The following report, information and statistics are from the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee as published for their Realtor Membership on April 21, 2020 for closed March 2020 business.

Residential Sales Rise While Market Slowdown Begins in March

SARASOTA, Fla. (April 21, 2020) – The March housing market transitioned from a soaring spring season to a slowdown in activity when COVID-19 concerns began to rise mid-month. Most pending sales from the previous month became closed sales in March with an 8.3 percent rise in closed sales for both markets in Sarasota and Manatee. Fewer properties were added to the market in March, which was expected during the coronavirus pandemic.

“March started strong with a lot of activity, as indicated by…

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Coastal Living Magazine Names Venice in Top 10 List

Venice, Florida has been named a top place for living on the Coast by Tracy Minkin of Coastal Living Magazine for 2020. 

Talk about a place ready for its moment in the sun (all 252 days a year of it).

This resort-forward little city of 23,376—a low-key beauty on the Gulf with Mediterranean architecture and 14 miles of bone-white beaches—has just emerged from a yearlong beautification project in its historic downtown.

New rows of tall palms shade upgraded sidewalks (with ADA-compliant curbs), while median strips lush with hibiscus, jatropha, and jasmine add tropical verve to Venice's lively center for food, drink, shopping, and arts. (It's home to one of the largest community theaters…

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