5 new restaurants planned at new Sarasota mall

 

The developers of the Mall at University Town Center made five new restaurant openings official on Monday for the $315 million project scheduled to open in October 2014.

Though the chain brands had been previously reported on by the Herald-Tribune, Manatee County’s Benderson Development Co. and Taubman Centers Inc. announced the following restaurants for the 880,000-square-foot mall rapidly being built on University Parkway near Interstate 75:

• Brio Tuscan Grille, “northern Italian cuisine made from the finest and freshest ingredients in a Tuscan villa atmosphere.”

• The Capital Grille, “dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood, award-winning wine list and personalized, professional service.”

• The Cheesecake Factory, “full-service restaurant known for its extensive menu, generous portions and legendary desserts.”

• Kona Grill, “modern American favorites, award-winning sushi and seasonally inspired menus in a casually elegant atmosphere.”

• Seasons 52, “a fresh grill and wine bar, featuring natural cooking techniques, the freshest ingredients at the peak of ripeness and an award-winning international wine list.”

All five chains are new to Sarasota and Manatee counties. That polished, upscale chains are coming here bodes well for the region, said Darren Tristano, executive vice president of Technomic, a food consultant firm in Chicago.

“This year has been harder than most restaurant operators expected so even successful brands are cautious to expand,” Tristano said. “This mix of brands shows that Sarasota is a market that can support it. Restaurants have struggled to find good expansion locations, but they are smarter about where they do open.”

For example, the Cheesecake Factory, known for its expansive menu offerings and decadent cheesecake desserts, typically builds elaborate 10,000- to 12,000-square-foot restaurants. But in recent years, the chain has scaled back its restaurant footprints — to 8,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet — as it entered more suburban markets and connected “dots” geographically between restaurants.

“This grouping of restaurants, with retail and entertainment in the mix, creates a destination which consumers feel is worth driving to,” Tristano said. “The developers that take the ‘create it and they will come’ attitude have been successful in the past, if they find the right mix of retail, restaurants and entertainment to compliment one another.”

High-end stores

According to a recent site plan obtained by the Herald-Tribune, the mall also will play host to a bevy of new high-end stores, including Gucci, Tiffany’s & Co., Armani and several dozen others that have tentatively committed to the property.

Other new stores scheduled to debut at the mall, according to the site plan, include Anthropologie, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Sony and Salvatore Ferragamo.

Those are names that often find homes in high-end centers like the Mall at Millenia in Orlando and International Plaza in Tampa, two other Taubman properties in Florida. All five chains have restaurants at other Taubman Center malls across the country.

H&M — which stands for Hennes & Mauritz — also is slated to open its first store in the Sarasota-Bradenton market at the Mall at University Town Center. The Swedish retailer sells trendy, fashionable apparel and accessories for young men and women.

The mall’s three confirmed anchors are Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s and Dillard’s.

When plans to build the mall stalled during the height of the Great Recession, high-end anchors Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus dropped from the roster.

But with brands like Tiffany’s and designer fashions from Salvatore Ferragamo, the mall will compare favorably with other luxury properties across the state.

It also will be the only upscale mall between International Plaza in Tampa and Waterside Shops in Naples, and the only enclosed one between Tampa and Miami.

The Mall at University Town Center is only the second new mall in any phase of construction in the U.S. since 2012. The other, City Creek Center in Salt Lake City, opened in March 2012.

EARLIER: The developers of the Mall at University Town Center made five new restaurant openings official on Monday for the $315 million project scheduled to open in October 2014.

Though most of the names already had leaked out, Manatee County’s Benderson Development Co. and Taubman Centers Inc. announced the following restaurants for the 880,000-square-foot mall rapidly being built on University Parkway near Interstate 75:

• Brio Tuscan Grille, “serving authentic, northern Italian cuisine made from the finest and freshest ingredients in a Tuscan villa atmosphere.”

• The Capital Grille, “a fine-dining establishment renowned for its dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood, award-winning wine list and personalized, professional service.”

• The Cheesecake Factory, “a popular full-service restaurant known for its extensive menu, generous portions and legendary desserts.”

• Kona Grill, “offering modern American favorites, award-winning sushi and seasonally inspired menus in a casually elegant atmosphere.”

• Seasons 52, “a fresh grill and wine bar, featuring natural cooking techniques, the freshest ingredients at the peak of ripeness and an award-winning international wine list.”

All five chains are new to Sarasota and Manatee counties.

According to a recent site plan obtained by the Herald-Tribune, the mall also will play host to a bevy of new high-end stores, including Gucci, Tiffany’s & Co., Armani and several dozen others that have tentatively committed to the property.

Other new stores scheduled to debut at the mall, according to the site plan, include Anthropologie, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Sony and Salvatore Ferragamo.

Those are names that often find homes in high-end centers like the Mall at Millenia in Orlando and International Plaza in Tampa, two other Taubman properties in Florida.

H&M — which stands for Hennes & Mauritz — also is slated to open its first store in the Sarasota-Bradenton market at the Mall at University Town Center. The Swedish retailer sells trendy, fashionable apparel and accessories for young men and women.

The mall’s three confirmed anchors are Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s and Dillard’s.

When plans to build the mall stalled during the height of the Great Recession, high-end anchors Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus dropped from the roster.

But with brands like Tiffany’s and designer fashions from Salvatore Ferragamo, the mall will compare favorably with other luxury properties across the state.

It also will be the only upscale mall between International Plaza in Tampa and Waterside Shops in Naples, and the only enclosed one between Tampa and Miami.

The Mall at University Town Center is only the second new mall in any phase of construction in the U.S. since 2012. The other, City Creek Center in Salt Lake City, opened in March 2012.

 

Article Courtesy of: www.heraldtribune.com

 

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Lakewood Ranch ready to double residents and businesses!

 

The number of residents and businesses in the master-planned community of Lakewood Ranch are expected to almost double over the next decade.

To that end, the community straddling Sarasota and Manatee counties is moving forward with expansions in both its northern and southern districts — the most ambitious push by Lakewood Ranch developer Schroeder-Manatee Ranch Inc. since the market spiraled into recession some six years ago.

Growth already is taking shape north of State Road 70 — where nearly 700 acres of empty cattle pastures could soon give way to several thousand homes, new hotels and a retail hub that would rival anything now offered in the ranch.

If it comes to fruition, the proposed Lakewood Centre also will add elements of new urbanism to the community — with homes conveniently located within walking distance of work and entertainment.

The project dovetails with the new Mall at University Town Center now under construction and housing subdivisions sprouting along the Interstate 75 corridor, developments that have pushed the majority of the region’s new projects to mostly rural areas to the East.

“It’s not all going to come out of the ground tomorrow,” said Todd Pokrywa, SMR’s vice president of planning. “But we envision this as a place where business could be the foundation. I think we’re positioned well.”

The proposed Lakewood Centre will be north of State Road 70 and south of Malachite Drive, between Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and Pope Road.

 

Plans call for 4,683 new residences, more than 3 million square feet of commercial and retail space, and 300 hotel rooms. The project has an estimated completion date of 2026.

Coupled with 4,500 additional residential units also planned as part of a northwest expansion in Lakewood Ranch — and a push by SMR to build near its southern borders in Sarasota County — Lakewood Centre could more than double the community’s population of about 16,000.

Manatee County commissioners approved a change to their master comprehensive plan in 1999 that allows SMR to move forward with the mixed-use development. Company planners have spent the years since scouting other town centers, in areas like Palm Beach and Colorado, for ideas.

Now, they are ready to build.

WORK ALREADY STARTED

The first phase of Lakewood Centre already is underway, with the completion of the Lost Creek Apartments on Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. Just north of State Road 70, the 272-unit complex debuted in January 2012 and was fully leased within seven months, according to SMR.

Thanks to that response, the Winter Park developer that built Lost Creek shelled out another $3.2 million in September to buy 17 more acres next door. There, the company plans to build another 256-unit apartment complex, records show.

Creekside Ranch Apartments LLC took out a $24.3 million loan from Synovus Bank to finance that September land deal and the subsequent development of apartments on the site, court records show.

SMR sold 24 acres of land in late November to a multi-family housing developer that plans to build another 280-unit apartment complex there.

DD Sarasota II LLC, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Davis Development, bought the site for $3.8 million. Representatives from SMR confirmed Davis Development intends to build the complex at Pope Road near State Road 70.

Pokrywa said residential development will continue to be the focus of Lakewood Centre throughout 2014; commercial and retail projects will follow later, when enough residential building has taken place and sold to support it.

“The (housing) begins to create the critical mass that allows the office and commercial to follow,” Pokrywa said. “Lakewood Centre will help reduce some of the trip lengths by putting more jobs for households within Lakewood Ranch. That helps the idea of live, work, play.”

PLANNING, AND BEING FLEXIBLE

Because Lakewood Centre could take more than a decade to complete, the flexibility of the current zoning approvals are key, Pokrywa said.

That is because it is hard to foresee if the market will continue humming for that long without another economic hiccup.

But even when Southwest Florida’s housing market came crashing down in 2007, Lakewood Ranch did not feel quite as much pain as other parts of the region did. And now that the market is recovering, Lakewood Ranch appears to be leading the way.

The new urbanism design — and higher density — of Lakewood Centre also is poised to bode well for baby boomers who are expected to migrate to Florida over the next several years. These empty nesters are among the roughly 76 million soon-to-be retirees born between 1946 and 1964 who are leading the state’s robust housing recovery.

For that reason, industry observers are confident demand will support the northern expansion over the long run.

As of Oct. 31, builders had sold 518 new homes in Lakewood Ranch this year, an 8.1 percent increase from the same time in 2012 and a 55.6 percent jump from 2011. At the same time, only about 145 resales are listed on the active market, and 321 homes are under various stages of construction.

 

3 MILLION SQUARE FEET

Like its residential component, the 3 million square feet of commercial space in Lakewood Centre will be rolled out in phases, with commercial nodes in different areas of the community.

Lakewood Ranch planners say it is still too early to gauge the nature of the anticipated retail. Much will depend on need, market conditions and what other projects — including the Mall at University Town Center — are built.

But current trends bode well for future Lakewood Ranch commercial development.

Already, the 2.3 million square feet of total commercial space in Lakewood Ranch has the lowest vacancy rate in the region, at 8.3 percent, according to figures compiled by the two counties’ economic development offices.

That compares with 13.1 percent in downtown Sarasota; 26.1 percent in unincorporated Sarasota County; 22.2 percent in Manatee County; and 29.4 percent in downtown Bradenton, records show.

SMR envisions more ground-floor retail in Lakewood Centre, with small offices and condominiums on upper levels — similar to the design of Lakewood Ranch’s Main Street.

The master plan also calls for trails that will connect the different uses in Lakewood Centre with other villages of Lakewood Ranch to improve walkability.

Article courtesy of: http://www.heraldtribune.com

 

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Selling Your House During the Holidays

Don’t wait until the new year to list your property

It’s the holidays and you have a house to sell. Isn’t it best just to wait until after the new year before putting it on the market?
here is 11 good reasons why you should list your home during the holiday season.
 
  1. People who look at your home over the holidays are serious buyers.
  2. Serious buyers have fewer homes to choose from over the holidays as most sellers take their homes off the market. That means less competition for you and more money for you.
  3. Since the supply of homes will drastically increase in January, they’ll be less demand for your particular home. Less demand means less money.
  4. Houses show better when they’re decorated over the holidays.
  5. Buyers are more emotional during the holidays and tend to spend more money on getting your price.
  6. Buyers have more time to look over the holidays and can come during the weekdays.
  7. Some people must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons.
  8. January is traditionally a month where employers have to move so they can’t wait until springtime. They have to buy now so you’re there to capture that market.
  9. You can still be on the market and you can have the option to delay your close or restrict your showings during those six or seven days if you want to celebrate the holidays.
  10. You can sell now for more money and provide a way for you to delay that closing and extend your occupancy until next year.
  11. By selling now, you have the opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer for next year when houses are less and you’ll have more opportunities to choose from. 

Article Courtesy of Realtor.com

 

 

Average rate on 30-year mortgage at 4.22%

 

 

 

 

 

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – Nov. 22, 2013 – Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week after two weeks of increases, keeping home buying affordable.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on the 30-year loan fell to 4.22 percent from to 4.35 percent last week. The average on the 15-year fixed mortgage dipped to 3.27 percent from 3.35 percent.

Rates had spiked over the summer and reached a two-year high in July on speculation that the Federal Reserve would slow its bond purchases later this year. But the Fed held off in September and now appears poised to wait at least a few more months to see how the economy performs. The bond purchases are intended to keep long-term interest rates low.

Mortgage rates tend to follow the yield on the 10-year Treasury note. They have stabilized since September and remain low by historical standards.

Still, mortgage rates are nearly a full percentage point higher than in the spring. The uptick has contributed to a slowdown in home sales. The National Association of Realtors said sales of existing homes fell 3.2 percent in October, the second straight monthly decline.

To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country on Monday through Wednesday each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 percent of the loan amount.

The average fee for a 30-year mortgage was unchanged at 0.7 point. The fee for a 15-year loan also was steady at 0.7 point.

The average rate on a one-year adjustable-rate mortgage held at 2.61 percent. The fee was unchanged at 0.4 point.

The average rate on a five-year adjustable mortgage fell to 2.95 percent from 3.01 percent. The fee rose to 0.5 point from 0.4 point.

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Trends: The top issues that will impact real estate

 

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According to an industry expert at the “Top 10 Issues Affecting Real Estate” session at the 2013 National Association of Realtors® (NAR) Conference and Expo, interest rates will rise and capitalization rates will too. Those two issues topped the list of upcoming changes that will impact the real estate industry.

Scott Muldavin, president of The Muldavin Company Inc., a consulting firm in San Rafael, Calif., shared his insights into the top issues that could potentially impact homeowners, real estate markets and the industry in the coming years.

According to Muldavin, historically low interest rates have driven the economy and real estate markets in recent years; but as rates start to rise, it could raise capitalization rates – the ratio between the income produced by an asset and its cost – which could create anxiety among real estate investors.

“Interest rates are going to rise significantly, so my advice is to be careful about your investments today and lock in those low rates if you can,” said Muldavin.

Healthcare is also an important issue with real estate implications. As the U.S. population ages, demand for senior housing with go up. That will change the configuration and size of available housing, and it will increase the need for medical care, which will create a demand for expansion among medical facilities.

Muldavin said there’s been a capital market resurgence, which is good news for residential and commercial real estate. In commercial markets, transaction volume is up, credit is available, underwriting has loosened and a full range of debt options has returned. For residential markets, underwriting remains tougher, but rates are near historic lows currently and affordability remains high.

Future housing demand from echo boomers, the 80 million Americans born between 1982 and 1995, will also impact real estate markets.

“We are the only developed country that has had an echo boom, and that’s a positive thing if the country can react and respond to it,” said Muldavin.

Echo boomers often prefer a more flexible and active urban lifestyle. They rely heavily on mass transit, and are often willing to trade home size for location. However, Muldavin said that the suburbs are fighting back with better mass transit, new bike paths and repurposed properties to attract more future buyers.

Climate change and more extreme weather patterns will also have an impact on coastal homes and many other properties across the country. Muldavin cited the impact of recent storms like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and how property owners in these markets are now dealing with changes in code and zoning standards, and they’re paying significantly higher insurance premiums.

As always, unknown events can also impact the real estate market, and they can sometimes do it quickly – like major global events, such as acts of terrorism, war, global debt crisis and financial and economic downturns. “The risk of future events is high, and while it’s always hard to anticipate these risks, they need to be considered because their impact is often great,” said Muldavin.

Increased natural gas and oil production in the U.S., which has an impact on the economy and environment, is another issue with real estate implications. Muldavin said there’s been an increase in fracking and oil and natural gas production in recent years, and while this is creating greater employment opportunities and reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil, it’s also contributing to climate change, environmental degradation and contamination.

Muldavin also cited globalization as a trend to watch. While that benefits many U.S. markets, it also puts real estate at risk for foreign investment losses since the real estate market becomes more tied to the economies of other countries.

Another issue to watch: how new technology will impact office spaces. Muldavin said many corporations are already creating work-from-home policies and other mobility solutions that allow individuals to work when and where they want. That change could significantly reduce office space requirements.

“Many people are replacing physical items with electronics and free or virtual products, such as e-books and smartphones enabled with cameras, GPS and flashlights,” he said. “This means businesses will continue to require less retail space, so I believe the trend in the future will be for fewer and smaller stores.”

For real estate, Muldavin said the impact of the Internet on bricks-and-mortar retail stores is a growing issue. He said retail demand is down across the country due to an increase in Internet sales, which are expected to rise from the current 6.5 percent to nearly 15 percent by 2020.

Sarasota-area home prices rise 12.8% in September! What is your home worth??

Home price increases in Southwest Florida continued to outpace state and national gains in September, data provider CoreLogic says.

While some expect home prices to cool in the months ahead, late summer brought another round of double-digit gains regionally.

Single-family home prices in Sarasota and Manatee counties rose 12.8 percent in September over last year. Prices climbed 14 percent in Charlotte County on a year-over-year basis.

Both markets topped the 12.1 percent average increase in home prices throughout Florida and the 12 percent gain nationally.

Prices ticked up 1.2 percent in Sarasota-Manatee and 0.2 percent in Charlotte County from August to September, CoreLogic said.

Local home prices have posted double-digit gains all year as compared to 2012, driven by low inventories, pent-up demand and cash-rich investors eager to make deals.

But a recent report by CoreLogic Case-Shiller predicted that home prices will rise just 3.6 percent in Sarasota-Manatee — and 4.3 percent in Charlotte County — through mid-2014.

“We are seeing a slowdown in the rate of price appreciation over the past few months from the rapid pace experienced over the first half of this year,” said CoreLogic CEO Anand Nallathambi, in a statement. “This deceleration is natural and should help keep market fundamentals in balance over the longer term.”

Excluding distressed sales, over-the-year prices jumped by 22.2 percent in Charlotte and by 12.4 percent in Sarasota-Manatee. Distressed sales include short sales and real estate owned transactions by lenders.

 

The nationwide price increase for all home sales was the 19th consecutive monthly improvement.

“September marked the unofficial five-year anniversary of the start of the housing crisis,” said Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic. “The five-year home price appreciation for all homes in the nation was 3.4 percent.”

The firm’s housing price index is at its highest level since May 2008, he said.

Despite the gains, home prices in Florida remain 37.7 percent off their peak, the second-highest level in the nation. Nevada was first in that category at 41.4 percent.

States with the highest over-the-year home appreciations were Nevada, at 25.3 percent; California, at 22.5 percent; Arizona, at 14.6 percent; Georgia, at 14.4 percent; and Michigan, at 13.9 percent.

Prices did not decline in any state in September.

 

 

Credit to herealdtribune.com for the article

Manatee Realtor defines purpose of Women’s Resource Center

Manatee Realtor defines purpose of Women’s Resource Center

We couldn’t be more proud of our Team Leader Angie Cegnar, as the guest speaker yesterday sharing her story on domestic violence to more than 250 people who attended the Women’s Resource Center’s Founders Impact Luncheon. Such a strong and inspirational woman! Read her story here on the front page of the Bradenton Herald!

Also wishing you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANGIE!!!!!!