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The luxury real estate market in Sarasota is as dynamic as it gets.

Local events and market conditions are always in flux and play a major role it this dynamic. But, a different future is unfolding: right here and right now.

With it we are seeing global economic and geo-political events playing a more significant role than ever before. Add to this the quantum leaps that technology now plays in the housing market, and it's clear that staying on top of things is vital.

That's why I'm committed to keeping my clients stay abreast of the market, and this blog post is just one of the communication channels I'm using to do so.

~ Daniel Matusiak

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The Casey Key Fish House is a laid-back, casual, and tasty dining spot with one of the best views of Dryman Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway. Relax and unwind in the ocean breeze from the Sarasota Bay on the patio of Marina Jack Portside Pier. Sharky’s on the Pier Venice, Florida is the only outdoor restaurant and bar on the Gulf of Mexico. This is a popular hot spot for anyone looking for great water views and good food with a fun atmosphere.

For fancy dining

Michaels on East, Sarasota’s only AAA Four diamond restaurant, takes fine dining to another level, offering award-winning cuisine and outstanding service in a 1940s supper club atmosphere. Crab & Fin, located on St. Armands Circle, offers the finest and freshest seafood in town. The Marina Jack dining room on the second floor of Marina Jack, The dining room offers and award winning wine list and an exceptional menu featuring the regions finest steaks, seafood and pasta.

When dining with a large group

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Flemings has private dining rooms adjacent to the main dining area that can comfortably accommodate large groups. Their lively atmosphere, gracious service, and dedication to excellence turn evenings into memorable times.

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Escape into paradise! Secluded on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, The Resort at Longboat Key Club is a AAA, Four Diamond Sarasota resort which encompasses 410 acres of lush lawns and pristine beachfront with authentic Old Florida boardwalks.

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The environmentally-friendly resort is an official Florida “Green Lodging” and just a short drive from the upscale shopping, museums, and theaters in downtown Sarasota. Along with breathtaking ocean views, the guests enjoy oversized accommodations with private balconies, eight diverse restaurants, and lounges.

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This fantastic resort features 45 holes of premier golfing and was named in Golf Digest‘s list of “Best Places to Play.” The Harbourside Course offers three nine-hole courses. The Islandside Course, known as “The Watery Challenge,” borders the Gulf of Mexico, and water comes into play on all 18 holes. You can only imagine–the sights are magnificent! More than 5,000 palm trees and pink and white blooming oleander line the fairways and canals, making the Islandside Course one of Florida’s most beautiful golf spots.

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With 20 tennis courts, golf and tennis lessons, pools, and gorgeous sandy beaches around, there is something for all recreational lovers. Many packages are available, including romantic, golf, and family specials to meet all needs. The resort facilities are highly rated, the food is excellent, and the beach is breathtaking. Without a doubt, paradise awaits every generation here.

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The Resort at Longboat Key Club is also an inspiring destination for Sarasota conferences and special events. The beachfront resort showcases 12,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space along with professional event planning services and team building activities. Whether you are hosting a corporate retreat, family reunion, or romantic beach wedding, this Sarasota luxury resort will set the stage for a successful and memorable occasion.

Images courtesy of Longboat Key Club.

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Daniel Matusiak, a prominent real estate broker in the Bird Key and Casey Key, FL market, has joined the prestigious Haute Living Real Estate Network.

The Haute Living Real Estate Network (HLRN) of Hauteresidence.com is proud to recognize Daniel Matusiak as a prominent real estate professional and the network’s newest member. HLRN unites a distinguished collective of leading real estate agents and brokers, highlighting the most extravagant properties in leading markets around the globe for affluent buyers, sellers and real estate enthusiasts.

About Haute Living Real Estate Network (HLRN):

Haute Living Real Estate Network (HLRN) of Hauteresidence.com offers readers the most prominent directory of experienced realtors, brokers and luxury listings, and HLRN has grown to be the number one source for real estate news, residential developments, celebrity real estate news and more. Seeking an experienced interior designer? Hauteresidence.com is also home to Haute Design Network (HDN), a collective of celebrated interior designers that will help you decorate your new home or stage an active listing. Access all of this information and more by visiting: http://www.hauteresidence.com/

About Daniel Matusiak:

A veteran of 31 years in real estate, Action Realty of Sarasota luxury real estate marketing strategist/broker Daniel Matusiak has carved a niche as one of the nation’s most successful and respected professionals who specialize in luxury waterfront properties. He works with affluent buyers and sellers ranging from professional athletes and entertainers to entrepreneurs and business executives.

Daniel’s history of integrity accompanied by results has established him as the go-to luxury real estate source in Sarasota, Longboat Key, Lido Beach, Bird Key, Siesta Key and Casey Key.

In 2014, Daniel’s impressive list of credits and honors in the real estate industry has continued to evolve. He was selected for the Haute Living Real Estate Network, an exclusive, invitation only membership circle featuring one select broker from each of the top markets in the U.S. and internationally.

Daniel also received the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) designation, which illustrates knowledge, experience and competence in the industry. He achieved CLHMS Million Dollar Guild Status this year. Members of The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing who hold the CLHMS designation have documented performance in the top 10 percent of their markets and have successfully demonstrated their expertise in the luxury home and estate market.

Long before Daniel cultivated a reputation as one of the premiere Realtors for luxury waterfront properties, the Montreal native established a thriving sales career with IBM before he was hired as a real estate consultant in 1983 for a group owned by a prominent Canadian bank, Canada Trust. This was quite the feat for a young professional still in his 20s.

It marked the beginning of a storied real estate career that spurred him to earn designation of I.C.I (Investment, Commercial & Industrial) designation with the highest mark in 1984 and become a broker in Montreal in 1987. He surged to the ranks of the top producing agent in Canada in 1988 and 1989 before relocating to Sarasota and opening the charter franchise in the United States for Homelife Realty, which was the second biggest real estate company in Canada.

With more than 1,580 property sales to his credit, Daniel continues to build his reputation as the premiere luxury real estate marketing strategist for Sarasota, Longboat Key, Lido Beach, Bird Key, Siesta Key and Casey Key. Implementing his innovative marketing system for luxury and waterfront properties that attracts high net worth buyers from around the world, Daniel is also expanding his coverage area to waterfront properties in Hillsborough County and Pinellas County in the Tampa Bay region.

Fluent in four languages (English, French, German and Italian), Daniel believes in honest communication and integrity. “I look people in the eyes when I shake their hands,” he said. “That’s how true relationships are built.”

As part of his client services, Daniel is a full-service real estate resource with an expansive network of industry-related service professionals whose levels of customer care parallel his own.

“I have established relationships with everyone from housecleaners to golf pros,” Daniel says. “Whether it’s a mechanical issue, lifestyle related, a legal matter, or pertains directly to real estate, chances are I have a connection that will benefit my client’s needs.”

Many of Daniel’s customers have worked with him before, and that is his goal – to establish long-term relationships.

“I look people in the eyes when I shake their hands,” he asserts. “And that’s how true relationships are built.”

To learn more, visit Daniel Matusiak’s Haute Residence profile.

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The numbers are in! Earlier this month Action Realty of Sarasota did our annual research into how many people have relocated to this slice of paradise we call Sarasota. Our findings reveal that of all properties purchased in Sarasota County last year, a total of 5,527 purchases came from outside the Sunshine State.

It should come as no surprise that New Yorkers topped the chart with 753, or 13.6% of the total new homeowners.

Why do people typically flock to Florida? The most common answers are, naturally, the beautiful weather year-round and the relaxing, leisurely-paced lifestyle found on our state’s gorgeous coastlines. Cities such as Sarasota and Miami continue to make their marks on the map as arts, culture and culinary destinati...

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Daniel Matusiak is thrilled to unveil a breathtaking new property among Action Realty of Sarasota’s luxury listings.

This magnificent gulf-and-bay front estate occupies nearly three lushly landscaped acres on the highly coveted north end of Casey Key. Three homes in the remarkable, walled-in compound share dazzling views of the Gulf of Mexico, a seaside sculpture garden, sumptuous pool with cascading fountain, access to a private boat docks, and a newly-resurfaced tennis court, lighted for nighttime play. Several dining and sun decks with views of the Gulf and the estate's private strand of beach make this setting an absolute jewel for entertaining or simply watching Southwest Florida's legendary sunsets.

The main residence is embell...

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I wish I had a dollar for every time someone asked me, “Real estate is going up, right?” “How much is my property worth, more than last year … right?” And this one: “What will the market be like three years from now?”

To be very up-front: I don’t know. No one knows. We can make assumptions -- we want or, I should say, we need to believe that the real estate market will go up. But if you’re still unsatisfied with that response, here’s your straight answer.

The market has entered a normalized, stable period. Six to seven years ago, most homeowners had an imaginary gold bar in their hand -- their property. Easy access to funds was the status quo, as banks issued loans right and left...

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For the past year I've been cultivating a new marketing concept to form strong bounds and relationships with various luxury retailers on the West Coast of Florida. By promoting other businesses among my clients I am able to both reach more potential clients and include different items for new buyers with Action Realty.

Let me explain: At 1300 Benjamin Franklin Dr., Unit 809, a gorgeous condo in The Ritz-Carlton Beach Residences, we negotiated a special deal with Suncoast Motorsports, located right here in Sarasota on S. Tamiami Trail. The new purchaser of this unit will find included in the price a new 2014 Porsche Boxster to use for a term of two years. At closing, the seller will make a one-time lease payment to Suncoast Motorsports, wh...

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Luxury real estate is my profession and my passion, and in this line of work I’ve been fortunate to meet many other luxury lifestyle experts. They make it crystal clear that not all luxury living takes place on land.

For example, in the world of the richest, owning a yacht is considered a must. A recent report handed the title of the world’s most expensive yacht to the History Supreme, with a price tag of over $4.5 billion. Why so pricey?

The yacht is plated with 100,000 kg of gold and platinum, features one of the rarest T-Rex bones onboard, and part of the interior is fashioned with elements from a meteorite. Add to that one luxury bottle of liquor that holds a 18.5 ct diamond, one of the most precious stones in the world.

Th...

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In our last blog post, we announced that we completed our annual research into which states produced Sarasota's new homeowners in 2013. We revealed that New York had taken the top spot, with 13.6 % of Sarasota County home purchases by out-of-state buyers in 2013. Then we challenged you to guess which four states would round out the top five. So are you ready to find out how you did?

A drumroll please!

After New York, the next four states whose residents purchased homes in Sarasota are:

- Ohio, 10% (552)
- Texas, 8.6% (478)
- Illinois, 8.1% (452)
- Michigan, 7.8% (435)

So, how did you do? Do you think there were there any surprises among the answers?

For anyone who has spent a warm, sunny winter in Sarasota, it is easy to see how weather can fact...

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If one event epitomizes the luxurious, tropical lifestyle of Sarasota, it is Chillounge Night, an outdoor lounge party like no other!

What is Chillounge? Imagine a giant cocktail party under the stars, featuring a Brazilian samba parade, a fashion show on a 32-foot-long catwalk, a daybed parade, live music, DJs, a dance floor, lavish food and drinks by top local restaurants, a virtual jungle of tropical plants, fireworks, and much, much more. And if you want to take a break from all the activity, you can always simply kick back on the unique and super comfy lounge furniture spread throughout the event.

This year's Chillounge Night will be bigger and better than ever, thanks to a much larger venue at the Westfield Southgate mall. Delicious ...

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