Naples, FL Real Estate News

By Shannon Lefevre, Shannon Lefevre, PA Your Naples Smart Girl
(John R. Wood Properties)
I have been in the process of implementing a new portion of my website to help people better understand and easily search Pelican Bay. Because of the complexity associated with Pelican Bay, I have identified each subdivision for you, provided pictures, descriptions and compiled Pelican Bay Community searches all at just a couple of clicks of your mouse. Those of you who already know Pelican Bay can start shopping for Pelican Bay's Best Deals right now while others who are just getting to know Pelican Bay can read up and get to know the neighborhood. Just one request for your patience, although I am nearly completed with my summer project there are still some Pelican Bay communities requiring better descriptions and pictures. If you have questions before I am able to update my site you'r...
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By Lynn Wilber, GRI, E-PRO, Naples Florida Real Estate
(Downing Frye Realty, Inc)
The Naples Daily News had a good article in the paper this morning Pelican Bay Mangrove Experiment .  Apparently the experiment that has been going on in restoration has been going well. The mangroves are such an integral part of Pelican Bay that it is great to read that the restoration has been working.YIKES!  Hurricane Dean is our first named hurricane of the season.  The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that Dean is moving toward the eastern Caribbean islands where hurricane and tropical storm alerts are in effect.  I put together some good Hurricane Resource Sites The NBC site has insightful information on preparing for a hurricane.  I sincerely hope Dean fizzles out and causes no damage.  I still remember watching, waiting and preparing for Charlie and W...
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By Lynn Wilber, GRI, E-PRO, Naples Florida Real Estate
(Downing Frye Realty, Inc)
It looks like single family homes fared a bit worse than condo for decrease in sales price.  I still don't think I'd call this a blood bath. Florida Sales Report - 2nd Quarter 2007Single-Family, Existing Homes  Realtor SalesMedian Sales PriceStatewide &Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)  2nd Qrtr.2007  2nd Qrtr.2006  %Chge  2nd Qrtr.2007  2nd Qrtr.2006  %ChgeSTATEWIDE* (1)       37,70953,723-30$239,200$250,400-4Daytona Beach1,8782,609-28$199,000       $223,300-11Fort Lauderdale1,8282,417-24$372,200       $373,000-Fort Myers-Cape Coral1,7062,800-39$273,500       $278,800-2Fort Pierce-Port St. Lucie9211,523-40$236,300       $254,500-7Fort Walton Beach743872-15$225,000$235,100-4Gainesville851992-14$217,100$214,3001Jacksonville3,7624,919-24$207,900$209,900-1Lakeland-Winter Haven9661,522-...
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By Lynn Wilber, GRI, E-PRO, Naples Florida Real Estate
(Downing Frye Realty, Inc)
They are out........Hey!  The median sales price for the State of Florida's 2nd quarter shows a 1% decrease from 2006 2nd quarter.  Ft. Myers-Cape Coral showed a -22% change in their median price.  What I'd like to know is if there was a large sale in 2006 in that area that might have slanted the stats.  Just a thought....Please keep in mind that the Naples Board of Realtors does not supply any statistics for this report.  Florida Sales Report - 2nd Quarter 2007Existing Condominiums  Realtor SalesMedian Sales PriceStatewide &Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)  2nd Qrtr.2007  2nd Qrtr.2006  %Chge  2nd Qrtr.2007  2nd Qrtr.2006  %ChgeSTATEWIDE* (1)       12,41516,566-25   $208,400$211,200-1Daytona Beach           303353-14 $244,800       $240,8002Fort Lauderdale1,9332,712-29$197,800$212...
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By Lynn Wilber, GRI, E-PRO, Naples Florida Real Estate
(Downing Frye Realty, Inc)
Since I had some time today, I decided to spend some time learning how to work Active Rain.  I spent most of the day redesigning my profile page http://activerain.com/naplesbuys Feel free to let me know your opinions on it.The response in views and clicks on my 700 Lambiance Cir #204 unit amazed me.  Could it be all those photos I included about it in my blog?  I have a slide show on my web site http://www.naplesbuys.com/lamb10.htmabout this same unit and I haven't had the response that I had with my blog entry!I guessed all those photos of the beautiful area that I sell in could produce more views, so I spent another chunk of time today pouring over my photo files trying to copy certain photos into files.  I am amazed at the number of sunset photos I have....One of the pluses of sellin...
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By Shannon Lefevre, Shannon Lefevre, PA Your Naples Smart Girl
(John R. Wood Properties)
The Estates at Bay Colony is truly a remarkable subdivision located in Pelican Marsh.  Currently there are 10 homes listed in the Estates at Bay Colony ranging from $3,250,000 to $6,999,000 and although mls shows there are 3 closed sales in 2007, one is actually hard to consider a true sale since the builder refinanced the property himself and moved in personally.  Debbie Lohan is the Memberhip Director at the Bay Colony Golf Club.  She has had lots of activity this summer which is somewhat unusual for this time of year.  If you're interested in World Class Golf, you may want to check into it.  The Bay Colony Golf Course was designed by Robert Von Hagge and was home to a Senior PGA Tour event from 1996-1998 and was declared by many to be the finest course they'd ever played.
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By Shannon Lefevre, Shannon Lefevre, PA Your Naples Smart Girl
(John R. Wood Properties)
A friend of mine asked me the other day what my favorite restaurant in Naples was.  My response, was, "gosh, do I have to pick just one".  I eat out all the time, too much in fact and enjoy the variety of places to eat so I sectioned out what my favorite places were for food types.  If you're in town, you must try to stop.*  Tropical Reef, located across the street from Pelican Bay is an excellent place for seafood.  I love their sesame encrusted tuna but everything I've eaten there has been out of this world.  The outside of the building is a crazy kiwi green color and you may think that the food will not be so great but it is fabulous!  The chef is from Texas and is truly a legend.*  Andre's Streak House for steak.  We the porterhouse for two when we go and it's awesome!  You will not...
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By Carolyn A. Rzaca, Broker Associate, GRI,SRS,TRC
(ROYAL SHELL REAL ESTATE, INC.)
Are you getting ready to sell your Fiddler's Creek home?  Your goal when you sell your Fiddler's Creek home is to do so fast!  Part of doing that is making sure your home is appealing to the Fiddler's Creek buyer.  Let's face it, the market is challenging, so you need to do everything you can possibly do to ensure top dollar and a quick sale!Does this sound familiar?Each day you go into your overflowing closet and you can't find what you are looking for.  Perhaps you need a closet organizer!Your home is cluttered and you have no place to put things You cannot open the bathroom drawersYou open the pantry door it is disorganizedDo you think this would make a good impression on a Fiddler's Creek Buyer?Clean out the closets, kitchen and bath cupboards!  Rent a storage unit and put all thing...
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By Lynn Wilber, GRI, E-PRO, Naples Florida Real Estate
(Downing Frye Realty, Inc)
Yesterday I drove up to the International Design Center www.idcfl.com in Estero.  They have been advertising 70% off samples.  Since I have been doing some remodeling and hope to redecorate my family room, I decided to go up there and check out the place.  There was a $10.00 admission charge to enter.   A portion of the proceeds will benefit Senior Friendship Centers.The building is beautiful - a great place for showrooms.  The first floor showrooms are open to consumers to purchase.  The second and third floors are trade floors.  There are several vacant showrooms in the building.  Especially on the third floor.If your taste runs toward traditional and you have to furnish one of Naples' huge mansions, this is the place for you.  If you live in a condo and have more contemporary taste.....
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By Shannon Lefevre, Shannon Lefevre, PA Your Naples Smart Girl
(John R. Wood Properties)
As I reviewed the hot sheet (what went on in the market today according tothe Naples MLS) this evening, I noticed a listing in Marquesa went under contract.  YIPPIE!  That reminded me to write this announcement.  Hey Bay Colony property owners, there aren't very many listings in your neighborhood right now.  Depending on where you are, now might be a great time to list your Bay Colony property!  Here's the current run down on Bay Colony inventory:Marquesa - No more active listings availableToscana - 1 active listing currently availableSalerno - No active listings availableVilla La Palma - 1 active listing availableMansion La Palma - 1 active listing availableRemington - 1 active listing availableWindsor - 2 active listings availableBiltmore - 2 active listings availableBrighton - 1 acti...
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By Bob Pisa, Broker Associate, Commitment, Service, Satisfaction...
(Downing-Frye Realty, Inc. Naples, FL)
Our board of Realtors - NABOR - arranged for the off season for its members and guests to have access to the Tuscany Reserve Golf course. My buddy is an avid (and reasonably good) golfer (I, on the other hand am not so good) and could not wait for us to get on the course. Truth be told, neither could I. This is a PGA Championship course. And while there is water to deal with it's not as bad as many other Florida courses. The fairways, for the most part, are wide open.BUT, it's the dangers that are not so apparent that can kill your game. It tests (and requires) golfing skills that are not in use for most of us regularly. Like, the rough and grass around the bunkers is pretty deep and thick. I actually plugged a ball in it near a green side bunker. Trying to swing a club through that stu...
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By Lynn Wilber, GRI, E-PRO, Naples Florida Real Estate
(Downing Frye Realty, Inc)
My husband and I recently decided to remodel our kitchen.  We removed a pantry that opened the kitchen to the rest of the house.  In the process of removing the pantry, we had to replace 3 ceramic floor tiles.  (Thank God it was 3 tiles as our pattern is not made anymore and we only had 4 tiles left!)  Once the new tiles were in, you could really see how our older tile and grout had become so dirty over the 11 years since the tile has been installed.  Over the years I had used all sorts of cleaners on the tile but could never made the tiles look like new.  Our contractor suggested we try a product called SUPER CLEAN http://www.superclean.com/index.php  This product is a miracle!!!  You just spray it on the tile, let it sit for a couple of minutes and then scrub it a bit and surprise.......
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By Lynn Wilber, GRI, E-PRO, Naples Florida Real Estate
(Downing Frye Realty, Inc)
Statistics for L'Ambiance        01/01/07-07/31/07          Active  Pending  Sold List Price  Sold Price*  Unsold/Expired Total Number of Listings                     5                          3                      3 4 Average Days on the Market                 192                      203                 203 186 Low Price         574,900              574,900         550,000            625,000  Median Price         605,000              599,000         550,000            699,900  High Price         649,900              666,000         645,000            850,000  Average Price         610,760              613,300         581,667            718,700  Avg Price per sq/ft Under Air           389.02                367.25            348.30              396.63  List to Sale Price Differential ...
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By Shannon Lefevre, Shannon Lefevre, PA Your Naples Smart Girl
(John R. Wood Properties)
If you or your customer has been waiting for the right time to purchase in Naples, Florida...you might consider taking a look now!  I've noticed within the last couple of weeks some of our hottest deals are starting to go under contract and other market indicators are showing signs of a slight heat up.  There are still plenty of good buys and you're early enough that heavy reporting regarding this activity is not widely known so negotiating opportunities are still prime.  Buyers from up north including Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Illinois, Massachusetts and Maryland have been searching more heavily on the Internet and making more calls regarding trips they're making within the next few weeks to come down to purchase compared to "look around" which was all we've been hearing all year up ...
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By Ken Fish, REALTOR
(Premiere Plus Realty Co.)
Marker Lake The gated community of Marker Lake is located between Vanderbilt Beach Rd and Airport Rd, just west of the Stonewood shopping center (click here for a map of Marker Lake). Home prices start in the low $300s, making Marker Lake an affordable opportunity to enjoy a newer construction home close to the beach, shopping, restaurants, and schools. Lake views and a private community atmosphere of only 36 homes offer tranquility to residents who are looking for a peaceful setting to call home.     To view listings in Marker Lake click here.To search Marker Lake listings on ActiveRain / Localism click here.Community Amenities: Community Pool Recreational Facilities Lawn Maintenance Security Gated For more information on Naples / Bonita Springs real estate, community information, curr...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
                                         There was a big buzz in Naples when Greg Norman decided to team up with Pete Frye to design the Tuscany Reserve Golf Course In Naples, South West Florida. Naples is still buzzing. He had already by then acquired a reputation as one of the premier designers of golf courses in the world. He was the number one player oin the world for over 6 years.The Shark must know something about golf courses.I had to take a look.What stands out is the vision.Greg Norman's philosophy in designing these courses is to incorporate the golf courses with what the sites and nature offer. It is after all a Reserve.                                                                       The Tuscany Reserve and its gated community is over 466 acres.The course is 7,025 yards...
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By Ken Fish, REALTOR
(Premiere Plus Realty Co.)
Key Royal IS SELLING!!! These affordable condos are an excellent opportunity to buy a 2 bedroom unit for under $170k in a central location off Immokalee Rd in North Naples, only minutes to the beach! Here are some of the closed sales for Key Royal since May 2007: Sales Price      Address                                        *My Personal Transactions       $158,000       8214 Key Royal Cir #122       *Selling agent $158,650       8254 Key Royal Cir #722       *Listing agent $162,000       8297 Key Royal Cir #332       *Listing agent / Selling agent $165,000       8274 Key Royal Cir #1025 $168,000       8294 Key Royal Cir #1633 Click here for more information on Key Royal. For more information on Key Royal listings or closed sales, Naples / Bonita Springs real estate, community informat...
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By Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Specialist - Agent
(Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL)
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a National Audubon Society sanctuary located in southwest Florida, north of Naples, Florida and east of Bonita Springs.  A 2.25-mile raised boardwalk takes visitors through four distinct environments: A pine uplandA wet prairieA cypress forestA marshSigns along the boardwalk describe the wildlife, plants and ecosystem.  There is a field guide and Children's Activity Book available at the admissions desk.  Benches and rain shelters are along the trail. For those who do not wish to walk the full 2.25 miles, an optional trail shortens the walk to one mile. The Corkscrew Swamp Boardwalk tour takes from 1-3 hours.The entire boardwalk is handicap accessible.  Both wheelchairs and strollers are available without charge for use while on the boardwalk. Wildlife sight...
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By Carolyn A. Rzaca, Broker Associate, GRI,SRS,TRC
(ROYAL SHELL REAL ESTATE, INC.)
FIDDLER' CREEK MARKET UPDATE OF RESALE PROPERTIESAs Of July 5, 2007With being half way through 2007 it looks as if our number of units sold is in line with the 2004 number, but our average sale price is much higher. Year# of   Units Active# of  Units Pending# of   Units SoldAverage List Price ActiveAverage List Price PendingAverage List Price of SoldAverage Sold PriceActive Average DOMPending DOMSold DOM     2007335430$773,298$740,711$733,767$655,366178192215Fiddler's Creek2006  38  $694,842$651,901  141 2005  151  $530,765$515,944  115  2004  67  $358,686$352,178  213 Please visit my website at http://www.eliteonefinepropertis.com/ for more information on the Naples, Marco Island Area Real Estate Market.  I am always available to answer your questions, feel free to call me at (239)393-...
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By Raymond Cabral, GRI, CDPE
(Downing Frye Realty, Inc.)
 The current Real Estate market in the Naples/Bonita/Estero area continue it's depreciating market trend. I continously monitor the local real estate statistics to keep my clients informed and ahead of the real estate trends.  Below you will find all Naples/Bonita/Estero statistic for the months of June 2007Number of Homes on the market:  14038Number of homes entering escrow:363Number of homes closing escrow:  494Avg Days on market:                         163Sold/List price ratio:                           91%Market advantage: BuyersPrice Trend:          DepreciatingTo find the value of your home with a FREE, over the net home evaluation visit: http://www.raycabralnaples.com/  If you would like a free list of homes for sale in your area/neighborhood, would like more information about N...
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