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.