on May 22, 2013
It is often said that “all real estate is local,” meaning that property values are typically driven by variables that often differ neighborhood by neighborhood; and town by town. However, real estate markets have been anything but typical during the past few years. Consequently, their housing recoveries are contributing mightily to ours.
This is particularly true of the nation’s luxury housing markets, whose bourgeoning recoveries are having a highly positive impact on our region. Luxury markets everywhere slowed considerably in 2008 when much of the discretionary wealth needed to purchase such properties receded from many buyers’ balance sheets during the financial crisis. In truth, most high net worth individuals still had plenty of capital on hand to purchase these properties, but held off until they were certain that markets of interest had bottomed. (more…)
on May 21, 2013
Yoga on the Terrace of the Ca d’Zan – Photo courtesy SarasotaDay.com
Last week, we alerted your taste buds to the “Savor Sarasota” event, taking place June 1-14. This week, we thought we would point you in the right direction when it comes to working off all that fabulous food (after all, it is swim suit season!).
The area’s beautiful surroundings provide the setting for a host of fun ways to keep fit, so ditch the treadmill and check out our top ten ways to stay active this summer: (more…)
on May 20, 2013
Sunset on Useppa Island
Useppa Island is a lush, tropical island in Lee County – off Florida’s southwest coast. Known for a truly private lifestyle, the island is only accessible by boat and the 100+ residents enjoy an atmosphere of calm relaxation and recreation.
For one weekend, however, the serene island environment is transformed into lively, family-oriented celebration: Memorial Day, which occurs this year May 24 – 27. (more…)
on May 17, 2013
Get your taste buds ready for Savor Sarasota, June 1 – 14. Photo courtesy savorsarasota.com
One of my favorite summer experiences is fast approaching! Imagine having an excuse to go out and eat incredible three course dinners in beautiful Sarasota locations every evening for two weeks. Now imagine this experience not breaking the bank. Is your mouth watering yet?
Savor Sarasota is almost here. Spanning June 1st to June 14th, this restaurant week presented by Visit Sarasota County features a delectable culinary adventure. Over 30 local restaurants will be offering a special menu of three course meals that are $15 per person for lunch and $29 per person for dinner. (more…)
on May 16, 2013
Falling on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day honors the men and women who lost their lives while serving in the American military. A day observed by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades, this holiday weekend also unofficially marks the beginning of summer.
While the extended weekend and beautiful weather create an easy distraction, it’s important to remember that Memorial Day is more than just a time for picnics, barbecues, family gatherings and sporting events. The true meaning behind this holiday weekend rests in the sacrifices made by millions of American Service men and women, and the sincere observance those sacrifices deserve. This Memorial Day, be sure you take a moment of quiet reflection to commemorate those who gave so much to ensure our freedom. Express your humble thanks by honoring your loved ones, ancestors and friends who exemplify the strength of our great country. (more…)
on May 13, 2013
Summer wedding season is fast approaching, and for many blushing brides-to-be the Gulf Coast is truly a dream wedding destination. From casually elegant beach ceremonies to the opulent surroundings of a historical mansion, the stunning array of venues make Sarasota and the surrounding area the perfect place to say “I do”. We’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 wedding venues in our area, making the search for a beautiful backdrop a piece of (wedding) cake! : (more…)
on May 10, 2013
Photo courtesy careerrealism.com
Southwest Florida enjoys such an enviable array of lifestyle amenities that many of us call it “paradise.” And with good reason.
Among many other honors bestowed on the region by the national media, ours is routinely named one of the best places in America to retire, is oft-cited for having the country’s best beach; and is regularly praised for a visual and performing arts scene that simply astounds those who don’t expect to find so many first-rate cultural options in a community this size. In truth, these accolades are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to garnering international recognition for our way of life. (more…)
on May 8, 2013
In our series, “23 About Me” we’ve been enjoying a more in depth look into the people who make up Michael Saunders & Company, from the agents to staff to the leadership team.
This week, we were dying to know more about Venice and Plantation Office Manager, Laura Benson. Sure, we know she’s technologically-savvy, outgoing, and wears great shoes, but what is it that makes her tick? Laura shares with us just that, from a certain love for Italy (coincidentally, known for great shoes) to the person she admires most (one clue – she’s probably on your list too!). (more…)
on May 3, 2013
March sales throughout Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties finished the month in record territory. Numbered at 2,283, closed sales in March were the highest in nearly seven years. The 3,088 properties that went pending in March were the highest for the three-county market since records have been kept, besting the previous high of 2,548—set in March 2005—by 17.5%.
Click on the image below to view the full Trend Report for March 2013.
on May 1, 2013
What do you get when you mix one-of-a-kind luxury real estate, prime waterfront locations, top-performing MSC agents, a little innovation and a lot of teamwork? An exclusive Broker’s open house of Sarasota’s jeweled Museum Area. (more…)