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Home Prices and Inventory are on the Rise

By | June 28, 2016

Median-home-prices-riseThe Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee reports that the housing data for May reveals that inventory numbers are rising along with the mercury for the Sarasota and Manatee two-county area, likely the result of sellers taking advantage of rising prices. For single family homes in Sarasota County, inventory is up 15.3 percent from May last year, and up 20.2 percent in Manatee County. Condo inventory is also on the rise in Sarasota County, up 33 percent, while Manatee County experienced a 17.4 percent increase year-over year.

The continued decline in the number of distressed property sales (foreclosures and short sales) really shows the recovery and health of our market. In May, only 5.1 percent of closed sales were distressed, compared to 15.8 percent for the same month last year, fast approaching the historic average of about 2 percent. Distressed sales for single family homes in the two-county area represented only 5.9 percent, and distressed condo sales were only 3.5 percent. At their peak a few years ago, 48 percent of all sales were distressed.

To view the full press release and statistical charts visit Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee

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July in Sarasota

By | June 26, 2016

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Celebrate our nation’s independence this month by getting out and enjoying all that our area has to offer. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the area during the month of July:

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July 1st Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
July 1st “Live from Downtown” First Friday Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
July 1-4th Grand Prix Super Boat Race and Festival Downtown Sarasota Sarasota Power Boat Grand Prix
July 1-2nd Summer Artwalk Bradenton Village of the Arts
July 1-30th Summer Circus Spectacular Sarasota Ringling.org
July 2nd Bradenton Marauders vs. Charlotte Stone Crabs & Fireworks Bradenton Bradenton Marauders
July 3rd Siesta Farmer’s Market Siesta Key Siesta Farmer’s Market
July 4th Fourth of July Fireworks 26th Anniversary Celebration Siesta Key Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce
July 4th 5th Annual Fourth Festival Palmetto City of Palmetto
July 5-26th Kids Summer Beach Runs Siesta Key Manasota Track Club
July 6-31st “The Roommate” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
July 7th Learn to Bowl @ Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club Sarasota Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club
July 9th ReptiDay at the Sarasota Fairgrounds Sarasota ReptiDay Sarasota
July 13-24th “Cyrano De Burgershack” Sarasota The Players Theater
July 13-31st “How I Got Over” Sarasota West Coast Black Theatre
July 14-16th 8th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
July 15-16th Christmas in July Venice Venice Main Street
July 22nd Free Friday Night Music Venice City of Venice
July 22-23rd “The Wiz” Bradenton Manatee Performing Arts Center
July 23rd Antique Flea Market Arcadia Arcadia Antiques
July 23rd Snooty’s 68th Birthday Bash and Wildlife Festival Bradenton South Florida Museum
July 23rd Downtown Sarasota Farmer’s Market Sarasota Sarasota Farmer’s Market
July 23rd Antiques, Arts & Craft Show Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farms
July 23-24th 5th Annual Mystic Faire Sarasota Mystic Faires
July 29th “Friday Fest” at the Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

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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New Dining Option on Siesta Key at Cevichela

By | June 25, 2016

Cevichela

CevichelaChef Darwin Santa Maria and Tom Golen, chef/owner of Señor Siesta are on a mission.  Donning chef jackets like culinary superheroes, these two like-minded lovers of Latin fare have paired together to bring affordable Latin street food to the Siesta Key ‘hood.  Which means not just the homes, condos and businesses on Siesta Key, but also the beach itself.  That’s right. . . healthy and innovative Latin food delivered to your beach chair as you take in the awesomeness of the best beach in Florida, if not the entire USA!

Chef Darwin returns to Siesta Key to turn Señor Siesta, one of SarasotaFoodies’ favorite restaurants on the Key, into a hip, quick-service restaurant that offers dine in, take-out or home/office/beach delivery of a menu featuring ceviche, tacos, salads, and stir-fry Latin street food know as Chifa.  Cevichela also offers Latin twists on American fare like Chicken Wings with aji limo yuzu and a seaweed/radish mix, or maybe try one of their “My Way Saichipapas” – a crispy hot dog with bacon, and potatoes smothered in a creamy Peruvian mustard sauce.

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4th of July Fireworks

By | June 21, 2016

Fireworks June 2016

Fireworks June 2016Head to Marina Jack on the bayfront in Sarasota for a spectacular evening of waterfront dining and the region’s largest fireworks show. Go casual, bring a blanket and beach chairs and sit out under the stars at City Island to watch the sparklers over the bay or make reservations and book a fabulous evening of dinner, drinks and entertainment at Marina Jack’s restaurant. Benefitting Suncoast Charities for children, this family-friendly event is a local tradition.

To make a dinner reservation at Marina Jack’s call 941-365-4232.

 

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“Rock the Docks” Concert at Marina Jack

By | June 17, 2016

Marina Jacks

SATURDAY, JUNE 20 • 5:30pm LIVE AT MARINA JACK
Featuring “The Voice” Season 8 Runner-Up Meghan Linsey with musical guest Rebel Heart.

 

Marina Jacks

Marina Jack and Andros Boatworks are proud to announce the first ever “Rock the Docks” concert starring contemporary country vocalist and songwriter Meghan Linsey, with opening act Rebel Heart. The concert will take place on Saturday, June 20th at 5:30pm at Marina Jack. “Rock the Docks” is open to the public with free admission. With the help of LJ Promotions, this unique event is the first concert at Marina Jack to take place on floating docks.

For more information visit Rock The Docks

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Downtown Venice Craft Festival

By | June 13, 2016

Downtown Venice Craft FestivalThe 24th annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival will take place June 18 & 19th (Saturday & Sunday) along Miami Avenue. Crafters from around the country will exhibit their handmade items for sale. Hours are 10am to 4pm and admission is free.

Once you’ve visited the festival be sure to check out the excellent shopping and dining options in Venice.

For more information visit ArtFestival.com

 

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Sarasota Music Festival Starts Today

By | June 9, 2016

Sarasota Music FestivalSarasota in June never sounded so good. From June 9th through the 25th, pre-professional students and faculty artists from around the world converge on Sarasota for three weeks of coaching, master classes and performances. Don’t miss your chance to celebrate one of classical music’s finest teaching festivals.

Choose from one of the main series, Thursday Artist Showcases, Friday Festivals, or Saturday Symphonies. There are also Student Recitals, Master Classes, and Festival Lectures.

For more information visit Sarasota Orchestra’s website at: sarasotaorchestra.org

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June in Sarasota

By | May 29, 2016

June HelloSummer 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 1-30th Public Ice Skating Ellenton Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex
June 3rd Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
June 3rd ArtWalk in Village of the Arts Bradenton Village of the Arts
June 3rd “Live from Downtown, It’s Friday Night” Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
June 3rd Downtown Bradenton Ghost Walk Bradenton Realize Bradenton
June 4th World Oceans Day at Mote Aquarium Sarasota Mote Marine Aquarium
June 4th Family Night at the Museum Bradenton South Florida Museum
June 4th 3rd Annual Dairy Day Festival Myakka City Dakin Dairy Farms
June 7th to

August 9th

Kids Summer Beach Runs Siesta Key Manasota Track Club
June 9-25th Sarasota Music Festival Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
June 10th Think & Drink Science: “Mystery of the Mayan Medallion” Bradenton South Florida Museum
June 10th Friday Night Free Music Venice City of Venice
June 10th Friday Fest at the Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
June 11-12th St. Armand’s Craft Festival Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
June 12th Pop’s Orchestra at Patriot’s Plaza to Celebrate Flag Day Sarasota Patriot’s Plaza
June 16th Art After 5 Sarasota Ringling Museum
June 17-19th Bradenton Boat Show Bradenton Bradenton Boat Show
June 18-

July 30th

Summer Circus Spectacular Sarasota Ringling Museum
June 18-19th Downtown Venice Craft Festival Venice ArtFestival.com
June 19th Fathers and Fenders Car Show Sarasota Fathers and Fenders
June 20th “Rock the Docks” Concert Sarasota Marina Jacks
June 25th Downtown Bradenton Farmer’s Market Bradenton Realize Bradenton
June 25th to

July 3rd

Suncoast Offshore Racing Festival Sarasota Sarasota Power Boat Grand Prix
June 25th 6th Annual Shrimp & Lobster Fest at the Sarasota Farmer’s Market Sarasota Sarasota Farmer’s Market
June 26th 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!

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Real Estate Prices and Inventory in Sarasota Continue to Rise

By | May 24, 2016

Real Estate Up Graph

Real Estate Up GraphApril’s housing statistics show that our current trend is continuing as inventory of available properties rose in both counties. For single family homes in Sarasota County, inventory is up 8 percent from April last year, and up 14.2 percent in Manatee County from last year. Condo inventory is also on the rise in Sarasota County, up 25.5 percent from last year, while Manatee County experienced a 19.8 percent increase year-over-year.

The months’ supply of inventory in the two-county area remains in the range of 4.5 to 5.4 months’ inventory this year, compared to a range of 4.2 to 4.5 months at this time last year. This statistic reflects the time it would take to sell all the active listings on the market at the current month’s rate of sales. Six months is traditionally considered the benchmark for a balanced market; anything higher is considered a buyer’s market and anything lower is a seller’s market. So while the months’ supply is on the rise, it is still a seller’s market. However, the rise in inventory is very encouraging sign that we are returning to a balanced market.

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Summer Circus Spectacular

By | May 22, 2016

Summer Circus Spectacular

It’s time for the 2016 Circus Spectacular at the Historic Asolo Theater! This onstage exhibition of circus artistry provides delightful summer entertainment for “children of all ages.”

Opening Week Special, June 15-18 – All seats are $10

Wednesday, June 15 @ 2:00 PM
Thursday, June 16 @ 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Friday, June 17 @ 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Saturday, June 18 @ 2:00 PM

June 21-July 30 – Adults /$15, Children 12 and under/$12

Tuesday – Friday @ 11:00am and 2:00pm
Saturdays @ 2:00pm and 5:00pm

For more information or to purchase tickets online visit the Ringling website by clicking here:  Summer Circus Spectacular

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