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The real estate trend the past 5 years or so is that the dining room is dead - thanks to Covid (never thought I would say that!), dining rooms are making a come back.

Yes, many homes may not use the formal dining room as much as we did in the 'old days' and some have eliminated them completely either by converting the room into a flex room or not including it at all in the architectural design. But people are still dining and I would argue that the past two years have fueled a resurgence in people valuing a space in their homes where people gather to dine and have a conversation.

The dining 'room' may have morphed into a dining 'area' within the kitchen. So it may not be an individual, designated room as much as it used to be, but the need…

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New luxury 18-story condo project is coming to the Bayfront in Sarasota.

One Park, located on the corner of Boulevard of the Arts and Tamiami Trail this project is like no other seen in Sarasota. A family friendly building that will appeal to the new post COVID working demographic. One Park is designed to inspire every resident with unmatched elegance and sophisticated design.  The building is a high luxury, 18 stories, 149 residences, complete with a children's playroom, fitness room, concierge service, wine room, juice bar, dog park, and dog sitting as well as dedicated remote workspaces! 

“Our demographics are 35 and above so it’s family-friendly, too. Through the pandemic many parents had their kids stay with them, and remote work and…

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The real estate market in 2021 has been like nothing we have seen before. What does 2022 has in store for us? 

Expect slower housing price appreciation, easing inflation and rising interest rates in 2022 - according to NAR (National Association of Realtors). 

"Overall, survey participants believe we'll see the housing market and broader economy normalize next year," Yun said. "Though forecasted to rise 4%, inflation will decelerate after hefty gains in 2021, while home price increases are also expected to ease with an annual appreciation of less than 6%. Slowing price growth will partly be the consequence of interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve."

The NAR expects 30-year fixed mortgage rates to end 2022 at 3.7%, up from a recent 3.2%,…

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For those not familiar with Lakewood Ranch – it is a master plan community and has been the fastest growing community in America for many years.  Situated on approximately 33,000 acres, Lakewood Ranch offers something for all ages.

Located in both Sarasota County and Manatee County east of Interstate 75, and accessible from interchanges at University Parkway, State Road 70, State Road 64 and Fruitville Road.

Lakewood Ranch is a multi-generational community with appropriately priced and designed residential product types and lifestyle amenities that appeal to various age, income and household segments.  Unlike many communities, Lakewood Ranch is approximately 77% owner-occupied. With a median age of 47 (2019).

Lakewood Ranch has a broad array…

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Some of us really struggle to find that perfect affordable gift for our love ones.  Here are some of my favorite items purchased this year that may help you with one or more gifts

Ninja Air Fryer 

A friend of mine who is a chef recommended this to me.  At first I didn't think I needed yet another kitchen appliance!! However, I could not have been more wrong.  This air fryer not only air fries, it is also an oven, grill and dehydrator.  To be honest after buying this appliance I hard use my oven and BBQ.  This gets a 10 out of 10 from me.

Yeti 20oz Tumbler

These tumblers are amazing!!  For a working realtor like myself who is out in the car for most of the day. This cup of miracles keeps my drink hot or cold all day long.  I even use it…

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Today, green energy is a hot topic. Many times I have been asked why Florida with its abundance of sunshine does not have more solar powered homes - good question!

Seems the message has been heard and received - Florida Power & Light has unveiled the largest solar powered battery in the world! Located in Parrish this amazing feat of engineering spans 40 acres, about the same as 30 football fields, with a capacity of 409 megawatts - thats equal to 300 million AA Batteries.

The project is part of the FPL “30-by-30” goal, which is to install 30 million solar panels in Florida by 2030.

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Located conveniently west of the interstate just south of SR 70 is the beautiful gated community of Mandalay. This upscale neighborhood has easy access to the amenities of Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, and Bradenton thanks to its prime location. I’d love to share more with you about the pristine neighborhood of Mandalay.

Mandalay Lifestyle

Those who live in Mandalay are there because of the amazing lifestyle offered by this community.

On-Site Amenities

  • Meticulously maintained grounds that feature multiple glistening lakes throughout

  • Neighborhood playground

  • Gated entry

  • Reclaimed irrigation

Fees for Mandalay are $368 per quarter and have not gone up in many years and the neighborhood is in good,…

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Sterling reached a high for 2020 against the euro as concerns grow over the Eurozone economy, fueled by the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus.

Poor German ZEW economic sentiment survey reflected a growing lack of faith in the Eurozone economy, particularly in Germany with its reliance on trade with China, while the UK enjoyed a commanding boost from positive employment figures and a rise in inflation to 1.8%. This inflation data was closer to the Bank of England’s target of 2.0% and beat the forecast of 1.6%. As a result, investor faith continued to abandon the euro and flock to the pound, which remains unscathed by the impact of the coronavirus on the currency markets. 

“Do not let us speak of darker days; let us speak rather of sterner days. These…

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Technology, both in the home and in our day to day lives is moving fast.  Buyers are looking for more and more “Smart” options in a home ie. Doorbell, thermostat, lighting, blinds, to mention a few.  As this fast growing segment advances we have to be mindful that we may be monitored via video feed or audio.  One basic example is the Ring Doorbell, which has capture some interesting events both concerning and extremely funny like falling over in the ice – sorry not sorry for finding that hilarious!


So how do these audio and video devices affect a real estate transaction? Certain circumstances in Florida Law, a person who uses a concealed recording device to capture private communication can be guilty of a misdemeanor and/or a felony. The…

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