Category Archives: Sarasota Homes for Sale

Sarasota Real Estate Market: Recent Sales Data Released

The Sarasota Board of Realtors just released sales data for property sales in the Sarasota real estate market in July 2010.  As expected “sales slowed to pre-tax credit numbers following the expiration of the federal $8,000 homebuyer incentive.”

In July 2010, there were 525 total sales which was a 47.8 percent declines from the June 2010 figure of 776 sales. The reported stated that “the sales figure was much closer to the 506 sales in January 2010 and the 528 sales in February 2010, when the homebuyer credit wasn’t a factor in the market.” Pending sales were lower too, dropping to 653.

Single family homes for sale in Sarasota sold dropped to 374, compared to 576 single family homes sold in June 2010.  “The median price also trended lower at $155,000, compared to June’s figure of $175,000.  The figure was more in line with the 12-month rolling median sale price of $162,000.”

Sarasota condo sales in July totaled151.  This was down from last month’s figure of 200.  “The median price of condos also fell in July to $127,000, which again primarily reflected distressed property sales.  Non-distressed condo sales saw a median price of $227,500, while for distressed properties, the median sale price was $73,000 for bank-owned condos and $121,700 for condos involved in short sales.”

Eric Shumbway, 2010 SAR President pointed out that slower sales were predicted once the tax credit expired.  He also pointed out that Sarasota is “not immune to economic forces which continue to limit the nations’ recovery.”

To read the full report, click HERE for the complete PDF version of the Sarasota Board of Realtors’ press release, along with two pages of statistical charts.

Correctly Pricing Your Sarasota Real Estate Listing

If you are thinking of listing your home or condo, it is critical that you price it correctly.  More than ever, correct pricing is the most important factor for getting your home or condo sold.  A current appraisal, a comparative market analysis (CMA), and an experienced agent are three tools that will help determine the appropriate listing price for your home or condo.  Very often, short sales and foreclosures are your competition.  No matter what you think your house is worth, it is only worth what a Buyer will pay for it.  Don’t be emotionally attached to your home and get an expert to do the pricing if you really want to sell.  You need to know your competition, not just what has sold in the last three months.

Sellers who price their homes realistically by competing with foreclosure and short sales will sell their homes in a reasonable amount of time.  Some Sarasota real estate listings that are priced agressively, receive multiple offers and sell for more than their asking price.  Investors know the market and they are looking for foreclosures and deals to fix up and sell again.  These same buyers are Internet savvy and keep up to date on properties the minute they hit the market.

You can sell your home too!  As long as there are buyers visiting properties, making offers and successfully negotiating prices, homes will sell.  Talk with an experienced Sarasota real estate agent to help you successfully sell your home.

Some waterfront properties and exclusive neighborhoods are doing extremely well.  Homes are selling above their asking price as buyers who keep a close eye on the market step in to negotiate a price with sellers.  The John Allen Team can help you close your deals.

We have buyers looking for properties daily. Buyers want a deal, and deals are being made.  Give John Allen a call today at 941-544-6467 to help you with your purchase or sale of real estate.  Our Team can help you with all of your real estate needs.

Real Estate Sales in Sarasota Reach Higest Level for 2010

Sarasota Florida’s real estate sales for 2010 just keep getting better even with negative press about the oil crisis to our north, the end of the taxpayer credit and looming worries of a bad economy.

The Sarasota Board of Realtors released stats today for June 2010 and “once again property sales topped the 700 mark” hitting the highest level for this year.  Sales were higher than any date since December 2005.  The previous high for Sarasota real estate sales was in May of this year when sales topped 766.  June property sales totaled 776.  Sales were 27.2 percent higher than last year in June.

“In June, 576 single family homes were sold, 28.3 percent higher than June 2009, when only 449 single family homes sold.”  Homes values are trending higher also.

Condo sales totaled 200 in June showing a 24.2 percent increase over June 2009.  Median price of condos fell, primarily due to distressed property sales.

Once again, pending sales were strong although not as high as the period where homebuyers were eligible for tax credits.  Eric Shumway, 2010 SAR President pointed that Sarasota “anticipated a potential drop off in sales with the expiration of the $8,000 tax credit.”  Strong June figures show continued strength in the Sarasota real estate market.

Distressed property sales for foreclosures and short sales rose in June and property inventory dropped.  Inventory is at the lowest level since the late summer of 2005.

The return of a seller’s market is in sight for properties under $250,000.  To read the full Sarasota real estate report, click here.

Contact the John Allen Team for more information on Sarasota homes for sale at 941-544-6467.  Visit our newest comprehensive downtown Sarasota real estate site if you are searching for an urban lifestyle.

Sarasota, FL Named Best Place to Buy Real Estate

The International Property Journal reports in their online blog that Sarasota, Florida is the “Best Place to Buy in the Western World.”  Those of us who live and work in Sarasota have been shouting and touting Sarasota’s amenities and beauty to the world for quite some time.  The report “ranks popular resort and second home locations around the world.”  Since Sarasota real estate prices have fallen tremendously in the past two years, Sarasota is the cheapest holiday home location in the western world according to the report.

Sarasota Florida’s warm climate, tropical breezes and magnificent waterfront vistas are a huge draw internationally.  Offering its residents cultural venues such as the Sarasota Opera, the Ringling Museum of Art and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota has become home to many professionals, sports and entertainment celebrities as well as baby boomers seeking a community that offers it all.  Sarasota, Florida is not longer known as just a “beach” resort, the world has found its “Best Place to Buy.”

Check out the full report:  http://internationalpropertyjournal.com/latest-news/109-best-buys-internationally.html

If you need assistance searching for Sarasota homes for sale, contact the John Allen Team at 941-544-6467 for experienced guidance in all areas of Sarasota including Siesta Key, Casey Key, Longboat Key, Lido Key and downtown Sarasota.

Sarasota Florida Real Estate Sales Are Up

Home and condominium sales jumped 35% last month, compared to the same month in 2008 according to MLS numbers released by the Sarasota Association of Realtors. Sales were fuled by the $8,000 first time home buyer credit (this was just extended until the end of June 2010), and investors/buyers taking advantage of greatly reduced prices. Total unit sales for the month were 554 versus 409 for the same period last year. 399 single family homes and 155 condos were sold. Approximately half of the homes and a third of the condo sales were short sales or foreclosures. The SAR reports that most of the statistics point to a market that is in the recovery mode. Inventory levels have been steadily declining and are now at the lowest point since the real estate boom ended.

As we pointed our in a previous post, Barbara Corcoran believes that Sarasota, FL is the best real estate market in the United States to by a home right now. According to the interview, prices have stabilized and will be headed back up. She also points out that Sarasota is a sophisticated town with big city amenities and fabulous beaches.