marco island: Getting Ready to Buy a Florida Vacation Home? Start With These Tips… - 06/12/13 02:54 AM
 
Getting Ready to Buy a Florida Vacation Home? Start With These Tips…
Purchasing a new Florida home, whether you’re relocating to the Sunshine State or simply acquiring a vacation home, can be both stressful and joyful. How much of each emotion you experience depends largely on two things: 1) Your Realtor® and 2) Your knowledge of the process.
Selecting a Realtor® isn’t necessarily difficult but it does require a bit of effort. How long an agent has been in the business is not a measure of success. Sadly, the real estate industry is populated with a lot of people who … (0 comments)

marco island: Naples' Fiddler's Creek from $200,000 to $2,000,000 - 06/07/13 05:21 AM
Naples' Fiddler's Creek from $200,000 to $2,000,000
Fiddler's Creek is, without question, one of the nicest communities in all of Naples-Marco Island and one of the best values in southwest Florida
From the many community events to the beautiful multi-pool sun area, replete with food & beverage services, Naples Fiddler's Creek is unpararelled in value.

 Fiddler's Creek is a private, master-planned, residential offering unsurpassed elegance amongst a tropical setting. With a very low-density level of 1.6 Florida golf homes per gross acre, the plan anticipates nearly 100 distinct neighborhoods upon completion. Committed to preserving the environment, Fiddler's Creek is being … (0 comments)

marco island: When to Walk Away - 06/02/13 01:13 AM
Any seasoned salesperson knows that until the salesperson obtains control of the sale nothing will happen. Oh, there are those occasions when a prospect buys something but the best salespeople have the ability to sell their product based on exemplary service, superior knowledge, sage counsel and persistence. Gaining and keeping control certainly applies to soliciting a listing.
The real estate business is populated by an awful lot of agents who are willing to take any listing, regardless of how ridiculous the price point may be. That hurts them (not only will the house not sell but the seller will badmouth the agent) and it hurts … (3 comments)

marco island: Why "Expensive" Photography? - Guest Post - 06/01/13 09:08 AM
The most obvious answer to the title question can be seen in most online real estate listings.
 
According to the National Association of Realtors, about 85% of all prospective buyers begin a home search online. The MLS photos they've seen are the modern-day equivalent of department store windows. 
 
Have you seen displays with dirty windows, wrinkled clothing, and mannequins in disrepair? Certainly not at the successful stores! Management invests substantial resources on professionals to keep their storefront windows bright, appealing, and enticing for one reason: the effort brings in customers who are confident that the professionalism on the outside … (1 comments)

marco island: Naples-Marco Island Real Estate Headed Higher - 06/01/13 09:03 AM
There’s an old saying, “The numbers don’t lie” and that’s certainly true of Naples-Marco Island real estate. According to the Naples Area Board of Realtors, the average home sold for a bit over $100,000 in June of 2012; the average in March 2013 was around $178,000 and the increases show no sign of abating. In the first quarter of 2013 pending sales in SW FL were up 24% year-over-year and days on the market is down by 5. 
 
Although the market has (thankfully) not yet returned to multiple offers and even over-offers, the window in which to buy at an … (0 comments)

marco island: Why use a Realtor? - 06/01/13 08:50 AM
The short answer is because the typical home sold by a Realtor sold for about 43 percent more than the typical “For Sale by Owner” home. That’s according to the National Association of Realtors 2011 profile of home Buyers and Sellers. 
It’s ironic that most homeowners chose the FSBO route to save money. But, in fact, those sellers would have walked away with more money had they simply identified and retained the services of a good, solid Realtor who would have done all the heavy lifting. In this day and age, when 85 percent of all home purchases begin with the … (3 comments)

 
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