Marc Rasmussen

Siesta Key Condos

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Thinking about purchasing a vacation spot on the beach? Take a look at Siesta Key, Florida. This 8 mile long island sits off the coast of Sarasota, Florida. The island has an old Florida, non-pretentious feel to it. The three beaches are Turtle beach, Siesta beach and Crescent beach. Siesta Key beach is consistently rated one of the pretties beaches in America. The powdery white quartz sand feels great on the feet. It stays cool even in the summer heat. Siesta Key is very convenient to ev...

Lakes Estates - A Wonderful Sarasota Neighborhood

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Looking for a great family neighborhood in Sarasota, Florida? Take a stroll through Lakes Estates. I make a point to show this neighborhood when I have a buyer within this neighborhoods price range. The neighborhood offers lush, mature trees and landscaping that not only comes in handy during the hotter summer months but is great to look at and enjoy on your back lanai. Conveniently located to just about everything in Sarasota, Lakes Estates is only minutes to beaches, restaurants, shop...

Two Places to Vacation on Siesta Key - Palm Bay Club and Peppertree

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Looking for a beach getaway to take the family? Think about a trip to Siesta Key, Florida. This 8 mile long barrier island is located just off the coast of Sarasota, Florida. It is easy to catch a flight to Tampa Bay and then drive about 90 minutes to Siesta Key. You can even fly right into Sarasota International Airport and be on Siesta Key beach within about 15 minutes. Want to take a short vacation? Take a look at Palm Bay Club on Siesta Key. This is a great beachfront condo complex th...

Siesta Key Beach Rated #3 by Dr. Beach

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A few months ago Dr. Beach came out with "America's Top 10 Beaches" of 2008. Number 3 on the list was Siesta Key beach in Sarasota, Florida. Dr. Beach is also known as Dr. Stephen Leatherman, Director of Florida International Univertsity's Laboratory of Coastal Research. He has selected the annual top 10 Beaches since 1991. 50 criteria are used to judge the beaches, including sand and water quality, as well as facilities and environmental management. Siesta Key ...

8 Questions to Ask Out of Town Buyers

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If you work with prospects that come to you from out of town here are 8 questions that you might find useful. Usually, out of town buyers are made of people relocating and those looking for a 2nd or vacation home. I work the Sarasota real estate market and have been using these questions on many of the vacation home prospects.  •1.      Have you been to [city] before?  If the prospect has never been to your town before chances are that ...

Goal - My New Website On 1st Page Of Google By 4th Quarter Of 2008 - Part 2

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Here is my previous post - http://www.realestatewebmasters.com/blogs/marc-rasmussen/5139/show/. In a nutshell, I made the goal about a month ago to get my newest sarasota real estate website on the first page of Google for 'sarasota real estate'. I have not been working on it as diligently as I could have. I have been busy selling real estate (knock on wood). I ran into a string of buyers that were ready to do something now. That seems to be rare in this market. My partner and I ha...

Goal - My New Website on 1st page of Google by 4th Quarter of 2008

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Accountability can be a good thing. I figure if that I post my goal here in front of everyone it will give me more motivation to accomplish it. It is like telling everyone that you are on a diet. Goal: To get my new website - Sarasota real estate on the first page of Google for 'sarasota real estate' by the 4th quarter of 2008. I will mostly stick to the basics in my efforts to get there. You know, the stuff we talk about about on the REW forums and blogs. The Competi...

Are your commissions going up or down?

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I am curious to hear what real estate commissions are doing in your area through this current real estate roller coaster. Here in Sarasota, Florida the average real estate commission is on the rise.  When I started selling real estate in 2000 I remember a good mix of 7% and 6% commissions with probably the majority of listings at 7%. Back in 2000 you could purchase a nice starter home for $90,000. It seemed to stay this way from 2000-2003.   Like most areas from 2003 to 20...

Article Writing Service - Should You Use Them?

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Last week I wanted some articles written to promote my new luxury sarasota home website. I had a good buyer in town last week (they were good buyers because they bought) and did not have the energy to write an article. So, instead of scanning the realestatewebmasters forum to find a good vendor I just did a quick search on Google. Does REW write articles? Sorry Morgan that I don't know this. Below is one of the articles that was written for me. What do you think of the quality...

Worst cities for homeowner debt

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Forbes came out with the top 50 cities with the worst homeowner debt. You can read the entire article here. I don't know how accurate it is but I can tell the put some effort into the article. As a Floridian, it is refreshing to see that there is only 1 Florida city on the list. However, it makes me wonder how good the study is since Florida is one of the worst states for foreclosures. Here are the top 50 cities for worst homeowner debt: 1. Sacramento--Arden- Arcade--Roseville,...