• Sarasota-Manatee vacation rentals contribute $457 million annually, survey finds
    Bright blue vacation rental houses and beachside coral-colored condos are a vital part of the tourism industry in the Sarasota-Manatee County area, and a new study from the University of Central Florida reveals just how much they matter.According to the survey released late last year, the vacation rental industry in ... read more
    By Laura Finaldi
  • Living the country life in Hi Hat Ranch
    An 8,000-square-foot Spanish Mediterranean home with five bedrooms has come onto the market at The Forest in Hi Hat Ranch, an expanse of Old Florida that is located five miles east of the Interstate on Clark Road in Sarasota County. Its appeal is nature, privacy and plenty of space.The Forest ... read more
    By Marsha Fottler
  • DAVID W. MYERS: Of love, marriage, real estate and divorce
    Most betrothed couples don't need a prenuptial agreement and will hopefully never need to make an ill-sounding FLARPL.DEAR DAVE: I am getting married later this year. My fiancee makes about $20,000 more a year than I do and owns her own home, which I will move into after the wedding. ... read more
    By David W. Myers
  • CELEBRITY HOT PROPERTIES: John Travolta sells Brentwood home for $18M
    LOS ANGELESIs it the end of summer loving in Brentwood for John Travolta? The actor and his wife, actress Kelly Preston, have quietly sold their longtime home in the Los Angeles neighborhood in an off-market deal for $18 million. The buyer was a trust tied to big-time record executive Scooter ... read more
    By By Neal J. Leitereg and Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times
  • HAROLD BUBIL: Sarasota offers good value for luxury buyers
    Editor's note: While Harold Bubil takes some time off, we'll reprise some of his popular columns. This column originally ran on July 17, 2016. If you've got $5 million to blow and want to get the smallest home for your money, I've got the place for you.But if you want ... read more
    By Harold Bubil
  • FLORIDA BUILDINGS I LOVE: No. 106: Usonian House, 2013, Lakeland
    Editor's note: While Harold Bubil takes some time off, we'll reprise some of his popular columns. This column originally ran on Jan. 19, 2019.A small, private college campus in Polk County has not only the largest collection of buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright in one place, it also has perhaps ... read more
    By Harold Bubil
  • Market snapshot: The Isles in Venice offers quiet charm
    The community of Chestnut Creek in Venice, east of Jacaranda Boulevard consists of seven distinct neighborhoods. Three major subdivisions each have their own, separate homeowners associations. One of them, The Isles, consists of 115 homes grouped around two large street loops - Catalina Isles Circle and Bermuda Isles Circle - ... read more
    By By Chris Angermann, Correspondent
  • REAL ESTATE BRIEFS: Nutter building private estate at Founders Club in Sarasota
    Nutter Custom Construction is building an elegant coastal contemporary home in the Founders Club, a Sarasota golf club community.The private estate will offer three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and nearly 3,700 square feet under air. The home's open floor plan includes a study, a piano room and a great room that ... read more
  • REAL ESTATE MATTERS: Are pocket listings a disservice to the seller?
    Q: I'm annoyed with some of the things I see going on in the real estate market, including pocket listings.Sellers should avoid brokerages that list properties internally before they are exposed to the market. The brokerage will brag that they sold the home before it hit the market as a ... read more
    By By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin, Tribune Content Agency
  • LEW SICHELMAN: CFA says disclosure laws fall short
    The nonprofit Consumer Federation of America has once again come down hard on real estate disclosure laws. This time, the group is calling on states to rewrite disclosure laws so they are more understandable, and to give them to buyers and sellers upon their first contact with realty agents.In its ... read more
    By Lew Sichelman