Just a thought…

Posted on February 10, 2009

"Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." -Lou Holtz

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Real Estate Stimulus

Posted on February 06, 2009

At first, I was not a proponent of "stimulus"...I knew the same old "pork" add-ons were a sure bet. I know something's got to be done...but, I'm certain that we don't want to continue making the same mistakes in haste...Housing is the backbone of our economy. Careful consideration of those items which the experts feel would stimulate the slumping housing market are necessary... I don't know if any one item

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Naples Real Estate Statistics

Posted on February 04, 2009

Currently there are 10,783 Active Residential listings in Naples per SunshineMLS. Presently there are 1006 residential properties under contract, and of those pending, 29% are listed under $300,000. 7.2% are priced at or above $1 million. In 2008 51% of the closed sales were listed below $300,000., while an estimated 13% of the 2008 closed residential sales were listed at or above $1 million. The number of residential listings that

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Mortgage Rate Update

Posted on February 02, 2009

I just received an email from our mortgage rep outlining the following update: Last week, in just two days, the 10 year yield jumped a total of 31 basis points, mortgage rates were up 20 basis points. Market volatility is at extreme levels as uncertainty over the stimulus package, whether taking bad assets of the books of banks will actually work to open credit markets, investors moving more towards high

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We’re Going Green

Posted on January 28, 2009

Coldwell Banker Previews International Fifth Avenue South office here in beautiful Naples Florida is "Going Green"! Although recycling is currently not mandatory at business addresses here in Collier County, our office made the decision recently to begin a recycling program. This takes a little bit of effort on the part of the staff and agents, but with over 80 people recycling here at the Coldwell Banker office we now have

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Financing Condos in Florida

Posted on January 26, 2009

It just became even more difficult to finance a condo. Fannie Mae, which buys most of the residential loans from lenders, announced more requirements that only apply to Florida: If more than 15% of a condo's units are delinquent in their association dues or fees, Fannie Mae will not back the new mortgage.In new condos and condo conversions, at least 70% of the units must be sold, up from 49%

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Short Sales

Posted on January 25, 2009

In an effort to explain what has become one of the most frequently asked questions of the 2009 season: "What is a short sale?", I will attempt as simple and as concise answer as possible with my limited experience in the matter... When the proceeds of a real estate transaction fall short of what is owed on the property, it is referred to as a "short sale". In many cases

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President Obama’s Inaugural Address

Posted on January 21, 2009

I know this is a real estate blog, but yesterday's inauguration will have its effect on all of us in the days and months to come...we must rally behind our new president, and reach across party lines and continue to wish only that goodness and prosperity come to our nation. The day we have long awaited has now come and gone...Our new president is wished nothing but safety and success

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Equity vs. Bundled

Posted on January 14, 2009

We are well into our "season" and there's been a lot of activity already. Chip was out of the office all day showing condos yesterday; and today he has a 9:00 o'clock, a noon and a 3:00 PM appointment with three different prospects! Our website leads are rolling in daily...If the past two weeks are any indication of what is in store, I think we are going to have a

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Staying Up in a Down Market

Posted on January 06, 2009

People ask me how I stay "up" in such a down market...the answer is really quite simple. First, we know that there isn't anything that we can't accomplish together. This is a must: Be part of the solution, not part of the problem...Be creative, think outside the box, look at challenges as opportunities to learn and improve...A positive attitude, a strong faith. Be pro-active! Also, Chip & I made the

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Two Homes for The Price of One!

Posted on January 03, 2009

This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase two beautiful homes in Naples Florida for the price of one! The 3 bedroom main home is a well maintained ranch style residence featuring a split bedroom design, formal living room, a step-saver kitchen which opens up to the family room with vaulted ceiling and an oversized screened porch. There is a refreshing below ground pool surrounded by magnificent landscaping. The cottage style

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Happy New Year from

Posted on January 02, 2009

A lot of folks were glad to see 2008 come to a close. We certainly had our share of economic challenges, but I always believe, life is easier to handle when you count your blessings instead of your woes. A special thanks right now to all those who helped bring joy and happiness into our lives. Both family and friends as well as the wonderful people we've met through our

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Room with a View

Posted on December 29, 2008

Buyers ask, "Is there any place that I can get a view in Old Naples"? Frankly, most people don't buy in Old Naples because they're looking for a view- View just isn't the typical reason for living downtown. Most urban-ites want proximity to beach, the shopping, walking distance to great restaurants, galleries, the parks and the live theatre. It's a lifestyle choice...Dinner at Chop's...a play at Sugden Theater...parades, art shows,

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2009 Real Estate Predictions

Posted on December 19, 2008

I always try to keep this blog as upbeat as possible. I would like to make a few predictions about where I believe the real estate market in general is headed in 2009. Most of the end results will be very positive, and by this time next year I predict the recession will be over! Sellers will continue to face falling prices because they are competing with 1.) banks with

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More Good News

Posted on December 17, 2008

Yesterday, December 16th, 2008: The Federal Open Market Committee voted to establish a target range for the Fed Funds Rate of 0% to 0.25% from 1%. American banks have responded by cutting their prime lending rate by 75 basis points! This translates to the lowest rate in history! Wall Street approved the move by closing the Dow Jones up 359 points...both the Nasdaq and Standard & Poor's 500 index rose

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To Decorate or Not To Decorate

Posted on December 08, 2008

Several of our sellers have called us to ask if they should decorate their homes for the holidays. Most of the time this is absolutely appropriate. I always like going into a beautifully adorned home this time of year...especially one with a "real" tree! It always smells so nice. I would say you really must use discretion, but it has nothing to do with holiday displays. If your home is

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New Naples Listing!

Posted on November 29, 2008

Beautiful new listing located directly on over 150' of Naples Bay waterfront! Breathtaking views of sunsets and city lights across the bay...sit by the pool and watch dolphins jump as boats cruise by...This is waterfront living at its best! Spacious 4 bedroom residence has been meticulously maintained. Close to beaches and all the wonderful downtown amenities. Additional photographs and a virtual tour can be viewed at or call today

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Giving Thanks

Posted on November 27, 2008

Chip and I are up at our cabin in the mountains of North Carolina with 3 of our kids and 5 of our grandkids. When I woke up this morning and looked outside the early sun was peeping over the distant mountains, streaming through the trees and dancing on the frosty branches. Bear Pen mountain is visible through the bare trees this time of year...the back of the house faces

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Market Share Comparison Report

Posted on November 18, 2008

This bar graph depicts the market share of 7 of the top real estate companies in Southwest Florida based on information obtained from SunshineMLS and FtMyersMLS for the periods beginning on January 1st 2007 through October 31st, 2008. The blue bars represent 2008. As you can see, Coldwell Banker Residential is #1 with a 12.3% market share. You can make the graph full size by moving the cursor over it

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A Day in the Life of a Naples Real Estate Agent…

Posted on November 13, 2008

I started my day early (about 4:00 am) working on the details concerning a counter offer...the home is listed around $1 million...the buyer offered considerably less...the seller would not even counter...NEVER has the divide between what a seller thinks his home is worth and what a buyer is willing to pay been so great! Next, I went to see a very nice couple who bought a condo from me about

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Three Choices

Posted on November 12, 2008

A lot of good things come out of our weekly sales meetings...I've been attending sales meetings every Wednesday morning for over 27 years. Some are better than others; some have interesting guest speakers, MLS trends & statistics...We get to tout new listings, share ideas, discuss price adjustments... This morning my broker wrote 3 things up on his easel... 1. Stocks 2. Real Estate 3. A Coffee Can With one question

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A Thank You to Our Veterans

Posted on November 11, 2008

President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th Armistice Day to commemorate the end of WW I. Congress changed the name to Veteran's Day in 1954, now a legal holiday in the United States. On this Veteran's Day, please join us in remembering those who have served our nation with valor and bravery. We salute you and respectfully recognize the selfless act of putting ones own life on the line for freedom

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More Naples Real Estate Stats

Posted on November 09, 2008

Things really picked up the first week of November. Showings are up, sign calls are up, Internet leads are up...even morale is up. I thought I'd share a few more stats with those readers who have called and asked questions about specific neighborhoods and the market in general. In the first week of November 2007 the local multiple listing system reported 98 residential properties going under contract (also known as

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Another Beautiful Day in Paradise

Posted on November 06, 2008

I have always loved this time of year... When I was a little girl, I used to look forward to raking leaves with my grandpa...the laughter, the jumping into piles and the smell of burning leaves vivid in my memory. I would say the changing colors of the leaves is the one thing I miss the most living here in Naples...Oh, snow on Christmas morning always a child's favorite, but

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A Defining Moment

Posted on November 05, 2008

Two wonderful speeches last night... McCain's words brought tears to my eyes as I watched this hero concede in a most honorable and gentle manner. I believe the world looked at him with admiration and the utmost respect which few people have ever deserved more.. Obama's speech inspired a nation. I was equally proud of his accomplishment, the obvious emotion as he expressed so eloquently his awareness of the place

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