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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…)


Why Did It Sell? – A Longboat Key Condominium for a Couple and Their 65’ Yacht

grand_mariner_balconyThe July sale of a luxury condominium on the north end of Longboat Key didn’t end the way that anyone quite expected. Realtor Michael Moulton with Michael Saunders & Company was helping his customers in their downsize from an expansive home to a more manageable condominium. But there was a catch.

Moulton explains, “My customers had all but given up on the idea of having a condo where they could accommodate their boat.”

Their boat is an impressive 65 foot yacht. They told Moulton they were interested in living on the south end of Longboat Key (which is convenient to St. Armands Circle and Downtown Sarasota; boasts newer, luxury condominiums; and provides for a sophisticated social lifestyle). As they searched the neighborhood, they indeed found exquisite units, none of which could fully accommodate their boating needs. (more…)

Why Did it Sell? Simplicity Meets Splendor at Golden Gate Point

Downtown Sarasota and the marina from this $2.2 million just sold luxury condo at Golden Gate Point

View of Downtown Sarasota and the marina from this $2.2 million just sold luxury condo at Golden Gate Point

When Michael Saunders & Company Realtor Linda Stowe held an open house for a $599,000 condominium at Casarina on Siesta Key, she never expected it would eventually lead to a $2.2 million dollar March purchase of a beautiful luxury residence on Golden Gate Point.

The soon-to-be buyers attended her open house. They were interested in the condominium but they were also there because they were in search of a good real estate agent. Both baby boomers, they already had a property on Siesta Key and several more in their home state of Michigan.  As Linda explained, “They wanted to simplify it down to one property that would be their forever home.” (more…)

Why Did It Sell? – Selling more than a home in Lakewood Ranch

Realtor Leigh Simons sells a beautiful New England-style home in Lakewood Ranch Country Club.

Realtor Leigh Simons sells a beautiful New England-style home in Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club.

For Realtor Leigh Simons of Michael Saunders & Company, Lakewood Ranch is not just where she lives and works, it’s where she plays. Leigh has a passion for the Lakewood Ranch area lifestyle, from belonging to the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club, to an array of social events and clubs, to an evening of fine dining along Main Street.

Her enjoyment of area amenities enhances not just her day-to-day life, but helps her to form lasting relationships with the people she meets. And in some cases, those relationships overlap with the buying and selling of Lakewood Ranch real estate. Such was the case in the February purchase of one exquisite Tudor-style home in Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club.

Why Did It Sell – A Luxury Condominium and Urban Lifestyle Sells in Sarasota

HudsonBayouThe story behind the sale of this sophisticated condominium near downtown Sarasota will lead you to believe that it was truly meant to be. Michael Saunders & Company Realtor, Barbara Sassen May, shares the details in this $1.2 million, December sale on Hudson Bayou that lead to the conclusion of happy sellers and buyers.

“I was running late to go to the theatre and stopped at one of my listings West of the Trail, a bungalow” Barbara explained. “These people were on the sidewalk and asked if I knew anything about the house. I said, ‘Yes, it’s under contract, but if you give me your name and number I will call you tomorrow.’”

Why Did it Sell? A Family Friendly Florida Purchase on Holmes Beach

A broker to broker referral, a satisfied client, and close family ties led to an October purchase of this elegant island-style home on Holmes Beach for $1.25 million. Michael Saunders & Company Realtor, Jody Shinn, shares the story behind her recent luxury real estate sale on Holmes Beach and proves that having happy clients is often the best form of marketing.

It began in May 2011 with another sale of Jody’s on Holmes Beach. A Philadelphia Broker referred his daughter, Jennifer, to start her home buying search with Michael Saunders & Company. After showing Jennifer a wide variety of available homes on the island, the search ended with an ideal vacation home just blocks to the beach.


Jody feels that the two of them really connected, “Jennifer was very detail-oriented and wanted to know everything about the market. I really try to give my clients as much information as possible. Once they zero-in on a neighborhood, I make sure that they know everything about that particular community.”


Sarasota Real Estate – Why Did it Sell? A Mega Retailer Finds a New Home

Palmer Ranch Luxury HomesThe grand opening of Costco has caused a lot of excitement within Sarasota.  From reinvigorating the Sarasota Square area, to producing new local jobs, to bargains on items across the board, many people have been positively impacted by the Costco Warehouse Corp.’s decision to place a store here.  Michael Saunders & Company Realtor, Stephanie Bugatti, is no exception.

“I developed a relationship with my client just about two years ago,” Stephanie explains. “He was relocating from Utah with the Costco Corporation.”

When her client reached out to Michael Saunders & Company to search for Sarasota real estate two years ago, the Costco move was very preliminary. The MSC relocation department immediately referred the client to Stephanie.  In their initial discussions, he informed her that his move could be years away but in the meantime he wanted to learn everything he could about Sarasota, from staying abreast of the property values to the pros and cons of the different areas.

Constantly communicating via phone, email, and text messages (her client’s preferred method), Stephanie spoke with him at least once a week over this two year period.  He arranged to visit Sarasota for three 4-5 day trips, each time viewing a wide range of properties.

Stephanie describes his top choices, “We identified Siesta Key real estate which included waterfront homes, and then the other end of the spectrum, subdivisions in nearby Palmer Ranch in South Sarasota.” (more…)

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