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Fort Myers Beach summer sunset - 08/31/08 10:11 PM
Fort Myers Beach is a barrier island located in Southwest Florida along the Gulf Of Mexico.It has been our home for about nine years. It is located some 26 miles North of Naples and it has city limits with Both Fort Myers and Bonita Springs. It boast some 7 mile beach which is also the length of the island. It is well know for its shrimp fishing, numerous canals with access to the Gulf Of Mexico, and its lay back life style and friendly though at times eccentric residents.It is part of Lee County but is separate from Fort Myers (6 comments)
Who will win at the US Open? Fort Myers Beach plays tennis! - 08/30/08 09:40 PM
How was that possible? A clay specialist winning on grass? There are two major reasons: The grass at Wimbledon is not as fast as before, and secondly: Rafa has improved his serve dramatically and added a nasty sliced backhand to his now enormous talent. Oh yea I forgot, the guy can run!
Tennis fascinates me, epecially,the mental aspect of it . Its amazing how much you learn about people just by playing a few sets against them.When I was 16 I went pretty high in a few tournaments in France in a para-professinal league. One year later, I knew I was not going to make (2 comments)
Coming soon: short sale condo in Portofino Ft Myers - 08/28/08 10:27 PM
This well designed community located in Fort Myers Florida off Six Miles Cypress, just half a mile as you cross Daniels Parkway is about 13 miles to Fort Myers Beach and a bit less to Sanibel Island. An appealing location as you are also close to Downtown Fort Myers,The River District, restaurants, as The New Metropolitan, The Red Sox Stadium, Edison College, major shopping centers with for example Target, Office Depot, Home depot and much more at the Edison Mall or the Bell Tower Shops. Portofino has style.It is a gated community build with that Italian architectural flair in mind, an attractive clubhouse overlooking a calming lake (2 comments)
Spanish Wells Bonita Springs stands out - 08/26/08 11:40 PM
Spanish Wells Golf course gated community Bonita Springs FL Spanish Wells is one the Premier gated golf course community in Bonita Springs. Specially if you want a lot but do not want to pay some ridiculous membership fees. I included 9 homes in the listing below, all with pools with price ranging from $299K to $598K all in excellent condition. there are of course newer models available. Amenities include Golf course with a transfer fee of $2250 ( not bad at all for Bonita !) and condo fees of just $1160 or thereabout per year.There is also a great (3 comments)
Buying shorts sales and deals in Cape Coral - 08/26/08 07:38 PM
Due to the large inventory of homes on the market In Cape Coral/Fort Myers and a tremendous amount of short sales, shrewd buyers are specially looking to purchase"deals": and often these are short sales.Buying a short sale can be complex and frustrating. Cape Coral home under $200K aboveThere are however a few tips which may help you before you make an offer on a short sale.These tips are not a bullet proof guaranty that the Lender will accept your offer, but they will increase your chances to have an acceptance and be that proud owner.be prepared:be pre-qualified and have your interest rate locked for (2 comments)
Short Sales tips video clip - 08/25/08 11:12 PM
Short sales are a challenge. No doubt about it. With a huge inventory of deals and short sales,foreclosures in Southwest Florida, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, in Fort Myers Beach and also Estero and many in San Carlos, Bonita Springs, buyers are of course attracted to these deals. They may even be waterfront homes. In the video are a few tips on buying short sales and deals but I do inderline that these tips are not a full guaranty that you will get an acceptance from the lender, but they will increase your chances to succeed and enjoy living or investing in (5 comments)
With all the stress we all go through in our business, we all need to get away from the daily grind. Work can be exciting. These days, I have been showing a lot of homes in Cape Coral and Fort Myers and my clients are easy going and fun to work with, but taking a little break can be revitalizing. As I have not been invited to participate in Dancing with the Stars this year, I have settled for photography as my outlet of choice. Just wondering along the streets of Fort Myers Beach. It actually has been of interest to me for many years. Windows Live Spaces
LLoyd NicholsRight Choice (3 comments)
Active Rain success story: buyers and your blogs - 08/24/08 09:23 AM
Two weeks ago as I was contacting a few clients one after the others I hit a wall. It didn't matter how positive the conversation was on the phone.I missed something. These are potential buyers who took the time to fill up their contact information either through AR or my personal web site. These days, and I don't blame them, they want either to work with an agent who has some experience with foreclosures and short sales or knows where the better deals are.
Cape Coral pool homes build in 2005 and 2006 for under $200K .Above and below.
It does help (12 comments)
Is your lawn safe for your pets and children? - 08/20/08 10:54 PM
We all have seen the small signs on the lawn: it shows pets with a bar over them with the words Warning!. As I commend the owners and the lawn care services to warn owners of pets.Lately I have been looking for pet friendly organic lawn fertilizers and care. Lawn herbesides are the number one killer of pets in the USA and it makes me sad and mad to know that some owners in Fort Myers Beach do not try at least to respect human life. Most do care.
There are a few good products such as http://www.ecochem.com/t_sitemap.html ECOCHEM. "EcoChem Natural (5 comments)
Brief Weather Update from Southwest Florida (Fay) - 08/19/08 07:21 AM
I woke up this morning and the power is still on A great sign. It's past eight o'clock, and it's dark and raining, but the powers is still on. Good going, Fay. Fay came ashore at Cape Romano just south of Marco Island, about 55 miles south of Fort Myers Beach. It never reached hurricane status. Fay is expected to continue in a north-northeasterly direction throughout Tuesday, passing near Orlando, and entering the Atlantic as a tropical depression off Florida's northeastern coast early Wednesday. So, goodbye, Faye, and thanks for the rain.
It makes me mad, not that weather broadcaster are correctly warning Floridians about Fay which "may" turn into a category one, but did you notice how sad they are when Fay was starting to be "disorganized" ( a strong sign for us Floridians that we will just see tropical storms and probably no winds over 70 miles an hour at most. There is only one guy I follow. Steve Lyons Hurricane (1 comments)
Island. This beautiful Fort Myers Beach gated community along the back Bay or Estero Bay offers of course pools,tennis courts and the only golf course available in Fort Myers Beach, sauna and steam room, guest units, conference rooms.Number of units per building ranging from 54 to 58. above:Estero Bay, Fort Myers Beach
Waterside These luxury buildings were build starting 1997 up to 2006.It is luxury life at its very best in one of the Premier Communities of Lee County with (3 comments)
Are you out of your mind??!!! Fancy Contact from London - 08/17/08 10:45 AM
This morning I had the nice surprise to notice a contact link in my e-mail box. I slept a bit late so my eyes where a bit blurry but it sounded pretty good: a contact from London! I should have taken my breakfast first! These guys are getting quite shrewd but still you can sniff them a mile away. Polite, almost syrupy, and..they ask your your Line of Credit Number... Beware of these. If it sounds to good to be true then its probably not! Darn I thought I had one good one one there lolol You are all welcome to call (2 comments)
The New Metropolitan Restaurant Opening on 8/19/08 - 08/17/08 12:32 AM
On August 19th 2008 The New Metropolitan Restaurant in Fort Myersis opening under new ownership and this one will be interesting to take a look at.This Opening is dear to me as the new owners: Chris and Ray have been my clients and friends for some time now and will take possession of the restaurant on Monday the 18th. They are from Belgium and in order to get a E-2 Visa they had to purchase a business. We looked at quite a few potential restaurants before coming across on this beauty. Chris immediately wanted to buy it. The restaurant has been in business (0 comments)
Lloyd's Easy Summer Dinner For People Who Aren't Cooks - 08/15/08 02:11 PM
I'm hardly a gourmet. My wife will confirm this fact. She's a good cook. But, I can manage to turn out a summer dinner once in awhile. This is for people who aren't cooks. Below is the perfect dinner for a hot evening on Fort Myers Beach in Summer. I believe that it will taste good outside of Fort Myers Beach, as well. Easy Summer Dinner for People Who Aren't Cooks: At market, buy sirloin hamburger patties already molded into patties and corn on the cob, mushrooms already sliced and French hamubrger rolls. Once home, start up Charcoal Grill. Take off green (4 comments)
Last week I ordered a full inspection on a property in Fort Myers. Most often then not and specially on a financed home, the lender will require an inspection. Whilecalling a reputable company who can do a general inspection, termite, radon and mold all in one stop, I was told by that company that because the home is only 2 years old it will "probably" not need a mold inspection and advised me that my clients are better off just if the inspectors just do a visual mold inspection and only take a few samples only if its "warranted"!
They will save $300.I (10 comments)
activerain success story:blogging celebration! - 08/13/08 02:44 AM
For these, who doubt the power of Blogging and specially of Active Rain, may want to review their position. Not everyone of us members will hit the jack pot and get terrific, pre-qualified and pleasant contacts on a regular basics. They may come because you did write the right blog.Because you promoted the right listing or simply because someone out there in the wide world web of blogging in Real estate likes what they see in your profile, but chances are you will developp a better relation with investors and potential buyers who have chosen to contact you in AR then elsewhere.
What is wrong with Mark Spitz? - 08/12/08 10:17 PM
For these of you who saw Mark Sptiz win an unbelievable seven(7) Gold medals in Munich in 1972, it was a crazy and great scenario to witness. The guy seems to have everything going for him. Looks, charisma, the famous moustache and the uncanny ability to just win over and over, reversed the silly stereotype that Jewish men cannot be great athletes. Take that! You just couldn't stop the guy. He is the bar Mark Phelps is trying to break with eight gold medals. Sptiz in Munich in 1972 Lately Mark Spitz was upset by a perceived Bejjing snub. "I never got invited. You don't go to the Olympics just to say, I (5 comments)
Showing Pool Homes in Cape Coral - 08/11/08 08:24 AM
I'm off this morning to show homes in Cape Coral. This particular client is from the Mid-West and is anxious to find herself a short term vacation home/long term retirement home before she returns home this weekend. What are this client's criteria: A spacious home with a pool for approximately $200,000. Happily, there are many houses for the client to view. Some need a little work, others do not. Some have water view. We are checking out both the Northwest and the Southwest areas of Cape Coral. The Northwest area of Cape Coral is quieter, less traffic, a bit remote. The homes in (2 comments)
PGA Winner/Harrington and Golf Courses in Fort Myers - 08/10/08 09:45 PM
Great Golf Coursesin Fort Myers, Naples, too; not a shortage of golf courses in Southwest Florida. I haven't played much lately with my business, and August isn't my favorite month for playing golf. Just too hot, but in a few weeks . . . but watching some of the PGA tournament today was fun. The winner was Padraig Harrington, an Irishman, his second Major this year. He also won the British Open. Sergio Garcia came close, but no cigar. That first elusive Major win is still a work in progress for him.
Sergio didn't loose his temper, looked more mature (less prima-dona)but did put one (1 comments)
News of the Day - 08/09/08 10:37 AM
On a Saturday morning here on an overcast summer's day on Fort Myers Beach, I delve into the national news. What is going on in our country? It's been a common complaint, the tabloid news and the serious news being blended in the last few years. Do I care about the latest mess Brittany Spears has gotten herslelf into? A definite NO. No interest whatsoever. Do I care that John Edwards had an affair at a time when his wife was ill and needed him? Not really, but badly done, John. Do I care that a little girl in the Orlando (0 comments)
Prices listed for short sales and foreclosures are not always what they seem - 08/08/08 09:58 PM
For these investors and buyers in general making an offer in Lee County, Cape Coral, Fort Myers and The Beach on a short sale can be complex. Your Realtor, when pre-viewing and gathering information for these listings may be well advised to ask a few questions to the listing agent: When willthe lender respond to the offer? Granted they are much faster to respond these days, but will it be 3 weeks or 6 weeks?
Cape Coral Pool home with gulf access canal frontage How many offers if any has the property in question? These days for example its not at (3 comments)
Immobilier en Floride pour les Francophones - 08/08/08 09:01 PM
Les possibilitiees sont tres interessantes en Florida dans l'immobilier, surtout a Cape Coral et Fort Myers, Vous pouvez acheter une excellente proprietee entre $150K et $350k, meme sur l'eau le long d'un canal qui vous permettra de prendre votre voilier ou votre bateau a moteur le long dy Gulf DuMexique. Il y aussi des prix tres interessants pour les acheteurss d'appartements le long par ex de la region du Sud de Fort Myers a environ 8 kilometres de la plage de Fort Myers Beach. les possibilitees sont vraiment uniques. There are many interesting possibilities in Florida, specially in cape Coral and (2 comments)
For Those Seeking A Laid Back Lifestyle & a French Video - 08/07/08 09:48 PM
For some of our Canadian neighbors as well as people across the Atlantic who may be interested in this area of Southwest Florida, I made a little video. The video is in French. Even during these dog days of summer, the Fort Myers Beach stands out as the sultry beauty she is and the surrounding areas of Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral have much to offer people seeking a laid back lifestyle. http://www.youtube.com/v/D9DJy9R9BAY
Real Estate Price Rise Dramatically in Stanley, North Dakota - 08/06/08 08:19 PM
He's a grandfather. He's a a wealty man. Now he is after finding oil in his back yard. Herb . The former cattleman, farmer and owner of a garbage business is now retired, able to count the dollar signs brought in by three oil wells. Herb Geving worked his whole life, but says oil changed his life. Now he doesn't work at all, just goes to his mailbox for the checks. Stanley, North Dakota, may not seem like the most likely place to find oil. But oil was found, lots of it. It's located in the Northwest area of North Dakota, about 50 (6 comments)
The island of Fort Myers Beach is"a moveable feast" - 08/05/08 10:46 PM
Fort Myers Beach is located in Lee County, southwest Florida. It is a lively independent city of some 10,000 residents who enjoy its 7 miles of white beaches, many gulf access canals which flow into the back Bay or Estero Bay and is close enough to Fort Myers and Cape Coral if you want more that city feeling.Its colorful history goes as far back as 4000 years ago with the proud Calusa Indians who dominated southwest Florida, the coming of the Spanish Conquistadors, to the pirates of the XIX century, the Utopian Koreshan society, its traditional shrimp fishing to its present day with the renovation of (2 comments)
A Great Italian Restaurant in Cape Coral/Papa Joe's - 08/05/08 02:57 PM
With a client coming in on Friday to see homes in Cape Coral, I previewed several houses today. After I was through looking at six different houses, most nice looking homes in NW and SW Cape Coral with swimming pools at great prices, I decided to stop to eat. Why not try a place where they really know Italian food?
I was starving and stopped at Papa Joe's on Cape Coral Parkway. Their sauce is definitely tasty and so, of course, are all of the pasta dishes. The Veal Parm is fantastic. And, the pizza is without compare in this area. If you (3 comments)
In Florida, where does the "Outside" begin - 08/04/08 10:15 PM
In Florida, we live a lot outside. Our great weather makes our "outside" lifestyle possible. But, where does the outside begin? Last night, we actually left the Island(Fort Myers Beach) and drove maybe six miles down McGregor to the Iona Area, for dinner with friends. They have a pool and an outside "living" area around the pool. Of course, we brought our pooch, Mimi, who enjoyed herself much, as I believe that, unintentionally, all four of us were feeding her. At one point, we were sitting around the table by the pool and all of sudden one of our friends pointed out what Mimi was doing (2 comments)
Lately I have been working with a client who wants to purchase a newer pool home in Cape Coral. His range is mostly under $210,000 and with his wife they have been frantically searching for that great deal. The deals are here. Of course these are mostly short sales and foreclosures. They are coming pretty soon so like usual I check to make sure these homes are active and if they have any offers on them, before gathering info and data and pre-viewing them. Cape Coral in-ground screened pool home over 2200 SF under air,3/2, 3 car garage, build in (2 comments)
I salute these who fell in Iraq and Afghanistan.Their lives has not been taken in vain. Is Iraq better off now then without Saddam Hussein? Him and his 2 sons were nut jobs. No one can argue that, And there is no question that the answer is a strong yes. Iraq is better off. Was the invasion of Iraq the best way to get rid of the Hussein regime and the so called 'Saddam's Dirty Dozen' ? Its easier to ask the questions after the facts.
Time will tell, but one fact remains. Many US soldiers died. or (3 comments)
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