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Inventory Needed For Our Summer and Fall Buyers
It never ceases to amaze me how quickly time goes by. Here we are in May already and I’m already noticing the slowing down of traffic. You can almost hear a big sigh amongst those whose businesses were booming during season this year! Additionally, there is a marked difference in inventory now available in the Southwest Florida real estate market. Typically during this time of year, we will see inventory go down. However, as history has shown, home sales in Southwest Florida remain pretty steady during the summer months. Last summer, according the Multiple Listing Service for the Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero markets, we averaged 576 homes sales per month during the months of July-Dec 2011 – that is a pretty respectable number for a region that has an “off-season.” The point is that if you are thinking about listing a property or you have a property listed currently, this is not the time to remove that listing! Based on the sales history I mentioned above, you could say that while this season is nearing an end, we could see strong sales last year well into June 2011. The reason for this is because many of our winter visitors keep tabs on Southwest Florida long after they leave. The Internet and, of course, mobile devices have allowed those visitors to continue looking at the Southwest Florida real estate market, checking the listings and keeping in touch with agents all summer long. I expect to see that trend move into this June as well, as our snowbirds have been these buyers don’t necessarily have to be in Southwest Florida. If you remove your home from the market now, you’re likely to miss these serious buyers. You’ll also miss the decrease in inventory available, which can be helpful in seeing increased showings and activity. You may also be inclined to ask your Realtor to remove your listing and just promote via word of mouth a.k.a. the “pocket listing.” This too is the wrong thing to do for the reasons stated above AND because we know that over 95% of all real estate searches take place on the Internet. If you’re selling a home in Southwest Florida, not continuing your Internet presence is just an all-around a bad idea in any season. Lastly, if you’re thinking of selling your home and you’re looking for representation, now may be the time for me to toot a horn. Just recently myself and my team, Team Michael Burke / Coconut Point Team, was recognized as one of just five top national agent/teams who have excelled in business growth. Featured as the cover story in Keller Williams’ national publication, Outfront, our team was credited as growing our business from $9 to $24 million in production in just one year by applying solid business planning, economic principles, and offering the best in client marketing resources. Speaking of resources, here are some incentives and exclusive
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(Mocking) Bird Is The Word
By Joyce Bunting One of my coworkers came into my office the other day saying that there was a car alarm going off in the parking lot. She said she had been hearing it off and on all afternoon but she couldn’t pinpoint where it was coming from. When we went to the parking lot to investigate, instead of finding hoodlums trying to make off with the boss’ Volvo, there was a little grey and black bird on a low branch alternating between car alarm sirens and a whole repertoire of calls and tunes. They don’t call them mockingbirds for nothing. You may have noticed that your surroundings have become a little more musical (or noisy depending on your preferences) lately. It’s nesting season for mockingbirds and many of the males are out singing their little hearts out trying to attract a girlfriend. I’m not much of a bird watcher but these crazy little birds are not only amazing singers and mimics, they are unusual, intelligent and playful birds that are absolutely fearless when it comes to defending their nests and their young. In nesting season, male mockingbirds will sometimes sing nonstop through the night trying to impress the females. They have a repertoire of 50 to 200 songs and sounds and this also consists of specific sounds to communicate danger to other mockingbirds in the area. If a major intruder enters their territory the birds will call to other mockingbirds to come drive the threat away. They are very social birds and, though you’ll rarely see them in flocks or large groups, they take care of each other and will sometimes watch over other species of birds’ young if they’re being unattended. Mockingbirds just don’t behave like all the other birds. For instance, when they’re on the ground they don’t hop, they run. Sometimes when they’re running along the ground they’ll lift their wings halfway, pause for a second and then extend their wings all the way. Then they’ll run a little bit more and repeat the same wing lifting. Is it some sort of mating dance? Some type of territorial marking? Evidently, no one really knows. One theory is that, by flashing the white parts of their wings, they scare bugs (the main staple of their diet) out of hiding. I don’t know if that is true but it is fun to watch. They’re also silly when they get together. They love to play and if you ever see two of them together they’ll grapple in midair, all the while growling, or will hop sideways over each other in some birdy version of leap frog. Mating? Playing? Only mockingbirds know for sure. If you’ve ever gotten too close to a mockingbird’s nest, you’ll know firsthand that they don’t care how big you are, they will go straight for your head to keep you from their young. A 2009 study discovered that mockingbirds can recognize and differentiate between humans. A mockingbird can pick a human out of group who has threatened or seemed to threaten its nest in the past. This is not news to a certain mail carrier in Tulsa, Okla. who was targeted by an outraged mockingbird. "It goes from chimney to chimney, tree to tree, whenever it sees the mail carrier, following her down the block. It swoops down and attempts to peck at her." It left everyone else on the block alone. Evidently the mail lady got too close to a nest at one point. I’ve personally seen mockingbirds go after cats, dogs, humans, other birds – including hawks and eagles – and I’ve even seen a mockingbird attack a 5-foot long blacksnake. It chased the snake for quite a while, grabbing its tail and almost lifting it off the ground. They do not take kindly to strangers wandering too close to their homes. It’s easy to see why these birds have been the subject of many stories and songs and why five different states, including Florida, have chosen it as state bird. They’re fierce little birds filled with personality. All that singing and noisemaking can be a little annoying when you’re trying to get some sleep but remember, as Harper Lee said, “Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
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Thinking Of Purchasing Property At Judicial Auction?
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As an attorney focusing on real estate law in southwest Florida, I frequently receive phone calls from distraught consumers who thought they were getting a great deal by purchasing property at judicial auction, only to find out that their “steal” is riddled with title defects, unanticipated obligations and hidden costs. While many great deals are available at judicial auction, the uninformed bidder may be purchasing much more than they bargained for. The good news is that through counsel, due diligence and prudent decision making, an informed bidder can distinguish the deals from the duds. There are a variety of legal actions that may ultimately result in a judicial auction of real property. Most frequently, property is auctioned as the result of a mortgage or other lien foreclosure action in which a creditor is seeking to recover amounts due on a contract. However, simply because a lien is foreclosed does not mean that all monetary liability, or even all liens associated with the property are eliminated. A common example is the situation where a primary mortgage is foreclosed, yet fees remain due and owing to a community association for unpaid assessments. Pursuant to Florida Statutes 718.116(1)(a) and 720.3085(2)(b), the winning third party bidder becomes jointly and severally liable with the prior owner for any unpaid community association assessments which accrued prior to the sale. Oftentimes these fees are exorbitant and entirely wipe out any gain anticipated by the unsuspecting bidder, or even worse, put the bidder in a negative equity position. Another issue arises where a junior lien is foreclosed. The average consumer does not realize that when a junior lien is foreclosed and the property subsequently auctioned, the winning bidder takes title subject to any superior liens that were not eliminated by the junior lienor’s foreclosure. For instance, if a community association forecloses a lien for unpaid assessments, and a third party bidder purchases the property at the auction, he/she may take title subject to a primary purchase money mortgage. In order to avoid unanticipated liability, it is imperative that bidders take proactive measures to retain the counsel of a qualified real estate attorney to review and determine the status of title to the property. By reviewing title, the bidder can discern what, if any, issues exist and make an informed bid at the auction. Elias M. Mahshie is an associate attorney with the Law Office of Kevin F. Jursinski & Associates, where he focuses his practice on legal matters related to real property, including mortgage and lien foreclosure, community associations, and general real estate law.
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1854. upon entry relish the notable lush, tropical lake and golf course views this estate home has to offer with an abundance of upgrades and detail throughout. Marble floors, custom built-ins, wet bar, coffer ceilings w/crown molding, designer window treatments. Gourmet kitchen, built-in panel appliances, cabinetry w/crown molding, backsplash tile, granite counter-tops. entertain out on the vast paver lanai with plumbing for an outdoor kitchen and a beautiful custom built-in pool with large steps leading in, surrounded by built-in flower beds and spa. This appealing home is ideal for family and guests offering 4 bedrooms+den, 4680 sf, 7826 total sf. all available in this sought after, exclusive community of Bonita Bay. Offered at $1,795,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.
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2812. array of upgrades throughout this Southern exposure, warm inviting 3 bed, 2 bath, 2187 sf, 4390 total sf home. Open floor plan,tile in main areas, crown molding, window blinds. abundance of sliding entries to the paver lanai with electric hurricane shutters, built-in pool with picturesque lake and golf views. Large kitchen, beautiful granite counter-tops, rich cabinetry, backsplash tile and breakfast bar front finished in accent tile. Formal dining room currently used as a relaxing reading/library room and the den/ office that can easily be used as a third bedroom. Master suite offers private entry to lanai, further lush tropical views, two walk-in closets and private bath with rich cabinetry, tub surrounded in tile and accent in-lays. Offered at $525,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.
River Reach Estates, Bonita Springs
0318. Maintenance free living in this gated enclave of Mediterranean style homes w/private dock, lift and direct Gulf access! 3bed+den, 4 full, 2 half bath, 3182 sf,4585 total sf. Crown molding, tile in main area, coffered ceilings, high impact windows, central vac. Bed, 1st floor den, stairway, loft all designer ready. Gourmet kitchen, built-in stainless appliances, gas cook top, cherry cabinets w/crown, granite tops. Large greatroom/dining area, disappearing sliders leading to the paver lanai w/built-in grill, fireplace, built-in pool/ spa, bath, private boat dock and water views. 2nd floor w/3 bedrooms and private baths. Master suite, balcony w/water views, walk-in closet and bath w/dual vanities, jetted tub and walk-in shower surrounded in tile. Offered at $649,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.
0894. Beautiful views in this immaculate, end unit, attached 2-car garage,1647 sf, 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.
Wildcat Run, Estero
6725. Spectacular 1st floor end unit 3 bed, 2 bath, 2-car, 1759 sf, 2198 total sf, attached garage coach home offering lake views . Tile in main living areas, window blinds, painted in neutral tones. 2-guest bedrooms and large comfortable master suite, large walk-in closet and further lake views. Living room with a wall of sliders leading out to the finished tile lanai with electric blinds, ideal to enjoy the beautiful Florida sunsets! all this in the gated community of Wildcat run with club house, dining, tennis, fitness facility and limited golf. Full golf membership sold separately. Offered at $220,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.
3067. Picturesque lake and golf course views in this 3_den, 3 bath, 2539 sf, 4274 total sf home. Tile in main areas, array of coffered ceilings with crown molding, striking columns upon entrance, plantation shutters, blinds, decorative window treatments, expanded garage. Large kitchen, built-in desk, center island, breakfast bar opens to the comfortable family room with pocket sliders to lanai. Privacy for guests with split bedrooms and den with attractive French doors which may also be used perfectly as a fourth bedroom. numerous entries to the lanai from living, family rooms and master bedroom to the leisure lanai area with pool bath, built-in pool/spa to enjoy the sought after Florida sunsets. Offered at $460,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.
River Reach Estates, Bonita Springs
3104. Boater’s paradise! 2-story, 3 bed+den, 3 full/2 half bath, 3356 sf, 4805 total sf gated private enclave of Mediterranean inspired homes w/private dock, lifts and Gulf access! new construction home, double crown molding, 7” base molding, tile in main area, tray ceilings, high impact windows, central vac. Gourmet kitchen, Ge Monogram built-in stainless appliances, gas cook top, cherry cabinetry w/crown, granite tops. Greatroom/dining area, disappearing sliders leading to the paver lanai w/built-in kitchen, grill, custom fireplace, built-in pool/spa, private boat dock and water views. 2nd floor loft, 3 bedrooms w/private baths, convenient large laundry room. Master suite, French door entry to balcony w/water views, closet as large as a guest bedroom. Bath w/dual vanities, make-up vanity, corner tub and walk-in shower accented in tile. Offered at $779,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.
1441. Picturesque lake with fountain views from this 3 bed, 2 bath, 2074 sf, 3981 totalsf home. Tile main areas, windows w/transoms, tray ceilings, paver lanai. Kitchen with cherry cabinetry/crown molding, stainless appliances, granite countertops with appealing curved breakfast bar. Room for family and guests offering 3 bedrooms with one that can also be used as a den. Master suite boasts 2 walk-in closets and master bath with his/her vanities, corner tub enclosed in tile and walk-in shower. Formal dining room and living room with wall of sliders opening to the lanai leisure area for that sought after Florida outdoor lifestyle offering a built-in pool/spa and tranquil water views. Offered at $439,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.
Spring Run at The Brooks, Bonita Springs
7198. Lake and golf course views of the 11th tee and 10th putting green beyond in this 2 bed, 2 bath 1368 sf confo. Ideal for the avid golfer with bundled golf and the beautiful views this unit has to offer from master bedrooms large windows and living rooms wall of sliders. Decorated with tile in main areas and lanai, window treatments. Plenty of room with large living/dining room, guest bedroom, master with sizeable walk-in closet, private bath and attached garage. enjoy the amenities this bundled golf community has to offer with 18-hole championship course, clubhouse, pool/spa, fitness area and tennis. Offered at $150,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.
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4879. 4 bedrooms plus den, 3.5 baths, 3-car garage, 3702 sf, 6471 total sf. Long lake, 9th green views and a short stroll to the clubhouse. Tile, in-lays, tray ceilings, miter window, crown molding, custom built-ins, speakers, designer window treatments, crystal chandeliers, 2-HVaC zone units, 2-water heaters. LR with beautiful fireplace, wet-bar and family room with entertainment center. Gourmet kitchen, built-in panel appliances, wall oven, cook top, 42” cabinetry in glaze finish, tile backsplash. Bedrooms all with custom closet cabinetry. Built-in summer kitchen with gas grill, granite counte rtop, built-in gas heated pool/spa and pool bath. Only a small list of the features offered at this incredible price of $1,000,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.
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2248. Beautiful long lake and golf course views in this 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 2501 sf, 4184 total sf, 2-story home, master suite on 1st floor on a oversized cul-de-sac lot. 2nd floor with bedroom, bath and loft/media room. Tile main living areas, tray ceilings w/crown molding, plantation shutters, blinds, window treatments, 2 HVaC units. Great room with 2-story ceiling, large kitchen, decorative back-splash, pantry, built-in desk and breakfast nook surrounded by windows offering beautiful views. Lanai with built-in pool/spa with glass block surrounding built-in flower bed. Social, Tennis or Golf Memberships available with 3 championship courses and 9 Har-Tru tennis courts. Offered at $515,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.
4989. PRICED TO SELL this Magnolia model is ideal for golf enthusiasts to enjoy this spacious 3 bed+den, 2.5 bath, 2nd floor loft, 2576 sf, 3515 total sf, single family home in this bundled golfing community w/long lake and 16th fairway views. One of the largest floor plans in Spring Run at The Brooks w/high ceilings, tile in wet areas, formal dining room w/crown molding, great room w/ disappearing sliders to the lanai. Kitchen w/vaulted ceilings and large breakfast nook w/slider entry to lanai and large windows offering water views. Convenient 1st floor master suite, large walk-in closet, private bath and 2nd floor perfect for family/ guests w/2 bedrooms, 1 offering private bath and the other offering appealing window seat. Offered at $365,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.
Spring Run at The Brooks, Bonita Springs
Savona, Estero Shadow Wood at The Brooks, Bonita Springs
5924. Immaculate 3 bed, 3 bath, 1878 sf, 3938 total sf home, w/tile, carpet, tray ceilings, window treatments and windows w/ protectant hurricane film. Sliders throughout leads to the paver lanai and private courtyard w/built-in heated pool, cabana, wet bar and private bath. Kitchen, granite counter-tops, center island, cabinets w/crown, breakfast room and breakfast bar overlooking the living/dining room w/ lake views. Split bedrooms, one with access to the courtyard, which can also be used as den, separate cabana suite and master suite w/sitting area, entry to lanai, hardwood flooring, 2 walkin closets. Offered at $339,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.
9543. 3 Bed+den, 3 bath, 3 car garage, 2916 sf, 5850 total sf Mediterranean inspired Villa. Features up grades throughout w/tile on diagonal, Hickory flooring, faux finish, wide crown molding/base boards, elegant drapery/plantation shutters, miter window, French doors w/transom throughout. Gourmet kitchen, built-in premium appliances, 6-burner gas range top, wall oven/microwave, granite counter-tops, accent backsplash tile, maple cabinets w/crown. Great room w/surround sound, wet-bar, wine cooler, granite counter-top, corner-corner wall sliders. Paver lanai, ideal for entertaining w/full summer kitchen, built-in gas grill, built-in pool/spa offering tranquil water/preserve views. Offered at $1,025,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.
9215. 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 $235,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.
1192. 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 $265,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.
Shadow Wood at The Brooks, Bonita Springs
1364. 3 bed+den, 3 bath, 2nd floor Coach home w/picturesque, tranquil lake and golf course views throughout. Tile on diagonal, tray ceilings w/crown, pre-wired for private elevator, electric shutters, surround sound. Kitchen, extended breakfast bar, 42” raised panel cabinets w/crown, granite counter-tops, morning room surrounded by windows offer beautiful sunrises and tiled lanai with sunset views. Spacious great room and media room with tropical lake views. Owners master suite with further tropical water views, private bath and entry to tile lanai. Perfect location in Shadow Wood at The Brooks with the neighborhood offering its own private pool/spa and social room. Offered at $374,900. Call Michael 239-498-7600.
Shadow Wood at The Brooks, Bonita Springs
0724. Relish the beautiful long lake views with sought after southern exposure in this 3 bed+den, 2 bath, 1975 sf, 3554 total sf. Decorated in neutral tones, tile, crown molding, tiered tray ceilings, plantation shutters, and designer window treatments. Kitchen with granite counter-top, cabinetry with crown molding, accent backsplash tile, large pantry and breakfast nook surrounded by bay windows opening to the great room. Great room boasts large niche, surround sound, wall sliding doors with transom above leads out to the lanai with built-in pool/spa. enjoy the master suite offering yet further views, 2 closets and private bath with his/her vanities, attractive corner tub and large walk-in shower. Offered at $425,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.
1789. Golfer’s paradise. enjoy this low density, gated bundled golf community in this turnkey 1,750sf, 3,378 total sf, 2 bed+den, 2 bath home on large pie-shape lot. Brightness, warmth and richness flow through on oversized diagonal tile, custom window treatments, upgraded fixtures, landscape lighting all just a few of the numerous features throughout. Cherry café sits off the designer kitchen boasting granite, accent backsplash and upgraded appliances. Spacious master-suite with walk-in closet, special touches, views, relaxing colors. enjoy the lanai with built-in pool heated pool and picturesque views of the 16th fairway. Offered at $387,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.
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Cascades at Estero Market Trends
Grandezza sold 23 homes January through April 2012, and 18 homes July through October 2011. However there is typically 20% less inventory in the summer months. Because of strong year -round sales in Grandezza and reduced inventory, why would sellers take their home off the market in the summertime? There is a rumor in our industry that homes only sell in season. This rumor started from agents who don’t know how to connect with these out of town buyers, so they close up shop until next season and suggest their sellers do the same. The Coconut Point Team consistently sells year-round! Our superior marketing services connects with homebuyers throughout the U.S. and internationally keeping our properties selling all year long instead of just five months out of the year. Diminishing inventory can make it difficult for buyers to find what they want, so we encourage you to list your property to keep good inventory for our summer and fall buyers.
Stat P CS CS P CS CS CS CS CS CS P CS P CS CS P CS CS CS P CS P P CS CS CS Address 19770 Markward Crossing 20079 Palermo Lake Ct 11572 Amalfi Way 20185 Markward Crossing 20077 Buttermere Ct 12606 Grandezza Cir 20195 Markward Crossing 11545 Doddwood Dr 20030 Buttermere Ct 19919 Markward 20007 Montessa Ct 12561 Grandezza Cir 20064 Buttermere Ct 20011 Grande Lake Dr 20194 Buttermere Ct 19825 Markward Crossing 20077 Palermo Lake Ct 20210 Burnside Place, #1902 20261 Calice Ct, #2404 20231 Burnside Pl, #403 20220 Calice Ct, #303 20201 Calice Ct, #2901 20271 Calice Ct, ##2302 20201 Calice Ct, #2902 20340 Calice Ct, #1502 20090 Seagrove St, #2107 Bed 4 Bed 3 Bed 3+Den 3+Den 4+Den 3 Bed 3+Den 3+Den 3+Den 4+Den 3 Bed 3+Den 4 Bed 2+Den 4 Bed 4+Den 4+Den 3+Den 3+Den 3 Bed 3+Den 2+Den 3 Bed 3 Bed 3 Bed 3 Bed Bath 3 2 3 2 3 2 3 3 2 3 2 3 3 2 3 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 Half 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 Pool Spa Exp View SqFt Built List Price Single Family Homes in Grandezza (Closed & Pending From March 1st to April 30th, 2012 ) Unfurnished Yes Yes SE Golf Course, Water Feature, Lake 2870 2001 $ 719,900 Unfurnished Yes Yes E Lake, Landscaped Area, Water 1659 2005 $ 399,900 Furnished Yes Yes S Golf Course, Lake 2750 2006 $ 650,000 Furnished Yes Yes E Preserve 2299 2006 $ 539,900 Unfurnished Yes Yes E Golf Course, Lake 3021 2003 $ 659,900 Negotiable Yes Yes S Lake, Landscaped Area, Water 2073 2005 $ 439,000 Landscaped Area, Preserve, Wooded Area 2650 2005 $ 560,000 Negotiable Yes Yes E Golf Course, Landscaped Area, Preserve 2650 2003 $ 549,900 Negotiable Yes Yes E Unfurnished Yes No W Golf Course 2043 2005 $ 409,900 Negotiable Yes No SW Preserve, Wooded Area 2887 2006 $ 575,000 Unfurnished Yes Yes S Landscaped Area 2225 2005 $ 419,000 Unfurnished Yes No N Landscaped Area 2446 2006 $ 459,000 Unfurnished Yes Yes W Golf Course 2553 2004 $ 465,000 Negotiable Yes No SE Lake, Water 2232 2005 $ 400,000 Golf Course, Lake, Landscaped Area, Water 2540 2004 $ 450,000 Unfurnished Yes Yes W Unfurnished Yes Yes NW Wooded Area 3483 2006 $ 602,700 Lake, Landscaped Area, Water, Water Feature 2480 2005 $ 399,000 Negotiable No Yes SE Condos in Grandezza (Closed & Pending From March 1st to April 30th, 2012 ) Unfurnished No No W Golf Course, Lake 2133 2002 $ 385,000 Unfurnished No No E Golf Course, Lake 2150 2002 $ 375,000 Unfurnished No No E Golf Course 1767 2004 $ 299,000 Negotiable No No W Golf Course, Lake 2150 2002 $ 294,900 Turnkey No No SE Golf Course, Landscaped Area 1647 2001 $ 224,500 Negotiable No No E Golf Course 1647 2002 $ 219,000 Negotiable No No SE Golf Course 1647 2002 $ 214,900 Unfurnished No No W Golf Course, Lake 1647 2003 $ 198,000 Unfurnished No No W Golf Course 2246 2002 $ 179,900 Furn List SqFt $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 250 241 236 234 218 211 211 207 200 199 188 187 182 179 177 173 160 180 174 169 137 136 132 130 120 80 Sold Date Sold Price Sold SqFt DOM 151 19 71 49 70 246 95 455 162 289 46 187 152 176 183 95 157 164 67 385 139 84 63 118 295 %List
Cascades at Estero inventory is expected to drop 25% in the summer months and the number of price changes will drop nearly 50%. We see a large drop in sales in Cascades at Estero in the summer months, not only due to reduced inventory, but because many agents struggle to connect with out of town buyers. The Coconut Point Team consistently sells year-round! Our superior marketing services connects with homebuyers throughout the U.S. and internationally keeping our properties selling all year long instead of just five months out of the year. Diminishing inventory can make it difficult for buyers to find what they want, so we encourage you to list your property to keep good inventory for our summer and fall buyers.
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20239 Foxworth Cir 20232 Foxworth Cir 20069 Serene Meadow Ln 20173 Castlemaine Ave 20206 Foxworth Cir 20200 Foxworth Cir 20049 Serene Meadow Ln 20080 Ballylee Ct
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383,000 598,000 619,000 420,000 532,500 515,000 385,000 555,000 440,000 378,000 415,000 370,000 348,000 305,000 265,000
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96% 92% 94% 96% 95% 94% 94% 97% 96% 95% 92% 93% 90% 81% 90%
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Reserve at Estero Market Trends
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No Yes No No No Yes No No E W N E W W E NW Lake, Landscaped Area Preserve Landscaped Area Landscaped Area None Landscaped Area, Preserve Landscaped Area Landscaped Area 2552 2543 1605 1711 2365 2539 1509 1956
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Lighthouse Bay at the Brooks Market Trends
3/12/2012 $ 4/30/2012 $ 3/1/2012 $
205,000 194,000 165,000
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The Reserve at Estero consists of both families who live in the community year- round and seasonal residents who have already traveled back up north. Many agents struggle to connect with out of town buyers. The Coconut Point Team consistently sells year-round! Our superior marketing services connects with homebuyers throughout the U.S. and internationally keeping our properties selling all year long instead of just five months out of the year. Diminishing inventory can make it difficult for buyers to find what they want, so we encourage you to list your property to keep good inventory for our summer and fall buyers.
Stat CS CS CS P CS CS P CS Address 19726 Villa Rosa Loop 19550 Casa Bendita Ct 9189 Astonia Way 19736 Villa Rosa Loop 9213 Astonia Way 9423 La Bianco St 9043 Astonia Way 19615 Tesoro Way Bed 4 Bed 3 Bed 3+Den 3 Bed 3+Den 2+Den 2+Den 3 Bed Bath 3 3 2 3 3 2 2 2 Half 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Furn Unfurnished Unfurnished Negotiable Unfurnished Unfurnished Unfurnished Unfurnished Turnkey Pool Spa Exp View SqFt Built List Price Homes in Reserve at Estero (Closed & Pending From March 1st to April 30th, 2012 ) Yes Yes E Landscaped Area 2600 2007 $ 363,900 Yes Yes W None 1870 2011 $ 324,995 No No W Landscaped Area 1820 2012 $ 279,995 Yes No S Landscaped Area 1840 2006 $ 278,500 No No W Lake, Landscaped Area 1972 2009 $ 274,900 No No S Landscaped Area 2000 2011 $ 267,995 No No E Landscaped Area 1982 2006 $ 254,900 No No SE Lake 1476 2007 $ 234,900 List SqFt $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 139 173 153 151 139 134 128 159 Sold Date 3/30/2012 $ 4/27/2012 $ 4/6/2012 $ 3/2/2012 $ 4/6/2012 $ 4/30/2012 $ Sold Price 345,000 $ 320,000 $ 307,000 $ 260,000 $ 307,000 $ 220,000 $ Sold SqFt 132 171 168 131 153 149 DOM 106 243 53 80 78 228 54 195 %List 95% 98% 110% 95% 115% 94%
Lighthouse Bay inventory is expected to start dropping come May and will likely drop nearly 30%. Sales will dip in the summer; however it has more to do the lack of inventory then the lack of buyers. There is a rumor in our industry that homes only sell in season. This rumor started from agents who don’t know how to connect with these out of town buyers, so they close up shop until next season and suggest their sellers do the same. The Coconut Point Team consistently sells year-round! Our superior marketing services connects with homebuyers throughout the U.S. and internationally keeping our properties selling all year long instead of just five months out of the year. Diminishing inventory can make it difficult for buyers to find what they want, so we encourage you to list your property to keep good inventory for our summer and fall buyers.
Stat CS CS CS P P CS P CS CS CS Address 23833 Cape Monaco Rd, #101 10741 Crooked River Rd, #101 10910 Oak Island Rd, #102 23711 Old Port Rd, #103 23820 Marbella Bay Rd, #104 23820 Marbella Bay Rd, #101 23800 Costa Del Sol Rd, #202 10910 Oak Island Rd, #101 10821 Halfmoon Shoal Rd, #201 23820 Marbella Bay Rd, #203 Bed 2+Den 3 Bed 2+Den 2+Den 2+Den 3 Bed 2+Den 3 Bed 2+Den 2+Den Bath 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 Half 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Pool Spa Exp View SqFt Built List Price Lighthouse Bay at the Brooks (Closed & Pending From March 1st to April 30th, 2012 ) Unfurnished Yes Yes W Lake 1956 2004 $ 333,000 Negotiable No No W Lake, Preserv 1806 2000 $ 279,000 Turnkey No No E Lake, Water Feature 1354 2002 $ 189,000 Partly FurnishedNo No W Lake 1268 2001 $ 169,900 Turnkey No No E Lake, Water 1402 2003 $ 182,000 Turnkey No No E Lake, Landscaped Area 1402 2003 $ 179,900 Unfurnished No No W Lake 1276 2003 $ 158,900 Turnkey No No N Lake, Water Feature 1548 2001 $ 190,000 Negotiable No No SW Lake, Water Feature 1646 2002 $ 199,000 Unfurnished No No E Lake 1268 2003 $ 149,900 Furn List SqFt $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 170 154 140 133 129 128 124 122 120 118 Sold Date 4/10/2012 $ 4/10/2012 $ 4/3/2012 $ Sold Price 300,000 250,000 179,000 $ $ $ Sold SqFt 153 138 132 DOM 148 97 368 54 220 49 7 331 235 144 %List 90% 90% 95%
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Shadow Wood at the Brooks Market Trends
4/19/2012 $ 3/21/2012 $ 4/23/2012 $ 3/15/2012 $
175,000 168,000 185,000 142,500
$ $ $ $
124 108 112 112
97% 88% 93% 95%
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Rapallo Market Trends
Inventory in Shadow Wood is expected to drop nearly 50% in the summer months, but homes will continue to sell well. In the winter months, January – April 2012, Shadow Wood sold 27 homes while July- October 2011, sold 19 homes with 50% less inventory on the market. The summer months will also see nearly 70% less price changes, making pricing more precise. There is a rumor in our industry that homes only sell in season. This rumor started from agents who don’t know how to connect with these out of town buyers, so they close up shop until next season and suggest their sellers do the same. The Coconut Point Team consistently sells year-round! Our superior marketing services connects with homebuyers throughout the U.S. and internationally keeping our properties selling all year long instead of just five months out of the year. Diminishing inventory can make it difficult for buyers to find what
Stat CS CS P CS P P P CS P P P CS CS CS CS CS CS P CS P CS CS CS CS CS CS CS P Address 22071 Reserve Estates Dr 22091 Shallowater Ln 9859 Bay Meadow 22100 Reserve Estates Dr 22010 Shallowater Ln 9846 Bay Meadow W 10048 Idle Pine Ln 22120 Reserve Estates Dr 10017 Orchid Ridge Ln 9401 Chartwell Breeze Dr 22441 Glenview Ln 22021 Sycamore Grove 9186 Hollow Pine Dr 9018 Windswept Dr 10360 Plumbago Pointe Dr 9096 Falling Leaf Dr 9000 Falling Leaf Dr 9531 Chartwell Breeze Dr 22471 Glenview Ln 21751 Longleaf Trail Dr 9533 Cypress Hammock Cir, #202 9111 Palmetto Ridge Dr, #102 9121 Palmetto Ridge Dr, #102 9636 Cypress Hammock Cir, #102 22921 Rosedale Dr, #102 9121 Palmetto Ridge Dr E, #101 9211 Palmetto Ridge Dr, #202 9261 Palmetto Ridge Dr, #102 Bed 4+Den 4+Den 3 Bed 4+Den 4+Den 4 Bed 3+Den 3+Den 3+Den 3+Den 4+Den 4+Den 3+Den 3+Den 3+Den 3 Bed 2+Den 4 Bed 3+Den 4 Bed 3+Den 2+Den 2+Den 3 Bed 2+Den 2+Den 3 Bed 2+Den Bath 5 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 4 3 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 Half 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 Furn Pool Spa Exp View SqFt Built List Price Single Family Homes in Shadow Wood at the Brooks (Closed & Pending From March 1st to April 30th, 2012) Furnished Yes Yes S Lake, Preserve 4635 2004 $ 1,795,000 Negotiable Yes Yes S Golf Course, Lake,Preserve 4092 2002 $ 1,575,000 Unfurnished Yes Yes SW Lake, Wooded Area 2626 2001 $ 999,000 Turnkey Yes Yes NW Golf Course, Lake 4242 2004 $ 1,575,000 Furnished Yes Yes W Golf Course, Lake 4623 2005 $ 1,699,900 Negotiable Yes Yes N Golf Course, Lake 3000 2003 $ 1,100,000 Furnished Yes Yes NE Golf Course, Water Feature 3461 2002 $ 1,249,000 Unfurnished Yes Yes NW Golf Course, Lake 3525 2004 $ 1,219,000 Unfurnished Yes Yes S Golf Course, Lake 3715 1999 $ 1,249,000 Furnished Yes Yes S Lake, Preserve, Water 3533 2004 $ 1,129,000 Unfurnished Yes Yes E Golf Course, Lake 3021 2002 $ 889,000 Negotiable Yes Yes NW Preserve, Wooded Area 3021 2002 $ 869,000 Negotiable Yes Yes N Lake, Preserve 2688 2001 $ 754,900 Unfurnished Yes Yes NW Golf Course, Lake 2695 2004 $ 698,900 Negotiable Yes Yes S Lake, Preserve 2562 2004 $ 637,000 Furnished Yes Yes NW Lake, Preserve 2000 2002 $ 469,900 Unfurnished Yes Yes N Preserve 2000 2003 $ 424,900 Unfurnished Yes Yes W Lake, Preserve, Remarks 3618 2004 $ 759,900 Unfurnished Yes No SE Golf Course, Lake 3014 2002 $ 549,000 Unfurnished Yes Yes S Lake, Preserve 2443 2005 $ 419,900 Condos in Shadow Wood at the Brooks (Closed & Pending From March 1st to April 30th, 2012) Negotiable SE Lake 2604 1999 $ 420,000 Unfurnished NE Golf Course, Lake 1538 2003 $ 249,000 Unfurnished E Golf Course, Lake 1632 2003 $ 259,000 Negotiable E Lake 2060 2002 $ 319,900 Negotiable E Golf Course, Lake, Water 1632 2002 $ 254,000 Unfurnished E Lake 1632 2003 $ 249,000 Negotiable SW Golf Course, Lake 2040 2003 $ 299,900 Unfurnished S Golf Course 1632 2002 $ 217,500 List SqFt $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 387 384 380 371 367 366 360 345 336 319 294 287 280 259 248 234 212 210 182 171 161 161 158 155 155 152 147 133 Sold Date 3/30/2012 $ 3/1/2012 $ 4/13/2012 $ 3/19/2012 $ Sold Price 1,695,000 1,460,000 1,433,000 1,515,000 $ $ $ Sold SqFt 365 356 337 DOM 92 92 84 171 103 69 416 130 61 101 176 152 60 192 52 58 122 75 269 95 76 63 417 235 319 196 106 221 %List 94% 93% 91% 89%
Rapallo has had an excellent season so far in 2012 with 15 homes closing and 6 more under contract. Inventory as dropped to only 49, which is a 23% drop from this time last year. The summer months will also see nearly 50% less price changes, making pricing more precise. There is a rumor in our industry that homes only sell in season. This rumor started from agents who don’t know how to connect with these out of town buyers, so they close up shop until next season and suggest their sellers do the same. The Coconut Point Team consistently sells year-round! Our superior marketing services connects with homebuyers thoughout the U.S. and internationally keeping our properties selling all year long instead of just five months out of the year. Diminishing inventory can make it difficult for buyers to find what they want, so we encourage you to list your property to keep good inventory for our summer and fall
Stat CS P CS CS P CS CS CS CS CS CS CS P CS Address 22201 Via Palazzo Pl, #101 22317 Punta Del Capo Ct, #103 8721 Piazza Del Lago Cir, #101 8641 Piazza Del Lago Cir, #201 8701 Piazza Del Lago Cir, #202 8559 Via Lungomare Cir, #201 8583 Via Lungomare Cir, #102 8621 Piazza Del Lago Cir, #104 8543 Via Lungomare Cir, #201 8543 Via Lungomare Cir, #101 8598 Via Lungomare Cir, #201 8501 Via Garibaldi Cir, #201 8597 Via Garibaldi Cir, #208 8589 Via Garibaldi Cir, #202 Bed 3 Bed 3 Bed 3 Bed 2+Den 3 Bed 4 Bed 2+Den 2+Den 3 Bed 3 Bed 3 Bed 3 Bed 3 Bed 2 Bed Bath 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 Half 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Furn Unfurnished Negotiable Unfurnished Negotiable Unfurnished Unfurnished Negotiable Negotiable Negotiable Unfurnished Turnkey Unfurnished Unfurnished Unfurnished Pool Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No Spa Exp View SqFt Built Rapallo (Closed & Pending From March 1st to April 30th, 2012 ) No E Lake, Water Feature 1976 2006 No E Lake 1976 2006 No NW Lake, Preserve 1706 2007 No SE Lake, Preserve 1836 2007 No SW Lake, Preserve 1612 2007 No S Lake, Water Feature 2584 2006 No E Lake, Preserve 1966 2006 No S Lake, Water Feature 1606 2007 No S Lake, Preserve 2584 2006 No E Lake, Preserve 2016 2006 No S Lake, Water Feature 1436 2006 No E Lake, Water Feature 2584 2005 No W Lake 1436 2007 No SW Lake, Lagoon 1240 2007 List Price $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 399,000 375,000 308,660 324,480 269,820 424,320 319,900 249,000 399,000 309,000 219,000 379,000 209,000 177,500 $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ List SqFt 202 189 180 176 167 164 162 155 154 153 152 146 145 143 Sold Date 3/20/2012 $ 3/6/2012 $ 4/20/2012 $ 3/5/2012 3/15/2012 3/28/2012 4/19/2012 3/15/2012 3/9/2012 3/29/2012 $ $ $ $ $ $ $ Sold Price 375,000 326,400 305,000 370,000 285,000 235,000 365,000 285,000 203,000 345,000 129,150 $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ Sold SqFt 189 191 166 143 144 146 141 141 141 133 104 DOM 469 44 101 360 153 1448 283 192 146 60 39 104 122 50 %List 94% 106% 94% 87% 89% 94% 91% 92% 93% 91% 73%
3/5/2012 4/2/2012 4/4/2012 3/5/2012 3/21/2012 3/28/2012
$ $ $ $ $ $
835,000 725,000 698,900 622,500 460,000 412,000 546,000
$ $ $ $ $ $ $
276 269 259 242 230 206 181
96% 96% 100% 98% 98% 97% 99%
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4/23/2012 4/5/2012 3/16/2012 3/2/2012 3/30/2012 4/27/2012 3/15/2012
$ $ $ $ $ $ $
395,000 215,000 230,000 300,000 235,000 242,000 265,000
$ $ $ $ $ $ $
151 139 140 145 143 148 129
94% 86% 89% 94% 93% 97% 88%
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The Colony at Pelican Landing Market Trends
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The Colony sold 22 homes January-April 2012 and 16 homes July-December; however there is 20% less inventory in the summer months. The summer months will also see nearly 70% less price changes, making pricing more precise. There is a rumor in our industry that homes only sell in season. This rumor started from agents who don’t know how to connect with these out of town buyers, so they close up shop until next season and suggest their sellers do the same. The Coconut Point Team consistently sells year-round! Our superior marketing services connects with homebuyers throughout the U.S. and Internationally keeping our properties selling all year long instead of just five months out of the year. Diminishing inventory can make it difficult for buyers to find what they want, so we encourage you to list your property to keep good inventory for our summer and fall buyers.
Stat CS CS P CS CS CS P CS CS CS CS P CS CS CS CS CS Address 23980 Tuscany Ct 23780 Merano Ct, #102 23540 Via Veneto Blvd, #801 23850 Via Italia Cir, #1505 23540 Via Veneto Blvd, #1002 23850 Via Italia Cir, #602 23750 Via Trevi Way, #1404 4875 Pelican Colony Blvd, #1002 23650 Via Veneto Blvd, #1104 23750 Via Trevi Way, #501 23850 Via Italia, #804 23540 Via Veneto Blvd, #703 23850 Via Italia Cir, #501 24001 Via Castella Dr, #3504 23650 Via Veneto Blvd, #604 23650 Via Veneto Blvd, #1403 23540 Via Veneto Blvd, #303 Bed 4+Den 3 Bed 3 Bed 3 Bed 3 Bed 3 Bed 3+Den 3 Bed 3+Den 3+Den 3 Bed 3 Bed 3+Den 3 Bed 3 Bed 2 Bed 2+Den Bath 4 3 3 2 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 Half 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 Pool Spa Exp View SqFt Built List Price Single Family Homes in The Colony (Closed & Pending From March 1st to April 30th, 2012) Negotiable Yes Yes E Wooded Area 4542 2005 $ 1,899,900 Condos in The Colony (Closed & Pending From March 1st to April 30th, 2012) Negotiable W Lake, Remarks 2060 2002 $ 389,000 Highrises & Midrises in The Colony (Closed & Pending From March 1st to April 30th, 2012) Negotiable SW Gulf and Bay 2091 2006 $ 649,900 Negotiable W Golf Course, Gulf and Bay 2273 2007 $ 699,900 Furnished W Gulf and Bay 1970 2006 $ 599,000 Furnished W Golf Course, Gulf and Bay 2271 2007 $ 668,000 Negotiable W Bay, Golf Course, Partial Gulf 3099 2004 $ 900,000 Negotiable SW Golf Course, Gulf and Bay 2910 2002 $ 824,900 Negotiable W Bay, Golf Course, Partial Gulf 2342 2001 $ 649,000 Unfurnished W Golf Course, Gulf and Bay 3099 2004 $ 849,000 Negotiable W Golf Course, Gulf and Bay 2086 2007 $ 569,000 Negotiable W Bay 1690 2005 $ 449,000 Unfurnished SW Bay, Golf Course, Lake, Pond 2661 2007 $ 679,000 Negotiable W Gulf and Bay 2665 2006 $ 675,000 Unfurnished W Bay, Golf Course 2342 2001 $ 549,000 Negotiable W Bay, Golf Course, Partial Gulf 1930 2001 $ 419,000 Negotiable W Golf Course, Lake 1690 2006 $ 359,000 Furn List SqFt $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 418 188 310 307 304 294 290 283 277 273 272 265 255 253 234 217 212 Sold Date 3/23/2012 $ 3/15/2012 $ Sold Price 1,675,000 350,000 $ $ Sold SqFt 368 169 DOM 125 54 7 472 77 106 489 366 36 173 383 263 129 170 108 275 124 %List 88% 90%
P = Pending CS = Closed = Short Sale = Foreclosure
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May 2012 - Market Trends There is a rumor in Southwest Florida that homes don’t sell here in the summer and fall months; so many homeowners take their homes off the market. It is true that many agents stop selling in the summer months by taking the summer off, but the buyers are still buying. As seasonal residents travel back up north, many real estate agents don’t know how to connect with these out- of- town buyers, so they close up shop until next season and suggest their sellers do the same.
On average there are 5-10 expired listings per day in the winter months. On May 1st, there were 257 expired listings. The Coconut Point Team consistently sells year-round! Our superior marketing services connects with homebuyers throughout the U.S. and internationally keeping our properties selling all year long instead of just five months out of the year. Diminishing inventory can make it difficult for buyers to find what they want, so we encourage you to list your property to keep good inventory for our summer and fall buyers.
3/30/2012 $ 3/22/2012 $ 3/5/2012 $ 3/28/2012 4/17/2012 3/29/2012 4/18/2012 4/17/2012 4/19/2012 4/17/2012 3/30/2012 4/27/2012 $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
677,500 560,000 582,500 800,000 610,000 780,000 560,000 655,000 675,000 525,000 392,500 290,000
$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
298 284 256 274 260 268 246 253 224 203 171
97% 93% 87% 97% 94% 92% 98% 96% 100% 96% 94% 81%
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Bonita Springs Market Trends
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Spring Run at the Brooks Market Trends
Spring Run inventory will drop nearly 30% in the summer months while homes will continue to sell. Lower inventory and 70% less price changes make the summer months a great opportunity to sell if you can connect with out of town buyers. There is a rumor in our industry that homes only sell in season. This rumor started from agents who don’t know how to connect with these out of town buyers, so they close up shop until next season and suggest their sellers do the same. The Coconut Point Team consistently sells year-round! Our superior marketing services connects with homebuyers throughout the U.S. and internationally keeping our properties selling all year long instead of just five months out of the year. Diminishing inventory can make it difficult for buyers to find what they want, so we encourage you to list your property to keep good inventory for our summer and fall buyers.
List SqFt Half Furn Pool Spa Exp View SqFt Built List Price Single Family & Attached Villa Homes in Spring Run at the Brooks (Closed & Pending From March 1st to April 30th, 2012) 0 Turnkey Yes No SW Golf Course, Lake, Preserve 1738 2000 $ 424,000 $ 243 1 Unfurnished Yes No S Golf Course, Lake 2389 1999 $ 539,900 $ 225 0 Turnkey No No N Golf Course 1564 2000 $ 299,000 $ 191 0 Turnkey Yes No N Golf Course, Lake, Wooded Area 1497 1999 $ 254,900 $ 170 0 Unfurnished Yes No W Golf Course, Lake 1502 1999 $ 249,000 $ 165 Condos in Spring Run at the Brooks (Closed & Pending From March 1st to April 30th, 2012) 0 Furnished SE Golf Course, Lake 1811 1999 $ 294,000 $ 162 0 Turnkey N Golf Course, Lake 1513 2000 $ 213,000 $ 140 SE Golf Course, Lake 1458 1998 $ 196,500 $ 134 0 Partly Furnished SE Golf Course, Lake 1333 1998 $ 179,900 $ 134 0 Partly Furnished 0 Turnkey S Lake 1368 2000 $ 179,900 $ 131 0 Turnkey E Golf Course, Lake 1458 2000 $ 189,900 $ 130 0 Turnkey W Golf Course 1513 1998 $ 189,900 $ 125 0 Turnkey E Golf Course, Lake 1209 1999 $ 149,000 $ 123 0 Negotiable SE Golf Course 1558 1998 $ 189,000 $ 121 0 Turnkey N Golf Course, Lake 1811 2002 $ 215,900 $ 119 0 Turnkey S Golf Course 1513 2001 $ 180,000 $ 118 0 Turnkey E Golf Course 1376 1998 $ 149,900 $ 108 0 Unfurnished E Golf Course 1209 2000 $ 129,900 $ 107 Sold SqFt $ 218
Inventory in Bonita Springs typically drops just under 30% in the summer and fall months. 558 homes sold January-April 2012 and 398 homes sold July-December 2011; however there is typically about 30% less inventory in the summer months and so a 29% drop in sales should be expected. There is a rumor in our industry that homes only sell in season. This rumor started from agents who don’t know how to connect with these out of town buyers, so they close up shop until next season and suggest their sellers do the same. The Coconut Point Team consistently sells year-round! Our superior marketing services connects with homebuyers throughout the U.S. and internationally keeping our properties selling all year long instead of just five months out of the year. Diminishing inventory can make it difficult for buyers to find what they want, so we encourage you to list your property to keep good
Estero Market Trends
Stat CS P P P P CS CS CS P P P CS P P CS P CS P
Address 9120 Spring Run Blvd 9789 Spring Run Blvd 9099 Spring Run Blvd 9093 Spring Run Blvd 9035 Spring Run Blvd 23511 Sandycreek Ter, #1103 23765 Clear Spring Ct, #2502 9020 Spring Run Blvd, #610 9040 Spring Run Blvd, #403 23765 Clear Spring Ct, #2506 23601 Sandycreek Ter, #910 23546 Sandycreek Ter, #509 9060 Spring Run 206 9070 Spring Run Blvd, #102 23825 Clear Spring Ct, #2004 23760 Clear Spring Ct, #1309 23551 Sandycreek 704 23566 Sandycreek Ter, #1407
Bed 2+Den 3+Den 2+Den 2+Den 3 Bed 2+Den 2+Den 2+Den 2 Bed 2 Bed 2+Den 2+Den 2 Bed 2+Den 2+Den 2+Den 2 Bed 2 Bed
Bath 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Sold Date 4/25/2012 $
Sold Price 380,000
DOM 72 57 18 185 95 120 356 320 117 334 151 247 182 74 478 37 122 90
3/27/2012 $ 4/26/2012 $ 3/27/2012 $
265,000 201,000 183,000
$ $ $
146 132 125
90% 94% 93%
4/27/2012 $ 4/27/2012 $
Inventory in Estero typically drops 30% in the summer and fall months. 220 homes January thru April 2012 and 165 homes July thru December however there is typically 30% less inventory in the summer months and this is only a 25% drop in sales. There is a rumor in our industry that homes only sell in season. This rumor started from agents who don’t know how to connect with these out of town buyers, so they close up shop until next season and suggest their sellers do the same. The Coconut Point Team consistently sells year-round! Our superior marketing services connects with homebuyers throughout the U.S. and internationally keeping our properties selling all year long instead of just five months out of the year. Diminishing inventory can make it difficult for buyers to find what they want, so we encourage you to list
Wildcat Run Market Trends
Copperleaf at the Brooks Market Trends
Wildcat Run sold 7 homes January-April 2012 and 7 homes July-December; however there is typically 20% less inventory in the summer months. There is a rumor in our industry that homes only sell in season. This rumor started from agents who don’t know how to connect with these out of town buyers, so they close up shop until next season and suggest their sellers do the same. The Coconut Point Team consistently sells year-round! Our superior marketing services connects with homebuyers throughout the U.S. and internationally keeping our properties selling all year long instead of just five months out of the year. Diminishing inventory can make it difficult for buyers to find what they want, so we encourage you to list your property to keep good inventory for our summer and fall buyers.
Stat P P CS CS CS P CS CS CS Address 20502 Lynx Ct 20138 Willow Bend Ct 20241 Country Club Dr 12691 Water Oak Dr 20229 Wildcat Run Dr 20147 Cheetah Ln 12528 Wildcat Cove Cir 20250 Golden Panther Dr, #3 20190 Golden Panther Dr, #3 Bed 4 Bed 4 Bed 3 Bed 3+Den 4 Bed 4+Den 2+Den 3 Bed 3 Bed Bath 2 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 Half 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 Pool Spa Exp View SqFt Built List Price Single Family Homes in Wildcat Run (Closed & Pending From March 1st to April 30th, 2012 ) Unfurnished Yes Yes W Golf Course, Lake 3800 1989 $ 529,000 Unfurnished Yes No S Golf Course, Lake 3311 1990 $ 500,000 Negotiable Yes Yes N Golf Course, Lake 2464 1989 $ 499,300 Unfurnished Yes Yes N Golf Course, Lake 3844 1992 $ 495,000 Unfurnished Yes Yes E Golf Course 2731 1986 $ 449,000 Unfurnished Yes No SE Golf Course, Lake 3087 1989 $ 416,885 Unfurnished Yes Yes N Lake, Preserve 2170 2001 $ 369,900 Condos in Wildcat Run (Closed & Pending From March 1st to April 30th, 2012 ) Negotiable SE Lake, Preserve 2092 1990 $ 200,000 Negotiable SE Lake 2092 1991 $ 159,900 Furn List SqFt $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 139 151 202 128 164 135 170 95 76 Sold Date Sold Price Sold SqFt DOM 843 36 134 417 54 131 64 334 77 %List
Copperleaf inventory is down to only 22 homes! This is an all-time low in inventory and 70% less price changes makes the summer of 2012 a great time to put your home on the market. Diminishing inventory can make it difficult for buyers to find what they want, so we encourage you to list your property so we have good inventory for our summer and fall buyers. There is a rumor in our industry that homes only sell in season. This rumor started from agents who don’t know how to connect with these out of town buyers, so they close up shop until next season and suggest their sellers do the same. The Coconut Point Team consistently sells year-round! Our superior marketing services connects with homebuyers throughout the U.S. and internationally keeping our properties selling all year long instead of just five months out of the year. Diminishing inventory can make it difficult for buyers to find what they want, so we encourage you to list your property to keep good inventory for our summer and fall buyers.
Stat CS CS P P CS CS CS CS CS CS Address 10601 Copper Lake Dr 23171 Foxtail Creek 23431 Copperleaf Blvd 23360 Copperleaf Blvd 24301 Copperleaf Blvd 23321 Foxtail Creek 22841 Sago Pointe Dr 23500 Wisteria Pointe Dr, #101 23570 Wisteria Pointe Dr, #601 23590 Wisteria Pointe Dr, #803 Bed 3+Den 2+Den 3+Den 2+Den 2+Den 3+Den 3 Bed 3 Bed 3 Bed 2+Den Bath 3 2 3 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 Half 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Furn Pool Spa Exp View SqFt Built List Price Single Family Homes in Copperleaf at the Brooks (Closed & Pending From March 1st to April 30th, 2012 ) Unfurnished Yes Yes S Golf Course 2465 2002 $ 619,000 Turnkey Yes Yes E Lake, Preserve 1748 2002 $ 419,800 Unfurnished Yes Yes N Golf Course, Lake 2090 2001 $ 489,900 Unfurnished Yes Yes S Golf Course, Lake 1750 2001 $ 395,000 Furnished Yes Yes SE Golf Course, Lake 1955 2001 $ 435,000 Turnkey Yes Yes E Golf Course 2090 2002 $ 416,900 Negotiable No No W Golf Course, Lake 1845 2002 $ 239,900 Condos in Copperleaf at the Brooks (Closed & Pending From March 1st to April 30th, 2012 ) Negotiable No No SW Golf Course, Lake 1988 2001 $ 298,000 Negotiable No No NW Golf Course, Lake 1988 2001 $ 284,000 Turnkey No No NW Golf Course 1560 2001 $ 219,000 List SqFt $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 251 240 234 225 222 199 130 149 142 140 Sold Date 3/12/2012 $ 3/26/2012 $ Sold Price 600,000 365,000 $ $ Sold SqFt 243 208 DOM 61 122 189 105 136 152 256 83 120 160 %List 97% 87%
4/6/2012 $ 4/30/2012 $ 4/16/2012 $ 4/23/2012 $ 3/12/2012 $ 4/16/2012 $
412,000 380,000 210,000 265,000 262,500 211,500
$ $ $ $ $ $
210 181 113 133 132 135
95% 91% 88% 89% 92% 97%
4/16/2012 $ 3/9/2012 $ 3/22/2012 $ 3/29/2012 $ 3/21/2012 $ 4/30/2012 $
440,000 495,000 425,000 345,000 186,500 153,551
$ $ $ $ $ $
178 128 155 158 89 73
88% 100% 95% 93% 93% 96%
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ESTERO | BONITA SPRINGS | NAPLES
Heitmans, Bonita Springs Bonita Bay, Bonita Springs
0385. Imagine living on a canal with direct access to the Gulf in this revamped 3 bedroom 2 bath, 1422 sf, 2386 total sf home. everything including walls are brand new. Covered outdoor living area with outdoor kitchen and girll. Relax on the porch looking over the relaxing canal. Located on a extra large corner lot. Offered at $224,900 Call Michael 239-498-7600.
8876. Short Sale subject to lenders approval. Single Family home with 3 bed, 2 bath, 1805 sf, 2600 total sf surrounded in lush, mature landscaping in the sought after community of Bonita Bay in the enclave. Situated on a private lot with spacious lanai. Decorated in neutral tones, tile throughout, window treatments, blinds, central vac system, designer ceiling fans, stainless steel appliances, convection oven. Total of three bedrooms, with one that can be used perfectly as a den. Offered at $200,000 Call Michael 239-498-7600.
Navona at The Colony, Bonita Springs
1211. Gorgeous never ending views of the Gulf/ Bay and golf course from this 21st floor condo in the exclusive community of The Colony. Secure elevator, private vestibule, tile, carpet, tray ceilings, in this 2 bedroom + den, 2 bath, 1570 sf, 1845 total sf condo. Great room/dining area with wall of sliders lead out to the tile lanai for captivating views with entries to the bedrooms. The navona Tower at The Colony boasts beautiful grounds with lush landscaping, pool/ spa, fitness room, media, social room and 2-guest suites. enjoy the included membership of the Bay Club with casual and formal dining offered only to The Colony Residences. Further Golf & Country Club memberships available. Offered at $450,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.
7128. enjoy this 2 bed+den, 2 bath, 2000 sf, 3620 total sf home with gorgeous long lake/ private wooded views. Designer decorated throughout in earth tones throughout w/tile on diagonal, chair railings, accent paint, crown molding, tray ceilings, plantation shutters. Kitchen with granite counter-tops, stainless steel appliances, cabinets with crown finished in a rich deep glaze, backsplash tile. Greatroom with wall of sliders open to the comfortable paver lanai with built-in heated pool/spa. Large master suite, walk-in closet, picturesque water views with private slider entrance to the lanai. Offered at $400,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.
Shadow Wood at The Brooks, Bonita Springs
Little Hickory, Fort Myers
0771. Looking for the charming old Florida style home or boaters looking for Gulf access located on a canal. This is the home! This 2 bed, 2 bath, 1170sf, 1795 total sf home is located in Little Hickory Shores, with tile throughout, granite in kitchen and baths, screened lanai, backyard with landscaping and a navigable canal. One of the best price opportunities with canal access in the area. also a great annual rental opportunity with $1500 to $1700 a month. Offered at $399,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.
8686. Lake front, 3 BR + den, 3Ba, 3-car garage,2532 sf, 4348 total sf custom home. 18x18 tile on diagonal, double tray ceilings w/crown, plantation shutters , window treatments and vast great room with built-ins. Bring the beautiful Florida outdoors in w/numerous sliding pocket door entries from kitchen, great room and master suite all lead to the lanai w/built-in spa offering tranquil lake views and access to pool bath. Kitchen w/large center island breakfast bar with cooktop, built-in wall oven/microwave and breakfast room. 2-guest bedrooms offering jack-n-jill bath and master suite w/vast sitting room offering further lake views, his/ her walk-in closets and private bath. Offered at $449,500. Call Michael 239-498-7600.
Spanish Wells, Bonita Springs
Wildcat Run, Estero
4885. enjoy this turnkey, 1720 sf, 2471 total sf attached end unit villa with 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bath and 2-car attached garage, boasting beautiful tropical sunset views over the lake. Tile in wet areas, vaulted ceiling, window treatments, and large sliding entrances from the breakfast nook and living room to the expansive tile lanai. Guest bedroom offers private bath and vast living room/dining area with wet bar perfect for entertaining. Take advantage of the convenient private neighborhood pool and tennis courts plus all the amenities this beautiful gated golfing community of Wildcat Run has to offer. Offered at $180,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.
9183. enjoy the resort lifestyle in the Mediterranean inspired community of Rapallo in this 3 bed, 2 bath, 1436 sf, 1936 total sf 2nd floor end unit. Tile, carpet, window blinds, kitchen cabinets with crown molding, and additional café eating area. Comfortable living/ dining room with a wall of sliders leading to lanai offering beautiful long lake views. Two guest bedrooms, one doubling perfectly as a den and master suite, 2 closets with one being nice size walk-in. Clubhouse, tennis, fitness, pools, fishing pier, bocce courts and just a short walk or bike ride to the outdoor Coconut Point Mall. Offered at $219,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.
Rapallo at Coconut Point, Estero
Highland Woods, Bonita Springs
0273. enjoy this furnished, 2 bed+den, 2 bath, 1326sf, 1783 total sf, 1st floor Carriage home w/ bundled golf. Kitchen, custom island dining counter w/extra cabinet space, Italian backsplash, convection oven/microwave, corner mounted TV,filtered water system. Casual dining/living room w/chair rails, mirrored wall and lanai w/lake and golf course views. added features include plexi glass windows, hurricane and electric hurricane lanai shutters, garage w/extra storage cabinets, laundry room w/ cabinets, wiring for stereo system in kitchen, master bedroom. Master bedroom w/built-in window seat and storage, his/her closets and 2 bedrooms for your guests and 1 that can be used perfectly as a den. Offered at $215,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.
3339. Outstanding 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. 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. Annual rental, $8K/month. Offered at $1,999,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.
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6758. First floor, 2 bed + den Garden Condo, 1364 sf, 1486 total sf offering beautiful lake views. Redesigned den boasts a custom bar, mirror – ideal for entertaining! Large kitchen with, breakfast bar, morning room and great room offering wall of sliders to the tile lanai with electric shutters. Central a/C in june of 2009 and new digital thermostat/ humidistat in nov of 2011. Master suite offers two closets and private sliding entrance to lanai. Great amenities. The Harbour Club & Spa, lagoon pool/ spa, boathouse, sunning beach, picnic island, fitness, 6 tennis courts, 3 cabana pools, bocce ball courts and a Bronze membership to the Brooks Commons Town Center and only minutes to Bonita Beaches. Offered at $198,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.
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Why Should I Use A Buyer’s Agent?
by Justin Helmus I wanted to clear up some common real estate terminology myths and misunderstandings. What is a buyer’s agent? A buyer’s agent or buyer’s specialist is an agent who represents a consumer interested in purchasing a home. This differs from a listing agent (seller’s agent), which is the agent most think of when you hear real estate agent. A listing agent represents the homeowner in selling the property. AnnaMaria Andriotis, SmartMoney.com’s real estate journalist, spoke openly on her endorsement of a buyer’s agent for every homebuyer. Statistics show that 90+ percent of property searches occur online and only 4 percent start at open houses. It is amazing how such a dramatic shift occurs over time due to technology and virtual accessibility. Doug Miller, Executive Director of Consumer Advocates in American Real Estate, recommends every consumer enlist a buyer’s agent to work on your behalf. He states that it is in the consumer’s best interest so that there are no ulterior motives. A buyer’s agent can provide an unbiased approach to a home search, transaction, and most importantly price negotiations. What most individuals don’t realize is that a transaction has two sides. Media outlets and other sources are misleading on how a transaction actually occurs. A transaction with a buyer’s agent (agent who represents buyer) and listing agent (agent selling home)usually agree to 50/50 split in commission. There is no set commission rate and can differ depending on geography, norms, price point, and negotiations. The biggest myth is that a future homebuyer will have to pay for the services of a buyer’s agent. For the most part this is not true; a buyer agent’s commission is covered by the seller/homeowner. In a traditional transaction in SWFL it is the norm that the seller pays the commission to the agents that is split between them. Recent data has surfaced suggesting housing recovery in motion. Diana Olick, from CNBC Real Estate, reported that national March pending sales rose 4.1 percent from February. We have seen the local market in Bonita/Estero take a very similar upward trend. Team Michael Burke / Coconut Point data suggests an increase in listing prices as of late. We are seeing extreme lows on an inventory basis. What does this mean for buyers and sellers? Is it a buyer’s or seller’s market? It’s actually quite simple; the proof is in the numbers. We are in a “transitional” stage from a “buyer’s” market but not quite in a “seller’s” market. The way we track a certain market is by calculating listing Days on Market (DOM). For our purposes, 120-180 days is labeled a transitional market. On a local average, we fall right in this area. Buyer’s insight by Justin Helmus, Lead Buyer Specialist, Team Michael Burke / Coconut Point, (239) 850-6175 cell, JSHelmus@CoconutPointRealEstate.com, www. CoconutPointRealEstate.com.
Disaster Doesn’t Have To Be Devastating
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products in flooring, cabinetry, and finish carpentry. For the convenience to our customers we have showrooms in Fort Myers, and Naples. H2o911 Restoration is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau, Indoor Air Quality, Triple A rating with Angie’s List, and is a IICRC certified firm. For further information please visit us on line at www.H2o911.com or call John Dransfield (239) 567-0001 Restoration Sales Manager.
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Little Known Unsafe Foods For Dogs
by Maria Elena There comes a time in every dog's life when they get the chance to enjoy a little bit of what's on our dinner plate. Some crumbs, or even a small spill gives their "vacuum" like instincts a chance to dine on some treats. But dogs don't know what can hurt them. Several foods that we consume daily are potentially dangerous or even fatal for dogs. Doggy Diet Dogs should already be on a quality dog food diet. Table scraps and human food should be avoided because they can contain heavy grease and fats that can lead to many health and weight problems. Later in life, dogs may experience problems such as pancreatitis from these foods. Dog foods, particularly "lean" brands can help to avoid these issues. Another problem with human foods is that we tend to flavor them with salt. While salt is still part of a dog's daily diet, the excessive amounts that we tend to use can cause them kidney and liver problems. In addition to this problem, dogs will instinctively lick salted areas and foods, much like a horse would. Avoid giving your dog any foods that are heavily salted, or even allowing them to lick up some excess salt that you may have spilled while cooking. Troublesome Foods For Your Dog Your dog's overall health shouldn't be your only concern, however. There are many foods that can actually cause immediate problems. Among the well-known hazardous foods for dogs is chocolate. While very tasty and a sweet we tend to celebrate with (Valentines, Easter, Christmas), chocolate contains a chemical known as theobromine, which quickly accumulates in their body. It actually does the same for us, but we can metabolize it quickly enough to prevent any danger. Dogs cannot do this, so poisoning can result, which can even become deadly. Keep these sweets away from your dog. Other items that contain this chemical are some types of favored drinks. Tea and coffee can also cause poisoning, so be sure to properly dispose of old grounds or tea bags. Another popular, yet often overlooked food item is the grape. These simple fruits don't appear to be harmful, but can actually cause kidney failure in dogs. This also applies to raisins, which are basically dried grapes, and of course, wine. Though you wouldn't give raw eggs to your dog, there are many ways they can get a hold of this food. When cooking eggs, we usually throw the shells into trash cans, or there could also be some spillage on the floor or countertops. Egg is an ideal breeding ground for salmonella, which is toxic to dogs as well as humans. Be sure to clean up and properly dispose of your trash. For those who have a garden, tomatoes are a very popular item to grow. This fruit is tasty and adds flavor to various meals. But for a dog, it can be dangerous. Tomatoes can cause tremors and heart arrhythmias, and can be difficult to diagnose. While the tomato is dangerous, the plant itself can be deadly. Because dogs will naturally eat plants, avoid growing these in your garden, or allowing your dog access to that area. Apples, cherries and peaches all contain seeds and pits. Astoundingly, these very nutritious fruits can be potentially dangerous to your dog. Unlike humans, dogs will consume the entire fruit, seeds and all. The seeds in these particular plants actually contain trace amounts of cyanide, which is why we don't eat the core or pits. If your dog wants to enjoy some apples or similar fruits, be sure to slice the cores out of them, and just feed them the meat. Avocados are a completely different story, however, as every part of this fruit is deadly for a dog. It can lead to difficulty of breathing and the accumulation of fluids in their chest. Do not allow your dog access to any form of avocado, including dips. While most nuts would naturally be okay for a dog to eat, the macadamia nut contains chemicals which can cause weakness, muscle tremors and even paralysis. These nuts are popular in chocolate dipped products and even trail mix snacks. Don't let your dog sneak from your snack bag while you're out on the road, camping, or traveling. A quality dog diet should consist of dog food and supplements that you discussed with your vet. While dog food seems like a bland food, and you're tempted to spice it up with some of your own daily portion, be sure that you avoid giving them anything that can potentially hurt them.
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May/June. Shows, schedule & times call (239) 948-7825 or visit www.GermainArena.com.
May / June Events
and uniqueness of the downtown retail,waterfront and restaurants. Takes place 5th Ave So., 3rd St. So, Tin City and Bayfront, Crayton Cove and the 10th St Design District. Visit www.naplesnewsmediagroup.com/CityFest/events. html or call 239 213-1000
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AZN, The Pub & Silverspot. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. For info call 239 254-1080 or visit
Coconut Point Mall: (estero)
Historic Palm Cottage & Norris Gardens: (Naples)
May/June, Tues-Sat 1-4pm. (239) 261-8164.
Live entertainment located at Plaza Del Lago Dr. patio.
Hammond stadium: (Fort Myers)
eVP Island beach Volleyball Tournament: (Naples)
May 26, 8am-7pm. Pro volleyball tour, featuring top city vs city athletes and free agents. Vanderbilt Beach, in front of the Turtle Club. For Info call 773-387-1198 or visit evptour. com.
Historic old Naples Walking Tours: (Naples)
May/June, Miracle Baseball for tickets and schedule call 239 768-4210, or visit www.miraclebaseball.com.
May/June, Wednesdays 10am, Reservations Required. Walk along and listen to the history of Naples in the lat 19th century. www.napleshistoricalsociety.org/third-street.htm.
Gulf Coast Town Center: (Ft. Myers)
8-10pm – Weekend concert series
Third street Farmers Market: (Naples)
Broadway Palm Dinner Theater: (Ft. Myers)
summer Jazz on the Gulf: (Naples)
For info and listing of shows visit www.BroadwayPalm.com or call 239 278-4422
June 16, 7-10pm. Smooth sounds of jazz by Legendary J.C.’s at Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, 851 Gulfshore Blvd N. For information 239 261-2222.
Saturday’s in May/June 7:30am–11:30am. Located 1220 3rd St S. – parking behind Tommy Bahama’s. 239-4346533.
Thursdays on Third (Naples)
Barbara B. Mann Theatre: (Ft. Myers)
For info and shows, visit, www.bbmannpah.com/index.php or call (239) 481-4849.
Mercato Nights Music series: (Naples)
May 3, June 7, 6-9pm. Live music in the Piazza next to Bravo.
Thursdays in May/June, 6:30-9:30pm. Music and entertainment in the courtyards and plazas of Third St
Naples City Fest: (Naples)
May 4 – 13. Highlights and celebrates the city’s variety
Movies on the lawn at Mercato: (Naples)
Philharmonic Center: (Naples)
May 15, June 19. Starts at 7:45pm on the lawn across from
5833 Pelican Bay. For more information and current shows visit www.philtickets.org/tickets/index.aspx or call (239) 597-1900.
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Are Recent Stock Market Advances Sustainable
U.S. investors are riding a wave of mostly good news, but many risks remain.
The S&P 500 Index closed at 1402 on March 15, 2012, the first time the index closed above 1400 since June 5, 2008.1 The latest upward progression began in October 2011 when the debt crisis in Europe showed signs of receding and economic reports in the United States began displaying a more positive outlook. Between October 3, 2011, and March 23, 2012, the S&P 500 gained 27%, and U.S. investors have been riding a wave of mostly good news. • Economic activity in the manufacturing sector, including new orders and production, expanded in February 2012 for the 31st consecutive month.2 • Real gross domestic product, a gauge of economic growth, accelerated 3.0% during the fourth quarter of 2011, compared with 1.8% during the third quarter of the year.3 • Although the unemployment rate remained high at 8.3% for February 2012, the rate declined from 9.0% in February 2011, creating optimism that the worst period of high unemployment may be over. The question on the minds of many investors is: Will this momentum last, or is another crisis waiting in the wings? Risks remain, both within the United States as well as abroad. The European sovereign debt crisis appears to have stabilized, at least temporarily, thanks in part to the recent agreement among Greek private debt holders to accept a proposed restructuring of Greek sovereign bonds. If Europe is plunged into another crisis, Standard & Poor’s believes the fallout would affect U.S. business spending and equity prices.4 Domestically, the recent escalation in oil prices has the potential to curtail consumer spending, especially if prices rise further. Standard & Poor’s estimated that each $10 increase in the price of a barrel of oil subtracts 20 basis points (.20%) from growth in gross domestic product in each of the subsequent two years following the price hike, assuming the cost remains elevated.4 What Investors Can Do Given questions that remain about the long-term health of the global economy, investors may want to consider the following: • Consider overweighting equity holdings to U.S. stocks and emerging markets.5 This strategy could potentially avoid problems related to the euro zone. When analyzing potential holdings, review a company’s revenue sources to avoid significant exposure to Greece, Portugal, Italy, and other crisis-prone countries. In the United States, recent strong returns may create a scenario where the potential for future short-term gains is likely to be more muted. • Keep bond holdings short term.6 Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has stated that the Fed will continue to keep the federal funds rate low in an attempt to stimulate economic growth. But interest rates are likely to go up sometime, and when they do, bond prices are likely to fall. Consider keeping the majority of your bond holdings short term so that if interest rates increase unexpectedly, you will not be locked into long-term holdings that decline in value. Investing in both stocks and bonds always involves risks, but avoiding securities associated with the euro zone and keeping bond holdings short term may help you avoid economic problems either in the United States or abroad. Source/Disclaimer: 1 Source: Standard & Poor’s. Investing in stocks involves risks, including loss of principal. 2 Source: Institute for Supply Management (ISM), Manufacturing ISM Report on Business®, March 1, 2012. 3 Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, February 29, 2012. 4 Source: Standard & Poor’s, U.S. Economic Forecast Monthly Summary, March 2012. 5 Emerging markets are generally more volatile than the markets of more developed foreign nations, and therefore, you should consider this increased market risk carefully before investing. Investors in international securities may be subject to higher taxation and higher currency risk, as well as less liquidity, compared with investors in domestic securities. 6 Bonds are subject to market and interest rate risk if sold prior to maturity. Bond values will decline as interest rates rise and are subject to availability and change in price.
Experts: Use Reviews To Be A Smarter Shopper
As a shopper, sometimes being first isn’t the best idea. With all the easy access to online information, it’s better to benefit from the advice of others before making purchase decisions. “Smart shoppers should refer to the vast collection of online reviews covering everything from hotel rooms to car dealerships,” says Steve J. Bernas, from the Better Business Bureau. “No one should make a purchase before doing their homework,” says Bernas. “Knowing what others think before you buy - and even knowing what others think of the place you’re buying from - can save you from making mistakes, and more importantly can save you money.” Bernas concedes that not all reviews can be trusted. “It’s possible for restaurants or online merchants to write their own glowing reviews, or for competitors to pan the competition. I always advise shoppers to read online reviews to get a feeling of what people think. If the majority of reviews are pretty good, you’re usually safe.” Bernas offers sites to help shoppers shop smartly: Amazon.com: This site has nearly every product under the sun, most of which have reviews. Even if you don’t purchase online, it’s worth visiting just to see what others are saying about that item you’re considering. BBB.org: The business reviews on this site, based on user comments, are professionally compiled and evaluated to provide an easy-to-understand letter grade of the business. Cars.com: Known for its automotive expert-reviews, Cars.com recently started asking car owners to write their own reviews for both cars and dealerships. Knowing how much to pay for a car is important, but so is knowing where to buy it from. CNET.com: If you’re into technology, this is the place for you. Almost every piece of technology has been reviewed here, so if owning that new mobile phone is a priority, make sure you hear from others before you sign a contract. TripAdvisor.com: No hotel room should ever be booked without first consulting this site. Does “ocean view” really mean “ocean view?” Find out from past guests. Yelp.com: Your guide to everything local. Yelp provides user reviews about restaurants, shops and more.
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Your Health Matters
by Denise Shenandoah LMT, BA, Spa Director and Theresa George LMT, Medical Esthetician and Electrologist
What is Reflexology Massage?
Reflexology is a gentle form of therapeutic treatment applied to the feet and sometimes to the hands. It evolved around 1913 from the work of Dr. William H. Fitzgerald, an ear, nose and throat surgeon in the United States. Reflexology is considered to be a holistic healing technique that aims to treat the individual as a whole, in order to induce a state of balance and harmony in body, mind, and spirit. Reflexology is based on the belief that there are reflex areas on the feet (and hands) corresponding to all the parts
A Gentle Technique For Your Good Health
of the body including major organs. How Does Reflexology work? The therapist uses light to moderate pressure and special movements through the reflex areas on the hands and feet to stimulate the organs and body systems. This work clears out congestion and restores normal functioning and health.
Benefits of Reflexology?
A treatment usually lasts between 40 minutes and 1 hour.
Reflexology is not a ‘cure-all’. However, it helps to relieve pain associated with migraines, sinus, breathing disorders, digestive problems, circulatory problems, back problems and tension and stress. It is also pleasant and soothing for the body. Each person responds to reflexology in a unique way and on occasions may become extremely relaxed or experience a feeling of euphoria. Reflexology Sessions are available at: Lotus Essence Spa, 17230 #4 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, FL 33908 (Located directly across from the Sandy Parrot). Phone (239) 362-1417.
The Insomnia Wakeup Call
Sleep Deprivation Is A Serious Health Risk
It’s 3:30 a.m. and you’ve just rolled over in bed for what seems like the 500th time. As you watch the minutes on the clock tick by, all you can think about is how tired you are going to be tomorrow. While the cause of your insomnia may vary night to night, the outcome is still the same: you’re not asleep. You’re also not alone. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that somewhere between 50 and 70 million adults in the United States have chronic sleep and wakefulness disorders. According to the National Institutes of Health, sleep disorders account for approximately $16 billion in annual health care costs, and Cornell University psychologist and sleep expert James Maas estimates that sleep deprivation and sleep disorders cost the American economy at least $150 billion a year. Sleep deprivation is not only costly, but dangerous too. After a review of national behavioral health data, the CDC found that one in 20 adults reported nodding off or falling asleep while driving at least once in 30 days. Short term sleep loss can lead to slower reaction times, headaches, aches and pains, irritability, shorter attention span and hindered decision making. The health effects of chronic insomnia are more difficult to study, largely because individuals with insomnia are oftentimes simultaneously suffering from other health ailments, and it becomes difficult to determine the difference between a direct correlation and a mere statistical association. However, there is documented association between sleep deprivation and diabetes, weight gain, hypertension, and lower immunity. All of these maladies can lead to even greater health problems, including heart failure, stroke, kidney disease and death. Considering the risks of not sleeping, it is not surprising that so many people turn to pharmaceuticals for help. According to IMS Health, Americans spent about $2 billion on prescription sleep drugs in 2010. In 2010 alone, 60 million prescriptions for sleep aids were written. Unfortunately, sleep aids carry their own medical risks. As is the case with many prescription drugs, there is a chance of increased tolerance and physical and psychological dependency. Many sleep aids on the market come with side effects that range from bizarre to dangerous. Sleep aids have been connected with various incidents of sleep walking; everything from night eating to actually getting into vehicles and driving, while still asleep. Most recently, a study by researchers at Scripps Clinic Viterbi Family Sleep Centre in San Diego has linked hypnotic sleeping pills to a 4.6 percent greater risk of death and a 35 percent increased risk of cancer among regular pill users. So is there another answer to alleviating insomnia? Maurice Bard, founder and CEO of Mediflow Inc., a company that makes waterbase cervical pillows, is hopeful. “Before turning to prescriptions or other more drastic measures, you should examine some non-pharmaceutical remedies that could help your sleep problems. The answer to your insomnia may be simpler than you think.” Consider the following sleep tips: Think of a relaxing place Go on a virtual trip in your mind by picturing a place from childhood. Trace the roads and paths of this region until you arrive at a certain place. Usually, you’ll be sleeping before you arrive at your destination. Expose yourself to bright lights when you wake up Exposure to bright light early in the morning, typically for 30 to 40 minutes, has been shown to promote healthy habits and a good night’s sleep. Change your pillow The ideal pillow is one that helps you maintain natural alignment between your neck, head and spine as you shift positions during the night. Because people tend to change sleeping positions at multiple times during the night, finding the right pillow is not always easy. A waterbase pillow is a good solution, because the water gently disperses and fills the region between your shoulder and jaw, to maintain proper cervical support - no matter what position you sleep in. Establish a routine By keeping a regular bedtime, your body becomes trained to ritually wind down and speed up, thus bringing on sleep more consistently. Consider avoiding daytime naps, as they may alter your body’s natural sleep cycle. Abstaining from naps helps to keep the body on schedule. “There is no single answer to insomnia,” Bard says. “But at Mediflow, we understand the importance of a good night’s sleep. We firmly believe that combining the right products with a healthy lifestyle can help individuals create an overall sleep strategy that should help lessen sleep woes.”
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