Sarasota FL Real Estate Blog

Why Everyone Should Love 100 Percent Commissions

Many Sarasota real estate brokerages are embracing the 100 percent commission model. That is, some Sarasota REALTORS® now keep all the income they gain from making a sale and to pay a monthly fee to their broker, instead of paying a percentage of it to their managing brokerage. This might sound like REALTORS® are just getting paid more, but it has many more positive implications than it would seem at first blush. What does this change in commission really mean for buyers and sellers? Read on to find out.

Sarasota REALTOR® on 100 Percent CommissionSellers benefit from having an agent who retains 100 percent of her/his commission for several reasons. The first is that the REALTOR® has more expendable revenue to contribute to marketing the property. S/he will be able to hire a professional photographer, create flashier marketing materials, and leverage her/his business contacts to get the word out about your home. Most si-highlight--primaryly, s/he'll want to do these things for you because the commission goes to him/her alone.

A buyer's agent will also benefit from hiring a Sarasota REALTOR® who retains 100 percent of her/his commission, although commission is less of an issue for these agents. Given that commission is based on a relatively small...

Small Space Gardening: Yes, You Can!

Sarasota is well known for its Downtown farmers market that runs year-round, rain or shine. Fresh vegetables and fruit (among other delectable delights) are offered to the residents and visitors of Sarasota on a weekly basis. Local farmers come to showcase their wares and the event is one of the city's main attractions. Many Sarasota residents are unaware that they can easily grow fruit and veggies of their own, just like the ones they can find at the market! Given that a very large portion of Sarasotans live in condos, you may be wondering how you have enough space for a veggie garden. Read on to find out!

There are many ways to get more bang for your buck in terms of garden space. If you have a single-family home with a yard, you're in luck. But what about those living in condos or townhouses? This is where creativity comes in. One way to leverage your space is to, well, drive yourself up the wall! As long as it's permitted by your condo association, you might consider installing a living wall, with ever-bearing strawberries, herbs, lettuces, and maybe even peas that can be trained to romantically climb walls or weave through a trellis, accenting architectural details or providing your home's interior with shade from the sun. There are various ways to do this, but most involve planting on a flat surface, allowing the plants to take root, then installing the base on the wall after a few weeks. One of the best parts of this strategy is that strawberries and...