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Florida’s new foreign buyers

I was born in New York state and up until 20 years ago when I moved to Florida, lived my entire life in the...
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A home’s equity is sometimes subjective

Are you familiar with the expression, “The happiest days of a boat owner’s life are the day he buys the boat and the day...
Surf Shop reopens

Surf Shop reopens

HOLMES BEACH - West Coast Surf Shop, 3902 Gulf Drive, just south of Manatee Beach, is back in business following a fire on April...
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Why is the housing market declining?

It’s a curious situation the national economy is in right now. In spite of the stock market having a fit in December, not only...
Red tide down, tourism promotion up

Red tide down, tourism promotion up

Updated Feb. 14, 2019 - BRADENTON – Local officials are accelerating tourism promotion efforts to overcome the stigma left by red tide since it...
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Selling your home – it should show like a model

Every year around this time I try and remind homeowners what potential buyers are looking for. Even though our market remains brisk, we are...
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County plans to pursue Airbnb users for taxes

BRADENTON – Manatee County commissioners have unanimously voted to find another way to collect tourist taxes from vacation rental owners using Airbnb to rent...
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Tourist tax collections 2018

The local 5 percent tourist tax is collected from owners of accommodations rented for six months or less who charge the tax to their...
Surf shop reopening soon

Surf shop reopening soon

HOLMES BEACH - The surf is up for the reopening of the West Coast Surf Shop, 3902 Gulf Drive, after a fire heavily damaged...
Sato and Duncan county’s top Realtors

Sato and Duncan county’s top Realtors

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Jason Sato was Manatee County’s top Realtor for the fourth consecutive year and Darcie Duncan was the county’s number two...
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Sunshine State population growth

There’s a reason that Florida is called the Sunshine State and it has nothing to do with sunshine. What it does have to do with...
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2019 tax nightmare

The Christmas tree is put away, the leftover food and holiday cookies are hopefully gone, and the gifts have been returned to the mall...
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New Year, new appraisals, new problems

Welcome to 2019, which promises to bring even more far-reaching technology into our lives. The personal touch and simply interacting with other humans are...
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Cooling temps cooling market

It’s a little chilly outside as I write this, however, it is December and even Florida starts to cool down a little. But is...
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New tourism initiatives address red tide challenges

ANNA MARIA - Despite red tide in area waters since early August, tourism grew in Manatee County during the fiscal year October 2017 through...