Thursday, May 24, 2012

Visit to De Soto National Memorial Park

Last Saturday was one of those beautiful Florida days when it would just be wrong to stay indoors. Fortunately my little Snoodle, Sophie, is always up for anything that involves getting out of the house. She likes nothing better than riding in the car and watching everything that is going on around her. So we decided this was THE day for adventure!
If you have never been to the De Soto National Memorial Park in Bradenton, it is absolutely wonderful!  And dogs are welcome, as long as they are leashed, which is a rare treat for Sophie.

There is a wonderful nature trail along the waterline. Kick off your shoes and dip your toes in the surf and sand, or park yourself on a bench and watch the many sailboats glide by.  All in all, not a bad way to spend an hour or two!

It was unanimous - Sophie and I will be making this park a regular "get out of the house" spot.  Check it out for yourself!

For the history of the Park as well as additional information, CLICK HERE

Contributed by Jan Petters


Monday, May 21, 2012

April 2012 sales hit a new seven-year high

There seems to be no stopping the Sarasota real estate market! 
CLICK HERE for the April 2012 press release.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

May Newsletter

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Team appointed Premier Agents on Zillow

We are pleased to share with you that we have just been appointed Premier Agents on Zillow, one of the largest, fastest growing, and most influential real estate websites on the internet. 

We are excited about the extra exposure this new position will provide for the properties we represent.  As Premier Agents, our "Featured" listings will be seen in "top positions", a location which will afford them up to 10 times the exposure of their competition.
Note:  Zillow offer several mobile apps worth checking out - apps for searching homes in a given area and apps for easy mortgage calculations.  Check them out!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Sarasota Continues to Grow Talented Young People

Sarasota has been well known for its artists and performers since the days when John Ringling's circus wintered in our fair city. And today's young talent continues to shine with the promise of Sarasota's future.

I might not have paid much attention to the following young people if it were not for Tom Tucker, the closing attorney I often use.  Tom is the proud parent of two very talented, musical sons. One of them, Reed, has traveled Europe performing with his jazz band, Jazz Juvenocracy, and currently performs Sunday evenings at The Broadway in downtown Sarasota (corner of 10th and Cocoanut).

The other son, Evan, belongs to a rather unique band called "The Garbage Men" .       CLICK HERE to view an interview with this talented group of young people and see a bit of their performance on YouTube. 

Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

submitted by Jan Petters

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

March sales hit SEVEN-YEAR HIGH

The Sarasota real estate market saw sales climb to a seven-year high in March 2012, with 831 properties changing hands during the month. Not since September 2005 has the local real estate association seen sales at that level. In addition, pending sales (which represent properties that went under contract during the month) reached the highest level in 12 month, another good indication that the current market surge will continue in the next few months.


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Pug Parade at St. Armands Key

Last Saturday. while working at our St. Armands Key office, I had the fun of watching all the cute little dogs (not just pugs) who were brought to the Key for the popular Pug Parade. 

This adorable little "family" of 7 were dressed to the
"9s" to celebrate St. Patricks Day! Aren't they cute!

Coldwell Banker President Sees Signs of Housing Recovery

Budge Huskey gives his outlook for the housing Market. 

CLICK HERE to view the Fox Business News Broadcast.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Open House Hosted By Team Vitale at Riviera Dunes

Sunday afternoon, Team Vitale hosted a "neighborhood Open House" for residents of Riviera Dunes including Laguna, Bel Mare, The Hammocks, The Island and The Northshore. In addition to viewing the amazing home at 704 Riviera Dunes Way, visitors were treated to an appetizer buffet and flutes of sparkling champagne.

"Bella Riviera" is a stunning 4 bedroom, 4 bath Mediterranean Courtyard Home in the prestigious Riviera Dunes Yacht and Marine Community. Set on the the shores of the majestic Manatee River, this incredible luxury estate home has it own 50-foot dock.  Enter through the impressive, private courtyard with its sparkling fountain pool.  Surrounding the courtyard is a generous Florida Room, the Great Room for dining and relaxation, and the Master Suite plus a private "Casita" Suite with bedroom and bath.  Totaling 5469 sf (3889 under air), this home features numerous upgrades.  "Bella Riviera" is truly relaxation redefined.  Click on the photo for the virtual photo tour.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Ringling Circus to Move Operations Back to the Area

From 1927, when John Ringling moved the circus headquarters to Sarasota, to 1990, when it moved from what was then its Venice headquarters, the Ringling name and this area were almost synonymous. And now "the circus is coming back to town"!

The company expects to spend more than $20 million to buy and renovate the Palmetto Corporate Center and move its global corporate offices and worldwide production headquarters to the area. In all the company plans to add 235 jobs to Manatee to its existing employment of 148, along with the rehearsals for its Ringling Circus, Disney on Ice shows and operations from around the country.

For the complete Sarasota Herald Tribune articles, click on the links below.

Ringling Bros. returning to Southwest Florida - published Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The big top 10 - published Thursday, February 2, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012


The residents of the Riviera Dunes Marina community don't have any longer to wait.  It's official, the new Bella Mia Grill  opened last night and will be greeting guests this evening as well!  Saturday evening will closed for a special "Friends and Family" only evening but residents can look forward to the following schedule:

Sundays:  Noon to 9 p.m.
Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday - Saturday 11 a.m. to Midnight

Team Vitale is planning to visit soon and will give you more details on their menu at that time.
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Longboat Key Club - Check it out!

Last week, The Longboat Key Club & Resort invited our office to a presentation and update on what is happening "beyond the gates".  

Team Vitale has marketed and sold at The Inn on the Beach, the very popular condo-hotel at The Longboat Key Club, for several years. We recognized the investment potential of this fabulous 4 Diamond Resort on the beautiful gulf sands of prestigious Long Boat Key for our clients and investors. With a year round clientele and some of the finest resort and conference amenities anywhere, owners of these unique properties realize some of the best "bottom line returns" on their investments.

If you are not familiar with The Longboat Key Club which includes seven midrise buildings and 218 newly renovated rooms and suites with private balconies, you should check it out the next time you visit (ask us about obtaining Corporate Preferred Club rates through your association with Coldwell Banker). 

If you are thinking of investing, these suites (ranging from the Club Suite which can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children to the one and two bedroom luxury suites) can be purchased for personal use or can be placed in the hotel program, which allows the owner to use on a limited basis and offer for rental the balance of the year. 

The Longboat Key Club handles everything and offers a full range of resort amenities including  a white sand beach, 45 holes of championship bayside and gulfside golf, Har-Tru tennis courts, six on-site restaurants and in-room dining, a 9000 sq ft Island House Day Spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, 291 slip deep-water  full service marina, heated gulf-front pool and jacuzzi, Kids Klub for ages 5-12, Babysitting, Concierge, Conference Facilities for executive retreats for groups of 10 - 150, and oh so much more.  All these resort amenities are available to owners of the suites, if in the rental program, and their tenants during their stay.

For more information on the Longboat Key Club, go to

Club Memberships are available to anyone, whether a resident behind the gates or otherwise, and are offered at different membership levels to suit your personal needs.

Remember to contact us first if you are interested in booking rooms or inquiring about Club Memberships. We can introduce you to the right contacts and request your Corporate Preferred rates (a considerable savings over daily posted rates).

If you are thinking of visiting Sarasota in the near future or a resident wanting to "get away for a few days", you really should consider The Longboat Key Club.  

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Team Vitale Receives the 5 Star Award for 2012

Experts say that at least 90 percent of homebuyers rely on real estate agents for advice and guidance. But with more than 8,500 agents in the Sarasota Bay area holding real estate licenses, finding an agent with market knowledge who operates with an emphasis on integrity and service can be overwhelming.

SARASOTA MAGAZINE can help.  Since 2005, Sarasota Magazine, in partnership with an independent research firm, has been surveying recent homebuyers and other industry experts to find real estate agents in the Sarasota Bay area who consistently WOWED their clients.

The Selection Process:  QMI Research administers a survey, my mail and phone, to homebuyers who recently participated in a home purchase. Additional ballots are submitted to mortgage and title companies, who are often best able to judge a real estate agent's technical skills and knowledge.  The ballots ask recipients to evaluate agents based upon customer service, communication, finding the right home, integrity, negotiations, marketing the home, market knowledge, closing preparation and overall satisfaction.

Nominated real estate agents are then reviewed by a blue-ribbon panel of local industry experts consisting of realty company executives, professional and trade association officers and others directly involved in housing-related businesses.

The resulting list of Five Star Real Estate agents is an elite group, representing less than seven percent of licensed agents in the Sarasota area.  It should be noted that real estate agents do not and cannot pay a fee to be included in the evaluation process or to be named as a Five Star Real Estate agent.

And it is with all this in mind that Team Vitale is proud to have been voted the Five Star award for the eighth consecutive year.   Says Jim Vitale, "This is an award that we value above all others because it reflects our success in meeting our customers' needs. We are in a service industry and it is our job to service our clients by finding them the right home for all their wants and needs. With us, our customers come first."

Monday, January 16, 2012

Team Vitale Receives Sales Recognition for 2011

Team Vitale is proud to be recognized as a member of Coldwell Banker International President's Circle for outstanding sales performance in 2011.  This is an honor bestowed upon the top 4% of Coldwell Banker NRT Sales Associates.

"The International President's Circle recognizes our Coldwell Banker sales assocates who have the skills and connections to excel in real estate, " said Clark W. Toole III, President, Florida Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate. "Team Vitale's negotiating strategies, market knowledge and commitment to customer satisfaction enables them to produce outstanding results in any real estate market."

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate ( is the leading real estate brokerage company in Florida, and is part of NRT LLC, the nation's largest residential real estate brokerage company. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC and NRT LLC are subsidiaries of Realogy Corporation, a leading global parovider of real estate and relocation services.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Property Sales up 8.2% in 2011; Prices Stable

The Sarasota Association of Realtors released the Monthly Statistics for December 2011. 
Click Here to view the entire article with graphs and statistics.

"Once again, the market has demonstrated that Sarasota is a destination of choice for many homebuyers."  Inventories are down, prices are down but now stable, and interest rates are still remarkably affordable.  If you are thinking of purchasing, don't delay or you may "miss the boat" on a great deal!

Team Vitale is ready to assist with your house or investment search.  Call us today at 866-242-9506.