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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/

Saunders Luxury Sales Report for July 19, 2014

Michael Saunders & Company is proud to announce several closings made possible through the professional representation of our agents, who work each day to fulfill the unique needs of homebuyers and sellers. For the week ending July 19, 2014 the properties below sold for over $1 million.

 

3810 Flamingo Ave - 036 - A3986497_36Property Address: 3810 Flamingo Avenue

Sale Price: $1,900,000

Sale Date: 7.7.2014

Listing Agent: Maureen Horn, Michael Saunders & Company

Selling Company: Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

 

35 Watergate Dr #1204 - 001 - A3996657_1Property Address: 35 Watergate Drive #1204

Sale Price: $1,750,000

Sale Date: 7.16.2014

Listing Agents: Beth Afflebach and Joan Dickinson, Michael Saunders & Company

Selling Agents: Beth Afflebach and Joan Dickinson, Michael Saunders & Company

 

420 Golden Gate Pt #400 - A3987171_79Property Address: 420 Golden Gate Point #400

Sale Price: $1,750,000

Sale Date: 7.17.2014

Listing Agent: Christine del Monte, Michael Saunders & Company

Selling Agent: Marianne LeBar, Michael Saunders & Company

 

3548 Fair Oaks Ln - 3548-154 - A3989481_55Property Address: 3548 Fair Oaks Lane

Sale Price: $1,150,000

Sale Date: 7.18.2014

Listing Agent: Richard Perlman, Michael Saunders & Company

Selling Company: Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

 

5580 Cape Leyte Dr - 01 - A3996701_1Property Address: 5580 Cape Leyte Drive

Sale Price: $1,600,000

Sale Date: 7.18.2014

Listing Agents: Kim and Michael Ogilvie, Michael Saunders & Company

Selling Agent: Stephanie Bugatti, Michael Saunders & Company

 

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1 Boat and 4 Islands in 8 Hours: Part Two – Boca Grande to Little Gasparilla

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Photos by Premier Photographic Events

In my last blog post, you read about the start of my island hopping adventure with the Freedom Boat Club. We began our day at the Cape Haze Marina and voyaged to a very enchanting Useppa Island. Now, we continue the journey on to two nearby barrier islands.

Beloved Boca Grande
Within fifteen minutes of our departure from Useppa, we were floating through the captivating canals of Boca Grande, the charming community on Gasparilla Island. (more…)

The Faces of the MSC Foundation’s Mid-year Grant Giving Ceremony

All images by InstudioEphoto.

The MSC Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Michael Saunders and Company, held its mid-year grant giving ceremony on Thursday, July 17th at the company’s Lakewood Ranch location. During a period of giving from January to June 2014, MSC agents and staff raised a total of $34,250 which was distributed among 33 local nonprofit organizations.

To help provide a glimpse into how deep these efforts reach, we have compiled some images and moments from Thursday’s ceremony (all images by InstudioEPhoto): (more…)

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1 Boat and 4 Islands in 8 Hours: Part One

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Boating the waters of Placida Harbor

Sometimes you are so close to something that you can’t entirely understand its worth. This is never as true as it is for those of us who live in Florida and take our slice of paradise for granted. We grow complacent – never quite appreciating how turquoise the Gulf is, how easy it is to reach the beach, or the countless colors in a sunset.

And so, it was with my typical Florida-native expectations that I found myself an hour south of Sarasota ready to hop on a boat. (more…)

Parsing the Market

Aerial-DSC_7796Is the real estate market emitting mixed signals?  Or is the picture being blurred by conflicting accounts of its renewed strength?  Probably a little bit of each.

Sales Activity over Six Months
As real estate markets re-stabilize, it is not uncommon for upward spikes in monthly sales to be followed by a month or two of pared-down activity.  Such mixed results inevitably spur nervous hand-wringing among market watchers, even though it is virtually impossible to spot a developing trend over such short periods of time.  For this reason it is wiser to examine at least six consecutive months of sales activity to assess where we’ve been; as well as six months (or more) of local economic indicators to predict where we’re going.

Between January and June, residential property sales throughout Southwest Florida were up 0.44% over 2013; and were 11.3% higher than the first six months of 2012.  It is worth mentioning, however, that a flood of pent-up demand made 2013 the region’s most active year ever in terms of total properties sold—and thus a tough act to follow in any year. (more…)

Saunders Commercial Sale and Lease Report for July 12, 2014

Michael Saunders & Company is proud to announce several successful sales and leases made possible through the professional representation of our agents who work each day to fulfill the unique needs of commercial buyers, leasers and sellers. For the week ending July 12, 2014:

 

LEASE

Landlord:  Alex & Rania Dargham

Tenant:  Sandler Travis & Rosenberg PA

Address:  234 N. Rhodes Avenue, Unit #105, Sarasota, FL  34237

Type of Space:  1,058 SF Office Space (Expansion)

List Side:  Harry Robbins & Associates

Sale Side:  MS&C Agent, Susan Goldstein, CCIM

 

710 Commerce Drive_DeLietoLEASE

Landlord:  Homeport, LP

Tenant:  US Installation Group, Inc.

Address:  710 Commerce Drive, Units #103, 104 & 105, Venice, FL  34292

Type of Space:  7,136 SF Industrial Space (NEW Business)

List and Sale Side:  MS&C Agents, DeLieto & Associates

 

2424 Manatee Avenue West_BakkerLEASE

Landlord:  HJB Properties

Tenant:  Lifestyle Hearing Aid Centers

Address:  2424 W. Manatee Avenue, Suite #203, Bradenton, FL  34205

Type of Space:  1,133 SF Office Space (Relocation)

List and Sale Side:  MS&C Agent, Ben Bakker

 

1476 Main Street_MasseyLEASE

Landlord:  Alexander Srulovic

Tenant:  Fugates, LLC

Address:  1476 Main Street, Sarasota, FL  34236

Type of Space:  2,300 SF Retail Space (Expansion)

List and Sale Side:  MS&C Agent Eric Massey, DeLieto & Associates and Chris Wetzig

 

LEASE

Landlord:  21st Century International

Tenant:  A New You Improvement Center

Address:  5343 Paylor Lane, Unit #200, Sarasota, FL  34240

Type of Space:  500 SF Office Space (NEW Business)

List and Sale Side:  MS&C Agent, Ben Bakker

 

360 Commercial Court_FarrSALE

Seller:  Margaret F. Allen

Buyer:  Tampa Acquisitions, Inc.

Address:  360 Commercial Court, Venice, FL  34292

Type of Space:  2.34 +/- Acres of Vacant Land

Sale Price:  $575,000

List and Sale Side:  MS&C Agent, Tom Farr

 

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New Homes Update

Record levels of buying have led to a persistent shortage of available properties in our lifestyle-rich region.  Thus the option to buy new is well worth considering—especially if you’ve ever pictured yourself living in a new home or condominium.

The New Homes & Condominium Division of Michael Saunders & Company represents a broad spectrum of the region’s newest and finest lifestyle communities, with housing options that truly run the gamut. Here is a sampling of the choices now available:

VUE Sarasota Bay

BuildingRenderingCLOSEUP.LIGHT-MLSWith construction now underway, the 18-story VUE Sarasota Bay will soon afford its residents with forever views of Sarasota Bay, the city skyline, its barrier islands; and the Gulf of Mexico.  From its prime bay front location—adjacent to the new Westin Sarasota—buyers will enjoy walkable access to downtown Sarasota’s performing arts venues, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens; and scores of first-rate restaurant and retail establishments.

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Saunders Luxury Sales Report for July 5, 2014

Michael Saunders & Company is proud to announce several closings made possible through the professional representation of our agents, who work each day to fulfill the unique needs of homebuyers and sellers.  For the week ending July 5, 2014 the properties below sold for over $1 million.

 

Property Address:  5555 Gulf of Mexico Drive #101

Sale Price:  $1,025,000

Sale Date:  6.30.2014

Listing Company:  Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Selling Agent:  Maureen Horn, Michael Saunders & Company

 

Property Address:  8810 Fishermans Bay Drive

Sale Price:  $1,050,000

Sale Date:  6.30.2014

Listing Company:  Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Selling Agent:  Felix Power, Michael Saunders & Company

 

1927 Boyce St - 1927-100 - A3995052_1Property Address:  1927 Boyce Street

Sale Price:  $1,175,000

Sale Date:  6.30.2014

Listing Agent:  Barbara Dumbaugh, Michael Saunders & Company

Selling Company:  Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

 

350 Gulf Of Mexico DrProperty Address:  350 Gulf of Mexico Drive #236

Sale Price:  $1,200,000

Sale Date:  6.30.2014

Listing Agent:  Michael Yawitz, Michael Saunders & Company

Selling Company:  Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

 

Property Address:  201 Seagull Lane

Sale Price:  $1,217,650

Sale Date:  6.30.2014

Listing Company:  Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Selling Agent:  Larry Zeigler, Michael Saunders & Company

 

3827 Tangier Ter_Front-0Property Address:  3827 Tangier Terrace

Sale Price:  $1,359,000

Sale Date:  6.30.2014

Listing Agent:  Leonard Giarrano, Michael Saunders & Company

Selling Company:  Dwell Real Estate

 

510 N Casey Key Rd - M5841559_56Property Address:  510 N Casey Key Road

Sale Price:  $2,100,000

Sale Date:  6.30.2014

Listing Agent:  Jonnie Dwyer, Michael Saunders & Company

Selling Company:  Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

 

165 WhittierProperty Address:  165 Whittier Drive

Sale Price:  $3,496,000

Sale Date:  6.30.2014

Listing Agent:  Larry Zeigler, Michael Saunders & Company

Selling Agent:  Stephanie Church, Michael Saunders & Company

 

2295 Gulf Of Mexico DrProperty Address:  2295 Gulf of Mexico Drive #85 / 86

Sale Price:  $1,325,000

Sale Date:  7.1.2014

Listing Agents:  Jan and Mel Goldsmith, Michael Saunders & Company

Selling Company:  Berkshire Hathaway Homeservice

 

1639slakeshoredr380024_aProperty Address:  1639 S Lake Shore Drive

Sale Price:  $1,500,000

Sale Date:  7.1.2014

Listing Company:  Beckmann Properties

Selling Agents:  Linda Dickinson and Kelly Quigley, Michael Saunders & Company

Saunders Luxury Sales Report for June 28, 2014

Michael Saunders & Company is proud to announce several closings made possible through the professional representation of our agents, who work each day to fulfill the unique needs of homebuyers and sellers. For the week ending June 28, 2014 the properties below sold for over $1 million.

 

3040grandbay_294_06Property Address: 3040 Grand Bay Boulevard #294

Sale Price: $1,050,000

Sale Date: 6.16.14

Listing Agents: Gail Wittig and Ian Addy, Michael Saunders & Company

Selling Agent: Sylvia Zimmerman, Michael Saunders & Company

 

Property Address: 585 Sanctuary Drive #304

Sale Price: $1,250,000

Sale Date: 6.6.14

Listing Company: Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

Selling Agent: Dede Curran, Michael Saunders & Company

 

Property Address: 647 Mourning Dove Drive

Sale Price: $4,000,000

Sale Date: 6.16.14

Listing Company: Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

Selling Agent: Jenifer Schwell, Michael Saunders & Company

 

8037mpr364763_bProperty Address: 8037 Midnight Pass Road

Sale Price: $1,640,000

Sale Date: 6.17.14

Listing Agents: Sandy and Jerry Strom, Michael Saunders & Company

Selling Company: Sarabay Real Estate Inc.

 

Property Address: 600 Wedge Lane

Sale Price: $2,530,000

Sale Date: 6.20.14

Listing Company: Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

Selling Agent: Julia McClung, Michael Saunders & Company

 

1281 Gulf Of Mexico Dr #1104 - A3963869_34Property Address: 1281 Gulf of Mexico Drive #1104

Sale Price: $1,600,000

Sale Date: 6.23.14

Listing Agent: Hannerle Moore, Michael Saunders & Company

Selling Company: Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

 

7799 Holiday Dr N - 7799-100 - A3989149_1Property Address: 7799 Holiday

Sale Price: $1,200,000

Sale Date: 6.25.14

Listing & Selling Agent: Karen Greco, Michael Saunders & Company

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