Archives March, 2011

The Neighborhood Report – Palma Sola Trace

A newer community located in West Bradenton, Palma Sola Trace features a range of single-family homes, condominiums and attached villas. Construction of the community started in 2006, and residents are able to enjoy its beautiful clubhouse, fitness center and resort-style pool. The side-by-side villas all have attached two-car garages and open floor plans ranging in size from 1,500-2,300 square feet. Many of the villa homes are located on ponds with great views. (more…)

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Louise Hamel to the St. Armands office.

Originally from Boston, MA, Louise relocated to Sarasota County in 1981, where she graduated with honors from Ringling College of Art and Design. With an extensive background as an artist, graphic designer and marketer, Louise provides her clients with a high level of marketing savvy backed by her exceptional customer care skills. A specialist in properties located in downtown Sarasota and on the barrier islands, Louise has garnered recognition for her sales production and service, including five years of recognition as a Five-Star Customer Service agent and both the President’s Circle and Leading Edge Society from Prudential Palms. To further her real estate education, Louise has earned the Graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI), ICREA’s Transnational Referral Certification (TRC), E-certification and Fine Homes designation.

Three Agents in One

In these uncertain times for the nation’s real estate markets, there are encouraging new certainties about ours.  First, with a growing number of properties being sold from Bradenton to Boca Grande—Southwest Florida is showing definite signs of a sustained recovery.

Second, the recovery is occurring faster in many popular neighborhoods and price segments; less so in others.   Third, in something of a blast from the not-too-distant past, a significant number of sellers are working with our agents to field multiple offers—thanks mainly to aggressive pricing.

To guarantee a successful transaction these days, your agent must not only possess competent real estate skills but also be equal parts knowledge broker and problem solver.  Foreclosures, short-sales, fluctuating inventories and falling values—it can be very difficult for buyers and sellers to keep ahead of the market when the playing field changes constantly. To maximize your understanding of today’s market, be sure to contact an agent from Michael Saunders & Company.   No one is more fully equipped, better trained or capable at dealing with each new twist and turn this market sends our way.



Room for Improvement – Top Projects to Increase Your Home’s Value

In today’s real estate market, many homeowners may have witnessed a drop in the value of their home. While the reasons are varied and complex, there are some things that can be done on the homeowner’s property to regain some of the equity that may otherwise have been lost in recent years.

Most homeowners enjoyworking on projects around the home, from adding and improving to making simple changes throughout. In addition to improving the aesthetics and overall comfort, these projects can add significant value to the property for when the time comes to sell. (more…)

Saunders Luxury Sales Report for March 18, 2011

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 March 18, 2011, the properties below sold for over $1 million.

Lido Key residence sold for $1,000,000

Donald Geike & Dana Westmark of Michael Saunders & Company represented the seller of this fabulous beach retreat. The property sold for $1,000,000 on March 11, 2011. Investment in Sarasota represented the buyer.

Betty Mullinnix and Steve Abbe of Michael Saunders & Company represented the seller of this elegant home located in The Oaks. Betty Mullinnix of Michael Saunders & Company also represented the buyer. The selling price was $1,051,000, and it closed on March 15, 2011.

Sandy Cove townhouse sold on March 15th for $1,225,000

Dennis O’Brien of Michael Saunders & Company represented the seller of this direct Gulf-front townhome. The selling price was $1,125,000, and it closed on March 15, 2011. Coldwell Banker represented the buyer.

Maureen Horn of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer in purchasing a property on a premium lake-golf course in a exclusive section of University Park Country Club. The purchase price was $1,099,000, and it closed on March 18, 2011. Sotheby’s represented the seller.

Venice property sold for $1,300,000 on March 17th

Judy Brinkley of Michael Saunders & Company represented the seller in Myakka River Trails on March 17, 2011. Selling price was $1,300,000.  Sotheby’s represented the buyer.

Melba Jimenez of  Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer of a Golden Gate condominium that closed on March 11, 2011. Purchase price was $1,175,000. Coldwell Banker represented the seller.

Linda Dickinson of Michael Saunders & Company represented the seller of a Gulf-front lot with 100′ water frontage. Tom Delaney of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer.


The Neighborhood Report – Point of Rocks

Located at the southern end of Crescent Beach, Point of Rocks derives its name from a unique outcropping of limestone rock, which extends from the shore out into the Gulf. This striking stretch of beach offers an abundance of shells and amazing underwater coastal rock formations, which provide a wonderful snorkeling destination hosting a variety of wildlife, including Florida snapper, stone crabs, sea turtles, snook, and large amounts of brightly colored tropical fish. The area also serves as a remarkable bird watching site, where a number of fascinating species are frequently spotted. (more…)


A Pocketful of Savings

With home prices the best in a decade, property sales across Southwest Florida are finally on a sustained upswing. Noteworthy amid this months-long buying spree is the number of foreign buyers taking advantage of the best values across all price ranges.

America’s political and economic stability, the desirability and value of its real estate; and the current weakness of the U.S. Dollar (against other major currencies) has fueled intense international interest in owning property here. This is particularly true in Southwest Florida, which has long been the overseas destination of choice for Canadian, British and Western European buyers.



Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Caroline Mazelin to the Lakewood Ranch office.

Originally from Sellersville, Pennsylvania, Caroline relocated to the Sarasota area in 1975 after living in Madison, Virginia. A real estate professional since 1983, Caroline has worked with Apex Realty for over nine years, Century 21 Advantage for over 17 years and Sandals Realty for over one year before joining Michael Saunders & Company as a residential property specialist.

Caroline has earned the Short Sales and Foreclosures Resource (SFR), Graduate of the Realtors Institute (GRI) and Real Estate Owned Specialist (REO) designations. Additionally, she graduated from the Floyd Wickman Team for Real Estate Training Tax Implications of Short Sales and Foreclosures program. Caroline has garnered some of the top awards given by Century 21, including four Centurion Awards, multiple Diamond Masters awards and the Quality Service award.

Time to Refresh – Top Tips on Refreshing Your Home for Spring

Spring has officially sprung this past Sunday, meaning the chilly, dry weather is making way for blossoming flowers, evening showers and some much-anticipated warmth. As we so eloquently mentioned last year HERE, it is now the perfect time to rid your home of the frigid winter blues and replace it with a cheery, refreshed head start on the balmy summer months just around the corner.

To help you push that reset button, here are our top tips on refreshing your home for spring: (more…)


Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Cliff Hornsby to the St. Armands Circle office.

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Cliff relocated to Longboat Key in 2007, where he has earned recognition as a specialist in properties located on the southern end of the key, including Country Club Shores and Tangerine Bay. With an extensive background encompassing banking, real estate development, finance, marketing, sales and home building, Cliff brings a wealth of experience to help fulfill the unique needs of his clients. A graduate of Georgia State University, Cliff has also received E-Pro certification to further enhance his profession

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