Archives August, 2013

A Water View

rowing23336129Water.  It’s an essential component of the Florida lifestyle. Water defines our borders, underscores the state’s remarkable ecosystem; and provides a 101 different ways to enjoy our amazing year-round climate.

Because of its mesmerizing beauty and seemingly endless list of recreational uses, water is also the sine qua non of the state’s economy.  Without its beaches, bays and estuaries, Florida would be just another landlocked state for tourists to fly over on their way to some other coastal utopia.

It is even debatable whether Southwest Florida’s highly-developed cultural scene would flourish as it does without the magnificence of the Gulf of Mexico to lure generations of artists, writers, performers and patrons of the arts to our particular stretch of coastline. (more…)

A Founding Festival: Englewood Prepares for Pioneer Days

The cardboard boat races are Pioneer Day's most popular event. Photo courtesy englewoodpioneerdays.com

The cardboard boat races are Pioneer Day’s most popular event. Photo courtesy englewoodpioneerdays.com

Pioneer Days are approaching in Englewood and there is a good deal of anticipation for the return of this annual festival.  Now in its 57th year, the community gathers to celebrate Englewood’s original settlers with a series of exciting events that engage both young and old.   

The theme for 2013 is “Englewood Goes Hollywood” paying homage to the stars who have chosen to reside amongst Englewood’s sunny shores and beckoning boating waters. Celebrities in residence have included the ultimate silent film star, Mary Pick­ford; American actor, Douglas Fair­banks; game show host, Ed McMa­hon; pop singer, Bobby Vin­ton; and comedian, Dan Rowan.

From August 17th to September 2nd, participants can join in with a variety of contests and events – from “Englewood’s Got Talent” to a Chalkfest, Fish-A-Thon, Car Show, and even a Hollywood Song Sing-A-Long.  But ask any of our Englewood real estate agents and they will tell you the most highly anticipated events are, without question, the Card Board Boat Races and the Pioneer Days Parade! (more…)

MSC Foundation: Letters from Those We Reach

girl_with_flowerThe MSC Foundation awarded nearly $30,000 of grants in July 2013 to over 20 charitable organizations from Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties.

As the Foundation is supported entirely through voluntary donations from Michael Saunders & Company agents and staff, it can be challenging  to get a sense for how each person’s contributions (however large or small) can affect the lives of others. Over the last several weeks, we’ve received an outpouring of thank you letters from each charity. Their words of gratitude have expressed first-hand how each grant will directly impact those in need. (more…)

Saunders Luxury Sales Report for August 3, 2013

Michael Saunders & Company is proud to announce the closings of Manatee, Charlotte, and Sarasota homes for sale  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 August 3, 2013 the properties below sold for over $1 million.

This Gulf-front property was the highest luxury sale for the week. On Longboat Key, it sold for $6.8 million

This Gulf-front property was the highest luxury sale for the week. On Longboat Key, it sold for $6.8 million

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It’s a Win-Win for Customer Appreciation and the Bradenton Marauders

Realtor Jody Shinn with Marty, the Marauder Mascot, and her 3-time customers, Phil and Pam Sprang

Realtor Jody Shinn with Marty, the Marauder Mascot, and her 3-time customers, Phil and Pam Sprang

Between the food, the friends, the rain, and the game, the customer appreciation event held at the Bradenton Marauder’s baseball game was a lively occasion.

150 guests of the Michael Saunders & Company Bradenton office enjoyed hotdogs, hamburgers, and a festive atmosphere at McKechnie Field before settling in for a game between the Marauders and the St. Louis Mets.

“Our goal for the night was to have an event where we could invite our customers to come and have fun while supporting the community,” explained Pam Ali, Manager of the Bradenton office. “We appreciate that our customers have chosen us to help them with one of the biggest transactions of their life and we wanted to show our appreciation.” (more…)

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Featured Property: A Pillar of Grace in The Oaks

Live a life of gracious leisure from this elegant lakefront estate in The Oaks. Note: This Property has Sold. Every detail of this featured home for sale presented by Michael Saunders & Company, from the exclusive lifestyle it affords to the magnificent 5,553 square foot residence and guest house, expresses a true sense of style and status.

Oaks Club Sarasota FLThe Oaks is the area’s premier golf and country club renowned for its idyllic environment and busy social calendar. Set amidst a thousand acres of lush tropical splendor with incredible ancient oaks decorating the landscape, this private membership-required community brims with the essence of warm, Southern hospitality. (more…)

Diamonds are Forever: MSC Receives Sparkling Honor

By Mario Sarto (Self-photographed) via Wikimedia Commons

By Mario Sarto (Self-photographed) via Wikimedia Commons

Michael Saunders & Company was recently bestowed with a gleaming honor. Our affiliate, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® ranked MSC as 7th among 500 real estate firms internationally for their coveted Diamond Award. This is the most prestigious honor a firm can achieve based on a wide variety of criteria from marketing excellence to internet performance.

So, to celebrate this significant recognition, we thought it would be fun to share some classic facts and figures about diamonds throughout history and pop culture.  And we also wanted to share some sparkly objects…because, well, they sparkle. (more…)

Street Smarts: Top Tips For Checking Out Potential Neighborhoods

Sarasota Homes For Sale, Neighborhoods

Picturesque tree-lined streets in Cherokee Park, Sarasota

The perfect home is about more than the home itself. That age-old expression ‘location, location, location’ certainly holds a lot of truth, as even the most spectacular home may not be within the kind of neighborhood you have always pictured. When it comes to navigating Sarasota homes for sale, Michael Saunders & Company agents are true experts, building on four decades of local experience and knowledge. To make the experience as seamless as possible, it’s always a great idea to have your own vision when it comes to your perfect neighborhood. With the back-to-school period just around the corner, some may have schools at the top of the list, while others may be more concerned with the investment side of things. Whatever you may be looking for in a neighborhood, we compiled a quick list of tips and considerations to help you on your way: (more…)

Thinking of Selling in Lakewood Ranch? 5 Reasons Why You Should Do it Now

Lakewood Ranch Homes for Sale

This home has Sold. View more Lakewood Ranch homes for sale.

There is a lot of interest in Lakewood Ranch right now, from home buyers to builders. If you’ve been thinking about selling your home from within the #9 best-selling community in America, here are 5 reasons why now may be the time to sell.

1. Demand is High – The number of sold homes is up over 20% when comparing the last 12 months to the previous year, while pending sales are up over 23%.  (Source: Trendgraphix) These figures back what our Michael Saunders & Company agents already know – people aren’t just looking at Lakewood Ranch homes for sale right now, they are serious about buying. (more…)

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