The Truth About That 10% Real Estate Value Increase Did you know that the second Tuesday of every month all of the real estate agents of southwest Florida show up at a secret location, one minute before midnight, to formulate a plan to manipulate the entire real estate industry? Well neither did I. Apparently, I [...]
Things To Do Children’s Museum of Naples Florida The Children’s Museum of Naples, Florida is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization founded in 2002. It is an environment that has been developed to educationally encourage exploration and discovery. The Children’s Museum of Naples is a safe and wonderful place which inspires children and families to have [...]
Therapeutic Riding Program in Southwest Florida If you’re looking for a way to be involved with the community you may find a great opportunity by giving a gift of your time or a financial gift to the Naples Equestrian Challenge. the mission of Naples Equestrian Challenge is to improve the lives of children and adults [...]
Editorial Special to Southwest Florida Living Magazine It was about twenty-six years ago that I moved to Southwest Florida. It was probably the first week in the area that I found myself water skiing up and down the Imperial River. Yes, at that time no-wake zones were unheard of. If you were here in the [...]
Inventory Bonita Springs and Naples Real Estate Market Typically, I get an email or a phone call from potential buyers who are beginning the search for a home in Southwest Florida. They’ve been “educated” by whatever news sources they watched or read about the Florida real estate market. Most of the time it’s pretty far [...]
Every Tree at Naples Heritage Golf & Country Club
A one bedroom Pompeii II condominium at Positano Place, Naples, Florida.
Cocohatchee River Park, Boat Ramp and Playground Just South of Bonita Springs, Florida in Naples, Florida.
A photograph of the pier in Naples, Florida.
Hire a home watch service to watch your vacant real estate.
So Far, Only Tanning Oil on Our Beaches Sooner or later I figured someone would ask the question “Is the oil on your beaches yet?” Well it started. I’ve gotten it a few times already from potential buyers flying in from outside of the state of Florida. This is a big story with a huge [...]
Simply Cupcakes of Naples, Florida A trip from Bonita Springs to Lely to check on listings is just a clever excuse to make a pit stop at Simply Cupcakes. This little bakery simply makes the best cupcakes in Southwest Florida. There, I said it. Mini-Me and I picked up up a half dozen cupcakes to [...]
A beer and wine tasting event at Mercato of Naples Florida, sponsored by Bonita Springs Rotary Noon.
It’s Free! They May Even Give Ya a Cookie There isn’t a charitable organization that’s not struggling in this economic down turn. It’s difficult for folks to give money sometimes, but it is possible to give time and maybe even a little life saving blood. It’s pretty tough to write about blood in any manner [...]
Loyalty in Real Estate Goes Both Ways It’s probably happened to just about any real estate agent out there whether the agent realizes it or not. Cold hearted, white lyin’, running off into the sunset with another real estate agent kind of cheating. The short sale phenomenon in the market has fanned the flames of [...]
Where to canoe in Bonita Springs, Estero and Naples, Florida. Things to do.
Now Open Weekends 10 a.m.-5 p.m., February-May ? 15000 Livingston Rd., Naples, FL 34109 (Naples, FL) – Rather than wait until it’s blazing hot, jump in the fun at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon now when it’s comfortably cooler. The water park is open and waiting for you, your friends and family. From February through May, we invite [...]
Bonita Springs Naples Estero Ft Myers Real Estate Just like the past few months, the largest sector of real estate that is selling is priced under $400,000. The real estate priced under $200,000 is absolutely on fire. This data was collected from the Sunshine MLS and includes all closed sale properties in the MLS from [...]
The Low Interest Rates Won’t Last Forever To everyone’s great relief, fixed mortgage rates have been extraordinarily low for the last year averaging between 4.75% – 5.25%. However, perhaps you remember the summer of 2008? Gas prices crested $4/gal, inflation was all the rage and home buyers were snapping up 6.5% mortgage rates like they [...]
Historical Real Estate Sales December 2003-2009 You won’t know where you’re going if you don’t look back at where you’ve been. The Southwest Florida real estate market has been to the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. If you’ve wondered where we were and if the recovery has begun, well this is the [...]
Farm City BBQ at Ave Maria, Florida Did you know that the average American eats 22 pounds of tomatoes each year? Or did you know that it takes 12 busy little honeybees collecting the nectar from 2,000 flowers to make a tablespoon of honey? The National Farm City Council has spent more than 50 years [...]
Doom & Gloom or Puppies & Daisies? Last week CNNMoney.com reported that area housing would drop another 26 percent. It got a lot of attention and started some chatter. The biggest question people have when they see reports are if they’re true or not. Seriously, is it possible that housing values can drop further and [...]
Get Ready For The Changes in 1031 Exchanges By Nace Cohen, CPA President, 1031 Exchange Connection in Naples, Florida Here we go again, round two of the great Exchange. We all remember what was going on in the world of real estate a few years back. It was simple, buy low and sell high, with [...]
Sick of Big Government, Taxes & Bail Outs Just a little bit late to a closing today. There was quite a turn out. You can read all about it in the Naples Daily News Technorati Tags: naples,florida .
Running Ain’t For Sissies On top of sparing you a real estate related column this week I will also spare you the clichés comparing running marathons to being a real estate agent or surviving this rotten economy. I was so tempted to do it just to give the kids online something to yammer about. The [...]
What if We’re Not Going to Hell in a Hand Basket? On the heals of my column about how many mortgages are actually being given to buyers of Southwest Florida real estate. This is across the board: Bonita Springs, Estero, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Lehigh, Cape Coral, North Fort Myers. Read also: Will Banks [...]
Naples Florida Golf Homes in Audubon Audubon is an exceptional 770-acre private gated community located West of US 41 in Naples, Florida. It is merely a few miles south of Bonita Beach Road. If you’ve shopped the country club communities in Bonita Springs you might want to take a look at what Audubon has to [...]
Besides the famed Ghost Orchid there’s also a chance to see deer and many other forms of wildlife in the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples, Florida. This little deer walked within a few hundred feet of the boardwalk. The weather has been outstanding this week. If you’re looking for things to do in the area [...]
Things to Do | Visit The Big Cypress Gallery and Clyde Butcher Not too long ago, I had an amazing opportunity to meet Clyde Butcher. If you don’t know who Clyde Butcher is, know this: He is one of the great American Iconic Photographers of Modern and All Time. Period. Bar none. Put it in [...]
Things TO Do – Art Festival Looking for things to do in Naples and Bonita Springs, Florida? The Downtown Naples Fall Art Festival has set its 10th anniversary event on Oct. 18-19 on Fifth Avenue South. The Art Show is to feature 150 artists and $15 million in artwork available for sale. Admission is free. [...]
Check it out! A back to school party for less than $10 bucks per kid you can hit up Sun-n-Fun Lagoon water park in Naples. If you need more information call 2q39-252-4021 or visit www.collierparks.com. The park is on Livingston Road in Naples. Google the street address or click here for a map: Map to [...]
Retirement in Naples – Marco Island – Bonita Springs This must be the week for Southwest Florida making top ten lists. Just a few days ago I found out that Lover’s Key Beach Was Voted One of Florida’s Best Beaches and now I just found an article that reads that the Naples – Marco Island [...]
Tijuana Flats is In Naples and *Now* Bonita Springs Yesterday, to do something different I headed out for a bite to eat at a new, local Bonita Springs restaurant and then took in a movie. The new restaurant I *finally* tried was Tijuana Flats. Tijuana Flats is located in Bonita Springs but it might be [...]
The Naples Lemon House The last few Friday’s I’ve run photos of mailboxes for the “mailbox series” on my blog. Occasionally I’ll go out for a drive or just take a turn down a street to see if I can find a candidate for a post. While driving through the Vanderbilt and the Naples Park [...]
Vanderbilt Mail Beacon In the quest to capture Southwest Florida mailboxes I ran across this lighthouse mailbox. Hey, it’s Southwest Florida. The city of Bonita Springs is peppered with unique mailboxes, the likes of which are mostly nautical themed, fish themed, boat themed, lighthouse themed or ocean themed. I feel like Forest Gump; shimp gumbo, [...]
Enjoying Collier County Beaches in Bonita Springs? Little do many people know that there are Collier County Beaches in Bonita Springs. At the entry to the Barefoot Beach Community is a large Collier County beach park. In addition to the Collier Count Parks Beaches there is a State Park at the south end of Barefoot [...]
Milking The Mailbox Series For All It’s Worth This little cutie was found in Vanderbilt in Naples, Florida just a few miles south of Bonita Springs. I stopped into the *best* sushi restaurant in Florida, Sushi Thai and took a drive after my birthday dinner and found Bessie the mailbox. Vanderbilt offered fewer mailboxes of [...]
Bonita Beach After The Sun Goes Down It’s an almost sad parade of people leaving the beach after the sun goes down. Every day the sun goes down over the Gulf of Mexico in Bonita Springs, Florida. Most days I miss it. Periodically, guilt sets in that “other people fly from all over the world [...]
WINTER CALENDAR OF EVENTS (MARCH-MAY 2008) Programs by: Domestic Animal Services, Extension Services, Museums, Parks, Libraries, Housing & Human Services and Veteran Services; Sections: Highlighted Programs, Events, Activities for Kids & Parents and For Adults/Seniors Public Contacts are listed in each entry. —- —- —- —- Special Events (in order by date) Old Florida Festival [...]
OK, No Dollar Was Involved, But I Do Go To Randys Fish Market Today I was driving down West Terry Street in Bonita Springs and passed Baby A in traffic. I buzzed him on the phone and he was actually on his way to see me. [heart swell] I invited him for lunch at Randy’s Fish [...]
Test Drive Vanderbilt Beach Today was new running shoe day. Yes, it is that big of a deal to me. I had far too many miles on my shoes and was long over due for a new pair. A fellow runner and agent in my Bonita Springs Keller Williams office recommended that I go to [...]
Too Old For This Crap My morning started bright and early…again. I am staying on schedule for the big Naples half marathon tomorrow. I plugged in my iPod so I could sync it with Nike+ and got this announcement: Congratulations, You’ve Run 500 Miles on this iPod! 500! I AM SPARTA?!! This revelation was followed [...]
The Smallest Post Office in The United States Today I’m trapped without my computer and no images or ideas to write so I hit up my photos on Flickr to see if I could find inspiration. I didn’t even remember uploading this image of the Ochopee Post Office. If you cross the Everglases on US [...]
Top 10 Bonita Springs Restaurants & Dining Spots If you’re looking for a great place to eat in Bonita Springs, Florida this is THE list. Maureen McCabe, one of my blog cohorts from Active Rain shared her favorite Columbus Mexican Restaurants and it sparked the idea for this article on my 10 favorite Bonita Springs [...]
Naples Home Expo My third least favorite store to go to besides Best Buy and Ace Hardware…. No offense, I’m just not a shopper. Having just completed a remodel in my own Bonita Springs home the Home Expo signifies to me only lost weekends and extensive drywall dust, the likes of which I’m still dealing [...]