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As a Realtor having a website is really important, having one that produces leads is even more important. 

What color should your real estate website be?For a while now I have been talking to my clients asking not just obvious things such as “where did you get my name?”  or “how did you find us”.  But more trying to find out what made them stay with us to search for their new home in Naples and trying find out from those who did not, why they left and looked elsewhere.  Most of this research was done with our real estate website in mind.

Interestingly, color has a lot to do with first impressions, especially on a website, how long they stay on it and on whether or not they will come back. Colors have hidden meaning and provoke  thoughts and actions that you may not instantly be aware of. For

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Remember when if you wanted to view a home you would go to the local Real Estate agency and talk to someone behind a desk! (Showing my age here!)  Actually it really was not that long ago. Before the digital age, homes for sale were presented on a paper listing flyer showing a quick overview of what the home had to offer, if you wanted to see the property, then you would pick up your phone, which in all probability was not a mobile one and call the Realtor to make an appointment to go and look.There were no virtual tours, no youtube to take a quick peek inside, no internet to help you with your decision, all you had to rely on was the word of the Realtor and his or her local knowledge.

Using technology to search for real estateHere in Naples Florida, we get a huge amount of retirees most of

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We are now going into our 3rd month of 2017, last year, predictions were made as to what would happen with a new President 2017.  Certainly down here in Naples there appeared to be somewhat of a slow down in the final months of 2016 in an air of uncertainty.  We now have a new government and overall the promises of our new President are good for sales with restrictions being lifted off businesses.

What is the housing market doing in Naples FlNo doubt that 2016 was a rocky year, it mostly is just before an election, but Zillow stated that home prices increased overall by 4.8 percent in 2016, they further predicted that 2017 home prices would likely increase by 3.6 percent, a little less than 2016 but still on a steady rise since the market of 2006.

Changes in the Real Estate Market in Naples

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If Real Estate is your passion and is also what makes your daily bread, then when my Real Estate Advisors tell me that there is a large number of homes available on the MLS inventory and that sales are slowing down, it makes sense to look more closely at the figures right?

But figures can be elusive, manipulated and pretty much made to say what you want them to say.  So I decided to take another tack, yes it would appear that there is a large number of existing homes on the market for sale. So why are they not selling? I took a look at the latest figures from Collier County, particularly at new construction and new communities. As a town, Naples is growing, anyone driving around would be able to see the huge amount of new construction that is taking

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I know this is supposed to be a Real Estate blog, in which I should be doing my best to attract clients and show you all how great I am at Real Estate. However, sometimes the people of Naples come together and remind me of why I first wanted to make my home in Naples in the first place.

Naples artist drawing on the blacktopEach year, a wonderful community project takes place, right downtown in Cambier Park.  I had originally gone downtown to view ‘Chalk’ which takes place on the street, right outside my office. The blacktop is covered by chalk pictures, produced by both professional and budding artists of all ages.  After walking the length of 5th Avenue South, I decided to take the back way through the park to avoid the crowds.  That is when I discovered Empty Bowls!

The Empty Bowls

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Sitting on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, dazzling white sand between your toes, tropical warm Gulf waters, nothing to worry about except choosing a restaurant for dinner, or wondering if you want to come back in the evening to watch the sun go down.

New homes in Port Royal Naples FloridaThe reasons for moving to Florida, or buying a second home here are many, but the scenario above, is probably one of the most common.  Visitors from all over the world visit Naples, stay for a vacation, then decide they want to keep coming back, so they call a Realtor and before you know it they have their own little piece of paradise to return to year, after year, after year. 

Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want a property in Naples, voted one of the happiest and healthiest places to live

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Coco Chanel once said,  fashion fades, only style remains.  That is probably true of fashion, but does it apply to other things, such as homes?  Homes are certainly not as transient as clothes, but their style has a huge impact on how we live our lives and how we are perceived by others.

Fashion applies to homes, but only in the way they are decorated, the style of home is something that evolves slowly then becomes a way of building for a few years, before another style or trend emerges.  For instance the Florida housing market has long been festooned with look alike Mediterranean homes, washed out orange walls, roofs with barrel tiles and rich interiors, these, although still sought after are now not the number one choice.  

Style does not only

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Almost everyone rents a vacation home before they decide to buy.  Why, because it's the sensible thing, you can check out the area, see if it's really a place you want to return to year after year, plus it gives you the chance to stand back and take a look at exactly what type of property you really need. 

The beach in Naples Florida

Are you going to be visiting just for short vacations throughout the year.  Or are you planning ahead and trying to find somewhere to eventually move to as your permanent home.   Or are you like so many of our visitors to Naples, planning on being a winter resident?   

The question of whether or not to buy or rent is one that most people ask themselves.  As with most things there are pro's and con's on both sides.  Renting a property is easy,

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The Pros and Cons of Owning a Home:

 For more than six decades, the American dream has always included owning a home.  With the purchase of a home, comes a sense of pride and accomplishment.  And no wonder, it takes hard work and dedication to reach such a goal.


 

Of course, there are positives and negatives to any situation including your decision to take the step in owning your own home.  Purchasing a home is not for everyone.  As your real estate coach, I want to educate you to on the pros and cons of owning a home so you can make the best decision for you and your family.

 

The Fixes:

One of the great joys of renting is that the owner or property manager takes care of all of the maintenance.  They obviously want to

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The Do’s and Don’t of Buying a Home

Over the past few weeks, the market has transitioned from a seller’s market to a flat market and now into a buyer’s market.  Buyers have been waiting for a few years for their chance to arrive. 

Lucky for you, your time has finally arrived!

Here are a few tips to make sure you get the best experience from your new or first time home buying experience.

1. Find the best real estate agent for you!  It seems like everyone and their brother has their real estate license, but should you really go with your cousin or friend who just passed the test?  Probably not. 
While it might help the agent out, there are many risks involved.  They could miss something on the contract, they do not have the negotiation

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