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April 10, 2023

Hello Friends,

The highest honor for a real estate professional is a returning or referred client. When people I’ve worked with recommend my services to others or want to change properties, there’s nothing more affirming than working with them again. One critical consideration to remember is that personalized service isn’t just what you do — it’s what you know. The insight I provide to my clients should be one of your top differentiators when choosing who will represent your home. By maintaining a comprehensive understanding of the markets I serve, I am able to strategically apply that insight into the needs, values, and aspirations of my clients with very specific demands.

Any real estate agent should be an expert on buying and selling properties. But numerous allied and adjacent industries pertain to real estate — from the developers and architects who build and renovate homes to the skilled tradespeople and artisans who finish and furnish them, to the designers and decorators who curate their interiors and exteriors.

Whether it’s the latest building codes and standards or the best vendor for a particular service, having a wide knowledge of these fields brings huge value to my clients.

Helping buyers and sellers attain their dreams and goals brings me so much excitement and satisfaction. . If you, or someone you know, are considering the purchase or sale of Sarasota real estate, please contact me, and thank you for your referrals.

Debbie McHardy




13927 Wood Duck Circle | Lakewood Ranch, FL

OFFERED FOR – $649,000


1500 Glen Oaks Dr E, #210 | Sarasota, FL




Property and mortgage fraud is the fastest growing white-collar crime, and has occurred in Sarasota. Property fraud is when someone illegally uses your property for financial gain, such as creating a fraudulent document that will deed your home to them, and then they record that document in the county’s Official Records. By signing up for Sarasota’s FREE property fraud alerts, you will receive an email alert whenever a document is recorded in Sarasota County’s Official Records using your personal or business name. Notifications are sent within 48 hours of the document being recorded, alerting you so you can choose to review documents through public records, or dispute through law enforcement. Just register, receive alerts, and react. It’s that simple.


The Best Cities for Forever Homes – Post COVID-19

The never-ending coronavirus pandemic has changed so much of our lives—including where people want to retire. A new U.S. News & World Report found that nearly 25% of the 3,000 Americans polled stated that COVID-19 changed their preferences for where to spend their golden years. While past retirement surveys may have shown a wide variety of retirement-friendly locales, this time, there was one clear-cut winner: Florida. Eight of the top 10 cities in this survey hail from the Sunshine State. As for which Florida city takes top honors? It’s Sarasota. This southwestern spot on the Gulf of Mexico took the highest spot yet again, like last year.

Six Architecture Firms Picked to Design Arts Center

The City of Sarasota have selected six architecture firms as semi-finalists in the competition to see who will design Sarasota’s new performing arts center at The Bay. The semi-finalists come from all over the world, with headquarters in New York, Los Angeles, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Italy and Norway, and they have all worked on major cultural projects around the globe. In May, the six semi-finalists will be narrowed to a list of three finalists that will be invited to visit Sarasota for the next round of the selection process. The current timeline calls for the performing arts center to open in 2028, with a projected price tag of $275 million-$300 million. Half of the funding is expected to come from private philanthropy and the other half from government funds.

Fruitville Roundabout Art decision

After the Sarasota City Commission sent the Public Art Committee back to the drawing board for a new recommendation of a sculpture for the roundabout at Fruitville Road and U.S. 41, it is on track to present three finalists about a year later. Each artist made presentations of the partially developed progress from their original concepts, then answered questions and heard feedback from the committee. The artists will make their final presentations to the committee on April 18. On May 3, the committee will make its final recommendations to commissioners.

Stand Out April events in Sarasota area

April 7 -16: The Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open Tennis Championship Tournament. Held in recently renovated Payne Park, 2010 Adams Ln, Sarasota. Ticket prices vary.

April 11: Stardust Night – Casino & Poker Run. You are cordially invited to “Stardust Nights” with your friends & colleagues! Enjoy the luxury of vintage Las Vegas while raising much-needed funds for Safe Children Coalition.

April 12: Mote SEAsonal Tasting at Nathan Benderson Park. Sample delicious food from UTC restaurants to support Mote Science Education Aquarium. Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota. Tickets $125.

April 14: 2023 Paws on the Red Carpet. Enjoy seeing adorable adoptable animals on the red carpet with signature cocktails, raffle prizes, music, dancing and more. Proceeds go to the Humane Society of Sarasota (HSSC). Art Ovation Hotel, 1255 N Palm Ave, Sarasota. Ticket prices vary.