Archives June, 2010


Freedom to Disagree

“His Brittanic Majesty acknowledges the said United States, viz., New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, to be free sovereign and independent states, that he treats with them as such, and for himself, his heirs, and successors, relinquishes all claims to the government, propriety, and territorial rights of the same and every part thereof.”

With these words from Article I of the Paris Peace Treaty of 1783, the sequence of liberating events that began with the issuance of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 came full circle; as Britain’s King George III issued his Proclamation of Cessation of Hostilities, culminating in the new treaty.  Among other conditions, the king formally renounced all claims to the country newly dubbed The United States of America.  Signed in Paris on September 3, 1783, the agreement — also known as the Paris Peace Treaty — formally ended the American War for Independence.  Representing the United States were John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and John Jay, each of whom affixed their signature to the treaty.

Today, as we do every year on July 4th, we celebrate our independence as brashly as we declared it some 234 years ago; with pomp and parade, fireworks, bells, cannon fire, bonfires and such. Unfortunately, as with many holidays involving fun, food and friends, it’s easy to lose sight of exactly what it is—and why—we’re celebrating.

America’s independence is significant to people around the world because it’s the defining characteristic of our country and its citizens. Most other countries came together because of a common language, religion or ethnicity. The United States of America, on the other hand, was born of a series of principles, beliefs and ideals shared by its founders. Having escaped political and religious persecution in Europe, the first Americans naturally became staunch defenders of exactly that which had been denied them in their native countries—freedom from oppression and the opportunity to prosper.


Osprey Neighborhood Video

Osprey, located directly south of Sarasota, is the best of both worlds. It has a small town feeling, with tree-lined streets that end with a glimpse of the bay. But it’s less than 30 minutes from the sophisticated pleasures of downtown Sarasota.

What sets Osprey apart from its neighbors is its historic pedigree. This is where Bertha Palmer, grand dame of Chicago society, built her famous home, The Oaks. Her arrival in1901 gave Osprey a certain cachet that it has maintained ever since.


Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties: Year Over Year Sales Comparison

May’s year-over-year home sales were up by nearly 20 percentage points in Sarasota County and by almost 35 percentage points in Manatee County; as inventories of available homes dropped by 13.9 and 9.6% respectively. Pending sales were basically flat in Sarasota County, rising by only .4%; but were up 16.3% in Manatee County.

In Charlotte County year-over-year sales for May were up 2.3%, pending sales were up 5.3%; and the inventory of available properties declined by 4.4%.


Fireworks, Flags and Fun – Top 10 Sarasota-Area Independence Day Events

The Sarasota area offers a number of Independence Day events. Find the right one for you!

Independence Day honors the birthday of the United States of America. It’s a day of picnics and patriotic parades, a night of concerts and fireworks, and a reason to fly the American flag. To commemorate the event, the Sarasota area hosts  a number of exciting events sure to make July 4th weekend special for all ages.

Here are the top 10 Sarasota-area events for this Fourth of July:

1. I’m on a Boat! – It may just be the right time to purchase that boat you always wanted. Why not check out some of the latest makes and models at this year’s 9th Annual St. Armands Boat Show? The event takes place on Sunday, July 4 from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm at St. Armands Circle. Click HERE for more information.

2. Garden Party – Come celebrate the birthday of our country at the beautiful Selby Gardens Tropical 4th of July Celebration. Tickets are $15 for Gardens’ members, $18 for non-members and children 11 and under are admitted free. Tickets are available online beginning June 15 and will also be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gardens’ Welcome Center entrance. Festivities start at 6:00 p.m, and will include a patriotic attire contest, live music by Yesterdaze, an all-American cookout, and nighttime fireworks. Visit HERE for more information.

3. A Festival of Fun – Spend your Fourth of July downtown with music, pony rides, carnival rides, great food, street performers and fireworks with the DSA Flag Fest Sarasota & Fireworks. Admission is free, and the event starts at 4pm. Visit HERE for more information.  (more…)


Saunders Commercial Sale and Lease Report for June 26, 2010

Michael Saunders & Company is proud to announce a  successful closing 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 June 26, 2010, 1 property was leased.

23 Lemon Avenue

23 Lemon Avenue


Buyer/landlord:  Ernest & Loretta Ritz
Seller/tenant:  ALA Restaurant, Inc.
Address:  27 N. Lemon Avenue, Sarasota, FL  34236
Type of Space:  3,636 SF Restaurant Space
Term of Lease:  3 year lease
Aggregate of Lease:  $173,517.00
List Side:  Linda Emery and Eric Massey of Michael Saunders & Company
Sales Side:  Kathy Wilkes of Horizon Realty


Saunders Luxury Sales Report for June 26, 2010

Michael Saunders & Company is proud to announce a  successful closing made possible through the professional representation of our agents, who work each day to fulfill the unique

Longboat Key Property sold for $1,075,000 on June 21

needs of homebuyers and sellers. For the week ending June 26, 2010, 1 property sold for over $1 million.

Jan and Mel Goldsmith and Mirta Matheu Klauber of Michael Saunders & Company closed a sale on a Gulf front condominium on Longboat Key boasting amazing views of gulf waters and golf courses and just steps away from pristine white beaches. Jan and Mel represented the seller, who sold the home for $1,075,000 on June 21, 2010. Mirta represented the buyer, who will be enjoying the condominium’s heated pool and spa, tennis courts, state-of-the-art exercise facilities, and other luxurious offerings.


Ask Gloria – How Does the 24/7 Accessibility Of Today’s Technology Change the Relationship Between Real Estate Agent and Client?

In this Ask Gloria Video, Gloria Weed talks about how having 24/7 accessibility to technology changes the relationship between a Real Estate Agent and the Client.


Sharon Ross Joins the St. Armands Office of Michael Saunders & Company

Michael Saunders is pleased to welcome Sharon Ross to the St. Armands office.

A native of Butler, Pennsylvania, and an alumna of Michigan State University, Sharon relocated to Sarasota in 1983, where she began her career at the Woodlands II at Bent Tree, Prestancia, and The Oaks. She further honed her skills as the leading salesperson for ten years at The Venice Golf and Country Club, where she established her reputation as a knowledgeable specialist who listens carefully and anticipates the desires of discerning buyers. At the completion of the Venice Golf and Country Club, Sharon continued her career with the sale of new homes and home sites at University Park Country Club.

In 2002, Sharon became part of US Assets Groups, selling Orchid Beach Club on Lido Key, where she was responsible for over $73 million in condominium sales in 18 months. Simultaneously, she was involved in the successful sales at Beau Ciel on Sarasota Bay. When The Founders Club, a community and club valued at $425 million, was launched, Sharon, as director of sales, lead the community in a successful opening with 50 percent of the community selling in just 18 months. After her five-year tenure at The Founders Club, Sharon joins the team at Michael Saunders & Company.

You may contact Sharon at 941.320.4190 or


Calenda-Parr Team Joins The Burnt Store Office of Michael Saunders & Company

Top-Producing REALTORS® Help Launch The Company’s Second Office In The Punta Gorda Market; And 23rd In Southwest Florida

PUNTA GORDA, Florida—(June 10, 2010)—The real estate team of Jennifer Calenda, Sandy Limberger and Ken and Sue Parr have joined Michael Saunders & Company in its new Burnt Store office, the company’s second in the Punta Gorda/Charlotte County market; and 23rd overall in Southwest Florida.  The company recently opened its 22nd area office at 101 Taylor Street, in downtown Punta Gorda.

Known familiarly to their clients and customers as “The Calenda-Parr Team,” its four top-producing agents specialize in marina communities including Burnt Store Marina, Cape Harbour and Tarpon Point; the canal-front communities of Punta Gorda Isles, Burnt Store Isles, and Pirate Harbor; Burnt Store corridor neighborhoods including Burnt Store Lakes, Burnt Store Village, Burnt Store Colony and Burnt Store Meadows; and properties in the city of Punta Gorda, along with neighboring golf course communities of Magnolia Landings and Heron’s Glen in North Ft. Myers.

“The Calenda-Parr Team brings one of the most accomplished records of success to buyers and sellers of waterfront and golf course properties in the greater Punta Gorda-Burnt Store area,” said Michael Saunders, company founder and CEO, from her office in downtown Sarasota, Florida.  “Thanks to the team’s combined business, real estate and mortgage industry experience, their clients and customers are assured of being in the most capable hands possible.  From our perspective, their affiliation with Michael Saunders & Company is another step toward our goal of staffing our new Punta Gorda and Burnt Store offices with the area’s brightest and most talented real estate professionals. I am delighted to welcome them on-board and look forward to the level of service and proficiency they will add to the company.”

The Calenda-Parr Team is headquartered in the new Burnt Store office of Michael Saunders & Company, located at 15500 Burnt Store Road, Suite 101, in Burnt Store; and can be reached by calling (941) 505-5555.


Pat Gross Joins the Bradenton Office of Michael Saunders & Company

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Pat Gross to the Bradenton Office.

Both raised and schooled in Anchorage, Alaska, Pat relocated to the Sarasota area from northern California. Prior to becoming a Realtor, she worked corporate relocation with two major van lines, and as an air traffic controller and trainer with the Federal Aviation Administration for eight years. This diverse, highly skilled background helped shape her work ethic.

Pat brings over 20 years of experience as a professional real estate agent, and services her clients with passion and attentiveness. She attributes her success in the industry to always listening carefully to determine exactly what end result her client is seeking then plotting a course to assure that outcome. Whether assisting a first-time homebuyer, investor or a multi-million dollar buyer or seller, her aim is to provide exceptional service and have every transaction be a professional, fun and memorable experience.

You may contact Pat at 941.773.3923 or

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