Sarasota Home Buyers

Signs of Life for Sarasota Quay Development

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The owner of the former Sarasota Quay property is taking initial steps toward development.

GreenPointe Communities, which paid $27 million for the 14-acre bayfront site last December, expects to submit a formal development plan to the city of Sarasota early 2016.

The project, called "Sarasota Bayside," will - for now - retain the scope of the development that was approved eight years ago, GreenPointe regional president Rick Harcrow said [...]

Sarasota Sales Stay Strong in September

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Sarasota Sales

Property sales in Sarasota and Manatee counties were somewhat slower in September 2015, but the drop off from August was expected after an unprecedented six month run of record-setting closings. In addition, the start of fall 2015 looks a lot like the same time last year, but with one major exception. Single family home [...]

Sarasota-Bradenton 2nd in Nation for Cash Sales

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Home buyers in Southwest Florida are still paying with cash at one of the fastest rates in the nation.

Several recent studies show the Sarasota-Bradenton metro area maintains a higher percentage of cash buyers than almost anywhere else in the U.S.

It's a similar situation throughout Florida.

Of the 10 metro areas with the highest share of cash purchases in the first quarter, more than half were in Florida, according to real estate analyst [...]

August 2015 Inventory Drops; Prices Climb

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August 2015 Sarasota Real Estate Market Report

The active inventory of properties for sale in Sarasota and Manatee counties continued to drop in August 2015, while the median sale prices skyrocketed over last year at this time, demonstrating a strong seller's market in the [...]

Sarasota No. 31 on List of Most Livable Cities

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Tropical island ambiance with the comforts of craft beer and Fine Art helped land the City of Sarasota on the "2016 Top 100 Best Places to Live."

Most Livable Cities - Sarasota showed up as No. 31 on the list along with places like Boulder, Colorado; Santa Rosa, California; and Madison, Wisconsin.

The other Florida entries on the list, published this week by [...]

June 2015 Sales Continue Record Pace

June 2015 Sales - Sarasota Real Estate

Falling inventory didn't hold back the real estate market in Sarasota and Manatee counties in June 2015, as sales continued to push into near-record territory and median sale prices rose in both [...]

Cash buyers still dominate housing market

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Cash Buyers

Cash on the table remains the preferred method of payment for home buyers in Southwest Florida.

Florida ranked second in the U.S. with 47.6 percent of all-cash sales, second to New Jersey's 48 percent.

Naples-Marco Island led the nation with 56 percent of cash sales, while Miami was third at 53.4 percent, Ocala fourth at 49.9 [...]