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Dec. 5, 2019

6033 34TH ST W, #2, BRADENTON, FL 34210

6033 34TH ST W, #2, BRADENTON, FL 34210



2 Beds | 2 Baths | 948 SqFt | MLS#: A4452821

If you are looking for a peaceful spot to call home, this is the place for you! This cozy complex is surrounded by huge oaks and beautiful landscaping, creating an inviting environment you won't want to leave. This charming community has so much to offer including a pool, tennis court, clubhouse and access to onsite fitness room. Centrally located, Harbor Pines is close to IMG Academies, State College of Florida, Anna Maria beaches plus shopping, restaurants, schools and more! This end-unit condo features updated laminate flooring, a spacious open floor plan and screened-in balcony with sparkling pond view. Inside has a laundry closet with washer and dryer. NEW A/C. HOA includes cable TV, pool, trash, water, sewer, outside maintenance, fitness center, pest control. Move in ready! 


For more information call us at 941-260-0144 or click the link below!

Dec. 2, 2019

December Real Estate Market Update

December Real Estate Market Update

Happy Holidays! The end of the year is closing in quickly! Hope you had a great holiday weekend.  Since our last update we have had small uptick in interest rates and some economic reports that show we are still growing just at a slower pace. Lets see how that has played out in the local Sarasota and Manatee real estate market. 

First we always like to look at the number of new homes coming on the market. 

New Listings October

So year to date we are now at a break even for new listings compared to last year , now remember this number will not take into consideration all the New Construction homes since they are not all listed for sale.


Next up lets take a look at the number of pending homes or the number of home that have gone into escrow.

New Pending Sales October

We saw another strong increase in pending sales after the slight slowdown in September. Interest rates have remained low after they fell to near record lows in August. We have also seen FHA guidelines loosen up allowing more condo/townhomes purchases to qualify. Which is a great opportunity in the lower price-points. We have also seen the conventional loan limits raised to $510,400. 


Now lets take a look at Months Supply of Inventory. What this means is that if we sold every home available and no more inventory came on the market how long would that take. 

Months Supply October

Looks like inventory has dropped a bit year to date. With the slowdown in new listings it goes to figure that this number would drop a bit as the current inventory sells off. December is a great month to put your home on the market if you don't want to deal with as much competition.  


The median price is up 3.5% on the year, which is the amount that values have increased/decreased. This is good to consider if your thinking about selling and comparing prices to what you have seen. 

Median Sale Price October


The next two numbers we want to look at is the number of homes that are actually for sale, and how long is it taking for those homes to go into escrow. 

Inventory October

So first the number of homes for sale has risen less than 1% on the year. With a total of 5048 homes for sale in Sarasota and Manatee County we are starting to see Condition and Price become more and more important. As inventory rises buyers have more homes to chose from and the homes with the best VALUE (Buyers perceive value as Price + Condition) will still move fast in this market. 

So when you have more homes for sale naturally the time on market or days on market we call it. Which is how long does it take for a home to go on the market and then go into escrow. 

Median Time to contract October

So the time to contract is up 10.6% Year to Date to 52 days, this number too can be dialed in to specific neighborhoods and price points. However if your home has been sitting longer than 52 days you have to review the THE BIG TWO... Price and Condition. 

It is interesting to see inventory go down and time to contract go up. That can signal that buyers are becoming a bit more selective in the homes they choose, or that they are choosing new construction over resale. Keep that in mind when pricing your home. 

I also wanted to include this to show the difference between price points in how quickly homes are selling 

Median Time to Contract by sales price October

As you can see the higher the price point the longer homes are taking to sell. Why is that? It all has to do with supply and demand. Take a look at the next chart. 

New listings by price point october

As you can see we have a glut of supply in the higher price points. Builders are continuing to build homes in the higher price points even though we can clearly see that there is massive demand in the $200 -$300 price range. So if you have a home to sell in these higher price ranges. Make sure you are keeping it in A1 shape, or pricing it to outpace any new construction you may be competing with. 

Closed Sales October

Last but not least we have Closed Sales , with closed sales being up 6.4% for the year we have a strong indicator that the market is still going strong. With interest rates still near record lows and inventory remaining tight in certain price points it is a great market for both Buyers and Sellers. 

The end of the year is finishing strong in closed sales. You still have time to lock in that low interest rate if you are a looking to purchase by the end of the year. Also with inventory ticking down now is a great time to get your home on the market. The buyers that are searching during the holidays are serious and your home may be the one they choose! 

If you have any questions or would like some more specific data on your home, neighborhood, or price point. Please do not hesitate to reach out!



Nov. 29, 2019

The Scoop with Saylor - December Edition

We hope you enjoy all the amazing events happening throughout December

Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival - December 6th-8th, 2019


Come share in the festivities of the 4th Annual Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival. Come and enjoy fresh seafood and outstanding live musical performances. Hosted by Sarasota County with the Humane Society of Sarasota County.

Holiday Night on St. Armands - December 6th,2019

Sarasota Academy of the Arts students will be performing pre-tree lighting beginning at 5:30pm.  Photos with Santa are available throughout the evening from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. Enjoy holiday entertainment, special store promotions and gracious hospitality provided by our many shops and restaurants.

Venice Boat Parade - December 7th, 2019 at 6pm.

This is a parade you won’t want to miss! Starting above Albee Farm Bridge heading south, will turn around before Circus Bridge. Due to the close proximity of the spectators to the actual parade boats, this is one of the best viewed parades on the coast. 


Lights in Bloom - December 14th, 2019

Selby Gardens lights up the holiday season for the 16th year with Lights in Bloom. More than two million lights will illuminate the Gardens. The tropical holiday paradise includes nightly visits from Santa (through Dec 23), children's arts and crafts activities, games, and special entertainment. Grilled foods will be available for purchase from the Michael's on East grill including a cash bar.  The Selby House Cafe will also be open.


Arlington Park Candy Cane Hunt - December 14th, 2019


Ages: 2 – 12 Summary: Santa’s elves have hidden candy canes throughout the park and it’s up to you to find them! Some will be hidden high and some hidden low. Prizes will be awarded to those who find the “Prize” candy canes.


Holidays Around The Ranch - December 13th, 2019

Children and adults alike will stand in awe at the sight of Santa Claus as he makes his grand entry in his beautiful horse drawn carriage, decorated in lights and garland.Sip on hot cocoa, and eggnog from our many street vendors while enjoying the annual line up of stage performances by many local dance and music studios



Christmas on Main - December 23rd, 2019

Come out a enjoy a special Christmas Celebration! This festival will include food, fun, games, rides, music, and Santa, as well as a candlelight service! Candlelight service begins at 6:45 pm. This is one celebration you won’t want to miss!!

Sarasota New Year's Eve Pineapple Drop 2020 - December 31st, 2019

Ring in the New Year at Downtown Sarasota Block Party and Pineapple Drop Celebration! The ‘party kicks off at Monday, December 31 at 1:00 p.m. Live music, food, drinks, fireworks! 

Plus Many More...

Sarasota Christmas Glow Run 5k - December 7th, 2019

Lido Beach Holiday of the Arts - December 8th & 9th 2019

5th Annual Glow Ride & Celebration - December 20th, 2019

34th Annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights -

December 14th, 2019


Sarasota Polo Match - Every Sunday, 1pm - 4pm


Carriage Rides, Strolling Carolers, Santa Strolls - Every Thursday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm


We wish you a safe and happy holiday! 




Nov. 27, 2019

6616 E 257TH ST E, MYAKKA CITY, FL 34251

6616 E 257TH ST E, MYAKKA CITY, FL 34251



4 Beds | 3 Baths | 3,684 SqFt | MLS#: A4452646

From the moment you step into this exceptional house, you will know this is the one! Tucked away from the street for extra privacy, this picturesque custom-built home is surrounded by 10 acres of lush green lawns, 2 fenced, covered paddocks and sparkling pond. Even before you enter the home, you will LOVE the beautiful landscaping and charming patio. The front of the home features the formal living room with French doors leading to the huge screened-in lanai and the formal dining room while the back of the home has an open floor plan filled with bright Florida sunshine. Truly an ideal cooking space, the kitchen stands out with solid wood cabinets, granite counter tops & a large walk-in pantry. You will enjoy any meal in the second dining area while taking in the beautiful view. The family room has special touches such as the tray ceiling and pocket sliding doors allowing you to bring in outdoor living. The large bonus room can easily convert one into another family space, a home office or a rec room - This home has endless possibilities! The master suite is extra special with its beautiful crown molding, sliders leading to the lanai, His & Her closets and vanities, a sunken tub and separate shower. Available and ready for you! Live your dream!


For more information call us at 941-260-0144 or click the link below!

Nov. 27, 2019





2 Beds | 2 Baths | 1,235 SqFt | MLS#: A4452661

Welcome to the Islander Club of Longboat Key, with all the ingredients for living at its best! You will be impressed the moment you step through the doors of this impeccably designed home. Right away, you will feel exquisite in this sun-filled space created by the many windows and glass doors with breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico. The elegance this home offers is a combination of one-of-a-kind details such as sophisticated marble flooring, custom tray ceilings, and top-quality materials and finishings. The updated kitchen with tons of wood cabinets, double oven, huge island and granite countertops are ideal for anyone who is a chef at heart! Buyers will feel pampered in the spacious Master Suite with a walk-in closet and spa-like bathroom complete with luxury soaking tub. The balcony is truly the centerpiece of this home! Relax with a glass of wine while enjoying a view of the Gulf of Mexico with its spectacular blue-green water and frequent visits by manatees and dolphins. And it doesn’t end here! Spend your days lounging in the sparkling pool or unwinding on the private, beachfront patio. The South tower and North tower are connected by a lovely community room, library and fitness center. If you are looking for your place that feels like a dream every day, don’t miss out this opportunity! You need to visit this home to truly appreciate all it has to offer.


For more information call us at 941-260-0144 or click the link below!

Nov. 21, 2019





5 Beds | 3.5 Baths | 3,229 SqFt | MLS#: A4452239

Looking for a dream house? Located on huge corner lot of lush green lawns with beautiful landscaping and trees, this picturesque Greyhawk Landings home has it all and more! Step through the front door into a spacious the formal living and dining room that works for every occasion from entertaining friends and family or just a enjoying a home-cooked dinner. The back of the home features an open floor plan bringing together the sun-filled family room with direct access to screened-in patio, breakfast nook and classic kitchen with tons of wood cabinets, separate walk-in pantry and granite countertops ideal for anyone who is a chef at heart! Upstairs you will find Master Suite and 4 bedrooms plus bonus loft that can be easily transformed into a home office or creative space. Buyers will feel pampered in the elegant Master Suite with 2 walk-in closets and spa-like bathroom complete with double vanity, walk-in shower and garden soaking tub. Heated saltwater pool and large paved deck for soaking up the sun are the centerpiece of this great outdoor space. Covered lanai is perfect for an outdoor living room and enjoying the peaceful lake view. Your search is over! Here residents enjoy 2 pools, 2 Clubhouses, bike/walking trails, tennis/basketball courts, soccer/baseball fields, 2 playgrounds and much more. This family home is a must see! With its warm sense of community, and only moments to shops and restaurants, this home provides all the elements for relaxing, comfortable and easy living.


For more information call us at 941-260-0144 or click the link below!

Nov. 16, 2019

5 ways to invest in real estate

5 Ways to invest in real estate


Friends and Clients 

Investing in real estate is no longer restricted to the super wealthy alone.

According to a recent survey, real estate investors now make up 15% of the population.

That translates to almost 50 million individuals who invest in at least one property other than their primary residence.

And real estate investing is on the rise.


In fact, 89% of U.S. investors are interested in putting their money in real estate because of benefits such cash flow, tax incentives, leverage, and value appreciation that come with investing in property.


Are you curious about investing in property yourself? Here are five different ways you can get started:


1. Buy and rent


This is probably the most traditional way to invest in real estate. It simply involves buying a property and renting it out.

Now is a good time for this kind of investing because rental rates are on the rise (8% since last year), while mortgage rates remain very low and affordable.

However, the downside of this investing approach is the time and work that go into managing and maintaining your investment.

One of my favorite methods of investing is the BRRRR method. Buy a property, Rehab the property, Rent the property, Refinance the property to get your initial cash investment back, Repeat the process. 


2. Buy and sell


Also known as home flipping, this involves buying a property and reselling it soon after for a profit.

There are two alternatives. You can simply sit and wait for the price to increase, or you can make renovations or improvements to force the value to appreciate.

Don't be fooled by HGTV not everyone makes $100k plus on every flip. Rehabbing properties is all about discipline. 




3. Real estate investment groups


Real estate investment groups are organizations that buy a set of properties and then sell them to individual investors.

The main benefit of this approach is that you typically do not need to act as the landlord because the investment group handles property management for you (for a fee of course).


4. Crowdfunding sites


Recently, there's been an explosion of sites such as Prosper and Lending Club, which allow individuals to invest in various real estate development projects.

Through crowdfunding sites, you can be a part of a large-scale property investment while investing only a moderate amount of money.

On the other hand, crowdfunding sites act as a middleman and charge fees which can eat into your profits.


5. REITs


Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are like mutual funds for real estate.

They typically pay high dividends (as much as 90% of their profits).

However, they also do not offer many of the other main benefits of investing in real estate, such as increased leverage and tax benefits.


Altogether, each of these investing approaches offers a tradeoff between possible profits, risks, and costs.

The one constant is that you can minimize your risks with due diligence and by consulting with an experienced partner.

If you are interested in buying property to rent or sell, check out some of the great listings around (area) right now:


Click here for all available (area) homes for sale


And if you have questions about real estate investing, or you're looking for advice, give us a call at (941) 960-7208. We are here to help.



Have a great day,



Posted in Buyers, Real Estate, Sellers
Nov. 16, 2019

River Club Carwash | House Match Hotspots


Today we are here at the River Club Car Wash on State Road 64 with the owners John and Danielle!

Their business started by John's interest in cars and their town only having one run down car wash. When they moved to Florida they set off to build their first River Club Car Wash located on State Road 70.

River Club Car Wash is an exterior wash that lasts around 2-3 minutes in the tunnel. A special feature they have is the membership lane, that allows you to wash your car unlimited amount of times! They also offer multiple stations with vacuums to get your interior nice and clean as well!



Phone: 941-751-4000

Address: 5740 Ranch Lake Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34202



Phone: 941-242-1919

Address: 9500 SR 64 E, Bradenton, FL 34212


If you mention "HOUSEMATCH" you will receive $2 off your next wash! They also offer several other discounts and/or coupons on their website! Click below to learn more!


Nov. 14, 2019





4 Beds | 3 Baths | 1,771 SqFt

Welcome to Ridgewood Estates! Right away you will enjoy the extra space of this corner double lot giving you a huge front and back yard. Buyers will LOVE the spacious floor plan, including a formal living and dining area ready to entertain family and friends. Unique to this home, there is potential for a full mother-in-law suite or a rental opportunity with private entrance. Gleaming ceramic floors throughout the home and upgraded kitchen counters and backsplash give this home a contemporary feel while staying low maintenance. Lots of windows keep the home light and bright! Big family room has direct access to the screened-in covered lanai, allowing you to enjoy all year relaxing while overlooking the huge, landscaped backyard. The backyard is fully fenced giving extra privacy and includes a shed for storage. NEW roof and A/C make this home a smart investment! Close to shopping and dining, this property is convenient to everything you need while at the same time located in a quiet neighborhood.


For more information call us at 941-260-0144 or click the link below!

Nov. 13, 2019

Vet Care Express | House Match Hotspots

Have An Animal Emergency? Call The Vet Care Express!

This week we are at Vet Care Express with the owner Cheryl! Vet Care Express is an animal ambulance/transportation company, that services animal emergencies and/or common pet transportation needs in Bradenton, Sarasota, and more! These ambulances are equipped with all the necessary tools required to keep your pet safe and get them to the vet or the destination you requested!

Cheryl started Vet Care Express in 2010 when her friend accidentally hit a dog on the road and didn't know what to do. Light bulbs went off and she started researching and building out ambulances to create the business we know now!

She would like everyone to know they are always around and always prepared to help with emergencies or even just advice!


Vet Care Express

Phone: (941) 592-5131



If you need to transport your pet for any reason she is offering a 10% discount if you mention "House Match"! They are also offering a monthly $50 give away if you screen shot this video or take a picture of them on the road, post it on Facebook and tag them in it!