Archives September, 2013

Why Did It Sell? – Choosing Palmer Ranch over the Best Beach in the United States

SiestaKeyThousands of people visit Siesta Key every year. It’s been called the number one beach in America by Dr. Beach. Its 99% quartz sand was rated as “The World’s Finest, Whitest Sand ™” at the Great International Sand Challenge. More than our lovely year-round weather, abundant recreation and culture, Siesta Key is perhaps our area’s biggest attraction. 

So, why would anyone who fulfilled a dream to move onto the island choose to relocate to the mainland? To help answer that, this month’s “Why Did it Sell” investigates the story behind a 3,350 square foot Sarasota home for sale on Palmer Ranch.

The Right Place at the Right Time
Michael Saunders & Company Realtor Jane Rees has always believed in open houses. Sure, there are smart phones, photos, websites and video, but nothing can compare to a person’s sense of touch, their feel for space, or a face-to-face conversation. More importantly, nothing beats being in the right place at the right time.   (more…)

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Alan Linsberg to the Lakewood Ranch office

LinsbergWith an exceptional real estate background that began in 1986, Alan joins Michael Saunders & Company from Bruce Williams Homes – where for almost two decades he experienced great success selling new properties in and around Lakewood Ranch. Alan has been recognized for his extraordinary sales achievements, and was awarded lifetime membership to the National Association of Homebuilders ‘Million Dollar Circle’. He continues to advance professionally, and earned the Certified Sales Professional (CSP) and the Master Certified Sales Professional (MCSD) designations from the NAHB.

 In his spare time, Alan makes the most of our area’s year-round sunshine with an active outdoor lifestyle, and loves the mix of art, culture and relaxed beach-side living that is so unique to Sarasota.

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Christopher Lowe to the Palmer Ranch office

loweWith almost two decades in the accounting and finance industry, Chris’ exceptional background perfectly complements his real estate career. Originally from Overland Park, Kansas, his strong Midwestern roots provide the hallmarks of his professional life – trust, integrity and strong work ethic.


A graduate of Tulane University’s renowned A.B. Freeman School of Business, Chris went on to represent the world’s largest CPA Firm as well as Fortune 500 companies in a variety of challenging executive level roles. Having owned and managed investment property for almost a decade, he is well versed in the important aspects of search and discovery, powerful marketing strategy and effective communication.


Chris has been a resident of Palmer Ranch since late 2004. As well as reading up on the latest trends in macroeconomics and investments, he spends his free time playing tennis, reading and traveling. He and his wife Aja are thrilled to be watching their three children grow older and wiser; something he says is truly the most fulfilling way to spend his time.



Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Kyle Turoff to the St Armands Circle office

kyleA Sarasota native, Kyle’s life-long experience of our region provides her customers with an unparalleled level of insight as they navigate the many unique communities and lifestyles along the Gulf Coast. 

Kyle’s creative professional background includes tenure as managing director/owner of the locally renowned Golden Apple Dinner Theatre, where she handled PR and Human Resources, as well as building an extensive list of on-stage credits both acting and directing.

Kyle and her husband of 11 years have twin boys, and have lived in East Sarasota for the past 12 years. Demonstrating her commitment to the cultural heritage of Sarasota, Kyle serves as Artistic Director for The Professional Learning and Theatrical Organization, encouraging others to get involved with local theatre and develop their theatre skills.


Back to School

children_classroomWith the passage of the Labor Day holiday, schools everywhere are now back in session. And if most parents experience a certain amount of joy—at least secretly—at seeing their children back in school after the long summer break, then parents with students in Sarasota County schools should feel positively ecstatic.  For not only have they entrusted their offspring to one of the best-run public school systems in the country, but have enrolled them in schools that collectively comprise one of the state’s highest achieving school districts.

Following are some key facts about the level of success routinely achieved by the Sarasota County School District:

  • Of the state’s 67 school districts, Sarasota’s is one of only five graded “A” by the Florida Department of Education in 2013; and has received the state’s highest mark for each of the past 10 years.
  • Fully 90% of Sarasota County’s elementary and middle schools earned “A” or “B” grades in 2013. (more…)

The MSC Foundation: Causes Worth Giving For

Photo courtesy Family Partnership Center.

Photo courtesy Family Partnership Center.

In just two years The MSC Foundation has helped to support over 45 nonprofit organizations. To be considered for a Foundation grant, a nonprofit organization must fit within the Foundation’s mission and also be nominated by a contributing Michael Saunders & Company agent or staff member. 

Here, we are shining the spotlight on two excellent organizations and the two Michael Saunders & Company Realtors who nominated their cause.

Family Partnership Center (FPC)

This non-profit in Sarasota, Manatee and Desoto County provides parents the skills for strengthening families, protecting children, and helping to lead them to self- sufficiency. FPC offers in-home parenting services, community-based groups, classes and workshops. (more…)

Sarasota Memorial: One of the Nation’s Best Hospitals Just Got Better


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Anyone who has been driving along Tamiami Trail and Waldemere will have noticed an impressive addition to the Sarasota scenery.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital is holding a grand opening for their new $186 million Courtyard Tower on Saturday, September 7. This much-anticipated center will greatly enhance their facilities and add to the unparalleled level of care SMH already provides in the region.


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