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Inventory of Single-Family Homes and Condos on the Rise in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

By | March 23, 2017

Housing Market Up

Housing Market UpThe Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee just reported that the combined inventory of single-family homes and condos in the two-county area reached 8,557 in February, the highest number since April of 2012. The number of single family homes for sale in Sarasota County is up by 15.1 percent from February of last year, and is up by 6.5 percent in Manatee County. Condo inventory also increased from last year with Sarasota County up by 24.3 percent, while Manatee County was up by 1.6 percent.

Inventory has been rising in each county for nearly twelve months, resulting in an increase of month’s supply and bringing the area even closer to the benchmark of a balanced market of 5.5 months. In Sarasota County, the month’s supply of condos reached 6.2, indicating a buyer’s market, while single family homes are at a 5.1-month supply. Manatee County is at a 4.9-month supply for condos and a 4.6-month supply for single family.

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

 

 

 

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The Easter Bunny is Coming to Sarasota Jungle Gardens

By | March 15, 2017

Jungle Trails & Bunny Tails

Jungle Trails & Bunny TailsThe Easter Bunny and his friends have been very busy getting ready for Sarasota Jungle Gardens’ annual “Jungle Trails and Bunny Tails” event. They are bringing 40,000 candy-filled Easter Eggs to Jungle Gardens for children to find in this one-of-a-kind Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 14. Another Easter gift is that all children’s admissions are half off the regular admission price for this special event!

This year’s event features Egg Hunts at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Guest should bring their own baskets. Other exciting activities include the Bird, Reptile and Wildlife Wonder shows, a petting zoo with animals new to the Gardens, live bunny interactions and many other fun, family-friendly events. Photos with the Easter Bunny and face painting are available for purchase. As always, guests will be able to enjoy up-close interactions with animals and nature, including hand-feeding free roaming flamingos.

For the Jungle Trails and Bunny Tails event, Sarasota Jungle Gardens (3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, 34232) is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. During this one day event, admission is free for children three and under; $6.50 for children 4-16; $17.99 for adults and $16.99 for senior adults before taxes. Other offers cannot be combined. For more information visit http://www.sarasotajunglegardens.com or call (941)355-5305.

Jungle Gardens

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Calling All Tennis Fans

By | March 11, 2017

Sarasota Open Tennis 2017

Sarasota Open Tennis 2017The Sarasota Open Tennis Championships are coming next month on April 15-23rd. The venue has moved from the Lakewood Ranch Athletic Center to the United Tennis Club located at 4511 Bay Club Drive in Bradenton. This is the 10th year of the tournament which attracts some of the top players on the tour as well as some up-and-comers.

I have been to this tournament in several venues over the years and it’s always a great time. You have the opportunity to get up close to the players, coaches and fellow tennis fans. The weather is always great this time of the year so get out and enjoy a day at the Sarasota Open!

United Tennis Club

General and ticketing information can be found at www.sarasotaopen.com

Ticketing and Event Schedule: Men’s Singles and Doubles
Men’s Single Main Draw : 32 Players
Men’s Doubles Main Draw 16 Teams

Saturday April 15th (Opening day of Qualifying rounds)
Kids Day: All children under the age of 18 are admitted free of charge (General Admission Only)
Matches begin at 10AM
No night matches scheduled for this day.

Sunday April 16th (2nd day of Qualifying Rounds)
Matches begin at 10AM
No night matches scheduled for this day

Monday April 17th ( Main Draw Begins)
Matches begin at 10AM
Night Match scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM
*Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open Player’s Party 6PM
*Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open Pro-AM (United Tennis Club)

Tuesday April 18th (Main Draw Rd of 32)
Matches begin at 10AM
Night Match scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM

Wednesday April 19th (Main Draw Round of 16)
Matches begin at 10AM
Night Match scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM

Thursday April 20th (Main Draw Quarterfinals)
Matches begin at 10AM
Night Match scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM

Friday April 21st (Main Draw Quarterfinals)
Matches begin at 10AM
Night Match scheduled to begin at 5:30PM

Saturday April 22nd  Main Draw Semi-Finals)
Matches begin at 11AM

Sunday April 23rd Main Draw Finals
Matches begin at 1PM

Sarasota Open Women’s Invitational (Schedule TBD)
Matches begin Thursday April 20th, 2017

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EggsTRAordinary Cafe

By | March 6, 2017

Eggstraordinary

EggstraordinaryThere’s a new breakfast and lunch spot in town that we have visited a couple of times already. Eggs-TRAordinary Café is located in the southeast corner of the intersection of Bee Ridge and Cattleman in Sarasota. They are open 7am to 3pm daily.

We are always on the lookout for good places for Sunday brunch and found this a couple weeks ago. It’s located in a strip center and recently expanded so the dining room is good sized and can handle quite a few diners. The ambience is casual coastal décor with light colors and well lit. The serve breakfast and lunch at any time and the menu features a good variety of selections.

We had omelets which were generous and tasty with sides of bacon, hash browns and toast. We returned over the weekend for lunch and I ordered a wrap with tarragon chicken salad and homemade chips. The chicken salad was really tasty and fresh and was large enough to share.

If you are in the area and looking for a nice place for breakfast or lunch check it out. They also have a location in Nokomis. Here’s a link to their website for more information or to see the menu: EGGS-TRAordinary Café

 

 

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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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