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County to air nationwide foreclosure settlement panel discussion

County to air nationwide foreclosure settlement panel discussion

Sarasota County, Fla. -- Sarasota County will host a panel discussion about the provisions of the $25 billion agreement between banks and 49 state attorney generals to revise existing mortgages that qualify under the program.

The program will be broadcast at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, by Sarasota County on Comcast 19 and Verizon 32. The discussion also will be available online on the county’s website at www.scgov.net.

The discussion will cover information on:

Free event to promote local healthy homes

Free event to promote local healthy homes

Sarasota, Florida -- On Saturday, Jan. 21, residents can learn how to keep their homes dry, ventilated, maintained, clean, pest-free, contaminant-free and safe using the principles from the National Center for Healthy Housing during a "Healthy Home" event.

A home in the Newtown community that is in the process of being rehabilitated will be showcased at the event from 10 a.m. to noon at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St., Sarasota.

Free seminar for condo board members

Free seminar for condo board members

Sarasota, Florida -- Sit on your condo board? Confused by requirements? Then here's the seminar for you.

The Continental Group (TCG) is offering a free educational seminar for condominium board certification. The course will cover the most critical aspects of condo operations and provide guidance for day-to-day operations. Topics include: demystifying the budget and reserve process, accurate financial reports, bids and contracts, and correct records maintenance.

County offers ideas for a green winter

County offers ideas for a green winter

Sarasota, Florida -- Sarasota County government is reminding homeowners that even though temperatures may be dropping -- requiring less cooling -- the winter can still bring extra energy demands and higher energy bills.

Sarasota County's Energy Upgrade Program provides county residents with information and resources to help them use less energy at home and lower their monthly costs during this winter season and all year long.

Sarasota County offers discounts on energy-saving classes for builders and homeowners

Sarasota County offers discounts on energy-saving classes for builders and homeowners

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Sarasota County is again leading the way to a more energy-efficient future by offering incentives to local residents and businesses to attend a series of classes that focus on the numerous opportunities to achieve more energy efficiency in the home.

Sarasota property tax deadline Nov. 30

Sarasota property tax deadline Nov. 30

Sarasota, Florida -- Nov. 30 is the last day to pay property taxes with a 4 percent discount and that day usually brings in quite a crowd.

Many people have already taken advantage of paying online at www.SarasotaTaxCollector.com; over $4 million was collected in October before the bills were mailed. The 4 percent discount is available for payments postmarked through Nov. 30 or paid that day on the internet or phone (877-729-2001).

Drop boxes are available at each of the offices of the Tax Collector, 24 hours a day.

Sarasota's Hope for Homeowners seminar set for Dec. 8

Sarasota's Hope for Homeowners seminar set for Dec. 8

Sarasota County homeowners who need help with foreclosures, bankruptcy or credit problems can attend a free "Hope for Homeowners" seminar from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Selby Library Auditorium, 1331 1st St., Sarasota.

Judge Lee Haworth of the 12th Judicial Circuit Court will lead a panel discussion with financial and legal experts. He will explain what the courts are doing to protect homeowners facing foreclosure. Attorney Anne Weintraub will explain the legal options people have when they are threatened with foreclosure, including short sales.

Other panelists include Pamela Fields, Legal Aid attorney; Elizabeth Boyle, Legal Aid attorney; Sherry Ellis, bankruptcy attorney; and Sandra Rains, financial education specialist.