Friday, September 5, 2014

Most Expensive Home in the U.S.

This is an extraordinary home . . . no, they're right, it really is a palace!

Watch the video for yourself on YouTube.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Buying Myths

When you reveal you are looking to buy a home, everyone has an opinion.  Here are a few more. . .

CLICK HERE for the article

Monday, August 25, 2014

Top 10 Safest Places in Florida

Here is what the locals already knew.

Click the Article Link Here 

Neighbors might be a good source of information when buying a home

Who knows more about a house or community than those living there? 

This is an interesting article about that information resource.

Click here for the RealtyTimes article

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Home Construction Surged in July

Our area has, thankfully, been seeing a rise in new home construction over the past year. We say thankfully because this is a good indication of the health of the marketplace.

And apparently we are not the only ones as the annual rate appears to have exceeded the rate predicted by Economists.

Click here to view the RISMedia article in its entirety.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Understanding your Credit Scores

Here is a subject I know everyone would like to better understand.  Perhaps this article will help.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Bank Owned Inventories

Clients often ask if we are going to see more foreclosures in our marketplace.  Here is an article that may address the question- at least in part.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Shiller says there is more momentum in housing than stocks

See what Nobel Prize winning economist, Robert Shiller, says about the real estate market.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Thinking of Refinancing?

This short video from is a quick overview that may help in your decision and help to get you started.  

Friday, July 18, 2014

Snowbird's Home Insurance

This question often comes up so we thought this article worth sharing.

Q:  Dear Insurance Adviser:  I am a snowbird.  I have a home in Minnesota and a home in Florida. A friend told me that I don't have any homeowners insurance coverage 60 days after I have vacated either property.  I am really concerned.  Is my friend correct? --Blair

Don't believe everything you hear or read.  Everyone has an opinion and like the game we played as kids, the "story" and facts get changed with each retelling.  So it was smart of Mr. Blair to get advice from the professionals.

CLICK HERE to view the article and response from

Monday, June 23, 2014

After bankruptcy, do I owe on 2nd mortgage?

This is a question we often get asked these days.  Not being attorney's, we defer to the professionals for advice. Here is a helpful Q&A from that may answer some of your questions.


Friday, June 20, 2014

Traveling with a rewards credit card

Traveling this summer?  Here is a helpful video from


and don't miss a few other videos at the bottom of their page with credit card tips.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Backyard Party Ideas

As we head into Summer, we thought you'd enjoy an article we found on 

"10 Unique Backyard Party Ideas".

CLICK HERE for article.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Common Ways to Take Title to Property

Our thanks to Audrey Bertapelle from First American Title for sharing this very helpful page. If you'd like a pdf of this document, email Jan at and she will be happy to forward it to you.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Housing or Stocks???

With the volatility of both housing and the stock market in recent years, how is a wise investor to know where to best put his hard earned monies - the monies he hopes will carry him through retirement?

Hear what Robert Shiller told CNBC.


"Real estate can't be lost or stolen, nor carried away. Managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world."  - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Investments in Vacations Homes are up

According to this CNN article, "More American's felt rich enough to invest in vacation homes last year as the economy continued its recovery."

While the "recovery" is often times heatedly debated, there is no doubt that buyers are finding real estate a wise move for long term investing. Clients are stating to us that they feel more confident in actually getting "something" for their investment when they purchase real estate - something their family can enjoy while they are realizing (a once again upward) appreciation on their hard earned dollars.  It's is once again a Win/Win for everyone.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Real Estate Once Again Popular with Investors

Check out the article 

"Americans Have Fallen in Love with Real Estate Once Again" 

by clicking here on this CNN article.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Humidity Indoors Determines Likelihood of Mold

Who doesn't think about mold these days?  Humidity can play a huge factor in mold development and humidity can come from various sources.  Be sure to read the following article from RISMedia - click here.

Monday, May 26, 2014

In Memory of those who Served

May we never forget those who have gone before us so that we may enjoy the freedoms that are at the very heart of America.

May God Bless America!

Click Here to view the Constitution

Friday, May 23, 2014

Pool Maintenance Essentials

Those of us with pools know that staying on top of routine maintenance means less work and expense in the end. In Florida, this is a year round job but many of you are just getting your pools ready for upcoming Summer fun.  So here are a few tips by RealtyTimes:  Click Here for the article.

Wishing you all a fun filled 
and safe summer!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Using an IRA for a down-payment tax-free

Here is a helpful article that may save you money and enable you to get into that home you are wanting.

Click here for the article from

Monday, May 19, 2014

Baby Boomers turn to Reverse Mortgages

As "Boomers" ourselves, we thought this article might be interesting to others of our generation.

CNBC Article "Baby Boomers turn to reverse Mortgages"

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Homeowner's Title Should Reflect Your Wishes in the Event of Death

How to title property ownership is a question that often comes up. It is, of course, best to consult your attorney who knows your situation and the various methods of title which may be best for you.  The following article from RealtyTimes, though, provides some interesting thought on the subject so we thought we would share it with our readers.


Monday, May 12, 2014

iPhone and iPad Apps for Personal Finance

Who doesn't like a new app - especially a useful one? recommends personal finance apps for iPhone or iPad in the following article:

CLICK HERE for article.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Real Estate Investments or Stocks?

In today's volatile markets, the big question is "where am I better off investing?"

CNBC offers the following article with videos on just that subject.  Click the link below to view:

More momentum in housing than stocks, Shiller says.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Mortgage Rates Hit a 2014 Low article: Mortgage Rates Hit a 2014 Low

CLICK HERE to view.

Market Links Updated

Be sure to check out the following links with updated statistics:

Sarasota Association of Realtors March Report -

Team Vitale May Newsletter -

Short Sales & Foreclosures in the Sarasota/Bradenton areas -

Community Market Reports:

The Waterway on Cortez in Bradenton -

Riviera Dunes Marina Community -

Cedars East on North Longboat Key -

All report links provided as a courtesy from Team Vitale.  Remember WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Is it cheaper to buy or rent?????

Check out this article on Forbes that says "Buying A Home is Now 38% Cheaper Than Renting".

CLICK HERE for article.

Then call Team Vitale at 866-242-9506.  We can help you start saving that 38%!

March Team Vitale Newsletter has been posted

Check it out at  In it you will find news links on what has been happening in Sarasota, FL area real estate as well as links to property searches and other useful and fun information. 

Looking for all the foreclosure and short sale properties in the Sarasota and Bradenton area?  Be sure to also click on for a resent MLS search.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Black Settler Helped Sarasota Grow

Lewis Colson, Sarasota's first black settler, came to Sarasota in 1884 to assist in surveying the town of Sarasota. Colson remained in Sarasota throughout his life, contributing to the development of the community in many ways.

Click here to view the article on Mr. Colson from "Journals of Yesteryear" at the Sarasota History Alive website

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

January Newsletter Hot off the E-Presses!

Don't miss the January 
Team Vitale newsletter
which is full of information, helpful and informative links and a little something to make you smile.

Click Here or visit

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Real Estate Segment on Fox News

Four Coldwell Banker Previews agents from across the country were interviewed recently by Fox News on the high end real estate market. 


To view the video segment,  CLICK HERE!