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Found 27 blog entries about National News about Sarasota. Launches Full Service Real Estate Brokerage

Sara and Greg Leicht open a full-service Sarasota real estate brokerage firm.

SARASOTA, Florida (August 18, 2017) is now a full-service brokerage serving Sarasota real estate from its new office in Palmer Ranch. Open for BusinessProviding a boutique customer experience, is no longer just a website destination. Greg Leicht, Managing Broker and Sara Leicht, REALTOR offer a combined 28 years of Sarasota real estate expertise. Working with buyers and sellers from Longboat Key to Venice, downtown Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch and everything in between; waterfront, gulf front, gated community, country club and condominium living.

Specializing in personalized

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The Sarasota/Manatee counties have been ranked as the 10th fastest growing metropolitan area in the United States according to the most recent US Census Data Report from July 1, 2015 to July 1, 2016 with an increase of over 20,400 new residents. 

Here is the recent article that appeared on our local newspaper the Sarasota Herald-Tribune on March 23, 2017 as written by Staff Writer Dale White.

By Dale White
Staff Writer at The Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The Sarasota-Manatee area saw its overall population expand from 768,013 to 788,457 a boost of 20,444 residents, more than enough to populate a small city. 

Sarasota and Manatee counties rank as the 10th fastest growing metropolitan area in the United States, new census data shows.


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Once again Sarasota is nationally recognized, this time by contributing editor Christina Perez in her April 2017 article.  Sarasota continues to stand out as a desirable destination to visit and live with articles like this one along with continued praises such as “Sarasota surpassed every other major Florida market on U.S. News’ list of top places to live in the nation” and “Siesta Key Beach being named the No. 1 Beach in the United States in 2015”.

Perfect Beaches, Mid-Century Charm: Is This Florida's Best Kept Secret?

April 13, 2017 by Christina Perez

Little known fact: Sarasota, Florida is home to some of the country’s finest examples of mid-century modern architecture. You might not notice it at first—it’s not well-publicized,

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The following article was written by Maggie Menderski of the Sarasota Herald Tribune on April 6, 2016

Sarasota Ranks Among Top US Food Cities

By Maggie Menderski
Published: Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Sarasota has a habit of filling its trophy case, and its latest accolade comes from its ability to fill stomachs.

Conde Nast Traveler this week named Sarasota among the best food cities in the United States. The list of 15 dining hotspots originated from Conde Nast’s annual readers’ choice survey.

Sarasota came in as the top city in Florida, ranking at No. 14. Palm Beach, at No. 15, was the only other Sunshine State city listed. Charleston, South Carolina, ranked No. 1 followed by New Orleans at No. 2 and New York City at No. 3.

Top US Food

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Florida Trend's September 2015  issue featured an article about Sarasota by Amy Martinez. 

Amy writes, " Sarasota's size, good schools and arts infrastructure are attracting a young 'creative class' of workers and entrepreneurs for whom quality-of-life considerations are paramount in deciding where to live and work "

by Amy Martinez

Traditionally, Sarasota and its economy have been defined by a large population of affluent retirees, highly rated beaches and a vibrant arts, scene - the legacy of, among others, circus legend John Ringling and his wife, Mable.  Ringling settled in Sarasota full time after years of visiting on vacation and left his mansion with its large art collection to the state of Florida when he died in 1936. 


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Sara Leicht is an experienced Sarasota Real Estate Agent who has worked with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty and recently started her own full service real estate brokerage, with her husband Greg Leicht, Managing Broker.  While Sara was with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices she ranked as the #3 agent in the state out of the 1,800 Florida agents and 43 offices.

As a Sarasota Real Estate Agent, Sara Leicht works out of her Palmer Ranch office which lets her cover Palmer Ranch, Sarasota and Her Islands.  The Palmer Ranch office is in the perfect location for easy access to Palmer Ranch, The Oaks Country Club, Casey Key, Nokomis/Osprey, Siesta Key, West of the Trail, and is about a 10 minute drive to Downtown Sarasota.

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Palmer Ranch is now seeing a flurry of new home construction with 6 new Palmer Ranch neighborhoods being built. After taking a break from 2006 to 2011, builders such as Taylor Morrison and the PutleGroup are now busy clearing land and adding new neighborhoods to one of the most desirable areas of Sarasota.  Josh Salman of the Sarasota Herald Tribune recently wrote the following article.

By Josh Salman, Sarasota Herald Tribune June 1, 2015

The South is Rising. Stymied by the Great Recession, the Palmer Ranch are of southern Sarasota County is coming roaring back.

Southwest Florida's real estate boom has made its way to Palmer Ranch a master-planned community in southern Sarasota County marked by prestigious golf courses, wandering families of

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Recently the sands of Lido Beach Renourishment project was completed by the city of Sarasota for the summer of 2015.  A larger project is being discussed for the future with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Ian Cummings of the Sarasota Herald Tribune recenlty posted this article on May 29, 2015.

SARASOTA - Visitors to Lido Beach this summer will find the shoreline more robust than it has been in years.

A city project this spring fortified the beach with 200,000 cubic yards of additional sand. The recycled sand, deposited on a 1.8-mile stretch of beach from Lido Pool to Ted Sperling Park, restored losses from Tropical Storm Debby in 2012.

The city project was mostly completed in March, before sea turtle nesting started in May. Sarasota city

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The Sarasota County has released an interactive flood Mapping tool to help homeowners to determine if their property is in a flood zone as according to proposed preliminary FEMA high risk flood zones.

Sarasota Country Interactive Flood Map Tool

The Federal Emergency Management Agency –FEMA has been updating the nation’s flood maps known as “Flood Insurance Rate Maps” also known as FIRMs to reflect the current flood risks.

Flood risks can change overtime due to many factors including new community growth, erosion, and the addition and aging of flood control structures and systems. Areas that may have been at one time or another flood risk free may be now categorized into flood zones areas with the new maps. This may mean new mandatory flood

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The Sarasota Bradenton International Airport has expanded over the years to now include a large number of daily non-stop flights to 10 major cities.  5 Airlines are now offering non-stop daily flights, some for just the winter snow-bird season while others are offering year round daily service.    

Atlanta (ATL)     Delta Airlines to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
Delta Airlines now has between 5-7 daily year round flights to Atlanta.

Boston (BOS)  Jet Blue Airlines to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
Jet Blue offers a daily flight during the winter and spring season.

Charlotte, NC (CLT)    American/US Airlines to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
American/US Airways averages 5 daily year round flights to Charlotte, North Carolina.

Chicago (ORD)    United Airlines to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
United Airlines offers a daily year round flight, and are adding a second daily flight from December 18 - April 6, with a third daily flight added on Fridays and

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