REAL ESTATE HEADLINES
  • A Persian garden blooms in Sarasota
    From the sidewalk of St. Armands South Washington Drive a new and unique garden is concealed from view behind a high wall unless the garden owner leaves the wrought iron gates ajar (as she often does) and invites the curious in for a stroll through Gulistan.The name of this unique ... read more
    By Marsha Fottler
  • REAL ESTATE MATTERS: Who pays for condo damage by contractors hired by HOA?
    Q: Last year my condo association had a company replace the roof in many of our buildings. I live on the top floor of my building. When the new roof was installed, it created a leak that came down and damaged my kitchen ceiling.My association is stating that they are ... read more
    By By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin, Tribune Content Agency
  • HAROLD BUBIL: Bad roads led to birth of Sarasota County
    Editor's note: While Harold Bubil takes some time off, we'll reprise some of his popular columns. This column originally appeared on May 19, 2019.The next time you complain about crowded streets and highways, be thankful you weren't driving a century ago.Back then, as cars were becoming part of the national ... read more
    By Harold Bubil
  • CELEBRITY HOT PROPERTIES: Tom Brady looks to score in the Massachusetts housing market
    Tom Brady and the New England Patriots' postseason run ended up short this season. Away from the gridiron, however, the three-time league MVP is still looking to score big in the real estate market.Brady and his wife, former supermodel Gisele Bundchen, are asking $33.9 million for their gated estate in ... read more
    By By Neal J. Leitereg and Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times
  • FLORIDA BUILDINGS I LOVE: No. 103: Lynx Central Station, 2004, Orlando
    Editor's note: While Harold Bubil takes some time off, we'll reprise some of his popular columns. This column originally ran on Dec, 29, 2018. In the past two decades, the municipal bus station has become something of an architectural icon in many cities.No longer just a collection of benches and ... read more
    By Harold Bubil
  • Market snapshot: Oak Creek in Ellenton a charming enclave
    Tucked away north of the Ellenton Outlet Mall off Mendoza Road lies the picturesque, gated community of Oak Creek. Covering a little more than 22 acres and platted for 34 homes, it has a charming lake in its midst, with surrounding boundaries of mostly green belts and preserve areas.The houses, ... read more
    By By Chris Angermann, Correspondent
  • LEW SICHELMAN: Online reviews not always trustworthy
    Many people rely on online reviews to decide what to buy. Indeed, research from Nielsen Global Media shows that opinions posted online are second only to personal recommendations in influencing purchase decisions.But how do you know those reviews aren't bought and paid for by the outfit in question? You don't, ... read more
    By Lew Sichelman
  • REAL ESTATE MATTERS: Reader comments on commissions, brokers and agents
    Over the past few weeks, we've had several responses to columns that have run, especially the one that explained in greater detail how real estate agent and broker commissions work.Steve Murray, president of REAL Trends, a Castle Rock, Colorado-based company that has provided news, analysis and information on the residential ... read more
    By By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin, Tribune Content Agency
  • Venice couple's $11,000 tax penalty inspires bill to ease homestead exemption rules
    After three and a half years of trying to fight the government, Venice retiree David Fitts gave up recently and wrote a check for more than $11,000 to pay off back taxes, penalties and fees stemming from an accusation that he improperly claimed permanent residency - and property tax breaks ... read more
    By Zac Anderson
  • Venice couple who paid $11,000 tax penalty inspire bill to ease homestead exemption rules
    After three and a half years of trying to fight the government, Venice retiree David Fitts gave up recently and wrote a check for more than $11,000 to pay off back taxes, penalties and fees stemming from an accusation that he improperly claimed permanent residency - and property tax breaks ... read more
    By Zac Anderson