SaraBay Real Estate, Inc. Joins Leverage Global Partners as Exclusive Partner for Sarasota/Bradenton


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SaraBay Real Estate, Inc. Becomes the Exclusive Leverage Global Partner for Sarasota, FL


For Immediate Release

Sarasota, FL – October 19, 2015– SaraBay Real Estate, Inc. becomes EXCLUSIVE Leverage Global Partner for Sarasota/Bradenton, Florida

On October 1, 2015, SaraBay joined Leverage Global Partners as the Network’s exclusive member in Sarasota, FL. A unique alignment of the most prestigious independent real estate brokerage firms around the world, Leverage Global Partners offers its members the opportunity to better serve their clients’ relocation and real estate portfolio needs by establishing each member firm as key players in the international real estate arena.

All Leverage Global Partners have been researched and vetted for their high standards of exceptional market expertise, experience and professionalism. “We personally do intensive research on each real estate brokerage before offering a membership. After researching three independent brokerages in the area, we are confident that SaraBay Real Estate is the right choice to be the exclusive referral source for us in the Sarasota/Bradenton communities,” said F. Ron Smith, President of Leverage Global Partners. “We are looking forward to working with SaraBay as all indicators are that Florida is destined for explosive growth which means the referral market is also destined for explosive growth as buyers from all across the world are looking for the lifestyle that the Gulf Coast of Florida offers.”

As a member of Leverage, SaraBay Real Estate will be promoted as the Network’s exclusive representative for the Sarasota area, facilitating a framework in which the company can expand and compete with larger franchise networks. Through Leverage’s “Just Ask” referral program, SaraBay Real Estate associates are offered personal introductions and provided access to top firms around the world, ensuring them incomparable networking ability in the worldwide luxury real estate market.

This partnership further extends SaraBay’s already global reach. The cutting edge marketing services in social media, search engine optimization, public relations and communication offered by Leverage is just one more way that SaraBay insures the best match of buyer and seller for the consumer, further supporting SaraBay’s position as the local market expert.

For more information about SaraBay Real Estate, please contact DJ Throgmorton, Sales Manager, at 941-355-7696 or




Survey: Florida is still top destination for retirees


Miami Herald | July 30, 2015 


Some things never change: Florida is still the nation’s top destination for retirees.

In a survey of 1,000 relocating retirees conducted by Where to Retire magazine, about 54 percent chose the Sunshine State as the perfect spot for their golden years. Rounding out the top five were North Carolina , South Carolina, Arizona and Texas.

“Generations of retirees have sought after Florida’s abundant sunshine and plethora of outdoor activities geared toward active adults,” Where to Retire editor Annette Fuller said in a statement.

A 2011 study by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs found that retirees help the state’s economy. They may spend and earn less than average residents but they tend to own more expensive homes. And their greater need for medical attention is offset by their lower use of other public services including education, roads and the justice system.

Old folks: Florida welcomes you.



Special Events For Our Special Veterans

Today, we honor those men and women who make the daily sacrifices and put their own lives on hold so that we may live as free. Without these heroes, our lives as we know them, I'm certain would be quite different. Please take a moment to thank them, remember them and pray for those that will never return, those that have lost and for those that are actively serving for us.

Veterans Day flag ceremony takes place this morning at 9 a.m.

Sarasota will be hosting the annual Veterans Day parade, which will make its way through downtown starting at 10 a.m. beginning at Main Street and Osprey Avenue honoring military personnel. At the conclusion of the parade, a ceremony will be held at Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park at Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue at approximately 11 a.m.

Manatee County is hosting its own Veterans Day observance, which includes a parade, guest speakers and more …

Free entrance to Florida state parks on Veterans Day

Writing workshop helps Vets get their experiences down on paper

Check out the full list of events on Tuesday, Nov. 11 here



Local Deals and Discounts* For Veterans And Active Military Member

As a small token of thanks, many local business are offering our Veterans and Active Military Members discounts and freebies in recognition of their service. We hope each and every one of you enjoys something extra special today, and at least receives a "thank you" every single day! Please call the location you're planning to visit to make sure they are participating in the free offer — we don't want you to be disappointed! Our apologies iff we've missed anyone in the list.

Great Clips: Veterans who visit the shops get a free haircut, or a redemption card for a free cut to be used by Dec. 31.

Applebee’s: The restaurant chain offers a special free menu for vets and active military members.

Chili’s: The restaurant chain offers a special free menu for vets and active military members.

Boston Market: Free dessert, with the purchase of an individual meal, at Boston Market on Nov. 11 with this coupon.

California Pizza Kitchen: The restaurant chain offers a special free menu for vets and active military members.

Hooters: With any drink purchase, vets can get a free meal worth $10.99 on Veterans Day.

Starbucks: Tall brewed coffees are free to veterans and active-duty service members and their spouses on Veterans Day.

IHOP: Red, White and Blue pancakes are free to vets and active military members from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Einstein Bros Bagels: FREE coffee to all military personnel on Veterans Day.

Bob Evans: The restaurant chain offers all-you-can-eat hotcakes for veterans and active military on Veterans Day.

TGI Fridays: Offering veterans and active duty military a free lunch on Veterans Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dine-in only. Valid military ID required. The offer is for select items at select restaurants.

Golden Corral: The restaurant chain observes Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 17, with free dinner buffets from 5-9 p.m.

Bonanza Steakhouse: The steakhouse chain also moves its Veterans Day observance to Monday, Nov. 17, with free buffets for veterans and active military members.

Red Lobster: The appetizers are free to veterans and active-duty military members Monday, Nov. 10, through Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Krispy Kreme: Those who are able to identify themselves as veterans or active duty military get a free doughnut and small coffee on Veterans Day.

Chuck E. Cheese: U.S. military vets and active-duty military get 20 free tokens through Saturday, Nov. 15.

Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage to all active and retired military personnel on Veterans Day.

Baskin Robbins: First Class Camouflage Ice Cream – a concoction of chocolate, salty caramel and cake-flavored ice creams – is the flavor of the month in honor of Veterans Day. In addition, the chain will donate 10 cents from ice cream scoops sold at all U.S. locations on Veterans Day to the United Service Organizations (USO).

Friendly’s: Free breakfast, lunch or dinner to veterans and active military on Veterans Day.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store: On Tuesday, veterans get a free Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert. The restaurant will offer 10 percent of proceeds on the sales of the dessert to non-veterans.

Denny’s: Active, inactive and retired military personnel can build their own free Grand Slam breakfast from 5 a.m. until noon Tuesday at participating restaurants.

Carrabba’s: All active and retired veterans receive a free appetizer at participating locations now through Nov. 11.

Ikea: Many Ikea locations are offering a free meal to veterans Nov. 9 – 11, 2014. Search for your local Ikea store, go to the store home page and select the “special offers” tab for details.

Krystal: Active and retired armed forces members get a sausage biscuit to any active or retired service member with military ID on Tuesday.

Lone Star Steakhouse: A free entrée on Veterans Day to active duty and reserves.

Longhorn Steakhouse: Service members receive a complimentary Texas Tonion appetizer and non-alcohol beverage on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Includes veterans and current service members.

Menchie’s: On Veterans Day, all vets and military personnel with a military ID or dressed in uniform will receive a free six ounce frozen yogurt any time of day.

Olive Garden: All veterans and military active duty will receive a free meal from a special menu on Veterans Day.

PDQ: Free tenders or sandwich for all veterans or active duty military with identification or in uniform.

Ruby Tuesday: Offering veterans, active duty and reserve service members with a proof of service a free appetizer on Nov. 11.

This Week’s Featured Listing: 1920s Historical Home in Sarasota, FL

348 Lantana Avenue, Sarasota, FL

Step back in time… this updated and remodeled 1920s Historical Spanish-Mediterranean in Sarasota, FL is located on Lantana Avenue in Whitfield Estates. This lovely property offers a detached Mother-in-Law suite with bedroom, bathroom and one car garage. The main home includes all new appliances, 10′ ceilings, fireplace, wood floors and covered lanai. Three bedrooms, two baths is perfect for a growing family and or visiting guests.

Call Mike Holderness at (941) 725-0338
or email him at just ranked Sarasota among the best small cities in the U.S. for art lovers.

Paris, Barcelona and…Asheville? The Best Small Cities for Art Lovers
by ANNIE WANG on MAY 20, 2013
Please visit for the full article and other great travel tips and news!!

When art lovers think of dream destinations, cities like Paris, Barcelona and New York come to mind. However, travelers shouldn’t forget about the smaller destinations closer to home with incredible art cultures. TravelNerd selected the top 10 small cities in the US for art lovers. We focused on cities with populations under 200,000 that hosted numerous art museums, galleries, and festivals to find locations with plenty of events and destinations for art lovers.

Laguna Beach, CA

Laguna Beach, just south of Los Angeles in Orange County, is an artist haven. Laguna Beach has always been popular with artists, starting from its humble beginnings as a beautiful beachside town, and Laguna Beach has embraced the artistic community. With world-famous museums like the Laguna Art Museum, currently hosting John Mason’s Blue Wall, and myriads of art galleries, Laguna Beach has embraced the artistic community with popular ongoing events like the First Thursdays ArtWalk.

If you visit during July or August, you’ll catch the world-famous Festivals of the Arts, including the Pageant of the Masters, with real-life reenactments of famous paintings. Additionally, the Sawdust Festival, a non-profit festival dedicated to promoting the art created in Laguna Beach, occurs every summer and winter. For more information on festivals and other events, check out the full calendar of art events in Orange County.

Savannah, GA

Savannah’s long history provides a rich cultural backdrop for its vibrant art scene. Located on the coast, Savannah is famous for its stunning architecture, so architecture buffs should make sure to visit the restored Historic District along the Riverfront and the Victorian Historic District. The Telfair Museum of Art, the first pubic art museum in the South, is housed in a renovated Regency-style mansion.

Savannah’s thriving art community stems from its famous Savannah College of Art and Design, which hosts the Savannah Film Festival, the Sidewalk Arts Festival, featuring chalk-drawing competitions in April, and the Sand Arts Festival, held on Tybee Island. With these popular events, its no wonder Savannah’s artist community is a draw for visitors everywhere.

To find out more about local artists and events, check out the artist roster from Georgia’s Council for the Arts. The Department of Cultural Affairs routinely hosts free festivals throughout the year, including the annual Music Festival in March, the Jazz Festival in September and the Folk Music Festival in October.

Asheville, NC

Asheville, a small city in western North Carolina, nestled near the Appalachian Mountains, seems to be an unlikely place for art lovers. However, those in the know realize the gems that this town is hiding. The Asheville community is active in promoting its artistic heritage, starting from its public art collection. Try the Asheville Urban Trail Walking Tour to see the start attractions like the Energy Loop, the Deco Gecko, the City Hall murals and a life-size sculpture of Martin Luther King, Jr. at MLK Park.

One of the most popular events in the summer is the Shindig on the Green, with live performances in Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. Be sure to stop by the Asheville Art Museum to see the Black Mountain College Collection, with art from Black Mountain College students. Wander around downtown Asheville to see the 30+ art galleries lining the streets with exhibitions on American folk art, crafts from the Appalachian and the Asheville Gallery of Art. Check out the events calendar at the North Carolina Arts Council to find more events held in Asheville throughout the year.

Jackson Hole, WY

While Jackson Hole is famous for its powder, art lovers should also travel to the town to see its bustling art scene. Start at the Center for the Arts to see performance art, film premiers and more. You can even catch world-class workshops held by institutions like the New York City Ballet. Also be sure to check out the National Museum of Wildlife Art, featuring exhibits like the National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West and animal drawings by artists like John James Audubon and Andy Warhol.

In the summer, Jackson Hole hosts the Art Fair Jackson Hole, which hosts live music, over 170 artists from around the world, food booths and hands-on art activities. Walk around downtown to find the art galleries featuring antique Navajo weavings, Plains Indian beadwork and even antique cowboy gear. Check out more information on Folk Art from the Wyoming Arts Council.

Provincetown, MA

Provincetown, at the tip of Cape Cod, is a popular summer vacation spot known for its beaches, harbor and artist community. Every summer, they host the Provincetown International Film Festival, complete with A-listers like director Quentin Tarantino and actress Tilda Swinton. Also be sure to stop by the Fine Arts Work Center to hear readings and attend events by up-and-coming young artists.

Theater-lovers should stop by The Art House for screenings of independent films and live performances by artists like Joanna Gleason and Patti Lupone. Be sure to head to the Provincetown History Preservation Project to see the town art collection to see art inspired by the coast and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, featuring locally-made arts and crafts.

Sarasota, FL

Summer on the Gulf Coast in Sarasota, with warm beaches, white sand and plenty of activities for art lovers. Sarasota welcomes art lovers into their community with plenty of events like the monthly Art Walk on the third Friday of each month. Walk down Adams Lane to see art galleries, boutiques and studios showing painting, sculptures and crafts from local artists. Head to Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall to see the Fine Arts Society’s collection and a behind-the-scenes tour of the play house.

The most famous attraction in Sarasota is The Ringling, which includes a Museum of Art (including pieces by El Greco and Titian), Circus Museum, Bayfront Gardens and performances at the Historic Asolo Theater. John Ringling, the most famous of the Ringling Brothers, dedicated his property to create a circus and arts attraction. Last, but not least, the Art Center Sarasota hosts free galleries on a rotating schedule as well as a sculpture garden. Check out more activities and events at the Arts and Cultural Alliance center.

Sedona, AZ

While the Red Rocks of Sedona may be the most popular attraction, it’s no surprise artists flock to the picturesque town of Sedona, with its famous southwestern natural beauty. Join the artistic community by participating in events hosted by the Sedona Artists Coalition, including artists’ salons. In October, Sedona hosts an annual Arts Festival that features works from local artists. While tickets are $10, all proceeds go towards funding art education in Sedona.

Head into the banks of Oak Creek to Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village to find fine art galleries and beautiful shops. You can often find the artists working on their craft right there in the store. Also be sure to check out all the art galleries around Sedona, many of which feature uniquely southwestern-inspired pieces. Be sure to especially stop by the Sedona Arts Center to see local artists and try some art workshops.

Alexandria, VA

Alexandria is a mere six miles outside of downtown Washington DC, perfect for a getaway from the capital. Head to the Torpedo Factory, the largest art center in Alexandria, in Old Town Alexandria. It’s free admission, and visitors can see all forms of artwork from ceramics and painting to fiber and glasswork. Walk around Old Town to see the public art, including art in the City Hall and the Charles Houston Memorial Public Art Project.

In October, Alexandria hosts Art on the Avenue, an arts and music festival with live music and stalls of local artists, including handmade jewelry, woodworks, soaps and pottery. Be sure to look for more events on the arts calendar compiled by the Alexandria Arts Forum.

Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe attracts many artists due to the cultural richness of the city and the beauty of the natural landscape. With multitudes of museums, galleries and other artist organizations, Santa Fe is one of the most exciting art communities in the nation. Start at the New Mexico Museum of Art, dedicated to art from New Mexico, like an exhibit on the 14,000 years of art in New Mexico, starting from the Clovis culture. Also see the Museum of International Folk Art, where there are is a current exhibition on the history of chocolate. If you’re heading to Santa Fe this summer, be sure to check out the Santa Fe International Folk Art Festival, the largest such market in the world, and the Santa Fe Show, a summer exhibit of furniture, books, jewelry and textiles from over 65 galleries.

In the downtown area, galleries line the streets featuring exhibitions of locally-made art from rising artists. Visitors will wee antiques, folk art, jewelry and Native American art works. The Center for Contemporary Arts has a great line up of films as well as excellent exhibitions, like a current one of orientation and space in two dimensions. Those a little more hands on should head over to the Santa Fe Art Institute for workshops and lectures on prominent artistic figures like Martha Russo and Rick Lowe. The Santa Fe Arts Commission lists upcoming events and exhibitions coming into town.

Bozeman, MT

Bozeman, on the western side of Montana, may be a surprising choice for an art lover. Situated near Yellowstone National Parks, Bozeman’s magnificent natural scenery has been an inspiration for many artists, which is reflected in its many art galleries and art centers. Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture has fantastic exhibits of student and professional work as well as hosting fun events like film screenings and music festivals.

Additionally, look at local artists’ work on Art Bozeman’s website, and find their work in art galleries all around downtown Bozeman. In August, the Sweet Pea Festival provides a place for visitors to attend dance workshops, art sales and exhibits, concerts and even Shakespearean performances.


122 Pearl Avenue, Sarasota
Listed at $189,900

Bayside of Whitfield, West of Tamiami Trail ~ Pride of ownership shows in this charming home in the Historic Whitfield Estates / Ballentine Manor Neighborhood. Finely crafted concrete home sits on a quarter acre and has been modernized while keeping that old home feel and Florida charm. 1,550-square-feet, the home features spacious great room, fireplace, tile and wood laminate floors throughout. Thermal windows provide energy efficiency and noise reduction. New stucco, and efficient central A/C
with heat pump.  Privacy fence, irrigation system with a well. 2 car garage and carport.  Nearby attractions include: The Ringling Museum and Cá d'zan, Crosley Mansion, Downtown Sarasota, St. Armand's Circle, Siesta Key and the beaches.

Call Mike Holderness @ (941) 356-0685 or
Lisa Kartz @ (941) 587-3602
for more information or to set-up your private tour!

All in the Family of Real Estate

Special to the Herald, May 11, 1013

In Manatee County, a couple of families have been pioneers in the local real estate industry, and strong family bonds have helped them continue to grow and thrive today.
The Travis family boasts four generations in real estate that started early in the 1900s when Effie Travis purchased a real estate license for $5 from the court house.

“Grandmother Effie led the parade,” said Ron Travis, broker and co-founder of the ReMax Alliance Group, the largest ReMax office in Florida. “Her family was one of the earliest settlers in central Florida.”

Effie’s son, Jack, followed in her footsteps. Jack’s career stretched beyond selling as he become the president of the local real estate organization, and served as District Vice President of Florida’s West Coast for the Florida Association of Realtors, and Ron Travis, who like his father held several positions with both the local and state real estate associations.

The next generation, Jay and Christy Travis continued the tradition. But before going into real estate, the two were state-ranked tennis players receiving scholarships to Florida State University.

Although Christy Travis credits the years of intense tennis training to their success in real estate, their love for the industry cultivated from family dinner discussions, and watching father and grandfather conduct business.

“We could never envision having what every one else calls a real job.” said Christy Travis. “The freedom of this profession and the no limit income makes this the worlds’ greatest job.”

And now with six children between them, there is the possibility of even a sixth generation of the Travis family in real estate.

For Mike and Judy Holderness of SaraBay Real Estate, the family’s real estate careers took a little bit different path. It all started in 1979 when the young couple decided to enroll in a real estate course.

“We took the course strictly to broaden our horizons,” said Judy Holderness. “Our livelihood was a boat manufacturing plant that we co-operated with my parents.”
About halfway through the real estate course, their family boat business burned, she recalled. Suddenly the couple was unemployed with three small boys and a mortgage.
The logical solution to their crisis was to dive into the real estate business. Although not without any bumps along the way, it eventually developed into the family business, SaraBay Real Estate.

Early on, the broker they worked for decided to close four real estate offices in the Bradenton and Sarasota areas. The Holdernesses saw it as an opportunity for their family to put down roots in the local real estate industry.

“I was managing our office at that time,” said Judy Holderness, who is now the broker and manager of SaraBay. “Mike and I both felt strongly about keeping our wonderful office together. So we scraped up every nickel and dime we could find and bought the office, and SaraBay Real Estate was born.”

The boys love for real estate developed from growing up around the real estate business, she said.

“Michael got his license at 21, earned his GRI (graduate of the Realtor Institute) at 22, and has had award-winning sales volumes in residential real estate ever since,” said Judy Holderness.

Son Jason got his real estate license at 23, and decided to sell commercial real estate. He later moved to California where he remains today, and offers his commercial real estate expertise to budding agents at SaraBay, said Judy Holderness. And recently nephew Rob Wilhoit joined the SaraBay family.

Thirty four years in the real estate business with family, it still seems like yesterday, she said.

“Having our sons follow us into the business was both a compliment and an honor,” said Judy Holderness. “Both have excelled an made us extremely proud.”

Are there advantages to working with family? Working with family provides continuity for the clients, said Ron Travis. Clients also realize that somebody will always be there to serve them, as agents are basically on call almost 24-7 for clients and can cover for each other when needed, he added.

“There is also what is known as institutional knowledge passed between the generations, where the older members pass on valuable info about things the younger ones don’t know or haven’t learned yet,” said Ron Travis. “It is also neat that you can be with your family and stay in the same town. Plus it is a great exit strategy for the older ones to pass on their business to the younger ones.”

This Week’s Featured Listing

6706 Marina Drive, Bradenton
Listed at $329,000

Direct waterfront living in this exquisitely appointed home with 107' of canal frontage and direct access to Sarasota Bay. This one-of-a-kind residence on two oversized lots features an open plan with vaulted ceilings, wide plank hickory wood floors throughout the main living areas and bedrooms, crown molding, an open "nautical-themed" kitchen with hard surface countertops, electric skylights with rain sensors, a large family room, and a 51' long indoor lanai with an entertainment area and bar that overlooks the picturesque boat channel. Add to this, your own private solar-heated indoor salt water pool and paver block patio/terrace and boatlift just steps away. Located in one of the gulf coast's most active 55+ communities, amenities include an Olympic size community pool and hot tub, a large wood shop, private beach, Bacce ball and shuffle board courts, many activity and classes, marina and marine repair shop, bay front pavilion, clubhouses, and a post office. Midway between Sarasota and Bradenton and convenient to top rated beaches, shopping, and Sarasota's renowned cultural facilities. This home must be seen to be fully appreciated. Low association fees are included in the tax bill. Note: In addition to the 1,482 sq.ft. heated area, there is also 1,156 sq.ft. that is enclosed living area.

Call Norm Luppino for your private tour or more information
(941) 565-4377

This Week’s Featured BEACH Listing

4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive, #8D, Longboat Key
Listed At $395,000

GREAT MANAGEMENT with a family style touch lead to multiple awards for landscaping as well as the 2012 Award of Excellence. Premier Rental Community on Gulf of Mexico Longboat Key offers investors year round rental income. Unit has 2 bedroom/1 bath fully stocked kitchen, balcony/lanai unit which is rare. While in residence, owners and vacationers will enjoy the gulf front heated pool, private beach, tennis courts and BBQ grills. Easy access to the trolley to St Armands Circle or simply stay home and enjoy the dazzling sunsets from the pool deck.

Call Mike Holderness at (941) 725-0338 or email

Open House Today – Noon to 3:00 p.m.

347 Magellan Drive, Sarasota
Listed at $295,000

Deep water 3/3 canal front pool home. Entertain with friends in your spacious,
screened lanai with a solar-heated pool & spa that overlooks tranquil water views of Bowlees Creek. Two sets of fully extended sliding glass doors make this great entertainment home. Dock your boat minutes to Sarasota Bay or watch the Manatees from your back yard along the double-terraced seawall and entertainment pad. Across from the historic Donald Ross designed SaraBay Country Club and midway between Sarasota & Bradenton. New barrel roof in 2007, energy efficient 13-SEER A/C in 2012, and hurricane panels for windows. Bring your decorating ideas and get ready to enjoy your new life of Florida waterfront living!

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