Friday, June 8, 2018


Local realtors prepare for Hurricane Season

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. - The beginning of Hurricane Season will mean many people in Southwest Florida are making plans and buying supplies to reinforce their homes and for possible evacuations.
People who own businesses in the area have to prepare twice as much. Preparing for storm means securing the home and their main source of income. 
Four in Your Corner spoke with local realtors on Fort Myers Beach who described how they're preparing for this season and what they learned from last year.
Brent Perrine and Bill Pilcher are two of the owners of Island Life Realty on Fort Myers Beach. They told Fox 4 that the majority of their clients are seasonal residents who aren't typically in town for hurricane season and haven't experienced a storm before. 
“A lot of it’s educating them on making sure they have some sort of protection, hurricane shutters, impact glass”, Pilcher said.
Pilcher is originally from Florida and knows how to prepare for a hurricane. Hurricane Irma didn't slow down the number of new clients they've acquired since then. He says he intends to pass along his knowledge to his clients so they're prepared for whatever comes. 
“We’re making sure we advise those new clients as well as to what they need to do to prepare.“
Last year before Hurricane Irma, Perrine and Pilcher spent time before the storm checking in on their clients' properties. 
“We personally went out of our way to go by their properties, making sure they were secure with shutters. Some of them we had to move all of their exterior furniture inside for them.”
This year Perrine and Pilcher are making sure their clients, new and old, know what to expect and how to prepare.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Sales jump in Estero, Fort Myers Beach

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A view from the pier on Fort Myers Beach. COURTESY PHOTO
A view from the pier on Fort Myers Beach. COURTESY PHOTO
Closed sales and new pending sales in Lee County showed healthy increases in April.

Single family homes and townhouses and condos sat on the market for less time than in 2017. Broken down by city, Estero and Fort Myers Beach saw massive jumps in the number of homes sold. There were 79 closed sales in April compared to just 38 last year, which is an increase of nearly 108 percent. On Fort Myers Beach, 21 homes sold compared to 11 in April 2017, a 91 percent difference. Lehigh Acres, North Fort Myers, Pine Island and Sanibel/Captiva also had large increases in the number of closed sales last month.
Closed sales were up 23 percent for single family homes last month. In 2017, there were 1,186 closed sales, compared to 1,459 last month. A total of 627 townhouses and condos sold in April 2017, compared to 770 last month, an increase of 22.8 percent.

Active listings were up for both categories. There were 6,009 active single family home listings last month, up 5.1 percent from 5,719 in 2017. There were 3,545 active listings for townhouses and condos in April — a slight increase from 2017 when there were 3,495. The month’s supply of inventory increased 5.6 percent for single family but dropped 5.7 percent year-over-year for townhouses and condos.

The biggest increases when broken down by sale price came in the $250,000-$299,999, $300,000-$399,999, $600,000-$999,999 and $1,000,000-and-above price ranges. ¦

Tuesday, May 29, 2018


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Sunday, May 27, 2018

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Inventory Keeping Spring Market Active

Brenda Fioretti, NABOR® Media Relations Committee Chair, (239) 597-1666
Marcia Albert, NABOR® Director of Marketing, (239) 597-1666

Naples, Fla. (May 25, 2018) - According to the April 2018 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island), Collier County enjoys a 7.76 month supply of inventory compared to a 4-month supply nationally. This is great news for Naples REALTORS® as they transition from a very busy high season to what broker analysts believe will be a very strong summer.

"Summer buyers are going to be very happy this year because there will be plenty of choices," said Mike Hughes, Vice President and General Manager for Downing-Frye Realty, Inc. "Inventory growth has been good across all price ranges and geographic territories."
According to Cindy Carroll, SRA, with the real estate appraisal and consultancy firm Carroll & Carroll, Inc., the rate of inventory loss is declining and she predicts the Collier housing market will become even more stable before the end of the year. Carroll considers a 12-month supply of inventory a stable market for Collier County. Nationally, a stable market is reflected as having a 6-month supply of inventory.
Even though April's inventory fell 2 percent to 5,793 from 5,920 in April 2017, it's actually rebuilding from an annual low of 4,608 properties in inventory at the end of September 2017.
"The reality is, the real estate market is doing much better this year than in 2017," said Hughes, considering the 2018 statistics includes the period of time when Hurricane Irma stalled home sales activity for nearly six weeks starting in September (and as reflected in the 4Q 2017 Market Report).
Condominium inventory grew 2 percent in April to 3,003 units, over half the entire market, from 2,934 units in April 2017. The $300,000 and below price category experienced the highest increase in inventory (7 percent) to 1,472 units from 1,378 units in April 2017. Pending and closed sales of condominiums in this low-end price category were also strong, with a 17 and 14 percent increase, respectively. Interestingly, the median closed price of condominiums in April dropped 8 percent to $271,000 from $296,000 in April 2017.
"Sellers are pricing properties to sell and it shows," said Adam Vellano, West Coast Sales Manager, BEX Realty - Florida.
Carroll agreed and added, "The market for homes above $1 million is hot. If we can maintain current inventory trend levels - and I think we can - then sales of properties in this price point will be strong for at least a couple of years."
Overall closed sales increased 8 percent (month over month) in April to 978 properties from 902 properties in April 2017. And just like the first three months of the year, the high-end of the market continued to outpace other price categories tracked by NABOR® in April. As shown in the report, the number of closed sales of homes between $1 and $2 million increased 34 percent, while closed sales of homes over $2 million increased 15 percent in April.
"Closed sales of single-family homes in April were up 11 percent with an increase in every price category except the $300,000 and below range, where there are only 300 single-family homes on the market," said Brenda Fioretti, Managing Broker at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty.
The NABOR® April 2018 Market Report provides comparisons of single-family home and condominium sales (via the Southwest Florida MLS), price ranges, and geographic segmentation and includes an overall market summary. The NABOR® April 2018 sales statistics are presented in chart format, including these overall (single-family and condominium) findings: 
April 2017April 2018CHANGE
Total homes under contract (pending sales) (month/month)
Total closed sales (month/month)902978+8%
Median closed price (month/month)$355,000$365,000+3%
Median closed price >$300K (month/month)$525,000$525,0000%
Total active listings (inventory)5,9205,793-2%
Average days on market 9795-2%
Single-family closed sales (month/month)404450-11%
Single-family median closed price (month/month)$419,000$455,000+9%
Single-family inventory2,9862,790-7%
Condominium closed sales (month/month)498528+6%
Condominium median closed price (month/month)$296,000$271,000-8%
Condominium inventory2,9343,003+2%
Geographically, real estate activity was strong across the entire county, but closed sales of single-family homes in South Naples were most remarkable with a 51 percent increase to 62 closed sales in April 2018 from 41 in April 2017.
"North Naples was also a shining star in April," said Fioretti. "Even though inventory was down 8 percent in this geographic area, its year over year pending sales increased 9 percent, the highest of all geographic areas tracked. And its closed sales increased 13 percent year over year too."
April's month over month activity was even more impressive in the North Naples area, as reflected in a 26 percent increase in closed sales. Similarly, the median closed price of condominiums in North Naples dropped 14 percent in April to $258,000 from $300,000 in April 2017.
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Thursday, May 17, 2018 239.560.1574

Eight Signs It's Time To Move Up

Eight Signs It's Time To Move Up
The starter home. It was so cute and quaint and sweet when you bought it, right? But, that was before kids and dogs and overnight quests and holiday dinners that require mathematician-level logistics to finding everyone a seat in a dining room that bursts at six people.
Let's face it: It's probably time to move up. Lack of space is the No. 1 reason people start looking for a larger home. Families expand, lifestyles change, and the sheer accumulation of stuff can make a small home feel even tighter. "More than a third of all homebuyers last year were families with kids," said Dave Ramsey. "And 37% of sellers age 36 and under cited cramped quarters as their reason for moving."
But running out of room not the only reason to consider moving up.
You've got the equity
You may have had to scrimp and save for the down payment on your first home, but, if your home has appreciated, you may be in a completely different financial position this time around. If you're the type who envisions paying off your home and being free and clear, moving up may not be on your mind. But, for the rest of us, having equity in our current home means greater buying power to buy something bigger or get into a neighborhood we covet.
You're at each other's throats
Feeling cramped and living in clutter and hating that you don't have a space of your own or even a minute to yourself? That can create stress and leave you feeling anxious and overwhelmed. And, it goes against the general principle of homeownership since your home is supposed to be your sanctuary! Having some extra room to spread out and yard for the kids and dogs to play in can make a real difference in the way your family functions.
Ask yourself if "your quality of life is suffering," said Unpakt. "This category can include many things: your ever-growing pack of dogs or cats who are driving you crazy. Your cascading piles of fabrics that you use for quilting, but just can't keep organized in your current space. The lack of a guest room means that when family visits, you're stuck on the couch. Whatever it might be, if your quality of life has taken a nosedive because your house is too small, well, the answer is pretty clear." 
The neighborhood is changing…and not for the better
One of the reasons you may want to start looking at a new house is because your neighborhood is starting to evolve. Maybe there are new restaurants and bars that have attracted a different crowd or plans for a huge mixed-use project that, while great for the economic potential in the area, could mean more traffic than you want in your quiet little town. Even something like a change in the flight patterns from the local airport can get you thinking about that next home.
Remodeling is price prohibitive
A good real estate agent should be able to give you an idea of what necessary (or wanted) renovations would cost to your existing home. It could be that the amount of work you would need to do on your home to get it where you want it - or get it into tip-top shape for a sale - is beyond what you want to spend. In that case, it might make better financial sense to make small improvements, put it up for sale, and put your money into a new home that better suits your needs.
You don't want to over-improve for the neighborhood
The other important factor to consider when deciding whether to move or improve your home is how the redone home would sit in your neighborhood. You don't want to run the risk of doing a bunch of expensive renovations only to have the home sit on the market because it's overdone and considered overpriced.
"Weighing against renovation is the risk you'll ‘over-improve' your home compared with others on the block," said Bankrate. "When you are in a neighborhood that has starter homes and smaller homes, adding a large addition or doing an extensive renovation may not yield the return one would expect."
Everyone else has moved on
So, your kids were young and bicycles and basketball nets lined the street when you first fell in love with your home. At the time, it was everything you were looking for. But now, so many of those families have moved on, and the lively street you loved has turned rather sleepy. If you're still holding on to the memories of what your neighborhood once was, maybe it's time to find one that better meets your lifestyle needs today.
You've crunched the numbers
Presumably, a move-up home is going to be more expensive. Beyond the equity you can use to make the purchase doable, you have to consider the monthly expenses, too. "It's not just the sticker price on the house; it's the long-term costs associated with it," said "When you go up (in square footage), you get higher property taxes, higher utilities, and more maintenance." And acquiring more rooms means shelling out for more furniture, too.
You can make sure you can afford a move-up home without becoming "house poor" by "using online affordability calculators to figure out how far you can stretch your dollar.

Friday, April 27, 2018


This is my 15th year as a Professional Southwest Florida Realtor and love helping buyers find the perfect Florida home. I search through the current listings to find the perfect property and Taylor your search to the right location, lifestyle and price range. For my Floridian property seller's, I perform a detailed market evaluation of your property's value by analyzing the recent comparable property sales to determine the best list price for your home. I can help you make your home attractive to buyers with competitive pricing and marketing strategies. My Seller's Average Closing Price is 96% of their Listing Price!

I accomplish successful transactions by understanding my customers needs, being readily available to answer their questions and providing them with comprehensive information quickly. I have 35 years of business experience and I put all of my expertise to work to help sellers protect their investment and help buyers build theirs. Integrity, in-depth community knowledge, successful negotiation skills, and a high-quality professional network are the hallmarks of ​my success.

I had the pleasure to graduate from the Business School of Western Michigan University in 1990 and the Fort Myers Academy of Real Estate in 2004. Since attaining my real estate license in 2004, I​ have represented hundreds of real estate buyers, sellers and investors with excellence and great success. ​I look forward to hear from you and helping you accomplish your Florida Real Estate goals. It would be a pleasure to be your Southwest Florida Realtor and help you find your piece of paradise.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

A Little About Cape Coral Florida :)

Cape Coral is a city located in Lee County, Florida, United States, on the Gulf of Mexico. Founded in 1957 and developed as a master-planned, pre-planned community, the city grew to a population of 154,305 by the year 2010. The city's population estimate was 165,831 for 2013 and 181,211 for 2015. With an area of 120sqmi, Cape Coral is the largest city between Tampa and Miami. It is a principal city in the Cape Coral – Fort Myers, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is known as a "Waterfront Wonderland", with over 400mi of navigable waterways, Cape Coral has more miles of canals than any other city in the world.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Defective Home: Who Is Responsible?

Defective Home: Who Is Responsible?

Defective Home: Who Is Responsible?
Question: My son and his wife purchased their first home last year. They secured a mortgage with a lender (Note: I have deleted the name of the lender). They had looked at 5 others houses where the lender was overly critical about updates to the houses before they would give out a mortgage. The house my son and daughter-in-law agreed on and purchased had a beautifully terraced backyard. They were required to do minor fixes before getting the mortgage. Eight months later the deck is coming away from the house because the terraces were put in wrong. My daughter in law went to the town to read the permits and have the contractor come back. No permits were pulled and a repair bill of $50,000 was given by a new contractor and structural engineer.
Who is at fault? The previous homeowners, the lender or the home inspector? This is a major bill for a first time buyer and no one seems to be responsible. Thank you for your help. Lori.
Answer: Dear Lori. I know that lenders are supposed to look carefully -- and critically --at the appraisal of a house they are considering making a mortgage loan, but I am surprised your son's lender actually turned him down based on the condition of the houses.
Let's look at the various players. First, the home inspector. Did he/she inspect the deck and say anything about it? I can't provide you specific legal advice, but you may have a case against that inspector. I would call him and tell him that there is a problem and you want him to look at the deck. Don't make any accusations or allegations; let the inspector take the lead in making comments. Many states protect the inspector from litigation if the homeowner has signed a statement at the back of the inspection report that states: "in the event of an error or mistake by the inspector, his/its liability is limited to the amount of the inspection". This is called an "exculpatory clause". However, many state courts have taken the position that if the homeowner can prove negligence on the part of the inspector, the inspector cannot use the "shield" of the exculpatory clause as a defense.
Next, the seller. Did your sales contract state that you were buying "as is"? If that's the case, you may not have a case against the seller. And even if you did not take "as is", I know that the seller will use as a defense "you had an inspector; if there is a problem, he should have caught it. However, if the seller knew that the contractor did not get permits for the work, you may still have a case.
Next, the lender. Generally, lenders are not responsible for problems in the house. However, in your case, it appears that the lender was actively involved in your house purchase. It was critical about other houses that were being considered, and regarding this house the lender actually required certain repairs to be made before the mortgage could be funded. So, I would think that you may be able to hold the lender responsible for some of the repairs costs.
Next: what about the contractor that installed the deck in the first place and did not pull any permits. Generally, there is a period of time (called a statute of limitations) after which you lose the right to file suit. However, there is also a legal concept called "the discovery rule" -- the statute of limitations starts when the problem is first discovered.
My suggestion: do your homework, get at least one more bid from a contractor and talk with a local attorney about the feasibility -- and the cost -- of litigation.