Congratulations to Kristine Smith!!

Congratulations to Realtor Kristine Smith… she has been chosen to represent the Sarasota area as a member of the National Association of Professional Women.

The NAPW highlights and features the country’s most accomplished women in over 200 industries and professions. They provide an exclusive and powerful networking forum for their members to communicate and successfully achieve social and career development. Inclusion is a privilege shared by thousands of professional women throughout America each year.

For more information about the NAPW, please visit

Manatee County Has a Very Sad Secret…

Did you know that hundreds of children in Manatee County don’t eat on weekends? We don’t see them and don’t even know they are out there. They are our homeless children. There’s hundreds and hundreds of them right here in our very own community. We need to come together and feed our children.

Thanks to the Bradenton Elks, a program called F.E.L.T. has been put in place to help do just that… feed our children. F.E.L.T. stands for “Feeding Empty Little Tummies” and every Friday, Elk Lodge volunteers fill backpacks with nutritious foods to feed these children over the weekend.

According to county statistics:
1. School started with 900 homeless children.
2. That number grew to 1,352 by November 30th.
3. It is estimated that number will spiral to 1,700 or more by June, 2011.
These children get two good meals on school days, but go hungry on weekends. We need to feed this kids!

What Can We Do to Help?
SaraBay is doing what we can to join the efforts of the Bradenton Elks. Internally, we are buying food or making donations directly to F.E.L.T. We welcome you to drop off any food donations, which we will combine with ours. The Bradenton Elks will pick-up from our office, so there’s no need to make a special trip if dropping off at our office is more convenient.

What Items Do Our Children Need?
A typical weekend backpack includes the following:
1. Oatmeal/Cereal Packs
2. Pasta/Mac & Cheese Cups
3. Fruit Cups/Raisins
4. Beans with Franks
5. Peanut Butter Cups
6. Fruit Bars/Granola
7. Tuna/Spam Packs
8. Ramen Noodles
9. Peanuts/Almonds
10. Pudding Cups
11. Hot Chocolate
12. Soup Cups
13. Non-Perishable Milk
*No Glass. Tab tops on canned items.

Are There Other Ways to Donate?
1. Donations can be made online at (Click on E.F.E.L.T.)
2. Checks can be made out to E.F.E.L.T. and mailed to E.F.E.L.T., c/o Bradenton Elks Lodge, 2511 75th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34209
a. $25 feeds 1 Child/1 Month
b. $50 feeds 1 Child/2 Months
c. $100 feeds 1 Child/4 Months
d. $250 feeds 1 Child/Entire School Year
3. Sponsor a Fundraiser
4. Take up a Collection
5. Commit your Church or Organization/Club
6. Make a Bequest
7. Organize a Food Drive
8. Give Individually
9. Support the Manatee County Food Bank
*Donations are tax deductible

For more information from the Bradenton Elks, please call 941-747-8804 or email

If you’d like to drop off your food donations at our office, feel free to just stop in, give us a call at 941-355-7696 or email
Please share this information with your friends, family and everyone you know… our efforts will only help feed our homeless children.

Need an App to Find Open Houses? You’re in Luck! designed an app just for that! In just one click you can search for open houses near you using your iPhone or iTouch. Now you can plan a day of which houses you’d like to preview, search for homes and view property details and photos while you’re on the go!

Key Features of the App

1. One click search to find open houses and homes for sale near you
2. Map and driving directions
3. Save your favorite searches and properties
4. Contact the realtor by phone or e-mail
5. Rich information about properties including photos and floor plans
6. Easy to use search filtering to find the right open houses to visit

#1 Real Estate iPhone App on iTunes and “Best Real Estate App” by O’Reilly Media

Today, let’s focus on the real estate app from Zillow.

Zillow iPhone App: For all U.S. homes (100+ million): Find Zestimate® home values, homes for sale, homes for rent, and more as you walk or drive through neighborhoods using the Zillow iPhone App, featuring built-in GPS technology.

Zillow on iPad: Home shopping is reinvented with Zillow on iPad! View photo galleries of homes on iPad’s large, eye-popping 10-inch touch screen where your fingertips tap, swipe, pinch, and drag to see Zestimate home values, homes for sale, homes for rent, and more.

View multiple high-resolution photos side-by-side as you window shop through neighborhoods. Touch and expand a “photo stack” to peek inside a home. Save any home you like by dragging and dropping it to your favorites.

iPad and iPhone users can:
- See Zestimate values of any home
- Search homes for sale, Make Me Move® homes, homes for rent, and more
- Filter searches by price, beds, baths, and more
- Search by monthly payment
- View full-screen color photos
- Save favorite homes and searches
- Get notified when new results come in (via Push Notifications)
- E-mail homes to a friend
- Share homes on Facebook & Twitter

Watch an iPhone Zillow App Demo on YouTube

Get the Zillow iPhone App from the iTunes store. Download it here »

The Low Down on iPhone App for Trulia

Today, we’ll look at the Trulia app. Trulia has become a one of the most used real estate search engines. It enables house hunters find homes for sale as well as provides real estate information at a local level to help you make better decisions in the process. Now you can have all of Trulia’s features right at your fingertips…

Search For the Perfect Home
1. Use GPS to cruise around the neighborhood and check out nearby open houses
2. Move the interactive map to explore new neighborhoods
3. Shake your phone to re-load property results or to start a new search

Get Nosy With the Properties You Like
1. See full listing details of every home for sale and for rent
2. Get driving directions to every property, or contact the agent to make an appointment
3. Check out neighborhood details like nearby restaurants and schools

Access Your MyTrulia Account
1. Pull up your favorite properties, and let Trulia guide you as you drive house to house
2. Save new favorites on your iPhone and check them out later on
3. Review your saved searches to see new properties on the market

Watch an iPhone Trulia App Demo on YouTube

Get the Trulia iPhone App from the iTunes store. Download it here »

Real Estate Apps for iPhone, iTouch and iPad

Most of us buy these powerful devices, not for entertainment purposes, but to access more information quickly and easily. We’ve become an age that depends on our mobile devices for various reasons… for business, social networking, area deals and yes, even real estate. In 2010, the number of people who sought local information from their smart phones grew by 51%, and the fastest growing method of gaining information is through downloaded Apps. If you’re an on-the-go house hunter, there are many Apps that can give you quick access to area listings. I’d like to touch on a few of these this week and hopefully give you tips and tricks to get the most out of your Apps.

I’d like to start with the Real Estate Book app… this great app gives users access to all of its listings — millions of homes for sale across the U.S. and around the world. The app is a FREE download from Apple’s iTunes store and offers the following:

  1. Search for home listings by city and state/province or zip code
  2. Map and receive directions to property listings from your current location
  3. View full property details and photos of home listings
  4. Save favorites and share them or create notes about properties; attach photos that can be viewed or emailed at a later time
  5. Email or call the Real Estate Agent directly from the listing
  6. View previous searches and perform advanced searches by bed/bath, price, MLS# or property type

The Real Estate Book has been helping real estate professionals connect with buyers and sellers for over 30 years. Available in print and online in over 400 markets across the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean, The Real Estate Book delivers credible, proven results to its advertisers who benefit from a wealth of experience and an integrated media platform that showcases their listings in a variety of ways. With 8 million magazines in print every 4 weeks, The Real Estate Book gets nearly 2 million unique visitors on its Web site,, and features thousands of homes for sale, new home communities, and local information. (Stats from

To download the The Real Estate Book iPhone application for FREE, visit the iTunes App Store

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