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Business Planning 101

Posted on December 21, 2011

Well, here we are, getting ready to flip our calendars over to yet another year. It'll probably take more than a few times of mindlessly writing 2011 on checks and letters before the new year sinks in and twenty-12 becomes more natural. It's been a good year...we met our business goals, our children and grandchildren are all healthy, my mom is still getting younger with every passing year, we took

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22 Shopping Days ’til Christmas!

Posted on December 02, 2011

Have you made your "list" and checked it twice? As any of you who know me well know, I am a list maker...I have lists for everything! The everyday "To do" list The "I never go to the Grocery Store without a" list The Books I want to read list The Birthday and anniversary cards for the month ahead list The Things that need to get done around the house

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Select Vendor of the Week

Posted on November 30, 2011

MARTIN"S COOLING & HEATING, Inc. It is my absolute pleasure to recommend Martin's Cooling and Heating, Inc. We recently hired them to do service work at our own personal residence. All the employees were hard working, personable and skilled. We have hired them many times before, and have referred them to many of our Naples customers over the years. They always do a fabulous job. They are reliable, and set

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The Power of Being Thankful

Posted on November 23, 2011

The power of being thankful...it's not your typical real estate blog post... I started keeping a journal when I was a teenager, although back then it was called a diary. Having moved from New York, to New Jersey, to California, to Texas, to finally Naples, many of those 'Notes To Myself' have been lost...or buried in boxes in storage...or simply read & re-read a few times before making their way

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Naples Waterfront Real Estate

Posted on November 22, 2011

What's happening on the water in Naples Florida? There is a very limited supply of new construction homes for sale in Naples Florida. Currently there are a total of 2,585 homes for sale in all 'NA' zones in Naples according to our local multiple listing system, SunshineMLS. When doing a search of the Naples MLS for single family homes presently for sale that have been completed in the year 2011

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Fifth Avenue South, The Heart of Old Naples

Posted on November 10, 2011

I work on the prettiest street in the world [click on image to enlarge]. Sitting at my desk, I face out in front of a big picture window...it's amazing to me that i don't spend more time daydreaming...As I look out, I can see the beautiful people passing by...Those who are lucky enough to live here are usually dressed for work, and the snowbirds that recently began arriving again for

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Coldwell Banker Lists New Previews Residence

Posted on November 07, 2011

Perfection in Grey Oaks, Naples Florida This magnificent estate is situated on a 1+ acre cul-de-sac homesite where you can savor the views of the preserve, lakes and greens of The Pine course from every vantage point. The home was designed by renowned architect Stofft & Cooney, and built in 2005 by Borelli Construction. It has 6 spacious bedrooms, 7 full and 2 half baths. Some of its many amenities include a detached guest

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Select Vendor of the Week

Posted on November 04, 2011

The Harris Peppe Team of the Coldwell Banker Previews office on Fifth Avenue South in Old Naples is proud to announce this week's select vendor of the week is Carroll & Carroll, Inc. They are an independent fee appraisal firm practicing in both Lee and Collier counties. The principals, Ray and Cindy Carroll, are a brother sister team. Their family were some of the earliest pioneers in Naples, dating back

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“Real Estate is NOT Real”!

Posted on November 02, 2011

Again we are faced with the media presenting erroneous information to consumers based on data that is inaccurate and far too broad-based to carry water. As one of my colleagues so eloquently put it earlier today in remarking about various newspaper and magazine accounts of the current real estate market, "Real Estate is NOT real, it's the perception that is real"! As stated in CNNMoney this week, according to FISV,

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Select Vendor of the Week

Posted on October 28, 2011

Maxine's, Inc. Maxine's Alterations & Tailoring was established in 1991. Two sisters operate this family business at 1033 5th Avenue North. I have used their services many times over the years and I cannot compliment their service and results enough! The very first time I went into this modest store was nearly 20 years ago...I had a favorite jacket with two front pockets that had ripped at the seam of

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Building Bridges

Posted on October 25, 2011

I don't use this platform for political commentary very often...but I just need to vent a little. It may actually not be a "political" statement at all, but rather a perspective on the nature of things as I see them right now. I've had people that I know, love and respect becoming very angry lately with what is happening in the world. I see them react in a most unfamiliar

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Naples Real Estate 3rd Quarter Stats

Posted on October 12, 2011

Nothing indicates what is happening in the real estate market more accurately than listings going under contract. The graph below depicts pendings of Naples residential listings over the past 4 years, per the local multiple listing service: SunshineMLS. This is a clear illustration [click on graph to enlarge] of the peaks and valleys in our local market. Obviously, our pendings go up during "season"-- that just makes sense. But, what

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Stunning Views of Moorings Bay

Posted on September 21, 2011

This truly is a remarkable opportunity to own a 3 bedroom, 3 bath condominium on Naples prestigious Gulf Shore Blvd. This home boasts a rare and magnificent 1400 square foot open air terrace overlooking Moorings Bay!The total area of this Naples condo is 3,479 square feet. The private patio has access from all three bedrooms and the living room, making it a very livable floor plan which allows for wonderful

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Ready or Not, Here “I” Come!

Posted on September 18, 2011

I can't believe we are more than half-way through September. Where has this year gone? And, it's not just me...everyone I talk to is saying the same thing. Honestly, today's newspaper fliers were filled with ads for Halloween decorations and winter clothes! You know what that means, don't you? We need to start asking ourselves, "Where are we having this year's office Holiday Party?" That, among the many other questions

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Congratulations Sam!

Posted on September 16, 2011

The Harris-Peppe Team is proud to announce that our A#1 marketing coordinator and team assistant, Sam Wells, has passed the Florida State Real Estate Exam! Sam has worked for us for nearly 8 years. Those of you who know her personally, or who have had the pleasure of working with Sam, know what an asset she is to our team. We are thrilled to make this announcement, and we hope

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Remembering 9.11

Posted on September 11, 2011

Please join us in keeping every soul affected by the tragedy of September 11th, 2001 in our hearts. ...We will always remember.

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Taking a Break

Posted on September 06, 2011

I've been away. It's a funny thing...everyone who knows me, or should I say everyone who 'thinks' they know me, can't believe I didn't go through technology withdrawals during the past 6 days. I didn't. Usually, whenever I go out of town, whether it is off on our boat or up to our cabin, I bring along my trusty laptop and dependable aircard. Usually I stay connected. I manage my

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Happy Birthday Coldwell Banker

Posted on August 26, 2011

Happy 105th Birthday Coldwell Banker! Coldwell Banker has made the dream of home ownership a reality for millions of families since first opening their doors for business in San Fransisco in 1906. We may be 105 years old, but we sure don't act it! We continually lead the charge with innovative technology, state of the art transaction management systems, and global marketing initiatives. Help me in wishing Coldwell Banker a

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More Naples Real Estate Updates

Posted on August 23, 2011

A Diminishing Inventory in Naples Florida Real Estate The Naples Daily News article from the weekend paper touted the continuing market stability of our local real estate values. According to The Naples Area Board of Realtors, key indicators such as 'pending sales, current inventory and the median closed price' show signs of real estate stability during these otherwise challenging economic times. Their report further states pending sales were up 2%

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Naples Florida Welcomes Students and Teachers back to School!

Posted on August 22, 2011

Welcome Back! Today marks the first day back to school for students here in Collier County. To assist those families considering a move to our area we have created a page on our website which lists all Public and Private Schools in Naples, as well as links to each school's website. We also offer links to zoning maps and the 2011-2012 school calendar. We have also provided information about colleges

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The Language of Luxury

Posted on August 17, 2011

Chip and I took two new listings this week. In each case we were up against our 2 main competitors in the Naples Luxury Real Estate market. In both instances, the sellers selected The Harris Peppe Team because of Coldwell Banker's global reach, our technology and Internet presence, and the networking capabilities of Cartus Corporation, which manages the relocations of more than 140,000 customers annually. Why do International Homebuyers choose

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Naples Real Estate On the Waterfront

Posted on August 16, 2011

What's is happening on the Naples Waterfront? According to the Naples Area MLS there are 214 single family homes currently for sale that fall into the category of "gulf access". Of those, 119 have 'direct' access; which means there are no bridges from their dock to the gulf. Of those 214 Active homes for sale, 35 are listed under $500,000. 16 of the 35 are 'direct' access homes, with most

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“Opportunity Time”

Posted on August 10, 2011

"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." Right now, as I write this post, I am on 'floor duty', otherwise known as opportunity time. A lot of the more seasoned agents don't do floor time anymore...Me? I still like floor duty. In addition to watching all the comings & goings at the front desk...which by the way today it's a very active reception area...it also gives me an opportunity

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Select Vendor of the Week

Posted on August 03, 2011

"If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share." ~W.Clement Stone As many of you already know, Naples is a very service oriented community. From lawn care to pool care...cleaning services, professional shoppers, home watch services...you name it. An exclusive area like Naples simply lends itself to creating entrepreneurial opportunities for those willing to take care of the needs of others, and do a good job! Each week

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Coldwell Banker Previews International

Posted on July 26, 2011

The Coldwell Banker Previews International program has been a world leader in the marketing of luxury homes since 1933. Previews was acquired by Coldwell Banker Real Estate in 1980. This exclusive program is the only program of its caliber in the world. Previews does not sell art, Previews does not sell antiques, Previews does not sell wine...Previews sells luxury real estate around the globe. The elite group of certified Coldwell

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