“We cherish too, the Poppy redThat grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.” -Moina Michael
Memorial Day is not your typical happy and joyful type holiday , but rather a time to set aside our activities and remember the committed and loyal members of our communities who have laid down their lives in wars over the decades to protect and preserve the liberties of this great nation. We honor their sacrifice and are so thankful for them and their families.
When you live in a tropical environment its always nice to have a slight break from the humidity and heat. These mornings of late I have been waking up to temperatures in the low 70’s and very little humidity, which is a welcome reprieve, as it has been a long hot summer with lots of humidity.
Looking forward to the Fall here on the Sun-coast there are festivals to attend, concerts to go to, and of course comfortable walks on our beautiful beaches complemented by the best sunsets. Below is a list of just a few things coming up
Wednesday Oct 19th Sarasota Orchestra Presents Breaking Bad – 5:30 pm | $38-$80 Holley Hall 709 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34236 Every villain has a backstory, and even storybook heroes find themselves Breaking Bad. Join the Orchestra for an evening illuminating the tragic tales of misunderstood monsters and good guys gone bad. Selections include music from Wizard of Oz to Frankenstein to Phantom of the Opera as well as the theme to the popular television series of the same name.
Friday October 21st Sun Fiesta in Venice “Celebrate America” – 5:00 pm | Free Centennial Park 200 W. Venice Ave. Venice, FL 34289 Sun Fiesta in downtown Venice, Florida is a 44 year tradition. Theme this year is ‘Celebrate America’…a salute to active duty troops and veterans. True family event with everything from Bed Races, parade, free entertainment, Kids Korner, Arts and Crafts vendors, food, beer tent, Miss Sun Fiesta Pageant, Auction and Raffle. Admission is free.
Saturday October 22nd Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk – 7:30 am | Sign up and make a donation of any monetary amount. Sarasota Polo Club 8201 Polo Club Lane Sarasota, FL 34240 Registration begins at 7:30 am, walk begins sharply at Noon. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society for research, prevention, detection, resources and services for breast cancer. www.MakingStridesWalk.org/SarasotaManatee visit us and sign up a team today! Contact us to volunteer at
One of the community’s favorites Hunsaders Pumpkin Festival is October 15 & 16, 22 & 23 and 29 & 30 , 2016 9 am – 5 pm http://www.hunsaderfarms.com/pumpkin-festival
To see more of whats going on in October here is a great resource
An Opportunity To Purchase The Assets Of A Four Year Old Salon On An Urban Main Street in Southwest Florida. This Opportunity Has 6 Stylist Stations, 4 Sinks and is in a leased 1350 sq ft in line location. Owner Is Retiring And This Is For Location Lease, Leasehold Improvements And Equipment Only. Great Opportunity For An Existing Salon To Relocate To.
Under $120,000 And Owner Will Finance With 50% Down
If Interested Email Me [email protected] And I Will Gladly Send You An NDA .
Here is a quick article I was just reading from Entrepreneur Magazine. Great rundown of the various types of landlords that tenants are doing business with in the market today.
As our community continues to grow it is becoming ever more difficult to come across quality living spaces for the students, millennials just starting careers, elderly, and service employees, and others who just want a simple place to live. Our developers continue to pump out communities of $250,000+ homes with high HOA fees and CDD Bond Fees, but there is very little development of simple single family or duplex type houses that can be had for a modest budget.
Yesterday I had the privilege of sitting in on a workshop of the Manatee County Commissioners to address the Housing issues of Manatee County. Out of this final session I believe there is a consensus that we must serve the more budget constrained residents of our communities in a better way. There are blighted areas of our communities, that with the proper business arrangements can be brought back to a livable standard. We have to work together for the cause. Greed and profit cannot be the motivator, it has to be realistic. A developer has to cover his costs but can make a profit as well if the transaction is built and structured in a positive partnering way, that benefits the community. Many blighted parcels of land and boarded up homes are sitting on the county roles creating zero tax revenue for the community and they can be sold at a fair price to developers who are willing to do the work to bring them back to life and get them rented or purchased by folks who need good housing options, thus creating new tax revenue for the community and cleaning up our streets at the same time. It will be interesting to see how this plan comes along and I wish the commissioners and elected officials well on this journey.
Here is an article out of the Bradenton Herald addressing one of the conversations that was had at the workshop. http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/article95950172.html
Sourced From YOUROBSERVER.COM July 20th 2016
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“So far this year, Lakewood Ranch has boasted 360 new home sales compared with last year’s figure of 264 — a 36% increase.
Laura Cole, vice president of marketing for Lakewood Ranch developer Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, said product diversification has been critical for driving sales. Prices in Lakewood Ranch now range from the high $100,000’s to more than $5 million.”
In my conversation this morning I was updated on the new developments that are currently being built and I must say there is a lot of activity planned for this area over the next several years.
There are still well over 3,000 homes yet to be started and a large walk-able village that is scheduled to be built. Investors are gobbling up the condo opportunities in several of the developments and interest rates continue to be favorable for home purchases. If you would like information on all that is going on in Lakewood Ranch and the surrounding areas please call us and schedule a no obligation consultation with our team. Or simply fill out the form at the following link
Courtesy of -Go Banking Rates and Florida Realtors 2016
LOS ANGELES – Aug. 1, 2016 – To find out where home-buyers can work the fewest hours to afford home-ownership, GOBankingRates looked at the home listing prices, mortgage rates and the household incomes in the 50 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia.
Ranging from just 30.76 hours a month in Ohio to 88.13 hours a month in Hawaii, the amount of time Americans spend working to pay their mortgages is vastly different depending on where they live.
“It’s one thing to know the amount of money you’re paying each month to cover your mortgage, but thinking of it in terms of working hours gives that expense a whole new meaning,” says Kristen Bonner, research lead on the study. “Our research provides a fresh perspective on a topic so heavily discussed among Americans. Sure, high home prices are nothing new, but our data takes it one step further by displaying how many work hours a month go directly toward affording a home.”
A color-coded U.S. map broken down by hours-to-afford-a-mortgage is posted on GOBankingRates’ website.
Where you can work the least to afford a mortgage
1. Ohio, 30.76 hours a month
2. Michigan, 32.44 hours a month
3. Indiana, 32.72 hours a month
4. Iowa, 33.81 hours a month
5. Missouri, 34.13 hours a month
6. Kansas, 34.16 hours a month
7. Nebraska, 36.04 hours a month
8. Wisconsin, 37.20 hours a month
9. Pennsylvania, 37.41 hours a month
10. Minnesota, 38.26 hours a month
Where you’ll work the most to afford a mortgage
1. Hawaii, 88.13 hours a month
2. District of Columbia, 83.29 hours a month
3. California, 78.13 hours a month
4. Colorado, 67.02 hours a month
5. Oregon, 66.67 hours a month
6. Montana, 62.43 hours a month
7. New York, 60.70 hours a month
8. Massachusetts, 60.57 hours a month
9. Florida, 59.06 hours a month
10. Idaho, 54.41 hours a month
© 2016 Florida Realtors®
As the long hot summer begins it’s always nice to have a business that helps folks cool off. Ice cream shops and yogurt shops have all been effective options but several years ago the self-service yogurt shop came on the scene and their funky flavor combinations and ease of customization have allowed the segment to soar in popularity. If you have been looking at one of these concepts as an option and have questions on availability of opportunities in the category, please reach out to me at [email protected]
With this sector being so popular there are also many different ways to structure the financing end of the purchase. From SBA to Self-Funding through a ROBS Program I can assist in the entire process.
[Infographic] Industry Report: Frozen Yogurt Shops
June 28, 2016 by Guidant Financial
Total single family closed sales in Sarasota County reached 753 for the month of May, up 2.7 percent from last month and down just slightly, 3.7 percent, from last year. Manatee County single family homes sales rose 13 percent from last month to 603 total sales, and down slightly, just .3 percent from May last year. Sarasota County condo sales decreased 1.3 percent from last month, closing at 377 total sales, and down 5.5 percent from last year’s figures at this time. Manatee County condo sales are down 18.3 percent from last month, closing at 250 total sales for the month, and up 12.6 percent over last year.-Source MSRA SARASOTA, Fla. (June 22, 2016)