I moved here from CA over two decades ago — back in 1995 when the population of Collier County was two-thirds of the 360,000 it is now. What’s remarkable is that after 20+ years, I’m enjoying life here more than ever. I have over this time gradually accumulated a wealth of both historical and current knowledge of this community — information of significant value to anyone interested in living or investing here.
Sure, there is plenty of “free” information available on the web — but one never knows for sure either the depth of detail or the accuracy of the facts presented. I applaud the Zillows, Trulias, and Realtor® sites — because they allow consumers access to the once mysterious MLS system. But the consumer sites mostly present information generated by, and purchased from, local Realtor® boards. As professional practitioners in the real estate transaction process, The BC Team is part of NABOR, FARBAR, and the NAR … with each team member engaging in continuing education and earning certifications in a wide variety of specialties related to the sale and purchase of property.
Now, the obvious question about how do I make a buck in all this: I am well prepared to address that at any point — but for now suffice it to say my pay, if it happens at all, is derived from marketing budgets and not from upselling buyers.
In the meantime, just challenge me to tap my own paid data subscriptions for the information you may not be able to conveniently access or about which you may have doubts.
Maybe you’ve heard vague references to past “scandals” such as Stadium Naples or the debacle surrounding the Jackson Labs fiasco. While these past mistakes have little to no bearing on the future of this most dynamic and desirable community — a bit of historical perspective from someone who lived it firsthand might be useful to those who wants to “cut to the chase” in every manner possible before arriving at that critical go/no-go decision to declare Naples/Collier County “their” home for the future.
Extra stuff: I spend my days as a commercial photographer and real estate buyer’s agent (MVP Realty Associates, Florida SL3311935) and am RSPS certified (Resort and Second Home Property Specialist.)
As such, I have professional subscription access to a huge amount of information that may or may not be easily obtained or dependably accurate as the result of a casual web search. Sharing that with potential Naples residents is what I do. I neither sell or offer advice — just information tailored to your needs in response to your questions about the area. It’s precisely the kind of valuable material needed by someone with the notion of enjoying a second home here — or perhaps crafting a ‘purchase and rent’ transaction. I don’t have any prepared or canned presentations but will assemble what you request and pass it along — either in data tables or as a narrative.
Check this blog for regular updates — or go to my photography website for direct contact information. http://rlcaron.com
RL Caron, Naples FL. Practically a native!