It seems a full and formal announcement is coming soon from Lakewood Ranch developer SMR on a new Sports Academy that will be located just east of  Lakewood Ranch’s  newest  neighborhood, The Lake Club. The Spring Bok Academy and Spa will bring  internationally known tennis player Johan Kriek to run the tennis division. The academy will also incorporate other sports such as golf and swimming and develop a new private school for their student athletes. So if your looking for one more reason(I have many) to come and enjoy the great Lakewood Ranch lifestyle (or buy a house) here is yet another. Great Job SMR!

Randy Huartson, Helen Sosso (Prudential Palms Broker) and I have recently returned from 2009 Real Estate Connect In New York City. The  7th annual event was actually our first time for the Jim Soda Group. This conference is where the leaders in finance and technology come to discuss change and innovation within the real estate industry. Timely topic-driven panels and practical workshops provided our team with some new tools and techniques we need to take The Jim Soda Group and Prudential Palms Realty to the next level. I concentrated on internet marketing while Randy spent time in the blogger workshops. Helen kept herself busy meeting her many influential contacts within the industry and staying abreast of the changing real estate landscape. Below is the “How to” we covered in NYC:

How to better Market Listings Online

How to get ahead of the competition

How to Build an Effective Website

How to Integrate New Technology into our Business

How to Leverage a Great Database to Build our Business

Please give me a call on how I can help you with your real estate needs. Thank you.

Are you are looking to buy or sell a home in Lakewood Ranch? Whether your a first timer or experienced investor, working with the Jim Soda Group can leverage area knowledge here in Lakewood Ranch. It doesn’t matter if the market favors buyers or sellers.  The right agent will help you secure the best deal.  We pride ourselves on being knowledgable real estate consultants in the Lakewood Ranch area and vicinity:  

 

  • Local Market Homes Inventory and Activity
  • Preparing and Marketing Homes Effectively
  • Partnering with Excellent Vendors and Service Providers
  • Knowing the Area (Schools, Places of Worship, Where to Shop, Transportation, etc.)
  • Proper Pricing
  • Contract Preparation and Presentation

When you’re ready to buy or sell property, I am ready to help.  Please contact me or any of the Jim Soda Group to discuss a marketing or home buying plan for you! Give Us a call.

 

Lakewood Ranch Main Street hosts Ovation Street Festival February 9, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Ovation offers live performances, demonstrations and interactive displays for all ages.  Participants include: Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Opera, Florida West Coast Symphony, Golden Apple Dinner Theatre, Sarasota Film Society and more.  A free screening of The Disney Classic “Fantasia” opens the festival at 10 a.m. sponsored by The Sarasota Film Society at the Lakewood Ranch Cinemas.  Magic, music and more…Admission Free, donations are encouraged ($5 for an individual, $10 for a family) all supporting WUSF Public Broadcasting.

Popular Lakewood Ranch restaurant Shells will now become Stingray’s Grill. Same food and atmosphere just a new name on the side of the building. So if you still want fresh seafood and pasta, savory ribs or a juicy cheeseburger Stingray’s Grill on Lake Osprey Avenue continues to be your place.  If you live in the Sarasota/Bradenton area or just passing through head east on University from I75 and take your first right on Lake Osprey Ave. Eat and enjoy!

If you are looking for a foreclosure home in Lakewood Ranch please contact me. Even though Lakewood Ranch Real Estate has not seen as many foreclosures as other communities in Florida and around the country they still exist and represent an opportunity to purchase at a bargain price. Prices range from $99,000.00 in Lakewood Ranch’s Summerfield Village to over a million in the Lakewood Ranch Country Club. Drop me an e-mail or give me a call and I can get you an easy to read list of REO (bank owned/foreclosures) for you to consider.  Take a look and you may see your dream home at an unbelieveable price in beautiful Lakewood Ranch.

It’s a good possibility and better than average bet, that your future PORTFOLIO should again include…REAL ESTATE.  Who do you trust?  Why not become your own CEO?  And why risk your financial future on un-accountable CEOs, the greed of corporate directors, and spendthrift companies or investment talking heads? Even the wealthy got taken by Maddoff, while regulators watched. 

 

Our real estate prices are at levels making economic sense to buy and hold or look for rental properties that offer positive cash flow.  Bank foreclosures, short sales or just excellent valued properties may fit your investment needs.  A combination of your IRA, personal monies and loans may be the right equation.  What ever you decide it is a good time to buy. 

 

2008 was a difficult year for our local real estate market. The year began with initial hopes of our prices nearing the bottom. Many Sellers held on to that notion, some too long.  Many aggressive Sellers did sell.  Some will continue to wait for the right buyer.  In years past we didn’t know the term Short Sale or thought we would ever need to know it.  As time went on Short Sale seminars developed, Short Sale certifications were offered. We had short sale failures, short sale success stories and long hours of unsettlement with Loss Specialists whose job description the week before was Receptionist. These departments simply didn’t exist.  Bank foreclosure numbers rose and unfortunately, keep rising. Foreclosures are happening to very hard working families and some with unfortunate circumstances.  As if we needed more salt in our wounds nearly the entire credit market collapses and more new terms emerge, such as, “Bailout and TARP.” With debts now in the trillions.

 

So here we are in 2009.  Many of the same problems facing us remain.  We will probably hear and learn new definitions and terms as we go along for the credit ride.  We are hopeful this year will be a better year with more positive terms coming our way and successful stories.  Our position remains, the time to buy is now.  Allow yourself financial freedom with smart investments offering positive cash flow.  Be your own boss and start your Real Estate Investment Portfolio.  Please call me or e-mail if you have any questions. Happy New Year.