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Celebrating the 4th of July

By | June 29, 2015

There are lots of fireworks displays, parades and other conventional ways to celebrate our nation’s independence but if you’re looking for something different this year, check out this blog that highlights many unique events all across the state of Florida and some right in our backyard.

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Brenda’s background in strategic planning, marketing, prospecting, and sales give her an advantage when searching for the right properties for her clients. By truly listening, addressing concerns, and taking her clients through every step of the process, she ensures her buyers get what they want. Brenda’s clients trust her and with her efficient and straight-forward approach, enjoy working with her on this important decision.

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July in Sarasota

By | June 26, 2015

July Flip Flops

July Flip Flops

Celebrate our nation’s independence this month by getting out and enjoying all that our area has to offer. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the area during the month of July:

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July 1-31st Summer Circus Spectacular Sarasota Ringling.org
July 1st Kids Summer Beach Runs Siesta Key VisitSarasota.org
July 1-5th Grand Prix Super Boat Race and Festival Downtown Sarasota Sarasota Power Boat Grand Prix
July 3rd Music on Main Lakewood Ranch LakewoodRanch.com
July 3-4th Summer Artwalk Bradenton Village of the Arts
July 4th Fourth of July Fireworks 25th Anniversary Celebration Siesta Key Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce
July 4th 5th Annual Fourth Festival Palmetto City of Palmetto
July 5th Siesta Farmer’s Market Siesta Key Siesta Farmer’s Market
July 8-31st “The Cotton Club Cabaret” Sarasota West Coast Black Theatre
July 9-11th 7th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
July 10th “Friday Fest” at the Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
July 11th Learn to Bowl @ Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club Sarasota Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club
July 11th “Jamming in July” Rolling Renegades Roller Derby Bout Sarasota North River Rolling Renegades
July 11-12th Dig the Beach Volleyball Tournament Siesta Key Dig the Beach
July 16-31st “The Amish Project” Sarasota Banyan Theater Company
July 17th “Live from Downtown, It’s Friday Night” Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
July 17-18th Christmas in July Venice Venice Main Street
July 18th Snooty’s 67th Birthday Bash and Wildlife Festival Bradenton South Florida Museum
July 18-19th Christmas in July Vintage and Collectibles Fair Sarasota SRQ Auditorium
July 24th Free Friday Night Music Venice City of Venice
July 24th “Guys and Dolls” Bradenton Manatee Performing Art Center
July 25th Antique Flea Market Arcadia Arcadia Antiques
July 25th Downtown Sarasota Farmer’s Market Sarasota Sarasota Farmer’s Market
July 25th Antiques, Arts & Craft Show Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farms
July 25-26th 5th Annual Mystic Faire Sarasota Mystic Faires
July 28-31st Florida State Dance Sport Championships Sarasota Florida State Dance

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!

Susan Guice is a Licensed Real Estate Assistant with The Cleary Group in Sarasota.

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Sarasota Farmer’s Market 5th Annual Shrimp & Lobster Festival

By | June 25, 2015

Shrimp & Lobster FestThis Saturday (June 27th) the Sarasota Farmer’s Market vendors will be serving Lobster rolls, Shrimp, and Maine lobster dinners from 9am til 2pm. Other delights include lobster crepes, homemade crab cakes, burgers on the grill, and more. Dining will be under a 100 ft. tent located in the First Church parking lot on State Street. Live entertainment will be provided by Big Night Out – a 7 piece tropical style dance band who performs a blend of Latin, Caribbean, Funk, and Motown dance music. This year there will be an expanded Kids Area that will include a rock wall, bungee trampoline, free coconut painting, B’s Cool Treats ice cream truck and more.

The Sarasota Farmer’s Market at Lemon Avenue & State Street

Pat Ditton is originally from the UK. In 1994, she moved to Sarasota where she and her husband purchased a motel on beautiful Siesta Key. Along with her family, she ran the motel for five years. In 2002 Pat got her Real Estate License. She has been with RE/MAX Alliance Group since 2004. Pat has first hand knowledge of the immigration and relocation process, and is able to help you avoid the pitfalls and guide you through your relocation, making it a smooth and stress free experience. She provides outstanding service wherever you are relocating from, whether it be a full time residence or vacation home.

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Home Sales Continue On Record Pace

By | June 23, 2015

House Upward Graph

House Upward GraphThe residential real estate market in May 2015 in both Sarasota and Manatee counties continued to produce near-record sales, pointing toward another potential recordbreaking year in 2015. Overall sales in Sarasota County hit 1,182, only 42 sales below last month’s all-time monthly record, while Manatee County saw total sales of 827, higher than April’s figure of 813 and last year’s May total of 752.

Sales levels in both Sarasota and Manatee counties have been at historically high levels for several months, and median sale prices have also been trending upwards. The May 2015 median sale prices were up 20 percent for single family homes in Sarasota County, and 14.3 percent in Manatee County over last May. For condos, Sarasota County also recorded a 20 percent price rise, while Manatee County was up 1.5 percent.

To view the full press release from the Sarasota Manatee Association of Realtors and statistical charts click here.

 

Joe Cleary is a Broker Associate with The Cleary Group at RE/MAX Alliance Group. He is a Graduate of the Real Estate Institute (GRI), Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) and a certified Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR). Call Joe with any real estate questions you may have toll free at 877-814-1233!

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Need a GOOD and INEXPENSIVE Sarasota roofer?

By | June 21, 2015

Roofing

RoofingI just received a great letter from a customer who just had a new roof put on by Herschberger Roofing. Their number is: 941-906-8485. Tell them The Cleary Group sent you! They are a bit backed up but well worth it…Here is the letter I received:

 

“So, I’m sending a recommendation if anyone asks for a roofer. Herschberger Roofing was here right at 6 am both days, worked so hard, cleaned up after themselves, looks great, cheapest quote, did not have to prepay anything, did not add in any additional costs when it was time to pay. In fact, we had lots of wood rot over the patio and even though the contract calls for additional $ if it goes over 5 sheets of plywood, he just did it without the up charge.
It is family owned and they have 1 crew so they keep control/know their workers.It took us around 6 weeks on the schedule, but we were able to wait. And their quote was $4000 cheaper than the next cheapest quote out of three!!”
For more information visit their website here: Hershberger Roofing
Joe Cleary is a Broker Associate with The Cleary Group at RE/MAX Alliance Group. He is a Graduate of the Real Estate Institute (GRI), Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) and a certified Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR). Call Joe with any real estate questions you may have toll free at 877-814-1233!

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Zagat Rated Local Restaurants

By | June 18, 2015

Zagat Book

Zagat BookBefore there was Yelp and Trip Advisor we relied on Zagat to tell us where the best restaurants were and they are still at it! I was not surprised at all to find that 24 restaurants in our area make their current list of the best dining spots. I have been to many of these and can concur with their findings. If you’re in the mood for a great dining experience check out one of these:

Beach Bistro (Anna Maria Island)

Maison Blanche (Longboat Key)

Bijou Cafe’ (Sarasota)

Euphemia Haye & Haye Loft (Longboat Key)

Morel Restaurant (Sarasota)

Selva (Sarasota)

Michael’s on East (Sarasota)

Mozaic (Sarasota)

Ruth’s Chris Steak House (Sarasota)

Roy’s (Sarasota)

Andrea’s (Sarasota)

Darwin’s on 4th (Sarasota)

Ophelia’s on the Bay (Siesta Key)

Mediterraneo (Sarasota)

Yummy House China Bistro (Sarasota)

Cafe L’Europe (St. Armands Circle-Lido Key)

Pattigeorge’s (Longboat Key)

Indigenous (Sarasota)

Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse (Sarasota)

Libby’s Cafe & Bar (Sarasota)

Owen’s Fish Camp (Sarasota)

Columbia Restaurant (St. Armands Circle-Lido Key)

Bonefish Grill (Sarasota & Bradenton)

Jack Dusty (Sarasota)

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Susan Guice is a Licensed Real Estate Assistant with The Cleary Group in Sarasota.

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Sarasota SUP Championships At Siesta Key This Weekend

By | June 16, 2015

SUP Championships 2015This Saturday, June 20th the paddleboard-racing festival returns with the ‘Battle of the Paddle,’ featuring 10 and 5 kilometer and ‘Grom’ races taking place in the morning and the “SUP Rodeo” rolling in the afternoon. Anchored around competitive fun for all ages and ability levels, the afternoon promises team sprint races, obstacle courses, live music, food, cold Kona brews, board and SUP equipment demonstrations, over 40 surf and SUP vendors, and the best raffle prizes in the country. Visit http://sarasotasupchampionships.com for more information and registration.

Pat Ditton is originally from the UK. In 1994, she moved to Sarasota where she and her husband purchased a motel on beautiful Siesta Key. Along with her family, she ran the motel for five years. In 2002 Pat got her Real Estate License. She has been with RE/MAX Alliance Group since 2004. Pat has first hand knowledge of the immigration and relocation process, and is able to help you avoid the pitfalls and guide you through your relocation, making it a smooth and stress free experience. She provides outstanding service wherever you are relocating from, whether it be a full time residence or vacation home.

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Free Concerts are Back for Summer

By | June 15, 2015

Friday Fest 2015

Friday Fest 2015There are so many great things to do around this town but one of our favorites is the Friday Fest concerts during the summer at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. One Friday night each month a band sets up on the south lawn overlooking the bay. The music and festivities start at 5pm and continue until 8. There are food and drink vendors onsite so all you need is a blanket or chair. It’s a good idea to get there early as it is a popular event.

This month’s entertainment is the band Kettle of Fish who have played many of the local venues. Check out their website: Kettle of Fish.

For more detailed information visit Van Wezel’s website at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

 

Susan Guice is a Licensed Real Estate Assistant with The Cleary Group in Sarasota.

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Another Reason to Visit Siesta Beach

By | June 12, 2015

Siesta Beach Sign

Siesta Beach Sign Siesta Beach Pavilion

Just in time for summer the new Siesta Beach Pavilion opened this week and along with great views of the beach and gulf from the deck, you can enjoy some delicious eats. They still have the standard beach cafe fare of burgers and dogs but they have added some new options ranging from gourmet flatbread pizzas to salads to creative paninis to fish tacos.

The newly renovated pavilion includes an updated playground, tennis courts and extra parking spaces and is open seven days a week, weather permitting 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you haven’t been to the best beach in America lately I’d say it’s worth the trip!

 

Susan Guice is a Licensed Real Estate Assistant with The Cleary Group in Sarasota.

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The Breakfast House in Sarasota & Nokomis

By | June 9, 2015

The Breakfast House

The Breakfast HouseThe Breakfast House in Sarasota has been around for five years and now has an additional location in Nokomis. They offer a sumptuous menu full of southern style, modern and healthy cuisine, and comfort food goodies. Their “Island Cakes” feature freshly shredded coconut, macadamia nuts and thin sliced fresh pineapple that is grilled and mixed with light and fluffy pancake batter so it looks like a flower on the plate. Other truly original and delicious specialties of the “House” are its “Key West” items including Key West Benedict served with shrimp and Maine lobster, sauteed Key West shrimp served over grits and desserts like Key West delight and Key Lime tart. In addition to these special items they have a great selection of traditional breakfast and lunch fare so there’s sure to be something for everyone on their menu.

They serve breakfast all day starting at 7:30am and lunch from 11am Tuesday through Sunday. They close at 2pm. For locations and menus visit their website The Breakfast House.

Susan Guice is a Licensed Real Estate Assistant with The Cleary Group in Sarasota.

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