June 18, 2017

What’s With All the Wooden Stakes on the Beach in Florida?

Sea Turtle Nest on Beach in South Florida

This post is written by our dear friend Carol Jacobus. Thank you Carol for enlightening all of us and for the work you do to preserve our sea turtles.

Have you ever wondered while walking on our beautiful beaches what all the stakes and neon colored ribbon was all about?  It’s to mark and  identify sea turtle nests that are here in record numbers this year.

I started training this spring to be permitted to do my part in protecting this fascinating, ancient creature who has laid eggs on our beaches for eons.  We hit the beach at 6:15 each morning and start looking for  their distinctive tracks or crawl marks. She can weigh over 300 pounds so the marks are easy to spot. Following the crawl marks up the beach will hopefully lead us to her nest.  For many reasons there are “false crawls” where she turns around and goes back out to the water.

We do our best to pinpoint the location of her egg chamber and stake it off.  45-60 days later the hatchlings break through their shells and make their way to the surface.  This can take a few days as they wait for all the hatchlings to leave together.  They look for the moonlight or starlight on the water’s surface and scramble to the Gulf to swim away.

This is where turning out or shielding all lights along the beach is important as they can become disoriented and walk away from the water, falling prey to many predators or ending up on the road or drowning in a pool.  This is also when it’s important for all toys and furniture to be removed from the beach so they have clear access to the water.

Recently I watched a female loggerhead come to shore to lay her eggs.  It takes a little over an hour for her to pull her enormous body up the beach, lay her eggs and return to the water.  She digs a perfect hole about 2 feet deep, slowly and methodically switching back and forth between her 2 back flippers, resting between sets.  She lays about 100 eggs that look like ping pong balls then covers them back up, patting down the sand.  When finished, she throws sand over the entire area with her front flippers to possibly disguise the nest. She slowly pulls her way back to the Gulf. I’ve been told she repeats this process 3-4 times during the season and is so exhausted she won’t lay eggs again for 3 years!

Baby Sea Turtles Venice Florida

There are thousands and thousands of hatchlings this season but with the odds of only 1 in 1000 surviving to adulthood and adulthood being 25 years old (that’s before she can reproduce!) you can see why they are endangered.

Florida is the #1 place for sea turtle nests in North America!  We can all do our part to help with the survival of our sea turtles by keeping our beaches clean, turning out beachfront lights during nesting season and leaving the beach exactly as you found it.

This week I ran across my first nest with hatchlings struggling to get to the surface.  It was 11 in the morning so the bright sun was disorienting to them and the heat of the day was dangerous for dehydration. My fellow turtle patrol people and I put them in a bucket and took them to the water where we watched them run to the waves and swim off to the complete unknown. Completely overwhelmed with emotion, I thought about them all night long, wondering if they survived.  Wondering if my small part will have anything to do with the 1 in 1000 that will survive.  I do hope so!

June 9, 2017

What’s Your Home Buying Power?

Home Buying Power Sarasota FL

If you’re in the market for a new home or investment property, one of the first questions you’ll probably ask is, “What can we afford?” Many buyers become so caught up in how much they can afford that they don’t realize their total buying power—that is, the total amount of purchasing potential they actually have.

Buying Power Defined

Your buying power is comprised of the total amount of money you have available each month for a mortgage payment. This means the money you have each month after fixed bills and expenses. Any money you’ve saved for a down payment, the proceeds from the sale of your current home, if applicable, and the amount of money you’re qualified to borrow all impact your buying power as well. When you take all of this into account, you may find you are able to purchase a larger home or a home in a more desirable neighborhood, or you might realize you should be looking for homes in a lower price range.

What About Housing Affordability?

Housing affordability is a metric used by real estate experts to assess whether or not the average family earning an average wage could qualify for a mortgage on the average home.1 Although this figure is essential to creating a comprehensive overview of the real estate market, it’s not a factor you should consider in your home search. What may be considered affordable to you based on your income and other factors may be different than what’s affordable to the average buyer.

Why Buying Power Matters

A common misunderstanding is that a home’s list price determines whether or not you can purchase it. Although it’s important to look at the price tag, it’s essential to consider what your monthly payment will be if you own the home. After all, the purchase price doesn’t include the housing-related expenses, such as annual property taxes, homeowner insurance, associated monthly fees and any maintenance or repairs. Figuring out the payment will prevent you from overestimating or underestimating your buying power. After all, you’ll live with your monthly payment, not the sales price.

Once you have clarity on your buying power, you’ll be able to buy the home you want, instead of settling for a home because you feel it’s the only one you can afford. It will also prevent you from becoming “house poor,” a common term for someone who’s put all their money toward the down payment, leaving them nothing left over for fees outside of their monthly house payment. Both scenarios can negatively impact the lifestyle you want to live. Understanding your buying power can help you get the home you want without sacrificing the lifestyle you desire.

If you haven’t sold your current home yet, a Comparative Market Assessment (CMA) will give you a general idea of how much you may get for your home based on what other homes have sold for in your area. Contact Beverly and John for a FREE Pinpoint Market Analysis! Call 941-321-3916

Calculating Your Buying Power

You might be wondering, “How do I know what my buying power is?” Buying power is calculated by adding the money you’ve saved for a down payment and/or the money you made from selling your home (minus fees and mortgage payoff) to all of your sources of income and investments that could be used to make your monthly payment. Make sure to include your monthly pay, commissions or tips, dividends from investments, payments from rental properties or other monthly income you receive as well as the loan amount you’re willing to finance and qualify for.

Most lenders advised buyers to spend no more than 35 to 45 percent of their pretax income on housing, meaning all your income and sources of revenue prior to paying taxes. Make sure you factor in not only your mortgage payment, but also property tax and home insurance to the cost of housing.2 However, other financial experts advise spending no more than a very conservative 25 percent of your after-tax income on your housing expenses.2  Whether you plan to spend the average, play it conservative or split the difference is up to you.

Traditionally, mortgage lenders have targeted the ideal housing expense amount to be a ratio of 28 percent or less.3

However, these figures bring up an important point: you don’t have to spend all of your savings and available monthly income on a mortgage payment. It’s important to set money aside for regular home maintenance, unexpected repairs and monthly fees, such as a condominium or homeowners association fee. While the above ratios are commonly accepted, a lender will look at your total financial picture when they decide how much they’re willing to lend. It may be tempting to take out a large loan in order to purchase the home of your dreams, but keep in mind the less money you have to borrow, the stronger your buying power may be.

4 Things That Impact Buying Power

  1. Credit score. A great score can help you lock into a lower interest rate.
  2. Debt-to-income ratio. The lower the ratio, the better risk you may be to lenders as long as you have an established credit history.
  3. Assets, including the documentation of where the money for the purchase is coming from and the mix of your investments.
  4. Down payment. The more you’re able to put down, the less you will have to borrow. With a down payment of 20 percent or more, you won’t have to purchase private mortgage insurance (PMI) and you may also be able to negotiate a lower interest rate.

How to Save for a Down Payment

If you’re thinking of buying a home one day, one of the first steps to take is to start saving for a down payment. Here are some tips to make saving easier.

First-time buyers:

  1. Set a savings goal. One way to figure out how much to save is to use the average sales price for homes that are similar to what you want and figure out your target down payment percentage. For example, if homes are selling for $200,000 in your area and you want to put 20 percent down, you’ll have to save $40,000. Set a goal to save that amount within a specific time frame; just keep in mind the longer you save, the more the average selling price will change. Although the majority of buyers saved for six months or less, 29 percent of all buyers (and 31 percent of first-time buyers) saved for more than two years for a down payment.4
  2.  Cut back on expenses. Review your monthly expenses and look for ways to save. Twenty-nine percent of buyers cut spending on non-essentials items and 22 percent cut spending on entertainment while they were saving for a home.4 Think about items you can live without or cut back on temporarily while you’re saving. 
  3. Look for ways to boost your income. Get a side job or sell items online or at a garage sale to increase your income in a short amount of time. Be sure to save any windfalls you get, including your annual income tax refund or work bonuses.
  4. Check out home-buying programs. Your state, county or local government may offer special programs, such as grants, for first-time buyers to use.
  5. Ask your family. Thirteen percent of all buyers, and 24 percent of first-time buyers, were given money from family or friends to use toward the down payment of their home.4

Repeat buyers:

More than 52 percent of repeat buyers used the proceeds from the sale of their primary residence toward the down payment on their next home.4 Similarly, 76 percent tapped into their savings accounts.4 If you’re thinking of buying another home, here are more ways to save more money, in addition to the tips listed above:

  1. Rent a room. If you have an income flat (or mother-in-law unit) attached to your home, rent it out and channel the income into a high-interest savings account. 
  1. Make your money work for you. If you don’t plan to buy for at least five years, invest it and let the compound interest work for you. Discuss this option with your financial planner or broker to see if this is ideal for you and your goals. 
  1. Tap into your 401(k). If you have a 401(k) plan, you may be allowed to borrow a portion of it, the lessor of up to $50,000 or half of its value, for your down payment. Remember, it’s a loan so you’ll have to pay it back. If you leave or lose your job before you’ve repaid the loan, you’ll have between 60 to 90 days to repay the balance or face stiff taxes and penalties.

If you want to buy an investment property

Whether you’re buying a second home or a rental property, here are a couple tips to save for a down payment.

  1. Tap into your equity. If you’ve paid off or paid down your mortgage on your primary home, you may be able to tap into your equity to purchase another property. Contact your lender to learn more about a HELOC or home equity loan.
  1. Get a partner. Find a friend or relative who’s willing to purchase property with you. Typically, you’ll split the costs and profits equally. Just make sure to work with an attorney to create a partnership agreement to fit your situation.

Work Out Your Buying Potential

What’s your buying potential? Fill out this worksheet to get an estimate.

 

Housing Expense Ratio:
1. Monthly income before taxes $
2. Multiply line 1 by 0.28 X 0.28
3. Monthly mortgage payment (PITI) should not exceed this amount = $
4. Monthly income before taxes $
5. Multiply line 4 by 0.36 X 0.36
6. Total monthly payments on all debts (including mortgage) should not exceed this amount = $
7.  Subtract the total monthly payments on all outstanding debts (e.g., car loans, credit cards, student loans, etc.) – $
8. The monthly mortgage payment should not exceed this amount $
9. Look at line 3 and line 8. The lower figure is an estimate of the maximum mortgage payment in consideration of your income and debts. $
10. Multiply line 9 by 0.80 X 0.80
11. This equals portion of your mortgage payment that is the principal and interest only $
12. Use the table below to see the size of the loan you may be able to obtain with this monthly mortgage payment.

Source: Iowa State University Extension, What is your house-buying power?

 

Monthly Payment on 30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage

Loan amount 3% 3.5% 4% 4.5% 5% 5.5% 6%
$50,000 211 225 239 253 268 284 300
$75,000 316 337 358 380 402 426 450
$100,000 421 449 477 506 536 568 600
$150,000 632 674 716 759 804 852 900
$200,000 842 898 954 1012 1072 1136 1200
$250,000 1052 1123 1193 1265 1340 1420 1500
$300,000 1263 1347 1431 1518 1608 1704 1800

 

Didn’t see your desired loan amount? Use the table below to estimate your monthly payment (principal and interest) per $1,000 of your loan. To figure out an estimated loan payment, multiply the factor by the number of thousands in the amount of your mortgage.

For example, if you intend to borrow $400,000, with a loan term of 30 years at 4% interest, multiply 4.77x 400 = $1908 per month.

Interest Rate 15-Year Term 30-Year Term
Monthly Payment Monthly Payment
3% 6.90 4.21
3.5% 7.14 4.49
4% 7.39 4.77
4.5% 7.64 5.06
5% 7.90 5.36
5.5% 8.18 5.68
6% 8.44 6.00

Source: HSH.com http://www.hsh.com/mopaytable-print.html) 

Don’t forget to factor in property taxes and insurance. These are often added to your principal and interest of your mortgage payment—the money used to pay down the balance of your loan and the charge for borrowing the money. Since these numbers vary, contact your county assessor’s office for the current property tax rate and your insurer for a home insurance quote. Once you have these figures, divide each by 12 to estimate how much they’ll add to the above payment amounts.

Do you want a clearer picture of your buying power? Would you like to see what kind of homes you can get with your buying power? Give us a call!

Sources: 1. National Association of REALTORS https://www.nar.realtor/topics/housing-affordability-index/methodology

  1. Moneyunder30.com https://www.moneyunder30.com/percentage-income-mortgage-payments
  2. Credit.com https://www.credit.com/loans/mortgage-questions/how-to-determine-your-monthly-housing-budget/
  3. National Association of REALTORS, 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers
  4. Iowa State University Extension, What is your house-buying power? https://store.extension.iastate.edu/product/pm1460-pdf
  5. HSH.com http://www.hsh.com/mopaytable-print.html

3324 Ramblewood Dr S Sarasota FL 34237- Affordable Villa

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Comfort You can Afford. Discover Ramblewood Acres – a gated community in Sarasota Florida with an amazing location. Only $117,000

Why Spend Another Winter in the Cold, Snowy Weather?
Ramblewood Acres Clubhouse Sarasota FL
This affordable villa has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and a private back yard. It is awaiting your personal touches.
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The living room, dining room and bedroom photos have been virtually staged to give you ideas.

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For the Fun of Life -Ramblewood Acres offers 3 pools, including one heated pool, tennis, shuffleboard, a fenced play ground, a dog park and a clubhouse with large kitchen, several gathering rooms, fitness room, billiards room, a children’s play room and a library.




The perfect fit for a healthy and active lifestyle

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Ramblewood Acres is so conveniently located. It is just 1.5 miles to downtown Sarasota with all of the cultural events, farmer’s market, restaurants, and shops.

Within 5 miles are an international airport, beaches, golf, museums, boat ramps, theaters performing arts and the new UTC mall.

New College and Ringling School of Art are also very close by.

Call or Text Beverly and John for more information on this property or for help with other properties. 941-321-3916

New Real Estate Market Statistics for April 2017

Market Trends

The new statistics have been released for April 2017. Watch our short videos.

For more information on Nokomis Real Estate Click Here
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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

 

Top 5 Home Design Trends of 2017

Top 5 Home Design Trends of 2017

The current trends are all about utilizing rich color, maximizing texture and creating comfortable interiors you can’t wait to relax in. Use these trends to get inspired to makeover your home’s interiors and create spaces you love that also appeal to your personal style. Remember, if you plan to sell in the next few years, you may want to avoid doing anything dramatic and instead incorporate small changes that would appeal to buyers.

Why are these trends gaining popularity?

The underlying theme of these trends is creating a home environment you love; one that appeals to your emotions and feels like a retreat from the stresses of the world. Although the home is a place where you can relax and spend time with loved ones, work expectations are beginning to blur the line between work and home. Even if people don’t work from home specifically, many are stretching their work hours into their evenings and weekends to complete work projects.

It’s no wonder the Nordic concept of hygge (most often pronounced “hoo-gah”) has become a hot trend. A centuries-old concept, incorporating hygge in the home means creating simple and comfortable spaces that make you feel cozy and safe and appeal to your senses.1 The emphasis is on simplicity and fostering positive experiences, whether you’re spending time with family, reading a good book or catching up on work emails.

WARM AND RICH COLORS.

Whether you want to play with a bold color or stick with neutrals, one thing is clear—paint is the foundation of a great design. Painting your interiors has a return on investment of about 75 percent and is a relatively inexpensive project to complete, costing between $25 to $100 for paint alone.2 If you’re thinking of refreshing your home’s interiors with a coat of paint, popular colors include warm taupe, fresh green and dark tones. These colors are popular choices because they evoke feeling of warmth and coziness when you walk into a room.

Wondering how to pair these colors? Taupe is the perfect alternative to traditional neutrals, such as gray and white, and goes well with cool blues, earthy greens and deep shades of wine.  Green goes well with other earthy shades, such as copper and moss, as well as deep plum and bright pink. If you’re hesitant to paint your walls green, incorporate it into your home by way of accent pillows, rugs, lamps, vases and other accessories or add a few house plants.  

If you’re interested in adding more drama to a room, include bold, dark colors.  Dark shades add color and sophistication to any space. Plum and dark gray pair well with pale blues, warm whites and light gray.

Try one of these Colors of the Year:

 Poised Taupe – Sherwin Williams

 Greenery – Pantone

 Shadow – Benjamin Moore

RICH MATERIALS.

Lux materials create a space in which you can’t wait to kick off your shoes and relax at the end of the day. The Danes use a mixture of materials and pattern as a way of adding character and interest; however the overall look still needs to adhere to a color palette to prevent it from looking distracting.

Natural materials and textures allow you to maximize the comfort of the bedroom, living room or family room. Wood accents give rooms an earthy feel. Incorporate rustic wood sculptures, trays and furniture into your space. Choose furniture made with sustainably harvested wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or use reclaimed wood for an environmentally friendly alternative.

If natural elements aren’t your style, but you want to add more visual interest to your room, try mixing patterns. Although it may have been avoided in the past, mixing stripes, florals and geometric prints actually help ground a space as long as the patterns feature complimentary colors or different shades of one color. If you’re worried about going overboard and making your room look “busy,” focus your mix in one area of the room. For example, add throw pillows in a variety of patterns to your sofa.

GOING GREEN.

According to a recent study from the American Psychological Association, people are more stressed than ever, with 24 percent of adults reporting they’re experiencing “extreme stress.”3

Top sources of stress include work and money. By incorporating small changes, like making your house more energy efficient, you can start to lower your bills and get back to relaxing and enjoying life like the Danish do (who consistently top the polls as the happiest people).

Save money on your energy bills by sealing the “envelope” of your home, which includes the windows and doors, walls, floor and roof. The better insulated your home is, the less heat will escape and the lower your energy bill (and stress level) will be.

The most heat loss occurs through the walls of the home: up to 35 percent of heat loss, to be exact.4 Ceramic insulating paint is a space-inspired coating of paint mixed with ceramic compounds and applied to interior or exterior surfaces. It seals your walls and prevents heat from escaping, which means reduced energy bills all year long.

THE FUNCTIONAL HOME OFFICE.

Twenty-four percent of employed people do some or all of their work at home.5 Since more people are working remotely than ever, home offices are becoming more popular. Even if you don’t plan on working from home, a home office gives you a place to pay bills, work on personal projects, plan your family’s schedule and more. Home offices tend to be multifunctional, serving as a guest room when family and friends visit, and have the potential to meet other needs that arise.

The key idea behind hygge is to enjoy the environment around you and for each room to be a sanctuary to sink into at any given moment. Your home office is no exception! Maximize your productivity, efficiency and focus by painting the walls shades of green or blue.6 If space is an issue, create a nook by installing docking and tech cabinets that are big enough to store a printer and other small office equipment and files without taking over the room.

If you don’t have room in your home for an office, look no further than your backyard. Shedquarters, small structures or sheds built in the backyard for use as an office or home-based business, are an attractive option for homeowners who don’t have a room to dedicate to an office and don’t wish to add on their homes. while the jury is out on how much value these structure add to a home, they can convert easily into a storage shed if you plan to sell in the future.

SPLURGING ON KITCHEN RENOVATIONS.

The kitchen is often the busiest, most hectic room in the house and one of the top renovation projects with a high return on investment.7 We do more than cook meals there; it’s where homework is done, bills are paid, weeks are planned and more.

Kitchen remodels consistently show a respectable return on investment. According to the 2017 Cost vs Value Report from Remodeling magazine, a minor kitchen remodel touts an 80.2 percent return on investment.8 You don’t need to overhaul your entire kitchen to make it more hygge. Smaller additions can transform it into a relaxing and functional space you enjoy spending time with friends and family in.

What does a “minor kitchen renovation” entail? In addition to replacing the fronts of your cabinets and drawers, it also includes replacing out-of-date appliances and fixtures. You may also consider replacing counter-tops. Quartz and quartzite are becoming more common as are other green laminate options, including ones that mimic stone, wood and concrete. Laminates install in less time, often over the existing counter-top, make it an ideal choice for busy homeowners as well. Other hot kitchen trends include incorporating sustainable materials like bamboo into your counter-tops and floors and water filtration systems.

Want to improve the look and feel of your home’s interior? Are you thinking of upgrading to a home that better fits your changing needs?
Call us—we’d love to help you achieve all of your home-related dreams.

 

Sources:  1. Time, Hygge, the Nordic Trend That Could Help You Survive 2016

  1. Quality Smith
  2. American Psychological Association, 2015 Stress in America
  3. Department of Energy
  4. Department of Labor
  5. Entrepreneur, How the Color of Your Office Impacts Productivity
  6. Realtor.com
  7. Remodeling Magazine, 2017

413 Rubens Dr Nokomis FL Updated Nokomis Home for Sale

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

Savor this private and peaceful setting with the 1400 acre Oscar Scherer State Park as your rear neighbor.413 Rubens Dr Nokomis FL 34275 back yard

Discover this updated home in popular Sorrento East, a very friendly neighborhood.  This home offers 6 rooms, with a sensible split plan.
The foyer leads to a formal living room and dining room, however you may use the rooms however it suits you.

413 Rubens Dr_Nokomis_FL_34275_dining_room

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The kitchen has just been updated with new maple cabinets, Hawaii granite counters, stunning back-splash, new sink and faucet. The kitchen has a bright breakfast nook and is open to the family room.413 Rubens Dr_Nokomis_FL_34275_kitchen

The kitchen/family room and living room all spill over onto the spacious lanai –  and provide ideal places to entertain family and friends.

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

Master bedroom at 413 Rubens Dr Nokomis FL 34275

The main bath has a new shower stall with tile up to the ceiling, new fixtures and new shower door.

413 Rubens Dr Nokomis FL 34275 bedroom 2

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 34275If 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 – just 5 miles away.
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Nokomis is conveniently located between Sarasota and Venice.
413 Rubens Dr Nokomis FL 34275
Offered at $267,000. Call us for a private showing – 941-321-3916

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.

413 Rubens Dr_Nokomis_FL_34275_kitchen

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,

Beverly

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

 

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