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Passion for Fashion

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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2018 Real Estate 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.

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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Lottery Dream Homes

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.

 

 

Holmes Beach House for sale102 77th St, Holmes Beach $5,700 000

Location, Location, Location! 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.

 

 

105 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 a 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.

 

 

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 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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New Homes close to Anna Maria Island

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

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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Team Duncan’s Accomplishments and Awards

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.

Awards

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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Team Duncan Welcomes Scott Twait!

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 Scott@teamduncan.com or on his cell at 239-451-1661.    Welcome Scott!

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Stay in the know! Duncan Real Estate Newsletter!

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,

Ginger

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Five Mistakes to Avoid When Listing Your Home

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,

Ginger

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New Sales Agent to Team Duncan – Carole Wilson

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!

Ginger,

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

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!

Ginger

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Contact us or call Duncan Real Estate today at 941-779-0304 to speak with our knowledgeable real estate specialists.