Sarasota Public School System – A Quality Education 

The Sarasota County School District is one of the highest performing school districts in the state of Florida.  The district has been designated as an “A” district by the Florida Department of Education, with 95 percent of the elementary schools and 84 percent of the high schools receiving “A” or “B” grades in 2009.  It is among 15 percent of the U.S. districts to receive the “What Parents Want” award. It has been recognized for outstanding arts  education by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  

When we were thinking of moving to Florida our number one concern was educating our boys. 
The Sarasota School System had what we wanted making Sarasota our #1 choice to raise our family.  The following…

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Sarasota Market Report Update for the Month of March

The following report is taken from the Sarasota Association of Realtors, in Sarasota, Florida.  Just released information to the public today April 14, 2010.   This is a good news report.  I just met with a buyer who is moving from Tampa, he told me that he wants to move to Sarasota because you can get much more house for your money than you can in Tampa. 

“Sales skyrocket in March 2010; real estate market appears strong”
“Overall property sales reached 753 in the Sarasota market in March 2010, the highest total since December 2005 and more than 56 percent higher than March 2009. Pending sales were also robust, standing at 1,060 - the highest total in the past four years. But perhaps the most telling…

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Where are the interest rates going to do in the future? 
A look into the crystal ball.........

Let me give you some insights as to what the real estate field is hearing.
Currently interest rates are hovering in the low 5% range.  


In a recent article written by Michael Pollick of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune dated March 30, 2010,   Michael wrote,

” Signs are pointing to the end of the era of 5 percent mortgages, one that already has lasted longer than most thought it would.  It is clear that the combination play used by the government and Federal Reserve to stimulate the residential real estate market in 2009 and 2010 -- artificially cheap mortgage rates coupled with lucrative federal tax credits and easily available Federal Housing Administration loans --…

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Where I grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts there was only one way to shop for real estate.  Usually which town you wanted to live in.  Up north towns had different flavors and price ranges.  There might be some differences between the east side of town and the west side but by and large that is how you decided where to buy.  


What I quickly learned after moving to Sarasota is that you shop for real estate based on a neighborhood or area.  Different parts of the country have their own lingo but it really means the same thing.  Some would call it Neighborhoods others Communities and still others may refer to it as Subdivisions.  All and all it comes down to the same thing, where would you like to live?             

Then the big question is:  How can I shop…

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Prestancia is one of the most desirable areas to live in Sarasota, Florida.  This home has just come on the market for $575,000.  A 4 bedroom 3 bath home at the world famous TPC Prestancia on Palmer Ranch.  This home sits next to the 12th tee a par 5 hole on the Stadium Course.  6d4r6733a_400

Gated golf community of Prestancia.  Sunny and bright 4 bedroom home with 3 full baths  on 1/2 acre lot on the 12th tee of the stadium course overlooking beautiful lake views. Enjoy relaxing on the large lanai, southerly exposure, built-in dining table and outdoor kitchen area. Both pool and spa refinished with crystal crete in the past 2 years. Lots of kitchen cabinetry for the cook along with a kitchen island. Plenty of rooms for entertaining including the family room with wood…

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