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Archive for 2007

12/12/2007

The Big Questions

Is now the time to strike?   By Robert Plunket   All of a sudden people are starting to ask me two questions: 1.) Should I buy a home right now? And  2.) How much should I pay? These are good questions, certainly, but the very fact that they’re asking me indicates the profound confusion […]

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11/29/2007

Auction Aftermath

The bids are in, and here’s how my favorites fared.   By Robert Plunket   Well, the SKY-Sotheby big real estate auction is over, so let’s see how we did. We were tracking five different properties, large and small. Did they sell? Did they sell good?                                                       As predicted, the enormous bayfront […]

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11/14/2007

Bottom Feeding

Scouting out potential bargains at Sky Sotheby’s upcoming auction.     By Robert Plunket   Well, the auction is nearly here, and I’m getting nervous. It looks like the bottom feeders have arrived. That little army of people that used to drive around looking for something to buy, anything at any price, has now transmogrified […]

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11/7/2007

Going Once

SKY Sotheby tests the real estate waters with a major auction.   By Robert Plunket   Well, the big real estate auction is nearly upon us and everybody is getting psyched. It’s like we’re waiting for the jury’s verdict. Have we hit the bottom? Or will it go lower in the months to come?   […]

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10/24/2007

A Walk in Laurel Park

There’s lots for sale right now in this charming downtown neighborhood.   The quintessential Sarasota neighborhood? Without a doubt, that would be Laurel Park. I’m partial to it, I admit. I have lived and/or worked there ever since I moved to Sarasota. I’ve seen it change from a rundown and slightly raffish area of rednecks […]

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10/3/2007

$200,000 is the New $300,000

The new Palmer Oaks condos offer much more than you’d expect  for the money.   By Robert Plunket   The $200,000 condo has long been a staple of Sarasota real estate. There are a million of them all over town, from Palm Aire to the Beneva corridor. They are about the cheapest form of housing […]

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09/24/2007

Showdown!

When she started asking me if I was “prequalified,” I knew the realtor had a problem.   By Robert Plunket A terrible thing happened yesterday at an open house. I was humiliated by a realtor.   It started when I was driving down the street and saw an Open House sign. So I pull over. […]

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09/5/2007

Cottage Heaven

Small, charming vernacular houses are all the rage—and you can find them at bargain prices in Bradenton’s Wares Creek.   By Robert Plunket     Cottages seem to be the latest thing. Every lifestyle and decorating magazine on the stands is now Cottage Something. Small, simple vernacular homes from the first half of the last […]

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08/15/2007

A Tudor Gem

That wonderful old Tudor Dozier House is finally on the market, and I say, don’t change a thing.   By Robert Plunket   Guess what’s on the market? The Dozier House. It’s so nice I once bought a house on the same block just to be able to look at it on a regular basis. […]

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08/7/2007

Got a Million?

You might want to spend it at Burns Court Villas.   I finally checked out Burns Court Villas, those new townhouses at the south end of Burns Court. I had no idea what they would be like and was fearing the worst, or rather, the ordinary, but guess what? They’re sensational. Beautifully done, very atmospheric. […]

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