Archives February, 2013


Off the Beaten Path: Detwiler’s Farm Market

DetwilersMarketLast week, we introduced you to our new blog series, Off the Beaten Path, where we shine the spotlight on treasured, largely unknown Sarasota destinations. Today, we are featuring local gem Detwiler’s Farm Market.

I was an avid participant in the Sarasota Farmer’s Market (and still am), but now there is a rival in my fresh-food-shopping heart. I heard about Detwiler’s from my mother, who lives five minutes away from it, but had never actually been there before. I missed my window for the farmer’s market one Saturday morning, so I gathered my reusable shopping bags, my sense of vegetable adventure, and my internal compass for the Palmer/Bahia Vista area, and was off.


So, Who Are We? – Introducing 23 About Me!

23LogoWe know that, together, our agents, staff and management team have achieved over $2 billion in real estate sales in 2012—a very impressive feat in any market. We also know that they are proven experts in their field who perform their profession with a focus on values, exceptional service, and providing world-class support—and they do it very well. But, what do we know about these folks beyond their roles as real estate, support, and management specialists? That got us thinking… (more…)


New Traction In A New Market

housing market imageThe housing market in Southwest Florida has successfully finished rebooting itself.  In fully refreshing its fundamentals, it has given back as much as 40% of the exaggerated price appreciation that occurred at the peak of the housing bubble.

The number of homes for sale throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties is currently at its lowest level in seven years, which has sparked competition among buyers that has led to 12 straight months of year-over-year median price increases. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve did its part by lowering interest rates to historic, fire-sale levels—and has kept them there for quite some time.  So while the pundits split hairs trying to decide whether real estate markets everywhere have truly hit bottom—which clearly happened in Southwest Florida at least a year ago—the cost of borrowing to buy a home has never been cheaper.  (more…)

New Book Chronicles Punta Gorda’s Earliest Days

FishermansVillageFrom the look and feel of today’s Punta Gorda, you would never suspect that this beautiful and magnificently-planned waterfront community on the southern edge of Charlotte Harbor grew and prospered despite very hardscrabble beginnings.

Those days are chronicled in “Punta Gorda:  In the Beginning, 1865-1900” a new book by Vernon Peeples, a former member of the Florida House of Representatives and a resident of Punta Gorda since 1933.

The painstaking research that went into the book’s telling of Punta Gorda’s early history was substantially augmented when Peeples was handed the daily journal of an 1874 Charlotte Harbor homesteader, Jarvis Howard, by one of Howard’s descendants  who was visiting the area.

Read more about early Punta Gorda—and how Peeple’s book came to be—in this recent article from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, penned by Thomas Becnel.  Entitled “Punta Gorda’s history, warts and all”  it will give you a new appreciation of how this wonderful and welcoming community sprang to life.

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