Children’s Thanksgiving Day Recipes

You know that old phrase, “Kids Say the Darndest Things?” Try asking them how to prepare Thanksgiving dinner. The minds of children are priceless. Enjoy!

Turkey

Put hot wings and Jell-O and macaroni and cheese on the turkey. Then put it in the
oven at five degrees for six minutes.” – Tytiana

Take a 10,000 pound turkey and put some candy and a fluff sandwich inside with strawberry jelly on top. Daddy will cook it in the oven at 10 degrees for 40 minutes. – David

First you put pumpkin seeds in it. Put it in a pan and bake it at 5 degrees for 6 minutes. Then take it out and eat it.

Pumpkin Pie: First you put pumpkin seeds in it. Put it in a pan and bake it at 5 degrees for 6 minutes. Then take it out and eat it.


First you find a turkey and kill it. Cut it open. Put it in a pan. Pour milk in the pan. Put a little chicken with it. Put salsa on it. Take out of pan. Put it on the board. Cut into little pieces. Put on a rack. Put in the oven for 7 minutes at 10 degrees. Take out of the oven and put eensy weensy bit of sugar on it. Put a little more salsa on it. Then you eat it. – Lauren

Corn

My mom buys it. Then you throw it. Then you cook it. Then you eat it. – Jennie

Applesauce

Go to the store and buy some apples, and then you squish them up. Then you put them in a jar that says, “Applesauce.” Then you eat it. – Shelby

Pumpkin Pie

First you put pumpkin seeds in it. Put it in a pan and bake it at 5 degrees for 6 minutes. Then take it out and eat it. – Adam

Cookies

Buy some dough and smash it and cut them out. Then put them in the oven for 2 hours at 100 degrees. Then take them out and dry them off. Then it’s time to eat them. – Christa

…then there’s Alex, who doesn’t want to steer anyone wrong:
My mother got a cooking book and if you call her, she can tell you how to do it. She already knows how to read. – Alex

Happy Thanksgiving!

October Real Estate Activity

October did not disappoint as real estate sales indicate a healthy, thriving market. Are you thinking about putting your home on the market this season? Let us help you get the price you want for it. Here we look at Charlotte County as a whole, along with Venice and Sarasota sales in October 2015 compared to October 2015.

Charlotte County single family home sales

20142015
Total Homes Sold370388
Average Sq. Ft.1,6971,738
Days on Market9071
Selling Price$181,412$201,592
Sales Price to List Price Ratio95%97%

Charlotte County condo, villa and townhome sales

20142015
Total Condos Sold7475
Average Sq. Ft.1,3211,232
Days on Market10577
Selling Price$164,497$150,497
Sales Price to List Price Ratio94%95%

Punta Gorda Isles and Burnt Store Isles single family home sales

20142015
Total Homes Sold2921
Average Sq. Ft.2,2562,007
Days on Market144123
Selling Price$420,484$389,400
Sales Price to List Price Ratio95%96%

Punta Gorda Isles and Burnt Store Isles condo, villa and townhome sales

20142015
Total Condos Sold1318
Average Sq. Ft.1,6561,630
Days on Market8652
Selling Price$216,640$234,572
Sales Price to List Price Ratio94%97%

Venice Area single family home sales

20142015
Total Homes Sold143127
Average Square Feet1,7371,794
Days on Market6858
Selling Price$227,845$263,230
Sales Price to List Price Ratio96%98%

Venice Area condo/townhome/villa sales

20142015
Total Homes Sold6660
Average Square Feet1,2591,344
Days on Market7872
Selling Price$173,979$226,685
Sales Price to List Price Ratio96%96%

Sarasota single family home sales

20142015
Total Homes Sold513429
Average Square Feet2,0212,042
Days on Market7373
Selling Price$381,624$380,746
Sales Price to List Price Ratio97%97%

Sarasota condo sales

20142015
Total Homes Sold282284
Average Square Feet1,4061,301
Days on Market8573
Selling Price$309,110$252,863
Sales Price to List Price Ratio96%96%

November Activities

November 19th
Holly Days – Lighting of the trees in downtown Punta Gorda
Corner of Marion Ave. and Taylor St.
5:30pm – 8:00pm Carolers, Santa and Snow!

November 26th
17th Annual Turkey Trot Florida Southwestern State College
26300 Airport Rd. Registration: 6:00am – 7:15am
Race starts at 7:30am $25 to register until Nov. 23rd; $30 after

Mark and Leigh McCann, Not Your Typical High Flyers!

Meet Captains Mark and Leigh McCann

Meet Captains Mark and Leigh McCann

Each month we look to highlight the accomplishments of those who have either touched our lives or made an impact on our community. This month we bring you a very special couple who are here not only as a result of the improvements made to our community, but are the very ones bringing all those flying here to enjoy what we like to call “Our little slice of “Paradise.”

Meet Allegiant Airlines Captains, Mark and Leigh McCann. If you are a “white knuckle flier” like me, you’ll find yourself in some of the most capable hands in the industry with these two. They are engaging, extremely knowledgeable and have a great sense of humor, as you’ll soon find out.

I knew this was a couple I was going to like when helping them purchase a home this past spring. Leigh had to fly and Mark was doing the final walk through for their “new” home. As we walked the grounds of this pristine country setting, an Allegiant jet just taking off passed directly over us. As a Realtor I thought to myself, “With the roar of those jet engines he’ll never want to close on this home,” but to my surprise, as I was apologizing for the noise, Mark replied, “That’s O.K., that’s Leigh.” I replied, “What do you guys do, dip a wing to say hello and good-bye to each other?” Mark just laughed and said, “Not quite, typically just a quick flash of the landing lights, but we’re used to it.” At that point I knew I was going to become fast friends with this couple.

Born in Arroyo Grande, California, before moving to Phoenix, Arizona, in 1978, Mark said he knew at a very early age he was going to pursue his passion to fly. Leigh on the other hand, who grew up in St Louis, said her childhood dream was always to become an astronaut and even went to space camp. Their paths crossed while attending college in St Louis. Mark was pursuing his Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation, when Leigh, who was studying Aerospace Engineering, saw that Mark was having more fun with his major. She decided all the math courses weren’t for her and she, too, pursued a path of becoming a pilot.

Allegiant is updating their fleet of planes to the more technologically sophisticated Airbus A320s, which not only can hold 177 passengers, but are more fuel efficient and quiet.

Allegiant is updating their fleet of planes to the more technologically sophisticated Airbus A320s, which not only can hold 177 passengers, but are more fuel efficient and quiet.

Their careers paralleled each other as both became flight instructors before becoming Captains with a commuter airline company based out of the Phoenix area. However, in 2007 Leigh left to join Allegiant and in 2014 Mark joined the Allegiant ranks, as well. While they tease that earlier on in their careers Mark achieved his Captains license first, they pointed out whenever you move to another airline, your “captain’s” designation does not follow you and must be “regained” with the current airline you join. Leigh got somewhat of the last laugh since she joined Allegiant prior to Mark and attained her Captains designation first. In fact, Leigh is one of the most tenured Captains for Allegiant in this area which now boasts 36 pilots or 18 flight crews.

It is a long way from the small Socata manufactured Tampico planes they used when instructing their students to the MD80’s they are currently flying. However, Allegiant is updating their fleet of planes to the much more technologically sophisticated Airbus A320’s, which not only can hold 177 passengers, but are far more fuel efficient and quiet, which those living close to the flight paths will be glad to hear. These planes are so sophisticated that all Allegiant pilots are required to go for three months of intense training before being typed rated to fly this aircraft. As both Leigh and Mark have indicated, this plane really hones your computer skills.

Currently Allegiant keeps six planes at the airport and would like to add more to their base of operations, as they said there is a real need to expand, but parking is what limits their ability to do so. Statistically the numbers are there, as shown on the Punta Gorda Airport website, www.flypgd.com. Compared to the time period of January through August of 2014, Allegiant has flown almost 150,000 more passengers this year, which is not only a dramatic increase, but bodes well for our local economy.

When not making their daily round trips to places like Ohio and Indiana, Mark says if they could get the time they would love to travel back to Switzerland, as they are avid skiers. Although, since “9-11” the challenge they have is getting time off together, since both are Captains and no longer fly together. However, when not flying they love to kayak and ride their motorcycles, but are considering trading them in for a boat since the area’s relatively flat terrain doesn’t provide the same thrill the winding mountain roads out west gave them. Unfortunately having moved here in March, and then each having to go back to Arizona simultaneously for three months of intense flight school training for Allegiant’s new fleet of planes, they haven’t had much time to explore the area.

Although, they love the colorful downtown area and community spirit.

PlaneDrawingWhen asked about what kinds of questions or comments they most get from their passengers, Leigh said most people are surprised she is a pilot, no less a captain. She is one of the rare few, as she said women make up only 4% of the pilot population in the industry. When I pressed her as to what the passenger response is from those who find out she is a pilot, she laughed and said they typically say, “Well, good for you.”

Both are extremely personable and proud to be with Allegiant. Mark said he especially loves it when kids want to come into the cockpit, as he loves their inquisitiveness, a quality he and Leigh seem to have themselves. When asked about his favorite place to fly, he said “You may be surprised, but West Virginia is one of them because the passengers have always been so friendly and appreciative,” something he sees here in Punta Gorda, as well.

Despite their accomplishments as Captains for a growing airline, Mark is equally as proud of the accomplishments Allegiant has made. He pointed out that for 50 consecutive quarters Allegiant remained profitable, even during the recession, which he attributes to the unique niche it fills. Mark said Allegiant is not targeting the business traveler but has captured the “leisure market” as they service the “under- served” markets that want to travel to popular or resort destinations. He says much of their passenger base is first time fliers or seniors who enjoy their travel on Allegiant.

Perhaps one of the best perks of being a pilot are the vistas they capture from the air. Mark and Leigh both commented on the pristine beauty of Charlotte Harbor as they fly around the point of Punta Gorda and Burnt Store Isles on final approach. Unfortunately when the weather is not clear they have to take a more direct approach to the airport. Although, with the new, almost complete instrument landing system approved by the FAA, they may be able to stay out over the water a little longer, hopefully capturing a break in the clouds so the passengers can enjoy the same majestic views they have experienced many times themselves.

I have come to realize we have many great champions for our community, but as the first point of contact for those coming to our area, Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte could not have better ambassadors than Mark and Leigh McCann, as they encourage those they meet to enjoy all the area has to offer. So the next time your travels take you on Allegiant, see if Mark or Leigh are at the controls. If so, sit back and enjoy the ride, as they give new meaning to the phrase “fly the friendly skies.”

Real Estate Sales Are Steadily Climbing

The rise in sale prices is not only due to the lower priced properties that are no longer on the market, but due to lower inventory levels.

The rise in sale prices is not only due to the lower priced properties that are no longer on the market, but due to lower inventory levels.

A look at January-September sales in 2014 compared to January-September sales in 2015 shows an increase all around.

Here we take a look at sales of homes, condos and lots in Charlotte County as a whole, as well as Punta Gorda Isles and Burnt Store Isles sales.

Charlotte County single family home sales

20142015
Total Homes Sold3,1943,579
Average Sq. Ft.1,7351,767
Days on Market9682
Selling Price$181,959$204,432
Sales Price to List Price Ratio95%96%

Charlotte County condo sales

20142015
Total Condos Sold804848
Average Sq. Ft.1,3201,306
Days on Market114114
Selling Price$155,518$183,407
Sales Price to List Price Ratio94%95%

Charlotte County lot sales

20142015
Total Lots Sold4,9705,000
Days on Market222216
Selling Price$90,474$94,421
Sales Price to List Price Ratio94%95%

Punta Gorda Isles and Burnt Store Isles single family home sales

20142015
Total Homes Sold242272
Average Sq. Ft.2,2042,284
Days on Market112117
Selling Price$378,246$437,751
Sales Price to List Price Ratio95%95%

Punta Gorda Isles and Burnt Store Isles condo sales

20142015
Total Condos Sold176183
Average Sq. Ft.1,5431,598
Days on Market100104
Selling Price$187,023$218,112
Sales Price to List Price Ratio95%95%

Punta Gorda Isles and Burnt Store Isles lot sales

20142015
Total Lots Sold8385
Days on Market398427
Selling Price$151,923$170,841
Sales Price to List Price Ratio91%91%

The rise in sale prices is not only due to the lower priced properties that are no longer on the market, but due to lower inventory levels. Generally speaking, sellers are pricing their homes more aggressively as the days of marking a property up to provide more negotiating room are gone. Buyers want to know they are getting a fair price and the result is you are seeing selling price to list price ratios in the mid to upper 90% levels.

With the outlook of prices rising, low inventory levels and the strong possibility of interest rates increasing, no longer is the real estate market a seasonal endeavor. Buyers are now in the market on a year round basis willing to hop on a plane when they see a property that is of strong interest. While September and most of October are typically the slowest selling times of the year, this window is continuing to shrink as buyers and sellers are no longer waiting for the new season to approach with the thought more properties will come on the market to choose from. While more inventory is sure to come on the market, higher list prices are sure to accompany them.

After a few years of unusually frigid conditions up north, there is a much greater number of people now looking to the year round warmer climates to call home, and with that comes a stronger demand on the lower inventory of homes. Buyers are now realizing this, and are coming back much earlier each year out of fear their “dream home” will no longer be available if they wait as they are seeing homes selling at a much faster rate than in years past.