The Sarasota Association of Realtors just released the sales statistics for last month which show that the Sarasota County real estate market remained on pace for near record sales numbers in September 2014, ending the month with 934 closed transactions – 14 percent higher than last September when 817 properties changed hands. Sales for the first three-quarters of the year now stand at 8,784, about 200 sales over last year’s pace which wound up as the second highest sales year in the county’s history. A strong closing quarter (sales of 900 per month or higher) could push the final figure near the historic year of 2004, when 11,482 sales were recorded in the county.
The breakdown for closed sales in September 2014 was 688 single family homes and 246 condos sold, according to figures released by Florida Realtors ®. Closings were down slightly from the August 2014 figures of 698 single family homes and 277 condos sold (975 total).
The median sale price for single family homes stood at $189,000 for single family homes, off slightly from the $195,750 in August 2014 and almost identical to last September’s figure of $189,902. The condo median was $195,000, up about 10 percent from last month and up 18 percent from last September’s figure of $165,000.
The fluctuations in condominium prices have not been unusual in recent years, compared to the steadier nature of the single family home market, and tend to reflect the buying tendencies of investors in the market. The median sale price for the 12-month period ending in August, which moderates monthly swings, was $196,000 for single family homes, 10 percent higher than last September’s 12- month period of $178,000. For condos, it was $180,000, up about 12.5 percent over last September’s 12 -month period of $160,000.
To view the full press release from the Sarasota Association of Realtors visit http://www.sarasotarealtors.com/files/monthlystatistics/Sept2014Stats14102194502.pdfJoe 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!
The Jazz Club of Sarasota presents another one of its popular “Jazz on the Water” cruises aboard LeBarge, which departs from Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota. The date is Sunday, November 2nd from 2-4:00pm.
Guests will enjoy the swinging Dixieland sounds of The Greg Nielsen Quartet with Nielsen on trombone, Howie Smith on tuba, Bobby Tees on cornet and Dean Fernald on keyboard.
Tickets are $30 for Jazz Club members; $35 for non-members. Snacks and beverages will be available for sale; guests are requested not to bring coolers. Boarding begins at 1:30 p.m. Space is limited.
We were looking for something to do on a rainy Wednesday in Sarasota so we decided to take a drive out to Longboat Key off Ken Thompson Parkway. This Seabird Sanctuary is across from Mote Marine Aquarium. It’s a wonderful non-profit organization in the community for birds that are sick, rescued or injured. Birds of all different species are brought into the facility to rehabilitate from injuries and you can actually observe the various stages of recovery.
When we first arrived, we were given a list of the birds and why they were there. I would guess there were at least 250 Birds that we were able to view up close and personal. It was kind of neat to watch how well cared for they were and with the intention mainly to release them to their natural habit within the Sarasota area. Some birds do remain at the facility if they are not releaseable and it becomes their forever home. The facility is not just for seabirds though we saw hawks, owls, vultures and various other kinds of birds that my husband found quite fascinating.
I think it’s an interesting learning experience for all ages. The volunteers were on hand to answer questions and were quite friendly. Please go and support this facility as the small admission cost is applied towards the care and upkeep of these seabirds, the facility and the wildlife learning center.
For more information, visit www.saveourseabirds.orgAs 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.
Last weekend the weather was perfect for a convertible ride so we headed east from Lakewood Ranch to check out the Rosa Fiorelli Winery in east Manatee County. We tasted some really nice wines and enjoyed chatting with Heather and Rosa in their tasting room.
They have been in business for 16 years. The Winery has its own building for fermenting and bottling, and a separate building for tasting and sales and has recently expanded to 10 acres of vineyard and a 3000 sq. ft. winery. Mature grapevines allow for u-pick fresh grapes bronze or black Muscadine grapes in early August to September.
I always thought that muscadine grapes would just make a very sweet wine but found they have quite a variety from dry to sweet. The last sample was of a dessert wine that was to die for with a bite of chocolate!
Throughout the year they offer tours and Wine & Dine events so check out their website for dates and further information.
Susan Guice is a Licensed Real Estate Assistant with The Cleary Group in Sarasota.
The Sarasota Association of Realtors recently released the sales statistics for the month of August 2014 which show sales remaining strong during the month. Homes and condos continued to sell at a brisk pace in Sarasota County in August, once again nearly reaching the 1,000 level with 975 closed transactions. The eight-month total from the start of the year now stands at 7,850, about 100 sales ahead of last year’s near record totals.
The breakdown for closed sales in August 2014 was 698 single family homes and 277 condos sold, according to figures released by Florida Realtors®. Closings were up 5 percent from last month (July), when they hit 928, and up 1.8 percent from August 2013, when there were 957 closings.
The median sale price for single family homes stood at $195,750 in August 2014, down slightly from the July figure of $201,000, and almost identical to last August’s figure of $195,000. The condo median was $177,000, down 16 percent from the July 2014 figure of $205,000, but almost 10 percent higher than last August, when the median sale price was $161,000. The fluctuations in condominium prices have not been unusual in recent years, compared to the steadier nature of the single family home market, and tend to reflect the buying tendencies of investors and the “downsizing” couples seeking a smaller abode.
To view the full press release and statistical charts visit http://sarasotarealtors.com/files/monthlystatistics/Aug2014Stats14092283021.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!
Join Donte’s Den Foundation in supporting the 2014 Top Dog Show on October 18th from 5:30 – 8:30pm at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. The area’s premier dog lovers event features a Westminster-like dog show where owners can enter their four-legged friends in playful categories including: Best Dressed, Best Hair, Best Catch and Fetch, Best Kiss, Funniest Dog Trick. Patrons will enjoy fine dining with their canine companions or chilling out in one of the Donte’s Den lounges onsite. Volunteers will be on hand to care and walk dogs while owners and their friends enjoy the show.
October 16, 2014 is the big day!
If you are wondering what stores are going to be at the new Mall at University Town Center like I have, here is a link to view the complete list! http://www.mysuncoast.com/news/local/complete-list-of-stores-at-mall-at-sarasota-s-university/article_45c7e672-3db7-11e4-a576-0017a43b2370.html I can hardly contain the excitement that all these new stores will bring! How do you feel?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.
The weather is great and our fall season is in full swing. There are a myriad of festivals and fun events going on in the Sarasota area during the month of October. Here are just a few to check out:
|Date||Event or Activity||Location||Click Link forMore Information|
|Oct. 3rd||Music on Main||Lakewood Ranch||Main Street Events|
|Oct. 3-4th||Sahib Shrine Circus||Sarasota||Circus Arts|
|Oct. 4-5th||Downtown Sarasota Arts & Crafts Show||Sarasota||ArtFestival.com|
|Oct. 4th||Downtown Bradenton Farmers Market||Bradenton||Realize Bradenton|
|Oct. 4-5th||26th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest||Sarasota||Fruitville Grove|
|Oct. 10th||Friday Night Free Music||Venice||Venice Main Street|
|Oct. 11th||Chef at the Market||Bradenton||Realize Bradenton|
|Oct. 12th||12th Annual Firehouse Chili Cook-Off||Sarasota||Morton’s Market|
|Oct. 15-18th||6th Annual Ringling International Arts Festival||Sarasota||Ringling Museum of Art|
|Oct. 17th||Live from Downtown It’s Friday Night||Sarasota||Downtown Sarasota Association|
|Oct. 17th||Taste of St. Armands||Lido Key||St. Armands Circle Assoc.|
|Oct. 17-18th||14th Annual Anna Maria Island Bayfest||Anna Maria||Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce|
|Oct. 17-19th||Sun Fiesta||Venice||Sun Fiesta 2014|
|Oct. 18th||2014 Top Dog Show||Sarasota||Dontes Den|
|Oct. 18-19th||Desoto Pumpkin Festival||Arcadia||Pumpkin Festival|
|Oct. 18-19th||8th Annual Hungarian Festival||Sarasota||Hungary Foundation|
|Oct. 18-25th||Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival||Bradenton||Hunsader Farms|
|Oct. 24-26th||Dragon Boat Festival||Sarasota||Dragon Boat Festival|
|Oct. 24th||Boo Fest||Lakewood Ranch||Lakewood Ranch.com|
|Oct. 25th||3rd Annual Sarasota Book Fair||Sarasota||Art Center Sarasota|
|Oct. 25-26th||24th Annual Buckler’s Craft Fair||Bradenton||Buckler Craft Fair|
|Oct. 26-27th||Pumpkin Patch Express||Parrish||Florida Railroad Museum|
|Oct. 30th||16th Annual Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest||Sarasota||Humane Society of Sarasota County|
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.
LIONS, TIGERS, BEARS and all for a good cause! Recently we visited the Big Cat Habitat and Gulfcoast Sanctuary located in Sarasota, located at 7101 Palmer Road, Sarasota. ( http://bigcathabitat.org/) The sanctuary is home to many large cats, including Brutus, the 1100 pound (and still growing) Liger. A real site to see. There are goats, llama, emu, many birds, monkeys, bears, donkey, buffalo and even a giraffe! As a Sarasota native, I had no idea such a wonderful place existed. We will go back again and again.
The Habitat is a great place for all ages. They are open five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday from 12:30 pm to 4 pm. There is a demonstration with some of the animals in an air-conditioned building at 2 pm daily, otherwise you may roam around at your leisure. Admission is $15 for adults and $7 for children. The fees go towards taking care of the animals. Parking is free. They only take cash, but do have an ATM on premises. Head over to see some really beautiful and happy animals and learn a lot of information about the animals, their habitat and what we can do to help in their future.
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.
Did you know… that Downtown Historic Island of Venice has a Farmers Market every Saturday 8am-Noon -rain or shine. Start off your weekend right by making it a destination trip for all your fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh seafood- get there early because they do sell out fast, homemade baked breads, flowers/plants, locally roasted coffee, crafters, soaps, and more. Then grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants and stroll the avenue of many shops to choose from. You can bring along and walk your 4 legged furbabies too if you don’t want to leave them home. Visit www.thevenicefarmersmarket.com for more information.
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.