Pump Up Begins for Spring Home Selling

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, February 1st 2017 – The spring home selling season in the Manatee/Sarasota region promises to be as vibrant as ever, with several major real estate events set starting this February. As a lead-off to the annual Parade of Homes scheduled February 18 to March 5, the Herald-Tribune will hold its inaugural BuilderFest in the Sarasota downtown area on February 11 at 1741 Main Street.

Why the Mood Is Upbeat on South Sarasota Homes for Sale This Year

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 31st 2017 – Residents of The Landings in South Sarasota have one good reason to be cheery in 2017. The commercial center eponymous with this West of the Trail community was acquired in an auction by Benderson Development this January and is set for immediate redevelopment. The Landings Shopping Center was foreclosed last year after losing many of its tenants during the past six years.

Prospects Bright for Manatee‒Sarasota Housing

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 30th 2017 – Prospects for the housing sector in the Manatee‒Sarasota area loom bright this 2017, with the strong economic indicators and sound economic policies noted in the region recently. A robust recovery in new home construction was seen as one of the major growth drivers for the area’s economy. During the 2016 third quarter, local housing starts revved up to their fastest pace in a decade.

Foreclosure Market Appears Tightening

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 26th 2017 – Brace for some diligent searching and pencil-pushing if your home buying in Sarasota or Manatee in 2017 is focused on foreclosure, REOs or short sales. The supply of distressed properties on the two-county market looks likely to further diminish, resulting in a sustained rise in their median prices. A continued tightening of sales-listed foreclosures in the Sarasota-Manatee area is foretold by the recently reported dive to a 10-year low in 2016 of foreclosure activity in the region.

Sarasota Luxury Condo Sales Off to a Sizzling Start

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 25th 2017 – Sales of luxury condos in Sarasota appears off to a sizzling start in 2017 with nine units priced over the $1 million mark already recorded sold in the MLS as of the third week of January. Already above the seven luxury Sarasota condos sold in January 2015, the 2016 initial sales notably included four successive deals closed at the new Sansara condominium this month.

New Urban Downtown Core Shaping Up in East Sarasota

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 24th 2017 – Residents of existing communities in east Sarasota shall have their first glimpse this 2017 of a new urban downtown core to be developed in the mammoth Waterside project of Schroeder Manatee Ranch (SMR). Road extensions included in this project will link this development to nearby communities like Tatum Ridge off Fruitville Road which lies just south of Waterside.

Communities to Pick as Trail Extension Gathers More Steam

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 23rd 2017 – Residential communities like Arielle on Palmer Ranch, McIntosh Lake, and Meadowland Circle are well-positioned to draw benefits from the planned northward extension of Sarasota’s Legacy Trail which has gained further momentum recently. In December, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation granted a $50,000 donation to the Trust for Public Land.

GreyHawk Landing West Is on Track for More Builds

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 19th 2017 – The homebuilding pace could be expected to pick up in 2017 at GreyHawk Landing West where just four newly built residences are listed amongst Bradenton homes for sale as of this January. Early in the month, the Manatee County Commission approved the final plat for 70 lots in a subdivision of this western extension of Greyhawk Landing. The execution and recording of this final plat leaves only about 30 homes to be platted in a sub-phase of this neighborhood.

Legends Bay Poised for Build Out

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 18th 2017 – Market activity could be expected to pick up soon at Legends Bay, a bayfront community in West Bradenton, as its last 82 vacant lots have been recently sold. Legends Bay Real Estate LLC, a subsidiary of Medallion Home, purchased the sites for $10.9 million from the property’s developer Ruben Holland Development. “Build it out . . . sell more homes,” was the comment of Medallion Home founder Carlos Beruff regarding the deal sealed on December 30 last year.

West Villages Development at Full Throttle

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 17th 2017 – Home construction is going full throttle at the West Villages which appears poised to further improve the fourth place ranking it achieved in 2016 among the top master developments in the U.S. for the year. Four existing neighborhoods currently comprise this property development in South County which in recent years has become a hotspot for searchers of Sarasota homes for sale.

New Year, New Home for Expanding Business Incubator

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 16th 2017 – The Sarasota business incubator HuB is moving this early 2017 to a more central location downtown, a move geared at further cultivating creative entrepreneurship in the region. HuB’s new headquarters is set at the historic Palm Tower at the corner of Main Street and Palm Avenue. It will occupy one floor of the seven-story building, with plans for additional coworker space in order to attract more tech companies.

Lake Timber Home Models Open Soon at Babcock Ranch

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 12th 2017 – State Road 31 in east Punta Gorda, erstwhile traversed mainly by ranchers and farmers, would soon be familiar ground for prospective buyers of homes for sale in Charlotte County. Eighteen model homes in Lake Timber, the first section of the eco-centric Babcock Ranch master development on this road corridor, are set to open either late this January or early in February.

South Bradenton Revival Gains Traction

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 11th 2017 – Residents at Hill Park, Oakwood and other subdivisions in Samoset south of downtown Bradenton are pushing for the revitalization of their community under an improvement strategy which Manatee County has adopted many years earlier. County officials formulated this plan in 2007 and approved it the same year, but the onset the recession and its adverse effects on the county’s budget derailed its implementation.

Urban Corridor Plan Rolls in South Manatee

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 10th 2017 – The redevelopment plan along some of the dormant corridors in Manatee is starting to gain ground in the southern part of the county near the existing communities of Hawks Harbor and Whitfield Estates. The first initiative under this plan came off the wraps in December with the announcement of the plan for Blu Harbor, a new waterfront condominium and yacht club.

Manatee School Gardens: Feeding More than the Mind

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 9th 2017 – The excellent academic training provided in the schools in Manatee is not the only reason why the county suits growing families. Many smart parents and prospective home buyers have likewise taken notice of the healthy foods local schools serve to children. As important, the kids also learn the ins and outs of farming through school gardens.

New Nature Preserve Rises in West Charlotte County

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 5th, 2017 – Consider Cape Haze or Placida if in a search of communities most likely to maintain for a long time their old Florida charm. This quaint destination for searches of homes for sale in Charlotte County already teems with many greenbelt areas and preserves, and it added yet another one recently. Development work on a natural wildlife sanctuary, Preserve at Mercabo, is now complete.

Siesta Key Struts Luxury Homes

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 4th, 2017 – Siesta Key reaffirmed its stature recently as one of the top destinations of luxury homes for sale in the Suncoast with the market listing in December of a $13.9 million residence at the Sanderling Club on the southern part of the island. This gated estate home nestles on a 3.64-acre gulf-to-lagoon site at 8218 Sanderling Road.

Sarasota Girds for Vibrant Condo Market in 2017

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 3rd, 2017 – The Sarasota condo market in November posted robust inventory gains, exerting downward pressure on prices which should help entice more buyers to engage the market moving forward in 2017. Active listings of Sarasota condos for sale during the month rose year over year by 28.6 percent to nearly 1,600 units, sustaining the inventory advance since the start of 2016.

Rye Road‒SR 64 Plans Boost New Homes of River Reach

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 2nd, 2017 – Major infrastructure projects brewing on the southern end of Rye Road would soon bring positive vibes on Manatee homes for sale in the new community of River Reach in Parrish. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) conducted public meetings recently on its plans to either build a modern roundabout or signalized intersection at Rye Road and State Road 64 about 3 miles south of River Reach.

Properties to Watch as I-75 Overpass Moves Forward

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 29th, 2016 – Heightened market interest may be expected on attractively priced Sarasota homes for sale off Richardson Road east and west of Interstate 75. The long-proposed overpass in this area which would connect Cattlemen Road with the southern extension of Lakewood Ranch Blvd. is finally gaining ground.

Lakewood Ranch Flexes Commercial Strength

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 28th, 2016 – Echoes of the current residential construction boom in Lakewood Ranch (LWR) are reverberating in the master development’s commercial real estate sector. At LWR’s Gatewood Corporate Park in East Manatee County, development was recently set in motion for industrial space of as much as 700,000 square feet as yet another push to the area’s building spree.

Are Buyers Backpedaling on Dream Homes?

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 27th, 2016 – Take notice if some realtors say that many first-time home buyers would likely settle for less home in 2017. With the home market facing a regime of rising interest rates, indeed it seems that more aspiring homeowners would be inclined to scratch the “have-to-have” amenities and go for smaller, less pricey residential choices.

Change Seeping into Sarasota Downtown’s Character

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 26th, 2016 – A new flavor is being injected into the character of downtown Sarasota besides the dramatic change in its skyline courtesy of ongoing major property development projects in and around the city center. The Downtown Improvement District (DID), after installing flower baskets in August on light poles in some major city streets, is now working on three gateway signs at three key entry points to the city’s core.

Sarasota Downtown Building Bonanza: Plenty of Fizz Left

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 22nd, 2016 – There’s plenty of gas left in the building boom which now reverberates in and around the Sarasota downtown. Two more projects are likely to be added soon to the 30 or so proposed or ongoing developments in this area among which is the massive Sarasota Quay project now all set to begin next year. Development of the bayside Quay property located in north downtown got final city approval early this December.

Waterfront Communities Stepping into the Limelight

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 21st, 2016 – A rich collection of waterfront homes in several Suncoast communities are set for completion this 2016, well in time to reap some marketing mileage from world-class rowing and sailing events that Southwest Florida is hosting in 2017 and in 2018. Sarasota and Manatee counties are expecting some 40,000 visitors from more than 60 countries to converge at the Nathan Benderson Park from September 24 to October 1, 2017 for the World Rowing Championship.

Willow-Ellenton Trail Gains Headway

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 20th, 2016 – Added vigor could be expected on north Manatee homes for sale, particularly to those along the Erie Road stretch of the planned Willow-Ellenton Greenway. State funding has been secured recently for this trail that would run parallel to the old Parrish Palmetto rail corridor starting from Ellenton Gillete Road just west of the new Willow Walk community in Palmetto.

Lakewood Ranch Sustains North Expansion

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 19th, 2016 – Lakewood Ranch continues to add even more rooftops, as sales move forward on two new communities at its northern edge while a separate project nearby was approved recently. Early this December, the Manatee County Commission approved Lorraine Corners Northeast, a development for either a maximum of 220 housing units, 573,550 square feet maximum for office and commercial spaces, or a combination of both.

Project Revivals Spur North Manatee Development Further

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 15th, 2016 – The primarily agricultural/vacant land off Interstate 75 between Moccasin Wallow and Buckeye Road continues to mold itself as one of the high-growth areas in North Manatee County. Early this December, the county commission approved the revival of the Stonegate Preserve project here. It is planned for 667 single family homes and 124 multifamily units, plus a community center and a facility for either a day care or private school.

Shoreview Debuts at LWR Waterside

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 14th, 2016 – National builder Pulte Homes has launched its marketing this December for Shoreview, the first neighborhood of the 3,500-acre Lakewood Ranch at Waterside. This subdivision is located on Deer Drive just south of University Parkway and came just eight months after Schroeder-Manatee Ranch (SMR) broke ground in Waterside, its first major project in Sarasota.

Esplanade Expands Taylor Morrison’s Palmer Ranch Footprint Further

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 13th, 2016 – Taylor Morrison, one of the nation’s top homebuilders, bought 227 acres in Palmer Ranch in late November. This deal amounts to $36 million and would further expand the national homebuilder’s footprint in this South Sarasota master development. The Scottsdale, Arizona-based company announced that it will develop the Esplanade of Palmer Ranch in this site just west of Honore Avenue.

Where to Go this Home Selling Season

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 12th, 2016 – There’s been a strong uptick in the inventory homes for sale in Sarasota in recent months, as clearly seen in a 15.7 percent spike for single family homes in October and a 35.8 percent leap for condos. These robust gains, attributable to market positioning for the upcoming selling season, followed respective gains of 19.8 percent and 39.4 percent for the two residential types in September.

Luxury Condo Sales Going Strong in Barrier Islands

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 8th, 2016 – Turnover of luxury condominium has been notably strong in the barrier islands of Siesta and Longboat Keys this year, with some new property developments contributing a robust lift to sales. In Siesta Key’s zip code 34242, MLS records indicated that some 25 condo units priced at over $1 million were sold since the beginning of 2016 for a total sale value of about $30 million.

Midtown Sarasota Builds Go Uptempo

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 7th, 2016 – Momentum continues to build up in the transformation of midtown Sarasota as yet more development projects, including a hotel and a townhouse, were recently announced in and around the Arlington Park area. On 1425 South Tamiami Trail, a major makeover is slated for the Baymont Inn and Suites.

State Road 64 Development Project is on a Roll

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 6th, 2016 – Two new communities south of State Road 64 in East Bradenton—Eagle Trace and Serenity Creek— will soon get richer by a few more local amenities, with several development projects set to roll near their locality. One of these, the 40.55-acre Community Park at Lakewood Centre, is scheduled to begin construction before year-end.

In Focus: Pinecraft’s Unique Amish Community and a Charming Neighbor

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 5th, 2016 – More visitors, and possibly new residents, can soon experience Pinecraft, a unique Sarasota community originally set up by religious Amish and Mennonite farmers in the 1920s at the intersection of Bahia Vista Street and Beneva Road. The Sarasota County Commission, in two separate moves, approved plans that would not only highlight the culture of this religious enclave.

Two Knockdowns, But More Longboat Key Projects Pipelined

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 1st, 2016 – In the November elections, voters rejected two projects which would have added new home builds in Longboat Key. Nonetheless, there are several other developments already on the wings that could add some more lift to the property market in this island-town.

Who Wants More Thrills from Riverside Park?

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 30th, 2016 – Check this out. More perks are being added to residential properties on the northwestern banks of the Manatee River, which as they are now already count in prime listings of homes for sale in Palmetto. A six-phase, $2.3 million project is currently underway at this riverside location, promising to further spice up the life and leisure possibilities around its neighborhoods.

Solar Power Shining Brighter in SW Florida Region

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 29th, 2016 – Green home lovers, take note. Local sources of clean energy are continuing to expand and likely to further stimulate market interest in select real estate for sale in Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties. This December, Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) is expected to commission its Manatee Solar Energy Center just about 10 months after its groundbreaking.

Sarasota Memorial Forges Stronger Health Infrastructure

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 28th, 2016 – Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) continues to provide a strong boost to the local health care infrastructure, undoubtedly one of the pillars supporting the economy in the Suncoast including its real estate sector. Shortly after receiving two major medical industry citations recently, SMH announced this November that it is pushing forward plans to establish a premier cancer specialty center.

Palmetto Takes Strong Strides to the Future

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 23rd, 2016 – Include Palmetto amongst the hubs of future growth in Manatee County. This city has recently stepped the gas on various local developments including a planned seven-story residential building off Haben Boulevard. This development, planned for 150 units in a 6.3-acre site, was approved in early November by the Palmetto city commissioners.

Murdock Village Development Takes the Road Anew

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 22nd, 2016 – It’s now green and go again for the Murdock Village, a multi-use development that Charlotte County initiated in 2002 but went into hibernation after several attempts to get it going failed for various reasons. A company based in Fort Myers, Private Equity Group LLC (PEG) is now on top of this project located on 452 acres between US 41 and State Road 776 just west of the Port Charlotte Town Center.

Manatee Takes the Road of Complete Streets

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 21st, 2016 – Residents at Whitfield and Shadybrook Village shall be amongst the first folks to have a sampling of the various benefits of Complete Streets, an initiative that Manatee’s Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved in early November for inclusion in the County Public Works Highway and Traffic Standards Manual.

Are High-end Homes Poised for a Post-election Rebound?

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 17th, 2016 – A more vibrant activity in the home market could be expected, with the contentious U.S. presidential election having finally reached its climactic end early this November. The market’s rebound, some realtors believe, would be felt particularly in homes priced around the $500s and over. It is in this sector wherein they observed that many prospective buyers and sellers had been very cautious because of a lot of political posturing statewide and nationally.

More Housing Choices Roll Out East of Downtown Bradenton

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 16th, 2016 – New residential choices continue to sprout east of downtown Bradenton, with the recent market introduction of carriage homes and penthouses at Tidewater Preserve. These residences are in addition to the single family homes that WCI Communities is building in this expansive development off Interstate 75 on the southern banks of the Manatee River.

Coral Caye: A New Market Hotspot in Charlotte County

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 15th, 2016 – Thanks to the recent uptick of the housing market in Charlotte County, Coral Caye, a new community in Cape Haze just south of the old Rotonda West development have been drawing plenty of interest lately. With 23 homes in this community now in various stages of construction, some 20 percent of its 95 total home sites have already been sold. One of the listings of Charlotte homes for sale in Coral Caye has just been completed.

Braden Woods Neighborhoods Keep Old Florida Charm

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 14th, 2016 – The natural beauty and wide-open spaces iconic of an Old Florida community are no longer in jeopardy at the Braden Woods neighborhoods of East Manatee. Neal Communities announced early this November that it is abandoning its plan to purchase and develop a 32-acre heavily wooded parcel called Myara near the Braden River between Braden Woods and The River Club.

At 100—The Story Continues at McClellan Park Community

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 10th, 2016 – Established in 1916 only a year after Sarasota was incorporated as a city, McClellan Park continues to make history and reshape itself as an exciting destination for searchers of Sarasota homes for sale. This community located a short distance south of the city’s downtown marked its 100th anniversary in October.

A Gamut of Choices Runs in Lakewood Ranch Home Tour

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 9th, 2016 – Schroeder-Manatee Ranch (SMR) got all bases covered in its 2016 Lakewood Ranch Tour of Homes with this annual showcase of the master development’s communities underway featuring over 50 home models at wide-ranging price points. The event, which SMR officially kicked off October 20, is slated to run till November 21 and has helped drive optimism on the local real estate market further.

Leads Are Heating Up at Jacaranda Corridor

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 8th, 2016 – Realtors are keeping an eye on the Jacaranda Blvd. corridor in Venice for an expected uptick in home buying interest. This area appears poised for further growth, particularly around the periphery of Jacaranda’s junction with East Venice Avenue where local searches of Sarasota homes for sale typically end up at the Hidden Lakes Club or at the Verona Reserve.

A Tax Break Boosts Manatee’s Historic Homes and Neighborhoods

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 7th, 2016 – Here’s one boost to preserving the charm and character of vintage neighborhoods in Bradenton, such as those in Warner’s Bayou. The Manatee County Commission this September passed a legislation granting tax incentives to owners of historic properties, a move that local preservationists certainly cheer.

Sarasota Stamps Its Class in Higher Learning

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 3rd, 2016 – Two institutions for higher learning in Sarasota continue to grow their prestige, thus adding to the market strength of residential properties in the county. Auspiciously in time for the 2016‒2017 school year opening, the highly respected publication The Hollywood Reporter again listed the Ringling College of Art and Design in its ranking of the “Top 25 American Film Schools.”

Osprey School Guards Crown as Top Florida High

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 2nd, 2016 – Pursuit of excellence continues this school year for Pine View High School in Osprey after regaining its top 10 national ranking and leader of the pack in Florida as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Pine View, certainly one of the top draws for Sarasota homes for sale in Osprey, rose nationally in 2016 to seventh from 24th place in the 2015 U.S. News compilation.

Free Trolley Service Coming to Siesta Key

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 1st, 2016 – An open-air free trolley service to and from Siesta Key is expected to start operating between this December and February 2017. The Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) announced this October that bids are now being solicited for an operator to run this service which would help mitigate the perennial traffic and parking problems in the island, which is a major local tourist draw as well, as a prime destination for Sarasota homes for sale.

Benderson Eyes More Homes Off University Place

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 31st, 2016 – Options for new builds will soon boost the stock of existing homes at University Place and in its neighborhoods Savannah Preserve and Carolina Landings. Benderson Development, which owns a mixed-use property adjacent and just south of these communities, is seeking Manatee County approval on infill projects for more commercial/office space and hotel rooms. It also seeks additional residential units to build out this land parcel.

What’s the Buzz in East Downtown Sarasota?

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 27th, 2016 – Development is fast catching up in east downtown Sarasota along the flanks of U.S. 301 (Washington Blvd). The historic Laurel Park west of this road corridor and Paver Park Estates along with Payne Park opposite east will soon be neighbors with several residential and commercial establishments now in the pipeline. Just north of Payne Park at its School Avenue stretch, construction is slated to start this October for the contemporary townhomes of The Artisan on Main.

Two More Join West Manatee Homebuilding Queue

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 26th, 2016 – It’s green and go for two property development projects in West Manatee—Peninsula Bay and Tides End—with their final approval of the Manatee County Commission in October. Peninsula Bay will rise on the 359-acre site of Manatee Fruit Co. located north of Cortez Road, and south of Palma Sola Bay. Its owner, Whiting Preston, plans 1,950 residential units in this property straddling east and west of 115th Street West.

Realtors Ponder Impact of Climate Change

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 25th, 2016 – The Realtors Association of Manatee and Sarasota (RAMS) has taken steps to be on top of the issue of climate change and its impact on the real estate industry. In its September annual meeting, RAMS had as one of its resource speakers David Houle, a “futurist in residence” at the Ringling College of Art and Design, who provided an overview of the anticipated effects of global warming and climate change for the Gulf Coast.

Lakeside Plantation Homes Get a Sales Push

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 24th, 2016 – Increased buying interest looms for Sarasota homes for sale in Lakeside Plantation. Developments now in progress in its North Port locality provide some added delights to living in this 306-acre community located just east of North Toledo Blade Blvd. For starters, the widening from four to six lanes of the stretch of Interstate 75 north of the property is nearing its completion. This road improvement will help ease travelling northward to Venice and southward to Charlotte County.

Lake Timber Fires Off Home Sales in Babcock Ranch

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 23rd, 2016 – Prospective buyers of homes for sale in Charlotte County, barring any major hitch, will be touring builder models starting early next year in Lake Timber, the first community in the master-planned Babcock Ranch in east Punta Gorda. Four homebuilders separately launched in September the construction of their showcases in this eco-friendly development accessible via Bermont Road then southward on State Road 31.

Housing Industry Girds for a Builders’ Shakeup

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 23rd, 2016 – Much remains to be seen from the housing sector’s post-Great Recession recovery with the recent power play amongst Lennar Homes, WCI Communities, and M/I Homes, three prominent builders of homes for sale in Sarasota and Manatee. Lennar Homes is poised to shake up the hierarchy of U.S. homebuilders, having announced this September its plan to acquire WCI Communities to the tune of about $643 million. The boards of Lennar and WCI have already approved the deal.

Why This Banker Is Bullish on Sarasota

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 22nd, 2016 – Stonegate Bank is one financial institution which sure has a positive outlook on the Southwest Florida economy, particularly the region’s property sector in general and Sarasota homes for sale in particular. This Pompano Beach-based bank is spending $36.5 million to acquire Insignia Bank in Sarasota, its second bank purchase in the county within a two-year span.

Risdon Condo Rising Amidst Growth in Rosemary‒Fruitville

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 22nd, 2016 – Future residents of Risdon on 5th, a mixed-use condo project at the Rosemary district, will find a bountiful line up of nearby attractions matching those in downtown Sarasota a short distance south of their neighborhoods. Fruitville Road, which is an easy stroll south from the condominium, is proving to be a growth hotspot with a slew of projects lined up along this corridor.

Preserving the Charm of Palma Sola Scenic Highway

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 21st, 2016 – The first phase of the resource protection, preservation, and enhancement project for Palma Sola Scenic Highway successfully kicked off in September, an initiative that adds to delightful living in the West Bradenton communities flanking this road corridor. The project covers the four-mile stretch of Manatee Avenue West (S.R. 64 West), which includes the Palma Sola Causeway, from 75th Street West to East Bay Drive on Anna Maria Island.

How Realtors Advocate for Affordable Homes

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 21st, 2016 – The Realtors Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM) continues to champion affordable housing. Just look at a program that its Leadership Academy launched recently to generate realtor and public awareness on the William E. Sadowski Affordable Housing Act. Enacted in 1992, this legislation created a dedicated revenue source for Florida housing programs dependent only on federal sources and appropriations approved by the state legislature.

SE Bradenton Warms Up for New Housing Project

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 20th, 2016 – A long-pending plan for a townhouse development called the Preserve at Walden Lake off 33rd Street East in southeast Bradenton appears gaining steam. This project is located in a 38.5-acre site currently dominated by the residential subdivisions of Briarwood, Garden Lakes, and the deed-restricted Oak Terrace, all offering attractively priced Bradenton homes for sale.

North Port Says Let’s Play to Woo Residents

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 20th, 2016 – Plans that the city of North Port adopted earlier to help retain and attract residents through more and better equipped places to play have begun to pan out, subsequently further contributing to the marketability of its Sarasota homes for sale. This September, the city inaugurated a pedestrian and equestrian bridge linking its Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park to the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve.

New Business Players Add Verve to North Port Homes for Sale

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 19th, 2016 – A flurry of new businesses coming into the city of North Port promises to lend further excitement to its residential property market in the months ahead and onwards to 2017. The Tamiami Trail corridor near this highway’s junction with Tuscola Blvd. and Sumter Blvd. is one of the city’s new growth epicenters that could help spur market interest on North Port homes for sale.

Why More Home Buyers Are Flocking to Charlotte

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 19th, 2016 – More home buyers appear gravitating towards properties in Charlotte County, recent monthly data from Florida Realtors© show. Sales of single family homes in August at the county’s Punta Gorda metropolitan statistical area rose 12.5 percent, the second monthly gain recorded this year after a 3.6 percent advance in June. In contrast, August sales in neighboring Sarasota and Manatee registered a 1.7 percent decline.

Buying Competition from Home Flippers Ease

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 17th, 2016 – Here’s encouraging news for aspiring buyers of distressed Suncoast residential properties for rehabbing and keeping them for their own use. They now faceless competition from investors with an appetite for foreclosures and flipping their purchases for a profit. Statistics that ATTOM Data Solutions culled for the 2016 second quarter show that flippers delving in Sarasota and Manatee homes for sale were on the retreat.

Manatee Mulls Infill Developments in Bradenton

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 17th, 2016 – If plans do not miscarry, development of surplus Manatee county lands for housing, including those in Bradenton’s urban corridors, could be underway sometime soon. The Manatee County Commission recently announced plans to invite developers to buy surplus county-owned land parcels sitting idle and costing maintenance to the county.

South County Neighborhoods Strut New Amenity Centers

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 30th, 2016 – Three communities in South County, two of them new developments, recently announced construction of new amenity centers that should further enhance marketability of their residential properties in listings of Sarasota homes for sale. At the well-established golf community of The Oaks Club in Osprey, construction began in July of 2016 for a $2.5 million WellFit Center to round out the wide array of amenities already available to its residents and club members.

Want Diverse Family-Oriented Activities? The Suncoast Got You Covered

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 29th, 2016 – There will never be a dull weekend or holiday for families living in the Suncoast, with Sarasota county alone having over 160 parks offering some 55,000 acres of wonderful play spaces. Outside of these public facilities, new venues have been recently added, thus enhancing further the marketability of Sarasota homes for sale. One recent exciting addition is EVO Athletics which opened in August 2016.

Savanna at LWR: Diverse Choices on Newly Built Homes

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 27th, 2016 – Seeking diversity in a search for newly built Sarasota homes for sale in one stop? Consider the new community of Savanna at Lakewood Ranch as amongst your destinations. It now offers many models of varying designs and price points which may just be right for your budget and lifestyle. Meritage Homes, one of the principal builders in Savanna, opened in September 2016 four fully furnished models for showing to prospective buyers of Bradenton or Sarasota homes for sale.

Where to Go for Smart Sarasota Homes

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 26th, 2016 – Check out Huntington Pointe in Palmer Ranch or Granada Park for Sarasota homes for sale with smart technologies, which some realtors’ reports indicate are now priorities in the checklist of many prospective home buyers. Recent industry readings also suggest that it would be wise for sellers to include smart home devices in prepping up a house for sale.

Home Inventory Pouring in from South Sarasota County

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 23rd, 2016 – South County is contributing a large share to the steady rise in inventory of Sarasota homes for sale that has been on an uptick since February of 2016 and highlighted by gains of between 15 and 21 percent from May to July this year. West Villages accounts for much of the spike in South County’s home inventory and provides plenty of newly built choices in current listings of Sarasota homes for sale.

Rise of Millennials Eggs On More Affordable Homes

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 21st, 2016 – Housing they can afford has long been a gripe of millennials in the Bradenton‒Sarasota area. Now it looks that this need is finally being addressed. Some homebuilders have started purposive efforts to fill this largely unserved item in the millennials’ wish list—choices of affordable Sarasota homes for sale. Millennials now account for the biggest slice of the U.S. market, having surpassed the erstwhile leading demographic—the generation of baby boomers.

Naples Builder Hits the Ground Running at Country Club East

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 20th, 2016 – Stock Signature Homes, the homebuilding unit of Naples-based developer Stock Development, has had a remarkable debut at Country Club East, selling its first model home the very first day it was showcased in this golf community in Lakewood Ranch (LWR) recently. This fully furnished home, featuring three bedrooms within its 3,136-square-foot floor area, was immediately grabbed for $1.1 million.

Suncoast Corners a Slice of $27-Billion Chinese Pie

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 19th, 2016 – Chinese home buyers in recent years have significantly grown their presence in the Suncoast where foreign home buying was erstwhile largely dominated by Canadians and Europeans. According to the 2015 Profile of International Home Buyers compiled by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR®), 27 percent of Chinese buyers in all of Florida chose properties in the Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice area.

New Home Building Revs Up in North Venice, Are You Ready?

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 16th, 2016 – It looks like a growing number of prospective buyers of Sarasota homes for sale and their agents would be making a bee line to North Venice, particularly to this area’s newest hotspot of residential developments—the Laurel Road‒Jacaranda Boulevard corridor. Much of the market interest in this locality is riveted on Toscana Isles, a Mediterranean-style gated community the marketing for which opened early 2016.

Richer Stock of Single Family Homes Looms in Longboat Key

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 14th, 2016 – Sales listings of newly built single family homes in the Longboat Key real estate market are quite few but more may soon be added to its stock of never-occupied, single detached residences. Early in September 2016, Land Resource Strategies LLC filed a town referendum request to pave the way for developing 10 new homes on a 1.8-acre property at 5630 Gulf of Mexico Drive south of Cedars Tennis Resort.

Welcome The Estuary at Robinson Preserve

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 13th, 2016 – Northwest Bradenton goes one neighborhood richer come spring 2017 with the expected completion of the development of The Estuary which broke ground in August of 2016. A project of the prolific regional homebuilder Neal Communities, this new subdivision sits on 53 acres off 103rd Street bordered north, south and west by the sprawling nature park Robinson Preserve.

Corporate America Is Bullish on the Suncoast

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 12th, 2016 – The Sarasota‒Bradenton region now appears more prominent on the radar screen of Corporate America. This attention, certainly a plus too for Sarasota homes for sale, can be seen in the national retail chains and fast food franchises which have recently established and grown their presence in the area. Macy’s, one of the nation’s top retailers, counts amongst the companies bullish on the Suncoast, having added its fourth store in the region at the Mall at University Town Center (UTC) in 2014.

New Satellite Neighborhoods Beef Up Creekwood

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 9th, 2016 – The inventory of available homes for sale has become richer around the well-established Creekwood in East Bradenton, as options have recently surfaced in new neighborhoods around this deed-restricted community off State Road 70. Some of these fresh choices on Bradenton homes for sale were recently unveiled at the Ridge at Crossing Creek of Neal Communities. This new neighborhood sits on 88 acres good for a total of 138 home sites.

What Sparks Vigor in Bayou Oaks?

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 8th, 2016 – Wonder not if Bayou Oaks is getting an increased share of home buying interest these days. Its residences may pale in comparison with their more upscale neighbors west at Indian Beach/Sapphire Shores, but nonetheless, the quality of life in the Bayou Oaks Neighborhood has grown as desirable. Significant improvements of the Old Bradenton Road running about 1.5 miles across Bayou Oaks bring in much of the newfound vitality of Sarasota homes for sale in this neighborhood.

Upbeat Downtown Vibe Brings Good Tidings to Bradenton

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 7th, 2016 – The upswing in residential property values in Bradenton for the past 12 months looks sustainable. A wealth of pipelined public and private construction projects promises to take the city’s growth to a new level and thus help spur market interest on Bradenton homes for sale particularly those in and around the downtown district. Work, for one, is slated to start by year-end of 2016 at the planned Springs Hill Suites Hotel at the former site of the Manatee Players theater.

Florida Airports’ Competition Heating Up

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 6th, 2016 – The Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) and Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) are stepping up efforts to be more competitive with their larger Florida peers. These moves are expected to lead not only to better and value-for-money services but also contribute to the growth of the property sector in the region as well. At SRQ, airport officials have teamed up Visit Sarasota County in persuading Southwest Airlines to revive flights.

Sarasota‒Bradenton Economic Climate amongst Best for Startups in Business

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 2nd, 2016 – Count the recent decision of Home Depot to open a new store in East Manatee as one smart move. The Sarasota‒Bradenton metropolitan area wherein Home Depot is set to expand its market coverage has been ranked by the business news channel CNBC as one of the top 20 U.S. metros to start a business. Our metro area came out no. 15 in this first-ever CNBC ranking.

Realtors Unfazed by Sales Slump and Here’s Why

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 1st, 2016 – The number of existing single family homes sold in Sarasota and Manatee has slipped by 4.6 percent through the first six months of 2016, but local realtors are of the consensus that this drop won’t knock the wind out of the residential property market’s sails. Real estate agents, for one thing, have anticipated the market to cool off following the consecutive record-high sales set in 2014 and 2015.

Red Rock and Oyster Bay: Old Charm Wins Home Buyers

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August 30th, 2016 – Two adjacent old neighborhoods south of downtown Sarasota, Red Rock and Oyster Bay, continue to draw market interest, despite the recent proliferation of newer residential developments in the region. Based on the MLS of Sarasota homes for sale, some 15 residences were sold in these two West of the Trail communities during the past 12 months, and available properties are sprouting here as well.

Olympic Caliber BMX Race Track Enriching Sarasota Sports Scene

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August 29th, 2016 – Chalk up BMX bike racing as another point for Sarasota as a world-class sports destination, a growing stature good for market visibility particularly for communities like Lake Ridge and Glen Oaks offering attractively priced Sarasota homes for sale. Already enjoying proximity to the popular Ed Smith Stadium, these communities got an added perk from the $2.4 million renovation of the BMX race track.

Home Market Upbeat in High-End Casey Key

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August 26th, 2016 – The barrier island of Casey Key, though home to just about 500 residents, shares much of the current upbeat mood of the Sarasota residential property market’s luxury segment. Records from the MLS of Sarasota homes for sale show that deals on nine Casey Key properties have been sealed since the start of 2016, while some 17 new listings were added during the same time period.

Del Webb LWR Apace with Market Run in 55-plus Segment

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August 24th, 2016 – The Del Webb Lakewood Ranch community for residents 55 years old and over hit the ground running early in 2016, auspiciously at pace with homebuilders’ positive outlook for this housing segment. In the second quarter of 2016, the market index on 55-plus housing for single family homes rose a point to 57, indicating that more builders positively view the outlook for this particular construction industry sector.

Buying Mood May Improve as Home Price Spikes Soften

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August 23rd, 2016 – Now may be an opportune time to get into the market for those prospective buyers spooked by the double-digit percentage gains in Sarasota homes for sale since August 2015. The median price of single family homes sold in the county rose by 7.8 percent to $248,000 in June 2016, the first single-digit percentage gain in 12 months. It compares with the 17.9 percent gain in June 2015 and the record pace of 28.7 percent posted in February of 2016.

You’d Likely Beat a Path to South Charlotte Knowing This

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August 22nd, 2016 – Don’t miss out on available properties along the Burnt Store Road corridor in a search of homes for sale in south Charlotte. Major improvements are continuing on this highway leading to the western periphery of Fort Myers and Cape Coral, thus giving some added lift to home values in many communities along its stretch. Amongst these Charlotte neighborhoods are Pirates Harbor and Burnt Store Lakes.

Historic Ware’s Creek Gets Added Market Lift

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August 17th, 2016 – The revitalization of the Historic Ware’s Creek Neighborhood just west of downtown Bradenton continues to move forward and help push interest on Manatee homes for sale. Early in 2016, the dredging of the community’s namesake creek was successfully completed. Likewise favorable for downtown Bradenton homes for sale, an infill project with a park component will soon commence on 9th Avenue West off the eastern bank of the waterway.

Ranches’ Preservation Gaining Headway

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August 16th, 2016 – Efforts to protect the health of the region’s ecosystem continue to move forward as the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, an Osprey-based nonprofit, is making significant progress in conserving three ranches in Sarasota and Manatee counties. These three include Triangle Ranch and Sheps Island Ranch, both bordering the Myakka River State Park, and the Orange Hammock Ranch in North Port. With a land area totaling 7,564 acres, these ranches are conservatively valued.

New Jewels to Add Glitter at Golden Gate Point

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August 15th, 2016 – As of early August 2016, the MLS of Sarasota condos for sale lists less than 20 available units at Golden Gate Point Peninsula. More are expected to be added soon, however, with the recent approval of the site plan for The Pearl at the 22-acre waterfront neighborhood by the southeastern approach of the John Ringling Bridge. This new upscale project is scheduled to break ground in October 2016 for the redevelopment of two lots on the block of 609 Golden Gate Point.

More Local Cogs of Growth Hum for Florida

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August 13th, 2016 – New local hubs of growth continue to emerge as contributors to Florida’s economic growth. The state’s economy, seen as ahead of the national pace and building further momentum, draws its continuing strength from job growth and construction, factors which are as robust in Sarasota and Manatee. Further improvements on the region’s labor front can be expected in the near term not only from major projects like the 3,500-acre Waterside project.

Realtors and Nonprofits Partner in Attainable Housing

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August 12th, 2016 – The Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM) is continuing to strengthen its partnership with the two counties’ Habitat for Humanity nonprofits program involved in helping qualified residents to attain sustainable home ownership. In 2016, RASM joined joined forces Habitat for Humanity Sarasota in presenting a three-bedroom, two-bath home in Brooksdale Drive to a family of three erstwhile sharing a one-bedroom rented apartment.

Braden River Icon Back in Full Harness

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August 11th, 2016 – Energizing recreational outdoor activities are now accessible again at Jiggs Landing, an old-school fish camp by the 12-mile long Braden River in East Bradenton which definitely counts as one of the charms of living in Sarasota and Manatee. A designated preserve, this property was closed to the public during the 2016 first quarter to make way for some major upgrades. It reopened sometime in April 2016 and has already hosted some exciting summer events.