May Events – Sarasota and Bradenton

*Photo courtesy of Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

As if the breath-taking beaches, famous museums, world-class restaurants, operas, ballets, and endless shopping weren’t enough to keep you busy in the Sarasota and Bradenton areas, we’ve also pulled together a list of upcoming events in May to give you some more things to look forward to. ENJOY!

May 5, 2016 – CINCO DE MAYO! / 5pm to 12am

Historic Old Main Street in Bradenton will host “Cinco De Mayo LIVE!” with live music, food vendors and arts and crafts. Music ends at 10 p.m. but Old Main Street will remain closed until midnight. http://www.realizebradenton.com/2016_cinco_de_mayo

May 6, 2016 – FIRST FRIDAY in DOWNTOWN SARASOTA / 6pm to 9pm

Every Friday in Downtown Sarasota, enjoy live performances and entertainment in a new location. This week, on Main Street at 5 Points Park and Palm Avenue.

May 7, 2016 – SIESTA KEY’S ANNUAL SAND SCULPTURE CONTEST

This event, held near the Pavilion Siesta Key Public Beach is always a huge hit! Free and open to all ages of participation, the 44th Annual Amateur Siesta Sand Sculpture Contest also awards five cash prizes. This is one you shouldn’t miss! http://events.siestakeychamber.com/events/details/44th-annual-amateur-sand-sculpting-contest-409

May 7, 2016 – 6th ANNUAL FOOD & WINE ON PINE / 11:30am to 6:30pm

More than 20 area restaurants will be featured on Pine Avenue on Anna Maria Island along with local artists, kids activities, live music and more. There is even a Kentucky Derby-style area where the derby races will be televised, along with a hat contest, prizes and derby themed drinks. $5 admission includes entrance, a wine glass and buffet tray. http://www.foodandwineonpine.com

May 7, 2016: “PICKING PICNIC 2016” ON BRADENTON’S RIVERWALK / 2pm to 10pm

This free event features regional and local music, a food truck battle, craft beers and fun for the whole family. Bring a blanket or beach chair and just enjoy! http://www.realizebradenton.com/pickin_picnic_2016_20160507

May 08, 2016: MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH ON THE BAY AT THE CROSLEY / 10am & 12:30pm

It’s hard to beat the view, but this menu comes close! This delicious breakfast and brunch menu includes Belgium waffles, Southern Tea Sandwiches, Crab Cakes, Chicken Jambalaya, smokey Citrus glazed ham, a selection of fresh salads, fruit and more. Enjoy live music with seating inside the mansion or bay side. Adults – $42, Children 3 to 10 – $24, Children 3 and under are free. http://www.crosleysupperclub.com

May 12 – 14, 2016: 6th ANNUAL GULF COAST OPEN FISHING TOURNAMENT 

All proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. There are 5 contest divisions with prizes, and entertainment. http://www.gulfcoastopen.com/event/

May 14 – 15, 2016: DIG THE BEACH – SIESTA KEY VOLLEY BALL CLASSIC / 8:30am

Always an exciting event to watch and free! Head over to the Siesta Key public beach volleyball courts to check it out and stay to lounge at the world’s number one beach when you’re done! http://digthebeach.com/events/siesta-key-may/

May 16, 2016: RINGLING BY THE BAY / 5pm to 8pm

Take in live music and stunning views with food and drinks available for purchase. Admission is $10, or free for members and free with “Art After Five” admission. Limited seating is available, so jump on those tickets now! https://www.ringling.org/events/ringling-bay

 May 21, 2016: BLUES, BREWS AND BBQ FEST ON ANNA MARIA  / 3pm to 9pm

This year’s opening act is Mac McConnell. Bring your beach chairs, blankets and dancing shoes and settle in for a fun event! Admission is $5, kids 12 and under are free. Benefitting Roser Food Pantry / A.I.D.

May 29, 2016:  “A TRIBUTE TO HEROES” MEMORIAL DAY PARADE LWR MAIN STREET/ 5pm to 8pm

Local bands, choir groups, drum lines, dance teams and floats will make their way down Main Street at 7pm. Here will be a kids decorated bike contest, food, drinks and live entertainment. Block party starts at 6pm, so find your primo viewing spot early! http://www.lwrcac.com/memorial-day-tribute-to-heroes/

May 30, 2016: SARASOTA MEMORIAL DAY PARADE / 10am

The parade starts at Main Street and Osprey Avenue and continues west along Main Street to Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park. The ceremony at Hamel Park will begin immediately after the parade.

Twilight Photo Shoot Tips

The importance of a first impression doesn’t only hold true in face-to-face meetings. The first impression that a potential buyer has of your home can, more often than not, determine whether they make the time to take the next step and see it in person. One of the most impressive ways to show off the features of your luxury home can be through a dusk or twilight photo shoot. These specialty images can evoke emotion and help a potential buyer picture what life could be like while enjoying a sunset drink on the deck with the sound of the waves in the background.

TEAM BUKY works with only the best local photographers to bring out the glamour and unique qualities of your home. In their years of experience, they’ve also pulled together some great tips to help you get prepared to show your home in the best possible light. Remember that timing is everything with twilight or dusk photo shoots, so the property should be ready for photos in advance of the appointment. If you’re ready to list your home for sale and want the experience of TEAM BUKY behind you to make it happen, give them a call today!

Lighting is Key

It’s always best for homeowners to be present during a photo shoot (regardless of the time of the shoot) because they are most familiar with the lighting system of the home. For twilight or dusk shots, it’s always ideal to take advantage of up lighting on the exterior and landscaping, lighting in pool features, and interior lighting as well. All lights should be turned on prior to the photography appointment, as these specialty shoots are time sensitive.

Show off Water Features

Be sure to have the pool cleaned before your photography appointment and also turn on any pool lighting and water features available. This will add to the ambiance and show the potential buyers what they could be enjoying if this were their home.

Exterior Staging

Just as you would stage the inside of your home to present it at its best, you’ll want to be sure that the outdoor area look immaculate too. Some things to look for or do to add to the atmosphere:

  • Light fires if you’ve got outdoor fireplaces
  • Remove grill covers
  • Open umbrellas as long as they don’t block the view
  • Arrange lounge chairs as needed
  • Roll towels and place them on lounge chairs
  • Remove pool toys from view

Landscaping is Crucial

Especially in this gorgeous area of Sarasota/Bradenton, landscaping is hugely important. So much time is spent outside enjoying the lifestyle, that a poorly maintained exterior can be a deal breaker for potential buyers. Be sure to have landscape maintenance done before your photography appointment. Color also always livens up an outdoor (or indoor!) space and it’s easy to incorporate by adding flowering or green plants to the area you are shooting. You should not have sprinklers on during a photo shoot or within the few hours prior, as wet surfaces may not present well in photos.

Tips for Photography ANY Time of Day

  • Vehicles (no matter the make/model!) should always be out of sight, either n the garage or on the street away from the home.
  • No maintenance should be taking place during the appointment (i.e. landscaping, cleaning services, etc.)
  • General tidying up should be done in advance of your appointment (sweeping, cleaning, picking up children’s toys, etc.)
  • Always talk to your REALTOR® and your photographer about the property’s features and get additional helpful tips from them as you plan for the appointment.

Pricing – The MOST Crucial Step in Selling

As it goes with anything you sell, when selling your home, you’ll obviously be aiming towards getting the highest possible price and in the shortest time possible. Actually making both of those things go hand in hand is much more difficult than it seems, which is why hiring an experienced REALTOR is so crucial. TEAM BUKY can help you navigate the rocky real estate waters to price your home appropriately for the current state of the market – to ensure a timely sale, for a price that you are happy with. There are several factors to consider when pricing your home and we wanted to share some pricing myths with you today to shed some light on this very sensitive subject.

Being aware of the true determining factors of price and the realities of the current real estate market can help to make the home selling process a more smooth and enjoyable experience.

BUSTED MYTH #1: It’s best to WAIT for better offers to be presented

Depending on the state of the market, you may not always ant to jump on the first offer you receive, but be careful – waiting LONGER does not always equate to BETTER offers. Research shows that the longer your home sits on the market, the smaller your potential buyer pool gets, which is why correctly pricing your home right from the start is so crucial. And, another thing to take into account is that as your home stays listed, YOU are responsible for the mortgage, taxes, utilities, HOA fees and any other expense that comes along with owning your home.

BUSTED MYTH #2: A fast offer means you underpriced your home

Your home will receive the highest traffic of potential buyers online, in person and through other REALTORS when it first hits the market. Getting a fast offer does not necessarily mean you have priced your home too low, especially depending on the demand in your local market. If you have priced your home RIGHT, you should see immediate interest and in a sellers market, you could even potentially get multiple offers in a very short period.

BUSTED MYTH #3: We need to price it to allow room for negotiating

FALSE! Pricing your home around this theory puts you in danger of over-pricing and like we said above, missing the mark out of the gate will lose buyers’ interest. Your REALTOR should be prepared to negotiate the best terms for you even without allowing wiggle room in your list price. Often, they will list for slightly higher than your desired sales price, as long as it is on par with market values.

BUSTED MYTH #4: Unique Marketing will sell the home for a higher price

While properly marketing your home is a hugely important component to getting it sold, pricing it properly is even bigger than that. Yes – marketing is about the visibility of your home and reaching the correct pool of buyers, but if your home is not priced properly, even reaching the correct prospects can mean missing the mark.

BUSTED MYTH #5: You’ve got to find that ONE “right” buyer to get the highest price

This is like the saying “finding a needle in a haystack”. There will always be that one in a million chance that the individual your home didn’t reach would have paid higher for our home. What you have to remember is that statistics don’t lie. Your REALTOR will be able to look at the current supply and demand in the local market, along with recent comparables to tell what a fair price is for your home and its unique features. For a buyer to go far beyond that value is unlikely because, chances are, they are ALSO working with a REALTOR who will advise them of what the value of your home is and what is a smart financial move.

BUSTED MYTH #6: Zillow and Trulia say my home is worth more

Asking any REALTOR in town will tell you that Zillow and Trulia have values all over the board. While these sites might be great tools for looking at homes and checking out the facts of the neighborhood, what they lack is accuracy when it comes to the true market value of your home. There is a certain art to pricing a home based on the features, location, recent comparable sales, competing listings and even homes that are no longer active in the community to come up with a fair listing price that a computer algorithm just can’t compete with.

If you take nothing else from this write-up, we do hope that you understand how the right pricing attracts the right buyers. It takes experience and market knowledge to come to the right number and TEAM BUKY can help you do just that. If you’re considering putting your home on the market, please call us for a confidential consultation – we’ve got 80 years of combined real estate experience to share with you!

What’s Happening This Week in Sarasota

There’s always plenty to do in Sarasota, but if you’re looking around and can’t decide, this list may help you out. This is just a sampling of things to choose from, and of course, there’s always the amazing beaches as a back up plan! Enjoy!

Monday, April 18 at 5pm – Ringling by the Bay

Join us on the Bolger Campiello for live music and dancing. Food and beverage are available for purchase on the bayfront. Limited seating is available.  https://www.ringling.org/events/ringling-bay

Tuesday, April 19 at 9:30am – Backstage Tour of the Sarasota Ballet

Go on a guided tour behind the scenes with The Sarasota Ballet. You’ll look in on the dancers in morning class. Experience first hand the incredible skill and craftsmanship that go into the creation of our exquisite costumes and tutus.

Tours take place at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts on select Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9:30 AM and last approximately one-and-a-half hours. There is no charge or obligation, but advance reservations are required. To reserve your guided tour, call today at 941-228-9899 or email at friends@sarasotaballet.org.

Tuesday, April 19 at 8pm – MAMMA MIA!

Seen by over 54 million people around the world, MAMMA MIA! remains one of Broadway’s top-selling musicals. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone is having the time of their lives! You’ll be singing “Dancing Queen,” “Super Trouper,” Money, Money, Money” and “Mamma Mia!” all the way home!  Price: $55 – $85  http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?agency=VANV_SNG&pid=8062060

Wednesday, April 20 at 1pm – Boat Ride and Bay Biocruise

Enjoy a boat ride and a hands-on learning experience about the creatures of Sarasota Bay, accompanied by a marine biologist.  See nesting bird life, as well, on board the Carefree Learner.  Leave from Bayfront Park.  The Carefree Learner is docked next to LeBarge.  Adult fee is $20.00.   Kids 10 and under cost $10.00.

Thursday, April 21 at 5pm – Art After 5

“Slow your pace and explore the art in the Museum of Art and Circus Museum or catch a romantic sunset on Sarasota Bay by Ca’d’Zan. Art After 5 special events include music and insights into the collection through gallery discussions. For more information call 941.359.5700 or visit http://www.ringling.org. Adults $10; Children (6-17) $5; Children 5 & under free

Thursday, April 21 at 6:30pm – Taste Magazine’s Progressive Dinner

Enjoy a fun evening as we enjoy these great restaurants with transportation by the fun Sarasota Trolley!  Appetizers & Wine at Fandango / Wine, Salad & Entrée at Beulah / Dessert & Coffee at 62 Bistro

Reservations are a must. Cost is $80 per person, which includes the full meal, transportation, tax, gratuity and charity donation. www.tasteweb.net

Friday, April 22 at 8pm – Cirque Mechanics Pedal Punk

The New York Times calls it “exceptional, evocative, eye-catching and grossly entertaining…in a word, excellent.” Experience the excitement, artistry and thrill that occurs when a wacky bike shop mechanic interacts with cyclists and bikes, and repairs more than broken pieces. This new production showcases Creative Director Chris Lashua’s innate passion and fascination for all things bicycles and cycling. Price: $20 – $60  http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?agency=VANV_SNG&pid=8105475

Saturday, April 23 at 7am – Sarasota Farmers Market

The Sarasota Farmers Market was established in 1979. The market continues its tradition of serving the community with local produce, plants, prepared foods, and artisans every Saturday (rain or shine). We currently have a full market that includes 55 vendors and 5,000 square feet of produce and plants.

Saturday, April 23 at 9am – Sarasota RC Squadron Air Fair Giant Fly In

Air Fair 2016 – Giant Fly-in is a R/C airplane show sponsored by the Golden Eagle Squadron at Sarasota RC Squadron inside Rothenbach Park. Aircraft have a wingspan of 60 to 80 inch and range from mono wings to bi-wing to Jets. There will be a raffle drawing on Sunday and Food and Refreshments will be available. Come join the Golden Eagle Squadron for Great Airplanes and a great show!

Saturday, April 23 at 12:30pm – The Brian Bill Foundation 1st Annual Navy Seal Golf & Gala Benefit at the Ritz Carlton Members Golf Club, Lakewood Ranch

Freedom isn’t free. It is not just the warriors out on the front lines, but their spouses, children and extended families who are all making sacrifices in the name of our freedom. Supporting these families who have lost their fathers, sons and husbands are the mission of the Brian Bill Foundation. Help support these families whose loved ones support our country.  Golf $2,500 for a foursome, includes Gala.  Gala Dinner: $250 per person  For more information visit, http://www.BrianBillFoundation.org

Sunday, April 24 at 10am – Second Annual Family Spring Fling at Van Wezel

Spend your Sunday having fun and getting valuable safety information!! Events include Face Painting, Bounce House, Child ID Kits, Build a lettuce garden, Photo Booth, Free Food and much, much, more!  Price: Free  http://cpcsarasota.org/news-events/event

Sunday, April 24 at 2pm – Water Ski Show

Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Water-Ski Show Team is a non-profit Ski Team that puts on a free water-ski shows on Sunday afternoons at 2pm. The main stage has covered seating from the sun. We serve drinks and snacks from our snack bar. We have bathrooms on site. The show is for all ages so bring your family out and enjoy our local and professional talent of all ages. Price: Free

Sunday, April 24 – Laughing Matters (Volume 5)

Will Hillary Clinton find herself Trumped? Just how many hotels can fit in one Sarasota block? Will Benderson Park find itself up the creek without a paddle? These questions and more will be debated when a new edition of Laughing Matters, a musical Saturday Night Live for Sarasota, returns. Whether you lean left, right, or are still stuck on a roundabout, there will be no clean getaways. Price: $32 – $36 https://www.floridastudiotheatre.org/laughing-matters-vol-5-lock-gates

TEAM BUKY is proud to call this beautiful gulf coast area – home. Contact them today to find out how they can help you call it home too! For a full list of events and activities happening in Sarasota this week, check out www.VisitSarasota.org.

Get Gardening!

It has been plain gorgeous outside – perfect weather to jump into a new hobby – urban gardening. There’s more to gardening than just burying some seeds in the ground, but the work that you do put into it can be well worth the results. If you’ve been thinking about the advantages of growing your own herbs, fruits and vegetables, but feeling a little overwhelmed at the work that goes into, check out these tips we’ve pulled together to help you make your first garden a growing success.

It’s important to plan ahead for how much (or how little) space you’ll need for what you are planting. Typically, seed packets will break down this information for you as well as ideal months to plant and whether seeds need to be started inside before being planted outside. Once you do have a plan in place as to how much space you need, and your seeds (and/or seedlings) are ready to go, here are some next steps to follow:

Place your new garden borders down. Walk around and make sure you’ve chosen a good spot in your yard. Some things to consider are: how much sunlight the spot gets, whether or not you can reach it with a hose and drainage. Every type of flower/herb/fruit/veggie has it’s own needs in terms of direct sunlight, and amount of water. Grouping those together that have similar needs will keep things easier on you.

Get your garden beds prepped. If “creating” a new soil layer, a good method is to add two to three inches of leaves or grass clippings, newspaper, dirt and composted mulch. The mixture offers a rich environment for your growing garden.

Next, add your organic fertilizers. Some gardeners might recommend apple cider vinegar, black strap molasses, Epsom salts. There are also companies like Azomite that offer organic blends to make it easier on you. Then you’ll add compost – your can contact your local county municipal department to see if they might be compost and if it is for sale.

Add mulch. Mulch is visually appealing, will break down into more great soil and initially serves to protect the layers you have put down to get started.

NOW – time to plant your garden. Move the mulch aside and dig a little spot to fit your seeds or seedlings, keeping in mind the amount of space they’ll need to grow.

Feed that garden! Water your new plants once a day for the first 2 weeks, then twice a week until they are established.

Bonus Tip – a nice flower to plant along with your edible garden is a marigold. These flowers are pretty, but more importantly; they help keep pests away, which makes them a great compliment to your garden.

Good luck and happy gardening!

Market Snapshot – GOLDEN GATE POINT, Sarasota

Aerial photo of Golden Gate Point courtesy of Brandy Coffey-Ruiz del Viso, Coffey & Co.

Golden Gate Point is a contemporary, yet charming 22 acre peninsula just west of Downtown Sarasota and in walking distance to all of its shops restaurants and entertainment. The community is a quaint brick paved loop of lined with palm trees and elegant condominiums. Here’s a quick snapshot of the Golden Gate Point real estate market as of the end of the first quarter this year.

Compared to the condominium market in the 34236 area as a whole, Golden Gate point has shown a healthier increase in closed sales Year-Over-Year. While 34236 saw a 35.9% decrease compared to March 2015, Golden Gate Point had zero closings in March of 2015, but 2 reported closings in March of 2016, for an average sales price of $1,238,700.

The number of active listings Year-Over-Year in Golden Gate Point showed a 15.38% increase, with 30 available properties in March of 2016. The 34236 area also showed an increase in number of listings available with 305 condos on the market in March 2016 compared to 233 in March of last year.

Both the average sales price and the average list price of residences on Golden Gate Point are more than double that of the 34236 average as a whole. Golden Gate Point average sales price in March 2016 was $1,238,700 compared to $530,660 in 34236. The average sales price of active listings in the community is currently $2,469,661 compared to $1,070,697 in the 34236 ZIP code – showing just how valuable the location, views and residences are in Golden Gate Point.

With more than 80 years of real estate experience combined and nearly $1 Billion in closed sales, TEAM BUKY consistently proves that it is among the top real estate professionals in the world. Established leaders in the Sarasota and Bradenton real estate marketplaces, Gabe and Charles Buky and their team combine unparalleled marketing capabilities, in-depth knowledge of the local market and expert negotiation skills to create a comprehensive, positive experience for every client.

Whatever your needs, you can rely on the expertise of TEAM BUKY and the resources of Coldwell Banker Previews International® to ensure that you get the most out of your investment. Contact them today to find out how they can help you make your real estate dreams come true!

The property information provided is derived from the Multiple Listing Service and may include approximations. Although it is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and should not be relied upon without personal verification. If your property is currently listed, this is not a solicitation to list your residence. Coldwell Banker is operated by a subsidiary of NRT LLC.

You CAN have it all on Longboat Key!

If you have ever visited Longboat Key, Florida, you know it feels like your own little tropical paradise, a million miles away from the stress of everyday life.  (And if you haven’t visited yet – we can’t begin to tell you what you’re missing out on here!)  This is a RARE opportunity to own a two-bedroom residence at Longboat Key Club Resort that can be all yours when you are visiting AND provide you with rental income when you are not. Sound a little too good to be true? It isn’t. And we have all the details for you right here!

TEAM BUKY has an updated 2-bedroom, 2-bath residence with an oversized terrace available on the Southern tip of Longboat Key. This true resort-condominium unit is managed by the Longboat Key Club and boasted a gross income of $143,217 in 2015. Glorious views of the white sandy beach and the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico await you.

This 5 star resort features every amenity available – including 45 holes of Championship golf, tennis, resort pool, luxurious spa, fitness center, 4 private restaurants and concierge services – all right at your fingertips.  World renowned St. Armand’s Circle is just minutes away with its fine restaurants and boutique shops. Just a short drive further, over the new Ringling Bridge you have access to all the cultural and social events that Sarasota has to offer. Whether you enjoy the opera, symphony, performing arts, theaters, boating, sport fishing, paddle boarding, kayaking, world-class dining or boutique shopping, you’ll find no lack of activities to fill your days.

Contact TEAM BUKY today to find out more about this amazing opportunity. Full details on this 2 bedroom, income producing property listed at $1,079,000 can also be found here.