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Upcoming Sarasota Events for June

With the summer starting, there will be plenty of great events to enjoy throughout the Sarasota area. Many will happen in June and some will be family-friendly, while others are better for just adults. Here are some of the top choices for June events.

  • Summer Beach Run on Siesta Key - June 10th - Mansato Track Club
  • Free Concert in the Park - June 13th - City of Venice
  • 2014 Florida State League All-Star Game - June 14th - Realize Bradenton
  • 13th Annual St. Armands Craft Festival - June 14th - St. Armands Circle
  • Venice International Theatre Festival - June 16th to June 21st - Venice Theatre Festival
  • Main Street Live - June 19th - Realize Bradenton
  • Live From Downtown Sarasota - It's Friday Night! - June 20th - Downtown Sarasota Alliance
  • Onshore Offshore Boat Show - June 20th to June 22nd - Bradenton Boat Show
  • Stand Up Paddleboard Races - June 21st - SUP Sarasota
  • 22nd Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival - June 21st and 22nd - ArtFestival.com
  • Stelliferous-Live - June 25th - Bishop Planetarium
  • Friday Fest - June 27th - Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
  • Film Friday, "The Wizard of Oz" - June 27th - Realize Bradenton
  • Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix - June 28th to June 30th - suncoastoffshore.org

These are just a few of the many events happening in June. Many more are scheduled for the rest of the summer in the Sarasota, Bradenton...

Venice, Florida May be the Perfect Place for Your Next Home

Venice-Island-WalkMany have called Venice, Florida a well-kept secret across the Gulf Coast. This area isn't nearly as well-known as Sarasota, Fort Myers or Tampa. However, it's found just 15 miles to the south of Sarasota and provides a great community with excellent beaches and a quaint small town feel.

The outdoor lifestyle is alive and well in Venice and provides plenty of opportunities for beachgoers, golfers and other outdoor enthusiasts. Along with the outdoor lifestyle, residents enjoy the main street area called Venice Avenue, which is full of boutiques, gourmet shops and much more. You can shop at the farmer's market on Saturdays or enjoy the beaches any day of the week.

Of course, many flock to this area of the country because of the climate, but there's more to the Gulf Coast than just the climate. One of the top attractions in this area is the Venetian Waterway Park, which is found on the Intracoastal Waterway. This attraction provides access to many activities and tranquil trails. Whether you want to enjoy a walk in the park or one of the other activities, you will gain full access to this attraction when you choose Venice for your new home.

Along with the park, Venice boasts the only dog beach in the county, which makes it the perfect area for pet owners. The dog beach provides 22.25 acres in...

Is Sarasota The Best Place to Retire in Florida?

Sarasota-Bay-ClubWith the baby boomers becoming one of the largest demographics in the country, it's interesting to see where they are heading to retire. Many northerners retire to the state of Florida every year as they seek a warmer climate for year-round golf and other outdoor activities. Many believe this trend will just continue and a study was done recently that shows Sarasota is one of the top choices for retirement.

CreditDonkey.com did a study and ranked Sarasota as the best place to live in the entire country for retirees. This is a financial education website and they used community data, along with housing information, cultural attractions, growth and healthcare availability to rank the top ten cities in the country for retirement. The complete list includes:

  1. Sarasota, Florida
  2. Honolulu, Hawaii
  3. Bridgeport, Connecticut
  4. Tucson, Arizona
  5. Springfield, Massachusetts
  6. Albany, New York
  7. Charleston, South Carolina
  8. Cape Coral, Florida
  9. Allentown, Pennsylvania
  10. New Haven, Connecticut

There are plenty of places for retirees, but Sarasota tops the list for many reasons. This area of Florida is known as the cultural capital of the state and this isn't the...

Carrabba's Coming to the Venice Ares Soon

Recently, Lowes Home Centers LLC sold a 1.3-acre parcel of land to RMC Lo Venice LLC for $700,000. This land deal means new development will be happening very soon. The land is an out-parcel and is adjacent to the Lowe's Home Improvement store in Venice.

The land was originally purchased by Lowes for $6 million and they received 20 acres found at 1745 South Tamiami Trail back in 2003. After the purchase, they built a 140,000 square-foot store, which opened two years later. However, now, they have decided it would be helpful for the rest of the area to be developed.

This land sale will lead to a Carrabba’s Italian Grill coming to the area and maybe a few other businesses, as well. The parcel has frontage on Tamiami Trail and the contract states that RMC Lo Venice can only create buildings with a maximum size of 6,115 square feet.

The company is managed by Mitchell F. Rice and they financed the purchase with a loan from BB&T bank. The goal of RMC Lo Venice will be to develop and build a Carrabba's Italian Grill restaurant and lease the space to the restaurant chain.

This may be the start of other developments in the area. Regardless, Venice will see a new Carrabba’s location open up within the next year or two. They will carve out some of the existing Lowe's parking lot to serve the restaurant.

The development is a bit of a complex process with certain modifications and easements needed to complete the project. However, the chief real estate...

What are a Few Mortgage Misconceptions for Home Buyers?

After a few months of the 2014 buying season, it's time to look at what a few of the misconceptions some home buyers have about mortgages. Most real estate transactions involve a mortgage and it's si-highlight--primary to find the peace of mind you deserve throughout the process. Here are a few of the things many buyers just don't understand.

Pre-Approval

Many buyers don't understand how si-highlight--primary a pre-approval really is and why. Most buyers start shopping for homes online or even in person before they have a pre-approved mortgage in place. This is a mistake in many ways. When you get a pre-approval, you can zero in on the price range for your home. It will also help to provide the necessary confidence you need and the seller needs to move forward with the transaction.

Will You Qualify for a Loan?

Nearly three out of four homebuyers wonder if they will even qualify for a mortgage. This is due to the belief that the mortgage industry is still very stringent. However, many new mortgage lenders have emerged and provide less restrictive lending standards. It's not as hard to qualify for a mortgage as it once was.

Providing Your Ability to Repay the Loan

Another misconception for many is how they can go about proving their ability to repay the loan. Typically, this is done with W-2's, paystubs or bank statements. However, many buyers don't match the numbers from these statements on their mortgage application. Make sure you...

Where are the Top Golf Courses in the Tampa-Sarasota Area?

Golf ClubGolf season may be coming to a close for some in the Florida area, but it's just getting started for others. You can play year-round in the Sarasota area and many will hit the links even during the warmer summer months.

The best part about the May through October golf season is the rates you can enjoy at some of the top area course. Many offer deeply discounted rates and twilight rates for the summer season. Some private courses have even been known to open themselves up to the public. Here are a few of the top courses you should consider playing this summer in the Tampa-Sarasota area.

Kingsway Country Club

This semi-private course is one of the best layouts in the area. It was created in the 1970s and redesigned in 2004 after Hurricane Charley. If you're looking for a place that will be in great shape nearly every day of the year, this is the club for you.

Club Renaissance

Found just to the south of downtown Tampa, this is one of the highest rated courses in the area. It’s well worth the drive and the private club will let you get on in the summer for a reasonable rate.

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Where Should Gluten-Free Diners Go for a Great Meal in Sarasota?

If you adhere to a strict gluten-free diet, dining out isn't always easy. Maybe you're allergic to gluten or it's just a lifestyle choice. Either way, you should know where you can go to get a great may without the worries of gluten. Here are a few of the top dishes found in the Sarasota area that are 100% gluten-free.

Chutneys, Etc. - Greek Pastitsio - 1944 Hillview Street, Sarasota

Chutneys, Etc. is known for gluten-free dining because they serve Middle Eastern and Greek dishes. Many of these dishes are made without gluten on a regular basis. The classic Greek Pastitsio here is a great choice and made with a gluten-free rice pasta.

Ionie Raw Food Cafe - Lasagna - 1241 Fruitville Road, Sarasota

Another good choice is the gluten-free lasagna found at Ionie Raw Food Cafe. This dish is full of delicious layers, but doesn't contain any gluten at all. It's made with zucchini, marinara, spinach, a macadamia nut cheese, basil pesto and more. They even serve a pizza with a crust made of sprouted buckwheat, carrot and flax.

Taste of Asia - multiple Dishes - 4413 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Taste of Asia is one of the best choices for gluten-free dining. They offer a number of dishes without...