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    Longboat Key named safest small city | Longboat Key

    By DeAnna Greenhaw | July 14, 2016

    Online insurance data provider ValuePenguin has named the island the fourth safest city in Florida, and the safest small city in the state. Longboat Key is moving up the ranks of the safest municipalities in the state, at least according to personal finance aggregator ValuePenguin. The website listed the island as the fourth safest city... Read More

    Selecting a Refinancing Option with ILTIS Lending Group | Sarasota’s Mortgage Professional (941) 954-4252

    By DeAnna Greenhaw | July 13, 2016

    When you are overwhelmed with so many choices, it may seem like there are even more refinance programs than borrowers!  – Is Refinancing Worth the Cost? Ever hear the pearl of wisdom that says you should only consider refinancing if your new interest rate will be at least two points below your present one?  That might... Read More

    Sarasota schools graded A, Manatee C, by State | McConnell and Associates

    By DeAnna Greenhaw | July 11, 2016

    Department of Education releases assessments earlier than expected Schools and district letter grades were released by the Florida Department of Education on Friday, earlier than expected.  The Sarasota County School District was rated A for the second year, while the Manatee County School District slipped from a B to a C grade. Statewide only three districts... Read More

    Architecture: Sarasota’s Guy Peterson wins AIA Florida’s Gold Medal | Real Estate

    By DeAnna Greenhaw | July 11, 2016

    Architecture: Sarasota’s Guy Peterson wins AIA Florida’s Gold Medal.  When architect Guy Peterson was just starting his career, his mentor gave him some advice he’s never forgotten.“He told me, ‘Guy, in 20 years, I want you to have 20 years of experience and not one year’s experience repeated 20 times,’ Peterson said. “That always resonated... Read More

    Lakewood Ranch claims half of Manatee’s growth | East County

    By DeAnna Greenhaw | July 6, 2016

    Home values rose 8.31% countywide over 2015 values. Development in East County leads the way for revenue growth on the property tax rolls, according to data released by the Manatee County Property Appraiser today. Data shows market values in Manatee County increased by 8.31% compared with 2015, resulting in a taxable value of $30.5 billion,... Read More

    The 24 best beaches in America Ranked | Business Insider | Siesta Key Beach

    By DeAnna Greenhaw | July 5, 2016

    Here is our definitive list of the best beaches in America, from Hawaii to California. Hawaii’s Lanikai Beach.Shutterstock/Ekashustrova Whether you’re looking for uncrowded sands or adventure-packed waters, you don’t have to go too far to find a beach that’s perfect for your next vacation. We’ve put together a comprehensive list of the best beaches in... Read More

    Sarasota project finally sees the light

    By DeAnna Greenhaw | June 29, 2016

    Fruitville 210’s work pays off with addition of street lights and sidewalks.  It has been 11 years of community meetings and conversations, 11 years of meeting with Sarasota County staff and 11 years of patience. After a vote at the June 21 Sarasota County Commission meeting, communities north of Fruitville Road are getting what they... Read More

    The Landings | A Gated Community in Sarasota

    By DeAnna Greenhaw | June 29, 2016

    The Landings is one of Sarasota’s most beautiful communities and is ideally situated just minutes south of downtown in the desirable west-of-the-trail (Route 41) location. It is a gated and deed-restricted community with a unique selection of estate homes, luxury condos, villas and townhomes. Housing styles vary widely and include Key West, Mediterranean and traditional.... Read More

    Short Sales from a Tax Perspective – Myth vs Truth

    By DeAnna Greenhaw | June 27, 2016

    Short sales, principal reduction loan modifications, deeds in lieu and foreclosures all present unique tax consequences, and they vary from one person to another. Much of what we are hearing from clients, which they are hearing from others, is either not true or not true for them. Here are my Top 10 Myths –and the... Read More

    Real Property Ownership and Interests Methods of Ownership and Holding Title

    By DeAnna Greenhaw | June 27, 2016

    Tenancy by the Severalty When ownership of real property is in the hands of an individual or corporation it is referred to as a severalty estate. The law considers a corporation an individual which must act by corporate resolution with official decisions by the board of directors. The word severalty is used here in the... Read More