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Nov. 24, 2020

Poppo's Taqueria | House Match Hotspots

This House Match Hotspot is for all the Taco Tuesday lovers out there! 


Poppo’s Taqueria originated here on the Gulf Coast of Floridaand it is truly the only Mexican cuisine of its kind in this area. Although Poppo’s started here, the Coleman family was inspired by their Northern California roots. The Mission District Mexican foods, located in San Francisco, is a unique style compared to traditional or Tex-Mex. Poppo’s exceeds all expectations on delivering this California gem to the Sarasota/Bradenton area. 


A sweet sentiment about Poppo’s: it is named after the Colemans’ grandfather, whom they lovingly knew as “Poppo.”



All recipes are created in-house and don’t sway from their promise on “fast, fresh, and friendly” eats. House Match Hotspot host and realtor Kendall Williams was lucky enough to taste a few of Poppo’s fan-favorite meal items! (Check out the full interview at the end of this blog). The classic burrito, homemade chips and salsa, and their famous tacos, of courseall of which were prepared with fresh ingredients by one of the owners, Casey Coleman. In Kendall’s words, all of the flavors perfectly complement each other. You can’t go wrong regardless of what you order!



Another noteworthy trait about Poppo’s is how their burritos are prepared. Unlike other Mexican chains, Poppo’s has mastered the art of burrito wrapping. No breakage. No mess. Just delicious burritos you can easily take on the go! 


Is your mouth watering yet? Head on down to one of the Poppo’s locations to try one of their tasty Mexican dishes!


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Nov. 23, 2020

November Real Estate Market Update

The holiday season is hereand the Sarasota/Manatee real estate market is still on FIRE. Curious what these numbers mean for your current situation? Let’s dive into this month’s real estate market update! First, we always like to look at the number of new homes coming on the market. 

New Homes on the Market

What this means: The number of houses that were listed in the month of October.

Nobember New Listings 2020

October saw an increase in new listings coming on the market. Fortunately, there’s still room for a lot more inventory. Seller inventory is still not matching buyer demand, which is great news for sellers. If you’re considering a move, now is the time. 

Number of Homes Under Contract

What this means: Homes that went under contract in October.

November Pending Sales 2020

October saw another HUGE increase in new pending contractsclose to a 36% increase over this same time last year. That brings us to over 11% year-to-date growth! The economy is rebounding, home affordability is at an all-time high, and record-low rates staying near 3% is creating the perfect storm for home buyers.

Months Supply of Inventory 

What this means: If every home available was sold and no more inventory came on the market, how long would that take? 

November Months Supply 2020

Inventory continues its downward trend, now sitting shy of 2 months. With pendings overshadowing new listings again, this number could drop even lower. Since listings are down, this creates a tightening inventory. This is typically a sign that it’s a great time to get your home on the market or downsize/upsize. 

Median Sale Price

What this means: Amount that values have increased/decreased.

The median price is up 9.6% on the year. With tightening inventory levels, this is to be expected. If people are competing for homes, this will drive prices up.

November Median Sales Price

Inventory (Active Listings)

What this means: Number of homes that are actually for sale. 

November Inventory 2020

The number of homes for sale has decreased 41% from this time last year. With a total of under 2,600 homes for sale in Sarasota and Manatee County, we are seeing Value (Price/Condition) as one of the most important factors. If inventory remains low, this could change. Our advice is to price your home correctly the first time. Capitalize on the equity you can get now, and do not attempt to time the market. Speak with your House Match Realtor to make sure you are positioned to best capitalize on this. 

Median Time to Contract

What this means: How long it’s taking for homes to go into escrow.

November Median Time to Contract 2020

When you have fewer homes for sale, naturally the time on market will go down. The time to contract is down more than 50% from this time last year to 19 days. This number can be dialed in to specific neighborhoods and price points. However, if your home has been sitting longer than 19 days, you have to review THE BIG TWO: Price and Condition. 

With inventory shrinking, homes that are priced well are getting snatched up almost 14 days quicker then they were this time last year. If you are in the market to buy and you find a home you love, don't sleep on it...or you might not sleep in it.  

Median Time to Contract by Sale Price

What this means: Shows the difference between price points in how quickly homes are selling. 

Median Time to Contract by Price November 2020

Days to contract dropped throughout the entire range of home prices. With inventory at record-low levels, the homes that were sitting are now starting to pick up activity again. We use this data to know the competitive market and how to best position your home to WIN! 

It all has to do with supply and demand. Take a look at the next chart. 

New Listings By Initial Listing Price

What this means: Number of properties put on the market broken down in price ranges.

November new listings by price 2020

We are seeing the biggest increase in that $300- $399 range of listings. We’re noticing that a lot of Sellers are taking advantage of the great interest rates to MOVE UP in home. They are selling, taking the equity they made in the $300- $399 range, and then moving up into the $400-$599 range of homes. Couple that with sub 3% interest rates and you can get a lot of home for the money!

Closed Sales

What this means: The number of real estate transactions that were finalized.

November closed sales 2020

Closed sales are up 37.8% from this time last year and on pace to break last year’s record of sales!  Year-to-Date we have now surpassed 2019's sales numbers, which is a great sign that housing will remain strong through 2021.

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

We hope all of you are staying safe, healthy, and happy during this holiday season!


Matt Bohanon


House Match


Nov. 19, 2020


Beautiful Pool Home With A Large Fenced Back Yard!


3 Bed | 2 Bath | 1,418 SqFt | MLS#: A4483571

Introducing a dream-worthy home on Plum Tree Lane. The architecture has a mid-century modern feel, but it was built in 1985. With 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and 1,418 square feet of living space, it makes for the perfect single family home. Wood lining on doorways and appliances are accented throughout, giving the home a lot of character. And since the holidays are just around the corner, it's perfect timing to cozy up by the stone fireplace ( built-in mantle included)! The remainder of the interior is light, bright, and airy so it still feels very open. A fan-favorite feature of this house is what sits behind the sliding backdoor—a private pool, sizeable backyard, and expansive patio space for outdoor seating or a grill. The Master bedroom also has direct access to the back grounds. Come see this stellar home in person today!


For more information call us at 941-260-0144!

Nov. 19, 2020


Beautiful Golf View In The Front And Back!


3 Bed | 2 Bath | 1,921 SqFt | MLS#: A4483587

One or more photo(s) has been virtually staged. Calling all Florida enthusiasts! This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is centrally located, so you can easily explore all the beauty Sarasota/Bradenton/Siesta Key has to offer. Settled on the golf course at The Palms Golf Club at Forest Lakes, you'll be just a short drive from Lido Key, Lakewood Ranch, and Siesta Key Beach. When you're weary from your outdoor journeys, take a cooking adventure in your kitchen. It's stocked with stainless steel appliances to accommodate your chef needs. Your eatery is also easy on the eyes—granite countertops, a mixture of wood and glass cabinets, and neutral diamond backsplash that matches the tile flooring. Another notable home feature is the incredible view. The back wall has oversized sliding windows, so you always have a front-row seat to the lavish landscape. The home is move-in ready! Scheduling a showing today!


For more information call us at 941-260-0144!

Nov. 16, 2020

What House Match is Thankful for in 2020: You

A Message For Our Treasured Clients:



Thanksgiving is filled with an array of precious traditionsturkey (and lots of it!), pumpkin pie, football, a break from the heat. But the concept of “gratitude” is arguably the most precious tradition of all. Outside of the office, the House Match team is so grateful for our friends, family, and abundance of other blessings. But inside the office, we are forever thankful for youour forever client, the lifeblood of our real estate business.


For the past two years, The House Match Team has had the pleasure of serving more than 330 families, including yours. Whether we have helped you find your forever home, or adding to your portfolio. Whether we have helped you sell your home, or assisted you in a transition. Whether we have answered your real estate questions, or just “caught up” about life after home-buying/selling. You provide joy in what we do. You motivate us to aim higher and push ahead every day. And for that, we are so thankful.




The House Match Team


Posted in Lifestyle
Nov. 11, 2020


Beautifully Upgraded Kitchen And Flooring Throughout!


3 Bed | 2 Bath | 1,583 SqFt | MLS#: A4483315

Live in Ridge Wood Heights—a recognized suburban neighborhood in Sarasota County. Regardless of your current lifestyle, the neighborhood has something to offer you. Niche rates this town with an "A" grade in several areas including the public school system, Housing, Good for Families, and Nightlife, making it a viable choice for any family size or demographic. This particular Ridge Wood Heights home is located steps away from Bee Ridge Park and has a spacious backyard, so family and pets have plenty of play options outdoors! Inside is also very roomy—1,500+ sq. ft., open layout, 3 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms. Upgrades include flooring, kitchen cabinets and countertops. Is this home your perfect match? Schedule a showing to check it out in person!


For more information call us at 941-260-0144!

Nov. 10, 2020

Capture Your Future Buyer: 5 Staging Tips to Make Your Home Feel More Organized, Functional, and Cozy



“I can see myself living here...building my life here.” This is what runs through someone's head once they’ve found the perfect home. As a seller, it’s important to make the first impression of your home a lasting one. Think about this: would you show up to a first date or a job interview not looking your best? The same concept applies to your house, so prep it to the nines! 95% of staged homes sell within the first 11 days. Plus, a staged home sells for 17% more money on average, according to Forbes.


The House Match team recently interviewed a local professional stager, Courtney Petrin from Savannah’s Home & Design, for top five staging tips that sellers can easily implement themselves. These five simple tasks will help potential buyers visualize their future life in your home, while assuring you have a smooth and efficient selling process. 


1. Declutter and Deep Clean

Decluttering and deep cleaning presents your home in the best possible scenario. Put away décor that may be perceived as “distracting” (unusual artwork, themed rooms, etc). Opt for simplicity! This makes it easier for a prospective buyer to imagine the home with their items instead of yours. Decluttering also makes the house feel more spacious and open. After you’ve decluttered, it’s time to deep clean. Poorly maintained homes are likely to turn away serious buyers. Remember, buyers want to have comfort in knowing their future home has been well-taken care of.


2. Focus on Just Three Rooms

When staging a home, it is important to emphasize the main living area, master bedroom, and kitchen. Courtney shared that these particular rooms hold the most value when it comes to prospective buyers. By focusing the majority of your staging efforts on these three rooms, you won’t waste time on staging other rooms that have less impact.


3. Physically Staging Vs. Virtually Staging

Since some buyers are leaning towards looking at homes online, you have the option to virtually stage, too. Physical staging is a great tool if you’re confident you’ll be having in-person showings or open houses. However, the virtual option is fantastic if you’re concerned about too much traffic in your home or are catering to out-of-state buyers (perhaps people seeking a vacation condo). Methods for virtual staging include apps, a professional virtual stager, or your realtor may have personalized options. For instance, House Match realtors have access to a pro-photographer that works closely with interior designers. From the moment photos are taken to editing and publishing, photos are executed in tip-top shape.


4. Maximize Space

Who doesn’t love more space? There are a few ways to go about this strategy by working with the space you already have (no remodel necessary!). Your choices: declutter (see tip 1), replace the blinds with something that lets in more natural sunlight, rearrange pieces of furniture to open up the room, or use sheer/white curtains to make it feel more light and airy. 


5. Don’t Forget the Outside!

Overgrown landscaping, a broken fence, chipped exterior paint, and visible dirt on the driveaway. If this is what the buyer sees upon arrival, the first impression will be, “this home needs a power wash.” But by making a few cost-effective adjustments and sprucing up the outside, buyers will be drawn to step through the front door. Pro tip: Add an accent plant to the entryway!

Once you’ve tackled these five staging tasks, your home is guaranteed to feel more organized, functional, and cozy! If you have additional staging questions or need any other real estate help, send us a private message on Facebook or Instagram. You can also give us a call at 941-250-0144.

Nov. 6, 2020


Spacious Pool Home In Bradenton With A Fenced Yard!


3 Bed | 2 Bath | 1,432 SqFt | MLS#: A4482994

Welcome to Stone Creek—a well-established Bradenton community consisting of classic midsized homes. Conveniently located just outside of Samoset, you'll be a short drive from Manatee River and 70. Another major perk? Zero HOA fees! Equipped with all the Florida essentials like an enclosed pool and functional A/C. Upon officially calling this place "home," enjoy the benefits of a 3/2 split plan. A bonus area with a stone fireplace and outlook to the back patio is also included. The extra square footage can be used for an office, sitting room, small library, or whatever suits your fancy! The kitchen is its own gem. One of the prime features is the skylight, making it a very light, airy, and all-around pleasant cooking area. Plus, meal prepping is more efficient with the abundance of countertop space. Spread out the ingredients and get to chopping, rolling, and mixing! Do you love what you see? This house is eager to greet its new owners. Book a showing today!


For more information call us at 941-260-0144!

Nov. 6, 2020

Club Pilates Downtown Sarasota | House Match Hotspots


Realtor Kendall Williams had the pleasure of meeting with Club Pilates owner Peter Kilcullen for a short interview and Pilates workout sample (see the video at the end of this blog). This studio truly upholds their promise of offering a "satisfying physical experience" for all fitness levels. Although the classes are a treasure on their own, the friendly staff and gorgeous location top it off to perfection.



The exceptional experience starts well before the actual workout. Tucked in the heart of the Downtown scene, the studio has a New York City-like atmosphere. If you have any pre-workout jitters, they will quickly fade away. You’re instantly greeted with a big smile from the welcoming staff, which calms your nerves while pumping you up for the next step.


The instructors also do a fabulous job at making you feel comfortable during the exercise phase, regardless of your Pilates experience. Whether you’re at a beginner, intermediate, or advanced level, your instructor tailors the workout to fit your needs. Scale back if your body needs a break or opt to try more challenging moves if you’re feeling a little adventurous! 



The first intro class is always free, so giving it a shot doesn’t cost you a dime. Head on down to Club Pilates Downtown Sarasota today to start your perfect Pilates experience!

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Nov. 6, 2020

Simple and Delicious Thanksgiving Recipes: House Match Tasted and Approved



Thanksgiving is right around the corner! It’s that time of year again where our hearts are a little bigger (along with our waist bands). Of course, Thanksgiving is about being grateful for all our blessings. However, it also brings sensational smells and tasteful eats just what you need to kick off the holiday season in your home!


When House Match realtors aren’t serving clients, many take on the “chef” role behind closed doors. After all, realtors that know how to make a house a “home” are the best realtors! We would like to share some of our favorite recipes with you including everything from a sweet, homemade cranberry sauce to an herb-basted turkey...yum!


From our kitchen to yours, we hope you enjoy these family-friendly recipes to display at your holiday dinner table. Get your stretchy pants ready, and click here to download our House Match e-Cookbook. Your stomach will thank you!

Posted in Lifestyle