Thursday, December 24, 2015

FL Photographers share exquisite captures


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Hidden Gems in Florida

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Monday, November 23, 2015

News at Mote Marine

Mote Marine is always making news in Sarasota . . . this time it is with new shark research expedition

Click Here for a link to the MySuncoast News Article.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Siesta Key Sand Sculpting

Click here for link to Event Website. 

Sand Sculpting at the Siesta Key Crystal Classic
photo from Fox 13 Local News site

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Monday, November 9, 2015

Rates are on the rise

Team Vitale had an email today from Peggy Fowler of Equity Resources with a commentary she thought would be of interest to us all.


Peggy's message: 
Great commentary below… I do believe rates are rising and will not be coming back down.
Today rates are still climbing as the 10y T Yield is now 2.344. Please don’t expect rates to drop to October 16tand prior rates. If you have clients that didn’t lock in their rates, call them now as I believe rates will keep heading “north.” I know it’s not an easy call but it’s better today than what it will be in 2-3 weeks. I do believe there will be a rate hike in December now!


Market Commentary

Mortgage rates continued to climb this week alongside better than expected employment numbers and testimony from Janet Yellen before Congress. Yellen suggested that December is still very much on the table for the Fed’s first rate increase.

Janet Yellen, in testimony before Congress on Wednesday, said that the FOMC suggested it could be appropriate to adjust rates in December, but also reiterated that the decision will depend on the FOMC assessment of the economic outlook based on data. The release of the Non-Farm Payrolls report on Friday, which came in much better than expected, is a strong data point that the Fed could use in justifying liftoff at the next meeting. NFP for October surprised at 271,000 jobs created, versus a 185,000 estimate, with a two month net revision of positive 12,000. The unemployment rate dropped to 5.0% from 5.1%, as expected, with wage growth also much better than expected at 0.4% versus a 0.2% estimate. This number supports Yellen’s comments that “the U.S. economy is performing well” and that domestic spending is growing at a solid pace, thus supporting the markets projection that the Fed will now more than likely increase rates in December. Traders saw a 56% chance of a rate increase in December before the jobs report, with that probability jumping to 76% shortly after the number was released.

Economic indicators other than the jobs report that met or beat expectations included Construction Spending at 0.6% versus a 0.5% estimate, ISM Manufacturing at 50.1 versus a 50.0 estimate, ADP Employment survey at 182k versus a 180k estimate, and the ISM Non-Manufacturing composite at 59.1 versus a 56.5 estimate.  Indicators that missed expectations included Factory Orders at -1.0% versus a -0.9% estimate, and Initial Jobless Claims at 276k versus a 262k estimate.

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Our thanks to Peggy Fowler of Equity Resources for keeping us informed, so that we can better keep you informed.

Peggy Fowler | Mortgage Specialist | Equity Resources, Inc.
4426 Murfield Dr E. Bradenton Fl. 34203
Phone 941-343-7893 | Fax 941-296-8583
Email or

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

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Be sure to check out

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Fourth of July

Team Vitale wishes you and your family a happy and safe 4th of July!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Visit Sarasota

This is a great little video which spotlights all the venues and beaches in Sarasota.

Saturday, June 27, 2015


Monday, June 1, 2015

Happiest City in the U.S. - Sarasota

We are so fortunate to be living in one of the most beautiful cities in America with beaches which have been ranked in the world's top 10 lists!  And now, the word is out . . . Sarasota is also one of the happiest cities in the U.S.!!!  Click Here for article from Today.

We knew that - what's not to be happy about?

  • Gorgeous beaches with powder white sand
  • Great water sports and activities
  • Year round sunshine and warm weather
  • Friendly people
  • Pristine maintenance of communities and landscaping
  • World class entertainment venues
  • An amazing history
  • Museums and Art venues
  • and so much more!

Sarasota is darn near perfect . . . we call it Paradise!

Friday, May 29, 2015

History of Sarasota Theaters

As a person from a small town in the 50s/60s, I get a kick out of sharing my movie going experience with my kids and friends. 25 cents for admission and a guaranteed stomach ache from junk food for under $1!  So I found the following article at the site fun and thought I'd share with our readers.

Click here to be directed to the site and full article.

Hope you enjoy it too!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Monthly Reports by the Sarasota/Manatee Association of Realtors

The most recent report and area statistics can always be viewed at

CLICK HERE to be directed to the website and then visit it monthly. As soon as it is made available to us, we post it for you.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Team Vitale Newsletter Now Online

The most recent newsletter is now available for viewing. If you don't already get it mailed directly to your email, let us know by emailing us at and we would be happy to add you to our mailing list. Published every two months.  Click here to view or go to

Monday, May 25, 2015

May we never take our freedom for granted!

Sunday, May 24, 2015


And the 2015 Niche Rankings agree. 
 Click here for the online article.