Kathy Toonder's Blog Posts

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Homebuyers Should Know
Homebuyers sometimes really do not know the steps needed in financing their purchase. The steps are:Qualification, Pre-approval, Approval, Lock and AppraisalQUALIFICATIONQuali...

Banks Rush To Offer 3 Downpayment Loan Now Is The Time To Buy
NEW YORK – May 31, 2016 – As some banks veer from Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans, they're offering their own low downpayment mortgages to appeal to home shoppers st...

Inventory And Median Sales Prices Continue To Climb
Inventory and Median Sales Prices Continue to Climb SARASOTA, Fla. (May 20, 2016)...

The Origin Of Valentines Day
While not thought to be directly related to modern Valentine’s Day traditions, the beginnings of celebrating love (of a sort) in February date back to the Romans. The feast of Lu...

Fla Based Real Estate Reality TV Show Launches
Sounds interesting and how flipping really isFla.-based real estate reality TV show launchesORLANDO, Fla. – Feb. 1, 2016 – An underbelly of "The City Beautiful" – abandoned, ...

Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival
Cortez Commercial Fishing FestivalFebruary 13-14, 2016"It Takes a Fishing Village"Are you familiar with 'old' Florida? Are you someone who can appreciate a different perspecti...

4 MustKnow Tips For Buying Selling In 2016
4 Must-Know Tips for Buying, Selling in 2016 DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2016 What do buyers and sellers need to know to be smart about the housing market in 201...

5 Things Sellers Should Never Say To Buyers
5 things sellers should never say to buyersCHICAGO – Jan. 14, 2016 – A seller's goal is to sell, but sometimes they say things that short circuit the process. According to a re...

TAX TIME
Hooray — it’s tax time! OK, few people get quite that excited about filling out government forms, but there’s good reason to appreciate the annual ritual. Tax deduc...

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION IN FLORIDA AND THE NEW YEA
HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION IN FLORIDA AND THE NEW YEARAs the first day of 2016, January 1st is an important date to remember for purposes of Florida's homestead exemption.  If y...

Welcome To The Most Current Housing Trends ENewslette
Welcome to the most current Housing Trends eNewsletter. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find us...

Forecast Fla Home Sales To Rise 810 In 2016
Forecast: Fla. home sales to rise 8-10% in 2016ORLANDO, Fla. – Dec. 14, 2015 – "For most of 2015, the Florida real estate market has outperformed the nation as a whole," says F...

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5 Holiday Hosting Disasters and How to Avoid ThemTake a look at the most common things that can go wrong when you have guests and learn how to prevent them. Read ...

6 Homeowner Tax Mistakes Accountants Say To Watch For
(New!)6 Homeowner Tax Mistakes Accountants Say to Watch ForGet every deduction you’re entitled to without the fear of making mistakes that’ll bring the tax man to your door...

Six Best Doctors In The World
Six Best Doctors in the World1. Sunlight2. Rest3. Exercise4. Diet5. Self Confidence6. FriendsMaintain them in all stages of life and enjoy a healthy life.Sent with s...

October 2015 Newsletter By Lynne Van Ec
Welcome to the most current Housing Trends eNewsletter. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find us...

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Oct 15 2015 5269 1
By: John RihaAre you haunted by strange noises and weird odors? With the proper maintenance, you’ve got more than a ghost of a chance to rest easy.Creaking and Popping in th...

Pumpkin Pulp Will Scare Your Disposal To Death
By: Dona DeZubePublished: October 29, 2012Put your pumpkin pulp into the trash to spare your disposal (and other plumbing pipes) a horrible death.The pulp, seeds, and other gu...

Bradenton Offers Bigcity Amenities Without Big City Stress
Bradenton offers big-city amenities without big-city stress.By Laura KnightI’ll admit it: I’ve driven right through Bradenton many times on my way to Anna Maria Island without ...

Sarasota Essentials Learn About The Places Sarasota Locals Cant Live Without
Food and Drink EssentialsWHERE TO BUY GROCERIESMorton’s Gourmet Market1924 S. Osprey Ave.941-955-9856Morton’s Gourmet Market and the city of Sarasota have grown up together in ...

Sarasota Like No Place Else
All Things Ringling: Where else can you say elephants helped build a major bridge? But that’s what happened in this former circus town, where John Ringling of Ringling Bros....

5 Great Neighborhoods In Sarasota
By: Susan LadikaDOWNTOWNLaurel ParkLooking for history combined with walkability? Check out Laurel Park in downtown Sarasota. In 2008, this neighborhood was designated a Natio...

July 2015 Sales Continue Record Pace For Sarasota Manatee Counties
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10 Indoor Florida Flea Markets To Explore
Great Article I have been to Red Barn, Dome Sun, and FleaMaster . Red Barn is my favorite 10 Indoor Florida Flea Markets To ExploreAugust 7, 2015By Natashia E. FordF...

ROOF IS WORN OUT BUT ITS WARRANTIED FOR 30 YEARS
Great explanation about roofsROOF IS WORN OUT? BUT IT’S WARRANTIED FOR 30 YEARS!Ted LemekJuly 27, 2015, 4:49 PMAs home inspectors we often hear surprise when a home’s 30 year w...

Market Prices Up Inventory Tighter
ORLANDO, Fla. – June 22, 2015 – Tightening inventory continued to impact Florida's housing market in May, according to the latest housing da...

Delaying Homeownership Could Be Costly Decision
Delaying homeownership could be costly decisionCHICAGO – June 4, 2015 – Potential homebuyers who don't take advantage of current interest rates and property prices risk losing ...

Are You Ready For Hurricane Season
Are You Ready for Hurricane Season?Florida has come through the last 10 hurricane seasons virtually unscathed, other than limited damage from a storm or two that skirted a bit too ...

MINIMIZE DELAYS IN BRINGING A MORTGAGE TRANSACTION TO CLOSING
MINIMIZE DELAYS IN BRINGING A MORTGAGE TRANSACTION TO CLOSING Ever wonder why a mortgage originator cannot meet a Contract deadline? Sometimes it seems delays are more often t...

Foreclosures Hit 18month High No Longer A Bargain
Foreclosures hit 18-month high, no longer a bargainIRVINE, Calif. – May 21, 2015 – Florida is once again the top U.S. state for foreclosure activity in RealtyTrac's latest Apri...

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State27.com is a great site to find local things to do... from Blueberry picking to where to Kayak . Give it a try....

230 Casey Key
I will be hosting an  open house May 9 ,2015  at 230 Casey Key, Osprey, FL.  Check this web site  for information about this unique property. http://2...

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5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for SaleBy: G. M. Filisko Working to get your home ship-shape for showings will increase its value and shorten your sales time.Many buyers toda...

Considerations When Purchasing Waterfront Property
Considerations When Purchasing Waterfront Property   Imagine you buy that...

CDDs And Stewardship Districts
CDDs and Stewardship Districts As the real estate economy improves, more buyers are purchasing in new and developing communities.  Many of our area's new and developing c...

Secrets Buyers Should Know About New Construction
Secrets buyers should know about new constructionNEW YORK – April 13, 2015 – Real estate agents with clients interested in a new home should understand that buyers need their h...

BradentonSarasota Area Named No 1 In US For Wellbeing
The Bradenton-Sarasota-North Port area was ranked No. 1 in well-being out of the 100 largest metro areas in the United States, according to Gallup research. That means means reside...

8 Tips Fpr Finding YOur New Home
8 Tips for Finding Your New HomeBy: G. M. Filisko A solid game plan can help you narrow your homebuying search to find the best home for you.House hunting is just like any...

APce Of Sales Quickens During February 2015
Pace of sales quickens during February 2015The number of closed property transactions increased in February 2015 across both Manatee andSarasota counties, and pending sales also re...

7 Steps To Take Before You Buy A Home
7 Steps to Take Before You Buy a HomeBy: G. M. Filisko By doing your homework before you buy, you’ll feel more content about your new home.Most potential homebuyers are ...

Do You Need A Survey
 There are a litany of reasons why someone purchasing land should obtain a survey prior to closing; here are several of the most important: A survey will disclose certain ite...

Buyers May Find Mortgages Easier To Get
Buyers may find mortgages easier to getNEW YORK – Feb. 25, 2015 – Good news for potential home shoppers: A Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) index shows lender requirements fo...

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Seller Can Increase Value By 12
Consumer Reports: Sellers can increase value by 12%NEW YORK – Feb. 4, 2015 – A seller may be able to boost the value of their home by an additional 12 percent, with just a few ...

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Don’t Miss These Home Tax DeductionsBy: Dona DeZube Published: December 22, 2014From mortgage interest to property tax deductions, here are the tax tips you need to get ...

9 Easy Mistakes Homeowners Make On Thier Taxes
9 Easy Mistakes Homeowners Make on Their TaxesBy: G. M. Filisko Published: January 5, 2015Don’t rouse the IRS or pay more taxes than necessary — know the score on each...

Current Sales Report For Sarasota
2014 Sales Hit Record for Sarasota County;Manatee County Only 28 Sales From 2013 Record The year 2014 closed ...

FREE Water Ski Show Saturday January 24
FREE water ski show Saturday, January 24. The Southern Ski Fanatics Water Ski Show Team will perform a one hour show beginning at 4pm. Weather may be cooler and a few rain shower...

8 Reasons To Work With Realtor
8 Reasons Why You Should Work With a REALTOR 1. Navigate a complicated process. Buying or selling a home usually requires disclosure forms, inspection reports, mortgage documents, ...

Small Exterior Upgrades Best Return On Investment
WASHINGTON – Jan. 14, 2015 – Homeowners often consider remodeling projects as a way to add value to their homes, but some add more value – and better recoup costs – than ot...

Huge Chages At USDA
Currently Lakewood Ranch and surrounding area are in USDA approved areasHUGE Changes at USDA! USDA Rural Development has implemented BIG changes and added new guidelines effective ...

Second Step Every Seller Want Their Home To SELL FAST
Every seller wants her home to sell fast and bring top dollar. Does that sound good to you? Well, it's not luck that makes that happen. It's careful planning and knowing how to p...

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SMR Land Sale Is The Biggest In The County For 2014
LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Having received Manatee County's blessing last summer to begin building a 1,300-home community near the northeastern edge of Lakewood Ranch, all that remained for...

Merry Christmas
May the Holiday Season Fill your home with JOY!Look forward to working with you in the New YearMerry Christmas If you ever have any questions please call 941-544-7270&nbs...

Owning Still Trumps Renting In Overall Wealth
Owning still trumps renting in overall wealth NEW YORK – Dec. 18, 2014 – The recent housing crisis has prompted questions over whether homeownership is still a viable way ...

First Step In Selling Your HOME FAST
Every seller wants their home to sell fast and bring top dollar. Does that sound good to you? Well, it's not luck that makes that happen. It's careful planning and knowing how to...

Happy Thanksgiving Day Do You Know What I Am Thankful For
Thanksgiving is a special day to gather with friends and family. Did you know what was served at the first Thanksgiving or what the Indians used Cranberries for? Rea...

8 Cleaning Mistakes You Re Probably Making
1. Placing all utensils in the dishwasher facing the same direction.It's fine for all the forks to point up. (This prevents the tines from bending.) But when spoons sit in one dire...

VA Loan Interest Rate Is Currently LESS Than Conventional
The VA Home Loan is now one of the BEST loan options out there! The VA loan interest rate is currently LESS than the Conventional interest rate.  There is no mortgag...

COMMON THINGS TO HAVE SELLER CHECK OR DO FOR AN EASIER SALE
A few items for Sellers or Buyers to Check When Looking At Homes Commets  LynneVanEck@ Gmail.com.(1) GFCI outlets: these are the type of outlets that have a test and reset but...

Egging Toilet Papering How To Clean Up After Halloween Pranks
Egging, Toilet Papering: How to Clean Up After Halloween PranksBy: Lisa Kaplan Gordon Halloween cleanup can be the scariest thing about the holiday. Here’s a tip sheet o...

Why HALLOWEEN
About 2,000 years ago in the area of the world that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, lived a group of people called the Celts.  The Celts' lives revo...

You Need To Think About These Items Before Starting Your Home Seach
House and Neighborhood Wish List Instruction:   Spend some time day dreaming about what you want in a house. Think about what you need. The questions below may help you g...

Strategies For Buying In A Low Inventory Market
Tips for Buyers Home Hunting in a Hot Market   We’ve come a long way since the darkest hours of the bottom of the home market. Now, buyers are finding the compet...

Now Is The Time To Buy New
Ninety percent of all the resale homes being sold are price driven. If two homes are the same and they have similar amenities, price is going to be the variable. In a new home sa...

Smart Ways To Add Value To A Home
NEW YORK – Sept. 5, 2014 – As the economy continues its recovery, Americans are stepping up to the plate to remodel. But unlike on popular home-improvement TV shows, most proje...

Bankruptcy Foreclosure Short Sales Guidelines
Bankruptcy, Foreclosure and Short Sales   Fannie Mae: Chapter 7 or 11: discharged 4 years Chapter 13: 2 years from discharge date or 4 years from dismissal date Multiple ...

How Did Labor Day Get Started
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USDA Loan Website Link
Great Information about USDA home loans  USDA Loans • income restrictions• no pool OR the buyer may pay cash for the value that the appraiser states it is worth on the app...

Best Thing To Buy In August
In the retail world, the month of August is known for two things: back-to-school shopping and clearing out summer staples—like warm weather clothing, patio furniture and grills...

Are You Smarter Than A 60 Year Old
THIS MAY BE HARDER THAN YOU THINK. THE ANSWERS WILL BE ON THE TIP OF YOUR TONGUE, BUT YOU JUST CAN'T QUITE  REMEMBER THE CORRECT ANSWER. DON'T LOOK BELOW FOR THE ANSWERS UNTIL...

Average 30 Year Mortgage Rate This Week
WASHINGTON (AP) – Aug. 15, 2014 – Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week, approaching their lows for the year. Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday t...

MARKET NEWS FIXED RATES ROSE
MARKET NEWS:  Fixed rates rose very slightly in the past week, but stayed in the same range they have been for almost two months now. Freddie Mac announced that for the we...

Three Cheers For Up Up Upcycling
We've all heard of recycling, but are you familiar with upcycling? According to Wikipedia, upcycling is defined as, "the process of converting waste materials or useless products i...

Its Easier To Get A Loan
 WASHINGTON – Aug. 5, 2014 – The home mortgage market improved last quarter as demand increased and many banks eased their lending standards for the most creditworthy borr...

Open House August 3 12 Till 4 15307 SKIP JACK LOOP BRADENTON 34202
{mls: A3998958}Come see me at 15307 SKIP JACK LOOP, BRADENTON 34202 Sunday August 4 12-4 NEW AC IN 2013! This spacious 4 bedroom, Den, and 2 1/2 bath home located in Greenbro...

Aug 1 Sales Tax Holiday Includes Computers More
 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – July 29, 2014 – While only three days long – Friday through Sunday, Aug. 1-3 – Florida's Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday has expanded in 2014.Thi...

5 Mistakes First Time Home Buyers Make
NEW YORK – July 22, 2014 – Real estate experts say they see first-time buyers committing the same mistakes, time and time again. Here are some of the most common ones, as ident...

Fla Housing Market More SalesRaising Prices June 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. – July 22, 2014 – Florida's housing market reported more closed sales, higher median prices, increased new listings and a rise in inventory in June, according to ...

6 Tips To Enhance Home Dcor
After a season or two, the décor of your home may start to feel monotonous, so it always a good idea to experiment with the style & theme. Commonly, changing curtains, re...

How To Avoid Probate Delays
Probate requirements can create significant challenges, and in many cases, long delays if such requirements are not fully understood early on in the process, and preferably at the ...

10 THINGS NOT TO DO WHEN FINANCING A HOME
10 THINGS NOT TO DO WHEN FINANCING A HOME• Do Not: transfer money between accounts, unless you are receiving complete documentation from your bank• Do Not: M.ke unnecessary che...

Florida Sign Up For Do Not Call List
Tired of getting spam texts on your cell phone? The new Florida law allows you to add your cell phone numbers to the Do Not Call (or Text) registry for free for five years. Registe...

Indoor Air Quality Health And Carpet
Indoor Air Quality - Health and CarpetHave you heard the one about indoor air being more polluted than outdoor air? Unfortunately, it's not a joke, according to the EPA....

Sarasota 30th Grand Prix Powerboat Races June 28th To July 6th
Grand Prix Powerboat Race In it’s 30th year, this year's festival offers a wide variety of events such as a Downtown Boat Parade/Block Party, Car Show, Golf Tournament, Festi...

Fun Facts About Fourth Of July
The 4th of July is a holiday based upon our nation's history and fight for freedom, but how much do you really know about Independence Day?  Test your knowledge with the...

July 4th Festivities
Fireworks viewing guide By Wade Tatangelo , Herald-Tribune Fireworks over Sarasota Bay HT 2013 Fireworks explode over Sarasota Bay during last year's Fourth of July celebration at...

Glowinthedark Neon Vibe 5K Comes To Premier Sports Campus In Lakewood Ranch
LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch is gearing up for another colorful, family athletic event like the popular Color Vibe held in April, only this time, t...

Excellent Resources For Online Education
So much of our attention gets focused on the Internet as a tool for entertainment. While I enjoy streaming videos and social media as much as the next person, I’ve also found ...

Top 12 Cheap Things To Do In Sarasota
Watch the sunset. Sometimes it’s hard to believe it’s possible to experience something so beautiful without spending a dime. Taking in a sunset is free and simple and y...

Top 4 Spots Getting Them Out Of Carpet
Tips from Overturf’s  Floor & Fabric Care  Great Company941-301-9555www.CleaningManatee.comTop 4 Spots - Getting Them Out of Carpet Time and again I get ...

12 Tips To Upgrade Your Beach Day
Summer is on, and that means trips to the beach for millions of people. Make the most of your own trips and improve the lives of your clients by sharing some of these DIY tricks to...

Live In Lido Key
North Lido Beach and South Lido Beach offer natural beauty and seclusion while condos, hotels, restaurants, upscale shopping, and Lido’s public beach are central to Lido Key. ...

New Del Webb Subdivision At Lakewood Ranch
MANATEE -- The Manatee County Commission OK'd a proposal Thursday for a 1,300-residence Del Webb subdivision at Lakewood Ranch.The project south of State Road 70 and about 1.5 mile...

Its Here The 2014 Fla Hurricane Season
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – June 2, 2014 – The 2014 Hurricane Season began yesterday and runs for the next six months – until Nov. 30."Now is the time to prepare your family for Hurr...

HOW LONG DOES A LENDER REALLY HAVE TO FILE FOR FORECLOSURE
As any person involved in the real estate industry is well aware, there were hundreds (if not thousands) of foreclosure cases filed in 2007 and 2008 which were dismissed due to imp...

Should You Buy Or Sell
Spring and Summer house hunting is in full swing. Sellers and Buyers are confronting a shifting market in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Investors a major force in the market are...

Know More About MEMORIAL DAY
Memorial Day is a great way to remember our patriotic heroes who sacrificed their lives to help us breathe the air of freedom. This day is observed with families and friends vi...

Villages Of Lakewood Ranch South
SARASOTA -- Design and development plans for The Villages of Lakewood Ranch South are moving forward after the Sarasota County Commission unanimously approved plans Wednesday.The V...

Average 30year Mortgage Rate Falls
Average 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.14% Mortgage Rate Trend Indexes No mortgage expert (0%) polled this week by Bankrate.com expects rates to rise over the short term, bu...

FLAs Housing Market Prices Listings Rise In April
la.’s housing market: Prices, listings rise in April NAR: April existing-home sales show modest improvement, inventory gainsORLANDO, Fla. – May 22, 2014 – Florida's...

Lakewood Ranch Developer Gets Business Backing In Its Sarasota Push Read More Here Httpwwwbradenton
LAKEWOOD RANCH -- If all goes as planned at a May 21 public hearing before the Sarasota County Commission, the developer of Lakewood Ranch will finally be able to move forward with...

5 Awesomely Easy Landscaping Projects
5 Awesomely Easy Landscaping ProjectsBy: Dave Toht Published: February 26, 2013Ramp up your curb appeal with cool landscaping projects you can easily pull off in a weekend...

Fla Schedules Tax Holiday For Hurricane Supplies
Fla. schedules tax holiday for hurricane supplies ORLANDO, Fla. – May 13, 2014 – Gov. Rick Scott signed House Bill 5601 that cuts more than $121 million in taxes for Flori...

Curb Appeal
When you’re preparing your house for the market, almost every agent will explain how valuable curb appeal is when it comes to marketing your home. Curb appeal can mean a lot o...

Tips On Saving On Cooling Costs
Happy May!  As we enter the summer season, here are some tips on saving on cooling costs: Install a ceiling fan. Ceiling fans can be used in place of air conditioners, wh...

Study Confirms That Toxic Drywall Impacts Health
Study confirms that toxic drywall impacts health ATLANTA – May 2, 2014 – Florida homeowners looking for confirmation that their toxic Chinese drywall caused family health ...

Homebuyers Can Still Find Down Payment Assistance
Homebuyers can still find down payment assistance TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – April 25, 2014 – Homebuyers still have access to down payment assistance grants, interest-free second...

Fla Insurance Discrimination Bill Passes
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – April 24, 2014 – A Florida bill that would forbid insurance companies from refusing to serve or charging higher rates to applicants based on their owne...

March Yeartoyear Sales Up 1 In Fla Prices Up 11
IRVINE, Calif. – April 24, 2014 – RealtyTrac's March Residential & Foreclosure Sales Report finds that U.S. residential properties – single family homes, condominiums and...

Kids Againist Hunger
Lakewood Ranch Club Event- Kiwanis-Kids Against HungerKids Against Hunger Packaging Event Saturday, May 17th - 1401 21st Ave W, Bradenton / 941-306-3595www.kiwanisag...

Tips For Buyers Home Hunting In A Hot Market
  We’ve come a long way since the darkest hours of the bottom of the home market. Now, buyers are finding the competition for homes surprisingly stiff. The days...

Nathan Benderson Park Home To World Class Rowing
Though fabled to be the spot where the biggest largemouth bass in Florida was caught and released, the 600-acre park was not considered a world-class anything when Sarasota Count...

Learn More About University Town Center Sarasota
University Town Center Mall will open its door for a Sneak Peek Charity Preview October 15, the night before the new shopping center is officially open to the public. The Snea...

2014 Town Of Hickory Creek Citizens Of The Year Texas
Daughter & Husband  are receiving awards for being the 2014 Town of Hickory Creek Citizens of the Year.  Texas I am one proud parent...

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BACK TO WORK PROGRAM
 FHA "BACK TO WORK PROGRAM" We all know how difficult it is to financially recover from a traumatic financial loss following a property foreclosure, or eve...

Sarasota Skiarees Water Ski Show Team
4 more FREE ski shows coming up! April 20th & 27th, and May 4th & 11th! Make plans to come see us before Mother's day! Then we practice for tournament!   Great sh...

The Hidden Value Of A Good Real Estate Agent
“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.”   -Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881); Prime Minister of t...

Making Good Neighbors
Making Good Neighbors Living next door to someone doesn't make you a neighbor. It makes you the stranger next door! One of the great opportunities we have in our communities is t...

TOP 14 Most Popular Places To Retire
When it comes to the best places to retire two things are very clear: the Sunbelt is where people want to go, and there is almost no interest in the Northeast or Midwest. The Sun...

LIVE IN ANNA MARIA ISLAND WHERE YOU CAN DUMP THE CAR
Surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico’s warm emerald waters, Tampa and Sarasota Bays, Anna Maria Island is where dolphins and manatees raise their young and where loggerhead turtles...

LIVE IN Longboat Key PLAY On BEER CAN Island
Beer Can Island (Greer Island) is a secluded sandy hook at the northern tip of Longboat Key featuring 2,000 feet of excellent shelling. Weekends bring boating parties, music, swi...

VENICE BEACH DOGGIE HANGOUTS
Brohard Paw Beach Venice Island This park, across from Venice’s airport, is where you and your “best friend” can play in the gulf and socialize with other dogs. Offerin...

LIVE IN CASEY KEY STEVEN KING DOES
Casey Key stretches eight miles between Siesta Key and the Island of Venice and also runs parallel to the communities of South Sarasota, Osprey and Nokomis. This secluded island ...

TOP 10 DOG BEACHES IN FLORIDA
Dog Beaches in Florida Here is a list of the top 10 Dog Beaches in Florida.  My focus is to best understand the goals and visions of my clients, ensuring all decisions are ma...

LIVE IN POINT OF ROCKS SIESTA KEY
Geologists aren’t sure how long Point of Rocks, just south of Siesta Key’s Crescent Beach, have been visible. Jutting into the Gulf of Mexico for about a half-mile along the ...

TWO Important Things To Do In Sellers Market
There is nothing more frustrating than wanting to buy a home but being unable to through no fault of your own. In many markets across the country, there simply are more buyers ...

What Do BOOMERS Think
• Visitors only: Most boomers – 83 percent – don’t expect family to move into their home in the future, indicating they expect any “house guests,” including adult c...

Sarasota County Market Sales Maintain Steady Pace
 Property sales in Sarasota County for February 2014 maintained a very steady pace, and median sale prices for single family homes and condos also reflected market stability a...

Owning VS Renting
If you think you can't afford to buy a home consider this: The homeownership rate in the U.S. is nearly 69 percent — indicating that homeownership is within reach for more Americ...

Top 10 Mistakes Of First Time Homebuyers
1. Not knowing how much house you can afford.Many novice homebuyers spend a lot of time researching homes — comparing kitchen layouts and backyard square footage — but very lit...

5 Documents You Need To Save Cash At Tax Time
If you want to cash in on the real estate related tax perks of buying this year, you need to be sure you've got these five documents on hand.1. Mortgage Interest Statement IRS Form...

Do You Own The Land Under Your Home
When you buy a home, you probably assume that you own everything in and around it within the property lines. But in some parts of the country, homeowners are discovering the proper...

5 Dirt Cheap Ways To Stage Your Home For Selling
1. Packing away personal items is one of the simplest -- and cheapest -- things you can do to sell your house or condo quickly.  The reason you want to 'de-personalize' your h...

How To Invest Wisely In Real Estate
Investing in a real estate market is considered as the best way to increase your finances. Not only it allows you to enjoy long term benefits but also make it a sound investment&nb...

Builders Hike New Home Prices
More builders report that they’re raising their prices on new homes. Twenty-four percent of 231 builders recently surveyed say they raised their prices in December – an increas...

Lenders Must Follow New Appraisal Disclosure Rules Starting January 18
New consumer protection rules kick in tomorrow, Jan. 18, that give mortgage applicants more information on why a loan was accepted or rejected. While the rule will help identify ca...

5 Ways To Get The Best Mortgage Rate
1. Keep your debt low and the amount of credit you're using under 20 percent of what's available to you. Always paying your bills on time is one of the best ways to maintain health...

Real Estate Leaders In Sarasota And Manatee County
Our mission is to provide the highest quality Realtor services . At The EXIT Realty Group, we strive to provide the most knowledgeable and savvy real estate agents in the mark...


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