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Like any area of business, real estate experiences its peaks and valleys. Therefore, it's a good idea for people looking either to buy or sell to become familiar with its seasonal trends. Since Florida seems to stand apart from other states in so many ways, our season is a little different, offering unique opportunities for buyers and sellers.

Throughout the country, the winter months of December and January are pretty slow in the housing market. The holidays keep people busy and bank accounts somewhat limited, and most folks aren't prone to exploring open houses when it's cold outside. 

But Florida isn't like most of the country. With the mild winters here, people start house hunting after the holidays. According to Trulia, search traffic for

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Although the beaches hold incredible appeal for people who want to live on the Gulf Coast, there is also a great allure in the charm of Old Florida. Even the words “old Florida” conjure images of large oak trees with Spanish moss tinsel and sipping lemonade on the porch. If you're interested in simpler days, before the world got so consumed with hustling and bustling, perhaps you'll want to consider life in one of these Old Florida homes.

Starting with the oak trees, the mature landscaping at 1336 46th Street in Sarasota surrounds the main house and guest apartment/studio. In the midst of this canopied, fenced-in oasis, the main house has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, central air, and wood laminate flooring, while the guest apartment is a 15' x 23' open

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One might call this month's featured property a "back to school special." Located at 4518 Falcon Ridge Drive, it is, after all, just a few steps away from what's become the “education corridor” of Beneva Road. And with how well this 1960 home has been maintained, we could all learn a little something here!

This 1,430 square foot gem definitely stands the test of time, and modern updates have added greatly to its value. In 2000, the entire house was re-plumbed overhead, the roof replaced in 2009, and the electrical system upgraded in 2011. More recently, the bathrooms have been modernized, and the kitchen updated with wood cabinets, new counters, and modern appliances. Even with all the modern upgrades, including new tile throughout, the house still

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When John Hamilton Gillespie brought the spirit of Scotland to Sarasota and established one of the first (if not the first) golf courses in America, he shaped Sarasota's future. It's that rich cultural heritage that is honored at The Founders Club, and for those who love the game of golf, the 700 acres of century-old oak trees, beautiful lakes, swaying pines, and luxury homes make up one of the most wonderful places on earth. Considering that the community only holds 262 homes and offers just 275 golf course memberships, The Founders Club is also one of the most coveted places to live, and its golf membership commands the third-highest price in Sarasota.

Located east of Interstate 75 on Fruitville Road, the 18-hole golf course was designed by

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For downtown living with a neighborhood feel, Laurel Park is one of the most popular communities in Sarasota. With its near-perfect location (walking distance to Historic Burns Square, Main Street and Payne Park), its eclectic architecture, and even its hidden kayak access to Sarasota Bay, Laurel Park offers a little something for everyone.

For instance, look at the 4 bedroom/3.5 bath walled estate home at 1655 Laurel Street. It welcomes you with a Southern-style courtyard, and the open floor plan fills the living room, dining room, and European kitchen with light. Beautiful French doors open to a caged saltwater pool, heated spa, and lush, tropical landscaping. This 3,142 square foot home is a stone's throw away from the park where neighbors gather

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When it comes to soaking up a Sarasota lifestyle, the Southgate community is a great option for getting right in the middle of things. Located in central Sarasota just east of U.S.-41, Southgate covers just over two square miles, bordered by Bee Ridge Road to the south, Beneva Road to the east, and Arlington Park to the north. Initially developed in the 1960s, Southgate has expanded greatly from there, featuring easy access to downtown and a plethora of shops, restaurants, and other amenities.

The homes in Southgate are largely one-story, as was the trend in the sixties. Many of the homeowners are enhancing the neighborhood's “retro” vibe, making the most of the architecture to create a suburban-chic feel while maintaining its family-friendly

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Forbes Magazine named 2015 the "Year of the Millennial Customer," claiming, “millennials are not only the largest generation in U.S. and world history, they’re on the cusp of commanding the largest wallet power as well. It’s estimated they’ll be spending $200 billion annually by 2017 and $10 trillion over their lifetimes as consumers, in the U.S. alone.” Forbes prizes this generation so much that they named 2016 the Year of the Millennial Customer as well.  

And why shouldn't they? According to a March 2015 report from the National Association of Realtors, millennials represent 32% of the real estate market, and the 2015 TD Bank Mortgage Service Index reports that, within the next year, 50% of millennials will say they are either “extremely” or

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Every now and then -- actually, fairly often in Sarasota -- I run across a home that just makes my jaw drop. It's not always the biggest and most elaborate houses that have this effect. Sometimes it's much more about the home's design and what it brings to the neighborhood.

Granted, with 3,323 square feet of living space west of the Trail, 1833 North Lake Shore Drive is larger than your average home, but even more spectacular is the way the home is laid out, and how beautifully the .36 acre lot embraces it. This quintessential mid-century modern has maintained its original 1952 design and later addition by Jack West, who also designed the Sarasota City Hall. It's located in Oyster Bay Estates, considered by many to be in the Golden Triangle of

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Florida has welcomed a growing number of people from other countries who have discovered their home in paradise. In the 2015 Profile of International Home Buyers prepared by the Research Division of the National Association of REALTORS®, 25% of international homebuyers (largely from Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, China, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela) are buying property in Florida. 

These homes purchased by internationals range in price from $300,000 to $800,000, so most real estate professionals obviously see these as good clients to have; and for citizens who want a boost in our economy, supporting international buyers with money to invest in the community seems like a big win/win. That said, the immigration process is

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Images courtesy of The Risdon on 5th and The Mark Sarasota.

It's been over a year since I shared with you how new condominiums are changing the face of downtown, and if you've spent any time there, you can easily see how far things have come. However, a few new projects have been added into the mix that you may not yet be aware of. It's high time to survey the downtown condo landscape and give you the latest updates.

As I predicted, Q on Ringling Boulevard was the first to finish building, and new residents are moving in. VUE Sarasota Bay on the corner of Gulfstream Boulevard and US-41 is progressing, as well as The Jewel on the corner of Main and Gulf Stram. SANSARA has also broken ground and is coming together nicely. However, some plans have

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