A thousand people a day are moving to Florida, looking for the right house to call home. Add to that the number of Floridians needing another bedroom or a better school district or a mother-in-law suite. There just aren’t enough perfect-fit homes to go around. If you’re trying to buyContinue Reading


Jennifer and Kane Geils are the new “Cuties” in town and boy are they ready to serve you!  The Cheesecake Cutie began 40 years ago when Barbara Lanza (Jennifer’s mom) started making cheesecakes in New Jersey for family and friends. In 1995, Barbara passed away from Breast Cancer and JenniferContinue Reading


The root of every successful business is a solid value proposition: if you can offer something that people are willing to pay for, you have the key ingredient. But it isn’t the only ingredient: in other words, it’s necessary but it isn’t sufficient. Things are somewhat more complicated than that.Continue Reading


Whoever would have guessed that a pandemic would actually be a boost for the real estate industry?  Our office at the Coldwell Banker downtown Sarasota branch in December, had the biggest month ever! I’ve been contacted by a dozen friends up north about opportunities in Florida.  Sometimes I fit themContinue Reading


United Airlines announced daily nonstop service from SRQ to Houston, George Bush International Airport begins on February 11.  This is more great news for the airport in Sarasota.  The airport is served by 10 carriers and goes to 42 destinations. United also flies from SRQ to Chicago (ORD), Washington, DC.Continue Reading


We are all excited that 2020 is coming to an end!  Our lives have been turned upside down and probably will never be the same again.  One thing for sure, everyone will be spending more time at home and doing a lot more research and learning “on-line”.  If you areContinue Reading


Almost a thousand people are moving to Florida every day, and there isn’t enough real estate in available homes for everyone. Last week, after scheduling a tour to help my clients find their Florida dream home, we were disappointed just hours later when all but one of the homes weContinue Reading


When you purchase holiday gifts from local stores, the ripple effects of your expenditure, large or small, have significant and lasting effects.  Gone are the days of packing the stores for Black Friday, then meandering out for a bit of community shopping during that one day known as Shop LocalContinue Reading


Usually, I write about real estate here on the Suncoast, but this month my column is going to be about a big commercial real estate project in Southwest Florida. I lived in Ft. Myers 30 years ago.  It was my first job as a TV news anchor, and life wasContinue Reading


If you’re making a list and checking it twice let Mattison’s make your holiday shopping easy and nice! Mattison’s Holiday Gift Card Sale Mattison’s Holiday Gift Card Sale allows you to give and receive. Purchase $100 in gift cards and receive a Free $20 Bonus Card. Gift cards can beContinue Reading