Brand new ~ Dock Included

Posted on March 09, 2008

For nearly 27 years now, at this time of year, I have spent most of my Sunday afternoons sitting at open houses. I've met a lot of really wonderful people, sat at a lot of really beautiful properties, and sold a lot of real estate...Today is no different. I am at a condo called The Azzurro in an area of Naples called Oyster Bay. Just about a mile from downtown

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More Good News!

Posted on January 10, 2008

Are we going to let the negative media hype control our destiny? I prefer to concentrate on the strengths that exist in today's market when speaking to my sellers and buyers? Below are some recent, positive quotes about the real estate market: In his 2008 outlook, Laurence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors points out that this year will be a year of opportunity...One of the biggest

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Florida’s Property Tax-Reform Plan

Posted on January 08, 2008

I've been getting a lot of calls from my customers and past clients asking me to explain to them the upcoming Tax-Reform bill which will be on the ballot later this month...Briefly, here's my understanding of the benefits: The Homestead Exemption will be doubled from $25,000. to $50,000. But, the 2nd $25,000. exemption will not reduce local school tax collections.The Save Our Homes (SOH) Cap of 3% will be preserved

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More Good News

Posted on January 07, 2008

I'm back in the office today for my first real, full day "on the job" in the new year...I like being here...working from home, prospecting, previewing listings...all productive use of time, but being here at the office today has been great. Everyone seems to be so optimistic. There's a good vibe in the air at Coldwell Banker Fifth Avenue South! That's one of the nice things about the new year...a

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Deal or No Deal!

Posted on January 04, 2008

How many times have you watched that crazy game show only to witness a contestant turn down a couple of hundred thousand dollars with the hope of the million, only to end up with less than half? ...or less? ...much less... Welcome to the world of real estate Howie! Okay, let me put it to you this way, if I handed you a $20 dollar bill today, would you take

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It’s a great time to buy real estate!

Posted on January 03, 2008

2008 is really going to be a great time to buy real estate. There are several indisputable factors that support this opinion. First of all, I can't remember the last time there's been the kind of selection that today's buyers have. Regardless what a buyer's price range, there are so many wonderful homes and condos from which to choose. Write a "wish list", chances are there won't be much compromising!

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New Year’s Resolution 2008

Posted on January 02, 2008

Okay, so I've already blown my one and only new year's resolution...On New Year's Eve I vowed to write in my real estate blog every day, not once every 90 days, AH! beginning January 1st...Anyway, it's the 2nd...so, I'll just start today, right? Making resolutions is relatively easy...Join a gym, go on a diet, manage money better, etc etc etc, but actually following through, now that's when it gets tricky!

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Time waits for no man

Posted on October 11, 2007

I just got a wonderful email from a past customer who bought and closed on their vacation home from The HARRIS-PEPPE Team here in Naples Florida about six (6) months ago. In addition to referring another buyer to us, she added "...We are very happy with our home away from home and even with the still falling real estate values we have no regrets of not waiting. We have had

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