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North Port: 2nd Safest City in Florida!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage


White, sandy beaches, endless entertainment attractions, perfect year round weather, and stunning recreational facilities are not the only things drawing home buyers to Florida. Another is the state’s commitment to safety, especially in its larger cities.

 

Home security website SafeHome recently analyzed safety throughout the state and ranked communities based on the data. When the results came back…...NORTH PORT was named the 2nd Safest City in Florida!!

 

To find their rankings, SafeHome examined 54 cities within the state with a population of at least 50K. Each community was given a Safety Score, which was calculated based on data from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program and the U.S. Census.

 

North Port received a Safety Score of 85.53! Along with being the 2nd safest city in the state, it ranked within the Top 25th Percentile of Safest Communities in the entire United States!!

 

Are you ready to call North Port home? Check out the Current Homes for Sale! Give the Flerlage Real Estate Group a call today to make your dreams a reality!

It's Christmas in July!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

Celebrate Christmas in July in beautiful, historic downtown Venice!!!  This Friday, July 21st, and Saturday, July 22nd, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, for amazing sales, specials, and PRIZES!  

 

Find amazing, unique items from over 55 retailers and restaurants downtown. Beat the summer heat in Venice’s “winter wonderland”. Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus! Enjoy FREE holiday trolley rides throughout downtown. Dance away to live music during the event. Support great local businesses and spread holiday cheer this weekend during Venice’s annual Christmas in July event!

 

List of Participating Businesses

Aura Organic Spa and Massage

B & B Bootery

Café Venice

Captain’s Landing

Celebration corner

Ciao Gelato

Cleopatra’s

Collector’s Gallery

Croissant & Company

Dana Tyler

Dick’s Shoes

Down Island Way Boutique

DP Fitness & Wellness

Earth’s Treasures

Elephant’s Trunk

Eyes On You

Florida Olive Oil Company

Fraser’s Island Gift Nook

Island Life Hammock Company

La Bella Interiors

Lisa’s Classic Rose

Luanne Wood

Made In Italy

Mother’s Cupboard

Mrs. Candlewick’s Shoppe

Nana’s A Children’s Shop

Navamaze

Paris Hair Design Salon

Puttin on the Ritz

Sandy’s Designer Clothing

Scarlet Macaw

Seaside Chic Boutique

SunBug

Tangi & Jess

Tarpon Bay Trading Company

The Tabletop

Treasures In Time

Venice In Vogue

Venice Olive Oil Company

Venice Stationers

Venice Trading Co.

Venice Wine & Coffee

Wish On The Island

 

Flerlage Real Estate Group cannot wait to see everyone downtown Venice this weekend! We wish you all a very merry Christmas in July!  

 

 

Sarasota Named Best Place to Live!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

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The Sarasota metropolitan area has been named one of The Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2017! U.S. News & World Report looked at the 100 most populated areas in the country and analyzed them based on value, desirability, quality of life, job market, net migration, and other key factors.

 

Looking for an amazing place to settle down? Look no further than Sarasota! This metropolitan area with 735,767 residents was recognized for its stunning beaches, beautiful year round weather, sizable job market, and booming arts and cultural scene. This city has experienced one of the largest net migrations of the others on the list, with a 10.7% growth between 2010 and 2015. Although cost of living compared to annual income is slightly more, the many amenities offered by Sarasota, plentiful recreational areas, excellent schools, fun community events, and more, continue to make it an attractive spot for families and retirees.

 

 

 

 

Ready to call this incredible city home? Check out the Current Homes for Sale in Sarasota. Give The Nick Flerlage Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.experiencevenice.com/.  

 

 

Graphic Credit: U.S. News & World Report

 

What Buyers Should Expect in a Home Inspection!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

You are ready to close on your home in the beautiful Suncoast! You obviously fell in love with the home but what if there are issues that you overlooked?! It is important to ensure that the home you are buying does not have anything wrong with it before you sign that final agreement. A Home Inspection is the best way to protect yourself and your finances before you purchase the home. Here are our tips to make sure that you get the most out of this step in the home buying process!

 

 

How to find a home inspector.

It is important to do your research before hiring a home inspector. Home inspections can be costly so you want to make sure that you are getting the most for your money. More importantly, you want someone who will do a thorough review of the home to uncover any issues that you need to know about. Contact the Nick Flerlage Team for our list of Recommended Home Inspectors in the Suncoast area. We are happy to help you! We also suggest that you interview several home inspectors before hiring one. This gives you the opportunity to find out about their particular experience, areas of expertise, and past training. Finally, ask to see some examples of their past home inspection reports. The more detailed the better for you!

 

 

What happens during the home inspection.

Once you have found a qualified home inspector, they will go to the home to do a thorough review. If possible, it is recommended that you attend the walk through with them so you can find out about any issues as they uncover them. If you cannot, a good home inspector will take detailed notes and photos for you to see afterward. The home inspector will examine all major aspects of the house. This includes its structure and systems, such as electrical and mechanical. They will check how everything operates, from the plumbing to the air conditioning. They will also look at doorways, windows, ceilings, walls, and floors for any problems. Remember, a home inspector does not have x-ray vision (unfortunately) so some issues might remain hidden. However, they should be able to identify the main areas you need to know in order to decide whether it is best for you to proceed with the closing or walk away from the home.

 

 

Check out our other Home Buying Tips for more important information that will help you along this process. If you are still searching for your dream home, Search Homes for Sale throughout the Suncoast. Give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.experiencevenice.com/.

 

 

Home Buying on the Suncoast!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

November is the perfect time to buy your dream home in the Suncoast! Much of the Venice area is currently under a Buyer's Advantage Zone. There is a great inventory of homes out there waiting for you to view!

 


The Suncoast is the perfect place to call home. Communities such as Venice offer so much to their residents. Stunning beaches and coastlines, a thriving downtown area, a great school district, and a diverse range of properties that fit any budget make Venice a great spot for families looking for a home. Although throughout much of the country, the winter months tend to make moving an inconcievable feat, the beautiful weather year round in the Suncoast means that you can take advantage of the typical buyers market in the later months of the year and easily move into your new home.

 


With much of Venice currently in a buyers market, you will have access to more inventory and the ability to be more aggressive when negotiating the price you want for your home. Plus, many sellers with homes still on the market are anxious to sell so they can move into their new property before the holidays. This means that you could find a great deal for your dream home and be ready to move in right away before the end of the year!

 


 

Stop waiting to fulfill your dream of having a home in the Suncoast! Take advantage of the fall season to find the ultimate property for you and your family to enjoy!

If you are interested in Buying your dream home in Venice , give the Nick Flerlage Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.experiencevenice.com/.  


What are Fall Buyers Looking at in Your Home?

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Fall is a great time to be a homebuyer for many reasons. There often is more inventory with less competition and sellers are more willing to negotiate. It also provides a good time for buyers to find potential issues with the home as the weather cools down. Although the seasons do not change dramatically in the Suncoast, there are some temperature and seasonal changes that can affect the functionality of certain items within your home. As a buyer, you want to make sure that your home will be comfortable and in prime shape all year round. Look at the little details when searching for your dream home. If you are selling your home this fall, you want to make sure to fix any issues that might keep buyers from further pursuing your property. Here are the key items to look at this fall whether you are buying or selling your home in the Suncoast.


The Windows. One of the perks of living in the Suncoast are warm days year round. Average temperatures stay in the 70s throughout the fall and winter months during the day but the nights can get cold. You do not want to discover that there are drafty windows on those colder nights. Take a look at the insulation around the windows to make sure that you will stay comfortable all year round.


The Air Conditioner. The hot summer days are over so the air conditioner becomes less of a necessity as you head into fall in Florida. This does not mean that you will not still need to use it. Make sure to have an inspector check the functionality of the air conditioner. Since the frequency of use will go down, fall is the perfect time to see if a new filter is needed or if weird noises are coming out of the condenser outside. These issues can be fixed now before it is run all the time next year.


Pesky Pests. There is potential for bugs and mosquitoes all year round in the Suncoast. However, fall is still a good time to make sure that the house is bug proof before the next hatching season starts. Look for standing water that might be the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Also inspect the house for any easy access points for these critters to enter.  


The Gutters and Drainage. September is the usually the rainiest month in southern Florida. This means that fall is the perfect time to make sure that gutters are working properly. Besides the gutters, you should also make sure that there are not any clear drainage problems. Water that has accumulated in the yard could mean that there are grading issues or leaky pipes. This could indicate larger issues that could continue throughout the fall and into the following seasons as storms can occur throughout the year in Florida.


The Neighborhood. Look into any potential developments that could be happening in the foreseeable future. Although new development helps strengthen a neighborhood, it also can lead to inconveniences such as road closures, increased traffic, and construction noise. With nice weather year round, construction never comes to an end in Florida but you do not want the added stress when you first move into your new home.


There are so many great properties available this fall in Venice and the surrounding communities. Check out our Featured Properties to find your dream home!


Interested in Buying or Selling a home in the Suncoast area this fall? Give the Nick Flerlage Team
a call today or visit our website at http://www.experiencevenice.com/.


Resource: REALTOR® Magazine  

Fall Home Buying in the Suncoast!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Spring and Summer are seen as the peak home buying seasons…..but FALL might truly be the ultimate season to buy. With many families settled into their new homes at the end of summer, there are amazing opportunities to find your dream home in a market with less competition and stress. Looking to buy a home in the Suncoast ? Use the season to your advantage! Here are the top reasons why you should purchase your new home this fall and not wait until the weather starts to warm up again next year.


Sellers with Homes still on the Market are Anxious to Sell

After having their homes listed all spring and summer, many sellers are worn out. Their homes might still be on the market because their asking price was too high during the warmer months. Now, they are looking to make a deal and are often more willing to lower their price in order to do so. As a buyer, use this to your advantage. You will likely have more success offering a lower price on a home in the fall than you would have previously.


Sellers in the Fall are Looking to Move

Sellers that leave their homes listed in the fall are doing so for a reason….they need to move. Whether it’s for a new job or because their new home is ready, these sellers are more serious about moving on to their new homes and need to have their current homes sold as soon as possible. They will likely be more open to negotiation in order to close the deal, especially before the upcoming holiday season.


You will have less Competition from other Home Buyers

Since fall is considered an off-season for real estate, there tends to be far less competition. The decrease in demand on the buying side does not translate to less inventory, however. There are still plenty of homes on the market! Whether it is new inventory or homes that have been on the market all summer long, buyers in the fall have a ton to choose from and are able to be more aggressive with their negotiations. Fall puts buyers in a great position of power to get exactly what you want! There are some many amazing homes currently on the market. Check out our Current Featured Properties to start the search for your home!


You have Lots of Resources at your Disposal

Since spring and summer are the peak real estate seasons, industry professionals such as agents, lenders, and movers, are incredibly busy. With many clients settled into their new homes at the start of the school season, realtors and others have more time time opening up….meaning that you can have more of their undivided attention. This is extremely beneficial when you are looking to buy a home. Take advantage of all of the resources out there. An Experienced Real Estate Team is dedicated to helping you move into your dream home this fall.


Crime Rates Go Down in the Fall

The end of summer tends to be the main months in which home related crimes, such as burglaries, occur. If you are buying your home in the fall, this allows you the opportunity to do more research prior to purchasing in order to find out about crime rates in the area and take precautions in your new home to protect yourself, if necessary.


Spruce Up Your New Home With End of Year Sales

The fall months are prime shopping season when it comes to home appliances, decor, maintenance goods, and more. Major retailers always offer these consumer goods at great discounts in the fall in order to prepare for next year’s trends and models. You can outfit your new home with amazing deals! Update your home with fresh paint and carpeting in September, when these goods are often put on sale. Keep your Florida lawn looking great all year round by purchasing your lawn mower in October. Create your dream kitchen in November with the help of new appliances and cookware at a discounted price.


Use Tax Deductions to Your Advantage

Regardless of which calendar month you purchase your home, homeowners can claim deductions on property tax and mortgage interest for your entire year’s worth of income. Payments completed prior to the loan closing will be considered tax deductible, even if they occur in November or December! You can save a considerable amount of money on the taxes you owe by purchasing your home later in the year!


Fall is the perfect time to Buy your dream home in Venice and the surrounding communities!! Call us today or visit our website at http://www.experiencevenice.com.



Resource: Forbes

Avoid the cold winter months in the North by having a home in the Suncoast! Venice and the surrounding area is the perfect spot to have a seasonal or vacation home. Is it time for you to retire? Relocate to one of our great communities this winter.

There are so many great housing options currently available in Venice. The market is very affordable for those that are looking for their dream home this winter. For the month of August, the median home listing price in Venice is $289,950, with properties averaging a sale price below the listing price at $252,000. The median price per square feet is at $137 in August. These properties are proving to be a healthy investment though with median home value estimates at $326,634. Check out our Current Featured Properties to find the perfect home for you to spend this winter!

Besides the buyer friendly housing market, there are so many reasons to buy a home in Venice and the Suncoast. During the winter months, the temperature remains in the 70s during the day and maintains a comfortable warmth at night in the 50s. Plus, there is so much to do! Beautiful beaches and waterways allow for endless opportunities to spend time on the water. Outdoor enthusiasts will find great natural parks for recreation. Improve your golf swing this winter at one of the world class golf courses! Enjoy delicious food and great shopping options in the walkable downtown areas of our communities. AND there are great medical and educational facilities right at your fingertips. Pack away those wintery clothes, take out your flip flops, and call the Suncoast your second home today!

If you are interested in buying a vacation home or to retire in Venice, give The Nick Flerlage Team a call today or visit our website

Are You Ready to Live the Paradise Life?  

Resource: Trulia

Mortgage Rates at the Lowest for 2016!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Mortgage rates have hit the 2016 low nationwide! Freddie Mac recently released their Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The data showed that after rising for three consecutive weeks average fixed mortgage rates declined for the week ending August 4, 2016!


5-, 15-, and 30- year mortgage rates all experienced 5 basis point declines from the previous week!


The 5 year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) had a 2.73% average the week ending August 4th. During this week in 2015, the 5 year ARM was at 2.94%.


The 15 year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) for the week averaged 2.74%. This is a marked decline from the 3.13% average at this time last year.


The 30 year FRM averaged 3.43%. At this time in 2015, the 30 year FRM was even higher at 3.91%.


With these low rates, refinance activity has increased by 55% since last year according to Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest Weekly Applications Survey.


Now is the perfect time to take advantage of these low mortgage rates by purchasing your dream home in the Venice Area!!! Current Featured Homes for Sale in the Venice Area. Mortgage rates in the Suncoast have followed the national trend and are at their year low. Here are the local mortgage rates....5 year ARM averaged at 3.04%, 15 year FRM was at a low of 2.84%, and the 30 year FRM is at 3.56%. Let us help you with all your home financing questions. Check out our Home Finance Information.


If you're interested in Buying or Investing in the Venice area, give The Nick Flerlage Team a call or visit our website at: www.experiencevenice.com.

 

Resource: RISMedia

Venice FL: Venice Golf and Country Club

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Venice Golf and Country Club Will Invest $2.5 Million

Venice, FL – The Venice Golf and Country Club has consistently kept to its schedule of long-range capital planning to maintain its high quality facilities and luxurious ambiance. Accordingly, The Venice Golf and Country Club announced $2.5 Million in golf course improvements that break ground this summer; with a grand re-opening  scheduled  for October 2015.

The club is internationally recognized by the Golf Environmental Organization, for embracing sustainable environmental practices. Reducing water use is consistent with the sustainable environmental practices that the club embraces. As such, important improvements include replacing the original irrigation system with a new, technologically superior golf course irrigation system that will reduce water consumption by about 30 to 40 percent annually.

To replace the grass on all the fairways, tees and greens, the Venice Golf and Country Club will use the highly acclaimed Celebration Bermuda grass; to provide a dense turf, resistant to winter stress. The greens will continue to use the highly successful Bermuda Tif Eagle grass, which consistently keeps green speeds in the 10.0 – 11.0 range. In addition, the club will enlarge tees by 33 percent, providing optimum year round teeing surfaces.

              

In addition to these new and past cosmetic & functional improvements, The Venice Golf and Country Club adjusted the golf club entry fee and extended the membership offering, proudly welcoming members who do not live in The Venice Golf and Country Club Community.

The Venice Golf and Country Club is Located in Venice, Florida, and has easy access to; I-75, renowned  Venice Island shopping and famous Gulf of Mexico beaches. 460 tropical acres host  587 single-family homes. Residents enjoy many amenities, including the 18-hole championship golf course with clubhouse, a junior Olympic-sized swimming pool, Har-Tru tennis courts, exercise facilities and more.

The Venice Golf and Country Club earned the coveted status of being GEO Certified™ and is recognized by Audubon International as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary since 2004. The Venice Golf and Country Club offers three types of equity membership for members to enjoy: Golf, Recreational and Social. For more information, visit our website:   ExperienceVenice.com   

If you'd like to search for homes available in the Venice Golf and Country Club Community, just click on the link below:

Homes in the Venice Golf and Country Club Community

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