Are looking for something fun to do with your kids  for Halloween and you live in the Lakewood Ranch area? How about Boo Fest in the Main Street shopping district. The event  is this Friday night October 30th from 6:00 PM till 9:00 Pm .  This local event is a Family-friendly night of costume parades, trick-or-treating, a “friendly” haunted house and a dog parade. If your kids want to partcipate in the parade have them show up by 6:15 PM.


If you are looking for something to do over the next couple of weeks here in Lakewood Ranch take a look at the schedule below. Enjoy.

11/6  –  Friday – Music on Main

 Lakewood Ranch will host its monthly Music on Main concert every first Friday. A local band (TBD)will take the stage, beer, wine and food sales will benefit a local charity. This is one of Lakewood Ranch’s most popular events.

11/7  –  8th Annual Suncoast Wine Festival

Too many to mention American and international wines, foods from the area’s best restaurants, cooking demos by well-known area chefs, live entertainment, and much more. Don’t miss this event. Remember ticket are not sold at the door. Location is: Sarasota Polo Club 8201 Polo Club Lane, Lakewood Ranch Florida 34202

11/8  –  Lakewood Ranch Tours (also on 11/12, 11/17, 11/19 & 11/21)

Tour of Home tour bus will depart at 10am, 1pm and 3 pm on all days (see above) except Sunday, from Main Street @ Lakewood Ranch. Take a bus tour with our Lakewood Ranch Community Ambassadors. There’s no better way to see all that the Ranch has to offer.

11/14 – Main Street Farmers Market Kickoff

Lakewood Ranch’s Farmers Market will begin again at Main Street on Saturday (11/14) morning from 8 am to 1 pm and run through April. Come shop for local fruits and vegetables,  fresh-baked bread, flowers, and more. Don’t forget to bring your Dog.

Please e-mail or call me if you have any questions or need my Real Estate advice or services.

Don’t forget tonight is “Music on Main” in Lakewood Ranch. Tonight’s musical guest will be: Sheri and the Vision. This free monthly music event draws one of the friendliest ranch crowds every 30 days. There is plenty of music, dancing,  beverages and food to satisfy every ones taste. You can also shop at 30  boutiques, 7  restaurants, and/or go to the  Lakewood Ranch Cinemas and watch a movie. Oh yeah…bring your dog as tonight’s charity is the SPCA Honor Sanctuary. Come and enjoy one of the events that separates Lakewood Ranch from other communities here in Florida. See you there…

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.

Its the Holiday/Christmas time of the year and things can be stressful with real estate transactions and the seasons activities. But as the year quickly comes to an end we would like to thank our friends and clients in Lakewood Ranch and the Sarasota-Bradenton area for a successful year. So if  you just need a quick laugh or grin. Click on this link for a Jim Soda Group Elf Christmas chuckle…Ho-Ho-Ho.

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

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.