naples homes: The Money Pit: How to Avoid Buying One - 09/29/14 11:52 PM
Caution:  Money Pit Dead Ahead  
During the Great Recession a few agos, deferred maintenance was everywhere here in the Greater Fort Myers area.   One of the terms you may frequently hear, especially from your agent and home inspector, is "deferred maintenance."
Deferred maintenance is, simply, the putting off of routine home maintenance. Whether because of procrastination or lack of funds, many homeowners fail to perform the tasks that a house requires to remain in good condition.  Below I am showing a small commercial structure I rehabbed myself before moving a branch into downtown Cape Coral, Florida.  When we got … (0 comments)

naples homes: Greater Fort Myers Area Design Tip #5. - 09/09/14 12:59 AM
Design Tips for Your Children's Playroom
When designing a playroom for your children, there are some key factors to consider. This is a room where your children will learn, grow and flourish both physically and socially. It's important to craft an inspirational, fun and safe environment. Combine these elements to create a playful, carefree environment in your home.
Color & Theme Consider your child's personality and preferences – and embrace them! Use vivid and bold colors such as red, blue, green, pink or yellow. Use them as your primary wall color, or go with a more neutral shade and accent with these hues. … (11 comments)

naples homes: 3 Things to Consider Before Buying a Fort Myers Town Home. - 09/07/14 11:33 PM
3 Things to Consider Before Buying a Fort Myers Area Town House
Have you ever noticed how the terms "town house" and "condo" are sometimes used interchangeably? This is most likely because both types of housing structures may be governed by homeowners associations. That, however, is where the similarity between the two ends. Comparing condos with town houses is akin to comparing apples and oranges.
When most consumers hear the word "condo," they picture a unit in a larger structure. For the most part, this is accurate. The problem, though, is that "condominium" is actually a form of ownership, not a … (1 comments)

naples homes: What is a contingency? - 08/20/14 11:25 PM
What is a Contingency?
Think of the word "contingency" as akin to "if." When a homebuyer signs a contract agreeing to the purchase of a home, she is saying, "I agree to purchase this home for this amount of money if …" The "if" is the contingency.
Contingencies are those items that must come to pass before the sale finalizes. The list of possible contingencies is endless – you could tell a seller that you'll purchase his home if his dog turns into a pig, sprouts wings and flies away. You could do that, although you probably wouldn't get the house.
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naples homes: How to Avoid Buying a Money Pit - 07/02/14 01:12 AM
Evidence of Deferred Maintenance Ah, real estate lingo. Get ready to learn a whole new language as you go through the real estate transaction. One of the terms you may frequently hear, especially from your agent and home inspector, is "deferred maintenance."
Deferred maintenance is, simply, the putting off of routine home maintenance. Whether because of procrastination or lack of funds, many homeowners fail to perform the tasks that a house requires to remain in good condition.
before                           after
For instance, failing to replace a cracked or broken wax … (13 comments)

naples homes: How to Give Your Bathroom a Spa-Like Feel - 06/05/14 05:10 AM
How to Give Your Bathroom a Spa-Like Feel
Nothing epitomizes pure relaxation more than the serenity and ambiance of a spa setting. The smells and sounds alone are enough to immediately calm the body and soul. Unfortunately, enjoying these luxuries isn't exactly a common occurrence. However, below are some great tips to help you modify your bathroom for a personal spa experience. Get ready to enjoy hours of escape and rejuvenation.

The Calm Color Palette When selecting a color scheme, think nature, earthy and calming. Lighter color schemes provide a more airy, natural and relaxing feel. Neutral shades of light … (2 comments)

naples homes: Creating a Garden Your Kids Will Love - 06/02/14 02:25 AM
Creating a Garden Your Kids Will Love
Gardens don't have to be off-limits to children. In fact, creating a designated garden area for your kids can provide hours of fun as well as opportunities for learning. If you have limited space, allocating even a small garden bed for your child to care for can give him a sense of accomplishment and an ongoing project that changes with the seasons.
Here are some tips for creating a garden space that works for children and grown-ups alike.

Make the Garden Interactive A garden space for kids is not something to be admired … (7 comments)

naples homes: Buy a Greater Fort Myers Fixer Upper With an FHA Loan? YES! - 06/02/14 02:12 AM
Buy a Greater Fort Myers Fixer Upper With an FHA Loan?
 
 
Most real estate agents have tales of clients who just can't seem to look beyond a home's minor flaws, be they ratty floors or sagging screens. Then, there are those clients who can envision the possibilities of a house that's seemingly being held up by a prayer.
If you fall into the latter category but are short on cash, here's a solution: a government-backed loan that covers not only the purchase price of the home, but the cost to rehab it as well. It's a loan provided by … (4 comments)

naples homes: Chemical-Free Weed Prevention Tactics - 06/02/14 02:03 AM
Chemical-Free Weed Prevention Tactics
If there's one thing all gardeners hate, it is weeds. Fortunately, there are a number of chemical-free tactics you can use to control weeds in your garden. And in the long run, most of them will be cheaper than spending money on toxic, synthetic chemical weed controls.
A weed, by definition, is any plant that grows in a place where it's not wanted. With that thought in mind, let's discuss some weed prevention tactics.

Prevent Weeds Naturally With Other Plants If you want chemical-free weed control, plant other plants. That's right. Plant the plants that you … (0 comments)

naples homes: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Conventional FHA Alternatives - 05/20/14 11:49 PM
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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Conventional FHA Alternatives
The changes in FHA-backed financing have many homebuyers seeking an alternative and, although it's been around since 2006, Fannie Mae's My Community Mortgage Program's time has come.
This is a conventional loan product, ideal for first-time homebuyers lacking a large down payment and with limited credit histories.
With flexible underwriting and a 3 percent down payment requirement, My Community Mortgage is a lower-cost alternative to FHA in many instances.
"Say you want to buy a $180,000 house and you don't have much cash for a down payment," hypothesizes George Souto, … (0 comments)

naples homes: Chemical Free Weed Prevention? - 05/19/14 04:24 AM
Chemical-Free Weed Prevention Tactics
If there's one thing all gardeners hate, it is weeds. Fortunately, there are a number of chemical-free tactics you can use to control weeds in your garden. And in the long run, most of them will be cheaper than spending money on toxic, synthetic chemical weed controls.
A weed, by definition, is any plant that grows in a place where it's not wanted. With that thought in mind, let's discuss some weed prevention tactics.

Prevent Weeds Naturally With Other Plants If you want chemical-free weed control, plant other plants. That's right. Plant the plants that you … (3 comments)

naples homes: Good Credit but No Down Payment? There's a Loan for That! - 05/19/14 04:01 AM
So, Warren Buffet spends more on dinner than you make in a month, and you've never required the services of an investment banker, but you have good credit and you long to own your own home. What if we told you that there is a mortgage loan program out there for people just like you and (here's the best part) it requires no down payment?
Despite what you may have been hearing in the media about lenders tightening their belts and mortgage requirements becoming more stringent, the USDA offers a zero-down mortgage for folks who don't make gobs of money.

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naples homes: Use Color to Give Rooms a Larger Feel - 04/07/14 02:47 AM
Use Color to Give Rooms a Larger Feel
Regardless of the size of your home, it doesn't have to "feel" small. Below are some tips for how to play with color to give your rooms a larger look. Have fun and take the challenge of creating a spacious feeling through paint, flooring and home décor.
Playing With Paint
There are many approaches to using paint to make a room appear larger, but one standard holds true: Choose light colors such as whites, neutrals or even pale pastels. The lighter your wall color, the more light reflection you will get (both … (0 comments)

naples homes: Hummingbirds behind your house is nice. - 03/13/14 10:06 PM
Hummingbird Plants in the Garden
With wings that beat up to 200 times per second and the ability to hover straight up and down, sideways, backwards, and even upside down, hummingbirds need a lot of energy.
Although hummingbirds will eat insects, most of that energy comes from the nectar of flowers, and you can invite these guests to dine in your garden by planting known hummingbird plants.
Hummingbirds Everywhere There are 320 hummingbird species in North, Central, and South America, so chances are you will find at least a species or two that call your region of the country home. Many … (0 comments)

naples homes: Scoping Out a Neighborhood in Cape Coral or Fort Myers. - 03/13/14 09:41 PM
Scoping Out a Neighborhood
Homebuyers enter the process with one of two mindsets. There are those who know what kind of house they want – the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the type of kitchen and maybe whether or not they want a yard. Then there are those who knowwhere they want to live, such as a specific school district or neighborhood, but haven't completed a wish list of home features.
Seldom does a homebuyer tell her real estate agent that she wants a "three-bedroom, two-bathroom home with a gourmet kitchen, a fireplace and a pool in the backyard, located on J Street … (1 comments)

naples homes: Growing the perfect herb garden for the perfect house. - 03/06/14 11:11 PM
Tips for Growing an Herb Garden
Herbs are some of the easiest, most versatile and useful plants to grow. If you're going to start a garden for the first time, try growing herbs. Many of them grow with very little care, and if you live in a condominium or townhome with limited space, herbs can easily be grown in containers. Whether you've got acres of land or just a few pots on a patio, here are a few tips for growing a successful herb garden.

Tip #1: Grow Herbs You'll Eat There's no sense in growing herbs you won't eat. … (0 comments)

naples homes: Retirement: Is This a Good Time to Downsize? - 03/06/14 10:57 PM
Retirement: Is This a Good Time to Downsize?
Moving into a smaller home – downsizing – isn't just a way to save creaky knees from the two-story monster where you raised your family. It's also a way to free up equity to use during retirement.
Although Americans lost a substantial amount of home equity during the housing crisis, older Americans fared better than most. In fact, in 2010 the median home equity for those between the ages of 55 and 64 was $100,000, according to Reuters. Americans aged 65 and over did even better; they typically claimed $135,000 in home equity.
This is … (0 comments)

naples homes: HOA's Made Easier? Here's an attempt. - 11/19/13 11:42 PM
HOA HOA stands for homeowner association – a nonprofit organization that is funded by all the association's members and overseen by an elected board of directors. In some states, HOAs must be registered with the department of real estate or another state regulatory agency.
Most of the country's HOAs are run by volunteers from within the community, with the remainder run by management companies.
The primary purpose of the HOA is to enforce the policies, procedures, regulations and restrictions agreed to by the members, thereby maintaining property values. Financial support for the HOA comes from each homeowner in the form of … (2 comments)

naples homes: Not the HOPPER! - 07/15/13 12:15 AM
 

Home listings are often syndicated by marketing platforms and get shown all over the place and the photos may present in random order. The MLS is no longer a closed loop. Think about the pictures you upload before you damage your reputation or your seller questions your sense of style.  More photo's do get more attention, agreed. However, there has to be a better shot than the infamous toilet in the background picture we all see so much of.
During my nearly 30 years of real estate experience, I never really understood how the toilet shot often worms its way onto the … (3 comments)

naples homes: Market Insider tool available FREE for SW Florida homeowners. - 02/27/13 11:38 PM
The median list price in February for single family homes in Fort Myers is$196,000. The list prices increased by 8.94% from the previous month.
The price per square foot for listings in this area is $140.
The median sale price in December forsingle family homes is $85,000. The sale prices increased by 3.72% from the previous month.
The price per square foot for sales in this area is $42.
 

 
The number of active listings in Fort Myers increased by 2.8% from the previous month.
The median number of days active properties have been listed is 85. This is significantly shorter than the national average.
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