Jim hosted a Real Magazine Sponsor’s Networking Meeting last month and a number of videos were filmed which highlight Jim’s contributions as well as his expertise in the Sarasota Real Estate marketplace.


Wednesday October 29Th will be the last opportunity to publicly show your support for the proposal to bring the Boston Red Sox Training Facilities to Sarasota. Please attend the Commission Meeting. We need to fill the County Commission Chambers and make a visual and vocal statement. If you want to speak please sign up that afternoon and let your voice be heard. The County Commission will vote on Item 11 to increase the amount of Tourist Development Tax Dollars available to bond for a new stadium to house the Boston Red Sox. We need four out of five Commisioner votes. See you there.



County Commission Meeting

County Commission Chambers

Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota Florida


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

3:00PM – 5:00PM

Lakewood Ranch’s newest restaurant is Shells Grill, located at 6260 Lake Osprey Drive. Shells Grill will be found in the former site of three previous restaurants: Bel Amis, June and Sammy Frogs. After an extensive $200,000 renovation they are scheduled to be opened on November 1st.  Shells Grill will serve traditional seafood with a family-friendly casual atmosphere with affordable prices. Lakewood Ranch just keeps on getting better. Please call me at (941) 809-7759 if you have any questions.

Learn all about short sales in Jim’s Sarasota Real Estate and Lakewood Ranch Real Estate newsletter.  This first edition of the newsletter was mailed to select communities in Lakewood Ranch and Sarasota. If you haven’t received one in the mail, and would like to, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (941) 809-7759. A digital version of the newsletter is also available here on Jim’s Blog.

Click here for Jim Soda’s Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch Real Estate Newsletter

The Suncoast Winefestival is coming to Lakewood Ranch and the Sarasota Polo Club grounds again this year. So mark your calendars for Saturday November 8, 2008, 1 to 4 p.m.  The event is put on by the Lakewood Ranch Rotary Club and will feature more than 300 wines from around the world and foods from over 35 of Sarasota and Bradenton’s best restaurants. There will also be cooking demonstrations by area chefs, live entertainment, silent auction, and much much more. Proceeds will support local charities. Come and enjoy one of Lakewood Ranch’s signature events. Tickets for the 7th Annual Suncoast Winefestival are $60 per person. For more information call 941.870.0002 or Email: info@suncoastwinefestival.com. See you there.

It may be hard to believe but lenders are still making loans. I can personally say that our clients just closed on a loan for their new home on Abbey Glen here in Lakewood Ranch. So if you would like to buy please be assured that loans continue to be available for a large range of potential home buyers. It’s not just those who are putting down 20 percent and have a credit score higher than 720 (but it helps).

Although credit underwriting maybe stricter and loan terms tougher, borrowers can still put down 3 percent (3.5 percent after Jan. 1) on an FHA-insured mortgage and 5 percent on some Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loan programs with private mortgage insurance.

Remember that FHA standards are designed to help people with problem credit and those with scores in the upper 600s. So if you have had a problem with your credit we can still help you get qualified for loans with reasonable rates offered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Please contact me or one of our team members at the Jim Soda Group and we can help you get started.

Heres what you missed:

Beautiful Lee Wetherington Paloma home. Enjoy this bright and airy designed home with 4 Bedrooms, 3 baths with den and upstairs bonus room.  Designer Butler’s pantry. Gourmet kitchen, wood cabinetry and tile flooring thought out living area. Huge master suite and custom master bath.  Fabulous crown molding with Tray ceilings. Disappearing pocket sliders lead to your own large, private setting.  Gorgeous lanai oasis with heated pool and spa.  Extended 3 car garage. Virtual Tour. Sold Price $520,000.

Go to www.jimsoda.com to see other great homes to buy.