Barb and Marvin Hansen, Springfield, Illinois

We bought our first home on AMI in 2011 after vacationing here just ONE TIME!! We fell in love with the island and knew we wanted to purchase our own slice of paradise. After buying and renovating our first beach house we were ready to upgrade to a larger home. Sue was our real estate agent for selling the first home and buying our second home. We found her to be extremely knowledgeable about AMI and relied on her expertise and guidance. We would highly recommend her services and when we are ready to buy again we will once again depend on Sue to help us from beginning to end!

Real Estate Happenings for September and October

The biggest joy of my job as a real estate broker is helping buyers find their dream home in paradise. For many, it’s a dream come true that’s been in the making for many, many years. For others, like Sally Woodward and Julie Quinlivan, owners of Rudy’s Subs, it was love at first sight the minute they crossed the bridge to come onto the island. They’d purchased a motor home and made the long trek from their home in Colorado to look for a beach town . . . and had almost given up. They went straight to Ginny’s, asked about a realtor, and drove to my office wanting to buy a home here. The rest is history. I was lucky enough to have discovered Anna Maria Island many years ago, through my parents, when prices were much, much less. My first island purchase was an $86,000 condo just a block from the beach, in Holmes Beach. My second purchase was a 2/2 each side duplex for just $139,000. Today, those prices are unheard of, and it isn’t easy for everyone to realize their dream of owning a second (or first) home here. It’s becoming more and more of a […]

Real Estate Happenings on AMI for July/August

Compared to a year ago, Florida’s active listings were down 22 percent for single family homes and 20 percent for condos. In Manatee County, the percentages reflected similarly, with inventory down 21.9 percent for single family homes and an even higher percentage, 35.2 percent, for condos. Our island has been busy! Once again, my August this year has been as busy as March. In Anna Maria, inventory is so low we currently have only 30 active single family listings. In the last six months, 50 homes have sold, ranging in price from $325K for a 2BR/1BA at 253 Gladiolus Street, to $2,300,000 for a 3BR/2.5BA home at 797 North Shore Drive. Remarkably, 10 of the sales have been for homes over the $1M mark. In active listings, only 12 properties are under $1M, with 18 over $1M and the highest price being $3,299,000 for a five-bedroom custom built home at 830 S. Bay Boulevard, #A. In Holmes Beach, there is a higher inventory (76) of single family homes available ranging in price from $340K for an older 1950’s home on Haverkos to $3,699,000 for a 4BR/4BA home at 699 Key Royale Drive. Again, an indication of the rising prices is […]

The Current Pulse on Real Estate

A recent home sale in Manatee County is a sign of just how hot the Florida, including Anna Maria Island, housing market is again. “We had a property on the market for about 17 minutes before it had an offer,” said the president of the Manatee Association of Realtors. At the beginning of June, I had German clients who wanted to put offers in on two different island properties that were snatched up within an hour or two of being listed. The Manatee Association of Realtors said you can thank, or blame, Manatee County’s hot housing market on groups of investors who are watching listings for existing home sales like hawks. The investors pay a high price with cash, eliminating much of their competition. “They are coming in and scooping up a lot of existing inventory, really making it hard for the homebuyer who needs financing and has to have a mortgage.” Given the trends and upward pressure on prices, it looks like Manatee County and the entire state has become a seller’s market. Pending sales, contracts on existing properties not yet completed, rose 31.9%. On Anna Maria, sales for the past 12 months are up a record pace of […]

Nationwide: Real Estate Contracts Increasing

According to the National Association of Realtors, new contracts signed for home sales rose 1.5% last month to the highest level in nearly three years. The trade group’s Pending Home Sales Index rose to 105.7 in March, up from the previous month’s 104.1 and exceeding analysts’ expectations. Compared to a year earlier, the index was up 7% last month, marking the 23rd straight month of year-over-year increases. New contracts for home sales last month increased the most–2.7 percent–in Southern states. The index was another indication of improvement in the housing market. The group expects existing home sales to rise to nearly 5 million sales this year, an increase of about 6.5-7 % over 2012. The median price for existing home sales is expected to rise about 7.5%. On a local level, tourism set another Manatee County tax collection record in March 2013, which marked the 23rd month out of the past 24 that resort tax collections by the Manatee Co. Tax Collector’s Office exceeded the same month’s collections the previous year. The resort tax collections division reported $1.492 million was collected in March 2013, a 12.06% climb from the $1.344 million in March 2012. March collections also brought the year-to-date […]

My Paradise Found

“After visiting the Anna Maria Island area for several years on holiday, in 2008 we decided to take advantage of lower Real Estate prices and buy our little cottage by the sea we’d been dreaming of. All we were looking for was a place as close to the beach as we could get thinking we’d spend holidays and rent out when we weren’t here to help offset the cost.  We were connected with another Realtor by a friend of ours. We spent a frustrating seven days being sold all sorts of great deals, none by or near the Island.  Sure, there were great deals on golf course and downtown Sarasota homes, but we wanted to be close to AMI.  2 days before our vacation was to end, we drove by a little cottage in the Village of Cortez with An Island Place’s sign on it.  We called Sue that night, she dropped everything and gave us 3 examples of cottages near or on the island that WERE in our budget – something our previous Realtor told us was impossible.  We bought our cottage, closed in a few weeks, and started having holidays in our own home. Within a year it […]

Dave and Barb Rinckey, Grand Ledge, Michigan

From the minute we found Sue on her website and she responded to our request for information, we knew we had found the perfect realtor for us. She is extremely knowledgeable about the area, and helped us so much in filtering through possibilities. She helped us avoid a couple of buying pitfalls, which we so much appreciated. She never pushed, just gently lead us towards our final goal of purchasing the perfect place for us. She is a great negotiater – her skills kicked into high gear at just the right time! We highly recommend Sue and her staff to anyone looking for an honest, forthright and energetic realtor.

The Island has a Love Affair with Dogs

Wherever you go on the island you’ll see people and their furry best friends.  The shops usually have treats and water bowls, and passers by will stop to meet your best buddy.  Of course our beloved canines can’t come IN to restaurants, but many with outdoor seating allow them. There is also a beach along the Manatee Avenue causeway where you can let them get wet.  Robinson Preserve, just over on the mainland, is also a great place to take them for a walk or run.

Lynne and Kelly Rubino, Bradenton, Florida

We cannot say enough about Keith Barnett. He is the best realtor we’ve ever had. He is very conscientious, detailed and supportive. We knew he was always looking out for our best interest from the moment we started working with him on finding a house to the closing and beyond. We’ve never had a realtor spend so much time looking for “just the right house”. Keith has been there for us even after the deal closed and he could walk away. We are more than pleased and can’t thank you Keith enough for our beautiful new home!

Ron and Debra Politte, St. Louis, Missouri

Buying our new house on Anna Maria Island was an easy and fun experience because of Sue Carlson. She went beyond our expectations of taking care of all the details from start to closing. We were thrilled with her professional care on our behalf especially since we were out of state. And the best part…we now consider Sue our new island friend!

An Island Place Realty

941-779-9320

anislandplace@aol.com

9908 Gulf Dr.
Anna Maria, FL 34216

Fax: 1-800-454-3211

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