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January in Sarasota

By | December 26, 2014

JanuaryKick off the new year by enjoying one or more of the many events and adventures in and around Sarasota! Check out just a few of the activities happening during the month of January:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for

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Jan. 2nd “Live From Downtown Sarasota

It’s Friday Night”

Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
Jan. 2nd Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch
Jan. 3-4th 58th Annual Orchid Show & Sale Sarasota Sarasota Orchid Society
Jan. 3-4th 9th Annual Coquina Beach

“Winter Fest”

Bradenton Beach Florida Fairs & Festivals
Jan. 3-4th Venice Antiques Show Venice Allman Promotions
Jan. 4th “Hanging in the Hammock”

Florida Song Writer’s Festival

Bradenton Linger Lodge
Jan. 8-11th Thunder by the Bay

Motorcycle Festival

Sarasota Thunder by the Bay
Jan. 10-11th Buckler’s Winter Craft Fair Palmetto Buckler Craft Fair
Jan. 11th Joy of Jazz Free Concert Venice Jazz Club of Sarasota
Jan. 11th Jewish Food Festival and

Health Fair

Sarasota Temple Sinai
Jan. 11th 28th Annual Circus Ring of Fame

Induction

Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Jan. 14th 5th Annual “Looking Into The Crystal Ball” Sarasota Friends of the Selby Public Library
Jan. 15-25th Manatee County Fair Palmetto Manatee County Fair
Jan. 15th Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Jan. 17th 12th Annual Ringling Bridge Run Sarasota Wilde Automotive/Sarasota YMCA
Jan. 17th 9th Annual Trails Hike at

Oscar Scherer State Park

Osprey Florida State Parks
Jan. 21st Brown Bag Book Lunch Sarasota Historical Society of Sarasota County
Jan. 23-25th Sarasota Bayfront Boat Show Sarasota Bayfront Boat Show
Jan. 23-25th 17th Annual Winterfest Arts & Crafts Show Sarasota Fairs and Festivals
Jan. 24-25th 12th Annual St. Armands Circle

Art Festival

Lido Key ArtFestival.com
Jan. 24th Sidewalk Astronomy Sarasota Local Group of Deep Sky Observers
Jan. 25th Suncoast Concert Band Concert Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band
Jan. 25th 45th Annual Devereaux-Kaiser

Collector Car Meet

Lakewood Ranch Sunshine Region of the Antique Automobile Club
Jan. 30th Riverview High School Kiltie Band

Concert

Sarasota Riverview High School Kilties
Jan. 31st 21st Annual Sarasota Highland Games and Celtic Festival Sarasota Sarasota Highland Games
Jan. 31st Gasparilla Piratefest Tampa Gasparilla Piratefest
Jan. 31st 8th Annual Grand Ovation Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street

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Sarasota Named in Top 10 Places for Baby Boomer Home Purchases

By | December 11, 2014

Baby Boomers

Baby BoomersIn an article just published by the National Association of Realtors reports that metro areas with a lower cost of living and sunnier weather are poised to see an increased number of baby boomers moving in and buying a home as some delay retirement and remain participants in the labor market, according to new research.

NAR analyzed current population trends, housing affordability and local economic conditions in metropolitan statistical areas1 across the U.S. to determine housing markets most likely to see a boost in sales from leading-edge baby boomers2. Boise, Idaho and Raleigh, North Carolina were identified as top standouts for baby boomers for their solid job growth, share of self-employed workers and affordable home prices.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says Florida and Arizona cities attract many baby boomers. In addition, the share of men and women working after their 65th birthday has increased3, setting the stage for elevated baby boomer buying activity in metro areas with a dynamic local economy, adequate housing supply and a lower cost of living.

“A broadly improving economy and rebounding home prices are giving baby boomers the opportunity to sell and move to support their retirement lifestyle. Furthermore, our research identified cities movers are gravitating to while still remaining in the workforce as a business owner,” Yun said.

NAR’s research reviewed 100 metro areas that have lower state taxes, solid job market conditions, and strong migration patterns (on a percentage basis) of baby boomers moving to that particular area to determine which housing markets are likely to see a boost from this generation. Cost of living, housing affordability and inventory availability were also considered.

The top markets positioned to see an influx of baby boomer homebuyers are (listed alphabetically):

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Denver
  • Fort Myers, Florida
  • Greenville, South Carolina
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Phoenix
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Sarasota, Florida
  • Tucson, Arizona
  • Other markets with strong potential for attracting baby boomer homebuyers include:
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Dallas
  • McAllen, Texas
  • Riverside, California
  • Tampa, Florida

“These metro areas are attractive to baby boomers because of their housing affordability, lower tax rates and welcoming business environment,” says Yun. “With baby boomers working later in life, these factors will likely play as much of a deciding role of where boomers eventually retire as will areas with a warm climate or variety of outdoor activities.”

According to a NAR generational study of homebuyers and sellers released earlier this year, baby boomers represented 30 percent of all buyers, had a median household income of $92,400 and bought a home that cost $210,0004.

NAR also recently analyzed current housing conditions, job creation and population trends to determine the best markets for aspiring, leading edge millennial homebuyers. Visit www.realtor.org/millennials to find out more about millennials and homebuying.

To view the full article visit http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2014/12/nar-identifies-top-metro-areas-poised-for-uptick-in-baby-boomer-home-sales

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Sarasota Real Estate Statistics for September 2014

By | October 22, 2014

business graph in blueThe Sarasota Association of Realtors just released the sales statistics for last month which show that the Sarasota County real estate market remained on pace for near record sales numbers in September 2014, ending the month with 934 closed transactions – 14 percent higher than last September when 817 properties changed hands. Sales for the first three-quarters of the year now stand at 8,784, about 200 sales over last year’s pace which wound up as the second highest sales year in the county’s history. A strong closing quarter (sales of 900 per month or higher) could push the final figure near the historic year of 2004, when 11,482 sales were recorded in the county.

The breakdown for closed sales in September 2014 was 688 single family homes and 246 condos sold, according to figures released by Florida Realtors ®. Closings were down slightly from the August 2014 figures of 698 single family homes and 277 condos sold (975 total).

The median sale price for single family homes stood at $189,000 for single family homes, off slightly from the $195,750 in August 2014 and almost identical to last September’s figure of $189,902. The condo median was $195,000, up about 10 percent from last month and up 18 percent from last September’s figure of $165,000.

The fluctuations in condominium prices have not been unusual in recent years, compared to the steadier nature of the single family home market, and tend to reflect the buying tendencies of investors in the market. The median sale price for the 12-month period ending in August, which moderates monthly swings, was $196,000 for single family homes, 10 percent higher than last September’s 12- month period of $178,000. For condos, it was $180,000, up about 12.5 percent over last September’s 12 -month period of $160,000.

To view the full press release from the Sarasota Association of Realtors visit http://www.sarasotarealtors.com/files/monthlystatistics/Sept2014Stats14102194502.pdf

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First Watch Restaurant in Sarasota

By | May 27, 2014

First Watch Logo

First Watch LogoWay back when, in the 1980’s a trip to Sarasota was not complete without at least one stop at the quite novel First Watch Restaurant at 8383 S Tamiami Trail. In those days it was not common to find a breakfast, lunch or brunch restaurant with health minded food, what a fabulous concept! The smell of coffee and toast, so inviting. In those days the First Watch Restaurant was a family run, one of a kind spot. Though First Watch started in California in the early 80’s, it did not survive there but opened a few years later in Sarasota. In Sarasota it is was not only popular, but grew to hundreds of restaurants in 16 states!Sarasota has several locations but if you want to relax and feel like you’re on vacation and maybe you already are, you need to visit this location.

Waterfront Dining on the Patio

Waterfront Dining on the Patio

Don’t let it fool you that it’s in a small strip mall, the lakefront setting is peaceful with a choice of terrace dining or inside, still with lovely views from walls of French windows.. I’ve always been drawn to the Bacado omelet but love the Siesta Key Cocktail, a healthy choice with yogurt, fresh fruit and granola. One of my SearchForSarasotaHomes.com visitors has thoughts of moving back to Sarasota solely for their vegetable soup! Now that’s saying something!!!

Check out the menu at FirstWatch.com

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Final Waterski Show for the Season

By | April 23, 2014

Sarasota Ski A Rees

Sarasota Ski A ReesIf you haven’t seen the Sarasota Ski-A-Rees waterski show, your last chance for this season is coming up on Sunday, May 4th. The show takes place at Ken Thompson Park on Lido Key on Sunday afternoons during the winter season at 2:00PM. The show is open to the public and no admission is charged but they do take donations at the end of the performance. If you’ve never seen this show it’s worth checking out!

For more information visit their website at http://www.skiarees.com/.

 

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Property Tax Notices Have Been Sent

By | August 20, 2013

TRIM Statement

August is a wonderful time – football kicks off, the kids get back to school … and TRIM notices get sent out.  Homeowners in both Sarasota and Manatee Counties should receive their proposed tax notice today or tomorrow (give it a couple of extra days if you’re out of state) and owners invariably have questions about their statement.  Sarasota County estimates that they receive phone calls from 10% of all owners this week.

In today’s issue I’ll break down your statement so you know what’s going where.

TRIM Notices Are Not Bills!

 

TRIM Statement
See that big red box in the upper right hand corner?  That should be your first clue.  TRIM notices represent your worst-case scenario for the upcoming tax bill.  The actual tax rate (millage) is subject to change over the course of the next month or so but it can’t get any higher by statute.  That said, most locales ARE raising their taxes this year – only North Port is talking about ‘rolling back’ the tax rate.

A Note About Homestead


Most owners locally take advantage of the Save Our Homes Act, commonly referred to as ‘homestead’.  This act caps the maximum amount of tax increase at 3% of the previous year’s bill AND provides an automatic $50,000 deduction but it only applies to primary residences for which the owner has applied with the county.

The homestead resets every time title is transferred so new owners are likely to pay a little more in their second year (taxes are assessed per ownership of the property on January 1of the taxable year but aren’t payable until the end of the year, meaning most owners who bought this year are able to take advantage of the previous owner’s homestead in their first tax cycle).

Definitions

  1. Market Value – what the county thinks your home is actually worth
  2. Assessed Value – the value the county uses to actually tax you before exemptions
  3. Millage Rate – a fancy term for ‘tax rate’; calculate your taxes by multiplying (millage rate * .001 ) * (current year taxable value).
  4. Ad Valorem Taxes – taxes based on the assessed value of your property.  These are your school, city, and county taxes.
  5. Non Ad Valorem Taxes – taxes based on the size or number of units in your property, as determined by the levying authority.  These are the taxes for your fire service, garbage collection, and stormwater utility.

How To Save  A Couple Of Bucks

While the TRIM notices are just proposed taxes, the actual rates will be determined over the next month or so and your actual bill won’t be delinquent until April 1 of next year.  The local counties give discounts to taxpayers who pay early in the amount of 1% a month, startingNovember 1; if you think your taxes are too high, simply pay your taxes in November and give yourself an automatic 4% discount (or 3% in December, 2% in January, or 1% in February).

Most mortgage servicers who escrow taxes already pay early but it’s definitely worthwhile to check for yourself!

Interested In Buying or Selling?


When you hire Alex Krumm at Re/Max Alliance Group, you’ll get an award-winning expert agent ready to work for YOU!  I’m in the top 2% of active local agents for homes sold and I’m used to selling more homes for more money in less time.  Put the benefit of our area’s #1 brokerage to work and call today!

Alex Krumm, GRI, CDPE
Broker Associate, Re/Max Alliance Group
SAR Professional Development Committee
4-Year Winner, Five-Star Best In Customer Satisfaction – Sarasota Magazine
941-234-3597 Direct
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October Events Calendar

By | September 28, 2011

 

Fall festivals, art shows, new theatre productions and cooler temperatures…it’s a great time to get out and enjoy some of the activities happening in the area during the month of October:

 

Date

Event or Activity

Location

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More Information

Oct. 1st 2011 9th Annual Daquiri Deck Tropical Splash Open Water Swim Siesta Key U S Masters Swimming
Oct. 2nd Dixie Swim Club Venice Venice MainStage Theatre
Oct. 7th Live from Downtown, It’s Friday Night Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
Oct. 7th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Oct. 7th Jazz at Two Sarasota Jazz Club Sarasota
Oct. 7-26th Y Not Women?? Anna Maria The Studio at Gulf & Pine
Oct. 8-9th 5th Annual Hungarian Festival Sarasota Sarasota Fair Grounds
Oct. 8-23rd Festival sARTee Sarasota sARTee
Oct. 9, 16, 23 & 30th GartenFest: Fall Music Series at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Sarasota Selby Gardens
Oct. 11-16th Ringling International Arts Festival Sarasota Asolo Theatre
Oct. 11-23rd “Disenchanted” Sarasota Golden Apple Dinner Theare
Oct. 14th Celtic Thunder Sarasota Van Wezel
Oct. 14-16th Sun Fiesta Venice Sun Fiesta
Oct. 15-16th 17th Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival Sarasota Art Festival
Oct. 15th Art Slam Bradenton Realize Bradenton
Oct. 15-16th Placida Rotary Club Annual Nautical Festival Englewood Rotary Club
Oct. 16th Dolly Parton Live Sarasota Van Wezel
Oct. 19th Courthouse Square Concert Bradenton Realize Bradenton
Oct. 20th House of Terror at PAL Sailor Circus Sarasota PAL Sailor Circus
Oct. 21st Seussical Sarasota The Players Theatre
Oct. 21st Mote’s Night of Fish, Fun & Fright Sarasota Mote Aquarium
Oct. 22nd Spirit Voices from Old Manatee Bradenton Historic Manatee Village
Oct. 23rd Free Water Ski Show Sarasota Ski-A-Rees
Oct. 24-30th John Hamilton Gillespie Celebration Week Sarasota Owen Burns
Oct. 28-30th Season Opener Sarasota Ballet Sarasota Sarasota Ballet
Oct. 31st Fright Night – Halloween on St. Armands Sarasota St. Armands Circle Association

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Ringling Museum of Art

By | August 18, 2011

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art is one of the many treasures in Sarasota. We had been years ago but recently visited again and it just reaffirmed that this is a great place to live, work and play.

The art museum houses many pieces of world class art and the docents there are very knowledgeable. It was interesting to hear the background of how John Ringling collected the pieces and especially how the museum came to be. There is always something new as they frequently have traveling exhibits.

The Ringling’s home on the property, Ca’ d’Zan was built in 1925. The mansion was built in the Venetian Gothic style of architecture and is 36,000 square feet with 41 rooms and 15 bathrooms. You can tour the entire home and plan to spend some time on the terrace overlooking Sarasota Bay. The view is magnificent!

The Circus Museum on the property has been there for many years and is a must for children of all ages. The Ringling’s personal rail car is on display here along with lots of the history of the circus in Sarasota. The Tibbals Learning Center was recently added to the museum which houses the World’s Largest Miniature Circus of the Howard Brothers Circus Model. Howard Tibbals created this replica of the circus over a 50 year period and it’s really amazing to see. The second floor of this building documents the history of the circus complete with memorabilia and artifacts.

We had such a great visit that we were there until they closed at 5pm and decided to have a bite at the restaurant in the Visitor’s Pavilion. Treviso is open for lunch and dinner and they had a summer special running which included dinner for two (2 appetizers, 2 entrees and 2 desserts) plus a bottle of wine all for $39. That was a deal and the food was terrific! Even if you’re not visiting the museum it’s a great spot for a night out.

We’re so glad we live here and can take advantage of the arts, culture and many dining options in Sarasota. If you haven’t been in awhile, I highly recommend a visit to Ringling!

 

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Sarasota Real Estate Inventory Continues to Decline

By | August 16, 2011

The Sarasota Association of Realtors just released the sales statistics for the month of July. The number of units sold was slightly lower than previous months which is typical for this time of year in our area. The other item of note is the inventory of available of properties continues to decline and is now at the lowest level it’s been in the last decade. To view the complete press release with all the statistical charts click on the link below:

http://www.sarasotarealtors.com/files/monthlystatistics/SARStatsJuly201111081585211.pdf

 

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August in Sarasota

By | July 28, 2011

  1. We’re in the dog days of summer but there are still plenty of things to do around town so don’t miss out! Here’s just a few of the events and activities happening in the Sarasota area during the month of August:

Date

Event or Activity

Location

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More Information

Aug. 1-14th Beyond Bling – Voices of Hip-Hop in Art Sarasota Ringling Museum
Aug. 2nd Sarasota Slam Billfish Tournament Sarasota Sarasota Slam
Aug. 2-28th Our Son’s Wedding Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Aug. 3rd Summer Beach Run Venice Sarasota Parks
Aug. 5th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Aug. 5th Live from Downtown Sarasota – It’s Friday Night Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
August 5th A Midsummer Night’s Stroll Sarasota Palm Avenue
Aug. 6th Sri Lankan Drumming and Dance Troupe Sarasota Dance Troupe
Aug. 6th Ready, Set, Grow Fair Sarasota United Way of Sarasota
Aug. 7th Bradentucky Bombers vs. South Florida Roller Girls Bradenton Bradentucky Bombers
Aug. 10th think+drink(Science) The Naked Universe Series Bradenton South Florida Museum
Aug. 10-31st I Do! I Do! Sarasota Golden Apple Dinner Theater
Aug. 11-28th Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun Sarasota Banyan Theater Company
Aug. 12th Friday Fest at Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel
Aug. 12-28th The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Venice Venice Theatre
Aug. 12th One Night Rodeo Band Sarasota Van Wezel
Aug. 13th Ranger Led Kayak Tours @ DeSoto National Memorial Park Bradenton DeSoto National Memorial
Aug. 13th Caroline Rhea @ McCurdy’s Comedy Theater Sarasota McCurdy’s Comedy Theater
Aug. 16th Bradenton Marauders Home Game Bradenton Bradenton Marauders
Aug. 16-28th Dynamic Duets of the 70’s Sarasota West Coast Black Theatre Troupe
Aug. 17-21st American Youth Circus Festival Sarasota American Youth Circus
Aug. 19th Third Friday Art Walk in Towles Court Sarasota Towles Court
Aug. 20th Celebration of Brewing at Morton’s Gourmet Market Sarasota Morton’s Market
Aug. 20-21st Hunter Jumper Horse Show Venice Fox Lea Farm
Aug. 27th Sarasota Beer Festival Sarasota Florida Beer Festivals
Aug. 27th The Fabulous Independent Film Festival Sarasota Film Festival

Call us when you are ready to make your move! To search for homes in the area go to Search for Sarasota Homes. We’re here to help you every step of the way…call us today!

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