Photo: our delightful back waters …

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The boat ramp at Delnor Wiggins State Park — on the Wiggins Pass Estuary system.

Photo: Park Shore, still at the pinnacle of prestige and luxury!

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Atrium at the Savoy in Park Shore

Info: time needed to sell a home

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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.”

 

Photo: this 1+ acre back yard is west of 951 and under $399K.

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Asian-themed back yard integrates nicely into the surrounding nature-scape. The meticulously upgraded 3/2 house is a gem that will dazzle. Call me for the listing agent’s number.

Photo: Luxury living, downtown.

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Meeting/Party Room — one of the many amenities at Naples Square. There are some real bargains here. Call me to find the right connections.

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

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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. More: Read the rest of this entry…

Photo: It’s a buyer’s market for spectacular water views.

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With views like this, who needs television?

Photo: Estero Bay

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One of the most scenic rides in the state: Hickory Boulevard, connecting North Naples to Fort Myers Beach.

Dining: Bernie’s Diner on 41 North

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Waiting in line for breakfast is mostly an in-season (meaning winter) phenomenon — but returning snowbirds might take note Bernie’s City Diner. It’s on US41 North just across from Falling Waters and next to the Mercedes-Benz of Bonita Springs dealership.  More: Read the rest of this entry…

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Veteran’s Day, 2017

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Please remember the real purpose of this holiday: to honor the many thousands who gave, ultimately, a life. Or one more limbs, or made other profound sacrifices so we could live in the most prosperous, free, and inclusive country in the history of the world. The United States of America.

Veteran’s Day 2017

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Photo: Venetian Bay

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They don’t build them this close to the water any more, but for a price one can have this view out the living room window or through the lanai screen!

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Social: The Naples Digital Photography Club

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Today (November 9th) is the second Thursday of the month — and for some 300+ photography fans that means reserving the evening for the monthly meeting of DPI-SIG, the Digital Photography and Imaging Special Interest Group of the Naples Free Net. Now you know way it has an a/k/a of The Naples Digital Photography Club. Many old-timers (the club was formed a decade ago) continue to refer to it, affectionately, as “Dippy Sig.”

To say that this is one of the best managed and successful clubs in the state would be an understatement. The monthly general membership meeting is only one of many regular get-togethers sponsored by the club. There are photo outings, special groups for Photoshop, Lightroom, Women (and guys too,) Lighting, and a Round Table gathering. All events are well attended — and many members enjoy the social aspects as much as the artistic, instructional, technical, and artistic events offered year-round.

Meetings are held on the campus of Florida Southwestern State College off Lely Parkway. Full information on the meetings and all the rest are here: http://dpi-sig.org.

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Photo: resort-sized amenity!

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The club at Fiddler’s Creek.

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Info: More on the rental market

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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. More: Read the rest of this entry…

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Photo: compact waterfront living can be affordable!

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Own a unit and live here for about $300K. That buys a 2/1 of ~750 square feet.

Own a unit and live here for about $300K. That buys a 2/1 of ~750 square feet.

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