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Cannons Marina

by Roger C. Pettingell

When you live by the water, what's better than to be on the water?  Now, you can buy or rent a boat of sorts at Longboat Key's Cannons Marina! The largest, newest selection of rental boats on Sarasota Bay. Including Hurricane Deck, Grady White, and Scout boats powered by Yamaha motors. Renting by half, full or multi-days. There is also a ships store, bait, tackle and ice. Boat sizes range from 16' to 23'

Hours of operation are 8 am to 5:30 pm, Open Year-Round

Cannons Marina is locates at 6040 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Longboat Key, FL 34228

For more information and help fining the boat that you and your family will enjoy out on the water call 941-383-1311

Thanks for the info on this great local place for fun!





House Hunting

by Roger C. Pettingell

Now that you've got your credit score in hand and possible have things figured out with a lender it is time to start one of those most important searches of your life. The search for where your family will call home for many years to come!

Finding the perfect home can have a lot to do with finding a compatible real estate agent, especially in today's evolving mortgage landscape.  The person you choose will quarterback the whole process for you. It's crucial to be in contact with an agent before starting the home search, "because you might be looking at x when all you can afford is y." First-time homebuyers should make it clear what features they're looking for and how much they're willing to spend.

There are, however, certain questions that Fair Housing laws prohibit agents from answering, such as where to find religious centers in the area, the quality of the school systems, and crime rates. Be proactive in speaking with members of the community and inquire about the issues that matter most to you. For parents, search public sex offender registries, which can be found online, to see if there are high-risk areas in the neighborhood. In most states, agents must disclose whether violent crimes occurred on a property within a set number of years, but not so with suicides -- find your comfort level and do your research.

If your ready to search for your dream home contact me today!




Joan M. Durante Community Park

by Roger C. Pettingell

Looking for a great family friendly place in Longboat Key, Florida to enjoy this holiday weekend? Come visit the Joan M. Durante Park!

The Joan M. Durante Park is the result of a private/public partnership to enhance and restore one of the few remaining vacant island properties on Longboat Key to a viable wetland and coastal hammock forest.

The 32 acre site is located on Sarasota Bay two miles from the north end of Longboat Key.  The site had previously been developed with cabins, these had been demolished and invasive exotic vegetation had taken over the site by the time the Town acquired it in the late eighties.

A private donor, James Durante came to the Town in 1994 and offered $750,000 to develop a park and restore the property in honor of his late wife.  The 1st phase of the Park was completed in 1995.  Great care was taken to protect the native vegetation and desirable exotic trees on the site, such as Live Oaks, Red Cedar, Sabal Palms, Banyon, Mango, Green Buttonwood, Mahoe and Mangroves.  This was done while most of the invasive exotic vegetation such as Australian Pine and Brazilian Peppers were removed.  These species had taken over large sections of the site.

The Town was awarded a $195,000 grant from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to create wetland and coastal hammock forest in the areas cleared of invasive exotic vegetation.  Additional funds and materials were donated by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Sarasota Bay National Estuary Program and the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.  Mangroves were planted in the wetland areas and Live Oak, Red Cedar, Wax Myrtle, Green Buttonwood, Sabal Palmetto, Seagrape, and Gumbo Limbo were planted in the upland areas to restore the coastal hammock forest.  A variety of understory species were also planted to stabilize and enhance the new coastal dune and wetland areas.

The new dune areas were created using the fill taken from the newly created wetland areas.  To save cost, the invasive exotic vegetation was either chipped on site or buried within the new dune systems.  The chips were used in the open areas which helped stabilize it while native grasses were established.

The new wetland and coastal dune forest represents a major public/private success story, with participation from local, State and Federal governmental agencies and a private donor.  The park has been very well received by the community, with volunteers supporting community planting days at the park.  The park has also won a number of awards, including the “1998 Outstanding Ecosystem Restoration Award” from the Florida Urban Forestry Council, the “Public Landscape Award” from the Keep Manatee Beautiful organization, and the “Image Manatee Beautification Award” from the Manatee County Chamber of Commerce.  A sign system with environmental education and plant identification is presently being planned.  As the vegetation matures, the park will represent an unique oasis for both wildlife and man in an urbanized area.

Thanks for letting us know about this sanctuary in our own back yard!




Guidelines for selling your house

by Roger C. Pettingell

Once you've decided to sell your Longboat Key home, the first thing to do is learn about our local housing market.

Consult the large real estate sites, like, and to see how similar homes are priced in your neighborhood. Many newspapers also list the selling and asking prices of recent sales, plus how long the houses were on the market. Note the prices for your neighborhood during the last several months.

Check how sales were running, say, a year ago, so you get an idea of whether the market is heating up, cooling down, or staying put. This exercise should give you a sense of what your home is worth.

Selecting an agent

You may decide that you can sell your home without an agent. It's an attractive thought, since you would save the commission off the selling price that a broker typically collects. But balance that against the work involved in advertising a house and being available at all hours to show it.

If you do decide to work through an agent, ask for referrals from friends or check the Web and local newspapers for advertisements. Don't simply accept any recommendation. Make an appointment with an agent and interview him or her for the job.

Evaluate the person as though you were a buyer: Is he or she professional and personable? Does he say the right things to make you want to see the home? Also, since the agent will likely be able to advise you on a selling price, how well does his or her price jibe with the homework you did on your own? Don't be fooled by an agent who is merely flattering you with an inflated price. Go by what you already know about your house and the current housing market.

Ask whether he or she will be the agent actually showing the house. Some brokers have specialists whose main duty is to win the listing. Then another of the broker's agents takes over.

The lowdown on commissions

Once you find an agent you like, you have to formally sign a listing agreement. This is a contract, laying out the specifics of your arrangement, including how long you will let the agent represent your home and what the compensation will be.

Many agents prefer an exclusive listing, meaning you agree to pay a commission regardless of whether the agent is actually responsible for finding the seller. You should commit for no longer than three months (one month, in a hot market). In case you find the agent lacking in enthusiasm, you don't want to be locked into a bad situation.

When you discuss the listing agreement, discuss other issues as well. For instance, if there are certain times when you want the house off-limits for walk-throughs, let the agent know.

After you've signed a listing agreement, you may want to give your lawyer a call to notify him or her that you're selling your house and will need help reviewing bids and contracts. If you don't want to pay for a lawyer, your agent should also be able to guide you through this process.

Getting ready for an open house

Whether you sell on your own or work with an agent, you'll want to spruce up your house before it goes on the market.

Take an objective look at it: Is it cluttered? A little worn and tired? Consider a new paint job. Tidy up. Move unneeded furniture into the attic, basement or rented storage. Remove some of your personal items, like family pictures and knickknacks. Mow the lawn. Plant flowers, if it's the right season. These seemingly insignificant details can add many thousands of dollars to your eventual sales price.

If you're not good at this kind of thing, consider hiring a home "stager," someone with experience preparing homes for showings. Their fees can be more than offset by quicker sales and higher selling prices.

Speaking of which, you'll need to settle on an asking price. In doing so, forget what you originally paid for the house, how much you've spent on renovations or remodeling, and even how much money you need to move on to your next home. When it comes to pricing your property, the only yardstick that matters is what comparable homes are selling for in your neighborhood now -- which may be more, or less, than you sank into it.

Your research will already have given you a good idea of how the market is faring. Your agent should also provide you with comparable sales and discuss why your house should be priced higher or lower.

Timing is the key

Also note how long the homes were on the market. If you're in a seller's market, with listings moving in a week or two, think about adding a premium to the asking price.

In a buyer's market, it's especially important to get the price right. The critical selling time is within the first month after your home hits the market. If the price is too high, you'll turn off potential buyers and agents and then have a hard time attracting them back, even if you lower your sights later.

When you receive a bid via your agent ask for guidance in how to respond. This will depend on how you priced the house, what the housing market is in your area and your urgency to sell or wait for a better price.

Make sure your lawyer or agent reviews the contingency clauses included with the bid. For example, it's generally not a good idea to agree to sell your home with the contingency that the buyer must first sell his or her own home.

Also make sure that all the buyer's contingencies are restricted within specific amounts of time. For instance, if the deal is contingent upon the home passing an inspection, then the inspection must occur within a week to 10 days of an accepted bid. The same is true of the closing date: Make the buyer commit to a reasonable date, usually 45 to 60 days from acceptance.




The Surfer Bus

by Roger C. Pettingell

Get out of the house this weekend in Longboat Key and take a ride on the Surfer Bus! Native Rentals introduces a new highlight to their company, "The Surfer Bus". Their family business in much like the mangrove islands you paddle thru. Owner of Native Rentals, Shawn and family has deep watery roots locally dating back to the pre-combustion engine days so it is fitting that the rebirth of paddle sports has been their passion for over 20 years now, selling the top brands, fine tuning ECO Tours on a daily basis and still learning as they go. Your consistent good time is their labor of LOVE.

The Robinson Preserve in Manatee County is a haven for bird watching or relaxing on its many trails. Here a black crowned night heron rests among the trees in the preserveThey run our tours daily from sunrise to sunset 7 days a week. You pick your start time, am or pm. Estuaries are a kaleidoscope of species and make up no less than 80% of all sea life. It's amazing! Their ECO tours are easy to maneuver for any beginner paddler or expert on the water. They offer different routes for our local area that will give you a beautiful view of the surrounding areas: Robinson Preserve, Anna Maria Sound, Tampa Bay, Perico Bayou, Flamingo Cay, Neal Preserve, Gilligan's Island, Manatee River and more. You will see dolphins, manatee, fish, and many different species of birds that are indigenous to this area. All of these locations are only a mile from the beautiful beaches of Anna Maria Island. Take a paddle board, grab a bite or check out their retail shop while you're out there! Please call Shawn for more details or any questions! 941-527-6355 and be sure to look for the SURFER BUS!

Thanks Native Rentals for the info on this great Longboat Key event!


Common Costs Involved When Selling Your Home

by Roger C. Pettingell

Have you been pondering about selling your Longboat Key home? It's important to know if you are selling your home, what potential costs that are involved. Many sellers are unaware of the expenses involved with selling, but you don't have to be surprised if you do your homework. It is always a good idea to consult with your agent as to what expenses you should budget for during the selling process. Below is a list of some of the most common costs associated with selling your home.

Closing Costs: Although most of the closing costs are the responsibility of the buyer, the seller is expected to pay the property taxes and insurance up to the date of the closing, even if they're not due yet. In addition, some buyers will ask the seller for help with other closing costs as part of the negotiations.

Home Inspections: Although the buyer pays for the home and pest inspections, it's a good idea to get your own inspection before putting your house on the market. This way you're aware of any hidden problems before selling.

Home Repairs: If your inspector finds problems or if you know of problems that you have been wanting to correct, it is time to fix them. The less problems that the home has, the more attractive it is to buyers. Don't forget to budget for new paint, plants, hardware etc. that offers a fresh new look as well.

Realtor Commission: Typically there's a 4 percent to 7 percent commission on the sale price of the house if you opt to go with an agent.  While the cost will vary, be sure to account for this cost when pricing your home and figuring up your expenses that come with selling your home.

Legal expenses: Many sellers choose to work with a real estate attorney to examine the sales contract and assist with closing, which can be complicated.

Prepayment penalty: Many mortgages have prepayment penalties if you pay off the mortgage early. Be sure to examine your mortgage agreement and read the fine print.

Other Fees Negotiated by the Buyer: Buyer negotiated fees are becoming more common in the current real estate market. Some of the most commonly seen buyer negotiated fees might include a home warranty paid for by the seller, the cost of repairs needed to make the sale, and the cost for a home inspection. Keep in mind that most all parts of the real estate contract is negotiable.

Many homeowners are not aware of the costs involved with selling a home but there are some perks as well. With any home sale you are eligible for a tax write off of up to $250,000 gained in the sale of your home for a single owner, and $500,000 for married couples. This applies for most state taxes as well; check with a tax professional to get all the details of any tax credit that may be available to you and your situation. 





think+drink(science)- The Naked Universe Series (May-August)

by Roger C. Pettingell

  Looking for something educational for your family around Longboat Key? South Florida Museum in Downtown Bradenton is the place to be! From 7:00 - 9:00 pm you can get Free admission!

Our universe consists of just four basic parts: Space, Time, Matter and Energy. They are woven together into a tapestry that we experience almost seamlessly, so we rarely give them, individually, much thought. But if we really want to appreciate the universe in which we live, we ought to pay a little attention to the parts that make up the whole. So, we (Jeff Rodgers and some special guests) thought we'd give each of these major aspects of the universe some thought. Matter and Energy will be included in the Summer program lineup.

What is Matter? Air. Water. Dirt. Table. Car. Computer. Planet. Star. Galaxy. From our perspective, there sure is a lot of stuff. This month we'll be taking a look at the things that make the stuff that clutters up our universe. Then we'll consider that all of that stuff seems to account for only 4% of the universe as a whole. So we'll take a look at WiMPs and MaCHOs, lead contenders for Dark Matter, too.


Admission is free. Beer, wine, sodas and snacks available for purchase. Reservations appreciated.
For reservations and info, contact Amara Cocilovo at 941-746-4131, ext. 11

Thanks annamarieisland-longboatkey for the info on this great Longboat Key event!





Your Showing Checklist

by Roger C. Pettingell

Are you ready to sell your Longboat Key home, but don't know where to start? Fully preparing your home for sale can make considerable difference in the time it takes to sell it. You can help eliminate buyer objections before they arise by making necessary repairs and improvements, some of which are suggested below.

__ Spruce up gardens and lawn; trim shrubbery and replace dead plants.
__ Yard and patio should be neat; outdoor furniture should be clean and in good shape.
__ Clean or paint your front door - remember first impressions last longest!
__ Manicure your front yard, driveway and entry - you can’t sell what you can’t see.

If need be look into a good landscaping company!

__ Check that door numbers, mailbox, and exterior lighting are all in good repair.
__ Touch up with fresh paint as needed.
__ Inspect chimney for cracks.
__ Repair loose trim, drainpipes and fencing.
__ Clean stains; clean window screens.

__ Remove clutter; tidy up shelves.
__ Wash floor so it looks clean and spacious.

Living Areas
__ Apply fresh paint as needed…brighten your interiors with neutral-toned paint.
__ Clean draperies and carpets.
__ Replace burned out light bulbs.
__ Clean fireplace, remove smoke stains from wall and mantle.

__ Sinks, appliances and counter tops should sparkle without any clutter.
__ Wax the floor.
__ Clean oven, range and other appliances.
__ Clean tile and grout; replace if necessary.

__ Clean mirrors, glass, chrome and porcelain surfaces.
__ Replace shower curtain if necessary.
__ Fix any faucet drips or leaks.
__ Clean tile, grout and caulking; replace if necessary.

__ Doors and drawers should open and close easily.
__ Remove clutter; tidy up shelves and racks.
__ Shoes and clothes should be neatly arranged.

__ Check the basics around the house. It takes just a minute to check all doors, windows and cabinets to make sure they don’t stick, squeak or are too loose. If they do try a little WD40.
__ Clean your furnace & water heater, so buyers know they are looking at a house that has been well maintained.

Once you've addressed these concerns, you should be on the fast track to selling your home! For more information and additional assistance feel free to contact me!





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