Sarasota Real Estate

Sarasota Florida Relocation Services

Relocating to Sarasota? If you’re moving to the area and you need more information on real estate in Sarasota as well as insights on everything from the lifestyle options to the job market, the team at Key Solutions Real Estate Group is here to provide you with a complete range of Sarasota, Florida relocation services.

In this post, as part of their continuing effort to provide you with relevant Sarasota, Florida relocation services, the team is taking a look at the job prospects in the region and how things will look in 2012. Read on to find out whether you should seriously consider moving to Sarasota or investing in downtown Sarasota luxury condos.

“2012 is shaping up to be a positive growth year, jobs-wise,” says team member Brian Tresidder. Citing a recent Forbes magazine article, “...

Sarasota Home Buying and Selling Tips

Buying or selling a home is never an easy undertaking, whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned investor. As long-time specialists in Sarasota homes for sale and other properties throughout the region, the team at the Key Solutions Real Estate Group are more than happy to provide you with a few Sarasota home-buying and selling tips:

 For Buyers:

  • Clean up your credit; make sure everything is in order with regards to your credit history even before you begin your home search. This might take time, especially if you run into problems, so it’s best to get this done early.
  • Know how much house you can afford. Run the numbers, factoring in your income, expenses, debts such as student and car loans, and so on.
  • Get pre-approved, not just pre-qualified. A homebuyer who’s been pre-approved has...

Sarasota Florida Architecture & Housing Styles

Sarasota is an architecture lover’s dream come true. The city, which enjoyed boom periods in the 1920s and ‘50s, has managed to preserve quite a few of the homes and buildings built during those eras. This, along with the fact that real estate developments in the region continue to this day, has resulted in a rich mix of Sarasota, Florida architecture and housing styles.

Downtown Sarasota, Florida home styles alone are surprisingly wide-ranging. Located right on the bay, this area is composed of several distinct neighborhoods, many of which contain designated historic districts. The Downtown Sarasota real estate market features everything from single-family homes to duplexes to condos and the Sarasota, Florida architecture you’ll find here include Mediterranean Revival, Craftsman, Spanish Eclectic, Florida Vernacular, and contemporary. You can opt for new luxurious waterfront Downtown...

Thinking of Buying Sarasota Investment Properties?

Buying an Investment Property and Being a Landlord

So you are thinking about buying your first Sarasota Real Estate property as an investment and become a residential landlord. You are about to embark on an interesting, rewarding and challenging investment. Have you decided on what kind of property you want to own? If you are looking for Siesta Key Real Estate, you can find anything from a small bungalow, to a high-rise, beachfront Siesta Key Condo. If vacation rentals are not what you are looking for, you can find great deals on Lakewood Ranch Homes for Sale right now. These would be geared more towards the long term tenants then the short vacation rentals. Once you have found your perfect investment property, here's what you should be thinking about as you get ready for the closing and being a landlord:


30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rate Continues to Rise

Sarasota Interest Rates

This week mortgage rates rose again. For homeowners looking for a 30 year fixed rate they can expect a 3.39 rate. This is up from a week ago. It seems that rates seem to be staying right between 3.19 and 3.39 percent. This information is being quoted by the Zillow Mortgage Marketplace.

The reason for the slight rise in rates may be linked to the fact that the Federal Open Market Committee announced a job report that was stronger than was expected. So while rates seem to fluctuate back and forth, for the most part, they remain steady and are expected to stay in this pattern in the near future. Bright information concerning the job market is not expected. This continues to be good news for the new homeowner.

And for those looking for a shorter loan the rates...

Foreclosures Decreasing

Foreclosures Slowing Down

The overall rate of Sarasota Foreclosures in Southwest Florida has continued to slow over the last month, but many lenders are still busy filing default notices on area properties.

In Sarasota, Charlotte and Manatee counties, there were 1,128 properties that were the recipient...

Sarasota Spotlight: Longboat Key

Longboat Key - An Island Gem

The beautiful island of Longboat Key, off the coast of Sarasota, Florida, beckons to the visitor and resident with its breathtaking natural beauty, quiet beaches and cultural

St. Armand's Circle

attractions. Longboat Key real estate will put you in an elegant tropical paradise, close to shopping, recreation and art.

As a popular vacation destination as well as location of distinctive homes, Longboat key offers the finest beaches in addition to birds and wildlife. Nearby shopping at the famous St. Armand's Circle puts boutique shopping and fine restaurants right at your door. Recreational opportunities in Longboat Key abound; world-class tennis and championship golf courses are part of the scene. Kayaking, windsurfing and sailing on...

Sarasota Spotlight: Downtown

Downtown Sarasota ArtsWhen people from outside the area, hear the name Sarasota, the first thought tends to be about our incredible beaches. While it is very true that our beaches rank among the best in the world, those of us fortunate enough to live the Sarasota lifestyle know there is much more than sand and sun that keeps us here.

Downtown Sarasota is becoming a hub of artistic activity and entertainment for everyone.  If you are looking for a night of culture and artistic celebration, the options are endless. The Sarasota Opera House, The Players Theatre, Van Wezel, and the Asolo Repertory Theatre are just a few of the options that offer all styles of plays, music, and even improv events. 

If boating is your passion, Marina Jack’s is the ideal downtown Sarasota spot for you. Whether you just want to pull up...

Sarasota Real Estate Market Report - October 2012

October Stats Shows Sarasota Home Sales Going Strong

October 2012 marks a great month in Sarasota real estate sales. Home sales are up 24% over last year. Pending sales are also up 24% for the same period. Single family home prices have jumped 17% in the past twelve months while Sarasota condominiums have increased by 11%. The amount of inventory available is at its lowest level since 1998. Sales are going strong into the winter sales season after a brisk summer and steady autumn.

A year ago, real estate professionals sold 577 properties in the month of October. This year, that number jumped to 719. That...

Information About VA Loans

If a man or woman was once listed in any branch of the military or are still listed with the military and are interested in purchasing a home they are eligible for a Veterans Administration Loan or a VA Loan. The veteran will be eligible to buy a home with no money down required. If the person is a veteran they would be able to lower payments on a monthly basis, thus saving a lot of money. Not only are active and retired military possibly eligible for a VA Loan but surviving spouses and others may be able to obtain a VA Loan.

The person seeking a VA Loan can go directly to their financial institution or they can submit a quick form online. They may be matching up with several lenders who approve VA Loans. The quotes are free and well worth the effort to obtain. Basically the veteran will have to put no money down; their payments will be lower, as will the loan rate.

A VA Loan will allow the buyer to finance 100 percent of the value of the home and they will not have to put any money down. This type of...