Love Note to Sarasota in Wall Street Journal


Sarasota received an appreciative review Saturday in the Wall Street Journal written by a respected food and travel writer.

The business newspaper, which also has a lot of content on how the successful can spend their money, ran the article under the headline “A Florida Beach Vacation with Snob Appeal.” It was still in the second-most-prominent spot on the publication’s travel web page Wednesday, just below a story on “Why Flying Has Never Been Safer” and above one on “The Rice of Royals: Where to Find the Tastiest Biryani in India.”

It was written by Alexander Lobrano, a Paris-based longtime food and travel writer, a contributing editor at Saveur M...

Sarasota & Manatee County 2017 Year End Market Statistics


2017 Market Closes with More Sales and Rising Prices in December

SARASOTA, Fla. (January 24, 2017) – A strong market continues in the Sarasota and Manatee area, as indicated by December 2017 statistics. Compared to December 2016, combined numbers show an increase in closed sales, median sales price and pending sales.

Overall, closed sales in December showed an increase from December of 2016. Closed sales for single family homes in Manatee County increased by 4.1 percent to 511, Sarasota County increased by 3.6 percent to 639. Sarasota condo sales increased by 9.7 percent to 327, Manatee condo sales increased by 0.5 percent to 221.
“Compared to other months throughout the year, De...

Florida Tourism Hits $112 Billion


TALLAHASSEE — In 2016, out-of-state visitor spending in Florida reached a record $112 billion, an increase of 2.7 percent over the previous year, the state’s tourism promotion arm, Visit Florida, said Wednesday.
Visitors contributed $88 billion, or roughly 10 percent, of Florida’s total gross domestic product, up 4.2 percent over 2015, and they generated $11.6 billion in state and local taxes, up 3.3 percent.

Visitor spending directly supported 875,722 jobs in 2016 that earned Florida jobholders $27.9 billion in corresponding wages. The number of jobs supported by out-of-state visitor spending for Florida workers has grown by more than 140,000 since 2011 — growth of ...

Florida Report: 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers


ORLANDO, Fla. – Jan. 17, 2018 – What does the typical Fla. buyer or seller look like? Only 1 in 5 (22 percent) of buyers are first-timers compared to 34 percent in U.S., and they're typically 45 years old.
On the other hand, the average seller is 60 years old, makes about $96,500 annually and owns a home that they think is too small.
The insights stem from the 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers Florida Report issued by Florida Realtors®with data compiled by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) research department. The report can also be downloaded via the "Residential" drop-down menu on Florida Realtors' research page.

Report Highlights
Florida homebuyer charact...

Dolphin Tower Receives 2017 Award of Excellence


Repair, Rehabilitation, Strengthening


Dolphin Tower Emergency Structural Repairs and Rehab

Location: Sarasota, FL

Submitted by: Concrete Protection & Restoration, Inc.

Owner: Dolphin Towers Condo Association

Engineer: Morabito Consultants Contractor:

PT Supplier: PTE Systems International, LLC

Other Contributors: Karins Engineering Group, CEMEX



Project Overview:

The building is a 15-story condominium with the first three levels devoted to parking. The fourth floor is designed to be a 24 in. thick column transfer slab, distributing the 12-story column loads above to the non-aligning columns below.

On June 24, 2010, the resident manager who lived on the fourth floor observed the ...

Negotiating repairs with an AS IS contract


Jan. 2, 2018 – One of the most popular contracts Florida Realtors has available for members is the Florida Realtors/Florida Bar "AS IS" Residential Contract for Sale and Purchase ("FR/Bar AS IS"). As the name implies, the seller listed the property "as is," which means the seller has no obligation to make repairs.

However, many Florida Realtors Legal Hotline calls involve a buyer requesting repairs from a seller after the inspection results come in during the inspection period. While nothing prevents parties from renegotiating the terms of an existing contract, it's important to understand the nuances and risks in doing so in order to facilitate a smooth transaction.
It's imperative to...


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