Why Use a Local Lender?

With the current rates, the number of financed homes are increasing. Why not use other people’s money, and what difference does it make where the Lender is? When working with a client I try to prepare them for the transaction and let them know what to expect. So when working with a buyer that will … Continue reading Why Use a Local Lender?

It Never Fails

Just when you are about to go on vacation, the people you have been showing property to, sending e-mails to and working with for months and some even years, are now ready to buy. There is never a good time to take ten days off (or even one) in real estate, but with my daughter’s … Continue reading It Never Fails

How Much Good Outweighs the Bad?

One Tuesday morning at our weekly company meeting, Michael Saunders asked the question “How many good things have to happen to outweigh one bad?” I thought about what had happened recently that was not good, and then what good was happening in my life at that moment, I knew the answer…it was THREE! Well, I … Continue reading How Much Good Outweighs the Bad?

Act Like a Tourist

West Florida has more sights to see than I will ever get around to, but my membership in the Sarasota Camera Club has given me an excuse to visit some of our local treasures. Back in High School in Kansas City, Mo. I elected to take photography, more for the fact it was at Ruskin … Continue reading Act Like a Tourist

Happy Birthday, Boomer

I love referrals and I am never too busy for you and yours. A past tenant of mine recently referred me to one of his students from Minneapolis. Chris had stayed with me a couple of seasons in a row and apparently has quite the following at Bikram Yoga Sarasota. Both husband and wife praised … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Boomer

What Kind of Offer May Sway a Seller?

After a recent offer was not accepted over another, my buyer asked, “What would a seller prefer to see in an offer?” Each and every sale is different so there is no easy answer, but some choices may not be as important to you as they are to the seller. So when making an offer put … Continue reading What Kind of Offer May Sway a Seller?

The Newlywed Game

A recent phone call in the middle of the week came from a buyer that had found a condo he was ready to buy, until he learned of the rental restrictions. There were others he was interested in and asked if I could show them to him and his fiancée in an hour.  Just so … Continue reading The Newlywed Game

A Day in the Life of a Realtor

Included in this blog you will see Sarasota through the eyes of an ambitious, tenacious, optimistic Realtor (me!). Most things in my life revolve around obtaining information about my business, and I see an opportunity in most things –  such as local news and events, and how it affects you as a resident. Or attractions … Continue reading A Day in the Life of a Realtor

Sarasota County Fun Facts

Sarasota County Has: 1 % Growth Rate 7300 New Residents each year 2000 more Deaths than Births Where are new residents coming from? Manatee & Charlotte County, Akron & Chicago Statewide comparisons Sarasota has #1 Library System the 2nd Lowest Millage Rate, #1 Rowing Venue & #1 Drinking Water Sarasota County received 200,000 calls in … Continue reading Sarasota County Fun Facts

Benefits Of Filing Homestead Exemption

By filing for homestead exemption, you are entitled to a deduction of $25,000 off of your property’s assessed value. This can result in saving several hundred dollars in taxes! If your home is worth at least $75,000 you will receive an additional $25,000 deduction on your property’s assessed value. You may also qualify for additional … Continue reading Benefits Of Filing Homestead Exemption