Archives April, 2012

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Marybeth Tvaroch to the Boca Grande office.

Originally from Warren, Ohio, Marybeth relocated to Rotonda West in 2004. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in economics from Youngstown State University, and began to pursue her master’s degree in elementary education from Tennessee State University in 2001. Marybeth brings a diverse, accomplished background in sales, leadership and education. She has also earned the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) designation. She is also a certified Meyers-Briggs Trainer and consultant since 1999.

A highly organized, motivated, results-oriented professional, Marybeth is a talented communicator who approaches every transaction with a focus on critical thinking—a skill developed through years of experience in business conducting thorough educational, research and analysis work. Prior to transitioning to the real estate industry in 2000, Marybeth enjoyed supervisory and management roles with successful companies, enabling her to fine-tune her proficiencies with customer service and satisfaction. Once settling in to the real estate arena as a buyer’s agent in Nashville, Tennessee, Marybeth became an award-winning Realtor for her achievements in assisting clients in savings over $100,000.

Saunders Luxury Sales Report for April 28, 2012

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 28, 2012, the properties below sold for over $1 million.

Nicole Hammons-Dovgopolyi of Michael Saunders & Company represented the seller and Linda Stowe of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer of a beachside condominium on Siesta Key.  The unit sold for $1,539,000 on April 17, 2012.

 

 

 

Kim & Michael Ogilvie of Michael Saunders & Company represented the seller and Tammy Lynn Garner, also of Michael Saunders & Company, represented the buyer of a residence in Sarasota’s most cosmopolitan condominium, The Savoy on Palm.  The unit sold for $1,895,000 on May 20, 2012.

 

 

 

Sylvia & George Zimmerman of Michael Saunders & Company represented the seller and Julia McClung of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer of a direct beachfront penthouse in the Vizcaya on Longboat Key.  The residence sold for $1,825,000 on April 19, 2012.

 

 

 

Maureen Horn of Michael Saunders & Company represented the seller and Melba Jimenez, also of Michael Saunders & Company, represented the buyer of a beachfront home with frontage and land on Longboat Key.  The property sold for $2,850,000 on April 24, 2012.

 

 

 

Jeffrey Porterfield of Michael Saunders & Company represented the seller of a pristine and spectacular Mediterranean home on St. Armands Circle.  The residence sold for $1,225,000 on April 26, 2012.  Coldwell Banker represented the buyer.

 

 

 

Jenifer Schwell of Michael Saunders & Company represented the seller and Judy Nimz of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer of a 3-bedroom corner unit condominium at Regent Place on Longboat Key.  It sold for $1,900,000 on April 26, 2012.

Saunders Commercial Sale and Lease Report for April 28, 2012

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 28, 2012:

 

SALE

Seller:  Jordy Christo

Buyer:  James Wallace

Address:  710 Apricot Avenue, Sarasota, FL  34237

Type of Space:  0.29 Acres of Vacant Land

Price:  $61,000

List and Sale Side:  MS&C Agent Susan Goldstein

 

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Landlord:  Palm Avenue Properties, LLC

Tenant:  Melinda Lacerna, MD

Address:  1272 – 1274 Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL  34236

Type of Space:  1,000 SF Retail Space (Renewal/Expansion)

List Side:  MS&C Agents Eric Massey and Sarah Lancaster

Sale Side:  Wagner Realty Commercial, Ryan Hoffman

 

SALE

Seller:  Hafam FL, LLC

Buyer:  Donato Financial USA

Address:  1441 – 1475 Main Street, Sarasota, FL  34236

Type of Space:  25,000 SF Retail Building and 5,000 SF Land (Investment Property)

Price:  $4,300,000

List Side:  Wagner Realty Commercial, Ryan Hoffman

Sale Side:  MS&C Agents DeLieto and Associates

 

SALE  

Seller:  Fred and Anne Swing

Buyer:  St. Vincent DePaul Community Health Care, Inc.

Address:  21297 Olean Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL  33952

Type of Space:  8,820 SF Medical Office Building

Price:  $875,000

List Side:  MS&C Agent Larry Schaper

Sale Side:  Omni Action Realty, Inc., Sath Voleti

 

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Landlord:  Fred and Anne Swing

Tenant:  Matiassou-Ti-Maza

Address:  2765 Tamiami Trail, Unit E, Port Charlotte, FL  33952

Type of Space:  288 SF Office Space (Renewal)

List and Sale Side:  MS&C Agent Larry Schaper

 

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Karen Waitt to the Bradenton office.

Originally from New Hampshire, Karen and her family relocated to Bradenton after having owned property in the area since 2002. A real estate professional since 1989, Karen brings a storied career as a Realtor to her clients throughout Manatee County, having earned top-production awards with her former companies.

Karen strives to achieve full satisfaction for all her clients and customers, and devotes herself to their needs by setting high personal standards. To enhance the level of service she provides, Karen has completed advanced designation courses, which include Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), Certified Buyer’s Broker (CBB), and Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA). She is also experienced with handling short sale and bank-owned property transactions.

RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE MARKET TREND REPORT FOR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA – MARCH, 2012

Property sales throughout Southwest Florida showed sustained improvement in March, compared with February. But the major news continues to be the ongoing strength in “pending” sales, which are traditional indicators of closed sales to come in the immediate months ahead.

**Click on image below to download and view the full trend report.

Lakewood Ranch Real Estate – Waterlefe Golf & River Club

Lakewood Ranch Real Estate - Waterlefe Golf & River Club

Waterlefe Golf & River Club is a wonderful gated community nestled on the banks of the Manatee River at Upper Manatee River Road. It is the only community in Manatee County that has both a world-class golf course as well as boating water for its residents.

Waterlefe has 616 residences ranging from 1,254-square-foot condominiums to an executive boating water home with over 9,000 square feet. There are many different types of properties sure to suit any taste, including maintenance-free villas and townhomes, executive homes, and waterfront estates. The River Club at Waterlefe features a fitness center, a junior Olympic-sized heated pool, a Tiki bar and a wonderful restaurant and bar area. (more…)

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Sarasota Real Estate – Unsung Heroes

Nine out of ten home buyers begin their property searches on the internet. That’s an established fact. That’s why it was fantastic to learn last week that Sarasota-Bradenton ranks 37th on a new survey of the 146 “most-searched” markets on Realtor.com, itself one of the most-searched real estate sites in the U.S.

That ours is one of the most vigorously searched markets will likely come as no surprise to the team of professionals inside the Michael Saunders Call Center.  More appointments to show properties were set there in March than in any other comparable period in the center’s 14-year history.   With buyers as active in our market as they’ve ever been, our call center specialists booked 7,377 appointments in March—or nearly 240 property showings each day—pushing their first quarter total to a record 21,051.  To put this number into its proper perspective, the Michael Saunders Call Center scheduled 34,329 appointments during all of 2005, at the peak of the region’s housing boom.  At its present rate, it will easily surpass that number in just six months.

The call center is vital for several reasons. With our market once again in sizzling demand, buyers are scrambling to preview their chosen properties before they’re sold; their desire to see several in rapid succession often accomplished through the patience and finesse of our call center representatives.  With agents as busy as they’ve ever been, the center makes certain that each call is answered quickly and courteously; and that the showing real estate agent on the other end is accommodated in a timely and professional manner. (more…)

Housing Affordability Hits Record High

Graph courtesy of lendtrade.com.

Today’s real estate market presents an unprecedented opportunity for homebuyers. With the combination of low mortgage rates and remarkably low property values, buying a house is within reach to more families than ever before.

In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) Housing Affordability Index—which measures the capability of families to qualify for a mortgage loan on a typical home—housing affordability has reached its highest level since tracking began in 1970. (more…)

Saunders Commercial Sale and Lease Report for April 21, 2012

Michael Saunders & Company is proud to announce several 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 21, 2012:

 

SALE

Seller:  Suntrust Bank

Buyer:  Mark Wilde

Address:  5725 Lawton Drive, Sarasota, FL  34233

Type of Space:  12,078 SF Industrial Building (Expansion)

Price:  $227,501

List Side:  MS&C Agents Eric Massey & Sarah Lancaster

Sale Side:  ReMax Alliance, Brett Kayser

 

LEASE

Landlord:  Westfield Sarasota Square

Tenant:  Coyne’s Pier 28

Address:  8210 S. Tamiami Trail, A-33, Sarasota, FL  34238

Type of Space:  7,002 SF Retail Space (New Business)

List Side:  Westfield Corp., Matthew Magassy (Landlord’s Rep)

Sale Side:  MS&C Agent Sarah Olesen

 

LEASE

Landlord:  JFC Properties, LLC

Tenant:  ME3 Consulting Engineers, LLC

Address:  7357 International Place, Unit #101, Sarasota, FL  34240

Type of Space:  1,500 SF Office Space (Expansion)

List Side:  MS&C Agent Susan Goldstein

Sale Side:  Wagner Realty, Lily Behrends

 

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Landlord:  River Forest, LLC

Tenant:  Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc.

Address:  5259 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL  34231

Type of Space:  8,000 SF Retail Space (Expansion)

List Side:  MS&C Agents Eric Massey and Sarah Lancaster

Sale Side:  Ian Black Real Estate Agent Debbie Anglin

 

LEASE

Landlord:  Pineapple Office Center, LLC

Tenant:  A1 Imaging Centers, LLC

Address:  40 S. Pineapple Avenue, Suite #1, Sarasota, FL  34236

Type of Space:  2,000 SF Office Space (Relocation)

List and Sale Side:  MS&C Agents Eric Massey and Sarah Lancaster

 

 

 

 

Sarasota Real Estate – It’s only Halftime in Paradise

Once upon a time, Easter was believed to usher-in the tail-end of our busiest home selling season.  These days, however, its passage is more akin to halftime in a football game.  For home sellers, this means there’s plenty more buyer activity to come; as Southwest Florida has become one of the most actively selling markets in the U.S.

What a stellar first half it was for the Sarasota-Manatee real estate market, as buyers showed-up in droves.  Many have long since departed, but not before purchasing—or placing under contract—a record number of properties.

For the quarter ended March 31st, 4,052 properties were sold in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. (Source:  Trendgraphix)  To appreciate the magnitude of this achievement, you’d have to revisit the same quarter of 2005 (a.k.a., the peak of the housing boom) to witness a comparable level of sales.  Only this time, buyers are shopping for true and lasting value, rather than the quick flip; and a sizeable majority pay cash.

In addition, the 6,240 “pending” sales logged in the two counties through March was the highest number ever recorded; besting the previous high (also achieved during the boom) by 12%. (more…)

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