Foreclosure rates on the rise in Sarasota & Manatee Counties in Florida.

I’m hearing of many 55 an older buyers are considering or purchasing in this area. I personally believe they should do some additional research and reconsider.

More Southwest Florida homeowners are struggling to pay their mortgages.

The number of residential properties with a foreclosure filing rose 23% as of mid-year in the Sarasota-Manatee region, according to a new report from real estate researcher ATTOM Data Solutions.

While foreclosures nationwide were down during the first half of 2019, the local increase was not that unusual. Foreclosure starts were higher in four out of 10 metros across the country.

A total of 1,277 residential properties, or one in every 327 homes in the Sarasota-Manatee area, were in some stage of distress. That represents 0.31% of the housing units in the region.

Why use an agent to purchase a new home!

The advantages of having an agent help you purchase a new home are the same as those for purchasing a resale home…

• Knowledge of the market

• Help in finding the perfect home quickly

• Expertise in contract writing/negotiation

• Closing assistance.

The builder has a professional representative watching out for his/her needs, and you need the same expert representation.

Buying a new home is a little more difficult and time-consuming than buying a resale. A real estate agent can professionally guide you through this process.

It is very important that your interests be professionally represented when you are entering into a contract for a semi-custom or build-to-suit home. These transactions are complex and the contract details must be exact in order to protect you and to ensure you get exactly the home you want!

REMEMBER – the Builder requires that your Agent accompany you on your first visit to the Builder’s sales office, or they will NOT PAY your representative’s fee!

Ponte Vedra schools.

Ponte Vedra High School Test Scores

Florida administered the Florida Standards Assessment and Mathematics End of Course Exams to high school students. These figures display how well the school as a whole performed in reading and mathematics.

Subject Proficiency

School District State020406080100MathematicsReading

Math Proficiency Distribution

Inadequate 5%Below Satisfactory 9%Satisfactory 36%Above Satisfactory 20%Mastery 30%

Reading Proficiency Distribution

Inadequate 4%Below Satisfactory 12%Satisfactory 21%Above Satisfactory 34%Mastery 29%

Overall Student Performance

This measures overall student performance on state-required tests.

Percentile Score on Florida Standards Assessment and Mathematics End of Course Exams ? 95.8%

Spray Park in Nocatee, Ponte Vedra!

9 Things You May Not Know About Nocatee Spray Park

Posted by Donna Lundgren – Nocatee Welcome Center Manager

4/25/19 11:33 AM

New Nocatee Water Park

Now that swim season is almost upon us, we’d like to share some things you may not know about the new Nocatee Spray Park. Residents can splash, play, relax, eat and more at the new amenity that opened March 9 with a festive grand opening celebration.

Here are nine Nocatee Spray Park fun facts:

  • 1.) The four-story above ground interactive spray playground, Whale Harbor, is the tallest of its kind in Northeast Florida.
  • 2.) The main pool, surrounding Whale Harbor, has over 17,000 square feet of surface area, making it the largest pool in Nocatee, almost twice as large as the Lagoon Pool in Nocatee Splash Park
  • 3.) The slides and play structure were built by ProSlide Technology, considered the best water slide manufacturer in the world. ProSlide also built Volcano Bay for Universal Studios in Orlando.
  • 4.) There are over 75 water features on the main Whale Harbor structure.
  • 5.) There are five water slides with two being enclosed creating a dark slide.
  • 6.) The main pool, Whale Harbor holds just 50,000 gallons of water. The Spray Pad and Scuttle Cove hold about 2,500 gallons. 
  • 7.) The underground holding tank for the main pool is 10,000 gallons (20% of the pool volume). 
  • 8.) The pools are treated with a state of the art chemical controller system that monitors Chlorine, Ph and ORP and makes adjustments 24 hours a day.
  • 9.) There are over 750 chairs currently placed in the park. Time to kick back and relax!
Nocatee Spray Park
Blue Water Bar and Grill at Nocatee

 The Spray Park also includes Serenity Bay, a resort-style beach environment with beach volleyball and blue sand cabanas available to residents on a first come first served basis. For Nocatee’s youngest residents, Scuttle Cove is a smaller spray park for younger children. Also included is Paradise Park playground featuring multiple tunnels, astro turf and shaded areas. 

Beach Area at Nocatee Spray Park

The neighboring event field, Nocatee Station Field, is the new home for community events and concerts, including the monthly Nocatee Farmers Market, the Roscolusa Songwriters Festival, drive-in movie nights, concerts and more. Blue Water Bar & Grill with its large deck and food court is also accessible from the new event field.