Real Estate Market Positive But for Middle Market

May 4, 2015

Haile Plantation

House in Haile Plantation, Gainesville.

ORLANDO – The Florida Association of Realtors reports that Florida’s housing market continued its positive overall track in March, reporting more closed sales, higher median prices, increased pending sales and new listings. Closed sales of existing single-family homes statewide totaled 24,811 last month, up 24.6 percent over March 2014.

“Positive growth in Florida’s housing market is encouraging sellers and buyers,” said 2015 Florida Realtors President Andrew Barbar, a broker with Keller Williams Realty Services in Boca Raton, in a press release.

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Ideas for Finding Your Dream Tiny House in Florida

March 25, 2013

Interested in building or buying one of those eco-friendly, mortgage-free tiny houses in Florida?

Florida is an ideal state for tiny houses. The climate and growing season make it perfect too; with the 12 month sunny season an outdoors lifestyle is possible. Most expensive houses have large patios and porches, and some families live outside most weekends.

Much of the buzz about the tiny house movement is centered on the West Coast, however they suffer from a nannyish government complex that makes living in a tiny house difficult, especially in large metropolitan areas. However, in some jurisdictions in Florida, zoning laws are not carefully enforced because of the large transient population and prevalence of mobile homes. Agriculture, with its need for multiple outbuildings and staging areas, also means that a well-kept tiny house can be seen as a civic asset, not a liability. Read more

Faber Says Florida Good Investment for Continued Recession

July 22, 2012

NEW YORK – Renowned investor Marc Faber, whose predictions on the economic crisis earned him the nickname “Dr. Doom,” feels that Florida and other states with distressed real estate will be good places to ride out the continuing recession.

Faber, quoted on CNBC this spring, said:

“In Georgia, in Arizona, in Florida their property values will not collapse much more and will stabilize, so I think to own some land and some property, not necessarily in the financial centers but in the secondary cities, these are desirable investments relatively speaking,” Faber said.

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Briefly: Holiday Inn Marathon New in 2010

January 14, 2011

MARATHON – The Holiday Inn Express & Suites opened Nov. 5. The hotel has 134 rooms with amenities including a marina with docks for guests, a large outdoor pool facility, a 5,000 square-foot tiki bar and 24-hour fitness and business centers. For reservations, call 888-465-4329 or

Retirees Find Florida Affordable Again

April 20, 2010

We’ve seen it with our own eyes. The retirees are back.

And this time, they are a bit different than they were five years ago. They are coming to scoop up bargains and foreclosures and short sales, for prices that are a fraction of what they were a few years ago. Very often, a substantial house that was $250,000 or more is now less than $100,000. The best bargains are the houses that were abandoned during foreclosure, and got a little run down.

Read more at CNN.

Sponsor: Florida Timeshares: Florida is home to thousands of gorgeous timeshare suites, popular to individuals looking for inexpensive and comfortable lodging. These prime properties boast many high end amenities such as full gourmet kitchens and multiple bedrooms. Visitors can buy timeshare suites on the resale market for far less than the resort prices, and will still be able to enjoy everything the resort has to offer.

Great Deals In Florida’s Boca Grande

February 27, 2010

BOCA GRANDE – This town on Gasparilla Island, partly in Charlotte and partly in Lee County, is a happy little place devoid of the new money mansions that litter many once great Florida resort towns. Nevertheless, it isn’t backward, or frozen in time. The old Gasparilla Inn still rules the town.

There is nothing completely showy here, real estate wise; you will have to head up to Casey Key in Sarasota for that. Instead, there are some nice condos, great houses and lots of Northeastern bluebloods on golf carts.

Great Time For Sarasota Real Estate

February 27, 2010

This is a great time to look at Sarasota Real Estate under $200K. Some good stuff still out there.

Miami’s Storied Hialeah Racetrack Reopens

November 19, 2009

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HIALEAH – The storied Miami Jockey Club racetrack, one of the great landmarks of the Roaring Twenties, will reopen November 28.

Hundreds of workers are preparing the racetrack for opening day. Read more

Find a Retro House in Sarasota

November 10, 2009

Kensington Park House, Sarasota

SARASOTA – For those of you who have dreamed about a glorious retro ranch house from the 1950s, terrazzo tiles and all, now is the time. Sarasota, home of the Sarasota School of Modern design, is the place you want to be looking. Other than Palm Springs, California, this is the place. Prices have dropped, and there are some great deals. Read more

Sarasota School Open House; Paul Rudolph Icon Open This Weekend on Siesta Key

June 19, 2009

Cohen House of SarasotaSARASOTA – Admirers of modern architecture might want to be in Sarasota Sunday June 21 for an open house to see a Paul Rudolph gem. No, not the remnants of Riverview High School but the Cohen House.

The Cohen House was designed by Paul Rudolph in 1955, and it is back on the market and priced at $1.1 Mil. Read more

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