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Giving Sarasota a Place in the Sun

Posted: September 25th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Sarasota will be getting more attention than usual this year at A Place in the Sun, the British property exhibition show that seeks to lure home buyers and investors to warmer climes.  Florida is the 3rd most popular destination for British second-home buyers according to Ian Harding, a Sarasota immigrant and residential and commercial realtor.  The British expat spoke with during his preparations for the upcoming exhibition.  He revealed that most British home-buyers are not as aware of Sarasota and the Gulf Coast as they are of Orlando or Miami.  This creates a hidden opportunity for Mr. Harding.  Part of the reason for the lack of awareness is traditionally there has been only a limited number of realtors marketing the Sarasota area at A Place in the Sun.  The addition of Mr. Harding this year will increase the number of representatives of the Sarasota area.

Sarasota Immigrant Ian Harding

Mr. Harding himself is an immigrant entrepreneur who came to America to live and work.  He bought a business, obtained a realtor license and became a business broker.  Now he is showing other UK residents how they can do something similar.

Mr. Harding hails from Newcastle where he obtained his MBA while working for one of the UK’s largest utility companies.  From there he went on to work for Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffet’s famous investment firm, before moving to the United States to start his own business.  Berkshire Hathaway prides itself on its candor and this virtue rubbed off on Mr. Harding during his time there.  Now that he is a business owner himself he treats all his clients with the same high level of candor and respect that he learned at Berkshire, with equally impressive results.

Mr. Harding has expanded from a residential realtor to a business broker.  He now helps UK residents buy their home and business on the Gulf.  He specializes in helping clients who want to live and work in America.  He reports that for the same amount as would be spent on an average home in Europe or the UK, Britons can buy a larger home and a business in the US.  This way they could possibly qualify for an investor visa which would enable them to come and go from the country at will.  Moreover, it would give them an income stream here in the US.

We are certain that Mr. Harding will represent Sarasota with honor and candor this year at A Place in the Sun and we wish him all the best.

To contact Mr. Harding about a business or residential opportunity call 941-725-1468 or send an email to

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Written by Chris Jaensch

Chris Jaensch

Attorney P. Christopher Jaensch received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1992 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1995 from the University of Florida. While at UF, he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa Society and Florida Blue Key, the oldest and most prestigious leadership honorary in the state of Florida.

Mr. Jaensch is a member of the Florida Bar, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Sarasota Bar Association. He has served as President of the Sarasota-Manatee International Trade Club and served as Regional Vice Chair, Tampa Bay, for the Central Florida Chapter of AILA. He was a member of City of Sarasota Charter Review Committee and has been active in several local organizations, including the influential Laurel Park Neighborhood Association in downtown Sarasota.

Mr. Jaensch has over 18 years of experience in the field of immigration and nationality law and focuses his practice on four primary categories (a) investors and entrepreneurs, (b) business executives, managers and professionals, (c) amateur and professional athletes and coaches and (d) performing artists and immigrants with extraordinary ability.

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