Tuesday, November 14, 2017

North Port takes steps to split West Villages from Venice zip code

Sarasota Herald Tribune - Nov 13,2017
NORTH PORT — In hopes of having the question settled before the 2020 census, North Port city commissioners on Monday took the first of several steps that could lead to the West Villages area having its zip code affiliated with the city and not with Venice.
First, the commission directed City Manager Peter Lear to provide an update to the U.S. Postal Service on the current and future development of the West Villages and to ask about the agency’s plans for additional zip codes for the area.
Next, the commission agreed to host a town hall meeting in the West Villages on the relationship between the development district and the city; and finally, it directed city staff to increase outreach efforts to highlight for West Villages residents the services and activities North Port offers.
None of that received a warm welcome by West Villages residents in the crowd — most of whom live in either Island Walk or Gran Paradiso and who bought their homes partly because of the cache of a Venice zip code, regardless of where they pay property taxes.
Nor were they particularly pleased with City Commissioner Debbie McDowell who — after she explained that the property appraiser told her that comparable sales values and nearby amenities impacted home values, but zip codes do not — said they were duped by their seller, if they thought they were buying into Venice.
“It sounds like North Port has an inferiority complex,” said Ruth Thurber, a Gran Paradiso resident who previously lived in Port Charlotte and Lakewood Ranch. “My husband and I wanted to be in Venice. We know we’re paying taxes in North port and not Venice.
“Please don’t insult us and say we were duped; we’re intelligent people, we know where we bought,” she added. “We know what our property values are in Venice address as well as the North Port address.”
Michael Sepot followed by saying the property appraiser doesn’t have a clue about the real estate market“You’ll never find a bank who would use a city appraiser for any mortgage,” said Sepot, who later added, “perception is reality for the people who have that perception.”
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Home prices in Sarasota-Manatee continue to climb

Home prices in Sarasota-Manatee continue to climb

Home prices in the Sarasota-Manatee region failed to keep pace with the state and national averages in September but still climbed over the year.
Single-family home prices rose 3.8 percent over the year in the two-county area, data provider CoreLogic reported Tuesday. That slipped behind increases of 6.2 percent in Florida and 7.0 percent in the U.S., CoreLogic said.
Prices jumped a more robust 7.6 percent in Charlotte County.
Charlotte ranked 84th and Sarasota-Manatee 256th for home-price appreciation among the 402 metro areas covered in the report.
Florida price gains ranked 16th in the nation. But home values in the state remain about 18 percent off their pre-recession peak.
“Heading into the fall, home price growth continues to grow at a brisk pace,” said Frank Nothaft, chief economist at CoreLogic. “This appreciation reflects the low for-sale inventory that is holding back sales and pushing up prices. The CoreLogic Single-Family Rent Index rose about 3 percent over the last year, less than half the rise in the national Home Price Index.”
Prices in Florida are expected to lift 6.9 percent in the coming 12 months, higher than the 4.7 percent U.S. forecast, CoreLogic said.


SARASOTA / BRADENTON HOUSING 3Q17: Hurricane Irma Impact is Limited as Quarterly New Home Starts are at Post-Recession Highs

  • Quarterly New Home Starts are up 3.4% YoY while Annual Starts are down 0.4% from 3Q16 levels
  • Affordability is getting squeezed in the lower price points as new home starts under $250k are down 20% YoY.
  • Despite Hurricane Irma, quarterly starts were the best we have seen post-recession. Sarasota-Bradenton is now building about 120% of the twenty year moving average. Irma may push some closings into 2018, but she did not materially impact our forecast for increasing housing starts in 2018 for Sarasota.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Upcoming Venice Events.

Come out & enjoy the fun!
Venice Farmer's Market
Every Saturday in 2017 & 2018
May - December 8am-12pm
(January - April 8am-1pm)
Tampa Ave. West

30th Annual Venice Art Festival
November 4-5th10am-5pm
West Venice Ave.

Chalk Festival
November 10-13th, 8am-6pm
Venice Airport Festival Grounds

Venice Blues Crawl
November 17th5pm-10pm
Downtown Venice (Miami Ave.)

Venice Blues Festival
November 18th11am-7pm
Maxine Barritt Park (1800 S. Harbor Dr.)

Monday, October 30, 2017

Forbes Ranks North Port Florida #5 in Nation for Future Job Growth

The Best U.S. Cities For Future Job Growth 

Florida was one of the hardest hit areas during the financial crisis with the boom-and-bust economy walloped by the collapse of the housing market. Home prices fell more than 50% from their 2006 peaks in many metro areas and foreclosures soared. The collapse of the Florida economy pushed the unemployment rate north of 11% in 2009 and 2010. But the boom days are back in Florida with construction in full force and tourism at record levels. Unemployment dipped below 4% last month for the first time since 2007. The outlook is bright as well. Four Florida metros rank among the 10 areas with the highest projected job growth rates over the next three years, according to data from Moody’s Analytics.
The cities include Orlando (3.2% annual growth), North Port (2.7%), Jacksonville (2.5%) and Ocala (2.5%). Each of these areas should at least double the expected annual growth rate of 1.2% for the typical metro area in the U.S.

Tourism is the engine that drives Orlando's economy. It is a $60 billion industry for Orlando with 68 million visitors to the region last year, according to marketing agency Visit Orlando (the state drew 113 million tourists during the year). Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando are the two biggest private employers in Central Florida with roughly 100,000 employees. The metro also has booming tech and healthcare/life sciences industries.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

U.S. new home sales race to nearly 10-year high in September

U.S. new home sales race to nearly 10-year high in September

Sales of new U.S. single-family homes unexpectedly rose in September, hitting their highest level in nearly 10 years, offering hope that the housing market was regaining speed after appearing to stall recent months.


Ali H. Johnston, MBA in Real Estate
REALTOR®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964
West Villages Realty LLC
19503 S West Villages Pkwy
Stes A2 & A11 (by Appt)
Venice, Florida 34293
Office: 941-460-3179

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Atlanta Braves Ground Breaking
They have 16 months to finish to project.
NORTH PORT — It took local officials and Atlanta Braves executives more than two years to negotiate and finalize a plan to build a new spring training complex in North Port.
Now the team and construction crews have just 16 months to actually build it.
The race to the Braves’ first pitch in February 2019 officially began Monday when local officials and team executives formally broke ground on the site of the planned $100 million stadium complex in the West Villages.
Standing in the middle of what is now just a pasture off U.S. 41 and River Road, leaders hailed the project as a boon for North Port and the entire area and marveled at the transformation that must take place over the next year.

READ MORE - http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20171016/atlanta-braves-break-ground-on-spring-training-complex

Ali H. Johnston, MBA in Real Estate
REALTOR®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964
West Villages Realty LLC
19503 S West Villages Pkwy
Stes A2 & A11 (by Appt)
Venice, Florida 34293
Office: 941-460-3179