I just got back to the office having attended a luncheon at a beautiful country clubhouse in Lee County, about a 30 minute ride from my office in downtown Naples. One of the perks in this business…visiting pretty places. Grandezza is lovely; it was a wonderful venue for the informal gathering of the top 25 agents in the SW Florida Region for the first 2 quarters of 2009. Hosted by our Regional Senior Vice President, Sue Wolverton, the networking was fabulous! I always look forward to these luncheons as a chance to learn from the best of the best…a small intimate group of real estate professionals committed to excellence all sharing ideas and success stories. There’s never been a time that I haven’t come away with something. More importantly, I get to meet new contacts each time. Today I met an agent who focuses in the Ft Myers area and specializes in golf course communities. I am certain we will be referring buyers and sellers to one another. I also reconnected with an agent on Marco Island with whom I have not seen in awhile…and I made a new friend, Bob, an agent right in the north Naples office that I had never met before. One agent I met from the Cape Coral office does podcasts on YOUTUBE…he’s a “Rock Star”! ~It was interesting to me to learn that the combined Coldwell Banker offices of Lee, Charlotte and Collier Counties closed sales are up over 40% compared to the first 2 quarters last year. As an example of comparison, the Sarasota area (also in our region, but in another MLS system) was up only 11%. Naples usually leads the pack: first one in…first one out! Also, the SW Florida region led the state in sales to foreign buyers…62% of the states closings occurred in our region! This is the first time we outperformed Miami and Orlando areas.~On the Coldwell Banker statewide website, our vision is stated as this: To Be the Preferred Gateway for Exceptional Real Estate Experiences. After today’s meeting, I can confidently say, that both myself and my colleagues are dedicated to fulfilling that vision. Please call the Harris Peppe Team if you have any questions about the real estate market in SW Florida. 239.370.0574 Whether you are a first time homebuyer or looking to buy your luxury dream home in paradise, it will be our privilege to assist you. Looking forward to making your next purchase an ‘exceptional real estate experience’.