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Archive for 2007

07/30/2007

Fore!

Playing my way through the crowds at the Founders Club.   Like most of us, I’ve been hearing so much about The Founders Club that when I saw they were having a mass open house Sunday (over 30 houses open), I had to go. So did a lot of people. The event was wildly popular […]

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07/16/2007

Inside the Renaissance

What’s on sale in Sarasota’s  most aspirational building.   By Robert Plunket   I know I promised only million-dollar properties this week, but when I went to look for them yesterday, guess what happened? I couldn’t find any. Everything’s been reduced. I was in one condo that had just been cut by $150,000; and when I […]

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07/9/2007

The Law of the Market

Falling prices mean a rise in great buys.   By Robert Plunket   It’s amazing to see our free market economy at work. Real estate prices in Sarasota are falling so noticeably that suddenly it’s a whole new ballgame. Since I’ve started doing this blog I would estimate they’re down 25 percent—the ones that are […]

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06/29/2007

Sale of the Century

By Robert Plunket   Move over, Michael Saunders. I just sold my very first house!   I sold the house! Yes, you read that right. The house in Bayshore Gardens (see previous blog, below) is now off the market. And I got Laurel’s price. In 10 days. In fact, there was even a little bidding […]

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06/11/2007

Steal This House

A retro gem in Bayshore Gardens—and at a retro price.   By Robert Plunket   Can I get arrested for selling real estate without a license? I sure hope not, because here goes:   My friend Laurel’s mother passed away recently and the heirs (Laurel’s brothers) want to sell the house immediately. They don’t even […]

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06/4/2007

Make Mine Modern

    Family-friendly: a beautifully renovated Sarasota School house.   By Robery Plunket   Yesterday I finally got to see that Sarasota School house that Martie Lieberman is selling at 604 42nd St., and it was well worth the wait. It was designed by William Rupp, who worked with Rudolph back in the 1950s, and […]

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05/21/2007

Auction Action

Prices were all over the place—so what does that mean?   By Robert Plunket   Yes, I went to the auction. The famous J.P. King/SKY Sotheby’s auction on Friday where they auctioned off 20 or so extremely high-end properties. I was planning to do a whole piece on it, but frankly the Herald-Tribune did such […]

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05/7/2007

Into the Woods

There’s something special about the little rural community of Innisfallen.   By Robert Plunket   There is one real estate category that is virtually ignored by most people looking for a home, and it’s a shame because it is both wonderful and unique to our area. I’m talking about Old Rural Florida. A nice old […]

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04/30/2007

Sold!

There I was, $10,000 in hand—when the auctioneer dropped his bomb.     By Robert Plunket   Guess what? They cancelled the auction! Yes, I show up with my cashier’s check for $10,000 and a valid Florida driver’s license and join the little crowd of people milling around 1685 Laurel St. I’m totally psyched to […]

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04/23/2007

House Rules

Listen up, agents—here’s how not to hold an open house.     By Robert Plunket   Well, it finally happened. I set out today looking for some sensational houses and I couldn’t find any. Oh, I found some OK places. But they were all too bland, too ordinary, too over priced, too. . . just […]

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