Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Second Quarter Real Estate Stats | Sarasota FL |

Second quarter real estate statistics for Sarasota are out for single family homes.  There aren't many surprises for those of us in the real estate business.

As has been the case for the past few quarters, total sales volume is down slightly, but demand produced modest median sales price increases. 

Sarasota County Second Quarter Real Estate Statistics
Sarasota 2nd Quarter 2018 real estate statistics versus last year

Median sales prices increased 4.8% from a year ago, and increased slightly from the last quarter.

Sarasota single family 2nd quarter median sales price
Sarasota 2nd Quarter 2018 median sales prices single family homes

One sign that the inventory of homes for sale is tightening is new pending home sales.  Pending home sales are a possible indicator of future sales.  Months of supply is down from last year as well.  If you own a home, it may be a good idea to put it on the market as prices continue to climb due to heavy demand.

Pending sales Sarasota real estate 2nd quarter 2018
Pending sales Sarasota real estate 2nd quarter 2018

Summary:  Demand for housing in Sarasota County remains strong despite a slightly shrinking inventory of homes for sale.  If your home is priced right and in good condition, contact me about my advanced marketing plan to find the right buyer for your home.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Pool and Clubhouse | Renaissance at The West Villages |

I've lalways been impressed by the speed at which Renaissance at the West Villages has been selling since it opened in January 2017.

If you've been following my blog or if you've subscribed to my YouTube Channel, you've probably seen my periodic updated videos as new construction takes shape in the community.

Since I'm your Sarasota, Venice, and Lakewood Ranch new construction specialist, I knew that the pool and clubhouse in Renaissance would be just about ready to be open.  Take a look at the progress:

Renaissance at The West Villages club house
6500 square foot resort-style club house at Renaissance

Renaissance at The West Villages community pool
Pool at Renaissance at The West Villages

On top of that, most of the homes in Phase 1 have already sold and/or are under construction.  Here's a look at the preparations for Phase 2:

Renaissance at The West Villages phase 2
Renaissance at The West Villages Phase 2 in the distance coming soon

Get a feel for the whole neighborhood in this video update for Renaissance from June:

Interested in new construction in Venice, Sarasota, or Lakewood Ranch?  Visit my website for HOA and CDD fees, or contact me for a time saving tour.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Waterside New Homes for Sale | Lakewood Ranch |

Yesterday between rain showers I visited Waterside at Lakewood Ranch, an exciting new home community.

Shoreview Lakewood Ranch entrance
Entry into Shoreview in Waterside Lakewood Ranch

Much like most new construction, there's bits of information all over the place for Waterside.  In my role as new home specialist, assisting home buyers for this community, I've been gathering everything I can find, and putting this information in one place in my blog and on my website,

Four builders are well underway in Waterside, with new homes eventually ringing 20 miles of shoreline over 7 huge lakes.  Thankfully, there's more emphasis on coastal themed designs than the typical Mediterranean styles we have seen for a number of years.

The planned 12 neighborhoods have been designed to be walkable to Waterside Place, as well as a planned 8 acre lakefront park.  Two communities, Shoreview and Lakehouse Cove, are the first to be under construction and already have a good selection of model homes available.  Prices start in the mid $400's and go up to $1.5 million.

Take a tour of Waterside

Waterside will eventually have over 5100 homes, which will be interwoven with connected trails.  Lakehouse Cove will have a resort style ( and by resort, I mean 5 star resort) cluster of a club house, pool, waterfront green spaces, and probable kayak launch.  This will link with Waterside Place, which will be a new town center for Lakewood Ranch in addition to Main Street.  Shops, restaurants, a waterfront board walk, condos and apartments, office and commercial space, and the future home of The Players Theater, which plans on having 300 events per year.  Waterside Place construction is ready to begin soon.

As I have done successfully in The West Villages, I will be continually updating you on the progress of Waterside Place through the use of my drone fleet.  Many have been amazed as they follow my videos on my YouTube Channel, as new home communiites take shape.  

Subscribe to this blog for the latest, and subcribe to my YouTube Channel for exclusive video of new constructio neighborhoods you won't see on most builder websites.  Remember, buying a new home costs the same when you're working with your own Realtor.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

New Construction Home Inspections | Sarasota FL |

I specialize in helping buyers with new construction homes.  They often ask me about having their own inspection prior to close.

You have every right to hire your own inspector.

During the construction period, in Sarasota County, a county inspector will visit a new construction home an average of 51 times.  These inspectors are checking for building code compliance.  They are not checking to make sure all your outlets are in the right place and that the plumbing doesn't leak.

To be sure, your builder will have a pre-closing walk through with you, or with me as your buyer's agent, if you can't be present to close. Your Sarasota or Venice new construction home will have a warranty, during which time you can have any structural defects repaired.

New construction homes in The West Villages

I have heard horror stories of things that a buyer's inspector found that the builder missed.  Remember, builders hire subcontractors, and not all subcontractors offer the same quality or pay the same attention to detail.  You could have improperly connected wiring, broken roof tiles, or an HVAC system that isn't installed or tested properly..

Many times, your Sarasota new construction home is your dream home.  Why mar the experience of buying a  new home, only to find out there's a major problem the builder missed?

Home inspectors handle new contruction inspections differently than resale homes.  They may offer that they visit the home periodically and meet with the construction supervisor as the build progresses, or it may be as simple as a one visit inspection.

Many of my clients decide not to hire a home inspector, with good experiences with their homes once they closed.  It's good to know you have an option if you'd like to ensure your new home move in goes smoothly.

When you're ready to tour new construction homes in Sarasota, Venice, or Lakewood Ranch, please contact me as your new home specialist.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Hampton Lakes New Homes for Sale | Sarasota FL |

I recently got to tour the just completed model homes at Hampton Lakes, a brand new, new constuction single family neighborhood in Sarasota.

Hampton Lakes is located 11.5 miles east of I-75 off Fruitville Road.  Yes, it's way out there, but it has some unique features certain buyers will be looking for.

Hampton Lakes is offering 3 to 12 acre homesites, an extreme rarity among new home communities.  Future residents can build a separate garage that matches their home style, in addition to attached 2 or 3 car garages.  The size of the home sites is perfect for those buyers who value privacy, and want extra enclosed space for cars, boats, golf carts, or other grown up toys.

Take a tour of Hampton Lakes with my exclusive HD video

Hampton Lakes Sarasota model home
Front elevation of Hampton Lakes model home

Hampton Lakes Sarasota model home with garage
Hampton Lakes model home with stand alone garage

Hampton Lakes model home pool and spa
Resort style pool and spa in Hampton Lakes model home

Visit my website and contact me for a tour.  Remember, new homes cost the same when you're working with your own Realtor.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Heron Landing New Homes for Sale | Sarasota FL |

Today I toured Heron Landing, a new executive home subdivision in Sarasota, east of I-75 off Clark Road.

These homes will sit on wide home sites, allowing all to have 3 car garages.  Expect prices in Heron Landing to start in the low $500,000's, which will include lot premium.

The Kerrville model home will have 5 bedrooms with options for a theater room, den, or larger closets.

The Brookside model uses contemporary wood-look ceramic tile and generous open concept living.

The Brookside model home pool has a long lake view and the option to add an outdoor kitchen.

Meritage Homes is using spray foam attic insulation, designed to save homeowners money on heating and cooling costs.

Heron Landing will have just 90 homes.  Located in an A+ rated Sarasota school district, I predict these homes will sell well.  Contact me to schedule a tour and select your preferred home site.

Monday, March 26, 2018

March 2018 Update | The West Villages Venice FL |

As your Venice and Sarasota new homes specialist, it's my job to keep you up to date on the latest news. 

I’ve been specializing in new home sales in Sarasota and Venice for a while now.

We’ve been in a tight resale market, which is causing home buyers in our area to look at new construction homes. If you’ve heard about new home starts being down nation wide, that absolutely does not apply to our local market here in Sarasota and Venice.

By the way, while we’re on the subject, you absolutely need your own Realtor when you’re looking for a new home. The builder advertised prices are the same. They rely on us to help them, and you should rely on me to help you. Check out my podcast on this subject.

Specializing in new home sales in my local market means I am dedicated to keeping you as a consumer up to date, so when I was invited to a breakfast meeting recently by The West Villages, I had to make sure I was there.

In case you’re not familiar with The West Villages, it’s a 10,000 acre master planned community that will eventually have 25,000 homes when completed. Right now, there are 7 neighborhoods, all from different builders, and all of them are building new construction homes and villas. The West Villages is THE hub of new home construction in Sarasota County.

Rendering of Atlanta Braves spring training at The West Villages
The first spring training game at the Atlanta Braves facility in The West Villages will be in 2019.

So, here’s what’s happening in The West Villages. First, another new home community is coming online in late April called The Oasis at The West Villages. Oasis will be featuring 140 single family homes on wide lots, which means these homes will all have three car garages. The homes will be semi-custom, so I expect very few of what builders call inventory or quick move in homes will be available here. Base prices start in the mid $300,000’s and go up from there after lot premium and your semi-custom upgrades.

More news in The West Villages is the planned addition of a traffic light on Tamiami Trail at Islandwalk and Gran Paradiso coming sometime this summer. Another light will be installed at the intersection of Tamiami and West Villages Parkway by the end of 2018.

If you’ve been to Renaissance at The West Villages, you’ve seen how quickly those have sold. They’re opening a new phase in July of this year, and that will coincide with the grand opening of their huge community pool and club house. I have video of the 2nd phase clearing and the club house under construction on my website Click on the new homes button on the main menu and click on Renaissance. You’ll find their current quick move in homes, the video, and floor plans.

By the way, did you know that Mattamy Homes, the builder of Renaissance, is a Toronto based company and was named after the owner’s two children, Matt and Amy? Mattamy Homes is privately owned and is Canada’s largest home builder. Peter Gilgan, the owner, is building a legacy company.

During the West Villages breakfast meeting, someone sitting next to me said “Wouldn’t it be nice if all the fees and HOA fees for all these new home communities were listed in one place?” I couldn’t agree more, which is why I’ve compiled all this for you, and again, it’s on my website Click “Neighborhoods” on the main menu, then click on West Villages. It’s also under the “Q&A” button on the main menu.