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The worTh of a home can be found in details that truly define uniqueness- as simple as a centuries old fireplace that retains the historic permanence of a time past, or as grand as a rooftop promenade atop a landscape of city lights. So to us, it’s not about the size of the property, the number of bedrooms, or even the price, but more about the distinct character that makes a home worthy of being called exceptional.

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es we can. Yes we did! Our second annual golf tournament benefiting the United Way’s Realtors for Kids fund was sold out and a resounding success. A gorgeous day with enough wind to keep the players cool, and put an extra challenge into their game, our golfers took to the course. After playing through 18 the group was ready to celebrate the day. Celebrate we did, for the children. Our event would not be possible without the support of many gracious individuals and firms. I personally want to thank: Our Golfers: Without you there would be no event. Our Host: The Ritz-Carlton Members Club. A special thanks to Leslie Cornell Anders and Scott Masters. Our Volunteers: Attorney Lora Bedford, Bank of America’s C.J. Coury, Florida Builder Appliances’ Mike Kruthaupt, Innovative Agent Services’ Tina Darling, JustGents’ Kathy Duggan and Shelley Kyser, Michael Saunders & Company’s Deborah Beacham and Mary Hellhake, Prudential Palm’s Jim Soda, Sarasota Catering Company’s Cindi Shoe, Stewart Title’s Cathleen Acosta, Transformative Touch’s Patricia Rogers and ViaVio’s Leslie Brown. Our Sponsors: Title Sponsor: C.J Coury and Bank of America Home Loans, Lunch Sponsor: Pamela Hughes and Hughes Design Associates and Awards Sponsor Deborah Beacham with Michael Saunders & Company. Andrick Bulk Mail Service, Anna Maria Oyster Bar, Area 342 Property Specialists, Burcham International Corporation, Florida Builder Appliances, Innovative Agent Services, Jim Soda/Prudential Palms Realty, JustGents, Law Office of Lora Bedford, P.A., Mary Hellhake/Michael Saunders & Company, MGA Insurance, Moneycorp, Precision Opinion, Preferred Settlement, Premier Inspections of Florida, Sarasota Catering Company, Signs 2 Go, St. Armands Mortgage Company, TJ’s Landscaping & Tree Service, Yesner & Boss and all of the silent auction donors..

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Realtors速 for Kids

by Katie Knight

Matching People With Properties And Lifestyles

Invitation Only 24

Paws for Patriots

by Chris McNamee


Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota

by Lalaena Gonzalez-Figueroa

In the News 28

Darla Furst, Toni Huartson, and Bob Stanley


Italian Brands Fila/Lovable, Steve Bailey and Prudential Palms Realty

Exceptional Properties 37

714 Granada Avenue - Venice, Florida

Perspectives 12

Lightening the Look

by Pamela Hughes


Outdoor Living

by Steve Murray


A No Non-Sense Approach to Green Building

by Mark Miller



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Go Global

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1031 Exchange

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Want to Make Putts?

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per p esr p s pee c c tt i viev s es Pamela Hughes, the founder and owner of Hughes Design Associates, is well known nationally and internationally. Hughes Design Associates is one of the premier interior design firms known throughout North America for specializing in prestigious custom interiors. In Sarasota, Pamela has completed many exceptional projects including The Ritz-Carlton, The Members’ Beach Club, The Tower Residences, and Plaza at Five Points. Pamela may be reached at 941.922.4767 or visit

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ne of the pleasures of life is simplification. As the world itself seems to be moving faster and becoming more complicated, the sanctuary of our homes is our place to restore peace, quiet and balance.

Particularly, as one retires or is just coming to a second or part-time home, the ease of one’s life there, with minimal upkeep or effort, is important. One of the ways we make our homes more restful is to not fill them with clutter.

By Pamela Hughes

Design Lines:

Paired with making more time for ourselves is the possibility of making our homes more serene and welcoming. And that is what we will be focusing on this month.



Those who are familiar with the ancient Oriental practice of Feng Shui know that the cleaning out of clutter is one of the main principles of this school of thought. Another one is that you should only own articles that are either functional or beautiful. These two principles alone will lighten your spaces. Good design allows the eyes to rest. Another way to lighten up your home is to place pieces of furniture and art so that they have some space between them. They then become more important without visual competition with your other furnishings. The space between objects not only makes a room seem larger and more spacious, but the objects themselves then have a greater impact in the feel of the whole room. Another way to lighten room is to create neutral walls and ceilings so that your art and furnishings catch your eye rather than forcing them to compete with a bold or patterned background.

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One of the trade secrets of good design is simply editing. For example, we often pare down the amount of accessories we use. A simple fine bowl for a table, rather than a collection of objects, however interesting, often pleases us more. On the other hand, one of the things we have found most effective when we have clients with collections of objects is to group the objects together. A whole series of disparate objects is not nearly as intriguing as a table or shelf of the same thing. Then you can compare their differences and similarities, and notice the variety of shape, style, color and finish of each object. When they are scattered throughout a home they lose the impact they can have when grouped together. Whether they are a series of prints, a collection of art glass paperweights, perfume bottles or porcelains, all are enhanced by their own company in a group. To create a peaceful and restful space, try to weed out the unnecessary and keep the personally important. Much of this is just organization. Sometimes it is very freeing to just get rid of things. Another tenet of Feng Shui is that keeping the things you don’t really need can hold you down or slow you down. By removing things that are not important, you make room for things that are important. Whether you believe in Feng Shui or not, you will be rewarded with light and space and that terrific feeling of order and peace that we all enjoy.


LAKEWOOD RANCH gets tagged!

LETTER FROM Public Relations & Promotions Manager

Candice McElyea Lakewood Ranch! TAG—you’re it! We are excited to introduce you to some of the most state-of-the-art technology from Microsoft to turn your cell phones into high tech tools to take you to some exciting places!

This is a Tag:

Once you download the free tag reading software onto your phone, you will be able to scan these tags which will make your web enabled phone do some pretty neat things. You will start to see these tags everywhere around Lakewood Ranch—on signs, ads, brochures, websites, and even people!

Lakewood Ranch will be one of the first US towns in the country to be “TAGGED” from top to bottom and we are so excited to be a part of it with you!

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Lakewood Ranch will be one of the first US towns in the country to be “TAGGED”!

HOT NEWS! In keeping Lakewood Ranch technically savvy, the community has yet again taken the initiative by becoming one of the first US towns to become “tagged” throughout. Lakewood Ranch has the full support of Microsoft behind them as they work together to launch a national campaign that will put Lakewood Ranch on the map even more than it is already! Awareness is key, and education to this hot, new technology is spreading like wildfire on the Ranch. Currently they are incorporating Tag technology on all advertisements and new signage and the response has been overwhelmingly positive! Learn how you can start playing tag by going to

What is a tag?

How will you use a tag?

A new smart phone technology that can make your phone do interesting and cool things to provide you better information than what the tag is located on.

• You can use tags to promote and entertain yourself! You can use tags to promote your business especially on ads and signs!

Where will you see one?

• Restaurant? Menu tag outside the door to entice people in.

Signs, Ads, brochures, websites, and PEOPLE!

• Movie Theater? Tags on movie posters taking customers to trailers.

What will they make your phone do?

• Realtor? Tag on your flyers to take people to the listing. Tag on your signs to take customers to a virtual tour. Tag on your signs to dial your phone number. Tag on your ads to lead people to your website. Tag on your website to dial your number, provide a map, etc.

• On a sign they might provide more information than the sign can hold. • On a flyer they might take you to a web page that would provide more information. • On an Ad, they might dial your phone, or take you to a video of what the ad is talking about. • On a website they might provide you with important information that is more portable than a computer – like a map you can carry with you. • On PEOPLE – they might provide you with details about that person – name, age, phone number, etc. Or maybe just take you to a video of what that person is interested in.

How do you get a tag reader? With your iPhone download the free Microsoft tag reader from the App Store. With other phones go to GETTAG.MOBI. At this website your phone will be identified and a download provided. Click on the word Download and you will be ready to go in a few minutes!

How do you make a tag? EASY TOO! Just follow this tag with your tag reader!

Go to or call 941.907.6000 to learn more. Models are open daily: 10 am- 5:30 pm Mon.-Sat. & 12- 5 pm Sun.

per p esr p s pee c c tt i viev s es Steve Murray is the founder and owner of Murray Homes, a luxury waterfront custom home builder, and also co-owner of Murray Realty, a full service real estate company. If you are interested in buying, selling or building, Steve can advise you on all of your options in today’s economy. 941-906-7000 or

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Outdoor Living:


or the majority of people moving to Florida, drinking a cocktail and flipping the steaks on the barby whilst looking out over their pool or bayfront view is their idea of utopia. Every day begins and ends the same way….enjoying their outdoor living space.



As a result, over the years we have seen a trend in how homes have integrated lanais, covered decks and pool areas into the overall flow of the home. Homes built inland typically have more land and are less restricted on lot coverage allowing large living and eating areas under the protection of an expansive pool cage, whilst waterfront homes have historically had smaller covered areas due to coverage constraints. With the new trend of smaller yet better appointed homes, we are seeing architectural designs that allow living areas to flow to the outside decks transforming them into full fledged and often extremely lavish living rooms, dining areas and kitchens. With the installation of pocketing sliders, disappearing walls or multiple French doors, interior spaces suddenly double in size when opened allowing the outdoors in and creating large entertaining spaces. Here are a few ideas for creating functional and desirable outdoor living areas: • Outdoor Kitchens: This has evolved from a built-in BBQ grill to full-blown kitchens,

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including sinks, dishwashers, refrigerators and even beer dispensers. Large countertops and high bars for entertaining sometimes take the place of interior wet bars and place owners outside looking over their pool and views. • Fireplaces: Exterior seating areas often congregate around a fireplace, which can extend its seasonal use through the colder nights and create a cozy ambiance. • Audio Visual: Flat screen TV’s have transformed interior design and likewise allow television viewing in many more locations. Whole house structured wiring has also allowed zoning for speakers and keypads in the outdoor living areas. • Décor and Lighting: Decks and lanais are being decorated with similar colors and materials as interior rooms such as cypress stained ceilings, fireplace surrounds, back-splashes and flooring thus seemingly expanding the indoor areas. Top Tip: always choose maintenance free products to ensure enjoyment rather than refurbishment! In conjunction with pools and landscaping, you can greatly increase the value of your home whilst improving its flow and livability. If you have any questions on how to spruce up your outdoor living spaces, please give us a call at 906-7000.

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ur goals are long lasting change, preventing problems from happening in the first place, and bringing people together to build a brighter future for children.” As the economy slowly recovers we must ensure our children continue to have chances to succeed in life. With unemployment still in the double digits, local families identify that their primary hardship is job related. Stress in early childhood can either promote growth or cause serious damage. What children need now is caring adults, a safe and healthy start and effective early learning opportunities.

By Katie Knight

United Way of Sarasota County:

Katie Knight is the Senior Vice President of the United Way of Sarasota County, Inc. and works with volunteer leadership on strategic initiatives, community investments and annual resource development. Katie is originally from the Mid-West and began her career with United Way as a national intern in St. Paul, Minnesota and Madison, Wisconsin. She has two wonderful daughters at Brookside Middle School and lives in the South Gate area of Sarasota. Katie may be reached at 941-366-2686 or via email at



United Way’s REALTORS® for Kids program is a collaborative partnership between real estate professionals and United Way of Sarasota County Inc. Together, we recognize that early childhood development and learning begin at birth. Understanding the importance of this critical time in a child’s life, United Way REALTORS® for Kids program concentrates on providing uninterrupted quality childcare to children between the ages of 0-6 years old through the Emergency Child Care Fund. United Way’s Emergency Child Care fund assists families who are experience an unexpected crisis or

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Bank of America Home Loans is honored to have been the Title Sponsor for the REAL Magazine Charity Golf Tournament for the second year in a row. We are proud to have been able to assist in the betterment of our community by helping to support the United Way Realtors for Kids program which serves families during their time of need. Thanks to the nearly $13,000 raised by this event, United Way will be able to provide 60 scholarships for children who would otherwise have been displaced from their quality preschool thus putting their future development in danger. We sincerely thank all of those who contributed to the success of this event with their advocacy, donations and volunteerism. C.J. Coury Bank of America


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financial hardship. The short-term funding allows the child to remain in a quality preschool while the family gets back on their feet. United Way’s REALTORS® for Kids program supplies scholarships to high quality preschools to pay for one to four weeks of a child’s learning and care costs. By contributing to the fund, you are investing in our families and children. You can get involved by donating: • $30 - $40 = 1 child/infant care for 1 day • $150 - $200 = 1 child/infant care for a week • $500 & up = Leadership Giver Since May 2002 over $429,000 has been raised for emergency assistances, funding 3,571 combined scholarship weeks, assisting over 980 families and supporting 1,224 children. Reaching out, REALTORS® have created a unified network and allowed for vast support, spreading the word on this important cause. We know that when children and families are supported in the first years of life, the return on investment is astounding.



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We all win when a child succeeds. Make a difference in a child’s life. To become part of United Way’s REALTORS for Kids program contact: Katie Knight Senior Vice President United Way of Sarasota County 1445 2nd Street Sarasota, FL 34236 (941) 366-2686


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i n v iintva i tt a tii o o nno no l yn ly Chris McNamee has the degenerative rentinal disease retinitis pigmentosa. RP is characterized by the progressive loss of photoreceptor cells, rods and cones, which provide night and peripheral vision. RP is an inherited disease; his father has RP as well as a younger sister. Chris was diagnosed with the disease at age 28, and his vision deteriorated to the point that he was forced to stop driving six years later in 1993. He currently has a very small central field of vision, and no night vision. He travels with the aid of his guide dog, Max.


General Tommy Franks was so impressed with the work of Southeastern, and their Paws for Patriots program, that he became an unpaid spokesman for the school, and recorded a Public Service Announcement to educate the public and military about the benefits and needs of guide dogs for wounded servicemen and women.

By Chris McNamee

Paws For Patriots:

nitially, the news that one-third of the recent graduates of Southeastern Guide Dogs have been military veterans receiv-ing their guides through the school’s Paws for Patriots program may co me as a sur-prise. However, the need for guide dogs to team with blinded veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was revealed back in 2003 when a board member of the school read that the Veterans Administration does not provide guide dogs to soldiers. That realization gave birth to the Paws for Pa-triots Program, and since its inception, the school has teamed over 140 wounded sol-diers with “The Gift of Mobility” provided by their highly skilled guide dogs all at no charge to the recipient.



When I received my guide Max, I was fortunate to be in class with a retired Marine Corporal, Michael Jernigan, who was receiving his guide Brittani. Jernigan is the recipient of both a Purple Heart and a Combat Action Ribbon. He is a third-generation marine, and was proudly serving his country in Iraq when his Humvee was struck by a roadside bomb. He lost both eyes, suffered a crushed cranium and incurred severe trauma to his right hand and left knee, yet somehow he survived. “Brittani has been an essential part of my recovery process,” says Michael. “She is not only a

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guide, but she’s also a great companion when the world gets too difficult.” One of 10 wounded veterans featured in HBO’s Alive Day Memories documentary, Michael now actively helps other veterans in need. Since graduation, I was blessed to attend a number of graduation classes at Southeastern. Last fall, the day after Veterans Day, I was privileged to hear the stories of Lieutenant Colonel Kathy Champion and Army Green Beret Pete Perez. Champion returned from her tour of duty from Iraq and discovered she brought with her a virus that destroyed her vision. She struggled with her lack of independence prior to discovering Southeastern Guide Dogs. Ironically she was paired with her guide, Angel; a pet name she called her children. Angel helped her to return to society, restoring her independence and purpose. She left the school with a mission to “pay it forward” and speak out to fellow wounded veterans about the benefits of the school’s Paws for Patriots program. She accomplished that when she was introduced to Pete Perez during an outing of horseback riding. Perez was the victim of a bomb blast that hit his Humvee while on duty in Afghanistan and he spent the next five years dealing with migraines, insomnia, and depression caused by his vision loss. He had served almost 19 years in the Army, and was suddenly faced with a medical discharge from service, and a world of dependence on others. Fortunately, Champion encouraged him to visit the school’s campus in Palmetto, Florida and impressed him with her mobility and independence. Perez was paired with Lucy, a yellow Labrador Retriever. “I might have avoided a lot of problems if I knew about this program a long time ago,” said Perez. “I wanted to be more active but I see it as a constant form of therapy as well.” “Instead of taking pills, I can play with Lucy.” Perez can now enjoy evenings out with his family, activities that would have stressed him out prior to receiving his guide. “Simple things, you know? We like to visit parks. I just want to do all the normal, everyday activities that families do together.” For more information about the programs, volunteer opportunities and how you can help Southeastern Guide Dogs, please visit their web site, where much of the information for this article was obtained.

Westwater Construction is building a model show home to raise awareness and funds for Southeastern Guide Dogs, a non-profit organization that provides seeing eye dogs for the blind and visually impaired. The “In the Dog House” showcase home program kicks off May 15, 2010. REAL Magazine is a proud sponsor of “In the Dog House”. Visit our progress at www.4paws2guide. com. Look for the “In the Dog House” logo identifing charity participants. For more information, visit or call Stacey Price at 729..5665, ext. 113.

per p esr p s pee c c tt i viev s es Mark Miller has been in the construction industry for over 21 years and founded Westwater Construction, Inc. 19 years ago. He also operates a handful of other construction related entities including a LED manufacturing company. Mark can be reached for any construction related questions at mark.miller@westwaterconstruction. com or any LED lighting questions at

A No Non-Sense Approach to Green Building By Mark Miller


veryone today is talking about “Green” from your neighbor next door to the President of the United States. With the topic on so many minds one would think that everyone has a good understanding of what the term green means. Who should we turn to for information on what it means to build “green”? Should we turn to our government for that answer? It wasn’t too long ago when it became news that ethanol production, which was supposed to be “green,” used more fossil fuel than it yielded. Even worse, later, this fact was also proven to be true regarding the harvesting of the corn (the main ingredient) in ethanol. How could that be? Producing gasoline from corn seems pretty “green,” doesn’t it? Yet our government mandates that a certain percentage of our gasoline be made with ethanol. Ok, now that you’re probably scratching your head confused, let me tell you a story about a local project that used a “commonsense” approach to building a green house. Hopefully I will shed some light on building green by thinking “outside of the box.” Builders, architects, and designers have been improving our homes for years now. The homes built today are tremendously more energy efficient than homes built just a few years ago. The availability of cutting edge products has never been greater and at price points that are reasonable for everyone’s budget. For example, although LED lighting prices are higher than conventional lighting, the payback time can be in just one year as opposed to five to seven in previous years. But there is also another part to building green that is easily forgotten. How are the products made that are going into this building? Does the manufacturing process follow the same philosophy as the one being practiced in the construction process? Is the factory in close proximity to the project? These are all good questions. However, I would like you to consider other factors to keep in mind when building green. What if we could use some products that were left over from other projects? In addition to that,



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what if we could use some recycled products salvaged from some local buildings before demolition? Well, that is exactly what we did in our venture to be green. In one of my local projects, I blended some new cutting edge products with some left over and re-claimed materials. I will give you a brief outline of how this house was constructed and the unique materials that were utilized. The concrete slab and cement blocks for the exterior walls of the house all came from a local company. All of the interior walls were constructed with steel studs. The use of steel studs for all of the interior walls has many green benefits. First, we conserved trees as steel replaced wood. Now, we have created a structure that is immune to insects. This, of course, means that there is no need for any special chemical treatments like many builders use that never leave your home. Framing walls with steel saves time while the walls finish perfectly straight and plum. The windows installed contain tinted, insulated, impact glass. In addition, decorative window treatments were utilized in a way that will increase the glass performance even more. Using High-efficiency air-conditioning systems is also very important. The airhandlers have variable speed motors and the condensation lines are plumbed to drain directly into the swimming pool. This “re-claimed” water will keep the pool topped off and remove the need to use tap water for replenishment. The attic has a spray-foam insulation applied to the underside of the plywood sheathing. This not only provides the best possible insulation from heat and cold but also substantially strengthens the entire roof structure by creating one solid structure. The entire house including landscape lighting is LED. The LED lighting is as much as ninety percent more efficient than traditional incandescent and fluorescent lights. LED lights do not emit the quantity of heat that the incandescent lights emit. This greatly reduces the load on the airconditioning system. What the homeowners find most attractive about going green with LED is the fact that they may not need to change a bulb or light for twenty years or

more. Most of the interior wood-trim and moldings that we used are remnants from past local projects. Most of the tile used for the floor and walls was either re-claimed or left over from past projects. All of the brick pavers for the home were also left over from previous projects along with the granite and marble countertops for the cabinets. This saved the need to manufacture a substantial amount of products needed for this home. A few of the doors for the project were also left over from a previous project including the front door. All of the plumbing fixtures meet the latest “low flow” requirements for water use and the master bath even has a “waterless” urinal. This process is not only green by the fact that building this house created much less of a “carbon footprint” than that of the traditional process but also saved the homeowner a substantial amount of money. Building like this is much easier that one may think. However, you must be a little open-minded to get the most out of it. There are numerous sources for re-claimed building materials locally. Also, finding misordered, left over, and returned products is as simple as checking with your local building materials supplier. In many cases you can even name your own price. In addition, a quick search on-line can be an invaluable tool. There are warehouses full of building materials throughout the region. Numerous buildings and warehouses have been abandoned allowing savvy investors to buy various materials from the banks that were holding the mortgages on the buildings. These products can be purchased sometimes for “pennies on the dollar” from the “junk investors.” A good place to start looking could be Craig’s List. In future issues I will be providing a more in depth look at some of the products mentioned in this article. Being an environmentally conscious builder or homeowner does require a new understanding of the concept “going green.” It involves both the use of new and innovative energy saving products as well as utilizing existing left over materials. Building green is the wave of the present, the future, and a way of life.

i n it esw s n h t he e nn ew Darla Furst Appointed To The Florida Real Estate Commission Darla Furst, a managing broker with Michael Saunders & Company, was appointed to the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) by Governor Charlie Crist. The appointment, effective immediately, runs through October 31, 2012 and requires formal confirmation by the Florida State Senate. FREC consists of seven appointed members who administer and enforce Florida real estate license law. “Darla is an inspired choice and will serve all stakeholders in the FREC with absolute fairness and equanimity,” said Michael Saunders.

Toni Huartson, Stars In Deadly Closure Toni Ann Rossi, also known as Toni Huartson, a REALTOR® with the Jim Soda Group of Prudential Palms Realty, played Carol Dodd, a country club manager who befriends Janis in “Deadly Closure”. “Deadly Closure” is a mystery thriller filmed entirely in Sarasota that was accepted into the Sarasota Film Festival. Rossi trained in Los Angeles at the Larry Moss Studio and spent 10 years in California honing her craft. There she was cast in “Scrubs,” “Judging Amy” and “Life with Bonnie,” among other projects.

Coldwell Banker’s Longboat Key Office Ranked #3 in the U.S. Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate announced that the Longboat Key office in Sarasota, Florida, managed by Bob Stanley, is the company’s number three office of its size in the U.S. for generating the greatest number of unit sales in 2009. “We are absolutely delighted to once again rank near the top of our national market,” said Stanley. “Longboat Key and its surrounding waterfront markets are aggressively served by our team — five of whom are consistently ranked among the top 10 real estate agents in Sarasota County. The office has had the number one agent in the county for each of the past four years.”



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i n it esw s n h t he e nn ew Italian Brands Fila/Lovable Finish Sarasota Fashion Photo Shoot Kicking off the week at Peter Laughlin’s expansive and rich Casa Elegante, Fila and Lovable Italia then canvassed Sarasota and Manatee counties taking advantage of the area’s beauty. The group completed their week long fashion photo shoot for their upcoming 2011 catalogs on Siesta Key. They chose a British West Indies styled home to complete the fashion shoot on Friday and Saturday. The private, exceptionally remodeled waterfront home, listed by Marcia Salkin and Paulene Soublis, is within walking distance of Crescent Beach and the striking attention to detail provided a back drop the Italians just loved. Lunardi Photography and REAL Magazine are planning to host them again next year.

Steve Bailey Joins Prudential Palms/ Lakewood Ranch Realty Steve Bailey joined Prudential Palms/Lakewood Ranch Realty as vice president focusing on strategic planning and operations. Helen Sosso states “Steve Bailey is well respected locally and nationally for his knowledge of real estate brokerage and his high standards. We are thrilled to welcome him to our management team.” After working for Merrill Lynch Realty as executive vice president Bailey started his own company. Quickly his company was ranked in the top 120 real estate companies in the nation. He eventually sold the firm, relocated to Sarasota and joined Michael Saunders & Company as executive vice president and subsequently headed Premier Properties’ Sarasota office.

Prudential Palms Realty Earns Multiple Awards Photo: Mark Sosso and Helen Sosso Prudential Palms Realty was awarded the 2009 Gibraltar Circle Award, Outstanding Customer Service Award and Round Table Award by the Prudential Real Estate Network. The Gibraltar Circle Award is bestowed to the top 50 companies in the Prudential Network based on gross commission income. The Outstanding Customer Service Award acknowledges outstanding customer service provided by the firm’s Quality Service Certified Professionals. The Round Table Award honors Prudential Palms Realty’s Longboat Key office for being in the Top 3 offices for Prudential in the U.S. South Region. Prudential Palms Realty was ranked 48th among 1,500 companies in one of the leading real estate brokerage networks in North America.


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per p esr p s pee c c tt i viev s es Clifford M. Scholz, AIA, LEED AP, FGBC CA – President

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As founder of Clifford M. Scholz Architects, Cliff has over 35 years of experience in architecture and construction. His sense of design and clearcut goals has created a reputation for quality and excellence. His design projects consist of custom residential developments, office structures, commercial renovations, golf clubs and high-rise condominium buildings. Cliff is a Licensed General Contractor in the State of Florida, certified LEED AP, and a certifying agent for the Florida Green Building Coalition, and a registered architect in FL, GA, AL, SC, NC, and MD.


he majority of what architects talk about is the exterior package of a structure, when in reality the majority of the time we spend is actually in the interior of the structure. I believe if you were to compare the two amounts of time that the interior part would be considerably longer in duration. Sleeping itself represents about 30% of the time spent inside. Regardless it is very obvious that as much time, or even more time, may well be spent on designing our interior surroundings as compared to the external package. My architectural internship kept me very close to the layouts, flow, and finishing of interiors; especially in the residential sector. Much of that work was very traditional in nature which frequently required symmetrical interior relationships. Grasping the importance of the relationship between the interior and exterior of an architectural element is critical is achieving the best interaction. A good example would be a window. This has an external proportion and position that is key to the overall look of the structure/home. It also has a direct interaction to the interior height of the window stool and head. It is critical to get this correct for the best solution. Accommodating interior furniture and window treatments are only the beginning of a successful interaction. Combining all of the exterior and interior elements in an overall successful design is the goal.

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The two examples I would like to comment on are renovations of existing interiors and the home office/study.



The interior renovation is an existing home on Useppa Island. We were asked to completely renovate an existing 3 story home which was dated and needed rejuvenating. Through the structural renovation we were able to open up the interior of the space and create a warm space with the use of cypress paneling. By reducing the number of different finishes in the house and simplifying the layout, we were able to revitalize the interior “feel” of the home. Sometimes, or most times, simple is better. Another example of is the home office and/or library. With people’s lifestyles centering on their home life more and more, the versatile library/office has taken on many different uses. Our example here is a home on Bird Key. The client wanted a room that could be used as a library, an office and a media room. They wanted it cozy, but also big enough to entertain their guests in. The key here was to get the scale correct so that if you were in the room by yourself you felt comfortable and cozy, and if you were entertaining 4 people, you could use the room and not feel confined. The key is

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the furniture layout and traffic patterns. We also wanted to give the room a warm feeling through the use of mahogany raised paneling and cypress ceiling beams. The result is a truly versatile and elegant room. Interior spaces are an extension of ourselves and our lifestyles. The key elements to a successful space are proportion, light, scale and finishes. Successfully integrating these interior principles with the balance of the home elements is the formula for a great design.




per p esr p s pee c c tt i viev s es Patricia Tan was born in England, and moved to Sarasota in 1997. Her career afforded her the opportunity to live and work in many countries around the world, including Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands and the United Kingdom. She spent five years as a Director of an American real estate franchise in England in 1990s. Patricia has served as Chairperson of Sarasota Association of REALTORS®’ International Council, and serves on Florida Association of REALTORS®’ International Operations Committee. She currently works as International Sales Director for Prudential Palms Realty. Patricia may be reached at 941-487-5107 or


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e hear much talk today of the global economy and the growing role of the BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China. The term BRIC was first used in a Goldman Sachs report in 2003, which speculated that by 2050 these four economies would be wealthier than most of the current major economic powers. Of the four countries, we probably see and hear more of Brazil, here in Florida. Brazil covers nearly half of South America, is the continent’s largest nation and the only South American country whose language and culture is derived from Portugal. A Portuguese explorer, Pedro Alvares Cabral first claimed Brazil in 1500 and its colonization began in 1532.

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In its early days, Brazil’s wealth was built on sugar exports but this was replaced in the late 17th century by the discovery of gold. In 1808, the Portuguese royal family, fleeing the troops of Napoleon, established the seat of their empire in Rio de Janeiro. The King returned to Portugal in 1820. His son stayed in Brazil and declared it independent on September 7, 1822. In 1889 Brazil was proclaimed a Republic and in the ensuing years was ruled by a series of military dictatorships, before it returned to stability under civilian rule. Massive social reforms in the early years of the last decade helped raise many millions of Brazilians out of deep poverty.



Today Brazil is the largest national economy in Latin America, and the world’s tenth largest economy based on its activities in the agricultural, mining, manufacturing and service sectors. It is self sufficient in oil and gas, a world leader in alternative energy, and has massive untapped agricultural resources. Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world with 4,500 miles of coastline, and it has a very diverse topography – hills, mountains, highlands and plains with much of the land between 600ft and 2600ft above sea level. As you would expect, this gives rise to a variety of weather conditions and ecosystems. The Amazon rainforest is recognized as having the greatest biological diversity in the world, and the rich wildlife of Brazil reflects the variety of natural habitats. Larger mammals include pumas, jaguars, tapirs, anteaters, and sloths. Many species of New World

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monkeys are found in the northern rain forests. But what of Brazil’s real estate market? Brazil has inexpensive beachfront property, a low cost of living and glorious weather making it an attractive option for tourism, or those looking to purchase second homes and enjoy another culture. However, Brazil also has a healthy economy to support a growing population that needs housing. This makes it an opportunity for investment in building or renting homes for Brazilians to occupy. As far as tourism is concerned, northeastern Brazil offers excellent transportation links to Europe and the USA. New and resale properties are available for purchase, including condo-hotels. Now could also be a good time to buy into smaller hotel properties boutique hotels catering to specific market sectors such as ecotourism. Those seeking to purchase a second home may consider buying pre-construction from the many local and European builders active throughout the country. However, there are some things to be aware of if this is your chosen path. For instance, you may be required to pay an extra fee during construction, known as an INCC. This takes inflationary costs into account and may be added to the final cost of the property at closing. There are consumer laws in place to protect those who invest in pre-construction purchases, but early consultation with a local attorney may afford the best protection. Brazil’s rapidly growing population means there is a need for more housing to be built quickly. There are opportunities to invest with companies on a project-by-project basis. They use investor funds to quickly build low cost housing for rent to locals. Funds must be invested for a fixed period of time, and investors enjoy a rental return as well as capital growth when the project is sold at a later date. Whether you are looking for a destination to enjoy for vacations, or an opportunity to invest in real estate for a financial return, Brazil should be on your list for consideration The International Division of Prudential Palms Realty in Sarasota represents a number of properties for sale in Brazil. Call Patricia Tan on 941-504-9232 for more details.

per p esr p s pee c c tt i viev s es Jefferson F. Riddell is a Florida Board Certified Real Estate attorney with thirty-five years of experience assisting people with a variety of residential and commercial real estate matters. U.S. 1031 Exchange Services, Inc is a 1031 exchange qualified intermediary (QI) and a member of the Federation of Exchange Accommodators (FEA). As President of U.S. 1031 Exchange services Jeff has been facilitating 1031 exchanges for more than twenty years. Jeff has been awarded the Certified Exchange Specialist (CES) certification. Jeff may be reached at 941-366-1300 or via email at


lthough 1031 Exchange has been in the internal revenue code since 1921, the scope of its use in recent years is unprecedented. Originally an “out west” phenomenon, the use of 1031 Exchange has spread rapidly east in recent years. With all of the “unintentional millionaires” out there today, even the little guys are doing 1031 Exchanges. “Unintentional millionaires” are all those folks who bought a lot, house, condominium, etc. a few years ago who wake up one morning and find that their $250,000 property is now worth more than a million, but you knew that (hopefully you are one). I assume everyone knows what 1031 Exchange does, i.e., don’t pay tax on the sale of real estate that has been an investment, rental or business property as long as you are willing to reinvest in replacement property, and follow the rules and regulations for completion of a successful 1031 Exchange. But following the rules is not easy unless you do it every day.

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Identification is tricky. IRS says you can identify three different ways, but you must pick only one. The first rule is called the “three property rule” and says, by the 45th day if you have not already closing on the replacement property, you can identify up to three properties by street address (or some other unambiguous identification) without regard to their value. The second rule is called the “200 percent rule”. This one says that, by the end of the 45th day, you can identify any number of properties, but the total value of those properties cannot exceed 200% of the sale price of your relinquished property. There is a third rule called the “95% rule” but it is not used very often in real estate exchanges. If you give the QI company your identification list by the 45th day, but you are unable to actually purchase the property or properties you want as replacement properties, you will end up paying your capital gains tax because you cannot change the list after the 45th day.

The basic rule is that you must arrange the exchange before you close the sale of the property for which you want tax deferral. By the way, 1031 Exchange is not a tax exemption, but only a deferral, but most people think it is sound economics to have the use of the tax money you would have paid, at least for awhile (free loan from Most QI Companies charge between $600 and $1,500 for a Uncle Sam). There are also a couple of ways to permanently avoid simple exchange, but for exchanges where the sale price of the tax, but that will have to await another article. the relinquished property is over a couple million dollars, the fee may be higher, and there are usually additional fees for But back to the rules. First you find a buyer for your property. more complicated exchanges such as reverse and construction You can sign a contract to sell your property even before you set exchanges. QI companies are all over the place regarding interest up the exchange. But before the closing, you must retain a 1031 Exchange Qualified Intermediary (QI) company, sign an Exchange on the funds held in escrow—some keep part or all of the interest, others give it all to the exchanger, so be sure to ask. Agreement with the QI company and then, at closing, the QI company receives the proceeds of sale from the closing agent and The general rule for successfully accomplishing a 1031 Exchange escrows the proceeds until they are sent by the QI company to is that you must trade even or up in both equity and mortgage. the replacement property closing agent to show as a buyer credit Simply stated, that means your replacement property purchase on the replacement property closing statement. After that, the QI price should be equal or greater than the sale price of your company closes out the exchange and gives you an accounting of relinquished property. Said another way, you must reinvest all of how the money came in and how it went out. the money you receive from the relinquished property sale back into the replacement property and the replacement property must You can have more than one relinquished property and/or more have a mortgage put on it at closing at least equal to the mortgage than one replacement property, but the applicable deadlines run paid off on the relinquished property. Money in your pocket or from the date of closing of the first relinquished property. The less mortgage on your replacement property is called “boot” deadlines are 45 days to identify your replacement property or and “boot” is taxable, but it doesn’t necessarily blow your whole properties, and 180 days to close on your replacement property. exchange if it is a small percentage amount. How you figure this is The 180 days includes the 45 days, and you start the count with the day following the date of closing of the first relinquished beyond the scope of this article, and you don’t have to worry about property. The 180 day rule actually says “180 days or the due date it if you trade even or up in value.

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of your tax return for the year of sale of the relinquished property” so for closings after October 15, it may be necessary to file for an extension of the April 15 filing deadline if you need the full 180 days to complete the exchange.


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ince 1970, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County has served an invaluable role in the lives of young people throughout the region. An organization designed to provide a safe and welcoming environment for kids ranging from 6-18 years of age, the Club has adhered to a philosophy that all are welcome. “We are here to help those who need us the most,” states Tamara Davis Chapman, Director of Marketing and Events. “We will not turn away a child or family who seek our support.” The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota offers an array of services and programs created to meet the needs of today’s youth and their families. Comprised of four clubs and six 21st Century Learning Centers at local elementary and middle schools, the organization touches upwards of 8,000 kids annually, providing an array of programs intended to support and motivate club members in their academic, social and personal endeavors. At The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, the aim is to not only meet the basic needs of area children, but to also provide opportunities for enrichment and outlets for creativity. Chapman notes, “Recent studies show that one in seven people in Sarasota County is food insecure; they don’t know where their next meal is going to come from.” Understanding that nutrition is a keystone in a foundation of learning and overall well-being, during the summer the Boys & Girls Clubs offer hot lunches, and throughout the year offer healthy snacks, and opportunities for additional meals through the Clubs’ Culinary program—all at no costs to the kids. The Club’s range of activities include programs that teach money management; drug, alcohol and sexual abuse awareness and prevention; homework assistance; volunteerism; and business development. An arts and crafts program features opportunities for Club members to discover their talents in a myriad of creative outlets, including writing, dance, tactile arts and crafts, photography and digital arts. Healthy minds and healthy bodies unite through a comprehensive sports, fitness and recreation program that includes swimming, basketball leagues, judo and rock climbing. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County touts itself as a second home for its members, and Chapman points out that the organization provides much more than a place for kids to play after school. “We have cultivated a really positive environment where our members are valued, and where they have opportunities to discover their potential,” she explains. “It’s a fun place, our kids come here because they want to;

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then again, many of our members have no place else to go during after-school hours and during the summer.” In fact, statistics show that, nationwide, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America is making a tremendous impact on the youth communities it serves. According to published reports, 95% of the organization’s members indicated that the Clubs were the best opportunities available in their local communities, with 52% noting that the club saved their lives. On average, Club members boast higher-than-average high school graduation rates, with lower-than-average teen pregnancy rates. While many members of The Boys & Girls Clubs of America are labeled as disadvantaged, their potential is limitless. The organization’s alumni list includes former President Bill Clinton, Michael Jordan, Jackie JoynerKersee, and Neil Diamond. Chapman reveals that a large majority of the Club’s local counselors and employees were once members themselves. “We have such a loyal and giving group of individuals,” she says. “It’s amazing. We have cultivated a wonderful family atmosphere here, where all are accepted.” REALTOR® Charlotte Hedge, with The Hedge Team at Signature Sotheby’s International Realty, is a longtime supporter of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. She and her husband Tom have been involved with the organization since 1993, serving in leadership positions, fundraising, and volunteering their time and skills. Explains Hedge, “With so many charitable organizations in our area, it’s difficult to select one to support. But what we really appreciate about The Boys & Girls Clubs is that a high percentage of monies donated go directly into programs for the members. Statistics show that the Clubs make a positive difference in the lives of its members, providing them with support and opportunities that every child should have.” While The Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota County requests a nominal membership fee for every member, Chapman notes that no one is turned away for lack of funds. The organization relies heavily on the generosity of local donors, whose monetary gifts have a tremendous impact on the futures of countless children. “Like so many residents of Sarasota County, The Boys & Girls Club has felt the impact of the economic shift,” acknowledges Chapman. “Still, we are grateful to our community for the ongoing support we have received.” She adds, “We continue to rely on the donations of local residents, so that we may continue to provide our members with the guidance, direction and support that they need.”

Your donation will make a difference in the life of a local child. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County P.O. Box 4068 Sarasota, FL 34230 Telephone: 941-366-3911


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ant to make more putts!? Who doesn’t? A common thing I encounter is that people cannot read greens or putts correctly. As you can see in the photos, all putts are actually straight! The slope takes the ball off the line that you choose, but mentally you are thinking that the putt you are hitting is actually straight at your target, not necessarily the hole. Let me explain. The amount of break is dictated by the slope, speed of the greens and how hard you hit it. When looking at a putt, get down low behind it. If it is a long putt, split the topography up into thirds and make a road map to the hole. Remember, everyone is guessing to a degree, even tour players. But the more you practice reading putts, the better. I

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