Herald-Tribune Business | April 11, 2014
The Sperry Van Ness Commercial Advisory Group finished 2013 ranked 10th out of all SVN offices nationwide.
The ranking showed the local branch, with offices in downtown Sarasota and downtown Bradenton, at the level of total production of SVN offices in Chicago, Portland and Los Angeles.
Gail Bowden, a Sarasota Sperry Van Ness adviser, finished 2013 ranked 27th nationally and 5th in Florida.
A commercial real estate market rebound is in full force at Sperry Van Ness in Sarasota-Bradenton.
Not only was 2013 stellar, but so far 2014 has been even better, says Sperry Van Ness Commercial Advisory Group Managing Director Tony Veldkamp. The office, in total, has already surpassed 50% of what the brokers did in 2013. “I’m not saying we will continue with that,” Veldkamp says, “because some of these things are hit and miss.”
Veldkamp says there are several factors to the hot streak, beyond a general market rebound. One is in renewed interest in 1031 tax-deferred exchange deals, which can involve deferred capital gains taxes.
He also credits the individual creativity of the brokers at the office to come up with unusual deals. Some are even outside the region, from Orlando to Louisiana, for local clients.
“They baffle me sometimes with the deals that come to my desk,” Veldkamp tells Coffee Talk. “But they are so experienced and talented.”
One agent in particular who outperformed her peers is Gail Bowden. With $20 million in transactions in 2013, she ranked 27th among all Sperry Van Ness brokers nationwide and fifth in Florida. Her deals included brokering a $10 million 1031 exchange sale of an 84,700-square-foot building in Kissimmee, south of Orlando.
Veldkamp projects his staff of rainmakers will be especially busy in April and May, before the real rainy season starts and sales traditionally tend to slow down. Says Veldkamp: “We are banging out all the deals we can now.”
Bradenton Herald Business | April 1, 2014
BRADENTON — The local Sperry Van Ness Commercial Advisory Group, with offices in downtown Sarasota and downtown Bradenton, ranked 10th out of all Sperry Van Ness offices nationwide by Sperry Van Ness International. This ranking placed the local office among Chicago, Portland and Los Angeles in total production. And local adviser Gail Bowden ranked 27th nationally and fifth in the state of Florida in 2013.