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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 | No Comments

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. 

My New Listing in Clermont In Pelican Marsh
August 10th, 2014 | Posted in Lifestyles, Naples, Naples Real Estate, Premier Sothebys, Realtor | Comments Off

Set against the backdrop of the rolling Pelican Marsh golf course, and located on a convenient level, this residence has a plan that invites from the moment you enter. Bright and sunny rooms are paired with quiet and cozy spaces to shape a comfortable ambiance for everyday living or get-togethers with neighbors, friends and family. Read more…


Naples Leading The Way in Stabilizing Area Real Estate Market
August 7th, 2014 | Posted in Florida, Gulf of Mexico, Homes Sales, Naples, Naples Real Estate, Naples Wealth, Premier Sothebys, Realtor | Comments Off

The stats are in! According to the most recent report by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS®, the second quarter of 2014 when compared to the same period in 2013, shows real estate transactions in various segments in Naples have led to maintaining the market stability in the area. Read more…

Million-Dollar U.S. Housing Loans Surge to Record Level
July 29th, 2014 | Posted in Lifestyles, Mortgage Rate, Naples, Naples Real Estate, Naples Wealth, Premier Sothebys, Realtor, Retirement | Comments Off
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Banks are handing out mortgages of as much as $10 million to the wealthy in record numbers while first-time homebuyers struggle to get loans. Read more…

Naples, Florida Tops the List for Job Growth in 2014
July 25th, 2014 | Posted in Florida, Lifestyles, Naples, Naples Real Estate, Naples Wealth, Premier Sothebys, Realtor | Comments Off
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Forbes recently rated the best cities for job growth in 2014. Read Full Article…

Bliss comes the second time around
July 25th, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Since I’ve been writing this column, friends and colleagues and even a few strangers have asked to buy me a cup of coffee and discuss how I get my subject ideas. Read full article

It’s good to have a little something on the side
July 14th, 2014 | Posted in Florida, Lifestyles, Naples | Comments Off
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It does my heart good lately to hear of people of all ages and backgrounds picking up a guitar, writing a story, coaching Little League, planting a garden, starting a scrapbook or trying their hand at woodworking or genealogy. Whatever they have chosen to do, they have stepped out of their routines to discover something new. Read full article

September Pending Home Sales Down, Still Higher Than a Year Ago
October 27th, 2011 | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off
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Washington, DC, October 27, 2011

Pending home sales declined in September, although activity remains above a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, fell 4.6 percent to 84.5 in September from 88.6 in August but is 6.4 percent higher than September 2010 when it stood at 79.4. The data reflects contracts but not closings.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said the housing market is being excessively constrained. “A combination of weak consumer confidence and continuing tight lending criteria held back home buyers, even though the private sector added nearly 2 million net new jobs in the past 12 months,” he said.

The PHSI in the Northeast declined 4.7 percent to 60.6 in September but is 4.0 percent above a year ago. In the Midwest the index dropped 6.2 percent to 71.5 in September but remains 12.3 percent higher than September 2010. Pending home sales in the South fell 5.5 percent in September to an index of 91.6 but are 5.0 percent above a year ago. In the West the index declined 2.1 percent to 105.8 in September but is 5.6 percent higher than September 2010.
“America’s monetary policy is contradictory and confusing, where some consumers with the best financial capacity and top-notch credit scores pay higher mortgage interest rates,” Yun said. “The Federal Reserve evidently has been attempting to lower mortgage rates, yet more consumers are faced with taking out jumbo loans that carry higher interest rates.”

Yun emphasized the need to reinstate higher loan limits in 42 states. “Just leaving excessive cash to sit in banks and not work into the economy is a drag on the overall recovery,” he said. “We need a comprehensive approach to address housing issues – not additional impediments.”

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

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*The Pending Home Sales Index is a leading indicator for the housing sector, based on pending sales of existing homes. A sale is listed as pending when the contract has been signed but the transaction has not closed, though the sale usually is finalized within one or two months of signing.

The index is based on a large national sample, typically representing about 20 percent of transactions for existing-home sales. In developing the model for the index, it was demonstrated that the level of monthly sales-contract activity parallels the level of closed existing-home sales in the following two months.

An index of 100 is equal to the average level of contract activity during 2001, which was the first year to be examined as well as the first of five consecutive record years for existing-home sales; it coincides with a level that is historically healthy.

Why & When you Need a Building Permit
October 26th, 2011 | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off
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If you are having major work done in your home, a building permit protects you and the future occupants of the home. Florida State law requires that when you sell a property your are legally obligated to disclose any renovations that were done without a building permit. If you have remodeled without a permit you may be required to apply for a permit, have the building department inspect the renovations to be sure that the work is up to code and in some cases you may be required to dismantle the work that was done without the permit.

A building permit is required of you:

• Change the footprint of the house
• Move a load-bearing wall
• Alter the roofline
• Create a new door or window opening
• Replace an electric stove wit a natural-gas model
• Move a sink
• Install new electrical wiring

A Building permit is Not required if you:

• Install new floor coverings
• Replace doors or windows without altering the structure
• Change a countertop
• Replace a faucet
• Repaint the interior or exterior of the house