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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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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 services, professional shoppers, home watch 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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A Reflection of Supply and Demand

Posted on July 01, 2011

The Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate offices in Naples and Bonita Springs Florida recently had the honor of having Cindy Carroll as a guest speaker at their joint monthly business meeting. Cindy is a State-Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser who I happen to go back with to the days when we were both picking up our kids at the same day care. In other words, she's been around the block

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It’s Hurrican Season~Be Prepared!

Posted on June 01, 2011

Today is June 1st, which officially marks the first day of the 2011 hurricane season. This will run for six months, ending on November 30th. Here are a few facts, as well as a few 'links' to informative websites that I'd like to share with you! Did you know that for hundreds of years hurricanes in the West Indies were named after the particular saint's day on which the storm

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Posted on May 26, 2011

What makes a person decide to retire? This week a dear friend of mine at the office, a lady about 80, decided to retire....I remember when I met Pat for the first time when I joined Coldwell Banker back in 1986...She was then, about the same age that I am now...Where did those 25 years go? And am I still going to be doing this 25 years from now? I

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Naples Ranks High On “Most Relaxing Beaches” List

Posted on May 23, 2011

A recent article in U.S. News Travel magazine ranked Naples Florida beaches as the #5 "Most Relaxing Beach" in the United States and the Caribbean. [although I am a bit perplexed as to how Corfu made the list at #6 since I believe it is in Greece, yes?] Anyway, Naples beaches are pretty spectacular. When customers tell me that they are first time visitors to Naples, but follow that comment

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Zillow Estimates of Value in Naples Florida

Posted on May 03, 2011

More than once in the past few weeks I have had the same conversation with a potential customer having to do with the accuracy of the "Zestimates" on I just hung up after trying to substantiate an asking price of a home listed on Zillow and decided to view those listings which I know for a fact are priced very well, just to see what value Zillow has put

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To Buy Or Not To Buy?

Posted on March 22, 2011

To buy or not to buy? That is the question. For the past two days I've been fielding a deluge of calls and emails from my clients and customers concerning the recent article published by CNNMoney. Let me try to clarify...Staff writer Les Christie reports that nearly 20% of Florida homes are vacant. He mentions clearly in the second sentence of his article that he got his information from the

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The Green Silk Robe

Posted on March 11, 2011

Over 20 years ago I sold a home in Naples to a wonderful couple...Joy was a teacher....we clicked immediately. We've stayed in touch over the years...Sometimes nothing more than just a few of my 'staying in touch' marketing postcards, the annual Christmas card or an occasional personal note to let her know I was thinking of her. When we did have an opportunity to reconnect, it was always like no

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1031 Exchanges

Posted on May 21, 2008

Today I attended a seminar on 1031 exchanges. I've been selling for over 27 years, and I have done my fair share of exchanges, but I went to the class anyway just to see if I could pick up any *new info to share with my customers. The class was given by a gentleman named Marshall Beene who is an exchange account coordinator with U.S. National 1031 Exchange. An investor

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