Southwest Florida Weather in February This is Baily. Baily wanted you to know that this is what February weather is like in Bonita Springs, Florida. We’ve had picture perfect weather this week! Yesterday, I had the opportunity to take a boat ride on one of Baywater Exclusive Boat Club’s boats, the doubled decker boat with [...]
Bonita Springs Backyard Butterfly Experiment Let me tell you a little story about the time I went to my neighborhood’s community pool to tan my lily white, fructose rich body. I had gotten a little pudgy and decided to bite the bullet, tan that fat and start working on getting healthy. I sucked up [...]
Video of Cedar Creek Bonita Springs Florida Cedar Creek is located in Bonita Springs and offers single family homes. Cedar Creek boasts the lowest home owner association fees in the area and the closest proximity to many conveniences. If you do not see the video above, click here: http://youtu.be/jQngIPE-U6A To learn more about Cedar Creek [...]
Real Estate Photograph Fails It’s a no brainer that pictures sell real estate, especially in the digital age. What is surprising is that there are still so many homes skating by or even floundering in the real estate market without proper or, at the very least, a weak representation of its unique characteristics whether they’re [...]
Last Ditch Home Selling Method When I was growing up in Northern Ohio I recall finding Indian artifacts in the fields. I grew up on a farm near the river and not far from Lake Erie so it would appear that it was a primo spot for hunting and growing crops. There were arrowheads all [...]
Real Estate is Selling Off – Deal With It So here we are half way through a sweltering southwest Florida summer. Worlds away are our seasonal residents who have all but forgotten us and cubical dwelling number crunchers who will soon be speculating about Florida real estate. Right about the time the first of the [...]
Foreclosure Fixer Uppers and TLC Needed Defined Just exactly how much “tender loving care” does a property that needs TLC really require? Well, isn’t that a question just chock full of possibilities? The definition of fixer-upper and “needs TLC” really is in the eye of the beholder. Any one person’s opinion of what is a [...]
Merry Christmas Bonita Springs Write something fun about Christmas was the advice I got from friends. I was away when the words were due and, well, I just wasn’t feeling Christmas or feeling like writing about it. It sounds all scrooge, but I’m not sure I feel Christmas the way most people feel Christmas anyway. [...]
Phone Books Cluttering Up a Home Near You Ever hear that old wives tale; if you touch a frog, you’ll get warts? What do you have to touch to get a half dozen unsolicited phone books dumped on at your front door every year. You may not know this but phone books are the warts [...]
Appliance Repair in Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida. Second oppinions about appliance repairs, too.
Orchids at Home Depot Bonita Springs, Florida.
Selling for sale by owner and inviting real estate agents to show and sell.
Weekend mortgage rates for buyers of Bonita Springs, Florida real estate.
Tips for sellers of real estate to freshen their market reports to get their home sold. Absorption rate calculator and recent closed sale comparables.
A single family home in Bonita Springs Golf & CC area that is for sale.
An Oakmont listing in Village Walk of Bonita Springs, Florida.
Homes and cottage real estate on Hickory Island, Bonita Beach, Florida.
A buoy mailbox on Bonita Beach, Florida.
Comparing real estate sales during the month of May 2001-2010.
Hire a home watch service to watch your vacant real estate.
Buying furnished or turnkey furnished real estate in southwest, Florida.
More Than Just a Pile of Rocks Several weeks ago I walked though a field of cairns on a trail. What’s more shocking than the wild notion of outside exercise is the idea of a positive message formed rocks. It was just a river bed of rocks and one day someone decided to pile up [...]
Real Estate Sales and Inventory Report So here we are in the first week of May. The most important thing to report about Bonita Beach and Barefoot Beach is that the water is warm again. I made a trip down last Sunday afternoon and it was down right delightful. The real estate report isn’t that [...]
Weird things inside of homes for sale in Southwest Florida.
Turtle Nesting Season on Bonita Beach A little know fact about SW Florida and the Bonita Springs area is that May 1 – November 31 is sea turtle nesting season. Those lovely beachfront condominiums and the homes on Bonita Beach and in the Barefoot Beach community are held to strictly maintain the use of their [...]
What Sets Real Estate Buyers Apart? What compels a seller to accept one offer over another besides dollars and cents? Putting aside the black and white aspect of a business decision based solely on numbers, image that you’re in a position where the offer you are placing on a home finds competition. We’ve had a [...]
Vacation Home: It’s All About Perspective This is one of my favorite little places in Bonita Springs besides that cute little house with awnings on the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Rio Vista. This little place is in Lime Tree Park. Sometimes I walk by house on Rio Vista and hope that some day the [...]
The Aftermath – After the Warranty Expires The last couple of home or condos that I’ve sold have all had one thing in common. They’ve been fairly new, not lived in or barely lived in and nearly every defect that showed up during the home inspection was defective from the day the property received its [...]
How to estimate real estate tax in Bonita Springs and Lee County, Florida.
Boating – Gulf Access Homes in Bonita Springs This mailbox picture was taken back in 2008. I just stumbled across it while looking for a totally different image on my Flickr account and thought I’d share. I just loved the fishing pole mail flag with lure. Classic “Bonita Springs Fishing Village” mailbox. This box was [...]
Taking Mortgage Broker Recommendations There’s a big difference between inexpensive and a good value where home loans are concerned. Throw in a few dozen flashy ads with teaser interest rates and all the magic the loan officer promises to work for you and let the mortgage cyclone begin. Getting a mortgage is unsettling for some [...]
Home Improvement Real Estate #Fail There’s no better way to find the inspiration to get that home improvement project done than to crack open a brew and start fixin’ things. It’s even more fun when there’s absolutely no plan and some discontinued tile scooped at a garage sale within arms reach. In my daily travels [...]
Foreclosure by Choice When did the mentality about walking away from the obligation of a home change? Maybe the change started when the possibility of owning a home was made so easy that anyone with a pulse and a blue ink pen could qualify for a loan. Home ownership was no longer a challenge for [...]
Yeah, this just about boils it down to the ugly reality of buying an, reo, foreclosure, bank owned home. If you do not see the video above CLICK HERE.
It’s Still All About The Real Estate Appraising Recently there’s been a lot of hubbub about the effects of the new Housing Valuation Code of Conduct – HVCC. The HVCC was intended to create a system to eliminate inflated values by either bad or novice appraisers or by predatory lenders. The resulting unintended consequences have [...]
Banks Get The Gold Mine Consumers Get The Shaft … and Jesus Loves You Sometimes actually getting the bank to give a loan modification doesn’t end with the borrower being getting their issues solved. Loan modifications are an emotional roller coaster. From the day a borrower finally gets a living, breathing human on the phone [...]
Are You Looking at Me? The sun was going down and I was rushing so I didn’t realize the depth of field of my little friends. It at least gives you the chance to see those baby birdie feathers up close. The baby doves were spotted first thing this morning in a driveway, very [...]
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HVCC survey results
Motivation: Selling Is The Ultimate Goal One of the most common questions you’ll hear while a real estate discussion is going on is; how motivated is the seller? Given the climate of the current real estate market it would seem that most sellers would be motivated. In reality, the ad running for their property may [...]
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Are you too late to the home buying or refinancing game? Some people still think that things are going to get better. So I decided to hold off one week on writing something, so this way I could write on what did happen. As they say, “Hindsight is 20/20.” Now, there is no arguing that [...]
Killing Time on Hickory Pointe Sometimes when real estate agents have to go check our listings to make sure they’re secure after a showing it’s an average day. Some days it’s just so darn pretty. Today I drove to Bonita Beach to check a condo at Dolphin Way. This was the view out the front [...]
San Carlos Estates, an acreage parcel community in Bonita Springs, Florida
Chinese Drywall Checklist I received the contents of this post in an email and thought the signs of Chinese Drywall was so well documented that it was worth sharing on the blog. The photo examples are superb. If you suspect your home has Chinese drywall you may find a few ways to self test the [...]
Timing The Bottom of The Real Market The experts all say you can’t time the bottom of the real estate market because you can’t tell it’s bottom until it has passed. The armchair opinionistas hit up the comments on the bubble blogs and online newspapers all bellowing how stupid anyone would be to buy SW [...]
The Road to First Time Home Ownership As anticipated the month of March belonged to the first time home buyers. About fifty three percent of all closed sales in the Sunshine MLS were under $200,000. Short sales and foreclosures accounted for about thirty seven percent of the under $200,000 sales. If you’re considering buying a [...]
Barefoot Beach | Bonita Beach Sales February ’09 The latest market report for Barefoot Beach real estate and Bonita Beach real estate is, uh, well, I would be better off telling you about the weather. It’s been a glorious couple of days at the beach in Bonita Springs, Florida. The weather is absolutely perfect and [...]