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So Refreshing!

“It was so refreshing to have them on our team for this entire process.” We cannot say enough about how much we have enjoyed first getting to know Sue, and second working with Sue. Sue and Gina are always willing to help with a great attitude! We first met Sue to look at one of her listings, when that wasn’t what we were looking for the two of them jumped into action and showed us around AMI for almost 2 days. We found the exact home we were looking for and they helped us go from negotiations, to contract, to closing without skipping a beat. It was so refreshing to have them on our team for this entire process. Their honesty and integrity are unmatchable in this industry. After helping us with our first purchase, a year later we called on her again to purchase a second place on the island. Again, they went above and beyond the call of duty. I would definitely recommend Sue and Gina for all your real estate needs! Thank you both for all you do, you are the best! Kris and Cam, Chicago, IL

“You will not be disappointed…”

“We recommend her highly to anyone!” We recently purchased a home in Anna Maria, FL, from Sue Carlson and would definitely recommend her in every way! She is extremely knowledgeable about Anna Maria Island and the surrounding area, and was a fountain of information regarding builders, inspectors, insurance agents and everything else we needed to know regarding the purchase and our future plans. Sue was fun to work with and made sure the purchase process was painless and thorough. She has remained helpful even after the purchase was complete during our remodel, and has become a good friend. We recommend her highly to anyone – you will not be disappointed and she will make sure you find the right property for you! Sincerely, Janis and George, Snowmass Village, CO

“Honest and Ethical”

“Sue acted as both an advisor and a purchasing agent…” Sue worked with us to purchase a home on the island. Her knowledge and expertise proved to be an invaluable asset. Taking the time to help us understand what criteria should be considered when purchasing for long term ownership, Sue acted as both an advisor and a purchasing agent. She is one of the most honest and ethical individuals we have ever dealt with…and we would definitely use her as a buyers agent in the future. Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $700K in Anna Maria, FL

We love dealing with them…

“Sue and Gina took care of all the details…” Sue and Gina have gone over and above for us in all of our real estate needs on Anna Maria Island and now in Bradenton. The rental side of her business has never missed a step, and keeps us apprised of all things happening with our Island condo. When purchasing our new property, Sue and Gina took care of all the details we could not deal with while being away for the summer. Sue and Gina both get our highest recommendation for their professionalism, expertise, and friendly ways of doing business. We love dealing with them. Bought a Single Family home in 2015 in Holmes Beach, FL.

Anna Maria Island Real Estate

Buying or selling Anna Maria Island real estate is truly a breeze with An Island Place Realty.  Whether you’re  looking for your dream home or a lucrative investment property, our dedicated agents will always go above and beyond to meet your needs. As a member of multiple listing services, as well as the Manatee County and Sarasota County Real Estate Boards, An Island Place Realty  has access to all of the properties in these areas. We specialize in Anna Maria Island real estate, as well as properties along the entire Gulf of Mexico coastline, including Longboat Key, Lido Key and the surrounding areas of Sarasota and Bradenton as well. An Island Place Realty gives you the attention you deserve. We offer Anna Maria Island real estate including homes, duplexes, and condos, and we take the time to uncover what it is you’re truly looking for in a property. Our promise is Anna Maria Island real estate made easy … no hassles … no pressure. Contact us today and find the property that will make your dreams come true.

Island Update

We definitely enjoyed a busy summer on Anna Maria Island, and now as we enter into the fall, we are gearing up for another big winter season! Every year, we see more and more people coming to spend time on the island during the summer months. The beaches were busy, restaurants were busy, and both An Island Place Realty and Coastal Cottages AMI were busy . . . down time? What is down time? AIP has had a record year, with over 30 sales, thus far! As mentioned in the last newsletter, there has been a surprising amount of activity off-island finding buyers available places in Bradenton, Perico Bay Club and Longboat Key. One of the biggest surprises was being able to find buyers looking for off-island properties homes for very reasonable prices! We’ve discovered Ironwood, which is a large condo complex on an 18-hole golf course right in the center of Bradenton. A couple from my hometown is closing this week on a condo there, and they were able to purchase it for less than $100K. The complex has its own clubhouse, pool, tennis courts and a beautiful golf course. It’s only 15 minutes from the island, too! We’ve […]

Out with the Old, In with the New

Thirty-seven years ago, my parents visited their friends, Rufus and Lorraine Yount, who lived in a mobile home park in Cortez. They were also from northern Michigan, but much earlier retirees than my parents, and they were already settled full time in their Florida lifestyle of relaxing, fishing and enjoying this beautiful area. My parents were hooked. Even though their work only allotted them a one-week visit every year, they gradually, through the years, were able to come for three weeks at a time, and then after retirement, they spent five months every winter, renting on the beautiful north end of Anna Maria Island. They had stories about the real estate agents they with whom they first worked. They and their friends would arrive for the winter, and one couple had to be moved, their place was so dingy. They would entertain themselves by going to garage sales for the first several weeks to try and outfit their places, which were lacking many of the cookware and amenities (such as lamps, a radio, etc.) that my parents’ home and their friends’ homes were equipped with. Dishes were mismatched, but they made do . . . and they had a ball […]

Biggest Tourist Season on AMI Ever!

Whew! We have just been through the biggest tourist season in the history of Anna Maria Island, according to the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. January resort tax collections were up 15 percent from last year, with February collections up 11 percent. The March collections are not yet available from the Manatee County Tax Collector, but they are expected to break records. At Coastal Cottages AMI, we have grown our occupancy numbers over last year, and also have been steadily adding properties to our program. Our May, June and July bookings are up well over last year’s bookings, so it looks like the year will continue to be a stellar one. We have continued to be busy with real estate sales and listings. Judy and Dan DePottey, from Zeeland, Michigan, are thrilled to have purchased a canal-front home just five minutes from the island at Coral Shores, off of Cortez Road. It has a beautiful caged pool and spa area, large two-car garage, and a beautiful lawn leading to the boat dock on the canal. This will be their new winter home to help escape the harsh northern winters. Though not yet retired, they felt it was time to […]

Brisk Start to 2014

Office sales for An Island Place Realty have been off to a brisk start for 2014. Between Rita, Dennis and myelf, we have nine properties that have gone under contract, some already closed and others due to close soon. On the island, the average sales price for 2013, as compared to 2012, rose dramatically. Single family homes rose 25%, condos 13%, multi-family 3%, and vacant land went up a whopping 84%. There is a noticeable difference in the amount of building going on in all three of the island communities. Lots that have been sitting empty for years are being built on. Inventory is at the lowest level in a decade, which is good for sellers but not for buyers. Not surprisingly, with rising prices and island inventory low, six out of those nine properties are off-island. Dennis’ clients are from Belgium, looking to spend six months out of the year in their new northwest Bradenton home. Rita just put a house under contract in northwest Bradenton for her buyers who had been renting a place while looking to buy. I found a beautiful condo in Perico Bay Club for her buyers, Bill and Cathie Balthazor, from Wisconsin, who originally […]

Happy Holidays!

We have had a busy fall on the island. We can’t believe it’s already nearing the end of the year, with Christmas upon us. As usual, the island has celebrated the season with all kinds of events, including holiday open houses for all of the businesses in both Holmes Beach and Anna Maria (on two separate Friday evenings), and a tree lighting ceremony on Bridge Street last Saturday, followed by a lighted boat parade. For those of you who wonder what Christmas would be like on the island . . . the word is FUN, FESTIVE, and BEAUTIFUL! You can easily get used to seeing bright Christmas lights on swaying palm trees! The year in real estate has been a remarkable one on the island. An Island Place Realty has had its best year ever, with a total of over $10 million in sales. Island-wide sales have been significantly up, with current inventory at only 231 active listings and 22 lots, down from a height of nearly 1000 total in 2006. Currently there are 43 properties and seven lots under contract headed to closing. I still have frequent requests from buyers for distressed properties, but, not surprisingly, the minute something […]

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