This month’s column on real estate will take a look at a new hotel in our area in an unprecedented area called the Compass Hotel on Anna Maria Sound. I’ve lived up and down the Gulf Coast for more than 30 years now.  I’ve been to all the islands—from MarcoContinue Reading


Every time I strap on a mask, I wonder how much longer we’ll have to do it.  How many times have you gone back to the car to retrieve a mask to go in a store? Even after this pandemic is over, I wonder if some people will still chooseContinue Reading


Decades ago before the internet, some realtors put a “For Sale” sign up on a lawn and waited for the phone to ring. These days, marketing a home is a never-ending project. And video marketing can show a potential buyer what is for sale. Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter—add your favoriteContinue Reading


Some people are concerned about the local real estate market during the pandemic, but I think there are reasons for optimism. This is a dynamic situation. What does that mean? Simply put, a lot of people are re-evaluating their lives. Some people have been home staring at their four wallsContinue Reading


Happy to know that the “dimmer switch” on the economy will start to head in the right direction starting Monday. Certainly good news for restaurants, retail and those scheduling elective surgery. It won’t be 100%, but baby steps are at least underway. I’ve been spending my days like many ofContinue Reading


I’ve been a published writer for 40 years, but I don’t ever recall the challenge of writing a column like this one. How could I write about Sarasota real estate with any meaning—when we don’t yet know the meaning? Could you ever imagine a situation where we’re nearly afraid toContinue Reading

The State of Local Real Estate On The Florida Suncoast


One of the first questions people often ask people in real estate is, “How’s the market?” Here are three interesting facts followed by a couple opinions on “the state of real estate” on the Suncoast in February 2020.