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Sarasota Manatee Heart Walk Coming in September

By | August 29, 2014

sarasota manatee heart walk

sarasota manatee heart walkOn Saturday, September 2th0, join more than 12,000 people expected to attend the American Heart Association’s 2014 Sarasota/Manatee Heart Walk at Payne Park. As the signature fundraising event for the American Heart Association, the Heart Walk promotes physical activity and heart-healthy living in a fun family environment. There will be one-mile and three mile walk (or run) routes, vendors, activities and more. Combining fitness and philanthropy, this annual walk raises funds to combat heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 4 killers of Americans. This year’s fundraising goal is $160,000.

Payne Park is located at 2050 Adams Lane in Sarasota

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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September in Sarasota

By | August 27, 2014

Sept 2014

Sept 2014

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:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for

More Information

Sept. 1st Englewood Pioneer Days Englewood Pioneer Days
Sept. 1st Canes Classic 5K Bradenton Bradenton Runners Club
Sept. 2nd Country Fest Venice Snook Haven
Sept. 4th Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum
Sept. 5th “Live from Downtown – It’s Friday Night!” Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Assn.
Sept. 5th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Sept. 6th The Manasota India Festival Palmetto Gujaratia Association of Manasota
Sept. 6-7th Downtown Venice Craft Festival Venice ArtFestival.com
Sept. 11th Lakewood Ranch Remembers 9-11 Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Community Activities
Sept. 12th Friday Night Free Music with Melanie Massel Venice Venice Main Street
Sept. 12th Burns Square “Live from Downtown – It’s Friday Night!” Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Assn.
Sept. 12-15th “Dames at Sea” The Musical Bradenton Manatee Players
Sept. 13th Parrish En Plein Air Parrish Parrish Arts Council
Sept. 13th Kids Make Your Own Gum Event Sarasota Children’s World
Sept. 18th Main Street Live Bradenton City of Bradenton
Sept. 19-22nd Southwest Florida Fall Classic Figure Skating Ellenton Southwest Florida Figure Skating Club
Sept. 20th Yoga on the Terrace Sarasota Ringling Museum
Sept. 21st Battle of the Best BBQ Lakewood Ranch LakewoodRanch.com
Sept. 26th Friday Fest at the Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Sept. 26-28th 31st Annual Oktoberfest at Geier’s Market Sarasota Geier’s Sausage Kitchen
Sept. 27-28th National Public Lands Day Osprey Oscar Scherer State Park
Sept. 27th Mixon’s Art & Craft Festival Bradenton Mixon’s Fruit Farm
Sept. 27th 4th Annual International Beer Festival Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Polo Club
Sept. 27-28th Suncoast Gun Show Palmetto Suncoast Gun Shows

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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68th Annual Labor Day Regatta on Sarasota Bay

By | August 25, 2014

Sarasota Sailling Squadron

Sarasota Sailling SquadronSailing is the name of the game when the Sarasota Sailing Squadron puts on its 68th Annual Labor Day Regatta, its biggest event of the year. The 3 day event is attended by sailors from ages 8 to 80, both from the U.S. and Canada and it draws about a thousand visitors each year.

Activities include five separate race courses, live music, barbeque, refreshments and awards ceremony. Register your boat and take part for $60 – $100. It’s free for spectators. The event takes place on City Island at 1717 Ken Thompson Parkway.

For more information visit: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/8375 or call 941-388-2355.

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

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Back to School Splash Bash

By | August 22, 2014

SplashThe Lakewood Ranch location of the YMCA will be holding its annual “Back to School Splash Bash” on Saturday, August 23rd from 10:00am to 1:00pm.  Some of the fun activities are:

Giant Wild Rapid Slide
Inflatable Slip N’Slide
Pool Games & Prizes
Dunk Tank
Speed Pitch Game
Decorate a Back Pack

This is a free family event, food and drink will be available for purchase. For more information visit their website at http://www.manateeymca.org/branches/lakewood-ranch/110-back-to-school-splash-bash.html

 

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

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Sarasota Real Estate Sales Stastics

By | August 21, 2014

House Upward Graph

House Upward GraphThe Sarasota Association of Realtors just released the sales statistics for the month of July which show property sales in Sarasota County almost reached the 1,000 level for the fifth straight month in July 2014, falling just short at 928 closed transactions. In the county’s history, only once has such a five-month hot streak been accomplished – from March through July 2004 – falling just short this year and in the 2005.

The breakdown for closed sales in July this year was 643 single family homes and 285 condos sold, according to figures released by Florida Realtors ®. Closings were off 11.4 percent from last month (June), when they hit 1,048, and down about 4 percent from July 2013, when there were 969 closings.

Sales the first seven months of 2014 remain ahead of the near record sales pace of 2013, an historic year for property sales in the county with the second highest number of sales in SAR’s 91 year history. The first seven months of 2014 saw 6,875 sales, compared to 6,786 last year at this time.

To read the full press release visit: http://www.sarasotarealtors.com/files/monthlystatistics/SARJuly2014Stats140821113558.pdf

 

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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Happy Birthday Smacks Burgers & Shakes!

By | August 2, 2014

S'Macks Logo

S'Macks LogoS’macks Burgers & Shakes, the younger sibling of Gecko’s Grill & Pub, is celebrating a big birthday. Wednesday, August 6th marks the beginning of the Better Burger concept’s one year milestone at the corner of Bee Ridge & Shade in Sarasota.

S’macks is Polished Casual food with a conscience. With its 100% Hormone and Steroid free Bison Burgers, Choice Angus, and locally sourced Top Dogs, S’macks’ original menu evolved to honor the requests of our guests, and now includes Chicken and Vegetarian options, daily Chef Specials, specialty Iced Teas, and inspired Frozen Custard flavors. S’macks’ Fries, a tasty crinkle cut, immediately earned “Best Fries” distinction with SRQ Magazine.

Join S’macks to celebrate its Birthday with Frozen Chosen Happy Hour from 3-5pm Monday through Friday this week, where you can make a Birthday wish and enjoy your choice of Frozen Custard, Shakes, or Concretes for half price.

Smacks Burgers & Shakes
Compliments SRQ Daily
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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Opening Act at the Lido Casino in 1940

By | July 31, 2014

Rudy Bundy OrchestraOn Garfield Drive, not too far from the famous Lido Casino, a comfortable but unpretentious house was noted for its unique fence. Carved in wood across the length were the first five bars of home owner’s theme song, “Thrill!” Inside, one of the rooms was filled with photographs and mementos of a life in the spotlight.

For many years this was the home of Rudy Bundy, a nationally known bandleader during the big band era who brought his 12-piece orchestra to Sarasota in 1940 to be the casino’s opening act.

The Rudy Bundy Orchestra was the first big-time band to hit Sarasota since the Great Depression and they were an exciting act to listen to and watch. They had played the Palace Theater in New York and also headlined in nationally known clubs around the country. Their music was carried coast to coast on CBS and the Mutual Broadcasting System and they were recorded by RCA Victor.

Outfitted in brown slacks, tan double-breasted coats, and white and brown wing-tipped shoes, the orchestra was an impressive-looking group. As an ad for the Lido Casino put it, “On Lido Beach the nights are enchanting…it’s time to listen to Rudy Bundy’s music borne on the soft breezes of the Gulf of Mexico.” In fact, on calm evenings, Bundy’s music could be heard at his house by his wife, Katie.
Pounding out such swing-era dance music as “Begin the Beguine,” “Stompin’ at the Savoy,” “I’ll Get By” and, of course, “Thrill!” the group wowed the revelers that festive December evening.

It was to have been a limited engagement, but shortly after the celebratory opening, Bundy returned, built his home on Garfield Avenue, and stayed to become one of Sarasota’s most popular performers.

One of Bundy’s fans who would become a lifelong friend was circus boss and would-be musician (he played the sax), John Ringling North, president of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. North, who loved to party into the wee hours, hit on the idea of opening an upscale nightclub with Bundy as the “draw.”

As Bundy told the story, one night they went to North’s uncle John Ringling’s old real estate office on St. Armands Circle, broke into the musty place for a look-see and determined that it wasn’t large enough for their purposes. Next stop for the duo was the John Ringling Hotel, which North would imbue with the trappings of the circus. It was here he decided to open the M’Toto Room lounge, telling Bundy that if it didn’t work out, they could drink all the booze themselves. But the M’Toto Room quickly became a hit, for may years the focal point of Sarasota’s nightlife – Bundy playing his “sizzling clarinet,” occasionally accompanied by North.

Bund, who had started playing professionally in the 1920s, gave up his band – but not his clarinet or his music – in 1954 and devoted himself for quite some time to the circus; North had asked him to be his assistant and treasurer. He would later be vice president.

Always popular, a gentleman with a ready smile, Bundy continued playing music into the 1980s. He died on August 1, 2000. He was 93 years-old and had brought countless hours of listening pleasure to music lovers around the country.

Courtesy of Sarasota History Alive!

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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Zillow Buys Trulia for $3.5 Billion – Can Real Estate Survive?

By | July 28, 2014

Zillow Buys TruliaLet me start by saying that I personally and professionally like Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com. It’s incredibly clear that internet advertising is the most effective form of advertising and at least these companies provide a great centralized medium for agents to advertise. The long and the short of it is that buyers overwhelmingly LOVE these sites, so if we as agents don’t accept them, we’re fighting a losing battle against the trend.

That said, here are some takeaways for interested observers:

Zillow and Trulia are updated automatically through RETS syndication from the MyFloridaRegionalMLS (the local MLS). The problem is that Zillow and Trulia also grab listings from RSS feeds and then guess which feed they want to use (and they don’t always guess the MLS feed, which is the most up to date). Both companies have contracts with other vendors like RealtyTrac and CoreLogic to show unmarketed listings (pre-foreclosure and foreclosure) and their numbers are padded with homes not actually on the market. Because their sources aren’t always updated through no fault of the agent they sometimes get conflicting information and will as a result display outdated info.

Realtor.com, BTW, is the only major national player that gets its listing info directly through the MLS. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not associated with the National Association of Realtors. 

The reality is that individual agent websites using IDX feeds are actually more accurate than Zillow or Trulia but aren’t as user friendly and certainly don’t get the number of ‘hits’ that the big 3 get (including Realtor.com).  If you’d like a great example of an IDX feed that CAN compete and is more up-to-date than the major players, check out www.sarasotahousehunt.com.

That said, I think it’s a bad development within the industry as Zillow consolidates its already considerable hold on internet marketing. They’re a stone’s throw away from displacing MLS’s altogether which risks causing a huge step backwards for real estate transactions. I’m NOT talking about protecting our butts as agents – like all industries, we have to adapt to the times – but real estate sales without MLS rules has a long history of dishonesty and misinformation. Customers don’t know and agents often forget that the MLS is not just our listing database. It’s the binding core that allows us to cross-promote properties, self-regulate our industry, and provide enforceable standards of ethics to which professionals must comply. 

Zillow is the biggest single threat to MLS’s everywhere and if it does indeed displace true real estate brokerage then you’re going to see a lot of swampland in Florida for sale.

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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August in Sarasota

By | July 28, 2014

August 2014

August 2014

There 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:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link forMore Information
Aug. 1st Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Aug. 1st Palm Avenue Art Walk Sarasota Palm Avenue Merchants
Aug. 1-2nd Village of the Arts Artwalk Bradenton Village of the Arts
Aug. 1-3rd Florida State Championship Ballroom Dancing Sarasota Florida DanceSport Championship
Aug. 1-17 “Taking Shakespeare” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Aug. 1-24th Summer Cabaret Festival Venice Venice Stage
Aug. 2nd Downtown Sarasota Farmer’s Market Sarasota Sarasota Farmer’s Market
Aug. 4-9th Get Golf Ready Sarasota Adaptive Golf Academy
Aug. 5-31st “Somewhere Over the Rose” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Aug. 6th Lakewood Ranch Main Street Classic Car Show Lakewood Ranch Cruisin
Aug. 7th Art After 5 Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Aug. 7-17th “Talking With” Sarasota The Players Theatre
Aug. 8th Bradenton Car Show Bradenton Cruisin
Aug. 9th ReptiDay: Sarasota Reptile & Exotic Animal Show Sarasota ReptiDay
Aug. 14th Art & A Movie: “How Do They Know It’s Authentic?” Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Aug. 15th The Billly Rice Band and “The Last Waltz” Bradenton South Florida Museum
Aug. 16th Venice Farmer’s Market Venice City of Venice
Aug. 18th Towles Court Art Walk Sarasota Towles Court
Aug. 22nd Friday Night Live Free Concert Venice City of Venice
Aug. 22nd Friday Fest Featuring SoulRcoaster Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Aug. 23rd Arts & Crafts Sunday Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farms
Aug. 23rd North River Rolling Renegades Roller Derby Sarasota North River Rolling Renegades
Aug. 25-27th Bradenton Marauders Home Games Bradenton Minor League Baseball
Aug. 30th Gator Creek Band Concert at Historic Spanish Point Sarasota Historic Spanish Point

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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Christmas in July

By | July 14, 2014

Christmas in JulyChristmas in July returns to Historic Downtown Venice on Friday and Saturday, July 18 & 19th
If you haven’t been to the Island of Venice lately… now’s the time to make it a day trip.
Bring your shopping bags because with over 50 retail stores and restaurants participating in the big sales, gift baskets and giveaways, you’ll be sure to find something to jump start your holiday shopping 6 months early. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be out on the Avenue to welcome all shoppers to the downtown area. Free Trolley Rides from 11-4pm. The Dynasty Dance Club Performers will be putting on a show as well.

For more information visit www.venicemainstreet.com

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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