Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Christmas I say...Seriously, you think I'm kidding? I was in several stores this week, had I not known it is still July, I would have guessed it was Thanksgiving weekend! The craft stores actually have some of their Christmas displays out. ~To me, August always makes me feel like autumn is in the air...fall is a month away, the Allstar game is over, the kids go back to school, folks are calling to confirm their 2013 reservations...And we, The Harris Peppe Team, begin to plan the last quarter's marketing strategies. We are closer to next season than to last season; when I look up at the 'Year-at a-Glance' calendar on the wall in our office, there's more on the top half than the bottom half..."Where has this year gone?
I have not been as diligent this year as in year's past with my blog posts...It takes 28 days to create or break a habit...I was so busy during season actually listing and selling homes that blogging took a backseat, and now I need to get back into the swing of it again. My goal is to begin posting 3 times a week throughout the rest of the year. There are a lot of things happening in the Naples Real Estate market to report and share...just a matter of getting myself back into the habit!
If you have any questions, discussions or suggestions regarding what kind of posts you are looking for, please just shoot me a quick email. I am always open to new ideas! Michele@NaplesRealEstate.com
In the meantime, Let's just enjoy today and never mind the retailers trying to push the pumpkins so early in the year...
Thank you for reading! I hope to hear from you soon!
The Naples Real Estate Blogger
Monday, July 16, 2012
The Perfect Solution~ Our Summer Vacation Non-Destination!
This photo was taken at the southern tip of Key Island
Chip and I are having a "stay-cation" this summer. Usually we take advantage of the slower summer months and do a little traveling; either by boat or up to our cabin in North Carolina. This year we have friends staying at the cabin in July and August, and while trying to decide where we might go this year, I came up with the idea of taking a "stay-cation"! After all, there is so much to do in Naples during the summertime. "Let's just stay home and enjoy our own backyard!" During season it is not usual for me to start my day on the computer at 6 AM, and more days than not I drive home from the office after dark...sometimes 8 or 9 o'clock. So, it didn't take me long to get rid of the initial guilt of 'working' from home last week! There is something to be said for doing all my correspondences while throwing in a load of laundry, preparing a nice dinner, and taking a break through-out the day to paint or read. In addition to the change of pace, the number of things going on in Naples this time of year has given us a wonderful selection of fun things to do!
One night we met a few of our kids and grandkids at the beach for pizza and sunset! "Why don't we do this more often?" we kept asking ourselves! ~Yesterday after church Chip said, "Come on, I'm taking you to breakfast!"--That is something only reserved for vacations, so what a treat that was!
Last Friday night we walked up and down Fifth Avenue South and just 'people-watched', held hands and enjoyed each other's company before heading over to one of our favorite restaurants for a Summer Special...Another perk of being here over the summer months is we get to enjoy all the great summer specials at the area restaurants without the long wait to get seated! Everything can be done spontaneously! How fun is that? Very!
I broke my paints out last week, and it was a great feeling to NOT put them away when I was done...which means I am not done! I am planning to paint all summer-- Speaking of painting, the summer art scene in Naples is incredible! There are 15 exhibit halls at The Jay & Patty Baker Naples Museum of Art...and The von Liebig Center downtown is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. Peruse the many galleries on Fifth Avenue and Third Street...it could take weeks! Another hidden treasure at the working studios and galleries in The Pine Ridge Industrial Center, home of The North Naples Art Alliance...my personal favorite is the Sweet Art Gallery! Such a great gallery! Please check it out--and Tell Dede Sweet [her real name] Michele sent you!
I'm thinking I might head over to The Naples Zoo on the first Saturday of the month [residents get in free]...I will either take my camera and see what kind of shots i can get...Or maybe take a few grandbabies, ride the boat over to Monkey Island, and act like a kid myself! I am also planning a trip out to The Corkscrew Bird Sanctuary where i am hoping to catch a glimpse of the rare and magnificent Ghost Orchid.
All my Naples grandbabies have memberships to the newest attraction in Naples, The C'Mon Children's Museum! I can't get in without them, so that sounds like another aweome way to spend the day with the little ones!
I haven't mentioned The Beach Club Hotels Summer Jazz series... bring your beach chairs and enjoy the beauty of Watkins Lawn while listening to the jazz beats of local groups while sipping a tropical drink all the time smelling the salt air and watching the sun go down! Does it get any better than this?
Outdoor screenings of movies take place at Cambier Park as well as the Mercado, The Evening On Fifth continues through the summer months on the 2nd Thursday of each month...and then there is Thursday On Third, too! I am even going to take a trolley ride around town on Dolly The Trolley! Am I going to be bored this summer? No way! How blessed we are to live in such a fabulous town!
Last but not least, summer is a very good time to look at local real estate! Chip and I took a 'bus man's holiday' on Saturday and previewed waterfront property around town! We were impressed with all the great buys still out there! Next week we will do the same thing and spend a day looking at different new communities, golfing communities, Old Naples listings, as well as beach front offerings. Even when we are on vacation in other cities we look at real estate, so why not do it while we are 'stay-cationing'! Right?
Well, I sure hope you are having an enjoyable summer where ever you are. If you'd like any information about what is happening in the Naples Real Estate market, please give us a call. 239.370.0574
Thank you, and make it a great day,
The Naples Real Estate Blogger
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Happy 4th of July!
There sure are a lot of fun things to do in Naples Florida to celebrate Independence Day! The area fireworks displays are not the only way to show your national pride either...Why not come on down to the city's traditional parade which kicks off at 10 AM. The parade route begins on Broad Avenue South and treks down Third Street and Fifth Avenue South! There are 100s of participants including floats, music and various give-aways! It is such a wonderful feeling to see all the red, white and blue line the downtown streets while everyone comes together, regardless of their political persuasion to celebrate America! The shoppes on Fifth Avenue will be holding sidewalk sales from noon to 2 PM. If you are anywhere near the Coldwell Banker office, please stop by and say hello!
The fireworks begin at 9 PM and they are set off the Naples Pier. Many boaters decide to watch the display from the water, which I must say is quite spectacular. If you don't have your own boat, or a friend with a boat, one suggestion might be to view the fireworks from the M/V Double Sunshine, docked at Tin City. $60 buys you a beverage, a treat and hors d'oeuvre's...Plus, of course, the firework show...Call 239.263.4949. ~If you head down to the beach to watch the show, get there early, and don't be in a hurry to leave, as it can get pretty congested. Bring a blanket, a cooler, and maybe even some sparklers! ~Another interesting suggestion for history buffs takes place at 10 AM on July 4th at The Estero Community Park, where the Historical Society hosts its annual reading of The Declaration of Independence.
Whatever you decide to do, whether it be to watch a parade, enjoy the fireworks or simply a back yard BBQ with friends and family, please be safe.
Happy Birthday America from all of us at The Harris Peppe Team!
The Naples Real Estate Blogger
Monday, July 2, 2012
Naples Florida Makes the Top 10 List!
Wow! 8 of the 10 turnaround towns that made the CNBC.com list are in Florida, and Naples made its first ever appearance! Check out more of the story by clicking HERE! Data derived from Realtor.com, the official site of The National Association of Realtors, showed clearly that many of those cities that once led the downturn in the real estate markets nationwide, are now leading the way to a turnaround! The list weighs a comparison from the last quarter of 2010 to the last quarter of 2011 and tabulates which towns have shown the most dramatic improvements based on a number of statistics. Naples Florida ranked #7, Miami was ranked #1! The only 2 towns NOT in Florida [are] Boise Idaho and Phoenix Arizona. One of the most striking statistics about Naples that CNBC documented was the fact that the "year-over-year" inventory was down a remarkable 35.94%! To answer the cynics who believe there may still be a shadow inventory lurking out there that will curtail the current trend upward I say, "based on the current actives, pendings and closed sales, the demand will quickly absorb this possible inventory."
There has never been a better time to invest in Naples Real Estate than NOW! Purchasing a home or condo, whether it is as a primary residence, a 2nd home, or as an investment, at today's low interest rates, is the best place that you can put your money right now!
For information about the local Naples real estate market, or specific neighborhoods in Southwest Florida, please call a member of The Harris Peppe Team today! 239.370.0574
Thank you and make it a great day,
The Naples Real Estate Blogger