Sunday, February 16th, 2014 at 7:21pm. 78 Views, 0 Comments.
Today 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.
While 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…
Friday, February 14th, 2014 at 1:34pm. 82 Views, 0 Comments.
First and foremost I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Valentines Day.
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…
Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 at 3:13pm. 97 Views, 0 Comments.
I have been in the Real Estate business for well over 23 years, I started in Chicago and moved to Florida 15 years ago. Wow how things have changed, marketing used to be really easy, buy a page in the local newspaper, send out cards and all was well. In today's modern marketplace, it's not so easy to rise to the top, the internet has totally changed all that.
If your a website geek, getting your site to the top of the rankings, using great SEO and links is easy, but for me it has been an uphill climb, one I am still on! My website RealEstateJoe.com is bringing in great results and lots of leads, but I know better than to rest on my laurels. In order to get your website noticed it's important to keep working on it, a stagnant site does not…
Monday, January 27th, 2014 at 3:27pm. 82 Views, 0 Comments.
I am being asked time and time again, is the Naples Real Estate Market really recovering? Well according a recent report put out by NABOR® (Naples Area Board of Realtors) it is!
Closed sales of homes in 2013 according to NABOR showed a remarkable increase over the past few years, they state that “overall closed sales in both the $300,000 - $500,000 and $2 million and above segments increased 27 percent from 1,366 in 2012 to 1,730 in 2013 and 234 in 2012 to 298 in 2013” The median prices for properties have also increased which is all good news for recovery.
During the past year our team has been busy, apart from the usual slow down between Thanksgiving and Christmas, which is something that happens in good markets and in bad, business has…
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 at 1:11pm. 143 Views, 0 Comments.
When your choosing a realtor to sell your home, it’s common to interview a few realtors from different brokerages, selling your home is a huge decision and not one to be taken lightly. One thing is for sure, you are going to get lots of differing opinions and each agent is going to have their own way of presenting themselves and your home.
So what is the best way to choose that agent to sell your home? There are many many personalities in this business, from dynamic go getters, to stay at home moms who like to help people sell their homes. To be frank a huge part of the decision process comes down to this, do you trust the person you are putting your faith in to sell your property. Also, do you like the person? You could interview the top…
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 at 4:32pm. 167 Views, 0 Comments.
Driving through Naples today there is a hive of activity throughout once stagnant building sites. During the heyday of rising house prices it seemed like Naples was growing at a phenomenal rate. There seemed no end to the growing number of communities which were springing up all around the town.
Now as bargain house prices become harder to find, it seems that once again, major construction is underway with more new communities springing up throughout Naples. However, do we really need all these new homes? is our population really growing at such a rate that we need to have construction on what seems like every available corner?
During 2005 - 2009 Naples and Marco Island were the 15th fastest growing metropolitan areas in Florida. Collier County…
Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 at 12:07pm. 180 Views, 0 Comments.
So your thinking of selling, the home is in good condition, but you have a little money to spend on sprucing up your home before you put it on the market. The number one room you should make sure is appealing to any potential buyers, is your kitchen. The modern kitchen is an integral part of any new home, a focus point in the open floor plans that are so popular. It's not just a kitchen anymore, it's the family room, the place where the kids do their homework after school, in fact, it's the most used room in the house and therefore has a huge impact when you are selling.
From granite countertops, stainless steel appliances to state of the art ovens, the kitchen of today is what helps sell homes. Even if you don't have a lot of money put aside to…
Friday, August 16th, 2013 at 2:50pm. 2,153 Views, 0 Comments.
So you have decided to sell your Naples home, where do you start? There are many choices, a) call the first real estate agency you can find and ask them to list your home. b) You may have a realtive that sells homes in their spare time, or c) set out to interview two or three hand picked realtors® that say they can do the job. Hopefully you picked c) however, there is no correct answer.
Which ever route you take, it is important to make sure you ask the right questions, that way you will know your home sale is in good hands. So here is a quick top ten questions to ask list.
- What services does the Realtor® offer to sell my home?. What makes this Realtor® different from all the others? Do they have good ideas for marketing, and negotiating a
Monday, July 8th, 2013 at 6:57pm. 510 Views, 0 Comments.
I just read a report released from RealtyTrac, it was about real estate investing in areas of the United states that have become "the" best place to retire. On the top 15 list quite a few of the towns are in Florida, and for good reason, we have the best winter climate, warm sunny days with little to no rain, our health care system is good and there's lots to do, especially if you like the outdoors, boating, fishing, tennis and of course golf, our number one sport are all easily accessible. So the top places to retire in Florida, according to the report are, Dunnellon, where home prices rose over 31% last year, Naples, North Fort Myers, Punta Gorda, Sun City Center, where everyone seems to have a golf cart rather than a car, Venice and Orange…
Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 at 1:47pm. 469 Views, 0 Comments.