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Festive Holiday Events This Weekend!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Holiday season is here! Get in the festive spirit all weekend long throughout the Suncoast! Fill your calendars with these great community events. Click on the links below for more information!


 

Holly Days and Mangrove Lights 2017

Dates: Thursday, December 14th & Friday, December 15th

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Historic Spanish Point (337 North Tamiami Trail, Osprey)

Cost: $12 per adult | $10 per senior | $5 per child (ages 5-12) | FREE for members

 

Cinematic Celebrations: Elf

Date: Friday, December 15th

Time: 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Ringling Museum Courtyard (5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota)

Cost: $15 per adult | $10 per child (ages 6-17)

 

Holiday Pops Concert

Dates: Friday, December 15th & Saturday, December 16th

Times: 7:30 pm (Friday) | 3:30 pm or 7:30 pm (Saturday)

Location: Venice Performing Arts Center (One Indian Avenue, Venice)

Cost: $25-$42 per person

 

9th Annual Gingerbread Festival

Dates: Friday, December 15th - Sunday, December 17th

Times: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm (Friday) | 9:00 am - 9:00 pm (Saturday) | 11:00 am - 6:00 pm (Sunday)

Location: Westfield Sarasota Square Mall (8201 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota)

Cost: $1 per person

 

Frosty 5K

Date: December 16th

Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Location: Twin Lakes Park (6700 Clark Road, Sarasota)

Cost: $40 per adult | $30 per child (ages 18 & under)

 

Marty's Toy Drive

Date: Saturday, December 16th

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Pirate City (1701 27th Street East, Bradenton)

Cost: FREE with donation

 

National Wreaths Across America Day

Date: Saturday December 16th

Time: 9:30 am

Location: Sarasota National Cemetery (9810 State Road 72, Sarasota)

Cost: FREE

 

Winter Arts and Craft Show

Date: Saturday, December 16th

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Venice Community Center (326 South Nokomis Avenue, Venice)

Cost: FREE

 

Storytelling with Santa and the Christmas Fairy

Date: Sunday, December 17th

Time: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm

Location: Powel Crosley Estate (8374 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota)

Cost: $32 per adult | $17 per child (ages 3-12)

 

Taste of Chanukah

Date: Sunday, December 17th

Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Phillippi Estate Park (5500 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota)
Cost: $5 per person

 

Chanukah Klezmer Festival

Date: Sunday, December 17th

Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Location: Centennial Park (200 West Venice Avenue, Venice)

Cost: FREE

 

6th Annual Spectacular Community Christmas Concert

Date: Sunday, December 17th

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Congregational United Church of Christ (3700 26th Street West, Bradenton)

Cost: FREE

 

Flerlage Real Estate Group wishes everyone a very happy holiday season in the Suncoast!

 

7 Ways to Add Elegance When Selling Your Home!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Help your Suncoast home stand out from the crowd by adding elegant touches throughout your home! A more expensive looking home will increase buyer interest and help you get a higher price! Here are 7 tips to make your home look more elegant and expensive when selling!

 

1. Choose an elegant paint color. Painting is your first step to prepare your home to sell. It can instantly make your home look fresh and clean. Choose neutral colors that will appeal to a wide variety of home buyers. Add some elegance by adding colors with a slight sheen to them.

2. Declutter. Clean and declutter all rooms in your house. Once they are decluttered, you can choose a single focal point for each room to highlight the space and unique architectural features.

3. Remember Small Details. Fixtures can easily date a room. Update light, plumbing, and other fixtures throughout your home to add some instant style.

4. Invest in Kitchen Appliances. The kitchen is often one of the most important rooms for homebuyers. Make it a major selling point in your home by purchasing stainless steal or brightly colored appliances that are often found in higher end homes.

5. Update Window Treatments. Replace all dated window treatments. Choose neutral or bold colors and avoid patterns. Focus on drapes, blinds, or Japanese shades for elegance. Make sure that your treatments let in the maximum amount of light.

6. Add Crown Molding. Classic details like crown molding can add elegance to your home.

7. Purchase a new Garage Door. Curb appeal is vitally important when you sell your home. Your garage door takes up a large portion of the outside of your home. Although this is a more costly upgrade, it does offer a good return on investment and adds elegance to the outside of your home. Invest in new garage doors

 

 

 

Interested in Selling your Suncoast home? Give the Flerlage Real Estate Group a call today!


Reference: inman

Transition Your Outdoor Spaces from Summer to Fall!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

With cooler temperatures, Fall is the perfect season to enjoy your home's outdoor living spaces in Florida. Spruce up your Suncoast patio, porch, loggia, or backyard this autumn and create the perfect cozy spot for you and your family to enjoy time outside. Focus on these design elements to transition your space from summer to fall.

 

 

COLOR. Use neutral colors as your overall base for the outdoor area. This allows you to easily transition between all of the seasons of the year. Switch out those beachy, bright hues of blues and greens, which are perfect for Florida summers, with oranges and reds that evoke the stunning colors of fall.

 

FURNITURE. The weather in the Suncoast allows residents to enjoy just as much time outside as inside. Your outdoor furniture should be just as comfortable as that inside your home since you can utilize the space year-round. Consider versatile, comfy pieces such as daybeds, outdoor swings, hooded chairs, and chaise lounges. Think about materials such as wicker, metal, and dark woods that are more seasonally appropriate in fall.

 

LIGHTING. The days get shorter as the year progresses so make sure you add some lighting to your outdoor living spaces. String bulbs, lanterns, and chandeliers can all add a beautiful ambiance to the space.

 

ACCENTS. Additional design elements can keep you nice and cozy outside this fall. Add hanging curtains to the space that can blow beautifully in the breeze. Put some throws on the furniture to cuddle up in on chillier nights. Keep your feet warm with an outdoor rug. Although the nights will stay relatively warm throughout the season, consider adding an outdoor fireplace to the space for some extra comfort. It will quickly become your family's favorite spot to gather at the end of the day.

 

 

 

Resource:  House Beautiful

 

 

Events to Check Out This Weekend in the Suncoast!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

After a short work week, the weekend is going to be here before you know it! Not sure how to spend it? There are numerous community events planned throughout the weekend. Check out our recommendations for ways to spend your upcoming weekend in the beautiful Suncoast!

 

 

 

Literacy Under the Trees

Date: Saturday, September 9th

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Oscar Scherer State Park (1843 South Tamiami Trail, Osprey)

Cost: FREE park admission with donation of gently used book or by presenting library card!

Celebrate International Literacy Day at the beautiful Oscar Scherer State Park. This is the perfect weekend event for families. Enjoy story time with local authors, literary activities, book signings, and a book swap for all ages.

 

A Taste of Downtown

 

Date: Saturday, September 9th

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Sarasota Opera House (61 North Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota)

Cost: $65 per person | Purchase tickets HERE!

Come enjoy delicious bites from Sarasota’s best restaurants at the 4th annual Taste of Downtown. Dine on tasty dishes paired with craft beers, fine wines, and specialty cocktails on the stage of the Sarasota Opera House. Participating restaurants include Bijou Cafe, Brick's Smoked Meats, Cafe L'Europe, Clasico Sarasota, Currents at Hyatt Regency Sarasota, Duval's Fresh Local Seafood, El Greco Mediterranean Cafe, H20 Bistro at Hotel Indigo Sarasota, Jack Dusty at The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, Kahwa Coffee Sarasota, Louies Modern, Mattison's City Grille, The Melting Pot, Michael's On East, Nancy's Bar-B-Q, The Rosemary, Selva Grill, Sift Bakehouse and Five-O Donut Company, Tsunami Sushi, and many more. All proceeds from the event benefit the Sarasota Youth Opera, who will be performing.

 

Snooty Memorial Open House

 

Date: Sunday, September 10th

Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: South Florida Museum (201 10th Street West, Bradenton)

Cost: FREE admission!

Snooty the manatee was a beloved resident of the Suncoast area for 69 years. Come remember his legacy at the South Florida Museum. This day of remembrance and celebration will include a visual tribute to Snooty in the Bishop Planetarium, special hands on memorial projects, and visits to the Manatee Rehabilitation Program.

 

Fins, Flippers, & Friends!

 

Date: Sunday, September 10th

Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Sarasota Sailing Squadron (1717 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota)

Cost: $75 per person | Purchase tickets HERE!

Support the Sea to Shore Alliance at their 5th annual fundraiser. Enjoy delicious drinks and hors d’oeuvres while listening to live entertainment by Trevor Bystrom and John & Cheryl Moody. Check out the silent auction filled with incredible trips, prizes, and items. Learn more about life in our oceans during the presentations by Dr. James “Buddy” Powell, Executive Director of the Sea to Shore Alliance, and keynote speaker Dr. Randall Wells, Director of the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program. All proceeds from this event help protect the manatees, North Atlantic right whales, sea turtles and their habitats in our communities.

 

 

There is always something fun happening in the communities of the Suncoast. Come make this thriving, active area your home! If you are interested in Buying or Selling your Sarasota area home, give the Flerlage Real Estate Group a call today or visit our website at http://www.experiencevenice.com/.    

 

 

 

 

 

Image Credits: MySuncoast and Sea to Shore Alliance  

 

 

Suncoast Home to Top School Districts!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

The public school districts in the Suncoast are some of the best in all of Florida!! Educational Review and Ranking website Niche recently released their list 2018 Best School Districts in Florida! The website analyzed several key factors regarding academics, athletics, extracurriculars, resources, and more from data collected by the US Department of Education as well as student and parent reviews.

 

When all the results came in..........3 school districts in the area were found to be the best of the best! Find out how the Suncoast districts ranked below!

 

#6 Sarasota County Schools | 1960 Landings Boulevard, Sarasota

#14 Charlotte County Public Schools | 1445 Education Way, Port Charlott

#21 Manatee County School District | 215 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton

 


If you are interested in Buying a home within one of these top school districts, give the Flerlage Real Estate Group a call today or visit our website at http://www.experiencevenice.com/.

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?  

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Staging your Venice Home to Sell! Top 10 Tips!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Get top dollar for your home and help get the competitive edge by staging your Venice home to sell! Staging helps your home look its very best and stand out from the other properties currently on the market. You don’t have to spend a fortune to help increase the value and appeal of your house to prospective buyers. Here are our Top 10 Tips for Staging your Home!


Remove Clutter. After spending years in your home, you have undoubtedly accumulated a lot of stuff. Buyers need to be able to focus on the bones of the house and not on the items filling up the space. Your first step in staging your home is to remove all items that you do not immediately need. Do not have too much furniture in each room. Keep kitchen and bathroom countertops clear. Make closets appear bigger by leaving 20 to 30 percent open space and organizing the items that you still have in there. For the items that you do not want to keep in your home, pack them into boxes and store neatly in the garage or rent a temporary storage unit.


Arrange your Furniture into Groupings. You can make rooms appear larger and more open by creating furniture groupings. Instead of pushing furniture up against the walls, utilize the space in ways that create conversation areas and help make the traffic flow of the room more obvious. Symmetry and pairs can help living spaces more appealing.


Repurpose that Extra Room. Show off the functionality of all the areas in the house. Turn that room that has become the storage area for items you didn’t know where else to put into an office/library or guest bedroom. For open areas on stair landings or elsewhere, create a reading nook. This allows prospective buyers to see how to utilize the spaces throughout the home.


Keep Rooms Well Lit. You want your home to be bright and inviting. Improve the lighting throughout your house. Increase the wattage of your bulbs. Make sure that there are multiple light sources in each room, including the overhead lighting as well as ambient lighting from lamps. You don’t want to forget about natural lighting, especially in the Sunshine State! Keep drapes and blinds open to let in the sunshine. Use lightweight, neutral window treatments.


Paint Your Walls. Instantly update the look of your house by adding a fresh coat of paint. Avoid bright, bold colors that might not be appealing to all. However, that doesn’t mean that all your walls need to be white either. Focus on sophisticated neutral colors. For bedrooms, use colors that are relaxing and gender neutral. You can also create the illusion of larger rooms by painting adjacent rooms the same color.


 

Accessorize. Add accents throughout the rooms of your house by accessorizing. Hang art in interesting patterns to show off the space and make it more visually appealing. Group accessories in threes based on size, texture, or color. Although you want rooms to be a neutral color overall, add fun pops of color with accent pillows. It is important though to make sure that you remove personal items though. You want home buyers to be able to visualize themselves in the space so take down family photos.

 

 

Raid your Garden. Adding plants to a space can make it more inviting. Instead of spending money on expensive plants from a florist, look no further than your yard. Use local, seasonal plants. Make a room instantly brighter by adding a vase of colorful Florida flowers, such as beach sunflowers, canna lilies, or blanket flowers.

 

Create Relaxing Spaces in the Bedroom and Bathroom. Master bedrooms and bathrooms are important areas for prospective home buyers. Help make the bedroom inviting by using soft colors and luxurious linens for bedding and drapery. You can make your bathroom feel like a spa by adding rolled up towels, candles, and decorative baskets.

Clean and Deodorize. One of the easiest and most important staging tips in cleaning. Although you want your home to look lived in, you also want it to always homey look maintained and spotless. Always pick up items after you use them during the day. Clean windows, floors, and counters. Not only do you want your home to look the best but you also want it to smell its best. Make sure to remove all pet odors. Use air fresheners throughout the home. You can make your home extra before showings by baking some cookies!


Remember Curb Appeal. Sellers always think about staging the interior of the home but you also need to remember that the first impression of your home happens outside! Make sure to maintain your landscaping, clean your gutters and driveway, power wash and paint your siding, and any other updates that might be necessary after your home has been exposed to the Florida elements. Also stage outdoor spaces! With the beautiful year round weather, homeowners spend a lot of time outside on patios so add outdoor furniture to show off how to utilize these spaces.

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

Florida is the #1 State to Retire to!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Congrats…..you’ve retired!!! Now it’s time to decide where you want to lay down roots for those days of freedom ahead of you. Finding a community to retire to is a major decision that involves a lot of factors. Affordability, access to amenities, closeness of friends and family members, and weather all come into play when looking for the perfect place to retire. The best states for retirement are those where you can have a high quality of life while maintaining a lower cost of living. Florida was recently named the Top State for Retirees…..and it’s no wonder why!!


Finance website WalletHub ranked the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on several key factors to determine which were the best states to call home in retirement. Their rankings are based on 3 areas, including affordability, quality of life, and health care. Within each of these broader categories were metrics that helped determine the overall score. When the results came in, Florida was ranked #1 in the country. With an affordability rank of 2, quality of life rank of 3, and healthcare rank of 15, the state beat out it’s competition to prove that it is the most retirement friendly!


There are so many amazing Communities to choose from in the Suncoast when you are looking for a new place to call home during your retirement. With beautiful sandy beaches and a comfortable winter average low of 54 degrees, the Venice area is an amazing spot for retirees.


Englewood: With over 50% of the population of this town 65 and older, retirees have known that Englewood is a prime community for years. Residents have access to a top notch medical facility, Englewood Community hospital, which is especially in tune with the needs of the local population. The city ranks high for access to recreation and fitness facilities, including golf courses. Englewood has also developed a thriving art scene, perfect for retirees looking for a community rich in culture and entertainment options. Englewood Homes For Sale.


Port Charlotte: Port Charlotte has been recognized as an excellent community for retirees by Forbes magazine. It is recognized for its low cost of living and low serious crime rate. There are plenty of fun activities to partake in during your retirement in Port Charlotte. It is the spring training home for the Tampa Bay Rays, allowing for unique, local access yearly to a Major League Baseball team. Golfers will love this community with its 7 golf courses! Port Charlotte Homes For Sale.


Venice: This city is filled with amenities perfect for retirees. The thriving historic downtown Venice has great dining and shopping options for its residents. Venice Regional Medical Center provides world class medical services. The location on the gulf allows for the opportunity to spend your retirement years in a beautiful waterfront property. There is over 55% of the population aged 65 and older providing for a great community. To top it all off, Venice has a very high walkability score making getting around town incredibly convenient. Venice Homes For Sale.


Osprey: Nestled between Venice and Sarasota, Osprey offers a smaller town feel while allowing access to the larger metropolitan areas in the region. Osprey offers many of its own amenties with access to amazing restaurants, golf courses, and recreational facilities. The natural environment around the city is spectacular and perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you love spending time on the beach or going fishing, there are plenty of opportunities in this beautiful communityl. Osprey Homes For Sale.

 


Let us help you retire to the Suncoast by finding your dream home today!!! Give The Nick Flerlage Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.experiencevenice.com/.

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