naples fl gated homes: Are formal Dining Rooms a thing of the past? - 01/25/11 01:29 PM

It was very obvious at the International Builder Show in Orlando that the general trend was  moving towards smaller homes and looking for imaginative storage spaces and living areas.  One of the victims of ridding a home of unnecessary living space in some parts of the country will be the dining room.
ining rooms seem to be reducing in appeal as people wish more “casual” eating spaces. “Dining rooms are definitely on the way out,” said Joe Digrado, Danielian Associates’ design coordinator, at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando Friday. “Ask your buyer if they really need one. In … (4 comments)

naples fl gated homes: My Saturday foodie post. Fish n chips (with an Oregon twist) - 01/22/11 02:18 PM
I love cooking and do intend to post a few recipes as well. 
Here are some really imaginative ideas for Fish and Chips, the great British traditional meal, by Karen Burket from Oregon. 
Having lived in Britain for 17 years before coming to the USA I do appreciate the "twists" on an old classic!  Thank you, Karen.
If you wish to see more recipes by real state agents please visit the new group COOKING WITH CHRISTINE & FRIENDS So last week I mentioned that I love to cook and posted a salmon dish I recently made.
The other night I … (3 comments)

naples fl gated homes: Mardi Gras - Karnival - Carnivale - 01/20/11 02:29 PM
Esperanza Butler wrote about Mardi Gras. In Europe, the practice dates back to the Middle Ages where they were celebratory periods before Lent began.  Today, most Catholic areas in Europe still celebrate during the week before lent.  The celebration in the Catholic parts of Germany, for example, are called "Karnival"  with the exeption of Bavaria – in Munich it’s called  “Fasching” and it’s very big.The main day is “Rose Monday” when there are parades everywhere, beautiful floats, carnival princesses and people dance and drink in the streets until they drop, like Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  Tuesday (called Shrove Tuesday), is  … (1 comments)

naples fl gated homes: Melissa Galt, Frank Lloyd Wright's Great-Granddaughter, at the Miromar Design Center January 22, 2011 - 01/18/11 02:26 PM
Distinguished Speakers Series
Melissa Galt, Galt Interiors, Atlanta    “Designing a Signature Life”           Saturday, January 22 at 2:00 p.m.  It’s not just about designing home interiors, Melissa explains that a life well-lived includes relationships, cooking, travel, entertaining and passions. Melissa takes her inspiration from her great-grandfather, America’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. She will share simple steps to find your dreams and live by design. A book signing will follow Melissa’s presentation.
Please call (239) 390-5111 for the last remaining seats or sign up on line.  At the time of writing there were a few … (0 comments)

naples fl gated homes: New Thoughts on Swimming Pools Part II - Alternatives to Chlorine - 01/10/11 04:09 PM
Swimming is a great exercise and having a pool in your backyard can be a lot of fun!  However, since chlorine used in pools can have side effects on your helath, as well as corroding the pool equipment, alternatives have been developed and are now being used.  A company called TechnoPure offers alternative pool systems by pumping water through a chamber containing coated titanium plates and copper and zinc ions. DEL Ozone  produces ozone injectors that can reduce the need for chlorine up to 90%.  Did you know that one of these systems was installed at the White House years ago??  … (0 comments)

naples fl gated homes: E-SIGNATURES now over 10 years old - 01/08/11 01:32 AM
E-SIGNATURES now over 10 years old!
Since President Clinton signed the ESIGN Act in June 2000 the E-Signature has simplified and expedited interstate and foreign business.   Tom Gonser, Founder and Chief Strategic Officer of Docusign, Inc. stated recently that E-Signatures have had the most effect on real estate transactions.
“Of all the markets, there is one where e-signature technology has had the greatest impact, changing more lives than nearly any other technology—real estate. No other sector has reaped greater rewards than our industry.  Time, money, ink, paper and aggravation are eliminated. And, deals are done faster, better and are more … (4 comments)

naples fl gated homes: Atlas Van Lines Report "Where is America moving?" - 01/04/11 04:08 PM
As at the beginning of every New Year, Atlas Van Lines reviews interstate moves during the previous years to determine relocation patters. 
In 2010 there was an increase in household interstate moves!
How do Atlas Van lines classify the states?
Each state/province has a threshold value, which is the total number of shipments multiplied by 0.55. If 55% of moves leave a state it’s classified as outbound If 55% of arrive in a state it’s classified as inbound. All other states are balanced. Residents were lost in the Midwest while Mideast states and the Southwest gained.  For the first time, Kentucky … (0 comments)

naples fl gated homes: SW Florida ARTIST SOIREE - Winter 2011 Charity Event at the Ritz Carlton Beach Resort - 01/04/11 01:43 PM
YOU are cordially invited to
A Charity Function to Benefit
the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Artists for Charity SWFLnn

The Artists Soiree
Winter 2011
to celebrate the book
Artists in their Studiosby Ruth Dwyer
February 24, 4 pm to 8 pmRitz Carlton Beach Resort, Naples, Vanderbilt BallroomMeet, Greet, and Enjoy Artists who Live and Work in the Naples areaListen to the Artists Explain the Magic of NaplesParticipating Artists donated For Auction
Further Details at
or phone 305.513.5658
or email

naples fl gated homes: A post on "Foreclosures" from Freddie Mac - 01/02/11 03:03 PM
Here is a post from Freddie Mac.
The Foreclosure Balancing ActBy Chief Operating Officer Bruce Witherell 
Bruce M. Witherell was named chief operating officer of Freddie Mac in September 2009. In this position, he oversees and ensures effective integration across the company's core business lines – Single-Family Credit Guarantee, Single-Family Portfolio Management, Multifamily and Investments & Capital Markets – as well as the Operations & Technology, and Models & Research divisions. Witherell is a member of the company's leadership team and reports directly to Chief Executive Officer, Charles E. "Ed" Haldeman, Jr.
Foreclosed homes make up 25 percent of … (0 comments)

naples fl gated homes: Has a Listing Agent made MLS Changes between Offer and Closing? - 12/27/10 09:58 AM
Has it ever happened to you that you found listing details in the MLS changed between the time of your customer's offer and the closing without the listing agent letting you know?When I prepare an offer for a buyer, I always print out the full MLS listing, hand it to the buyer(s) to read and sign, then include it in the offer package and ask the seller(s) to countersign.   (As some sellers tell me later, this was the first time they saw the MLS print-out.)  On accasions, incorrect details are spotted by the sellers, and I am glad they are, as, … (89 comments)

naples fl gated homes: Americans are beginning to prefer smaller homes .... - 12/24/10 01:01 AM recently undertook a survey of 1,500 homeowners and buyers which produced some interesting results:  almost half of them preferred their “ideal home” should be no larger than 1,900 square feet.
Melissa Dittman writes in REALTOR®  Magazine that five years ago the average was 2,400 square feet. 
Price and the cost of upkeep were not the major consideration in choosing to live in a smaller home.  Sharon Asher, chairperson and founder, said  “As home owners rethink how much space they need, we’ll continue to see more innovative approaches to living well and sustainably within a smaller footprint”.
54% of Americans … (1 comments)

naples fl gated homes: Let's see if two states are successful in their suits against Bank of America - 12/22/10 09:20 AM
Two states have files suits against Bank Of America!  Arizona and Nevada are suing BoA for alledged foreclosure fraud. 
“Bank of America has been the slowest of all the servicers to ramp up loss mitigation efforts in response to the housing crisis.  It has shown callous disregard for the devastating effects its servicing practices have had on individual borrowers and on the economy as a whole” said  Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard in a press release. 
Arizona charges BoA with committing fraud and misleading borrowers includes the following::•    If borrowers can apply for loan modification without being delinquent on their payments•    … (1 comments)

naples fl gated homes: TIPS FOR SAVING ON HEATING AND COOLING - 12/19/10 02:00 PM
Here in Florida we usually use more cooling than heating, but this year we have had some cool days in December!  I live on the beach in wonderful Naples, SW Florida,  and even on the Gulf of Mexico the temperatures dropped into the 40s for a few nights. 
The tips provided below by Jean and Le-Ann are very timely and apply to any area of the USA.                             
Christine R. Sutherland REALTOR®
Downing-Frye Realty, Inc.     Naples & Bonita Springs, FloridaPhone   239-465-4525Email
Tips for Saving on Heating and Cooling
With the holiday season now in full swing, you are undoubtedly … (4 comments)

naples fl gated homes: Do you have a lot of Transnational Business connections? - 12/19/10 01:21 PM
The International Consortium of Real Estate Associations (ICREA) is a group of the world’s leading real estate associations, committed to the right to own and transfer real property all over the world.
The Internet has opened up international real estate markets, and residential real estate sales involve trillions of Dollars.  ICREA’s aims are to keep real estate agents from all over the world involved in transnational sales and referrals. ICREA created the TRC (Transnational Referral Certification) designation with courses originally endorsed by NAR and held by NAR  associations. NAR announced recently that it will leave ICRA at the end of 2010 … (0 comments)

naples fl gated homes: "Mistaken Foreclosure" is on the Rise - 12/09/10 03:49 PM
A a new species of homeowner is getting pushed into foreclosure hell:  homeowners who paid their mortgages – or loan modifications – on time. Some even paid off their loans.
People on the receiving end of a bad foreclosure claim say that they are being passed from bank official to bank official without result.  In the meantime, their foreclosure process continues.Many have to engage a lawyer to stop the wrongful foreclosure and try and to win back their costs.
Lawsuits alleging mistaken foreclosure have been filed by homeowners in Florida, Nevada, Texas and Pennsylvania.  Locks have been changed on the wrong … (3 comments)

naples fl gated homes: California Court Establishes new Listing Agents Duties To BUYERS in a Short Sale - 12/09/10 02:48 PM
California Court Establishes new Listing Agents Duties To BUYERS in a Short Sale
The Court determined that real estate agents have an affirmative duty to disclose matters that pertain not only to physical defects but any matters that otherwise affect the desirability of a buyer to purchase property, including the duty to disclose an impediment to the ability of the seller to convey free and clear title to a buyer. And, the court observed that the duty to disclose the financial impediments was to occur before the buyer executed the purchase agreement.
This ruling is very likely to be adopted by … (2 comments)

naples fl gated homes: Foreign Buyers purchase 7% of the US Residential Real Estate Market - 12/02/10 07:35 AM
Between April 2009 and March 31, 2010, $66 billion of residential property, amounting to 7% percent of the total U.S. residential market, was sold to foreign nationals from 53 different countries, led by Canada, Mexico, UK, China, Germany and France. 
They bought at a higher median price ($219,400) than the national median price ($174100). Fifty-five % of foreign buyers paid cash compared to about 8 % of domestic buyers.
The National Association of REALTORS® announced in November that its official website, will extend its lead as the world’s largest online residential property listing site by “going global”.  Already more than … (1 comments)

naples fl gated homes: ActiveRain Group name changes - 12/01/10 10:09 AM
I found this post when searching for the way to change the name of a group.  I liked it so much that I am reblogging it to give more agents the opportunity to profit from it.  
In perusing ActiveRain's 6,037 groups during the past few weeks and creating my Top 101 list, I found out that we could not only edit the group information, look at the group members, send a mass email to the group emails, and change the group logo, but we can also change the name of the group, and that's exactly what I did with the … (0 comments)

naples fl gated homes: Common Characteristics Of Heavily-Discounted Homes... i.e. Possible Bargains... - 11/30/10 04:08 PM
Phillis Lerner's blog makes some very good points. The advantage of heavily discounted non-short-sale and non-bank owned properties is that the deasl ususally goes through withour special contracts and addenda, and without delays and hick-ups!

Via Phyllis Lerner, Realtor - Broker / Owner - Westchester County NY (Legends Realty Group LLC): In the quest to find a heavily-discounted home for sale, many buyers today are looking almost exclusively for short sales or bank-owned properties. But since, in most cases, the banks in question have already agreed to take a loss, it is likely there won't be room for much … (1 comments)

naples fl gated homes: CIPS designees - join new GLOBAL MARKETING Group - 11/27/10 03:20 AM
Many of us CIPS designees also have the TRC - Transnational Referral Certification.  At the recent NAR Convention in New Orleans, TRC was discussed at all of the Global meetings. It was announced that NAR is leaving the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations - ICREA- at the end of this year, and that will go "global" next year with further details to follow. The TRC designation will no longer be recognized by NAR.
This change prompted me to start a new ActiveRain Group for CIPS, so we can, with the help of … (2 comments)

Christine R. Sutherland, REALTOR - CIPS, TRC, e-Pro (Downing-Frye Realty, Inc - the best in SW Florida)

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