Archives May, 2010

Exclusive Sanderling Property Sale

SARASOTA, FLORIDA – (May 17, 2010) – Michael Saunders & Company recently closed the highest Siesta Key sale in Sarasota County year-to-date for 2010. The property is located on in the exclusive Sanderling Club on the white sugary beach of the Gulf of Mexico.  This contemporary estate closed for $6,425,000.  Kim and Michael Ogilvie represented the seller, and Linda Roe Dickinson represented the buyer, all are agents with Michael Saunders & Company.

Elegant Lido Key Property Sale

SARASOTA, FLORIDA – (May 19, 2010) – Michael Saunders & Company recently closed the highest waterfront sale in Sarasota County year-to-date for 2010. The property—located on Westway Drive—is set in an exclusive enclave of stately residences on Lido Shores, just north of St. Armands Circle. The lot offers 150 feet of waterfront with a dock, boat lift and direct access to the Gulf of Mexico. This landmark estate closed for $8,400,000. Linda Roe Dickinson of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer.

“Casa de las Olas” Sells on Casey Key

SARASOTA, FLORIDA – (May 17, 2010) – Michael Saunders & Company recently closed the highest Casey Key sale in Sarasota County year-to-date for 2010. The property is located on secluded Casey Key, an 8-mile-long island located just minutes from Sarasota. “Casa de las Olas,” or the House of Waves, is one of the largest, direct beachfront gated estates on the island. The property closed for $4,500,000. Deborah Beacham represented the seller and Annette and Albert Ayers represented the buyer—all are agents with Michael Saunders & Company.

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Englewood Neighborhood Video

The city of Englewood offers a warm, welcoming feeling with an “off the beaten path” casualness.  The desire for natural conservation is paramount.  The city has passed on the over-development of tall buildings in favor of a natural waterfront landscape.

The homes range from small bungalows to large estates. Much of the Old Florida architecture has remained. Many existing homes have direct water access, ranging from small single-family homes to expansive luxury homes. There are also a number of condominiums and townhouses.  Many historic homes are located in the Dearborn Street District, an area being revitalized as an environmentally-redesigned Green neighborhood.

Watch Your Step – Top 10 Costly Home Selling Mistakes

By taking the right steps, your home is as good as SOLD!

Putting your home on the market and ultimately selling it can be an exhausting, daunting endeavor. If you are not fully prepared and ready to take the necessary steps, you can find yourself stuck with a house on the market indefinitely, or worse, losing hundreds to thousands of dollars in profit.

However, when done the right way, selling your home can be a rewarding, low-stress experience in which all parties involved are left with a sense of satisfaction and feelings of accomplishment. To help keep you from the potential of a miserable experience, here are the top 10 costly mistakes to avoid when selling your home:

1. The Price is (not) Right! –  Overpricing is easily the biggest and most destructive mistake to make when selling your home, and also one of the easiest issues to avoid. A high listing price for your property will cause many prospective buyers to lose interest before even seeing your property. This results in your listing taking an unusually long time to sell, and most likely ending up being sold at a much lower price. On the other hand, pricing competitively will spark interest in your home and could lead to multiple offers, and ultimately a higher sales price. Pricing a home to sell is an art, so work with an experienced agent to be sure you do it right.

2. Going it Alone – You don’t need to know everything about selling your home if you hire an experienced agent who does. Trying to sell your home on your own, especially if you have never done it before, is definitely ill advised. A professional agent will: (more…)

Lisa LaFlamme Joins the Punta Gorda Office

SARASOTA, FLORIDA – (May 17, 2010) – Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to announce the addition of Lisa LaFlamme to the Punta Gorda office to specialize in residential properties.

For more information, contact Lisa at 941. 639.0000 or at LisaLaflamme@michaelsaunders.com.

Ask Michael – Are Today’s Buyers as Value Conscious as they were a year ago?

In this Ask Michael Video, Michael Saunders discusses today’s buyers and if they are as value conscious as they were a year ago.

If you have questions for Michael Saunders, email AskMichael@michaelsaunders.com

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The Neighborhood Report – Venice Golf and Country Club

A number of fine homes are available in Venice Golf and Country Club. Pictured: 206 Vestavia Drive.

Nestled in 460 tropical acres, The Venice Golf and Country Club is a member-owned, quality equity club community of 587 single-family homes. Residents of this gorgeous community enjoy championship golf, superb tennis, contemporary fitness facilities, a beautiful full-service clubhouse and gracious Florida living amid nature’s splendor. They also take pride in being a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary with 26 lakes and 13 preserves dotted throughout.

Market Activity – Venice Golf and Country Club

Venice Golf and Country Club is fully built-out with the exception of one or two privately owned lots. Available re-sale homes number under 10 percent of the community with the 2010 market activity well in-line with the history of sales. Pricing of the homes is competitive with area golf communities that do not offer the same world-class amenities of Venice Golf and Country Club. (more…)

Patti Piper Earns Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource Certification

SARASOTA, FLORIDA – (April 2010) –Patti Piper of Michael Saunders & Company’s Siesta Key office has achieved Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource Certification from the National Association of Realtors.

For more information, contact Patti Piper by phone at 941.349.3444 or by email at PattiPiper@michaelsaunders.com

Peter Pollock Joins the Venice Office of Michael Saunders & Company

SARASOTA, FLORIDA – (May 2010) – Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to announce the addition of Peter Pollock to the Venice office to specialize in residential properties.

For more information, contact Peter Pollock at 941.485.5421 or at peterpollock@michaelsaunders.com.

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