Archives May, 2011

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Kevin Roy to MSC Mortgage.

Originally from New Hampshire, Kevin relocated to North Port in 2005 with his wife, Karen, and their two sons. A graduate of the New Hampshire Technical Institute with a degree in criminal justice, he retired as a police officer from the State of New Hampshire before entering the mortgage industry with World Savings, who merged with Wachovia and later with Wells Fargo. Prior to joining Michael Saunders & Company, Kevin worked for Coldwell Banker in Laconia, NH, and Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty in Port Charlotte/North Port.

Smart Time to Sell

Today’s column begins with an expression of gratitude. As a home buyer or seller, you have many choices of real estate agents situated throughout Southwest Florida. Thank you for choosing an agent with Michael Saunders & Company. Their ability to assist in achieving your goals helped them accomplish one of the best collective performances of any real estate company in the United States during 2010.

This news reached us last week courtesy of Real Trends, the Colorado-based real estate and communications company, whose highly-anticipated annual ranking of the 500 Largest Real Estate Brokers in the U.S. has just been officially released.



May Flowers – Top 10 Flowers for Your Garden

Bathed in warm sunshine and fresh spring showers, Florida’s May is the perfect time to spruce up your property with a stunning arrangement of garden flowers. From vibrant pinks and deep purples to brilliant clusters and striking blooms, the colors and patterns of your garden can be a constant creation of ever-changing sights and fragrances. Along with helping increase the curb appeal and possible resale value of your home, your flower garden can also provide you with gorgeous bouquets of cut flowers and a number of interesting pollinators, including butterflies and hummingbirds.

A picturesque flower garden is truly an affordable luxury. So, find out why Ponce de Leon christened the Sunshine State “La Florida,” which roughly translates to the “land of the flowers,” and beautify your home with these top 10 flowers—and other plantings—for your garden: (more…)

Siesta Isles, FL – Neighborhood Video

Siesta Isles is one of the classic Siesta Key neighborhoods. Located directly across from the pristine white sand of world famous Crescent Beach, it offers island living at its finest. Homes are set on ample lots and many are directly on the canals that have made the Key such a Mecca for boaters. The feeling is laid back and tropical, but the nearby amenities and convenience couldn’t be more up-to-date.

As one of the island’s more established communities, Siesta Isles is at the center of everything, yet tucked away to assure privacy and peace and quiet. The charm of Siesta Village, with its one-of-kind boutiques and restaurants, is a short walk away – even closer by bike, which may well be the perfect island-style mode of transportation.

The Neighborhood Report – Burnt Store Marina

The largest deepwater marina located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Burnt Store Marina is nestled in Punta Gorda on the shores of Charlotte Harbor and offers direct deep water access to the Gulf of Mexico. The area has been ranked as one of the top ten places to sail by Sail magazine, and is just ten nautical miles to the Gulf of Mexico via Boca Grande Pass.

The gated resort community of Burnt Store Marina not only offers residents sensational boating and fishing, but also features a 27-hole golf course, on-site fitness center and tennis courts, walking/jogging paths, two on-site restaurants, yacht club, along with a community clubhouse and activity center. (more…)

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Connie Nowell to the Punta Gorda office.

Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Connie relocated to Port Charlotte in 2005, where she specializes in properties located throughout Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda. A graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Management, Connie’s professional background includes elementary and secondary education, having earned her original teaching certification from San Diego State University. She later worked on her master’s degree in special education at the University of South Florida.

After purchasing rental property in 1993 and becoming a landlord/investor, Connie earned her real estate license in 2005, and worked for Prudential Village Realty in North Port. She later entered the rental business with Rent Me Florida as their qualifying broker before opening her own real estate office called HG Real Estate Services.

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Marcia Frost to the Lakewood Ranch office.

Born in Chicago, Marcia has been a resident of Florida’s Gulf Coast since kindergarten and currently lives in the East Manatee County/Lakewood Ranch area. A graduate of the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in business management, Marcia brings over 25 years of marketing experience in real estate, banking and insurance. This professional background gives her the unique ability to guide her clients through the entire process of either buying or selling a home.

A licensed Realtor since 2004, Marcia has thoroughly developed a specialty in East Manatee County communities.

Saunders Luxury Sales report for May 6, 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 May 6, 2011, the properties below sold for over $1 million:

Tom Cail and Jason Grande, both of Michael Saunders & Company, represented the seller of one of Sarasota’s most sought after locations on St. Armands Circle. It sold for $2,800,000 on May 2, 2011. Coldwell Banker represented the buyer.

Tak Konstantinou of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer of  a Queens Harbour gem on Longboat Key.  The property sold for $1,001,500 on May 2, 2011.  Coldwell Banker represented the seller.

Lenore Treiman of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer of a prestigious residence in the Lake Club at Lakewood Ranch.  The selling price was $1,156,250,  and it closed on May 2, 2011.  Luxury Estates represented the seller.

Tom Delaney of Michael Saunders & Company represented the seller and Bibi-Ann Allard, also of Michael Saunders & Company, represented the buyer of a beautiful unit at The Beach Residences.  It sold for $1,700,000 on May 2, 2011.

Stacy Haas of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer of a paradise residence at The Beach Residences.  The unit sold for $2,875,000 on May 2, 2011.  Coldwell Banker represented the seller.

Maureen Horn of Michael Saunders & Company represented the seller of a stunning condominium in Alinari.  The unit sold for $1,097,500 on May 2, 2011.  Uplink Realty represented the buyer.

Judy Nimz of Michael Saunders & Company represented the seller of a casually elegant residence in The Orchid Beach Club.  The selling price was $1,600,000,  and it closed on May 6, 2011.  Allen Real Estate represented the buyer.

Nora Johnson and Denise Mattmuller of Michael Saunders & Company represented the seller and Marc Rasmussen, also of Michael Saunders & Company, represented the buyer of a materful and detailed home on Indian Beach Lane in Sarasota.  The property sold for $2,920,000 on May 2, 2011.

Linda Dickinson of Michael Saunders & Company represented the seller and Deborah Beacham of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer of this lushly landscaped beach home on Casey Key.  The poperty sold for $3,050,000 on May 2, 2011.


Technology To Go

Until fairly recently, shopping for properties online was an experience largely confined to wherever your personal computer happened to be plugged in, usually at home.  Those days—we are pleased to report—are gone.

Soon, research suggests, computers that fit the palm of your hand—e.g., smartphones and tablets—will consign the personal computer to the same endangered species list as its cousin the typewriter.

Pity not the poor PC.  For as much as it revolutionized the speed and efficiency with which home buyers browse for properties, today’s Web-enabled smartphones have given the process a timesaving leap forward.  They allow buyers to search faster and more freely while also on the go.   By next year, it is estimated that more people will access the Internet using wireless hand-held devices than traditional desktop or laptop computers.



Siesta Estates, FL – Neighborhood Video

A small gated community with an incredible location, Siesta Estates is perfect for those seeking large, recently built homes with every amenity, yet with that special tropical flair that only island living can provide.

Located in the center of world famous Siesta Key, this intimate maintenance-free neighborhood features just 15 homes, all constructed to the highest standards by well-known builder John Cannon. The beautiful white sand of Crescent Beach – chosen one of the finest in the country by the famous “Dr. Beach” – is but a short walk, and Siesta Village, with its wonderful restaurants, boutiques and night life, can also be reached by foot – or even more fun, take your bike, like the natives do.

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