Visit the New Michael Saunders Blog

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After nearly eight years of blogging on theSaundersBlog.com, we are excited to announce the launch of the all new MichaelSaunders.com/Blog.

From MichaelSaunders.com/Blog, we will continue to provide the same content to which you have grown accustomed – area homes for sale, market trends, news, neighborhoods, local events, and more – but it will be shared on a brand new website featuring a cleaner design and more user-friendly experience.

TheSaundersBlog.com will remain up and running so readers may continue to use it as a resource or go back through the years and reread favorite articles. Moving forward, we will also continue to post featured properties on theSaundersBlog.com.

We are excited to share this new chapter in real estate and blogging with you from MichaelSaunders.com/Blog. Thank you to all our loyal readers –many of whom have been with us from the very beginning!

To visit our new blog, click on this link: http://www.michaelsaunders.com/blog/

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The 10 Things you Should Experience in Sarasota and Beyond in 2014

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Sunset on Manasota Key

“We live where you vacation” is a saying that many a Gulf Coast resident will have proudly proclaimed to their snow covered friends. As if being sun-drenched all year isn’t enough, the area is brimming with exhilarating attractions – boasting the best arts scene in Florida and some of the finest golf courses in the world. As we welcome 2014, I thought it would be a great time to reflect on just how lucky we are to live in such a fabulous place.  It sure is easy to get used to the spectacular view as you drive across the Ringling Bridge; the feeling of dazzling white, soft sand between your toes, and the nightly choice of theatrical productions. With that said – here are 10 things you should make time for in Sarasota, Charlotte and Manatee counties for 2014. For visitors, you may just be inspired to plan your next sunny getaway! (more…)

Residential Real Estate Market Trend Report for Southwest Florida – November 2013

Combined sales of single-family homes and condomini ums throughout Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties during November were down by 9.5% compared with a year ago, even as the overall inventory rose by 8.6%. There is currently a 6-month inventory of homes and condominiums based on November’s pace of closed sales. This is up from the 5-month inventory of a year ago. Single-family home sales declined by 10% compared with last November even as inventories rose by18.2%. There is currently a 5.9-month supply of single-fam ily properties based on November’s rate of closed sales, up from last November’s supply of 4.5 months.

Click on the image below to view the full trend report for November.

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23 About Me – Linda, Leading the Way

23LogoEvery month, we profile an individual who is part of the make-up of Michael Saunders & Company. We quiz our agents, staff, or management with 23 questions and while the prompts always stay the same, the answers illustrate just how diverse our DNA is.

Here, we interview Linda Krysinski, Michael Saunders & Company’s e’Commerce Manager. Using her excellent skills in customer service and sales, she does her best to follow leads, ensuring every customer gets the attention they need before passing it onto a sales associate.

Read on to find out what leads Linda daily, from her favorite beach, to her love of family, to a competitive sport involving eight-wheels. (more…)

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Ode to the Holidays: Or Why MSC is Jolly Awesome

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This festive MSC holiday ornament was designed by Kari Swartz of the Marketing team

The holidays are here; And each season we grow fonder Of the people and places We find at Michael Saunders.

So many different departments To provide plenty of holiday cheer Each experience is unique, Every office and each year.

So, on a tour we’ll go Across each and every division To find out how they celebrate With festive yuletide precision.

We’ll start on Siesta Where the sand is our snow And a holiday breakfast was served Of eggs and bacon, ho, ho, ho!

The office collected toys, There certainly were lots For Big Brothers and Sisters And also Toys for Tots. (more…)

A Foundation for Giving Back

GiftGiving159380768This holiday season seems brighter and more festive thanks to another year of solid economic recovery in 2013.  Yet even as prosperity seeps back into the region at an ever-increasing pace, the holidays are also a reminder that tremendous need still exists within a region of Florida better known for its amazing beauty, climate and culture.  Fortunately, Southwest Florida is also known for having a huge philanthropic heart that beats with the can-do spirit of a community that looks after its own. 

Pressing human needs never take a holiday.  For this reason Michael Saunders & Company is grateful for the involvement of its agents, management and staff at giving back to the communities that have helped define and nurture our business for almost forty years.  Many choose do so using the MSC Foundation as a way to further expand on the company’s decades-long commitment to community-based philanthropy. (more…)

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A British Bond: Visiting the London Office of Michael Saunders & Company

UndergroundRecently I was thrilled to make the trip across the pond and home to Hertfordshire, England. While there, I got the chance to visit the London office of Michael Saunders & Company at Mayfair International Realty – one of our hand -selected affiliates.

Mayfair provides outstanding editorial coverage across UK and international media, exposing Michael Saunders & Company listings to some of the world’s most affluent buyers. For centuries the West End of London has played a central role in the sale of many of the world’s finest homes, and remains among the top destinations for the elite to discover and purchase property. (more…)

O Christmas Tree, Where to Put Thee? 10 Magnificent Living Rooms

This holiday season, we may not find ourselves blanketed with snow but we still know how to create a winter wonderland.  From garlands to Christmas trees to elaborate model trains, the home becomes a significant setting for all our yuletide festivities. As many of us search for the perfect perch to center the tree, we offer a look at some spectacular Manatee, Charlotte, and Sarasota homes for sale with inspiring living rooms  – the perfect merry setting for creating many Christmas (and year-round) memories.

1160 North Casey Key Road, Osprey1160-North-Casey-Key-Road---A3988189_9The living room in this exquisite 10,125 square foot home is set on 2.5 acres on the exclusive north end of Casey Key. It features a stone fireplace and cypress beams that are sure to complement any holiday décor (not to mention the breathtaking water views).  (more…)

The Rainforest Comes To Selby Gardens

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In a region famously abundant with first-rate cultural experiences, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens always makes sure that children are never left out of the equation.  For nearly 40 years, Selby Gardens has provided a fascinating, family-friendly destination in which to develop an understanding and appreciation of plant life while opening young eyes to the vital importance of preserving our fragile environment.

To further underscore its commitment to children and the environment, Selby Gardens has just premiered its much-anticipated Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden.   A faithful rendition of a tropical rainforest, the garden provides an authentic setting in which children can cultivate an early appreciation for the living world through creative play and interactive discovery. (more…)

The Bradenton Blues Festival will be Bringing Down B’town December 6th – 8th

2013BradentonBluesPosterFINALIf you are already starting to hear your share of Christmas Carols this season, the Bradenton Blues Festival promises to be a jazzy not-to-be-missed alternative. Providing downtown Bradenton with a weekend of exciting live music, this annual festival will be held December 6th – 8th.

The inaugural Blues Festival kicked off last year where more than twice the expected turn out of celebrants enjoyed a lineup of first rate blues artists, good food, and a lively downtown setting.  This year, eight blues acts and expanded programming is expected to make the event even better. 

Coming on the heels of some impressive downtown enhancements, from Riverwalk’s grand opening in 2012 to the November 2013 opening of the Hampton Inn in the historic Pink Palace, Bradenton is already experiencing enriched growth and community engagement (read this blog to learn more:  Becoming Bradenton: Culture, Community, and a Sense of Place ).

Headlining the December festival are national blues stars Eddie Shaw & the Wolfgang, Johnny Rawls and Shemekia Copeland. The impressive lineup can be enjoyed on December 7th. (more…)

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