JD Power Ranks RE/MAX #1

A question imany nquiring home buyers and home sellers have when they want to use the top real estate agency, in any market is "who's #1?". Many real estate companies market and advertise in the media stating that they are number 1 in the area. An independent survey can prove to be the best determinant. J.D. Power and Associates announced July 27, 2011 that RE/MAX ranked highest in customer satisfaction, for both BUYERS and SELLERS, in its 2011 residential real estate survey. The was performed with a national study of 4200 evaluations from 3,680 respondents showing that factors … [Read more...]

Home Prices Lowest since 2002

Click Here For Local Real Estate Market Report What is the true sign of real estate in today's market? An index of home prices in big metro areas has reached its lowest level since 2002, driven down by foreclosures, a glut of unsold homes and the reluctance or inability of many to buy. Many economists think prices nationally will drop at least 5 percent more by year’s end. Prices fell from February to March in 18 of the metro areas tracked by the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city index. The nationwide index fell for the eighth straight month. After adjusting for inflation, … [Read more...]

Sarasota-Bradenton Local Market Report

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Manatee County, Florida

Located on Florida's gulf coast, Manatee County has much to offer. Our knowledgeable team can find just the right home for you in this increasingly cosmopolitan area. Manatee County is located just south of the Tampa Bay area. Surrounded by water from the Gulf of Mexico, Palma Sola Bay and the Manatee River, Manatee County is a fabulous place for water sports, beautiful white sandy beaches and enjoying the cool breezes off the water. Manatee County has it's own airport for access from many cities. The Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ). It is surrounded by waterways. On the north, … [Read more...]

Sarasota, Florida

So much to do when you live, work and play in Sarasota. Location of many cultural events, museums and theatres. Our expert team can offer you countless ways to get to know Sarasota & her Islands! Sarasota is a city located in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of Florida. It's current official limits include Sarasota Bay and several barrier islands between the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. There are several islands that are part of Sarasota County. They are separated from the mainland Sarasota city by Sarasota Bay. These islands that are commonly known as keys include Siesta Key and … [Read more...]

Team vs Single Agent

When you hire Avery-Ayers and Associates to sell your Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch or Bradenton, Florida real estate, you are actually hiring 4 licensed and active Realtors and 2 client care professionals at the same cost of hiring a traditional single real estate agent. Comparing the team approach to the single agent model can illustrate the advantages of combining and leveraging resources, individual talents, office systems and synergy to provide superior real estate transactions. Contrary to popular belief, Realtors are not on call 24/7. In today’s market of labor intensive task such as … [Read more...]

Florida Foreclosures

A foreclosure or "REO" which means Real Estate Owned, means that the bank or mortgage company owns the property. These are homes which have been foreclosed on and the previous owner does not have any rights in the property. When you are considering the purchase of Manatee County foreclosures or Sarasota County foreclosures, there are two options available. The first option, is to go to a foreclosure sale auction, where the bank tries to sell the property on the "Court house steps" in a bid auction. The bank usually has a minimum bid amount they are looking for in the sale, and if … [Read more...]

Is the Real Estate Market Up or Down?

Everywhere we go, people want to know, "Is the real estate market up or down? We’ve been asked that question at dinner parties, social events, and even by fellow Realtors outside our market. Well the easiest statistics to follow are easily found on the MLS. The Manatee/Sarasota County Florida multiple listing statistics which includes, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Palmetto, Ellenton, Parrish and Sarasota, shows 9045 single family homes were sold in 2009 as compared to 9986 single family homes in 2010. I would have to say that is an upsurge in sales. Total residential sales including … [Read more...]

Have You Hugged a Snow Bird Today?

The 2011 Florida Snow Bird season has arrived. This annual migration, dating back to the early 1900’s and publicized during the Thomas Edison era has evolved to represent an undeniable impact on our states economy. The Sarasota, Bradenton area of Florida is a very popular destination for folks from many frozen northern states, Canada and other international locations. To the dismay of many locals, the often distracted Snow Bird motorist has typically presented a challenge for impatient drivers and shoppers used to the tropical pace of summer weather. This year, our economy is recovering … [Read more...]

Call for ACTION

As middle class Americans struggle to maintain relevance during the current “great recession”, new challenges are looming on the horizon. A recent report issued Dec 1 by President Obama’s deficit reduction panel presents a list of proposals to reverse the current trend of our governments operational deficit. Last year saw the national dept rise to an unsustainable $1.3 trillion. The document, titled “The Moment of Truth” urges sweeping changes in government spending and revenue sources. Just as the Bush tax cuts are likely to be extended to protect a weak economic recovery, the next few … [Read more...]