Again this year, The Jim Soda Group of Prudential Palms Realty will be participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk for Sarasota/Manatee Counties on October 24, 2009 at the Sarasota Polo Grounds. Making Strides is the American Cancer Society’s event to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. The Sarasota/Manatee event in 2008 had over 5,000 participants who helped raise $370,000 to help fight breast cancer. This year we are expecting an even bigger event. Making Strides is an opportunity to honor breast cancer survivors especially our colleague, Realtor Beth Barnett.  As well as educate women about breast cancer prevention, early detection, awareness, and will raise funds to help achieve a day when no one will have to hear the words “You have breast cancer.”  The walk is on October 24th and starts at 9:00am, with registration opening at 7:30am. Please contact me or any member of the Jim Soda Group if you have any further questions or need more information. Thank you in advance for supporting the fight against breast cancer.  We hope to see you there!

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Jim and his team feel that giving back to the community is an important part of our daily lives. Recently, Jim donated 75 Sarasota Reds baseball tickets to United Way for less privileged children to enjoy a day at the park! “There is nothing more rewarding than putting a smile on a child’s face” says Jim about his recent donation. 

For more information on how you can give back, visit the United Way web-site.

To contact the Jim Soda Group, visit their web-site or email them at info@jimsoda.com.

“If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.” — Bob Hope

Palmers Crk 5 Hi ResLuxury Foreclosure listed by the Jim Soda Group in Lakewood Ranch Country Club – Custom Pruett with over 5000 square feet was only listed by Jim Soda and his team for 45 days before an offer was received, accepted and closed!

Let us help you sell your home in the Lakewood Ranch Country Club and surrounding area! Contact us at info@jimsoda.com or 941/809.7759. You can also find us at www.JimSoda.com. We look forward to working with you!!

What better day than Earth Day to start thinking green?images

Seven great “Green Ideas” That will save energy, money and make for a healthier living environment.

1. Buy a programmable thermostat and reduce your energy consumption by planning your energy needs.

2. Avoid buying plastic bottled water. Try to reuse everything, especially plastics…and recycle.

3. Reduce your water use. Make sure you have low-flow faucets, showerheads, and toilets.

4. Buy locally made products and locally produced services. Healthy food, environment and economy.

5. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs. By using energy-efficient light bulbs you will save energy and money.

6. Turn off lights and electronics when you leave the room. Unplug your cell phone charger from the wall when not using it. Turn off energy strips and surge protectors when not in use (especially overnight).

7. Recycle your newspapers, plastics and other items that your local waste pick-up will take.

If you’re looking for a green certified home in Lakewood Ranch Florida, Sarasota Florida or Bradenton Florida, let our Green Certified team member help you! Randy Huartson has made it a point to understand the ins and outs of Green-Certified Communities and Homes in Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton and Sarasota Florida. He can be reached by email or phone 941-586-9635. You can also visit the Jim Soda Group web-site to start your own home search!

Jim Soda and Zillow.com

April 7, 2009

Jim Soda has just returned from the International Prudential Real Estate conference in Las Vegas.   While in Vegas at the convention Jim announced a new “showcase” alliance with Zillow.com for the 34202 zip code. This working agreement will solidify both the Jim Soda Group and Zillow.com as an important starting place for buyers to search for new and resale homes in the 34202 area.  Jim is considered the key Real Estate professional and consultant for the Lakewood RanchBradenton, Florida area.  Zillow.com’s  nearly 9 million monthly visitors and low mortgage rates ( at or below 5%),  Jim believes that this working relationship with Zillow will bring two respected organizations together to assist Real Estate buyers and sellers of southwest Florida together.

More and more we are seeing buyers making offers on foreclosure properties. Typically, these properties are sold “as is”, but what does that really mean? It doesn’t have to be a take it or leave it scenario, but it’s important to have someone on your side that knows how to navigate these situations. Most importantly, you AND your Realtor need to understand the fine print!

Typically, when you come to a “verbal” agreement on a foreclosure property the bank will issue their own version of the contract with an extensive amount of legal jargon, time frames and limitations. In between all of this are some things that you need to understand:

  1. What is your time frame for completing and reporting on inspections?
  2. Is it from verbal agreement or executed contract?
  3. Is that in calendar or business days?
  4. What is the process for negotiating repairs? 

  • Note – just because it’s being sold “as is” doesn’t mean that there will be nothing that the bank will resolve. It’s not guaranteed, but sometimes worth a try if there is extensive damage or an underlying issue.

The Jim Soda Group has recently contracted and closed some foreclosure properties and in most situations found ourselves in a position where we had to order and execute inspections prior to a fully executed contract. Save yourself some anguish and decide up front if this is a risk you’re willing to take, knowing that the deal could fall through after you’ve put the money in to inspections.

If you’re currently looking at foreclosure properties and need the assistance of a Real Estate Professional, we’re here to help. You can reach us at 941-809-7759 or  info@jimsoda.com .

 

To Search Homes for Sale in Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota or Bradenton, FL visit Jim Soda’s Web-site.

 

Sarasota, FL –Prudential Corporation and Prudential Palms Realty recently announced Jim Soda and the Jim Soda Group as the TOP Prudential Real Estate producers in Sarasota and Manatee County at a recent ceremony at the Asolo Theater. This year Jim Soda and his team were awarded with the prestigious Chairman’s Circle Platinum honor which is earned exclusively by rating in the top two percent of all Prudential Realtors® Nationwide. Helen Sosso Owner/Broker of Prudential Palms Realty recently presented the award.  Jim Soda was the only agent achieving this level of sales in the greater Sarasota –Bradenton-Lakewood Ranch area for 2008.

 

Prudential Real Estate Awards are presented annually and recognize outstanding listing and sales achievements by Prudential Real Estate Sales Associates. Jim Soda personally thanked team members Donna Soda, Toni and Randy Huartson, Kelly Zoller and Judy Dumas. 

 

Jim began his career in 2002 as Rookie of the Year and since then has held the Chairman’s Circle Honors and Legend Award as well.  “My team goes to work everyday” expressed Jim, “we work hard to achieve these results.”  You can contact Jim or members of his team at www.jimsoda.com or at 941-809-7759.