Sarasota History Alive 3rd Edition

By | October 20, 2011

St. Armands Key has its roots firmly planted in John Ringling’s vision of becoming a beautiful residential area, with a centralized shopping and park feature to attract the well-to-do. What’s more, he knew that imported European statuary would add greatly to making this a reality. He was right!   Courtesy of Sarasota History Alive!

Sarasota Real Estate Sales for September 2011 Outpace Last Year

By | October 18, 2011

The Sarasota Association of Realtors reports September 2011 property sales in the Sarasota real estate market were ahead of last September, with 570 this year compared to only 547 at the same time last year. This represents a small drop in transactions compared to August 2011, when 601 sales were recorded. But historically, the early fall is one of the slower sales seasons. A recent article in Realtors … Read More! »

Best Raw Bar in Sarasota

By | October 15, 2011

If you are in the mood for some delicious oysters, shrimp, or mussels do I have the spot for you… Monks Steamer Bar located in Sarasota’s Gulf Gate area (the corner of Superior and Gulf Gate Drive). This locally owned pub specializes in serving up oysters any way you like em. My favorite are the Monkefellas, which is their version of the Oysters Rockefeller. The raw bar sits … Read More! »

Sarasota History Alive 2nd Edition

By | October 13, 2011

The Landing of the Scots In honor of the upcoming John Hamilton Gillespie celebration (see the announcement in the right column), we would like to acquaint or re-acquaint you with the Landing of the Scots. It was tough-going back in the day, so we are sure you will appreciate the trials and tribulations of the colonists who came to their new world on the west coast of Florida.

Mortgage Rates Set Record Lows

By | October 11, 2011

Freddie Mac released its Primary Mortgage Market Survey for the week of September 26-September 30 this morning. They found that mortgage rates set new record lows for the 5th straight week last week. The average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell from 4.01% to 3.94%. 15-year fixed rates fell from 3.28% to 3.26%, while 5/1 year ARMs dropped six basis points to 2.96%. The one year ARM … Read More! »

Sarasota History Alive 1st Edition

By | October 6, 2011

There’s a piece of important history in Luke Wood Park that has been covered over with dirt for 60 years. You probably pass it frequently when you head west at the junction of Highway 301 and U.S. 41 across from the new Publix, McDonald’s restaurant and Sarasota Ford. Just before the Osprey Avenue stop light, and adjacent to the Senior Friendship Center, there is a four leaf clover-shaped … Read More! »

Waterfront Dining on the Manatee River

By | October 4, 2011

With the arrival of cooler fall temperatures we decided to head to a waterfront restaurant with outdoor dining this weekend. The Riverhouse Reef & Grill in Palmetto provided the perfect spot. Located on the north side of the Manatee River in the Regatta Pointe Marina in Palmetto, this place had everything we were looking for: outdoor tables on the dock overlooking the river, great fresh seafood, attentive service … Read More! »

How To Make 5.75% Annually On Your Money ‘Til You Retire

By | September 30, 2011

Has the stock market got you down?  Are you sick and tired of the fees and low yields on your CDs?  Have you just had enough of your money not doing enough for you? What if I told you I could make you 5.75% annually on your money – while locking in your plans for retirement? 5.75% isn’t a pipe dream .. it’s the reality.  Historically low interest … Read More! »

October Events Calendar

By | September 28, 2011

  Fall festivals, art shows, new theatre productions and cooler temperatures…it’s a great time to get out and enjoy some of the activities happening in the area during the month of October:   Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for More Information Oct. 1st 2011 9th Annual Daquiri Deck Tropical Splash Open Water Swim Siesta Key U S Masters Swimming Oct. 2nd Dixie Swim Club Venice Venice … Read More! »

Prices On The Rise In Florida

By | September 26, 2011

The following is quoted from the Florida Association of Realtors’ website.  You can see the original article here. ORLANDO, Fla. – Sept. 26, 2011 – Prices are rising in Florida. Florida cities have had the largest year-over-year increases in average list prices, according to the latest real estate data from Based on August data of 2.2 million listings in 146 markets, Florida cities make up nine of … Read More! »