Selling Our Own Home

Posted on August 08, 2013

A Lesson In Empathy Every real estate agent needs experience selling their own home, every few years, so they don't loose the empathy of what sellers go through during the course of the listing period!   1490 Jewel Box Avenue Oyster Bay ~ Naples, Florida Last autumn Chip & I watched the values in our neighborhood begin to rise for the first time in many years---at one point, The Royal

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Posted on July 30, 2013

Coldwell Banker Previews International  Celebrates 80th Anniversary!  Coldwell Banker Previews International is happy to celebrate its 80th anniversary this month. Paying tribute to the legacy started in 1933 by the PREVIEWS founder, Henderson Talbot. Talbot was a real estate agent with ties to Hollywood who introduced the use of motion picture to market his high end listings. Imagine his vision, utilizing film, allowing international buyers the ability to "preview" exclusive

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The Naples Condo market Under $1 Million

Posted on July 12, 2013

Great Values "Under $1 Million"  in the Naples Florida Condo Market Presently there are just over 2,000 Active condo listings in Naples priced below $1 million dollars. That may seem like a decent inventory, but when you take into consideration that there have been over 4,600 closed sales of listings priced below 1 million in the past 12 months you come up with an entirely different conclusion. *That equates to

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Marco Island New Construction Opportunity

Posted on June 05, 2013

Modern Architecture Forever views from every room in this spectacular 4 bedroom + den contemporary residence. Classic Key West exterior, mixes modern finishes inside, for a wonderful blend of simple, crisp and clean casual elegance throughout. The expansive wrap around decks frame the home, and the quiet cul-de-sac homesite offers gulf access for the boating enthusiast. The home boats over 5,000 sq ft of true Florida living area! It is still early enough

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Season is Not Over!

Posted on May 29, 2013

Naples Housing Market Remains HOT Heading Into Summer! Naples Real Estate saw record breaking increases this season. Now, here we are, nearing the end of May, and we are still pretty busy. I had two buyer's over the weekend, both had been here during the winter...they came back to buy!  The summer promises to be just as active, as stated in the attached article from this week's press release in The Naples Daily News.

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Beachfront Home on Gordon Drive Sells for $7.6M

Posted on May 15, 2013

The Nautilus Naples, FL (May 15, 2013) Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate is pleased to announce that Chip Harris & Michele Peppe of The sales team located on 5th Avenue South in downtown Naples, has sold the beach front estate at 3630 Gordon Drive for $7.6 million dollars. They represented the seller in the transaction. The 8426-square-foot home is in the exclusive Port Royal Beach Estates neighborhood. The centerpiece

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The 2013 Economic Summit

Posted on May 03, 2013

I will be the first to admit that blogging has taken a back seat this season to customer service, as it should. WE HAVE BEEN BUSY!!!! As always, it is my intention to get the word out there about what is happening the in local real estate talk about select vendors that we've had success share rental opprtunities, news of new restaurants and fun places in town to recreate & relax...I've

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Our Prayers Are With You Boston

Posted on April 19, 2013

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you Boston! The team at has joined in the relief efforts with a donation to The One Fund Boston, a fund created by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and Boston Mayor Thomas Menini. This fund will directly help those affected by Monday's tragedy. We ask that you please give generously. To contribute, please visit: Thank you, The Naples Real Estate Blogger 

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Just a Nice Story

Posted on April 12, 2013

Recently, my husband and business partner, Chip, went out west to help our youngest daughter with a business situation--he was gone for 10 days. During those ten days Sam and I negotiated a few sales, took a new listing, juggled both phones and both computers, and we had a few "walk-thrus" and closings. It was a busy time, but Sam & I work really well together--We are both very organized, and for the

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The Coldwell Banker Southwest Region 2012 Annual Awards Ceremony

Posted on March 15, 2013

The Harris Peppe Team earns distinction as one of the Top 100 in the entire state of Florida! The Harris Peppe Team was honored at the annual awards ceremony which took place at The Ritz in Naples yesterday. Attending on behalf of the team was Michele Peppe and Gina Fischer. Chip Harris and Sam Wells were on appointments an unable to attend. Presenting the awards were Kate Rossi and Clark Toole. Clark is

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What’s Going On In The Naples Real Estate Market?

Posted on February 08, 2013

Everyday people ask, "What's going on in the Naples Real Estate market"? This isn't a 'one size fits all' question. As always, each market segment, both geographically as well as price-point has its own set of rules and trends. Earlier today I was showing condos along the beach. When they didn't like anything I had selected for them, they let me know they'd be patient and would wait for a short

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“I’m Late, I’m Late, For a Very Important Date!”

Posted on February 04, 2013

To quote a character from one of my all time favorite stories, "I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date!" This is exactly what Chip and I have been saying, all too often lately, to Customers, Friends, Family, Inspectors, Photographers...You name it, they've waited for us. I am never late, so for me, this is quite a new experience...Chip on the other hand, notoriously triple books, but somehow manages to keep everyone happy and everything

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Naples Florida Real Estate Increased 17%

Posted on January 22, 2013

The Naples Area Board of Realtors 2012 Annual Report The Naples Area Board of Realtors 2012 Annual Report was recently released with some good information about sales within the greater Naples area. This report tracks and provides comparisons of both single family homes and condos sales in 2011 and 2012, and breaks them down into price ranges and location segments. Here are some of the *statistics which I found to be particularly noteworthy:

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Newly Listed Waterfront Home on the Market in Naples Florida

Posted on January 16, 2013

Perfection at its Finest! Welcome home to the pinnacle of waterfront living in prestigious Royal Harbor. The Royal Harbor area neighborhood in Naples Florida is comprised of approximately 550 waterfront single family homesites with direct access to the beautiful Gulf of Mexico via Naples Bay. Deep-water channels are especially enticing for boating enthusiasts. The quiet streets in Royal Harbor offer a wonderful variety of design styles and some of the very

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Real Estate and the “Fiscal Cliff Bill”

Posted on January 09, 2013

Real Estate and the "Fiscal Cliff" On January 1st, 2013 the Senate and House passed H.R. 8, legislation to avert the so called "fiscal cliff". The bill was signed by President Obama on January 2nd, 2013. The National Association of Realtors provided a summary of real estate related provisions in the bill, which I thought you would find informative. Real Estate Extensions: Mortgage Cancellation Relief is extended for one year to

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Happy New Year from Downtown Naples!

Posted on January 04, 2013

Happy New Year! Season is in full swing! The activity on 5th Avenue South is wonderful...I love this time of year. The downtown calendar is filled with fabulous events. Click here to get a full calender of the Fifth Avenue South Naples Events! My personal favorites are the Art Shows! The talent in this town is amazing! The first show, in January, slated for the 5th & 6th is located on Park

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Expect The Best!

Posted on December 19, 2012

We had our annual office holiday party today. It has become a wonderful tradition at The Coldwell Banker Previews office for the support staff to lovingly prepare a splendid meal with all the trimmings for the sales agents as a way of letting us all know how much they appreciate us. I've never heard of any other real estate office that gets such royal treatment from their staff. We are very fortunate here at the Fifth Avenue office. That

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The Luxury Side of Real Estate

Posted on December 10, 2012

The Luxury Side of Real Estate I thought you might like a copy of the latest edition [click link] of Inside Out, the Coldwell Banker Previews online magazine featuring stories about the 'Luxury Side of Real Estate". There are some outstanding articles this month including: James Bond: 50 Years of a Luxury Hero Americana The Beautiful: Historic Luxury Properties The latest View of the Global Luxury Market A Look Inside Miami's $125

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Questions and Answers About the Luxury Market in Naples Florida

Posted on November 29, 2012

Luxury Magazine Interview I was recently asked questions for an upcoming luxury magazine article and thought you might be interested in a sneak peak of my answers! What has happened with sales in the upscale market in your area in 2012? "Luxury buyers in Naples are taking advantage of the recessionary prices and     making purchases. There was definitely a 'pent up demand'--people watched the market closely and waited for prices

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Coldwell Banker Previews International Announces the 30 Top Luxury Agents in Florida!

Posted on November 07, 2012

  The Florida Top 30!   Chip Harris and Michele Peppe were recently recognized by Coldwell Banker Previews International as being in the top 30 agents in the state of Florida for Luxury Homes sales. Recognized as a world leader in the marketing of exceptional properties, Coldwell Banker Previews International handles on average over $70 million in luxury home sales every day! Coldwell Banker represented 5 of the 10 priciest

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Naples Homes for sale in Golf Course Communities

Posted on October 23, 2012

Why local real estate values are not just "local" to Naples in general, but also why each community and price point has its own trends based on supply and demand: I've been showing property to a very nice couple who are looking to be in a golf course community in the Naples area in a single family home priced somewhere between $1 million to $1.5 million dollars. Of course, there are

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Realogy Shares Began Trading on the NYSE Today!

Posted on October 11, 2012

Realogy Prices IPO Guess who rang the bell this morning at the New York Stock Exchange? That's right, the executive leadership team and members of The Realogy Board of Directors were guests this morning at the NYSE, where they commemorated the new listing by ringing the signature Opening Bell. Up until now, Realogy has been a privately owned company that provides real estate and relocation services. It owns several of

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Welcome to the 4th Quarter of 2012!

Posted on October 01, 2012

Naples Real Estate 3rd Quarter Update I know I've been saying this a lot lately, but so has just about everyone else I know..."2012 is flying by!"  ~Here it is, already October 1st, and I can't believe I am doing research for the Naples Real Estate 3rd quarter sales report...oh my. There is quite a bit to report, and as always, I will try to keep it as concise as possible. One

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Never Forget

Posted on September 11, 2012

NEVER FORGET I just so happen to be in New York. It's my hometown. Born in the city, returning every few years to visit friends and family, I will never grow tired of seeing the skyline come into view whether arriving by plane, by boat or by car. I will never forget the first time I arrived post 9/11 and the immense sadness I felt by the void created on that fateful

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Luxury Market Report 2012

Posted on August 21, 2012

Coldwell Banker Previews International released their 2012 Luxury Market Report yesterday. I thought I would share some of the interesting facts that were covered in this report. Included in this publication are Global Points, Domestic Overviews and notable achievements by the Previews brand. Coldwell Banker has 83,000 associates in 3,100 offices in 51 countries and territories. With affiliates in every corner of the globe, Coldwell Banker has established itself as a leader in the

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