Latest Market Report Shows a Continued Upward Trend


The latest data compiled from My Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service shows an increase for single family homes sales.  Compared to last year at this time, August 2017 figures showed an increase in closed sales, median home prices and inventory for Sarasota and Manatee counties.  While there have been some fluctuations month-to-month in closed sales this year, the total number through August 2017 still remain higher than the first 8 months of 2016.

Year-over-year, as the number of distress properties continues its decline, median prices continue to rise.  The median price for single family homes in Sarasota County rose 1.5% over August 2016 to $258,000 and more than 6% in Manatee County to $286,855.  

Although inventory is higher than it was at this time last year, the month’s supply of inventory has been on a slow decline since March 2017, remaining just under the threshold for a balanced market.  In Sarasota County, there was a 3.8 month supply of single family homes for sale, while Manatee dropped to a 4.1 month supply. Sarasota condos dropped to a 4.3 month supply, while Manatee is now at a 3.9 month supply.

In response to how Hurricane Irma will affect our market in the coming months, Xena Vallone, 2017 President of the Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee stated that while several conditions can affect the timing of when the increased pending sales will convert into closed sales, right now there is no way to determine the true effects the hurricane will have on our market.  At present time, there have been some delays in closed sales due to financed transactions requiring either a re-inspection or the lift of the disaster designation.

Click here to read the full report from the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee.

If you have been considering buying or selling a home, contact me today!

Sarasota – The Cultural Capital of Florida

Photo by Cliff Roles – Cast of Asolo Repertory’s production of West Side Story 

When we say that Sarasota is full of “arts and culture,” what exactly does that mean?  Well, aside from being internationally recognized for our beaches, Sarasota is also gaining “arts and culture” notoriety not only in the state of Florida, but nationally and even internationally for being one of the “few communities in the nation that have the depth and quality of arts and cultural offerings” that can be found in Sarasota.  Those offerings include live theater, concerts, ballet, opera, galleries, museums, exquisite architecture, art walks, festivals, and of course, our beloved circus. 

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John Ringling

In fact, the foundation of our community lives within the arts and circus magnate, John Ringling of Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus.  When he decided to bring the circus’ winter headquarters to Sarasota, he also brought with him a keen vision for real estate development and an incredible passion for arts and culture.  Thus, “with the seed of arts planted in prominent style, a community was created where artists were valued and creativity was cherished. Today, that legacy lives on.”

Numerous publications have noticed Sarasota beyond our gorgeous beaches as well.  Here is a list of recent accolades:

  • American Style Magazine named Sarasota as the No. 1 “Small City for Art in the United States”
  • NerdWallet listed Sarasota in the “Best Small Cities for Art Lovers”
  • Sarasota’s iconic Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has been recognized as the No. 1 “Performing Arts Hall in North America” in the 2,000-seat category by Venues Today five times
  • Movoto named Sarasota among “The Best Cities in Florida for the Arts”
  • TopRetirements.com said Sarasota is known for “Most Big Cultural Institutions per Square Inch”
  • Coastal Living Magazine named the Sarasota community of Towles Court among the “Top 10 Artists Colonies in North America”
  • The annual Sarasota Film Festival was recently named one of the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by Movie Maker Magazine

From new museums on the horizon like the Sarasota Museum of Art (SMOA) to the expansion of the Ringling College of Art and Design that includes new sound stages scheduled to open soon, our community is committed to keeping Sarasota as a “hub for creativity and culture.”  Sarasota Bayfront 20:20 is one of the most exciting initiatives dedicated to maintaining our status as “Florida’s premier destination for arts and culture” whereby a long-term master plan has been set for re-investing in 42 acres of land along the Bayfront near the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The goal of this project is to create a “permanent expression of Sarasota’s cultural prowess while inhabiting one of the city’s most beautiful and accessible waterfront settings.

Click here to read more on this story from Michael Saunders & Company

If you have been considering a move to our beautiful area, contact me today!

How Does Our Area Rank in Terms of Well-Being?

John Ringling Bridge and the Sarasota Skyline

John Ringling Bridge and the Sarasota Skyline

Florida’s Gulf Coast is no stranger to receiving high praises and accolades from Siesta Key Beach taking the top spot of best U.S. beaches to the Sarasota-Bradenton area being ranked No. 1 for Small Business Vitality.  

Recently, Gallup-Healthways released a study on the State of American Well-Being and has North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton ranked at #6.  To build this Well-Being Index, Gallup surveyed 354,473 people, measuring whether individuals feel a sense of purpose, have supportive relationships, are financially secure, are satisfied with their community, and are in good physical health.  Our region is one of several oceanfront U.S. metro areas to rank highest in terms of residents’ overall well-being. Just over 64% of residents surveyed agreed that our community is the best they can imagine, nearly the largest share in the country and far higher than the 51.6% share of respondents nationwide.

Here is a look at the top 10 cities:

1. Naples–Immokalee–Marco Island, FL
2. Barnstable Town, MA
3. Santa Cruz–Watsonville, CA
4. Urban Honolulu, HI
5. Charlottesville, VA
6. North Port–Sarasota–Bradenton, FL
7. San Luis Obispo–Paso Robles–Arroyo Grande, CA
8. Lynchburg, VA
9. Hilton Head Island–Bluffton–Beaufort, SC
10. Boulder, CO

For more on this Gallup-Healthways study, click here.

If you have been considering a move to our beautiful area, contact me today!

Median Sale Prices and Inventory Continue to Rise

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The Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee recently released the regional sales numbers for the month of July and while the number of residential sales substantially differ from the record numbers we saw in 2015, Sarasota and Manatee counties are starting to see a more normalizing trend as median sale prices and inventory continue to climb.

Over the past year, Manatee County increased in sales from 2015, with a 0.7 percent increase in single family homes and an 11.5 percent increase in condos, but by contrast, Sarasota County sales are more than 20 percent down for both single family homes and condos.  Additionally, in 2015 pending sales remained very strong through August, but this year, we saw significant slow-down in pending sales as early as May.  In July, records showed that pending sales are 18.5 percent lower than last year for Sarasota and Manatee counties.

However, median sale prices for single family homes in Sarasota County are up 10.5 percent from 2015 to $242,500, while Manatee County experienced an 11.7 percent jump from 2015 to $279,250. Year over year, condo median sales prices rose 7.9 percent from 2015 to $205,000 in Sarasota and 21.9 percent to $185,250 in Manatee.

Inventory is steadily rising as well with single family homes in Manatee and Sarasota each showing a 19.5 percent increase from July 2015, which equates to over 4 month’s supply of inventory.

“July marks the seventh month this year where pending sales are down. This is also the sixth month where listing inventory has been higher than the same period last year. It’s reasonable to expect that the prices will adjust to the slowing demand,” says Linda Formella, 2016 President of the Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee.

Click here to read the full report from the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee.

If you are interested in buying or selling property, please contact me for further details.

Home Building and New Construction Jobs: Both on the Rise in Southwest Florida.

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The Sarasota Herald Tribune reported that home building is booming in Southwest Florida with permits in Sarasota-Manatee increasing 65% from last year. However, some residential builders have expressed their concerns, stating that the availability of qualified skilled labor workers is becoming less while the demand for workers continues to rise.

It’s a huge daily challenge, no question about it,” said Michael Storey, president of Neal Communities, the region’s largest locally based home builder. “And it’s not only a quantity issue, it’s a quality issue as well. Finding skilled workers makes the equation even more difficult.

See more on this story at:  Construction companies struggle to find enough skilled workers

Michael Saunders & Company Ranked #1 in Sarasota County in 2015

Michael.Drayton.HeadshotRealTrends recently released its 2015 statistics for real estate brokerages in Sarasota County and Michael Saunders & Company ranked at the top of the list.  Saunders had 3,378 residential transaction sides (representing either the seller or the buyer), with a volume of $1.566 billion. It represented the seller in 1,664 sales and the buyer in 1,714 sides.

We are so proud to share our company’s accomplishments and could not be more proud to work with our amazing team of professionals under the awesome leadership of Michael and Drayton Saunders.

Click here to read the full report from the Sarasota Herald Tribune.

If you are interested in buying or selling property, please contact me for further details.

Employment Growth Leads to Surge in Real Estate

The Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee has released the sales numbers for May, and what has been said for months now still rings true: 2015 is on track to be another record-breaking year!

SAR_May2015Total reported residential sales in May for Sarasota county stood at 1,182; which is only 42 sales less than the all-time monthly record and Manatee county’s sales for May are at 827, which is a 10% increase over last year.

MAR_May2015Along with sales trending at historically high levels for both counties, the median sales price has steadily been on the rise. May 2015’s median sales price for Sarasota county is up 20% from last year and up 14.3% for Manatee county.

As sales and median prices continue to increase, so too has the demand, causing a decrease in inventory and in the length of time homes are remaining on the market.  Based upon this market statistic, sellers remain in command.

This continued upward trend in real estate sales may have some worrying about another “housing bubble;” however, the Chief Economist for Realtor.com, Jonathan Smoke recently reported that the housing market is on track to have its best year since 2006, but unlike 2006, there is no evidence of a “bubble.” Smoke states that it is job growth that is fueling this housing surge; citing that more than 3 million jobs have been created in the past 12 months; with more than 1 million of those jobs having been created for 25- to 34-year-olds, the age range at which most Americans buy their first home.

Association president, Stafford Starcher says, ““Once again, the market statistics are clearly showing the strength and vitality of Sarasota and Manatee counties.  We are living in a golden era for local real estate, and the future continues to look bright.”

Click here to read the full report from the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee.

If you are interested in buying or selling property, please contact me for further details.

2015 Sarasota & Manatee Residential Sales Already Outpacing 2014

rasm_logoThe Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee just released February’s closed and pending sales and it appears that Sarasota and Manatee county real estate is already outpacing the record number of sales for this same time period in 2014.

In short, Sarasota’s 837 total closed residential sales are up 12.3% from 2014 and Manatee’s 593 total closed residential sales are up 6.1%, and pending sales for both counties are ahead of last year’s figures and show no sign of a slow down in sales.

Additionally, the median sales price remains strong and substantially above last year’s figures. In Sarasota County, the median price for single family homes was at $196,000, which is 6% higher than last February; and for condos, the median price was at $187,500, up 10.3% from last year.  Manatee County single family homes rose to a median sale price of $256,750, up 16.7% over last February’s figure of $220,000, while condos were at $152,000, which is a 12.6% increase.

Closed Sales for Sarasota & Manatee Counties

Closed Sales for Sarasota & Manatee Counties – February 2015

Association President Stafford Starcher states, “Properties in the two counties are selling at a high pace and prices are on the rise, which tells us we are experiencing a healthy, vibrant market.  The inventory totals have leveled off, which means we could see even higher prices going forward, based on the laws of supply and demand.”  He further adds, that this is a great time to put your property on the market with a Realtor® and “test the water.”

Click here to read the full report.

If you are interested in buying or selling property, please contact me for further details.

2014 Sales – Another Year for the Record Books

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The Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee counties just released the sales numbers for all of 2014 and what an incredible year of real estate for both counties!!

Manatee county missed beating the 2013 annual record for sales by only 28 transactions and Sarasota county finished out the year with a total of 11,550 transactions, breaking the all-time record of 11,482 sales, which was set back in 2004.

“Sarasota and Manatee counties have never seen this level of combined sales activity, which actually surpassed the 2004-2005 boom years of a decade ago,” stated Association president, Stafford Starcher.  He went on to add that the steady rise of home prices doesn’t seem to be hampering sales and therefore, believes we can expect to see home sales continue to soar in 2015.

Click here to read the full report.

If you are interested in buying or selling property, please contact me for further details.

How Luxury Real Estate Faired in 2014

Happy New Year!  I hope this finds you doing well and that your 2015 is off to a very good start.  Last year continued a very exciting trend for our region’s real estate industry, as homes continued to sell at a near-record pace for the second year in a row.

The luxury market for Sarasota and Manatee counties maintained a very steady pace with the number of sales slightly exceeding those of 2013.  While the majority of the 361 luxury sales in both counties were below the $2 million price point, the 36 luxury sales of single family homes priced at $3 million or higher showed a shift in where buyers purchased.  In 2013, the buyers’ hotspot was Longboat Key; but in 2014, Siesta Key led the pack with 15 sales (as well as the 3 highest sales in Sarasota and Manatee counties) and Casey Key finished strong with 6 sales above $3 million.     I am pleased to report that Michael Saunders & Company continues to be the proven leader in the $3 million+ luxury real estate market.  Below are the $3 million+ sales by location in 2014.  Out of the 36 single family home sales, Michael Saunders & Company agents represented 22 of the transactions on the listing side and 17 on the selling side.

ADDRESS
AREA
SOLD DATE
LIST
PRICE
SOLD
PRICE
HEATED
SF
LAND
SF
WATER FRONTAGE
 232 SEAGULL LN
BIRD KEY
4/11/2014
 $     6,950,000
 $     6,100,000
           7,873
         21,103
BAY
 647 MOURNING DOVE DR
BIRD KEY
6/16/2014
 $     4,500,000
 $     4,000,000
           5,286
         15,000
BAY
 447 MEADOW LARK DR
BIRD KEY
1/29/2014
 $     3,750,000
 $     3,400,000
           4,778
         15,000
BAY
 712 N CASEY KEY RD
CASEY KEY
9/25/2014
 $   10,000,000
 $     8,000,000
         13,553
         90,306
GULF-TO-BAY
 2505 CASEY KEY RD
CASEY KEY
10/23/2014
 $     7,400,000
 $     6,500,000
         12,908
         47,933
GULF-TO-BAY
 2016 CASEY KEY RD
CASEY KEY
8/29/2014
 $     6,900,000
 $     6,200,000
           7,781
         58,787
GULF-TO-BAY
 540 N CASEY KEY RD
CASEY KEY
8/29/2014
 $     4,050,000
 $     3,650,000
           4,494
         36,160
GULF-TO-BAY
 1700 CASEY KEY RD
CASEY KEY
6/30/2014
 $     3,300,000
 $     3,000,000
           4,172
         18,113
NONE
 805 CASEY KEY  RD
CASEY KEY
9/17/2014
 $     2,895,000
 $     3,025,000
           2,255
         22,680
GULF
 7422 PERIWINKLE DR
CORAL COVE
4/18/2014
 $     3,995,000
 $     3,480,000
           7,564
         17,813
BAY
 7406 PERIWINKLE DR
CORAL COVE
6/25/2014
 $     3,149,900
 $     3,200,000
           7,429
         16,914
BAY
 1540 HILLVIEW DR
HARBOR ACRES
7/29/2014
 $     5,250,000
 $     4,500,000
           7,074
         23,410
BAY
 1435 HILLVIEW DR
HARBOR ACRES
2/13/2014
 $     3,959,000
 $     3,650,000
           4,876
         36,466
NONE
 1436 JOHN RINGLING PKWY
LIDO
12/12/2014
 $     6,399,000
 $     5,725,000
           7,930
         17,237
BAY
 165 WHITTIER DR
LIDO BEACH
6/30/2014
 $     3,799,999
 $     3,496,000
           1,743
         33,750
GULF
 267 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN DR
LIDO BEACH
9/19/2014
 $     3,495,000
 $     3,000,000
           3,157
           6,728
GULF
 2735 GULF OF MEXICO DR
LONGBOAT KEY
11/5/2014
 $     5,995,000
 $     5,750,000
           7,550
         16,761
GULF
 640 ROUNTREE  DR
LONGBOAT KEY
9/26/2014
 $     3,500,000
 $     3,450,000
           5,121
         22,684
BAY
 6225 GULF OF MEXICO DR
LONGBOAT KEY
3/12/2014
 $     3,795,000
 $     3,250,000
           4,781
         36,000
GULF
 6133 MANASOTA KEY RD
MANASOTA KEY
9/19/2014
 $     3,495,000
 $     3,100,000
           6,621
         83,150
BAY
 1447 TANGIER  WAY
SAN REMO
12/16/2014
 $     4,595,000
 $     4,200,000
           5,040
         18,392
BAY
 7712 SANDERLING  RD
SIESTA KEY
10/20/2014
 $   11,850,000
 $  11,850,000
           4,715
         53,754
GULF
 8250 SANDERLING RD
SIESTA KEY
7/25/2014
 $   11,500,000
 $     8,850,000
           7,652
         66,969
GULF
 4300 HIGEL AVE
SIESTA KEY
5/29/2014
 $   10,975,000
 $  10,250,000
           8,623
         69,028
GULF
 6629 PEACOCK RD
SIESTA KEY
10/2/2014
 $     7,950,000
 $     6,344,633
         10,207
         43,747
BAY
 3466 GULFMEAD DR
SIESTA KEY
2/27/2014
 $     7,900,000
 $     7,070,000
           7,132
         26,659
GULF-TO-BAY
 636 BEACH RD
SIESTA KEY
10/22/2014
 $     4,950,000
 $     4,950,000
           4,163
         83,700
GULF
 156 GIVENS ST
SIESTA KEY
3/31/2014
 $     4,750,000
 $     4,250,000
           4,946
         11,951
GULF
 648 BEACH  RD
SIESTA KEY
12/31/2014
 $     4,481,400
 $     4,481,400
           4,746
           9,550
GULF
 684 FREELING DR
SIESTA KEY
5/29/2014
 $     4,395,000
 $     3,750,000
           9,398
         64,963
BAY
 778 SIESTA DR
SIESTA KEY
9/12/2014
 $     3,950,000
 $     3,600,000
           6,395
         20,870
BAY
 5309 HIDDEN HARBOR RD
SIESTA KEY
4/11/2014
 $     3,599,999
 $     3,350,000
           6,827
         18,339
BAY
 220 TENACITY LN
SIESTA KEY
9/30/2014
 $     3,500,000
 $     3,250,000
           3,467
         11,079
GULF
 7816 SANDERLING RD
SIESTA KEY
8/22/2014
 $     3,450,000
 $     3,050,000
           2,800
         34,926
GULF
 7102 POINT OF ROCKS CIR
SIESTA KEY
12/1/2014
 $     3,200,000
 $     3,200,000
           5,582
         15,000
NONE
 7101 POINT OF ROCKS CIR
SIESTA KEY
4/11/2014
 $     3,195,000
 $     3,000,000
           2,764
         22,529
GULF

What I find interesting is that the majority of these sales took place during the months that used to be known as the off-season (from mid-May through the end of October).

Casa al Mare – 2016 Casey Key Rd.  Sold on August 2014 Deborah represented the Seller

Casa al Mare – 2016 Casey Key Rd.
Sold in August 2014
Deborah represented the Seller

Villa de Napoli – 2505 Casey Key Rd.  Sold on October 2014 Deborah represented the Buyer & Seller

Villa de Napoli – 2505 Casey Key Rd.
Sold in October 2014
Deborah represented the Buyer & Seller

And finally, 2015 is already off to a good start with 135 homes available for sale that are listed at $3 million plus throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties; two of which are “active with contract” and 5 other homes that are pending.    With all the new construction underway from “west of trail” to downtown, to Lido Key to Longboat Key, Sarasota is certainly trending toward “modern” architecture in both condominiums and single family homes. The amount of building activity is a strong indicator of our area being on the radar of those who seek the lifestyle we enjoy. I see this trend continuing in 2015 and beyond.

Interested in selling your property, or perhaps buying another, contact Deborah Beacham for a complimentary comparative market analysis.

I will continue to keep you posted on sales activity in our beautiful area.  In the meantime, stay warm during our “Florida winter” and I wish you all a 2015 full of good health, happiness, peace, and prosperity.