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Selling the Lifestyle of Southwest Florida

By Debra McAlister-Brown, P.A. | Agent in Estero, FL
  • It hit the News Today "Bidding Wars", it hit Florida Months ago..

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Naples, Home Selling in Naples, Foreclosure in Naples  |  May 1, 2012 5:20 AM  |  365 views  |  No comments

    Real Estate's Bidding Wars Are Back 4/27/2012 9:16:14 AM

    Pending-home sales in March hit their highest level since April 2010, spurring the return of real-estate bidding wars. Nick Timiraos reports on The News Hub. Photo: Peter Earl McCollough for The Wall Street Journal

    http://online.wsj.com/video/real-estates-bidding-wars-are-back/BF2BF48A-5A33-4C0B-95E0-3BB0F7B6128C.html?KEYWORDS=NICK+TIMIRAOS

    This has been happening in Florida for months now, many of the homes I am selling are going over the asking price due to the current lack of inventory in our area.

    Debra McAlister-Brown

    International Luxury Home Marketing Specialist - Sun Realty

    239-898-9933 

    http://www.DebraSellsFlorida.com

    1-888-943-4452 - Fax

    DJMSellsSWFL@gmail.com


  • Realtor.com Finds List Prices up in March

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Naples, Home Selling in Naples, In My Neighborhood in Naples  |  April 30, 2012 2:10 PM  |  350 views  |  No comments

    This info was released by Realtor.com for Naples Florida.  

    http://lowes.inman.com/newsletter/2012/04/30/news/186147



    Year-over-year median list price increase (%)
    15.38%
    Median list price$375,000

    Debra McAlister-Brown

    International Luxury Home Marketing Specialist - Sun Realty


    239-898-9933 

    http://www.DebraSellsFlorida.com

    1-888-943-4452 - Fax

    DJMSellsSWFL@gmail.com



  • Naples home prices rise - Again, Why wait to buy

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Naples, Home Selling in Naples, Foreclosure in Naples  |  April 18, 2012 11:32 AM  |  345 views  |  No comments

    Naples home prices rise



    BY: GULF COAST BUSINESS REVIEW

    April 18, 2012

    NAPLES — The median price of a single-family existing home in the Naples area rose nearly 30% to $266,000 in March compared with March 2011, according to the Naples Area Board of Realtors.

     

    The jump in the median price was driven by a 47% increase in the number of sales of existing single-family homes priced between $500,000 and $1 million. Meanwhile, the association reported an 8% drop in the number of sales of single-family homes priced below $300,000.

    Overall, the number of existing single-family home sales dropped 2% in March to 432 compared with the same month in 2011, according to the association.

    Meanwhile, median prices for existing condos rose 4% to $165,000 in March compared with March 2011. Realtors sold 481 condos in March, a 14% drop from

    Debra McAlister-Brown
    Sun Realty Naples 
    www.DebraSellsFlorida.com




  • Tips to Save Your Storm-Damaged Trees

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Naples, Home Selling in Naples, Curb Appeal in Naples  |  April 17, 2012 6:55 PM  |  585 views  |  1 comment




    Tips to Save Your Storm-Damaged Trees

    By: Dona DeZube

    Published: November 17, 2011

    Don't assume your storm-damaged tree needs to be cut down. Trees can easily bounce back if you follow these tips for pruning and storm protection.

    Too often, inexperienced arborists recommend thinning interior branches. That’s exactly the wrong thing to do to avoid storm damage.

    “For storm protection and recovery, you should be doing the opposite,” Gilman says. “Removing branches from the end of long limbs and retaining the interior branches.”

    Even if a storm is strong enough to blow the leaves completely off a tree and bust branches, the tree can remain viable and ready for a comeback. “One episode from a storm is not enough to kill the tree,” Gilman says. The energy reserved in the tree’s roots and limbs will fuel new leaves either that year or the next year.

    Storm recovery tips for trees

    • Remove broken, separated, or hanging branches, but don’t prune any live wood that’s healthy. The tree needs the energy stored in its limbs to heal itself.
    • Check for cracks where branches connect to larger limbs. If you see cracks, cut the limb back to the next healthy, whole branch.
    • Make smooth pruning cuts — don’t leave small stumps or ragged pieces jutting out from your damaged tree. Leave the collar — the thickened base of a limb where it attaches to the tree — intact. Collars help heal pruning cuts.
    • Straighten and stake a small damaged tree (4” trunk diameter or less) that’s knocked down. Water it frequently as you would a new tree.
    • After flooding from a hurricane, water trees and plants freely to flush the salt water out of the soil.

    When a tree can’t be saved

    • If a tree leans over your house, car, or areas where people walk or play, it has to come down.
    • If your tree is hanging over or touching power lines, removing it isn’t a do-it-yourself task. Call a professional tree removal firm for help.

    Cost for tree removal varies according to the size and location of the tree. Expect to pay between $800 and $3,000 to remove a medium-sized tree.

    Check tree roots after the storm

    A few months after the storm, use a pitch fork to check the big roots coming out of the trunk to make sure they’re alive beyond the first foot or two of their length. Healthy roots are brownish or gray with hard, whitish centers. Dying roots are soft.

    If your pitchfork hits solid root, great. If not, you may have to take down your tree before it falls down.
    “Visit HouseLogic.com for more articles like this. Reprinted from HouseLogic.com with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®."

    Read more: http://members.houselogic.com/reprint-rights/?nicmp=rcrnl&nichn=link9&niseg=122011#ixzz1sLwyq7cH

  • HOUSING INVENTORY DROPS, SALES UP

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Naples, Home Selling in Naples  |  April 17, 2012 7:51 AM  |  320 views  |  No comments

    HOUSING INVENTORY DROPS, SALES UP

       


      
    The first quarter’s available housing inventory was down 13 percent  compared with the first quarter of 2011, according to a report released by the Naples Area Board of Realtors (NABOR), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island). The first quarter showed 7,596 available properties compared with 8,762 properties from 2011. Overall pending sales increased 14 percent in the $300,000 to $500,000 category, 29 percent in the $500,000 to $1 million category and 14 percent in the $1 million to $2 million category. Closed sales increased 21 percent in the $500,000 to $1 million category.

      content from Gulfshore Business Daily, April 16, 2012.--
        www.DebraSellsFlorida.com



  • Florida Stone Crab Season is Almost Over in Naples FL

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Naples, Home Buying in Naples, In My Neighborhood in Naples  |  April 1, 2012 1:06 PM  |  680 views  |  No comments

     Escape to Truluck's. A getaway for the senses. Come savor the freshest Crab, direct from  their own  fisheries. Delight in the fresh-catch seafood menu or select tender, juicy steaks grilled to perfection.

    Truluck's

    Fresh Florida Stone Crab Season is Here!

    Every Monday night, enjoy all-you-can-eat Florida Stone Crab for one low price.

    Make Every Night Date Night

    Savor your Truluck's favorites from their Chef's selected menu for just $39 per person.

    Enjoy soup or salad, choice of entree and shared dessert for $39 per person, every night.

    Their prices are subject to change so call ahead make a reservation, check specials and enjoy your evening.

    Debra
    International Realtor, SWFL

    239-898-9933

  • Naples Film Festival Gala - Tonight - SWFL has it all

    Posted Under: General Area in Naples, Home Buying in Naples, Home Selling in Naples, In My Neighborhood in Naples  |  November 4, 2010 7:46 AM  |  780 views  |  No comments

    Naples International Film Festival Gala!


    Thursday, November 4, 7 p.m.
    Hayes Hall

    The Philharmonic Center for the Arts will host the Opening Night Gala for the Naples International Film Festival on Thursday, November 4 at 5:30 p.m. with a red carpet event followed by the feature presentation ofThespians at 7 p.m. (www.thespiansthemovie.com). The Hollywood-style gala will kick off this star-studded event, which will be held through November 5-7 at the Silverspot Cinemas at Mercato in North Naples and the Norris Center (children’s festival) on November 6. The Naples International Film Festival will showcase independent films from around the world while providing an outlet for local filmmakers and film lovers in Southwest Florida. The black tie Opening Night Gala at the Phil will feature a special film presentation, music, entertainment and the opportunity to mix with stars, directors and producers.

    $35 General Admission ticket. 

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