Neighborhood Spotlight: Palma Sola Trace

By: Kathy Cahill, Realtor®, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Located in West Bradenton, Palma Sola Trace is a collection of homes, condominiums, and townhouses that combines convenience with a great quality of life developed by Taylor Morrison. It all began with the Palma Sola Golf Club in 1968. This quickly became a hit with golfers [...]

Force Majeure: A Step-by-Step Analysis

By: Michael T. Hankin, Board Certified Real Estate Attorney, Hankin & Hankin Hurricane season is right around the corner, and although your home may lose power, you won’t be left in the dark about the effects of the storm on your pending transaction if you have this article handy. Both the FAR-BAR As-Is Contract and [...]

Advocates in Action: Making a Difference for the Real Estate Industry

Why would Realtors® need to pay attention to local and state politics? It cannot be overstated, but the adage “If real estate is your career, policy is your business,” has never been more crucial than it is today. Our elected officials make important decisions relating to zoning codes and regulations, property tax rates, infrastructure changes, [...]

Fair Housing Month: Understanding the Significance of Fair Housing Laws

By: Katie Cintron, Realtor®, Coldwell Banker Realty, & Douglas G. Christy, Esq., The Law Office of Douglas G. Christy, PLLC Real estate professionals have a responsibility to protect their customers’ best interests, the public interest, and their own business interests, and knowing and understanding fair housing is crucial to fulfilling this responsibility. Statistics show the [...]

GREEN BUILDING: The Environmental and Economic Benefits of Sustainable Living

The term “green building” has been trending now for several years as more and more home and business owners are looking to build environmentally friendly homes to save money on cooling and heating costs and to reduce their overall carbon footprint. According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) in their annual 2022 Environment, Social, [...]

Neighborhood Spotlight: Mission Valley, Nokomis

By: Craig McCoy, Realtor®, McCoy Real Estate Group, Keller Williams on the Water Sarasota Mission Valley, Nokomis was originally settled by the Sioux, Cherokee, and Iroquois tribes. This wide area is located east of Route 41, west of Route 75 in Nokomis off Laurel Road (also known as North Venice on area maps), and .75 [...]

Who Signs the Contract? I Don’t Know. Third Base.

By: Peter J. Pike, Esq., Pike Law Firm, PA There are a lot of forms that REALTORS® use in their work, but two stand out as absolutely essential: the listing agreement and the purchase and sale agreement (PSA). Knowing the right person(s) to sign these documents ensures that the agreements are valid. Do Your Research [...]

Celebrating Women in Real Estate

Today’s woman wears many hats: wife, mother, sister, homemaker, business owner, executive, entrepreneur, and everything in between. Women have the innate ability to multitask, to balance work life with family life, display empathy, nurture, and fight for what they want with strength and grace. Once limited to only working in “traditional” gender roles, women today [...]

Neighborhood Spotlight: The Rosemary District

By: Anita Lambert, GRI, CWS, PMN, C2EX, Certified International Property Specialist, Premier Sotheby's International Realty, & 2023 RASM GBC Chair You may well ask: “Which is Sarasota’s hippest downtown neighborhood?” Why the eclectic Rosemary District, of course! In the early 1890s, several African American families settled in an area that was called ‘Overtown,’ and today [...]

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