REAL ESTATE HEADLINES
  • CHRIS WILLE: Where the wealthy reside and the cost of their homes
    David Zarghami and his Zarghami Group team at Keller Williams Classic Group slice and dice real estate data into geographically smaller Sarasota markets for a sharper focus than found in the typical countywide, regional or state statistics from Florida Realtors.A new venture, "The Zarghami Report" comes out quarterly. The first ... read more
  • Foreclosure filings jump 37% in January
    Foreclosure activity bounced 37 percent higher during January in Sarasota and Manatee counties, a likely boost from Hurricane Irma.But foreclosures remain well off last year's levels and are holding at what analysts consider a normal volume.The Sarasota-Manatee area recorded 149 foreclosure filings last month, with one in every 2,758 homes ... read more
    By John Hielscher
  • Sarasota-Manatee housing sales strong; nation and state are weak
    The Sarasota-Manatee housing market outperformed both the national and state marks in January sales, new statistics and reports released Wednesday indicate. While closed sales rose locally in year-over-year comparisons, they fell across the country and state.Median home prices also rose again in the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton market, Florida Realtors data showed. ... read more
    By Chris Wille
  • Expect 'phenomenal economy' to continue, economist says
    Economist Ted Jones prefaced his myth-busting presentation on the nation's "phenomenal economy" Tuesday with images of a kayak floating in a living room and motorboat propeller scars on the roof of an SUV. Both were taken in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey's catastrophic rainfall and flooding in Texas last August.The ... read more
    By Chris Wille
  • Expect 'phenomenal economy' to continue, expert says
    Economist Ted Jones prefaced his myth-busting presentation on the nation's "phenomenal economy" Tuesday with images of a kayak floating in a living room and motorboat propeller scars on the roof of an SUV. Both were taken in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey's catastrophic rainfall and flooding in Texas last August.The ... read more
    By Chris Wille
  • Venice Planning Commission to review plat for 'The Woods'
    VENICE - The Venice Planning Commission will host a public hearing Tuesday regarding a preliminary plat for The Woods at Venice, a proposed 263-home Neal Communities subdivision east of Jacaranda Boulevard, between Border and Laurel Roads.The 151-acre property was annexed into the city in 2008.A re-zoning request for up to ... read more
    By Earle Kimel
  • Manatee-Sarasota Parade of Homes off to banner start
    On the first weekend of the Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association's 2018 Parade of Homes, John Cannon Homes representatives counted 327 "units" touring the builder's six homes.Units, a real estate/builder term, means either individuals or groups of two or more people. With that kind of figure for one weekend, John Cannon ... read more
    By Chris Wille
  • H-T readers share opinions about additional property tax break
    This fall, Florida voters could approve an additional property tax exemption for homeowners.Recently, some local elected officials raised concerns that, if the electorate grants its consent, they could be in a dilemma: They could cut services because of reduced revenue or raise tax rates. If the latter happens, they say, ... read more
    By Dale White
  • HAROLD BUBIL: A fresh voice for preservation
    Preservation and progress are waging a turf war in Sarasota's close-in neighborhoods, and, judging by the reaction from some of those who attended the Conversations at the Crocker panel discussion last Tuesday at the historic Crocker Church, "progress," for lack of a better word, is winning."This Place Matters: Buildings to ... read more
  • HOT PROPERTIES: Tull compound's guesthouse has a guesthouse
    LOS ANGELESThomas Tull - founder and former chief executive of Legendary Entertainment - and wife Alba Tull have listed their 33-plus-acre compound in Thousand Oaks for sale at $85 million.At that price, the private and gated estate in the North Ranch area is rubbing elbows with the high-priced mansions that ... read more
    By By Neal J. Leitereg and Lauren Beale Los Angeles Times