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Sarasota Real Estate Market Update

By | August 27, 2015

Housing Going Going Gone

Housing Going Going GoneThe Sarasota Manatee Board of Realtors just released the sales figures for July which show the pace of property sales in Sarasota and Manatee counties continued at a record annual rate, with 1,974 closings, up 23.5 percent over last July’s combined total of 1,600 for the two-county region. If the final five months of the year continue at this pace, 2015 will end with the highest number of sales in the region’s history.

Sales in Sarasota County hit 1,174 in July, only 9 sales below the June total and once again near the all-time record of 1,224 set in April of this year. Manatee County saw total sales of 768 in July, below the June figure of 875, but well above the July 2014 total of 672.

Sales levels in both Sarasota and Manatee counties have been at historically high levels for several months after a record-breaking 2014. Median sale prices have also been trending upwards year-over-year. For Sarasota County, the July 2015 single family median sale prices were at $219,500, down slightly from last month’s figure of $230,000, but up about 9.2 percent over last July’s figure of $201,000. Manatee County was at $250,000, again down slightly from June but up 8.7 percent in over last July. However, for condos, Sarasota County saw median prices drop to $190,000 from last July’s figure of $205,000, while Manatee County was up 18.3 percent over last July at $152,000. Condo prices in Sarasota County have tended to fluctuate month to month more than single family.

To read to full press release and statistical charts by county visit:

Sarasota Manatee Real Estate Statistics for July 2015

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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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 SkiARees.com
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 FL.com
Sept. 10th Balanchine Millepied – Film Sarasota Sarasota Opera
Sept. 12th Sarasota Farmer’s Market Sarasota SarasotaFarmersMarket.org
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!

 

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

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Aging well in Sarasota, How About You?

By | August 8, 2015

Lifelong Learning Academy
Lifelong Learning AcademyHey, just when we were so busy enjoying our beautiful Sarasota, another opportunity has come our way… How can we possibly take advantage of all this? But, there’s always time to learn and a new non-profit in town! It will be called, ‘Sun Coast Alliance for Lifelong Learning’ or SCALL.. They will offer a multitude of hands on learning, classroom and lecture series for those who want to expand their knowledge in retirement. Geezzz, when word is out, everyone will want to move to Sarasota! Keep your eyes peeled, ribbon cutting very soon….
Sarasota Herald Tribune reports: http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20150711/article/150719932

For a list of classes:
http://www.mysuncoast.com/calendar/books/lifelong-learning-academy-announces-winter-semester/event_9ba6e220-8482-11e4-bafc-af0842ef248f.html

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Aging Well in Sarasota, how about you?

By | August 5, 2015

Florida Studio Theatre
Sarasota is quite possibly the best place on earth to age well! It never, ever grows old to hear about all the many plays, music venues, art exhibits, farmers markets and MORE that we have to experience here in Sarasota! (don’t get me started) Lucky me, I’m happy to say we have tickets to see a play tomorrow night at the Florida Studio Theatre! The play is aptly called ‘Old Enough to Know Better: Aging Well in Sarasota!’ This play was created by Florida Studio Theatre and written by Jason Cannon after two years of interviewing Sarasota residents about their experiences living in Sarasota… It’s getting rave reviews and has been extended, get your tickets now!
Visit floridastudiotheatre.org for more information and check out these reviews…
http://www.ticketsarasota.com/2015/07/31/theater-review-new-play-puts-a-light-touch-on-aging-at-fst/
http://www.ticketsarasota.com/2015/07/28/sarasotans-give-voice-to-aging-in-new-fst-play/

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Strong Real Estate Market Continues in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

By | July 30, 2015

The Realtors Association of Sarasota and Manatee reports that falling inventory didn’t hold back the real estate market in June 2015, as sales continued to push into near-record territory and median sale prices rose in both counties.

Total June sales again topped 2,000 for both counties combined (2,058), pointing toward another potential record-breaking year in 2015. Sales in Sarasota County hit 1,183 in June, one more than in May and 12.9 percent higher than last June. Manatee County saw total sales of 875, above the May figure of 827 and about 24 percent above last June’s level.

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. For Sarasota County, the June 2015 single family median sale prices were at $230,000, up 17.9 percent over last June, and at $253,700 in Manatee County, up 3.6 percent in over last June. For condos, Sarasota County recorded a 7.7 percent price rise to $210,000, while Manatee County was up 4.9 percent at $155,000.

To read the full press release and statistical charts visit Realtors Association Sarasota and Manatee

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

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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

By | July 28, 2015

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical GardensMarie Selby Botanical Gardens’ 40th Anniversary Celebration is kicking off with a great surprise. Selby Gardens is officially dedicating a new, permanent exhibition about the life and times of Marie Selby, which will be located in her former residence at the Gardens. The exhibit features rare, vintage photography, a renovation of the home’s first-floor interior and antique botanical illustrations along with images of some of the most iconic flowering tropical plants that make up the Gardens’ living collection.

This event will be the first of many occasions that will celebrate Selby Garden’s 40 years as a world class institution, community asset, and beloved attraction. The event will take place on August 11, 2015 in conjunction with Marie Selby’s 130th birthday.

For more information visit Selby Gardens

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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August in Sarasota

By | July 24, 2015

Hello AugustThere are so many things to do in paradise this month. It’s a great time to get out and enjoy all that our area has to offer. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the area during the month of August:

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Aug. 1st Venice Farmers Market Venice Venice Farmers Market
Aug. 1-2nd Sarasota Swap Meet Sarasota Sarasota Swap Meet
Aug. 1-9th “Over the River and Through the Woods” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Aug. 1-30th 3rd Annual Summer Cabaret Festival Venice Venice Theatre – Pinkerton
Aug. 2nd 7th Annual Merry Jerry Day Sarasota Fogartyville Arts Center
Aug. 4th Kids Summer Beach Runs Siesta Key Manasota Track Club
Aug. 6-16th “Master Class” Sarasota The Players Theater
Aug. 7th Palm Avenue Art Walk Sarasota Palm Avenue
Aug. 7th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch LakewoodRanch.com
Aug. 7-8th Sarasota Slam Fishing Tournament Sarasota SarasotaSlam.com
Aug. 7-8th ArtWalk Bradenton Village of the Arts
Aug. 10th Al Fuller’s Blues Jam Sarasota 5 Oclock Club
Aug. 13-17th Bradenton Marauders Home Games Bradenton Bradenton Marauders
Aug. 13-30th “Cats” Bradenton Manatee Performing Arts Center
Aug. 14th Free Concert in Centennial Park Venice Venice Main Street
Aug. 15th Historic Venice Train Depot Tour Venice Venice Historical Society
Aug. 21st Yesterdaze at Friday Fest Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Aug. 21st Towles Court Art Walk Sarasota Towles Court
Aug. 21-23rd Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show Sarasota Sarasota Auditorium
Aug. 22nd Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby Bradenton Bradentucky Bombers
Aug. 22nd The Manasota India Festival Palmetto IndiaFest
Aug. 22nd Sarasota Craft Brew Fest Sarasota Florida Beer Festivals
Aug. 22nd Antiques, Arts and Crafts Show Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farms
Aug. 25th Architectural Marvels of the 20th and 21st Centuries Osprey Historic Spanish Point
Aug. 28th Fourth Friday at the Historic Downtown Village Sarasota Visit Sarasota.org
Aug. 29th Back to School Splash Bash Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Community Activities
Aug. 29th ReptiDay Sarasota ReptiDay Sarasota

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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Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar

By | July 21, 2015

Pomona Bistro

Pomona BistroRecently we had a neighborhood dinner at Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar. I had not dined there before but had heard it was a great restaurant. We had a group of 30 there on a Wednesday night and they handled us beautifully. One of the two owners (Arthur) was there and couldn’t have been more attentive.

The menu is varied and changes seasonally. It features locally sourced meats, seafood and produce. They have a great selection of small plates as well as full dinners and desserts. I had the bistro salad with dijon mustard vinaigrette followed by a roasted halibut. Both were delicious and plentiful…sadly no room for dessert.

Like the dinner menu, the wine list evolves throughout the seasons with heavier reds in the winter and lighter whites and rosés in the spring and summer. The list features wines from California, Oregon, France, Italy and Spain. To bring out the best flavors, the wines are decanted and served by the quartino (approximately 1-1/2 glass), half carafe (approximately 2-1/2 glasses) or by the bottle.

When the weather cools off a bit we’ll be back at Pomona to check out the outdoor lounge complete with a fireplace and of course to have another fine meal.

The restaurant is located north of Fruitville on North Orange Avenue in Citrus Square. Check out their website for more information and sample menu at Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar.

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

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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.

 

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

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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.

www.state27.com

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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