Living in Naples, Florida is no short of luxury. Snow birds love to vacation here and we love to live in it all year round. But have you ever considered what the high end communities are like and why they are most Naples’ Native’s favorites?
One thing that most of us hate to do is mow our lawn, paint the exterior, and fix other things that we really have no idea how to do. One of the major perks of living in a rental property is that you don’t have to do any of the dirty work. No need to Google “Why is it leaking?” because there is usually 24-hour maintenance that is provided to residents.
Gym memberships can range anywhere from $50-$200 monthly. Whereas in a community you most likely will have a well equipped gym ready and convenient without the monthly charges or extra fees that somehow always show up randomly.
Privacy and security:
There’s really no price on being safe enough. Nowadays having that extra security system installed or living in a gated community makes a world of a difference in a peace of mind and sanity.
When it comes to looking for houses, everyone wants the best but not everyone is satisfied or impressed by their decision on a home. These little factors don’t seem so little anymore when it comes down to it. Think about every little teeny tiny detail and don’t over look anything. These are a few perks we thought of that new house hunters might forget about but nevertheless, they are just as important as any other!
Don't deny it! Summer is on your mind. For all you snowbirds out there, summer is NOW and for locals, summer will be here before we know it. Check out these designs and "hacks" below for some stellar pool ideas.
Whether your pool is modern, traditional, small, or unique -THIS IS FLORIDA! Paradise living is not complete without a pool. If your home does not have a pool, increase its value by adding a pool. Call Homes By Bill and Katie for a pool builder referral and complete your dream. Here is a list of a few types of pools for you to choose from:
1. Modern- Characterized by lines and geometric shapes, modern pools offer vivid color and in-set spas.
2. Mediterranean- Known for their aqua water color and roman or greek shapes. Stone decks are usually popular with ceramic tiles around the pool. Waterfalls are a popular feature in Mediterranean pool.
3. Traditional- Usually surrounded by brick of pavers, traditional pools are timeless. Traditional pools can be rectangular shaped or kidney shaped. The water color is usually natural looking like a lake or a pond.
4. Tropical- Bring the vacation to you! Planters, waterfalls, mosaic, and boulders will complete your "tropic" feel in your own backyard.
NARBOR (Naples Area Board of REALTORS), tracks home listings and sales within the Collier County area -excluding Marco Island. The market concludes the year of 2015 with the only difference between this year and last, is that the inventory is much LOWER than last year. What does this mean? It means that prices are increasing as is demand.
Most pending sales near the end of 2015 average over $300,000, and homes over $1M are more abundant. Home market prices are rising, so buy or sell NOW.
On the flip side, homes under $300,000 are going fast with the number of first home buyers, retirees, and boomerang buyers, increasing in Naples. Competition is high, which is good for sellers -not so much for buyers. It’s more important now than ever, to have an experienced realtor when purchasing a home in Naples.
When selling your home, know that the days on the market have decreased. There’s no time like today to list your home. Call Homes By Bill and Katie!
Open floor plans have been very popular over these past decade. Is this about to change? Many architects are stating that the trend may change soon that home buyers may require more walls.
Mobile technology is creating a desire for more privacy. “Fragmented” spaces may be more popular for individuals who work from home, need to have a quite space, or purely enjoy their privacy. Open spaces lack privacy and deter from focus. Studies and television rooms may see a comeback verses a great room. Split-level floor plans may be used more often to help divide open spaces without closing them off entirely.
It always depends on what you and your family are looking for in a home, but walls may be coming back. Everything is cyclical.
What do you think about walls? Let us know @homesbybillnkat on Twitter or on our Facebook page!
Are you looking for something fun to do this Halloween, especially since it's on a Saturday this year?! Stay safe whether it's you and friends, or a loved one, or the entire family. Check out these events and we're sure you'll have a wonderfully, frightful time! Now's the time to face your fears. Happy Halloween from Homes By Bill and Katie.
“Gross” House- Collier Fairgrounds
October 23, 24, 30, and 31. Gates open at 7 PM until 11 PM. There will be hay rides, food vendors, costume contest, and more! See full details here.
Halloween in the Park- Bonita Springs
Celebrate a safe Halloween at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs. Vendors will have candy to give away and other prizes. Costumes encouraged! See more here.
5th Annual Spooktacular on 5th
Live music, kid’s activities, trick or treat, pet costume contest, night at the museum (haunted house), and an adult costume contest complimented by fun for all ages! See more here.
Monster Mash at The Village
Join us for a frightfully good time! Face painting, Sharkey the Pirate, pumpkin decorating, complimentary photos, arts and crafts, trick or treating, and even meet real wild animals! See more here.
Farmer Mike’s 1st Annual Fall Festival
A Halloween-themed corn maze for all ages, hay rides, pumpkin patches, and Fridays are “Flashlight Fridays.” See more here!
We know, we know, they should do a Million Dollar Listing Naples, but until then: Million Dollar Listing New York can be pretty exciting. Check out this article we found at http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/real-estate/million-dollar-listing-fredrik-eklund-spills-secrets-article-1.2178939.
‘Million Dollar Listing New York’ star Fredrik Eklund on his secrets to success and new tell-all book
He could sell ice to the Eskimos — and a $20 million penthouse to J-Lo. And now he wants to teach you the tricks.
“Million Dollar Listing New York” star Fredrik Eklund, the city’s number one residential broker, has put out a part-memoir/part-business-manual/all-fabulous book that he hopes will inspire and, more important, entertain.
“I’ve done New York,” Eklund told the Daily News about his book, “The Sell: The Secrets of Selling Anything to Anyone,” out Tuesday.
“I’ve seen and done so many amazing and rewarding things — and I wanted to put all that in a book and send it off and see what happens. It’s a message in a bottle.”
In “The Sell,” Eklund spills some of the trade secrets that helped him rise from a Swedish start-up failure to a New York City powerbroker so beloved and talented that he’s closed deals with Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez and Leonardo DiCaprio.
In 10 years, he’s sold $3.5 billion in New York real estate.
And Eklund’s main secret is no secret at all: Be yourself.
"When you're new to a workplace, the biggest mistake you can make is copying the people around you or other people in the industry rather than being the authentic you,” Eklund says. “Be the unique, crazy eccentric you that your friends and family love and people will gravitate towards you and trust you."
What does that mean when you’re Fredrik Eklund?
“Jump out in the middle of Fifth Ave., stop traffic and scream, ‘I love New York!’”
Eklund may be famous for selling multi-million dollar pads, but the book — a cross between an autobiography and a guide to being a business executive — is remarkably accessible and a good read for anyone with ambition in a city fueled by it.
“It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in,” Eklund said. “After all, we’re all selling ourselves all the time, whether you’re on a date, on a job interview or just negotiating with your dog.”
Fredrik Eklund is a handsome Swede — but why does this 37-year-old think he can teach business techniques in the U.S. of A.? Here’s a guy who experienced his fair share of failure — a tech start-up he co-founded ran out of money and he even did a short stint as a porn star.
But you who know what Nietzsche said — and it’s especially easy to get stronger from failure when you have a personality like Eklund’s.
Since moving to New York in 2002, his antics sent him flying up the ranks — and earned him his biggest break, being cast in “Million Dollar Listing” in 2012.
BRYAN R. SMITH/BRYAN R. SMITHFredrik Eklund, star of "Million Dollar Listing New York" has written a new book
"I used to sit near Fredrik when we both worked for a small boutique firm years ago," said Michael Graves, a top Manhattan broker. "Even years before all the lights and cameras, it was clear he had an extraordinary drive to be number one. He's worked very hard to achieve what he's achieved and it is clearly well deserved."
Another key to Eklund’s success? Letting go of past hurts.
“I’ve always had really long eyelashes,” he says in the book. “When I was 14 years old, the older guys in the schoolyard began making fun of me by saying I had ‘girl eyes.’ I became so scared to pass those boys in the hall that one day I went home and used my mom’s manicure scissors to cut off my eyelashes.”
But the bullies didn’t have the last word.
“Last week, I was out with Jennifer Lopez showing her $20 million penthouses. We were standing on a terrace overlooking all of downtown Manhattan. She turned to me and said, ‘You have the bluest, most beautiful eyes.’ I thought of those boys back in Sweden and forgave them.”
It’s also important to dress for success, says the impeccably coiffed Eklund.
“I’ll confess that every three weeks I spend $275 on my haircut,” he says. “Does that sound terrible? Sorry, I’m not sorry.”
Hello! I was asked to write a guest blog for my good friends Bill and Katie, here. I recently went to GL Homes' new and growing development, Riverstone in North Naples. Well, here it is:
The location is very well in North Naples -well desired and growing along Immokalee road. Riverstone is located off of a short road back that's connected to Logan Boulevard. It's secluded enough, but only about 10 minutes to any amenities. When you pull up the elongated drive, you will see waterfalls and a beautiful gated entrance. There are guards (at this time it seems only on the weekends as there's construction still going on). The security guards are pleasant and thorough. He even took my husband's business card! Our drive to the home I was visiting was brief once we entered the community. The new home we were visiting is just over a year old and recently purchased. Looking around, you can see many new homes as this is a newer community and MY, are they beautiful! There are many varieties of homes in the community, 1-story and 2-story, in different models.
After dinner, we took a short stroll to the Clubhouse of Riverstone. Friendly neighbors waved at us as we walked down the streets. Nice cars surrounded us, and even a Lamborghini was seen! The Clubhouse has recreation rooms with a pool table, foosball, and ping pong. There is even a Pac-Man game in the "kids" room. There are activities for everyone in the family: a lap pool, recreational pool, playground, tennis courts, outdoor basketball, AND indoor basketball!
There is a special key used for all entry and re-entry to the clubhouse and is amenities. I think anyone looking to purchase in North Naples needs to see Riverstone. It's not a golf community, but you'll see a hefty difference in HOA fees compared to one. If you're not a golfer, it won't bother you a bit! If you are, there are plenty within driving distance! Visit Riverstone today and remember to call Homes By Bill and Katie to see it!
This just in: Hammerhead shark found butchered in Estero bay. Read full article here:
A Hammerhead shark was found in Estero bay to have seemed to be killed for its jaw. A creature's life for a wall decoration item or sale. These species are protected by laws, but the laws are only good if people obey by them.
Sharks play a huge role in our ecosystem, as do all creatures. We know that there has been more sharks in the news for showing up on shores, and "attacking", but now this? The sharks have been here long before we have, and ONLY with our help, will they be here long after we've gone.
We don't know about you, but we feel that all laws are in place to protect these creatures for a reason. The laws are there not only to protect us, but everything around us. When one shark is destroyed, it effects the whole ecosystem below it. Fishing is a great sport and recreation in Naples, Florida and surrounding areas, but it needs to be taken seriously. Catch and return when you can! We're on board with raising awareness of how important sharks are to our ecosystem -join us by learning more here!
DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | RELEASED FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015
Inventory Shortages Keeping Home Sales Low- Home sales will pick up to a solid 5.3 million this year and are expected to hit 5.5 million next year, but until inventory constraints improve, the country’s large pent-up demand for home sales can’t be met, NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said at the 2015 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C.
Overall, the economy is on a steady growth track, with solid job formation, continuing low interest rates, and the large millennial generation entering its peak household-formation years. But with buyers having to compete for a limited selection of properties in many markets across the country, home prices are rising fast, making it hard for many first-time buyers to get into the market.
Yun’s concerned that, as a result of these conditions, many households risk missing out on the wealth-building effect of home ownership at a time of low interest rates and strong price appreciation. “Young people are in a position to leave their parents’ home because job growth is picking up, but the lack of inventory and rising prices is making that hard,” he said.
For lawmakers, there are important policy implications, because home ownership is the path most people take to building wealth. As more households find their options limited to renting, inequality—already rising across the country—will worsen. “Without home ownership, many people will not be able to enter the middle class,” he said.
Despite the need for more inventory, builders are concentrating on the multifamily rental market right now, because that’s where the demand is, said Robert Dietz, vice president for tax and market analysis for the National Association of Home Builders. Dietz, speaking at the same forum on residential issues and trends, said the renter population has been the big growth story in real estate since the economic recovery began several years ago.
There’s plenty of interest among builders to fill the need for more single-family homes, too, but small builders, who historically have been responsible for building two-thirds of new homes each year, can’t get the acquisition and development financing they need to get back into the market. Lenders want them to have buyers already lined up before they give them financing, Dietz said, making it hard for builders to get inventory in the market for buyers to look at. Also keeping housing starts down are a lack of skilled labor and a shortage of developed lots, he said. Prices of building materials are on the rise, too.
Yun is forecasting 1.1 million housing starts this year, rising to 1.4 million next year. Prices are on track to rise 6 percent this year and then ease to a sustainable 4 percent next year, as more homes come on the market. He predicts long-term mortgage rates will stay at a low 4 percent this year, rising to 5.2 percent next year. Yun said interest rates will continue to rise, but he doesn’t expect big jumps in the years ahead because inflation remains in check and energy prices aren’t expected to go up to any significant degree in the years ahead.
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