Platinum Award winner for Global Business Council

The Global Business Council at the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee once again, for the second year, was awarded the Platinum Global Achievement Program Award from the National Association of Realtors. Marie Avery was the chair for this committee for 2016. Only 16 Associations in the US achieved this award. The Council implemented valuable programs for the Realtor community such as a Feng Shui course, they brought in speakers from other areas to speak on status of Cuban Real Estate. They also had Realtors from Canada talk about the differences of real estate transactions from the … [Read more...]

International Home Buyers

Update from Nar on Global- I attended the recent meeting of the NAR Global Alliance Committee at the National Association of REALTOR’s Legislative Meeting in Washington, DC, it was announced that there were 92 Billion dollars of international real estate purchases in the U.S. in 2014. This represented a total of 232,643 international buyer transaction in 2014 and there are already 202,000 transactions so far this year. The NAR Meeting had the highest international attendance ever. Some of the important topics that were discussed there, having an effect on these international purchases … [Read more...]

Moving Experience

After working in the real estate industry for over 21 years, helping so many people make a move and living in the same home for 23 years, we ourselves made a move. Even though we didn't move very far, still staying in Manatee County, it was still quite an experience. We designed and built our home and the children grew and grew out of the home. Then we were looking at a home with rooms that we never went into except to clean. It was time to downsize. And by downsizing, I mean purging 23 years of stuff that we had collected and maybe hadn't seen in years, as it was tucked away in all the … [Read more...]

Marie Avery-Withers Selected For “America’s Best Real Estate Agents”

Marie Avery-Withers, Real Estate Broker Associate at RE/MAX Alliance Group, has been honored with a recognition by in its selection of "America's Best Real Estate Agents". REAL Trends released The 2014 REAL Trends America's Best Real Estate Agents list. Real Trends is the Trusted Source in residential brokerage, and Trulia (NYSE: TRLA), is a leading online marketplace for home buyers, sellers, renters, and real estate professionals. The list ranks the most productive agents by state and by metropolitan area. “With today’s release of the 2014 America’s Best Real Estate … [Read more...]

Flood Insurance Update

FLOOD INSURANCE UPDATE 2014 You might say, why is Flood Insurance of importance to me if I don't live in a required flood insurance area? Like alligators walking in the street all over Florida, there is a perception that all of Florida is in flood zone and as maps are changed what once was not in a flood zone, might one day be. As REALTORS, we want to keep you informed about any issues that affect your property. This is the latest information we are aware of. On March 21, 2014, President Obama signed the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 into law. The law repeals … [Read more...]

Manatee County November Home Sales

What were the real estate sales trends in November 2013 in Manatee County, Florida compared to the month prior, to the year prior and years before that. Did it seem like sales slowed down? What is the home inventory? Have home prices gone up or down? Take a look at these charts to find out. … [Read more...]

Flood Insurance

There is much discussion about the change that took place on October 1, 2013 in reference to Flood insurance rates. The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act that was passed in 2012 had a goal of mending a more than $20 billion deficit in the National Flood Insurance Program. The bill calls for the removal of so-called subsidies that have kept rates low for older homes in high-risk areas built prior to accurate flood maps. Some of the rate increases took effect during this past year, which included a measure that drove premiums up to their full risk rate when a home was sold. Many … [Read more...]

Prepare to get a Mortgage

Prepare to Apply for Your Mortgage Loan Pre-Approval By David L. Parker Often I am asked, “What do I need to apply and is it the same for everyone?” Preparing to apply for credit has its basic standards. I have heard this said, too, “What do you mean you need that, my friend did not have to provide that when he applied.” Everyone’s circumstances are different and what you need may or may not be the same as your friend who recently applied for a mortgage loan, so be patient and understand that applying and providing documentation will be unique to your own personal set of circumstances. … [Read more...]

Dine, Dance & Donate Fundraiser

You are invited to attend a fundraiser event for Children's Miracle Network for the benefit of All Children's Hospital in St Petersburg, Florida. To be held on October 10, 2013, 5:30 - 8:30 PM at the Fete Ballroom at Polo Grill in Lakewood Ranch, Florida … [Read more...]

Avery Realty Team

New name, new look, same quality service. Avery-Ayers & Associates is now Avery Realty Team. The team includes Marie Avery as your Realtor and the team leader. John Avery is a team member and is a Buyer's Specialist. We take care of all the details involved in the listing and marketing of your home and all aspects of your sale from contract to closing. We still deliver the highest standard of professional services to our customers. We stay in communication with you throughout the entire process and help you achieve your real estate goals! Please feel free to contact Marie Avery at … [Read more...]