Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

This Coastal Community Still Has Room to Grow

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

This Coastal Community Still Has Room to Grow

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Kansas City native

she was born in Missouri, and grew up in Kansas -- Tracy Seider came to the Gulf Coast in 1976 and start working as a registered nurse.

She became a Realtor in 1981 when, as a single mom with three children, she was looking for a car-based business that offered her a more flexible schedule.

A firm believer in lifelong learning, she is a graduate of the Realtor Institute and has achieved certification in a number of areas, including international property, new homes and green buildings. As a Realtor with RE/MAX Alliance Group, she has won a number of industry awards.

Correspondent Chris Angermann interviewed her about residential real estate in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Q:How have things changed the industry during your career?

A:When I got into the business, interest rates were above 16 percent. But the great thing about real estate is that, unlike the stock market, which also has its ups and downs, it doesn't matter if the market is bad or good. People always need a place to live. They want you to help them.

For me, the goal is not money. The goal is service to the client.

The best thing about being a Realtor in this community is that I can offer something to everyone in a variety of price ranges. It's great to have that flexibility. And if you want a new-home, I can give you a fantastic buy, too.

The builders here work closely with the real estate community -- we're really partners; just like I'm partners with commercial and rental agents, landscapers, pool designers, roofers and painters.

The public doesn't always understand how intimately we all work together. We collaborate. I'm not just one person, I'm a member of a big team, and we all work together to get the job done.

Q:What should buyers know about the market?

A:It's still a buyer's market as far as prices go. Buyers are not going to pay above market value. They're not going to purchase an overpriced product.

What's tough is that inventory is low. But that's true all over the country, not just in Sarasota and Bradenton. Most of my buyers come from other markets, so it's not a surprise to them; and they are pleased with our prices.

I do recommend that people not dilly-dally. …

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