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June in Sarasota

By | May 26, 2015

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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 VisitSarasota.org
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 ArtFestival.com
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!

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

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10th Annual Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week

By | May 19, 2015

Savor Sarasota

Savor SarasotaThe first two weeks of June is one of my favorite times of the year in Sarasota. Traffic has died down after the busy winter season and many of the best restaurants around participate in Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week. It’s a great opportunity to try new places or visit some of your favorites as they offer special menus and prices from June 1st through the 14th. During Savor Sarasota you can enjoy 3-course meals for just $15 per person for lunch and $29 per person for dinner. Not all of the restaurants are open for lunch so check their website for participating restaurants and hours.

http://www.savorsarasota.com/

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

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Blues, Brews & BBQ on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach

By | May 12, 2015

Blues Brews & BBQ 2015Legendary Blues Guitarist, Gene “Sarasota Slim” Hardage will be headlining the Blues, Brews and BBQ outdoor event on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island’s south end. Internationally acclaimed, Sarasota Slim draws great crowds with his commingled blues, funk, boogie, slide guitar and heaps of warm Southern charm. In addition, German-born 20 year old Blues Pianist, Luca Sestak will be performing at this event that will also benefit The Food Bank of Manatee. Sestak has travelled the world performing his brand of Boogie Woogie blues and Jazz. Island Favorite Mac McConnell is also scheduled to appear.

All are encouraged to come for a beautiful evening out with mouth-watering slow cooked BBQ, great beers, spirits and world renowned live blues music. All while at the same time, supporting The Food Bank of Manatee. All ages are welcome to this event which costs $5 per person – ages 12 and under are free. Bring chairs and blankets, as the limited complimentary table seating will go quickly. The event will also offer a full bar and food for sale, along with in and out access during the event so guests may enjoy other dining and shopping on Bridge Street that evening. Please no outside beverages, food or coolers in the event lot. A silent auction during the live music will include fabulous prizes from Bridge Street Merchants. The top auction item is a 2-night stay at the Banana Bay Resort in Marathon Key, FL. Getting there: Consider taking the free island trolley right to Bridge Street. Car parking options include: the city lot behind the Bridge Street Bistro, up and down Bridge Street, including by the pier, City Hall, along the beach just south of Bridge Street, and down at Coquina Beach. The “Monkey Bus” is another option at 941-565-6542. For more information on the Bridge Street Merchants and this event call 941-896-2222.

http://www.annamariaislandchamber.org/IslandEvents

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

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Classic Corvettes on the Circle

By | April 30, 2015

Corvettes on the Circle

Corvettes on the CircleSpend the day viewing over 100 models of an American automotive classic and visiting the great St. Armands stores and restaurants with the 19th annual “Classic Corvettes on the Circle” show. The show will take place this Saturday, May 2nd from 9am to 4pm and will include all Corvette model years from the classic 1953 C1 to the current 2015 C7 Corvette Stingray and Z06. Trophies will be awarded to the top three Corvettes in each generational class as well as Best in Show.

Corvette RedThe show is sponsored by the Skyway Corvette Club of Sarasota, Sunset Chevrolet, and the St. Armands Circle Association. All proceeds will be donated to The Honor Flight of West Central Florida, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing veterans with honor and closure.

For more information visit http://www.starmandscircleassoc.com/events.cfm

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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Sarasota Monthly Market Summary for March 2015

By | April 28, 2015

MARCH MADNESS! It was a great month of March in Sarasota, FL! The local real estate market here was pretty darn hot and prices have shot up. Typically, this is the case in our area as our busier selling season winds down and those snow birds enjoying their 3 or 4 months down here finally hop off the fence and make a purchase in the frenzied March market…

In comparing Single Family Homes in March 2014 to March 2015 in Sarasota:

*Closed sales shot up from 689 to 789. A 13% increase.

*New listings increased from 960 to 1,016 as Sellers hop off the selling fence as they see sale prices improve.

*Median Sale Price improved from $189,472 to $207,500. A 9.5% increase!

*Median Days on the Market dropped from 56 days to 43 which is a 23.2% drop.

*Inventory of Active Listings fell from 3,298 to 3,039. A 7.9% decrease.

*Months supply of inventory also decreased from 5.3 months to 4.5%. A 14.6% fall.

In comparing Condominiums in March 2014 to March 2015 in Sarasota: *Closed sales shot up from 352 to 412. A 17% rise.

*New listings went up from 445 to 510. Again, as Sellers hop off the selling fence and sale prices improve.

*Median Sale Price improved from $170,900 to $180,745. A 5.8% rise.

*Median Days on the Market dropped from 53 days to 47 which is a 11.3% decrease.

*Inventory of Active Listings fell from 1,512 to 1,379. An 8.8% drop.

*Months supply of inventory also decreased from 5.0 months to 4.6%. A 6.9% fall.

In looking at our Single Family Homes “Distressed Market”, March to March looks like this:

TRADITIONAL SALES: *Traditional Sales-Closed sales shot up from 502 in 2014 to 615 this March. A 22.5% increase.

*Traditional Sales median prices crept up slightly from $236,500 to $238,000.

FORECLOSURE/REO SALES:

*Foreclosure/REO-Closed sales dropped slightly from 154 to 149.

*Foreclosure median sale prices went up from $108,967 to $129,900. An increase of 19.2%.

SHORT SALES:

*Short Sales-Closed sales decreased from 42 to 25 which was a 40.5% drop!

*Short sales median sale price went from $111,000 to $127,200 year over year. A raise of 14.6%

In looking at our Condominiums “Distressed Market”, March 2014 to March 2015 looks like this:

TRADITIONAL SALES: *Traditional Sales-Closed sales went from 314 in 2014 to 377 this March. A 20.1% rise.

*Traditional Sales median prices crept up slightly from $178,000 to 186,000. A 4.5% rise.

FORECLOSURE/REO SALES:

*Foreclosure/REO-Closed sales dropped from 29 to 26. A decrease of 10.3%.

*Foreclosure median sale prices went up from $97,555 to $100,950. An increase of 3.5%.

SHORT SALES:

*Short Sales-Closed sales stayed the same in this category at 9.

*Short sales median sale price went from only $80,000 to $245,000 year over year. A raise of 206.3%. I think the banks are on to it!

Enjoy the rest of April!

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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JUST LISTED – 1+ Acres With Guest House

By | April 27, 2015

CMS_42015_10002FOUR BEDROOMS, POOL, AND A TRUE GUEST HOUSE ON 1+ ACRES! Set on a beautiful corner lot with fruit trees, fencing, and gobs of open space, this home features the size and utility that are so hard to find while maintaining proximity to the metro Sarasota area. Gorgeous real hardwood floors accentuate the spacious living areas; almost every room is larger than those you will find in other homes. The bedrooms in the main home are split into three distinct wings with two true master suites and plenty of space for everyone in the family. This home also features a true guest house with a separate driveway and entrance, porch, kitchen, living room, and formal bedroom. Properties like this are extremely rare in both location and substance.

 

Home Details

* Main Home Is 4 Bedrooms and 3 Bathrooms in 3,331SF With A 2-Car Garage and Pool; Guest Home Is 1 Bedroom With Other Areas In 768 SF * No Deed Restrictions * Plenty Of Room For A Boat or R/V * Really Close To Town Without Sacrificing Lot Size * Well Kept and Clean * Big Screened Lanai Over Pool * Hurricane Shutters For Insurance Discounts and Peace of Mind * Great Curb Appeal *

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Alex Krumm is a Broker-Associate with Re/Max Alliance Group, a short sale expert, and a GRI.  He's a service oriented agent with the state-of-the-art tools to empower you in your next real estate transaction. You can also see him online at www.sarasotapropertygroup.com.

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May in Sarasota

By | April 26, 2015

May 2015

May 2015

Many of our seasonal residents have returned north so it’s a great time to get out and enjoy all that Sarasota has to offer. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the Sarasota area during the month of May:

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May 1st Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street
May 1-2nd Poetry Life Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
May 2nd Classic Corvettes on the Circle Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
May 2nd Siesta Key Sand Sculpture Contest Siesta Key Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce
May 2nd “Viva Sarasota” Latino Festival Sarasota VisitSarasota.org
May 2nd Food and Wine on Pine Anna Maria FoodandWineonPine.com
May 2nd Rolling Renegades Roller Derby Sarasota North River Rolling Renegades
May 5th Riverview High School Kilties Concert Sarasota Kiltie Band
May 8th “Live from Downtown It’s Friday Night” Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
May 8th Friday Night Free Music Venice Venice Main Street
May 9th ReptiDay Sarasota ReptiDay.com
May 9th Orchestra in the Outfield Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
May 9-10th Downtown Sarasota Craft Fair Sarasota CraftFestival.com
May 16-17th Dig the Beach Volleyball Classic Siesta Key Dig The Beach
May 18th International Museum Day Sarasota Ringling Museum
May 21st Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
May 22nd Music in the Park at RiverWalk Bradenton RiverWalk Bradenton
May 23rd Sidewalk Astronomy Holmes Beach Local Group of Deep Sky Observers
May 23rd Venice Brew Bash Venice Brew Bash
May 23rd Antiques, Arts & Crafts Show Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farms
May 23rd Antique Fair of Arcadia Arcadia Arcadia Florida Antiques
May 23-24th Laxpalooza Lacrosse Tournament Lakewood Ranch Laxpalooza
May 23rd Pickin Picnic Bradenton Realize Bradenton
May 25th Mamorial Dat at Sarasota National Cemetery Sarasota Patriot Plaza
May 25th Memorial Day Venice Area Parade Venice City of Venice
May 25th 4th Annual Myakka River Blues Festival Venice Myakka Blues

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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Burger & Beer Joint is Now Open at The Mall at University Town Center

By | April 24, 2015

Burger & Beer Joint

Burger & Beer JointBurger & Beer Joint recently opened at The Mall at University Town Center (their 5th location). Their menu is heavily centered on massive gourmet burgers and a huge selection of beer but they also have appetizers, salads and other items to choose from. You can select a burger from their signature list or design your own. Or if you’re really hungry try the Motherburger…10 pounds of Premium Black Angus Beef!

A unique offering is their “Adult Shakes” which are alcoholic drinks made with ice cream and various liquors. The atmosphere is a sports and rock & roll theme.

Check out their menu at www.bnbjoint.com/menu

The Mall at UTC has emerged as a great destination for dining with Kona Grill, Seasons 52, Brio Tuscan Grille, Cheesecake Factory, Capital Grille, Sophie’s at Saks and now the Burger & Beer Joint. This is a great time of year to get out and visit some of these new and local favorites.

 

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

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Sarasota Is the City With the Greatest Well-Being in America

By | April 21, 2015

Sarasota BayfrontAccording to an article recently published in ‘Time’ magazine, if you want to live somewhere where you’ll find financial prosperity, a strong community and a sense of purpose, you should consider moving to southern Florida, according to a new poll.

Gallup’s annual Well-Being Index ranked the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton metropolitan area as the city with the highest well-being in the United States. Gallup conducted 176,000 interviews with residents of all 50 states on topics including physical health, financial stability, community activity and supportive relationships. Rounding out the top five on the list, which included the country’s 100 most populous, cities were Honolulu; Raleigh, N.C.; Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, Calif. and El Paso, Texas.

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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April in Sarasota

By | March 27, 2015

April 2015

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The winter season is winding down now so it’s a great time to enjoy 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 April:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link forMore Information
April 1-4th PAL Sailor Circus Sarasota Circus Arts
April 2nd Brown Bag Concert Series at Phillippi Estate Park Sarasota Sarasota County Parks
April 3rd Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch.com
April 3-4th Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Sarasota World Class Rowing
April 4th Siesta Key Easter Egg Hunt & Games Siesta Key Siesta Key Village Association
April 4th 27th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Mar Vista Longboat Key Grouper Sandwich.com
April 9th Courtyard Swing Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
April 10th “Live From Downtown Sarasota It’s Friday Night” Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
April 10th Full Moon Concert featuring Rev. Barry & Funktastic Soul Sarasota Friends of Myakka
April 10-12th 7th Annual Fiesta on Siesta College Sand Volleyball Tournament Siesta Key Fiesta on Siesta
April 10-12th 23rd Annual Venice Sharks Tooth Festival Venice Sharks Tooth Fest
April 10-19th Annual Sarasota Film Festival Sarasota Sarasota Film Festival
April 11th DeSoto Heritage Festival Bottle Boat Regatta Bradenton Hernando DeSoto Historical Society
April 11th Celebration of Pets Fest at Sarasota Fairgrounds Sarasota Celebration of Pets
April 11-19th Sarasota Open Tennis Championship Tournament Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Open
April 16th “Main Street Live” Bradenton Bradenton Main Street
April 17-19th 32nd Annual Suncoast Boat Show Sarasota Show Management
April 18th 6th Annual Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash Venice Suncoast BBQ Bash
April 18-19th St. Armands Fine Art Festival Lido Key ZAPP Events
April 19th Sarasota Earth Day at Oscar Scherer State Park Osprey Friends of Oscar Scherer Park
April 24th Music in the Park at Riverwalk Bradenton Realize Bradenton
April 25th Suncoast Blues Festival Sarasota Suncoast Blues Festival
April 25th Sidewalk Astronomy at Riverview High School Planetarium Sarasota Sidewalk Astronomy
April 25th Hernando DeSoto Heritage Grand Parade Bradenton Hernando DeSoto Historical Society
April 26th Ski-A-Rees Waterski Show Lido Key Ski-A-Rees
April 27th Venice Concert Band – Season Finale Venice Venice Concert Band

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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