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Daylight Saving Time
October 24th, 2014 | Posted in Naples | No Comments

It’s that time of year to turn your clocks back… more>>>


Summer Sales Surge at Naples Square
October 16th, 2014 | Posted in Naples | No Comments

With site work underway and vertical construction slated to begin in September, summer sales have surged at Naples Square, a new community located at the corner of 5th Avenue South and Goodlette-Frank Road being developed by The Ronto Group. Ronto reported that five sales transactions valued at over $3.5 million were processed in July and that five new contracts totaling approximately $5 million have already been processed in August. Scheduled for completion by fall 2015, Phase I will include 73 residences. More>>>


Lucky enough
October 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Beaches, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, Homes Sales, Lifestyles, Naples, Naples Real Estate, Premier Sothebys, Realtor, Retirement | Comments Off
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I think it’s safe to say that if you live in Naples, you know all about having houseguests. And despite all the sayings about three days and the smell of fish, etc., you have to thank them for one thing: They reintroduce us to this great town. We take them to the beach, to the zoo, to the theater, to the ballpark, to the golf course and sometimes to the dog track. The best of them treat us to dinner at restaurants we wouldn’t dare enter outside of summer when the specials run rampant. Houseguests remind us just where we are living — and why we are here. It’s not the grocery store or the gas station or the office or any of the locales that occupy our minds during a typical day. Look around. The incredibly blue, blue sky, the freshness of the air, the boulevards lined with flowers, palm trees and shrubs, all of them perfectly manicured, wending through neighborhoods of tasteful homes and picturesque water scenes. Click C-SCAPES for the full article.

Autumn Scapes | October, 2014 | Naples, Florida
September 26th, 2014 | Posted in Beaches, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, Homes Sales, Lifestyles, Naples, Naples Real Estate, Premier Sothebys, Realtor | Comments Off
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Low Inventory Impacts Market
September 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Gulf of Mexico, Homes Sales, Lifestyles, Naples, Naples Real Estate, Premier Sothebys, Realtor | Comments Off

Naples, Fla. (September 19, 2014) – “We can’t sell what’s not there,” was a phrase repeated among several brokers as they analyzed a recent report tracking August home sales activity released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island). Overall inventory dropped 20 percent in the $300,000 and below price category in August 2014 compared to August 2013. The median price in this price category rose 13 percent as a result. The pending and closed sales dropped double digits in the same price segment August 2014 compared to August 2013, factors that illustrate the economic law of supply and demand. Read full report.

Part 2: Cleared for landing (and it’s no laughing matter)
September 18th, 2014 | Posted in AIR TRAVEL, Beaches, Lifestyles, Naples, Naples Real Estate, Premier Sothebys, Realtor | Comments Off

I wanted this to be a funny, satirical piece as a follow up to my previous column (Part 1, Sept. 4), but as I was writing it, I realized that my predictions for the future air travel experience aren’t funny at all — at least not based on today’s standard practices. Here’s what I see on the horizon: There will be no booking allowed on third-party websites (as we have already seen from one major carrier). Rather, passengers must book through an airline’s dedicated site. This portends the end of all independent sites. We will no longer be able to shop price and schedules unless we search each airline site for the best deal. This is great for the airlines, though, because they will face less scrutiny when it comes to prices, schedules and their own quirky rules and restrictions. More>>>

My New Listing in Park Plaza in Park Shore
September 8th, 2014 | Posted in Naples | Comments Off

Offering the living space of a single-family home with the relaxed comfort of condominium living, this Park Plaza residence features a sunken great room, which opens to the glass-enclosed terrace. Views of the Gulf of Mexico, park-like green space and swaying palms are brought inside through the walls of windows. Awaken to the sight of the Gulf from the master suite, which also opens to the Gulf-front terrace. Other highlights include a generous-size guest suite and two-and-a-half baths. The Park Plaza lobby welcomes you into its tropical ambiance with a light-filled atrium and cascading water features surrounded in lush flora. Other amenities at this beachfront high-rise include a 60-seat theater, billiard room, exercise room with sauna and steam, and a rooftop sky bar lounge, perfect for neighborly get-togethers. Read more>>>

Part 1: Cleared for landing (and not a second too soon)
September 4th, 2014 | Posted in AIR TRAVEL, Florida, Lifestyles, Naples, Naples Real Estate, Premier Sothebys, Realtor | Comments Off

If Mark Twain were alive, I think he’d amend his famous quote about weather to “Everyone complains about air travel, but nobody does anything about it.” Despite all the acts of Congress, new regulations from the FAA and the complaints received by the airlines, air travel just seems to be getting worse, with problems and frustrations permeating every aspect of the experience, beginning with making the reservation. Read full article>>>

An ounce of (termite) prevention
August 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Florida, Home Advice, Homes Sales, Inspector, Lifestyles, Naples, Naples Real Estate, Premier Sothebys, Professional, Realtor | Comments Off

When we were kids growing up in Connecticut, we used to giggle at TV cartoons that depicted swarms of termites buzzing through a home and leaving only dust in their wake. Sometimes they’d buzz through a whole town, and Acme Termite Control would be overwhelmed.

Termites always came in the form of armies, destroyed whatever they found in seconds and were unstoppable. At least these were the impressions we took away from those Saturday morning cartoons. Read full article. 

What to do when it’s time for a pet project
August 10th, 2014 | Posted in Florida, Humane Society Naples, Lifestyles, Naples, Pets, Premier Sothebys | Comments Off

Nothing can compare to the unconditional love of an animal, especially after a day at work.

Coming home to my dog and two cats affirms that everything is right in the world. After all, nobody else in my life, except perhaps my wonderful husband, is always, day in and day out, wildly thrilled to see me.

When I come in the door, they nearly jump out of their skins to greet me. Well, the dog does, anyway. Cats are too sophisticated for such histrionics. But I know they’re happy to see me as well from how they snuggle up to me on the couch.

Pets know your mood, can read it, can empathize, cheer you up, get you on your feet to get some exercise, make you laugh, feel loved, needed and wanted. Read the full article.