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Why you should start your home search early!

Storm clouds over Naples Florida Seasons come and go and, for most of the United States they are associated with weather ranging from freezing cold winters through spring, summer and fall changes.  It's a little different down here in the South West of Florida, yes, we do have seasons but in reality we only have two, one wet and the other our wonderful dry season which runs over the winter months.

Traditionally, the Naples Real Estate Market has been slow during the wet summer months, with fewer residents in town together with a much smaller number of part time residents, summer has been known during the real estate profession, as a time to take a vacation, relax and enjoy the slower pace for a short while.  But that is no longer true!

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Waterfront property is always high in demand in Naples.The market in Naples has been extremely hectic over the summer months, a time when we normally expect a slow down and the chance to take a break, this year however the slow down has not arrived. Our agents are busy with clients, but the one thing I hear over and over again, is that inventory of homes for sale in Naples is very low.  Most of the bargain foreclosure and short sale homes have been snatched up long ago, those that do come onto the market are sold very quickly normally to investors who make it their full time job to be ready and waiting as soon as a property is release for sale.  What we are seeing at the moment is lots of these foreclosed homes coming back onto the market, fully refurbished, new carpets, tile, kitchens and bathrooms, all with

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About to break ground Naples Square condos in Olde NaplesSo what's new in Naples, construction wise?  The latest and greatest new development I think at the moment, is the arrival of Naples Square just off 5th Avenue in downtown.  Why? is this the latest and greatest I hear you say, there are number of reasons.  When you look at downtown, the area is pretty much built up, apart from the tearing down of individual old homes and construction of huge luxury homes on the tear down plots, there is not much else going on as far as large new developments. Naples Square will be just across the road from Bayfront, another great condo community overlooking the bay.

Naples Square is just across the street from Bayfront in Olde NaplesSo Naples Square is unique, it's is one of a kind plus it is in one of the most sought after zip codes in Naples Florida! Did you know that Naples actually

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Boxer having fun at the beach in Bonita SpringsThere are plenty of activities in Naples, but, as a dog owner, one thing that is missing (I totally understand why) is a dog beach. Happily there is one just a little north of us in Bonita Beach.  The Bonita Dog Beach is located on Estero Blvd, take Bonita Beach Road from Tamiami Trail, stay on the road until you come to the beach, here the road bends around, then follow it along until it becomes Estero Blvd, the dog beach is on your left side just after the second large bridge. 

Consider your four legged friend when search for Real Estate in NaplesWhen is comes to searching Real Estate and looking for homes, we all take into consideration our pets, but a dog beach is not one of the priorities. Upon arrival at the beach, there is off road parking, where it is advisable to keep your dog on a leash, a short walk through the

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Fifth Ave in downtown Old NaplesLast week I had a unique opportunity while waiting for the 4th July Parade, in Olde Naples.  As a Realtor I try to take current up to date photos of the area I work in on a regular basis.  One of the problems I have with Olde Naples, is the sheer number of people and cars that can be found on 5th Avenue.  While the traffic itself is not a problem, trying to get a good clean photograph is difficult.  Unless, as someone once suggested, you stay up until the wee hours of the morning and take night shots. 

Having fun on the 4th July with our Realtors

Fourth of July is one of the very few days on which you can stroll along the middle of Fifth Avenue without worrying about the traffic!  The parade as usual brought in crowds of Naples residents, so the streets did not stay clear for long, but while

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One of my dreams of having horses in Florida, is riding along a sandy beach bareback and swimming with my horse in the ocean!  A reasonable dream, I would have thought.  That is until I did some research to find out exactly where I could go and ride my horse on a beach. 

It seems that my dream of being free and riding along the shoreline, is not one that is easily achieved in Florida.  Maybe it is also difficult throughout the rest of the United States, something which I would have to research more.  But certainly my home state is one in which the authorities make it extremely difficult.  When I first started my research, I was disappointed in the lack of information.  Then after much research, I was also disappointed at the number of places where I

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Are the homes in Eden on the Bay in Naples good value?

Clubhouse and swimming pool at Eden on the Bay, Naples.As a Realtor I am often asked which homes in Naples are the ‘best buy’.  The best buy for one person may not be the same a the best buy for another.  I deal with properties up and down the Gulf, along which there are lots of high end luxury homes.  In talking to a client the other day Eden on the lake came up in conversation.  So I decided to take a closer look at this hidden away community close to the Gulf. 

I found this to be an intimate enclave of luxury homes in the perfect location, on  the Gulf side of Vanderbilt extension. A gated entranceway provides access only to residents and visitors of residents.

I loved the fact that it is surrounded by hedges and  extremely well kept tropical

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Well it’s definitely getting to that time of year, the “Season” in Naples is supposedly coming to a close.  About this time of year every year, my phone is bombarded with phone calls, the office phone rings off the hook and my emails are almost too much to cope with.  Why?  Because there seems to be a rush from our Snowbirds to buy their next home down here in Naples.   Our seasonal residents have many reasons for waiting until the very last moment to buy a home, there is a belief so I have been told by some of my clients, that they will get a better bargain by waiting until the last minute.  It is true also that our homeowners who have been trying to sell their homes get anxious as they see their perceived prospective buyers flying to their northern

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Ole Art Festival 2014Today the weather was perfect for the Lely Art Festival in Ole, a mediterranean style community of brightly colored townhouses and casitas. The Art Festival took place along the side of the waterway and fountains close to the town center. Where artists from around the state showed their talents, jewelry, paintings, photography, blown glass and pottery.  

Potter at Lely ResortWhile shoppers browsed in the Florida sunshine and a band played in the bandstand, there were open houses to be enjoyed.  

I always enjoy Ole, it's makes me feel like I am on vacation, even thought I only live closeby. The secluded narrow streets have an ambiance all of their own, strolling from my uncle's townhouse along the street, surrounded by immaculatly kept tropical foilage is always a delight.

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First and foremost I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Valentines Day.

Happy Valentines day from sunny Naples

I love this day, it's a family orientated fun day, already today I have had numerous strangers wishing me a Happy Valentine’s Day.  It is extraordinary how many people celebrate this day, I personally did not know where it came from, so I went straight to my friend Wikipedia, who always has an answer for everything.  

There are many legends associated with Valentines day.  One says the Roman Emperor Claudius, executed two men called Valentine.  Another says that Claudius imprisoned Valentine, who from his jail cell fell in love with the daughter of his jailer, he was executed, but not before he sent a love note to the girl signed “from your Valentine".  Another says that

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