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December 15, 2019

OPEN HOUSE TODAY: 1:00 to 4:00pm. Directly ON the IMG Academy Golf Course, this one-story 3 bedroom, 2 bath end-unit offers endless opportunities, to simply use as your seasonal pied-a-terre or as a home to be close to a child who attends IMG (entrance to campus in back of community). This unit, over 2,000 square feet unit, has excellent storage, a kitchen remodeled in 2004, an outdoor courtyard off the kitchen & the most fantastic large air-conditioned Florida Room to watch the golfers playing through and the wildlife in the lake. Separate air-conditioned Laundry Room with room f...

November 8, 2019

I know that 95% of postcards end up in the trash within seconds of you receiving it.  And believe me, I don't like receiving them either, but I've made the commitment to try to get as many listings in our neighborhood so that I can get the sellers of these homes the most money possible.  And we NEED to get the sales prices UP here because there are WAY too many (non-resident) agents selling our homes for too little money.  The agents some people hire have no vested interest in our neighborhood and unfortunately they are not looking at the rest of the homeowners left behind when th...

November 1, 2019

Staging is a funny thing – We know it ABSOLUTELY works, but when it comes down to paying for it, we don’t always understand the return on doing it and often skip it. When putting on a new roof or redoing a master bathroom, you can pretty easily estimate the amount of return you will get, but it's not until you have a 'before' situation with a house that just sits there for months and an 'after' situation where the same house for the same price sells within days, it's obvious what did it.

Removed several small tables, added art, put the vacuum away and made the bed 'boho chic'

Home S...

August 16, 2019

 When going to the beach EVERY SINGLE DAY is not your bag, be relieved that Sarasota has some of the best entertainment in Florida.  From Opera, ballet and small theatre runs heading toward Broadway, we've got something for everyone!  Personally, I love catching a show at the Asolo next to the Ringling Museum, but I've been known to go to the opera downtown!  You just can't lose!  A tip is to get a subscription to Sarasota Magazine and you will get a yearly coupon book for many of the venues in town!

 All the wonderful and exciting amenities in town are near Phillippi Gardens, a neighborhood established in the 1950s here in Sarasota, Florida.

Phillippi Gardens offers canal front and garden homes and is seeing a resurgence as new families are moving in and remodeling and sometime rebuilding here.  No where else can you find great values so close to the white sands of Siesta Key and Downtown, so much so that very few homes are available at any one time.  If you would like to have me keep an eye out for your own place in Phillippi Gardens, give me a call on (941) 350-2243.  Visit...

February 20, 2019

 'Comps' is short for comparable properties and are used to compare recently sold homes to a subject property that is being evaluated.  They help Realtors and appraisers with the market values that we should expect when selling, buying or appraising a home.  Typically Realtors will look at comps that are within the same community or just out of, that have been sold in the last 180 days.  Appraisers will do the same but typically stick within a 90 day period since typically their reports are requested by a lender and they need to be more conservative.  A report that is produced by...

February 20, 2019

Welcome to the Phillippi Gardens Newsletter!  It's hitting everyone's mailbox later this week...

February 15, 2019

Today I dropped in on a very happy customer who closed yesterday on a home on the water on Bird Key and the house was buzzing with activity; cleaner, locksmiths, a/c technicians.  The owner was answering questions as best he could with a house he barely knows and was thrilled doing it!  Bird Key is such a special spot with 'easy access' to both Downtown and Lido Beach/St. Armands.  Only a lucky few can call this home.  Real about the HISTORY of BIRD KEY HERE!  Sometime this summer this 1970s faux colonial will come down and in it's place will be a gorgeous Modern ho...

January 8, 2019

The final numbers are in for 2018 West of the Trail and it looks like we're definitely in a slowdown.  Homes are selling for less, taking longer to sell and the inventory has swelled with an absorption rate of 9 months.  A lot of people have asked where the market is headed and all numbers indicate that Sellers need to be smarter when selling their homes; they need to price according the current market, present their home in it's best light possible and need to be flexible when the market changes.  The good news is that Buyers are out there but they have a lot of choices.  Work wi...

November 14, 2018

Thank you to everyone for making our 1st Phillippi Gardens Block Party a huge success!
What a wonderful night it was, getting to meet over 80 neighbors who showed up with all lots of kids, dogs and delicious eats!

Let's keep it up. A Halloween 2019 Party is already in the works. Does anyone have any suggestions for something this Spring (perhaps around Easter?) or how about something around the holidays. With so many kids, perhaps one of the mommies would like to put together a play date group for the neighborhood. Or dare I even suggest a book club (oh, who are we kidding, wine an...

From Berlin Patten Ebling, PLLC, authored by Attorney Chris Caswell, Esq.  E:

"Last week our blog discussed a new capital gain deferral strategy referred to as "Opportunity Zones." In addition, there are several capital gain strategies that have existed for many years that might be useful to explore again, now that gains actually exist (especially on real estate sales).

First, a brief primer. Capital gains result from the sale, or deemed sale, of a capital asset (like real estate). The gain is measured on the difference between the "basis" of the capital...

October 27, 2018

Click on this link to view the latest Sales Activity for

Phillippi Gardens:

Summary: we're seeing some inventory movement with one house new to the market last week going under contract in 7 days.  We're also seeing some price corrections.  

The average days on market for sold homes so far in 2018 is 72 days.  If your home is on the market for much longer, it's time to have a sit down with your agent to discuss how to make your property more enticing now that season is approaching.  It could be a price correction but it could...

October 14, 2018

 If you went to the meeting this summer that was organized on Nextdoor at the gazebos at Phillippi Park you heard mention about a Harvest Party!  Please join us on Saturday the 10th of November between 4 and 7pm for some hot dogs and fun.  There will be games for the kids and it's a great way to meet your neighbors.  Additionally, there will be information for neighbors who want to get involved in the issues that impact us directly in Phillippi Gardens, including, but not limited to: getting a new Phillippi Gardens sign at the entrance on 41 and Constitution, dredging the canals f...

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