The Isles at Lakewood Ranch Previews Soon

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August 9, 2018 – The annual Tour of Homes in Lakewood Ranch traditionally held each fall adds yet another destination this year in a new community located on the easternmost stretch of University Parkway. This development, named The Isles at Lakewood Ranch, is a project of national homebuilder Toll Brothers which is specialized in constructing luxury homes.

North Manatee: The Sweet Spots to Watch

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August 31, 2018 – Expect home buying interest to rev up some more around the Palmetto‒Parrish area, already a blooming submarket of Bradenton and Sarasota homes for sale. Some of the planned real estate development projects in this North Manatee area have started to come into play, especially east of Interstate 75 between 69th Street East/Erie Road and Moccasin Wallow Road.

Are We into a Housing Bubble?

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, July 25, 2018 – Some market analysts have been warning since the start of this year that the U.S. housing market looks heading towards a bubble similar to what happened prior to (and one of the triggers of) the 18-month 2007‒2009 Great Recession. What bothers these industry observers most is the recent home price acceleration which has propelled residential property prices in some U.S. markets already at pre-recession levels.

Sarasota Luxury Home Sales Sizzle

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, July 20, 2018 – It pays to be a luxury home specialist in Sarasota County these days, as the sales uptrend of single family homes priced from around $1 million and above continue to surge at double-digit monthly percentage gains. In May, 38 luxury homes were reported sold in Sarasota, up 26.7 percent from a year earlier. This uptick is by no means just a fluke, with monthly sales increases in the high-end segment of Sarasota homes for sale rose within the 17.2‒27.3 percent range between January and April this year.

Palmer Ranch Neighborhoods Bare New Amenities

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, July 17, 2018 – Sales of new home builds in Hammock Preserve at Palmer Ranch and in Esplanade on Palmer Ranch have been strong since the start of the year, and there are reasons to believe that this uptick could pick up some more steam. This possibility looms as prospective buyers soon will have a first-hand look at the lineup of brand new amenities in these two upscale developments.

Here’s How Sarasota Preserves Its Bay Heritage

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, July 13, 2018 – The waters of Sarasota Bay are part of the factors that shaped the fortunes of many residential developments in Sarasota and Manatee counties, and ways to preserve and cultivate these valued economic and cultural assets are all very well in place. The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) is at the spearhead of various initiatives to safeguard the bay’s heritage and contribution to the quality of life in the two-county region.

Sarasota: A Leader in Countering Sea Level Rise

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, July 10, 2018 – Purchases of coastal homes and waterfront residences necessarily require weighing the capability of communities to meet the challenge of rising sea levels as a result of climate change. On this note, prospective buyers of Sarasota homes for sale on the water have a head start as the city is a leader in adopting measures addressing climate change-induced sea level rise.

North Port Books First City Hotel

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, July 5, 2018 – The scheduled 2019 opening of Atlanta Braves’ spring training stadium in North Port has started sending positive economic ripple effects to this city, as plans to set up the first local hotel appears finally taking off. Lodgco has proposed to develop a Hilton-flagged hotel in North Port on U.S. 41, just west of Sumter Boulevard and south of the Sabal Trace Golf & Country Club.

No Let Up in Lakewood Ranch Homebuilding

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, July 3, 2018 – Expectations that Lakewood Ranch would eventually have more households than Sarasota and Manatee counties may happen sooner than later, as two more communities have been approved recently in this master development.

New Ellenton Business Park: A New Driver for Growth in North Manatee

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, June 27, 2018 – North Manatee looms onwards this year as a prime source of real estate market excitement, both in the residential and commercial sectors, with a large warehouse and light-industrial park rising in Ellenton. The park spreads on 132-acre site at the northwest quadrant of the intersection of U.S. 301 and Interstate 75, around which new homes for sale in Ellenton have been launched in several communities.

Neal Communities Girds for Canoe Creek Launch

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, June 25, 2018 – Lakewood Ranch-based developer Neal Communities has begun compiling an interest list for Canoe Creek, a new residential project in Parrish, north Manatee County, which it plans to open late 2018. This scheduled launch follows the market debut early this year of Neal’s island-style community, Tides End, which has further diversified buying choices on Bradenton homes for sale west of the county.

Infra Projects Rev Up West Villages Development

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, June 21, 2018 – Two infrastructure projects—a $45 million wastewater treatment plant and a $41 million road project—augur well for the continuing development of the West Villages, one of the fastest-growing master-planned communities in the Sarasota real estate market.

New Park Adds Zip to West Bradenton Homes

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, June 19, 2018 – Bradenton real estate properties around Ware’s Creek just west of the Bradenton downtown area now have an added plus factor on their values, following the opening of the new John & Rebecca Neal Park in early May. This new park is located off north of 9th Street West across the Ballard Elementary School and backing up to Ware’s Creek.

Arts Growing Presence in Lakewood Ranch

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, June 13, 2018 – Arts and culture in Lakewood Ranch looks well on its way of matching such delights found in downtown Sarasota. One by one, platforms are being established for cultural events and venues in this master-planned development which has also continued to add choices on Bradenton and Sarasota homes for sale.

Prospects Looking Sharp for Downtown Bradenton Homes

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, June 11, 2018 – Market listings of downtown Bradenton homes for sale are getting some added sheen nowadays, as previously planned new attractions in the city center are close to completion and more are set to be established. One project set for a December opening this year—the Marriott Springhill Suites hotel on Old Main Street—promises to help reshape the downtown Bradenton entertainment scene.

Amberly: Bradenton Beachhead for M/I Homes

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, June 6, 2018 – M/I Homes, a national builder based in Columbus, Ohio, is setting up Amberly, its first foray into the Bradenton real estate market. This new housing project is planned as a gated neighborhood for 124 paired villas on a 33-acre parcel off Morgan Johnson Road about a quarter mile south of State Road 64.

Fruitville Road Property Values Bumping Up?

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, June 4, 2018 – Two projects in the pipeline, which include a road expansion and a new mixed property development, bode well for home values and residents of Pine Valley Ranches, Fox Creek Acres, Tatum Ridge, and Founders Club, all located near Fruitville Road. Also geared at creating a new gateway for Sarasota, the Fruitville Initiative likewise adopted its special zoning in order to foster a walkable community environment revolving around land-use diversity and street connectivity to spread traffic.

Airbnb Hosting is Lucrative for Seniors

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, May 31, 2018 – Rather than downsize, some senior citizens moving to Sarasota may opt to upsize and consider Sarasota homes for sale with in-law suites or apartments which could be rented profitably to vacationers. There’s strong ground for this possibility, as recent figures from the online home-sharing facility Airbnb show that its hosts in the Southwest Florida region is dominated by homeowners aged 55 and up.

Foreign Home Buying Drifts towards Condos

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, May 29, 2018 – Sarasota condos for sale in the mold of units of the Strand currently under construction off the North Tamiami Trail got a heads-up amongst international homebuyers, based on a recent industry survey. This sixth annual survey on Florida’s international home buying trends indicated that 55 percent of foreigners buying South Florida residences prefer condominiums, a match with many other local properties aside from the residential units in the pipeline at the Strand.

Rising Prices, Low Supply Inspire Home Sellers

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, May 24, 2018 – Home sellers now appear gung-ho on the market, based on the 2018 first quarter Home Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) survey of the National Association of Realtors (NAR). This poll showed that during the first three months of the year, 74 percent of the people that NAR surveyed believe that now is a good time to sell a residence.

What’s New in Lakewood Ranch?

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, May 22, 2018 – As more new homes in Lakewood Ranch are being built, more amenities are being made available too for its residents. This master development, already with over 10,000 acres of parks, preserves and lakes, has recently added three new parks interconnected with 25 miles of trail. A new retail hub and a culinary center are also rising as added attractions for buyers of Lakewood Ranch homes for sale.

Rolling Green Golf Links Looms as North Sarasota Game-changer

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, May 15, 2018 – Some real estate agents and prospective buyers of Sarasota homes for sale, for good reason, must have now marked as an area of interest the neighborhoods around the sprawling northwest quadrant of Tuttle Avenue and Myrtle Street in north Sarasota. Valuations of residential properties in this locality are likely to undergo significant fluctuations as plans pan out for a large housing project taking over the 139-acre Rolling Green Golf Course at 4501 North Tuttle Avenue.

Hunt Gets Harder for Affordably Priced Homes

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, May 14, 2018 – Home prices rising so much faster than wage increases is the challenge that low-income buyers in 37 percent of U.S. metro areas continue to face, a March report of real estate data cruncher CoreLogic indicated. This Irvine, California-based research company called these markets as “overvalued” after a comparison of their home prices to their long-run, sustainable levels as dictated by local market factors including disposable incomes.

Payne Park Village Comes Knocking on the Market

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, May 10, 2018 – David Weekley Homes has started its marketing efforts for Payne Park Village east of downtown, just one of several projects that this Houston-based builder is pursuing in the Sarasota area. Site development is already well underway at this community’s 9.6-acre parcel off School Avenue, which now looms as a potent search destination for Sarasota homes for sale.

It’s in Bloom: $67-M Makeover for Selby Gardens

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, May 8, 2018 – A $67 million plan to renovate the popular downtown Sarasota attraction Marie Selby Gardens moved a step closer to its implementation, with recent reports that $15 million in grants have already been raised for this project and more pledges of support are expected. Located at the southern edge of the “Marina Row” which teems with high-end bayfront Sarasota condos for sale, the Gardens, itself was a former residential property—the circa 1930s home of prominent Sarasota couple William and Marie Selby.

Is It Time to Dig in North Port’s “Golden Mile?”

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, May 4, 2018 – Two major property developments are poised on the north side of U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) on a T-bone with Sumter Boulevard in North Port. This area is notably touted as this city’s “golden mile” and one of North Port’s drivers as a fast-rising submarket of Sarasota real estate.

Downtown Sarasota Condo Projects Go High-End

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, May 2, 2018 – Much steam remains in the building boom in the city center of Sarasota, with developers now shifting more towards high-end residential condominium projects at the main downtown area. Builders, moreover, are driven to focus on luxury condominium projects because the city allows a maximum density of just 50 units per acre. While a new zoning code is being drafted, residents allowed to participate in the exercise are urging city authorities to focus on keeping Sarasota’s small-town charm and character.

More Homes Set at West Villages

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, April 29, 2018 – The developers of West Villages now has the opportunity to increase its density to 16,400 homes from the current 16,000 approved for this burgeoning improvement district in North Port. Building activity in this West Villages area is already humming, particularly at the site of the future spring training facility of the Atlanta Braves. Construction workers in March began laying the foundation of the $100 million ballpark complex and have erected clubhouse walls and stadium columns.

Sarasota Gets Top School Rating Anew

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, April 24, 2018 – Prospective home buyers with quality schools as a prime factor in their buying criteria would be well-advised to pursue their residential search in the Sarasota region, particularly South County. Florida Department of Education shows that the Sarasota County School District is one of just two of Florida’s 67 school districts to have maintained an A grade since 2004.

Watch How the Neals Reshape Parrish

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, April 19, 2018 – A radical change looms around the traditional village of Parrish, with plans of merging two large development projects—the Villages of Amazon South and the North River Ranch—in this area in north Manatee County. According to Neal, the pricing of new home builds in North River Ranch will start under the $200s. Besides single-family homes, its residential types would include townhomes and patio homes all with an emphasis on family life.

M/I Homes Ups Stakes in Sarasota

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, April 17, 2018 – Columbus, Ohio-based national builder M/I Homes continues to expand its presence in Sarasota. It has recently lined up two projects in the county, both of which are east of Interstate 75: Hidden Creek on Fruitville Road and Rivo Lakes on Clark Road. In addition to these initiatives sure to boost the stock of Sarasota homes for sale, M/I hopes to open three more local housing projects in 2018.

Luxury Homes Launched at Waterside

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, April 15, 2018 – Luxury home choices were launched recently at LakeHouse Cove at Waterside in a debut that looks well-timed with the increasing presence of well-to-do homebuyers in the Sarasota real estate market. These high-end builds were brought into the Waterside neighborhood by Lee Wetherington and Norman Homes, an independent franchise of Arthur Rutenberg Homes. Each of these builders has unveiled a pair of luxury home choices in this extension of the Lakewood Ranch master development in Sarasota.

Parrish Crafts a More Business-friendly Environment

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, April 13, 2018 – Parrish, which holds some of the last large rural pieces of developable land in north Manatee County, is now drawing not only homebuilders. As a consequence of more Parrish homes for sale moving on the market, this area is also shaping up as a magnet for commercial developers.

Braden River Nature Sanctuary Gets County Funding

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, April 11, 2018 – Permanent protection has been extended to an acreage of pristine forests by the Braden River in Manatee County at the intersection of Pine Meadow Way and Club House Drive. This development has been hailed as a victory especially for residents of communities flanking this nature’s oasis named as Braden River Preserve, which add to the values of nearby Lakewood Ranch and Bradenton homes for sale.

Population Growth Spurs More Homebuilding Projects

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, April 4, 2018 – Amidst significant growth of population in Manatee County, local residential development continues to step up with two more projects lined up recently—one in Parrish and another in the northern part of Lakewood Ranch. The Parrish project, called Coventry Park, is a planned development by Woodlands of Manatee LLC on a 105-acre site west of Erie Road.

Neal Communities Villas: Showcase of a Submarket’s Growth

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, March 29, 2018 – Sales of condos in Sarasota and Manatee have touched record levels during the past two years, and anecdotal evidence suggests that the submarket of villas and carriage homes significantly contributed to this banner performance. The current strategic thrust of Neal Communities is one good indicator of villas providing a lift on the condo market segment’s growth.

Bradenton Riverwalk Expansion Plan Gains Momentum

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, March 27, 2018 – Prospective home buyers eying properties east of downtown Bradenton can chalk up another reason to pursue sales listings in this area which stands to directly benefit from the plan to extend eastward the city’s popular park, Riverwalk. The blueprint for this project is expected to be submitted this summer by the Raleigh, North Carolina-based planning and design consulting firm Kimley-Horn.

West Villages Sustains Home Sales Run

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, March 22, 2018 – More new listings at West Villages have been added to the MLS of Sarasota homes for sale in recent weeks, as demand appears to continue rising in this master development straddling the boundary lines of Venice and North Port. In 2017, sales in its five existing communities rose 17 percent to 992 units, thereby installing West Villages as fifth in the top 50 master-planned developments in the U.S.

Who Has a Heads-up on Baby Boomers?

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, March 20, 2018 – Scottsdale, Arizona-based Taylor Morrison sure is one developer keen on Florida’s continuing dominance as a buying destination for retiring baby boomers in spite of a strong challenge from other U.S. markets. Taylor Morrison, for instance, caters to buyers seeking to downsize and live in affordable, low-maintenance homes in amenity-rich communities near fine restaurants, cultural centers, museums and beaches.

Sales of New Homes Revving Up in South Gulf Cove

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, March 15, 2018 – Sales turnover of newly built residences looks to be tracking an upwards trajectory in the expansive residential development of South Gulf Cove in Port Charlotte. In the last 12 months ending February 2018, data from the MLS of Sarasota homes for sale indicated that there were some 20 homes recorded sold in this community, three-fourths of which were builds onwards from 2015.

More Roofs Set at Park Forest as Buildout Nears

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, March 12, 2018 – The residential development of Park Forest in Englewood is building out fast. Its developer has started working on the sixth and final phase of this popular neighborhood offering Sarasota homes for sale for age 55-plus residents. The residents of this community enjoy a maintenance-free living. Their HOA fees cover lawn care and irrigation, Wi-Fi internet and cable TV as well as the upkeep of the community’s landscaping and amenities.

More Roofs Eyed in Lakewood Ranch

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, March 5, 2018 – National builders Lennar Corp. and Taylor Morrison are poised to further expand their footprints in Lakewood Ranch via a proposed project just adjacent to their existing communities in the master development. A total of 3,262 homes is what Schroeder-Manatee Ranch (SMR), developer of Lakewood Ranch, seeks for approval of the Manatee County Government in the planned project site east of Lorraine Road and north of State Road 70.

2018 Parade of Homes: Something for Every Home Buyer

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, March 5, 2018 – It would be something of a minor miracle if a serious buyer couldn’t find a match in the 2018 Parade of Homes set February 17‒March 11 that again offers a windfall of choices on Sarasota homes for sale. As in previous years, single family homes and multifamily homes comprise the parade’s lineup entered by 39 builders that include major national and regional industry players.

Vibrant Home Market Spurs More Commercial Projects

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, March 1, 2018 – Our region’s commercial property sector continues to position itself to tap the benefits from the recent robust gains of the market for Manatee and Sarasota homes for sale. Several new communities like Indigo, Mallory Park, and Arbor Grande are notably on the flanks of this mixed development for office, commercial and industrial uses.

New Custom Home Choices Set in Sorrento, Nokomis

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, February 27, 2018 – Two well-established Sorrento communities in Nokomis are building out their remaining vacant home sites in South County, providing opportunities for buyers in search of newly constructed villas and custom-built Sarasota homes for sale.

Punta Gorda’s New Brand: Florida’s Harborside Hometown

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, February 21, 2018 – Oak Harbour, a new home community in Punta Gorda got a welcome marketing boost recently as the city adopted a new brand for itself—Florida’s Harborside Hometown—a tagline that jibes perfectly with this residential project of national builder KB Homes.

More Competitive Home Prices: A Driver for Sarasota Region?

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, February 19, 2018 – There are indications that the Sarasota‒Manatee region could outperform other Florida housing markets this 2018, with our area’s more attractive price ranges. Teaming up with a well-networked realtor though would remain crucial in order to bag a value-for-money deal on Manatee and Sarasota homes for sale.

Buoyant Medallion Home Revs It Up in 2018 Builds

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, February 15, 2018 – Medallion Home, after achieving a banner performance in 2017, is set to build more Sarasota homes for sale in three of its new communities in the Southwest Florida region which include Legends Bay, Twin Rivers, Gamble Creek Preserve, The Enclave at Country Meadows, and The Inlets.

Sarasota Reaffirms Top Ranking as Retirees’ Best Choice

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, February 12, 2018 – Age 55-plus communities in the Sarasota area, such as Del Webb at Lakewood Ranch and Artistry Sarasota, got some added marketing lift recently, as our region was again featured among the top 30 small U.S. towns to retire. Other Florida markets in this list include Pensacola, Dunedin, and Fernandina Beach.

Seaward Development Set to Reboot Aging Downtown Condo

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, February 7, 2018 – Just about a month after its groundbreaking for a downtown boutique condominium project, Seaward Development rolled out its initial plans this January to start building yet another entry to high-end selections of Sarasota condos for sale. This yet unnamed new condominium’s preliminary plan calls for a total of 25 units each with living area of 4,000 square feet designed with four bedrooms.

Condos Strum Vibrant Chords This Buying Season

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, February 5, 2018 – Recent real estate data point to a vibrant 2018 buying season for multifamily homes in our region, with the upward momentum drawn not only from the strength of condos for sale in Sarasota and Manatee exhibited in December. A spate of new listings this January, including fresh line-ups from some preconstruction condominium projects, should also help drive activity in the local condo market.

Lakewood Ranch Girds for a Festive March

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, February 1, 2018 – Residents of Lakewood Ranch, especially those at Greenbrook Village, will have a ringside seat to one of the larger events ever to be hosted in the master development. Meticulous preparations are now underway for the maiden run of the Sarasota Balloon Festival to be held March 8‒11 at the Premier Sports Campus which Manatee County has recently purchased from Lakewood Ranch developer Schroeder Manatee Ranch (SMR).

Who Wants to Take a Bet on Gamble Creek Village in Parrish?

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 30, 2018 – Realtors have been quite occupied recently in Foxbrook and Twin Rivers as per recorded deals in the MLS of Sarasota homes for sale. Homes sold in these two communities in Parrish totaled about 50 homes last year, and further market activity could be expected as a large property development—Gamble Creek Village—is being groomed just east of Foxbrook and Twin Rivers.

New School to Serve Lakewood Ranch

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 23, 2018 – The market appeal of the family-oriented community of Mallory Park just got sharper, as a new middle school will soon be rising just east of this Lakewood Ranch residential development. Households with school-age kids in other communities nearby that also stand to benefit from this new school include those in Arbor Grande, Savanna and the Esplanade Golf and Country Club at Lakewood Ranch.

Sarasota Region among Best Performing U.S. Metros

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 25, 2018 – Folks who recently decided to relocate in the North Port‒Sarasota‒Bradenton metropolitan area because of its strong potential for economic growth are being proven right in their decisions.

LWR Weaves a Banner Season Anew: Here’s How

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 18, 2018 – Lakewood Ranch (LWR) notched record home sales in 2017, and there’s reason to believe that it is headed for another banner year in 2018. Ranked as the country’s third best-selling master-planned development last year, LWR’s sales of new homes soared by 56 percent in 2017 to 1,206 units from the 775 new Lakewood Ranch builds sold in 2016.

What’s Cooking around SRQ Airport Corridor?

This coming April, the budget airline Allegiant will open its local presence. It will launch three new nonstop flights to and from the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) which is easily accessible west of these two communities via the Tallevast Road corridor. Residents of Soleil also enjoy proximity to SRQ and could potentially benefit from Allegiant’s opening flights at the local airport.

West Villages Town Center Is a Go in 2018

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 10, 2017 – Market tailwinds are also widely anticipated from the Atlanta Braves moving their spring training complex in the West Villages area. The facility for this popular ball club is estimated to cost $110 million to build. During its groundbreaking in October last year, it was announced that the Braves’ training stadium should be ready for opening in February 2019.

More Homes Lined Up at Vilano, Glen Creek

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 8, 2017 – Leading U.S. homebuilder D.R. Horton appears quite confident that the demand streak seen during 2017 in Southwest Florida for new home builds will spill over to the 2018 market. As an added push on Sarasota homes for sale, more residential construction are set at the community of Vilano located at the former course of the Sarasota Golf Club. Its developer, the luxury brand Emerald Homes of D.R. Horton, opened Vilano’s Phase 2 in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Neal Locks and Loads, Firing from All Cylinders in 2018?

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 4, 2017 – With its home sales at a record pace moving into the last quarter of 2017, Neal Communities looks ready to head onwards the New Year firing from all cylinders. In early 2018, this homebuilder is set to hold a grand opening for its new community of Tides End in West Bradenton and introduce as well its villa home styles in Indigo, one of its new neighborhoods in Lakewood Ranch.

Construction at Quay Sarasota Rolls Forward in 2018

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 2, 2018 – The initial construction phases of the bayfront Quay mixed development in north downtown Sarasota is set to begin this 2018, following final city approval of this project in early December. The approved general development agreement sets an overall layout for the site and allows for up to 695 condo units and 175 hotel rooms, as well as retail space of 189,050 square feet and office space of close to 39,000 square feet.

Cortez Girds for an Eco-Friendly Enclave at Hunters Point

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 28, 2017 – A major facelift looms in the westernmost neighborhoods of the fishing village of Cortez in Manatee. This looming change appears coming as the county’s planning commission unanimously approved in mid-December a plan to develop a solar-powered resort community in this area.

Boca Royale Homes for Sale Heat Up

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 26, 2017 – Boca Royale has recently emerged as a market hot spot for south Sarasota homes for sale, and this upbeat mood is likely to continue in 2018 whether for new builds or pre-owned residences available in this golf community in Englewood. In 2017, some 50 properties or one home a week were sold in this development. This property’s developer, Neal Communities, for November alone notched nine sales of new builds at Boca Royale.

Selling Season Buildup Starts Strong

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 22, 2017 – Home sellers in our region have begun preparing for the upcoming 2018 selling season, as seen in the spike of new listings of Manatee and Sarasota homes for sale for the month of October. Newly listed Sarasota condos for sale increased by 8.8 percent for the month, while October listings of single family homes in the county was up 4.3 percent compared to a year earlier.

New Homes at Waterside Pump Up Lakewood Ranch Sales

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 21, 2017 – The whole of Lakewood Ranch is headed for a record year in 2017. LWR Communities reported that with just a month left for this year, its home sales have risen by 50 percent to 1,050 units sold over the year-earlier level. This new record surpasses the 2004 sales of 1,023 homes during the housing boom.

What Drives Home Market Vigor in Punta Gorda

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 14, 2017 – Price-conscious home buyers, particularly retirees, are injecting vigor to the residential property market in Charlotte County, especially in historic Punta Gorda. This was one of the observations of industry analysts during the 7th annual Market Trends, an event organized in November by the Lee Building Industry Association and Collier Business Industry Association at Miromar Design Center in Estero.

This Airline Is Selling You Condos

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 10, 2017 – Allegiant Travel Company, known for its budget airline Allegiant Air, announced in November that it is starting to take reservations of prospective buyers interested to purchase units in its planned condominium-hotel project in Port Charlotte. From its plans revealed earlier, it looks like this venture could resonate even amongst players north in the Sarasota real estate market.

Home Buying Steps up at Riverview in Bradenton

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 6, 2017 – Market activity in the Riverview Boulevard neighborhoods has picked up momentum recently, with a new crop of buyers entering this historic district of Bradenton, some local realtors observed.

Sandcastle and Beach Pavilion Bring New Dynamics to Lido Key Real Estate

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 5, 2017 – Two recent Sarasota City Commission project approvals in Lido Key—the upgrade of the seawall of Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach and the rehab of the Lido Beach pavilion—have brought added dynamics to the island’s property market.

Vibrant Growth for Retail

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 30, 2017 – The growth of the retail sector in our Southwest Florida region appears picking up pace, drawing momentum mainly from the remarkable growth of the local housing market both for new builds and existing Sarasota homes for sale.

Live in Sarasota If You Want to Build Wealth

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 29, 2017 – Yes, it’s true. Sarasota is in the league of San Francisco, New York and Boston as the best regions in the country for investors and business-savvy folks to grow their wealth. A recent study conducted by MagnifyMoney, a media outfit of borrowing service provider LendingTree, is an eye-opener, especially for folks who are weighing the true worth of Sarasota homes for sale.

Waterline Set at Holmes Beach amidst Drive on Sustainable Tourism

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 28, 2017 – Realtors who specialize in homes for sale in Anna Maria may soon be engaging potential buyers booked at the Waterline Marina Resort and Beach Club. This new resort is set for a soft opening on November 29 and has already been accepting reservations from December 15 onwards.

SW Florida Draws Strength from Retirees, Foreign Buyers

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 24, 2017 – In May this year, an industry analysis cited the North Port–Sarasota–Bradenton area as one of the “10 biggest comeback stories” from the 2007 U.S. real estate crash. It estimated an 8 percent annual price growth for our region since the market bottomed out in 2011.

North Port Joins the Big League

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 22, 2017 – The city of North Port has joined the big league—this is the takeaway that local realtors brought home from their summit early this November. The October groundbreaking of the new spring training complex of the Atlanta Braves in the West Villages community district development in North Port certainly provided a platform in forging this idea that the city has leveled up with neighboring major search destinations for Sarasota homes for sale.

Deals on Distressed Homes for Sale

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 21, 2017 – Prospective home buyers hunting for low-priced distressed properties in Florida will have to try a little harder. RealtyTrac, the Irving, California-based real estate information company, reported recently that September foreclosure filings in the state slipped by 39 percent from a year earlier and by 29 percent from August.

No Alarm Bells Even as September Home Sales Plummet

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 13, 2017 – Combined closed sales of the Manatee and Sarasota home market dropped a hefty 16.8 percent in September, but local realtors aren’t worried about a crash. The decline in sales was mainly attributed to the business days lost because of Hurricane Irma.

Sarasota Reaps Good Numbers Anew

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 9, 2017 – The personal-finance website WalletHub has again awarded high marks to Sarasota in its 2017 analysis of the “Best Small Cities in America.” In this rating, Sarasota achieved 95th percentile, topped only by Boca Raton (98 th percentile) amongst other small Florida cities.

Manatee Sets Incentive Program for Affordable Homes

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 6, 2017 – Searching for relatively newer Bradenton homes for sale priced under the $200s would probably limit the choices to just a handful of condos like the Palms of Cortez. Moving forward though, the selection for affordable residences could widen significantly with the recent approval of the “Livable Manatee Incentive Program.”

New Redevelopment Funding to Spur Growth in SW Manatee

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 3, 2017 – Local government funding of as much as $5.8 million is expected to be available later this fiscal year for funding redevelopment projects in Southwest Manatee County. Combined with the upbeat mood of the local property sector, this funding could provide some added lift to Bradenton homes for sale in this area.

Parrish Bats to Preserve Rustic Air amidst New Developments

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 30, 2017 – Civic leaders in Parrish are taking steps to ensure that the major real estate developments planned in their community won’t alter the rustic charm that made the local residences as desirable as the homes for sale in Bradenton and Sarasota.

Braden Woods Neighborhoods Adding a New Park Preserve

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 27, 2017 – Braden Woods, a charming neighborhood in East Manatee, is already favored by prospective buyers of Bradenton homes for sale for its rustic setting and wide open spaces. Pretty soon, this market appeal could be further boosted by the establishment of the Braden River Preserve, a heavily wooded acreage on Braden Woods’ southeastern periphery that also borders southwest of the River Club golf community.

Lakewood Ranch Goes Greener with Polo Run

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 18, 2017 – Lakewood Ranch further builds up its standing as one of the biggest green master developments in the country, with its first solar-powered community rising on State Road 70 east of the Premier Sports Campus. Dubbed as Polo Run, this environment-friendly community is being developed by Lennar, a prolific contributor to newly built Lakewood Ranch Homes for Sale.

LBK Poised to Fast-Track Undergrounding Utilities

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 17, 2017 – Five years is the projected timeframe for the completion of the undergrounding of utilities in Longboat Key set to start in 2018. Longboat officials took the opportunity to piggyback on the permits and contractor of the FPL project to set the underwater cable conduits necessary for the island’s utilities undergrounding.

Homebuilders Strut Their Wares at Trevesta

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 12, 2017 – Sales efforts have gained momentum at Trevesta, with its four designated builders hyping up their bets in this new residential development in north Manatee County’s Parrish–Palmetto market area.

Grande Condo Project Is Relocating to the Quay

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 11, 2017 – It looks certain that there will be a change of address for the current market listings of the pre-construction Sarasota condos for sale at The Grande at the Ritz Carlton Residences. The proposed site for the high-rise condominium is being relocated to the 15-acre Quay property adjacent north of the Ritz Carlton complex, as per the plans that Quay developer GreenPointe Holdings submitted to the city in September.

North Port Golf Course Redevelopment Looms

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 6, 2017 – A parcel of 207-plus acres in North Port that was formerly home to the Sabal Trace Golf & Country Club may soon be redeveloped and thus bring some added pep to Sarasota homes for sale clustered around this property. Its 18-hole golf links have been idle and overgrown for more than two years after the club was closed in May 2015.

Texas Big Gun Sets Foray in North River Ranch Homebuilding

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 5, 2017 – The country’s top builder, D.R. Horton is poised to further expand its footprint in north Manatee where it already has a strong presence in Parrish, Ellenton and Palmetto, as well as in market listings of Bradenton homes for sale.

Parkside Neighborhood Set at Babcock Ranch

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 27, 2017 – The Palm Beach Gardens-based Kitson & Partners has recently added Parkside as another neighborhood in its 17,000-acre Babcock Ranch project in Charlotte County, which is touted as the world’s first solar-powered city. National homebuilding giant Pulte Homes is the designated builder for Parkside’s plat of 150 home sites.

Post-Irma: Consumer Preference May Drift More towards New Builds

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 25, 2017 – There could be a marked shift in buyers’ preference from older pre-owned Florida homes for sale to newer builds or brand new construction in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, some local realtors believe. The cut-off for prospective buyers wary about severe Irma-like weather disturbances would likely be those built after 1992.

New School, Road Extension Boost North Parrish Homes for Sale

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 18, 2017 – Market interest on homes for sale in Parrish is poised to step up further particularly those in its northern communities like Copperstone, Lakeside Preserve and Lexington. Two looming developments could help pump up real estate buying and selling in this north Parrish area. One of these is the new school under construction on the southeast corner of Erie and Martha Roads, which has been officially named as North River High.

Pulte Unveils VR Tours of Model Homes

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 18, 2017 – Virtual reality (VR) tours of unbuilt model homes are now part of the marketing tools of the PulteGroup and its subsidiaries in the Sarasota real estate market. The VR system that this homebuilding conglomerate is now using for our region requires no headset or goggles. Users of its system can use either a PC or an android phone to view and interact on a particular model posted on online links that Pulte provides.

CORE Business Park: A Boon for Summerfield

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 12, 2017 – Much could still be expected from the market activity in Summerfield, the first community to be established in Lakewood Ranch in 1995. Since the start of 2017, some 60 pre-owned homes were sold here and about half a dozen residences were sales-listed in August alone.

Hurricane Irma: A Stress Test for Florida Home Insurance

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 12, 2017 – Insurers’ financial strength particularly in Florida will be put to a stress test, industry analysts say, as a result of damage from Hurricane Irma which early estimates indicate will cost the insurance sector somewhere between $20 billion to $40 billion in claims.

Market Ripples to Watch as Bayfront Connectivity Rolls

September 5, 2017 – It looks like we’re going to see home construction and market activity rising a notch higher north of Rosemary District as a ripple effect of the continuing implementation of Sarasota’s Bayfront Connectivity Plan. This plan initiated in 2009 aims to tame vehicular traffic on the Tamiami Trail (US 41) and make it more pedestrian-friendly, an initiative that should contribute greatly to many Sarasota homes for sale.

Neal Steps on the Gas at Grand Palm

September 5, 2017 – Neal Communities, reaping continued strong sales in its Grand Palm development, has further stepped up its efforts to draw more prospective buyers of Sarasota homes for sale to this community in Venice. Towards this end, the Lakewood Ranch-based Neal recently launched eight new Grand Palm home designs, along with its opening of a new interactive Discovery Center and a new entrance to the community.

DR Horton, Medallion Home Face Off in East Sarasota

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August 30, 2017 – National homebuilding giant DR Horton appears meeting head on the overtures of Bradenton-based Medallion Home to woo prospective buyers of Sarasota homes for sale in its new development, Waverley, on Proctor Road in east Sarasota.

Fort Hamer Bridge: A Spur to Parrish Homes for Sale

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August 28, 2017 – The newly built Fort Hamer Bridge in Parrish is yet to open to traffic on September 23. However, thousands of runners have already crossed it and in the process helped provide some market mileage both for new and existing Parrish homes for sale in the area.

Ashton Woods Steps Up Sarasota Homebuilding

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August 23, 2017 – Atlanta, Georgia-based builder Ashton Woods is definitely upbeat after having sold out its communities of Whitaker Park in Sarasota and Palma Vista in Bradenton. This August, it announced completion of its move-in ready builds in Palmer Park, Rosedale and Hammock Park, three local developments where it plans to further build up its inventory of Sarasota homes for sale.

New Watercrest Community Makes Waves in Venice

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August 21, 2017 – Sales and marketing is in full swing at the new community of Watercrest in Venice, with this development’s clubhouse unveiled in late July and two spec homes completed this August ready for occupancy. Three new builds here were likewise sold recently, underscoring the resurgent buying interest on Sarasota homes for sale in Venice.

New Amenities for Aquarius Club Condos Coming?

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August 17, 2017 – Some perks may be added to condos for sale at Aquarius Club in Longboat Key if the revival proposed for its neighboring Colony Beach & Tennis Resort eventually pans out. This revised plan includes two restaurants, a lounge with a bar, fitness facilities, a 15,700-square-foot spa and a salt water lagoon. All of these facilities will be open to Aquarius and Tencon residents if the Unicorp’s latest proposal is carried out.