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SRQ Real Estate is Up. How to Transfer a Homestead Cap and Starbucks at a Prime New Location

SRQ Real Estate is Up. How to Transfer a Homestead Cap and Starbucks at a Prime New Location

Introducing The Intrepid

Just unveiled! Check out our newest offering, The Intrepid, by Murray Homes, the ultimate living experience for the discerning buyer at the in Lakewood Ranch!

4 bedrooms
4 bathrooms
3,381 square feet under air
$1,545,000 U.S. dollars

Why You Need an Internationally Connected Real Estate Team!

Why You Need an Internationally Connected Real Estate Team!

• Foreign buyers purchased $153.0 billion of residential property from April 2016 - March 2017, an increase from $102.6 billion on the previous year
• 5 states accounted for 54 percent of total residential property purchases: Florida, Texas, California, New Jersey, and Arizona
• 72% of non-resident foreign buyers made an all-cash purchase
• China Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and India are the top countries purchasing US property


Featured Home - 6482 Watercrest Way

Featured Home - 6482 Watercrest Way
Featured Home - 6482 Watercrest Way
Featured Home - 6482 Watercrest Way
3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
1,917 square feet under air
$334,900 U.S. dollars

Watercrest condominiums offer upscale living in the heart of Lakewood Ranch, and this pristine unit is priced the lowest in the complex. Perfect for investment opportunity or year-round living. Set in one of the most private locations of the complex, this pet-friendly unit is in excellent condition. Community has resort-style pool/spa, fitness center, media room, event room with kitchen and is a short drive to "The Best Beaches in the Country," UTC mall, and downtown Sarasota. Schools are top-rated in county. MORE


Florida Homestead News

Transferring Your Homestead Cap to A New Home

In Florida, the Save Our Homes Amendment to the Florida Constitution prevented the assessed value of homestead property increasing more than 3% per year, or the percent change in the Consumer Price Index, whichever is lower. It certainly helped many homeowners to stay in their homes, even when values were rising and it also discouraged homeowners from moving to a new residence, for fear of giving up all of their accumulated property tax savings.  This article explains the basics of how to “port” your tax savings to your new residence. MORE


Facts and Stats

Sellers Motivated by 10.9%

Media County Monthly Market Summary - June 2017

Single Family Homes June 2017 June 2016 % Change
Yr-over-Yr
Closed Sales 785 791 -0.8%
Paid if cash 254 295 -13.9%
Media sale price $275,000 $248,000 10.9%
Average sale price $359,226 $334,481 7.4%
Dollar volume $280 mil $265.5 mil 6.6%
Media % of original listing price received 95% 95.4% -0.4%
Median time to sale 107 days 98 days 9.2%
New pending sales 741 698 6.2%
New listings 781 821 -4.9%
Pending Inventory 1,040 1,088 -4.4%
Active listings 2,841 2,560 11.0%
Months supply of inventory 4.3 3.8 13.2%
Townhomes & Condos June 2017 June 2016 % Change
Yr-over-Yr
Closed Sales 370 353 4.8%
Paid if cash 214 220 -2.7%
Media sale price $215,500 $220,000 -2.0%
Average sale price $362,344 $379,877 -4.6%
Dollar volume $134.1 mil $134.1 mil 0%
Media % of original listing price received 93.2% 94.9% -1.8%
Median time to sale 67 days 50 days 34.0%
New pending sales 346 254 36.2%
New listings 351 317 10.7%
Pending Inventory 514 454 13.2%
Active listings 1,499 1,449 3.5%
Months supply of inventory 4.8 4.8 0.0%

Good news for Joe lovers and Sapphire Shores / Indian Beach residents! Benderson Development filed plans with the city earlier this month for a 60 seat Starbucks at 2455 North Tamiami Trail. Open from from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, the 2,200 square foot cafe and drive-thru will be located just south of Dr. Martin Luther King Way on the North Trail.


The stunning Aria is a 16-unit luxury condo on the southern end of Longboat Key. The Aria property is known as Villa am Meer, occupying a 1935 estate home designed by John Phillips, the architect of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. The developers spent nearly $1 million to restore the villa as the residents’ club with caterer’s kitchen, private wine cellar, guest suite and outdoor terrace with beachside fire pit. Looking to list or buy a condo? Contact Bev Murray - bev@murrayrealtyflorida.com