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Naples Real Estate Blog - Joe Epifanio

Selling a Home by Owner

Selling your home can be a long and exhausting experience.  But at first, it may seem like a good idea to sell your home by owner.  After all, you wouldn’t have to pay the seller’s commission and you could pocket more of the sale price, right?  This is absolutely true, but the buyer’s agent will still expect their cut for bringing you the client.  So you would save somewhere between 3 and 6 percent.

Let’s see if saving that commission is actually worth it.

When selling a home by owner, you may want to put a sign in the front yard; that way everyone driving by will know that your home is on the market.

You would probably want to have a couple of open houses to invite people in to take a look around.  Of course, what open

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The Biggest Tip for First Time Home Buyers

Purchasing your first home is an exciting time.  It is almost like a right of passage.  You’ve moved up from living in an apartment; maybe the family has grown and now its time to make the investment.

On the flip side, purchasing your first home can be a stressful and exhausting experience… unless you follow this big tip for first time home buyers.

Find a Qualified Real Estate Agent

Now, this seems like a no-brainer; however, you will not believe how many horror stories I have heard from people about how their real estate agent didn’t do anything to help them through the process.

Here is what first time home buyers should expect from their real estate agent:

Step 1: You and the real estate

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The Orchid a green home for sale in Naples FloridaDo any of you ever ask you if a home is environmentally friendly?  is being "green" part of your decision making?

My guess is that the answer, for the most part, is no.  However, for a while there I too was oblivious to exactly what an Environmentally Friendly home was and how it could impact my life. That is until I got a Platinum Leed Certified home for sale.  After that, I certainly had to brush up on my knowledge base, so I spent some time researching and finally I achieved my "Green Certification" for Real Estate.  

What has this done for me?  Well apart from making me more aware of how we use energy in our homes, going around turning lights off much to my wife's dismay.  It has certainly made me make some more significant changes around my own

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Find out tricks on how to keep cool if your air conditioning goes off . So you decided to make the move to Naples, good choice, Naples is one of the top towns in Southwest Florida.  But if you have moved from a cooler climate, it's good to know what to do if your air conditioning goes out.  Florida summers are known for being hot and wet.  Easy to cope with when you have air conditioning but what happens when your AC goes out!  Here is some help on how to keep your house cool during the summer heat, plus it will help a little with those electric bills.

Close your curtains - silly as this may seem when most of us have double glazed windows these days, this is probably the number one thing to do to help in keeping your home cool.

Make sure you turn your ceiling fan to summer clockwise setting. 

Keep all the inside

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The Dome house used solar power and renewable energy.So you're trying to do everything you can to save the planet?  Most people these days recycle and try to do what they can to help save the world's resources.   Houses are now being built to make the most of naturally occurring power sources such as wind and sunlight, solar panels can help in lowering your bills.  With technology that seems to change every day the world is full of information on how to improve our homes and make the most out of what is available without causing harm to the world. 

So, why is it that in a place like Florida we are not all using solar power?  After all, we have the most sunshine of any state in the USA, there is hardly a day goes by without the sun. Yet, we are still relying heavily on electricity.  Oddly enough, Florida

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If you're looking for a tennis community in Naples, then look no further!  Longshore Lake is a gem of a community, nestled away in North Naples, with mature oaks everywhere and homes built on an island which is only accessible over a bridge. 

Longshore Lake has a wonderful active tennis community, staffed by a full-time pro with lots of opportunities to improve your tennis game.  The huge 88-acre lake which meanders around the homes is accessible for fishing and none powered boats.  The vast majority of homes are waterfront with views out across the lake. 

One of the things that hit you as you drive into Longshore lake is the lush landscaping, the Oaks are magnificent and give plenty of shade in the heat of the summer.   Located on the north side of

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Engel & Voelkers Real Estate Agents having fun on 5th Ave, Naples. It’s official the winter season has started early down here in Naples!  The season took off with another extremely successful Spooktacular on Fifth Avenue!  The street was closed for the evening to allow for dancing and festivities. Some of the costumes this year were excellent, with competitions for the best costumes for children and adults, I am not sure which group had more fun!  Along with the music, there were booths up and down the street, the Collier Domestic Animal Services’ booth reported receiving some great donations for the local shelter.  

Olde Naples certain came to life, here at Engel and Voelkers we had a great turnout, although we did run a little low on candy, luckily one of our Vampire Agents came to the rescue and brought in more

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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 slowdown 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 released 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

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Search New Communities Here

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 a 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 teardown 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!

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