• LEW SICHELMAN: Disaster coverage is a disaster for most
    Many - if not most - homeowners aren't prepared for a flood, tornado or other natural disaster. And neither, apparently, are their insurance companies.Take California, where the California Earthquake Authority estimates $175 billion in residential damage would result from a recurrence of the "Big One" that struck San Francisco in ... read more
    By Lew Sichelman
  • FLORIDA BUILDINGS I LOVE: No. 59: 'The Ponce' at Flagler College, 1887, St. Augustine
    Editor's note: While Harold Bubil takes some time off, we'll reprise some of his popular columns. This column originally ran on Jan. 27, 2018.Regular readers of this feature may get the impression the buildings are listed in a particular order. To wit, the higher they are on the list, the ... read more
    By Harold Bubil
  • REAL ESTATE MATTERS: New home tech can help guard against water infiltration
    Several months ago, we went to the International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago. There were a couple of companies showing off their latest technology for detecting water leaks in homes.Water infiltration is the bane of a homeowner's existence. If you're not worried about torrential downpours, hurricanes, ice dams or ... read more
    By By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin, Tribune Content Agency
  • A Siesta Key turnkey modern house comes onto the market
    A modern white beach house on a big corner lot on Siesta Key that its European owners thought might be their forever home has come onto the market and is being offered at $1,395,000 through Gabriele Charity and Rudi Weiss of the Charity & Weiss International Group.The 2,330-square-foot, two-story home ... read more
    By Marsha Fottler
  • Market snapshot: The Oaks at Woodland Park is secluded with unique charm
    Realtors like to describe neighborhoods as "hidden gems" and "tucked away" to suggest seclusion and unique charm. In the case of The Oaks at Woodland Park, they would be right on the money.Located at the far end of Woodview Drive, nearly three quarters of a mile from the entrance on ... read more
    By By Chris Angermann, Correspondent
  • Real Estate People, Dec. 9
    Robin Leonardi has joined Michael Saunders & Company's Siesta Key office as a real estate agent. Leonardi is an entrepreneur and seasoned sales executive who has lived in Sarasota since 2002.Before joining Michael Saunders & Company, she was the senior account executive for the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee for over ... read more
  • HAROLD BUBIL: Weather a worry for engineers, designers
    Editor's note: While Harold Bubil takes some time off, we'll reprise some of his popular column. This column originally ran on May 21, 2017.Building engineers and architects have little room for error in the design of our houses and other structures. The current code standard is that buildings along our ... read more
    By Harold Bubil
  • CELEBRITY HOT PROPERTIES: A 'Very Brady' sale in Malibu
    "Brady Bunch" actor Barry Williams, who has been busy renovating his former TV home on "A Very Brady Renovation," has sold his oceanfront home in Malibu for $5.82 million.Found within celebrity-popular Malibu Cove Colony, the two-story beach house features high ceilings and walls of windows that take in sweeping ocean ... read more
    By By Neal J. Leitereg and Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times
  • Phillippi Landings condo in Sarasota is unique among its peers
    Ken and Debbie Croats bought their seventh-floor condominium at Phillippi Landings in 2015, but that's not the first time they saw the two-bedroom, two bath unit. When Phillippi Landings opened in 2006, the Croats apartment was the builder's model for the community of three buildings set on 10 acres on ... read more
    By Marsha Fottler
  • DAVID W. MYERS: Supreme Court may expand federal anti-discrimination laws to protect gays, lesbians
    Our nation's highest court soon will decide whether the federal law that bans discrimination based on "sex" should cover sexual preferences, not just a person's born gender.DEAR DAVE: You said in a recent column that the federal Fair Housing Act does not protect gay and bisexual people from housing discrimination. ... read more
    By David W. Myers