my position as a top producer. In the last week there have been news articles describing these accomplishments and I have included links below. This is the start of a new year and I will continue to work hard for my clients in 2018. Please call me at (941) 387-1840 if you have property to sell or are looking to join us in our paradise here with a home purchase. Happy New Year!

Coldwell Banker promotes Smart Homes at CES 2018

It was a privilege to be selected from 84,000 Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate associates worldwide to represent our company at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show held last week in Las Vegas. Our Blue Crew team of five reported on the topics that affect home buyers, home sellers and technology that could make a home more efficient. By efficient, I refer to a Smart Home that has its entertainment, climate and security controlled in one location. Coldwell Banker had a big presence on the floor with its marketplace in the convention center. So did some of the biggest company names in hardware...   Read more >>

Reporting outside of the Google pavilion at CES 2018
Hey Google! Reporting outside the Google pavilion at CES, announcing their Smart Home integration.

Sailor Circus - Longest running youth circus program

When John Ringling brought his famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to Sarasota in 1927, a new era for the city was started that continues to this day. When the owners of Feld Entertainment closed down the Ringlings’ creation last year, the circus continued to thrive in Sarasota as the Circus Arts Conservatory carries on this historic legacy. The non-profit founded in 1997 includes Circus Sarasota, the Sailor Circus Academy, and Education and Humor Therapy programs. The Sailor Circus Academy...   Read more >>

Dolly Jacobs and Pedro Reis of the Circus Arts Conservatory
Circus Arts Conservatory founders - Dolly Jacobs and Pedro Reis open the night by highlighting the programs and young artists at a recent show.

Home Showcase XIX - Properties with high land values

This month I focused my Home Showcase series on vacant lots and homes where the land value exceeds the structure. A wise investor can tear down the home and increase the property value for resale. I have also seen that the location of the home was more important so a buyer is content with living in the home. A third option is living in the home until the buyer has a financial comfort level to renovate in time. The three properties I selected this month are in different stages of...   Read more >>

5809 Gulf of Mexico Drive
A great beach lot at 5809 Gulf of Mexico Drive

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