Archives June, 2013

Saunders Commercial Sale and Lease Report for June 1, 2013

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 June 1, 2013: 4023 Sawyer Road_KoltonSALE Seller: Brazos XX, LLC Buyer: R&B Real Estate Development Address: 4023 Sawyer Road, Sarasota, FL 34233 Type of Space: 74,279 SF Industrial Building Sale Price: $2,600,000 List Side: MS&C Agents Bob and Roberta Kolton Sale Side: Sperry Van Ness LEASE Landlord: Town Hall Jr. Tenant: Keith Sawhney and Thomas Morrissey Address: 4219 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231 Type of Space: 2,700 SF Retail Space (NEW Business) List Side: American Properties Sale Side: MS&C Agents Tom Farr & Jackie Kennedy SALE Seller: Iberia Bank Buyer: Wavestar Properties, LLC Address: 1348 Fruitville Road, Unit #310, Sarasota, FL 34236 Type of Space: 1,218 SF Office Space (Expansion) Sale Price: $167,000 List Side: Harry Robbins & Associates Sale Side: MS&C Agent Susan Goldstein 7524 Commerce Place_KoltonSALE Seller: All Wood Furniture Center, Inc. Buyer: IPE Decking Company Address: 7524 Commerce Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34243 Type of Space: 69,940 SF Industrial Buildings (3) Sale Price: $1,025,000 List and Sale Side: MS&C Agents Bob & Roberta Kolton


Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Miriam Pearson to the Main Street office

real estate portrait picturesBorn in the former state of Czechoslovakia, Miriam resided in the Central European country of Hungary before making the move to Sarasota in 2006.

With a passion for providing an exceptional customer experience and a personal love of antiques, Miriam used her business savvy to establish an online store selling vintage and antique collectibles. An advanced attention to detail and an affinity for customer service helped Miriam’s business to grow successfully, and this background now provides the basis for her transition to the real estate industry. Miriam is dedicated to advancing her skills as a Realtor, and has earned certification in professional property management. A desire to see homebuyers and sellers accomplish their goals drives her great enthusiasm for the industry, and providing a seamless experience is Miriam’s top priority.

Fluent in Hungarian, Slovak and Czech, Miriam’s international background positions her to expertly assist international buyers and sellers. In her leisure time, Miriam loves running and relaxing on the many wonderful beaches in the area.


Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Kathleen Comerford to the Venice office

KCKathleen’s background in real estate spans over 20 years, encompassing experience in finance, investment, construction, design and development. This broad range of disciplines allows Kathleen to bring a wealth of knowledge and a unique perspective to her customers, helping them to identify and realize property value, dreams and goals in a meaningful way.

Originally from New York City, Kathleen began her real estate career with such distinguished firms as Credit Suisse First Boston, Citigroup and Bankers Trust. In 2003, Kathleen and her husband, Edward Cruz, established Split Rock Associates, a residential real estate, general contracting and development firm with a special focus on unique and noteworthy luxury homes in the New York and Florida markets. Over the years, Split Rock Associates received considerable accolades and media attention for its achievements, and continues to do so under Edward’s guidance. 

Kathleen and her husband moved to Sarasota in 2001, where they reside with their Miniature Schnauzers. Kathleen earned her Master of Business Administration in Real Estate Finance from the renowned Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts in Computer and Political Science from Hunter College, City University of New York. When not focusing on real estate; skiing, boating and golf are among her favorite pastimes.


Vote for Sarasota as the All-America City!

Sarasota County was named as one of 20 finalist communities from across the country for the All-America City Award by the National Civic League. Once described by pollster George Gallup as a “Nobel Prize” for civic accomplishment, the All-America City has set a standard of excellence since 1949.

One of the judging criteria for this recognition is which community can garner the most “likes” of their video. We encourage you to “like” this video on Youtube and help our magnificent Gulf Coast community win this prestigious honor.



Deserving Dads: Top Sarasota-Area Father’s Day Events

Father's Day I’ve always thought it a little unfair that Mother’s Day takes the proverbial lion’s share of attention. While moms have been getting used to the royal treatment with wonderful spa days and champagne brunches, dads often settle for a new pair of novelty socks. This Father’s Day falls on Sunday June 16, so show dad how much you appreciate his love, support and guidance by treating him to something a little more thoughtful. Here are a few special ideas in and around Sarasota to help you make dad feel like King for the day: (more…)

Summer Performance Season Kicks Off!

stage_curtainIf you think the best time to catch a play or attend a concert on the Gulf Coast is during the winter months, then you are in for a sunny surprise! The area’s cultural institutions are creating as much action this summer as the sand on Siesta Key. We wanted to share our list of recommendations from an international music festival to a variety of plays to a cabaret performance this weekend not-to-be-missed! (And since I consider myself to be rather immersed in the local arts scene, I am also providing you with my own insider knowledge on why you should go!) (more…)


Full of Beans: ‘Perq’ Coffee Creates A Buzz In Sarasota

PerqlogoI have to admit, the Marketing Team at Michael Saunders & Company gets through a fair amount of coffee. The beloved Keurig machine sits like a shining beacon of energy, patiently waiting to jolt us to life at 8:30am.

Now being a Brit, I am rather more partial to a fine cup of tea; but when I heard that my favorite sweet treat shop, The Lollicake Queen, had opened a brand new specialty coffee bar, I couldn’t resist the chance to experience the buzz (not only from the caffeine!).

Perq Coffee Bar brings gourmet coffee to Sarasota, and focuses on single origin, distinct brewing methods and sustainability. The delicious coffee (and tea, happily!) is complimented by an array of freshly made pastries and cakes, as well as sandwiches and salads from local favorite Mozzarella Fella. (more…)


Residential Real Estate Market Trend Report for Southwest Florida – April 2013

April sales throughout Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties continued to trend at record high levels, with no apparent end to the momentum in sight. Numbered at 2,479, closed sales in April were the highest since June 2004 (2,544). The 2,842 properties recorded as pending in April were only slightly lower than in March, which was the highest level of pending sales in the three-county market since records have been kept—besting the previous high of 2,548—set in March 2005—by 11.5%.

Following are additional highlights for the three-county region based on the latest Trendgraphix report covering April 2013 sales for Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties:

Click on the image below to view the full Trend report:

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The MSC Foundation: Compassion in Our Community

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Tragedies like the natural disaster seen in Oklahoma bring to light the importance of community solidarity and support. Extending help to those in need enriches both the lives of those we help, and our own. Going beyond the call of real estate is an important part of Michael Saunders & Company values. Through the generosity of our agents and staff, the MSC Foundation provides essential assistance to deserving organizations throughout our community. We are proud to continue our spotlight on the charitable organizations that receive funds from the MSC Foundation: (more…)

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