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12th Annual Pioneer Day in Arcadia

By | March 7, 2016

Arcadia Pioneer Day

Arcadia Pioneer DayThe DeSoto County Historical Society will hold their Pioneer Day celebration on Saturday, March 19th from 9am to 3pm at DeSoto Veterans Memorial Park in Arcadia. This event showcases the history and heritage of southwest Florida. There will be demonstrations of old-fashioned skills and crafts, vintage automobiles and antique engines, a hands-on children’s area with a fossil dig, music, traditional foods, barbeque, legendary characters, animals, games and Florida authors and artists.

For more information about the Historical Society visit their website at:

http://www.historicdesoto.org/PioneerDay.html

 

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

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Movie Night at Nathan Benderson Park

By | March 3, 2016

The Croods

The CroodsEnjoy a screening of “The Croods,” the first movie night of the Free Family Moonlight Movie series! The Croods is a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world’s first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime. Sponsored by The Sarasota Film Festival in partnership with the Nathan Benderson Park and Nathan Benderson Park Community Foundation, don’t forget to bring your picnic baskets, blankets and chairs and be ready to have a great family fun night! Sunset: 6:30 p.m. Free admission. Food: Popcorn, water, soda and candy will be available for purchase.

Nathan Benderson Park, Regatta Island, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle in Sarasota (located just south of the University Town Center Mall).

For more information click here.

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

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Downtown Venice Art Festival

By | March 1, 2016

Downtown Venice Art Festival

Downtown Venice Art FestivalVisit historic downtown Venice this weekend for the 15th annual art festival with 150 of the nation’s most talented artists lining the Avenue with a broad spectrum of glass, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, sculptures, delicious food vendors and much more. Afterwards spend time strolling up and down both sides of Venice Avenue and the adjacent streets, Miami Avenue and Tampa Avenue with a full range of fun stores, clothing shops and restaurants.

The festival is March 5th and 6th from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Admission is free.

As an experienced Realtor, Cheryl believes in “client first” philosophyl She prides her services on accessibility, attention to detail, effective listening and communication skills, awareness of meeting her client’s needs and has the tools to explain the buying process whether you’re a first time home buyer, a move-up buyer, relocating or an investment buyer.

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The Sarasota County Fair

By | February 29, 2016

Sarasota Agricultural Fair

From March 18th through the 27th we will be celebrating the 80th year of the Sarasota County Fair. The 2016 fair features agricultural exhibits, animals, great entertainment on two stages, arts and crafts, comedy shows, music and spectacular rides by Belle City Amusements. This year’s fair will have something for everyone to enjoy!

The fair takes place at Robarts Arena on Fruitville Road. Hours are Fridays from 2-11pm, Saturdays 12-11pm, Sundays 12-10pm and Monday to Thursday from 5-10pm.

Admission Prices:
Adults: $8
Senior Citizens (55 and over): $4.00
Active Military: $4.00
Children: ages 6-17 $4.00
Children 5 & under: FREE

Sarasota County Fair 2016For a complete schedule including all the entertainment click here.

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

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Apollonia Mediterranean Grill

By | February 27, 2016

Apollonia

ApolloniaWe have been talking about dining at Apollonia since it opened at The Shoppes at University Town Center over two years ago and finally got around to it this past week. It took over the restaurant formerly occupied by Urban Flats and it didn’t take too many cosmetic changes to adapt to the space.

Apollonia BarThe atmosphere is casual and comfortable. We were seated inside at a table next to the front windows which are large sliders that open when the weather permits as was the case for us. They have a generous bar area as well as a few outdoor covered tables.

Our server greeted us promptly and we ordered a glass of wine from their extensive list of wines by the glass. I ordered the Gyro Platter which consisted of rotisserie spiced lamb with rice pilaf, grilled vegetables, tzatziki and pita bread. My husband ordered the grouper Florentine. We were pleased with the quality of the meals, presentation, and felt the prices were very reasonable.

If you’re in the mood for a little Mediterranean food I would recommend this restaurant. Check out their website for more information.

 

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

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Home Prices Are Rising in Sarasota

By | February 25, 2016

The Realtors Association of Sarasota and Manatee report that the end of 2015 witnessed record breaking sales for both Sarasota and Manatee counties. January sales reflected the expected seasonal dip as a result of reduced buying activity during the holidays, even as median prices continued to rise.
For the month of January, Sarasota County experienced a slight 1.2 percent rise from last year in total sales for single family homes at 520 sales, while condos were down 5.2 percent with 217 closed sales. In Manatee County, single family homes were down 5.4 percent from last year to 385 total sales, but condo sales rose 2.6 percent with 156 closed sales.
A good indication of a robust market, the median sale prices remain healthy and increased in both counties over last year. Single family median prices rose 21.3 percent in Sarasota County to $230,500, and climbed 10 percent to $274,900 in Manatee County. Condo prices were also up 17.8 percent in Sarasota County, at $218,000, compared to $169,950 for Manatee County, an increase of 6.3 percent over last year.
Inventory of available properties continues to be an issue for buyers, but showed small improvement. For single family homes in Sarasota County, inventory is down 1.5 percent from January last year, and up 2.4 percent in Manatee County. Condo inventory is up in both counties, with Sarasota County up 6.1 percent, while Manatee County saw an increase of 9.6 percent.
To read the complete press release and view the statistical charts visit the Realtors Association of Sarasota and Manatee website.
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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21st Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival

By | February 2, 2016

Siesta Key Craft Festival Poster

Siesta Key Craft Festival PosterThe 21st annual Siesta Key Craft Festival is happening this weekend, February 6th & 7th from 10am-5pm. Eclectic displays of original crafts, functional art and unique affordable gift items will be on display and for sale along Ocean Boulevard and Beach Road. This event features some of the finest crafters in the country including many from throughout Florida. Patrons can explore a full spectrum of craft art media that will include folk art, pottery, handmade jewelry, paintings, personalized gifts, clothing, soaps, and more.

Siesta Key Village, 5124 Ocean Blvd., Sarasota

Compliments of SRQ The Magazine

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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The Circus is Coming to Sarasota

By | January 31, 2016

Circus Sarasota Red, White & BelloCircus Sarasota is preparing for their upcoming winter show “Red, White & Bello”. These performances are acclaimed around the globe for world-class artistry and provide great family entertainment that is one of the most fun things to do in Sarasota!

Driving south on I-75 at University Parkway you’ll see the Big Top behind the University Town Center Mall.

For tickets and more information visit CircusArts.org

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

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The Rosemary in Sarasota

By | January 29, 2016

The Rosemary

The RosemaryDowntown Sarasota has a new option for bistro dining. The Rosemary in Citrus Square is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving traditional and contemporary dishes with an emphasis on healthy options prepared with fresh ingredients from regional farms.

We recently had a group of 50 there for dinner and everyone raved about the food, service and ambience. George Armstrong (formerly of Treviso at The Ringling Museum) reports that reservations have been full particularly during the before theatre hours so call and reserve early and check it out. You won’t be disappointed!

After dinner check out the entertainment at The Blue Rooster in the next block over on 4th Street. We found this makes for a fun evening!

For more information and to view the menu visit The Rosemary Sarasota.

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

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Sarasota and Manatee Counties Have Record Year for Real Estate Sales

By | January 28, 2016

Real Estate Up Graph

Real Estate Up GraphThe Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee reports that the year 2015 was one for the record books in real estate sales for both Sarasota and Manatee counties, closing out the year with an all-time record of 20,691 in combined closed transactions, 1,302 sales above last year’s numbers.

There were 1,671 combined sales in both counties in December 2015, 28 percent higher than November, but down slightly from December 2014. Median sale prices increased across the board. Single family prices rose 22 percent in Sarasota County to $239,900 and nearly 12 percent to $262,963 in Manatee County. Condo prices were also up 22 percent in Sarasota County, at $217,000, compared to $178,249 for Manatee County, an increase of 6 percent.

Inventory of available properties continued to decline in both counties. For single family homes in Sarasota County, inventory is down 2.8 percent from December last year, and down 3.2 percent in Manatee County. Condo inventory for Sarasota County is down a mere 1 percent, while Manatee County increased 4 percent.

New Pending sales, which reflect new contracts written in the two-county area, were down 11.3 percent for single family homes, and remained unchanged for condo sales year over year. This may be a reflection of the declining inventory of properties for sale, as buyers face the challenge of finding the right property and even then may face a multiple-offer situation, competing against other buyers for the same property.

To view the full press release and statistical charts visit Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee.

 

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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