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A Beginner’s Guide to Real Estate Investing

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Despite the grim economic outlook for some industries, one sector is gaining viability — real estate. According to the 2016 Emerging Trends in Real Estate, which was released by the Urban Land Institute earlier this year, trends such as “18-hour cities” and millennial parents increasing moving from urban areas out into the suburbs signal that real estate as an industry is gaining strength every passing day in 2016. One lending officer at a large financial institution even went to far as to say that “the next 24 months look doggone good for real estate.”

These trends means that real estate is a smart place to make an investment and grow your wealth...

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Yoga on the Beach

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Free Yoga on the Beach – Venice Florida

What a Life We Have – we are so grateful to live here with fabulous activities like Yoga on the Beach! Join in – there are sessions every morning at 8AM and 9AM and then in the evening at 7 PM Monday through Thursday and Saturday. The instructor Elin is a Certified Yoga Instructor with 40 years experience. Her goal is to provide an environment where people feel comfortable and safe to practice yoga. Increase your energy and learn how to breathe as nature intended. Elin says “Balance, Breathe, Strengthen and at the same time, Relax. Yoga brings you to your full range of motion – not pushing beyond your limits. Move the way your body is designed to move. Learn to safely move through your back, shoulder, and knee issues...

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Top 10 FAQs on Recycling at Your Home in Sarasota County

Top 10 FAQs on Recycling at Your Home in Sarasota CountyRecycling Bins Sarasota County Florida

By Beverly Z Bowen and John Schnackenberg

  1. Do I have to recycle?

Yes, it is mandatory in Sarasota County. It is paid for in the part of our property taxes called non ad-valorem.

  1. When do I put the recycle bins out?

Recyclable items go to the curb on the same day as your garbage and yard waste. They should be curbside by 6 AM on your collection day. To find out your day, call 941.861.5000 or go to

  1. Do I have to remove the labels from the jars and cans?

No you do not have to remove the labels. Just lightly rinse all containers.

  1. How do I get recycling bins if there aren’t any at my house or if they are in bad shape?

Call Waste Management at 941.493.4100

  1. What goes in the red containe...

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How to Amp Up The Resale Value of Your Home

How to Amp Up the Resale Value of Your HomeWhether you’re putting your home on the market this year or in the next five years, it is a smart decision to start building your home’s resale value now. Here are some ways to create a comfortable home while making it easier to put more money into your bank account on closing day.

Small Maintenance and Repairs

If you think that home maintenance on the weekends waste your time and energy, think again. The small chores you do around your home prevents it from losing value. Neglecting small maintenance and repairs causes 10% of your home’s value to walk out your door and slip through your windows. Most appraisers claim that homes showing little to no preventative maintenance can depreciate from $15,000 to $20,000.

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Connecticut and Syracuse...

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How to Buy a Home: 7 Tips and Tricks from Real Estate Insiders

PA - March 2016 - Digital Marketing Campaign - Social Media ImageNo matter if you’re in a buyer’s or seller’s market, there are a few critical steps you can take to make a smarter purchase. Since buying a home is likely the biggest single investment you will ever make, being prepared will help you make a better purchase. Here are our best tips to buying a home.

Know your buying power

What is your buying power? It is the combination of your credit-worthiness and how much you can realistically pay for a home.

First, you need to understand the hidden costs of buying a home. You will need to save not only for the down payment of your home — which is typically between 10% – 20% of the offer price — but also for any additional transaction fees, such as transfer tax, PMI, title insurance, and legal fees.

Then you need to know what you can realistically a...

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Sarasota Exotic Car Fest

sarasota-exotic-car-fest-header-rally-florida-web-2016-fadeThe annual celebration of high-end horsepower returns with three days of events, all to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida. Friday night will be a reception at the Rectrix Aerodrome that will include luxury cars, jets and Italian motorcycles, as well as food, wine, cocktails and live music by singer/songwriter Susan Gabriel. More exotic cars will be on display on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Sarasota, followed on Sunday by road rally and closing brunch at The Founders Golf Club

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Siesta Beach Grand Opening Celebration

2699014706_a0187d42d6_bSiesta KeyThe community is invited to come see what’s new at the country’s No. 1 beach as Sarasota County hosts a free, family-friendly event at Siesta Beach from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 20.

The morning will include an opening ceremony at 9 a.m., followed by entertainment, refreshments, recreational activities, kids’ crafts, beach sports, the Mote Marine Touch Tank and more. The celebration marks the completion of Sarasota County’s $21.5 million Siesta Beach Park improvement project.
The festivities will include an opportunity for visitors to join a walking tour along the new Siesta Beach esplanade to see all of the amenities and learn more about them from guides stationed along the way. The tour begins at 10 a.m...
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National Real Estate Market Primed for Expansion in 2016

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Despite existing-home sales dropping last November, the National Real Estate Market is primed for expansion in 2016. Here’s why. Better weather in many parts of the country resulted in an increase in single-family and multifamily home construction. Also, the population of millennial homebuyers is expected to grow in 2016. This means increased demand to help the housing market see positive gains. With unemployment steadily decreasing, orders for new durable goods increasing 3 percent, inflation staying level, and income beginning to grow, the Fed decided to raise interest rates. The rate increase signals that our economy is getting stronger...

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Want the Scoop on Sarasota County Property Taxes? Important Tips and Dates to Remember

Because your home may be your biggest investment, it’s critical to keep up-to-date. An important part of our work for our clients is to oversee details. We understand the need for accurate information. Here are some Important Tips and Dates to Remember regarding your property taxes:

dollarNovember – First Week. The Sarasota County Tax Collector mails the tax bills to property owners of record.

When paying your property taxes keep these dates in mind to receive discounts for early payment.

  • 4% discount if paid in November
  • 3% discount if paid in December
  • 2% discount if paid in January
  • 1% discount if paid in February
  • The gross amount is due by March 31st

The county also allows you to pay your taxes in quarterly installments. To sign up for 2016, you must submit an application to the county...

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Grand Opening Ceremony – Blackburn Point Park

At Blackburn Point Park Grand Opening Ceremony

Beverly and John at Blackburn Point Park Grand Opening Ceremony


Ribbon Cutting at Blackburn Point Park


Blackburn Point Park – one of 160 parks in our system

Today we attended the Grand Opening Ceremony of the improvements to Blackburn Point Park in Osprey. It was a gorgeous day and we are so proud to be Sarasota County residents. The ceremony was well-planned but most of all the park is fabulous.  Several improvements and additions have been made to the park including parking for 56 boat trailers, a new restroom pavilion, rowing dock, rowing ramp and a motorized boat  ramp. There are fishing piers and picnic areas and beautiful trails throughout the park. The park will play a significant role in the range of rowing opportunities in our area...

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