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Friday, January 29, 2010

All Our Listings Are On Youtube!

We have been busy getting some fabulous new listings in our inventory here in beautiful Naples Florida! Prices, selection, mortgage rates and the weather have never been better! Call us today to preview some of these wonderful homes.
~and, Please check out the virtual tours and videos on YOUTUBE!
Thank you...have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Goal Planning

Everyone who knows me knows that I am a huge goal planner....whether it is personal, family or business goals...whether it be a daily, monthly, annual or long term goals; I write a comprehensive business plan each and every year that includes systems and strategies for accomplishing these goals. So, the fact that I went to a Goal Planning seminar at the Board of Realtors today may baffle those who know I have taught Business Planning and Time Management classes for years...First of all, I firmly believe that sharpening the blade is necessary in order to stay honed in this ever changing real estate industry--Sometimes that means attending 'Real Estate 101' classes, better known as getting 'back to the basics', to see what is right there in front of you that you might be overlooking in your daily activities. Secondly, I have never been to a seminar in my life that I have not walked away with at least one new good idea. Today was no different. From this day forward I am going to carry with me, in my wallet, a list of 3 things in each of the previously mentioned categories: personal, family and business; as my one year goals...put in writing each year in January and carried in my wallet so that each and every time I open my wallet I will be affirming my abundance while being conscious of these goals. Lastly, I attended today's seminar because it was hosted by a dear friend, and former manager, Patti Brotherton from California! It was a mini reunion, as seven of her former agents from the mid-90's were there in attendance cheering her on and sharing accolades of our former broker with the group...we were able to attest to all her recomendations and ideas becasue each of us had already 'been there and done that'! So, let me suggest you all do the same thing...You don't need to be in real estate to practice this activity. Right now, think of 3 things you want to accomplish by the end of 2010 in each category and write it put it into your wallet! From left to right: Audry, Lee, Jeri, Patrick, Patti, Doug, Judy, Lauren and me! Thank you Patti from all of us
for being here to share your energy with the group in Naples today!
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Thursday, January 21, 2010

They're Baaaack!

I haven't been blogging, there's no time to tweet...and all my facebook friends are wondering where I am...I think I lost my space on myspace...forget about time for tunes and videos...and lately I'm more "linked-out" than LinkedIn...
YES, 'season' is in full swing, and our wonderful snowbirds are back looking for homes in paradise! The Harris Peppe Team is busy! Have you seen our featured home of the week yet? Check it out at and please call us if you or someone you know is interested in having us show you around our beautiful little town! 239.370.0574
Ah, life is good in Naples!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Good Time to Buy a Home

Now is the best time to buy a home! Hear Jim Gillespie, the CEO of Coldwell Banker on Fox News yesterday! This was a very good interview. Does anyone else out there remember 20% interest rates back in the early 80's? I can't believe I've been doing this for so long. Good Time to Buy a Home

Friday, January 8, 2010

Naples Best Waterfront Opportunity

OPEN SUNDAY January 10th, 2010 from 1-4 PM
Beautifully remodeled direct gulf access single family home located in the nautical neighborhood of Oyster Bay. Updating includes new granite & stainless kitchen, luxurious baths, marble flooring and a new dock with lift. Picture perfect decor...a real pleasure to show in every way! A stone's throw by boat to Naples Bay; and just a short walk to Bayfront's restaurants, the Naples Bay Resort, and all the wonderful downtown amenities. Situated on an elevated lot with western exposure and surrounded by lush landscaping and swaying palms. To top it all off, the below ground pool adds to the fun of this fabulous residence which epitomizes true Florida living at its best! Aggressively priced at $749,000 to encourage offers. Call the Harris Peppe Team today for a private showing. 239.370.0574 or come by our open house on Sunday! Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Happy 2010 from The Harris Peppe Team

Happy New Year from The Harris Peppe Team! There are a lot of wonderful things going on around here that we'd like to share. First off, today marked the first Business Meeting of the year here at the Coldwell Banker Fifth Avenue Previews office in downtown Naples, and the first meeting presided over by our new broker, Joni Albert. She did a great job and everyone is pleased and excited to have her leadership take us into the next decade here at the Previews office. Joni has been licensed in real estate sales since 1984, and has been a manager at a competitor's office in Naples for 10 years. She came to Naples from Upstate New York. She is very active in the local Board of Realtors and the Naples On The Gulf Chapter of The Women's Council of Realtors. Joni has had numerous professional awards, but most notably she was honored as The Greater Capital Association of Realtors-Realtor of the Year in 2000. After reviewing what's happening in our local market, it is my opinion that we are in for one of the busiest seasons we've seen in four years. Our phones are ringing, our listings are being shown, and we are taking some fabulous new listings! Several factors indicate that Naples Florida home prices are at or near the bottom. That is not to say that every community has hit the bottom. Keep in mind, not only is real estate "local", but also within a town like Naples, each neighborhood has its own personality and market conditions. Those things which I think are impacting our local market are: Inventory, Interest Rates and Pent Up Demand. Inventory is down! Current Inventory is 7,946 Active Residential Listings per the Naples MLS system, SunshineMLS. That is more than a 40% decrease in inventory! Wow! There were 7,040 closed sales in 2009 as compared to 4,651 total closed sales in 2008. Nearly 70% of the 2009 closed sales were listings priced below $300,000. Obviously, this remains our most popular price point. Only 6% of last years closed sales were listings priced over $1 million. Interest Rates are Still Low! Although banks are much stricter with lending, mortgage rates remain low. Today's rates are just slightly over 5% fixed for 30 years, and jumbo loans are around 6%. Our loan department here at Coldwell Banker is one of the few lenders making 20% down loans available to qualified purchasers of 2nd home condominiums. I invite you to call Kelly Rebimbas at Sunbelt Lending if you have any questions. Her direct number is More credit defaults are predicted, and this too will effect values. In addition, predictions are being made that rates will be going up in the spring. This should also motivate buyers to make decisions now. Sales Activity is Up! The Naples market is driven by 2nd home buyers and Naples remains a very attractive place for snowbirds to spend the winter. (although this week our temperatures have barely gotten out of the 50's). Some homes are selling in price levels I haven't seen since the last decade! Buyers are looking for values and finding them. In the next 10 years over 35 million baby boomers will be turning 60 in this country. That is a huge source of buyers who could potentially be relocating to Southwest Florida. In addition our European and Canadian friends are also making a come-back.

Lots of good news! Don't you agree? Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2010.
We look forward to working with you!