April, 2017 | Sarasota FL House Values | 941-321-3916 Beverly Bowen


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Coming Soon! 413 Rubens Dr Nokomis FL 34275

What Has a State Park in Your Backyard and is a Short Drive to the Beach?

Discover this updated home in popular Sorrento East.

This home offers 6 rooms, with a sensible split plan.

Savor this private and peaceful setting with the 1400 acre Oscar Scherer State Park as your rear neighbor.

The kitchen has just been updated with new maple cabinets, Hawaii granite counters, stunning back-splash, new sink and faucet.

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The kitchen has a bright breakfast nook overlooking the yard which is open to the family room.

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They both spill over onto the lanai - and provide ideal places to entertain family and friends.

The split plan provides for a private, master bedroom

Master bedroom at 413 Rubens Dr Nokomis FL 34275

The master bath has new maple cabinets, Hawaii granite counters, linen storage, new tub, tile, and Travertine floor.

The second bedroom has it's own bath

Bedroom 2
Guest Bath

Surround yourself with nature on the screened lanai or paver patio and enjoy the fenced yard teeming with butterflies and birds.

413 Rubens Dr Nokomis FL 34275

If you like to walk early in the morning you will see awe-inspiring sunrises and likely meet your neighbors out walking with their dogs.

413 Rubens Dr Nokomis FL 34275

Then be sure to head over to the beach for stunning sunsets and the drum circle - Nokomis Beach is just 5 miles away. 

Sunset Nokomis Beach Nokomis FL

Nokomis is conveniently located between Sarasota and Venice.

Kayaks at Jetty at Nokomis Florida

This home will be offered at $272,000

413 Rubens Dr Nokomis FL 34275





April 18, 2017

Sprouts Market has Sprouted in Sarasota

Sprouts Market Sarasota

Sprouts Market Sarasota

We are so excited that the new Sprouts Market finally opened in Sarasota. We try to eat healthy and we have been anxiously awaiting its arrival.

I had to go on opening day to see what it was like. The store opened at 7 AM and by the time I got there at 7:15 hundreds of people had already gotten in. They had coupons for the first 200 people and I was not one of them.

After a short wait in line, we went in greeted by a group of employees applauding and cheering our entry.

The parking lot and the store were mobbed. You could hardly walk through the aisles. They did have a lot of friendly and helpful employees on staff.

The store is 26,000 square feet and it is bright and cheery. The intent of the store chain is to provide “fresh, natural and organic groceries at incredible prices” and to feel like an old-fashioned farmers market. The displays of produce are low profile to keep an open airy environment.

The Sprouts chain opened its first store in Chandler Arizona in 2002. They have grown to now include over 250 stores. They are open 364 days a year.Sprouts Market Sarasota

The store has beautiful displaySprouts Market Sarasotas of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and a deli, bakery section and meats and seafood sections. They have ready-to-eat meals, vegan, paleo and gluten free options,  plus lots of other groceries, vitamins and supplements.

Sprouts tries to have 90% of their items either natural or organic.

I bumped into one of my vegan buddies Kathy who got there at 6:35 AM and got one of the coupons. She pointed out that they did not have a very good selection of dried beans, especially organic and after checking it out, I agree with her.

I thought the prices were average, however the specials were very good
values. It is helpful to know that their weekly ad prices run from Wednesday to Wednesday so if you shop on Wednesday, the ad prices from each week overlap.

On their website, you can find the weekly ads, coupons, healthy living resources, recipes and more. You can also download their mobile app.

Sprouts Market is located in the Pelican Plaza at 8308 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34238 – the same plaza as Total Wine.

We will be shopping there since it is convenient and near our beloved Costco.

We are health conscious so we try to eat what we feel is Sprouts Market Sarasotahealthy
and we like good values.Sprouts Market Sarasota



April 17, 2017

I’m a REDM! What That Means for You

Imagine this: you own a home, and you’re getting ready to make a move. To guide you through that complicated process, you decide to work with a real estate agent, and you expect that agent to… what?

According to a survey of recent home sellers by the National Association of Realtors, the number one expectation people had of their agent was for them to “help the seller market their home to potential buyers.”

“Marketing the home” is the process by which agents advertise that the property is for sale, and the point is to bring enough attention to your home to ensure that you get the best deal possible.

Unfortunately, many agents simply follow the same tired, insufficient formula: they will place a “For Sale” sign in your yard, they’ll update your local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) with your property’s information, then they’ll sit back and wait. We often call that the “old” 3 Ps. Place sign, Put in MLS and Pray

In today’s Digital Age, that method won’t cut it. Whereas before we could assume that the majority of home-buyers would be guided to their new homes by buyer’s agents, more and more are finding the homes they end up purchasing online, by themselves — 51% of them as of last year, in fact. This means that we now need to find ways to get in front of the consumer directly.

This is why I’ve committed to earning my Real Estate Digital Marketer Certification®. This intensive course taught me how to promote real estate using the latest digital strategies and tactics so that I can help you get as much money as possible for the sale of your home, in the time-frame that works best for you.

What Can You Expect From a REDM® Agent?

By becoming a REDM®, I’ve learned an entirely new way of marketing real estate. Though of course that will still include putting a sign in your yard and putting your home in their MLS, I can now promise you so much more.

So I like to say we have added to the “old” 3 Ps. Our Digital Marketing Plans include Pricing, Preparation, Professional Photography and a Pre-launch Campaign.

For example, one of the latest and greatest marketing avenues is Facebook. Over a billion people log into Facebook daily and spend an average of 20 minutes on the site once there. That’s a huge audience! The REDM® Certification course gave me extensive practice finding the potential buyers in our area in that crowd and creating advertisements designed specifically to spark their interest in your home.

Another incredibly effective marketing method is online video. Think about your own experience looking at homes online. Despite the number and quality of available photos of the property, sometimes the home still had a different impression in person… for better or for worse. Filming a video of the home and hosting it online is a meaningful way to engage home-buyers who are genuinely interested in your property.

But beyond how to use these specific tools — and perhaps even more importantly — the REDM® course taught me the core principles of marketing and how to apply them across various online marketing and advertising platforms. That means that I’m ready for whatever curveballs our market throws at us and can promote your home online, print, or otherwise.

Curious to see what all we can do to sell your home? Just ask to see our Property Marketing Plan! We’d love to show you how everything I’ve learned can benefit you.

Choose Joy,


Sarasota Real Estate Market Trends April 2017

Market Trends

Sarasota Real Estate Market Trends
The new statistics have been released for March 2017.

The number of homes sold year over year went up over 6%
1230 homes sold in March 2017 versus 1158 homes sold in March 2016

The Sold volume increased over 8%
The March volume for 2017 was $419,006,501 which is up 8.27% over March 2016

The Average Sales Price increased
The March 2017 average sales price was $340,656 which is up almost 2% from March 2016

The Average Days on Market increased as well
March 2017 average days on market was 78 compared to 60 in March 2016

The Number of Active Listings increased from last year
The number of active listings in March 2017 was 5,111 which is 17% above March 2016

Since over 96% of Buyers begin their home search online, it is more critical than ever to align your self with professionals who
are committed to a strategic, individually tailored online campaign to get your home sold.

Get more information on what these numbers mean to you. Just get in touch with us – we are here to help


Increase Your Home’s Value Up to 28% with These 5 Tips

Increase Your Home’s Value Up to 28% with These 5 Tips

Great curb appeal not only makes your home the star of the neighborhood, it can also improve its value and help you sell it for more. Whether you’re thinking of listing your home or just want to make your home the envy of your neighbors, here are several ways to increase your home’s curb appeal.

  1. Make your home’s exterior look like new.

For many potential buyers, the condition of the exterior of a home can offer clues to the condition of the interior. The first place to start when boosting curb appeal is the exterior of your house.

Paint. Paint is the best way to make your home appear newer. While you can paint your home yourself, if it’s large or more than one story, consider hiring a professional. Painting is a fairly inexpensive improvement with between 60 to 100 percent return on investment.1

Maintain your exterior. Over time, weather and the elements can make your home’s exterior appear dull and dirty. Use a pressure washer to clean stains, spider webs and accumulated dirt and grime, or use a soft cloth and a household cleaner to get into those small nooks and spaces. If you have a block home with stucco, consider a fresh coat of high quality paint. If you have siding and  need to replace the siding, you’ll enjoy a 77 percent return on investment.1

Paint or replace garage doors. If your garage doors are in good condition, give them a new coat of paint. If they’re beginning to show their age, consider replacing them. Not only are new garage doors more energy efficient and better insulated than older models, they also have a 91.5 percent return on investment.1

Maintain your fence. Replace rotted or worn posts and panels and freshen it up with a coat of paint. If you have a hedge that serves as your property’s border, keep it trimmed and in good shape.

  1. Pay attention to the small details.

The small details tie your home’s exterior together and help it stand out from others in the neighborhood.

Paint front door, trim and shutters. This inexpensive improvement adds brightness to a home, whether you choose a bold color, a neutral tone or classic white.

Install new door fixtures and be sure they match in style and finish and complement the style of your home.

Update your house numbers. Make sure potential buyers and guests can find your home. If the numbers have faded or need an update, replace them. If choosing a metallic finish, make sure it matches the finish of your exterior light fixtures.

  1. Tend to your driveway and lawn.

Well-landscaped homes may sell for between 5.5% and 12.7% more than other similar homes and studies show it may also add up to 28 percent to your home’s overall value.5

Place a border along your driveway or walkway made of brick, stone, pavers or another hardscape element to add visual interest to a plain driveway.

Maintain your green space. If you have grass, a well-maintained, green lawn makes your home look inviting and picturesque. However, in many parts of the country, water conservation is becoming more important. Xeriscaped landscapes incorporate drought-tolerant vegetation that thrives in warm, dry climates, such as lavender, sage, wisteria and agave, with water-saving drip irrigation and mulch. Xeriscaping has a cost savings of 36 cents per square foot annually through reduced irrigation and maintenance costs.3 Additionally, these landscapes are virtually maintenance free, which makes it an attractive option for busy buyers.

Include trees and shrubs to create texture and add interest to your landscape. Planting a few types of trees and shrubs of varying heights, widths and flowering times boosts your home’s curb appeal year-round.

  1. Make it feel inviting.

It’s no secret that emotions play a role in a person’s decision to purchase a home. Stage the outside of your home to evoke warm feelings.

Stage your porch or lanai. If you have a front porch or rear lanai, make it feel more inviting by including seating, such as a chair or loveseat, an outdoor rug and a small table. If space is an issue, incorporate small decorative touches, such as a festive wreath or potted plant.

Hang flower boxes on your front porch railings and/or below your windows. If you don’t want to affix flower boxes to your home, purchase nice planters and containers and place them around your porch or on your front steps.

Choose flowers and plants that bloom at different times of the year for year-round appeal. For example, bulbs not only bloom all spring, they also multiply and come up every year. Perennials often flower for most of the year and will prevent you from having to replant them every year.

If you don’t have a green thumb, choose low maintenance plants and flowers. Flowers such as lavender, rosemary, and zinnias are a few low-maintenance and drought-tolerant options.

  1. Boost Your Online “Curb Appeal.”

For those interested in selling, it’s important to know the effect online curb appeal has on a home. The better impression your home gives online, the more likely buyers will want to see it in person. Here’s how to get your home ready for its listing debut.

Stage your home. Staging shows your home in its best light and helps potential buyers picture themselves living there.

Hire a professional to take photos. A photographer has the skills and equipment to shoot your home in the best light and make it look its best.

Include a short video tour of the home. Videos are becoming a popular way to give buyers a glimpse of the home before they step foot in it.

Before you start a home project, keep these four things in mind:

  1. Why are you renovating? In other words, is your intention to update your home and get it show-ready or do you want to sell it for more money? Don’t fall into the trap of undertaking major renovations that may not pay off when you sell. If your home is in good shape, a few inexpensive updates may be enough to make your home attractive to buyers.
  2. The style of the neighborhood. Whenever you renovate your home, make sure the project fits with the style of the neighborhood and rules of the homeowner association. For example, an HOA may limit the choice and number of trees you can plant on your property. Similarly, a tall hedge border may not fit in in a neighborhood of low, picket fences.
  3. Permits. If you’re planning an extensive exterior renovation, you may need a permit from your municipality or other authority.
  4. Budget. A budget keeps your project’s costs and scope in check. Make a list of the improvements you’d like to make, set a realistic budget and stick to it. If you’d like advice on improvements you can make to boost your home’s curb appeal, give us a call.

Are you thinking of boosting your home’s curb appeal or renovating your home before you list? Do you want help making your home more appealing to potential buyers online and in-person? Give us a call at 941-321-3916 and we’ll help you present your home in its best light.


Sources: 1. Remodeling, 2016 Cost vs Value Report

  1. Realtor Mag, September 22, 2016
  2. REALTOR.com
  3. Houzz, Houzz & Home-U.S., June 2016
  4. Houselogic.com