Category Sarasota Real Estate

Ruth Richmond

Over the years I have sold quite a few homes built by Richmond Homes. Some were in Sarasota, some in Nokomis, some in Venice and some on Siesta Key. So what is the story about Richmond Homes? Well Ruth Richmond was an interior designer and a general contractor. She was born in Brooklyn New York in 1912 and she studied art and advertising in New York City. Ruth and her husband Larry built thousands of homes in Sarasota Florida and the surrounding areas from the 1950’s through the 1970’s. In 1976 one of their models was noted in “Newsweek” magazine as one of the best home values in the country. While helping her husband prepare to take the test to become a licensed general contractor in Florida, Richmond decided to take the test herself...

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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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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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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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Do you know someone struggling to get a loan?

house_keysA new path to home ownership.

The housing market has been through some tough times and our market has improved greatly. However there are still people who want to buy a home yet they have had recent short sales or other situations that make it difficult to get a loan. There is a new exciting program that may help! We help you get approved, and we help you select the home you are interested in. The next step is that the home gets purchased and leased to you until you are ready to buy it. The purchase price is pre-determined and you have up to 5 years to purchase it at anytime.

A few of the more important benefits are that you get to choose your home, you get to live in it, you have the option of buying it or not buying it and you know what the price will be ahead of time...

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Sarasota Real Estate Market Heats Up


Savor the Sunset in Sarasota

Sarasota Florida is an exciting area in the summer.  Our beaches draw people from everywhere.  Tourists, vacationers and locals enjoy the relaxing and beautiful environment.  The Gulf waters tend to be a little warm this time of year – for the locals that is. 

Our local real estate market continues to heat up.  Home buyers are purchasing properties in Sarasota and Manatee counties at a pace not seen since 2005 which was the peak of our market. Our inventories are at the lowest level they have been for 6 years. We are close to reaching the level that is considered a healthy, balanced market. The best priced properties are scooped up as soon as they hit the market. Many of the fastest selling properties are foreclosures...

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More Summer in Sarasota – Early Morning Bicycle Ride

Biking on the Legacy Trail

Early Morning Bicycle Ride on The Legacy Trail

Summer in Sarasota also means the best time to get outside is early morning. We were able to do that this morning with a beautiful bike ride. One of our choice places to ride is on the Legacy Trail. The trail is getting a lot of use and it is a wonderful place to enjoy nature while walking, rollerblading, or bicycling.

The Legacy Trail has a lovely canopy in many places and the trail goes right through the middle of Oscar Scherer State Park which is very lush. The trail itself is one of those trails in the Rails to Trails system that was built where the railroad tracks used to run. In fact one of the old trestle bridges was left in place adjacent to a newly constructed pedestrian bridge...

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