2010 Marketing Strategies

Posted on December 18, 2009

While putting the finishing touches on our 2010 Business Plan, including detailed marketing strategies and a budget, it was interesting for me to note the following observations according to the National Association of Realtors. NAR asked over 100,000 consumers to rank the "usefulness" of information sources when 'buying' real estate. Here are some of their findings for 2009: The real estate agent (81%) edged out the Internet (77%) for the

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Sunset Island

Posted on November 17, 2009

Chip and I drove out to Everglades City last night to have dinner with friends that were visiting from out of town. It's less than an hour drive from downtown Naples, but it might as well be half-way around the world. When you arrive in this sweet little village where time stood still more than a few decades ago you really feel like you are being tossed back to another

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Honoring Those Who Serve Our Nation

Posted on November 09, 2009

Please take a quiet moment and join The Harris Peppe Team today, Veteran's Day, by recognizing the men and women who are currently defending our nation as well as those who have bravely served in the past. Let us never forget those who have dedicated their lives in preserving our cherished freedom, democracy and human dignity. In addition let us also remember the sacrifices of their families and loved ones.

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Naples Real Estate Statistics for October

Posted on November 02, 2009

Naples Residential Closed Sales : A Comparison of October 2008 vs. October 2009 In October 2008 there were a total of 392 Closed Sales compared to 483 Closed Sales last month. Approximately a 19% increase.October 2008 Closed Sales priced under $300,000 totalled 239 (61% of the total closings) vs. 323 Closed Sales in October 2009 (66.8% of the closings). 36 of the closed sales in October 2008 were Previews Properties

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Trick or Treat?

Posted on October 31, 2009

Can you believe it is the end of another month? The time just seems to fly by... Halloween to me always signifies the beginning of the holiday season...everywhere you look there are decorations. Each year it seems to get a little bit earlier. Doesn't it? Or is it just me? In addition to preparing for the holiday season, real estate agents in the south are also gearing up for our

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Staying Connected

Posted on October 22, 2009

We are eager to get back to the office after spending the past couple of months on the third leg of the Great Circle Route . While away we observed the following, which we would like to share with you: 1. No matter how far from civilization we veered off the beaten path; if there was a For Sale sign on a remote island on the rivers or on a

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Rates Dip Below 5%

Posted on October 02, 2009

Interest rates on a 30 year home loan dropped below 5% for the first time since May! ~and, Currently 29% of mortgage experts polled by expect further reductions in the next 30 days. For more information about today's rates please contact our team member at Sunbelt Lending, Kelly Rebimbas 239-273-5239 direct or email her at On another note, on Thursday, The National Association of Realtors reported that the

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3rd Quarter Stats

Posted on September 30, 2009

Naples Real Estate 3rd Quarter Statistics Total closed residential sales in Naples were up 38% in the 3rd quarter of 2009 as compared to July 1st - September 30th, 2008. Closed sales in 2008 3rd quarter totalled 1,148 vs. 1,588 total residential closings this year in the 3rd quarter. Under $300,000 again showed the highest increase: 3rd quarter 2008 saw 657 closings in this price range vs. 1,103 total closings

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Posted on September 25, 2009

"If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles." ~Doug Larson Grab your fishing pole! You are just minutes by boat to the world famous 10,000 Islands! Nearly 3,800 square feet, like new, rarely lived in waterfront vacation home located in prestigious Royal Harbor in beautiful Naples Florida. Built in 2004, this exquisite direct access home leaves no detail unattended. Features include

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Keeping in the Loop

Posted on September 23, 2009

The term, "Keeping in the Loop" has taken on a whole new meaning since we started this voyage in 2007. We are on the Great Circle Loop, better known simply as The Loop! Both of us are still full time real estate agents, so strategically we had to decide how to manage our business while physically not being at the office. The Internet has certainly helped keep us in the

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Make A Difference Today

Posted on September 17, 2009

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does NOT serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so

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Our Request

Posted on September 10, 2009

Our Request: It is hard to believe that it has been 8 years since the atrocity against our great nation which changed us forever...Will any of us ever forget where we were at that moment in time? The Harris-Peppe Team, in cooperation with their parent company, Realogy, would like to request that every residence and every business fly the American flag tomorrow; in honor of those who lost their lives

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Huge Price Reduction!

Posted on September 08, 2009

Check out this week's featured home on our website at This Exceptional Residence boasts nearly 5,000 square feet and includes 3 spacious bedrooms, a den with custom built-ins, 3-car garage, a luxurious master retreat and wrap around golf course views from every vantage point. The pool and entertainment area is lush and private. Best of all, full membership is INCLUDED in the Arnold Palmer signature golf course. This single

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Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Posted on September 06, 2009

"We should so live and labor in our times that what came to us as seeds may go to the next generation as blossom, and what comes to us as blossom may go to them as fruit. This expresses the true spirit in the love of mankind". ~ Henry Ward Beecher Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend from The Harris- Peppe Team!

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All the Bells and Whistles

Posted on September 05, 2009

Lovingly care for Key West style single family home located at the quiet end of a picturesque street in desirable Royal Harbor. Spacious Great Room features 18' cypress tray ceilings and rich crown mouldings. The fabulous pool area with waterfall leads you out to the lushly landscaped backyard and right down to your private dock with direct Gulf access! Do you want to see 'all the bells and whistles'? Click

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In the Loop, but NOT Out of the Loop

Posted on September 04, 2009

There's definitely an art to getting away and still being able to stay in touch...time management is crucial. I've taught classes over the years to new agents entering the real estate business on Business Planning and Time Management...I consider it one of my strengths. Chip & I left last week for the 3rd and final Leg of our adventure,"Discovering Ithaka". In the process of completely circumnavigating the entire eastern United

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Say Hello to a Good-Buy!

Posted on September 02, 2009

This is one of the best buys in Naples Florida, priced below $300,000. It is NOT a short sale or a bank owned property...It is just a well priced listing with a motivated seller looking for offers! Beautifully appointed and easy to show...Call today to see this lovely 3 bedroom coach home situated on a lake in a wonderful gated community with resort amenities. Click HERE for details! September is

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New Website Celebrates our Beautiful Gulf!

Posted on August 19, 2009

There's a wonderful new website that will help all of us keep up with the latest news about our beautiful gulf. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance in coordination with the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples have launched an informative new website about our coast. The site will feature events, podcasts, interviews with scientists about marine life, links to worthwhile videos, a media center; even online games! Log

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Celebrating Success!

Posted on August 18, 2009

I just got back to the office having attended a luncheon at a beautiful country clubhouse in Lee County, about a 30 minute ride from my office in downtown Naples. One of the perks in this business...visiting pretty places. Grandezza is lovely; it was a wonderful venue for the informal gathering of the top 25 agents in the SW Florida Region for the first 2 quarters of 2009. Hosted by

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Naples Real Estate Update

Posted on August 06, 2009

We are well into August now and July stats are in, and it is mostly good news! The Harris-Peppe Team is busy! We are showing homes daily, writing offers and several of our listings have gone under contract. Many of the prospects we are working with are saying they believe the bottom is here or close...They're right! Here is a recap of what is happening in the Naples MLS. Looking

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Twitter Anyone?

Posted on July 30, 2009

I just got back to the office after attending a 3 hour Twitter workshop in nearby Bonita Springs. Who would have ever thought, just a few short years ago, when I first got interested in blogging as a means to stay in touch with friends and family while I was out of town, that I would turn into this social network junkie! (just kidding, it's really not that bad--yet! I

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Social Networking Works!

Posted on July 28, 2009

Today I have a really neat FACEBOOK story that I'd like to share... About 3 months ago I received a call from a past customer who asked if Chip & I would be interested in a referral? She knew it was in an area that we don't often work, and she said she would completely understand if we wanted to refer it out to another agent. She said the buyers

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Slow and Steady

Posted on July 27, 2009

The headline reads, "Economists: Slow recovery on tap", but when you read further, much of today's front page article in USA Today is much more promising than not...Although 63% of the economists say the recovery is slow and gradual, Two-thirds say existing home sales have hit bottom! Bill Cheney, chief economist at MFC Global Investment said that since both the housing and car markets fell so sharply, both have the

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Naples Florida Luxury Home Update

Posted on July 24, 2009

The positive press about real estate is not just effecting the lower price points. 35 properties went under contract so far this month, per the Naples Multiple Listing System, with list prices at or above $1 million dollars! There have also been 51 closed sales this month, including a Port Royal home which sold for $6 million! There are a lot of excellent buys in the luxury market. Chip &

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Classic Olde Florida Architecture

Posted on July 22, 2009

Come see why we think this exquisite home is one of Naples finest new construction offerings. (click on photo for larger version) Beautifully situated on an over-sized lot with lush, tropical gardens; winding brick-paver walkways meander throughout the landscaped homesite which overlook a picturesque waterway boasting direct access to the Gulf of Mexico. A boater's dream come true...the 10,000 Islands and the back water channels are just a short boat

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