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One of our favorite topics

It doesn’t take long for a get together with friends and neighbors to morph into a conversation about real estate. One of the preferred...
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Floods, saltwater and freshwater

The poet W. H. Auden said, “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” Surely, he meant both freshwater and the ocean water...
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Taxes come and gone

April 15th has finally passed. Every year we hold our breath until this day is in our rearview mirror, especially this year. Let’s see...
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Real estate process speeding up

For me, a good recipe has three main components - less than five ingredients, less than 30 minutes and less than two pots. A...
Flood insurance rates changing

Flood insurance rates changing

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Flood insurance premiums soon will be changing for better or worse for Island property owners, depending on where their property...
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Traffic, real estate sales up

If you want to know why you’re starting to analyze traffic patterns so you can plan your trips to the supermarket, doctor’s office and...
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Should you digitally – or actually – renovate?

There comes a time in every homeowner’s life when they are faced with the dreaded renovation question. Frequently this question comes about when you’re...

County collecting tourist tax from most Airbnb owners

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – The Manatee County Tax Collector told concerned county commissioners last week that vacation rental owners using Airbnb to rent their...
Local gym Fit Crew to partner with Reveal Vitality

Local gym Fit Crew to partner with Reveal Vitality

BRADENTON – Fit Crew Bradenton and Reveal Vitality are forming a partnership which will allow the businesses to offer the next level of health...
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Technology can’t replace real estate brokers

Technology has done as much to change the real estate industry as Henry Ford did to change the production of automobiles. However, where Henry...
Ground breaks on new Margaritaville hotel

Ground breaks on new Margaritaville hotel

PERICO ISLAND – You’ll soon be able to waste away in Margaritaville in a new way at One Particular Harbour. The first ever Compass hotel...
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Good news and good news

It’s been a while since we had positive news about how the national real estate market was trending. The little black cloud hanging over...
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Are you smarter than a hedge fund manager?

The most expensive home in U.S. history was just sold. It’s a four-story condo on Central Park South in New York City dubbed “billionaire's...
Developer previews sustainable Hunters Point home

Developer previews sustainable Hunters Point home

PALMETTO – Pearl Homes president Marshall Gobuty recently gave The Sun a tour of the new research and design center in Palmetto that now...
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House hunting – the fun and not so fun

I love technology and, although I may not be as well-versed as a 12-year-old, I do feel that for my generation I’m pretty competent....