Sarasota Scoop: The Inside Track about Sarasota & Her islands

Harold Bubil wrote in his Real Estate Today blog (Sarasota Herald-Tribune, June 22, 2012) that a National Association of Realtors economist predicts a "big Jump in either prices or housing starts."

Behind the gates at Longboat Key ClubAt the National Association of Real Estate Editors’ Spring Journalism Conference in Denver, Colorado, Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors, shocked his audience and fellow economists with his view that pent-up demand and a lack of for-sale homes would either create a 70 percent jump in housing starts next year or send median home prices up 10 percent.

By the next day, many listeners were piling on to say that Yun was crazy optimistic.

Yet just days ago, the Sarasota Association of Realtors announced "the available

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As the real estate market rebounds in Sarasota & Her Islands, I find that buyers express different values today than they did in the boom times. Sellers would do well to pay attention to this development, too.

Instead of focusing on resale value, today savvy buyers have shifted to more enduring values. It's no longer "keeping up with the Joneses." Instead I see buyers focusing on finding a true home, comfortable enough and flexible enough for longer-term living. While buyers think about resale value, they focus even more on personal experience than on what might appeal to a future buyer.

As you search for your dream home on my website, I encourage you to explore the Walk Score for the properties that appeal to you.

The Walk Score feature shows up in the

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While New Edzell Castle illustrates a romance of bygone days in Sarasota, visitors and residents share another kind of a love story when they join the Siesta Key Drum Circle on Sunday evenings.

Here's where you can see the weekly ebb and flow of community. For more than 15 years, drummers and dancers have mingled with locals and tourists swaying to the beat. Marguerite Barnett, MD, a Harvard-MIT trained physician who holds board certifications in Plastic and General Surgery, often creates palm-frond mandalas in the sugary sand before joining the swirl. Shawn Bowen of World Collision sets the rhythm.

How can I equate building a mansion with a weekly gathering on America's #1 beach?

I see a little of Henry David Thoreau in each impulse. As he

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For all you history buffs out there, I assure you that Sarasota culture dates back to forever. I enjoy discovering the backstory for places that I find intriguing, and I found a story about Bird Key that mimics the love story behind the Taj Mahal. It all happened an exclusive island nestled between Downtown Sarasota and St Armands Circle.

In the early 1900s, a 12-acre island named Bird Key peeked a few feet above the shallows of Sarasota Bay. Thomas Martin Worcester, purchased the island in 1906, and he and his Scottish wife, Davie Lindsay Worcester, wintered in Sarasota.

In 1911, Worcester began work to build a mansion on the island, a first for Southwest Florida. He dredged a channel through grass flats and used dredged material to create a

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 7:15 by Harold Bubil  

An 11,000-square-foot mansion in Regent Court sold late this afternoon for $12.5 million. 

This represents a record for a home on a single residential parcel in Longboat Key history, according to Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, and it is among the top three sales in county history, according to a Herald-Tribune search of the county property appraiser’s website.

Coldwell Banker’s Louis Wery brought in the buyer, who is from Europe and whose name was not revealed. Eva and Siegfried Schulte were the sellers, who had the house listed at $17.5 million through Developers Realty’s Reid Murphy. 

Built in 2002, the house has four bedrooms and six full baths and two half baths in

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