An update on recent home sales in Lake Sarasota from Sandy Allen:
We didn't get a chance to talk about what's going on in LS with real estate so I thought I would email it too you in case you wanted it for the blog.
There are currently 16 homes for sale in Lake Sarasota from $75,000 to $195,000. Of those, 11 are short sales. The average cost per square foot under air is $93.02. There are 13 homes pending sale (have contracts on them to buy). Twelve of those are short sales. Twenty-four homes have sold in the past 3 months. Two were REOs and 9 were short sales. Those sales ranged from $55,000 to $159,900 and averaged $81.08 per square foot under air. If you would like to find out an average of what your home would sell for in todays market, take your homes air conditioned space and multiply it by the average. If you're not sure how many square feet you have, you can look it up at http://www.sarasotaproperty.net .--
At the Lakeview Park Clean-Up, some residents were picking up some branches of a tree when a dangerous Water Moccasin slithered out and dashed into the water. It might be useful to know one when you see it, but the differences between the venomous Florida Water Moccasin (or Cottonmouth) and the wholly harmless Water Snake can be subtle. Here are a few images and links that might help. First, here's a Water Moccasin
Another shot of a Water Moccasin (click for a huge image):
Here's the plain old harmless Florida Water Snake:
Another clue (thanks Ray):
When in water, Water Moccasins move on top of the water - almost as if they were gliding on the surface, like this:
Water Moccasins are to be met with extreme caution. "When a moccasin is nesting or has her young in their nest it will aggressively defend that area," says Ray. "Moccasins have aggressively attacked people."
Water Snakes tend to be partly submerged, partly out of the water, more like this: