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July 2013

Found 8 blog entries for July 2013.


A new gated community of attached villa homes in Estero opened in June built by Neal Communities.  Villa Palmeras will have 110 maintenance-free attached homes with lake and preserve views.  Two model homes can be viewed now; 12 homes will be move-in ready this fall with the remaining homes to be built.  There are 3 models to choose from:

  • Crystal Sand---2 BR/2BA/1,434 SF, 2-car garage, Great room and an optional den, priced from $209,900
  • Tidewater---2 BR/2 BA/1,524 SF, 2-car garage, Great room and den, priced from $224,990
  • Tidewater B---2 BR/2 BA/1,524 SF, 2-car garage, priced from $223,990
True resort-style living, Villa Palmeras offers residents a gated entry, and fine amenities like a heated pool, spa and sundeck; nature boardwalk; direct…
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If you want to live in a tropical location and be around other wealthy residents, Naples is the place to live.  With beautiful sandy beaches and topnotch retailers, Naples is home to scores of millionaires, who head south to the warmer weather of the Gulf Coast.  Naples ranks 3rd in the United States for millionaires, according to research by Phoenix Marketing International, after first place Los Alamos, N.M. and second place Stamford, Conn.  Following Naples, Washington, DC and San Jose, Calif., round out the Top 5.

Naples is the top city in Florida of households with millionaires, and the only Florida city in the Top 10.  It is the result of wealthy citizens relocating to Naples and bringing their riches with them.  With a metro population of 320,087 in

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New luxury condos in Naples showcase a fresh design that combine the comfort of a single-family home with a vibrant village atmosphere.  Each home at the Carrara at Talis Park opens to indoor/outdoor living spaces, and a breathtaking view over the water from the back patio.  Outdoor living at its best with private roof top spaces for gardens, outdoor dining and a pool.  The 84 new Carrara luxury condos are within easy walking distance to the clubhouse, driving range and tennis courts.

Talis Park has a living “in the village” feel with an easy walk to the community’s village center, the Vyne House clubhouse.  When completed in September, this will be the central gathering place for the community.  The Vyne House will feature Fiona’s Market Café where

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The Naples/Marco Island area is 20.7% below the “equilibrium” home price of $324,804----defined as where home prices would be if there hadn’t been a big drop during the recession.  A report released last week by Local Market Monitor reveals that home prices still are recovering from the recession, and finds Naples/ Marco Island ranked 11th out of 19 Florida cities as being underpriced.

Real estate professionals as well as mom-and-pop investors are buying homes and condos to rent out, not necessarily to live in as full-time residents.  Since the housing bubble burst, professional investors and individual ones have been looking for bargains in the Naples area.  The firm’s president and founder of Local Market Monitor expects investor demand will be a major

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In the heart of downtown Old Naples, luxury meets convenience at The Gables where seven classically-designed homes span an entire block that combines the luxury of a big home but the price and convenience of a condo.  The seven homes stretch a city block at 6th Street South from 1st Avenue South to Central Avenue. Only 1 home is left---six of the seven homes have already sold---and Naples Redevelopment is planning nine more of these homes nearby since buyers are embracing this popular concept of upscale, classic style in Old Naples that is ideal for young professionals as well as for empty nesters or for a vacation house.

The upscale Gables homes each have a unique exterior and feature top-of-the-line details in the interiors, focusing on a spacious

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For many homebuyers, golf draws them to Naples.  In Naples, there are endless possibilities in choosing a golf course community with the the highest concentration golf course communities per capita in the country.  So understanding the difference between types of golf membership is important.

Bundled Golf Community Membership:

  •     Membership is bundled together with title to the property; it is included in your home purchase price;
  •     No initiation fee is required;
  •     Annual dues typically run between $1,600-$2,500 per year;
  •     Every residence in the community is a full member;
  •     Much less expensive than equity golf membership;
  •     Golfers pay only a cart fee to play golf;
  •     Getting a tee time can be difficult during
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In a recent report by RealtyTrac, Naples was named the number two retirement hotspot in the nation and a great place for real estate investors to target for long-term value creation.  Factors that were considered by RealtyTrac in establishing this ranking included the percentage of residents above retirement age, home price appreciation and rental capitalization rates.

Despite having the second highest cost of living index of all the communities ranked in the top 15 in the US, Naples scored high the 44.3% of its residents that are of retirement age and average annual temperatures of 74 degrees.  Additionally, a cap rate of 3.84% on 3 BR single-family homes is attractive to investors.

Home prices are on the rise in Naples with the median now at $267,473, up

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Home sales were up for the real estate market in Naples, while inventory and average days on the market were down for the year ending in May 2013.  With low interest rates and low inventory, buyers made quick purchase decisions so that they did not miss out on opportunities.  The lack of inventory caused multiple offers on many Naples homes and Naples condos.

There is no shortage of buyers in Naples right now, according to local real estate agents.  It is an ideal time for sellers to list their homes.  Since last year, days on the market decreased 16% from 191 days to 161 days in May 2013.

The median price of sold homes increased 16 percent from $190,000 in May 2012 to $220,000 for the 12-month period ending in May 2013.  Overall sales increased 5% over

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