This Memorial Day “Tribute to Heroes” Parade on Sunday, May 26th, 2013, 5-9pm takes place on Lakewood Ranch Main Street.
Come out to pay honor to those heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our countries freedom.
Manasota Operation Troops Support (MOTS) is the charity for the event. They need your help to fill the truck with much needed toiletry and non-pershable food items. These simple but much needed items will be placed in care packages and sent overseas to our active military. Letters will be placed in each packet to create a personal message of thanks, a note of appreciation, and a meaningful token, that our heroes are in our thoughts and admired for their sacrifice for freedom. These letters are shared and treasured by our troops, a small and much appreciated reminder of home. So please take time to make a donation and write a note of appreciation to our troops. The event will kick off at 5pm with Speeches and acknowledgements from the stage. The streets’ festivities will include face painting, balloon artists, music, grilled foods and beverages. The Tribute to Heroes Parade goes down Main Street starting at 6pm. The parade is growing more popular each year with over three dozen floats, bands, clubs and organizations in the procession. You won’t want to miss the Veteran’s Poppy reading, immediately following the parade, which is our “Tribute to Heroes”, followed by a beautiful white dove release, donated by Jackie Greenough of Sarasota Dove Release. We will provide a VIP Veterans viewing area for all our special guests. Veteran’s can find this viewing area set up near the walkway, past the fountain. American flags will be flowing proudly, along with many other sponsor and vendor booths with activities.
Our fallen heroes thank you.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.
Members of the Sarasota Association of Realtors® sold more than 1,000 properties in April 2013, the first time sales have hit four figures in a single month since June 2005. There have only been ten months in SAR’s 90-year history that sales have topped 1,000, and the other nine occurred in 2004 and 2005.
The spring sales surge in the Sarasota real estate market hit 714 single family homes and 303 condominiums in April 2013, for a total of 1,017 closings. That compared to 589 single family homes and 297 condos sold in April 2012, for a 14-percent increase over last year at this time. The all-time record of 1,223 sales was recorded in April 2004.
The high sales volume was augmented by an increase in the median sales prices. The figure for single family homes was $217,000 – the highest level since August 2008 and up 24 percent from last April’s figure of $175,000. For condos, the median was $185,000, slightly lower than last April’s figure of $191,000. The condo figure has continued to fluctuate substantially over the past few months, dropping to a low point of $130,000 in January 2013 before recovering.
Click here to view the full press release.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!
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.
Looking for a break from the sun and a great family adventure? There is a different type of local family fun for all ages. Tree Umph! Adventure Course is located at 21805 State Road 70 in Bradenton. East of Interstate 75, with loads of space for your big adventure! Featuring wobbly bridges, hanging nets, bungee swings, swinging logs, foot bridges, Tarzan ropes, ZIP lines and more.
Kids (from 7 years) and Seniors alike can enjoy an adventure course activity. Check out this link to their website to see what they have to offer, check out the courses and plan your family adventure today!
If you’ve wondered whether the stories we’ve been writing lately about how the Sarasota real estate market has come roaring back to life, here’s news that will confirm the truth behind those stories.
For the first time since the “Great Housing Bust” began in 2007 – 2008, you are about to see construction cranes again in downtown Sarasota. A furniture store and a sports bar are now being torn down to make room for the first downtown Sarasota high-rise luxury condominium tower since the onset of the real estate bust. The new condo tower will be built at Gulf Stream Avenue and Main Street joining The Queue town homes on Ringling Boulevard and the Homes of Laurel Park, a new 26-home project as the first Downtown Sarasota residential developments since 2007.
The new Jewel Residences tower will include eighteen luxury dwellings with views of Sarasota Bay. Those distinctly upscale condominium units will sit above 6 shops and restaurants. The luxury units will range from two-story lofts to a full-floor penthouse. In advance of the start of construction, seventeen of the luxury condos and five of the storefront locations have been sold according to a recent article in the Sarasota Herald Tribune. Tom Mannausa, the developer reported, “we’ve attracted a collection of active, affluent baby boomers who are very excited to move in.” This luxury property will include a fitness center, a 20-meter lap pool, jacuzzi and spa, a yoga stretch room, a six-hole putting green and a platform tennis court.
In addition to the new residential construction in Downtown Sarasota, builders are actively building homes again in Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton and other parts of Sarasota. Taylor Morrison has just opened a sales office for its “Esplanade by Siesta Key” community in the southern part of Sarasota. This new development be an active lifestyle community with resort-style amenities. When complete, it is expected to contain 247 single-family homes in Sarasota within minutes of Siesta Key beaches.Bob is a 25 year veteran in Real Estate in both the Indiana and Florida markets who feels that this is the greatest job in the world-helping people find their dream home. He has adapted to an ever changing real estate environment while utilizing his years of experience for the future.
The 10th Annual Downtown Sarasota Craft Fair will be held May 18th-19th at its new venue, overlooking the bayfront, where Gulfstream Avenue meets Main Street. Come out and support the Arts, meet Julie Woik, author of children’s books and view the unique photography of Peter Johannes. The Fair showcases 100 artists and crafters from 30 states and all the crafts are original and handmade in America. Also featured will be a Green Market offering exotic plants and orchids as well as spices, jams, dips and other products. Hosted by the Sarasota Downtown Alliance, admission to this event is free!As a real estate professional in Sarasota, Osprey, Lakewood Ranch, Siesta Key, Longboat Key,Downtown, I have in depth local knowledge and can provide you with the information you need on home buying, home selling, financing and owning real estate. Whether you are new to the market or an experienced investor, I have the expertise, proven track record, and resources to help you achieve your real estate goals.
If anyone has spent any amount of time here in Sarasota, they know that our gulf and bay waters are among the best in the state for fishing and pleasure boating. This Spring, as I was putting around the bay, I decided to scope out the new summer island hangout” where I usually find myself and my friends on Memorial Day or Fourth of July weekend and many other weekends.
Usually, I can count on pulling my boat up up to Sanddollar Island which is in Big Pass on the way out from the bay to the Gulf of Mexico. Usually this island is about one or two acres in size and can accommodate many boats and families and offers the most spectacular aqua waters and incredible forever views into the horizon. This year, Sanddollar has washed away as our islands sometimes do with changing winds and storms.
This year, I will be enjoying a smaller peninsula-type island that actually attaches to the North end of Crescent Beach right around the corner from old Sanddollar Island and is in the Gulf of Mexico. This will take some getting used to, but I think I will be able to handle it as I relax in the 85-degree crystal blue waters with my beverage of choice enjoying friends and family and doing absolutely nothing for at least a few hours. So look for me at the peninsula in front of The Terrace building by the Siesta Key Village this summer…I’ll save you a cold one.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!
The City of Venice is having it’s own Chalk Art Festival this Saturday, May 11th in Centennial Park. It’s open to teams or individuals who want to participate along with any professional artists. Deadline for registration is May 9th. Prizes will be awarded!
For more information visit http://www.visitsarasota.org/event/venice-chalk-art-festival-3/15458/
Susan Guice is a Licensed Real Estate Assistant with The Cleary Group in Sarasota.
Today, at the corner of Osprey Avenue and Main Street, the Sun Trust Bank rises above where once stood Sarasota’s favorite drive-in burger spot; the Smack Restaurant.
Many a teenager cruised through there in their hot rods, businessmen had lunch there, singles met, and families came in for the great prices. Anyone for a giant Smackburger?
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!