Sarasota Blog

Half as many Florida owners are ‘seriously underwater’

IRVINE, Calif. – Jan. 22, 2015 – RealtyTrac’s U.S. Home Equity & Underwater Report for the fourth quarter of 2014 found fewer seriously underwater home (a combined loan amount at least 25 percent higher than estimated market value) in Florida and across the U.S. In Florida, RealtyTrac found that 17 percent of homeowners with a mortgage were […]

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Ringling Museum Listed in Nation’s Top 25 Museums

Take a day and visit the Ringling Museum.  Recently listed as one of the top 25 museums in the country, the museum hosts a myriad of events.  It includes the Ca’ d’Zan, the Asolo Theatre, and more. http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Attractions-cMuseums-g191 http://www.ringling.org/  

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July 4th Celebrations Galore!

Looking for a place to view July 4th fireworks on the Suncoast?  You won’t have to travel far and you have a buffet of locations from which to choose. Sarasota Fireworks over Sarasota Bay – View by boat or from Bayfront Park and Island Park or any where downtown.  Begins at dusk/about 9pm.  FREE. Marie […]

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Housing Helps Push Obama Over the Edge

Friday, November 9, 2012— Clear Capital’s Home Data Index Market Report concluded that homeowners’ new-found confidence,  home price gains and REO declines provided a tailwind for President Barack Obama’s second-term victory. But now the real work begins, the data and real estate valuation firm said. Obama and his GOP rival Mitt Romney spoke very little […]

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Tax Break for Short Sales to Expire in December

In 2007, the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act was passed, allowing homeowners whose banks forgive the unpaid mortgage debt after a short sale, principal reduction or foeclosure, not to count that money as income on their tax returns.  With the act scheduled to expire December 31, 2012, accountants and realtors are urging homeowners considering a […]

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Two-Year High for Pending Sales

According to the National Association of Realtors, pending home sales rebounded, in May, to match the highest level in the past two years – 101.1, the same level as March 2012.  Based on contract signings, not closings, the association’s Pending Home Sales Index is an indicator of completed sales to come and marks 13th consecutive […]

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Tropical Storm Debby

June  26, 2012 I never thought I’d be so happy to report “intermittent sunshine!”  We’ve been experiencing it all morning and, after 4 straight days of heavy rain, I can honestly say that intermittent is fabulous!  It is accompanied by blustery winds, but that should help dry up the extra ponds and creeks we have all over […]

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Housing recovery also location, location, location

ORLANDO, Fla. – April 18, 2012 – The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Housing Commission held a public forum in Winter Park yesterday to discuss Florida’s response to recent problems in its housing market. The group focused on U.S. policies, state policies and local conditions that led to the recent crisis, as well as those that […]

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