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Friday, June 20, 2008

Naples Real Estate "Best Buy"

Brand New and Beautiful!

It's all in the details in this brand new and beautiful single family home. Situated in the magnificent, gated community of Fiddler's Creek; the amenities include a full service marina, a beach pavilion and a fabulous, resort-style Club & Spa. Fiddler's Creek is comprised of approximately 4,000 acres of which only 1,100 acres will be used for residential purposes. A firm commitment to nature and the environment; 2,600 acres are designated as lakes, golf course, parks and preserves. A 5.5 mile creek meanders through the community. There is an abundance of wading bird habitats, a nature park with boardwalk and gazebo overlook.

This lovely home is located in the newest and most exclusive village in Fiddler's Creek ~ Sauvignon. Comprised of only 10 homes in a private enclave. Hyacinth Drive overlooks the exciting 9th green and boasts breathtaking views of sparkling lakes.

Some of the custom features of this residence include a huge pool and spacious outdoor entertainment area, over 4,000 square feet, 3 large bedrooms plus a den, formal dining room and living room as well as an amazing casual room which opens to the granite kitchen. The separate guest cabana would be ideal for out of town guests or used as a studio or private owner's retreat! There's a brick paver motor court and private over sized garage.
Additional photos and a virtual tour can be found online at or call us today for your personal showing at 239-370-0574. This is the kind of place you will want to call home!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Coldwell Banker CARES

Coldwell Banker is more than a real estate company.
Through our statewide efforts, the CARES foundation has raised over $2 million dollars in support of a wide variety of non-profit educational, health, environmental and cultural arts organizations throughout Florida! As real estate professionals, we cherish the value of our community and strive to improve the quality of life for every citizen. Collectively and individually, the agents in the Coldwell Banker Previews Fifth Avenue office here in Naples support hundreds of local charities. In addition to the local charities that we all choose to participate in with both our time and treasures, we are actively involved in the CARES program. Across the state, Coldwell Banker has sponsored 17 Habitat for Humanity homes. Now, we have decided to support the Ronald McDonald House as our newest statewide initiative. The Ronald McDonald House assists families in need during the hospitalization of their children. Please help us to celebrate Foundation Month in June. All year, every year; every sale or listing sold that we participate in, the Harris-Peppe Team makes a donation to this amazing charity. As a leader in your community it is up to us to make a difference. Together we ARE making a difference in our community! Thank you. Coldwell banker Residential Real Estate CARES is a chapter of the Realogy Charitable Foundation, Inc. A 501 (C) (3) public charity incorporated in Delaware. Chapters principal place of business is Florida. A copy of the official registration and financials can be obtained from the division of Consumer Services. Registration does nor endorse, approve or recommend by the state. The Foundation Tax ID # is 20-0755090

Monday, June 16, 2008

Fun Summer Activities in Naples Florida

The long, hot days of summer have arrived and if you are looking for something really cool to do, we can suggest a few of our favorites! Don't miss the Fourth of July Parade, Friday July 4th from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The parade begins at Broad Avenue South, north on Third Street, then up Fifth Avenue! Get a "good spot" early! Later that same day, the Downtown Fireworks is a show not to be missed. This annual tradition begins at 9 p.m. when a remarkable pyrotechnics display appears off the Naples Pier out over the Gulf of Mexico. Call 239-213-7120 if you are interested in parking and shuttle info. How about Summer Golf? The South Florida PGA 2008 GolfPass membership is limited to 5000, so call today! For only $48. per individual, it offers play on nearly 200 South Florida courses, including 25 country clubs. Contact them at 954-752-9299 or If Art & Culture are your thing, a day wandering through the 15 exhibit halls at The Naples Museum of Art, or perhaps the beautiful von Liebig Art Center downtown? Peruse the galleries on Fifth Avenue or Gallery Row off Third. Both the Collier County Museum and Palm Cottage have summer hours. ~And let's not forget The Fifth Avenue South Gallery Walks scheduled for July 13th, August 10th and September 14th from 6-9 p.m....and circle the date now for The Labor Day Weekend Arts and Crafts Festival on Fifth Avenue South on September 6th and 7th from 10 to 5! Want to be entertained? The Naples Beach Hotel hosts FREE Jazz concerts on their lawn...mark your calendars for July 19th, August 23rd and September 13th! You won't want to miss The Evenings On Fifth either. They will occur on July 10th, August 14th and September 11th. If you want to check out what is happening at the Phil it's easy, just log on to their website at They already have their 2008-2009 season online! Great! Maybe getting close to nature is what you are yearning for...Did you know that Naples residents can go to The Naples Zoo for free on the 1st Saturday of each month? Also, The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is alive with wildlife and color in the summer months. Maintained by the Audubon Society, this is a magnificent way to spend the day. Of course, let's not forget so many of our favorite restaurants offer summer specials...and this time of year there aren't any long waits to be seated! Perfect! Last, but certainly not least, did you know it's a great time to buy real estate? Please call a member of The Harris-Peppe Team today: 239-370-0574. We have been selling the Naples' lifestyle since 1981 and we would consider it a privilege to assist you or someone you know with a summer sale! Thanks and have a safe and happy summer!

Monday, June 9, 2008

House-Spouse magnet

This may well be one of the weirdest real estate blog entries ever, but I felt it was worth the time for those ladies out there looking for a husband...okay, don't laugh, but here goes. We have a cute little condo listed in a neighborhood and price point that we do not normally handle. The mom of the owner is a real estate agent in another Florida city and found us on the Internet. Given her daughter's situation I decided to take the listing myself hoping that someone would do the same for one of my kids. I promised her I would take care of her daughter as though she were my own kiddo. I know it gave her a good sense of comfort knowing my years of experience. Well, never did we think a year ago that the market would have continued it's downward spiral and at such a pace...This lovely little condo is a super buy, located just a few short miles to downtown Naples and all the wonderful amenities Naples offers. Further, it boasts a spacious bedroom plus a den, covered parking, cute furnishings, in-home laundry, a wonderful community pool, a nice park-like setting, golfing nearby and best of all...are you ready for this? The last two ladies who owned this condo moved in single and met their husbands shortly thereafter. Now, this might be pushing the envelope, and of course I cannot make any guarantees, but thinking outside the box is my specialty and in this crazy market I figured, what did I have to lose, right? Oh, by the way. This sweet little condo is priced at $100,000 even. Call us if you're interested in the details or check it out yourself on our website:

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Save $$$ On Your Home Insurance

Recently my husband (and business partner, Chip) had a Windstorm Inspection done on our personal residence here in Naples. We live on the water. The results, which we turned into our insurance company, gave us approximately a 30% savings on the wind portion of our homeowner's insurance premium. This is substantial when you consider the cost of insurance. If you are reading this, and have any questions pertaining to this type of inspection, please feel free to call Chip as he would be happy to assist you. 239-370-0574 It is important to note that Governor Charlie Crist signed a new law: SB 2860, which will require beginning in 2010, all homes insured by Citizen's Property Insurance for more than $500,000 which are located in the "windborne debris region" to disclose the home's windstorm rating at the real estate closing. This means these homeowners will have to complete the windstorm mitigation inspection prior to selling their homes. This program also applies to condominums, so it might benefit an association to check into getting such an inspection. ~AND...Starting in 2011, all homes located in the windborne debris regions must disclose this rating at closing, not just those insured for more than $500,000.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Counting Our Blessings

Well, as you can see I started out "gang-busters" when I first created this blog earlier this year...10 posts in January, my first month of blogging...Now as I look back, I haven't published an entry in about 2 weeks! Ahh! I just don't know where the time goes. Days and weeks are running together. I hear from other agents how "slow" things are and I wonder what planet they're on! We are busy! We are very busy! Internet leads, sign calls, floor calls & "walk-ins", referrals from past customers, open house prospects, making sales, managing listings and marketing. We do not know a dull day. If it isn't happening we make it happen!! Last month we had nearly a half million organic visitors to our website. There just isn't enough time in the day to follow up with all these potential prospects! Add to the mix a private life filled to the brim with children, grandchildren, friends and family...wonderful loved ones...Well, our cup runneth over...and we are not complaining. Quite honestly, just the opposite, we are counting our blessings! I had a great experience this morning. My broker is out of town and I volunteered to run our weekly sales meeting. Well, it was a great meeting if I may say so myself...not just the context, but the interaction. This office has some very talented agents...I have the best co-workers in the business. We are a family here at The Coldwell Banker Previews office. The meeting was upbeat and happy, positive and motivational. There are a lot of really good stats out there...Our market is turning in certain key segments in and near downtown Naples. One neighborhood in particular, Aqualane Shores is on track to close nearly 50 homes this year and currently only has 24 active listings. That's a 6 month absorption rate folks. You better check it out now before it's too late because Aqualane Shores is selling and it won't be long when the other waterfront communities follow! Our office pended 65 sales in May! We are up nearly 18% over the same time period last year! Buyers are making plans to come back to Naples to make decisions! There is a light at the end of the tunnel. If you would like information and current statistics about any particular neighborhood or community in Naples I hope you will give The Harris-Peppe Team an opportunity to earn your business. We look forward to hearing from, gotta' get back to work!