Christine Huxtable | Sarasota Real Estate, Bradenton Real Estate, Lakewood Ranch Real Estate


When you’re looking for a new place to live, it’s a valid question to ask whether you should rent or buy a property. After you take a good look at your finances, you may want to consider the following advantages to renting instead of buying: 


Less On Your Shoulders


Once you buy a home, there's a lot of responsibility that you take on. Aside from a new type of financial burden, you’ll find that you have more to take care of with a home. If anything goes wrong in the house, it becomes your issue. Everything from broken locks to leaky toilets in your own home are something you must take care of. If you rent, it’s your landlord’s responsibility to fix those problems. 


Debt Free


Whether you own or rent, you’ll need to pay a monthly fee to live on the property. The payment could be in the form of rent or a mortgage. Being without a mortgage, however, has its advantages. Renting means that you’re only responsible for the monthly rent and utilities. That’s it! Buying a home puts you instantly in debt- by a few hundred thousand dollars that is! You’ll also need to pay taxes, insurance, and keep some money aside for repair costs. Once you buy a home, buying just about anything else using credit can be difficult as well, not to mention a bit more costly due to higher interest rates. 


No Need For A Lot Of Financing Paperwork


While you’ll need to fill out a rental application to rent a home or apartment, there’s very little involved. Buying a home, however, requires you to disclose your life story in order to get a mortgage. While you may be prepared to do that, some people don’t have the time or patience to wait to get approved for a mortgage. If you need to move quickly, keep this in mind.  


Freedom!


When you’re renting a home or apartment, you’re free after the terms of the lease are up. You can move wherever you want once you have met the agreement. There’s no strings attached! The best part is that you don’t need to find a replacement tenant. It’s the job of your landlord or rental company. There’s no need to go through the stressful process of selling your home while you’re still trying to find a new one.  


While buying a home gives you equity and a type of financial backing, renting can be advantageous for many reasons. This is especially true if you’re not planning on staying in an area for more than a few years. Being a tenant gives you the freedom to allow you to lead a more flexible lifestyle. When you’re considering your living options in a new city or town, think long and hard about your lifestyle. While buying a home may seem like the “responsible” thing to do, it’s not for everybody!



This listing recently sold for $275,000.

508 WHITFIELD AVE, SARASOTA, FL 34243  

Residential
$275,000
Price
$275,000
Sale Price
4
Bedrooms
3
Baths
Fabulous new listing with 4 bedrooms (2 master suites !) 3 full baths, a newly resurfaced pool, fenced yard and NO HOA fees. The home is light and bright inside with newer laminate floors in many areas, an amazing floor plan with large rooms and a smart flow through the home. Large covered lanai.. garage with extra workshop area and a large interior utility room as well... Great location ! Just moments from all of the action and close to our world famous Sarasota beaches. What an opportunity here to update to your own taste and have a price that allows this to happen... don't miss out on this one.



This listing recently sold for $365,000.

5090 CREEKSIDE TRL, SARASOTA, FL 34243  

Residential
$365,000
Price
$365,000
Sale Price
3
Bedrooms
2
Baths
Just listed in sunny Sarasota ! Remarkable pool (salt water) home sitting on a spectacular, incredibly private preserve lot. The immense curb appeal with lushly upgraded landscaping will be the first thing you notice.. This generously sized home features a smart floor plan w/ 3 bedrooms + a den / flex space, great room w/ high quality wood floors + a dining/living room combination. The open concept kitchen is beautifully updated w/thick granite, sleek stainless steel appliances, real wood cabinets and a glass tiled backsplash. The newly pavered and expansive lanai area will have you living on vacation everyday while dipping into your own private pool and spa. The owner has spared little expense with the new pavers 4/18, pentair pool & spa control system 7/16 + newer natural gas spa heater 12/15. The AC is a Carrier & was brand new less than 1 year ago & new gas hot water heater. The home was also freshly painted & does feature hurricane shutters and a windscreen that runs the length of the lanai. Don't miss the coffered ceiling and detailed woodwork in the greatroom.. shows SO nicely.. this one is truly a must see and should go on your short list today. Highly desirable location, just moments to the new Whole Foods, UTC mall, Fresh Market, Starbucks, Benderson park and a short 15 minutes to downtown Sarasota and the world famous Siesta Key beach. Carlyle is a friendly community with NO CDD fees and only $165 a quarter HOA. (Very rare!) Sparkling community pool, playground + tennis/pickleball courts.


7504 HARRINGTON LN, BRADENTON, FL 34202  

Rental
$3,300
Price
4
Bedrooms
4/2
Full/Half Baths
New to the leasing market, This magnificent Todd Johnston home with over 3000 SF of living space features a luxurious master suite, 3 beds, 2 full baths, half bath and a pool half bath, bonus room loft upstairs, a 3 car garage & much more. The formal dining room has crown molding. Your formal living room is open with view of the pool and lake. You will love making gourmet meals in the large kitchen which features wood cabinets, granite counters, center island, range top, matching decor refrigerator, built in ovens, breakfast bar and a built-in desk. The breakfast nook faces the pool and spa through the aquarium window. The floor plan invites entertaining as the kitchen opens to the expansive family room with double trey ceilings,gas fireplace and is surrounded by sliding glass doors giving it a light and bright environment welcoming the beautiful outdoors in. Downstairs the master suite features a sitting area and private entrance leading to the screened lanai. Relax in your signature designed master bath with whirlpool garden tub, double entry shower, and two separate vanities. Hall has 1/2 bath and privately set office/den/gameroom/exercise room. Upstairs there is a den leading to 2 BR's, each with door access to a shared balcony. Upstairs has a 2nd full bath. Home sits on a corner lot in the exclusive community of the Sanctuary @ River Club. A rated schools !!


The gym. It’s a place few people enjoy despite the flocks of people lining up to sign up each passing New Year. Exercise is seen as an embarrassing activity to many as most of us aren’t taught how to properly use gym equipment. Equipment that looks more like torture devices than a machine that will help you become stronger and healthier. Enter the home gym. Not only is no one around to watch you attempt your first shaky round of pushups  but also it’s a place we already feel naturally at ease. Keep reading to find out how you can skip gym fees and create a gym in the comfort of your own home. Make space. A space that allows you enough privacy from the rest of your family to focus on yourself for a while. When choosing your space, consider a room that has a door you can close, contains lots of light, room to hang a full-length mirror to watch your form from, and room to roll out a mat to work on. If you have a room you can dedicate solely to your home gym paint it a color that inspires you. This could be anything from a calming blue to an energizing orange. A good music speaker to blast some tunes is another great feature to add to your home gym to help to inspire. Know your budget and goals. Don’t be afraid to start with small investments if you are just jumping back into an exercise routine. If your goal is to create a more healthy, active lifestyle you won’t need fancy, expensive equipment to get there. A set of dumbbells and some resistance bands paired with exercises that rely on body weight are enough to get you started and at a low cost to boot. Extras for experts. As your strength builds and your routine evolves you may start to look to add more variety to your weekly workouts. Some further investments to consider for your home gym could be a stability ball, kettle bell, suspension system, jump rope and /or foam roller. All of these items can add more interest to your routine without costing you an arm and a leg. Make a plan. This tip doesn’t quite relate to setting up a home gym but, bear with me. Creating a plan for which days you will exercise and what exercises you will be doing will set you and your home gym up for success. Don’t go through all the effort of setting up space for your home gym to have it go unused. Instead, schedule times into your week that you will use your home gym. Think of these time slots as mandatory appointments just like a doctor’s visit or business meeting. Don’t let the intimidation of the gym prevent you from developing a regular workout routine. By setting up a home gym you can get fit and healthy in the privacy of your own home and at a cheaper cost than the average gym membership. Just don’t forget to schedule time slots throughout your week where you make the most of your new home gym!