Paradise within your reach

Sarasota, Florida

Located on South West Florida’s Sun coast, the Sarasota area is a paradise unto its own. White sand beaches, sophisticated arts, world-class shopping, five star resorts, country clubs of distinction, legendary fine dining and community events coupled with the areas natural beauty and year-round good weather are just a few reasons that Sarasota ranks among the nations 15 most livable communities, according to Money Magazine. 

Sarasota, Florida is a hidden gem and not on many people’s radar. Those who have spent any time in this beach paradise understand why people from all over the world flock to this area. Sarasota has grown to be a popular location for retirees, families’ vacationers and northerners looking to escape the bitter, cold winters.

Sarasota, Florida offers a great, relaxing lifestyle. You can enjoy the breathtaking sunsets, educational museums, operas, ballets, plays, golf tournaments, and boat races. You can join in tennis, lawn bowling, water skiing, shell collecting, bird watching, growing exotic tropical plants, university classes, golf, or boating, like to catch fish? Take a boat out and enjoy a day in the Sarasota bay or Gulf of Mexico fishing. One of the biggest draws to Sarasota is the gorgeous beaches. Siesta Key is ranked every year as one of the pretty’s beaches in the world.

The Sarasota real estate market is truly a unique place that unites small town traditions with big city amenities. Homes and condos are plentiful. One can find a charming starter home in a clean, safe area all of the way to a palatial water front mansion. Prices have declined over the last 5 years making it a very good time to be a home buyer. The Sarasota real estate market is making a nice comeback. When the housing bubble burst several years ago, many buyers took a break from one of south Florida’s most popular areas. Now, with Siesta Key taking honors once again in Dr. Beach’s Top 10 Best Beaches list, and Sarasota named as the Best Place to Retire by in 2010, along with the unbelievable winter of 2011, buyers are back in full force.

Bay Front

Bayfront Park/Marina

Sarasota, Florida

Situated on the shore of Sarasota Bay, the park and marina boasts scenic views of the bay and the Sarasota skyline. This convenient gateway to Sarasota Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway provides a wide array of water activities.

At the Base of Sarasota’s beautiful city skyline is wonderful place to spend an afternoon, It’s is Sarasota Bayfront Park. This Island Park is fantastic and filled with scenic eye-candy in every direction. Bayfront is situated on a island peninsula right on the waters of Sarasota Bay. Sidewalks traverse all around the area, making this a great spot for long walks, rollerblading and bikes rides. Children’s will love the water fountains to splash in and the huge playground zone located in the heart of the park is a summertime favorite in Sarasota.

You can relax on the benches and swing that line the walkways, or throw out blanket and have a picnic; bring your own canoe or kayak for an enjoyable afternoon watching the abundant marine life; this park is also close to several downtown merchants. O’Leary’s and Marina Jacks restaurants are located close by and you can also take a tour of Sarasota Bay on LeBarge. Many boat and Jet Ski rentals are available too along the bay front. 

Ringling Bridge – Sarasota Florida

Sarasota is a city located in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. state of Florida. It is south of the Tampa Bay Area and north of Fort Myers. Its current official limits include Sarasota Bay and several barrier islands between the bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

These islands separating Sarasota Bay from the gulf near the city, known as keys, include Lido Key and Siesta Key, which are famous worldwide for the quality of their sandy beaches.

Today the keys that are included in the boundary of Sarasota are Lido Key, St. Armands Key, Otter Key, Coon Key, Bird Key, and portions of Siesta Key. Previously, Siesta Key was named Sarasota Key. At one time, it and all of Longboat Key were considered part of Sarasota and confusing contemporaneous references may be found discussing them.

Longboat Key is the largest key separating the bay from the gulf, but it is now evenly divided by the new county line of 1921. The portion of the key that parallels the Sarasota city boundary that extends to that new county line along the bay front of the mainland was removed from the city boundaries at the request of John Ringling in the mid-1920s, who sought to avoid city taxation of his planned developments at the southern tip of the key. Although they never were completed in the quickly faltering economy, those development concessions granted by the city never were reversed and the county has retained regulation of those lands ever since.

About Us

SRQ International Realty

Is a young and vibrant real estate company located in Sarasota, Florida on the West Coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Our established family business has enjoyed a period of over 15 years of selling real estate in Sarasota, Bradenton and Florida areas. Our hard working, dedicated and experienced sales consultants use a team effort to sell your home.

SRQ International Realty

Specializes in all aspects of residential real estate including unit and house sales, prestige sales and property management. We have a stream of qualified buyers who are attracted to our agency through advertisement, a large client referral basis, the web, and our good reputation.

Grasping an opportunity that became available in 2011 to combine the extraordinary selling skills of Luis Barrantes with the business acumen of Ursula Taboada, and to satisfy their long held passion for real estate, SRQ International Realty was born.

Now with many year experience and a vast and growing knowledge of the local area combined with a surging reputation for displaying skill and dexterity in selling property and satisfying client’s needs.

The success of SRQ International Realty, whilst being a small agency, is testament to the commitment of excellence in the superior customer service that SRQ International Realty provides its clients. Our salespeople have excellent negotiating skills which ensure we don’t lose buyers or sales. Your home will be displayed in a prominent position in our window and advertised on our website free of charge.

We rely on our image and reputation and we provide each of our clients an individual and personalized service, which has resulted in us building a large repeat client base.

We are extremely committed to getting the very best possible results for our clients every time. With a very impressive current ‘list-to-sell’ ratio, our vendors are ecstatic with the results achieved by SRQ International Realty.

Through a passion for real estate, a huge amount of local knowledge, dedication to superior customer service and our commitment to excellence, we provide our clients a professional service in achieving their desired results and excellent client satisfaction.

Meet Our Team

We have the pleasure to present you our Professional Team of Agents:

Ursula Taboada

Luis Barrantes

Gina Guimoye

Jaime Orjuela

Lucas Thompson

Valeri Gonzales

Kety Arones

Luis Pozzi

Maritza Davelouis

Kenia Clavelo

Kelly Diaz

Benjamin Howe

Carlos Bonilla



Welcome to SRQ International Realty

SRQ International Realty is the real estate specialist for Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Whether you are buying, selling real estate you will always be treated as our top priority.

It is our aim at SRQ International Realty to ensure we always hold the bar high to be above the standards of the industry and keep our marketing, ideas and our day to day approach fresh and vibrant.

We pride ourselves on providing our clients with a memorable experience, one that they will take and boast about to their family and friends.

Autumn Is The Perfect Season For Outdoor Entertaining

While Independence Day, Memorial Day, and even Labor Day are often held as the best holidays for backyard bashes, autumn offers just as many wonderful opportunities for outdoor entertaining.

Temperatures may be cooler, but it is perfect for sweaters and jeans without fear of sweltering heat or sunburns. A cedar picnic table set out under the orange and red of trees is a picture perfect setting. When decorating your picnic table, use rich and warm colors. A plaid table runner or table cloth will make the table feel cozy, especially when paired with pottery dishes and wood serving platters.

Image of a hand crafted Picnic Table

Keep centerpieces simple. Try a terracotta pot filled with white guards, orange pumpkins, dried flowers, seasonable berries, orange tulips, and other tidbits from your garden or home center.

Autumn is also the perfect season for grilling. Those crisp, fresh breezes will be no match for warm hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks, sausages, and vegetable kabobs. If you’ve put off getting a grill, this is the perfect season to grab one. Prices have probably dropped, and you can get geared up for next spring by perfecting your grilling techniques in the fall.

Image of a hand crafted Picnic Table

Kids are going back to school and forming new friendships, so why not invite their new friends over with their families for an autumn backyard bash complete with pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, and fantastic grilling. Sitting around your simply decorated picnic table, you’ll enjoy the season to its fullest!

If you’re looking for a picnic table that will last through all of your family’s autumns, its best to go with a leading retailer. Visit or call them at 1-888-293-2339 to get top information from the experts. Also carrying a large selection of grills and fire pits, will be your one-stop-shop for everything you need for autumn outdoor entertaining!

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Keep Your Cool While Saving Money And Energy

When the mercury rises, it is hard to remain comfortable inside your home without running up a huge bill. Fortunately, the solution is much more affordable than investing in a new air conditioner or central air system. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), installing a ceiling fan in each living space will help family members feel cooler while saving energy. And if you have not upgraded your ceiling fans in the past eight years or so, you are missing out on saving even more money as many of today’s models are more efficient than ever.

“A ceiling fan can save homeowners as much as 40 percent on their air conditioning bills by creating a breeze that makes the ambient temperature feel seven or eight degrees cooler than it actually is,” explains John Moody of ceiling fan manufacturer Fanimation. “You can set your thermostat at 80 degrees and it will feel like it is set at 72 degrees.”

How exactly does that work? “A ceiling fan cools the room by creating a ‘wind chill effect.’ It does not lower the room temperature,” Moody states. “This wind chill effect makes you feel cooler by accelerating the evaporation of perspiration on your skin. It’s the same feeling you get when you open the window in a moving car. If you have a ceiling fan in a room with a temperature of 80 degrees, running the fan can make it feel as if it is 72 degrees inside. When used in conjunction with an air conditioner, a ceiling fan can lower energy costs because you can now set the thermostat of your air conditioner at a higher temperature.”

Joe Rey-Barreau, education consultant for the ALA and an associate professor at the University of Kentucky’s School of Interior Design, agrees. “Ceiling fans have become popular in almost every room where people sit or stand for extended periods of time,” he notes.

Image of a ceiling fan in a master bedroom
Photo courtesy of Emerson Ceiling Fans

For large homes, installing ceiling fans in laundry rooms and closets is becoming more common, according to Bethany Pirtle of Emerson Ceiling Fans. “While those may seem like unusual locations, having air circulation in those environments helps prevent staleness,” she says. “Master bathrooms are also a perfect place for smaller ceiling fans, because hair dryers and steam showers can make a bathroom hot and sticky. A small-span fan can quickly and efficiently add comfort.”

Another factor in determining where to install a ceiling fan is the fan’s UL listing. There are three basic UL-listed ratings for indoor, damp and wet locations. Fans that are rated only for indoors should not be used outside – even if the area is mostly covered.

“Moisture and humidity can affect both the performance of the motor and the stability of the blades,” Rey-Barreau explains, adding, “Fans that are rated for damp locations can be used either indoors or outside in a setting where they are in a protected environment such as a porch.” Wet-rated fans can be installed outdoors in situations where they will be in direct contact with water, such as in gazebos or mounted above a patio on the underside of a deck.

“The popularity of outdoor living environments has meant bringing along all of the amenities that make the inside so comfortable,” Pirtle says. She suggests selecting a wet location-rated ceiling fan with a light kit to provide nice mood lighting when enjoying the outdoor area after dusk.

Image of a indoor ceiling fan above a kitchen table
Photo courtesy of Fanimation
Ceiling Fans

Besides greater efficiency, the second most improved aspect of modern day ceiling fans is the wide variety. “Fan design has come a long way since the 1970s,” explains Tom Frampton of Fanimation. “You can now select a contemporary model with clean understated lines meant to blend into your décor for a ‘less is more’ approach or step out and select a model that serves as a focal point.”

Rey-Barreau concurs, adding, “The range of ceiling fan styles available today is without boundaries. They have become as much a decorative element in a space as a decorative lighting fixture,” he says. “The broad range allows ceiling fans to be selected so that they support and enhance the design style of the furniture.”

Pirtle says that the sky (or better yet the ceiling) is the limit when it comes to aesthetics. “Every style you can imagine is available in a ceiling fan,” she explains. “Over the last 20 years, there has really been a shift from viewing the ceiling fan as an appliance to more of a home décor item. People care about how their furniture and lighting define their space and now – more than ever – there are decorative and viable solutions in ceiling fans as well.”

There is one caveat. As fans have become more stylish, the decision of which model to buy is often based on its looks alone. “This could result in selecting a fan that may not be properly suited to serve the functional needs of a space,” Rey-Barreau cautions. “There are a number of other issues that should be considered when selecting a fan that is aesthetically pleasing plus functional and practical.”

With so much variety available, a consumer’s best option is to visit their local ALA-member lighting showroom. There, they will find trained professionals who can assess which type and size ceiling fan each room needs and suggest the most appropriate, energy-saving choice. To find out where your closest ALA-member lighting showroom is located, visit

About The American Lighting Association

The American Lighting Association is a trade association representing the lighting industry. Its membership includes lighting, fan and dimming control manufacturers, retail showrooms, sales representatives and lighting designers dedicated to providing the public with the proper application of quality residential lighting. For more information or to find an ALA-member retail showroom, go

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