Bradenton, FL Real Estate News

Our Bradenton - Sarasota, Florida real estate market is a strong Buyer's market this summer of 2007.  It is a great time to be a real estate investor in Bradenton. So, I thought I would write about setting real estate investing goals.  Although I am thinking "Bradenton", these ideas will work anywhere. Harvard Business School researchers have studied goal setting for decades to determine what makes the difference between successful people and failures. Their studies find that3% of people are successful, 30% are moderately successful and 67% just exist. The significant difference for the 3% who are successful is that they have written down, specific goals. The 30% who are moderately successful have a general idea of where they are going but don't have any goals formalized. The rest are h...
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There is not a better time than now to have everyone,  friends and family members ,and  coworkers have their mortgage reviewed to ensure they won't be one of the unlucky ones to have their Arm adjust out of control.  I personally am contacting all of my client base to do their annual review, NOW, Free, to ensure my clients are protected from the market implosion.  Did you know one out of 3 people do not know what kind of Mortgage they currently have?? Noone can afford to not know right now. That is staggering to me, but a true fact. If you would like to have your mortage reviewed as well as your entire financial plan for Free, contact me and I will be glad to assist you. As a dedictaed, passionate and creative Mortgage Consultant, I ask profound, thought provoking questions to ensure I ...
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By Axel Weiss, Sea to Sky Realty
(Bradenton Realtor and Sarasota Homes for Sale)
Attention all Neighbors in West Bradenton!We just got notice that there is an increasing number of thefts of boats, boat trailers and utility trailers in the West Bradenton area. The thieves seem to be focused in the Casa Del Sol area, but one has been from the Ballard Park area. In at least one case, the suspect(s) cut the lock off the trailer hitch. Please lock you things up well, there are locks that cannot be cut. They are well worth the cost.Please pass the word.  Please do not disregard just because you don't live in the above mentioned areas. Thieves travel.
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By Marianne Zoll
(Auctions By Zoll)
Can you please help me? My name is Marianne Zoll and I am a realtor and real estate auctioneer with Remax Gulfstream Reality in Bradenton, Florida. I have been a realtor for the last 21 years and have held licenses in 4 different states.  I am writing to everyone in the Watercrest Condominium Association and sellers that have theirs homes on the market in Bradenton and Sarasota.  Since the real estate market has changed in the U.S.A. Florida, and especially the special Watercrest Condominium Subdivision, we must all help each other to get back to normality.  There are more than 50 condo's on the market currently, several not on the market that are ready to foreclose, several nervous homeowners and residents that want to live and  just enjoy why they came to Watercrest in the first place...
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 Our Bradenton - Sarasota, Florida area continues to attract new residents from around the county and around the world. A recent article in a local paper pointed out some of the buzz...2007 2007 (to date)"Top 10 Places To Start  A New Business," according to American City Business Journals"Top 10 Places to Retire Young," by Money Magazine"Top 10  Boomtowns For Entrepreneurs," from INC Magazine (2nd year in a row)Sarasota's New College ranked sixth best value in public colleges in the United States by Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine2006:"Top Areas For Overall Quality Of Life," by Business Development Outlook MagazineSiesta Key's Crescent Beach named among the "Top 3 Walking Beaches In The  U.S.," by Best Beaches USATop 5 among the "Hot Spots In The Sunbelt," by Biz JournalsSarasota...
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By Linda Reynolds, Bradenton Real Estate
(Bradenton Real Estate - Linda Reynolds)
Located just south of the Tampa Bay area in growing Manatee County, Bradenton is a fabulous place to explore art and historical attractions, have fun in the sun enjoying the beach and all types of water and boat adventures, plus we are a golfer's paradise! Bradenton is home to numerous businesses, including nationally known Tropicana Products Inc., the famous juice maker, and Champs Sports, and plays host to many fun family attractions and events, including Winter Wonderland, Get Downtown Downtown, the Old Main Street Market and several other festivals along historic Old Main Street and beautiful Barcarrota Boulevard, the brick-paved street along the scenic Manatee River.If you are looking for an area in between Tampa and Sarasota, Bradenton is a great choice.  It is close to the beach...
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By Lee Forbes, Forbes Property Group #1 Preferred Agent! CRS, GRI
(Lee Forbes PA, Forbes Property Group Broker in Bradenton)
Beautiful Bradenton and Manatee County Florida The jewel of southwest Florida's gulf coast, Manatee County lies along the Gulf of Mexico between Sarasota and Tampa. Here, residents enjoy an incomparable quality of life defined by 150 miles of shoreline along the Gulf, Sarasota and Tampa Bays, and the Manatee River. Manatee County has six major population centers. The two largest incorporated communities, Bradenton and Palmetto, are on the mainland. The next largest encompasses the island of Longboat Key. Anna Maria Island at the entrance to Tampa Bay is the site of the other three communities: Anna Maria at the northern tip, Holmes Beach near the center, and Bradenton Beach to the south. (read more) Visit: GulfsideLand.com for property in SW Florida!  LeeForbes.com
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By Axel Weiss, Sea to Sky Realty
(Bradenton Realtor and Sarasota Homes for Sale)
BRADENTON - Big city urbanization is on its way to downtown Bradenton. A new 100 million-dollar complex called Metro Marquee promises 138 condos, restaurants, a grocery store and office space. 21 of the condos will be for workforce housing. City leaders say the urban design will give downtown Bradenton a big city feel and promote pedestrian traffic in the area. The developer says despite the slow real estate market, the project will be built. The project is expected to break ground sometime next summer. The developer is still awaiting approval from both the planning commission and city council.  Source: WWSB
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The value of midsize and large homes declined more in the last year than the value of small single-family residences, according to a second-quarter analysis by real estate Web site Zillow.com.The value of single-family homes smaller than 1,200 square feet fell by just 1 percent, according to Zillow's report. Meanwhile, values of midsize homes between 1,200 and 1,900 square feet fell an average of 3.1 percent, and homes larger than 1,900 square feet declined 2.8 percent.Zillow.com also offers a comparison of 66 metropolitan statistical areas on Zillow.com.These findings are culled from that analysis:The highest-appreciating metropolitan areas (year-over-year):· Grand Junction, Colo. (18.6 percent)· Corvallis, Ore. (11.2 percent)· Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC (9.0 percent)· Eugene-...
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The jewel of southwest Florida's gulf coast, Manatee County lies along the Gulf of Mexico between Sarasota and Tampa. Here, residents enjoy an incomparable quality of life defined by 150 miles of shoreline along the Gulf, Sarasota and Tampa Bays, and the Manatee River. Manatee County has six major population centers. The two largest incorporated communities, Bradenton and Palmetto, are on the mainland. The next largest encompasses the island of Longboat Key. Anna Maria Island at the entrance to Tampa Bay is the site of the other three communities: Anna Maria at the northern tip, Holmes Beach near the center, and Bradenton Beach to the south. (read more)  Dan Forbes, PL is a licensed Broker-Associate and Certified Residential Specialist serving the Bradenton - Sarasota, Florida market. H...
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By Axel Weiss, Sea to Sky Realty
(Bradenton Realtor and Sarasota Homes for Sale)
This community event was a great success in 2006.Measuring 3′ x 6′, hollow fiberglass reliefs, the geckos will be dotted throughout major areas of Bradenton, and put on view for 6 months. Tourists and locals alike will have the opportunity to choose their favorites. The geckos will be auctioned off in March, 2008 at a Gala Event. Net proceeds from the GeckoFest will go to augment the County's shrinking art education budgets.The Gecko as theme for this event was chosen just because the gecko is one of our more popular Florida inhabitants. Participate in the initial GeckoFest excitement by viewing the artists sketches on the official website.
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A just released survey shows that Florida homeowners expect the value of their homes to go up over the next 5 years. "Floridians are optimistic about housing prices despite the gloom pervading much of the real estate industry, a new University of Florida survey finds."Only 5 percent of 287 Florida homeowners said they think their house values will fall during the next five years, according to the survey, which was conducted in July by UF's Bureau of Economic and Business Research."Eighty-two percent expected the value of their houses to rise, and 13 percent said they would remain the same. The median respondent expected a gain of 18 percent, or a little more than 3 percent a year."Our Bradenton - Sarasota, Florida area can expect low appreciation rates because of the tremendous amount o...
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When is the best time to buy real estate?  When it is a buyer's market, right? So, what are you waiting for?  Our Bradenton real estate market is a ripe opportunity for investing in real estate or buying your dream home.As I sat down to write this article I thought I'd write about the Top Ten Reasons to Buy Bradenton Real Estate.  These thoughts are coming to me as I type:1. Bradenton has a wonderful, desirable location. Bradenton is located in Manatee County which is between Sarasota and Tampa on Florida's West coast. The largest city in the county is Bradenton, but the name Bradenton is used for most of the unincorporated area of the county as well.  Other cites include Palmetto, Ellenton, Parrish, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, and Anna Maria.  Bradenton offers easy access to all of ...
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By Axel Weiss, Sea to Sky Realty
(Bradenton Realtor and Sarasota Homes for Sale)
Please come and join us for the national night out at the Bradenton Women´s Club. Bring your friends and family for an evening full of fun.When: Tuesday Night, August 7th 2007 from 6-9pmWhere: Bradenton Women's Club Corner Manatee Ave W & Virginia Dr.Parking across the creek at the old City Building lot!Free Food, games, bounce house, dunk tank, raffles and more!!!! 
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By Becky Troutt
(No longer practicing real estate as of 2008.)
A recent survey was mailed out to the residents of the Creekwood Subdivision asking them if they want to keep their community pool or have it close down.  It also contained a repair list of costs totalling $100,000 to repair the pool.Apparently when the pool was first constructed it was constructed poorly and the maintenance on the pool ever since has not been done properly by the company that was hired.The pool has been closed off and on and was even closed through the entire summer last year.  If they close the pool, it will drastically lower their home values.  Many people move into communities because of the convenience of a community pool.My question is, why didn't the association or the builder of Creekwood ever go after the builder of the pool and make them properly fix what they...
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By Axel Weiss, Sea to Sky Realty
(Bradenton Realtor and Sarasota Homes for Sale)
Emergencies: 911Area Code: 941Police Department - Non-Emergency NumbersSheriff´s Office 747-3600Anna Maria Island Police Department 778-4711Bradenton Police Department 932-9300Bradenton Beach Police Department 778-6311Holmes Beach Police Department 708-5815Longboat Key Police Department 316-1977Fire Department - Non-Emergency NumbersAnna Maria Fire Department 708-6130Bradenton Fire Department 708-6233Longboat Key Fire Department 383-5666 Coast Guard 794-1607Emergency Management 748-4501Humane Society 747-8808Wildlife Rescue Service 750-9453Bishop Animal Shelter 792-2863Evacuation Information 748-4501UtilitiesBradenton Public Works 708-6300Manatee County Utilities 792-8811Florida Power & Light Co. 917-0708TECO People's Gas System 366-4277Verizon Business 800-483-5200, Residential 800-483...
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By Becky Troutt
(No longer practicing real estate as of 2008.)
There is talk of making Lakewood Ranch into it's own city.  Even though it's a huge community with just about everything you need already in place, I'm not sure how happy the residents living there would be about this.  What would be the cost of turning Lakewood Ranch into it's own city?  What are the positives and the negatives of doing this?  I wonder how many people would move out of the area if this was passed?  I've not actually ever seen a community transition into a city, so I'm not sure what all is involved with the process and the expense to the residents if they do decide to do this.I guess we will just have to wait and see what happens and what is voted on.  Has anyone ever seen this process happen and how it works?  What was the outcome of it?
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By Axel Weiss, Sea to Sky Realty
(Bradenton Realtor and Sarasota Homes for Sale)
More Choices Even in a down market, people are still selling property. In fact, the inventory of homes in our area is greater than ever. NegotiationBecause of the great amount of inventory, there is more pressure for the seller to accept your offer. The sellers have to compete, which leads to lower prices. Check how long the home has been on the market. The longer it was on the market, the more likely the seller will be willing to negotiate. Other benefits sellers may offer could include buyer bonuses, e.g. seller paid closing costs or vacation getaways. Chance to Trade upIn a down market you may afford the home you always dreamed of. Even if you sell and buy simultaneously, you'll still be ahead of the game because the price reduction on the purchase is greater than the loss on the sal...
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After months on the market your listing just expired?  You are probably upset with your Realtor, frustrated with the market, and trying to figure out what to do next.You don't want to make the same mistake twice.  Your mind is full of questions.  Did my Realtor do a good enough job?  Should I try to sell it myself?  Why aren't buyers interested in my property?  Why did no one even make an offer? If I do re-list the property, how do I find the right Realtor?These are all excellent questions that deserve some thought.Did my Realtor do a good enough job? Most sellers have a tendency to blame the Realtor when their house doesn't sell.  That's human nature.  None of us want to believe that WE could be the reason our home didn't sell.  Sellers tend to blame the Realtor; Realtors tend to blame...
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By Axel Weiss, Sea to Sky Realty
(Bradenton Realtor and Sarasota Homes for Sale)
Flamingo Cay is a very quiet residential area with canal and bay front homes and condos and a neighborly community. It is located right next to Perico Bay. Enjoy wonderful sunsets and views of the water.Flamingo Cay is also a boater´s paradise. You have easy boat access to the inter coastal Waterway, only minutes to Open Gulf.A five-minute drive will have you at the Gulf of Mexico to enjoy the beautiful pristine sandy beaches.The community features a pool and tennis court.If you are interested in a Flamingo Cay Home, please give us a call @ 941.866.1666.
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