We have a frequent website visitor out there who is a bit confused, however we are unable to clear up their confusion because their emails are always sent anonymously.
Background Of The Complaint
Over the past 60 days or so, we have received numerous anonymous emails from someone who is obviously very upset that the listing that shows on our website for an address in Riomar is listed as part of the Cascades subdivision in Manatee County, when in fact according to their email, it is not part of the Cascades. They claim Riomar is it’s own subdivision (which is the neighboring subdivision).
This person thinks we listed this home and are actually intentionally misleading the public as to where it is actually located, and they are demanding us to cease misleading the public.
The Riomar & Cascades Confusion Explanation
Ok, let’s talk about the community first. I can understand why he/she is confused. The Cascades is the master development plan, and Riomar is a phase from that master development plan. See the attached image of the tax record for a Riomar property. They operate independently, but from a legal description sense, Riomar is indeed a phase of the Cascades. Phase II according to the tax record.
We are not the one’s that decided this, this is actually the Manatee County Property Tax office indicating that Riomar is a phase of the Cascades master development plan.
Riomar is its own community
Even though according to the legal description of the property, it is a phase of the Cascades, this community is independent. They have their own rules, regulations, and community government.
Why Is Riomar Listings Showing Under Cascades Listings on Your Website Then?
Great question! Our MLS (which is the central database of all Sarasota Real Estate agent listings for sale in Sarasota & Bradenton) pulls the data and compiles it using tax record information. My website takes the MLS data, and organizes it and displays it in a manner that visitors and clients can search for homes super-easily. Since Riomar’s tax record in the Manatee County book of records indicates it is phase II of the Cascades, the MLS data feed will also indicate Riomar listings as the Cascades.
Then, from there, we display all the listings available through the entire MLS from all brokerages and all agents that participate in the MLS. So, the good news is we are a one-stop shop for looking at ALL Sarasota listings available from the MLS!
The listing that this person keeps writing to us about is not our one of our Sarasota listings actually. However, even it it was our listing, we can not change what is displayed on the website regarding community name due to the manner Riomar’s tax record is written.
I really hope that this clears up the Cascades and Riomar misunderstanding for this frequent visitor. As a Sarasota Realtor, I would never purposefully mislead the public, that I can assure you.