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Sarasota and Manatee Home Sales in January

By | March 2, 2017

Balanced Real Estate Sales

Balanced Real Estate SalesThe Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee just reported that recent data produced by Florida REALTORS® for our two-county area indicates January 2017 to be off to a solid start to this season’s sales.

Inventory has been increasing in the two-county area each month since September. The result of higher inventory is that we are very near the balance between a seller’s and a buyer’s market. January also saw an increase in both year over year and month over month in the number of properties that went under contract during the month.

Inventory in the two-county area increased by 17.9 percent over January of last year. Sarasota condo inventory increased by 27.1 percent, while single family was up 20.8 percent. In Manatee County, condos were up by 11.4 percent and single family by 10.9 percent.

New pending sales in the month increased. The combined county pending sales reflect an 8 percent increase from January of 2016.

Median prices for Sarasota single family homes increased to $250,000, while Manatee single family increased to $279,000. With fewer homes available to purchase below $200,000, largely because of the decline of distressed properties available for purchase, we can expect median prices to continue to rise.

Condo median sales prices rose to $239,900 in Sarasota and to $175,000 in Manatee. Closed sales in the two-county area are up by 11.6 percent from January 2016 for condos. Meanwhile, single family home sales in Sarasota and Manatee showed an 8.2 percent decrease. Collectively, distressed sales experienced a 51.8 percent decrease from last year, while traditional sales (nondistressed) experienced an increase of 3.5 percent, making a healthier market.

The months’ supply of inventory indicates a more balanced market, with an increase across the board. Sarasota condos are at a 5.9-month supply, surpassing the threshold of a balanced market at 5.5 months, while single family homes are at a 5-month supply. Manatee County condos are at a 4.8-month supply and single family at a 4.5-month supply of condos.

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

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Sarasota County Fair

By | February 28, 2017

Sarasota County Fair 2017

Sarasota County Fair 2017The 81st annual Sarasota County Fair is coming up next month at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. It starts on Friday March 17th and continues through Sunday March 26th. In addition to agricultural exhibits and animals, there will be great entertainment on two stages, arts and crafts, comedy shows, music and spectacular rides by Belle City Amusements. This years fair will have something for everyone to enjoy! Check out all the details and schedule below:

Admission Prices:

Adults:  $8

Senior Citizens (55 and over):  $4

Active Military:  $4

Children 5 & under:  Free

$1.00 Gate Entrance:  Fridays     2:00 PM – 5:00 PM ONLY

$1.00 Gate Entrance:  Mondays   5:00 PM – 10:00 PM ONLY

Hours Gates Are Open:

Fridays:                                  2:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Saturdays:                              Noon to 11:00 PM

Sundays:                                Noon to 10:00 PM

Monday – Thursday                 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Daily Arm Band Specials:

MARCH 17 FRIDAY:  Ride all mechanical rides for $20.00 plus fair admission from 2 PM – 11 PM.  None sold after 10 PM

MARCH 18 SATURDAY:  Ride all mechanical rides for $20.00 plus fair admission from Noon – 5:00 PM or All Day for $25.00

MARCH 19 SUNDAY:  Ride all mechanical rides for $20.00 plus fair admission from Noon – 5:00 PM or All Day for $25.00

MARCH 20 – 23 / MONDAY – THURSDAY:  Ride all mechanical rides for $20.00 plus fair admission from 5 PM – 10 PM.  None sold after 9 PM

MARCH 24 FRIDAY:  Ride all mechanical rides for $20.00 plus fair admission from 2 PM – 11 PM.  None sold after 10 PM

MARCH 25 SATURDAY:  Ride all mechanical rides for $20.00 plus fair admission from Noon – 5:00 PM or All Day for $25.00

MARCH 26 SUNDAY:  LAST DAY!!!  Ride all mechanical rides for $25.00 plus fair admission ALL DAY – OPEN TO CLOSE!!  FROM NOON – 10 PM!! None sold after 9 PM

Steer Show:  Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30 PM  Houser Arena

Steer Sale:  Friday, March 24 at 7:30 PM  Houser Arena

Swine Show:  Wednesday, March 22 at 6:00 PM  Houser Arena

Swine Sale:  Saturday, March 25 at 7:00 PM  Houser Arena

Plant Sale:  Saturday, March 25 at 1:00 PM  Plant Tent

FREE Parking on the Fairgrounds located at 3000 Ringling Blvd. in Sarasota

For more information visit their website at https://www.sarasotafair.com/start-page.html

 

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March in Sarasota

By | February 24, 2017

Spring Flowers

Spring FlowersSpring is here and our weather is outstanding so get out and enjoy the area. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the Sarasota area during the month of March:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for

More Information

March 2-12th Florida Strawberry Festival Plant City Florida Strawberry Festival
March 2-5th 23rd Annual NMRA Nitro Spring Break Shootout Bradenton NMRA Bradenton Motorsports Park
March 3rd Music on Main Lakewood Ranch LakewoodRanch.com
March 4th Anna Maria Island Heritage Day Anna Maria Anna Maria Island Heritage Society
March 4-5th Sarasota Bradenton Home Show Palmetto Sarasota Bradenton Home Show
March 4-5th Downtown Venice Art Classic Venice ArtFestival.com
March 5-11th 38th Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival Sarasota The Jazz Club of Sarasota
March 9th Brown Bag Concert Sarasota Phillippi Estate Park
March 5,12,19 & 26th Ski-A-Rees Waterski Show Lido Key Ski-A-Rees
March 9-12th 88th Annual Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo Arcadia Arcadia Rodeo
March 10th Moon Over Myakka Concert Sarasota Myakka River State Park
March 11th Mixon Fruit Farms Annual

Orange Blossom Festival

Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farms
March 11th 5th Annual Irish Celtic Festival Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Community Activities
March 11-12th 4th Annual Spring Fine Art Festival Sarasota Paragon Art Events
March 12th 11th Annual Corvettes in Venice on the Isle Venice Venice Florida Corvettes
March 18th Gardens in Paradise Sarasota Sarasota Garden Club
March 18th 23rd Annual Pinecraft Days Arts & Crafts Festival Sarasota VisitSarasota.org
March 18-27nd 81st Annual Sarasota County Fair Sarasota Sarasota Fair
March 19th Suncoast Concert Band Performance Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band
March 20th Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
March 22nd Farmhouse Market

at the Phillippi Estate Park

Sarasota Sarasota County Parks
March 24-26th Cirque Des Voix Sarasota Key Chorale
March 25th Heritage Days Palmetto Manatee Village
March 25-26th 8th Annual Downtown Sarasota Springfest Arts & Crafts Show Sarasota Fairs & Festivals
March 26th Tour de Parks Venice Legacy Trail Friends
March 27th Spring Concert Venice Venice Concert Band
March 31-April 9th Annual Sarasota Film Festival Sarasota 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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Strong Housing Market in 2016

By | February 16, 2017

Real Estate Up Graph

Real Estate Up GraphThe Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee reports that according to recent data from Florida Realtors® Industry Data and Analysis department, Sarasota and Manatee County wrapped up 2016 with fewer distressed sales, an increase in traditional closed sales, an expanding inventory and higher median prices as compared to the year before.

The combined 2016 closed sales of single-family homes and condos in Sarasota and Manatee County totaled 20,091, a 2.6 percent decrease from 2015, which was a record year. However, total sales in 2016 exceed each of the four years prior to 2015.

Condo sales in Manatee County bucked the trend, with 2,606 closed sales in 2016, a 7.7 percent increase over the previous year. Condo sales in Sarasota County decreased 4 percent, with total sales of 3,603. Single family sales in Manatee County decreased nearly 1 percent, for a total of 6,057, while Sarasota County showed 7,825 sales, a decrease of 6.3 percent.

While record sales were not achieved, the health of the market is shown by the fact that traditional sales increased while sales of foreclosures and short sales declined in the two-county area. Distressed sales totaled only 1,290 in 2016 compared to 3,004 in 2015, a decrease of 57.1 percent. As a share of total sales, distressed sales represented only 6.4 percent of total sales in 2016, approaching the more normal level of about 2.5 percent for distressed sales.

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

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Le Marche Bohemien

By | February 15, 2017

Le Marche Bohemien

Le Marche BohemienThe Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association and the Sarasota Farmers Market are proud to co-sponsor Le Marché Bohémien 2017, which will be held on Saturday, February 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Five Points Park in downtown Sarasota. This is Sarasota’s first open‑air marketplace for eclectic, chic, salvaged, coastal, repurposed, vintage and epicurean treats, treasures and art‑‑all in the Bohemien spirit. Entertainment and food vendors will add to the European open air ambiance.

This is not your usual arts and craft fair!

For more information visit their Facebook page: Le Marche Bohemien

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Baseball Spring Training in Florida

By | February 10, 2017

Spring Training

Spring Training

Spring Training in Florida’s Grapefruit League, a tradition since the 1890s, offers a multitude of treats for connoisseurs, sun worshipers and casual fans alike.

Fifteen Major League teams train in Florida, 12 of them along or essentially near the east and west coastlines and three in the center of the state. With so much available, fans can easily take a hot-dog-filled journey that suits their own schedules and preferences.

Grapefruit-League-MapIn our area there are several teams to choose from including the Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota, the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton, the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte, the New York Yankees in Tampa, the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, and the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins both in Lee County just to our south.

The Spring schedules for all the teams can be found at http://www.floridagrapefruitleague.com/home/

 

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Cannon’s Steakhouse and Tavern

By | February 6, 2017

Cannon's Steakhouse

Cannon's SteakhouseA perfect cross between high-end cuisine and a local tavern! There is no shortage of wonderful eateries in Sarasota, but we just stumbled on this truly local gem the other day and have found our new favorite steakhouse.

Cannon’s is located in the wonderful area of Gulf Gate. This special place has a wonderful ambiance that is both inviting and charming. Patrons were dressed both causally and in date-night wear. The food was simply outstanding. I had the most wonderful prime rib dinner with a baked potato and salad. The steak was absolutely delicious and so tender, it almost melted in my mouth. Treat to yourself to a wonderful evening!

For more information or to see the menu visit www.cannonssteakhouse.com

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Circus Sarasota Winter Performance

By | February 4, 2017

Circus Sarasota Tent

Circus Sarasota TentCircus Sarasota celebrates 20 years of Big Top performances in it’s all new winter production! The show opens on Friday, February 10th and continues through Sunday, March 5th.

The shows are scheduled at the following times:
Weeknights 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Wednesdays & Saturdays 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM and 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Sundays 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Ticket prices range from $15-$55
For more information call 941-355-9805 or visit www.circusarts.org

The Big Top is located at 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, FL right behind the Mall at University Town Center

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Movies on the Green

By | February 1, 2017

movies-on-the-green

movies-on-the-green

Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch hosts an outdoor series of family films, a kids zone and much more… park your blanket or a chair on the lawn and take in a free movie under the stars. The movie featured this month on Friday, Feb. 24th is “Shrek”. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at 8:00 p.m.

For more information call 941-757-1582 or visit premiersportscampus.com.

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Sarasota YMCA Masters Swim Team

By | January 30, 2017

US Masters Swimming Logo

US Masters Swimming LogoSarasota has so many quality programs and activities for people of all ages and interests. The Master’s swim team is no exception.   The Masters program has been in Sarasota for over 15 years and in that time they have created a wonderful environment to go and get a quality workout while meeting some of the friendliest and most interesting people. There are 4 different practice times offered each day and there are three different practices offered based on ability. Practices are held at the Potter Park YMCA in Palmer Ranch.

YMCA Sharks Pool

For more information visit the website at www.sharksmasters.org

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