July 2011

There are 7 blog entries for July 2011.

Psychology of Market Bubbles

Monday, July 25th, 2011 at 1:55pm. 1797 Views, 8 Comments.


In April I asked - Where is the Sarasota real estate market now? Many of you were nice enough to give your opinion of where you think the market is on the chart above. Please comment as to where you think we are currently located. I think the market overall is somewhere around HOPE and RELIEF. Time till tell.

Sarasota Real Estate Statistics

Here are some stats to help you with you decision. The numbers below are for Sarasota county.

Current vs. Same Month 1 Yr Ago Curnt vs. Same Qtr 1 Yr Ago

Jun. 11 Jun. 10 % Change Apr. 11 to Jun. 11 Apr. 10 to Jun. 10 % Change
For Sale 5372 6870 -21.8% 5674 6856 -17.2%
Sold 825 948 -13% 910 932 -2.4%
Pended 848 699 21.3% 930 877 6%

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5 Myths About Sarasota FL Real Estate

Monday, July 25th, 2011 at 12:58pm. 2678 Views, 2 Comments.



It can be entertaining and amusing to hear beliefs (in many cases myths) about the Sarasota FL real estate market. I hear many of them. The myths are often times created by the national media reporting about real estate market conditions and especially Florida real estate. I am not going to tell you that everything is hunky dorey here but I will tell you that most buyers are misinformed and their expectations are unrealistic. A myth usually starts with something like:

"My sister's friend just bought a condo in Sarasota, Florida and he got a great deal! They got it for like half off!"

1. Expect 25%-50% off

It depends on how you look at this. In many cases you may get 25-50% off of the 2004-2005 price however you probably will not get a…

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Community Spotlight - Beachplace on Longboat Key

Monday, July 25th, 2011 at 11:32am. 2402 Views, 0 Comments.

Beachplace on Longboat Key, Florida

I was recently showing condos in Beachplace on Longboat Key, Florida. What a great place to consider if you desire:

  • Longboat Key and Beach lifestyle
  • Fabulous views of the beach and Gulf of Mexico
  • Easy access to St. Armands Circle & Downtown Sarasota
  • Within minutes of world class golf and tennis at the Longboat Key Club
  • Amenities such as 24 hour manned security, beach and water views, tennis courts, swimming pool, clubhouse, on site manager and exercise facilities.

Beachplace on Longboat Key is a 31 acre community of 11 buildings sitting nicely on the south end of this lovely 12 mile long barrier island off the coast of Sarasota, Florida. This is a great place to live full time or as an escape from the harsh winters of the north. Instead…

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Market Update - Sarasota Luxury Homes

Monday, July 18th, 2011 at 10:50am. 3526 Views, 0 Comments.

Sarasota luxury homes

Today in the Sarasota Herald Tribune there was an interesting article - New Spike Seen in High End Homes. It is an interesting read about Sarasota luxury homes. I blogged about an active luxury market months ago - Luxury Sarasota Homes & Condos Selling and Sarasota Luxury Homes Heat Up.

Here are a few highlights from the article:

  • There are 14 luxury homes under construction on Bird Key with construction costs (not land value) to exceed $14,000,000.
  • According to economists and market watchers the overall activity on Bird Key is a reflection of growing optimism among wealthy home buyers that the economy has passed through its darkest days.
  • In the unincorporated areas of Manatee and Sarasota counties and on Longboat Key, builders have…

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Just Sold - Islander Club Condo on Longboat Key

Monday, July 18th, 2011 at 7:44am. 2728 Views, 0 Comments.

Allison Werner just sold this fabulous 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,235 square feet Longboat Key beach front condo in the Islander Club. The asking price started out at $389,000 and then eventually dropped to $354,900 with a final sales price of $308,000 (public record). You can view more information and photos here - 2295 Gulf of Mexico Drive #84S.

2295 Gulf of Mexico Drive - #84S

DRASTIC PRICE REDUCTION, OWNER WANTS CONTRACT!!!!! Live on the beach in this highly sought-after beach front community. Offering two bedrooms and two baths with 1,235 SF, this condominium is ideal for those searching for the island lifestyle. The living room and combined dining area is open and bright with lots of natural light. A 5X7 storage room off the living area could…

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June Update - Inventories Decline

Monday, July 11th, 2011 at 8:05am. 2598 Views, 0 Comments.

Sarasota real estate inventory

The Sarasota Florida real estate market continues to eat through its inventory. Notice the drop above from May 2011 of 5,604 listings for sale to 5,372 in June 2011. This gives Sarasota county 6.5 months of inventory based on closed sales and 6.3 months of inventory based on pending sales. The average sold price in June 2011 was $238,000 with the average sales price/list price ratio of 91%.


Average Price of Sarasota Homes & Condos

Average price of Sarasota properties

The above chart shows the average asking price as well as the average price of sold properties. Average prices are trending higher when comparing June 2010's average price of $217,000 to June 2011 price of $238,000.

Sarasota Real Estate Statistics

Curnt vs. Same Month 1 Yr Ago Curnt vs. Same Qtr 1 Yr…

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5 Largest Sales in June

Monday, July 4th, 2011 at 7:31am. 5002 Views, 0 Comments.

Below are the 5 largest residential real estate transactions in the month of June.

667 Mourning Dove Drive, Sarasota

Bird Key Home For Sale

Water view from Bird Key home

This lovely Bird Key waterfront home is located at 667 Mourning Dove Drive. It offers 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 half bathrooms, 6,570 square feet and was built in 2009. The asking price was $5,990,000 and it sold for $4,950,000.

Absolutely stunning new Bird Key bayfront custom home.  Superb views across Sarasota Bay to the mainland, Siesta Key and Big Pass. The house was designed by renowned architect Cliff Scholz with crisp, clean lines that provide a classy yet comfortable living space from which to appreciate the gorgeous water views. Murray Homes, Sarasota's finest waterfront builder, has built the house to the highest…

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