Friday, May 25, 2012

Marcus & Millichap arranges sale of Sunrise Villas in Sarasota, FL for $2.1 Million

 SARASOTA, FL, May 25, 2012 – Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, the nation’s largest real estate investment services firm, has announced the sale of Sunrise Villas (top left photo), a 119-unit multifamily community located in Sarasota, Florida, according to Bryn D. Merrey, vice president and regional manager of the firm’s Tampa office.

The asset commanded a sales price of $2,100,000.
Michael P. Regan (middle right photo), a vice president investments and Francesco P. Carriera (middle left photo), associate vice president investments in Marcus & Millichap’s Tampa office, had the exclusive listing to market the property on behalf of the seller, a private investor. 

The buyer, a private investor, was secured and represented by Michael P. Regan and Francesco P. Carriera

Sunrise Villas was built in 1961 and is located at 1809 19th Street, Sarasota, Florida.  The community is made up of ten various parcels located within a two-mile radius between 19th Street and 36th Street.  The various properties consist of forty-six, one-story buildings and comprise 117 two-bedroom/one-bathroom units, one two-bedroom/two-bathroom unit and one three-bedroom/one bathroom unit.

“There is a lack of properly priced “C” quality properties in the Sarasota market.  We were able to receive multiple offers and close the property with an all-cash buyer for 93 percent of the list price” comments Carriera.

Press Contact:

Bryn D. Merrey
Vice President/Regional Manager, Tampa
(813) 387-4700

Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, FL has new Pergola for Events

ORLANDO, FL --- Celebration Golf Management, which leases and operates Eagle Creek Golf Club off Narcoossee Rd. in southeast Orlando, recently completed construction of new pergola – a pavilion for ceremonies and events.

“The 37 foot by 10 foot structure will be a perfect addition to the beautiful facilities here at Eagle Creek Golf Club,” said General Manager Dave Evangelista.

“The ceremony and event pergola at Eagle Creek is a perfect setting for pictures at a wedding ceremony, cocktail hour or special event, and it can even be used as a stage for live entertainment,” Evangelista said.

“The timeless architectural style makes it the perfect wedding picture setting for any bride and groom’s taste.  The new pergola’ has the 18th green and fountain as a stunning backdrop,” he explained.

The pergola is now open and ready for events. 

For more information, contact:  

Dave Evangelista, General Manager Eagle Creek Golf Club 407 273-4653
Gene Garrote, President, Celebration Golf Management, 407-566-1045;
Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications 407-644-4142.

Miami and South Florida Condo Markets Brace As European Currencies Weaken

MIAMI, FL - The South Florida condo market - buoyed in recent years by international investors with strong foreign currencies - is bracing for the impact that the rapidly deteriorating currencies in Western Europe - a key source of overseas investors - could have on the tricounty region, according to a new report from

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Western Europe's two major currencies - the Euro and the British Pound - have weakened noticeably against the U.S. Dollar in recent days as the debt crisis in Greece has reignited fears of a financial meltdown that could unravel the Euro and trigger a global contagion at a time when the South Florida condo market is showing signs of stabilizing.
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Some industry watchers contend the weakening European currencies - combined with a push for higher taxes by the new government in France - could prompt foreign buyers to step up their investments in the United States - and South Florida - as many think this nation's economy is improving.  

The Euro - a currency used by 17 European countries - is valued at $1.2768 (U.S. Dollars) as of May 23, 2012, down from $1.2811 (U.S. Dollars) a week earlier on May 16, 2012. A month prior on April 23, 2012, the Euro was valued at $1.3203 (U.S. Dollars), according to the currency exchange website

The United Kingdom's British Pound is valued at $1.5799 (U.S. Dollars) as of May 23, 2012, down from $1.6061 (U.S. Dollars) a week earlier on May 16, 2012. A month prior on April 23, 2012, the British Pound was valued at $1.6119 (U.S. Dollars).

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International buyers have played a major role in acquiring the excess South Florida condo inventory that flooded the market beginning in 2007 at the start of real estate crash.

Estimates are that foreign buyers acquire an estimated $3.8 billion annually in condo, townhouse, and single-family house resales in the Miami - Fort Lauderdale - Miami Beach market, according to a report from the Florida Realtors association in conjunction with the National Association of Realtors.

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For Florida, Western Europe - including the countries of France, Germany, and Spain - account for 23 percent of all foreign transactions in the state, according to the Realtors report.

The median resale price paid by a European for a Florida property is $232,500 for investors from Western Europe and $169,200 for investors from the United Kingdom.

In addition to resales, foreign buyers are also purchasing new condo units directly from South Florida developers – or lenders that have repossessed troubled properties - with unsold inventory from the boom that began in 2003.

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As of the first quarter of 2012, buyers have acquired more than 90 percent of the nearly 49,000 new condos created during the boom in the seven largest coastal condo markets of Greater Downtown Miami, South Beach, Sunny Isles Beach, Hollywood / Hallandale Beach, Downtown Fort Lauderdale and the Beach, Boca Raton / Deerfield Beach, and Downtown West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Island.

Foreign buyers are not only purchasing distressed properties but also playing a key role in the latest South Florida new condo boom where at least 31 towers with nearly 6,250 units are proposed as of May 23, 2012, according to the Preconstruction Condo Projects list from the licensed Florida real estate brokerage CVR Realty™.

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