Archives April, 2011

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Joyce Cann to the Palmer Ranch office.

A licensed real estate professional since 1979, Joyce Cann relocated to the Sarasota area from New Hampshire, where she began her real estate career as a part owner of a successful real estate company.

Joyce brings an extensive, accomplished background as a new home sales consultant, having worked with US Homes/Lennar Builders for over 12 years. A specialist in properties located in Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club, Heritage Oaks Golf & Country Club, Laurel Lakes and beyond, she offers her clients an informed, results-oriented approach to every transaction.




Eggs Abound – Top Easter Weekend Things to do in Sarasota

Although happening a bit later than normal, Easter weekend is an exciting time of year when the delightful spring weather plays host to a number of events for those looking to celebrate the Easter holiday.

Whether you participate in the egg events or just enjoy getting out and about on Florida’s Gulf Coast, there are a number of things to do this coming weekend to provide plenty of fun for everyone in your family. Here are our top 10 fun events for this Easter weekend: (more…)

Saunders Commercial Sale and Lease Report for April 8th

Michael Saunders & Company is proud to announce several successful closings, 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 April 8, 2011.

Buyer/tenant:  Greenberg, MD, PA
Address:  2811 Tamiami Trail, Units H & I, Port Charlotte, FL 33952
Type of Space:  969 SF Office Space
Term of Lease:  2 years 
List and Sale Side:  Larry Schaper of Michael Saunders & Company


Seller/landlord:  North Creek Development, LLC
Buyer/tenant:  Atlas Tax Advisory Group, Inc.
Address:  8830 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231
Type of Space:  1,821 SF Office Space
Term of Lease:  5 years 
List Side:  Tom Farr of Michael Saunders & Company



Seller/landlord:  Frank & Patricia Damweber
Buyer/tenant:  Phillip Timlin
Address:  2581 S. McCall Road, Englewood, FL  34224
Type of Space:  0.65 Acre of Vacant Land
Sale Price:  $140,000
List and Sale Side: John Weiss and Heather Schouten of Michael Saunders & Company

Saunders Luxury Sales Report for March 8, 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 April 1, 2011, the properties below sold for over $1 million.


Prestancia property closed on April 7, 2011

Joan Parkinson of Michael Saunders & Company represented the seller of a dramatic 2-story Mediterranean home that had been extensively remodeled. The selling price was $1,100,000, and it closed on April 7, 2011.


Ritz-Carlton Tower Residence closed for $1,300,000

Joan Dickinson and Beth Afflebach of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer and seller of this spacious condominium in The Ritz-Carlton Tower Residences. This home offers panoramic views of Sarasota Bay from every room and has never been occupied. Selling price was $1,300,000, and it closed on April 5, 2011.

Jenifer Schwell of Michael Saunders & Company represented the seller of a prime bayfront lot in Country Club Shores on Longboat Key. The lot is on a ideal south location close to golf, tennis, beaches, and St. Armands Circle. The selling price was $1,575,000, and it closed on April 8, 2011. Jaclyn Smith of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer.

L'Ambiance condominium closed on March 28, 2011

Hannerle Moore of Michael Saunders & Company represented the seller of a condominium located behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club.  The residence is beautifully designed and offers floor-to-ceiling windows and a 900′ terrace. The selling price was $1,600,000, and it closed on March 28, 2011. Joseph Cinque of Coldwell Banker represented the buyer.


Sanderling, FL – Neighborhood Video

Sanderling on Siesta Key is one of Sarasota’s oldest and most prestigious neighborhoods. Dating back to the 1940’s, it was planned as a casual yet exclusive beach community, where residents could take advantage of a private, spectacular white sand shoreline and enjoy tennis and social activities at the clubhouse – an iconic yet simple structure designed by famed architect Paul Rudolph and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Today Sanderling is the only guard gated single family community on the Key. The homes here are large and set on spacious pieces of land. Many are directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Others face pristine Heron Lagoon, famous for its bird watching and wild life and Old Florida feeling. Sanderling’s architecture is famous, from new mansions in a variety of traditional styles to the old beach cottages, enlarged and updated over the years, which blend both Sarasota’s past and present.

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Linda Jesel to the Lakewood Ranch office.

Originally from Tampa, Linda grew up in Coral Gables, graduated from Florida State University in Tallahassee, and lived on Florida’s east coast before she relocated to Waterlefe in Bradenton in 2004.

 Linda brings an extensive background in luxury real estate, having worked with Sanctuary Realty in Boca Raton, FL, and with builders in country club communities, waterfront condominiums, and gated communities for active adults. She also enjoyed a position with builder Lee Wetherington in Lakewood Ranch. Before joining Michael Saunders & Company, Linda was with Keller Williams and later served as a qualifying broker for Realty Investment Group, Inc.

 A licensed real estate agent since 1986, Linda became a broker in 1993, and earned a GRI designation. While working at Sanctuary Realty, she became a Luxury Homes Specialist.

The Neighborhood Report – The Lake Club

Meticulous landscaping enhances the scene in The Lake Club.

From townhomes to custom estates, families become neighbors and neighbors become family in Lakewood Ranch, where everyone enjoys a true sense of community. They have it all at award-winning Lakewood Ranch, an 8,500- acre master-planned community located conveniently close to I-75. Lakewood Ranch is a great place to live, work, shop and there is always something to do.

The Lake Club is an exclusive Lakewood Ranch neighborhood for those seeking the finer things in life. Greeted by its own private vineyards and sounds of water fountains, you are lead to an unprecedented lifestyle of luxury, privacy and exclusivity within this master-planned neighborhood. Meticulous attention has been developed within the 1,500 acres to exceed the highest standards for construction, energy efficiency and environmental responsibility.

Market Activity – The Lake Club

To date, activity in The Lake Club has been robust, with over 120 lots sold/under contract. Within the 60+ existing homes, there are over 80 families with a number of children. There are over 35 homes either under construction or set to begin construction in the second quarter of 2011. When complete, The Lake Club will include approximately 1,000 homes, all of which enhanced by the community’s well-manicured grounds. (more…)


The Importance of Being International

Not long after Michael Saunders & Company celebrated its 30th birthday in 2006, our founder’s many years of forging strategic international partnerships began to pay important new dividends to many of our sellers.

History will note that by March 2007—with 13,477 properties for sale in Sarasota County alone—our painful, four-year-long market contraction was just getting started.  Lackluster sales from the month before created a 25-month supply of available properties, based on closed transactions; and a 23-month supply, based on pending transactions.

As challenging as the market was, there’s little doubt why so many foreign buyers chose to step up and buy.  Their economies were booming (still), their currencies were increasingly potent against the dollar; and ours was arguably becoming the best buyers’ market in history.  Moreover the U.S.—and particularly Florida—has long been viewed as one of the safest and most desirable havens on earth to own properties.


Ducks in a Row -Tips for Getting Your Homebuying Finances in Order

With today’s real estate market remaining on the side of the buyer, it makes perfect sense to do what it takes to qualify for a mortgage and begin the exciting journey of homeownership. However, one of the biggest concerns of becoming a new homeowner is the rejection of a loan application and subsequent missed opportunities at securing the right home. Fortunately, we are here to help.

While lenders have various reasons for which they may reject the loan application, here are our top tips for getting your finances in order and on your way to fulfilling the American dream: (more…)


Perico Bay Club, FL – Neighborhood Video

Set on a 300 acre island in unspoiled Palma Sola Bay, the Perico Bay club offers a lifestyle that is unique in the Sarasota-Bradenton area. Nature is everywhere. Birds and wildlife congregate around the 13 lakes and mangrove marshes, and the views from the homes and condos stretch for miles.

Perico Bay is divided into ten communities, each planned in such a way that the beauty of the setting always comes first. Some of the grounds are manicured; others have been left in their natural state. Nature walks and jogging trails allow residents to live hand in hand with the environment. Community swimming pools and tennis courts provide unparalleled recreational facilities. And the 24 guard gate at the entrance to the community ensures peace and privacy.

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