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Joe Epifanio, Broker for Engel and Voelkers Olde Naples,  shares some of the things he has learned as a Realtor over the years.

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You have finally decided to move, you're excited, right? Suddenly life is about to change! The people you meet, where you go grocery shopping, schools and sometimes even the town you live in!

Homes for First time buyersMoving house is a huge decision; for most people, housing is at the top of their lifetime major purchases list. So, it's no wonder that some first-time buyers are worried about making the right decision when choosing a home.

As a Realtor, I meet lots of clients. Some take homeownership in their stride, others, such as first-time buyers, find the process more than a little tricky.

The first thing many first time buyers do is to and start looking at homes. Find one they fall in love with, then realize they cannot afford it. They may have seen the home online,

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

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 to 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.

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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 there 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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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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Should I become a Real Estate Agent?

This is a full-time business.  Many people enter this business with the expectation that you can work when you want where you want.  And to a point that is true; however, many people get into this business with unrealistic expectations.  So, should I become a real estate agent? 

There are many sacrifices to become a full-time real estate agent.  During the first two years, you will need to put in countless hours and hustle to get new clients.  To become successful, it takes complete dedication and with that comes a need for funds for living expenses and marketing.  I would highly suggest that anyone thinking about going into the real estate industry have a 2-year reserve of funds.

This should give you a

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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, where 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 it 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

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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 do

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