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Bev Murray of The Murray Group

I am always a little bit homesick around this time of year, because the run-up to Christmas and the holiday season here in Florida feels so very different to how it was growing up in England. I miss pantomimes, bubble & squeak, crackers, and Boxing Day; but most of all I miss the cold weather. Here, if the temperature drops below 60°, we’re tempted to light the fire, and if it drops to the 40s, the children walk around the house in jackets and hats, sipping hot cocoa and clinging to the dogs for warmth. Whilst the 80-degree temperatures don’t really inspire the festive spirit in me, our house absolutely does.

From all of us at The Murray Group and Murray Homes, we wish you a wonderful Holiday Season and a very happy New Year!

We live in an old neighborhood in a classic two-story “cracker” house, built in the 1930s out of wood, plaster and lath. Once we string the lights and set up the tree, and inflate the oversized holiday dachshund in the front yard, it gets transformed into something rather special, and something that will always define “Christmas in Florida” for me. So whilst it may be too hot for snowballs and cocoa, it is still festive enough to celebrate the holidays Florida-style, dining “al fresco” and watching sunsets in short sleeves.

From all of us at The Murray Group and Murray Homes, we wish you a wonderful Holiday Season and a very happy New Year!

From all of us at The Murray Group and Murray Homes, we wish you a wonderful Holiday Season and a very happy New Year!


6714 Chancery Place
6714 Chancery Place

This is an outstanding opportunity to purchase an impeccably maintained, elegantly designed 4,255 five-bedroom home on one of the most sought after streets in University Park. Built by Todd Johnston in 2006, this custom "Manchester" model offers a split plan floor plan with volume ceilings, a master suite, 2 ensuite bedrooms, an office and living space on the first floor, and two ensuite bedrooms and a living room upstairs. The home is situated on a half acre lot with mature landscaping and overlooks the 9th and 18th fairways of the award-winning University Park Golf Club.

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Just Sold In Del Webb!
Just Sold In Del Webb!

Del Webb, Lakewood Ranch’s new 55 and older active adult community is loaded with amenities to keep residents busy, fit, and social every day of the week. Homes are built with both livability and convenience in mind.

  • Active adult 55 and older community
  • 2 - 5 bedrooms, priced at $300,000’s - $500,000’s
  • Maintenance-free living with exquisite landscaping in residential and public areas
  • 6 tennis courts, 4 bocce ball courts, and 8 pickle ball courts
  • Modern fitness center and Movement Studio, heated resort pool and spa
  • Clubhouse with catering kitchen, Wi-Fi café, and craft room
  • Arts and crafts, book clubs, and lectures
  • Various organized activities, and events
  • Bar-B-Q grilling area, outdoor Barefoot Bar, fire pit, and event lawn
  • Miles of biking, jogging, and walking trails
  • Pet-friendly
  • Hospitals nearby

Ken and Katina Shanahan

For more information about Del Webb or other Lakewood Ranch Communities,
contact Ken and Katina Shanahan at 941-702-0443 or


Real Estate Market Update

Home sales have rallied in the last quarter of 2016 and more homes have come onto the market in readiness for the 2017 buying season.

For single family homes in Sarasota County, sales are up 5 percent on November 2015, the median sales price has increased 15.8 percent, and promisingly, the number of homes under contract in November 2016 is 24 percent higher than the same month last year. There is 10 percent more inventory on the market, but it will be interesting to see how the impact of rising prices and the anticipated interest rate hikes will squeeze the inventory rates over the coming months. In the short-term, we may well see more buyers enter the market to get ahead of the mortgage rate increases.

The number of condos that went under contract in November was just under 40 percent higher than the previous year, that is a great indicator of the strength of the sales market in the next month or so. The median price slipped 1.3 percent to $196,500 but new listings were up 8.7 percent. Inventory is up to 5.4 months’ supply, which indicates a healthy relationship between supply and demand.

As long as inventory rates remain below 6 months, which is considered to be a well –balanced market, we can expect that home prices will continue to rise. For more on the economics of the current housing situation nationwide, this article by Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors provides a great overview.

Single Family Homes

  November 2016 November 2015 % Change
Closed Sales 568 540 5.2%
Cash Sales 212 268 -20.9%
Pending Sales 573 462 24.%
New Listings 867 863 0.5%
Median Sale Price $265,000 $228,750 15.8%
Median Days To Contract 35 29 20.7%
Active Listings 2,883 2,624 10.0%
Month Supply of Inventory 4.4 3.8 15.8%

Condos and Town Homes

  November 2016 November 2015% Change
Closed Sales 258 234 10.3%
Cash Sales 152 169 -10.1%
Pending Sales 281 201 39.8%
New Listings 425 391 8.7%
Median Sale Price $196,500 $199,000 -1.3%
Median Days To Contract 45 30 50%
Active Listings 1,598 1,243 28.6%
Month Supply of Inventory 5.4 4.0 35%
News & Events
High Flying Holidays

Come celebrate with the whole family at this annual production featuring over 100 students ages 8-18 as they flip, fly and soar in this exhilarating new show. For tickets, visit the box office or

When: December 26-29, 2 & 7 PM shows
Where: The Circus Arts Conservatory

Lights in Bloom

A stroll through magical gardens filled with beautifully lit flowers, butterflies, dragonflies and more. The tropical paradise includes miniature garden trains, Santa and his elves (before Christmas Eve), plus nightly live entertainment with the Lauren Mitchell Band. Food and drinks available for purchase.

When: December 16-30, 6-9 PM
Where: Selby Gardens

Holiday Lights Spectacular Dazzles

On those nights, the Gardens are transformed into a Holiday Wonderland. The traditional, family friendly event offers a myriad of joy-filled activities such as strolling down “Candy Cane Lane,” roasting marshmallows, and many more holiday activities. Santa will be there for those treasured family photos and festive music will have your family singing along.

When: December 10-30
Where: Sarasota Jungle Gardens

First Day Hike-Exploring Florida Dry Prairie

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Myakka River State Park will be hosting a First Day Hike. Join a Park Ranger for a leisurely 1.5 to 2 mile hike through Myakka’s Florida Dry Prairie. Participants are limited to 20 people. Call the Myakka River State Park Ranger Station at 941-361-6511 to make reservations for this event.

When: Sunday, January 1st. 9 AM
Where: Myakka River State Park

11th Annual All-Trails Hike/Concert

Hike starts at 8:00am, lunch at 11:00am and music at Noon. Multiple rest stops on all of the trails along the way will have water and snacks. Concert and lunch at the Nature Center until 2:00pm. The cost is $10 for individuals 16 years and older; under 16 years old eat free with paid adult. Park entrance fee included.

When: Saturday, January 14. 8 AM
Where: Oscar Scherer State Park

2nd Annual Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival

Select from exquisite foods cooked onsite incorporating the freshest ingredients by local restaurants and food purveyors. Live music performances.

When: January 21-22, 2017 from 10 AM-6PM
Where: Selby Five Points Park

2017 Forks & Corks University

An educational seminar, led by recognized wine experts from around the world to taste and learn about rare and inspired wines.

When: Saturday, January 28. 9 AM
Where: Michael’s On East

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