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 among Conde Nast’s best small cities

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Earlier this week, the Sarasota Herald Tribune reported that Sarasota has earned another accolade!  Condé Nast Traveler recently published their list of the “Best Small Cities in the U.S.” and Sarasota, Florida is on the list.  This list is a readers’ choice of the top 15 cities with a population of 150,000 or less.

This is the second such accolade awarded to Sarasota this year. Earlier in 2016, Condé Nast Traveler named Sarasota among the best food cities in the United States – a list also originating from the magazine’s readers.

Globally, Sarasota has long been known for its beautiful beaches and cultural arts, but one other thing that the magazine’s readers praised Sarasota for, which may not be quite as obvious, is our “growing farm-to-table movement.”  Here is how the magazine described our beloved city: “In a region best known for technicolor sunsets and thatched-roof daiquiri bars, Sarasota shines for its growing farm-to-table movement, soft beaches, and culture: Attractions include the Ringling Museum of Art, the restored Sarasota Opera House, and Lido and Siesta Key beaches.

What an honor it is to be included in a list of breathtaking locations such as Sedona, AZ, Aspen, CO, and Savannah, GA! Click here to see the full list.

If you have been considering a move to Sarasota Florida, contact me today!

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.

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.

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.

10 SW Florida Homes Ready to Make Your Beachfront Dreams a Reality

Ohana on Longboat Key:  Gulf-side pool and chiki hut overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

Ohana on Longboat Key: Gulf-side pool and chiki hut overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

Almost everyone, at one point or another, dreams of spending a relaxing day on the beach with a cool drink in hand and their toes in the sand.  For some, this may just be a dream of a vacation getaway, but for many, it is a dream of a blissful lifestyle.  Imagine walking out your front or back door and only a few steps away, having a beautiful stretch of beach that is all your own to enjoy every single day.

If having a beachfront home is your dream, Michael Saunders & Company just posted 10 homes that are ready to help you bring that dream to life and three of the homes on the list are my listings:  Ohana on Longboat Key and Villa de Napoli and Satori on Casey Key.

Set upon 2.57 pristine acres on the Gulf of Mexico, Ohana is truly a rare private retreat composed of an enclave of organic structures.  The home includes three pavilions that will make you feel like you are living in a Balinese luxury resort and provides enough space for you, your extended family and your guests.

Villa de Napoli:  Outdoor seating area, poolside

Villa de Napoli: Outdoor seating area, poolside

With 100 feet of water frontage on the Gulf of Mexico, Villa de Napoli is a resplendent gulf-to-bay residence on Casey Key that will “wow” you with its detailed finishes and its views. Built in 2003, this home has just about every amenity you can think of such as 5 generous en-suite bedrooms, a spa-like master suite, ample room for outdoor dining and entertaining, and 4 balconies facing the Gulf where you can watch and enjoy the sunset every evening.

Satori on Casey Key:  Gulf-side pool with the Gulf of Mexico just a few steps away.

Satori on Casey Key: Gulf-side pool with the Gulf of Mexico just a few steps away.

And last but not least, Satori on Casey Key, which also offers 100 feet of water frontage on the Gulf of Mexico is a beautifully appointed, contemporary home that was newly constructed in 2012-2013.  This smart house combined with a design that was meant to fill the home with natural light allows you to create the perfect ambiance.  The amazing gulf-side pool, which is wrapped by terraces and Zen-like gardens creates an atmosphere that is perfect for gracious entertaining or just relaxing in a tropical paradise.

Click here to see the other seven homes that made Michael Saunders’ list of “10 Dreamy Beachfront Homes.”

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

 

“People want to come to Sarasota, now more than ever!”

June2014SARStatLast year was an historic year for property sales in Sarasota County, but 2014 is shaping up to be record-book worthy as well.  The first six months of 2014 posted the second highest number of residential sales in the Association’s 91-year history, averaging nearly 1,000 sales per month at a total of 5,956.  June is the fourth month in a row with over 1,000 residential sales topping out at 1,048 sales.

Adding to June’s high number of sales is the increase of the median sales figures for both condos and single family homes.  Since 2013, condos and single family homes are equaled and the median sales prices sits at $195,000, which is substantially ahead of last year’s figures and is indicative of a strong rebound for our region’s real estate market.

June is typically when we see a significant slow-down of traffic and in business, but so far this summer that has not been the trend, especially for real estate.  Peter Crowley, Sarasota Association of Realtors President states, “We are continuing to see heavy foot traffic at open houses and at brokerages across the county.”  Even the decrease in road traffic seems to be minimal and some are even reporting that there seems to be an unusually high number of visitors this summer.  According to Peter Crowley, “People want to come to Sarasota, now more than ever.”

Inventory levels dropped again in June 2014 to 4,196 from May’s figure of 4,513, a fairly significant one month decline of 7 percent . Last June , inventory stood at only 3,758 homes and condos for sale in the county.  The low point in the recent market was in July 2013 at 3,747, far lower than the current level. The month’s supply of inventory stood at 4.6 for single family and 4.2 for condos. Last month, those figures were 5.0 and 4.6 respectively, and last year at this time they were 4.2 and 4.3, respectively.
With the number of increased showings I am experiencing, and buyers settling into a real “buy” mode, I am confident the remainder of the year will continue to see good results and properties changing hands.
If you are interested in buying or selling property, please contact me for further details.

Sarasota Poised For New Development

If you have looked to the skyline in our region lately, you may have noticed the presence of construction cranes in the backdrop.  As Michael Saunders put it, these cranes are “highly visible displays of confidence in the region’s commercial real estate market,” but they are more than just a sign of commercial growth; these cranes represent a major transformation for the Sarasota/Manatee area.

By the time construction is completed, well over a quarter of a billion dollars in new construction will have been spent throughout the region, adding almost 1,000 hotel rooms, close to 1,500 residential condominiums and prominent retail centers committed to bringing in well-known luxury brands from all across the country and our commercial landscape will have evolved into something spectacular.

Rendering of the Mall at University Town Center

Rendering of the Mall at University Town Center

The most anticipated retail center is the Mall at University Town Center, one of only two enclosed malls of major size and scope under construction in the entire U.S.  The developer’s financial commitment to our region has encouraged many of the nation’s premier luxury retailers to eagerly follow suit.

A rendering of VUE Sarasota Bay

A rendering of VUE Sarasota Bay

For downtown Sarasota’s bay front, be prepared for what is being hailed as an iconic representation of Sarasota’s history and an important laboratory for mid-century modern architecture – a genre that is indigenous to our region and studied by architectural students worldwide. VUE Sarasota Bay is set to break ground soon and will feature an 18-story condominium as well as partner with a new Westin Hotel.

Our region already enjoys influx of visitors who enjoy our status as Florida’s cultural mecca with some of the top-ranked beaches in the world.  However, with our emerging status as an international sporting destination, our region is set to increase its tourism appeal and subsequently, its tourism dollars and our commercial landscape is ready to meet those demands.

Aerial view of Nathan Benderson Park, where the 2017 World Rowing Championships will be held

Aerial view of Nathan Benderson Park, where the 2017 World Rowing Championships will be held

Still, the evolving commercial landscape doesn’t just stop with tourism.  Tourism growth brings on a demand for residential and commercial properties, it brings new businesses to the area and thus, increases productivity, employment, property values, investment, and tax revenue – sending the Sarasota/Manatee region into a cycle of prosperity.

The Arts are Alive in Sarasota and Venice

Picture courtesy of ArtFestival.com (2014)

Picture courtesy of ArtFestival.com (2014)

Here in southwest Florida it isn’t always about the sun, sand, and surf (especially when the north likes to share a taste of the artic chill with us).   Our beautiful slice of heaven is also abundant with culture and art and fantastic venues in which to enjoy it all.  If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend (January 25th – 26th) and you love art and crafts, here are some wonderful options for you.

St. Armands Circle will be holding its 11th Annual Art Festival.  Tucked just off of the mainland, St. Armands Circle is a charming circle of fine shops and elegant dining that has earned worldwide notoriety.  This art festival makes Sunshine Artist Magazine’s list of top art shows in the country and is not to be missed.  Festival-goers can enjoy meeting and visiting with some of the nation’s best artists and view their one-of-a-kind craft from unique jewelry and sculptures to contemporary paintings.  For more information on this festival, click here.

If you are looking for something a little more “crafty” then the 7th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival in downtown Venice may be more your speed.  Set up on Miami Avenue, patrons can browse and purchase a wide variety of ceramics, jewelry, stained glass, metal works and much more. The Green Market offers live flora, freshly popped kettle corn, gourmet spices, and sauces. Meet and visit with some of the nation’s best crafters and stroll through the quaint streets of Venice full of historic charm and beauty.  For more details on this festival, please click here.

A “Thriller” on St. Armand’s Circle

SHS 2009 Inaugural Cast of Thriller on St. Armand's

SHS 2009 Inaugural Cast of Thriller on St. Armand’s

Five years ago the Sarasota High School Theater program was approached by the St. Armand’s Circle Association about dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller and a tradition was born!  St. Armand’s Circle hosts a Safe-Trick-or-Treating event every Halloween and for the past five years, the Sarasota High School Theater department has co-sponsored and provided entertainment for this outstanding event. 

At the beginning of every October, over 200 students learn and rehearse Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance for a period of three weeks and then audition in front of a panel of judges, where a “Thriller Team” of approximately 100 students is selected.  Once selected, The Thriller Team performs in a series of events from private parties to community fall festivals, with the grand finale of performances occurring on Fright Night on St. Armands Circle (October 31st).

While the performers are high school students, don’t be misled by thinking this is just a bunch of teenagers wanting to dress up on Halloween and scare people.  This is a group of dedicated student actors who, on the day of the St. Armand’s performance, will start arriving at school at 4:00 am to undergo the transformation from happy-go-lucky kids to gory zombies with a ghoulish story to tell.

Change a Life Charity Thrift Store

Change A Life Charity Thrift Store
1749 Cattelmen Rd. in Sarasota

The entire costume and make-up process takes an average of 2 hours per student, but with the help of Change a Life Charity Thrift Store’s donation of clothing and the talented staff and volunteer parents working tirelessly on latex, paint, and hair, at the end of many, many hours the public gets to witness 100 Sarasota High School students bring their inner zombies and Michael Jackson’s Thriller to life on Fright Night. 

The Zombie Walk begins at 6:00 pm  (please note that the “children friendly” zombies will be on the outer circle and the scarier ones will be on the interior.)  The THRILLER DANCE will be held at 8:00pm in the center of the circle.