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Keys to my Real Estate Success

I love working with my buyers and sellers.  Having been in the real estate business in Sarasota, Florida for over 35 years, I have learned that being a great listener, patience and not pushiness, and being extremely knowledgeable about the real estate market are most important in working with buyers.

When working with sellers, these traits are important too, and sellers certainly appreciate my bringing them qualified buyers to purchase their homes.  My job is marketing and providing feedback to my sellers.


Real Estate Award 2018 Coldwell Banker

I am proud and delighted to have received the award for International President's Circle for real estate sales during 2017 with my real estate company, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate.

During the past 17 years of being a broker associate and working with Coldwell Banker in Sarasota, Florida and on Longboat Key, I feel lucky to be in the company of the top-producing agents in Sarasota and in the state of Florida.  They have been a big influence on me and my success.

My areas of expertise are with buyers and sellers of homes and condos, vacation homes, second homes in Sarasota and her islands, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key, Bird Key, Downtown Sarasota and West of the Trail.  Most of my business comes from referrals and repeat business.  



Waterfront Home on Longboat Key, Florida – 656 Halyard Lane

Amazing, one-of-a-kind bayfront view from this coastal cottage home sitting on Sarasota Bay and looking at the incredible downtown Sarasota skyline.  This is a unique opportunity for this renovated 3 or 4-bedroom Longboat Key home with pool, rebuilt boat dock & lift, and deeded beach access in Country Club Shores on the south end of Longboat Key.

 Many buyers will love the house as it is, but most will decide to build a brand new dream home from this fabulous waterfront lot with sunny southern exposure and 130 feet on the bay.  From here you can enjoy the rising and setting sun, fishing and boating from the boat dock in the lee of the wind, relaxing on the patio by the pool, and watching the dolphin and manatee every day.

This property is five minutes from shopping and restaurants on world-renowned St. Armand’s Circle and only ten minutes from the culture, art galleries and activities in downtown Sarasota.  Golf and tennis at the Longboat Key Club is right across the street.  Offered at $2,650,000

Canadian buyers taking bigger role in Florida real estate purchases

Due to the cold winters in north America, Canadians are purchasing more real estate in south Florida.  Despite the poor exchange rate and recent hurricanes in Florida, Canadians are not concerned and have increased their vacation home purchases of real estate in Florida.  

Purchases of real estate in south Florida by Canadians were close to 10 percent of total purchases by foreign buyers in 2017 and double what they spent in 2016 in the United States as a whole.

Sarasota Is One of the Best Places to Maintain Wealth in the Country

Over the past five years Magnify Money found that Sarasota residents pay the highest amount in capital gains taxes in the country.  This fact indicates that this population owns the highest amount of investments, which are taxed when sold, such as stocks, bonds, property, and businesses.  This finding further indicates that the Sarasota area is one of the best places to maintain wealth.

Sarasota Area #1 for Young Entrepreneurs

Money Rates rated the Sarasota, Florida area as one of the best cities for young entrepreneurs to be successful in investing in a new business venture.

Four criteria were used including high level of education, high net worth of younger population, business tax incentives, and growth rate for the area.

Fifty people a day are moving to the Sarasota-Manatee metropolitan area.

Techie Kitchens in 2018

Tired of seeing all those computer and phone cords in your kitchen? 

This cool drawer contains built-in chargers with room for your phone, tablet or even a laptop.

Sarasota - A Great Area to Live In

Residents of Sarasota, Florida say the town is a wonderful place to live.  A poll was taken of 800 people in the area, and the consensus is that they believe in the policies of the local government.  They feel they are treated fairly, with respect, and given proper information by Sarasota County.  

They also feel that Sarasota County's spending budget is sensible.  Sarasota is an opportunity for businesses to move to this area, offering tax incentives to business which do so. For information on homes and condos and Sarasota real estate, CLICK HERE.




Sarasota #1 Place to Retire

Sarasota, Florida has been named the best place to retire in 2018 by U.S. News & World Report. 

This is not the first time that our well-rounded town has won this, and many other, accolades.  Taking into account what retirees expect in their retirement, the report focused on affordability of housing, healthcare and general happiness.

Sarasota is known for its beautiful beaches, outdoor living, sports tourism, vibrant cultural scene and a full-time town with good employment opportunities. 

For more information on homes and condos in the Sarasota real estate market, please contact me or CLICK HERE to see the homes on the market.

Sarasota Welcomes the World Rowing Championships

Sarasota is thrilled to be the host of the World Rowing Championships with over 2,000 participants from over 60 countries and hundreds of thousands of spectators.  This special event is to be held September 23 to October 1 at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota.  This is the first time in 20 years that the United States has hosted the world rowing championships.  In honor and celebration, there will be an opening ceremony spectacle on September 23.

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Carolyn Donnelly, P.A.
Coldwell Banker Res RE
Longboat Key & Sarasota, FL
Phone: 941-350-9900​

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