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Will 2011 Mean a Stronger Housing Market?
By the end of 2010, real estate professionals in Southwest florida began to see the light at the end of the tunnel. for some, activity increased and positive signs were seen. for others, the numbers still appeared dim, but there were indicators that recovery could be on the horizon. The point is we really have no way of knowing how long this recovery will take, but we can depend on our knowledgeable realtors to give us some good predictions to consider. from residential to commercial, here are some predictions for you to digest and think about in 2011. RESIDENTIAL In 2010, residential real estate sales picked up as the year went on. All signs that point to a stronger market in 2011. There’s always a discrepancy between price points — what the bank thinks its worth and what the owner is willing to pay — but it seems like they somehow get the deal done. Overall, prices should still be favorable for buyers over the next 12 months, and likely won’t increase much this year. This season, snowbirds began to purchase Southwest florida properties as early as October and November 2010. Harsh winter weather up North could continue seasonal purchases early this year prices may begin to rise. foreclosures should continue this year as banks resume procedures. How long this economy’s recovery takes is going to determine how many people get caught up in this web. That’s the wild card. I don’t think anybody can predict how much longer we have to go on the foreclosures. The residential landscape should improve in 2011, thanks to an influx of international investors and those who are paying cash for properties. Though people are still struggling, more jobs are becoming available and buyers are beginning to feel more comfortable in the market. Prices probably won’t rise much this year and short sales will continue to dominate, she said. In terms of physical signs of the foreclosure crisis, Overall, the market will hinge on larger trends. Homeowners who have stayed afloat the last few years but have now exhausted reserves could begin to $310 billion worth of commercial real estate mortgages came due in 2010, and that number is estimated to rise to $500 billion this year. In 2012, the amount coming due in mortgages may then more than triple over the previous year. Property owners who don’t have cash to put down could lose spaces to foreclosure, while landlords continue to drive down price as they attempt to lure tenants across town with lower rents. The 2011 commercial market looks less promising than 2010 and 2012 could be worse. Unfortunately, it’s all part of the natural order of corrections. Stabilization will be the key to 2011 and with the bulk of layoffs in the past and new jobs on the way, the slow recovery should spread to the real estate market as well. During 2009 and early 2010, some commercial buyers, particularly investors, sat on the sidelines, waiting to see how the market would react to the shake-up. But toward the end of 2010, those people started to become active again, especially in purchasing bankowned spaces. Though sales numbers are still lackluster, positive absorption rates signal recovery and absorption should continue in 2011, helping values to stabilize. Continued stabilization this year should persuade banks to begin loaning again. When the banks begin to loosen up, that’s going to be a good sign of the beginning of a recovery. Recovery will be slow because people aren’t letting go of boom-time market perceptions. This year, the market should continue to bounce along the bottom and become stronger as inventory continues to be absorbed. Commercial rents will spike dramatically and the market will see a shortage of space. It will likely also take a few years before new commercial construction hits the ground, he said. for construction to rebound, we have to see positive job growth, we have to see a friendlier lending environment and we have to see a more optimistic outlook from developers and investors. Let me help you embrace this new market! Whatever your goal may be – buying or selling a property – I can help you get it done in 2011! Call me today at 239-498-7600 or email Michael@ CoconutPointRealEstate.com.

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default on their mortgages. The next 12 months will be a transition phase. As the first baby boomers turn 65 this year, they should be looking to take advantage of low prices in our area. We’re going to benefit from the fact that we crashed first in the nation. But problems still lie in perception. Some in the industry focus on what used to be, instead of embracing the new market. COMMERCIAL The commercial market generally lags behind residential and could reach bottom by the end of this year or early 2012. There is a concern that, according to the National Association of Realtors,

Shadow Wood At The Brooks. Bonita Springs Shadow Wood At The Brooks, Bonita Springs

1283. 4 bedrooms plus den, 3.5 baths, 3702 s.f., 6471 total s.f., 3-car garage. Picturesque long lake and South course 9th green views and only a short stroll to the beautiful clubhouse. Outstanding upgrades and features throughout. Tile, accent in-lays, tray ceilings, crown molding, custom built-ins, designer window treatments, plantation shutters, 2-HVAC zoned units, 2 water heaters (1 tankless). Gourmet kitchen, built-in panel appliances, wall oven, cook top, 42” cabinetry in glaze finish, decorative backsplash, center island with granite and breakfast nook with stunning miter windows. Spacious family room, built-in entertainment center with additional zoned speakers. Living room, wet-bar with granite and stunning built-ins with fireplace enclosed by marble. 3 guest bedrooms all with custom closet cabinetry, 2 with Jack-n-Jill bath, 3rd with bath. Spacious den with closet which can be used as 5th bedroom. Vast master suite, sitting area, private entry to the paver lanai with built-in summer kitchen, gas grill, granite countertop and beautiful built-in gas heated pool/spa and pool bath. Offered at $1,190,000. Call Michael 239 498-7600.

1592. Beautiful 4 bedroom + den, 4.5 bath, 3-car garage, 3327 s.f., 6874 total s.f. Ideal for both family and friends with a large open great room floor plan. Immediately upon entrance through to the grand great room’s disappearing sliders offers gorgeous expansive lake views. Detailed throughout with tile on diagonal, variety of tray ceilings with crown, accent in-lays, window treatments, high impact windows, 2-zoned HVAC. Gourmet kitchen, rich paneled cabinetry in a glaze finish, built-in paneled appliances, wall oven, cook top, granite counter tops, decorative backsplash tile and breakfast nook with stunning miter windows offering picturesque water views. Expanded paver lanai with built-in summer kitchen, grill, heated pool/spa, waterfall, pool bath, outdoor shower and accented outdoor lighting emphasizing the landscaping. All guest bedrooms with private baths, with one offering a convenient private entry to lanai. Vast master suite, French door entry to lanai and exquisite bath, his/her vanity, center tub, 2 dramatic archway entries to walk-in shower with views to the tropical garden atrium . Offered at $1,195,000. Call Michael 239 498-7600.

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What do you think a weightlifter can teach you about your low back? In a word - plenty! Weight or strength training is a popular addition to aerobic exercise in many gyms and home exercise programs. Weightlifters have known about the benefits of properly executed resistance training for years, despite age-old myths that weightlifting can cause serious injury and lower back pain. For example, did you know that: • In one study, weightlifters actually experienced less back pain than a control group of men who didn’t lift weights? (23% of weightlifter group experienced low back pain compared to 31% of normal active men) • Weightlifting is the safest form of resistance training? • Weightlifting is safer than other sports, such as soccer and football? • Weightlifting is a great way to build lean muscle weight and lower fat weight, helping you to tone and stay in shape? • Weightlifting helps to prevent osteoporosis because it encourages strong bones that aren’t as prone to fractures? In terms of weight training, a research study conducted by the University of Alberta concluded that those who add weight training to their exercise

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regime actually experience less back pain than those who only engage in one type of exercise. There was a 60% improvement rate in pain for those participants in the resistance training group, compared to only a 12% improvement in the aerobic training group. Aerobic activity doesn’t have any real effect on pain according to this study. In addition, the whole-body approach used in resistance training helps to strengthen the body, decrease fatigue and increase performance in everyday activities. If you suffer from low back pain, you just might Lifting weights actually reduces back pain! need to add some weight training to your aerobic If you have any questions about weight or resistance routine. That, along with your regular chiropractic training, please be sure to ask when you are in for your adjustments, can help to reduce pain and keep your next visit! nervous system functioning at peak levels.

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By Pastor Ed Ivie, Lead Pastor, Living Waters Community Church

Not Less, More
Happy New Year. I love New Year’s. It is an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and forget about the mistakes, mishaps and mess-ups made from the previous year. 2011 is a new year that is filled with possibilities, opportunities and is overflowing with potential. So, where do we start? New Years resolutions right? Like so many, we make these resolutions hoping to accomplish more than we have in the past. Often these resolutions have to do with losing weight, quitting smoking, or getting rid of some type of negative habit in your life. When you think about it we spend so much time focusing on becoming less of what we already are. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t focus on these areas. But what if rather than focusing on being less of what we already are, we put our time, energy and effort into being more of what we could be. For most people there is a tremendous amount of potential, talent and ability that remains dormant in their lives. My new years resolution is to keep the main thing the main thing and strive to be more of what I could be. For me the main thing really isn’t a thing at all. It is a Him. As a Christ-follower I have decided that I am going to keep one central focus this year, to know Christ more. I am confident that in doing this one thing that everything else in my life will find it’s proper place. Here is my challenge to you. If you will do the same, I am convinced that you will find yourselves being more of what you could be and Living Waters Community Church, 27911 Vermont Street, Bonita Springs, FL 34135 www.livingwaterscc.com living out some of the dreams that you were made for. I encourage you to stop right now and reflect. In your own way make your decision to make Christ the central focus of your life. It is by far the best resolution that you could ever make because it has lasting and eternal value. On a side note, if you have decided this year that you are going to start attending a church, I would like to invite you to Living Waters Community Church on Bonita Beach Road in Bonita Springs. If it is too far for you give us call and we will help you find a good church in your area. Our contact information can be found on our website at livingwaterscc.com. Blessings!

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Mini Peanut Butter Cheesecakes

Ingredients 6 eggs, hard boiled 1 tablespoon mustard 1 to 3 tablespoon mayonnaise (adjust as needed - see directions) 1/2 teaspoon dill weed 1/4 cup chopped onion (optional) 1/4 cup FINELY chopped celery (optional) 1/4 tablespoon salt (adjust to taste) 1/4 tablespoon black pepper 1 and 1/2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish, all liquid pressed out (optional) Dash paprika Method 1. Cook eggs per instructions below (How to Make Perfect Boiled Eggs) 2. Allow eggs to cool. Peel eggs then slice boiled eggs lengthwise 3. Carefully remove yokes from eggs into a mixing bowl. Set egg halves (white shells) aside. 4. Add all remaining ingredients, except paprika, to egg yolks and mash into a paste with a fork Note: Add mayonnaise 1 tablespoon at a time until you get the consistency you want. You may need more or less mayo. 5. Gently, stuff the egg white half’s with the egg yolk mixture 6. Shake a light dusting of paprika on the top of the stuffed eggs Makes 12 stuffed eggs How to Make Perfect Boiled Eggs Every Time 1. Place eggs in a sauce pan and cover eggs with 3 inches of water. 2. Bring water to a rolling boil 3. Allow to boil for 2 minutes. 3. Turn off heat, cover pan with a tight lid and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Ingredients 48 baked tortilla chips 1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise 1 teaspoon chopped canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 3/4 pound lump crabmeat, shell pieces removed 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Ingredients 2 cups graham cracker crumbs, plain or chocolate 4 tablespoons brown sugar 6 tablespoons melted butter 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1/2 cup milk 2 teaspoons vanilla 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, cut into small pieces 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter Method Heat oven to 375°. Lightly spray a mini cheesecake pan with baking spray or line a standard muffin pan with foil liners or double paper liners. Combine graham crackers with brown sugar and melted butter. Pat into the bottom of lined muffin cups or mini cheesecake pans, about 1 1/2 tablespoons in each cup. A small glass bottom, a pestle, or other tool will make tamping easier. Bake for 5 minutes; set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy; beat in sugar and then the eggs and milk. Beat in vanilla just until blended. Melt chocolate in a bowl or double boiler insert over simmering water. Put about 1/3 the cream cheese batter in a separate bowl; stir in peanut butter until blended. To the other half of the cream cheese, add the melted chocolate. Spoon about 1 heaping tablespoon of the peanut butter batter into each muffin or mini cheesecake cup. Spoon about 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of the chocolate batter over the peanut butter batter. Gently swirl the chocolate batter into the peanut butter batter with a toothpick or small spatula. Bake for 20 to 24 minutes, or until set. Cool in pan on a rack then chill thoroughly before removing from cheesecake pan. Makes about 24 mini cheesecakes.

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1 tablespoon finely chopped celery 1 medium avocado, peeled and diced

Method Preheat oven to 350°. Arrange tortilla chips in a single layer on 2 baking sheets. Combine mayonnaise, chile, and juice, stirring with a whisk. Combine crab and next 6 ingredients (through celery) in a medium bowl. Add mayonnaise mixture, stirring until well combined. Spoon about 1 tablespoon crab mixture onto each chip. Bake at 350° for 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated; top the chips evenly with avocado.

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In the past year, the popularity of consignment shops has risen dramatically – giving shoppers a chance to enjoy high end furnishings at a fraction of the normal retail prices. In response, new shops are opening all over Lee & Collier Counties. In the midst of this new competition for buyers, Consignment To Go has carved a unique niche in the industry: by having a web-based audience, owners Joe & Alana Consolo are able to capture a nationwide pool of prospective buyers for sellers’ items. They have shipped furniture to Las Vegas, Chicago, & Toronto, in addition to capturing shoppers in those markets who are looking to furnish their SWFL vacation home or rental property. Many of the out-of-state buyers will purchase items by phone and make delivery arrangements when they arrive in town. In other words, they’re not waiting for someone to walk through the door; instead, they scout out buyers for their clients’ goods. Consignment To Go markets a variety of items for every budget, including furniture, art & decorative items, electronics, and appliances. New sellers learn about Consignment to Go from a variety of sources – mostly from their Realtors® and via word of mouth. Their business model allows them to partner with sellers to make the consignment process as smooth as possible while maximizing returns. This flexibility and “find a solution” attitude has brought rave reviews from sellers & buyers about high levels of customer service & constant communication. Sales are run “onsite” from clients’ homes and storage facilities or one of their display homes. Meetings with prospective buyers are done by appointment only & are one-on-one so that they’re given undivided attention. By using this approach, Consignment To Go is able to draw out additional items the buyers need and offer suggestions from the company’s nventory. If buyers are not able to find exactly what they want from current offerings, they can add their desired items to a Wish List & will be notified them when the item becomes available – even before it’s advertised to the public. This “personal shopper” feel has developed a strong rapport with buyers – many of whom return again and again for great service and deals. Are you looking to sell or to buy furnishings for your new home? Consignment To Go, your “online consignment service” is ready to help. For great selection & service, visit them at www.consign2go. com or call (239) 992-4330.

WCR Bonita Springs-Estero Chapter Upcoming Luncheon and Networking
The Bonita Springs-Estero Chapter of Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR) monthly business luncheons and special events are open to the public. Business luncheons are generally held the second Friday of each month at Grandezza Country Club in Estero. Networking, with lunch and industry-related educational speakers, begins at 11:30 AM and concludes at 1:00 PM. The cost per person for lunch is $20. Educational speakers and networking opportunities are free. Guests are welcome to attend by registering online. The next business luncheon is taking place on January 14, 2011 and new construction communities will be the topic of discussion. The next special event will be the new member orientation and social taking place on January 24th at Wildcat Run Golf & Country Club in Estero from 5:30PM - 7:30PM. R.S.V.P is available online at www.wcrbonitaestero.com or contact Debra Morris at 239.357.6794. The WCR Bonita Springs-Estero Chapter has 170 members and is growing. “The whole basis of our organization is networking, education and referrals”, said Heather Wightman, 2011 President. WCR promotes industry integrity, commitment, respect and consistency, providing its members with the education and business tools needed to develop successful careers.

The Bonita-Estero Chapter of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® is dedicated to being the premier business presence, providing leadership opportunities and helping all members to acquire new skills to meet the challenges of the future with success.

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Trust is key to success in Renovations and Remodels
While most of the construction industry has struggled in recent years, there has been a steady rise in home renovations and remodeling. “Many of our clients have taken advantage of real estate opportunities, purchasing a home that needs to be customized to their tastes or remodeling their current home to maximize space and functionality,” described Bart Zino, president of PBS Construction. Owners at all price points are seeking functional value in design, so contractors have to be able to understand the real needs and design philosophy for each client. The real magic is maintaining the integrity of that design philosophy throughout the design, construction and interior design phases. Fortunately, there are still companies that take the time to forge solid relationships with industry professionals so that the clients benefit from having a ‘Dream Team’ working towards a single goal. Recently, PBS Construction completed a renovation of Unit #702 at The Grosvenor in Pelican Bay. The owners were in Europe for the summer and needed the renovation of their condominium completed on a tight deadline to comply with association construction rules. Lead by the owner’s representative Friley Saucier, PA, the ‘Dream Team’ included PBS Construction’s design and construction division as well as interior designer Diana Hall. Using a design build concept, the project went from concept to design to construction and was completed in three months. “Home owners are increasingly aware and educated about the building industry. It takes a genuine effort to build trust and follow through on the service that you promise,” said Zino. PBS Construction is no stranger to high standards. The firm was recently named Builder of the Year by the American Institute of Architects Florida Southwest for their sincere and genuine interest in encouraging and affecting outstanding craftsmanship and workmanship. Working closely with architects that maintain the highest standards in protocol and workmanship, PBS Construction demonstrated outstanding organization, experience and positive working relationships with all construction professionals. “All of our chapter members who have worked with PBS Construction have spoken highly of their work, and their principles,” said Joyce Owens, AIA FLaSW immediate past-president. PBS Construction has been serving Collier and Lee Counties since 1986. The firm includes three LEED Accredited Professionals, with and average of 30+ years in the construction industry and nearly 2,500 new home projects and residential renovations under their tool belts. For more information, contact John Buehler at (239)643-6527 or JBuehler@pbscontractors.com

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Grandézza, Estero

6246. Enjoy this beautiful great room floor plan with, 4 bedroom+den, 2 bath, 2291 under air, 3159 total sf. Numerous upgrades, impressive tray ceilings, tile on diagonal, hardwood and carpet flooring, decorator ceiling fans/fixtures, 8 ft solid doors, plantation shutters. State-of-the-art kitchen, stainless appliances, built in oven, rich granite countertops, tile backsplash. fabulous expanded lanai with builtin electric heated pool/spa offering tranquil, private preserve views. Offered at $399,900. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

8933. Estate home with 4 bed+den, 4.5 baths, 3495 under air, 4867 total sf, with 3-car garage. Beautiful, spacious home with numerous upgrades. Tile in main living, crown molding, silhouette blinds, window treatments, variety of tray ceilings formal dining and living room. Gourmet kitchen, built-in stainless appliances, paneled cabinetry, breakfast nook with dramatic miter windows. family room corner-corner sliders leads to expansive paver lanai, built-in pool/spa with gorgeous lake views. Offered at $949,900. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

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4141. Beautiful spacious great room floor plan, 3 bed+den, 3 bath, 3-car garage, 2655 sf under air, 3700 total sf. High ceilings, archways, niches, tile in main living areas, window blinds. Kitchen w/42” cabinets, decorative tile backsplash, breakfast nook. Grand great room with sliders leading out to the paver lanai, built-in pool/spa, flower bed, beautiful tropical landscaping and golf course views beyond. Master bedroom w/two closets, exquisite french door entry to the lanai and private master bath, w/large tiled walk-in shower. Offered at $450,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

2633. 3 Bed+Den, 3.5 Bath, 3,014 under air, 5,693 total sf courtyard home w/beautiful expansive views of lake, golf course & woods. Numerous upgrades thru-out, crown molding, plantation shutters, tile, hardwood floors, custom built-ins, Bose surround sound. Stunning gourmet kitchen, w/granite countertops, 42” cherry cabinets w/crown molding, decorative tile. Offered at $699,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

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1651. Turnkey, immaculate first floor 2 bed, 2 bath, 1376 sf under air, 1788 total sf coach home with attached. Perfect for the avid golfer offering bundled golf. Spacious kitchen, raised white cabinetry and appliances opens to living room with wall-wall sliders leading to the tiled lanai with decorator ceiling fan with gorgeous vast lake views. Located in Spring Run located within walking distance to the new Coconut Point Mall with shopping, movie theater and fine dining. Offered at $199,900. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

3339. Outstanding architectural features from exterior’s pre-cast stone columns to interior’s exquisite decorating. Marble floors, crown molding, faux paint, butler’s pantry, custom built-ins, pocket doors, coffered ceilings. 2-story living room, fireplace, picture windows, tropical views beyond the open lanai w/ summer kitchen and gas heated zero-edge pool/spa to the lake. Extravagant marble stairway leads to the loft w/2 bedrooms, private baths/balconies. Gourmet kitchen, custom cabinetry, granite, stone backsplash tile, built-in paneled appliances, double oven, 6-burner gas stove top. 1st floor master suite, sitting area, luxurious master bath, center jetted tub surrounded by granite/tile. Offered at $2,399,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

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3083. Stunning 2-story Villa in private enclave of The Colony, 4 bed, 4.5 bath, 3685 under air, 6363 total sf. Gorgeous Mediterranean architecture, tropical courtyard, lush landscaping, cabana, built-in pool/spa with views of sprawling lake. Offering only top of the line upgrades and designer decorated throughout. 1st floor with marble floors upon entrance, rich hardwood flooring in the living, dining room. fabulous gourmet kitchen, double stainless steel built-in refrigerator and wall ovens, granite counter-tops, gas 6-burner stove with griddle. 2nd floor with vast master bedroom, large dressing area, gorgeous bath and private french door entry to the beautiful terrace. 3 additional terraces and 2 guest suites with private baths, all offering tropical views. Short sale. Offered at $795,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

2314. Turnkey, second floor unit, 2+den, 2 bath, attached garage, 1811 under air, 2221 total sf Coach home. Beautifully decorated in a tropical décor, accented painted walls throughout, Berber carpet, tile floors, decorative window treatments and blinds. Large kitchen, backsplash tile, white paneled cabinets, large eating area. Cozy living room with wall-wall sliders and tile lanai with tropical views of the golf course and tranquil lake, wooded and landscape area beyond. Enjoy a round of golf with this unit where bundled golf is included in the community of Spring Run. Offered at $295,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

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0214. Custom architecture, upgrades in this 3 bed + den, 3 bath Paloma model. Tile, in-lays, crown molding, tray ceilings, plantation shutters, custom built-ins, faux paint, lighting system. Kitchen, custom designed cabinets with crown molding, tile backsplash, built-in paneled appliances. Breakfast nook, vast miter windows with views to the rock style pool, waterfall, preserve and golf course beyond. Great room, built-in entertainment center, surround sound, disappearing sliders and paver lanai with built-in summer kitchen. Master suite, two french door to the lanai’s private spa, outdoor shower. Offered at $599,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

5462. Gorgeous sprawling custom estate home with outstanding architectural features, extravagant upgrades and attention to detail throughout. Located in a private neighborhood in the pristine community of The Colony. 4,772 sf under air, 10,914 total sf, 4 bed+den, 4 full and 2 ½ baths, 4 car garage. Relish in the exterior’s columns, landscape lighting, mahogany front door and lanai with fireplace, finished wood dome ceiling, travertine stone floor, summer kitchen. Interior’s exquisite decorating, travertine and marble floors, crown molding, custom built-ins, zero edge pocket doors, coffered ceilings. Living room, fireplace, vast miter windows with tropical views beyond the open lanai’s heated custom built-in pool/spa and fountains to the expansive lake. Gourmet kitchen, butler pantry, custom cabinetry, granite countertops, stone backsplash tile, built-in paneled state-of-the-art appliances, 6-burner gas stove top. 2 guests bedrooms with private baths and additional guest cabana with private entry off lanai. Master suite, sitting area surrounded by windows, luxurious master bath, jetted tub, granite and large walk-in shower enclosed with marble and tropical private atrium beyond. Offered at $2,550,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Tuscany Isle At The Colony, Bonita Springs

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Spring Run At The Brooks, Bonita Springs

2265. Enjoy this 2nd floor, 2 bed, 2 bath, 1333 under air, 1511 total sf, Carriage home. Perfect for avid golfer with bundled golf and fantastic amenities. Vaulted ceilings, recessed lighting, upgraded carpet in main living areas, spacious eat-in kitchen. Large living room with sliders leading to the tile lanai with wonderful views of the golf course and lake. Conveniently located to airport, walking distance to Coconut Point Mall with shopping, casual and fine dining. Offered at $169,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

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Bonita Bay, Bonita Springs
3142. This 2 bed+den, 2 bath, 2050 sf under, 3467 total sf, Key West style home features an outstanding 1500 bottle climate controlled wine room w/tasting table. Discriminating details and custom finishes and upgrades throughout. Gourmet kitchen, built-in appliances, granite counters, cabinets w/crown and accented paned inserts. Great room with fabulous built-in entertainment center and impressive beamed ceilings and beautiful inlaid marble floors. Added bonus with lower level 4 car garage. Offered at $374,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

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Shadow Wood At The Brooks, Bonita Springs
6295. 3 bed+den, 4 bath, 3525 sf under air, 6503 sf total. featuring the builders custom designs & upgrades thruout w/variety of tray ceilings, crown molding, custom tile floor, tile inserts, miter windows, hand forged front door, plantation shutters, custom built-ins, designer decorated window treatments. Gourmet kitchen w/ stainless built-ins, 6 burner gas stove top, tumbled stone tile backsplash, granite counter-tops. 2 guest suites w/ private baths, master suite w/2 large walk-in closets, 4 section tray ceiling w/crown molding, Lanai w/pavers, summer kitchen w/built-in grill, refrigerator, sink. fireplace & zero edge heated built-in pool w/cascading spa & fountain w/views of the 7th fairway, 2 large lakes & the 6th fairway beyond. Offered at $1,390,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Rapallo at Coconut Point, Estero

3839. Mediterranean inspired 3 bed, 2 bath 1979 sf under air, 3142 total sf Villa. Stunning paver loggia w/rod iron fence, 10’ ceilings, tile, berber carpet. Kitchen, with café’ eating area, cabinets w/crown molding & drop lighting. Grand living/ dining room, expansive corner-corner sliders leading to the lanai/courtyard with built-in summer kitchen with large lake and soothing fountain views. Located in the resort style community of Rapallo At Coconut Point with numerous amenities. Offered at $310,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Shadow Wood At The Brooks, Bonita Springs

2283. furnished, Courtyard, 3 bed+den, 3 bath, 3154 under air, 5701 total sf, home. Rich in details and upgrades, with gorgeous views of golf course and woods beyond. Designer decorated, plantation shutters, window treatments, faux paint, hardwood, tile floors, built-in’s, plus much more. Gourmet kitchen, stainless steel appliances, built-in range, rich cherry cabinets w/crown molding, granite countertop. formal dining and living room and beautiful den. Paver courtyard, built-in pool/ spa, flower beds. Offered at $799,995. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Miromar Lakes, Miromar Lakes

9052. Custom home, 4 bed+den, 5.5 bath, 4355 sf under air, 6707 total sf. Marble & bamboo flooring, custom raised cherry cabinetry & built-ins, red onyx counter-tops, crown molding, surround sound, tray ceilings, the list goes on! Gourmet kitchen, 42”/48” cabinets, sub-zero refrigerator, 48” wolf dual-fuel oven/range, butler pantry. Lanai, zero edge pool, sun shelf, spa, kitchen, fireplace, pool bath, & private boat dock w/lake views. Exquisite 1st floor master suite & bath w/marble & cherry cabinetry & 2nd floor bedroom suite, bath, leisure room, kitchenette & terrace. Offered at $2,500,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Grandézza, Estero
5029. Beautiful 2 bed+den, 2 bath, 1478 sf, 1904 total sf, Carriage home decorated in a tropical decor’ throughout. Tile, designer window treatments, decorative light fixtures/ fans, accented painted & papered walls, vaulted ceilings, radio/intercom throughout. Large kitchen, cabinets w/crown molding, rope lighting, breakfast bar, & large open window archway with views into the spacious living/ dining room . Master bedroom, large walk-in closet, expansive windows & private entry to the tile lanai with tranquil views of golf course and vast lake beyond. Offered at $209,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

LaScala - The Colony, Bonita Springs

2353. 4,260 sf under air, 5140 total sf, 3 bed+den, 3.5 bath designed by an artist whose vision for detail is masterful. Grand foyer featuring a hand-painted mural with copper and gold accents. Living Room with a forever view of Estero Bay and Gulf of Mexico. Trellised ceiling, mirrored wall panels of the formal Dining Room, metallic glass inlays in the Kitchen and family Room, and carved glass doors in the Den add a visual dimension unlike any. Master Suite with its European trim and two additional Bedrooms provide family/guest’s desired privacy. Offered at $1,727,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Twin Eagles, Naples

2918. Build your own custom estate home on this large lot on the 10th fairway in this exclusive golfing community, w/two golf courses designed by Nicklaus & Player. Private community offers miles of scenic walking trails, biking paths, parks, gardens, 47,000 sf clubhouse, Har-Tru tennis courts, fitness club, dining & has hosted the ACE Group Classic & PGA Champions Tour! Offered at $79,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Shadow Wood At The Brooks, Bonita Springs

9680. First floor, 2 bed+den, 2 bath Coach home w/attached two car garage located in a private exclusive community. Numerous upgrades, w/plantation shutters, blinds, crown molding, tile, decorative fans and electric shutters off the lanai just by a push of a switch. Kitchen w/decorative backsplash tile and breakfast bar looking into the warm casual dining area. Expansive sliders from dining and living room lead to tiled lanai with beautiful tropical views of the golf course and large lake. Offered at $279,900. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

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P = Pending CS = Closed = Short Sale = Foreclosure

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January, 2011 - 2-Year Market Trends Year‐to‐date closed sales are up 13% over 2009. All price segments show sales increases over 2009, with $1M+ sales posting the largest increase. There is still a lot of work to do in the  housing industry but the shrinking inventories and increasing sales show that we are making progress.For the end of the year we’ve extended the Market Trends report on most  communities to two years. Selling in 2011 is clearer than it was a year ago. The recent sales show us were the trigger points are for buyers and while prices have dropped so have the  prices of your next potential home. A skilled agent like Michael Burke will help you sell for top dollar and buy low. 63% of all sales are currently $250k and less. Investors are buying many  of low end property and that trend will continue in 2011. A Bella Terra condo just sold for $70k with fees around $300 a month and able to collect rent at $1000 for an annual renter  many investors are capitalizing on deals like this one. On the higher end we are also seeing homeowners selling for a smaller homes to buy larger ones to take advantage of the lower  prices. We are also seeing more homes sell up north allowing buyers to relocated to a warmer weather estate home. We’re sorry but we love to hear about the horrible weather up north. We know that there nothing motivates buyer to be in Florida like heavy snow storms. Temperatures are in the 70s  in Lee County and not a cloud in the sky. Pricing and strong marketing will still be key to selling in 2011. It is a fact that homes in the lower 25% of the pricing scheme have a dramatic  increase in showings, if your showings increase, you increase your odds of an offer.


Bonita Springs 2-Year Market Trends

Do price adjustments have an impact on homes selling?  The purple line represents Price Changes and the red represents Pending "or homes under contract" the two lines follow almost  step by step each month. If your home hasn't sold it will likely needs a price adjustment.   PRICE REMAINS TO BE THE KEY TO GETTING YOUR HOME SOLD!


Estero 2-Year Market Trends

There is a definite similarity between price adjustments and Price Changes in Estero. There was a large spike in Pending properties in January due to the large influx of seasonal residents  coming back to town. If your home has not sold it likely needs a price improvements.  Numbers do not lie!


Spring Run at the Brooks 2-Year Market Trends

Spring Run has not seen the inventory drop off that most other communities have the last couple years. While we believe Spring Run is a great value, competition will be fierce in 2011  with inventory at a two year high, staying ahead of the market will be important this season. Make your home stand out from the other 57 by showing condition and PRICE. 
List SqFt $176 $180 $193 $213 $244 $128 $136 $138 $157


Address 9003 Spring Run Blvd 9238 Spring Run Blvd 9031 Spring Run Blvd 23788 Creek Branch Ln 23845 Creek Branch Ln 9351 Spring Run Blvd, #3202 9161 Spring Run Blvd, #1705 9291 Spring Run Blvd, #2703 23516 Sandycreek Ter, #207

Bed 3 Bed 3 Bed 3 Bed 3+Den 2+Den 2+Den 2 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed

Bath 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2

Half 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Furn Pool Spa Exp View SqFt Built List Price Single Family Homes in Spring Run at the Brooks (Closed & Pending From November 1st to December 31st, 2010) Furnished Yes No W Golf Course, Lake 1478 1998 $259,900 Partly Furnish No No W Golf Course, Lake, Preserve 1502 2000 $269,900 Turnkey Yes No W Golf Course, Lake 1478 1999 $284,900 Negotiable No Yes SE Golf Course, Lake 2065 1999 $439,500 Negotiable Yes Yes NW Golf Course, Lake 1738 2000 $424,900 Condos in Spring Run at the Brooks (Closed & Pending From November 1st to December 31st, 2010) Turnkey No No E Golf Course 1558 2002 $199,500 Turnkey No No N Golf Course, Lake 1333 2000 $180,800 Negotiable No No E Golf Course, Lake 1333 2002 $183,777 Furnished No No NW Golf Course, Preserve 1811 1999 $284,900

Sold Date

Sold Price Sold SqFt DOM 310 77 310 232 313 88 864 184 66


12/14/2010 11/16/2010 11/22/2010 11/29/2010 12/15/2010 11/1/2010 12/16/2010

$260,000 $262,900 $406,000 $190,000 $170,000 $162,000 $272,500

$173 $178 $234 $122 $128 $122 $150

96% 92% 96% 95% 94% 88% 96%

To view Active listings visit www.MySpringRun.com

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P = Pending / CS = Closed /
Copperleaf at the Brooks 2-Year Market Trends

= Short Sale /

= Foreclosure

For two years in Copperleaf the most turnover in one month was 11%. With inventory high it is important to be leading the market this season or else you will likely be holding your  home still in 2012.  The homes in Copperleaf are all fairly similar and easy to position in the market. With a professional and accurate CMA you will be able to position your home to sell  this season. 
Stat CS P P Address 23311 Caraway Lakes Dr 24381 Copperleaf Blvd 22800 Sago Pointe Dr, #2502 Bed 3+Den 3 Bed 2+Den Bath 2 2 2 Half 0 0 0 List SqFt Furn Pool Spa Exp View SqFt Built List Price Single Family Homes in Copperleaf at the Brooks (Closed & Pending From November 1st to December 31st, 2010) Negotiable Yes No E Golf Course 2208 2002 $475,000 $215 Negotiable Yes Yes E Golf Course, Lake 1955 2003 $499,900 $256 Condos in Copperleaf at the Brooks (Closed & Pending From November 1st to December 31st, 2010) Negotiable No No SE Golf Course, Lake 1633 2002 $239,000 $146 Sold Date 12/1/2010 Sold Price Sold SqFt DOM $374,000 $169 233 310 73 %List 79%

To view Active listings visit www.MyCopperleaf.com Wildcat Run 18-Month Market Trends


Wildcat Run inventory has been fairly consistent the last couple of years and Wildcat Run sales have not had any significant spikes.  It appears "season"  has no impact on sales in Wildcat  Run.  Sellers should not expect any different in 2011 and with monthly turnover around 6% sellers will need to be aggressive to sell. Wildcat Run does traditionally see an increase in  price improvements during the early months of the year so keeping your home positioned ahead of the market will be very important. 
Stat CS CS P P CS CS Address 20613 Wildcat Run Dr 20099 Cheetah Ln 12600 Wildcat Cove Cir 20108 Cheetah Ln 20667 Wildcat Run Dr, #102 20881 Wildcat Run Dr, #6 Bed 2+Den 3+Den 2+Den 3+Den 3 Bed 3 Bed Bath 2 3 2 4 2 3 Half 1 2 0 0 0 0 Furn Pool Spa Exp View SqFt Built List Price Single Family Homes in Wildcat Run (Closed & Pending From November 1st to December 31st, 2010) Partly Furnish Yes Yes W Golf Course 2137 2004 $359,000 Unfurnished Yes Yes SE Lake 3830 2009 $699,000 Turnkey Yes No S Golf Course 2386 2001 $375,000 Unfurnished Yes Yes NW Golf Course, Lake 3660 2009 $649,000 Condos in Wildcat Run (Closed & Pending From November 1st to December 31st, 2010) Unfurnished No No W Lake, Preserve 1759 2000 $219,500 Unfurnished No No SW Lake, Preserve 2560 1995 $299,900 List SqFt $168 $183 $157 $177 $125 $117 Sold Date 11/29/2010 11/23/2010 Sold Price Sold SqFt DOM $329,000 $625,000 $154 $163 33 209 162 246 230 394 %List 92% 89%

To view Active listings visit www.MyWildcatRun.com Lighthouse Bay at the Brooks 2-Year Market Trends

12/29/2010 12/29/2010

$215,000 $275,000

$122 $107

98% 92%


Inventory has dropped nearly 50% the two years in Lighthouse Bay. With buyers having few properties to chose from having your home in top showing condition could be the difference  between selling or holding onto your home until 2012.  With prime selling months from Jan to March if you are not getting a couple showings a week you need to look at your homes  positioning in the market before it is too late.  Call Michael Burke at 239‐498‐7600 and he will show you how to price it properly!
Stat P CS P P CS P Address 23891 Costa Del Sol Rd, #101 23731 Old Port Rd, #203 10910 Santa Margherita Rd, #203 23820 Marbella Bay Rd, #204 23721 Eddystone Rd, #203 23833 Amalfi Coast Rd, #125 Bed 2+Den 2 Bed 2+Den 2+Den 2 Bed 3 Bed Bath 2 2 2 2 2 2 Half 0 0 0 0 0 0 Furn Pool Spa Exp View SqFt Built List Price Lighthouse Bay at the Brooks (Closed & Pending From November 1st to December 31st, 2010) Unfurnished No No W Lake 1364 2002 $142,016 Furnished No No W Lake 1176 2000 $139,000 Unfurnished No No N Lake 1446 2003 $175,000 Negotiable No No E Lake 1402 2003 $185,000 Turnkey No No SW Lake 1392 2001 $185,000 Unfurnished No No W Lake 1956 2004 $319,000 List SqFt $104 $118 $121 $132 $133 $163 Sold Date Sold Price Sold SqFt DOM 92 120 223 226 126 10 %List









To view Active listings visit www.MyLighthouseBay.com Shadow Wood Preserve 2-Year Market Trends


Shadow Wood Preserve should be a hot community this season but it won't be ,why? Prices are still too high,  the buyers are speaking to Shadow Wood Preserve.  This community offers  homes built by some of the best builders in SWFL and amenities comparable to any top luxury golf community in the area however home prices  are being perceived as too high by  buyers.  Like it or not prices will drop in Shadow Wood Preserve and if you are looking to sell it will be best to sell sooner before prices drop further. Selling is far from hopeless in Shadow  Wood Preserve but strong marketing and an accurate CMA will be extremely important to getting your home sold. 
Stat CS CS P CS Address 18271 Parkside Greens Dr 18880 Knoll Landing Dr 18510 Sandalwood Pointe #201 7090 Bay Woods Lake Ct, #201 Bed 3+Den 3+Den 3+Den 3+Den Bath 2 4 2 2 Half 0 0 1 0 Furn Pool Spa Exp View SqFt Built List Price Single Family Homes in Shadow Wood Preserve (Closed & Pending From November 1st to December 31st, 2010) Unfurnished Yes Yes E Golf Course, Preserve 2540 2004 $499,900 Unfurnished Yes Yes W Golf Course, Preserve 3590 2007 $799,999 Condos in Shadow Wood Preserve (Closed & Pending From November 1st to December 31st, 2010) Furnished No No SW Golf Course 3101 2003 $250,000 Turnkey No No S Lake 2380 2004 $239,000 List SqFt $197 $223 $81 $100 Sold Date 12/17/2010 12/10/2010 Sold Price Sold SqFt DOM $450,000 $730,000 $177 $203 411 109 38 230 %List 90% 91%

To view Active listings visit www.MyShadowWoodPreserve.com





P = Pending / CS = Closed /

= Short Sale /

= Foreclosure
Grandezza 2-Year Market Trends

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Grandezza is temporarily waiving the equity memberships so new members only have to pay annual dues! This along with soon to be price improvement spikes will make Grandezza an  exceptional value this season. While Grandezza has seen very good progress the last two years sellers are now seeing inventory in the 70s for the first time since July 2009. While demand  will be strong this season with the membership value, elevated inventory will make competition fierce. 
Stat CS P P CS CS P CS CS CS CS Address 19991 Markward 20136 Saraceno Dr 19942 Markward 20095 Palermo Lake Ct 20121 Seagrove St, #507 20200 Calice Ct, #103 20130 Seagrove St, #2502 20151 Seagrove St, #201 20251 Burnside Pl, #601 20281 Burnside Pl, #903 Bed 3+Den 2+Den 3+Den 3 Bed 2+Den 3+Den 2+Den 2+Den 3 Bed 3 Bed Bath 3 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 Half 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 Furn Pool Spa Exp View SqFt Built List Price Single Family Homes in Grandezza (Closed & Pending From November 1st to December 31st, 2010) Unfurnished Yes Yes SE Golf Course, Lake 2640 2006 $414,900 Unfurnished Yes Yes W Preserve 2022 2003 $375,000 Negotiable Yes No N Golf Course, Lake, Preserve 2939 2004 $674,900 Furnished Yes Yes E Lake 1627 2004 $497,900 Condos in Grandezza (Closed & Pending From November 1st to December 31st, 2010) Furnished No No E Golf Course, Lake 1490 2002 $155,000 Unfurnished No No W Golf Course, Lake 2150 2004 $233,640 Furnished No No E Golf Course, Lake 1642 2002 $191,960 Partly Furnished No No E Golf Course, Lake 1449 2001 $189,900 Unfurnished No No E Golf Course, Lake 1767 2005 $279,000 Turnkey No No E Golf Course, Lake 1767 2005 $339,900 List SqFt $157 $185 $230 $306 $104 $109 $117 $131 $158 $192 Sold Date 11/12/2010 Sold Price Sold SqFt DOM $403,000 $153 110 34 393 250 380 52 356 197 104 271 %List 97%

12/2/2010 12/25/2010 12/17/2010 11/1/2010 12/10/2010 12/3/2010

$325,000 $145,000 $176,500 $160,000 $245,000 $270,000

$200 $97 $107 $110 $139 $153

65% 94% 92% 84% 88% 79%

To view Active listings visit www.MyGrandezza.com Rapallo 2-Year Market Trends


The two year market trends in Rapallo show improvement in inventory reduction and while turnover is only about 4% per month there have been minimal sales every month in 2010.  Rapallo is a one of a kind community offering ideal location and superior amenities. When you factor in what you get for the monthly fees in Rapallo you will find the fees are a great  value. With Rapallo’s great amenities, beautiful homes and value fees we strongly believe Rapallo is one of best communities in the area. Homes in Rapallo are all fairly similar and with  inventory high;  buyers have so much to choose from and setting your home apart from the others can be difficult. Low turnover and high inventory means prices will drop in Rapallo.  It  is the smart seller that stays ahead of the market.  Competitive and aggressive PRICING within your home segment will be critical to getting your home sold this season.  It is a fact the homes in the lower 25% of the pricing scheme have a dramatic increase in showings, if your showings  increase, you increase your odds of an offer.  If you have not had any  showings (maybe one or two) in the last 30 days YOUR ARE OVER PRICED.  The market is speaking to you, are you listening? 
Stat P P CS P CS CS CS P P Address 22310 Piazza Doria Ln, #205 8608 Via Rapallo Dr, #203 8533 Via Garibaldi Cir, #202 22321 Piazza Doria Ln, #204 8625 Via Rapallo Dr, #204 8516 Via Lungomare Cir, #206 8681 Piazza Del Lago Cir, #203 22162 Point Ramano 22312 Punta Del Capo Ct, #103 Bed 2+Den 3 Bed 3 Bed 3 Bed 3 Bed 2 Bed 2+Den 3+Den 3 Bed Bath 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 Half 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Furn Unfurnished Unfurnished Unfurnished Turnkey Unfurnished Negotiable Negotiable Unfurnished Unfurnished Pool Spa Exp View SqFt Built Rapallo (Closed & Pending From November 1st to December 31st, 2010) No No W Lake 1342 2006 No No N Lake 1732 2006 No No SE Lake 2492 2007 No No E Lake 1746 2006 No No S Lake 1732 2007 No No SE Lake 1836 2006 No No S Lake 1732 2007 No No W Lake 2376 2007 Yes No SW Lake 1976 2006 List Price $139,900 $239,000 $355,000 $249,000 $249,000 $299,500 $314,000 $529,000 $449,000 List SqFt $104 $138 $142 $143 $144 $163 $181 $223 $227 Sold Date Sold Price Sold SqFt DOM 106 67 120 87 114 77 557 1050 99 %List

11/8/2010 11/1/2010 12/16/2010 11/6/2010

$310,000 $238,000 $281,000 $298,000

$124 $137 $153 $172

87% 96% 94% 95%

To view Active listings visit www.MyRapallo.com


Shadow Wood at the Brooks 2-Year Market Trends

Shadow Wood at the Brooks is one of the most desirable communities in Lee County. With membership issues resolved we expect a good season in 2011. Shadow Wood inventory is  consistent with 2010 and will likely break into the 100s by February 2011. The 2010 sales spike in January and February was due to membership turnover and pent up demand, while we  believe 2011 will be a good season we won't see as dramatic of a spike in the next couple months.  Selling in Shadow Wood at the Brooks is a bidding war inside a beauty contest and the  increased inventory and price reduction in the winter makes selling very competitive pricing your home competitively will be key to selling in 2011.  Keller Williams Elite Realty is currently dominating the Shadow Wood at the Brooks market holding 50% of all listings and  34% of sales in 2010. 
List SqFt Furn Pool Spa Exp View SqFt Built List Price Single Family Homes in Shadow Wood at the Brooks (Closed & Pending From November 1st to December 31st, 2010) Negotiable Yes Yes N Lake 2453 2005 $529,500 $216 Unfurnished Yes Yes S Lake, Preserve 2467 2000 $549,000 $223 Negotiable Yes Yes S Wooded Area 2453 2002 $559,000 $228 Negotiable Yes Yes SW Lake 3755 2006 $975,000 $260 Negotiable Yes Yes NW Golf Course, Lake 2770 2004 $739,000 $267 Unfurnished Yes Yes S Golf Course 2662 2001 $729,000 $274 Unfurnished Yes Yes NW Golf Course, Preserve 3755 2006 $1,099,000 $293 Negotiable Yes Yes NE Golf Course, Lake, Preserve 3520 2002 $1,195,000 $339 Unfurnished Yes Yes SE Golf Course, Lake, Preserve 3524 2006 $1,250,000 $355 Unfurnished Yes Yes S Golf Course, Lake 3519 2003 $1,250,000 $355 Condos in Shadow Wood at the Brooks (Closed & Pending From November 1st to December 31st, 2010) Negotiable No No E Lake 2060 2002 $289,900 $141 Negotiable No No S Golf Course, Lake 2040 2003 $334,900 $164


Address 21891 Longleaf Trail Dr 9247 Oak Strand Dr 9091 Falling Leaf Dr 9521 Chartwell Breeze Dr 22556 Baycrest Ridge Dr 10065 Ginger Pointe Ct 10551 Timber Lawn Dr 9100 Willow Walk 22041 Shallowater Ln 9320 Lakebend Preserve Ct 10321 Autumn Breeze Dr, #102 9201 Palmetto Ridge Dr, #201

Bed 4+Den 3+Den 3+Den 3+Den 3+Den 3+Den 4+Den 3+Den 3+Den 3+Den 3 Bed 2+Den

Bath 2 2 2 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 2 2

Half 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 2 1 1 1 0

Sold Date 11/15/2010 11/12/2010 11/15/2010 11/18/2010 11/25/2010 12/17/2010

Sold Price Sold SqFt DOM $475,000 $535,000 $675,000 $700,000 $1,000,000 $1,070,000 $194 $218 $244 $263 $266 $304 163 325 230 239 1 140 217 77 59 118 332 129

%List 90% 96% 91% 96% 91% 90%

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P = Pending / CS = Closed /
The Colony at Pelican Landing 2-Year Market Trends

= Short Sale /

= Foreclosure

The two year market trends in The Colony show the large improvement in inventory reduction. The Colony will continue to be a very dynamic community with a wide range of home  categories from Estate Homes, Villa Homes and Condos to High‐rises and Midrise and with the large number of distress sales, pricing your home properly can be complicated and will  take a professional familiar with The Colony to market your home properly. In 2010, 22% of sales in The Colony were either short sales or foreclosures and 13% of the homes currently for  sale are distress sales. The Colony will see similar distress sale percentages in 2011. This season sellers should expect fierce competition especially in the Estate home segment with  builders selling their own product alongside resales. 
Stat P CS P CS CS CS CS P Address 4660 Via Ravenna 23860 Messina Ct 23741 Merano Ct, #202 23540 Via Veneto Blvd, #502 24001 Via Castella Dr, #3504 24031 Via Castella Dr, #1501 23850 Via Italia Cir, #605 23850 Via Italia Cir, #1404 Bed 3+Den 3 Bed 3+Den 3 Bed 3 Bed 3 Bed 2+Den 3 Bed Bath 3 3 3 2 3 3 2 3 Half 1 2 0 1 1 1 1 0 Furn Pool Spa Exp View SqFt Built List Price Single Family Homes in The Colony (Closed & Pending From September 1st to October 31st, 2010) Turnkey Yes Yes NW Landscaped Area 3447 2005 $999,000 Turnkey Yes Yes W Golf Course, Lake 5090 2001 $2,150,000 Condos in The Colony (Closed & Pending From September 1st to October 31st, 2010) Turnkey No No E Golf Course, Preserve 2748 2004 $400,000 Highrises & Midrises in The Colony (Closed & Pending From September 1st to October 31st, 2010) Unfurnished No No W Bay, Golf Course, Lake 1910 2006 $325,000 Unfurnished No No SW Bay, Golf Course, Preserve 2665 2006 $529,000 Unfurnished No No SW Bay, Preserve 2665 2006 $579,000 Unfurnished Yes No W Bay 2273 2007 $649,900 Unfurnished No No W Golf Course, Gulf and Bay 2086 2007 $699,500 List SqFt $290 $422 $146 $170 $198 $217 $286 $335 11/30/2010 12/6/2010 12/3/2010 12/3/2010 $370,000 $515,000 $542,000 $602,500 $194 $193 $203 $265 Sold Date Sold Price Sold SqFt DOM 43 1 344 476 74 114 137 77 114% 97% 94% 93% %List





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Pelican Landing is the most consistent community in the area. By looking at the two year market trends sellers can expect increasing inventory and price improvements thru March 2011  and inventory turnover at around 8% per month. While Pelican Landing is one of the better selling communities, the 8% turnover shows that sellers still need to be aggressive in price  and with high inventory buyers will likely be looking at several different homes so keeping your home in top showing condition will be very important.  It is a fact the homes in the lower 25% of the pricing scheme have a dramatic increase in showings, if your showings  increase, you increase your odds of an offer.  If you have not had any  showings (maybe one or two) in the last 30 days YOUR ARE OVER PRICED.  The market is speaking to you, are you listening? 
Stat CS CS CS CS CS CS CS CS P CS P CS P CS P Address 24930 Pennyroyal Dr 25058 Pinewater Cove Ln 25262 Galashields Cir 24571 Woodsage Dr 25006 Pinewater Cove Ln 3651 Lakemont Dr 24370 Sandpiper Isle Way, #101 25200 Pelican Creek Cir, #202 3484 Pointe Creek Ct, #202 3421 Pointe Creek Ct, #104 24470 Reserve Ct, #201 25151 Sandpiper Greens Ct, #201 24797 Lakemont Cove Ln, #204 24627 Ivory Cane Dr, #203 24651 Canary Island Ct, #201 Bed 4 Bed 3 Bed 2+Den 3+Den 3 Bed 3 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 3 Bed 2+Den 3 Bed 3 Bed 3+Den 3 Bed 3 Bed Bath 3 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 Half 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 Furn Pool Spa Exp View SqFt Built List Price Single Family Homes in Pelican Landing (Closed & Pending From November 1st to December 31st, 2010) Unfurnished Yes Yes W Golf Course, Lake 3088 1993 $629,000 Negotiable Yes No W Landscaped Area 1704 1996 $370,000 Negotiable Yes No W Golf Course 2012 1997 $439,000 Unfurnished Yes No N Lake 3151 1993 $699,900 Unfurnished Yes No N Lake 1948 1995 $440,000 Negotiable Yes Yes S Lake 2439 1992 $565,900 Condos in Pelican Landing (Closed & Pending From November 1st to December 31st, 2010) Unfurnished No No SE Lake 1621 1997 $169,000 Unfurnished No No NW Landscaped Area 1846 1996 $200,000 Unfurnished No No NE Lake 1650 2001 $179,900 Turnkey No No S Water, Creek 1335 1997 $149,800 Negotiable No No S Golf Course 2140 1994 $255,000 Turnkey No No SE Golf Course, Lake 2212 2004 $300,000 Negotiable No No W Pool/Club 1882 1992 $259,000 Turnkey No No SW Golf Course, Lake 2112 1997 $299,900 Turnkey No No E Lake 2112 1996 $299,900 List SqFt $204 $217 $218 $222 $226 $232 $104 $108 $109 $112 $119 $136 $138 $142 $142 Sold Date 11/11/2010 12/15/2010 11/15/2010 11/30/2010 11/15/2010 11/29/2010 12/2/2010 12/21/2010 11/29/2010 11/8/2010 12/17/2010 Sold Price Sold SqFt DOM $530,000 $365,500 $390,000 $600,000 $380,000 $500,000 $169,000 $187,500 $142,000 $285,000 $285,000 $172 $214 $194 $190 $195 $205 $104 $102 $106 $129 $135 231 295 133 254 133 49 94 338 37 112 64 47 44 110 225 %List 84% 99% 89% 86% 86% 88% 100% 94% 95% 95% 95%

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Shadow Wood at the Brooks, Bonita Springs

1296. Abundance of upgrades throughout this beautifully decorated 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2748 sf, 3611 total sf end unit coach home with large lake views. Tile on diagonal, cherry cabinetry throughout, granite counter-tops, wide crown molding, hardwood floors, plantation shutters, 2 surround sound systems, electric hurricane shutters, remote sun shade, private elevator, the list goes on! Media room, large great room with wall of sliders leading out to the tiled lanai offering picture perfect large lake views. Two guests bedrooms, one offering private bath and French door entry to the terrace. Offered at $519,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

1491. Abundance of upgrades throughout this beautif3 bed+den, 2667sf, 4583 total sf, greatroom floorplan with silhouette blinds, plantation shutters.. Kitchen, granite counter-tops, 42” cabinets w/crown molding, black appliances, decorative backsplash tile, breakfast nook. Disappearing sliders leads out to the paver lanai w/built-in heated pool/spa, aqualink control, and added landscaping w/privacy hedging, golf course and large lake views. Master suite, French door entry to the lanai, his/her closets, bath w/ soaking tub, large walk-in shower surrounded in tile . Enjoy the 52,000sf clubhouse, dining, fitness room, tennis, golf course. Located close to the airport, shopping, FGCU and beach lovers only a 20 minute ride. Offered at $525,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Grandezza, Estero

Shadow Wood at the Brooks, Bonita Springs

TBD. 2nd floor Coach home, 3 bed+den, 2 bath, 2040 sf, 2465 total sf, designer decorated throughout, hardwood flooring, tile, textured faux paint, accented tile, plantation shutters, designer fixtures/ceiling fans. Striking architectural features w/vaulted ceilings, archways, niches, French doors. 2 guest bedrooms one very large in size doubling perfectly as a media room. Water, golf course, tropical views through a wall of sliders from morning room to the great room opens to the tailed lanai.. Quietly located at the end of the street in a private neighborhood of Oak Hammock at Shadow Wood At The Brooks. Offered at $310,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

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Stoneybrook, Estero
9586. 4 bed+den, 3 bath, 3-car garage, 2609 sf under, 3706 total sf. on the end of a culde-sac. formal dining, living room, casual family room, oversized 4th bedroom w/private bath, tile, miter window, intercom/stereo, rich 6” crown molding, decorative plant ledges. Sliding doors throughout leading to the lanai bringing the tropics indoors add to the appeal of this home. Lanai, built-in heated pool, pool bath and golf course, lake views with a SW exposure offering picturesque sunsets. Short Sale offered at $349,900. Call Michael 239-498-7600.


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s Michael Burke. A member of numerous local real estate ducer keeps tabs on the local market by staying intimately uying, Michael brings to the table strong negotiation skills, egrity, and the ambition it takes to achieve 100 percent ered only by his understanding of his clients’ needs.

Rapallo at Coconut Point, Estero
2640. Mediterranean inspired 3 bedroom+den, 2376 sf, 3712 total sf Villa. 2-story ceilings, plantation shutters, tile on diagonal in main areas, accented tile. Kitchen paneled cabinets w/crown molding, stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops drop lighting. Living room, wall-wall sliders leading out to the lanai w/private built-in pool, views of lake and fountain. 2nd floor private bedroom & bath with jetted tub, kitchen area & spectacular loft leading to private balcony and tropical views beyond. 1st floor master suite w/2 large walkin closets, private sliding entry to the lanai/ pool. Offered at $399,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

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1638. 3 bed, 3.5 bath, 2665 sf, 3225 total sf, never lived in 5th floor, end unit, 560sf tiled terrace and gorgeous views of Estero Bay/ Gulf of Mexico. Tile, crown molding, solar tinted windows, built-in appliances, floor to ceiling glass doors in great room/dining room. Gourmet kitchen, cherry cabinetry, granite counter-tops, built-in stainless appliances. Master suite with private entry to terrace, large walk-in closet, two guests bedrooms both with private bath and one with terrace. The Castella towers offers tropical pool/spa, BBQ grills, social pavilion, A/C storage lockers, bicycle storage. Offered at $629,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Castella At The Colony, Bonita Springs

2194. Gorgeous views and an abundance of windows throughout this great room floor plan offering water views and golf course beyond. 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 2403 sf, 5166 total sf. Spacious paver lanai, built-in pool/spa and pool bath. Two guest suites and master suite with french doors leading to the lanai and large windows for further viewing pleasure. Master bath with tropical private garden atrium behind tub. fantastic lay-out for entertaining and if looking for views and a large lot, this is the home! Offered at $480,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Wild Cat Run, Estero

7190. Tranquil water and golf course views in this 3 bed+den, 3/2 bath custom home. Tile on diagonal, in-lays, built-ins, crown molding, tray ceilings, plantation shutters, zero edge sliding doors, fireplace, plus so much more. Gourmet kitchen, built-in appliances, cabinetry w/crown, granite countertops, gas cook-top. Breakfast room w/2-story cathedral ceiling accented in a wood finish. Master suite, sitting area w/tropical water views, walk-in closets. Master bath, makeup area, his/her granite vanities, step down walk-in shower w/tile and in-lays throughout. Lanai w/ summer kitchen, built-in grill, granite, built-in pool/spa and pool bath. Offered at $1,190,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Shadow Wood At The Brooks, Bonita Springs

2862. First floor carriage home w/attached 2 car garage, 3 bed, 2 baths, 1647 under air, 2256 total sf. Beautifully decorated with a tropical décor. Newly installed bamboo laminate flooring in great room, dining & den, accented paint on walls w/artist added custom accent, window treatments thru-out. Kitchen cabinets w/crown, breakfast nook w/large windows & slider leading to lanai w/electric shutters. Spectacular views of an expansive lake, tropical landscaping & golf course. Seller willing to provide a $10,000 credit towards golf membership. Offered at $265,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Grandézza, Estero

0544. Sought after Southern exposure in this immaculate 3 bed + den, 3 bath, 2876 under air, 2769 total s.f. home. Decorated in neutral tones, designer paint, 18” tile, volume ceilings, window treatments. Large kitchen, abundance of cabinets, counter space with granite, center island, GE Profile stainless steel appliances, breakfast nook with miter windows. family room’s disappearing sliders leads to lanai’s built-in pool/spa, pool bath, summer kitchen w/built-in grill and sink, surrounded by landscaping for privacy. Low density community offering bundled golf on the Gordon Lewis, 18-hole course. Offered at $650,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Copper Lake At The Brooks, Bonita Springs

5221. 3 bed+den, 3 bath, 3-car garage, 2505 sf, 4974 total sf home surrounded by tropical landscaping, numerous lakes and golf course views. Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, crown molding, 5 ½ wood base boards, plantation shutters add to the appeal of this home. Gourmet kitchen, cabinetry w/triple accented crown molding, built-in stainless steel appliances, cook top, granite counter-top, glass mosaic backsplash. Exquisite master bath, granite countertops, shower w/glass block enclosure and marble mosaic tile. Lanai, pool bath and built-in pool. Offered at $500,000 Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Spanish Wells, Bonita Springs

8805. Enjoy a resort lifestyle in this 3 bedroom, 2 bath, attached garage, 1732 under air, 2196 total sf coach home. 10’ ceilings, tile on diagonal, designer fixtures, plantation shutters and blinds. Spacious open-concept kitchen, stainless appliances, cabinets w/crown molding, granite counter-tops. Tile lanai with gorgeous tropical water with fountains and wooded views. This Mediterranean inspired Community offers an outstanding abundance of amenities. Offered at $275,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Rapallo At Coconut Point, Estero

0138. Perfect layout for your family and guests in this 4 bedroom + den, 3.5 bath, great room floor plan with 2453 sf under air, 3150 total sf. Dramatic 2-story ceiling, 18” tile on diagonal, plantation shutters, designer window treatments and fixtures. Spacious kitchen, convection built-in oven, cook top, 42” cabinets, backsplash tile, granite countertops. Den and master suite on 1st floor with tray ceilings surrounded in rich crown molding. Gorgeous sprawling lake and wooded views from the lanai with built-in heated pool/spa offering complete privacy. Offered at $549,900. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Shadow Wood At The Brooks, Bonita Springs

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Shadow Wood At The Brooks, Bonita Springs

5784. 2nd floor condo with attached garage. 3 bed, 2 bath, 2040 sf, 2476 total sf. Carpet, tile, blinds, window treatments, high vaulted ceilings. Great room and breakfast nook both with vast sliders leads to the lanai with tropical landscaped views and golf course beyond. Master bedroom, vaulted ceiling, private entry to lanai, large walk-in closet. Ample room for your guests in the two additional bedrooms, with one extremely large in size which may also be used as a den or media room. Offered at $322,900. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

3864. Beautiful 3 bedroom+den, 3.5 bath, 3360 sf, 4753 total sf, Southern exposure courtyard, builtin grill, granite, built-in heated pool/spa, cabana, private bath. Rear patio with Eastern exposure offering tropical, picturesque views of sprawling lake and preserve. Designer window treatments, plantation shutters, tile, faux paint, crown molding, surround sound. Gourmet kitchen, custom maple raised cabinets with crown, builtin appliances, granite counters. Great room with custom wet-bar, backsplash tile. Exquiaite master suite and bath with continuation of tile flooring, his/her marble vanities, shower enclosed by miter glass, accent tile and in-lays. Offered at $949,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Shadow Wood At The Brooks, Bonita Springs

Shadow Wood At The Brooks, Bonita Springs

0876. 1632 s.f., 2249 total s.f., 2 bedroom + den, attached 2-car garage Carriage home. Gorgeous views separating itself from all others in the neighborhood offering long, sprawling lake and picturesque views of the 12th green of the South golf course. Ample room for guests and wall of sliders reaching from the dining area all the way into the living room to the tile lanai all add to the appeal. Quiet and peaceful location in the Morningside neighborhood located at the end of the street with no traffic. Offered at $277,900. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

5123. Beautiful views of large lake and golf course in this first floor, 2 bed+den, 2 bath end unit Coach home with attached garage. Lots of window exposure, window blinds, large tile throughout main areas and lanai. Living room with sliders leading to lanai, formal dining room and kitchen nook with additional entry to the lanai. Master bedroom, large walk-in closet and private bath. This residence is ideal for the avid golfer with the community offering bundled golf and 15,000 sf clubhouse, fitness room, 4 tennis courts, pool/spa with cabana. Offered at $257,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Spring Run At The Brooks, Bonita Springs

Grandézza, Estero
0925. Beautiful views in this immaculate, end unit, attached 2-car garage,1647sf, 2256 total s.f., carriage home. Tile, Berber carpet, designer fixtures, window blinds, painted throughout in pleasing earth tones. 2 additional bedrooms for guests or use the 2nd guest bedroom for your own use as a den. Master bedroom, large walkin closet, and private sliding entry to the lanai. Sit out on the lanai and listen to the sounds of a soothing water fall in the lake built-up with scenic rocks and golf course views. Offered at $249,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600. 9774. 3 bed 2 bath, 2000 s.f. under air, 3473 total sf. Quiet location on the culde-sac, views of a lake and 12th fairway beyond. Tile in main areas and master suite, tile in-lays, tray ceilings, window treatments. Sizeable bedrooms, dining Room columns in a mosaic tile, great room with wall of sliders leading to the paver lanai. Kitchen with backsplash tile, under cabinet lighting and breakfast nook with large windows and sliders for beautiful water views. Lanai with electric roll hurricane shutter, built-in pool/spa, built-in cocktail table. Offered at $439,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Shadow Wood At The Brooks, Bonita Springs

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2330. Immaculate, 2+den, 2 bath 1654sf, 2357 total s.f., end unit coach home, attached 2-car garage with tranquil water views. Inviting in neutral tones, tile, hardwood, blinds, decorative fixtures. Spacious kitchen, 42” paneled cabinets, upgraded appliances and a wall of sliders expanding from dining to living room out to the large tiled lanai. Master bedroom, his/her closets, door entry to lanai and windows for further views. Enjoy in this Mediterranean inspired community of Miromar Lakes Beach/Golf Club with white beaches, freshwater lakes, boating, zero-edge pool, and so much more. Offered at $260,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Miromar Lakes, Miromar

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The Bonita/Estero Legal Real Estate Corner with Sharon Zuccaro
Sharon Zuccaro is a real estate attorney with the law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. in Bonita Springs. Her primary area of practice involves representing developers, sellers and buyers in commercial and residential real estate transactions. More specifically, Sharon concentrates her practice in matters involving finance, contracts, leases, closings and title insurance. Sharon can be reached at 239.344.1378 or via e-mail at sharon.zuccaro@henlaw.com.

Avoiding Costly Mistakes When Purchasing Property In Today’s Market
It is commonly known that a buyer should perform due diligence before purchasing property. If the buyer fails to perform due diligence (obtaining a building inspection, phase I environmental report, mold inspection, Chinese Drywall inspection, survey, etc.) the buyer may incur significant unanticipated post-closing costs and liabilities. When purchasing property at a foreclosure sale or a property that has recently been foreclosed, a buyer must be even more diligent in his or her inspection of the property and title to the property since the buyer, in most cases, is purchasing the property “as is”. In any type of purchase, a buyer must be concerned with the title to the property. This is especially important in today’s market since so many properties are in foreclosure. What if the foreclosure suit named the wrong lender as the plaintiff? What if a junior lien holder was not named in the foreclosure suit? These situations and many other situations can leave a buyer with title to a property that is not insurable and can cost the buyer thousands and sometimes tens of thousands of dollars to correct. Most title companies do not understand the complexity of legal matters involved in a foreclosure suit. Further, a title company does not represent either the buyer or the seller in a real estate transaction and cannot provide legal advice to either party. A title company’s sole role is to close the transaction. It is imperative to remember that although there are many reputable title companies in existence, it is the responsibility of the buyer or seller to hire an attorney to advise them and represent their interest in any real estate transaction. The following is a list of some of the multitude of possible legal issues that can impact title to property that is in foreclosure or is being foreclosed: ➢ If there is an Internal Revenue Service Lien against the borrowers, the Internal Revenue Service has 120 days from the date the final judgment in foreclosure is entered to redeem the property. If the buyer of the foreclosed property wishes to perform major improvements to the property or sell the property prior to expiration of this 120 day period, the buyer may find himself or herself in a very unpleasant situation should the I.R.S. exercise its right of redemption. ➢ When property has been foreclosed, it is not uncommon for the lender or immediate successor in interest to the lender to convey the property using a Quit Claim Deed. A Quit Claim deed in the chain of title can create a problem with being able to obtain an owner’s title insurance policy on the property. In turn, this can prevent a buyer in the future from obtaining financing to purchase the property. ➢ If a junior lien holder is not included in the foreclosure lawsuit, the buyer of the property will be faced with attorneys’ fees and costs to correct the title problem, which may include re-foreclosing on the property. ➢ If a tax certificate holder applies for a tax deed, the tax deed holder can claim title to the property, leaving ➢ utility services, it is usually at that time that he or she the buyer of the foreclosed property in an unpleasant discovers they must pay the past due amounts incurred financial situation. Recourse, if any, will require the by the previous owner or tenant before the municipality buyer of the foreclosed property to incur substantial will provide the services to the new owner. A search attorneys’ fees. for unrecorded municipal liens is separate from a A vacant parcel of land may have easements burdening title search and is an additional step in a buyer’s due the property that are not discovered until the buyer diligence. applies for a building permit. Depending upon the The above list are just a few of the situations that a buyer location of the easement, building on the property may may encounter if proper due diligence is not performed not be possible. before purchasing a property. A property with an existing building may either have Most title problems can be cured but curative action building permits that were not properly closed by the usually results in large legal fees and is time consuming. appropriate governmental agency or worse, building If the title problem cannot be cured, the buyer now holds and related permits may not have been applied for title to a piece of property he or she cannot convey, without when required. Upon re-sale of the property, the current either full disclosure or conveying using a Quit Claim Deed. owner may face attorneys’ fees and governmental fines As stated above, the use of a Quit Claim Deed in the chain to correct the error before being able to sell the property. of title can create future title and re-sale problems. It is If the property does not have “insurable” access to the also important to point out that most title problems are not property, the owner may not be able to sell the property discovered until years after the purchase, when the owner until the access matter is resolved, which usually takes attempts to sell the property, the owner passes away and a great deal of time and cost. Many people believe that the heirs probate the estate or an owner is denied a building if there is a road to the property, access is not a concern. permit. Actual access to the property is much different than With the recent announcement by the Florida Attorney insurable access to the property. Generally insurable General that his office has launched investigations into access is a problem for property that has not been allegations the Law Offices of Marshall C. Watson, P.A., platted or property subdivided. Shapiro & Fishman, LLP and Law Offices of David J. Stern, If the foreclosure suit named the improper lender as the P.A. may have mishandled foreclosure lawsuits they handled plaintiff, title to the property will not be insurable. This for lenders, it is even more important for a buyer to hire happens more frequently than it should due to the large an attorney to represent them in any real estate transaction volume of loans that are sold and re-sold prior to the involving foreclosed property. foreclosure suit. Evaluating the status of a property’s title is essential to Another possible mine field for buyers involves code avoiding costly mistakes, which may not be discovered for enforcement liens. Some code enforcement liens have years. Although most title matters can be remedied, such what is referred to as “super priority,” meaning the liens curative action will require time and cost to the property survive a foreclosure suit and are not terminated by owner. Regardless if the buyer is purchasing property by a said foreclosure lawsuit. Also, some liens may attach contract for sale, bidding at a foreclosure sale or auction or to all property owned by that property owner and is not purchasing an already foreclosed property, it is imperative limited to the property that is in violation of the code. that buyers hire an experienced real estate attorney to This is referred to as “cross attaching”. If a lender owns evaluate the title of any property they are considering property with a cross attaching super priority code purchasing. enforcement lien against one parcel and the buyers This article was provided as a guest commentary by Tyra purchase another parcel from the lender, it is possible Read, Real Estate Division of Henderson Franklin Starnes the property purchased is subject to the lien. & Holt, P.A., and can be reached at (239)344-1327 or at In today’s market, buyers are frequently surprised tyra.read@henlaw.com. by unpaid municipal liens for such things as water, #1833928 electricity, sewer or gas. Some municipal liens are not required to be recorded in the official records of the County so even though Providing clients with peace of mind through financial security. there is no lien recorded against the property in the official records, the previous owner or tenant may be delinquent in payment for these Financial, Retirement, Estate Planning services. 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2011 Weight Loss Resolutions For Your Pet
(ARA) - OK, so you purchased new running shoes, joined a gym, and are ready for a fit and healthy 2011. But while getting in shape and losing weight is an admirable New Year’s resolution for you and your family, it’s important to remember that people aren’t the only ones who might need to shed a few pounds. The number of overweight pets in America continues to rise. Nearly half (45 percent) of dogs and 58 percent of cats are overweight or obese (at least 20 percent above ideal weight), according to a recent survey of veterinarians by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. “Pet owners might mistakenly think that a pudgy dog or cat is cute, without realizing this extra weight puts the pet at a greater risk for developing serious health problems, including arthritis and diabetes,” says Dr. Grace Long, a veterinarian with Nestle Purina. “But the good news is that with proper nutrition and exercise, pet obesity can be reversed.” Pet owners need to remember, however, that while their weight loss success rests largely in their own hands, paws don’t have the same power. If pets are to be successful at getting in better shape - and health their owners need to intervene. Fortunately, concerned pet owners can start the New Year off on the right foot. In 2010, Dr. Meredith Rettinger, a veterinarian with Laurel Pet Hospital in West Hollywood, Calif., supervised a group of eight overweight dogs and their owners as they participated in Project: Pet Slim Down - a 90-day weight loss journey documented online at projectpetslimdown.com. Dr. Rettinger currently is overseeing a similar 120-day journey for dogs and cats and their owners. Project: Pet Slim Down is a nationwide program from Purina Veterinary Diets that unites pet owners and veterinarians in helping pets lose weight. Dr. Rettinger offers five simple guidelines, “2011 Weight Loss Resolutions for Your Pet,” to help you working with your veterinarian - help your pet live a leaner, healthier life. Resolution 1: Make an appointment with your veterinarian. Just as people need expert guidance and a physician’s supervision when attempting to lose weight and/or improve their fitness level, veterinarians have the knowledge to help pet owners achieve sensible, lasting weight loss for their pets. Resolution 2: Set realistic, measurable exercise and weight loss goals. Your veterinarian can help you rule out any medical reasons for excess weight and help you plan a fitness and nutrition program that takes your pet’s age, size and breed into account. Resolution 3: Discipline yourself to make exercise a priority for you and your pet. Sure, our lives are getting busier and we have less time to exercise, but even setting aside time each day for short walks with your pet will help both of you. Resolution 4: Control portions. Just as limiting intake is important to your own weight loss goals, ensuring a daily volume of allowed food for your pet will be key to success. Your veterinarian can tell you the exact amount of food to feed your pet each day to achieve a healthy weight, so you don’t have to guess. He or she also will remind you not to say “I love you” with food.

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Resolution 5: Use treats correctly. It’s OK to reward your pet with a treat for a successfully completed task. Just remember that these calories need to be subtracted from the total calories allotted for the day, and they shouldn’t exceed 10 percent of that allotment. Consider low-calorie treats, or break treats into smaller pieces for more rewards with the same amount of calories. For more information on Project: Pet Slim Down, go to projectpetslimdown.com or visit them on Facebook. Purina Veterinary Diets recently donated $1 for every “Like” to Adopt-A-Pet.com’s Veterinary Care Fund, raising $50,000 to help homeless pets. “Like Us” to help continue spreading the word about pet obesity.

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Bonita Springs • Estero • Ft. Myers • Naples
Gulf Coast Town Center: (Ft. Myers)
Jan/Feb, Friday & Saturday, 7-9pm – Weekend concert series

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Bonita Farmers’ Market (Bonita springs)

Jan/Feb, Sat 7am-12pm located in The Promenade with over 75 vendors.

Art Walk: (Bonita springs)

Jan 27 & Feb 24, 5-8pm. Evening of art and entertainment in the center courtyard in The Promenade.

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Jan/Feb, Wednesdays 10am, Reservations Required. Walk along and listen to the history of Naples in the late 19th century. www.napleshistoricalsociety.org/ third-street.htm. Saturday’s in Jan/Feb 7:30–11:30am. Located 1220 3rd St S. – parking behind Tommy Bahama’s. 239-4346533.

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Third street Farmers Market: (Naples)

estero Fine Art show (estero)

Jan 8 & 9, 10am–5pm. Located at Miromar Mall. Live artists demonstrations and entertainment.

Barbara B. Mann Theatre: (Ft. Myers)

For info, and further shows visit, www.bbmannpah. com/index.php or call (239) 481-4849.

Thursdays on Third: (Naples)

Jan/Feb, 6-9pm. Music and entertainment in the courtyards and plazas of Third St

Germain Arena: (estero)

For info, shows & Everblades schedule & times call (239) 948-7825 or visit www.GermainArena.com.

Naples Boat show:(Naples)

Jan 27-30. Located corner Goodlett-Frank and 5th Ave. Admission $10 Adults, Kids and parking free.

Pets on Third: (Naples)

Jan 23, 11am-3pm. Pet fest & parade to benefit the Naples Dog Park.

Coconut Point Mall: (estero)

Live entertainment located at Plaza Del Lago Dr. patio.

First Friday Concert: (Naples)

Philharmonic Center: (Naples)

Jan/Feb First Fridays 5pm. Live music at the Mercato

5833 Pelican Bay. For more information and current shows visit www.philtickets.org/tickets/index.aspx or call (239) 597-1900.

Coconut Point Art Festival: (estero)

Feb 12 & 13, 10am-5pm. Annual festival displaying an eclectic mix of art available for sale.

Historic Palm Cottage & Norris Gardens: (Naples)
Jan/Feb, Tues-Sat 1-4pm. (239) 261-8164.

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eMerGeNCY Police, Fire, Medical ...................................... 911 Lee County Ambulance (Non Emergency) ...............................................................335-1600 Lee County Sheriff (Non Emergency) ...............................................................477-1200 lee COuNTY eMerGeNCY MANAGeMeNT (Weather & Disaster Spills) ..................477-3600 Poison Control Center ....................800-282-3171 HOsPITAls: North Collier Hospital.............................513-7000 Health Park Hospital ..............................433-7799 CHAMBer OF COMMerCe (Local Area): Bonita Springs Area ..............................992-2943 Estero Area ...........................................948-7990 lIBrArY (local Area): Bonita Public Library .............................992-1043 Estero South County Regional Library ..390-3200 lICeNse (Lee County): Animal License .....................................432-2083 Boat Registration/Fishing License .........339-6000 Drivers License .....................................278-7192 VeHICle reGIsTrATION - Lee County ...............................................................339-6000 VOTers reGIsTrATION ...................339-6300 MeDICAl (Lee & Collier Counties): Gulf Coast Hospital - Ft. Myers .............768-5000 Lee Memorial Hospital - Ft. Myers..........332-1111 North Collier Hospital (NCH) Downtown Naples .................................552-7000 North Collier Hospital (NCH) North Naples .........................................436-5000 Poison Control Center ...................800-282-3171 NeWsPAPer Bonita Banner ....................................... 765-0110 Coconut Point Press .............................777-0473 Ft. Myers News Press ...........................335-0233 Naples Daily News ...............................992-3609 PuBlIC sCHOOls (Lee County): Edison Community College ...........800 -749-2322 Florida Gulf Coast University ..........800-590-3428 School District of Lee County ................ 334-1102 reAl esTATe serVICes Michael Burke P.A., Keller Williams Elite Realty ...............................................................498-7600 Homestead Exemption - Lee County.....339-6120 Property Appraiser - Lee County ...........339-6100 sOCIAl seCurITY ......................800-772-1213 sOuTHWesT FlOrIDA INT’l AIrPOrT ...............................................................590-4800 TrANsPOrTATION Airport Shuttle Service ..........................216-7777 Greyhound ............................................ 334-1011 Lee County Bus Transit ........................533-8726 u.s. POsTAl serVICe Lee & Collier Counties ....................800-275-8777 uTIlITIes (Lee County): Embarq ..........................................866-304-6820 eleCTrIC Florida Power and Light..................800-262-1322 FlOrIDA reCYClING & WAsTe ......332-8500 GAs serVICe - Teco (Peoples Gas) ........................................................877-932-6747 sOlID WAsTe - Lee County ...............338-3302 TelePHONe Sprint (Bonita) ................................800-699-0728 Sprint (Lee County) .......................800-339-1811 TV CABle Comcast ........................................800-432-4770 Time Warner .........................................574-2020 WATer/seWer Bonita Springs ...................................... 992-0711 Unincorporated Lee County ...........800-485-0214 VeTerINArIANs Florida Veterinary 24-Hour Emergency ........................................................239-992-8878

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Buying Used Is Smart In Any Economy
Even with hopes for a better economy in 2011, some habits learned in tough times could stand to become permanent ones. A good one might be continuing – or starting – to buy particular categories of merchandise that are used but still in good condition. If it makes you feel better to use the term “pre-owned,” by all means do so. Expertise in a particular product category can matter a little or a lot. But here are some types of merchandise where buying used can be a very good idea: Cars: Granted, used cars are not for everybody. Mechanical skills are a plus if you have to evaluate whether your driving habits would be best-served by an older model with some mystery under the hood. But a low-mileage, well-maintained car coupled with dealer guarantees or access to car knowledge (or at least a really good, honest mechanic), can pay big dividends in the long run. First, depending on the model and age, you might be able to pay cash. Second, the right used car can be an extraordinary value when compared to a new car treated with similar kid gloves. Third, as second vehicles primarily used for short trips, a good used car can’t be beat. Books: Granted, the world is moving into the age of the e-book, but there’s plenty of oldfashioned reading material that can be had for a song. Public libraries often sell both donated hardback and softcover books to raise funds at extraordinarily low prices, and retail chains have surfaced that actually sell used books at a fraction of the cover price. Certain Internet retailers also carry used books right alongside new copies of the same title. Recorded music: Whether you prefer your music in CD or vinyl form, you can scout Internet retailers, flea markets and half-price stores for titles to add to your shelves or your Mp3 player. As long as you’re willing to wait a few weeks or months for a desired title to come out, you’ll find great bargains, and if you’re simply looking to replace favorite old albums that have gone to their reward, used is always a good idea. Furniture for the home and office (particularly the office): Solidly built furniture is always an attraction – you can always call it an antique. But one of the best deals you can get in a down economy is office furniture, particularly if you check local resale shops or classified listings in print newspapers and online. It’s also easy to post specific requests for dimensions and features online as well. And even if you end up buying scuffed-up or dusty chairs, you’ll be stunned at what a little automotive tire cleaner can do to renew the look of office furniture made from rubber or plastic. Toys and clothes for infants and toddlers: As long as you can clean them properly, these two categories of must-haves for kids are just fine bought second-hand. First, kids of any age outgrow clothes quickly, but used toys can work particularly well for younger kids simply because they haven’t become totally hooked on commercials. Until the pull of consumerism takes over – and for as long as you can manage afterward – buy used as long as the items are safe and can be thoroughly cleaned. Also, buying used is not a bad first money lesson for kids to adopt – encourage them to buy used toys and games as a way to get more out of their chore and allowance money. That’s a good habit that can last a lifetime. Precious jewelry: Most of us don’t own the kinds of precious metals and stones that increase in value. In fact, most retail jewelry is sold at huge markups that rarely come back to the owner when they sell. The smart thing is to buy used and to get over any aversion you might have to shopping pawnshops or resale shops. Ask the vendor if they will return your money in 24 hours if a certified appraisal doesn’t satisfy you. Keep in mind you can buy used stones and settings as well. Sports equipment and musical instruments: Whether your kid is learning to golf or play guitar at 10 -- or if you’re trying it for the first time at 40 – always start with used equipment that can last a year. If you or your son or daughter proves to be the next big rock star or champion of the PGA Tour, you can always upgrade to newer, highquality equipment later. But lots of money can go down the drain between the words “I want this!” and “I hate this!” – so by all means, buy used first. Game consoles and electronics: Doesn’t it seem like the latest camera, game system or other hot gadget becomes obsolete every few months? Depending on your interest, that can be very true. So the trick is to consider whether you can live with a year-old Wii or a digital camera with last year’s technology. A lot of people can’t and put nearly-new equipment up for sale. Their addiction to the newest and hottest can work out very well for you. This column is produced by the Financial Planning Association, the membership organization for the financial planning community, and is provided by Al Procaccino, a local member of FPA.

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Better Golf with “The Golf Doctor”
By Mike Calbot “The Golf Doctor” Golf Swing Analyst & Master Golf Instructor Director of Instruction at Old Corkscrew Golf Club 239.482.0900 - www.golfdoctorusa.com

Is your goal to be a better golfer in 2011?

REMEMBER, Practice alone doesn’t make perfect, “perfect practice makes perfect” As a golf instructor your goal is to have your clients make improvements to reach their goals and have fun playing golf. For the past 38 years here in Southwest Florida I have worked with clients who practice but do not stick to the plan. You must stick to the plan to see the results. I call it a planned progressive practice programs. First we set realistic goals, and then we do a little thing I call mapping, which is watching the person on video with various clubs from different angles to see what is constant and what varies in the pre swing and of course in the swing itself. Once we have documented enough swings to clearly understand the persons strong and weak points we then start to build a presentation to explain the cause and effect of what is transpired. This of course is

explained on the skill level of the client and is based on their game priorities, also taking into consideration physical assets and liabilities and prior experiences. To be successful in golf it takes a simple formula, the knowledge, desire, dedication, determination and you will be successful. Why to practice, what to practice, when to practice, how to practice, how much to practice and of course the changing of the what, when and how much to practice, based on the progress or lack of progress towards the goal set. I always tell my clients to write down their practice sessions. What they would like to do in that session and some of their findings during that session. Maybe it was mechanical or feel sensation or mental attitude, only what they were doing on their mind not friends, family or work just this golf practice session. My advice for golfers who want to improve, seek

out someone to help you understand the path to your personal success through” planned progressive practice” not just hitting balls, “Perfect Practice makes Perfect”.

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