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Why Haven't You Bought This House Yet?

We fall a little in love with every listing we have. Even if the property is just a simple home, we all find something unique that makes it special. Beth loves the kitchens - whether its ready to cook in or needs a complete remodel. Andy appreciates the different layouts - trying to figure out the best way to place his big screen to watch the Florida State Games. Heidi loves pet friendly neighborhoods for her Labrador, Abby - she wants to make sure there is plenty of places to go for long walks. Amanda pursues the grounds - looking at the different options for her vegetable gardens and bee hives. We all have to picture ourselves living there so we can make sure it's the right home for you.

So we ask you, why haven't you looked at 7305 Eleanor Circle yet? We've all pictured ourselves living there. Why haven't you?

Here are the Top 10 Reasons Why You Need To See This House (not in order of importance): 1). Wood Floors - Gorgeous! 2). Vaulted Ceilings - Walk... read article

Beth Dilley
Beth Dilley

Why You Should Buy My House - A Message From The Owner

When you begin the search for the perfect home, you might be overwhelmed with clever marketing from real estate companies. They can make any home sound spectacular. A run down property becomes a "fixer upper" or a "handyman's special". They will tell you a home is "ready for your special touch" when it really needs to be bulldozed to the ground. It's all about marketing.

How often do you hear from the person that has lived there? The person who spent hours making the home beautiful - picking out those special paint colors, designing the perfect kitchen or lovingly planted the fruit trees in the yard. It's just like visiting a restaurant after listening to the rave reviews of a person who just ate there. Experience is worth a thousand words.

We asked the owners of 386 Hanchey Drive, Nokomis to tell us in their own words how it feels to live in their beautiful home and why you should be the next to have the experience:

First of all the grounds are amazing! From the secret garden...a perfect place... read article

Beth Dilley
Beth Dilley

Siesta Key Rental - The Year Round Island Lifestyle

"I wish we could stay for longer" "We HAVE to go home tomorrow because our rental is up" "How come the owners only want to rent for a month? We could stay here forever"

Well, now you can.

This gorgeous home on Lake Nancy, located moments from Siesta Key Village and steps from Out of Door Academy is now being offered as a year round rental. Yes, that's right folks.....you don't have to leave.

Nestled away on a quiet cul de sac, this home features a screened in patio and pool, fully equipped kitchen with breakfast bar and a dining area for 6 or more. 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with sliders our to the pool.

The island lifestyle is yours to have....all year long.

Why leave the... read article

Beth Dilley
Beth Dilley

You Have The Seasonal Home, Now You Need The Seasonal Car

So you've bought your vacation home and plan to spend a few months in sunny Florida every year. Your thoughts might turn to buying a car to keep here for when you visit. With daily rental prices being upwards of $35 a day or more for even a compact car, purchasing a second vehicle often makes sense. However, there are a few tricks the car dealers will use to put them on the winning end of the deal. So keep these things in mind when you go to buy that convertible! 1. Have a budget in mind and stick to it. Decide before you go what is important for this "seasonal" vehicle. Is navigation really necessary when you will just be around town? Perhaps you bring a pet so a rear folding seat is a must. Sit down and decide what you can't be without and don't be swayed by the salesperson once you get to the dealer. Remember, you drive the inside of the car not the outside, so give up those fancy rims that cost an extra thousand. 2. Bargain on the final cost of the vehicle itself. Don't "buy... read article

Beth Dilley
Beth Dilley

UCP Of Sarasota - Eating Chocolate For A Good Cause At Micheal's On East

Everyone here at Ascendia has a heart as big at the ocean when it comes to helping others. So when our resident pastry chef and chocoholic, Heidi found out that United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida was having a Chocolate Festival benefit at Michael's on East, she grabbed Amanda (because we all know she's always up for food) and headed down to support a worthy cause and eat as much chocolate as they could.

And they weren't disappointed...

All of Sarasota had come out to show their support. The amount of chocolate could be measured in tons and the calories could not be charted. Our favorites included cupcakes by Pastries by Design, outrageous Carrot Cheese Cake from Soma Creek Side and donuts from La Dona Donuts (Mmmmm Maple Bacon) and fabulous peanut butter chocolate cake from our buddies at Duvals.

After the event, Heidi went home to bake cookies for the office. She is a professional and can't get enough chocolate. Amanda went home and changed into pants with an elastic waist. She is... read article

Beth Dilley
Beth Dilley

Gulf Gate Home For Sale - What A Beauty!

Beth Dilley has just listed this lovely property. Sweet Gulf Gate home perfect for a creative eye and is just waiting for your personal touches. Located a short distance from the unique, delicious and local shops and restaurants that make the Gulf Gate area special. Drive a few minutes more and you're on Siesta Key. This home features vaulted, beamed ceiling in the living room with slider to a spacious lanai. Kitchen with large dining room also features a larger slider to lanai. En suite master bedroom ALSO features sliders to lanai. 2 larger guest rooms could also be used as an office or den. Your opinions are endless for making this house your own. Mature landscaping surrounds the property and leads to a lovely fenced backyard with storage shed. This could be a wonderful second home or investment property.... read article

Beth Dilley
Beth Dilley

Ruth Chris - A Sizzle, Swizzle, Swirl Fan Does Dinner

Reviewed By Beth Dilley and Friends. I am not a fan of chain restaurants, but when someone suggests happy hour, I think of Ruth Chris Steak House in Sarasota. The “Sizzle, Swizzle, Swirl” (their name not mine) menu is just $8.00 a plate, serving anything from ahi tuna (my favorite) to a tenderloin skewer salad. They also serve a mean burger! So when it was suggested that we celebrate a friend’s birthday on Saturday evening, I was thinking that is my happy hour restaurant, not my fine dining restaurant! I will have to admit that Ruth Chris delivered a very satisfying and creative dinner. I had the lobster mac and cheese, which was different from most restaurants because this recipe contained mild green chili peppers, which was a nice compliment to the sweetness of the lobster and the richness of the sauce. Since my intent was to share the dish with the table I also ordered the Osso Buco ravioli’s. Just for the record, I... read article

Beth Dilley
Beth Dilley

Want To Buy....Just Not Right Now. Let Us Show You The Drip.

You're not ready yet. It's not the ideal time for you to buy. And that's fine. We get it. It's a huge decision. But, while you're still thinking about it, we can help you. And it all starts with a "drip"

A drip is simply an email. When a property comes on the market and it contains the criteria you are looking for, we will email it to you. You can look at the pictures, plot it on a map, read a detailed description on the property, find out what the taxes are...everything we can see as Realtors and all from the comfort of your own home.

If you like something, awesome. If you don't, no worries.

The drip will educate you on the market conditions of the area you're interested in. If you see a property you like, let us know and we can arrange a showing. If you're out of state, we can go check it out for you. We'll take our own pictures for you and give you an honest opinion. When you're ready, you... read article

Beth Dilley
Beth Dilley

To Compost Or Not To Compost - It's Not Even A Question

Our office is jovial bunch. We're always volleying back and forth on our habits, likes and dislikes. It's amazing how a bunch of people can have such different backgrounds and interests. Take this conversation between Amanda and Joseph last week.

Amanda: "Don't throw out the used coffee grounds anymore. I'm bringing in a container to keep them and then I can throw them in my compost pile at home"

Joseph: "What the heck is a compost pile"

Amanda: "How do you not know what a compost pile is? (She sounded totally shocked, by the way) I take vegetable clippings, coffee grounds, leaves and other stuff and throw it in a pile in my back yard. It sits there and decomposes. Once it's dirt again, I fertilized my gardens with it.

Joseph: "That is gross. You have a rotting pile of garbage in your back yard. I bet it stinks"

Amanda: (Sounding totally exasperated) Nevermind.....

Composting is a widely used and hugely beneficial way to help the environment. Many take out restaurants are offering biodegradable containers you can place in the compost. Commercial grade soils and fertilizers... read article

Beth Dilley
Beth Dilley