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Real Estate Sales Representative - Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island, Inc.
I'm a professional Realtor, selling on Florida's West Coast, just south of Tampa Bay. We have the only remaining small-town-at-the-beach feel in Florida, and -- having spent my youth near the Intracoastal Waterway in Pompano Beach, when THAT was a small town, I really know what I'm talking about!
RECENT BLOG POSTS
It's true, the days of multiple offers are back! But maybe it's not what you think. And it's true for only SOME properties. Here's a personal example. Recently, a duplex at the north end of Anna Maria Island that I helped another Realtor purchase as an investment in 2005 for $575,000, came back ...
05/07/2009
Okay, so we don't want to brag, but we're suddenly hot as -- well, maybe hot as toast! -- here on Anna Maria Island. With a super tourism season mostly behind us, there has been tremendous interest on the part of frequent visitors in owning a part of our island paradise. At Island Real Estate, we...
05/02/2009
Today's Sarasota Herald-Tribune notes results of the National Association of Realtors survey on second homes sales and the big drop in vacation home property sales as well, information which can be extrapolated to the continuing slower-than-usual sales on Anna Maria Island and other West Coast Fl...
03/31/2009
In Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island, there are two main areas where homes are located on deep-water canals, with direct access to Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. One area is knows as Bay Palms, the other, a more exclusive community called Key Royale, has a higher-end reputation. Many who own b...
03/11/2009
There's one bright spot in the economy of Southwest Florida: Anna Maria Island tourism. While the real estate market remains relatively sluggish, and prices continue to be depressed, the Island is really hoppin with winter visitors, weekly renters and mainlanders, including snowbirds who live (at...
03/06/2009
It's not all bad news on the real estate front! Here on Anna Maria Island, the average selling price per square foot for single family homes is nearly the same in the year ended January 31, 2009 as it was a year earlier. That's flat sales, true, but consider the broader picture: According to an a...
02/13/2009
There was a "Flash of Green" Sunday night in Holmes Beach, Florida. Christine and I were sitting near the waterline as the sun was going down on Sunday, October 26, at our favorite beach location, where 77th Street runs into the beach cabana at the dune line here on Anna Maria Island, Florida. Hu...
10/27/2008
In a related development to sales on Anna Maria Island, it may be instructional to see how sales on Perico Island at the gated condominium community, Perico Bay Club, compare for the last six months versus the same period a year ago. Here are the charts.Sales 8-1-07 to 2-29-08Listing $SqFtListing...
03/13/2008
Based upon Manatee Board of Realtors data garnered from the Multiple Listing Service, we see a slight increase in numbers of sales over the same period in 2007. Below, see a summary of sales for the first two months of 2008, and below that, a similar summary for the first two months of 2007. 2008...
03/05/2008
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This property, at 245 Willow Ave. in the City of Anna Maria, closed after eight months under contract and a year-and-a-half listing time. Formerly the home of H. Patterson Fletcher, a Frank Lloyd Wright Fellow, the new buyer plans to keep it as-is.Four bedrooms, three and a half baths, 2200 squar...
02/29/2008
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Home, Condo and Multi-Family sales and listings on Anna Maria Island, Florida. Specializing in waterfront properties, from Beach to Bay. I work mostly in Manatee County, within five miles of the Gulf of Mexico. I'm a Florida native with a marketing background, and a resident of the Island since 1983.