Nature: South Florida’s spectacular National Parks

We are so blessed with natural beauty, abundant sunshine, and solid infrastructure that its easy to forget we are surrounded by three National Parks and one National Preserve: Everglades, Biscayne, Dry Tortugas, and Big Cypress, in that order.

All four facilities come under the management umbrella of the South Florida National Parks Trust — and they have a new website they’d love to have you visit:

http://www.southfloridaparks.org/parks/

Be sure to check each of the parks’ features and offerings — and sign up for the newsletter.

Update: The cost of living in Naples

Astronomical? It can be, so there is always a buzz.

Several sales were recorded this year at over $2000 per square foot — and there is a good choice of offerings on the market going as high as $6000 psf!

At the other end of the pricing spectrum, and certainly not so close to the water that salt corrosion is a problem for the infrastructure, there are hidden gems such as the golf club  (two 18-hole courses, tennis, bocce, 9 pools, and a restaurant) condo pictured below at a buck-twenty a foot for nearly eleven hundred feet of clean, convenient, and delightfully economical living for snowbirds, investment rental, as a full time residence for a single person or an entry level first responder or teacher with a small family.

Now, for $129,900 this isn’t a candidate for a feature story in one of our many city magazines. But the listing has appraised at that level so will probably will not last long on the market. Want to know more? Call or text me.

Info: Free admission to the Naples Zoo!

The official name is Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. It’s one of the best small zoos anywhere — and Collier County residents get free admission on the first Saturday of every month. The full story on how that happened is here.

All you need is a photo ID that shows a Collier County (or Naples City) address. But one need not be a full-time resident to qualify: if you actually live in Michigan but own property here, you are good to go. Just bring your photo ID and a utility or cable bill that shows a local address! Continue reading Info: Free admission to the Naples Zoo!

Info: Population trends

What do Connecticut, Illinois, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming,  Alabama, California, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Virginia have in common? The first seven, listed alphabetically, lost population. The remaining eleven showed anemic growth that was below the national average of seven-tenths of one percent annually.

Florida, Idaho, Nevada, and Washington state are the fastest growing, all at rates over double that national average.

Source: © Copyright 2017 The Herald-Dispatch, Tim Henderson. All rights reserved.

 

Living: at the junction of luxury and privacy

Naples abounds in luxurious living potential: from Gulfside mansions in Port Royal and Aqualane Shores to high-rise condos with spectacular views, the choices are vast.

Search the MLS and you’ll find over 150 active listings with prices north of $5M — with 4 over $40M! And that doesn’t count the so-called ‘pocket listings’ that many firms keep out of the online sites. Continue reading Living: at the junction of luxury and privacy

Info: time needed to sell a home

According to the National Association of Realtors®, the average time a listing remains on the market is just over one month. That’s down significantly from a year ago.

The report also reveals the average time to close on a home loan was a bit longer — about 8 weeks. That figure is also a bit shorter than in the recent past.

However, one statistic is heading upward: the median price of a home is up nearly 7% from a year ago. All in all, a very healthy market — except perhaps for those who are “sitting it out.”

 

Info: The co$t of entry in this resort town

As a certified Resort and Second Home Property Specialist, I’m in daily contact with some component of the new home industry because, frankly, I truly believe there can be significant upside to brand new construction over that associated with the resale market. Now, blanket statements never apply universally and I readily admit one should weigh both options as part of the due diligence associated with any sizable transaction. The new construction market does have some very attractive aspects that most buyers of second home properties should at the least seek to have weighed and evaluated by qualified professional advisors. Continue reading Info: The co$t of entry in this resort town

Info: More on the rental market

Attempting to put a number on the cost of renting is akin to establishing the length of a piece of string. However, there are generalized conclusions available from poking around the MLS, speaking with agents who specialize in the rental market, and becoming familiar with the numerous large apartment complexes coming out of the ground and opening for business.

Some of the latter are offering large (up to 2,000 square feet,) well-equipped units at about $1.35 per foot per month for a full year lease. (Longer leases are not legal in Florida.) The supply of brand new units, plus the attractive rates offered to get the occupancy rate up quickly, will likely put downward pressure on existing rentals of all types, private and commercial alike. I would expect to find a dollar a foot or even less for some newly-vacated properties. Continue reading Info: More on the rental market