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Newspaper Columns by or about Brett Slattery


Brett has been a contributing columnist to the Sun Coast Media Group newspapers since 2003.


You can read his columns by subscribing to the Englewood Sun, Charlotte Sun, North Port Sun, Punta Gorda Herald, or The Aracadian.


Listed below are Brett's real estate columns; the most recent first. They include:
  • Real estate columns from the past 2 years based on real time data.
  • Real estate columns going back 13 years that contain information still useful today.
  • Human interest stories by and about Brett.

All Columns: © Copyright 2003-2018 Sun Coast Media Group, Inc.



12/01/18 Pros and cons of a crawl space Posted: 12/03/18 Real Estate
11/25/18 How valid are deed restrctions Posted: 12/01/18 Real Estate
11/18/18 What other readers say Posted: 12/01/18 Real Estate
11/11/18 Use your senses to detect leaky pipes Real Estate
11/04/18 Some favorite money-saving tips Real Estate
10/28/18 The truth about FIRPTA Real Estate
10/21/18 Red tide's impact on home prices  Real Estate
10/14/18 That house is not for sale  Real Estate
10/07/18 Whats best? Deed or non-restricted? Real Estate
09/30/18 Don't lose your property to adverse possession Real Estate
09/23/18 Time your move for tax portability Real Estate
09/16/18 Don't let them in your home Real Estate
09/09/18 Can I build on a gopher tortoise lot? Real Estate
09/02/18 What homes have appreciated the most? Real Estate
08/26/18 Easy way to search past editions Real Estate
08/19/18 Is my home worth the median sales price? Real Estate
08/12/18 Shouldn't homes and lots increase proportionately? Real Estate
08/05/18 Airbnb defends right to rent homestead. Real Estate
07/29/18 How to locate lots and boundaries Real Estate
07/22/18 What engine is the Best? Real Estate
07/15/18 Is your home at risk from rising seas? Real Estate
07/01/18 Should I buy a spec home?  Real Estate
06/24/18 January-May home values up 10 percent  Real Estate
06/17/18 Guess who's watching you? Real Estate
06/10/18 Renting your homestead? Be very careful!   Real Estate
06/03/18 Prioritize renovations to maximize ROI Real Estate
05/20/18 Correlation does not imply Causation  Real Estate
05/13/18 How do I correct my Zestimate?   Real Estate
05/06/18 Got deeded access? Prove It.   Real Estate
04/29/18 What is deeded beach access?   Real Estate
04/22/18 How to streamline the closing   Real Estate
04/15/18 This boom is different   Real Estate
04/08/18 Better to use same Realtor   Real Estate
04/01/18 Proposal could redefine hurricane season  General Interest
03/25/18 Do sellers need a home inspection?  Real Estate
03/18/18 Why don't Realtors turn out the lights?  Real Estate
03/11/18 It's too late once roof leaks  Real Estate
03/04/18 How to get free elevation certificate  Real Estate
02/25/18 Save big bucks on home insurance Real Estate
02/11/18 These are questions for a CPA Real Estate
02/04/18 Test your real estate math skills Real Estate
01/28/18 Find the right home for your dog   Real Estate
01/21/18 Use home to protect assets Real Estate
01/14/18 Is it okay to sell home sight unseen? Real Estate
01/07/18: Where to find your home's work history  Real Estate
01/01/18: Brett's predictions for 2018 Business
12/31/17: Pre-Approval is a buyers best friend Real Estate
12/24/17: What day owns midnight? Real Estate
12/17/17: Whats the return on home improvements? Real Estate
12/03/17 Where not to plant trees General Interest
11/18/17 Seller lease-backs a useful too Real Estate
10/21/17 Will hurricane IRMA hurt my home value Real Estate
10/14/17 How to shop for a vacant lot Real Estate
09/23/17 How to know if you lost power (after a hurricane) General Interest
09/16/17 Tips and observations from Irma General Interest
09/02/17 How much will seawall increase property tax? Real Estate
08/19/17 Will this affect my ability to sell? Real Estate
08/05/17 New listing features a formal sinning room Real Estate
07/22/17 When should I sell my home? Real Estate
07/08/17 Is title insurance a scam? Real Estate
06/24/17 Uncover the history of a home Real Estate
06/11/17 Can I combine and homestead 2 properties? Real Estate
05/27/17 Is the home in an X-Flood Zone? Real Estate
05/13/17 Why use local lenders? Real Estate
04/29/17 When were hurricanes implemented (Reprint from 05/04/14) Real Estate
04/15/17 Listen to the experts in real estate Real Estate
04/01/17 Bedspread derails $335,000 sale Posted 04/08/17 Real Estate
03/18/17 Do you have buyers for my home? Posted 04/08/17 Real Estate
02/18/17 Premium screening worth the price.  Posted 04/08/17 Real Estate
02/04/17 Why homes have red lights Posted 04/08/17 Real Estate

Some Rotonda Questions Answered

(published in some editions as

 "Discover little-known facts about Rotonda West)

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01/21/17 Tips for aspiring Realtors Real Estate
01/07/17 How to find anything in Charlotte County Real Estate
12/24/16 Home value is a mix of art and science Real Estate
12/10/16 Will artic blast heat up sales? Real Estate

Can I reset home value to lower taxes?

How rate hikes affect buyers.

Real Estate
11/14/16 What can you do with a drone? Real Estate
10/29/16 Now's a good time to downsize Real Estate
10/15/16 Should seller allow storage prior to closing? Real Estate
09/03/16 Early bird buyer gets the home Real Estate
08/20/16 As-Is contracts are a double-edged sword Real Estate
08/06/16 Seller credit-backs cost more than meet the eye Real Estate
07/23/16 The advantages of verbal communications Real Estate
07/09/16 Did we miss the boat on buying? Real Estate
06/25/16 Why not talk about condominiums? Real Estate
06/16/16 Boca Grande prices soar 52 percent in one year Real Estate
05/28/16 Property taxes confuse sellers Real Estate
05/14/16 Did I list my home too low? Real Estate
04/30/16 Do cash buyers get a discount? Real Estate
04/17/16 Should I fire my Realtor Real Estate
04/02/16 Wire transfers hijacked Real Estate
03/05/16 Leveraging home ownership into wealth Real Estate
02/20/16 Schedule vendors long before closing Real Estate
01/24/16 The timeless essence of West Charlotte County Real Estate
01/23/16 Are new home sales driving up statistics? Real Estate
01/23/16 Photo: Red shouldered hawk Wildlife Photo
01/09/16 Is that really a river? Real Estate
12/12/15 Why is the local home inventory so low? Real Estate
11/28/15 Is that a logical conclusion?  Real Estate
11/14/15 Are 4 bedrooms worth more than 3?  Real Estate
10/31/15 Home, wind, and four point inspections Real Estate
10/17/15 Real Estate-Looking at the big picture   Real Estate
10/03/15 Condo Buying Tips   Real Estate
09/19/15 Be ready for home inspection   Real Estate
09/05/15 A guide to Florida Living Real Estate
08/22/15 Builders cope with labor shortage Real Estate
08/08/15 Six common real estate myths Real Estate
07/11/15 Does tax exemption survive death? Real Estate
06/27/15 Before you list your home Real Estate
05/30/15 Prefirm homes and mansions Real Estate
05/16/15 What to know about tax certificates Real Estate
05/02/15 Here come the drones Real Estate
04/18/15 Flood insurance alert Real Estate
04/04/15 Severe penalities for property tax evasion Real Estate
03/21/15 Where to search for homes online. Real Estate
03/07/15 Is debt-forgiveness taxable? Real Estate
02/21/15 Where to find down payment help Real Estate
02/07/15 Can I stay in my home after closing? Real Estate
01/24/15 How oil prices affect real estate Real Estate
01/10/15 Flood and homeowners insurance update. Real Estate
12/27/14 Homeowners profit from leverage Real Estate
11/15/14 Is time on market a red flag? Real Estate
11/01/14 Difference between a Realtor and agent Real Estate
10/18/14 Preparing listing photos and showings Real Estate
10/04/14 Is there a real estate app for this? Real Estate
09/20/14 How much do Realtors make? Real Estate
09/06/14 How much does a swimming pool cost? Real Estate
08/23/14 Portability reduced property tax by $13,000. Real Estate
08/09/14 Overcoming low home appraisals. Real Estate
07/27/14 Realtors experiences hot demand, short supply Real Estate
07/26/14 When the mortgage lenders says "No" Real Estate
07/14/14 Id, dog, luggage problems to follow

(How to board a plane with no ID)

Human Interest
07/12/14 How accurate is Zillow? Real Estate
06/28/14 How to correct Zillow information Real Estate
06/14/14 I just bought a home- What Now? Real Estate
 05/31/14 The great two-minute fix Fixation Real Estate
05/17/14 Tips for Aspiring Realtors Real Estate
05/03/14 When were hurricane codes impletemented? Real Estate
04/19/14 Lot prices have doubled in 2 years Real Estate
04/05/14 Why do monthly prices deviate so much? Real Estate
03/22/14 The changing plane of real estate photography Real Estate
03/08/14 A darker side to flood insurance reform Real Estate
02/22/14 Real Estate - The big picture Real Estate
02/08/14 Using drones for real estate photos Real Estate
01/25/14 Will this trick the property appraiser? Real Estate
01/11/14 Who enforces deed restrictions? Real Estate
01/01/14 Sunny home forecast - Special Year End Report Real Estate
12/14/13 The night before New Years Real Estate
11/16/13 How do I select a Realtor? Real Estate
11/02/13 Tips for viewing homes Real Estate
10/19/13 Home prices continue to surge - 3rd Quarter 2013 by zip code Real Estate
10/05/13 How to avoid potholes General Interest
09/21/13 Appraisal surprises, entitlements, and redistribution Real Estate
09/07/13 Real Estate - entitlements and redistribution Real Estate
08/24/13 Act fast to cut property taxes Real Estate
08/10/13 The buying frenzy and flood insurance Real Estate
07/27/13 Are waterfront homes driving up prices? Real Estate
07/13/13 Prices up sharply in 2nd quarter 2013 Real Estate
07/27/13 Are waterfront homes driving prices up? Real Estate
06/29/13 Are you in forclosure? Read this. Real Estate
06/15/13 Can I lock in today's interest rates? Real Estate
06/01/13 Understanding home inspections Real Estate
05/18/13 What not to ask your Realtor Real Estate
05/04/13 Discover the personality of your street.

(The 20113 Charlotte County Street Report)

Real Estate


04/16/13 Should I pay cash or finance my home? Real Estate
04/12/13 Median home prices up - By zip code - Special Report to the Sun Real Estate
04/06/14 Be your own real estate detective Real Estate
04/01/13  Proposal to redefine hurricane season Breaking News
03/23/13 Top 5 real estate myths Real Estate
03/09/13 How many lots should I buy? Real Estate
02/23/13 Should I switch Realtors? Real Estate
02/09/13 The corrleation of home value to age Real Estate
01/26/13 How big is my house? Real Estate
01/12/13 Should I sell my home As-Is Real Estate
12/29/12 The History of our building booms Real Estate
12/15/12 Tell your Realtor about your lifestyle Real Estate
12/01/12 Snowbird update: Prices trend up sharply Real Estate
11/17/12 Real estate math 101 Real Estate
11/08/12 How to send documents at light speed Business
10/20/12 Should I fill in my swimming pool? Real Estate
10/06/12 Eligibility expanded for BP oil Claims Business
09/22/12 Why do homes sell above list price? Real Estate
08/25/12 Real estate scams and fake cashiers checks Real Estate
07/28/12 Surviving Realtors see more business Real Estate
07/14/12 Scanners, backups, and appraisers Real Estate/Tech
06/30/12 Cash deals and wind mitigation Real Estate
06/16/12 From smart meters to smart gadgets Technology
06/02/12 What to know about flood insurance Real Estate
05/27/12 Insurance crisis could halt real estate sales Real Estate
05/19/12 Real Estate's hottest zip codes. Real Estate
05/05/12 Are happy days here again? Real Estate
04/26/12 The truth about garage sales - an alternative to garage sales. Real Estate
04/08/12 Scrub jay plan a huge win for everyone Real Estate
03/24/12 The advantages of Quicken and Turbo Tax Real Estate
03/11/12 Sell your home with a virtual boat tour. Real Estate
02/25/12 From appraisals to wasp spray Real Estate
02/11/12 Did our real estate market hit bottom? Real Estate
01/28/12 Effects of Property Tax Reform Real Estate
01/14/11 Deadline coming for distressed sale tax break Real Estate
12/31/11 Kickoff for the real estate season. Real Estate
12/18/11 How much is your house worth? Real Estate
12/04/11 Charlotte's largest employers, highest paying jobs Local Economy
11/19/11 Bold plan offers quick fix for foreclosures, economy, jobs Real Estate
11/05/11 Foreclosure victims may be due compensation Real Estate
09/24/11 Why most builders don't build green homes Real Estate
08/27/11 Property Apprasier's web site a data gold mine Real Estate
08/13/11 Magic of QR Codes Misc
07/30/11 Rust colored paints hides well-water stains Real Estate
07/02/11 Bankruptcy vs. short sale and foreclosure Real Estate
06/18/11 The Unique Mystique of Rotonda West Real Estate
06/04/11 Streamline Business with Electronic Signatures Business
05/07/11 Red light cameras - What's next? Commentary
05/21/11 Cost of Green Homes Coming Down Real Estate
04/29/11 Majority of Home Sales Occur Off-Season Real Estate
02/26/11 Vacant Lots a Good Investment, But do your Homework. Real Estate
02/20/11 Wildlife photographer takes risks to get the right shot About Brett
02/12/11 The Impact of Rising Mortgage Rates on Buyers and Sellers Real Estate
01/29/11 A Strategy for Locking in Low Home Prices Real Estate
01/15/11 Understanding our Local Real Estate Market Real Estate
11/20/10 Why are Real Estate Headlines so Confusing? Real Estate
11/16/10 Local Builder Bucks the Trend Real Estate

Fix me or let me go - Ode to Odie

Human Interest
06/23/10 One on one with the Legends of Rock and Roll Human Interest
06/22/10 Coral snakes love hot dogs. Human Interest
06/10/10 Hurricane proof your precious data Business
06/03/09  Being a Dad Means Being a Sports Fan Human Interest
04/04/09  Hate Filling Out Forms? - Get This - Brett Slattery business column Business
02/25/09  Real Estate - The Best of Both Worlds Real Estate
06/28/07 The Two Minute Fix - Fixation Business
06/14/07 How to Monitor the World Business
05/10 07 What months are Hot for Real Estate Real Estate
04/02/07 Property Tax Secrets Real Estate
03/08/07 How Dad Kept Food on the Table Human Interest
09/19//05 Evacuating Rotonda Human Interest
03/09/05 Potholes - How to get them fixed. Business

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