August, 2009 It's Another Great Day on Marco Island
It's amazing how quickly this summer is passing by. Mother Nature is cooperating with not much tropical storm or hurricane activity so far. We had a drier than usual July but the rainy season has picked up again for August. The rainy season adds a whole new dimension to our piece of Paradise. These tall, spectacular thunder clouds will form over the Everglades, make their way West towards the coast, drop some rain on us for about 10 minutes and head out over the Gulf just before sunset. The light show up in the clouds from the lightning is like none other and
posted by firstname.lastname@example.org August 10, 2009 11:37 | permalink | comments (13) | GeneralJune, 2009 Choosing the Right "Team" for your Real Estate Transaction
When considering purchasing a home, lot or condo in Naples and Marco Island, now more than ever, it is important to not only hire a Realtor who is knowlegable and professional, but to also work with recommended service providers so that your transaction goes as smoothly as possible. In addition to your Real Estate Agent, your "Team" will also include a lawyer (or title company), mortgage broker or bank, insurance agent and home inspector (if making a purchase). These people, either individually or as a whole, can make the process of buying or selling either a nightmare or
Recently, there have been many newspaper articles depicting the "doom and gloom" of the real estate market. At face value, many of their facts are correct. However, they do not take into consideration the trends over the last few years. The latest article discussed the drop in median price. There is no doubt, it has dropped. Again, what they don't tell you is what happened from what we all typically feel was the "high" market and the current conditions. Below is a chart I have compiled from actual statistical data provided by our local Real Estate Board.
Our "season" in Naples and Marco Island is more than halfway over. Easter is this coming weekend and, while some say that is the traditional end to season, things really don't calm down until early May. This season has been perplexing, to say the least. On one hand, the traffic seems to be as busy as usual, the lines in the grocery stores seem to be long, the beaches are full and the hotels seem to be buzzing. However, many restaurants and retailers are saying things are down compared to last year. It makes you think: if the people are here, what are they
January in Naples and Marco Island is in full swing. While the weather in the northern regions has been like a roller coaster, we are enjoying our consistently warm and sunny climate. The visitors are flocking by the carloads and planeloads every day looking for their place in the sun.
The Real Estate market is taking off, also. Contrary to what the media would like to portray, our real estate market in Naples and Marco Island is quite healthy. Again, some would have you believe that "there is so much available, there is no rush to buy anything." I