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Message From Bev

Bev Murray

As the rest of the country enjoys the last of the summer weather and begins to batten down the hatches for the onslaught of winter, we Floridians have the giddy anticipation of opening up our doors and windows to let in the dry, cool winter weather. Winters in Florida are glorious, so it’s no wonder that the beautiful weather brings with it a tide of visitors, part-time residents and “snowbirds” who come to get a piece of the sunshine.

October is the real start of our social season, and the city comes alive with arts and cultural performances, fundraising galas and social events. I’m going to do a gratuitous plug for a fantastic event that I am helping to organize. The Pillar of Hope is a FREE tasting and awareness event taking place at the Child Protection Center in downtown Sarasota from 5-8pm on October 16th.

Pillar Of HopeWe have gathered together over 20 local restaurants, Darwin’s, Louies Modern, Mattison’s and El Greco to name a few, who will be providing free samplings of their tastiest dishes. This fun evening offers live music, a fun raffle, craft beer, wine and a signature cocktail, as well as book signings and tours of the facility.

This is a wonderful opportunity to contribute to the Pillar of Hope and let children in our community know that they are not alone.

I hope to see you there!

Bev Murray Interviewed On The UK’s Version Of ‘House Hunters’
About Sarasota Real Estate

Realtor Bev Murray interviewed on Place In The Sun
A Place In The Sun House Hunters

When ‘A Place In The Sun’ Needed an area real estate expert familiar with both the UK and Sarasota markets they chose Bev Murray. Watch this video to see what questions many international buyers have about purchasing real estate in Sarasota

Murray Homes Announces New Homes Construction in The Lake Club

Staysail Court The Lake Club at Lakewood Ranch

Murray Homes is the exclusive builder in Staysail Court in The Lake Club at Lakewood Ranch. The family of homes designed for the enclave has been inspired by the America’s Cup and will reflect the British and European heritage of the Murray family as well as their passion for offshore racing.

The Resolute Model Inspored By The America's Cup

The first model, scheduled to open in the spring of 2015, is named after the 106-ft. America's Cup winning racing yacht Resolute.
The Resolute model features:

- 3,984 sq ft
- 3 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, flex room/bedroom, library, summer kitchen
- Three car garage with split design
- Over 1,000 square feet of outdoor living space
- Exquisite architectural details, clean elegant lines, and the finest custom finishes throughout the home

For more information on new homes at Staysail Court
call Steve Murray at (941) 906-7000, or Bev Murray at (941) 365-1837

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Real Estate Market Update

August 2014 – Modest Increase In Activity

August’s sales figures show that year to date sales across Sarasota County are 100 units higher than the same time last year.

The median sales prices for the 12 month period ending in August, which moderates monthly swings, was $192,000 for single family homes, an increase of 10% on last August’s 12-month period of $175,000. For condos it was 11.5% higher at $178,500.

Inventory has shrunk further to 4.2 months. A well balanced real estate market is typically about 6 months’ supply of properties.

Pending sales were robust in August, which should translate to similar sales figures for September.

  August 2014 August 2013 % Change
Closed Sales 698 645 8.2%
Cash Sales 328 329 -0.3%
Pending Sales 608 603 -0.8%
New Listings 731 885 -17.4%
Median Sale Price $195,750 $195,000 1.4%
Median Days On Market 65 46 41.3%
Active Listings 2,619 2,570 1.9%


Upcoming Events

15th Annual Firehouse Chili Cook-Off

Fifteen of Sarasota Fire Houses will compete against each other for the title of the “Best Fire House Chili in Sarasota” and for the Best Booth. Proceeds benefit the Fire Fighters Benevolent Fund. Tickets available in advance at Morton's.

When: Sunday, October 12, 2014. 2-5pm
Where: Morton’s Market, 1924 Osprey Avenue, Sarasota

Key to The Cure

Grand opening event to celebrate the new Saks Fifth Avenue, The Mall at University Town Center. Tickets are on sale at

When: Tuesday, October 14, 2014. 5:30 - 9:00 PM
Where: Saks Fifth Avenue, The Mall at University Town Center

The Pillar of Hope

This is a FREE tasting event taking place at the Child Protection Center in downtown Sarasota. Live music, raffle, craft beer, wine and a signature cocktail. Over 20 local restaurants such as Darwin’s, Louies Modern, Mattison’s and El Greco will be providing free samplings of their tastiest dishes.

When: Thursday, October 16h, 2014. 5-8 pm
Where: Child Protection Center 720 South Orange Ave. Sarasota

Great Escapes - Twilight Zone

As Halloween approaches, the Sarasota Orchestra will musically offer some treats and a trick or two. Music will include themes from the Twilight, Ghostbusters and Psycho movies, The Addams Family, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and the eccentric Rocky Horror Picture Show.

When: October 15-18 (times vary)
Where: Holley Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

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In This Issue: Message from BevInterview On 'Place In The Sun' Murray Homes New Community in The Lake Club Real Estate Market Update Client Reviews Upcoming Events 6 Reasons To Choose The Murray Group What Type Of Seller Are You? Siesta Key Update
Six Reasons To Choose The Murray Group
What Type Of Seller Are You?
Siesta Key Siesta Key 351 properties For Sale $1,385,482 Avg. Price 2,151 Avg. Sq Feet

Home to a spectacular white sandy beach which earned the coveted title of “Number 1 Beach in America” in 2011, Siesta Key is the most family-oriented of Sarasota’s barrier islands. The heart of the key is the relaxed but hopping Siesta Village, jam-packed with outdoor eateries, funky stores and ice cream shops.

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