Anna Maria Island real estate

The fun and not-so-fun of buying a home

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Labor Day has just passed and in some parts of the country, that signals the end of summer – but not in Florida. We still have plenty of hot weather and hurricane threats, think Irma, but September does signal the beginning of buying season or at least the beginning of the thought process of buying a home. Looking for a …

Is A Fixer-Upper Really a Good Deal?

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The lower price of a fixer-upper and added resale value after remodeling appeals to some homebuyers. For example, the average price of a fixer-upper home on the TV show “Fixer Upper,” based in Waco, Texas, is $178,449 – the average resale value is $297,488. However, a new study from the remodeling site Porch.com, based on a survey of more than …

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Lakewood Ranch Among 50 Best Places to Retire

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Lakewood Ranch is one of nine master-planned communities in Florida to be recognized this year as one of the best places to retire according to a list published by WHERE TO RETIRE magazine.  A mix of age-restricted, age-targeted and all-ages villages constitutes this massive 31,000-acre development, where each neighborhood boasts a bounty of amenities, from pools and playgrounds to kayak …

Nostalgia From Anna Maria

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Check out the post cards of Anna Maria as it once was – a time of innocence and serenity.  Take a glimpse of how things use to be. The title of the Article “Wish You Were Here” brought back memories of my own childhood and finding a post card from some far away place that I had never seen before …

Lakewood Ranch, Florida Continues its Incredible Growth

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Excellent schools, an array of sports venues and parks, new modern homes, shopping, and restaurants are just some of the amenities that are attracting young families, their parents, and their grandparents to Lakewood Ranch, Florida.  This thriving planned community has the distinction of being the United States’ leading multi-generational community and the No. 2 best-selling master planned community overall according …

How to Rejuvenate Your Hardwood Floors

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If your hardwood floors are looking tired and dull, there’s an easy way to bring them back to life. A revitalizer, such as Rejuvenate’s wood floor restorer, fills in scratches and restores the glossy shine of your hardwood floors, while also protecting them from everyday wear and tear. Read the Original Article Here: Want Shiny Hardwood Floors? Here’s How to Rejuvenate Them

Do You Remember 18% Mortgage Rates?

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We’re spoiled!  During Jimmy Carter’s presidency home mortgage rates hit 18%!  But people still bought houses.  I know, because I was selling real estate back then (please don’t do the math!).  Interest rates today are still hovering near historic lows so this is still a great time to buy a home.  In the second week of January 2019, U.S. long-term mortgage …

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Florida’s new governor Ron DeSantis is wasting no time in attacking red tide

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Horray!  Florida’s new governor Ron DeSantis is wasting no time in attacking red tide. On Thursday, Jan. 10, DeSantis signed Executive Order 19-12 as part of his plans to implement major reforms to protect Florida’s water quality and environment. The executive order seeks $2.5 billion over the next four years for Everglades restoration and the protection of Florida’s water resources. …

5 Ways to Future-Proof a Kitchen

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                                CHICAGO – Jan. 16, 2019 – A kitchen revamp can be costly, with the median price of a remodeling job coming in at $60,000. Homeowners who go with the latest trend often find that it starts to look dated in a few years, but …

Best National Parks In The Western US

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                          The United States has 58 gorgeous national parks from coast to coast, but it’s unlikely you’ll get the chance to see every one of them. To make the most of your vacation time and explore a park that’s perfect for you, check out our favorites in the …