Michael Saunders sets annual meeting
MANATEE -- For a few hours Thursday, Michael Saunders & Co. real estate professionals in Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties will be doing something other than selling homes.
For most of the morning, the company will be holding its annual meeting in the ballroom at the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota. The event brings together nearly all of the agency's 625 brokers and agents to get a report on the company's performance and its goals. The company sold $515 million in real estate in 2013.
The invitation-only event will feature two guest speakers.
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Brian Parsley, a certified professional behavioral analyst and motivational speaker, will provide the keynote address. Marc Davison, co-founder of consulting firm 1000watt, will be on hand to unveil Michael Saunders & Co.'s new website.
1000watt has consulted with the real estate company for several years and has been involved with the website redesign. Michael Saunders agents will test the new website for several weeks before it is launched publicly.
Michael Saunders & Co. offices will be staffed while agents attend the three-hour event.
Boys & Girls Clubs awarded $10K grant
BRADENTON -- The Bank of America charitable foundation has awarded Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County a $10,000 grant to help launch school programs.
The grant will contribute to the Career Launch Program at Harllee Middle School and Southeast High School Boys & Girls Clubs. The program provides a broad range of tools and activities to guide teens in exploring careers, making sound educational decisions and preparing for work.
Through its foundation, Bank of America develops partnerships with organizations that provide skills and educational opportunities to young people, who are facing challenges in obtaining employment and work experience.
Miami foreclosure rates fall, but levels still high
MIAMI -- The Miami area's mortgage picture continues to brighten, with fewer loans in foreclosure and fewer turning sour.
Still, the level of foreclosed and delinquent mortgages in the area remains far above state and national levels, according to CoreLogic.
The foreclosure rate for Miami, Miami Beach and Kendall fell to 7.4 percent in March, according to the Irvine, Calif.-based data firm. While that was down 5.91 percentage points from a year earlier, it was nearly four times the U.S. rate.
Florida overall also continued to make headway in chipping away at its mountain of foreclosures. Statewide, 5.76 percent of mortgages were in some stage of foreclosure in March, down from 9.71 percent a year earlier.
-- Herald staff and wire reports