Merry Christmas from Duncan Real Estate

Date posted: December 23, 2020

Christmas is a special time for families. Unfortunately this year we must re-imagine the way we gather in order to keep our loved ones safe. While the Covid vaccine is great news, it has come too late to save a traditional Christmas this year. Here are some tips for a safe Merry Christmas.


We need to keep our gathering limited to immediate family. Having multiple families together greatly increases the risk of spread. Each family has outside contacts from work, school, friends, shopping, etc. that are different from yours. Bringing families together introduces each to contacts which they would not have been exposed to otherwise.


Didn’t you hate being exiled to the kids’ table growing up? Being isolated from the rest of the family. Let’s remove the stigma of the kids’ table. If you have more than just your immediate family together, setup multiple “kids” table so everyone can spread out. No one is exiled and it’s much safer.


It’s a tradition to pass the dishes around the table. Don’t! Everyone is not only touching each dish, they are touching the serving utensil and breathing on every dish. Buffet style using Mom as a single server is much safer.


If you can, plan your festivities to take place outdoors. If you live where that’s not possible, then open the windows to increase the air circulation. Yes it will increase your heating bill but a few dollars is worth being safe.


You can start some new traditions to be safe. Try virtual gatherings using Zoom, Facebook, Google video chat or another program. You can actually spend Christmas with more relatives from around the world. Relatives that may have not been part of your previous Christmas tradition. The kids can even still play with their cousins virtually using a game box or various apps where you can invite other to play games with you.


As we have done for months, wash your hands, wear a mask and watch your distance as much as possible.

We want you and your family to be safe for Christmas and beyond. We all can survive one untraditional, safe Christmas. So be safe and have a very Merry Christmas! Next year plan a huge family Christmas vacation in Florida and contact us to find that perfect Anna Maria Island vacation rental.

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Safe Holiday Events for 2020

Date posted: December 15, 2020

2020 brings us a new type of holiday season, that’s for sure. Our annual parties and events that we’re used to attending each year might be cancelled and the ones that aren’t will most likely be a little different. Holiday parties are fewer and farer between, but some of the plays, ballets or shows we are accustomed to attending are still happening – just virtually. And bravo for all those in our community who are pressing on this year by bringing these performances right into our homes! We’re all making the best of it in this funky year! Just to keep your spirits bright, we’ve gathered a small list of safe holiday events happening this year in the Bradenton and Anna Maria Island area.

Winter Wonderlettes

December 18, 19
8:00PM – Show’s End

Take your pick! Watch socially distanced Live, streaming or at an outdoor cinema! Learn more about this event here:

Island Players Presents a Live Virtual Adaptation of “A Christmas Carol”

December 18
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

This one comes with a 2020 twist! Access this performance without leaving your home! Learn more about this event here:

Moscow Ballet’s NUTCRACKER Christmas Stream

December 19
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

From the comfort of your own home, stream this year’s ballet in your jammies. Learn more about this event here:

Privateers Annual Christmas Party

December 19
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The AMI Privateers are throwing their yearly Christmas get-together in Bradenton Beach! Learn more about this event here:

Help support our local talent and ring in some cheer with one of these safe holiday events on the list. Most can be enjoyed from home with the family and help support local professionals marching on to bring us the holidays virtually and in-person.

Happy holidays from all of us at Duncan Real Estate!

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Happy Thanksgiving from Duncan Real Estate

Date posted: November 26, 2020

It’s the time of year when we usually all gather around a table with our family and friends to celebrate what we’re most thankful. While a lot of us will still be spending time with the immediate family, some of us may have to sacrifice in terms of the number of people we have around the dinner table.

It’s not all doom and gloom. With social media and technology in our everyday lives, it’s easier than ever to include the whole family and family friends that usually joins us around the turkey. With video calls like FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, and Zoom, it is possible to see Grandma and the grandkids as we enjoy our holiday meal and give thanks.

Here are some helpful tips on how to stay safe during a funky year’s Turkey Day:


With the kitchen being the chef-of-the-day’s safe zone, squeezing into the sink may be quite the task. Consider scattering bottles of hand sanitizer around the house for your immediate family members.

Designated tablet/computer person

While meeting with family virtually, there’s potential for many different hands all over the same device. Let’s be smart about how we bring virtual dinner guests to the table by designating one person to operate video calls. This practice should also be considered when sharing a bottle of wine or pitcher of iced tea.

Fewer guests

This is the one we’re all dreading, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Sure, we want all the usual guests over for the holiday, but is the family’s health really worth it? Consider reducing the number of people around the table to keep some wiggle room between each other. Maybe put the kids’ table in an adjoining room.

It’s a strange year with sacrifices to be made by all of us. But with vaccines on the horizon, hopefully we’re on our way to Thanksgiving as we remember it. And the efforts we make this year could help ensure that everyone we love is healthy enough to join us for the next one.

We wish all of our loyal customers, family, and friends a safe and healthy Thanksgiving!

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New Beach Under Way!

Date posted: August 6, 2020

Holmes Beach Renourishment ProjectThis year’s renourishment project started July 8th by 78th St in Holmes Beach with the new beach being well under way. Due to storms and natural erosion this procedure is necessary every few years. This is the 5th time after the initial project in 1992. Altogether 5.5 miles of the 7 mile island beaches will get new sand and with the construction crew working on a 24-hour, 7-day a week schedule. Currently, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is rebuilding the beach by the Manatee Public Beach area.

The sand for the Holmes Beach renourishment project comes from an offshore borrow area which is located about 2000 feet of the North end of Anna Maria Island. A hydraulic cutter suction dredge picks up the sand that is then pumped through a submerged pipeline to the beach and connects to the shore pipeline which runs parallel to the water line on dry sand. Portions of the beach up to 1000 feet will be closed during active construction that may restrict the public from traversing along the shoreline but there are is a pedestrian walkway near the dunes that you can walk laterally past the beach closure to get to open beach

When the water-sand mix arrives through the pipeline, bulldozers move it to fill in the designated areas. The heavy activity in front of a beach front property is not expected to last longer than a few days depending on the working conditions which can be influenced by weather, mechanical repair or environmental requirements.



The project will continue through Mid November. The approximate scheduled locations are:

  • August 10 – 38th Street/Second Pipeline Reconfiguration
  • October 1 – 4th Street/Third Pipeline Reconfiguration
  • October 31 – Project completion at Longboat Pass


The cost of the project is covered by conventional state and federal funding mechanisms for the County’s beach nourishment and also partly with state and federal funding to replace sand loss from Hurricanes Hermine and Irma.

Turtle Nesting

The Anna Maria island Turtle Watch relocated all loggerhead nests that were in the way for the renourishment project. They are now clustered in a beach area of Anna Maria City on the Northern end of the island that is not affected by the project. The eggs should not be harmed and hatchlings will emerge after about 60 days of being laid.

Holmes Beach Renourishment Project



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Anna Maria Island RE-OPENED!

Date posted: June 4, 2020

Welcome back to all our new and returning guests! Our beautiful Anna Maria Island is re-opened and ready to welcome you again for short-term vacation rentals. After weeks of a stay at home order Governor DeSantis entered Florida into phase 1 on May 4th and lifted the vacation rental ban on May 21st for Manatee County.  The approved plan submitted by the Manatee Commission called for a safe and quick re-open under a set of safety and health protocols.
The Island is buzzing again with activity. Every morning “Donut Experiment” has a large group waiting for them to open so they can order their crazy flavored donuts. Sandbar and Waterfront are bustling with activity. At the pastel heaven Ginny & Jane E’s lots of people sitting outside eating breakfast and lunch like usual, but now 6’ apart! The golf carts are zipping around and lots of boating in every shape and form.
The weather has been beautiful and we see more wildlife than normal. The Turtle Patrols are checking the beaches every morning. During the shut down nests were laid even before the official May 1 turtle season.

Phase 2

We also just learned yesterday that Florida will move into Phase 2 of reopening Friday, June 5 after careful review of medical statistics by the Governor. Bars can now open to 50% capacity.

Anna Maria City Pier News


Islanders and visitors alike will be happy to hear that the Anna Maria City Pier is finally set to open June 19. This new City Pier replaces the old one that was closed in September 2017 due in part to damage the pier and pier buildings sustained during Hurricane Irma. We are SO excited! It will be a soft opening. Initially, The Pier will stay open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 8 am – 5 pm and can be enjoyed by visitors, sightseers and for fishing. Social distancing will be required just like everywhere else. The City is recommending no alcohol on The Pier, but fishermen are allowed to bring their coolers.
Summer is coming into full swing! Humidity is climbing, plants and lawn are happy about the first rains during our typical summer pattern weather. Beaches are beautiful as ever and offer enough space to comply with our new normal of social distancing.
Hope to see you soon!
For all your vacation rental needs or other island information please contact our Vacation Rental Team at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message.

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North Shore Café on Pine Ave

Date posted: April 21, 2020

The new place to be on AMI is the North Shore Café that just opened at 304 Pine Avenue on Anna Maria Island.  The former little preschool known as “School for Constructive Play” received a major overhaul and Team Duncan has been waiting patiently (impatiently) it being only a block away from our office. This latest edition to the Pine Avenue eateries did not disappoint! Being family owned, you feel the love walking in! The entire family including their son is working here.


The original features, such as the fantastic terrazzo floor were kept and was completely restored and is shining! The building layout has been enhanced with bar style serving openings, the interior design is beautiful and contemporary and unlike the pre-school days where the backyard was a huge sandbox with jungle gym and fencing this area of the property is now open to the small lake. What a great sitting area to visit on one of the many beautiful days on the Island!  Enjoy the large, open space for relaxation and eating, comfortable seating right in front of the lake and also a game area with a Corn Hole game.  It really gives you the European feel as you see Corn Hole, Bocce, Kubb, Molkky, Horseshoe, Jenga and other backyard games played in parks and outdoor areas all over Europe in the summer months.

Some of the best coffee served here on Anna Maria is at the North Shore Café. They also serve Espresso, Specialty Teas, Smoothies – most with coconut water or almond milk base, Health Bowls with Acai and more. Light baked goods and breakfast sandwiches (the avocado toast is raved about) are available now with lunch sandwiches coming soon. The Café offers mostly healthy options, but they also have delicious croissants. You can also enjoy a selection of national and local craft beers as well as wine, mimosas, champagne and the popular spiked seltzer White Claws.

Don’t miss the very cool Anna Maria mural – the perfect instagram photo op!

If you need other dining suggestions please check out our Restaurant page or call our Vacation Team for more information on the island. You can reach us at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message

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Einreiseverbot in die USA

Date posted: March 21, 2020

Ein Ferienbesuch auf Anna Maria Island gestaltet sich zur Zeit sehr schwierig, da es im Rahmen der Coronavirus-Krise zu verstärkten Einreisekontrollen und Einreisesperren in die USA kommt. Seit dem 13. März 2020 wird nur noch bestimmten Personen aus Europa die Einreise erlaubt. Zur Zeit gilt ein Einreiseverbot für Personen, die sich innerhalb eines Zeitraums von 14 Tagen vor der Einreise in die USA in Deutschland oder einem anderen Schengenstaat aufgehalten haben. Auch sind die Landgrenzen zu Mexiko und Kanada für den Personenverkehr weitgehend geschlossen.

Ausgenommen von diesem Verbot der Einreise sind

  • US-Staatsbürger
  • Personen mit ständigem legalen Aufenthalt in den USA („Greencard“-Inhaber)
  • Nahe Verwandte von US-Staatsbürgern oder Personen mit ständigem legalen Aufenthalt in den USA (Ehegatte, Elternteil, Kind oder Geschwister unter 21 Jahren)
  • Diplomaten oder Mitarbeiter internationaler Organisationen.

Diese Einreisebeschränkungen bleiben in Kraft, bis sie widerrufen werden.

Weitere Beschränkungen gelten für den Staat Florida. Governor DeSantis hat einen Stopp aller Ferienvermietungen unter einem Aufenthalt von 30 Tagen ausgerufen. Dieser endet am 30.4.2020. Es besteht außerdem ein Ausgehverbot oder “Stay-at-home” Erlass.
Hier sind sämtliche Beschränkungen, die Anna Maria Island betreffen, im Überblick:

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Doctor's Office

Date posted: January 20, 2020

The latest hot spot on Anna Maria Island is  “The Doctor’s Office”.   Housed in what was formerly the Island doctor’s office in Holmes Beach, the proprietors Sean Murphy and Susan Timmins of Beach Bistro and Eat Here added another fantastic island endeavor. Instead of achieving well-being by the old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” the key to happiness at this doctor’s office is a well crafted cocktail.
The cool story behind the connection of the last practicing doctor in these rooms, Doctor Pelhem, and Sean Murphy and Susan Timmins will make you feel better already! Click here for this endearing piece of island history.
You can find innovative drinks with names like Corpse Reviver, Penicillin, Our Preferred Remedy, Dr. Feelgood, The Night Shift and General Anesthetic. We’re sure their talented bartenders can whip you up a regular Martini as well. There’s also Bubblies, Whites, Pinks, Reds, Ports and beer on draft or bottle/can. A lot of the beers are Florida beers with some from local Tampa, St Petersburg or Bradenton breweries. The place is decorated with medical influences – but honestly mostly with bottles and glasses.
If you have the munchies, choose from the small plates of deliciousness!
For other restaurant recommendations or island info contact our Vacation Rental Team. Give us a call at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message.

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Annual Cortez Stone Crab Festival

Date posted: November 7, 2019

Cortez Stone Crab TrapsThe stone crab season started Oct 15 and Cortez fishermen are bringing in this delicious seafood to the docks over the last several weeks. This weekend at the 8th Annual Cortez Stone Crab & Music Festival the crab claws will be the featured attraction.

In the 1880’s settlers came down from North Carolina and founded a small Gulf coast commercial fishing village which is now known as Cortez Fishing Village. Today Cortez is one of the last remaining fishing villages in Florida and home to about 5,000 people. Most of them still live off the water in different ways. The people of Cortez are quite proud of their history and preserving the legacy of this area. It is labeled on the National Register of Historic Places. To celebrate their maritime heritage several festivals are held every year.

Cortez is just a short drive from the Southern tip of Anna Maria Island. It is fun to visit anytime of the year. Restaurants with fresh fish and seafood, the village is quaint with small streets lined with cottages, homes and businesses and many with boats in the front yard. Obviously not now, but you will also see lots of crab traps stored in the yards before and after the stone crab season. You walk, bike or golf cart rather than drive and it’s the kind of neighborhood where people know and lookout for each other.

This weekend Nov 9 and 10, 2019 will be another occasion to display their fishing skills at the Stone Crab Festival that is hosted by the Swordfish Grill Restaurant. The free event is held from 10 am to 6 pm and takes place at the restaurant location at 4628 119th St W. Or come by boat and look for Marker 49!

Besides fresh seafood and beer, there are local art vendors and a kids play area.  Live music will start at 10 am on three stages at the East end of the fishing village.

If you are in Cortez, take some time and check out the “Sea Hagg”, an eclectic maritime store or the Florida Maritime Museum.

ready for Annual Cortey Stone Crab Festival

If you have any other question about the area feel free to reach out to our Vacation Rental Team. You can reach us at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message.


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Symphony on the Sand

Date posted: November 4, 2019

Spend an elegant afternoon in the sand and enjoy three hours of music by the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra. “Symphony on the Sand” is the 7th annual event held this Saturday, Nov 9th on Coquina Beach at the South end of the island in Bradenton Beach from 4.30 to 7.30 pm.

Tickets start at $20 and there will be all sorts of delicious food and drinks available for purchase. Some of your favorite Island restaurants will be participating. It’s an amazing and unforgettable event and you can take the Trolley there easily from your Island home and not even worry about parking.


Here is an overview of your ticket options:

  • $125 – Ticket/Person Includes: Table Seating (at table of 10) with delicious small plates by area restaurateurs, complimentary fine wine and select beer
  • $75 – Ticket/Person – Deck Seating with 2 drink vouchers per ticket & concessionaire food purchase options
  • $50 – Ticket/Person Includes: Concert Chair with 2 drink vouchers per ticket & concessionaire food purchase options
  • $20 – Ticket/Person Includes: General Admission bring your own seating with cash bar & concessionaire food purchase options


The 45-piece orchestra will be under the accomplished baton of Maestro Alfred Gershfeld.  Noted local soloists, supported by a professional chorus, provide vocal talent are performing. Also, local television and Island favorites co-emcee the evening.

You will enjoy the music with the water right next to you. The breeze and the waves enhance the experience. And it’s an event for people of all ages and every generation. If you get General Admission, you can bring your own chair (and maybe a blanket too). And you will feel good to know that a portion of the proceeds benefit the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra Youth and Outreach Programs.

Please find more details about the event or to buy tickets here.


For other events or any information about the island please contact our Vacation Rental Team at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message.

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Mullet Smoke Off!

Date posted: October 31, 2019

Are you ready for some of the best fish treats of the area? Don’t miss this year’s Terra Ceia Island Mullet Smoke Off and head to Seabreeze Park, 55 Horseshoe Loop Road, 34250  this Saturday, November 2, 2019. Hundreds of other folks will too! From 11 am to 6 pm you can enjoy smoked mullet, music, drinks, local art and incredible Terra Ceia Bay views from the community dock. In addition, the now World-Famous Mullet Toss will be on again!

Terra Ceia Island has the same old Florida vibe as Anna Maria Island and is home to this local festival and community gathering held in the community Seabreeze Park right on the Bay. Volunteers gather about a week in advance and start fishing for mullet to smoke for mullet cakes and mullet spread. Deviled eggs with a dollop of mullet spread and some hot sauce on top – mmmmmmm.  The ones smoked for the mullet dinners that you can enjoy at the event were caught the days before and smoked all night in special made, giant casing from when the Skyway Bridge was built. Ask to see her – she’s Big Bertha and is something to be seen!

Local fishermen and women gather the night before to party and to smoke their fish to win the bragging rights for Best Smoked Mullet in Florida (they say Manatee County – but that just means Florida). But the most popular event of the day is always the mullet toss. Hundreds of people gather around the mullet-tossing area where you pay around $5 for three chances to toss a dead mullet into a barrel for some points, wheel barrow for more points and TOILET for most points. It’s a hoot! You better start practicing now!!!

See you there!

If you are looking for another fun event this weekend  check out “The Sandblast”,  a sand sculpting contest, that takes place on the Manatee Public Beach.

More events are found on our calendar or call Team Duncan for all other island information. You can also send us a quick message.

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Beach Yoga

Date posted: October 4, 2019

Anna Maria Island has the perfect balance of relaxation and fun things to do. Why not combine two spiritual experiences to the ultimate outdoor worship in a session of Beach Yoga?

For the Yoga lovers – can you imagine the serenity of the gentle breeze on your body while you strike a Tree or a Warrior 1? You will sense the turquoise water in the background and watch the bluer than blue skies as you stretch and hold your poses.

Fortunately, there are a number of Beach Yoga opportunities all along the island. Watch for the signs along the beach. There is a spot by the BeachHouse Restaurant and across the Tortuga Inn by their wedding pavilion. You will find local gurus who offer classes oftentimes for donations only.

Not all types of Yoga are offered at Beach Yoga.

There are also several Yoga Studios that offer classes with anything from Beach Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Flow Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga, Chair Yoga, Meditation, Breath Work, Yin Yoga, Basic Hatha Yoga, Yoga Nidra, SUP Yoga as well as Arm Balances and Inversions can be found. Just call your studio of choice and inquire what they offer or have the instructor come to your Island vacation home.

Here are some studios on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key. Some of them also offer massage and stretch therapy, acupuncture, organic facials and if you don’t mind traveling outside the Island. Who knows – you may even find the very popular Goat Yoga!

Aluna Wellness is part of the VIP Duncan Perks and will offer something special for our guests. Just tell them Duncan Real Estate send you!



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Friday Night Lights

Date posted: August 22, 2019

Football season is just around the corner – yeah!!! Are you ready to see some great action and support local kids then Friday Night Lights is for you! While you are visiting Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach  – catch some great High School Football at our own Darcie Duncan‘s Alma Mater, Manatee High School. This is the zoned High school for the island kids where Darcie was a Star Softball player for the Hurricanes back in the day.

Manatee High School’s Hurricanes

Manatee High School is the oldest and largest public high school in Bradenton and their football team ‘The Hurricanes” has been State Champions 5 times 1983, 1985, 1989, 1992 and 2011. Numerous players have played Div I College football and multiple players have made it to the NFL. I don’t believe there’s another school in our area who has a more loyal fan base. Manatee usually travels very well and packs the stadium better than the hosting team – so you can imagine how we roll at home!

This Friday the home game will be a very tough one against Florida Powerhouse Lakeland HS. Game time 7:30 pm. Tickets can usually be bought at the gate at the Joe Kinnan Field at Hawkins Stadium, or call the school to see if advanced tickets can be bought earlier in the day on campus so you don’t have to stand in the sometimes very long line.

Manatee County is home to a lot of great football programs and long standing rivalries, so if you don’t make it to the game this Friday, there will be plenty of other opportunities.

Click here for the 2019 season games list and keep in mind that the cheerleaders are multiple times State Winners as well. Go Canes Go!!!!!



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Summer Golfing

Date posted: August 21, 2019

Are you spending any time on beautiful Anna Maria Island during the summer time and like golfing? A great way to explore the many different golf courses in the vicinity is summer golfing with the Big Summer Golf Card. If offers discounted rates that are not available to the general public for a one time fee of $60. The main season is May through October but some courses also offer special rates for April, November and December.

There plenty of participating courses in Manatee and Sarasota County to practice your swing.  Some offer a 25% or higher discount on the daily green fees and marked as “exclusive courses”.

You can pick from 10 courses on the mainland in the Manatee County area which is closest to Anna Maria Island:

Manatee Golf Courses

Just a bit longer driving time will give you access to many more golf courses in the Sarasota County area:

Others benefits include an automatic entry to the Big Money Tour with cash and other prices totaling $5000/month. A great way to compete and get to know fellow players are the area tournaments for Big Summer Golf Card holders.

Others benefits include an automatic entry to the Big Money Tour with cash and other prices totaling $5000/month. A great way to compete and get to know fellow players are the area tournaments for Big Summer Golf Card holders.

Key Royale Golf Club

If you do not like to leave the island there is the 9 hole golf course on Key Royale on the island. The Key Royale Golf Club also offers a summer membership.  It is a par 32 walking golf course for all levels of play. There is a beautifully designed clubhouse with a full bar and lunch and dinner service. Tee time are not required and organized golf events are offered year round.

If you like to stay near the Key Royale Golf course consider some of Duncan Real Estate vacation rentals. Port Royale is a beautiful 2 bedroom home with a caged pool and magnificent water views. For all other rental or sale information contact Team Duncan with our knowledgeable sales and rentals agents. You can call us at 941 779 0304 or or send us a quick message.

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What to do on rainy Days?

Date posted: August 20, 2019

Florida is associated with sunshine and beaches but what to do on rainy days?

Luckily, there are many indoor activities offered in the vicinity of Anna Maria Island. Besides the typical alternatives like movies, bowling and shopping visit one of the great museums in this area.



Here the Top Ten:

  1. Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum
    402 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, FL 34216
    Free Admission
    January-March: 10am to 4pm
    April-December: 10am to 1pm
    Tour this small museum, the historical Belle Haven house and the Old Anna Maria City Jail. Learn how the island changed over the years from an untouched jungle to a tourist attraction.
  2. The Bishop Museum of Nature and Science
    201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
    Tuesday-Saturday: 10am to 5pm
    Sunday: Noon to 5pm
    Formerly known as South Florida Museum it is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast.  There is also the Planetarium and the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat.
  3. Florida Maritime Museum
    4415 119th Street West, Cortez, FL 34215
    Free Admission
    Tuesday-Saturday 9 am to 4pm
    Located in the historic 1912 school house of Cortez the museum’s mission is to collect, preserve and share traditional knowledge, cultural artifacts and personal stories specific to Florida’s fishing and maritime heritage
  4. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
    5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243
    Free Admission on Monday
    Daily 10 am to 5 pm
    This state art museum was founded by the circus magnate and features 31 galleries in a pink Renaissance-style palace. The Circus Museum is charting American circus history with props, costumes & a restored Wisconsin train carriage. The home to the Ringlings is called Ca’ d’Zan and is a 1924 mansion draws inspiration from the palazzos of Venice.
  5. Sarasota Classic Car Museum
    5500 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243
    Daily 9 am to 6pm
    Tour this 60,000-square-foot facility with about 100 vintage cars of all types in a constantly rotating collection. The museum also displays rare cars and ones owned by famous people.
  6. The Dali Museum
    One Dali Blvd, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701
    Daily 10 am to 5.30 pm, Thursday 8 pm
    It houses the largest collection of Dalí’s works outside Europe with more than 2,000 pieces of art in 20,000 square feet of gallery space, including numerous oils, watercolors, sketches, sculptures and other objects.
  7. The Florida Holocaust Museum
    55 5th St  S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
    Daily 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM (except holidays)
    The museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. It features permanant exhibitions with original artifacts, historical photographs and documents with additional changing temporary exhibitions.
  8. Museum of Science & Industry
    4801 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33617
    Daily 10 am to 5 pm
    MOSI for short is a not-for-profit science museum located in Tampa, Florida. It is a community-based institution and educational resource that is dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, industry, and technology.
  9. The Edison and Ford Winter Estates
    2350 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33901
    Daily: 9 am to 5.30 pm
    Dating from 1885 when Thomas Edison first visited Southwest Florida and purchased the property to build a vacation home this historical museum and 21 acre botanical garden is located beside the Caloosahatchee River.
  10. Chocolate Museum and Cafe
    11701 International Drive Suite 400, Orlando, FL, 32821
    Daily 11 am to 7 pm
    If you are exploring Orlando stop by this museum for a “treat”.  A tour takes you from the beginning of the use of the cocoa beans through its rich history. Sampling is included and stay at the Cafe to taste more of the delicious sweets.
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Salty Turtle

Date posted: July 31, 2019

This darling Anna Maria Island home will make anyone feel welcome! Salty Turtle offers a great location on the Northern end of Holmes Beach and West of Gulf Drive. It comes with ground level convenience and a private pool in the backyard.  Just bask in the tropical charm of this three-bedroom bungalow and enjoy island time.

Salty Turtle is decorated in green and blue colors that resemble the shades of the Gulf of Mexico which is just a few steps away. Stroll down this quiet side street and touch the sand in a few short walking minutes.

The house was complicated remodeled and has all the amenities of a modern home. Start your day with a great breakfast prepared in the well-equipped kitchen, where you’ll find stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and a dishwasher for easy clean-up. The skylight brings additional light into this area.The dining area is just passed the counter for easy access.

Large glass doors are opening up to the backyard where you can relax after beach hours or just take a dip in the pool. There is sitting around the pool and a propane gas grill to prepare a steak dinner or your fresh catch! Also, enjoy the outdoor shower for a quick refreshing moment after rinse off the sand.

Three bedrooms offer plenty of room for up to 6 guests. There are two bathrooms with walk in shower each.

There are two sitting areas in the house. In the front is a living room with flatscreen TV, while the second area overlooking the pool is a great hangout place to read a book or just enjoy peace and quiet. Stay connected with family and friends with the free Wifi.

Park your car in the garage or driveway and explore the island by foot or via trolley. There is a stop close by and you can ride the free trolley all the way to the North or South end of the island. The boutiques and eateries around Pine Avenue are also in walking distance. Wonder along the beach and take one of many beach accesses to reach your favorite restaurant.

Salty Turtle is a wonderful home, loved by the owners and guests alike. Duncan Real Estate is looking forward to welcoming you to this fantastic vacation rental. Please contact anyone in rentals at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message.

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4th of July Festivities on Anna Maria Island!

Date posted: July 3, 2019

4th of July festivities on Anna Maria IslandAre you one of the lucky ones to spend the holiday week in this part of the world to take part in the 4th of July festivities on Anna Maria Island? If so be prepared to enjoy a full day of fun!

It starts with the yearly 4th of July parade organized by the AMI Privateers. The caravan sets up a Coquina Beach by 10 am and makes it way northward all the way to the end of Pine Avenue. Local businesses and other islanders throw out beads, candy or rock their favorite tunes! Get your lawn chair out early and reserve the best spot for a great free entertainment!


Next is the 1pm Hot Dog Eating contest at the Swordfish Grill, 4528 119th St.W. Cortez. Who needs Coney Island??

Head over the bridge to historic Cortez! While there stroll through the village and discover its charm. Do you know that three fishermen, Captain Billy Tyne, Michael “Bugsy” Moran and Dale “Murph” Murphy were crew members of the ill-fated Andrea Gail that had all ties to Cortez? A monument honoring Cortez veterans lost during wartime and Cortez commercial fishermen lost at sea is underneath a shady tree near the A.P. Bell Fish Co. where the names are etched on a corroding plaque. The 3 men were aboard the swordfish boat that left Gloucester, Massachusetts and sank south of Nova Scotia during a fierce storm in 1991 and were made famous by the movie “The Perfect Storm” with George Clooney.

Take the afternoon off or take a nap on the beach to be ready for the Sandbar Restaurant Extravaganza. The beach front restaurant celebrates its 40th anniversary with a VIP party. The event begins at 6 pm. Enjoy champagne toast, open bar, complimentary T-shirts, raw bar, buffet and dessert! This all takes place at the Sandbar’s Grand Pavilion. Reservations are required.

If you are not having a reserved seat for the firework show enjoying the extravaganza just come out to the beach after dark. The sparkling celebration will start at 9 pm from barges out in the Gulf by the Sandbar, 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria.

Happy 4th to y’all!


While celebrating our independence consider donating some of your time for the next day beach clean up! The Fourth of July is a day filled with food, fun and fireworks but the day after is one of the dirtiest days of the year at the beach. Join “Keep Manatee Beautiful” for the 5th of July Beach Cleanup. Volunteers will pick up the litter and debris from 8 – 11 a.m. Meet the group at the Coquina Beach Bus Circle on Gulf Drive South. Gloves and trash bags are provided.
If you have any questions click here.


If you are still looking for a vacation rental check out our last minute discounts for the month of July 2019! Also, be sure to sign up for our promotions to never miss one of our great Duncan Flash Sales. For more information please call Team Duncan at 941 779 0304 or a send us a quick message.


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Lazy Hammock on Anna Maria Island

Date posted: June 14, 2019

Welcome to Lazy Hammock on Anna Maria Island!

Anna Maria Island RentalIf you are looking for a tropical, laid back escape with all the bells and whistles stop your search right now! Lazy Hammock has it all! This amazing north-end canal front home offers everything you need to make this your best Anna Maria Island vacation ever.

When you arrive at this prestigious North end location, park your car in the circular drive and enter through a jasmine pergola to this stunning ground level beach house! You will never want to leave! The vacation home is located on the very quiet Hammock Road in the historic city of Anna Maria, only a two minute walk to Pine Avenue. It has three bedrooms and three full bathrooms on an oversize lot which offers plenty of room for several outdoor sitting areas, a private pool with spa and 2 ponds. We assure you, nothing has been spared when it comes to fine details and comfort inside with the lush gardens and mangrove lined canal for total privacy outside.

The split floor plan features the centrally located living room with comfortable couches and large flat screen to enjoy a movie. Wireless high speed internet with free domestic long distance calling is provided. The adjacent kitchen is a delight and has everything you need for entertaining. It has all of the amenities you will need to grab a snack or to make a gourmet dinner for your sun induced appetites.

rental on anna mariaThe dining area is just past the sitting area with three walls of large sliding doors to take full advantage of the magnificent outdoors. This room with a view of the pool and tropical gardens will make any dining experience a special occasion. There is also a covered outdoor eating area complete with twinkle lights and a water feature.
The house features 2 master suites on each side of the house with TVs and a third guestroom with a queen size bed. The main bedroom has a king size bed with en-suite bathroom with walk in shower. The second master has a queen size bed and en-suite bathroom with shower/tub. The third bedroom comes also with a queen size bed with a hall bathroom right next to it. There is also a shower/tub combo.

A desk area is by the foyer if you need to work while away. Other amenities include a full size washer and dryer, gas grill, beach chairs and pool items.


Lazy Hammock on Anna MariaThe garden features several outdoor areas to sit and relax. Take some time to walk around and explore all the plants and beautifully maintained flower beds. Let the day pass while reading a book in the hammock or take a nap after coming home from the beach. Refresh in the large heated pool with spa and enjoy an outdoor shower. Pick your favorite sitting area and be surrounded by nature. There is a path through the backyard down to the dock which is a perfect spot to launch a kayak or fish right off the dock and catch the evening dinner. Watch mullets jump and manatees floating by or just enjoy the quiet nature views. Bring your low clearance boat as you need to pass bridges to access Tampa Bay.

The beach is a few minutes away walking along the quiet side streets to the beach access on Coconut Ave.  If you do not feel like cooking yourself stroll over to historic Pine Avenue. There are several eateries to satisfy your appetite. Try the Turtle Shack, General store or Burn’s Pizzeria for lunch. If you are looking for a nice dinner out check out the Waterfront Restaurant.  The Rod ‘n Reel Pier is also a nearby choice to grab a Mahi Mahi sandwich while watching fishermen and passing dolphins.

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Lazy Hammock on Anna Maria

If you are interested in Lazy Hammock on Anna Maria or any other Duncan vacation rental please call Team Duncan! You can reach us at 941 779 0304 or a send us a quick message.


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Beach Time on Anna Maria Island!

Date posted: June 1, 2019

Summer is here and beach time on Anna Maria Island officially starts! School is out, the Gulf waters are warming up and locals as tourists are flocking to the beach. Just remember a few hints and have a great time enjoying sand and surf!

Beach flag warning system

Look at the flags at the Coquina and Manatee Public Beach. The life guards will change the flags accordingly:

Red – Swim with extreme caution due to strong currents or rough surf
Yellow – Swim with caution due to strong currents or rough surf
Green – Swimming allowed, calm conditions
Purple – Presence of marine pests such as jellyfish, sharks, stingrays or red tide



Don’t underestimate Florida’s sun! It is extremely strong and applying sunscreen is a must if you do not like to suffer the rest of your vacation stay. Cover ups like hats and other UV protective gear, umbrellas or sun tents are also recommended.



Have you been to the beach when you see the most beautiful turquoise water under blue skies and turn around to see dark, ominous clouds coming from the other side? Please remember Tampa Bay is called  the “Lightning Capital of the World” and the safest place to be in a thunderstorm is indoors. Head off the beach when you hear thunder in the distance because lightning is in striking distance.


Shore Fishing

Fishing directly off the shores on Anna Maria Island requires a saltwater fishing license for anyone over 16.  The piers have a blanket license under which you are covered.  Watch out for swimmers close to you. Nobody wants to be “hooked”.



Pool safety

Are you renting a home with a private pool? The sad statistic is that drowning is the leading cause of death of young children in Florida. Therefore a residential swimming pool must have at least one of these pool safety features. Make yourself familiar which safety option is at your rental home.
(a) the pool must be isolated from access to a home by an enclosure that meets the pool barrier requirements
(b) the pool must be equipped with an approved safety pool cover
(c) all doors and windows providing direct access from the home to the pool must be equipped with an exit alarm
(d) all doors providing direct access from the home to the pool must be equipped with a self-closing, self-latching device



Litter Control

There are about 372,000 miles of world coastline with over one-third of the total human population or about 2.4 billion people living within 60 miles of an oceanic coast. Please be aware of what you are bringing to the beach and more importantly that you take it all back. With plastic trash accumulating in the oceans we all can help out a bit. There are trash and recycle receptacles at every beach access on the island.
Leaving nothing but footprints, take nothing but memories!


Hurricane Season

The official start for the storm season is June 1st and lasts through November 30th. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a near normal hurricane season with 9-15 names storms. The ongoing El Nino is expected to stay in place and suppress the intensity of the hurricane season. Preparation is key. If there is a mandatory evacuation all islanders need to leave which includes all vacation renters.



If you are planing to vacation on Anna Maria Island call Team Duncan for all your rental needs at 941 779 0304,  book online or send us us a quick message here.

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Violetta Cottage

Date posted: May 15, 2019

If you are looking for Anna Maria Island charm consider Violetta Cottage for your next Florida vacation. Located on the Southern end of the island, this ground level home is just a minute away from the Gulf of Mexico. The cottage features 3 bedroom and 1.5 bath and a private pool in a very secluded back yard.

Violetta Cottage has an open plan living area with plenty of seating for the whole family. There is a large flat screen TV and a desk area if you need to work while on vacation. The kitchen is well equipped with all appliances and has a dining nook. Perfect for grabbing a meal before and after your island adventures. There are 3 bedrooms in total that sleep up to 6 people. The master bedroom has a queen size bed and an adjacent powder room. The twin bedroom is also located in that part of the house. A hall bathroom features a tub/shower combination. From the kitchen is a door leading a few steps down to the laundry area and the third bedroom. It has a full size bed and an a/c wall unit to keep you cool during warm summer nights.

This area opens up to the carport and the pool back yard. There is also an outdoor shower located by this side entrance to wash off the sand after returning from the beach.

The lagoon shaped, heated pool is in a private setting with tropical landscaping.  Take a dip and relax on the sun loungers! A sitting area with umbrella invites for a dinner al fresco prepared with the provided gas grill. If you do not feel like cooking Violetta Cottage is located only a short walk from Bridge Street with all its restaurants, great shopping and the Bridge St City Pier.

This cute vacation rental captures all the historic charm of Anna Maria Island. What else do you need for relaxing beach days?




Do you need any more information please call Team Duncan! You can reach us at 941 779 0304 or a send us a quick message.




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Birds of Anna Maria Island

Date posted: May 1, 2019

white pelican on Anna Maria islandThe birds of  Anna Maria Island are just another part of the ecologically diverse paradise that is known for its sugar white, powdery beaches on the Gulf coast of Florida. Bird lovers will experience many sightings along the beach or in the sanctuaries on the island like Grassy Point or Leffis Key and the Robinson and Neal Preserve just over the bridge in Bradenton. There are local and migrating birds with the white pelicans being most visible in the winter months. Some shorebirds like to feed at high tide while others feed at low tide which makes any time during the day a perfect opportunity for bird watching by the water.


Bird Nesting Season

The Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch is also involved in shorebird monitoring. The bird nesting season on the island is a bit different than the turtle season and it runs from March through August. There are a few tips to observe during that time.

  • Never touch a shorebird chick, even if it is wandering outside a staked nesting area.
  • Teach kids not to chase birds. Bird parents may abandon their nests if they are disturbed.
  • Don’t feed birds. It encourages them to fly at people aggressively.
  • If birds are screeching or flying at you, you are too close.
  • Avoid posted bird nesting areas and use designated walkways to the beach.
  • Keep pets away from bird nesting areas. Dogs are not allowed on the beaches of Anna  Maria Island.
  • Keep the beaches clean. Food scraps attract predators like racoons or crows and litter can entangle birds and other wildlife.

The Manatee County Audubon Society in partnership with Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch is sponsoring a Bird Steward program during the busiest weekends on Anna Maria Island.  The information collected on the Memorial Day holiday weekend and July 4th weekend is used to provide information to the beach visitors about the nesting birds and the importance of not disturbing the birds.  2 volunteers are taking 3 hours shift from 8 am to 8 pm. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Wildlife has an Alert hotline at 888-404-FWCC to report people disturbing nesting birds.

Bird Species

Other most common birds seen on Anna Maria Island are below:

Anhinga – The Anhinga, sometimes confused with the cormorant, has a longer, wider tail with a pale brown stripe, and dark wings patched with silver. The neck is extremely long and thin except when expanded to swallow fish caught by the diving bird’s pointed yellow beak.

Brown Pelican – Majestic brown pelicans are often seen perched on channel markers or swooping inches above the rolling waves. An instantly recognizable pouched beak and webbed feet enable this variety of pelican to dive into the water to scoop up food. Mature adults have a white head, dark brown and gray body, and a incredible wingspan of over seven feet.

Great Blue Heron – Standing at up to four feet in height, the regal great blue heron can be spotted wading along the shores of Anna Maria’s waterways and coastlines. Mostly covered in gray, the king of Sarasota’s wading birds is identifiable by the white crown stripe extending from behind its beak. Particular to south Florida and some areas of the Caribbean, the great white heron (not to be confused with the white egret) may also be sighted occasionally.

Roseate Spoonbill – Anna Maria is one of the few places in America where observers can find the roseate spoonbill, a somewhat odd yet elegant pink bird that is often mistaken for a flamingo. While its similar color may confuse visitors.  The distinctive spatulate bill and bald crown help to differentiate this bird from its Caribbean cousin.

Snowy Egret – The yellow feet and long black legs help the snowy egret to stalk small fish swimming alongside the edges of Sarasota’s ponds and coastlines. This brilliant white bird is distinguished by its black beak and small yellow accent under the eye. Though smaller than the great egret, the snowy egret’s flight over Sarasota Bay is still a breathtaking sight.

White Ibis – Often seen along Anna Maria’s coastlines, the white ibis sometimes wanders inland to search for food with its curved, orange-red beak. Mostly white in color, this medium-sized bird’s mask and legs are a matching red with black accenting the wing-tips.

Christmas Bird Count

The Audubon Society holds the Christmas Bird Count, a tradition introduced by the ornithologist Frank M. Chapman beginning on Christmas Day 1900. The last count was held December 15,2018 in Bradenton for a 15 mile circle with 149 species registered.

Manatee Audubon Society

Interested in learning more about the birds of Anna Maria Island? Visit the Anna Maria Turtle Watch volunteers at the weekly Tuesday farmers market at the end of Pine Ave or stop by our office Duncan Real Estate, also on historic Pine Avenue. You can reach us at 941 779 0304 or a send us a quick message.

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Turtle Season 2019

Date posted: April 23, 2019

Turtle Season 2019 is fast approaching on Anna Maria Island. The official start date is May 1st and will last through October 31, 2019. It is that time of year when special beach rules are in place to protect the threatened sea turtles that are coming ashore to lay eggs and their babies.

Loggerhead Turtles

Anna Maria Island on the Gulf of Mexico sees mostly the loggerhead sea turtle which is also found in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, as well as the Mediterranean Sea. They are named for their oversized large log like head.

A female loggerhead sea turtle may travel thousands of miles to return to the beach where she hatched as a baby to lay her own eggs as an adult. This species has a low reproductive rate. The turtle reaches sexual maturity within 17–33 years and has a lifespan of 47–67 years. Females generally nests every two to three years. On average, they lay eggs four times in one nesting season with each nest containing up to 100 eggs.Hatchlings will appear after about 60 days and dig their way up through the sand toward the surface. They wait underneath the last layer of sand until nightfall to pop out and head toward the ocean. to avoid predators like raccoons, crabs and birds.



The three Anna Maria Island cities will monitor the compliance of all island residents strictly. Lighting inspections will begin the 1st week of May. All lights that are a direct point source of light visible from the beach from sunset to sunrise  need to be turned off or shielded.  Turtle friendly bulbs (including rope lighting) need to be installed. Mother turtles can get confused by the lights when they come ashore to nest which could result in a false crawl where the mothers are not staying to lay their eggs or even drop them in the water where they do not hatch. Also, when baby turtles are hatching during the night they depend on the moon light to guide them to the water. Other light sources can be distractions and can result in disorientation which is fatal for the hatchlings when reaching Gulf Drive instead of the Gulf of Mexico.

Don’t use flashlights, lanterns or camera flashes during the nighttime on the beach.

Turtle Season 2019Beach

All beach furniture and related beach items must be removed from the beach and/or pulled back behind the frontal dune line from sunset to sunrise. Objects can deter sea turtles from nesting or become obstacles that can entangle them in those items.  Turtles do not have a “reverse gear” and cannot free themselves.

Also, beach-goers should fill in holes that they dug in the sand before leaving the beach. Nesting turtles or hatchlings can get trapped, get distressed and cannot live long out of the water.


Keep your Distance

If you happen to spot a female turtle or hatchlings on the beaches keep your distance. Never touch a sea turtle – it is the law! The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission has a Wildlife Alert hotline at 1-888-404 FWCC in case you notice anything unusual.


Anna Maria Island Sea Turtle NestAnna Maria Island Turtle Watch

This organization monitors the turtle nesting activities. Each morning volunteers walk the beach and watch for tracks and signs of new nests that are getting marked. After the hatchlings left the nest the shells are counted and recorded for state documentation. More information is available on the Island Turtle Watch website at


Team Duncan members proudly participate in the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch program. Please call Duncan Vacation Rentals at 941 779 0304 for any Island related questions. Our knowledgeable stuff is looking forward to assisting you weather planing your next trip or some local tips for a great holiday experience on Anna Maria Island.

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Sailfish Beach Resort

Date posted: April 17, 2019

Come and relax at the Sailfish Beach Resort on the sugar white beaches of Anna Maria Island! This unique, laid back, Old Florida style accommodation guarantees a memorable beach vacation! Sailfish Beach Resort is a fantastic ground level Gulf front paradise. There are 4 units in total with two suites directly on the Gulf of Mexico with water views and two suites in the back with garden views. All feature 1 king bedroom and 1 tub/shower bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen that sleep 4 in total. There is a shared laundry on site and and outdoor shower to rinse off the sand and saltwater.


Gulf Front Retreat

The entire front of the complex that faces the beach offers a large shared patio with plenty of seating. There are tables with umbrellas and a charcoal grill for that fresh fish dinner! Enjoy island breezes, views of the dunes and the spectacular turquoise waters. Step out and onto the beautiful powdery beaches–it simply doesn’t get better than this. There are also sun loungers for your relaxation nestled in the private sand area.

Being Gulf front means spectacular sunsets night after night. Enjoy picturesque skies right from the comfort of the living room in the front units or just get comfortable on the patio for an unforgettable display of nature. Retreat to your quarters knowing you can have your feet right back in the sand the next morning.

Perfect Island Location

The location of the Sailfish Beach Resorts in Holmes Beach puts you right in the heart of the island, not only are you directly on the Gulf beaches but just a short walk away from all the best amenities the island has to offer. Explore the island on your own or simply take the free trolley to get hassle free to all island places.

Shopping, restaurants and a free trolley are within 2 blocks from this convenient spot on Anna Maria Island.  The island’s only full service grocery store “Publix” is conveniently located in walking distance as are The Anna Maria Island Shops along East Bay Drive. They offer a wide variety with small eateries, souvenir shops, pharmacies and a mail store.

The close by Manatee Public beach features a lifeguard tower, an on-site concession, showers, playground and volleyball courts. Friends and family will enjoy the proximate to all these facilities.

Sailfish Beach Resort is the perfect vintage feel Florida retreat with all the modern amenities if you are traveling as a couple or a family with children. Rent one or all 4 units for a larger group with up to 16 people.

Take advantage of the current introductory rates as they will not last long!  Some renovations are coming September/October 2019.

Gulf front Sailfish Beach Resort

If you need more information on this fantastic Gulf front Duncan vacation rental on Anna Maria Island or other beach front and water view properties  in our rental program please contact Team Duncan. You can contact us at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message.

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Passion for Fashion

Date posted: April 12, 2019

The premier fashion show “Passion for Fashion” on April 11, 2019 was a successful event at the Center of Anna Maria Island. This first showcase of spring and summer styles from the local boutiques on Pine Avenue is a fundraiser for the center’s programs that will receive all the proceeds. Tickets were $40 to participate to support this important part of our community that serves so many.

The event featured an elegant luncheon, a silent auction, honoring of local businessmen Ed Chiles and Mike Thrasher and the guest speaker Barbara Zdravecky that gave a talk about her passion for women in business and female empowerment.



Center Stage took the fashion show itself with models wearing the latest fashion wear from Pine Ave boutiques Bella By The Sea and Pink&Navy. With the owners Jo-Ann Lefner and Amy Fleece being co-chairs of the event plus several models being owners along other Pine Ave business female success was very well presented. Darcie Duncan of Duncan Real Estate showed 3  different looks on the cat walk that also features beach hats and bags. Jo-Ann from Bella By The Sea stressed that not only bold colors like yellows are popular, also being comfortable makes jumpsuits, jogging style pants and wrinkle-free sundresses a favorite choice this season. Amy Fleece from Pink&Navy narrated her model styles that showed off cute swim style choices for the little ones as well as men beach wear. Live steel drum music accompanied the experience.

Darcie Duncan (2nd right)


The silent auctions featured several handmade bags and fun get togethers like a shopping party for 20 at Bella By The Sea or Pink&Navy, Wine and Cheese pairing lesson from Olive Oil Outpost,  a luncheon hosted at the Shiny Fish Emporium and a makeover at a Salon.  The beautiful orchid decor at the tables was also available for purchase to support the Center’s programs.

Delicious cookies from the Pine Ave store “Hometown Dessert” were served as sweet endings of a great event. In addition each attendee received a swag bag of samples from several Pine Ave businesses.



Anna Maria Center Fashion Show



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Golf carts or LSV?

Date posted: March 22, 2019

Traditional golf cartsHave you seen all the funky, little vehicles on Anna Maria Island? But are they golf carts or LSV (light speed vehicles)?
Traditional golf carts that are found on golf courses are really the minority of vehicles you see cruising on the island. They are not allowed on any street that has a 35 mph or higher speed limit including State Road 64 (Manatee Ave),  State Road 789 (East Bay Drive), Gulf Drive (north of SR 64), Palm Drive, Marina Drive. However, they may cross the main streets but are also banned from sidewalks, bicycle paths and multi-use paths. All of the traditional golf carts in the city of Holmes Beach are privately owned.

They have in common with the popular LSV that they both need seat belts and must be operated by a licensed driver.


Light speed vehicles travel at faster speeds and in addition need to be equipped with headlights, mirrors and a windscreen and have to be licensed and insured. They are fully street legal.

All rental places on the island offer this kind of transportation. They come in all shapes and colors and look like a lot of fun! If you are staying with Duncan Vacation Rentals take advantage of our Duncan V.I.P. Perks! The island shop “Beach Bums” offers a large, meticulously maintained, rental fleet of bikes, kayaks, paddle boards, surreys, beach supplies, electric golf carts, and electric bikes! Click here for their website. Enjoy 10% off any rental item with your Duncan guest promo code.

Beach Bums Rental Vehicles







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Tennis Anyone?

Date posted: February 14, 2019

Anna Maria Island supports an active lifestyle with inviting blue skies almost all year around. The beaches are great for relaxing but also good for exercising. Besides swimming in the Gulf of Mexico stroll at an easy pace and pick up shells on your way or power walk along the shores. You can watch people playing frisbee, beach ball, spike ball or a round of beach volleyball at the Manatee Public Beach. There is beach Yoga offered or bike along the multi use trail by Coquina Beach.

Many homes and condo complexes offer community pools but how about tennis, anyone?

There are free public courts in Holmes Beach by 62nd St or try the hard courts at the Center on Magnolia Ave for a daily or longer membership cover.

Even better is staying at one of Duncan Vacation Rentals condos that offer tennis courts or pickle ball as a great additional amenity. There are three complexes in total.

Water;s Edge on Anna Maria IslandWater’s Edge

With the beach steps away and the rest of Anna Maria Island easily accessible by car or trolley, you have no shortage of ways to enjoy your next Florida vacation in this Gulf front resort.
The large pool is located between the two Water Edge buildings. You can swim in the heated pool and gaze out over the Gulf! There are loungers to soak up the sun. The tennis courts are just across the street.

Stay at Water’s Edge 205 S or Water’s Edge 110 N and don’t forget your racket!



Playa Encantada TennisPlaya Encantada

Right next door is “Playa Encantada”. This supreme Anna Maria Island Gulf front complex offers direct access to one of the best beaches on the Florida West Coast. Elevator, heated pool and hot tub, meeting room and covered parking are some of the features amenities. The tennis courts are across the street next to the rest of the condos on the East side of Gulf Drive.

Book Playa Encantada 214 or Playa Encantada 116! The later one is for the tennis enthusiast and offers first row seating right!



Nautilus Tennis CourtsNautilus

The Nautilus complex is a sought-after beach resort that has plenty to offer. Don’t miss any of the stunning sunsets that the island is famous for! Lounge around the pool area and meet new friends! Nautilus 104 and Nautilus 117 are ground level and have direct access to the heated community pool via a side door from the condo. Be active – walk the beach, take a swim or pick up the tennis racket.  The tennis courts are located street side.

Book now! 



If you need more information on these Duncan Vacation Rentals on Anna Maria Island or others in our rental program please contact Team Duncan. You can contact us at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message.

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2018 Real Estate Agent Market Report

Date posted: February 9, 2019

2018 Agent Market Report

2018 Second highest Realtor Darcie Duncan

2018 proved to be another fantastic year for real estate sales on Anna Maria Island according to the 2018 MLS Real Estate Agent Market Report. The Florida Multiple Listing Service records the listing and selling activity by the Realtor Association of Manatee and Sarasota county in the 2018 Agent Market Report.

Looking at all sales in this area 2018 Realtor Darcie Duncan came in as the second-highest local realtor with a total transaction volume of $54,918 000.




Currently, there are 342 properties listed on the island which is a bit higher at this time of the year due to the seasonal activity. Anna Maria Island’s property use is a mix of people living or planning to retire in paradise, investment and vacation rentals. New construction is still taking place. However, it seems the housing market is stabilizing and prices are going to level off some in 2019.

2018 Real Estate Transactions

Even though the island is only 7 miles long there are three cities that are divided in 2 zip codes in regards to their real estate transactions.

Anna Maria City with the North end especially desired by vacationers for the quiet ambience shows the highest listing and selling averages. In 2018, three of the top 20 realtors in Manatee and Sarasota County selling property in this 34216 zip code were from Duncan Real Estate and contributed 28 transactions in total. Among them are Darcie Duncan leading Team Duncan with 20 sales at the average purchase price of $1,185 000, followed by Christine Kourik and Michelle Laade.

Currently, 80 properties are listed for sale here. They are a combination of residential, income and vacant land. Residential listings make up the highest number with 72 at a purchase price average of $1,640 547.






Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach sales are recorded combined under the zip code 34217. In 2018, Darcie Duncan was in the top position of all realtors with 27 transactions for a total of $27,987 000.  Christine Kourik and Michelle Laade  came in under the top 12 realtors in this geographic category and added 29 sold listings for the Duncan Real Estate team.

Darcie Duncan top realtor

Jan-Dec 2018 MLS Agent Market Report, Holmes Beach





At this time there are 260 listings in the 34217 zip code.  212 of them are residential properties and their listing average is $997 047.





If you like any more information on current listings or other real estate information please reach out to one of Team Duncan’s professional realtors. You can call us at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message.

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Super Bowl LII on Anna Maria Island

Date posted: January 31, 2019

We look forward to having you as a guest and spending this Super Bowl LII weekend on Anna Maria Island. We wanted to share with you some of our favorite places to watch the big event this Sunday!

The Anna Maria Princess is the only paddle wheel boat sailing the waters of AMI and Longboat Key. Measuring about 80 feet from bow to stern, the boat was built in 2002 and was extensively refurbished prior to its inaugural Sarasota Bay cruise in 2018. They are offering a cruise where you can watch the first half at sea and the second half at port for $32, click here for the link to their website.

“Slim’s Place” is a great spot to watch the game if you are looking for the sports bar environment with great wings and pool tables. They are located just around the corner from us on the North end. Click here for the link to their website.

Duffy’s Tavern: an Anna Maria island staple. Cheap cold beer and amazing burgers. This cash only tavern is the perfect spot to watch the game for the whole family, click here for their website.

A German restaurant that is used to watching another kind of football, this Sunday they will be showing the American version. Make sure you try the schnitzel at the “Old Hamburg Schnitzelhouse”, click here for their website.

A new small bar tucked away behind Wicked Cantina in Bradenton Beach. They are hosting a party for the big game with burgers and dogs, $2 Busch cans and $4 fireball, see the event here.

A great spot on Bridge Street is the “Bridge Tender Inn”! Watch the game and walk down to watch the sunset at half time. Click here for their website.

An Irish pub where you can get some amazing food and a tall pint in one sitting. “Freckled Fin” is a sure spot for the game with indoor and outdoor seating, click here for their website.

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Sunset views at Water’s Edge 205S

Date posted: January 22, 2019

Gulf views from Waters Edge 205 SWelcome to Gulf breezes and sunset views at Water’s Edge 205 S!
Experience the island like never before with this Gulf view condo! With the beach just steps away, you’ll love finding the perfect spot to take in some famous Florida sunshine along our seven mile shore. After a full day out, kick back in the shared heated pool or grab a seat on the balcony to watch the fun on the beach. Don’t miss a single spectacular sunset!

Enter the South building of the Water Edge complex through a secured lobby and take the elevator up to the 2nd floor. An open living room with lots of light and the fabulous view will greet you. The condo features 1 bedroom with a king size bed , 1 1/2 bathroom with a shower/tub combo. It also offers a sleeper sofa in the den area, so there is plenty of room for 4 guests.
The large heated pool is located between the two Water Edge buildings. You can swim in the heated pool and gaze out over the Gulf! There are loungers to soak up the sun. Tennis courts are across the street for your enjoyment.
There’s parking for one car for those who would like to drive to their various excursions or relax and try the free trolley. One of the many stops is close by on Gulf Drive. Explore the island and meet locals on the bus!

Weekly rentals allowed.

If you like more information about this wonderful island getaway call our Duncan Vacation Team for more information. We love to help you plan your next vacation! Please call 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message.


Waters Edge 205 S


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Online-Gewinnspiel mit Steiff Manati

Date posted: January 18, 2019
Florida Gewinnpreis ManatiDas offizielle Tourismusbüro von Florida “VISIT FLORIDA” bietet ein Online-Gewinnspiel in Verbindung mit seiner neuen Mietwagenrundreise “Florida Wild und Wundervoll” an. In Zusammenarbeit mit Spielzeughersteller Steiff und dem deutschen Reisekonzern FTI wurde ein neues Kuscheltier “Manati” speziell für diese Kampagne entworfen. Das neue Modell sieht aus wie die Manatees oder Seekühe, die in den Gewässern um Florida beheimatet sind. 
Bis 31. Januar 2019 läuft ein Online-Gewinnspiel, um einen Namen für das Stofftier zu finden. Glückliche Gewinner erhalten eines von 100 Stofftieren oder besagte neue Mietwagenrundreise für 2 als Hauptgewinn.

Welcher Name soll es sein?

Versuchen Sie Ihr Glück mit “Gib unserem Manati einen Namen” oder gehen Sie am 1. und 2. Februar 2019 in den Pasing Arcaden in München auf Suche nach einem lebensgroßen Steiff Manati. Wer es findet, soll ein Foto per Facebook oder Instagram teilen. Am 4. und 5. Februar haben Sie nochmal eine Chance mit derselben Aktion am Hauptbahnhof Düsseldorf. Wer nicht unter den Gewinnern ist, kann trotzdem ein Manati kostenfrei ergattern. Bei Buchung dieses neuen Trips erhält man eines der Steiff als Geschenk.
Zur Zeit liegt “Manni” in der Beliebtheitskala weit voraus.  Viel Glück!
Sollte Ihre Reiseplanung Anna Maria Island einschließen, kontaktieren Sie unser Ferienteam für kompetente Beratung. Duncan Real Estate bietet eine gefächerte Auswahl von Ferienobjekten direkt am Strand, in einer ruhigen Seitenstraße auf der Insel, mit Pool oder ein charmantes Cottage an. Einige Häuser befinden sich auf dem Festland in Bradenton. Unser Gäste- und Wartungsservice steht täglich zur Verfügung, damit Sie Ihren Urlaub unbeschwert genießen können. Wenn Not besteht, ist zu jeder Uhrzeit einer unserer Mitarbeiter zu erreichen.
Sie können uns telefonisch unter 001 941 779 0304 erreichen oder einfach, gerne auch in deutsch per Email.
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Family vacation with Duncan Real Estate

Date posted: January 9, 2019

Vacation time is always fun with the family and Duncan Real Estate can help you planning the perfect one! If you are thinking of a larger get-together or family reunion it might be a good idea to be close to each other but in separate accommodations. Check out our great duplexes and property combinations to spend time with your loved ones on Anna Maria Island and the beautiful beaches.


The Magnificent Magnolias

Canario Cottage PoolThis combination of three homes on Magnolia Avenue sleeps up 20 guests in 3 homes. All have a private pool and are within steps of each other.
Canario Cottage, Sea Mist, Bodacious Oasis

Enjoy a relaxing stay on quiet Magnolia Avenue on the North end of Anna Maria Island. The three homes are located in short walking distance to historic Pine Avenue with shops, small eateries and unique boutiques. The Anna Maria City Pier that was destroyed by Hurricane Irma will be reconstructed in 2019 and will be again a favorite hangout spot for the locals. Stroll down Magnolia Avenue to the beach access and soak up the sun on the wonderful beaches and breeze of the Gulf of Mexico.

Beach Walker Three

This duplex is a great family compound for 10 people and just steps to the beach! The nautical design and beautiful wooden floors are just the start to a wonderful island getaway. The downstairs features 3 bedrooms and a large loft that has a full bed to sleep 8. The smaller Sidekick has a separate side entrance on the first floor and sleeps 2 in a king size bed. Beach Walker 3 provides outdoor space with room to gather the family for a cookout. Rinse off the sand from your beach day in the outdoor shower. Relax in several sitting areas with the comfort of 7 TVs and free Internet. Washer and dryer are on site. The property is located in the heart of Holmes Beach and literally close to everything!

Surfer’s Paradise

This wonderfully remodeled duplex features a 2 bedroom downstairs and a one bedroom upstairs. Enjoy the tropical back area with large pool with spa and barbeque setup. You can sleep up to 6 people comfortably in beds. Surfer’s Paradise is just around the corner from the beach. This sounds like a great island getaway!

Surfer's Paradise on Anna Maria Island


Are you ready to plan your next island vacation? Please contact us our Duncan Vacation Team for more information! We love to find you the perfect place! Call us at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message here.



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Relax at Canario Cottage!

Date posted: January 2, 2019

Canario Cottage porchIf you are still looking for a March getaway to Anna Maria Island relax at Canario Cottage! This lovely 3 bedroom vacation rental has 1254 square feet of elevated living space and offers 3 bathrooms to accommodate 6 guests very comfortably. Canario Cottage has plenty of sitting inside and out. Enjoy your morning coffee, lunch or dinner from the front porch overlooking palms and tropical foliage along quiet Magnolia Avenue. There is also a large porch at the back of the house with view of the sparkling pool and well kept back yard. Just move around with the sun! Or if you prefer shade after a long day at the beach take cover with one of the 4 provided sun chairs underneath the porch.

Enjoy island life in this elevated home. Walk up the stairs to the living floor. The fully equipped kitchen has a great eating bar to accommodate 6 people. Relax at the comfy living area, pick your spot in the 3 bedrooms! There are 3 bathrooms and an outdoor shower by the pool.

The best part is the location of this home! You are in the preferred North end area with everything in walking distance. Enjoy lovely vistas of Tampa Bay, stroll along Pine Avenue and browse the small eateries and boutiques. The beach access is at the end of Magnolia for a fun filled day at the beach. In the mood for some group acitivity? The Center of Anna Maria Island offers tennis, fitness and other classes and is also close by.

Canario Cottage has lots to offer! Don’t miss out on this great vacation home and book your dates now!  Team Duncan is looking forward to greeting you on our island paradise soon!

Canario Cottage Pool

If you like more information about this home or other Duncan Vacation Rentals please contact our team at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message here.


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Holiday Restaurants

Date posted: December 19, 2018

Be merry and don’t do dishes when enjoying some open restaurants during the holidays. Christmas and New Year’s have become popular times for beach visitors and island restaurants are awaiting holiday guests. Below the list of places that invite you to spend family time:





Island Restaurants

Anna Maria Island Beach Café (Open ALL Holidays)
4000 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Bridge Tender Inn (Open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)
135 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Sandbar (Open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)
 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216
(941) 778-0444

Rod N Reel (Open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/ Day)
875 N Shore Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216

Waterfront (Open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)
111 S Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, FL 34216

Waterline (Open Christmas Eve/Day, New Year’s Eve/ Day)
5325 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Fl 34217

Off  the Island

Bonefish Grill (Open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)
7456 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210

Carrabba’s Italian Grill (Open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)
2106 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34207

Columbia Restaurant (Open ALL Holidays)
 411 Saint Armands Cir, Sarasota, FL 34236

Harry’s Continental Kitchen (Open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)
525 St Judes Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant (Open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)
760 Broadway St, Longboat Key, FL 34228

Outback Steakhouse (Open ALL Holidays)
 4402 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210

Pier 22 (Open ALL Holidays)
1200 1st Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205


If you need any more suggestions for your holiday stay please contact our experienced Vacation Rental Team at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message.

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Egmont Key

Date posted: December 6, 2018

Egmont Key is another beautiful island in the Gulf of Mexico and Anna Maria Island’s neighbor to the North. Situated at the mouth of Tampa Bay the key is close to the Tampa Port Shipping Channel. For over 70 years, Egmont Key has been the location of a pilot station serving ship traffic into and out of the port of Tampa. It can only be reached by boat or ferry. There are several private charter and snorkeling tours offered as well as the Egmont Ferry.

History of Egmont Key

Earl of Egmont

The island comes with a lot of history given the back and forth of ownership over Florida. It was first surveyed by Spanish explorers in 1757. However, Spain had given up Florida to the British in 1763 in the first Treaty of Paris at the end of the French and Indian War. The island was named by Britain after John Perceval, the 2. Earl of Egmont. He was a British politician, political pamphleteer, and genealogist who served as First Lord of the Admiralty.

Britain divided the territory into East Florida and West Florida and the 2 Floridas remained loyal to the crown throughout the American Revolutionary War. Spain participated in this war as an ally of France.  In 1783, the Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary War and returned all of Florida back to Spanish control. The United States Army started leading increasingly frequent incursions into Spanish territory. Over time Florida had become a burden to Spain, which could not afford to send settlers or garrisons. Madrid therefore decided to cede the territory to the United States through the Florida Purchase Treaty, which took effect in 1821. Florida become a US territory.


In 1847, concerns with hazardous navigation at the mouth of Tampa Bay led to the construction of the first lighthouse.  A severe hurricane, also called The Great Gale of 1848, made landfall in the Tampa Bay area and swamped the island. The lighthouse was mostly destroyed. The lighthouse keeper was able to save himself in a rowboat tied to a palm tree. He resigned after the storm had passed. In 1858, the lighthouse was replaced. It is still in operation and maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard as a navigation aid.

Egmont Key also played a part at the end of the Third Seminole War. The US Army used it to detain Seminole prisoners. During the Civil War the island was occupied by Confederate and Union Troops. Defense considerations during the Spanish–American War led to the construction of Fort Dade on Egmont Key in 1899.  The Fort was completed in 1906 and the island remained a military reservation for years. Egmont Key had been the property of the U.S. Department of Defense until 1974. The U.S. Department of the Interior, specifically the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service took over.

Egmont Key Wildlife Refuge and State Park

Since 1978 the 1.6 mile long key is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was turned over to the State of Florida in 1989 and became a state park. The entire 328 acres of Egmont Key are protected by state and federal laws. The Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge is located at the South end of island.  It is a nesting ground for shorebirds and sea turtles. There is also the gopher tortoise preserve. The Egmont Key Lighthouse and the ruins of Fort Dade are part of the park area of the island. The lighthouse is the oldest structure in the Tampa Bay area and about 87 ft high. It is not open for visitors but there is a small museum next to it. The State Park is open 365 days from 8 am to sunset. Activities consists of touring the historic sites and trails, enjoy swimming, shelling, fishing, wildlife viewing, and picnicking.

Renourishment Project

In order to protect what is left of the Fort Egmont Key’s beaches are in need of renourishment. A $10 million dredging project is slated to begin this December 2018. It is scheduled to be complete in about 5 months in time for turtle season. The sand will not be the high-quality white beach that is used for renourishment of Anna Maria Island but sand dredged from the Tampa Harbor Egmont and Mullet Key channel cuts. The sand will be placed in the middle of the West side of the island that faces the Gulf of Mexico.




If you like more information on day trips or other activities while spending time on Anna Maria Island please contact Team Duncan. We can be reached at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message.



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Chamber Business Award 2019 for Duncan Real Estate

Date posted: December 3, 2018

Chamber Business Award for Duncan Real EstateLast Friday night Duncan Real Estate was honored with a Chamber Business Award 2019 by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. During the yearly Award Ceremony and Board of Directors Installation at the Seafood Shack four Business Awards were presented. There were awards given in four categories for small, medium and large business of the year and including the new “Non Profit of the Year”.

Additionally, the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island co-directors Judy Rup and Dennis Schuermann awarded the Rotary Club’s Businessperson of the Year award to John Horne, the Anna Maria Oyster Bar owner.

Chamber Board member Karen LaPensee awarded Darcie Duncan with the large Business Award.

Darcie’s experience in Real Estate for more than 2 decades shows proven results with her exceptional real estate service. As a strong leader she built a positive working environment and is supporting and nurturing those around her. Growing by building client relationships she provides above industry standards in times of constant change with the necessary dose of optimism that conveys the strength and security of the business.


Team Duncan is proud to participate many volunteer hours in various non-profits and organizations:

  • Chairman of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce
  • Membership engagement council for Manatee Chamber of Commerce
  • Leadership Manatee Alumni Association President and Board member
  • Past board member of Anna Maria Chamber
  • Founding Member of the AMI Chamber
  • Holmes Beach Police Pension Board
  • Friends of Manatee County Animal Services
  • Nate’s Honor
  • Realtor to the Rescue
  • Dachshund Rescue
  • Volunteer at the Farmer’s Market in downtown Bradenton
  • Event committee with the Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce
  • Serve at the Salvation Army, St Bernard Church, Our Daily Bread
  • Sea Turtle Watch Volunteer on AMI
  • Gulf Shore Animal League
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • AMI Public Library
  • Volunteer at Anna Maria Elementary School
  • Keep Manatee Beautiful – volunteer to clean up
  • Support PACE Center for Girls, Woman’s Resource Center of Manatee County, Suncoast Reading, Manatee County Education Foundation, The Center of AMI, AMICCO, Art Hop, AMI Players, Foundation for Dreams, American Cancer Society, Manatee Players, Red Cross, St Jude, Bradenton Christian School, Good Will, Humane Society.


Chamber Business Award 2019

Darcie Duncan accepting Business Award

Please call Team Duncan for all your Real Estate and Vacation Rentals needs at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message.

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Eating Out on Thanksgiving

Date posted: November 20, 2018

Eating out ThanksgivingBe spoiled while spending the holidays on Anna Maria Island and visit one of the local restaurants for eating out on Thanksgiving. There are plenty of restaurants on the island and surrounding areas that will do the cooking and cleaning for you.  Relax and enjoy! You deserve it!



Island Restaurants

Anna Maria Island Beach Café (Open ALL Holidays)
4000 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Bridge Tender Inn (Open Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)
135 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Sandbar (Open Easter, Thanksgiving,  Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)
 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216
(941) 778-0444

Rod N Reel (Open Easter, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/ Day)
875 N Shore Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216

Waterfront (Open Easter, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)
111 S Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, FL 34216

Off  the Island

Bonefish Grill (Open Easter, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)7456 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210

Carrabba’s Italian Grill (Open Easter, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)
2106 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34207

Columbia Restaurant (Open ALL Holidays)
 411 Saint Armands Cir, Sarasota, FL 34236

Harry’s Continental Kitchen (Open Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)
525 St Judes Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant (Open Easter, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)
760 Broadway St, Longboat Key, FL 34228

Outback Steakhouse (Open ALL Holidays)
 4402 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210

Pier 22 (Open ALL Holidays)
1200 1st Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205

If you are planning on gathering the family around and enjoy the holidays together consider these larger Duncan Real Estate properties for your island getaway!

Beach N Lake House
Put this brand new vacation rental with fantastic lake views and within minutes to the Gulf of Mexico on your map. Just bring your fishing pole and flip flops! This spacious 3 BD/3 BA ground level home sleeps up to 8 people and accepts pets upon approval. Its split layout is perfect for a larger family traveling with children.  Book now!

5 bedroom duplex, sleeping 10. Just across the beach in a great central Holmes Beach location. Close to everything! Book now!

Bodacious Oasis
Stunning 4 BD/2.5 BA home with private pool. Enjoy the Florida lifestyle inside and out with splendid furnishings and entertainment features. Comes with beach equipment. Quiet side street on North end. Looking to accommodate a larger party? Book Sea Mist next door to sleep 14 in total. Book now!

Seagrass Retreat
5 bedroom single family home, pool (heat included), ground level. Spread out and enjoy! Book now!

West O’Gulf
Spectacular 4 bedroom home with pool on Park Ave. Steps to beach! Relax, swim, eat, repeat! Don’t miss out on lower 2018 rates! Book now!

Beachwalkers Living Area


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Sandcastle Contest

Date posted: November 9, 2018

Sandcastle ContestAlthough there is hardly anything better than spending time on the beautiful beaches on Anna Maria Island check out the sandcastle contest on Siesta Key. If you are looking for a special outdoor plan for this weekend head towards Sarasota and explore the annual sand sculpting festival on the barrier island just to the South of us.

The International Sand Sculpting Festival is starting today and lasting through Monday, Nov 12th. In its 9th year there will be twenty four master sand sculptures to compete for the 1st place on the Siesta Key Public Beach. A new solo competition will also be introduced.  Artists have only 24 hours to create their master piece of sand which will be displayed for 4 consecutive days in the beach outdoor gallery. Daily tickets will be sold and over 50 000 attendees are expected.


There will be more than just sand! This open air festival also features live music, a large village of shopping and food vendors. Check out the sand sculpting lessons and the amateur sculpting competition. Have fun in the party tent on Saturday and Sunday night and admire the sculptures lit through a fabulous light display.

Anna Maria Island also features a sandcastle contest which is usually held in November. It was postponed this year to an undetermined date.

Find out about more events or call our knowledgeable Duncan Vacation rental team for more information at 941 779 0304.

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Lottery Dream Homes

Date posted: November 8, 2018

Anna Maria Island has become not only popular with tourists from all over the world but features some of the most beautiful lottery dream homes. With the sparse inventory of sale properties the listing prices have steadily increased. Currently, there are 121 Anna Maria Island properties offered at a purchase price of over $1,000 000. The total inventory on the island is just about 250 which means that almost half of all properties for sale are looking for a millionaire buyer.

Take a look at the most expensive island listings which showcase vacant land, a residential home in each of the 3 island cities and commercial property.

Vacant Land


Gulf Front Property100 47th St $7,775 000
Offered by Darcie Duncan@DuncanRealEstate

You will say “Pinch me I’m dreaming!”when you stroll across the sand of this one of a kind full acre of unobstructed gulf front bliss. 124 feet of direct gulf frontage that is seawall protected located in a residential neighborhood with no vacation rentals. This full acre extends out to the waterline and is your private property to enjoy a glass of champagne to toast one of the most spectacular sunsets in the world.  This is your once in a lifetime opportunity to realize your beach front oasis on the West Coast of Florida.


Residential Properties


Anna Maria North End 799 N Shore, Anna Maria  $5,200 000

The “Shell House” is an Anna Maria luxurious GULF FRONT masterpiece and close to Bean Point. Originally designed by renowned architect Michael Shepard and features in “Architectural Digest”. EXPANDED and COMPLETELY renovated in 2015 with NO expense spared. There is a spacious custom art studio which could also be used as another living area or media room. Both 2nd level and 3rd levels boast sprawling balconies with 180+degree AMAZING VIEWS of the Gulf of Mexico beaches and postcard sunsets.



Lottery Dream Homes102 77th St, Holmes Beach $5,700 000

Location, Location, Location, it’s what lottery dream homes are about! Beachfront Bungalow is a charming coastal cottage located directly on the beach in Holmes Beach. There’s no streets to cross, no traffic to fight, just walk out the back door to your private beach front pool, spa and beachfront oasis. This home has open views of the breathtaking Gulf of Mexico and the perfect sand of Anna Maria Island. The home has a brand-new beachfront, oversized, private heated pool with sun shelf and spa. Additional outdoor area features include extensive tropical landscaping, an oversized beachfront patio area that is a perfect setting for gatherings.



Bradenton Beach House for sale2516 Gulf Dr N, Bradenton Beach $6,495 000

Truly one of a kind beachfront home with your own private beach access with resort style pool and spa, game area, covered seating area. This home is 10 beds with 9.5 bathrooms and amazing high quality custom features throughout. There are spectacular water views from all levels including a rooftop deck. there is a huge open living area with 16′ accordion window wall doors creates the feeling of being on the beach while inside.  An elevator services all floors and will take you to the third floor where the luxurious master suite with 16′ accordion window wall gives the feeling of sleeping directly on the beach.



Commercial Properties


Anna Maria Island Hotel for sale1103 Gulf DR N  $4,799 000

Interested in a resort on a sub-tropical island? Welcome to Queens Gate resort .70 acres Located on Gulf Drive the main road on beautiful Anna Maria Island in Bradenton Beach, this piece of paradise is just steps away from the Gulf of Mexico. Highest & best use may or may not be motel. Could also be an investor’s opportunity to level buildings & explore other uses or add one story up for Gulf Views. Exceptional running Business in place is a PLUS!! Friendly island living meets old world charm at this 13 unit Resort across the road from its own private Gulf Coast beach.



Lottery Dream Homes105 White Ave $9,500 000

Reduced $1,000,000! Nearly two full acres on the Gulf of Mexico. This rare, beachfront compound offers a full 190 feet on the Gulf of Mexico”s azure waters and powdery white sands. An island property of this size directly on the Gulf is hard to find, and is perfect for the buyer searching for spectacular, private building site for a Gulf-front estate with panoramic vistas. Currently used as a private, corporate resort, the main building includes 14 residences enjoying full Gulf views. The meticulously maintained, landscaped grounds and buildings include an Olympic-sized pool, tennis courts and a maintenance building – lottery dream homes!



Longboat Key


Lottery Dream Homes Longboat Key845 Longboat Club Road, Longboat Key $26,500 000

If you like to spend a bit more just drive over the bridge towards Longboat Key. The most expensive property to our South is a 19,300 square foot Venitian-style home called Serenissima with property taxes of $163 121 per year. The owners are selling it because they like to downsize. After all it is only the 2 of them living here. The house is on the market since 2017 and offers 1.18 acres of beachfront property with an infinity pool right on the Gulf of Mexico. There is also a 10 car garage.



If you would like more information on these or other properties for sale please contact Team Duncan. One of our knowledgeable real estate specialists will be looking forward to helping you find your lottery dream home. Please contact us at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message.






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Historic Pine Avenue Shops

Date posted: October 31, 2018

Historic Pine Ave with Roser Church

The half mile stretch that runs from the Gulf of Mexico to Tampa Bay is home to about 25+ Pine Avenue shops and businesses. It comes with a lot of history. The first island settler George Emerson Bean called the island his home in 1892 and started developing streets, sidewalks and installing a water system. In 1911 the Anna Maria City Pier at the end of Pine Avenue was built to ferry island day visitors from nearby Tampa. Bean’s contemporary John Roser built the first church on Pine Avenue in 1913.  Shortly after came a school that lead to the beginning of an island community. A jail was built just down the street from the church in 1927 for the drunk and disorderly visitors. The roof was lost a long time ago and it now serves as popular photo op. It is part of the historic museum complex which displays many highly interesting island memorabilia.

In 1921 the first wooden bridge was built connecting the island to the mainland passing the fishing village of Cortez. Part of the original bridge is now used as the Bradenton Beach Pier. With the help of a bridge more people visited the beach and the new island era began.  Skip close to 100 years and the face of the island has changed a lot. The entire land has been developed and about 8500 residents call the barrier island their permanent home. There are families, children, singles and retirees all living here together. Let’s not forget how Anna Maria Island has become a vacation favorite among local, national and international travelers. From honeymooners to Hollywood film crews, youngsters to the young-at-heart, people from around the world have discovered this slice of paradise.


Shopping Pine Avenue

Pine Avenue Shops

With the steady flow of visitors many new shops and businesses opened up along Pine Avenue. Since many of them use environmentally-friendly practices it is also called “The Greenest Little Main Street in America”. There is even a community garden that features several edible boxed gardens located outside certain Pine Avenue destinations. Each box has an information card and a scannable QR code. Local landscape designer Michael Miller helped installing the garden which goal is to encourage people to learn more about, see and eat exotic-sounding vegetables like Okinawa spinach, edible hibiscus or moringa.  There are eateries like The Donut Experiement, Poppa’s Taqueria, Burns Pizza, Hometown Dessert to name a few. The General store, Olive Oil Outpost, Spice Merchant are other great stores to find unusual food items. Several boutiques and artsy stores like Bella by the Sea, The Island Cabana, Shiny Fish Emporium, Pink&Navy, Emerson Studio and Tide and Moon make a stroll interesting.  BeachBums is a quirky rental store that offers beach merchandise and rental equipment like bikes, golf carts and surreys. Technically not on Pine Ave but situated at the end of Pine Avenue stood the Anna Maria City Pier for more than 100 years. Hurricane Irma in 2017 caused severe damage and the pier had to be torn down with plans to be rebuilt and completed in 2019.

Duncan Real Estate is also located on the historic stretch with the address 310 Pine Avenue.

Pine Avenue Events


Trick-or-Treaters at Duncan Real Estate

Pine Avenue is a popular street for festivals and has seen its share of a lot of fun over the years. The Easter Parade is the first event of the year. It features a large than life size bunny that leads the group of kids from the SandBar Restaurant to fun, games and Easter bonnet contest to Pine Ave.

A Saturday in May was reserved for “Food and Wine on Pine” for several years until is was discontinued in 2017. It was all about celebration of food and wine found all over the island from about 20 of the area’s finest restaurants plus music, art and kids activity area.

Bayfest is a staple and the most anticipated island event. Since its inauguration in 2000 the all-day street festival has lots to offer. The classic car show always draws a big crowd starting as early as 10 am. The family friendly atmosphere features arts, crafts, music, food and a kids zone.



Holiday Walk 2017 Realtors Martha Jones, April Green

The Trail of Treats celebrates Halloween for the little ones. Businesses are welcoming Trick-or-Treaters in the afternoon hours on October 31.

Another larger street celebration is the Christmas Walk in December. Pine Avenue becomes a pedestrian zone and businesses open their doors to showcase their products and offer snacks, treats and winter themed goodies.

The yearly 4th of July, Veterans and Christmas parades also run along Pine Avenue with crows lining the street.




Vacation Rentals close to Pine Avenue


Duncan Real Estate Office

Duncan Real Estate has a convenient location along historic Pine Avenue. We opened our doors in 2001 and offer real estate and vacation rentals. If you like to stay close to this area of Anna Maria Island consider one of the following Duncan Real Estate vacation rentals:

AMI Du Soleil
207 Spring Ave, Anna Maria

Bodacious Oasis
514 Magnolia Ave, Anna Maria

Haupia House
315 Hardin Ave, Anna Maria


Manatee Cottage
149 Crescent Dr, Anna Maria

Sea Mist
512 Magnolia Street, Anna Maria

For these or other Duncan Vacation Rentals on Anna Maria Island please contact our local team at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message.

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Bayfest 2018

Date posted: October 24, 2018

The Bayfest 2018 was held Saturday, Oct 20th and opened the festival season on the Anna Maria Island. The event is sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. As usually, large crowds started filling Pine Avenue as early as 10 am. Despite summer like temperatures the day was another success. Duncan Real Estate tradition is giving out fans that were in high demand again this year. 500 fans went in less than 1 hour.


Bayfest 2018

Lindsey Leech, Martha Jones and Darcie Duncan of Duncan Real Estate

With a full program lots of entertainment was offered.  The Bill Mergens Memorial Auto show is a classic car show named after the show’s late organizer. It displayed more than 100 vehicles that were lining on the West part of Pine Avenue. Visitors admired the different models with owners close by to answer any questions. Many vendors lined the street and offered their merchandise like arts and crafts. Non-profit organizations gave out information and support options. The Kid’s Zone with a bounce house, slides and games is always a big success and the kid friendly activities offers by the Roser Memorial Community Church. Little ones enjoyed arts, coloring and face painting. Food and music are other highlights.

Car Show Bayfest 2018

Duncan Real Estate Office


Despite a serious problem with red tide this summer it was great to see thousands of people coming out and enjoying the day along Pine Avenue. According to Chamber President Terri Kinder some of the proceeds will go to Island workers who suffered as the Island economy was hit by the lack of business from the red tide.

If you missed all the fun this time put this event on your calendar for next year. Bayfest is usually held the third Saturday in October. Here the full program that was offered:

Bayfest 2018 Program

Please call Team Duncan at 941 779 0304 to learn more about other festivals this season or send us a quick message.

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Introducing Beach N Lake House

Date posted: October 23, 2018

Serene views of Spring LakeAptly named Duncan Vacation Rentals is introducing “Beach N Lake House”, situated by Spring Lake on Anna Maria Island. This beautiful brand new vacation rentals delivers a great location with serene lake views. The ground level home is located on a quiet side street in Holmes Beach within an easy 4 minute walk to the glorious white beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. Get lulled into vacation mode by enjoying tranquil views of the lake from almost every room of the house.

Recently updated, this house is very comfortable and spacious with several sitting areas to spread out the family. Up to 8 guests have plenty of room to relax.  You enter and be welcomed by the lake views. There is the main living area with TV, another hang out area and a large dining table all facing the lake. The fully-equipped kitchen sits next to a breakfast nook. The split layout plan offers 2 bedroom wings. From the kitchen area you proceed to the dedicated kids’ side. There is a sitting area with TV, a full bathroom with laundry access and a bedroom with 2 bunk beds. The other side of the house features the master bedroom with its own bathroom. The guest bedroom feature a queen bed and has access to the hall bathroom with tub/shower combo.

The backyard invites to take full advantage of island living. Off the kitchen area you can serve meals by the outdoor dining area complete with umbrella and charcoal grill. Bring your fishing pole to catch dinner right from the lake.

With its plush furnishings, flat screens, wireless access, new linens and beach towels this house is perfect for a wonderful island getaway. Stroll to the beach within a few short minutes. Take the trolley and explore the rest of the island. The house sits in between the North and Southbound route of the free island bus.  Walk to restaurants and shops of Holmes Beach or play some tennis or pickleball at the nearby public courts. If you bring your doggie meet new friends at the dog park behind close by Holmes Beach City Hall.

This sounds like a fun time! Book your stay at Beach N Lake House for a great island vacation!

Beach N Lake House on 68th St Holmes Beach


Please call Team Duncan at 941 779 0304 to learn more about this fantastic house or send us a quick message.


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Good Morning, Anna Maria Island!

Date posted: October 18, 2018

AM Tampabay visting Anna Maria IslandIf you turned on your radio this morning to WFLA 970 to check on the AM Tampabay morning show you could have heard “Good morning, Anna Maria Island”. This very informative show broadcast from the Anna Maria Oyster Bar at the Bridge Street Pier, Bradenton Beach on October 18.  The talk formatted AM radio station usually originates in Tampa with this morning program running weekdays from 5-9 am. The hosts Jack Harris, Aaron Jacobson, Jeff Kuyrkendall and Katie Butchino keep their listeners informed and amused with the latest news, traffic, weather and more.


Anna Maria Oyster Bar at Bridge StreetLocals gathered for breakfast by the outdoor area of the restaurant and enjoyed the live performance of the talented radio crew. The beautiful setting by the Pier was accompanied by a stunning sunrise. John Horne, owner of the Anna Maria Oyster Bar, joined the fun. There were several interviews with local business owners like Karen Riley Love who owns a Beach Wedding Service. Elliott Falcione, the director of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, talked about the end of Red Tide and invited all the listeners to come out to Anna Maria Island and enjoy paradise.



The Anna Maria Oyster Bar is also part of the Restaurant Month of the Year Campaign. For 30 days in October you can eat more and spend less in the Bradenton area. You can even win a five-night stay complete with round trip airfare and restaurant vouchers. Just post a picture of yourself enjoying the food in one of the participating restaurants to Facebook or Instagram with #DineCoastal.


Sunrise over Bridge Street Pier

Elliott Falcione (right) with the morning crew

Duncan Real Estate features November as great deal month. Enjoy fall on Anna Maria Island and take 15% off the rental fee for any arrival in November 2018! Even better – stay here for the Thanksgiving week and receive a Publix gift card for your grocery needs! How much? Call the Duncan Vacation Team! (New reservations only, discounts don’t stack, some properties require manager approval). Find your perfect island getaway here!
If you like more information call the Vacation Rental Team at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message.

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National Night Out on Anna Maria Island

Date posted: October 4, 2018

The Holmes Beach Police Department invited to their National Night Out on Anna Maria Island and lots of people came and enjoyed the outdoor activities on a warm fall evening.

This national event began in 1984 and started simply with neighbors turning on their porch lights and sitting in front of their houses. It is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada and has evolved into much larger festivities. The National Night Out 2016 had a participation of 38 million residents in 16,000 communities across the United States. Most communities celebrate the first Tuesday in August. Texas and Florida shifted the date to the first Tuesday in October due to the warmer climate. The event was created to increase awareness about police programs in communities like drug prevention, town or neighborhood watch and other crime reducing  efforts. It is supposed to build neighborhood camaraderie.


This October 2, 2018 many island organizations, companies and the Holmes Beach Police Department put a great outreach program together. It was bigger than last year and took place at the City Field North of the Holmes Beach City hall. The festivities lasted from 4-8 pm and included a number of activities like slides, skill games, free food, bike and toy giveaways. Many island shops offered hot dogs, tacos, popcorn, snow cones, ice cream and barbecue items.




Duncan Real Estate sponsored the dunk tank that featured the police chief, the mayor of Holmes Beach and most popular with the island kids some teachers of the local Anna Maria Elementary School. Lines were long for the educator dunkings!

Sounds like a great time! See you next year!

If you like more information about upcoming events join our newsletter or contact Team Duncan at 941 779 0304!

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New Homes close to Anna Maria Island

Date posted: September 18, 2018

If you like to experience the best of the island lifestyle without the island pricing consider a new home very close to Anna Maria Island. Head over the bridge and discover several new developments within miles that offer gated, private communities with loads of extras. Our Duncan Real Estate agents are happy to show you around!

Harbour Isle

Harbour Isle just over the Anna Maria BridgeThe final phase of the Harbour Isle community just over the Manatee Avenue Bridge offers coach homes in the Edgewater Walk section of the development. Enter through a gated guard tower and proceed down a narrow Royal Palm-lined drive. A 2-mile walking path encircles the island and is skirted by a 38-acre man-made lake. A large mangrove borders the preserve on the east side. living here comes with a lot of extras. The Beach Club is a private clubhouse with oversize pool and spa and even has sandy beach. There is a Fitness Center, Cabana Bar, Kayak Launch, Yoga Lawn and Marina with Wet and Dry Storage.

There are also 2 and 3 bedroom condos available at the other affiliated neighborhood called Marina Walk.

Palma Sola Bay Club

New homes close to Anna Maria IslandJust driving a few miles along the SR 64 causeway brings you to the gated Palma Sola Bay Club, aptly named being located across the waters of Palma Sola Bay. This community offers four story mid-rise condos. Each building has 9 residences that range from 2 bedroom/ 2 bathroom to 3 bedroom/2.5 bathroom designs. Enjoy Bay views, a splendid clubhouse, resort-style pool, kayak launch and resident events. The luxurious development received various awards for “Best Master Suite & Best Architectural design”, “Best Kitchen & Best Floor plan” and was the 2017 and 2018 Parade of Homes Overall Winners.

The Estuary

The Estuary in Northwest BradentonThe Estuary is a charming, gated neighborhood with new homes so close to Anna Maria Island. 50 homes that range from 2,181 to 2,427 square feet are sitting on 53 acres that border Robinson Preserve. The nature park offers miles of walking, biking and kayaking. The houses are designed in a Tuscan and Country French style and include three bedrooms, outdoor living spaces and two and three-car garages. This is a maintenance-assisted and low fee community that offers Florida living at its best.




Mirabella in West BradentonAnother sought-after community is Mirabella, nestled in the heart of Village Green in West Bradenton. This innovatively designed neighborhood features resort-style villas that are LEED, ENERGY STAR, and HERS certified. Mirabella offers a central location with a laid-back atmosphere designed for residents 55 and over. The amenities allow for an active lifestyle.  Enjoy a heated lap pool, spa, indoor gym, gathering room, outdoor kitchen/barbeque area, fenced in dog park and pickle ball courts. The HOA takes care of the home and common lawn, trees and shrubs for a hassle free living.


If you are interesting to learn more about these developments or any other listed home please call our experienced sales team at 941 779 0304. With our local knowledge and experience we can help you find our slice of paradise. If you prefer email correspondence click here for you inquiry.

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“Live like a Tourist” Campaign

Date posted: September 13, 2018

To offset the serious impact of Red Tide for Anna Maria Island businesses the “Live like a Tourist” Campaign might just be the answer. If you think about it we all are tourists somewhere. The question is how far do you have to be away from your house to stop being a local. Manatee County residents are being called “day trippers” when they visit the beach.  Does this mean I am a tourist if I have to take a short drive over the bridge to the island? Also, how long do I have to be living in one place to become a local? In any regard, we all here at Team Duncan have a strong island connection and recognize the significant challenges for our fellow island businesses. We consider ourselves locals and can tell you the best spot to take the perfect beach picture,  how and when to avoid traffic, where to get the best lunch sandwich or where to go fishing.


However, now is the time to support our neighbors and “live like a tourist”. Darcie Duncan, the Chairman of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and owner of Duncan Real Estate, encourages “everybody to think local. Let our wide circles of friends and families know that Anna Maria Island and all of Manatee County are open for business”.

Campaign Specials

The Waterfront Restaurant offers 25% off your bill if you mention their social media posting. The Sandbar Restaurant, BeachHouse or Marvista have $10 off coupons if you spend $30. Stop by at our Duncan Real Estate office on historic Pine Avenue to pick one up. Anna Maria Oyster Bar on the Bridge St Pier has $5 deals.  Have a pancake order or 2 fish tacos plus margeritha or a Bud light pitcher! Grab a BOGO burger at “Eliza Ann’s” at the Waterline Hotel on Sunday-Thursday.

Duncan Vacation Rentals joins the effort and offers 50% off the rental fee of select properties for 2018 arrival. All other vacation rentals offer a 10% discount for the rest of the year (holidays excluded).  “Live like a tourist” or experience Anna Maria Island as a local! Everybody is welcome! Click here to start your search for the perfect island getaway!
Please call Team Duncan at 941 779 0304 to learn more about this fantastic offer or send us a quick message.

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Team Duncan Community Spirit

Date posted: September 10, 2018

Anna Maria Island is a small tight knit spot and Team Duncan shows its community spirit in good and not so good times.

Waterfront Luncheon


Recently, Team Duncan was on the receiving end by getting treated for lunch at the Waterfront Restaurant. Many shops and restaurants employees have been hit hard because of the recent Red Tide outbreak that coincided with the tourist off season. The owner Jason Suzor took the opportunity to invite Team Duncan to thank our office for our continuing support of this great island eatery.



Bowling Tourney


Another big community event took place this weekend. The yearly bowling fundraiser for the Center of Anna Maria Island had a great turnout. Teams of 5 players each participated on 52 lanes at the AMF Bradenton Lanes. All proceeds were going to the Center. There was a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Martha Jones of Duncan Real Estate was the lucky winner of the raffle and donated half of the amount back. Thanks Martha!!


A word from Darcie Duncan, broker and owner of Duncan Real Estate:

Whether buying or selling let our local expertise, in depth knowledge, top notch negotiation skills and proven track record work for you. We do business the way it was meant to be and offer client focused customer service with your best interest in mind. Our success and reputation speak for itself. We pride ourselves to have been recognized with numerous business awards and to show our community spirit by giving back to the place we call home. Experience the Duncan Difference for yourself!

Like to know more about our community involvement? Please call us at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message here.

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Anna Maria Island Red Tide Fundraiser

Date posted: August 28, 2018

A picture perfect sunset accompanied the diners at the Anna Maria Island Red Tide Fundraiser in response to the recent algae outbreak. 160 guests enjoyed the long table 5 course dinner sitting right on the beach in front of the SandBar restaurant on August 26, 2018. The event raised money to benefit START (Solutions To Avoid Red Tide) – an organization dedicated to Red Tide research. It was also helping bringing awareness to island businesses that are hit very hard by the devastating effects of this year’s Red Tide bloom. The impact was immediate and also coincides with the slowest time of the island tourist season. It resulted in abrupt income loss for many business owners.


Anna Maria Island Fundraiser

Jack Elka Photography


Sponsors of this event were many local restaurants like the SandBar, Anna Maria Oyster Bar, Blue Marlin, Dry Dock Grill, Seafood Shack and The Waterfront Restaurant. Others included Visit Florida, Bradenton Area and Convention Bureau, Darwin Brewing, Southern Glazers Wine and Spirits, Gold Coast Eagle Distributing and the Bradenton Herald.

Darcie Duncan, owner and broker of Duncan Real Estate, participated in the festivities. Pictured below are Carol Whitmore, (Manatee County Commissioner, left), Darcie Duncan (middle) and John Horne (owner of Anna Maria Oyster Bar, right).


If you like to get the latest information on the beach conditions please contact Team Duncan. We aim to provide our guests and customers with the most accurate information about the daily situation. Please call us at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message here.

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Economic Impact of Red Tide

Date posted: August 27, 2018
Congressman Vern Buchanan held a round table discussion with a small group of area businesses on the economic impact of Red Tide on Friday, August 24th 2018.
Red Tide has hit the Gulf coast of Florida and reached Anna Maria Island about 2 weeks ago.
Dr. Crosby, the CEO of Mote Marine, explained the scientific side of it. Red Tide is a natural phenomenon and the severity of the bloom might be influenced by humane impact in form of terrestrial water runoff. The main focus is to forecast and control the blooms of Red Tide. The existence of this algae has been documented for centuries and the field is usually located about 30 miles offshore. If scientists can control and attack an outbreak before it reaches the shore the devastating effect on marine life, people and tourism could be prevented. Also, being able to forecast the movement of Red Tide will help the coastal communities.

Congressman Buchanan (right) listens to Dr. Crosby’s (left) Red Tide summary.

Island Impact of Red Tide

Duncan Real Estate represented the only real estate company on Anna Maria Island to discuss this year’s outbreak and the effects on the real estate market. The biggest battle is conveying the most accurate information. Social media and general misinformation can spread improper details about the situation. Red Tide is influenced by wind and currents and daily changes occur.
The impact on the vacation rentals and other tourism related businesses like island restaurants, shops and water sport activities has been immediate. Rental owners and management companies are using their discretion regarding their guest reservations.

Daily Updates

Team Duncan offers daily updates on our beach conditions. One of our team members is checking the beaches in the morning for the most accurate report.
Additional information regarding the beach conditions can be found on various sites.

Manatee Beach Report:

August 27, 2018 Report

If you like to talk to a Team Duncan member about the latest update please call us at 941 705 3344 or send us  a quick message here.
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New Margaritaville Hotel

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The ever increasing supply of vacations rentals on Anna Maria Island will have a new addition just over the bridge with the new Margaritaville Hotel.

The Bradenton City Council unanimously approved the site plan amendments of the Minto One Particular Harbor project.  The reason for the changes was the proposed conversion of the commercial space for hotel purposes.  Even though the floor coverage of the commercial segment of the project will increase from 64 000 square feet to 122 20 square feet the footprint itself will not be changed. The new buildings will have multiple stories instead. The site plan amendment was found compatible with the Bradenton Comprehensive Plan and surrounding area.  Also, the city services like water and sewer will meet the changed demand.

Once finished the entire Minto development will feature 3 sections in total. There is the completed Harbor Isle with its separate gate entrance to the coach homes at Mangrove Walk and Edgewater Walk and the Waterfront Beach Club. Marina Walk is located behind the marina. It consists of 11 residential buildings and is also finished. One Particular Harbor is the final phase of the Minto project.

Margaritaville Hotel Details

All commercial buildings will be located at least 300 feet away from the residential section “Marina Walk”. This area is called One Particular Harbor and features the marina with 55 wet slips and 128 dry slips, retail space and hotels.

The originally planned retail space of 17 600 square feet is now reduced to 1520 square feet. This commercial area will be used as the ship’s store already under construction. The store will be located by the dry dock marina.
The restaurant space will also be used differently and will feature only one instead of two restaurants and will have 305 seats.
The planned hotel will be the first of the brand new upscale boutique style hotel brand COMPASS under the Margaritaville umbrella. There are a total of 2 hotel sites planned. One will be located directly in front of the marina with 30 rooms over 3 stories. The Minto representative Marvin expects the primary visitors to this hotel to be boat owners and guests to the marina. The primary hotel building will face Manatee Avenue with a setback of 150 feet from the right of way. There are 101 rooms planned over five stories.

If you like to stay directly on the island for a tropical getaway contact our Duncan Real Estate rental team at 941 705 3344, browse our inventory or send us  a quick message here.

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AMI – The One Million Dollar Island

Date posted: August 15, 2018

If you have you been watching the Anna Maria Island Real Estate market recently you might have noticed many sales that reached or passed the one million Dollar mark.

Investing in Real Estate has always been an American strategy to begin building wealth. It can generate ongoing passive income and can be a good long term investment if the value increases over time.  A decade after the financial crisis and drops of over a third in value homeowners have regained their worth led by a robust labor market with economic activity and housing demand. According to a Reuters poll US house prices will rise at twice the speed of inflation and pay with an expected gain of 5.7% this year.

US Wide Median Home Values

Looking at the median value the wealth building strategy seems to hold true for many metropolitan areas. Exclusive suburbs close to finance or tech hubs have seen drastic value increases over the last 2 years like San Jose (by 53.8%), San Fransisco (by 45.5%) and Seattle (by 44.7%). Both US coasts are clustered with million dollar markets. According to Zillow there are 197 cities where you will need a 7 figure check to purchase real estate. California features more than half of these markets, followed by New York and New Jersey. 

The One Million Dollar Island

Florida has seen its share of rising median values. Miami tops the list with an increase of 30.4%. For example, Fisher Island is the home of the stars that features a median value of about $ 3.2 million.

The other 2 larger cities in the Sunshine State are Tampa and Orlando that also saw a higher than average growth with over 20% value increases. However, no other Florida area than Anna Maria will join the exclusive list of the million dollar municipalities next. Zillow is projecting that the median price of island homes will rise to $1.0094 million from the current $964,200.

Looking at sales in Holmes Beach over the last 3 months the sold prices seem to confirm this trend.

The one million Dollar Island



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Back to School Specials with Duncan Real Estate

Date posted: August 8, 2018

The summer break is almost over for the local kids and back to school specials and sales are all over to be found. Duncan Real Estate also offers great vacation rental savings for the coming weeks and months. September is traditionally the quietest month on Anna Maria Island. In a not so distant past some stores and restaurants used to close in the off season leaving residents with less options to patronize. Nowadays, all shops stay open. With less crowds the island is yours.

Duncan Real Estate Deals

Take advantage of some great savings during our off season. September features the lowest rates throughout the year.

The best Duncan Deal is Cayman Cay 107, a 2 bedroom condo with pool. It features a rollback special at $550 plus extra fees.

The very luxurious Pier to Pier Paradise that overlooks Tampa Bay is at $2500 per week plus fees a very good value compared to the highest priced week at the same property.

Stay longer and pay less at Pleasant Palms. Take 50% off the rental fee for a month long stay through Sep 29, 2018 and enjoy the sunshine and pool area in this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house.

The complete list of Duncan Deals is here.

Also, don’t forget to mention our return discount if you happened to stay before with Duncan Real Estate (Sorry, the return discount does not stack with specials or other reduced rental fees).

Local Deals

Are you staying with Duncan Real Estate and are looking to rent fun and beach equipment? Give BeachBums located on Pine Avenue a call. They offer our guests a 10% discount!

Traveling in September has other advantages. Local attractions and stores offer a bunch of specials.

The Mote Marine Aquarium is one example. Florida residents can visit for $7 on any September Saturday. The deal is good for four. Find a local, make friends and enjoy this interesting research center. It offers individual animal exhibits that are up-close and hands-on. There is an open water Shark Zone, touchable rays without the stings! and other reef animal exhibits.

Enough of the sun and heat? Try a movie. The renamed newly AMC Bradenton 20 has a Tuesday special for $5.

How about a free cocktail from 5-7 pm at the Pier22? The restaurant is located on the Manatee River in downtown Bradenton. Post a sunset picture until Sep 30th and enjoy waterfront dining at this historic building. It dates back to 1828 and served as a memorial to honor 21 young men from Manatee County who died in WW1.




Banking with Bank of America? Present your bank card and photo ID to get free admission to 2 local favorites: the South Florida Museum and Sarasota Selby Gardens on the first full weekend of the month.


If you relaxed all day at the beach get some exercise at the AMF Bradenton Lanes on Cortez Road. They offer great specials throughout the week like Sunday Funday for $2.50 per game and shoe rental.





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Red Tide in the Gulf of Mexico

Date posted: July 31, 2018

If you have been to the Florida Gulf coast you have heard of Red Tide. The harmful algal bloom is the rapid growth of microscopic algae. It generally occurs in late summer or early fall. Along the Gulf coast of Florida and Texas, the algae species Karenia brevis produces toxins that have harmful effects on people, fish, marine mammals and birds. It can result in large fish kills and discolored water. These brevetoxins can become airborne when wave action breaks the cells and can cause severe respiratory irritation in people.

Luckily, Anna Maria Island has not seen severe outbreaks on a yearly basis. Oftentimes the blooms occur in the South Western Gulf of Mexico and don’t travel all the way into our region.

The latest update from Sep 27, 2018 according to the Mote Marine report shows the welcome improvement of the situation on Anna Maria Island. Locals and visitors are enjoying the beaches again!

Research of Red Tide

Biologists have documented the occurrence and abundance of K. brevis for more than 50 years, during which detection and monitoring technologies have changed dramatically. The local Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota is involved in the Red Tide research program.

Prior to 1970s Florida red tides were believed to originate inshore. Blooms and respiratory irritation were most often observed first around passes and barrier islands. It is now determined that red tides begin in nutrient-poor water 111 to 46 miles offshore. There are 4 stages of a bloom. First is accumulation and spreading into an area.  During the second stage growth occurs. The population steadily increases and within a few weeks, K. brevis concentrations may be high enough to kill fish. In the third stage wind and currents control the bloom’s movement. If the algae moves inshore, nutrient runoff from land may promote bloom expansion. A bloom can linger in coastal areas for days, weeks or even months. During the last stage wind and currents disperse the cells.  New water introduction reduces the concentration of K. brevis cells.

Status information

Scientists are now able to better forecast red tides and their movements. Besides water sampling and enumeration (cell counts), molecular tools and toxin analysis the detection with satellite imagery is a helpful tool. The collected data can be used in predictive models of bloom movement.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) publishes reports on the current status of Karenia brevis blooms using tables, static maps, and interactive Google Earth maps. Please click on more information here. Mote’s Beach Conditions Reporting System provides shoreline observations for public beaches like Manatee County Beach and Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island. The information is updated as often as twice daily at

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) also issues bulletins that contain an analysis of ocean color satellite imagery, field observations, models, public health reports and buoy data.

Manatee County is also updating daily at

Anna Maria Island Red Tide


Please contact Team Duncan for more information on this topic. Our office is open Monday through Saturday. We are looking forward to your call at 941 779 0304  or send us a quick message here.

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SeaStar Villa

Date posted: July 25, 2018

Welcome to SeaStar Villa – Duncan Real Estate’s newest vacation rental home on beautiful Anna Maria Island!

This newly constructed property offers the comfort and relaxation you are looking for during your Florida holiday.  The townhome features 2 bedrooms, a study and 3 bathrooms with plenty of room to spread out. A larger family of up to 6 can enjoy the open floor plan with comfortable island style furnishings and entertainment features. Enjoy family meals, cocktail hour, and preparing your catch of the day in the fully appointed kitchen. With plenty of space for all of your groceries, enjoy updated appliances, granite countertops, and all the comforts of home to prepare all of your family treats!

Splendid interiors with supremely cozy beds make falling into bed after a long day on the water so relaxing. The wonderfully inviting master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with a walk in shower. There is a large balcony that overlooks the pool too. The second bedroom has a queen size bed and en-suite bathroom with walk in shower. The study is set up as additional sleeping area with two twin beds and a hall bathroom for convenience.

Guests are sure to take full advantage of all the outdoor, Florida lifestyle features! The conveniently located covered porch area has an outdoor TV to watch the game or enjoy an afternoon cocktail. Splash in the great private swimming pool, refresh under the outdoor shower and relax soaking up the sun on the outdoor loungers. There is also a table sitting group for a grill night prepared on the provided gas grill.

The beach is easily accessed via the numerous beach paths in Holmes Beach. The closest is on Gulf Drive in the 5600 block which is about 0.3 miles away. It will take about 5 minutes and should be a pleasant stroll through the quiet side streets and the provided beach cart with beach chairs and toys.


SeaStar Villa on 306 60th St, Holmes Beach

Put SeaStar Villa on your list for a great Anna Maria  Island getaway. If you like more information on this or other Duncan Real Estate vacation rentals please contact our knowledgeable reservationists. We are happy to help assisting with your beach vacation plans. Call our office at 941 779 0304 or send us a a quick message here.

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Team Duncan’s Accomplishments and Awards

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Girl on pilingSince 2001, Duncan Real Estate is providing expert services for Anna Maria Island real estate needs. Located on the historic Pine Avenue on the North end of the island we offer your complete realty source with outstanding customer service. Although only 7 miles long Anna Maria Island features three quaint towns that have their own distinctive personalities. Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach each offer a wide variety of properties. Team Duncan’s local know how and market expertise will guide you to your slice of paradise. Enjoy the sunset side of Florida with us!



Team Duncan

Experience the Duncan Difference!
Whether buying and selling island real estate or throughout Manatee County, needing property management services or looking for a vacation rental department with international reach our dedicated team of experienced professionals will satisfy your needs. For owners, we provide free commercial brokerage analysis and specialist identification. For buyers, our commercial property specialists will work with you to identify your specific needs and locate the right property.

Our team is a mix of life long island residents and people from everywhere statewide and even international that made this island and surrounding areas their permanent home. We are community oriented and participate in the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch, Anna  Maria Island Community Center, PACE for Girls, Woman’s Resource Center and Realtor to the Rescue Animal program. Duncan Real Estate is a regular sponsor of community programs and events.


Duncan Real Estate’s proven performance has resulted in numerous accomplishments and awards. Darcie Duncan was featured on HGTV’s hit show “House Hunters” helping a couple find their perfect island getaway. She was also awarded with the prestigious decoration as “Business Person of the Year” in 2011 by the Anna Maria Island Rotary Club. Darcie is the current Chairman of the Board of the Manatee Chamber.

In 2013 Duncan Real Estate came in as a  finalist in the Manatee Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year race and won the award in 2014. A popular contest by the island newspaper “The Sun” determines their readers’ favorite island businesses. Duncan Real Estate won the Readers Choice Award two times in a row for 2017 and 2018.

Sun Choice Award


We’re here for you!

The Duncan Real Estate team is looking forward to meeting you. We do business the way it was meant to be – friendly, trustworthy and with your best interests in mind.

Please contact us at 941 779 0304 or send us a a quick message here.


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No trash on the beach please!

Date posted: July 23, 2018

The most beautiful, white sandy beaches set Anna Maria Island apart from other island getaways. Let’s all keep it that way and work on our common goal of no trash on the beach!

Garbage in the oceans

Garbage Patch items

With more than 320 million metric tons of plastic produced every year a disturbing amount of it ends up in our oceans. The biggest accumulation is known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  It appears more like open water in the areal view but it is like a massive swirling vortex with debris inside from all over the world. The patch has grown to twice the size of Texas. 92% are estimated to come from larger pieces but 1.7 trillion pieces are micro plastic. Many of it is eaten by marine animals, filling up their stomachs to the point of being fatal or becoming part of the food supply chain. Toxins are released into the water and pose a danger to all of us.


Trash on the beaches

Kamilo Beach, Hawaii

Kamilo Beach, Hawaii

The nightmare of turning a beautiful place into a nasty environmental disaster is Kamilo Beach on Hawaii. It is also known as “Junk Beach”.  A  formerly  lovely white sand beach is now a trap for countless tons of trash. Because of the Pacific currents ocean garbage accumulates in massive proportions.

In organized Florida beach clean ups cigarette butts are the most common type of garbage found.  Considering that it takes more than 10 years for a cigarette to decompose leaving butts behind is just not right. The beach is not a big ashtray. Also, smoking exposes others to second hand smoke and deprives them to enjoy the fresh salty air.



Other top ten objects collected are solely plastic items. The list contains bags, cups, lids, food containers, food wrappers, toys and plastic straws. Again, coastal animals can mistake small plastic items for food. And who wants to sit on the beach surrounded by unsightly plastic items.

The SandBar Restaurant on the North end of the island and its sister restaurants BeachHouse and Marvista switched to more eco-friendly paper straws last year to make a little difference.

On Anna Maria Island, every beach access has garbage containers to dispose of trash appropriately. There is really is no reason to bring items to the beach and leave them behind.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are several ways to contribute to keep our beaches clean. The mission of the nonprofit organization “Keep Manatee Beautiful” is to bring together volunteers, businesses and local governments to provide grassroots solutions to littering, illegal dumping, solid waste disposal, recycling and beautification. They organize regular clean ups. The next event is scheduled Oct 6th, 2018. It is the International Coastal Clean Up sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy.

The Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Bird Monitoring group helps to keep the beach habitat clean for wildlife and people alike. The volunteers walk the beach every morning during turtle season and collect trash once the nest activity has been recorded. Especially plastic bags pose a danger to the turtles as they mistake them for their favorite food source –  jellyfish.

Turtle Watch clean up

The Sarasota Bay Watch conducts an annual Sister Keys Clean Up. During this year’s effort 80 volunteers worked for four hours on the island and around the mangrove fringes to collect 1,300 pounds of trash and 80 recyclable items.

If you like to learn more about Anna Maria Island’s community efforts contact one of our Team Duncan members. We are former and current Turtle Watch members, life long island residents and beach lovers.

Please contact us at 941 779 0304 or send us a a quick message here.


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Always something new in Orlando!

Date posted: July 17, 2018

If you are relaxing on Anna Maria Island and need a change of scenery there is always something new and exciting going on in the Orlando parks. Just about 2 hours away from the beaches it is a perfect day trip destination. Beware – you will only see a glimpse of what the city has to offer if you don’t plan on staying overnight.

When Walt Disney started the “Florida Project” he could have not foreseen the enormous impact that his vision created.  Magic Kingdom started it all in 1971. Today, there are more parks than you can count with your fingers. Walt Disney World of course is the most visited vacation resort in the world, with an average annual attendance of over 52 million.

To keep up with the insatiable entertainment appetite of the flocking tourists and competition among the various parks there is always the next big thing to admire. The 3 main contenders are:

Disney World OrlandoDisney World

The Disney emporium with Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and EPCOT will keep you busy for days. In addition, there are 2 water parks, 27 themed resort hotels, 9 non-Disney hotels, several golf courses, a camping resort and the outdoor shopping center Disney Springs. The latest addition is Toy Story Land in the Hollywood Studios where every visitor is shrunken down to toy size as they explore Andy’s backyard. The “Slinky Dog Dash” roller coaster and the “Alien Swirling Saucers” rides will thrill the little ones.

SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment

The Mako ride was just recently added and is the fastest, longest and tallest coaster in Orlando. If you survive the ride you might like a free Mako Red Ale to go along with the experience.  SeaWorld offers two complimentary 7-ounce beers per visit from May 18, through September 2, 2018. The park will rotate beer offerings throughout the summer at the Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen Patio.

Seaworld Orlando

The water park Aquatica also added a new attraction.  “Ray Rush” is a three-in-one thrill. The water adventure launches your raft from zero to awesome in just seconds. Twisting turns as you spin inside a colossal water sphere follow. Lastly, you dive into giant manta wings, swooping up and down giving a different path each time.

Their partner parks Busch Gardens and Adventure Island are located in Tampa, which is only about 1 h away from Anna Maria Island.


Universal Studios OrlandoUniversal Parks and Resorts

This park complex is the second largest after Disney. It offers 3 amazing theme parks and the Universal Citywalk with Dining like the Hard Rock Cafe Orlando and the Blue Man Group Show. This entertainment area is just steps away from the entrance of the 2 original Universal parks. The complex also includes 6 Loews Hotels.

Vulcano Bay is the newest of the three and opened in May 2017. This water park features 4 areas that are inspired by Polynesian islands. The centerpiece of the park is the 200 ft tall vulcano “Krakatau” that displays waterfalls during the day and lava flows at night.

The progress at the other 2 theme parks has not stopped after the addition of the huge Harry Potter’s world. Still impressive is the Hogwarts Epress that connects both areas and can only be used if you are holding day tickets to both parks.  On the Universal Studios side a 3D motion-simulator attraction “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” opened April 2017. The “Fast and Furious” Supercharged ride invited their first guests in April 2018.  

Island of Adventures opened in 1999 and has seen various additions and changes. The original concept was based on six  islands with their rides and attractions based on DC Comics, Dr. Seuss, and Warner Bros.  Island number 8 opened in July 2016 with Skull Island: Reign of Kong. Plans for a Harry Potter roller coster are in the works and the new ride is scheduled to open in 2019.

Whether you are staying on Anna Maria Island and just plan a quick visit to Orlando or looking to relax after a few days at the parks the Duncan Vacation team can help finding you the perfect accommodation. Give us a call at 941 779 0304 or send us a a quick message here.





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Happy Anna Maria!

Date posted: July 10, 2018

Happiest Town contest 2018A national online contest by the Coastal Living Magazine helped to determine how happy Anna Maria in comparison to 9 other seaside towns in the USA is. The ten finalists were from 9 different states with Anna Maria and Vero Beach being the 2 seaside destinations in the Sunshine State. Others nominees were Cape Charles, VA, Bluffton, SC, Cannon Beach, OR, Cambria, CA, Bellport, NY and Hampton, NH, Ocean City, NJ and Traverse City, MI.

The yearly contest had picked the top 10 communities via social media nomination and by judging several criteria. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, percentage of clear and sunny days, healthiness of beaches, commute times, walkability, crime ratings, standard of living and financial well-being of locals, geographic diversity and coastal vibe were taken into consideration.

The Vote

The voting started in January 2018 with the final result being announced in June 2018. There was discussion among the Anna Maria City commissioners what level of participation to take in this tremendous opportunity of free advertising. As with other topics on the island concerns of overexposure need to be weighed against the positive economic impact created by visitors. The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce were promoting the online contest at their Facebook pages and other digital media platforms.

After the final count Ocean City, NJ came in as the winner. Anna Maria is the 6th happiest and Vero Beach made it to the number 4 spot.  Anna Maria was described as old-Florida dream of an island town, with a sweet little main street, community gardens, and streets lined with candy-colored cottages.

It’s pretty hard to be unhappy when you live on a barrier island with a seven-mile strip of white beach!




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Less active Hurricane Season 2018

Date posted: July 6, 2018

An updated forecast by the Colorado State University calls for a less active hurricane season 2018. The yearly storm season in the Atlantic basin runs from June 1 to Nov 30. The weather pattern changes from the drier months in the beginning of the year to the typical summer weather. On Anna Maria Island, you can see the thunderstorm clouds pushing from the East coast towards the West in the afternoon.

On the average the U.S. mainland sees about one to two landfalls each season. For example, last year hurricane Irma was a monster storm that hit Florida and caused severe damage to the historic Anna Maria Island City Pier.

Naming hurricanes

The yearly forecast estimates how many named storms are expected. When a tropical depression displays a rotating circulation pattern and reaches a wind speed 39 miles per hour it will become a tropical storm and gets a name. These names are based on a strict procedure established by the World Meteorological Organization. For Atlantic hurricanes, there is a list of male and female names which are used on a six-year rotation. If a major storm occurred that caused severe damage the name will be stricken from the list and replaced.

Most destructive storms

A hurricane is formed when wind speeds reach 74 mph. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale classifies the storms into 5 categories. The ratings from 1 to 5 estimates potential property damage. Hurricanes reaching Category 3 and higher are considered major hurricanes because of their potential for significant loss of life and damage. Category 5 storms exceed 156 mph maximum sustained winds. The extremely destructive and deadly Hurricane Katrina was a Category 5 storm at one point. It caused catastrophic damage along the Gulf coast from central Florida to Texas due the storm surge and levee failure. The strongest Atlantic hurricanes  on record is Allen in 1980 with winds at 190 mph. There were only 3 hurricanes at Category 5 to hit the U.S.: Andrew in 1992, Camille in 1969 and an unnamed storm in 1935.

The original storm forecast for 2018 called for 14 total named storms with 6 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes. The updated outlook estimates a significant reduction to 11 total named storms, 4 hurricanes and 1 major hurricane. This includes Alberto, a subtropical storm that occurred in May and before the actual hurricane season. Several reasons are given for these lower numbers.

Why less storms in 2018?

There are several factors coming into play for a reduced chance of hurricanes for this year.

Firstly, the Atlantic Ocean temperature pattern features cooler than average sea-surface temperatures that expanded in the eastern Atlantic and in the central northern Atlantic. This anomaly when occurring in June seems to represent more inactive hurricane seasons. The water temperatures between the Lesser Antilles and Africa are supportive for tropical growth nearly year-round. The warmer the water is in that region the more likely a tropical storm will develop. If the cooler than average trend persists and continues into the more active months of August, September and October less tropical activity east of the Caribbean can be expected. Subtropical Storm Alberto was able to develop before the start of the official storm season in the relatively warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Since then the water temperature is cooler than average which diminishes the chances of storms to develop.


The weather phenomena El Niño in the Pacific ocean can also influence Atlantic conditions.  The current atmospheric component suggest a less active season than originally thought. Waters in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean have warmed above average and FEMA experts also noted an abnormally strong wind shear over the Caribbean Sea in June. This hurricane season is feeling the effects of a developing El Niño.

Lastly, the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) that defines the pattern of pressure gradients over the northern Atlantic Ocean is expected to remain positive through the next few months. The Azores-Bermuda high-pressure system and the Greenland low-pressure system are strengthened in this positive phase of the NAO. This creates a stronger pressure gradient and increased wind between the two systems and more wind around the Azores-Bermuda high. This means a quicker track for winter storms crossing the northern Atlantic. However, during hurricane season it brings less than favorable conditions for storm development with three components:

  • Gustier winds across much of the subtropics and North Atlantic
  • Cooler water temperature
  • A slightly faster tropical wave track across the Atlantic.

Only one larger storm can bring devastating damage but luckily Anna Maria Island has been very fortunate over the last 50+ years. We all hope that Irma was the exception. With all the indicators for a less than active hurricane season summer looks great! Enjoy the beach!

If you looking for the perfect island getaway contact the Duncan Real Estate vacation team at 941 779 0304 send us a quick message here.


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4th of July on Anna Maria Island!

Date posted: July 2, 2018

The week of the 4th of July is always a fun and busy time on Anna Maria Island.  It is a time to celebrate America, be with family and friends and enjoy the glorious beaches of Anna Maria IslandDuncan Real Estate is just about fully booked for the week of the 4th.

Parade on Anna Maria Island

If you are staying with us during the week of the 4th of July, you might enjoy some of the exciting activities that are going on all day/night.  Start your day off with the Anna Maria Island Privateers 4th of July Parade.  The parade begins at 10 AM on the south end of Anna Maria Island at Coquina Beach and covers the entire Island all the way to Bay Front Park.  It typically last two hours and is a really fun time – for both kids and adults.  Make sure to wear your red, white and blue and sunscreen too!

Picnic on Anna Maria Island 

Immediately following the parade, Picnic in the Park starts at Bayfront Park on the north end of Anna Maria Island.  This picnic is free and will serve hot dogs, chip and drinks – it is free to all so make sure to come out!  The kids can play on the playground while you enjoy taking a swim in the water.  Bayfront Park offers plenty of shade and tables to enjoy a family picnic.  Duncan Real Estate is right up the street from Bayfront Park – stop by and say hello to us.

Beach on Anna Maria Island

After your belly is full from the picnic, it may be time for you to sit and relax on the beach.  Isn’t that why you are here on vacation!  The white sands, crystal clear gulf water and a breeze that is hard to beat is all the more reason to take your family out to the beach and just enjoy all of it.

Fireworks on Anna Maria Island 

Once the sun goes down and hopefully you have enjoyed the one of a kind Anna Maria Island sunset, stay at the beach as you will see the sky light up from the fireworks!   The Sandbar Restaurant host the annual fireworks and puts on a wonderful show.  You really can be sitting anywhere on the beach to enjoy them.  The Sandbar does offer a VIP ticket with dinner, drinks, and first class seats for the fireworks, just call them at 941-778-0444 to reserve yours.

As you can see, Anna Maria Island offers so much for the 4th of July!  Make sure to call Duncan Real Estate and a member of Team Duncan would love to help you book your next vacation.  941-779-0304

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Beach Views from Gulf Watch 204

Date posted: June 28, 2018

Duncan Real Estate’s newest addition to the rental program is the condo unit 204 at the Gulf Watch complex that offers fantastic beach views. This 2 BD/2 BA rental features plenty of seating in the living room where you can hang out after a day at the beach. Enjoy your favorite show or sports game on the brand new flat screen TV. For other entertainment log on to the free internet.

The kitchen is fully equipped and has a breakfast nook with a small dining table and seating for 4. There is an additional dining area to gather and end the day with a home cooked dinner. The screened balcony is a great place to have your morning coffee. Plan your day while checking out the daily water conditions of the Gulf of Mexico across the street.

There are two bedrooms sleeping 4 in total. Both feature king beds and TVs which makes Gulf Watch 204 an ideal vacation rental to share with another couple. You just need to decide who gets the master that features the ensuite bathroom with a shower tub. This bedroom has also another sliding door that leads to the screened balcony. The guest bathroom comes with a tub/shower combination.

Gulf Watch has a heated pool

Heated Pool at Gulf Watch

Other Condo complex amenities include a heated pool and covered parking.  The location provides close proximity to island shopping along Bridge Street. There are also great restaurants in walking distance. Best of it all  are the fabulous white sand beaches just across the street! This is a great spot to spend a week or longer and enjoy everything Anna Maria Island has to offer.

Gulf view from Gulf Watch 204

View from Gulf Watch 204


If you like more information about this vacation rental or other Duncan Real Estate properties feel free to call our office at 941 779 0304. Any of our rental specialists are happy to help you plan your next vacation. If you prefer send us a quick message here.

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Be “Sunkissed” at Duncan Real Estate Newest Rental

Date posted: June 27, 2018

The name of Duncan Real Estate’s newest vacation rental “Sunkissed” does not overpromise and underdeliver. If one thing is certain it is the sunshine in Florida and the great amenities at this home for a perfect vacation.

Tropical pool at Sunkissed

This beautiful elevated home is located in the heart of Holmes Beach. Enjoy an easy walk to the beach or explore the rest of the Island with the conveniently located Trolley Stop just a short walk away. This popular Island service is free of charge. It runs from the North end of the Island to the South from early mornings until the late evenings.

This 3 bedroom and 2.5 bathroom home features a fully equipped kitchen with granite counters and a breakfast bar. For extra seating options, there is also a dining area located directly off of the kitchen. “Sunkissed” offers a private heated pool with a covered pool-side lanai which provides the ideal resting place after a day at the beach. The patio off the living room overlooks the pool and the backyard. What a fantastic spot to start the day with your morning coffee! Enjoy other views from the balcony off of the Master bedroom.

Soak up the sun on the beach or in the tropical backyard. There is also an outdoor shower for a quick refreshment. After a great day outdoors relax surrounded by beautiful furnishings inside and gather the family around in the open living area. Cozy up in one of the three comfortable bedrooms and have sunkissed dreams! Sounds like a great holiday!

Spacious living room at Sunkissed

If you like more information about this vacation rental or other Duncan Real Estate properties feel free to call our office at 941 779 0304. Any of our rental specialists are happy to help you plan your next vacation. If you prefer send us a quick message here.

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FIFA-WM auf der Insel

Date posted: June 26, 2018

Fussball WM in RusslandFußballfans, die sich zur Zeit auf Anna Maria Island aufhalten, brauchen auf die FIFA-WM nicht zu verzichten.

Einer der beliebtesten Treffpunkte für Fussball-Events ist Slim’s Place, eine Sportsbar am Nordende der Insel. Es ist zwar nicht mit einem der großen Public Viewings in Deutschland zu vergleichen, aber hier herrscht auch immer eine tolle Stimmung. Ausserdem trifft man immer Gleichgesinnte.

Wer zum Spiel Deutschland-Südkorea die eigene Fußball-Party zu Hause feiern möchten, hat mehrere Möglichkeiten zur Auswahl. Da die Live-Streams von ARD und ZDF sind in den USA leider aus rechtlichen Gründen nicht zu empfangen sind, muss man auf das US-Fernsehen ausweichen. Fox und Fox Sports 1 (FS1) zeigen einen Teil der Spiele. Andere Anbieter sind Telemundo, DirecTV Now, Sling Blue, Fox Sports Go und FuboTV. Video-Anbieter wie YouTube TV oder Hulu sind eine weitere Option.

Das morgige Spiel beginnt 10 Uhr Ortszeit Anna Maria. Die Erwartungen an das deutsche Team sind hoch. Vor den beiden abschließenden Vorrundenspielen zwischen Südkorea und Deutschland sowie zwischen Mexiko und Schweden gibt es zahlreiche Varianten, unter denen immer noch alle vier Mannschaften der Gruppe F das Achtelfinale erreichen können. Im ungünstigsten Fall muss ein Losentscheid über das Weiterkommen in das Achtelfinale entscheiden.

Wie es auch immer ausgeht, die deutschen Fans sind bereit!


Deutsche Fussballfans

Für andere Inseltipps oder deutschsprachige Gästebetreeung für Ferienvermietungen schauen Sie doch mal bei Duncan Real Estate an der historischen Pine Avenue vorbei. Telefonisch sind wir unter 941 779 0304 zu erreichen.

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Summer hits Anna Maria Island!

Date posted: June 22, 2018

With 90 plus degree weather the summer is in full swing on Anna Maria Island with locals and vacationers hitting the beach. Here are some beach tips so everybody stays safe and has a blast.

Beach flag warning system

Before swimming check out the beach flags on the county beaches on the island to learn about the water conditions. Florida has a uniform beach flag system that uses 4 colors to inform beachgoers. Life guards are monitoring the conditions throughout the day and will communicate with the firefighters in the two Manatee County firefighters that also display the flags.
Red – Swim with extreme caution due to strong currents or rough surf
Yellow – Swim with caution due to strong currents or rough surf
Green – Swimming allowed, calm conditions
Purple – Presence of marine pests such as jellyfish, sharks, stingrays or red tide

The Double Red flag indicates that the water closed to the public.

Also, don’t forget the “stingray shuffle” to avoid the unpleasant experience of getting stung by the sharp tail of a stingray. They tend to hide in the shallow water close to the waterline. If you shuffle the sand while entering they will quickly disappear.


Florida Sun

Don’t underestimate the UV rays even on a cloudier day. Florida’s sun is extremely strong and sunscreen is a must. Applying high SPF about 20 minutes before you go to the beach is best and don’t forget to reapply. Consider cover ups like hats and other UV protective gear and bring umbrellas or a sun tent. All our Duncan vacation rental guests enjoy a 10% discount at BeachBums, a local beach rental shop. Sun burns are extremely painful and can ruin the rest of the vacation. Also, stay hydrated when enjoying the beach. The heat is intense and can cause a heat stroke. It can occur if your body temperature rises to 104 F or higher for example by prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures.


The Tampa Bay area is referred to as the “Lightning Capital of the World”. If measured by the average number of days with thunderstorm activity it should be more accurately called the “Lightning Capital of North America”. The safest and most obvious place to be in a thunderstorm is indoors. Also, a car is good place to be because the lightning will travel around the surface of the vehicle and then go to ground. This occurs because the vehicle acts like a Faraday cage. The summer weather pattern pushes clouds from the East to the West and daily afternoon thunderstorms along the Gulf of Mexico coast are the norm. Be prepared and check the radar if you are planning any outdoor activities.


Beach Fishing

Did you know? Fishing directly off the beaches on Anna Maria Island requires a saltwater fishing license.  Try the app Fish/Hunt Florida to take care of your license application. The fee is $17 per year. If you like to safe the money and skip the license consider fishing off the piers on the island that are covered by a blanket license. Also, anyone under 16 or people eligible for food stamps, temporary cash assistance or medicaid are exempt. Florida residents over 65 don’t need a license either.  Another fun experience is coming up with Florida Lobster season by the end of July. Some of the critters make their way all the way up to this area but the Keys are the best known for their rock lobsters. There is a separate license for lobstering.

If you need any other information while on the island don’t hesitate to contact the Duncan Real Estate Rental team. Please call at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message here.

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Plan your Summer AMI Vacation on Bradenton Beach!

Date posted: June 12, 2018

The kids are done with school and it is time for you to plan some fun summer trips!  Why not put Anna Maria Island on your list on places to visit and have a AMI Vacation!?  With 7 miles of beaches and endless things to do, AMI is the perfect spot for your summer vacation.

Here at Duncan Real Estate we offer 100 vacation rentals for you to choose the perfect AMI VacationIsland Blessings is a brand new vacation rental with Duncan Real Estate and offers up to six people a perfect AMI Vacation!

This three bedroom / two bathroom private home is located in Bradenton Beach, one of the cities in Anna Maria Island.   Bradenton Beach is on the south end of Anna Maria Island and besides the beach, there is much for you to choose from.  You and your family could play a game of miniature golf at the Fish Hole and then enjoy some delicious ice cream at Joe’s East and Sweets!  If you are super hungry after miniature golf and need some lunch, head down to the end of Bridge Street to AMOB Pier.  Kids eat for a penny an inch which a fabulous deal and they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Pier!

Enjoy many of meals while enjoying the water views and dolphin sightings while on your AMI Vacation!  Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach also offers shopping, dining, live music, and tours of the island by Segs by the Sea!  Your options are endless.

After a day on Bridge Street, head back to Island Blessings and enjoy a dip in the heated pool or relax in the jacuzzi while sipping on a glass of wine.  The kids would enjoy casting a fishing line from the private boat slip that Island Blessings offers to you while on your AMI Vacation!  If you are super tired and just ready to settle down and cool off inside, Island Blessings has two family rooms with lots of seating and TVs to enjoy a movie or to catch up on the news.

A full day on Anna Maria Island calls for a great night sleep!  You have a choice of three bedrooms at Island Blessings.  The master bedroom has a queen size bed with a flat screen TV.  The first guest bedroom has a full size bed and twin bunk beds. The second guest bedroom has a twin bed.  Wake up and enjoy your morning coffee and breakfast in the newly updated kitchen or outside by the pool.  Can you think of a better way to enjoy your AMI Vacation then views of the water first thing in the morning!

Our team at Duncan Real Estate would be happy to answer any questions about Island Blessings you may have and to book your AMI Vacation!   Just give us a call at 941-779-0304 and anyone on our rental team is ready to work with you!  You can also check out other activities on Anna Maria Island on our website –  We have a section on our site that tells you the many things to do while on your AMI Vacation!

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Beach Weddings on Anna Maria Island

Date posted: May 18, 2018

Beach WeddingsIf you are not attending the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this Saturday, May 18th you might run into another wedding party here on Anna Maria Island. Dubbed as  the “Wedding Capital of Florida” the island has become very popular for destination weddings.  Over 1000 couples per year exchange their vows on the beach. The tropical backdrop of sugar-white sand, turquoise-emerald water and spectacular sunset horizons almost guarantee a memorable dream wedding. The celebrations can range from elegant table settings to dancing barefoot in the sand. There are many great venues to choose from in this area but only a few offer the combination of having your ceremony and reception directly on the Gulf of Mexico.


Here are the best beach wedding spots:

Harrington House B&B
This charming Inn accommodates smaller wedding parties up to 24 guests. Say “I do” in the romantic gazebo or on the white sandy beach in front of the Harrington House.

BeachHouse Restaurant
Experience an exceptional tropical beach front location for a perfect combination of an all-weather deck with private pavilion, your very own bridal suite, award-winning culinary choices and a multitude of beach, deck and indoor dining options. The bridal magazine “The Knot” honored the BeachHouse with multiple picks for “Best of Weddings”.

Sandbar Restaurant
The covered pavillion is right on the beach allowing you to have your wedding or event with your toes in the sand. Over 750,000 newlyweds were surveyed by this wedding planning network.  Celebrate your wedding with your toes in the sand!

The Sunset by Gulf Drive Cafe
Picture Gulf waves and sunsets as your wedding backdrop in this waterfront venue. Located at the South end of the island, a team of experts will help planning the big day. The local newspaper Bradenton Herald honored The Sunset with several People’s Best Choice wedding awards.


Beach weddings on Anna Maria Island


Even if the Royal couple’s festivities are far away, Anna Maria Island has “majestic” options for your special day. If you are thinking about a beach wedding contact our Duncan vacation rental team for the perfect accommodation for yourself or your guests! Please call at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message here .


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Private Beach on Anna Maria Island?

Date posted: May 15, 2018

Florida Statute 163.035 deals with the beach rights of water front homeowners and will go into effect July 1st.  It has caused a lot of confusion for all Anna Maria Island residents and visitors that feared the island will have private beaches only.

The legislation states:

A governmental entity may not adopt or keep in effect an ordinance or rule
that finds, determines, relies on, or is based upon customary use of any
portion of a beach above the mean high-water line, as defined in s. 177.27,
unless such ordinance or rule is based on a judicial declaration affirming
recreational customary use on such beach.

What does this mean?

Traditionally, beachgoers walked, suntanned, fished and used the beach in front of island homes that was considered public under the customary use doctrine. Now, the beach becomes private above the mean high-water line. Cities and counties would have to go to court instead of simply passing an ordinance to designate a privately-owned beach as public under the “recreational customary use” doctrine.  Municipalities that decide to designate a private beach as public must adopt a notice at a public hearing stating their intention. Then a “Complaint for Declaration of Recreational Customary Use” needs to be filed with the circuit court in the county in which the beach is located within 60 days, providing notice to the property owner. The municipality has the burden of proving that a recreational customary use exists. For example, calling witnesses who have long used that beach, or producing historic photographs of public use.

Lines in the sand

In some communities the beach seaward of the mean high water line, sometimes called “wet sand,” is public. The beach landward of the line or “dry sand” is private and owned by the upland property owner.

However, the erosion control lines replace the mean high water lines on renourished beaches and supercede state legislation to the contrary.  “The statute is going to have a very limited application and impact given that most beaches are publicly held or subject to renourishment projects,” said Florida environmental attorney Patrick Krechowski. Where beach renourishment has taken place, the public has reasonable access to those beaches seaward of the erosion control line (ECL) according to Charlie Hunsicker, the Manatee County’s Director of Parks and Natural Resources. He is in charge of the local beach renourishment.

Gulf and Bay Beaches

ECL – Anna Maria Island

On Anna Maria Island in Manatee County,  the mean high water lines and erosion control lines are vastly different. The mean high water line is established using a 19-year average based on local tidal data established by tidal observations made at specific tide stations. The ECL along the Gulf side beach was established by engineers during state- and federally-funded beach renourishment projects. For most part of the island from the South to just about North of the Sandbar Restaurant the erosion control line runs along the dune vegetation line.  The new law will not effect this area of the island at all and will leave most of the beach open to the public.
Interestingly, the very North end of the island never had any beach renourishment and the width of the beach has changed naturally over the decades. About 10 years ago, the seawalls of several Gulf front homes were surrounded by the saltwater and some homes only had a sliver of sand in front of their homes.  Luckily, the sand came back and now the most beautiful wide beach stretches along the North end all the way to Bean Point or the tip of the island.


The beach on the bay side was always considered private with the understanding that people are allowed to stroll along the waterline. In order to determine the mean high water line along the bay side of the island the City of Anna Maria recently ordered a survey in the area of  the 600 block of South Bay Boulevard. The stakes reveal that the incoming tidal waters of Tampa Bay completely cover the dry sand of the beach. When walking this section of the bay side beachgoers have to walk in the water to avoid trespassing private land. A similar situation occurs in the area by the newly remodeled Rod ‘n Reel Pier. It has its private section of the beach robed off and people will most likely get wet toes to pass this area.

If you need a tip on the perfect spot to relax on the beach stop by our office on historic Pine Ave and chat with our knowledgeable staff. They know the island by heart and are happy to share their island secrets. Call us at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message here.

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Turtle Season starts!

Date posted: May 10, 2018

The official start of the Anna Maria Island Turtle Season was May 1st.  Loggerhead nests were already found on Captiva Island and Longboat Key. This indicates that Anna Maria Island will soon see its first nest as well. For over 30 years the volunteers of the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch have made tremendous efforts to help our sea turtles. They are monitoring 12 miles of Manatee County shoreline. Each morning the beaches are walked and new nests are getting staked and observed for the next two months. After about 60 days the little hatchlings are making their way to the water during night time. Once the nest has hatched, it is getting inspected and shells are counted. Sometimes straggling hatchlings are left behind and get saved. So far, the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch has protected 4454 nests, counted 301 694 turtle eggs and helped about 271,680 hatchlings.

You can show your support for the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch by adopting a sea turtle nest laid on Anna Maria Island. A plaque of your choice will be placed for a $100 tax-deductible donation. There are also Turtle Talks organized which take place every Tuesday at 10 am at the CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Stop by and experience a 35 min presentation which informs via video and photo displays, Q&A session and other interactivities.

There are a few simple rules all of us enjoying this island can follow to make it another successful turtle season this year. The mother turtles and the hatchlings are easily distracted by artificial lights that appear visible on the beach.  Unfortunately, disorientations happen every year.  If you encounter a nesting mother do not take flash pictures or disturb in any way. Loggerheads don’t have a “reverse gear”. For that reason, beach chairs or other items left behind on the beach can become deathly traps for the turtles. Also, sand digging is fun but fill in any holes after your beach day.

The turtle season runs until Oct. 31. and the 2018 hatchlings will return to this region once they reach maturity in about 20 years.


If you like more information about the Turtle Watch volunteers stop by at our office 310 Pine Avenue. Our team has some past and current members.

Are you looking for a beach front rental to be close to the natural display of nightly nesting activity? Call our rental team at 941 779 0304 to secure the best spot on our beautiful white beaches or send us a quick message here.





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Bodacious Oasis – Anna Maria Paradise Found!

Date posted: May 3, 2018

Welcome to Bodacious Oasis! You found Anna Maria Paradise in this beautiful 4 bedroom home. The house with its quiet location on Magnolia Avenue invites to take in all of the Florida lifestyle.  It features an open floor plan and can accommodate 8 family members very comfortable.  There are plenty of places to hang out as a family. Let’s start with the kitchen. Enjoy family meals, cocktail hour, and preparing your favorite meal in the fully appointed kitchen.  With generous space for all of your groceries, updated appliances, granite counter tops, it sounds like a fun time to use all the comforts of home to prepare your family feasts! If grilling is your choice of cooking have a steak dinner or the fresh catch using the provided gas grill.

There are also two large porches with plenty of seating to enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon cocktails on those warm summer evenings.

Enjoy your private swimming pool with outdoor seating surrounded in lush tropical landscaping. There is a wading end on one side of the pool if you just like to keep your toes in the water. Mix it up with going to the beach. The bay side beaches are only a short stroll away. If you prefer the stunning Gulf beaches talk a pleasant walk along Magnolia Avenue to one of the many public beach paths. Bodacious Oasis provides a beach cart, beach chairs and toys.

Feeling tired after a long day in the island salt air? Splendid interiors, supremely cozy beds, and flat screen TVs in every bedroom make falling into bed that much more enjoyable!

There is a lot to do close by on popular Pine Avenue. Small eateries, boutiques and the Historical Museum are just some of the fun activities.

If you have a larger party consider renting Sea Mist next door as well. This well appointed 3 bedrooms sleeps 6 guests in total.

Please contact our vacation team at Duncan Real Estate if you are ready for a fantastic stay at Bodacious Oasis. The house accepts 14 nights stays and has openings for the winter season 2019. You can reach us at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick inquiry here.


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The Silver Kings Are Back! Bring the Tarpons on

Date posted: May 1, 2018

Anna Maria Island is home to one of the best fisheries in the world and tarpon play a major role in making this area a key destination for anglers. Tarpon are a large fish that usually weigh anywhere from 60-280 lbs. They are prized as one of the top sport fish to catch. Known for their acrobatic stunts and long runs when hooked, Tarpon are a migratory fish that make their run through the waters here during the months of May and June. These fish can be found off the beaches or in the passes on the North and South end of Anna Maria island. Tarpon can be targeted using live bait, thread fin herring on an incoming tide and crabs are best on a strong outgoing tide. Be aware that these fish can be spooked quite easily. Positioning your boat strategically can be a determining factor in catching one of these beasts. Circle hooks and a long leader line are essential when rigging your fishing rod. Whether you are an avid angler or this is your first-time fishing for tarpon, Anna Maria island is your one stop shop for these marvelous fish.

Here is a few recommendations on guides in the area, 941-447-1063 is Captain Carson & 941-812-5256 for Captain Colby Gregory. Need a place to put your boat? See below for a list of all of our vacation rental homes with canal access.

Duncan Real Estate Vacation Rentals

If you find that perfect canal vacation rental, give our rental team a call today at 941-779-0304 and we will get you all “hooked” up!

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Bay Watch – Bradenton Beach Vacation Rental that Can’t be Beat!

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The views from Baywatch are just one of the many amenities this Bradenton Beach vacation rental has to offer!  A cozy 2 bedroom/2 bath condo in Bradenton Beach that sleeps up to 5 people.  You will enjoy views from the kitchen, dining room, and living room.  Step out onto the covered porch and sip your morning coffee while watching the sunrise over the bay.  You can also enjoy peeks of the Gulf of Mexico from the porch off the living room.

When you arrive at Baywatch, you enter into a bright hallway with the eat in kitchen to your right.  The kitchen is very well equipped and you will want for nothing.  You can also have a more formal meal in the dining room while enjoying the views of the sparkling waters!   Rest and relax in the open living room after a day at the beach or a stroll during sunset.

The master bedroom offers a king size bed with an en suite bathroom.  Baywatch also has a second bedroom with a queen bed and 1 twin for the family of 5.  This Bradenton Beach vacation rental can sleep up to 5 people very comfortably.   During your stay, you have a washer and dryer available for your use so that you can wash all of the sand off of towels and bathing suites.

Want to fish, take a dip in the pool, walk to the beach or shop for local flare?  Baywatch is the perfect Bradenton Beach vacation rental for you!   You literally can walk to anything you would need from Baywatch.  The beach is 3 houses away, the pier to fish off of is just steps away from your front door and the pool is just down the steps.  Bridge Street is just south of you in Bradenton Beach filled with shops, restaurants and fun bars to enjoy the island lifestyle.  If you are tired from a long day at the beach, you can use the free island trolley to get you to Bridge Street for an evening of entertainment.


Look no further for the Anna Maria Island getaway!  Baywatch has it all and is ready to rent.   Give a member of Team Duncan at Duncan Real Estate a call today to book your Bradenton Beach vacation rental!  941-779-0304

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Beach Rentals with Duncan Real Estate

Date posted: April 25, 2018

The beaches of Anna Maria Island are one of the world best and Duncan Real Estate has you covered with our beach rentals. Just pack your swim suit and sunscreen!

Check out Sunrise Vista if you prefer the very North end of the island. The house is located on the bay side very close to the tip of the island. Known as Bean Point named after the first Anna Maria Island settler George Bean this is the most serene place on the island. Also enjoy views of the lighthouse of Egmont Key to the North.

The center of the island is called Holmes Beach and you will find more condo complexes along the beach. Nautilus 104 and 117 are a perfect for a great short getaway. Each condo offers 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and the well sized resort pool. Once you stay at Waters Edge 110 N you will never want to leave. The direct Gulf views are fantastic and the sunsets are the best free show every night! Each one is truly different. Playa Encantada is also a very sought after resort. There is a 14 night rental minimum.

Island Time 2 is located on the South end and just steps away from the boutiques and restaurants on Historic Old Bridge Street. The best part…. the oversized deck looking out over the warm turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Picture yourself listening to the lull of the waves, relaxing and being on Island Time.

Holmes Beach has great beach front rentals

Beach at Playa Encantada


Please contact our vacation team at Duncan Real Estate. We are happy to find you the best beach getaway for your holiday needs. You can reach us at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick inquiry here.





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Pier to Pier Paradise – the perfect Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental!

Date posted: April 23, 2018

Pier to Pier Paradise is a one of a kind Anna Maria Vacation Rental with Duncan Real Estate and ready for you to rent!  This brand new luxury vacation rental home is three stories high and situated on the north end of Anna Maria Island.

Pier to Pier Paradise is just a short walk to the Rod n Reel Pier, the City Pier, Pine Ave and literally across the street from the Tampa Bay.  You will enjoy water views from nearly every room in the house and amazing sunsets for the rooftop deck.  Talk about location – it doesn’t get much better then the north end of Anna Maria Island!

Pier to Pier Paradise offers 4 bedrooms each with an en suite bathroom  plus additional half bathroom.  Every bedroom at this Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental has its own private TV.  On the second level of Pier to Pier Paradise offers a beautifully decorated bedroom with a king-sized bed and a marble tile walk-in shower.  Also on the second level is the living room and entertainment center, dining room, kitchen, game room, 2 terraces facing the Gulf of Mexico.  On the third level are the three remaining bedrooms as well as a lounge with bar, TV, X Box and a terrace with a rooftop access.  The master bedroom is located on the 3rd level offering a kind-sized bed, desk, and a large window facing the inter coastal bay so you can wake up to the sight of the palm trees swaying and the sun rising over the water! The en-suite off of the master has marble countertops, two sinks and a walk-in tiled showered.  Just down the hall is the 3rd bedroom with two sets of twin bunks and decorated in an  adorable whale theme for kids.  The en-suite bathroom for this bedroom includes two sink and a shower with a tub.  The last bedroom offers a king-sized bed, tiled walk-in shower and a private terrace that overlooks the neighborhood and all of mother nature that Anna Maria Island offers.

The backyard of this Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental is beautifully landscaped and faces the beachfront, so you can enjoy the sea-breeze while you lay out by the pool or cook up some burgers on the BBQ grill. Relax in the spa as you listen to the rustling of the palm trees, or take a break in the shade under the covered, tiled deck and cool off under the fans. Have a snack at the bar while you watch a movie on the outdoor TV.

Team Duncan would love to book this Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental for you.  Please give us a call at 941-779-0304


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Bring your Boat to Duncan Vacation Rentals!

Date posted: April 18, 2018

Any Anna Maria Island traveler knows about our world class beaches but how about bringing a boat next time to one of our Duncan Vacation Rentals? There are several canal areas on the island to pick from. If tucked away on the North end, the Key Royale neighborhood or right on the bay along the center and South of the island the water views will make you want to stay longer.

Anna Maria City

Seagull Way Vacation RentalOn the very North end are side streets off South Bay Boulevard that offer deep water access without bridges to Tampa Bay. Check out Seagull Way if this is what you are looking for. Wake up in this gorgeous 3 bedroom home and have your coffee in bed while overlooking the outstanding view of the bay. The well kept grounds offer your own private retreat.



Boat access at Haupia HosueAlso in the city of Anna Maria are other sides streets off Gulf Drive that offer canal access. These canals require passing low bridges to reach Bimini Bay and Tampa Bay. Haupia House and Emerald Surf  are located on Hardin Avenue and offer beautiful and serene canal views. You might see a manatee swim by or jumping fish during mullet season.



Holmes Beach & Key Royale

Port Royale offers great boating on Anna Maria IslandThe bay side of Holmes Beach and Key Royale are a boater’s paradise. Many homes are on a canal or face Tampa Bay directly. The rental miminum for most of these homes are 28 nights due to city rules. If you like to relax for a month and enjoy all the boating and finishing right from your back yard consider Port Royale or Redfish Cottage as your home away from home.



Bradenton Beach

Bay Winds offers water viewsSome Condos and homes along the center and South of the island are located directly on the Intercoastal Waterway. Watch boats and kayak paddlers come by and enjoy observing our plentiful wildlife. Birds like herons, manatee or dolphins are just some of the animals you encounter in these waters. Bay Winds is a condo complex that offers a beautiful view and fishing from the private dock. Bring your own boat or rent one for a day or longer.  Unit #112 has 2 bedrooms and #113 sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms.




Please contact our rental team for more information on these or other Duncan Vacation Rentals.  We are happy to assist you finding the perfect place for you. Please call our office at 941 779 0304 or send us a message here.



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In the Mood for Florida Cuisine?

Date posted: April 11, 2018

Anna Maria Island Beachside DiningPlenty of restaurants on Anna Maria Island offer the Florida Cuisine that travelers are looking for. Vacationing here means to enjoy beautiful beaches during the day and unwind when dining at sunset. A popular variation is the “Floribbean Cuisine”. It combines Caribbean, Latin American,  classic American and European traditional elements with fresh Florida produce and seafood. 

There are also specialty stores on Anna Maria Island that offer local products like fresh fish, the famous Florida orange juice or other citrus related products. Stop by the new Farmers Market on Pine Ave by the City Pier. It offers fresh produce every Tuesday from 11am-5pm during season. If you see jumping fish in the island canals it is probably mullet. Smoked mullet is a delicacy that should be on your shopping list. Enjoy it on a great lunch sandwich or as cold dinner spread.

Here are other area typical items that you will find on the Anna Maria Island restaurant menus.

Conch Fritters: This edible marine mollusk has a mild and sweet clam-like flavor. You can order a fried version in ball shape or a tomato-based conch chowder. Pronounce it “konk” to sound like a local!

Cuban Sandwich: Derived from the influence of Cuban immigrants this tasty sandwich is a favorite lunch menu item. A buttered Cuban bread comes with sliced pork, ham, Swiss cheese and pickles, will then be heated and flattened with a sandwich press for a crunchy treat.

Florida Lobster: It is also called spiny or rock lobster, has no claws and offers the best meat in the tail.

Grits:  Made from hominy or coarsely ground corn grits are part of a good, old-fashioned Southern breakfast.  Cheese grits are often served as side dish for dinner.

Grouper: This is probably the most popular fish. It is firm and white and served in many variations: grilled, blackened, fried, grouper fingers, seafood quesadillas and in fish tacos. Some dishes are offered at market price. Please ask before ordering!

Gulf Shrimp: The Gulf of Mexico shrimp is tender and sweet.  Restaurants offer them in endless variations.

Hush Puppies: They are cornmeal fritters that are served as a side at lunch or dinner with seafood items like fried fish, oysters, shrimp or scallops.

Key Lime Pie: Key limes are the yellow variety from the Florida Keys which tart flavor gives a Key Lime pie the delicious taste. A Must dessert when visiting Anna Maria Island.

Mahi Mahi: Also known as Dorado or dolphin fish is a lean, sweet fish. Try the Rod ‘n Reel Pier Restaurant for lunch and order their superb Mahi-Mahi sandwich.

Snapper: The Florida Red snapper is the other favorite next to Grouper and is served pan-seared, crab-stuffed, cashew-encrusted, barbecued, baked or grilled.

Stone Crab Claws: During October through May local fishermen will set their traps. The crabs are de-clawed and returned to sea, therefore preserving a bountiful supply of claws for next seasons to come.

Please click here for information on Anna Maria Island restaurants.  Stop by or call our local Duncan Real Estate team at 941 779 0304 for more eatery tips or send us a quick message here.


Florida Cuisine

Scrumptious Red snapper, Florida lobster, Gulf shrimp, Stone crabs


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Here come the food trucks on Anna Maria Island!

Date posted: April 9, 2018

One of Anna Maria Island’s most popular event is coming up:  the Beach N’ Food Truck and Music Festival on Saturday, April 14th from 10 Am – 3 PM.  This fun family festival is an all day celebration right along side the azure Gulf waters and white sandy beaches at the south end of Coquina Beach, just south of the trolley turn around.  The food trucks on Anna Maria Island will be ready to serve you!  Duncan Real Estate has many great rentals within walking distance of this fun event in Bradenton Beach!  Give a member of Team Duncan a call today to book a vacation rental for this fun event.  941-779-0304


Local bands will be performing live music to keep you jamming all throughout the day into the evening. Check out this great entertainment lineup:

Mike Sales – Event Emcee – 10AM – 8PM
Tropicool Duo – 10:30AM – 12:30PM
Renegade  – 1PM – 3PM
SoulRcoaster – 3:30PM – 5:30PM
The Karen & Jimmy Band – 6PM – 8PM

There will be plenty of opportunities for shopping as well, showcasing vendor booths with unique, one-of-a-king items from jewelry, local artists’ works, collectible items and much more. A Kids Zone with all kinds of fun games, bounce houses and more for the young ones to enjoy will be set up.

The festival will also feature an amazing car show, The Bill Mergens Memorial Car Show, with over 100 classic, antique, custom and muscle cars on display from 10am until 3pm.

And of course, the stars of the show, a variety of Food Trucks serving delectable eats and treats. There is sure to be something for everyone.  Refreshing adult beverages will be available – from wine, margaritas, rum runners and cold beer to soft drinks and water to wet your whistle.  The food trucks on Anna Maria Island will be ready to serve you!

This is an entrance free, family friendly, community event open to all to enjoy.

Parking is available on Coquina Beach. You can also park in other locations further away along Bradenton Beach, Manatee Public Beach, etc. and ride the free trolley to the event. The Island Monkey Bus is another option to leave the driving to someone else and not have to worry about parking. Traffic to the island gets heavy during season after 10am, so plan to come early to enjoy all the festivities.

The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sponsors this event.  For more information, call the Chamber at 941-778-3986.  Team Duncan looks forward to seeing you this Saturday!!


Sunny regards,



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Happy Hour on Anna Maria Island

Date posted: April 6, 2018

Let us be your spirit-ual guide on this journey to catch a good buzz while on vacation. From dollar beers to bogo mai tais we’ve got you covered on all things happy hour. Finding a vacation rental on Anna Maria Island for Easter weekend can be a hard enough task, finding a place to drink shouldn’t be. For transportation, we suggest using the trolley and doing the local trolley crawl or calling the monkey bus. Beach cruisers are a great way to get around but after a few cold ones with the boys we don’t condone it. Catching a shark, getting a nice tan, or finding the love of your life in the back corner of Bortell’s lounge are things to brag about, getting a B.U.I. (Biking While Under the Influence) isn’t one of them.


Duffy’s Tavern is our go to for cheap beer, great burgers, and an amazing atmosphere. Closed Tuesday. A no-frills place where you order at the bar and bus your table. The beer is $1.50 for a mug or $9 for a pitcher. This spot caters to locals and travelers alike so expect it to be bustling.


From there, head North on the trolley to Harry’s bar and grill. They have a special called “Harry Hour” from 3-5 with drinks specials and live music. Tuesday night is karaoke night so if you’re feeling adventurous and feel that your singing in showers have paid off then come on down. Please call our office in advance so we don’t make the mistake of coming while you’re down there belting your heart out to Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose”.


After a few drinks at Harry’s take a dive across the street at Bortell’s lounge. No clear happy hour but the drinks are cheap and the pool tables make this local hangout a box to check on our list. This is a bar, no food so make sure you eat at Harry’s or Duffy’s before or just stick with the liquid bread. Remember this is a marathon, not a sprint.


Sunset is approaching and there’s no better place to catch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico than the Sandbar and Beach House restaurants. The Sandbar is a stone throw away from Bortell’s and the frozen drinks are on point. While watching the sunset try and see the “green flash”. According to local legends, the green flash can be seen when the top of the sun is level with the Gulf of Mexico and right when it descends below the sea, a green flash is emitted. Let us know if you see it, we’re still waiting for our chance.


The sun has set and if you played your cards right you can continue on into the night. Bridge street is where the action is at night with various bars and restaurants. Island time and Blue Marlin have the live music, Drift-in and Sports lounge are the more dive bar scenes. If you don’t fancy a trip down to Bradenton Beach we suggest you hit up the Freckled Fin, the Doctor’s Office, Hurricane Hanks, or Decoy Duck’s. All of these bars are located in or around the Holmes Beach Shopping Center. Now we can’t guarantee the drinks will be cheap after 8pm but these spots are a great time that is usually filled with live music. We hope this guide has helped you in your task of finding a place to catch a cool buzz while on vacation just like Jeff Spicoli would have intended.


Don’t forget, tipping is more than just a city in China. Tip your bartender!!!


Sunny Regards,


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Anna Maria Island Strandferien mit Duncan Real Estate

Date posted: April 4, 2018

Anna Maria Island in Florida ist eine Ferienidylle am Golf von Mexiko und lädt mit kilometerlangem, weißen Sandstrand zu einem erholsamen Inselurlaub ein. Weitab von Orlandos Freizeitsparks oder der Hektik von Miami bietet Anna Maria Island den natürlichen Lebensraum für eine vielfältige Tier- und Pflanzenwelt wie Strandreiher, Pelikane, Delfine, Manatees und bietet Abwechslung für jeden Geschmack. Die Hauptattraktion ist der Strand mit pulverfeinem Sand und den fabelhaften Sonnenuntergängen. Das ganze Jahr über gehören Angeln, Parasailing, Jetski, Kayaktouren oder Skimboarding zu den beliebtesten Sportarten. Delfin- oder Anglerbootsfahrten sind täglich zu unternehmen. Wöchentliche Veranstaltungen,Kunstgewerbemärkte, Musikfeste und andere Festivals finden insbesondere in den Wintermonaten statt. Von Mai bis Oktober gibt es eine weitere “Jahreszeit” auf der Insel: die Schildkrötensaison. 200 Pfund schwere Loggerhead-Schildkrötenmamas kommen an den Strand zur Nestablage.

Ohne Hochhäuser, aber mit mehreren kleinen Geschäftsvierteln mit Boutiquen, Supermarkt und anderen Einkaufsmöglichkeiten sowie unzähligen Restaurants kann man das Inselflair genießen und gemütlich schlendern oder per Fahrrad, Golfwagen oder mit der kostenlosen Trolley alles bequem erreichen. Die Insel ist mit 2 Brücken mit dem Festland verbunden und bietet viele Sehenswürdigkeiten in der Nähe. 

Anna Maria Island auf einen Blick:

Insel mit 11 km weißen Sandstränden an der Golfküste von Florida
3 Städte:  Anna Maria City, Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach
8500 ständige Bewohner
Durchschnittstemperatur 23 Grad C
Flughäfen: Sarasota, Tampa, Orlando

Duncan Real Estate bietet seit 2001 verlässlichen Service im Bereich der Ferienvermietung und Immobilienan- und verkauf.  Alle unsere Feriendomizile sind auf unserer Webseite ausführlich dargestellt und die Verfügbarkeit ist immer 100% korrekt.Unser erfahrenes Team freut sich auf Ihre Anfragen per Telefon 941 779 0304 or per email:



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Anna Maria Island Entertainment on a Budget

Date posted: March 28, 2018

Being on Anna Maria Island you can enjoy all the free sunshine on the beach but you might like to explore the area as well. Here are some ideas for the entire week for your Anna Maria Island entertainment on a budget.

Monday: John and Mable Ringling Museum
Free admission to the Museum of Art exhibits and the grounds. The 20 acre estate was purchased 2011 by the famous circus owner and his wife. They built an opulent house on the bay “Ca’ d’Zan” or “House of John” in the Venetian dialect and surrounded it by beautiful gardens. Their love for Italy and the arts is displayed in their vast collection housed in a 21-gallery museum including paintings by Rubens and a replica of Michelangelos’s David. The circus museum, Ca’ d’Zan and other exhibits require a ticket.

Tuesday: Ace’s Live
Live music is better and free is best! Check out “Ace’s” on Cortez Rd just a short drive over the Cortez Bridge. This local favorite is hosting live music almost every day of the week. There is usually only a cover charge on the weekends. Click here for the weekly schedule.


Wednesday: Anna Maria Island Historical Museum
Free admission. Learn about the island history and how it started as Indian fishing camp, the first homesteader in 1893, the Island’s roaring twenties culture and the early Pittsburgh Pirates spring training days. The complex features the main building that used to be an ice house, the original City Jail, the Belle Haven cottage that once was located on the City Pier and a garden of plants native to Anna Maria Island. There is also a scavenger hunt for kids. Open Monday-Friday 10 am – 1 pm.

Thursday: Marietta Museum of Art&Whimsy
Free admission.  You cannot miss the museum traveling on US 41 South of the airport. Just look for the grand pink flamingos! A growing collection of artwork by mostly living artists shows paintings, sculptures and stained glass. Stroll through the oak grove sprinkled with art pieces, cascading orchids and other tropical plants.
Open November – May. Thursday-Saturday 1- 4pm. $5 donation suggested.

Friday: Bradenton Riverwalk
Free concert at 400-seat Mosaic Amphitheater on the Bradenton Riverwalk. Enjoy the Manatee River at sunset as backdrop for this live music event. The Music in the Park series is every Friday night during March and April from 6-8 pm. Click here for the complete schedule.


Saturday: Island Branch Library
Free varying events throughout the year. Learn Mahjong, Origami or CPR training. Click here for the event schedule. Ride the free trolley that stops every 20 minutes at the stop on Gulf Drive right next to the library.



Sunday: Sarasota Drum Circle
Free Event on the Siesta Key Public Beach by the main pavilion. Join the free-flowing fun, dance or just listen to the weekly sunset drumming celebration. It starts about one hour before sunset and has become a local phenomenon.

Anna Maria Island Entertainment

For more ideas for Anna Maria Island Entertainment please stop by at our Duncan Real Estate office on historic Pine Ave. We have lots of flyers and brochures of local vendors. Our local team can provide you with more tips or just call us at 941 779 0304.


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Busy Bunnies on Anna Maria Island Easter!

Date posted: March 27, 2018

Anna Maria Island Easter Tradition will continue on Anna Maria Island this week Saturday,  March 31 beginning at 8:30 at the Sandbar Restaurant at 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria.  The restaurant will serve breakfast-type refreshments for children 10 and under and the egg hunt on the beach will begin at 9 AM!

Next, the Easter Bunny will lead a parade to Pine Ave, where the contests and games will take place – bonnet contest, easter egg roll, face painting, games and coloring!  Photos with the Easter Bunny will be taken by Dara Caudill and music will be provided by DJ Chuck Caudill!

Thank you to the Sandbar and Hometown Desserts for providing refreshments and treats on Pine Avenue!  The easter egg roll will be 9:30-11 AM with the bonnet contests judging at 10:30 AM.  Make sure to pop into Duncan Real Estate when you head down Pine Ave.  We have goodies to hand out to the little bunnies for Anna Maria Island Easter.

For further information, please call the Sandbar at 941-778-0444 or Duncan Real Estate at 941-779-0304 or send us a quick message here.

Happy Easter!Anna Maria Island Easter

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Good news for Anna Maria City Pier Funding!

Date posted: March 21, 2018

The Anna Maria City Pier reopening has come one step closer after more funding was approved. Approximately $3 million of the estimated $4.5 million total cost are now in place. The approved 2018-2019 Florida legislative budget includes a $750 000 line item that will go toward funding of the new pier. The city of Anna Maria will receive up to $1.5 million from the Manatee County Tourist Development Council that distributes the collected 5% tourist tax. The mayor Murphy also anticipates about $1.7 million in pending FEMA funds.

Anna Maria City PierBuilt in 1911 as an anchorage to load and unload steamboat passengers from Tampa to enjoy the island beaches the pier had to be closed after Hurricane Irma rushed through in September 2017.  The storm had caused extensive damage and it was decided that the historic Pier will need to be torn down. The Anna Maria City Commissioners are now in the process of putting the pier replacement plan together.

The existing pier will remain closed until it is demolished and replaced by a brand new Anna Maria City Pier to be most likely to open sometime in 2019. Preliminary plans were presented by architect Barron Schimberg that included the restaurant space, bar and bait shop at the end of the pier similar to the current design.

The wooden structure will be replaced with different materials to provide a longer life span of the new pier. The pilings and support frames will be made out of concrete.  Kebony decking which is a modified wood product will be used for the planks. It is supposed to last 50-75 years, is splinter-free and cooler to the touch for the island barefoot living. It will turn to a grey shade to resemble the look of the current pier.

All shops and restaurants situated along historic Pine Ave on Anna Maria Island including Duncan Real Estate are exited to see the plans moving forward. After over 100 years in existence the pier has become an iconic mark to the city and is missed by locals and tourist alike during this time of closure. Please contact us or call our rental team at 941 779 0304 to secure your vacation rental for 2019 and be one of the first ones to walk on the new Anna Maria city pier!

You can reach Duncan Real Estate at 941.779.0304 or send us a quick message here.

Anna Maria City Pier Funding

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New Vacation Rentals with Duncan Real Estate!

Date posted: March 19, 2018

Be one of the first guest to stay at these brand new island vacation rentals with Duncan Real Estate on Anna Maria Island!  Some new vacation rentals even offer an introductory pricing.   Click here to see the 6 new vacation rentals Team Duncan has to offer you.

If you are a big fisherman, Santorini would be the place for you.  A quaint duplex with a filet table all ready for you to prepare a fresh Florida meal!  Pier to Pier Paradise is a luxury home with everything that you can think of!  Enjoy the amazing views that Anna Maria Island has to offer at Pier to Pier Paradise.  Baywatch is a great condo within walking distance of the beach and to shopping and dining on Bridge Street – never use your car while on vacation!  Coral Beach has a backyard pool/spa area that you will never want to leave.  Lounge by the pool during the day and then cool off under the covered screened porch with amazing patio furniture to just relax in the rest of the night!  Nautilus 104 is a condo that is literally right on the beach!  You sure do not have to walk far to enjoy the Anna Maria Island Beaches.  Lastly, AMI Du Soleil is a “friend of the sun” and has such a big pool, you will never want to get out of it!

Anna Maria is the perfect spot to spend your spring break and Team Duncan is ready to help you book the perfect vacation rental property for you!

You can reach Duncan Real Estate at 941.779.0304 or send us a quick message here.

Sunny regards,


new vacation rentals


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Where can you find Green Beer on Anna Maria Island?!

Date posted: March 16, 2018

Where’s the green beer at?


green beerFiguring out where to drink on St. Patrick’s Day can be a daunting task. Whether you’re staying at one of our vacation rentals or a resident on Anna Maria Island, we got you covered on where to go for the festivities.

Duffy’s Tavern has always been a staple on Anna Maria Island and their St. Patrick’s day celebrations do not fall short. Green beer and traditional dishes stay flowing all day Saturday to commemorate the Irish roots Duffy’s tavern was founded on. In the heart of Holmes Beach, Duffy’s Tavern is our top pick.

The newly opened Freckled Fin just around the corner is guaranteed to be a good time this Saturday. With Irish flags draped all around the edifice, we’re certain the traditional menu items will be amazing and the live music will be even better. If you can handle more than one stop on your boozy day we suggest hitting Duffy’s tavern in the day and Freckled Fin at night.

Bridge street is always known for the night life and St. Patrick’s day definitely won’t disappoint. You have options there. Hit Island Time for a cocktail, Blue Marlin for dinner, Sports for an after dinner drink, and the Drift-in if you want to keep the party going and make your Irish heritage proud.

Off the island, we got more options!  Clancy’s will be packed more than a college bar offering penny beers on game day. Ask someone in Manatee County where to go on St. Patrick’s day and we would bet our lucky 4-leaf clover that they will say Clancy’s. It’s a sight to see so grab your phone call a Lyft and head there if you want some time on the mainland. Not too far away is Paddy Wagons. A relatively new bar located next to the Anna Maria Oyster Bar on Cortez. The green beer will be flowing and the crowd won’t be as bad as Clancy’s. Downtown is your 3rd option on the mainland. They block the street off and the surrounding bars all participate. Get a different perspective on the area. Our food recommendation there is O’Bricks (the name probably gives it away but they are definitely celebrating St. Pats) or Jennings Provisions. A new small plate and wine/beer bar. Maybe they will have green Lola wine?

Enjoy Saturday Irish or not and make sure to plan on watching the St Paddy’s Day parade on the island which is Sunday, march 18th beginning at 4:00 in Holmes Beach!

You can reach Duncan Real Estate at 941.779.0304 or send us a quick message here.




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Duncan Real Estate begrüßt Sybille Petereit!

Date posted: March 15, 2018
Team Duncan stellt Sybille Petereit als neueste Mitarbeiterin in der Ferienabteilung vor. Seit 2003 war sie bereits in der Immobilienabteilung von Duncan Real Estate tätig und ist nach einiger Abwesenheit wieder zurückgekehrt. Ab März 2018 wird sie in vielseitiger Funktion das Ferienteam verstärken und insbesondere unsere deutschsprachigen Gäste betreuen. Mit langjähriger Erfahrung und unschätzbarem Wissen über Anna Maria Island und das Inselleben kann Sybille unsere Gäste kompetent und detailliert bei der Ferienplanung beraten.
Sie können sie direkt per email erreichen.
Sybille, herzlich willkommen bei Duncan Real Estate! Wir freuen uns auf die erneute Zusammenarbeit!
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Island Tour of Homes This Saturday

Date posted: March 14, 2018

Island Tour of HomesIf you have not gotten your tickets to the annual Island Tour of Homes please stop by at our office Duncan Real Estate to buy some this week to this cherished Anna Maria Island tradition. This event is the 25th edition of the Tour of Homes and is scheduled from 10 am to 4pm this Saturday, March 17. The tour will showcase 5 new and recently remodeled homes graciously opened by the owners. The Center of Anna Maria Island located on 407 Magnolia Avenue organizes the tour and will feature the Center Bazaar where you will find original art and crafts and food vendors.  The Bazaar is hosted by Duncan Real Estate and you can meet some of our office sales agents at the stand.  The yearly raffle price, a beautiful handmade quilt by the Eyeland Needlers, is displayed and raffle tickets at $1 or six for $5 can be purchased at the Center. You might even be lucky enough to win a free Center membership.

The Island Tour of Homes tickets are $30 and can also be purchased on Saturday at the participating 6 locations. Tour of homes volunteers will be offering complimentary golf cart rides to the homes on the tour. With the forecast of temperatures in the 70ies and sunshine this sounds like a fun outing! We hope to see you there. You can reach us at 941.779.0304 or send us a quick message here.

Team Duncan

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St Paddy’s Day Parade on Anna Maria Island!

Date posted: March 12, 2018

You will not want to miss out on the St Paddy’s Day Parade on Anna Maria Island.  The date is set – Sunday, March 18th beginning at 4:00 PM.  The parade will assemble in the Eat Here parking lot at Marina and Gulf Drives starting at about 2 and then travel north on Marina and Palm Drives, ending at 78th Street.

Years ago Sean Murphy loaded up his kids and neighborhood friends into an old green lawn trailer and carrying a parade permit and blasting music from a boom box, drove down the middle of Gulf Drive to the amusement of bystanders and vacationers!  This was the 1st annual Anna Maria Island St Paddy’s Day Parade, according to Murphy, the owner of three Holmes Beach establishments – Beach Bistro, Eat Here and the Doctor’s Office.

A few years later, the parade had grown to include bands and floats and to attract thousands of paradegoers!  Murphy invited everyone to “get with the St Pat Spirit” and join the parade – it is free to stroll with the bag pipers, pirates, leprechauns, marching bands and community groups.  If you want to join in the parade fun as a participant, please call the Beach Bistro at 941-778-6444.

Duncan Real Estate has been in the parade for many years.  This year, we decided to enjoy the parade from the streets and holler at all the floats and friends!  We hope to see you all there too!!!



St Paddy's Day Parade

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Linen Service for Vacation Rentals!

Date posted: March 7, 2018

linen serviceDuncan Real Estate is happy to offer a wonderful linen service for our home owners and rental clients.  Over the years, we have learned that the number one complaint from rental guest is linens: their quality, appearance, and quantity.  We have searched for the answer to this issue and have created an amazing program that adds to the wonderful level of services we already provide!

The linens that are provided to the guest are bed sheets, bath/kitchen/beach towels.  If a guest stays for 14 nights or more, we offer to switch out the soiled linens for fresh ones each week at no additional expense to the guest or the owner – one member of Team Duncan will even pick up and drop off as well!

Our vacation rental owners are very happy with the linen service as this is less wear and tear on their washer/dryer, they don’t have to purchase the linens for their property, and the guest always have fresh hospital grade standard clean linens.  It is a win win for everyone!

As you consider making vacation plans on Anna Maria Island, remember that Duncan Real Estate offers this additional service to you.  Just another reason to discover the Duncan Difference!



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Team Duncan Welcomes Scott Twait!

Date posted: February 16, 2018

Scott Twait


Duncan Real Estate is excited to announce that Scott Twait has joined the real estate sales team!

Scott grew up in the Western Suburbs of Chicago, and has spent time on Anna Maria Island visiting family since 2010. He immediately fell in love with the white powder sand beaches and the laid back lifestyle, so he now lives on the Island!

Scott Twait honorably served for 11 years in the U.S. Army, and has resided in Florida, Wisconsin, Missouri, Alabama, Colorado, Texas, Virginia, Germany, and the Middle East. Scott has founded and operated numerous successful businesses, and he has an extensive background in business development, marketing, and investments. He also possesses an outstanding reputation with providing personalized customer service, which his clients absolutely love.

Scott began his real estate career as an investor in 2004 and has bought and sold numerous investment properties. He also has experience with buying and selling multi-million dollar homes.

When buying and selling your home, Scott is here to provide you with the highest level of personalized service, using the latest technology to deliver the best results for you. Combined with his excellent customer service, attention to detail, extensive marketing, and a stress-free transaction, let Scott be your Real Estate Expert.

Scott demonstrates the energy, determination, and success that you would want in the Real Estate Agent that is representing you.  Scott is looking forward to helping you find your perfect home on Anna Maria Island, so please call, text, or email any time!

You can contact Scott directly at or on his cell at 239-451-1661.    Welcome Scott!

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The Gemini Meteor Shower

Date posted: December 14, 2017

The Gemini meteor shower was a site to see last night. We are currently on the tail end of the shower but if you are staying at one of our vacation rentals or just happen to be on the island tonight we highly suggest grabbing a blanket and hitting the beach. Our island offers a front row seat to most meteor showers due to the minimal light pollution. The Gemini meteor shower can be seen every year between December 4 and December 16, with its peak activity being around December 13-14. The shower owes its name to the constellation Gemini because the meteors seem to emerge from this constellation in the sky. Below is a link for more helpful information on how to view this great event:

Meteor Shower


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Mullet Season is Here!

Date posted: December 4, 2017

With the temperatures starting to drop and the promise of cold fronts later this week we can expect our local mullet fisherman to be out in full force. The cooler weather drives the fish to school in large pods allowing the fisherman to catch the fish in much greater quantities for mullet season. Mullet season is dependent on the weather but usually lasts from early December to March. If you are staying in one of our vacation rentals during the winter months you will more than likely see these fisherman off the beach or on the road where they tow the boat to different areas.

The fish is primarily harvested for the roe which is then shipped to foreign countries where it considered a delicacy to eat. Not until recently has the fish been cured and distributed domestically. The end process is known as Bottarga and can be found at various restaurants around the United States. If you would like to try Bottarga locally we suggest Central Cafe or the Sandbar Restaurant.

Below is a video from the archives of mullet fisherman off of Anna Maria Island:

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The White Pelicans Are Back!

Date posted: November 15, 2017

Ever see a white pelican during your stay on Anna Maria Island?

The white pelican more than likely travelled a farther distance than you to get to Anna Maria Island!  Their migratory journey started at the world’s largest biome known as the Boreal forest all the way to marshy wetlands on the Gulf of Mexico. This epic journey is made possible due to their long wingspan (up to 9ft) and the flock forms v-formation allowing them to conserve energy. Their feeding behavior is quite different than our local native brown pelican that dives for their food. The buoyant white pelican forages through a feeding strategy wherein a flock will form a circle or semi-circle and, using coordinated bill dipping and wing beating, drive prey toward shore where it is more easily caught. If you are vacationing with us during the winter months and want to see this rare hunting technique we suggest frequenting the protected bays around Anna Maria Island. Robison Preserve and the Perico Preserve are two other great areas where you can see this take place

White Pelican

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Trail of Treats was a Hit!

Date posted: November 8, 2017

As I always say, Anna Maria Island always has such fun activities going on and the Anna Maria Chamber plays a big hand in this.  The Trail of Treats started at the Chamber after school with a costume contest and then the kiddos were sent out with a list of businesses on Holmes Beach, Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach that were handing out candy!

The rush started coming around 5:30 and Team Duncan was ready to roll!  We set up “shop” at our picnic table with Tootsie pops, necklaces/bracelets, and adult beverages!  Let me tell you, the adult beverages were a hit!  Over and over again, we heard that Duncan Real Estate was the best spot and most fun.  We had several groups come back by for seconds (on the adult beverages more than the candy)!

Here are a few photos of the ladies of Team Duncan that worked Trail of Treats:

LL, LS, EQEQ and CK LS and EQ


All of the kids were so cute and so polite!  We had to tell them to take two tootsie pops!  Take a look at all of the cuties we saw at the Trail of Treats!

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As you can see, it was a blast!  Hope to see you next year at the Anna Maria Island Trail of Treats!






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Fun Facts About the Bottlenose Dolphin

Date posted: November 1, 2017

The Bottlenose Dolphin

The most common members of the Delphinidae family, the Bottlenose dolphins are a staple of Anna Maria Island and have attracted tourists worldwide. Locals and vacationers alike come to marvel at the acrobatic feats these dolphins display from time to time.


Dolphins are active predators and have a diverse diet of fish, crustaceans, and squids. Sometimes one of our guests at our vacation rentals will be lucky enough to witness the dolphins in action. A method the dolphins use in our area is called “pin wheeling”. Dolphins in the Intracoastal Waterways may roll onto their sides with one of their flippers raised high as if to create a barrier. They encircle a large school of fish, splashing their tail flukes and forcing the school of fish to tighten until the dolphins are able to capitalize on this quick meal.


Whether you plan to come to Florida for a trip to Disney World or to beat the cold winter up North. We at Duncan Real Estate highly suggest that you include time in your vacation to appreciate the natural habitat the gulf coast of Florida. The best time to see these dolphins hunt is in the bay areas right at sunrise or sunset. Below is a clip from youtube showcasing one of their hunting techniques. Enjoy!


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Stay in the know! Duncan Real Estate Newsletter!

Date posted: October 26, 2017

Look what I just finished and sent out today – The Duncan Real Estate October 2017 newsletter!  It features a new restaurant we have on Anna Maria Island called Smoquehouse BBQ, our Reader’s Choice Award, Duncan Deals, and an upcoming event on Pine Ave.  Click here to view the newsletter and see what is happening with Duncan Real Estate and on Anna Maria Island.


Just so you don’t miss out on the Duncan Deal, here is what it is!  If you rent for 7 or more nights in November or December of 2017, you get one night FREE! (excludes holiday weeks) . Get out of the cold and come enjoy all that Anna Maria Island has to offer during the holidays!  PLUS, the weather is perfect this time of year.  If you are here during the week of December 8th, come to the Holiday walk on Pine Ave!  SUCH a fun event and it is free!  The locals look forward to this walk and it really gets you in the holiday spirit.  Duncan Real Estate serves grilled oysters, cookies and processco!  That should be enough reason for you to come out for the Holiday Walk on Pine!


Enjoy reading our short October newsletter and give our office a call to book a vacation rental or to help you with the sale or purchase of your new home!


Sunny regards,



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“Fans” of Duncan Real Estate!

Date posted: October 24, 2017


Martha and JahnaJoey, Chris, Jerry and MarthaLL and Martha


Bayfest on Pine Ave was a blast last Saturday!  The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce staff and volunteers were out on Pine Ave setting up before the sun came up – glad I didn’t have to be out there that early!   We made our vacation rental guest aware of the event earlier in the week and also gave them a Bayfest 2017 booklet when the arrived!  We love to take great care of our vacation rental guest and keep them informed of all the fun events going on on Anna Maria Island!


A group of us from Duncan Real Estate met at the office at 10:30, made mimosas and headed out to the crowd to hand out Duncan Real Estate fans!  When we first started, there was an excellent breeze.  It was so pleasant to walk Pine Ave and see all of the fancy vehicles in the car show, over 80 vendors set up with cool items, food vendors that made the street smell so yummy and the big band stage at the very end of Pine Ave.   I was nervous as folks didn’t really need a fan to keep them cool because the weather was so nice.  BUT, about 30 minutes later, the breeze died down and the heat started to set in.  Good thing for us as the fans became a huge hit!  We handed out 500 fans  in about an hour and a half.  Note to self for next years order – order at least 1,000 as the Bayfest goes until 9:00 PM and I am sure many more folks would have loved to been a “fan” of Duncan Real Estate in the middle of the afternoon!


A big thank you to the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce!  They always do such a fantastic job on this event and it runs so smoothly.  We truly live in paradise with not only the best gulf beaches and sunsets but so many fun things to do on Anna Maria!  Team Duncan is looking forward to Bayfest 2018!

Sunny regards,



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Bayfest 2017 is this week Saturday!

Date posted: October 17, 2017

Bayfest is Anna Maria Islands largest and longest running festival!  A family friendly all day street festival on Pine Ave  featuring live music, unique and one of a kind arts and crafts vendors, tasty eats from local food vendors, a fun kids zone, and an amazing classic car show (car show 10am-3pm).  Beer trucks and other adult beverages – fun for everyone! No admission fee!

Here is all the info about this highly anticipated event on October 21st!

Bring your family and friends and enjoy a fun filled day on Pine Avenue in the City of Anna Maria!
The AMI Chamber of Commerce is proud to present our 17th annual Bayfest
An all day street festival filled with fun for the whole family!
10AM -9PM
There is no admission charge!
Look at all we have planned for you to enjoy:
Over 100 classic, antique, custom, muscle cars and street rods will be on display.
Mike Sales – Emcee – 10AM – 9PM
Renegade 10:30AM – 12:30PM soulRcoaster 1PM – 3PM
Yesterdayze 3:30PM – 5PM Dr. Dave Band 5:30PM – 7PM
Karen & Jimmy Band 7:30PM – 9PM
Hurricane Hanks – poutine & clam chowder Poppo’s Taqueria – tacos
Rocky Top Concessions – hot dogs, corn dogs, Italian sausage & peppers, nachos, french fries
Subz n Grubz – grub balls, friend shrimp basket, lobster mac & cheese, crab cake bites
The Feast – coconut shrimp, conch fritters Village Idiot Pizzeria – pizza
T & L BBQ – BBQ fare The Waterfront Restaurant – grouper tacos, pork carnitas
The Schnitzel Trailer – German brats, currywurst, Vienna styple pork schnitzel, homemade goulasch soup
The Paella Kitchen – Greek cuisine Rolling Smoke – gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches
Privateers – hamburgers & corn on the cob Tyler’s Ice Cream
Kona Ice – shaved ice Tropi-Coco – fresh coconut water, coconut smoothie, virgin piña colada
fresh squeezed lemonade, water and soda, Hahn’s Kettle Corn, Joey’s Italian ice
beer, wine, rum runners, margaritas, rum and cokes
Block after block of artisans, crafters and vendors with their unique, one-of-a-kind items
A fun play area for the kids including a bounce house and fun inflatables
Privateers pirate ship
• Ride the free AMI trolley to Pine Avenue
• Park just offsite at Crosspointe Fellowship Church at 8605 Gulf Drive on the north end of Holmes Beach
and ride the free dedicated trolley that will be shuttling people directly from the church
to the City Pier at the end of Pine Avenue.
• Some neighborhood street parking is available – be sure to read the signs that indicate where
parking is permitted, park with all four tires off the roadway and sidewalks, and with the direction of traffic.


The best part about Bayfest is that is happens right outside of our front door on Pine Ave!  Team Duncan will be out and about at Bayfest passing out Duncan Real Estate fans to help keep you cool.  Yes, our office will be open and we would love for you to stop by and say hello.  We look forward to seeing you on Saturday for another fun event on Anna Maria Island!

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Upcoming event on Bridge Street!

Date posted: October 10, 2017

Anna Maria Island is such a great place to vacation or live!   It seems like every week there is something fun going on for visitors and residents to enjoy.  I am super excited about the Budweiser Clydesdales coming to Bridge Street on Bradenton Beach this Saturday, October 14, 2017!   The Clydesdales will be on Bridge Street from 5PM – 7PM on Saturday.  They are going to make their way from Cortez Beach to Bridge Street, down to the AMOB Pier roundabout and back to Cortez Beach.  This is a treat for Anna Maria Island as I do not know of a time when the Clydesdales were here.  My plan is to enjoy a fun island cocktail at one of our local spots on Bridge Street before the horses get there and then making a dinner reservation at Blue Marlin after the event!

My question to you is why not make a long weekend out of this event.  October is a great time to visit Anna Maria Island as it is a slower time, vacation rentals are at the lowest rates, and the weather is starting to be just perfect!  Duncan Real Estate is offering 15% off the majority of our vacation rentals during your stay in the month of October, so take advantage of this additional Duncan Deal.   We would love for you to enjoy our fabulous island and also the fun event with the Clydesdales – give our office a call to book your awesome vacation rental!


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Five Mistakes to Avoid When Listing Your Home

Date posted: September 25, 2017

If you are ready to sell your home, or plan on selling in the near future, you may be having a hard time trying to find the right path to a successful sale. There are many potential pitfalls involved in selling a home, but with the right knowledge and expertise, you can make the sale of your home a complete pleasure. 

Five Seller Mistakes to Avoid

1. Putting your home on the market before it is ready

Selling can be an exciting step toward your future. That being said, it is easy for sellers to skip proper preparation, thus making hasty decisions. There is a lot of work to be done during the pre-sale stage, and having proper guidance will ensure your ultimate success in selling your home.  We have 12 sales agents that can guide you through the proper steps, advising what needs to be repaired, and how to make your home stand out from the competition.

2. Over-improving your home

There is a fine line between making home improvements and knowing what upgrades will bring you the highest returns. Many sellers get mixed up in home improvement projects which might look nice, but in the end do not add any value to their home. It is important to have a professional who knows your local market. Home improvements and upgrades need to be balanced with other homes in your neighborhood to capitalize on your investment return. 

3. Improper pricing of the home

Any seller can decide on an asking price, but ultimately, knowing the ins and outs of a particular market is the only way to properly determine a specific sale price. Team Diuncan has access to a wealth of information regarding the sale of your home. We utilize current and accurate sales data to pinpoint the ideal selling price for your property and can show you how to profit from current market trends.

4. Getting emotionally involved in the sale

Your home represents many things to you. It is a symbol of security and a place holding many memories. One of the toughest parts of the selling process is keeping your emotions at bay. A proper real estate agent will listen to your concerns and stand up for you through tough negotiations. You deserve an experience that is as stress-free as possible. When you are ready to sell your home,  we can provide you with the peace of mind that will make the entire transaction a pleasure.

5. Hiring the wrong agent

Selling a home on your own can be overwhelming. Hiring a real estate agent with a proven track record is an important business decision that will ensure you peace of mind and a successful sale.

Just wanted to share these few things with you and would be happy to pair you with an agent in our office that would work with you in the sale of your home!!

Sunny Regards,



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Calm before the Storm: Hurricane Irma!

Date posted: September 6, 2017

Hurricane Irma has gotten everyone in a flutter.  We are super busy on Anna Maria Island  taking down signs, moving in outdoor furniture and all around getting prepped at all vacation rentals just in case Irma decides to head our way.  It is so hard to be in this “limbo” to see exactly the path of the storm and sometimes these hurricanes can turn at the last minute.  Everyone at Duncan Real Estate tries not to watch too much about the hurricane and really only visits the National Hurricane Center website for our updated information.

The important thing is to stayed informed and to prepare you and your family.  There are so many websites and info available to you, but we find that the most helpful information comes from the National Hurricane Center website.  To help you and your family prepare, check out this link as well – it sums up how to prepare and get ready for a major storm.

A few important items if you live or work on Anna Maria Island.  If there is a mandatory evacuation, you will need a pass from one of the cities on AMI to get back on the island.  If you are a resident, you need to visit the city hall within the city that you live – either Anna Maria, Holmes Beach or Bradenton Beach.  You will need to take your ID and also a piece of mail that has your address on it.  If you work on Anna Maria Island, go to one of the city halls and show your ID and business card to receive a pass to get back on the island.

Stay tuned!  As we get more information and helpful tips, we will continue to pass along to you!
Stay safe!


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A Cool Partnership with a Neighbor!

Date posted: August 29, 2017

I really do believe that our office is located on the best street in Anna Maria Island!  Pine Avenue is a historic street on the island and is full of fun shops, places to eat, awesome real estate companies like Duncan Real Estate, and a fun rental shop.    Pine Avenue runs from Gulf Drive  and dead ends at the Anna Maria Island City Pier.

We have a great relationship with all of the businesses on Pine Ave and love to support them as often as we can.  Duncan Real Estate and  Beach Bums have partnered for the next few months to offer our vacation rental guests a little extra something!  During the months of September-mid November, Beach Bums will give our guest a $100 gift certificate to use during our guest vacation!  Use this generous gift certificate on bikes, paddle boards, golf carts and so many more options.  What a great added touch to offer our guest!  We thank Beach Bums for partnering with us.  It really does help all of our businesses during the slower months.

Click here to check out Beach Bums website to see what they have to offer.  I look forward to renting paddle boards and enjoying Anna Maria Island from the water!

Sunny Regards,



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A great spot to gather on Anna Maria Island!

Date posted: August 24, 2017

I had the best day yesterday on Anna Maria Island!  I got to see about 10-12 of my friends from high school and it had been awhile since I have seen some of them.  We all decided to meet at the AMOB Pier at the end on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.  What a perfect place to meet.

All of us got there around 5:00 PM and to our surprise, they had the BEST happy hour deals!!!  $4.00 call liquors, .50 off beer and wines, and buy one appetizer and get one half off!  Let me tell you, we all took full advantage of all of these deals.  I had a frozen wine – yes, I said frozen wine.  It was a Kim Crawford blend with a grapefruit/jalepeno vodka.  Does it get much better than that!?  We all ordered different appetizers so that we could share and sample a bunch of them.  My favorite was the smoked fish dip and the calamari!!

I would highly suggest trying the AMOB Pier on Bridge Street anytime.  They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner!  And I still have not even mentioned the view – you can sit inside or enjoy the covered outdoor sitting area right on the bay! We had to sit inside because you know those Florida summer rains – it started to pour!  Check out the website for AMOB Pier!



great spot to gather on Anna Maria Island


Cheers and let me know when you get a chance to try out this great spot to gather on Anna Maria Island!



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Adorable Duplex on Anna Maria Island!

Date posted: August 16, 2017

It is always a fun day when I get to preview one of our vacation rentals and today, I go to check out the Minnow 1 and Minnow 2 – an adorable duplex on Anna Maria Island.  This vacation rental is right in the heart of the city of Anna Maria Island and just a few steps to the Rod n Reel Pier!

Minnow 1 is a 1BD/1BA that would be the perfect spot for a couples getaway.  It has the best screened in porch were you can enjoy your morning coffee or an evening cocktail!  You can even watch the news out on the screened porch!

Adorable Duplex on Anna Maria Island


Minnow 2 is a 2BD/1BA with tons of space!  A family of 4 would be perfect for this vacation rental.  Only being a block from the beaches of Anna Maria Island and just a hop, skip and jump to the Rod n Reel Pier, you really couldn’t find a better location to enjoy a family vacation!

Anna Maria Island Rental


To be honest with you, there really isn’t anything I didn’t like about this vacation rental on Anna Maria Island!  I even gave my sister a call today to tell her about Minnow 1 and Minnow 2 and to see if we could plan a family vacation there and rent both sides!!  Fingers crossed!



Sunny Regards,






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Manatee Chamber Small Business Awards!

Date posted: August 14, 2017

I had the pleasure of attending the Manatee Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the year awards last Friday! So many wonderful businesses were honored and recognized as finalists and the 4 winners were announced at the fabulous luncheon hosted by Fete Catering and Ballroom.

Team Duncan sends a huge congratulations to Arts and Eats, Williams Wealth Management, Blalock Walkters PA, and PACE Center for Girls for being the winners of the 2017 Small Business Awards. It was so fantastic to hear the description of each business and all that they have done in our community. Manatee County really is a great place to live, work and play!

Duncan Real Estate was honored with this award in 2014 and we were so excited! What an accomplishment to be recognized by your peers for all the hard work that you have done. Small business is really what drives everything in our community. We are so happy to support local businesses and also the Manatee Chamber of Commerce! Did I mention that Darcie Duncan is the chairman elect this year of the Manatee Chamber?! She will be the master of ceremonies for the 2018 Small Business of the Year Awards! Needless to say, she will be a busy bee giving back to her community in a whole new way!

Small business

Thank you for supporting local businesses and Duncan Real Estate!

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Monday Blues Hit Extra Hard This Week!

Date posted: July 31, 2017

Early Monday morning, Anna Maria Island and the surrounding areas were hit by unannounced Tropical Storm Emily.  She came in with a vengenze causing areas to flood, trees became uprooted and even a tornado touched down in NW Bradenton.  Thankfully, we have not heard of anyone getting hurt during the storm but sad to say that some of our local businesses really got the brunt of it.

Our maintenance team has been disbatched to many of our vacation rental properties to make sure all is okay.   The only semi-major report that came in was a tree that broke off and landed on the next door neighbor’s car of one of our rentals.  With a quick response, Team Duncan took care of this small issue.  We were also glad to see that the streets of Anna Maria were not as flooded as they can be.

Nothing like starting the week off with a Tropical Storm!  Hope that this is the only one that we have to deal with  – if we can even be so lucky!




Sunny Regards,





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4th of July Parade on Anna Maria Island!

Date posted: June 27, 2017

The 4th of July is just a week away and we are getting everything ready for Team Duncan’s float in the 4th of July Parade!  The parade beings at 10 AM on Coquina Beach and goes the entire length of the island until noon.  We will be sharing our float with our friends at the Anna Maria Oyster Bar.  Be on the lookout for beads, shirts, water guns, and a few surprises.  The float is so much fun to be on and trust me, we get just as wet as you do.  Make sure to have plenty of water and liquids to drink during the parade as it is the 4th of July and summer is here – which means it is hot!


Here are a few photos of the float from last year to get you excited about the parade this year!  Make sure to give us a big wave when you see our Beach Theme float go by you.

4th of julyanna maria island Team Duncan

Look forward to seeing you on the 4th!


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New Sales Agent to Team Duncan – Carole Wilson

Date posted: June 20, 2017

Team Duncan is super excited to welcome Carole Wilson to our sales team!  A third-generation Floridian, Carole was born and raised in Lakeland, Florida and has been a lifelong visitor to Anna Maria Island.  Her family has been living and vacationing in this little slice of paradise since the early 1940′s which has instilled in Carole a passion and love for this island she is now lucky enough to call home!

Carole comes from a long line of realtors and home builders and she herself was a realtor with Exit Realty of Lakeland for several years.  She has always had the unique ability to connect with people from all walks of life which has led to many satisfied and happy customers.  Carole is a dedicated and professional agent whose expertise has proven to lie in matching buyers with their perfect home.  The knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm she brings to all her real estate transactions makes Carole the perfect agent for your next purchase.

When Carole is not working, her passions are travelling with her husband, reading, checking out yard sales, and working on DIY projects.  However, her greatest passions are her three amazing grown sons and her two poodle babies.

Carole would love to work with you to help you sell your home or find your perfect piece of paradise on Anna Maria Island!  Carole Wilson - Team Duncan

Stop by our office on Historic Pine Ave and say hello to Carole and me too!



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Memorial Day Weekend on Anna Maria Island!

Date posted: May 30, 2017

The long Memorial Day weekend is always so much fun on Anna Maria Island.  If you are not enjoying the beach for the day, you are more than likely on a boat at one of 3 places – Jewfish Key, Eggmont Key or Bird Key.  All three of these places are super popular to go by boat and let me tell you, it felt like every boat  owner was out over the weekend!  I was lucky enough to go boating both Saturday and Sunday over the holiday weekend.  Everyone brought a snack to share and what they wanted to drink.  You literally can stand in the water and enjoy eating, drinking and hanging out with friends.  You always see other people you know while on one of these keys!   It really seems like the place to be not only over a holiday weekend but any weekend during the summer months! If you are not a boat owner, Anna Maria Island has plenty of marinas that offer boat rentals.  We used Bradenton Beach Marina for our rental on Sunday and it was perfect!  We picked up the boat at 12:30 and had it until 4:30.  Just the right amount of time on the water!  Plenty of seats, cup holders, covered seating, and storage!  What more could you ask for. memorial day 2017   Here is a photo from Jewfish over Memorial Day Weekend!  Hope to see you out there next time you are on the water! Sunny Regards, Ginger


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Bradenton-Sarasota area named #1 in US for well being!

Date posted: May 22, 2017

It is always so exciting to read something about the area that you live in!  Especially, when it is in another county’s paper – how wonderful is that!  Bradenton-Sarasota area was named #1 in the US for well being. Read the article and to see the Anna Maria City Pier featured as the photo for the article.  Team Duncan would love to help you and your family enjoy this area that is ranked #1 for well being.  I 100% agree with the research – I like what I do, I have supportive relationships, and I am very proud of our community.  Don’t miss out on living in the Sarasota-Bradenton area and don’t miss out on having the best real estate company help you!  Just a reminder – we were voted #1  Real Estate company on the island!!!


Sunny Regards!



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May News from Duncan Real Estate!

Date posted: May 9, 2017

We are excited to tell everyone that we have 15 new vacation rentals in our property management program.  We have featured 6 of them on the May Newsletter and all of them have fantastic water views.  Click here to check out the featured vacation rentals and please give one of our team members a call to learn more about the rental and to book it for the summer!   Sunny Regards, Ginger

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Blues, Brews and BBQ on Bridge Street!

Date posted: April 20, 2017

Like I have said before, there is always something fun to do on Anna Maria Island!  This week Saturday, April 22 from 3-9 is the Blues Brews and BBQ on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.  Tickets are $5 and kids 12 and under are free.    Enjoy this beautiful Anna Maria Island weather while enjoying music, food, and brews outside!  Also take a walk on Bridge Street and check out all of the cute shops!  Good time to buy a Mother’s Day gift!  Click here for more information about the upcoming event!   Hope to see you on Saturday and we can share a beer together! Cheers, Ginger Anna Maria Island

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“Spring Fling” Duncan Deals!

Date posted: April 17, 2017

As our season comes to an end out on Anna Maria Island, April and May are a great time to vacation and enjoy all that AMI has to offer.  Great news from Duncan Real Estate, most of our vacation rentals are 15% off during the months of April and May!  Plan that Spring Fling getaway for your family or special loved one.  Any of our rental team would be happy to work with you and see what rental we have that would best fit your needs!  Click here to check out our Duncan Deal!


Sunny Regards,



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Happy Easter from Duncan Real Estate!

Date posted: April 14, 2017



May you and your family have a blessed Easter Holiday!


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Easter on Anna Maria Island!

Date posted: March 29, 2017

Visitors and locals are invited to participate in some Island Easter traditions, including the Easter Sunrise Service at Manatee County Beach, the Easter Egg Hunt at the Sandbar Restaurant and the Easter Egg Roll and Easter Bonnet Contest on Pine Ave.  The celebration starts at 8:30 AM on Saturday, April 15th, with refreshments before the kids take their places on the beach.  The hunt is open to kids 10 years old and under with baskets to collect their eggs.  After the hunt, the Easter Bunny leads the kids and their families up to Pine Avenue for the 8th Annual Easter Egg Roll and Easter Bonnet Contest.  There will be fun for the entire family with face painters, changes to roll eggs across a lane with a spoon and egg coloring.  At 10:30, judges will look for winning Easter bonnets.  The competition is open to kids and grownups alike.


On Sunday, April 16th, the 53rd Sunrise Service will take place at Manatee County Beach.  The trolleys start running at 6 AM and the Anna Maria Beach Cafe will open at 6 AM for those needing coffee.  All six of the Island’s churches participate in the service.  Worshipers are urged to dress for the weather and brings a blanket or chairs to sit!  There will be music to accompany the service!


Whew!  Lots going on Easter weekend!  We look forward to seeing you on Pine Ave

Happy Easter!



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March News from Duncan Real Estate!

Date posted: March 28, 2017

March is by far the busiest month of the year on Anna Maria Island!  Honestly, it is easier to walk or ride a bike to get anywhere….we love this time of year!  Please click here to check out news from Team Duncan for the month of March and also a fun easy recipe for the Spring!   I have tried it and it is delicious!


Sunny regards,



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Reader’s Choice Award Winner!

Date posted: March 22, 2017

Team Duncan has some fantastic news!!  We were voted the #1 Real Estate Company and received the Reader’s Choice Award today – WHAT AN HONOR!  The Reader’s Choice awards are done by our local newspaper called The Sun.  Readers are able to vote for all kind of favorites – restaurants, gym, bar tender, real estate company, etc.!  We feel so blessed that the readers voted Duncan Real Estate the #1 Real Estate Company on Anna Maria Island!!  Thank you






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24th Annual Tour of Homes – Saturday, March 18th

Date posted: March 15, 2017

Like I always say, there is always something fun going on on Anna Maria Island.  This week Saturday, is the Tour of Homes that supports The Center of Anna Maria Island.  Duncan Real Estate sponsors the boutique year after year and we love to support the local community and non-profits.  FYI….we are selling tickets for the Tour of Homes at our office…stop on by to purchase today!

Distinctive architecture, elegant interiors and stunning waterfront views. The Tour of Homes provides participants with ideas for decorating and entertainment. The Tour Boutique offers original arts & crafts and culinary delights, as well as a beautiful handmade quilt by the Eyeland Needlers entitled “The Mermaids Journey”.

Take a chance on winning the quilt and it’s yours! Shuttle Parking is available at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.


24th annual tour of homes


Hope to you see at the Boutique!


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Welcome Misty Jones to Team Duncan!

Date posted: February 20, 2017

We are so excited to welcome the newest member to Team Duncan – Misty Jones!  She will be working with the vacation rental team as an agent!  Misty is the first person you see when you walk in our front door!  We are so excited to have her with us.

Misty is a small town girl at heart, born and raised in Illinois.  In December 2015 her aspirations of living by the ocean came true when she moved to Bradenton, FL.  Misty graduated from SouthWest Illinios College with a degree in Radiology. After many years in the medical field, she has discovered that her true calling is in vacation planning and travel!  She’s proudest of her loving marriage of 21years to her husband Matt, her 3 beautiful children and her enthusiasm for costumer satisfaction.  Misty’s favorite past time is walking the beach, making DIY decor and binge movie watching with the family!  Her passions have led her to volunteer at food pantries, youth education events and mission trips to orphanages in Honduras.

Misty and daughter 2


Misty and her daughter Maddie!

Have a great week and stop by to say hi to Misty!



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February News from Team Duncan!

Date posted: February 14, 2017

BUSY is the word that comes to mind our here on Anna Maria Island!  Season is in full swing out here and our office is hoping.  We just sent our our February newsletter to our email list and wanted to share it with you.  We are featuring some really good specials on “Duncan Deals” which can save you up to 20% on a vacation rental!  Take advantage of these specials!  Click here to check out the February newsletter

Sunny Regards,

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Friday Night Fun on Anna Maria Island!

Date posted: February 10, 2017

TGIF!  There is always something fun going on out here on our 7 mile island.  Tonight!  Friday, February 10th is the Holmes Beach Art Art Walk!  This takes place every month on the 2nd Friday of the month!  If you are an art fan, you will not want to miss this event on Anna Maria!  Actually, if you enjoy shopping at all, you want to make sure you will be there!  Not only will there be cool artist and such, each of the businesses serves a snack too!  SOLD!!artwalkHope to see you there tonight!





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February/March 2017 specials

Date posted: January 26, 2017


“Duncan Deal!  Get 20% off bookings for the months of February and March 2017!”

Buttonwood – monthly booking

Lakeview – monthly booking

Seas the Day – monthly booking

Whitney Beach – monthly booking


“Duncan Deal!  Get 20% off bookings for the month of February 2017!”

Carissa Retreat – weekly

The Oleander House – weekly

Seascapes – weekly


“Duncan Deal!  Get 20% off bookings for the month of March 2017!”

Moorings 286 – monthly

Sea Breeze S – weekly

West Bay 26 – monthly

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Duncan Deals for February/March 2017!

Date posted: January 24, 2017

As season is right around the corner, we have a few properties that are still available or brand new to our vacation rental pool!  We would love to get these rental properties booked and the best news is that they are 20% off for the months of February and March!  What a deal


Click here to check out what properties are still available to rent on Anna Maria Island.  If you click on the photo of the rental property, it will show you more photos and additional information about it.  Call our rental team and we will hook you up.  941-779-0304


Sunny Regards!



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It is all about networking!

Date posted: January 5, 2017

I started the New Year off right by attending the first networking lunch of the year with the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.  It was great to see some old friends and meet some new ones.  Networking is so important.  You are able to promote your business as well as support other local businesses.  It is all about working together.  And I can say with experience that it works!  Duncan Real Estate has gotten many referrals from the Anna Maria Island Chamber for vacation rentals and customers that are looking to buy or sell a home!  Gotta love that.  And thanks to En Rich Bistro for a fantastic lunch…I will be sure to go back!

My goal this year is to attend as many networking functions as I can….it can only help!  If you would like to join me, let me know!

Sunny Regards,



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December News 2016 from Team Duncan!

Date posted: December 27, 2016

Just wanted to keep you in the know of what is going on at Duncan Real Estate and on Anna Maria Island!   Please click here to check out the December newsletter that we send out to over 4,000 people!  We have featured a few of our vacation rental properties that are still available to rent during season during the months of January – April!  If you are already sick of the cold weather, give Team Duncan a call to enjoy this gorgeous island we live on and get a fabulous vacation rental on Anna Maria!

Sunny Regards,



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Last minute Gift Idea from Team Duncan!

Date posted: December 22, 2016

I don’t know about you but I can’t believe that Christmas is 4 days away!!!  And I still have presents to buy for family and friends!  If you are in the same boat, a great gift idea is a beach vacation and why not let Team Duncan help you find the perfect vacation rental on Anna Maria Island!  It is the gift that gives all week and memories that will last a lifetime.  We are running some awesome December and January specials on some of our vacation rentals….rent for 7 or more nights and get 1 night free.  We have available rentals in Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, and Bradenton Beach.   How can you beat that!


Let me know if we can hook you up!






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November Newsletter from Duncan Real Estate!

Date posted: November 22, 2016

Things are busy out here on Anna Maria island and no surprise with Thanksgiving being two days away.  I am so excited to eat some turkey and all of the yummy fixings, spend time with family and friends, watch the Thanksgiving parade, and of course watch football.  Before I do any of this watching TV stuff, I know I will need to talk a nice walk or four  of them on the beaches of Anna Maria Island to burn all of the extra food I will be taking in!!  If you are lucky enough to be on vacation here on Anna Maria, please feel free to join me!

Love to keep you informed of what is going on with Duncan Real Estate and on the island.    Please click here  to check out the latest newsletter we sent to all of our loyal customers.  If you would like to subscribe to the email list, just click on the link at the bottom!

Happy Reading!



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Our Island is Awesome!

Date posted: November 16, 2016

This past Saturday was Symphony in the Sand on Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.  What a FABULOUS event.  Imagine sitting in the sand, eating fantastic food from local restaurants, and enjoying the sounds of the AMICO all at the same time!!  And oh yeah, drinking yummy wine and watching the sunset into the Gulf of Mexcio….AMAZING!   Just about every weekend, Anna Maria Island has something fun going on whether it be in the city of Anna Maria, Holmes Beach or Bradenton Beach.  Make sure to check out the Duncan Real Estate calendar on our website for the most current events!

This was the 4th annual Symphony in the Sand and was the best yet!  Darcie’s dad even got to conduct the orchestra and did one heck of a job!  It was such a special way to end the evening.  Here are some photos from this splendid event!

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This event will be a for sure one to attend next year during the artsHop!



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The Perfect Rental for Thanksgiving!

Date posted: November 10, 2016

Can you believe Thanksgiving is two weeks away from today!!  Still trying to think of something fun and different for your family to do this Thanksgiving?  Why not celebrate and give thanks on Anna Maria Island and rent this fabulous duplex on Holmes Beach!  Hidden Treasure 1 and 2 are side by side duplexes with an awesome pool area.  Each side has its own kitchen, bathroom, and two bedrooms…..meaning you can be with your entire family but also have your own space!   Plus having two kitchens would make it so much easier to cook up that delicious Thanksgiving meal.  OR, skip all of that cooking and enjoy your turkey dinner at one of our local restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving.

I have some great news for you…….both Hidden Treasure 1 and 2 are 10% off for the week of Thanksgiving.  Make sure to call our office so that we can get you and your family all set up in this rental that will fit all of your needs.


Sunny Regards!



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Trail of Treats on Anna Maria Island!

Date posted: November 2, 2016

There really isn’t anything better than seeing all of the kids in costumes at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Trail of Treats.  It is one of my favorite events on Pine Ave!  Just to see the excitement on the cuties faces when getting candy and having their photo taken….that is my treat at the Trail of Treats!  Here are some of the fun photos we captured on Halloween.  And listen, if you want to do something fun and different for Halloween next year, come stay on Anna Maria Island for the week and have the kiddos dress up and enjoy seeing the island while they trick or treat!  All of my buddies here at Duncan Real Estate would love to hook you up with a fantastic rental for that week!

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Raving Review for Christine Kourik!!

Date posted: October 25, 2016

Always makes my heart happy when I receive a survey in the mail from one of our buyers or sellers!!  The one I received today was praising Christine Kourik – a new agent with Duncan Real Estate but not new to the real estate world!   “Christine Kourik is the best thing that ever happened to AMI real estate!  She is a super agent and truly a professional”  Judy – seller

Team Duncan is so blessed to have Christine on our team and we are looking forward to watching her grow her business here on Anna Maria Island.  And I have to ask…are you looking for a super agent to help you sell your home or buy a new one?  Why not give Christine a call and let her charming personality win you over!

christine-headshotSunny Regards!





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October News from Team Duncan!

Date posted: October 21, 2016

TGIF friends!

Anna Maria Island is so beautiful today.  Perfect weather, sun is shining, and the weekend is almost here.  I wanted to make sure that I shared with you our October Newsletter so that you know what is going on at Duncan Real Estate!        Click here to view the newsletter.  If you see a vacation rental or have interest in one of our featured listings, please give the team a call.  Anna Maria Island is the place to be.


Have a fantastic weekend!



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Bayfest 2016 is right around the corner!

Date posted: October 7, 2016

The month of October is always so much fun and my favorite event is the Anna Maria Island Chamber’s Bayfest right here on Pine Ave!  Bayfest has live music, classic car show, food, adult beverages, kids zone, arts and crafts and so much more!  PLUS the event is FREE!  Why wouldn’t you plan to come to Bayfest!?! So mark your calendars for Saturday, October 15th from 10 AM to 10PM!  I will be out there passing out Duncan Real Estate fans to keep you cool during the event!  CLICK here for more information about Bayfest 2016!

Have a great weekend!


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Kuddos to the Duncan Real Estate Vacation Rental Team!

Date posted: October 5, 2016

It is always a good day when we receive a kind word from a guest or a fabulous google review!   Just thought I would share you with what one of our vacation rental guest sent to JP today.  Cheryl is a return guest with Duncan Real Estate which is awesome but had to reschedule her vacation to Anna Maria Island due to the weather.  “Thanks so very much JP for taking the best care of us.  All of you at Duncan Real Estate have outstanding customer service and we appreciate everything each and everyone of you has done for us.  All the best from us to you Cheryl”.  Does it get much better than that?  WAY TO GO TEAM DUNCAN!  To celebrate, Darcie is taking the vacation rental team on a day trip to Busch Gardens in a few weeks…she is the best!  

Not only does this awesome review make me smile ear to ear, it also reminds me to take the few minutes to say kind words to others or to write up a review for service that was outstanding.  Going to put that on my “to do” list this week. Hopefully you will put it on yours too!


Sunny regards,



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Team Duncan Welcomes Terry Hayes!

Date posted: September 26, 2016

I am pleased to announce that Terry Hayes has joined the sales team at Duncan Real Estate.  Not only does Terry have years of experience in the real estate world, she also has 22 years of experience as  a registered investment adviser.  Terry Hayes is a very valuable resource and shows clients how they can creatively purchase property and gives them expert advice on planning, managing and growing their real estate portfolios.   We are thrilled to have Terry as a member of Team Duncan.  She truly is a real estate rock star!!  



Terry Hayes
Have a great week!

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September 2016 Duncan Real Estate Newsletter

Date posted: September 15, 2016

I wanted to share with you what is going on with Duncan Real Estate and on Anna Maria Island!  Check out our September newsletter.  If you see a rental you are interested in, any of my friends at the office, would be happy to take care of you!

Click here to view the newsletter!

Sunny Regards!






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Celebrating 15 years in business!

Date posted: July 28, 2016

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I have had my party pants on at work over the past few weeks celebration our 15th anniversary and also the owner’s birthday!  “HAPPY ANNIBRTHARY” as we like to say in the office.  LOTS of flowers, balloons, cakes, champagne, phone calls, and fun!   What started as a one room office with one realtor in 2001 has now turned into a full office building on historic Pine Ave with 12 sales agents and 7 office staff!!!  WOW, there is so much to be thankful for!   Here are some photos from our celebration!  Our team found an old advertisement of Darcie’s from when she first started, so we made tons of copies of it and hung them all over her office!  She LOVED it.  It is so great to work in an environment where we work hard but also have so much fun!!  Many thanks to all of our customers that have made this possible!  Ginger 



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We Survived on Anna Maria Island!

Date posted: June 16, 2016

Sorry it has taken me a few days to be in touch.  Myself and the vacation rental team have been busy cleaning up after Tropical Storm Colin.  Thankfully, our office on Pine Ave and over 90 vacation rentals weathered the storm with very few issues.   I was very nervous driving on some of the roads out here as they get flooded quickly, but the MINI Cooper did just fine.  Anna Maria Island has survived many of name storms and Colin is just another example of how “strong” this island is.  The maintenance staff has walked all of our vacation rental properties and cleaned up all of the yards over the last week……wow, they are pooped!  Needless to say, we take care of our properties!


Here is to no more storms this season…all of my toes and fingers are crossed!   Hope to see you over the 4th of July!




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ALL you need for your AMI vacation!

Date posted: May 25, 2016

Wow!  I just stopped by Beach Bums right down the street on Pine Ave and what a great place!  Not only do they have the cutest retail shop, but they offer just about everything you could want or need while you are on Anna Maria Island.  Want a bike to ride around the island, drive your family around on a street safe golf cart or take a kayak tour?  Beach Bums will be able to take care of any of these items for you.  PLUS, they deliver right to your vacation rental….how great is that?  Here are some of the items that they rent:

• The best range of  Bikes on the island, including tandems
• Children’s bikes, 3-wheelers and Surrey Bikes
• The best range of Kayaks and Baby Equipment
• A fully stocked Shop with all your vacation needs including our own unique range of designer t-shirt
• Check out our eco-friendly option: Golf Carts, which are great fun!
• Kayak Tours of the local area run by Captain Scott, a Sea Captain and marine biologist
•Beach Bums is now Selling and Renting Pedego Electric Bikes.  Many people would like to ride a bike, but find it impractical or impossible because of hills, distance, health reasons, knee problems, and aging.  Electric bicycles make it possible for family and friends to enjoy bike riding without worrying about endurance and other physical differences.
• When a horse drawn carriage or limousine just won’t do, Beach Bums will create a luxury open-aired Bridal Surrey Bike or Street Legal Golf Cart for your Wedding!

Make sure to check out their website!

I had the pleasure of meeting with Lauren while I was there.  She is one of the owners of Beach Bums and so very nice.  Duncan Real Estate and Beach Bums have set up a preferred customer discount.  So if you rent with Duncan Real Estate, you will receive a nice discount on your items!


Off to ride around on my golf cart from Beach Bums!  Talk to you later





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Food and Wine on Pine – May 7, 2016

Date posted: April 28, 2016

We are so blessed to work in an area that ALWAYS has such fun things going on.  I can’t wait to get out to Food and Wine on Pine and sample the different vinos and delicious foods from local vendors.  And, all  I have to do is walk right outside of Duncan Real Estate.  I can not think of anything better then food, wine, music, and being outside on a Saturday in May.  For those of you that don’t live too far away, come and make a day of it.  I have attached a link for all of the good info about Food and Wine on Pine.

Make sure to stop by Duncan Real Estate and say hello….we will be here from 10-4 on Saturday and then heading out to enjoy the festivities on Pine Ave.


See you on Saturday,



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Exciting News!

Date posted: April 21, 2016

It is always fun to announce a new member of Team Duncan!  I am excited that Christine Kourik has joined the sales team here at Duncan Real Estate.  Christine is a career Real Estate Agent with 25 years of experience assisting buyers, sellers and investors.  She has numerous real estate designations and an MBA in Business.  If Christine looks familiar, it is because you may have seen her featured on HGTV’s Hosue Hunters.  We are so excited to have Christine as a member of Team Duncan!

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Sunny Regards from AMI!



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Great food AND they Deliver!

Date posted: April 2, 2016

I woke up on this rainy morning craving a breakfast sandwich, but didn’t want to leave my house.  I know you have felt that way before.  Thankfully, there is a great place on Anna Maria Island that serves breakfast and lunch AND they deliver!   So I called Scott’s Deli, placed my order and it was delivered to my front door step about 15 minutes later.  I would recommend the steak and eggs breakfast sandwich.  YUMMY

If you live on AMI, Scott’s Deli offers a locals discount on Wednesdays.  Does it get any better?  Why yes it does.  Scott’s Deli will even deliver to you on the beach.

Now that my tummy is full, it is time for me to take a nap listening to the waves crash on this rainy Saturday.  Make sure you give Scott’s Deli a call!






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Easter Fun on Anna Maria Island!

Date posted: March 23, 2016

The 30th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on the beach next to The Sandbar Restaurant is Saturday, March 26, 2016 beginning at 9:00 AM sharp.  Kids need to bring their own Easter baskets.  Make sure to leave early because there can be lots of traffic!  Plus, there will be refreshments at the wedding and events pavilion next to the restaurant!!


After the Easter Egg Hunt, the Easter bunny will lead a parade of kids and parents up Pine Avenue for the 7th Annual Easter Egg Roll and Easter Bonnet Contest….such a fun time for families!  Kids will enjoy face painting, egg dyeing and egg rolling.  There will be music, complimentary framed pictures with the Easter Bunny and food and refreshments!  This entire is event is Free!!


I look forward to seeing you at the Sandbar and then Pine Ave.  Make sure to stop by Duncan Real Estate to say hello and to let Team Duncan see your bonnet and Easter baskets!!


Until Saturday!



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St. Paddy’s Day Parade on Anna Maria Island!

Date posted: March 8, 2016

There is always something fun going on on AMI!  This week Sunday, March 13th beginning at 4:00 PM is the Beach Bistro-Eat Here St. Pat’s Parade.  The parade will travel north of Marina and Palm drives ending at 78th Street.  Team Duncan always has such a great time at the parade and decorating our float year after year!  Check out some of our photos from last year…..we lead the parade!   PLUS!  We get the pleasure of having Quacky on our float too!  Always supporting PACE Center for Girls and Quacky Pace!


Kandi and Darice at parade

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Parade #3


Make sure to find me on our float at the parade this year!  I will be wearing green and lots of kids will be around me!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day






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Season 2016 is days away!

Date posted: January 28, 2016

Things are very busy here at Duncan Real Estate and everyone on Team Duncan is busy busy getting ready for this Saturday….the first Saturday of the season!  We are all super excited to see returning guest, as well as, the first timers.

We have been packing welcome bags all day today!  The welcome bags go in all of our vacation rentals with lots of great information about Anna Maria Island!  And thanks to the Beach Bistro, each guest will also get a nice bottle of wine as a welcome gift too!  It is so great when businesses can co-promote together!  Thanks again to Sean and Jennifer with the Beach Bistro for providing the vino!



So it is Ready, Set, Go for Team Duncan!  We love all of our friends and guest to stop by the office and say hello!

Until next time,



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Preparing for the Holidays! 2015

Date posted: October 28, 2015

As I sit at my desk, I can’t believe it is already the end of October.  We are busy in our office preparing all of our rental properties for the upcoming season….deep cleans, new signs and rental books, carpet cleaning, and a evacuation sign!  Busy Busy Busy! And the holidays are right around the corner.

As you and your family make plans for the holidays, why not do something different this year!  Team Duncan would love to help your family find the perfect island vacation rental that meets your every need!  PLUS….we have some that are offering discounts during November and December 2015!


To check out all of Duncan Real Estate’s Vacation properties, please click here!


Check out the following properties for November and December Savings!   Saturday to Saturday Rental Specials!

**excludes week of Thanksgiving(11-21 to 11/28) and week of Christmas(12-19 to 12-26)

NOVEMBER –   Palm Cottage 25% off, Coconut Breeze 20% off, Seascapes 15% off, Estralita 15% off

DECEMBER – North Bay Cottage 25% off, Seascapes 15% off, Starfish House 10% off




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Bayfest Festival 2015! October 17, 2015

Date posted: September 3, 2015

2015 15th Annual BAYFEST FESTIVAL

Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
One time event

Saturday October 17th

Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce “BayFest” (Island Festival) located at the corner of Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard. Saturday 10am-10 pm. Open to the public. Free admission. For Information call 941-778-1541.


One of the most popular, annual festivals on Anna Maria Island is Bayfest, the tcelebration of music, food, arts and crafts. This is Anna Maria Island’s largest and longest running music, crafts and food festival. The 15th Annual Bayfest, is hosted by the Anna Maria island Chamber of Commerce. This is an entrance free, family-friendly event open to everyone.

All of Pine Avenue is closed off to showcase local area arts and craft vendors, and an AMAZING car show with over 100 classic cars sponsored by LaPensee Plumbing, Pools, Air . There will also be a Kids Zone with all kinds of fun games, bounce houses and more sponsored by AMI Fitness. Saturday will also feature The AMI Privateer’s classic ship.Music Lineup:

Emcee Mike Sales –  10am-10pm

Can’t Turn Left – 11am-12pm


TBD/Open 12:30 – 2:30pm

Whiskey Blind – 3-5pm

Koko Ray 5:30 – 7:30pmShotgun Justice (The Karen & Jimmy Band) 8 – 10pm


Food Court


Community Event


Pine Avenue


AMI Chamber Staff – Debbie/Terri


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Duncan Real Estate Doesn’t Just Sell Homes on Anna Maria Island!

Date posted: August 17, 2015

As I am going over my spreadsheet of DRE listings this morning, it came to me that we have many listings all over Manatee County!  Our office is located on Anna Maria Island, but our 11 experienced real estate agents are happy to help you list your home anywhere in the Manatee/Sarasota area.  Team Duncan specializes in all phases of buying, selling, and renting on Anna Maria Island and the surrounding areas in Manatee County.  We maintain an exclusive selection of homes and condos for sale, plus a diverse selection of rental properties “in town” or just off the beach!  We are a boutique agency that does business the way it is meant to be – friendly, hands-on, and with your best interests in mind!  A member of Team Duncan would love to help you sell or purchase your next home ANYWHERE in Manatee County!





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Networking with Other Local Businesses

Date posted: July 16, 2015

My intern and I had the pleasure of attending a Manatee Chamber of Commerce Networking Event on Tuesday, July 14th!  What a great event!  We had such a wonderful time meeting new people, marketing Duncan Real Estate, and gathering new business leads.  Why wouldn’t you be a member of your local chamber and take advantage of the many benefits it offers to members.

Before the event, my intern and I made a few “give away” prizes to be given out at the event.  During a networking event, everyone puts his/her business card when they arrive, and towards the end of the event, the Chamber does a drawing for different prizes.  This is such a simple and easy way to market your business.  The Chamber always thanks each business for the donations and then the winner gets your prize and business information right then and there!  As the saying goes “you get what you give”!  The grand prize was a 39″ TV and I was the lucky winner of this fabulous TV!  How fun is that!

Thank you to Peace River Electric for hosting such a lovely chamber event and especially for the TV that I won!  I will for sure continue to attend the chamber events and bring Duncan Real Estate door prizes!  Here is to supporting local businesses and doing business with one another!



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New Summer Intern at Duncan Real Estate!

Date posted: June 26, 2015

Team Duncan is very excited to have Vanessa interning with us this summer.  She is in her final semester of college and comes with so much knowledge in marketing and social media.  She is here to learn about marketing in the real estate industry, but I have a feeling we are going to learn so much from her too!  She is only on day 4 and has already done so much.  Duncan Real Estate has a presence on Facebook and Twitter and now, we have a presence on Instagram!  If you have not liked, followed, or retweeted a post, please do so!  Thank you Vanessa for all of your wonderful help.  It is going to be a fabulous summer!


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Summer Specials on Duncan Real Estate Vacation Rentals!

Date posted: June 16, 2015

Summer is right around the corner and Team Duncan wanted to get the word out that we have sizzling summer specials on our vacation rentals.  Some vacation rental properties are 10-15% of the weekly rental rate and some that are $150 off the price!  Can’t get much better than that!

We tend to rent from Saturday to Saturday, but in the summer some rental properties are available during the mid-week and for 3 nights!  As you are planning your summer vacation with your family, friends from college, or a romantic get away with your honey, think Duncan Real Estate!  We will take care of all of your vacation needs and even offer an errand service that will fill your fridge before you get here!

There are a few ways to “check out” available rentals….. the website,, VRBO, call our office at 941-779-0304 and talk to a rental agent, and/or stop by our boutique office on Pine Ave. to get personal service!  We look forward to meeting you and calling you friend!

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Food and Wine on Pine! Saturday, May 2, 2015

Date posted: April 29, 2015

Food and Wine on Pine 2015, a culinary and cultural experience, will be held on May 2, 2015 on historic Pine Avenue in Anna Maria showcasing the very best in food, wine, art and music that our area has to offer. Join us to experience this unique and fun-filled event from 11:30 AM – 6:30 PM.

  • Delicious and unique food from over 20 of the area’s finest restaurants
  • At least 30 upscale wines
  • Craft and domestic beers
  • 25 juried artists
  • More than 30 musical acts
  • Actors depicting characters from Anna Maria’s history
  • Art Demonstrations
  • A Children’s Art and Activity Area and the annual ‘sliming” of CrossPointe Fellowship Pastor, Ed Moss
  • A Children’s Artist Tent

Make sure to stop by Duncan Real Estate to say Hello!


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Duncan Real Estate Supports PACE Center for Girls

Date posted: April 24, 2015

The Ducks are Coming and Team “Double D’s Ducks” is ready to sell sell sell! Duncan Real Estate and Duffy’s Tavern have partnered together to sell the most ducks this year! Get in on the fun and adopt a duck for PACE Center for Girls! On Saturday, May 16th, PACE will be dumping 15,000 yellow rubber ducks into the Manatee River.

Why?? To raise funds and awareness for the girls at PACE! PLUS… are entered to win some amazing prizes like a 2015 Chevy Cruze!! Buy a duck and possibly win a car….what a deal!

Duck Adoptions are ONLY $5.00!!!
For every duck you adopt, you will be entered into the race giving you a chance to win one of our fabulous prizes! The more you adopt, the better your chances of winning! Plus, you donations help PACE change the lives in Manatee County
$5.00 Lonely Duck
$20.00 Quack Pack (5 ducks)
$100.00 Flock ( 30 ducks)
Thanks for donating with Team Double D’s Ducks and for supporting PACE Center for Girls!
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Get away with your girlfriends!

Date posted: April 11, 2015

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Last night I had the great pleasure of meeting up with some of my college girlfriends for dinner.  My stomach hurts from laughing so hard over a four hour dinner!  It is crazy how even when you have not seen some of your friends in months/years, it feels like you were back in college again!

After being with them last night, it made me think….  What better way to stay in touch with those special friends then to plan a beach weekend getaway on Anna Maria Island!?  And of course working for Duncan Real Estate, we have over 100 vacation rental properties to meet all different needs!  My college friends and I started planning our weekend last night and have found the perfect 4 bedroom/3 bath rental from Duncan!

Comment and let us know how you stay in touch with some of your favorite friends!

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Duncan T-shirts!

Date posted: April 9, 2015


Everyone at Team Duncan is SUPER excited about our new t-shirts!  You will see all of us out and about around Anna Maria sporting these new tops…especially on a Saturday!  We felt that it was very important to market ourselves while doing walk-thrus and maintenance on properties, checking in new guest at the office, and being all around the island!

Are you asking yourself  if you will be able to purchase these fabulous shirts?!?!  WELL….the answer is YES!  We will set up a web store which you will be able to access via the website.(once season is over) These tees are just the beginning.  We will offer tanks, hats, long sleeved shirts, beach bags, and all of those fun items!

If you see any of us out and about wearing the t-shirts, make sure to say “Team Duncan”

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Heading up the Manatee Chamber Membership Drive!

Date posted: April 6, 2015

We are so proud of our owner, Darcie Duncan.  She is on the executive board of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce….what an honor and accomplishment.  One of her “things to do” this year is spearhead the Chamber’s Membership Drive.  This year is a fishing theme and it is called “Reel Estate” Fishing Tournament!  Isn’t that a cute name!

We have four captains and 36 Anglers working to recruit new members to the Manatee Chamber.  The goal is to get 120 new members.  We have a great group helping us out, so 120 should be nothing!  Who can be “reeled” in as a member you ask?  ANY business in Manatee County that would like to take advantage of the 100+ benefits the Manatee Chamber offers to members.  Really, any business in the surrounding area can be a member!

Everyone here at Team Duncan is working on recruiting new members to the Manatee Chamber!  If you know of a business that could benefit from being a member and/or if you would like to become a member of the Manatee Chamber, please let us know!  For more information on the Manatee Chamber, please visit

Membership Campaign 2015

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March is Always a Busy Month!

Date posted: March 31, 2015

If you have had the pleasure of staying on Anna Maria island or just visiting for the day, you are well aware of how busy it is out here.  We are very pleased with all of our visitors and love that they have chosen Anna Maria!  Speaking of busy, Duncan Real Estate had 55 rental check-ins on Saturday!  Whew, it was a crazy but very smooth day.  Our team prepared for all of our renters by packing over 100 welcome bags last week!

Check out how quickly we packed them by clicking on the link below!

How long do you think it took us to pack 100 welcome bags?!

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Visit Anna Maria Island for Thanksgiving

Date posted: November 21, 2014

Most people go home for the holiday’s.  Some people leave home for the holiday’s.  Duncan Real Estate and Anna Maria Island welcome our guests to join us in celebrating a day of thanks.  If you are traveling with your family this Thanksgiving a just hoping to get away from the cold and snow, Anna Maria Island is a great place to get away from it all.  Or if you are traveling alone we will make you feel like part of the family.  Many of our guests rent homes from Duncan Real Estate during the Thanksgiving holiday and stay home and cook their Turkey in one of our Vacation Rentals.  If you don’t want to deal with the running around, grocery shopping and cooking here are some places you can enjoy a nice holiday meal right here on our beautiful island.

Public Beach Cafe

Bridgestreet Bistro


Bridge Tender Inn

Paradise Bagels 

Sign of the Mermaid 

We hope you enjoy your stay on Anna Maria Island

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Fishing Anna Maria Island

Date posted: November 20, 2014

I know it’s customary to come to the beach to bask in the sun and sand.  We love those days too!  Here at Duncan Real Estate on Anna Maria Island one of our office’s favorite things to do is, you guessed it.  FISHING!  If you have a love of fishing the way we do, you know it’s never too cold or too hot to cast a line into the beautiful Gulf of Mexico or any of our surrounding Bay Areas.  Anna Maria Island is home to some of the finest fishing captains.  Here are some of Duncan Real Estate on Anna Maria Island favorite fishing Captain’s.

Captain Mark Howard

For a family friendly fishing experience Captain Mark Howard offers fishing charters on the Manatee River, Tampa Bay, Longboat Key, Sarasota Bay and The Gulf of Mexico.  His 23 foot Hydrasport 230 Baybolt with a Yamaha 250HP motor and a custom tower will provide your crew with a comfortable fishing experience that you are sure to remember.  Whether you are looking for a full or half day adventure he will provide license, gear and live bait.  Obviously the season will determine what your group will be fishing for but you may have the opprotunity to catch snook, trout, redfish, cobia, tarpon, kingfish, spanish mackrel, and maybe even sharks!

Captain Mac Gregory

Captain Mac Gregory guides out of Anna Maria Island, Florida. Captain Mac specializes in fishing for tarpon, snook, redfish, grouper, snapper, cobia, permit, and sharks.  He has been featured on Stihl’s Reel in the Outdoors with Joe Thomas numerous times highlighting his tremendous fishing skills.

We hope this helps you enjoy you stay!  Here fishy, fishy, fishy!



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Anna Maria Island Privateers Festival 2014

Date posted: October 29, 2014

The 1st weekend in November marks an annual event that locals and visitors alike look forward to year after year, The Anna Maria Island Privateers Festival.  Nov 1 & 2; Pirate Invasion 2014, Coquina Beach, Anna Maria Island.  A two day pirate festival featuring live music, great food, kid’s area… and, well, basically just loads of piratey fun for everyone!  Oh, and did I mention… more gnarly pirates and lovely wenches than you can shake a stick at!  Saturday the event will kick off with a battle starting at the North end of Anna Maria Island to the South end of the Island stopping at Coquina Beach.  Once you get there is where you will find a many vendors, crafts, food, drinks, music, and more.

Pirate attire is encouraged!

See you there.
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Bayfest 2014 Anna Maria Island

Date posted: October 18, 2014

Anna Maria Island is Bayfest is here! Bayfest is a 2 day festival full of food, music, crafts, classic cars, and family fun. This is the 13th annual Anna Maria Island Bayfest. Year after year Pine Street fills up with locals and visitors alike to socialize, shop, eat drink and be merry. Oct. 18-19. Pine Avenue, Anna Maria Island. Festival times: 5-10 p.m. Friday, 9:45 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday

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Anna Maria Island Beach Boutiques

Date posted: October 15, 2014

To help make sure that you have the best time while staying with Duncan Real Estate on Anna Maria Island, we have put together this list of our favorite places to shop on the Island.  We hope you enjoy your vacation and find everything you were looking for on your stay.

Sand Dollar– This Anna Maria Island gem is a shabby chic beach boutique that hold a bit of charm you can only find here on Anna Maria Island. It is a place you can go to decorate your Island home or simply get gifts, clothing, jewelry, and décor.

Tide and Moon Jewelry– Located on Historic Pine Avenue Tide and Moon Jewelry has hand-crafted jewelry. Famous for their Anna Maria Island jewelry, they were also voted business of the year by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce 2010. At Tide and Moon you will can find Bracelets, Gems, Necklaces, Pendants, Rings and Beaded jewelry. Another great place to get gifts for your friends to bring home as souvenirs.

Island Cabana-  Island Cabana is a resort style store located on historic Pine Ave.  They carry and wide variety of Anna Maria Island favorites such as Lilly Pulitzer, toys for adults and children.  This Anna Maria Island Boutique is a favorite for local and visitors alike.

Pink and Navy- Also conveniently located on historic Pine Ave on Anna Maria Island this clothing boutique has fun beach apparel including Toms, sundresses, shorts, flip flops and more.

Creations by L- Offers a beautiful selection of hand beaded jewelry including bracelets, necklaces,  and wedding jewelry.  This awesome jewelry boutique also teaches beading classes for groups.  A fun way to do something different while staying on Anna Maria Island

Flip Flip Candy Stop- The Flip Flop Candy Stop offers, you guessed it Flip Flops and a wide variety of candy.  Their flip flip collection offers some of the island locals favorite brands such as Sanuk!

The Hive- The Hive Gifts and Arts, located on Anna Maria Island and a merchant of Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.  There is a wide variety of local handmade jewelry as well as imported silver jewelry from all over the world.

Restless Natives- Restless Natives is a fabulous lifestyle & home accessories boutique located on Marina Drive on Anna Maria Island, FL.  They have a mix of modern and vintage accessories for your home.  Perfect place to go if you are decorating a new vacation rental or your Anna Maria Island Home.

I hope this list helps you have the best stay possible while staying with Duncan Real Estate here on Anna Maria Island!

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Best Burgers on Anna Maria Island

Date posted: October 14, 2014

For the Best Burgers and Coldest Beer on Anna Maria Island look no further than Duffy’s Tavern located at 5808 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Duffy’s Tavern is family-owned and operated for over 35 years by former Holmes Beach mayor Pat Geyer. Pat and her five daughters Patti, Pam, Peggi, Penni and Polli have a simple selection with Burgers that will knock your socks off!

Try an office favorite of Duncan Real Estate is the Brie & Carmelized Onion Cheeseburger.

Duffy’s Tavern is open Monday – Saturday 11am to 8pm and Sunday 12p to 8pm and they are Closed on Tuesdays. Duffy’s was voted one of the top 10 “hamburger heavens” in the country by USA Today.

This local’s favorite has proven the test of time. Locals love Duffy’s and visitors come back year after year raving about the service, food and the little something special Duffy’s Tavern brings to Anna Maria Island.

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Halloween Trail of Treats

Date posted: October 9, 2014



Anna Maria Island Trail of Treats

It’s that time of year again!  I hope everyone is getting ready to attend the 2014 Halloween Trail of Treats.  The Anna Maria Island Chamber is Sponsoring the Trail of Treats and it is going to be held Friday, October 31st starting at 3:30pm starting at the Anna Maria Island Chamber.  There will be with a Kid Costume Contest for children ages 0-12.

Children and their families can go from business to business trick or treating and you don’t even have to be a member of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce to participate.  This is an annual event that kids of all ages look forward to!

If you are ready to have a spooky good time this Halloween here are the event times broken down by City:

Holmes Beach businesses: 4pm-6pm

Anna Maria businesses: 5pm – 7 or 8pm

Bradenton Beach businesses: 5pm – 7 or 8pm

Trail of Treats kicks off with a costume contest from 3:30-4pm at the AMI Chamber of Commerce, free photos in a photo booth provided by Walgreens & participating businesses passing out treats to the kids. We hope to see you there!

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Plan a Romantic Getaway to Anna Maria Island

Date posted: October 2, 2014

When traveling to Anna Maria Island for a romantic island getaway you may ask yourself a few questions.  What is there to do?  Where do we eat?  Where do we stay?  How much should I budget for?


Obviously you can contact Duncan Real Estate for information on any of our Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals.  We have houses large and small, with and without pools, everything from a cozy beach cottage to a vacation rental that will knock her socks off!

You can also surprise her with flowers by contacting our local area florists.

Siliva’s Flower Corner

5386 Gulf Dr. #107

Holmes Beach, FL

(941) 348-5880

Anna Maria Island Florist 

5312 Marina Dr.

Holmes Beach, FL 34217

(941) 778-4751

You may ask where should I take her to eat?

Beach Bistro 

6600 Gulf Drive

Holmes Beach, Fl.

(941) 778-6444

Bridge Street Bistro

111 Gulf Drive South

Bradenton Beach, Fl.

(941) 782-1122


111 South Bay Boulevard

Anna Maria, Fl.

(941) 778-1515

Sign of the Mermaid

9707 Gulf Drive

Anna Maria, Fl.

(941) 778-9399

The options are endless as to what you can do with your loved one on our magical island.  Plan a trip and see for yourself.  I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

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A Perfect Day for Golf

Date posted: September 25, 2014


What a beautiful day it is today on Anna Maria Island!  So many people come to Florida to golf.  Some people need a little guidance as to the best Golf Courses in our area.  I have put together this list to help people make their decision as to which course to choose.  Keep in mind that some courses do require memberships and others are open to the public.  Feel free to give them a call or check out their websites for more information.  I hope you enjoy your trip to beautiful Anna Maria Island


4260 Ironwood Circle

Bradenton, FL 34209

(941) 792-3288


4350 El Conquistador Pkwy.

Bradenton, FL 34210

(941) 758-1466


1801 27th St E.

Bradenton, FL 34208

(941) 708-6331


2000 Cortez Rd W.

Bradenton, FL 34207

(941) 756-0043


117 Bridge St.

Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

(941) 778-3388


7671 The Park Blvd

University Park, FL 34201

(941) 355-3888


6415 53rd Ave W.

Bradenton, FL 34210

Phone: (941) 792-6773


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Rainy Days on Anna Maria Island

Date posted: September 23, 2014


I know it is a disappointment when you travel to the beach and your day gets rained out.  Never fear, there is plenty to do to keep busy and explore the beautiful Anna Maria Island!  Here is a list to name a few:

  • Wander through our fascinating history at the AMI Historical Society on Pine Avenue, hours vary, typically 10-1 daily except Sunday.
  • Shop till you drop for area souvenirs at many of our island shops.
  • Visit Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez on 119th St.
  • While away a gray afternoon with a book from our public libraries in Holmes Beach & Bradenton Beach.
  • Shop the Ellenton Outlet Mall at the Intersection of 301 and I-75.
  • Visit the Red Barn Flea Market located at Hwy 301 in Bradenton
  • Take in a performance in our local Island Players Playhouse at NE corner of Pine and Gulf Dr.
  • Ride the free Trolley for island exploring.
  • Check out our art galleries and visit artsy shops.
  • Visit The Ringling Museum in Sarasota.
  • Take a step back in time at the AMI jail on Pine Ave.
  • Visit Mote Marine Museum (N. LBK) to learn about local marine/fish life in S. Longboat Key.
  • Visit the car museum in Sarasota.
  • Take a trip to local ice cream shops. (See our shopping activity list).
  • Mail some Anna Maria Island post cards to friends, and make them wish they were here.
  • Check your email with free wireless at AMI Chamber of Commerce.
  • Search around for your retirement home with a local Realtor.
  • Visit South Florida Museum, see the Manatees!
  • Visit the Chamber of Commerce to gather more information about the island.
  • Visit some local fish markets for local FRESH fish!
  • Take a day trip to St. Armand’s for unique shopping and romantic lunch/dinner opportunities.
  • Max out your credit cards shopping at our unique shops on Pine St. and perhaps early Christmas ideas.
  • Treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure at one of our island pamper shops.
  • Visit Mixon’s Fruit Farm. Take a tour of their facility in NE Bradenton.
  • Many restaurant/bar Happy Hours on the island! See our Happy Hour List on our website!
  • Walk the beach in the rain, great way to have the beach to yourself!!
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It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere

Date posted: September 22, 2014

Our guests often ask us where the best Happy Hours are on Anna Maria Island.  I have put together a list of the best places to st back, relax, and enjoy an adult beverage.

ISLAND TIME BAR AND GRILL–Mon. thru Sat. 11:30 to 5:00 p.m.

111 Gulf Dr. S.

Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

(941) 782-1122


ISLAND GOURMET GRILL–Fri. & Sat. 5 to 7 p.m.

5910 Marina Dr.

Holmes Beach, FL 34217

(941) 778-0333


HURRICANE HANKS–Daily 11:30 to 7:00

5346 Gulf Dr.

Holmes Beach, FL 34217

(941) 778-5788


D. COY DUCKS—Fri. & Sat. 6-9 p.m.

5410 Marina Dr.

Holmes Beach, FL 34217

(941) 778-5888


LOBSTAH’S–Daily 3-6 p.m.

5337 Gulf Dr. #500

Holmes Beach, FL 34217

(941) 779-1000


GULF DRIVE CAFÉ–Mon. thru Fri. 2-5:30 p.m.

900 Gulf Dr. N,

Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

(941) 778-1919


BRIDGE TENDER INN–Daily 4-7 p.m.

135 Bridge St.

Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

(941) 778-4849


THE WATERFRONT–Mon. thru Fri. 3-6 p.m.

111 South Bay Blvd.

Anna Maria, FL 34216

Phone: 941-778-1515


BANANA CABANA—Mon. thru Fri. 3-5 p.m.

103 Gulf Dr. N.

Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

(941) 779-1930


THE BEACHHOUSE—Mon. thru Fri. 3-5 p.m.

200 Gulf Drive North

Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

(941) 779-2222


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Bean Point Experience

Date posted: September 8, 2014


If visiting Anna Maria then a visit to the beautiful Bean Point with beautiful white sands and turquoise seas is a must. It is located at the North end of city of Anna Maria on North Shore Dr. There are several public walking ‘narrow’ paths between the homes to access the point. Parking is limited and monitored on Gladiolus and Fern St. You will need to make sure that all four wheels are off the road and that your car is pointing in the direction of traffic to avoid traffic violations. Just follow the beach access points which are plentiful and enjoy! The tides can be a very dangerous and strong for swimming at times, so beware. Sharks and tide both can be life threatening in this area. Beautiful, but one should be aware of strong tide and water currents and a good swimmer.

All earth’s natural beauty is the statement here! One can also reach the Rod and Reel Pier by walking around Bean Point to the North.

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Family Fun (off the Island)

Date posted: September 5, 2014

Being property managers to 90 vacation rentals here on Anna Maria Island we are frequently asked if there is anything to do that is worth leaving our beautiful island.  Although there is a wealth of things to do on Anna Maria Island, sometimes it’s nice to escape the Island life and head into town to explore Bradenton and Sarasota counties.  So what is there to do?  Here is a list of my personal favorite things to do when I leave the island.


2525 27th St E.,

Bradenton, FL 34208

941-748-5829 or 800-608-2525

The Mixon gift shop has specialty gourmet items, wines, and cookies. All fruits are available including grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, and more. Shipping is available onsite. A great place to learn about Florida’s citrus fruit industry! Bring your group to Mixon’s for a special luncheon at the Groveside Café and enjoy a shopping experience. Then enjoy a tour of their historic groves and wildlife center. They specialize in creating educational field trips for school children or summer camps, plus amazing luncheons and tours for tourists, church groups, social groups, gardening clubs, mommy groups and anyone else who has a group! Red Hats always welcome! If you have 12 people or more, you will qualify for a group reservation.

Open 10 am – 5:00 pm Nov. thru April

Open 10 am – 3:00 pm May thru Oct.

Monday-Saturday; Closed Sunday


1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 388-4441

Dive into the Aquarium

Explore the secrets of the sea through touch pools, viewable-working labs, and high-tech interactive exhibits that showcase the world-renowned research of Mote Marine Laboratory. See sharks, manatees and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life. Great family attraction just over S. Longboat Key bridge-immediate left, on North end of St. Armand’s Key.

Open: 10am to 5pm, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays!


1707 1st St.

Bradenton, FL 34208

(941) 747-3794

The Red Barn Flea Market is one of the largest flea markets in central Florida. Owned and operated by the same family since 1981, the Red Barn in Bradenton, FL, combines a traditional flea market, arts, crafts, jewelry, clothing, accessories, unique items, collectibles, plaza shops, food courts and open-air farmers markets on a 145,000 sq. ft. former lumber yard. Enjoy 80,000 sq. ft. of air-conditioned indoor shopping, fresh produce, entertainment and a variety of prepared foods. Embark on a treasure hunt through more than 600 flea market booths and shops. You’ll always find a special treasure at the Red Barn!


5401 Bay Shore Road

Sarasota, FL 34243


Truly one of the most exciting attractions in Florida! This facility includes eclectic collection of Baroque art, the Museum of the Circus, a thirty-room mansion, the historic Asolo theater from Venice, and some 60 acres of beautiful gardens. Wander through 31 galleries filled with treasures and old master painting and sculptures. There are onsite cafes to enjoy while you are enjoying your viewing experience.


5500 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 355-6228

The Sarasota Classic Car Museum is recognized as the second oldest continuously operating antique car museum in the Nation! Antique, exotic, European and one-of-a-kind classics are featured in our rotating exhibits throughout the museum.

Among 75 automobiles, see John Lennon’s 1965 Mercedes Benz, and Paul McCartney’s beloved Mini Cooper. Classic and muscle cars are on display side by side, including Don Garlit’s dragster number two, and even a horseless carriage! The entire facility has displays of rare exotic cars such as some the world’s foremost automobile manufacturers; Alfa Romeo, Bentley, Cadillac, DeLorean, Edsel and Ferrari, Rolls Royce, are just to name a few of the exquisite examples of automotive craftsmanship!

Self-guided tours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 7 days per week.


Bradenton, Fl. 34205

(941) 746-4131

South Florida Museum is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The museum interprets the region from the Pleistocene to the present. Highlights include fossil evidence of Florida’s earliest mammals and marine species and the Montague Tallant collection of prehistoric and early post-contact archeological artifacts. Recently opened is the Environmental Wing focusing on Florida’s ecology and bio-diversity in the Pine Uplands and Riverine Galleries.

Other exhibits cover local maritime traditions, early 20th-century medical practices and Spanish exploration in the New World. Spanish Plaza has full-scale replicas of a 16th-century manor house, chapel and conquistador Hernando DeSoto’s birthplace.

The Bishop Planetarium, featuring one of the most advanced all-digital projection systems in the world, presents astronomy programs the whole family will enjoy.

The Parker Manatee Aquarium, part of Florida’s manatee rehabilitation network, is home to the oldest known living manatee, famously known as ‘Snooty’.

Hours: Mon. – Sat. 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday Noon to 5 pm


1704 99th St. N.W.

Bradenton, Fl. 34209


Located in nearby Perico Island are nature walks and bike trails to enhance nature and bird watching.


1404 Manatee Ave. E.

Bradenton, Fl. 34208


The Fishing Village is located in heart of historic Cortez, just East of Cortez Bridge.  See the old fishing docks, seafood restaurants, boats, and historic marine artifacts.


4415 119th Street West

Cortez, Florida 34215


Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Saturday: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

An indoor museum displaying the history of the old historic Cortez fishing village, vintage boats, and fishing artifacts.




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Night on the Town Anna Maria Island

Date posted: September 3, 2014

After watching the beautiful sunset on Anna Maria Island what is there for adults to do?  A night on the town is important for all of us.  Yes, our island is only 7 miles long, but there is always something fun to do.  Here are some of our favorite places to go after the sun sets.

Waterfront Restaurant located on 111 South Bay Boulevard, Anna Maria is a quaint restaurant overlooking Tampa Bay. Dine in or out. Menu is updated seasonally based on the freshest products available. Micro brewery and wine bar. Open daily for lunch and dinner and our favorite spot to enjoy a Martini.

D.Coy Ducks located 5410 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach 34217. Open Every Day 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 a.m. They offer Texas Hold Em Poker Every Monday and Tuesday Night 7 & 9:30.  2-for-1 happy hour Fridays and Saturdays 6-9 p.m. Live Music Every Friday and Saturday Night 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.  Sunday NFL Football Package On 8 Flat Screen TV’s. All Major Credit Cards Accepted.

The Tiki Bar is located right on Gulf Drive.  This is one of our personal favorites because it is right on the beach.  It’s a great local place to go for live music and a cold beer. If you are looking for a friendly, “beach” food atmosphere, you will find it here. Live music, everything is outside, yet still under cover. The service is great. A Great little vacation bar!


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What’s for lunch?

Date posted: August 29, 2014

Duncan Real Estate on Anna Maria Island is no different than many of your offices too. We have a daily conversation about what to eat for lunch. The big difference between our office and most of yours is that our office is located on Anna Maria Island. Anna Maria Island is 7 miles long so that fact alone limits our restaurants to choose from.

Since we are property managers for almost 90 Anna Maria Island vacation rentals, I figured if we have a hard time deciding where to eat lunch many of our guests may have the same problem too. Here is a little guide to some of Duncan Real Estate’s favorite Anna Maria Island lunch time eateries.

Anna Maria General Store & Deli

Local island deli & home-made baked goods. Groceries, beer, and frozen bait available.

Anna Maria Oyster Bar

AMOB Cortez is located just five minutes from Anna Maria Island; the Oyster Bar is one of three in the Bradenton area. An island atmosphere awaits, especially once you visit the restaurant’s very own tiki bar and sample the seafood delights on offer with daily specials including all-you-can-eat fish ‘n’ chips, live Maine lobster and Alaskan King crab legs.

Duffy’s Tavern

Home of “world famous” burgers and the coldest beer this side of heaven. They are pretty great!

Eat Here

Eat Here is a chef-driven, Island bistro with an emphasis on local product served in plates suitable for sharing and tasting.

Ginny & Jane E’s at the Old IGA

Coffee, juice bar, bakery, sandwiches, gourmet grocery, custom catering. Vintage furniture; high-speed wireless.

J Burns Pizza

J Burns Pizza made from only the finest ingredients and baked to perfection. Their traditional thin, crisp crust loaded with quality toppings and cut in squares is what makes it so special.

Oma’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant

Pizza whole or by the slice, Italian specialties, Hero sandwiches, beer, & wine. Eat in, take-out or have delivered. Open 7 days 11:00 AM to midnight.

Poppo’s Taqueria

Poppo’s serves organic produce and antibiotic/hormone free, even some pastured meat. Exceptional Mexican food at a reasonable price.

Sandbar Restaurant

Another favorite with the locals this time at the northern tip of the island, the Sandbar also enjoys a perfect position for watching the sunsets over diner and plays host to over 150 weddings per year. With specials deck and early bird menus to complement a wide choice for lunch and dinner you are sure to find something to your taste here.

We hope that you enjoy some of our favorite spots as much as we do!

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Kayaks, Paddle Boards, Bikes, Oh My!

Date posted: August 27, 2014

We are constantly being asked where our guests can rent kayaks, paddle boards, bikes, golf carts, and baby equipment for their stay.  It seems silly to buy a kayak for a week long stay.  That being said there a a few companies on Anna Maria Island that rent these items to vacationers.  How awesome is that?!  People get to come to our beautiful island and do the activities that makes Anna Maria Island such a magical place.

Team Duncan has been on Anna Maria Island for many years.  We pride ourselves in only recommending companies that do business the way that we do.  That being said, Fun and More Rentals is a one stop shop for making your vacation to Anna Maria Island a trip to remember.

So what would you like to try while you are in town?  Ride a bike to dinner?  Fun and More Rentals has men’s bikes, ladies bikes, children’s bikes, adult 3 wheel bikes, bike trailers for kids and tandem bikes.  Water sports more your thing?  Fun and More Rentals has kayaks, paddle boards, boogie boards and sun fish sail boats.  Just need supplies for the beach?  It doesn’t make sense to spend hundreds of dollars on beach chairs, umbrellas, and activities if you don’t live by the beach.  Let them help!  We all know how hard it can be traveling with little ones.  Having to pack a pack n play, high chairs, strollers, car seats, and toys.  Wouldn’t it be nice to leave all of that at home and just borrow it when you got here?   We already know the answer to that.

It’s our goal at Duncan Real Estate to help our guests have the best time they can on Anna Maria Island. Keep it simple. There is lots to do on our 7 mile island.  Let the team at Fun and More Rentals help you out. 941-462-2719.  For a complete list of Anna Maria Island companies that we do business with check out our website .




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Food & Wine on Pine 2014

Date posted: April 28, 2014

Welcome to the wonderful world of Food and Wine on Pine! The much anticipated annual event will be taking place on Saturday, May 3, 2014 on historical Pine Ave from 11am-6pm.  Not your average street festival, locals and visitors to Anna Maria Island alike will be walking, sipping, munching, and even doing a little dancing!

New for 2014 – A Kentucky Derby Tent aka Pine Avenue Downs! (Taken from the Food & Wine on Pine Website)
Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Anna Maria
and Brighthouse Networks

Don’t want to miss the Kentucky Derby? Well, now you don’t have to! Visit Pine Avenue Downs at Food and Wine on Pine, a fully loaded Kentucky Derby tent outfitted with Big Screen TV’s showing a live simulcast of all the exciting events leading up to the quickest two minutes in sports, televised for your viewing pleasure. Other Derby related events include chance betting and fun prizes to win all throughout the day as well as a bar serving up Mint Julips and other signature Derby drinks, and so many authentic Derby things to do you will swear you are at the actual event.

Derby Hat Contest

Sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Ladies, or men, who would like to participate in the Hat Contest need to come to the Derby Tent on Pine Avenue to register and have their picture taken by 3 pm. Their pictures will be posted at the Derby Tent, aka Pine Avenue Downs. Come on in for a mint julep and vote for your favorite Derby Hat contestant.

At 4:30 pm all of the contestants will meet at the Derby Tent, aka Pine Avenue Downs, where the winners will be announced at 5 pm Prizes will be gift certificates for area shops and restaurants. Judging is up to the crowd. First and second place will be awarded prizes.

Check out more information about parking and additional details on the Food & Wine on Pine website.

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Nature, History & Beauty at Neal Preserve

Date posted: April 17, 2014

Anna Maria Island visitors have another spectacular place to be active and see some of Manatee County Florida’s most beautiful wildlife! For the past four years, with the help of a generous donation by the Neal family, crews have been hard at work turning 120 acres just east of the Manatee Ave. bridge into an ecological gem that overlooks the Sarasota Bay.

Rich with history, this beautiful public asset was once home to Native Americans. With some of the characteristics remaining, a history lesson is just one of many things to enjoy when visiting Neal Preserve. Visitors can view the open waterway from the observation tower, walk through the salt marshes on elevated boardwalks, and hike through the mangrove forests on packed shell trails.

There is free parking and free entry to Neal Preserve. It is also easy to access by bike, with trails connecting to nearby Robinson Preserve.

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2014 Island Fest

Date posted: April 7, 2014

Friday, April 11th 5-10PM 

Saturday, April 12th 10AM-10PM

Island CityFest 2014:  Be a part of this fun 2-day family friendly event, featuring: Continuous live music provided by a host of live entertainers on stage, a Food Court with local island restaurants and vendors, the LaPensee Classic Car Show on Saturday featuring vintage cars, AMI Fitness Kids Zone, Island Fine Arts, Jewelry & Crafts, Wine, Beer, Rum Runners, Margaritas and more! Island CityFest is being held at the Holmes Beach City Hall “Field” 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

WHATS NEW THIS YEAR: The famous “FLYING WALLENDA’S” will be performing three shows over the course of the two day event!! This will be the first year that The FLYING WALLENDA’S have performed on Anna Maria Island and we are so proud to feature their performance here!

Performance Times: Friday 4/11 – 5:30pm / Saturday 4/12 – 1pm and 5pm.

The Wallenda’s/Nic Wallenda walked across Niagara Falls in June 2012, a feat viewed internationally by 13 million people. He also walked across the Grand Canyon last year. Rick Wallenda (part of the Wallenda family) will be performing with others in the Wallenda family at our 2014 Island Cityfest.

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Blues, Brews & BBQ – THIS WEEKEND!

Date posted: March 21, 2014

If you are looking for something to do this weekend on Anna Maria Island, the title of the event says it all! Take the free trolley and head to Bradenton Beach to the historically festive Bridge Street for Blues, Brews, and BBQ! Bridge Street will be closed from 11am- 10 pm to accommodate local craft vendors lining the streets from beach to bay offering everything from jewelry to specialty culinary delights! With prize money at stake, a heated competition for the best local BBQ between restaurants will take place between 2pm-6pm. 

Sarasota band, AJ and The Automatics, will be playing Blues, Funk, & Jazz, music from 7-10pm.  A powerful force of nature on stage, Anthony J. was born in San Antonio TX, moved to Houston as a kid and started singing in church, where he realized that he had a voice. If you have not heard AJ and The Automatics you won’t want to miss this event.  Also hitting the stage will be the Lauren Mitchell Band, RJ Howson and Friends, Kara Nally Band, and Kettle of Fish.

There will be a VIP section with preferred seating under a tent which includes tickets for the BBQ contest, top shelf alcohol and beer, and a meal from the Bridge Street Bistro.

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Thanksgiving Dinner on Anna Maria Island

Date posted: November 26, 2013

Just about all of our vacation rentals have beautiful, full-sized kitchens.  But when you think of a beach vacation, cooking a huge meal probably isn’t on the list of things you want to do.  We came up with a list of restaurants on the island that will be open for Thanksgiving and their hours for the day.  So fill up on some of our island favorites and walk it off with a stroll in the beach! Happy Thanksgiving from our family here at Duncan Real Estate to yours! We hope you enjoy your delicious dinner and your stay here on Anna Maria Island.

The Sandbar                                    941-778-0444        12:30-9PM

Bridge Street Bistro                       941-782-1122        1-9PM

Bridge Tender Inn                         941-778-4849        12-9PM

Havana Cabana                              941-254-4999        7AM-9PM

Hurricane Hanks                            941-778-5788        11AM-2:30AM

Ocean Star Sushi                            941-778-1236        5-10PM

Gulf Drive Café                               941-778-1919        8AM-6PM

Café on the Beach                         941-778-0784        7:30AM-5PM


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Anna Maria Island Trolley

Date posted: September 12, 2013

Anna Maria Island is unique for many reasons.  One of my personal favorites is our Trolley.  Cute, charming, inviting, affordable and fun!  For visitors what better way to get around and not have to worry about finding your way back.  Residents love it too!  We live here, work here, shop here, eat here.  Sometimes there is a need to add a little change to a romantic date or a day out at the beach with friends.  This a a service that can be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.  We are proud Sponsors of the Anna Maria Island Trolley and hope that you enjoy a little something different on your next Island Adventure.  For more information on the Anna Maria Island Trolley check out the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce   We are looking forward to seeing you soon.

Fun, Safe, Affordable
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Dining Out on the Town of Sarasota, FL

Date posted: August 27, 2013

If you and your loved ones are the adventurous type and like to scope out the neighboring areas, Sarasota Magazine has put together a guide for you!  Best Restaurants 2013 Sarasota.  This edition has some of Team Duncan’s favorite spots.  Also highlighting an Anna Maria Island Original Eat Here.  I hope this helps you spice up your stay when you are visiting Anna Maria Island.  If you are thinking about visiting and haven’t decided where to stay, check out the newest additions to our Vacation Rental Suite.  We are already filling up for 2014 so don’t miss your chance!

Best of Sarasota 2013

Dine around town

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Anna Maria Island Small Business Expo

Date posted: August 19, 2013

The 2nd annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Small Business Development Expo is just around the corner!

Tickets to attend the expo are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

CrossPointe Fellowship Hall
8605 Gulf Drive
Holmes Beach
map it

For more information about the Expo please call:
AMI Chamber of Commerce
Debbie Wing

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Where a Kid can be a Kid

Date posted: July 22, 2013

The West Coast of Florida has been gearing up for the end of Summer Break Nationwide.  Back to school is right around the corner.  I am sure most of you have noticed the influx school supplies in local area retailers and the decreasing amount of everyday summer favorites like suntan lotion and beach towels.  A few months ago Anna Maria Island was gearing up for your families and loved ones to arrive in full force.  So what is there to do on this 7 mile stretch of beautiful beaches with the kids?


With a large portion of our Vacation Rentals occupied by families in these summer months I wanted to give your family some ideas.   It’s hard to remember what excited you when you were 3,4,5 or even 16.  Here is a Blog I read about fun things to do with your growing family at the beach.  Best part about this article, all 35 suggestions are free!  You can’t beat that!  Hope you enjoy this Blog as much as I did.

If you haven’t planned a week or even a weekend getaway before the school year starts, it’s not too late!

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Its almost here…. July 4th 2013

Date posted: June 30, 2013

One of my favorite times of year!  At this point in the summer we have all been able to enjoy the area and the reasons we live here to begin with.  Weather your passion is fishing, swimming, golfing, boating or simply enjoying the fresh air with your family.  We all enjoy the eclectic “make your self at home” atmosphere that you get when you are with your friends on Anna Maria Island.  The 4th of July Festivities are just one day out of 365 days a year that this Island feels a little magical.

Everyone has their own traditions, activities, events, games, and ways they like to celebrate 4th of July.  Some wake up, dress the family up in their best red, white, and blue swim attire and head to the beach or pool.  Others will head into town and shop the day away.  My personal favorite is having a group of my favorite friends and family over and lighting up the grill, which stays going all day with a variety of meat, and fresh local fish that we caught earlier this week. People come and go all day long, everyone has the same purpose and that is to celebrate this Country and being grateful for our little Island Oasis on Anna Maria Island.  We always try to remember the reason for the Holiday and celebrate this country we are all so fortunate to live in.

Another local favorite is 20th Annual Beach House Fireworks Extravaganza! information provided by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce website 

20th Annual Beachhouse Fireworks Extravaganza 

Wednesday, July 03, 2013 from 07:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The Independence Day celebration will showcase two days of Fireworks
Make a day of it!! Before the fireworks, Play, Shop and Dine on Bridge Street and the nearby area shops, within walking distance of the Beachhouse. Take a walk on the Bridge Street Pier, shop at one of the unique boutiques or beach friendly shops, sit at one of the outdoor cafes and enjoy all the wonderful things to do. Fun for the whole family.
For more information and VIP table purchase, contact Shawn Rhoton at the Beachhouse Restaurant. You may also contact the Chiles Group corporate office at 941-778-8705 or visit our website at events that this area has to offer.
The beauty of celebrating here on the Island is that you make the rules!  Create your own traditions, bend the rules, laugh harder, smile longer, play until you are exhausted.  When you are here on Anna Maria Island, you are on Island Time.  To our friends who didn’t get to make it for this years festivities make sure you book your Vacation Rental Home now for the Summer 2014 space is limited and our homes fill up fast one of our Team Duncan staff members will be happy to help you select the perfect house for your families needs.
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That “Old Florida” Feel of Anna Maria Island

Date posted: June 13, 2013

People ask us all the time when they are looking at vacation rentals online, “what is that ‘Old Florida’ feel?”  Growing up on the Island it wasn’t something that was unique to me.  The Island has always been some place special to me.  I didn’t realize that the area I was fortunate to grow up in was unique in many ways.

First I will say that the people are remarkable!  Friendly, easy going, creative, colorful and enjoying their life to the fullest.  Anna Maria Island is a 7 mile stretch of beautiful white sand beaches.  That may seem like a pretty small amount of space to house year round residents as well as the growing tourist market.  Yet, this 7 mile island is home to 3 cities:

Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and Anna Maria with a combined population of roughly 8,800 people in 2012.   There are families of all size and age groups, single women and men, professionals and retirees all living on our remarkable island.  The locals are friendly to each other and visitors alike.   The “welcome join us” attitudes make you want to come back for more fun and good times year after year.

A portion of the Old Florida feel is certainly attributed to the locals.

Art and Architecture definitely add to the feeling you get on the Island.  The artists on the Island create unique artwork on simple materials, like old driftwood, scrap metal, roofing tin, old furniture, “junk” as some people might think.  By the time these creative minds have their chance to revitalize these materials, some of the pieces take on a whole new life.  These artists simply add that Old Florida feel to previously considered “trash” and instantly becomes artwork locals and visitors love!

It says a lot about any dining establishment when you walk in and see locals sitting at the bar or enjoying their lunch.  Anna Maria Island has a variety of restaurants and dining establishments.  When you walk in you will be greeted by a smiling face and see local residents enjoying local food favorites.  Nothing gives you that Old Florida feeling like a Fresh Grouper sandwich, iced cold beer and the magnificent sunsets of Anna Maria Island.

I guess the best answer to the question what is the Old Florida  feel?   In one word I would say Charm.  This beautiful Island full of Community, Events, Laughter, Families, Shopping, Fun and Leisure is packed full of Charming people, participating in Charming events.  As a visitor-turned-resident once said to me, “I came to Anna Maria Island on Vacation and when I got home I realized that I still had a little sand in my soul”

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May Days Play Days

Date posted: May 31, 2013


May 2013 has been a memorable month for Team Duncan as well as for the residents and visitors of Anna Maria Island.  It feels like there is always something to look forward to when you live in Paradise as most of us do.  This month started off with Food and Wine on Pine May 4th 2013, this fun-filled unique event has great music, fabulous local artists, and you guessed it food and wine.

That same weekend May 5th, 2013 was also the event local brides to be wait for, The 6th Annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Wedding Festival which showcased the best catering, boutiques, cakes, ceremony sites, DJs, florists, Jewelers, photographers, venues, spas, you name it.   This event is great for anyone to attend.  How can you go wrong when you have the areas best of everything all featured at the same event?


Speaking of Manatee County’s best, May is also the month that Manatee County announces the  Small Business of the Year Award.  Team Duncan was honored to be nominated and make it to the finals this year!!!  We would like to congratulate and support the 2013 winners.The Awards went to:Bunker Hill Vineyard & Winery, NetWeave Social Networking, Suncoast Business Technologies, LLC, Johnson PhotoImaging,We also want to give our praise to our fellow finalists:

Advanced Technology Services & Support, Jerry Solomon
Canada Med Services / Discount Prescription Services, Dulcy Kushmore
Clean As A Whistle of Manatee, LLC, Deborah Cassidy
DuncanReal Estate, Darcie Duncan
Epoch Solutions, Inc., Patti & Eric Brown
Grapevine Communications, Angela Massaro-Fain & John Fain
HHHT Auto Care, Inc., Traci Intyre
Holiday Inn Sarasota-Bradenton Airport, Mohammad Gharavi and Jiten Patel
It Works! Global, Mark Pentecost
Jose M. Goldberg, DDS, PA, Jose M. Goldberg
Key Glass, LLC, Greg, Sheril and Justin Burkhart
L.A. Events, Inc., Lisa Arrigo Hoban
LED Lighting Systems, LLC, Robert & Jane Burns
Manasota Flooring, Bob Tiffany and Chris Quattlebaum
Manatee Painting Contractors, Inc., David Dillingham, Jr. and Danny Dillingham
Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders     , Trevor Gooby
Rayco Electric, Inc. Raymond Felske and Bryan Hindman
Scroggins Insurance Agency, Inc., Wayne & Sandy Scroggins
Statewide Protection Associates, LLC, Travis Savoie and Lance Biddle
Two Trails, Inc. – Green Building Consulting, Drew & Debbie Smith
University Animal Clinic, Dr. Robert Rill, Jr.
Williams Wealth Management Group, Derek R. Williams

We are proud to be grouped with these other fantastic businesses  here in Manatee County!


I almost forgot a personal favorite of Team Duncan.  The 2013 Pace Center for Girls Duck Race.  This event is so much fun every year!  Events include the Ducks in Paradise “Ducktail Party:” at Palmetto Riverside Bed and Breakfast offering great  food, music, games, and auctions.  There is the main event the following day Lucky Ducky Race for PACE at the new Bradenton Riverwalk! Food, entertainment & lots of family fun culminating in over 15,000 rubber ducks racing down the Manatee River in the heart of Bradenton!

If you were not able to participate this year, you will want to make sure that you stay in town next year during the month of May.  Although Team Duncan is exhausted, each one of these events was an event to remember.  Fantastically put together by our areas finest.  Have your friends and family come down and join you!  If they need a place to stay you can always have them contact my team.  Our Vacation Rentals book fast so this is the Prime Time to book for 2014 Spring Events.

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Date posted: February 3, 2010

The Florida Association of Realtors numbers are in for the month of December, and they paint a very rosy picture for residential sales, marking the 16th straight month that sales activity has increased! Existing home sales in the State rose 33 percent last month compared to December 2008, with a 91 percent increase in existing condos! Median sales prices, however, continued to decline—10% less this December as opposed to last December. (The median is the midpoint at which half the homes sold for less and half sold for more.) (more…)

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The Skinny on Growing Short Sales

Date posted: January 26, 2010

Realtors and Economists alike, predict that 2010 may herald the top of the short sale market. That’s one reason why I am happy to see that the Obama Administration realeased guidelines to become rules in April providing incentives for loan servicers and homeowners to engage in short sales when borrowers don’t qualify for a loan modification.

The most salient guidelines allow borrowers to receive pre-approved short term sales prior to property listing; release borrowers from future liability if the sale goes through, and finally, require that loan servicers respond to offers within 10 days of seller approval. In addition, they prohibit the reduction of real estate brokerage commissions stated in listing agreements (a practice that’s been a sore point with many real estate agents).

Although the new guidelines also offer some monetary incentives to borrowers, servicers and second lien holders of up to $6,500 in total, there are still too many obstacles, in my view, to substantially speed up the process. Among the most difficult obstacles is the lack of organization within the lender/investor ranks to help create a unified process through which to move short sale offers. And in the coming months as short sales increase, approval times will most likely bog down.

Is there an assembly line expert in the house?

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Date posted: January 12, 2010

Buying an income-producing property now may be the best way to start the New Year. Prices have consistently fallen for the last three years, making such an investment very affordable and propitious.

In 2006, a record 138 income properties (properties from one to five units used specifically for rental purposes) sold at an average price in Manatee County of almost $296,000. By the end of December, 2009, only 66 income properties sold with an average sales price of about $113,000, a greater than 50% price drop. Of the income producers which sold this year, those fetching the top nine sales prices were all situated on Anna Maria Island. At an average price of $394,573, these sales topped the average County price by more than 300 percent!

While the market continues to deliver income producers with an excellent return on investment based on these low prices, I’d counsel any investor to think about a duplex, triplex or other, while the rental market remains strong and while income is very apt to cover expenses. Another piece of advice I give too is this: You aren’t buying a home for yourself nor your mother. Be realistic about upgrades and remodels since renters are there for the short term, and won’t be as stringent as if they were in their own homes.

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Date posted: December 29, 2009

If 2009 will go down in our minds as the year of the economic slowdown, then 2010 is hopefully going to become the year when gray skies cleared. One sign of this new beginning is the fact that the number of residential home sales in Manatee County from January 1 of this year through December 15th grew 14% over last year for the same period. Another sign I like is that condo sales, which had fallen from grace (in all of Manatee County, a total of only 575 units sold during the 2008 period), this year represent about 21% of total unit sales. To put this into better perspective, condo sales outperformed single family home sales on the Island this past year. They represented just under half of all residential sales as opposed to last year when condo sales accounted for under one third of all sales on the Island.

Pricing was down, however. The average County residence sold in 2008 for $252,000; this price dropped this year by 33 percent to $170,000. However, because rates appear to be staying low, and with homebuyer tax credits extended, I am confident that unit sales will continue to grow. And, I also believe prices will stabilize, given that predictions point to and end of foreclosed properties by the end of 2010.

No matter what 2010 is about to bring, I’m one to believe in the New Year as a time for new hope, new aspirations and new beginnings. And that means blue skies.

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Date posted: December 22, 2009

Close to 500 buyers will be having a very merry holiday this season, as they move into their new purchases. According to MLS, 473 residential properties have come under contract in Manatee County since November 1, most of which are expected to close before the end of 2009. Their average listing price, according to MLS, is $245,600. Since December 1 (and as of this writing December 14), a total of 130 homes have sold in Manatee at an average sales price of $221,766. That’s a 14 percent increase in the number of sales between this and last year although prices dropped 17 percent on average for the same period. On the Island, residential sales fared better: They dropped 10 percent in price for the period, but the number of sales more than doubled the first two weeks of December this year versus last year.

This activity spells lots of cheer for many new homeowners and it means lots of hope and good signs for a recovery in our market. December has not been very active in recent years in our neck of the beaches. This year, there’s an uptick. It’s as beautiful to see as as a gorgeous big ribbon on a box. May the holidays bring everyone some joy.

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Date posted: December 16, 2009

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has just recently announced new lending rules for condominium buyers, which are sure to be a blow to the numbers of buyers who have increasingly relied on FHA financing. The rules place limits on the number of buyers in a given building who can get FHA financing and in new buildings, where at least 30 percent of the units must be pre-sold before the agency insures new loans. Unlike traditional mortgages, FHA loans only require a 3.5 percent downpayment, a reason why one in four new loans today is an FHA mortgage.

Although this would appear to have strong rippling effects in the condo market, on Anna Maria it is not likely to have major impact. For one thing, FHA loans are meant only for primary residences—while on Anna Maria buyers tend to buy second homes or investment properties primarily. For another, condo buyers in general, have already experience the tight restrictions in place with regards to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgages for the last year.

It’s no surprise that the Feds have tightly cinched lending rules and regulations. They are only trying to ensure that customers purchase units in viable buildings and that defaults on condo projects don’t rise too high. While I applaud the move for now, I just hope that they’ll be flexible enough to know when it’s time to loosen the knot.

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Date posted: December 8, 2009

Although the latest statistics issued by the Florida Association of Realtors point to a 45% rise in the number of existing home sales in October as compared to the same month last year, and an amazing 82% jump in condo sales for the same period, there is nothing out there pointing to a full housing recovery yet. More so, with buyers and sellers needing a better understanding of the conditions of the sales environment in which they operate—how short sales impact pricing, how lenders are changing their standards for lending and how disclosure requirements might affect negotiating—it seems that the time for working with a realtor is perhaps more important now than ever before.

Every Realtor®, a member of the National Association of Realtors, is bound to subscribe to a strict code of ethics. Each must also be prepared to provide important services to the customer unraveling and interpreting the processes involved in buying and selling real estate, everything from providing required disclosures and documents, to locally relevant information for buyers making life changes. Realtors, too, serve as allies to their customers, providing negotiation and pricing know-how. They also serve as valuable marketing partners and as interpreters of the specific language relating to real estate. Their expertise on changes in the laws and regulations pertaining to transactions and their usefulness as third party participants greatly aid the buying and selling process.

Even though the real estate stars are looking up and more in our favor, don’t be fooled into thinking that the real estate market coast is clear. Find a realtor. See the light.

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Exciting Changes in our Property Management Division

Date posted: December 2, 2009

In a move designed to better serve our ever growing Property Management business, I am very pleased to announce that Elaine Mullhaupt, a TeamDuncan veteran, will be leading our rental management division. Elaine, who also speaks Spanish, has spent more than 20 years in the international arena, managing sizeable properties and those belonging to investment groups.

Other changes include Frank Migliore, also a long-standing team member, who has been appointed as Service Manager and will continue to handle all long-term rentals. Dianne Hackbart, a newcomer to TeamDuncan, will be serving as the company’s Reservation Specialist.

This reorganization is part of our continuing effort to enhance our customer service and maintain growth for the coming years. Property Management – in all its facets – is one of our fastest growing services, and with these appointments, we are positioning ourselves not only for growth, but to be able to serve you better! I am proud of our team, and know you will be too.

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Date posted: November 24, 2009

I’m glad to relay the latest figures from the National Association of Realtors which, on Nov. 17th, reported that first time buyers accounted for a record 47 percent share of home sales over the past year, up from 41 percent in 2008. To put this into perspective, that’s a whole 11 percent more than their share of the market in 2006—a cyclical low. Even more encouraging is the fact that existing home sales are up to over 5 million, a 2 percent gain over 2008.

Why is this so significant? According to the NAR’s chief economist, Lawrence Yun, the “draw-down of inventory will help home values to turn positive in 2010.” In fact, he predicts that with the tax credit extended to the middle of next year, home prices “should rise” between 3 and 5 percent. He forecasts that sales of homes will rise almost 14 percent in 2010.

Although Florida has been among the states hardest hit by the housing crisis of the past few years, I foresee a faster recovery than most states in the year to come. After all, haven’t I always maintained that sun and sand are always a better bet than cold and gray?

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Date posted: November 17, 2009

Kudos to Washington for extending the $8,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers and for expanding it to provide up to $6,500 in credits to homebuyers moving up into new primary residences. This brings much needed opportunity to many more homebuyers who want to get into the market and helps to provide greater stimulus for our economy. (more…)

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Date posted: November 11, 2009

I was so pleased to see that two local Sarasota celebrities, HGTV’s Design Star Contestant Jason Champion and “Chic on the Cheap” author Mark Dalton will face off on a home style competition for Manatee County Habitat for Humanity and unveil their designs for two Habitat homes on Saturday, November 14. The proceeds from this event will benefit the County’s Habitat and celebrate the building of their 100th home in a new 12-home community situated in Palmetto named Washington Park. (more…)

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Date posted: November 3, 2009

With summer over and our season about to “kick in,” many of our customers who took advantage of great pricing to jump into the vacation rental market are now wondering how to go about renting those properties, more specifically, if they should hire a management company or try to go it alone. (more…)

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Date posted: October 27, 2009

Once in a while it’s fun to see what trends, if any, may be evident in the luxury home market. A recent overview of MLS sales and listing data for both Anna Maria and Longboat key regarding this particular segment, i.e. properties selling at or over one million dollars, uncovered a few interesting revelations. Single family luxury homes sold for about the same average price as luxury condos since last October, and while three times as many of these residences sold on Longboat Key than did on Anna Maria Island, there’s only a 28% differential between the average sales price of a luxury property on Longboat Key ($1,877,000) and on Anna Maria ($1,344,000). Considering, however, that the average square footage of a Longboat Key luxury property was 3,300 while on Anna Maria it was 2,600, Anna Maria property sold at around 3 percent more a square foot! (more…)

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Date posted: October 20, 2009

Having just become a Certified Distressed Property Expert®, like several of my TeamDuncan Associates who are CDPE’s or about to become CDPE’s, I’d like to advise any and every homeowner out there who thinks they may be facing foreclosure at some point in time, to know that they’ve got allies among our group who hold specific understanding of the complex issues confronting the real estate industry, and the foreclosure avoidance options available to homeowners. (more…)

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Date posted: August 26, 2009

There’s a new tool available to realtors that will come in handy for sellers and buyers wanting a clear understanding of trends in the marketplace and how that will affect pricing or offers. It’s called the Market Conditions Report that can be accessed via MLS, and it is actually part of the required information residential property appraisers must submit when delivering appraisals for Fannie Mae loans. For realtors, this report will come in handy as we work with sellers and buyers to evaluate property values. (more…)

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Date posted: August 12, 2009

A recent front page article in the Wall Street Journal provides and astounding portrait of the growing divide between the mass housing market (under $300,000) and the high end market—generally defined as homes that cost above $750,000. Partly due to the housing rescue plan which is stirring first time home buyers to get out in droves and continued low mortgage and down payment rates, the divide is also being caused as the affluent take to saving cash, following large economic losses. Additionally, the article notes that inventory of high end homes is on the rise, as are defaults and deficiencies of prime jumbo mortgages, leading analysts to predict overall price declines of 60% –way above the 40% of the rest of the market. (more…)

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Date posted: August 4, 2009

The Florida Association of Realtors announced last week that Florida existing home sales had risen for the 10th consecutive month in the year-to-year comparison as well as in the May 2009 to June 2009 comparison. Sales of existing homes rose by 28% over last June, while condos were the biggest winner with a 39% increase over last year, and an 8.3% increase over condo sales in May this year. Of course, these great figures sent me poring over my MLS stats to see where Manatee County and the Island stand. (more…)

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Date posted: July 28, 2009

I’m always up for a good idea, and one recent bit of information that sparked my interest was the special report issued by Florida Tax Watch in April recommending the establishment of a retirement visa for foreigners as a way of helping revive Florida’s vital real estate industry. Citing the fact that Florida’s housing market contributed over $125 billion to the nation’s GDP in 2007, a move such as this one would make sure to revitalize our state’s stagnant economy. It would also improve our overall contribution to the nation’s economy, particularly since Florida has three times the percentage of foreign buyers as the United States as a whole. (more…)

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Date posted: July 15, 2009

The banking research firm Credit Suisse & Clayton estimates that almost 9 million properties are distressed in the United States , with 800,000 of these being REO’s—bank owned properties. Most buyers think, and quite rightly so, that a bank-owned property is easier to buy because the time period from offer to contract to sale is relatively short. What they may not know is that an offer on an REO is more than likely to be considered in competition with other offers, while short sales, by their very nature, require that the lending institution work to approve only one offer at a time. Buyers may face 90 days or more before a response on a short sale offer, but at least theirs will be alone. (more…)

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Date posted: July 8, 2009

Spring has always signified the “dawn of new life,” but I’m thinking that this year’s springtime may be a summer event when it comes to real estate. First and foremost is the good news that as of July 1, first time homebuyers in Florida have been able to apply the new federal tax credit of $8000 to their downpayment. Although funds won’t become available until sometime in August, the State is allowing the funds to be used for all new homebuyer downpayments, including FHA loans. (more…)

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Date posted: July 1, 2009

Good Morning America announced last week that, according to the National Association of Realtors, fully 50% of all residential sales in 2009 were priced $100,000 or less and that half of those were short sales or foreclosed properties. This made me take a look at Manatee County figures to see where we stand vis a vis that report. (more…)

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Date posted: June 24, 2009

Two news articles earlier in June would have worried, even helped scare us to death! On June 2nd, one reported that foreclosures filed this year are 23 percent ahead of last year’s record pace “with no end in sight.” Then on June 17th, another referred to a report by the Brookings Institution which ranked the Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice metropolitan area as 20th worst in the country in terms of the negative impacts brought on by the recession (Bradenton relied “too much on tourism and inflated real estate prices to keep its economy going,” it said.) Although I won’t dispute the claims, I will and can choose to look at these reports differently. (more…)

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Date posted: June 17, 2009

The National Association of Realtors has been urging consumers for the past year to buy real estate now, and to work with a realtor when they do so. A report just released by the Association on the demographic characteristics and business activities of the typical Florida realtor reinforces the fact that in Florida, buyers and sellers would do well to avail themselves of the expertise and professionalism possessed by most realtors.

In Florida, 58 percent of realtors are female and their median age is 55 (compared to 60 percent and age 54 nationwide). Almost half have a bachelor’s degree or higher, more than half consider residential brokerage their specialty, and typically she has been in the business for ten years, which is the same as the median years nationally. About one third of all realtors hold a professional designation with 22 percent holding a certification. A clear majority of realtors work at least 40 hours a week and 90 percent are sure they’ll remain active as real estate professional during the next two years.

Clearly, this is a very dynamic and experienced group of professionals, dedicated to helping people make very important decisions. Given the fact that 2008 was a very challenging year for realtors, when sales volume softened and transactions went way down, I am proud to see that we continue to make things happen in and for an industry that’s never without challenge.

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Date posted: June 10, 2009

A study released by the Florida Association of Realtors on June 3rd analyzing migration, mobility and second home purchase patterns paints a very rosy picture for Florida’s future. Among several salient factors produced in the report is that Florida is one of the primary migration destinations in the country and the largest in the South. Further, the State is also among the top locations for second homes purchased for vacation or investment purposes, with home ownership much higher than the national average.

Florida had a total population of 18.3 million in 2008. This number is expected to reach 19.3 million by July 2010 and 23.4 million by 2020, according to Census Bureau data revealed in the report. This rapid and large growth ranks Florida third among states in population growth. Needless to say, these numbers mean a continued growth for real estate sales in the coming years. Although net migration to the State has shown a recent decline, due to the softening market conditions in the states that were the sources of the largest migration flows to Florida, the report also shows that Florida continues to receive its immigrants from the same sources, namely New York state and the northeast. Among foreign buyers, Miami and Orlando received a combined 24% of the total foreign market, with Bradenton-Sarasota in third position at 9%.

I invite anyone interested in reading this full report to do so by logging in to It’s a great way to brighten up your thoughts if low prices and long days on market are getting you down. Better days are on the way.

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Date posted: June 3, 2009

A report issued by the Florida Association of Realtors on May 27 reports an 18% increase in existing home sales for the month of April—the eighth consecutive month that sales activity increased in the year to year comparison. Even more significant is the statistic that existing condo sales rose 21% in April, a 6.2% increase over condo sales statewide in March. The report, however, is not so positive on the median price of homes which declined by 31% comparing April 2008 to April 2009. Interestingly, Florida median sales prices have outpaced the national drop of 19% reported on May 27 by

Manatee County has held up better than the Statewide average. The median price of a home in Florida is $138,500, in Manatee County, that price is $175,800, based on April sales. Among condos, Manatee County outpaces the Statewide median price by 26%: $142,500 in Manatee as compared to $106,600 for all of Florida.

Manatee mirrors the same 31% decrease in the median price of homes April 2008 compared to April 2009. Industry analysts within the National Association of Realtors credit the numerous discounted sales and foreclosures as the culprits creating the downward distortion of the current national market. I concur with this opinion with regard to Manatee’s depressed prices. But there’s hope yet: What goes down, afterall, must come back up.

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Date posted: May 27, 2009

Ed DeLosh, a seasoned professional with 28 years of experience in property development, purchasing, remodeling, marketing, sales and sales merchandising, has joined Duncan Real Estate as the company’s vacation property management specialist.

A visitor to Anna Maria Island since 1962 and a resident since 1989, Ed brings a strong familiarity of the area to his new position. “Ed will apply his acute understanding of location marketing and merchandising to propel Duncan Vacation Rentals to the next level, “said Broker Owner Darcie Duncan. “During the past year, TeamDuncan, developed an interactive marketing web site for our vacation rentals. Our next step is to broaden our user base and increase our property line. Ed is THE PERSON who will oversee operations and keep to the task at hand.”

Ed is the father of three grown children – two daughters, Brooke DeLosh, 28, and Erin McCormack, 27, and a son, Eddie DeLosh, Jr., 22 . He is also a proud grandfather of Whitney Rose, 3 years old. Born in Japan while his family was based on military assignment, he was subsequently raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Bradenton, Florida. He currently makes his home in Bradenton Beach.

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Date posted: May 20, 2009

The good news is that Florida sales of single family homes for the first quarter of 2009 increased by 25% over the same period last year. The bad news, which is not surprising, is that the median sales price fell overall by 30%. These are major findings of a survey conducted by the Florida Association of Realtors and the University of Florida among Florida MLS boards and associations. It also reveals that the largest realtor sales increase of 141% took place in the Fort Myers-Cape Coral district, where prices dropped by the largest percentage in the State: a 58% median sales drop from $219,200 in the first quarter of 2008 to $92,500 for the same period this year.

How did Manatee County fare? According to the figures reported for the Sarasota-Bradenton area, realtor sales in this Metropolitan Statistical Area remained rather flat, increasing by only 2%, while prices dropped 40% to a median price of $146,900 the first quarter of 2009 as compared to a median price of $245,600 at the end of the first quarter in 2008. Among Realtor boards and associations, Sarasota-Bradenton had the lowest increase in realtor sales, but still fared better than Pensacola, Gainesville and Fort Walton Beach and Tallahassee which experienced a drop of realtor sales by 29%. In terms of median sales pricing, Sarasota-Bradenton’s was among the worst in the state, second only to Fort Myers-Cape Coral, and just ahead of Punta Gorda and Miami, where prices dropped by 38%.

This survey did not take into account new home sales nor residential property other than existing single family units, nor was Data from the Marco Island Association of Realtors available. However, the data is consistent with what we have reported recently and often: pricing is down, and close to the bottom. There’s nowhere but up from here.

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Date posted: May 13, 2009

I am definitely, positively optimistic about all the recent reports regarding healthier banks, higher consumer confidence indexes and brighter economic forecasts. For this reason I remain optimistic about a strengthening of the housing market, particularly sales. However, I still remain cautious about encouraging sellers to believe that prices have stabilized and that volume is certainly on the rise. In fact, my review of MLS sales data on unit sales and average pricing continues to show a slower 2009 than 2008, with both Manatee County and the Island remaining sluggish compared to last year.

Half as many Island properties sold in the month of April, 2009 than did for the month of April 2008. For all of Manatee County, the figure is not quite as alarming, but it shows that 2008 April sales across the County outpaced 2009 April sales by 15%. More important perhaps than the drop of sales is the drop in price: Manatee County pricing dropped 36% on average comparing April sales last year to this year. Although pricing held up better on the Island where the average sales price is currently 54% higher than the average for the County, Island prices are currently 39% lower on average for closed sales in April this year versus last.

This is not meant to be alarming; it is simply a call for sellers to understand that fewer sales mean fewer buyers, and that if they are serious about selling, they’ll need to be flexible in pricing and in negotiating. Be optimistic, but be cautious!

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Date posted: May 6, 2009

One of the best pieces of news I’ve heard lately is the Florida Consumer Attitude Survey report issued April 29th saying consumer confidence among Floridians surged six points to 71, way above the bottom 59 recorded last June which was the lowest level in the index’s 25-year history. The University of Florida’s Survey Research Center at the Bureau of Economic and Business Research reported that the surge relates directly to Floridians believing we’ve hit the bottom and won’t see things getting any worse.

In my opinion, there’s a good lesson for Buyers and Sellers in real estate to garner from this news: Buyers need to become a bit more realistic in offers they make on properties, understanding that, for the most part, pricing is close to 2003 levels, before the “boom.” Sellers, too, need to take every offer seriously, and work to bring Buyers closer to their pricing based on actual comparable data. Finally, realtors need to be forthcoming with information about the market, educating buyers and sellers about the 30% increase in sales in Manatee County last March to this March, and the 5% decrease in inventory last year to this year.

I agree with one Island columnist saying we’re just around the corner from the bottom. My advice is if you want to sell your house, work with any offer, and if you want to buy a house, accept the fact that we’re on the bottom home stretch.

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Date posted: April 29, 2009

A nationwide survey by California-based real estate research firm MarketGain reports that almost half of all homeowners think their homes should be priced 10% to 20% higher than their sales agents have recommended. At the same time, the survey of 700 realtors across the country said that 60% of homebuyers say that asking prices are too high. I have always maintained that the market reveals where pricing should be, and that a look at recent sales data is the best indicator of pricing levels. Are homeowners indeed asking too much and are buyers right in thinking they are?

A review of MLS sales data for residential property on Anna Maria Island reveals that MarketGain’s findings are on the money. Between January 1 and April 15 this year, 43 residences sold on the Island. The average sales price was 84% lower than the list price; the median sale price of $607,500 was 82% lower than the
list price. Buyers are indeed showing us that sellers are asking about 15% more than they should be.

I like to remind sellers that real estate sales agents don’t pull prices out of their hats; they look at sales data, just as I have, to determine market value. I believe that sellers who listen to their agent’s market evaluation won’t spend the 292 days it takes on average so far this year to market a house. By bringing the price in tune to the market, I know sellers will sell sooner and buyers will change their thinking. Price is everything.

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Date posted: April 15, 2009

The Manatee Association of Realtors has just released the March 2009 MLS statistics for Manatee County. Although they show that median sales prices have dropped 33.4% from last March, the good news is that almost 9 percent more homes were under contract in March than were a year ago, and even more exciting, that the number of months of inventory supply dropped almost 20%! Last March, inventory held at 14.6 months, whereas this March, our supply is at 11.8 months. Experts who follow the real estate market and inventory measures will tell you that a sellers’ market usually starts when inventory is down to about six months. This is the closest we’ve been to that point in several years.

What other excellent news can I deliver??? Buyers will be happy to know that the median price of homes is still 32% less than the average sales price, meaning that buyers are still benefiting from low pricing. However, sellers will be happy to know that the number of homes on the market dropped by almost 11% over last March’s figures, and that trend would indicate a leveling of prices, if not slight increases soon.

Looks like we’re headed in the right direction!

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Date posted: April 8, 2009

A customer who is selling an investment property as a short sale (more is owed than the property is worth) was perplexed last week when my market analysis for his bank showed the property’s market value 15% higher than the offer the bank was reviewing. I explained that as a distressed property is was not unusual to see offers much lower than the property’s current market value. Was my response based on fact or fiction? I went to MLS statistics and reviewed first quarter of 2009 residential sales in Manatee County.

It is very apparent that distressed property (residences which are short sales, in foreclosure or bank owned) lists and sells at a much lower price than non-distressed property: $158,117 for the average distressed sale, or 30% less than the average sale price of $224,681 for a non-distressed sale.

The data also shows that the average distressed sale takes 30 days less than the average non distressed sale, a definite indication that distressed properties tend to list at rock bottom pricing to garner and get offers sooner than their counterparts.

What do these facts say about my customer’s property? His offer is lower than the average, but then again, the property’s not average at all. What is consistent is that the offer is certainly lower than it would have been were the property not a short sale. Will the offer fly? Only the banker knows for sure, and that’s in keeping with every distressed sale.

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Date posted: April 1, 2009

Last week, the Florida Association of Realtors reported that State sales of existing homes rose 20% for the month of February compared to the same month last year. At the same time, the National Association of Realtors reported a country-wide sales increase of 5.1% over the number of sales for the same month last year. This was Florida’s sixth straight monthly increase in the year-to-year comparison; it’s a strengthening of the market I’ve been predicting for months, particularly early in 2009 as I’ve watched inventory and mortgage rates slowly drop!

Today, I have even more good news! It seems we’re still moving in the right direction, given that by the middle of last week (March 25) home sales in Manatee County were up 11% over the same period last month, and overall, for January/February ’09 vs. the same two month period in ’08, Manatee County is 8% ahead last year’s unit sales.

The market did show some downward price pressure: Average sales prices of homes for the first three weeks of March were down 5 percent from last year. However, at an average sales price for the month of $324,752, we are still way ahead of the national average.

If you haven’t bought a home yet, you better make a move soon.

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Date posted: March 25, 2009

In Florida, we’ve often told sellers to make sure not to miss the winter selling season, since traditionally that’s when our visitors and tourists increase exponentially to fell cold, winter weather. This season, I’m telling buyers not to wait, as they traditionally have, for “the season” to end in the hopes of getting better deals. Current market conditions don’t leave too much room for prices to drop, and likewise, interest rates are lower than ever in the recent past. The only thing Buyers should be concerned with right now is understanding their reasons for buying and then act accordingly.

Buy a home because it’s the right thing for you to do: It’s more affordable than renting; you plan on staying put until it pays off, and it fits your lifestyle and personal goals.

Buy a home once you understand the local market! Get information about neighborhoods from local realtors, local data providers and local media outlets providing regional-specific information on the housing market.

Buy a home once you’ve checked your credit and received a mortgage approval to know how much you can afford so you can negotiate from a position of strength.

Buy like a savvy investor does–low now to sell high later, and remember that the least expensive home in the best community is better than the reverse. And, use your real estate agent to make sure you do get the best deal.

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Date posted: March 18, 2009

President Obama’s “Home Owner Affordability and Stability Plan” might help as many as 9 million struggling homeowners by providing for both a refinancing and loan modification program. And, depending on your particular circumstances, you may want to contact your lender as soon as possible, since the plan went into effect on March 4.

According to an analysis done by RealtyTimes, if you have less than 20% equity in your home, and have made payments but find your home is worth less than your mortgage, the refinance plan may be best for you. You may be able to get new loans at lower interest rates provided the new note doesn’t exceed 105% of the home’s value. This refinanced mortgage will replace the old loan with a new one, and is estimated to target 4 to 5 million home owners.

On the other hand, RealtyTimes suggests if you feel you are one of 3 to 4 million “at-risk” homeowners, that is, someone with a high mortgage debt-to-income ratio and a mortgage value higher than the value of your home, a loan modification may be best for you. Loan modifications change the terms of the existing loan without writing a new one and can serve higher cost housing markets better than refinance plans. This plan may be referred to as a “workout,”and it will help anyone who hasn’t missed payments but who is at risk of missing them. Payments are modified to get down to 31% of the homeowner’s income.

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Date posted: March 11, 2009

As important as understanding who the buyer of your home might be in today’s market, it’s also wise to make repairs or improvements that rank high in a buyer’s mind.

According to a study realized by HomeGain, the online real estate marketing provider, there are four areas on which to focus when selling your home. Clean and de-clutter; lighten and brighten; stage and landscape front/back yards and HomeGain estimates you’ll get top ROI (return on investment) for your expense, as much as or more than 578 percent for cleaning and de-cluttering; 340 percent for staging and 451 percent for landscaping. Rounding out this study is a list of the top repairs you’ll want to make too: Repair electrical or plumbing problems, replace or shampoo carpeting; paint interior and exterior walls, repair damaged flooring, and update kitchen and bathrooms. In fact, by spending $5,000 to $8,000 on repairs and improvements, such as these, HomeGain says the return can be as high as a $21,470 increase on the price of a three bedroom, two bath home in the South.

Want more information on selling your home? Visit and click on “Selling Your Home.”

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Date posted: March 4, 2009

A 2008 survey by the National Association of Realtors conducted on the profile of home buyers and sellers in Florida reveals several characteristics about buyers which sellers and their agents may find useful as they market their homes in these competitive times.

*Because 43% of all purchases were made by first-time buyers, of whom almost half are between 25 and 34 years of age, sellers (and their realtors) would do well to place themselves and their homes on social network sites, like Facebook, used by a vast majority of these buyers on a daily basis. In addition, featuring your home prominently on many web sites, including would be important as 84% of all buyers began their search on the internet.

*The desire to own a home was the primary reason that 60% of first-time buyers gave for their purchase. Among all buyers, 29% felt that improved affordability and increased availability prompted purchases. Sellers would do well to emphasize amenities and affordability in their marketing.

*Of all homes purchased, 25% were new homes with 70% of all purchases being detached, single family homes. The typical buyer purchased a home 15 miles from their previous residence. Sellers of single family homes would do well to market strongly on a very local level.

Great info provided by the NAR, don’t you think?

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Date posted: February 25, 2009

Homes sold in Manatee County between February 1 and February 17 of this year traded at about 91.5% of list price.  On the Island, that ratio dropped to 87.5%.  West and Northwest  Bradenton fared three percent better than LWR, where homes sold at about 87% of list price.

If you’re thinking that sales pricing is not all that “low,” based on these figures in our MLS, do take the time to think again.  Consider that in many instances, homes in the County sold for as low as 54% of asking price, and on the Island for as low as 84% of list price.

The point of this discussion is that properties continue to sell well below list price, and because buyers cannot always ascertain a seller’s needs or predicaments, I advise anyone looking to purchase a property these days to make an offer!  You may not always be able to make a half-price purchase, but you will probably stand a good chance of getting better than the average 87-to-91 percent of list to sale price.

Like the well-known slogan goes, JUST DO IT!  It may work out better than expected.

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Date posted: February 18, 2009

I’m always on the lookout for news I can impart to my customers, and a recent presentation by our National Association of Realtor’s Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun, is filled with reasons why this is a great time to buy Florida real estate.

According to Mr. Yun, the Affordability Index, which takes into account house pricing, income and mortgage rates, has been growing as prices, rates and income have fallen, leading to a projection by NAR that 2009 will be the most affordable year to buy a home in a generation. For those wondering whether we’ve seen “the bottom” yet, Mr. Yun predicts a correction to 1998 levels (or about 10% from where we are now say my calculations), based on the fact that 1998 was the last time that income, construction and rental costs were in equilibrium and based on the fact that existing home sales in 2007 and 2008 have settled just below 300,000, or about the same level as in the mid to late 1990s.

The economic outlook, according to Mr. Yun, is for slow growth in the first half of 2009, with improvement in the second half, leading to positive growth in 2010. In the housing market, he predicts that stimulus will bring buyers into the market, stabilizing inventory and prices, eventually boosting home sales. However, he says, don’t expect to see builder recovery until 2010. BUY, BUY, BUY!

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Date posted: February 11, 2009

Residential sales statistics for the end of January 2009 have just been released by the Manatee Association of Realtors and they paint some good news and some not so good news. Because I like to hold the best for last, here’s the bad news:

Average sale prices for single family homes are 23% lower and condos are 58% lower than they were two years ago; they are 22% and 47% lower respectively than they were a year ago.

Inventory of single family homes climbed one percent during the last two years, while condo inventory remained relatively flat. The good news regarding inventory is that it is shrinking from the record high of 7,055 houses on the market last June and 2,231 condos on the market last January to the current 6,058 homes and 2,115 condos on the market at the end of January, 2009.

Finally, the best news of all is that more than twice as many condos (123%) were under contract at the end of January than were two years earlier; and in just one year, the number of condos under contract
increased by almost half! Although the picture is not quite as bright for single family homes under contract, there’s movement in the right direction: While 3% less properties were under contract at the end of January this year than two years ago, last January’s total homes under contract were only 1% higher than this year,
showing a positive increase in the single family market.

All indicators point to a growth in sales, even if not in values, and that’s an indicator that real estate is strengthening.

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Date posted: February 4, 2009

Many of my customers are asking for advice on where to consider investing on the Island. Although I believe the Island is an excellent investment, I have always had a pat answer: Bradenton Beach is the “condo capitol” of the Island; Homes Beach, the most populated city of the Island, is a combination condo/single family environment with many investment properties, and finally Anna Maria is a less-condo-more residential area, populated by families and repeat vacationers.

I now wonder whether I’m painting the right picture, so I’ve looked at the MLS numbers on sales and active properties in all three cities and among condos, single family homes and income properties (two or more units per lot). Here’s what I found:

Anna Maria is the most single-family oriented community of the Island: only three condos sold in the past year, while 51 family residences sold, or almost 40% of the total active market. Buyers also preferred Holmes Beach as a single family destination, with one third of the active housing market selling, as compared to only 15% of the active condo market. Just as I predicted, Bradenton Beach is very popular among condo buyers, with 33% of the active market trading in condos, with houses down at about 10%. Of all the income producing properties on the market (51 on the market currently), 31 sold in the last year, with 22 of those in Holmes Beach, 3 in Anna Maria and 6 in Bradenton Beach. As a percentage of the active market in each city, no one came out on top, proving income producers are good investments.

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Date posted: January 28, 2009

Believe it or not, it’s time to start preparing tax returns, again, and for the last week of January, 2009, I’d like to remind homeowners not to forget:

1. If you purchased your primary residence in 2008, don’t forget to homestead the property in order to qualify for a cap on your property taxes in 2009 or homestead portability. You must homestead the property via the tax appraiser’s office no later than March 1, 2009.

2. If you purchased your first home in 2008, don’t forget that you have a tax credit of $7,500 coming to you! Consult with an accountant about using the credit best to your advantage.

3. If you invested in any property during 2008, don’t forget that some closing costs and expenses may be deductible from your IRS taxes. If you don’t have a copy of your closing statement, ask your realtor or your title company to provide you with a copy, and then consult with your accountant.

4. Investment property owners may also qualify for other tax write-offs and discounts. Please don’t fail to talk to your accountant and/or tax attorney.

We are happy to help all of our 2008 customers with obtaining copies of their closing statements and or referring tax attorneys or accountants. Although no one likes tax time, we can at least help you find experts to help you report your numbers to the best possible advantage. Call us!We are happy to help all of our 2008 customers with obtaining copies of their closing statements and or referring tax attorneys or accountants. Although no one likes tax time, we can at least help you find experts to help you report your numbers to the best possible advantage. Call us!

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Date posted: January 21, 2009

I am happy to report that – a web site devoted to tracking foreclosures nationally– is predicting a housing recovery in 2009, with buyers leaping into the market to take advantage of low mortgage rates and wholesale prices. These two factors, according to this outfit’s predictions, will drive a record entry of first time home buyers and investors who will once again be able to rent homes out for positive cash low and take profits when price appreciation kicks in. I like what I read, and I like what I see, especially in Manatee County.

Manatee County, you see, is not a top-ten county when it comes to foreclosures. At a foreclosure rate of 7.5 percent, it is behind Sarasota at 8.33 and way behind the number one county for foreclosures—Osceola—where the level has reached 23.33%, meaning that of every house on the market, practically one in four is a foreclosure!

Why is this so important? Because it shows less speculation took place in our market, with investors buying for the right reason: value and stability. I’ll certainly advise my clients this year that an investment in the Bradenton area is much sounder than in Kissimmee or in Ft. Myers in Lee County, where the foreclosure rate is 21.5%. And now that I’m also watching banks become much more willing to work with sellers on short sales, or pre-foreclosures, I am certain that our recovery will come sooner than many of our neighboring counties to the east and north. I am definitely seeing the light.

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Date posted: January 14, 2009

I’m optimistic about real estate sales now, and I’m ready to share the “Why’s.” From December 24th through December 31, 2008, 80 residential properties closed in Manatee County, 17 less than those closing for the same period a year ago. The good news is that the average sales price $260,000 was off less than 10% from the average sales price of $274,000 for the last week of 2007. Clearly, prices are leveling off, and that’s a good thing for the coming year.

There are other interesting phenomena that tell me the picture is looking brighter: two homes sold at over $1 million the last week of December 2008, with one of those reaching $3,200,000. Unlike 2007’s final week
when only one residence sold above $1 million for $2,450,000, both 2008 sales were not cash deals, but rather conventional mortgage purchases. All three homes were waterfront, single family homes. I believe credit will loosen and the waterfront will continue to be a best buy.

Finally, I’m happy to report that sales for the first week of January 2009 are painting a good picture too! Between January 1 and January 7 this year, 20 residences have sold, at an average price of $540,000. That’s because two properties traded at above the $2 million mark, with one at $2,450,000 and the other at $3,000,000. Compared to the same week in 2008, when 34 residences sold at an average price of $382,000 and only three cleared the $1 million mark, I’d say consumers are finally buying value when they see it, and making purchases within that magic 5-to-10 percent of asking price.

Change is in the air!

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Date posted: January 7, 2009

Although most of our customers are concerned about the new and resale real estate market, there’s a need currently for investor/owners and property managers to maintain an equally vigilant and watchful posture. Our Duncan Vacation Rentals division currently sees renters booking properties for much less time than previously. In addition, we see renters requiring more and more flexibility when it comes to minimum rental periods. What other trends are evolving in this segment of the real estate market?

According to travel industry research marketing authority, PhoCusWright, renters are active when it comes to posting their impressions on internet Blogs: 40% of them post personal reviews! At least we also hear that 75% of vacation renters are satisfied with their choices, and four of five renters say they’d rent again. I’d say this puts owners/managers under pressure to keep providing a good impression.

A full 75% of renters rent a place because of the kitchen first, with the ability to travel with friends, spaciousness and washer/dryer being the next set of reasons for their decisions.

A third of all renters are NOT booking vacations because the length of allowable stay didn’t coincide with their needs. Only 24% of renters want a one-week vacation; 20% want six days; 15% want five-day rentals, and another 15% only four-day rentals. Smart owners will be much more flexible on lengths of stay because we now know that it’s a minimum of the renter population who is looking for periods longer than a week.

Finally, renters are viewing three-to-five sites on average when searching for properties to rent, and guess what? They give you, the owner/manager, five to eight seconds to make an impression. The name of the game is definitely flexibility first. Then, you had better have an inviting web site to keep visitors interested.

My advice: Flexibility, Availability, and Affability if renting is the goal.

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Date posted: December 31, 2008

A realtor on Longboat Key sparked my interest with her review of the Sarasota market in a recent newsletter by saying that people hold the wrong impression that the only properties selling on the market these days are short sales and foreclosures–far from the truth. Although distressed sales are putting downward pressure on pricing, they are not by any means the only valuable properties.

Sales of residential property in Manatee County, between Nov. 18th and through December 17 numbered 244. Of these, 45 were “distressed” short sales or foreclosures, of which one sold for over $1 million, while
19 sold in the $100-199,000 range. Given the same price levels among non-distressed sales, four sold over $1,000,000, with a Longboat Key condo selling at $3.2 million. Among single family homes, 69 properties
sold in the $100-199,000 price range. My realtor colleague’s point also holds true in Manatee County: properties sell because they are well priced against the current sales data and because they are desirable
properties, based on various factors, such as location, condition, perceived value and curb appeal.

My additional research also says that, in general, single family homes sell at a better clip than condos. For the November-to-December dates I chose, 177 single family homes sold, while only 33 condos did. Interestingly enough, single family homes still command almost twice the price of a condo: the median sales price for a home was $207,000, while for condo sales, it was $145,000.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: A good deal is a good deal, and value is what most people are buying.

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Date posted: December 24, 2008

estate market, there’s a need currently for investor/owners and property managers to maintain an equally vigilant and watchful posture. Our Duncan Vacation Rentals division currently sees renters booking properties for much less time than previously. In addition, we see renters requiring more and more flexibility when it comes to minimum rental periods. What other trends are evolving in this segment of the real estate market?

According to travel industry research marketing authority, PhoCusWright, renters are active when it comes to posting their impressions on internet Blogs: 40% of them post personal reviews! At least we also hear that 75% of vacation renters are satisfied with their choices, and four of five renters say they’d rent
again. I’d say this puts owners/managers under pressure to keep providing a good impression.

A full 75% of renters rent a place because of the kitchen first, with the ability to travel with friends, spaciousness and washer/dryer being the next set of reasons for their decisions.

A third of all renters are NOT booking vacations because the length of allowable stay didn’t coincide with their needs. Only 24% of renters want a one-week vacation; 20% want six days; 15% want five-day rentals, and another 15% only four-day rentals. Smart owners will be much more flexible on lengths of stay because we now know that it’s a minimum of the renter population who is looking for periods longer than a week.
Finally, renters are viewing three-to-five sites on average when
searching for properties to rent, and guess what? They give you, the
owner/manager, five to eight seconds to make an impression. The
name of the game is definitely flexibility first. Then, you had better
have an inviting web site to keep visitors interested.

My advice: Flexibility, Availability, and Affability if renting is the goal.

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Date posted: December 17, 2008

The Manatee Association of Realtors’ Market Dynamics report comes out at the end of every month, providing a view of movement in both the single family and condo markets for every month for the previous two years. Now that I’ve seen the latest report, I must reiterate that Island real estate paints a far better picture than that of the overall County.

The current median asking price for a home, condo and single family, on Anna Maria Island is $579,000; the median price at which residences sold on the Island during November was $467,500, way higher than the County median listed price of $261,950 and a median sales price for the same month of $171,125. Of the 483 properties currently for sale on Anna Maria, 12 of them, or roughly 2.3% of the total Island inventory sold last month, while only 1.8% of the 8072 properties for sale in the County closed for the same period. Even more interesting is the fact that the median sale price on the Island increased by 21% (Nov. 2006 vs. Nov. 2007), while the median sale price in the County overall decreased by 37%. At the current sales rate, mainland inventory of residences will take an average of 38 months to deplete, while on the Island, that figure drops to 21 months.

Statistics like these can be utilized to tell a story. My story for today is that pressure has never been higher on sellers to price competitively or withdraw their listings; for realtors, the lesson is, “Don’t take a listing unless your seller is motivated.” These, after all, are not times to test the water.

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Florida Realtors Are Pretty Darn Good!

Date posted: December 10, 2008

Florida Realtors may have sold $200,000 less than the national median volume of $1.6 million in 2007, and they may have closed three transactions less than the average realtor across the nation last year, but in almost every other way, Florida realtors mirror the national average, sometimes minutely better or minutely worse.

According to a Member Profile completed by the National Association of Realtors in 2008, realtors in Florida are 53 years old on average, as compared to 52 nationally. Women account for 60% of all realtors in Florida as they do across the nation. Like their national counterparts, Florida’s realtors work 40 hours per week, and remain with the same brokerage/firm for an average of four years; they use cell phones and smart phones equally to stay in touch with clients on a daily basis. In Florida, 92% of all realtors are home owners, just as are 92% of the entire nation’s realtors. Interestingly, 39% of Florida’s realtors held bachelor’s degrees or higher, and an equal number held prior careers in management, finance or sales.

Why am I so keen to pass along these statistics? Because an overwhelming majority of buyers and sellers rely on realtors to conclude their real estate transactions. Further, because so many local realtors work with out-of-towners, I’m happy to know that these newcomers will be treated with a level of professionalism that’s equal, and sometimes better, than the national average. The designation “Realtor,” after all, stands for a set of ethics and standards, and I’m all for it!

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And We Are Off! The Island,That Is.

Date posted: December 3, 2008

Since last week’s report relayed the growing number of sales in Manatee County, this week I am concentrating on MLS data as it relates to Anna Maria Island. Interestingly, the Island currently shows four more sales in November this year than the five that closed last year for the same three week period. However, the big difference is in the inventory: last year, 8 properties came on the market in the
first three weeks of November, while this year, the number is…..37! How many properties are currently pending and going to close soon? This year, the number is 15. Last year there was 1! What’s a more important indicator about market activity, however, relates to median and average price sales. Both have climbed since November, 2007, which is a positive sign for investment in Island real estate. The average sales price of a residence this month is $725,000, while the median price is $475,000. Compare this to last November, when the median sales price was $430,000 and the average sales price was $528,000, and we can safely bet that Island property is recovering, as is the rest of the market.

These signs are all positive for the Island, but I’m still cautioning sellers to be realistic about pricing their properties, and I continue to tell them to sell ONLY if they are willing to price with the market.

Last week, I happily announced we are out of the gate. This week, I’d say the Island is ahead on the first turn.

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Our “Season” is Looking Good

Date posted: November 26, 2008

Recent reports by many of the national and state realtor organizations reveal that property sales are on the rise. Being the curious broker I am, a look at Manatee County’s MLS data for the first two weeks of
November, versus the first two weeks of November last year, shows that our “season’s” start is looking good!

Although the number of sales from November 1-16 this year is 40% off last year’s same period, and although the average sale price this November is down 11% from last November, the great news is that in
the last two weeks, 174 residences across the County went into pending status. Unbelievably, not a single property went into pending status during this period last year (pending status is the point at which two
parties agree to an offer placing that property under contract.). In fact, MLS stats show that by the end of November, 2007, only two residential properties went under contract at an average listing price of $219,700, versus this year’s November average of $237,996 for the 174 properties under contract. Granted, we don’t know at what price these will close, but we can at least be relatively certain that they will close.

I’m confident that buyers may be getting back into the market sooner and in greater numbers than expected. I am also rather sure that although the average price of homes listed on the active market in the last two weeks is 7% higher than last year’s average list price of $362,000, sellers will still feel pressure to negotiate downward with their pricing, given that inventory is high: 404 new listings this November as opposed to 65 last year.

We’re out of the gate.

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Date posted: November 19, 2008

As we all know, real estate prices have been steadily dropping and making homes much more affordable than they were two years ago. I’m now telling my customers to consider buying property on the water, be it Gulf, bay, or canal front, where sales in the last year have gone as low as $292,000 for a two-bedroom/one-bath condo on a canal. An even better reason to buy on the water is that the average waterfront property sells at a much higher price than any other style of residence: $758,500 on the Island and $695,000 on the mainland for the last 12 months, compared to $280,000 for the average property sale of non-waterfront in Manatee County.

Tomorrow, TeamDuncan will be hosting seven choice waterfront open houses on the Island between 11 and 1:00: two condos on the Gulf; two condos on the Bay, two single family homes on canals and one Gulf front beach cottage. Not only do these make excellent investments with good income potential, but they are priced in keeping with comparable sales averages of the last 12 months, namely:

• $1,025,000 for 2100 Sq. Ft. on the Gulf
• $776,000 for 2200 Sq. Ft. on the Bay
• $651,000 for 1900 Sq. Ft. on a canal

Six of our open houses are featured in our Anna Maria Island Sun Ad; the seventh is at 102 68th St. in Holmes Beach. We’ll be waiting!

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Date posted: November 12, 2008

Everyone, it seems, is looking for a great deal if they are thinking about buying real estate these days. And, so should they, since great buys are everywhere. However, many buyers seem to focus almost entirely on seeking out foreclosures or short sales. While excellent purchases are being made among such properties, often times they require lots of patience and time for banks to respond, or they may even require much capital for renovations. Why not extend your search to include residences which are both in good condition and priced competitively as well? That’s why we remind buyers to view value based on recent comparable sales which their realtors can easily provide and make offers within those parameters.

To help our customers and all of our readers find great buys, TeamDuncan will begin, as of tomorrow, to hold regular open houses a few Thursdays a month, where we’ll be showcasing our “Best Value” properties where the greatest opportunity lies. Today, six of our open houses for tomorrow are in our four-color ad directly opposite this column. Two other best value homes will be on “tour”: 612 Foxworth Lane on Key
Royale and 515 42nd Street in Holmes Beach. Call the office for addresses, or better yet, stop by the office or either open house, where we will give you a map of the TeamDuncan tour.

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Your Realtor Is Your Best Ally

Date posted: November 5, 2008

A recent study by the Florida Association of Realtors of homebuyers who bought homes in the months of April, May and June this year is a good snapshot of the homebuyer market in general. The interviews reveal:

• On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being difficult, homebuyers rate obtaining a mortgage at 8.53 on average!

• Homebuyers want realtors who can negotiate aggressively for them, give quality information on where the market is going and why, and definitely expect their realtors to provide references for lenders who
will perform.

• Homebuyers are taking over seven months to search for a home, and an average of 4 months to make multiple offers and consummate a purchase. They rely heavily on assistance from their realtor for price
negotiation and information on comparable home sales.

• Decreasing prices motivated the majority of buyers to search properties, with 29 percent of respondents saying that this decrease is what enabled them to buy in the first place.

• Home buyers expect to remain in their new homes an average of 4.23 years, which is also close to the five years they believe it will take for prices to go up again.

Why are these snapshots so important? Obviously, to help realtors better understand their role and deliver expected service to customers. But another lesson is that the home buying process is slowing as
homebuyers commit to making purchases for the long term and as competition among sellers increases due to large inventory.

This survey shows that buyers and sellers NEED realtors to point them in the right direction. TeamDuncan is ready to help.

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Date posted: October 29, 2008

On a recent listing appointment–canal front property with a dock and pool–the sellers and I held a long conversation on pricing their home. The sellers had recently looked on a popular home valuation Web site,
and were convinced their property was worth $75,000 more than my comparative market analysis showed. While this exchange would never have taken place five years ago, I realized that today’s consumers use
these sites all the time to locate properties and/or price their homes. What did I do?

First, I explained that on occasion, home valuation Web sites can be dead on with their pricing. However, most of these web sites exist as lead capture tools–services which realtors subscribe to in order to generate buyers and sellers as customers–or they are drivers of traffic, used to attract consumers who then can be sold other services, including mortgages or insurance. Then, I explained that while many of these sites use averages based on the sales data available, very often they cannot account for property condition, exposure, renovations, etc. Just as I’ve often written in this column about our area-specific averages, I also go to listing appointments armed with real time comparisons, based on my visiting the comparable properties.

Home valuation Web sites like;; and keep a good watch on the market and can be an excellent seller tool. However, a realtor whose greatest concern is to keep close watch on her “farm area,” is better equipped to provide observation, in person, on price, trends and VALUE.

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Where Have All The Buyers Gone???

Date posted: October 22, 2008

A look at the summary of statistics just released by the Manatee Association of Realtors for the period September 2006 through September 2007 on market dynamics is an impressive revelation about a market that’s been steadily going down in price and up in inventory since 2006. This in turn shows that sellers are still facing pressure to get pricing down, at least for the short term, and that buyers, whose numbers have diminished based on the slowing number of sales, are still in the driver’s seat.

Here are some of the statistics in the single family residential market for Manatee County: The median price—the middle price point at which half of all properties sell higher and lower—decreased by 18%. While
that may not seem so bad for two years, inventory (supply) increased by 16%, with the result that demand decreased yielding 47% less homes sold in 2008 than in 2006. For the same period on Anna Maria Island, residential property sales showed a similar retracted position, with the average price of residences dropping 35%, from an average of $785,000 in 2006 to $516,000 in 2008.

Statistics are a good way to gauge market condition and provide us with the way to provide advice to our clients. I see we are still a bit far from recovery. For this reason, I advise sellers to either withdraw from the market or price properties at enticing levels. If we can get supply down, we will bring demand up!

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My Two Words of Advice? Tangible Assets!

Date posted: October 15, 2008

While the volatility of the financial markets in the past couple of weeks continues to weaken the confidence and trust of the consumer, my advice is veer your attention toward the real estate market. Pricing is at its lowest in five years, and sellers—including banks—are highly motivated to negotiate.

Buyers continue to ask me if property has hit its lowest point; I’m confident it has, but I can’t prove it. My answer to them is this: In just two weeks, intangible assets lost 35% of their value across the board. Real estate, on the other hand, took four years to drop the same percentage. In my opinion volatility is rare in real estate and it’s certainly much less risky over time than the stock market is. Of course, money may not be as liquid in real estate, but given the unpredictability of Wall Street and the current economic worldwide climate, the odds are overwhelmingly in favor of real estate – THE tangible asset.

Buy property for the long-term, and don’t worry. You won’t watch your 20-year investment tank. That’s guaranteed!

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What a difference a day at the spa makes!

Date posted: October 8, 2008

A good realtor always keeps her eyes and ears open for valuable insights, and that might include during time spent at the Spa for some sorely needed R&R. In fact, the masseuse who took all the pressure off my nerves last week also sparked a gem of a thought, as she told me that no professional should stop gaining education. “Go to classes,” she said, “Read literature, learn from mistakes and coincidental luck, treasure every pearl of knowledge and don’t forget to give back.” At that moment I realized that never has there been a time in the real estate profession, like the current time, to value all those “letters” behind realtors’ names. This doesn’t mean that a realtor without a few designations after her name isn’t a good realtor; it simply means that the one with the designations has taken time and made an effort to broaden her knowledge about real estate law, performance, service, and requirements in various practices of real estate, which she then gives back to her customers.

The National Association of Realtors provides courses leading to nine realtor designations, with the following six for residential practices. They are:

ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative), focusing on all aspects of buyer representation

ALC (Accredited Land Consultant), the recognized experts in land brokerage

CIPS (Certified International Property Specialist), focusing on the international market

CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), for experienced agents who complete advanced training in listing and selling and meet rigorous production requirements.

GRI (Graduate of the Realtor Institute) for residential realtors who add a solid base of information.

Green (Green Designation) the newest designation for accepted green practitioners

Amazing what one can learn from a day at the spa, and I highly recommend it.

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Making The Best Of A Situation

Date posted: September 24, 2008

The news on Wall Street last week certainly did very little to help consumer confidence, particularly with regard to the stock and housing markets. However, if there is any good news coming out of Lehman’s bankruptcy, Merrill’s purchase by Bank of America and AIG’s bailout, it’s this: the fixed 30-year mortgage
interest rate came down last week to 5.65% with the 15-year fixed at 5.125%. According to a mortgage broker friend, these rates haven’t existed since 2005, when the 30-year fixed was at 5.88%. She also tells me you’d have to go back to June, 2000, to find the last time the rate on the 30-year fixed tumbled in one
week. A year ago, the 30-year fixed was 6.24% and just four weeks ago, it held at 6.17%. The rates my friend quotes here apply only to 20-percent-down, full documentation loans, and as we all know, loan guidelines have become more difficult. However, for those who can, this is an excellent time to refinance, or
better still, invest in real estate.

While buyers may not likely invest heavily at the present time, I do think that investors will be doing their research to identify “good buys.” I recommend that current sellers revisit their pricing based on comparable sales in their markets, and that they reduce their pricing below their “competition, i.e. below the most recent comparable sales, not below the active market. If you are a seller and lowering your price is not an option, you may be better served by taking the house off the market until pricing strengthens again.

There is always a way to make the best out of a difficult situation.

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Counting on Uncle Sam, Mae and Mac

Date posted: September 17, 2008

Early this month, the government announced that it would place Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac under conservatorship, essentially becoming the nation’s largest mortgage lender. This sent stocks into a rally and interest rates lower, as opinion makers applauded the government’s move to stand behind Fannie
and Freddie’s multi-billion dollar debt. I, like many, hope that this move will help reverse the recent slump in the general housing market. And, I hope the good news will motivate sales. Why?

This year, since January 1, a mere 30% of all single family and condo inventory has sold. Those priced between $200,000 and $350,000 were most active with 40% of the inventory in this category selling, as opposed to the $1 million-plus market, where only 22% of the active inventory traded. Understandably, the largest number of active listings continues to exist in the under-$200,000 market, but surprisingly, only 34% of homes at his price point sold this year. This precisely is the category that should strengthen quickest if Uncle Sam, Fannie and Freddie work their magic. It’s also the category which traditionally spurs
the market as sellers trade up to the next price point. Finally, just as an aside, and because most people I know love to hear about the high end of the market, I’d like to share another interesting phenomenon taking place: More $1 million-plus residences have sold than those priced between $750,000 and $999,999 this year. This may indicate that investors are taking advantage of the fact that homes priced above $1 million sell on average at 83% of list price, while those at the lower price point, sell at 90% of list price. Essentially these buyers are getting “more bang for the buck.”

While the jury is still out on the effectiveness of our government’s mortgage rescue, there’s at least hope that this action is better than none. Equally important, by the time our “season” begins, hurricanes
and The Election will be behind us. Let’s just say I’m counting on new beginnings and on Uncle Sam, Mae and Mac.

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East Side? Water Side? What’s the Best Choice?

Date posted: September 10, 2008

We are soon getting back to that time of year, when our vacationers and part-time residents return to our county and begin thinking about making a second home purchase. Given the relatively uncertain market
in which we’ve been dealing for the past couple of years, I am sure there will be one question on buyers’ minds: “Is it better to buy property on the water or newer construction in emerging communities in Manatee’s eastern climbs?” Of course, I’d say they need to consider their lifestyle desires, but this year, I’ll have some additional facts to share.

The single family home market continues to show regular movement, with 112 homes sold on Anna Maria since January and 422 sales in areas east of I-75. While sales appear more brisk in Lakewood Ranch,
The Concession, Heritage Harbour and other easterly communities, inventory is higher in the east while average prices are still stronger on the Island– $786,258 on Anna Maria as opposed to $487,005 in points
east. The average home sold on Anna Maria this year measures 2002 square feet, while across the county square footage goes up to 2,633. Market time is about equal: close to 150 days for sales in both locations. Interestingly, record sales also took place on both sides of town this year: $3,725,000 in Holmes Beach and $6,517,800 for an over 11,000 sq.ft. model home in The Conession.

Obviously, the waterfront is limited by land size so pricing will probably always outpace the mainland. However, based on these figures, I feel confident that buyers stand an equal chance of making good investments waterside and eastside. What’s the best choice? Making a choice. And buying the home that fits your Florida needs.

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Date posted: August 27, 2008

The National Association of Realtors has just released its Profile of International Home Buying Activity, relaying information about foreign national buying practices in the 12-month period between May 2007 and May 2008. Although the survey of 4,000 realtors across the nation indicates that buying was widespread and spanned almost every state (the most popular states being Florida, California, Texas, Arizona, New
York, Washington and Nevada), the report also shows that foreign buyers purchased less property during the period than they did a year earlier. The decline in reported transactions can be attributed to the general downturn in the U.S. housing market. In fact, it appears, according to the report, that foreign buyers, like U.S. buyers, may be reticent to invest in U.S. property until they are assured that the investment will “pay off.”

While MLS statistics don’t track sales data based on nationality, our own personal experience tells us that while foreign buyers are here in plentiful numbers, they are more apt to rent than buy. In keeping with this survey’s results, less than 25% of our home sales during the survey period can be attributed to foreign buyers, while our vacation rentals show that foreigners have accounted for a much higher level of that business than it has in the recent past. Foreign buyers are nevertheless a group well worth cultivating! Four
in 10 pay cash for their U.S. property, as opposed to only seven percent for all domestic buyers. In addition, foreigners, whose primary destination tends to be Florida, tend to benefit greatly from strengthened foreign exchange rates. The Euro alone has strengthened 24 percent versus the U.S. dollar in the last two years.

We of course work hard to understand the varying attitudes about real estate among different cultures. Part of this includes foreign language ability: Among Duncan realtors, we can work fluently in French, Spanish, German, Portuguese and English, of course! And, we make it a point to instruct our foreign nationals about the real estate process, step by step, and including financing if they so desire. We know buyer reticence is only a passing thing, and we’re ready to help every buyer when their vision becomes more clear. In the meantime, Bien Venu, Wilkommen, Bien Venidos, Para Bems! You’re always welcome at Duncan Real Estate.

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Date posted: August 20, 2008

At a time when more and more buyers are choosing to purchase distressed or foreclosed properties, it’s very important that home inspections become an integral part of the buying process. In fact, I tell all of my customers that no matter how well maintained any property may seem, a home inspection is the only sure way of knowing the exact condition of the property being purchased. And, I provide my clients with the names of at least three certified inspectors with whom I have worked, so they can choose one for the task.

Certified inspectors should be members of the American Society of Home Inspectors, an industry association which ensures a set of standards by which inspectors work. More recently, this association has gone so far as to create a “Client Bill of Rights” to shift the focus from the inspector to the client, promising to uphold the highest standards and conduct a thorough and unbiased evaluation of the home. This means they will inspect to the best of their knowledge, they will not disclose inspection results without client approval, they will not accept compensation for recommending contractors, services or products, and that they are not conducting an inspection for the realtor’s benefit or for compensation from anyone other than the client. Inspectors will provide a buyer with a written report including
recommendations for action. This report, in turn, protects a buyer from making a purchase with excessively inherent costs and allows a buyer to back away from the deal without losing any of the escrow.

An inspection costs a few hundred dollars, depending on the size and age of the home, but it’s money well spent for buyers to understand the true condition of the property and the amount of work it might take to fix it. Ultimately, it means a good night’s sleep for those who know there won’t be any surprises. To buy or not to buy? Only your inspector knows for sure.

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Choose the Right Realtor FOR YOU. It’ll Pay Off!

Date posted: August 13, 2008

If you are planning to buy or sell a property in Manatee County, or anywhere in the country for that matter, finding the right professional for you is going to be key for getting the transaction accomplished. After all, you and your realtor are going to be spending time together analyzing pricing and market condition, if you’re selling, or ferreting out the best properties for sale which satisfy your needs and price. You’ll want to work with someone that you are happy to speak with and who suits your own personality. How exactly should you go about making that choice?

A good place to begin is by your understanding what qualities are important to you and what strengths you are seeking. Maybe you want a very relaxed person who can help you reach your decision. Maybe you’d like a tough negotiator with a no-nonsense approach to showing property. Find out by asking how your realtor would handle various situations. No matter what kind of personality suits you best, however, also make sure that the person has experience and/or excellent training in regard to the real estate contract
process and its requirements. Find out how long your realtor has been in the profession and the kinds of properties they have sold, and who most of their customers have been. A waterfront specialist, for instance, won’t necessarily have a good handle on golf course lifestyles and values.

At a time when many properties are on the market, you’re going to want to identify a realtor who compliments your style and your work ethic. Don’t just choose a realtor because their office was close by. Believe me, it’s the difference between a frown and a smile for who knows how long.

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Summer’s Ripe for First Time Home Buy

Date posted: August 6, 2008

A recent survey of home sales across the nation revealed that as many as 54% of all homes sold this year were bought by first time home buyers, way up from a normal market in which 35 to 40% of homes are sold to first time buyers. Given the current market climate, however, with pricing levels low, seller assistance programs available covering both closing costs and down payments, and with interest rates down, it only stands to reason that now is the time for first time home buyers to get out there and buy. In fact, today’s
young buyers may pay just as much for a mortgage than they would rent, a feat unheard of just a couple of years ago.

It’s a wonderful experience to help first time home buyers find their very first house or condo, especially at the closing table when there’s so much excitement and happiness about the transaction. But getting there is a very intricate process–from securing financing, to identifying suitable properties and finding sellers willing to help with needed concessions. That’s when our help can come in handy. We can help find lenders
who’ll secure appropriate programs and advise first time buyers on how to build their credit rating, if necessary. We’ll also work with new buyers to identify suitable properties, especially bank-owned, which may currently provide the bes pricing opportunity.

“Buy Now” is the current message being sent out by the National Association of Realtors for all buyers and investors. I’ll take it one step further: “Don’t wait to purchase your first home. The time has never been better.”

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Get Ready, Get Set, Time to Clean!

Date posted: July 30, 2008

Get ready to watch many “For Sale” signs come down on the Island in the coming August and September months, but don’t expect to see much activity on the buying side of the real estate equation. Traditionally, these next two months are the year’s slowest for getting a home under contract or for renting an investment property. This is the time, after all, when children return to school and when vacationers are most likely to forego the Island during the rainiest season. Some 30 properties are expected to close between August 1 and Sept. 30, but don’t forget that these have all been under contract for at least 30 days, and most likely for over 120. That’s why I like to advise sellers and rental property owners to use this time of year to prepare their homes for the season ahead.

The weather is a bit too chancy to consider painting the outside of your home, but on the inside, it’s the best time to improve your chances of selling later by repainting, recarpeting, remodeling or refreshing your home now. Most likely, there won’t be many showing appointments being made until November, when thoughts of Thanksgiving permeate the air and when our European visitors yearn for the appearance of the sun. Take the time now to polish your property as much as possible. Besides, doing projects around the house will keep you occupied and your mind won’t focus on the slow real estate market.

Spring cleaning in the Fall: That’s as good as Christmas in July!

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Date posted: July 23, 2008

If you are looking to buy a home at a discount, and think that looking for a short sale is the answer (there are, after all, over 400 to choose from right now in Manatee County), make sure to work with an agent
experienced in short sales and make sure you are not under any time deadline to make the purchase. In fact, without an agent who is willing to continually communicate with the seller’s lender and the title agent or attorney, don’t expect to ever make it to the closing table!

Currently, the average time for a short sale to close is 99 days, according to available data in MLS. In my recent experiences, closing time is apt to be 120 to 180 days, which I attribute to the growing number of short sales which in turn leave banks with less and less time to devote to each case. I also find that appraisals, necessary for banks to negotiate pricing, also slow as their necessity grows. If these hurdles are not enough, there’s always the possibility of several extensions of time, as closing dates near and new
issues with the sellers’ bank(s) appear.

Short sales are not for the meek! Buyers need to exercise patience and keep a laissez-faire attitude. Sellers need to work with a diligent listing agent and a good team of advisors and negotiators who establish working relationships with their lenders. Bring these factors together, and I assure you, in the end you will find a pot of gold in the form of that perfect purchase price.

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Date posted: July 16, 2008

Every single person I know loves to ask me how the market’s doing, and I love to have answers that are based more on fact than fiction.  In fact ask me today how the market is doing, and I’ve got only one answer:  compared to the entire state of Florida, Anna Maria Island is doing great!  Even better than Manatee county on the whole, and here’s how I know:

A recent report issued by the Florida Association of Realtors shows that home sales in Florida for the first half of 2008 were down 5% compared to the same period last year.  Condo sales were off a full 10%.  The report also stated that the median price at which single family homes sold throughout the state was $203,300, while the median price for a condo was $181,800.  Compare that information to sales data on Anna Maria and our picture looks much better:  Island  single family home sales are up by 12% while condo sales are up by 11%, and although the median sales price of condos for the first half of this year dropped 12%  to $399,000, the median price of single family houses rose almost 10% to $622,500.  Not even Manatee County can claim  the same healthy picture, where the median sales price of single family homes—still ahead of the State average–is $246,000.

I like figures that produce confidence in a market, and these figures paint a very confident story.  Manatee County is doing well, but the Island is doing even better.  And that’s the kind of market report I like to convey.

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Date posted: July 9, 2008

Now that second quarter MLS statistics are in, I’d like to share some of my conclusions to help buyers and investors decide where their money might be best spent on Anna Maria Island.

Buy “single family” since it will most likely sell more quickly than a condo! Although an almost equal number of condominiums and family homes were on the market last quarter, 30% more single family homes than condos closed. The average selling price: $780,000 for single family and $490,000 for condos.

Buy a three bedroom residence rather than a two bedroom, if possible. Three bedroom single family homes sold at an average price of $689,500, while two bedroom properties closed at an average of $537,700. Nowhere is this advice more evident than in the condo market in which the average three bedroom condo closed last quarter at $831,000 while two bedroom units sold on average at $319,000.

Purchase in the hottest price point! A full 30% of all single family homes on the market last quarter closed in the $500,000-$750,000 range, with 77% of those having three or more bedrooms. An amazing 67% of the condos sold last quarter were two bedroom units; however, given that three bedroom condos closed at an average price of 62% more than two bedroom units, my advice to builders is, “Build more than two bedrooms in the future,” and to buyers, “Spend a little more to get more in return.”

Overall, buyers are choosing larger spaces over smaller spaces, even though it costs a premium. The average size of a three bedroom home sold last quarter was 2,431 square feet as opposed to 1,316 for a two bedroom. Condos, naturally smaller, showed an average square footage of 1069 for a two bedroom versus 1640 for a three bedroom.

The lesson in all this: Island property sales point to a future of bigger homes and bigger spaces for bigger prices.

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“Edge”-ing Our Way to the Top!

Date posted: July 2, 2008

Our valued customers and friends have noticed that Team Duncan has changed—from our ads and logo, to our business cards and coming website. Now, we’re making changes to our property management
division. I am excited to introduce a new addition to Team Duncan: Amanda Edge, who for five years has been a principal of ESP Vacation Rentals in Bradenton Beach and who will now head Duncan Property
Management and Vacations Rentals
, with a combined inventory of over 100 properties.

As a partner in ESP, Amanda was instrumental in managing properties from Longboat Key, to Anna Maria and the mainland, particularly NW Bradenton. She is a U.K. national who’s lived locally since 1993, but
most locals are apt to recognize Amanda for her very active community involvement. On the Island she is a frequent donor to the Community Center; on the mainland, she’s a virtual “Who’s Who” of communal
support, as host to events for the Pace Center for Girls, The Wellness Community, and the Women’s Resource Center. She’s a Board member of the South Florida Museum and S.T.A.R.T., a 2007 graduate of
Leadership Manatee and an American Association of Fundraising Professionals’ nominee for Woman Volunteer of the Year.

We are proud to add a caring, involved professional to our team, and she’s ready to help any property owner who so desires. Give her a call. You’ll just love the accent!

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Protect Your Investment Property. Buy Right!

Date posted: June 25, 2008

A survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors in February reported that 70% of homebuyers canvassed on the issue of one-stop-shopping said they were in favor of it. That is, they wanted their realty company to have mortgage and title resources available in-house for their use. In addition, 8.3 out of 10 respondents who used one-stop-shopping, said they owed their most recent transaction’s success to it. I believe these same survey respondents would have added the additional resource of property management to the shopping list, if they’d been investors, since most investors, upon buying a property
wonder, “How much can we get if we rent this property?”

Buyers should want to purchase investment properties through a real estate brokerage which both sells and manages rentals. On the one hand, they’ll know instantly from a professional what income they may derive. On the other hand, they’ll profit from the marketing services ordinarily performed on behalf of sellers, i.e. inclusion in the MLS system and in the firm’s regular advertising. Most importantly, when the investor is ready to sell, a licensed broker is ready and available.

For all investors out there, I strongly suggest you look for one-stop-shopping that caters to your rental
needs. We’ll gladly take your call.

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Don’t You Get Those Summer Time Blues…

Date posted: June 18, 2008

It’s always somewhat amazing how myths become reality. When it comes to real estate discussions, there’s one myth related to summer versus “the season,” namely that sales are much more brisk in winter than they are in summer. Not so, according to MLS data for the last two years.

Take last season, January 1 through March 31: 41 residential properties sold on Anna Maria out of a total of 731 sales in all of Manatee County–fully 13% less than the total number of residential purchases the summer before. A look at the “season” of 2007 shows an even greater discrepancy: 24% less sales compared to those in the summer of 2006. Granted, real estate sales have slowed during the past few years in general, but the truth of the matter is that unit sales are stronger in the summer months than they are in winter—even in Florida!

So far, in the first 10 days of June alone, 65 properties have closed throughout Manatee County. That’s a little piece of evidence that summer sales are heating up. And that’s no reason to be blue.

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Date posted: June 11, 2008

It seems inevitable these days that a buyer calls our office to ask us to find a “steal” or a “great buy.” I like to respond with a question: What is your intent for buying? Then I usually inform the buyer that while this is a great time to buy property, an investment for less than three years may not make sense at
any price, given the range of current real estate inventory.

Of course, we keep our eye on market trends as a way of advising our customers about opportunities. Right now, MLS statistics suggest the best investment may be a condo, since prices in this market segment have dropped faster than those of single family homes. In viewing MLS statistics for the past year
and the year before, evidence shows: The number of condo sales is up by 10%, but the average price is down by $125,000, or 21% from the previous year. A similar trend continues comparing first quarter 2008 with first quarter 2007: Condo sales are up 16% from last year with average prices down $120,000, or 21%.
The number of single family homes sales, on the other hand, grew by 20% with an average price increase of $16,000 or 3%.

At Team Duncan, our intent is to help all of our customers maximize their investments. As a sales team, we’re always on the lookout for excellent selling and buying opportunities; as vacation rental and property management specialists, we help our clients to maximize their income potential.

Clearly, if an investment is what you seek in this market, condos are the way to go.

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Team Duncan’s Looking Better than Ever!

Date posted: June 4, 2008

This week I am proud to introduce you to our new look. A change which incorporates a new logo and a modern design element which gives new breath to our promise: Relationships. Resources. For Life.

Without the relationships we’ve developed and kept since Duncan Real Estate opened its doors 10 years ago, our growth would never have been sustainable, even through the peaks and valleys of real estate. These very same relationships have also helped us to establish a strong referral base which in turn fueled our dominance on the Island and beyond. Today we are equally valued as a real estate sales company as we are a sought-after vacation and annual rental organization.

Lasting relationships have dictated our focus to find and keep valuable resources for every customer’s benefit. From attorneys, to mortgage lenders, to inspection agents; from plumbers, to housekeepers, electricians, handymen and more. We’ve developed a stable of resources who all bring added value to Team Duncan. Our new look respects our customers and our resources just as it does the name on the door.

We are looking better than ever and we plan to stick around .. . “For life.”

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