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Sales Stay Strong in Sarasota Real Estate

By | November 5, 2015

REMAX Sold Sign

REMAX Sold SignProperty sales in Sarasota and Manatee counties were somewhat slower in September 2015, but the drop off from August was expected after an unprecedented six month run of record-setting closings. In addition, the start of fall 2015 looks a lot like the same time last year, but with one major exception. Single family home median sale prices in both Sarasota and Manatee counties have risen sharply over last year at this time, once again reflecting the law of supply and demand as single family home stocks dwindle.

According to the Realtor ® Association of Sarasota and Manatee, overall property sales in September 2015 stood at 1,608 for the two counties – 927 closings in Sarasota and 681 closings in Manatee. Sarasota County fell short of the 1,000 level for the first time since February, ending the record of six consecutive months over 1,000 – something that has never happened before in Sarasota County.

The overall regional sales compared to 1,709 sales in August 2015, or a 5.9 percent drop, but were slightly higher (1.8 percent) than last September’s sales of 1,578. The August to September sales drop was almost identical last year, with a small decline from late summer to early fall. However, if the recent trend continues, October 2015 could see another sales surge, as the last four years has seen marked improvement in the number of closings as winter residents and visitors returned to the market.

To read the full press release and view the statistical charts click here.

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Ringling International Arts Festival

By | October 13, 2015

RIAFFor four extraordinary days in October (the 15th through the 18th), artists and audiences from across America and around the world come together at The Ringling to experience the phenomenon that is RIAF! Hailed for its “progressive program that would rival anything in New York or London” (TimeOut London), the Ringling International Arts Festival is your chance to explore and embrace the vibrant and exhilarating world of contemporary music, theater, and dance. RIAF 2015 presents seven compelling perspectives on beauty, innovation, and artistry by performers representing the many and varied cultures of Asia. Plan now to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime, not-to-be-missed opportunity!

For more information visit The Ringling Museum of Art

The Ringling is located at 5401 Bay Shore Road in Sarasota

Compliments SRQ The Magazine

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September in Sarasota

By | August 24, 2015

September 2015

September 2015


This month marks the beginning of the fall season. Here’s just a sampling of the activities happening in the Sarasota area during the month of September:

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Sept. 2nd Classic Car Show @ Main Street Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Sept. 3rd Art After 5, Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Sept. 3-13th “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” Sarasota The Players Theater
Sept. 4th Live From Downtown It’s Friday Night Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
Sept. 4-5th Village of the Arts ArtWalk Bradenton Village of the Arts
Sept. 4-6th 69th Annual Labor Day Regatta Sarasota Regatta Network
Sept. 5th 12th Annual Venice Triathlon Venice SW Florida YMCA
Sept. 5th Literacy Amongst the Trees Osprey Oscar Scherer State Park
Sept. 5th YMCA Dance Party Sarasota Sarasota YMCA
Sept. 6th Ski-A-Rees Waterski Show Lido Key
Sept. 7th Englewood Pioneer Days Englewood Englewood Pioneer Days
Sept. 7th 3rd Annual Country Fest Venice Snook Haven
Sept. 9th Nokomis Drum Circle Casey Key Exploring Venice
Sept. 10th Balanchine Millepied – Film Sarasota Sarasota Opera
Sept. 12th Sarasota Farmer’s Market Sarasota
Sept. 12th “Comedy Lottery” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Sept. 12th The Goldtones Venice The Venice Theatre
Sept. 12-13th Rockin Wings Festival Sarasota Spotlight Events
Sept. 17-30th “The Secret Garden” Bradenton Manatee Performing Arts Center
Sept. 18th Friday Fest at the Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Sept. 18th Music & Movies: Lou Reed’s “Berlin” Bradenton South Florida Museum
Sept. 18-19th Garden Fest Sarasota Sarasota Garden Club
Sept. 19th International Coastal Clean Up Siesta Key Sarasota County
Sept. 20th Around the World, Chamber Soiree 1 Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
Sept. 24th Concert In The Grove Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farm
Sept. 23-24th Carmen Ciricillo @ McCurdy’s Comedy Theater Sarasota McCurdy’s Comedy Theater
Sept. 26-28th Oktoberfest at Motorworks Brewing Bradenton Motorworks Brewing

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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Venice Celebrates Christmas in July

By | July 14, 2015

Christmas in July  2015Don’t miss out this weekend as the Chamber of Commerce in Venice sponsors “Christmas in July”.  Join over 55 merchants and restaurants in celebrating the non-season!

Enjoy sales, specials, and prizes… that’s right, PRIZES! Of course, Summer Santa will be enjoying the holiday with us… and the TROLLEY will be back for all to enjoy! The trolley will be a free service thanks to all of the participating merchants and restaurants. So make that list and check it twice… even if you’re the only one on it.

The event is held right in downtown on Venice Avenue from 10am – 5pm on Friday and Saturday (July 17th and 18th). For more information call the Chamber at 941-488-2236.


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June in Sarasota

By | May 26, 2015

Sunshine Graphic

Sunshine GraphicSummer begins and school’s out so it’s a fun time to take in 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 June:

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June 1-14th Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week Various Savor Sarasota
June 1-3rd Mens and Womens NCAA Golf Championships Bradenton
June 1-21st Sarasota Music Festival Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
June 1-30th Public Ice Skating Ellenton Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex
June 5th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
June 5th ArtWalk in Village of the Arts Bradenton Village of the Arts
June 5th “Live from Downtown, It’s Friday Night” Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
June 5th Downtown Bradenton Ghost Walk Bradenton Realize Bradenton
June 6th 3rd Annual Dairy Day Festival Myakka City Dakin Dairy Farms
June 6th World Oceans Day at Mote Aquarium Sarasota Mote Marine Aquarium
June 9th to

August 11th

Kids Summer Beach Runs Siesta Key Manasota Track Club
June 10th Think & Drink Science: “Mystery of the Mayan Medallion” Bradenton South Florida Museum
June 12th Friday Night Free Music Venice Venice Main Street
June 12-14th Skyway Film Festival Bradenton Manatee Performing Arts Center
June 13th ArtCenter Manatee Summer Open House Bradenton ArtCenter Manatee
June 13-14th St. Armand’s Craft Festival Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
June 13-14th Public Sports and Social Impact Festival Bradenton 1Team.Global
June 16-30th Summer Circus Spectacular Sarasota Ringling Museum
June 18th Art After 5 Sarasota Ringling Museum
June 19th Friday Fest at the Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
June 20th Sarasota Stand Up Paddleboard Races Siesta Key SUP Sarasota
June 20-21st Downtown Venice Craft Festival Venice
June 20th Downtown Bradenton Farmer’s Market Bradenton Realize Bradenton
June 26th Film Friday “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” Bradenton South Florida Museum
June 27th to

July 5th

Suncoast Offshore Racing Festival Sarasota Sarasota Power Boat Grand Prix
June 28th Suncoast Grand Prix Car Show Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Power Boat Grand Prix

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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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


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
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


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

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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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 to find out more about millennials and homebuying.

To view the full article visit

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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

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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 visitors has thoughts of moving back to Sarasota solely for their vegetable soup! Now that’s saying something!!!

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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


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