wonderful naples: Mexican Real Estate Association Advocates Changes to Raise Industry Professionalism - 04/04/11 02:23 PM
Mexican Real Estate Association Advocates Changes to Raise Industry Professionalism
Did you know that between 1.5 - 2 million real estate deals are transacted in Mexico annually?Did you know that a third of these transactions result in problems for the sellers or buyers?
According to Adán Larracilla Márquez, president of AMPI, the Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals, as many as 85% of working real estate agents in Mexico operate without a license in an “informal” market.  That means that only 15% of real estate agents have been certified with AMPI, and transactions carried out by such agents have … (0 comments)

wonderful naples: International Real Estate Federation Spring Congress in Cyprus - 03/11/11 05:16 AM

Did you attend the World Congress of Real estate in Bali last year?  In 201, the International Real Estate Federation FIABC is holding its Spring Congress in Paphos on the West Coast of Cyprus, the 3rd lagest island in the Mediterranean. 
Cyprus is of great historic importance and has major excavation sites.   The earliest human activity on the island dates back to around the 10th millennium BC.  Cyprus has been occupied by several major powers like the Hittites, Assyrians, Egyptians, Venetians, Ottomans, and the Greeks.  Alexander The Great liberated the island from the Persians.  So, if you wish to combine … (0 comments)

wonderful naples: Better Marketing with better MLS Photos Part I - 02/22/11 02:29 AM
Should your MLS photos be “seasonally appropriate”?
We all know that our MAIN MLS photos need to makesuch a good impression that people want to look at the other photos. Melissa Tracey asks in “Styled, Staged & Sold” if a winter photo with gray skies and a lot of snow does really convey the impression you wish to give. 
Melissa reports that she decided to take a summer snapshot of her house when it was put on the market in the winter.  Her home stood out from the competition. She had lots of showings and sold quickly.  She believes … (3 comments)

wonderful naples: CIPS Designees Referral Profiles now on NAR Global YouTube Channel - 02/22/11 01:06 AM

CIPS Designees Referral Profiles now on NAR Global YouTube Channel
CIPS designees can now post their video profile on the NAR Global YouTube Channel.  Such videos will be soon also be available in the www.REALTOR.org and www.RealEstateConnections.tv profiles.
If you are a CIPS please attend the NAR 2011 Midyear Legislative Meeting & Expo in Washington DC, May 9-14 where you’ll have the opportunity to have your own video recorded. 
Details of the video recording sessions will soon be posted athttp://REALTOR.org/globalso stay tuned.
This opportunity is for holders of the CIPS designation only, and your membership dues have to be up-to-date.  … (0 comments)

wonderful naples: Free Entrance Ticket for Two to the Naples Art & Antique Fair - 02/21/11 08:56 AM
To all members in SW Florida

Levitan McQuaid Real Estate Services is providing free tickets for two to view the exhibits at Naples Art & Antique Fair
February 25 to March 1st, 2011
at the "Naples International Pavilion" (NE corner of Livingston and Immokalee, the site of the former Albertson's Supermarket.
Amongst the myriad pieces of artwork on display will be 20 Renoir paintings from his later period and spectacular antique and comtemporary jewelry.
Please click here to print a ticket for two.
For further information please visit www.niaaf.com
The Opening Night Vernissage on Feb 24 is a separately ticketed … (0 comments)

wonderful naples: Charity Artist Soirée in Naples - 02/09/11 08:13 AM
ISTS FOR CHARITY SW Florida are holding a Charity Artists Soirée on February 24, 2011, at the Vanderbilt Ballroom of the Ritz Carlton Beach Resort in Naples, Florida, to celebrate the publication of the new book "Artists in their Studios" by Ruth Dwyer.
Fifty-one of the artists featured in the book have donated art to be auctioned to benefit the Artist for Charity SW FL Scholarships and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Come and meet and greet over 50 artists from the Naples area between 5 and 6 pm, with the auction at 6 pm.  Entrance to this … (0 comments)

wonderful naples: "Boot Camp" for Floridian Condo Association Board Directors in Deerfield Beach - 01/30/11 04:15 PM
Are you a board director of a condo, mobile home or timeshare association in Florida?
There is still time to sign up for the BOOT CAMP for Board Directors!Last year, Florida legislators passed legislation requiring newly elected or appointed board members of such associations to complete a board certification course or, alternatively, to sign an affidavit stating that they have read Florida Statute 718 and all of their association's governing documents within 90 days of being elected. Donna DiMaggio Berger, executive director of the Community Advocacy Network (CAN), believes that such “dry” material, should be taught in a humorous and entertaining … (1 comments)

wonderful naples: Remodeling Magazine reports that expensive pre-sale Kitchen and Bathroom renovations are not worth the money spent - 01/25/11 02:44 PM
Remodeling Magazine, in partnership with NAR, have published their 2010 Remodeling Cost vs. Value survey, and are warning not to go overboard with pre-selling renovations.The survey reported that remodels done in 2010 will only recoup around 60% of their price when the property sells.  The kitchen and the bathroom are usually the two rooms that people remodel before selling.  Dan Stewart of Pillar to Post Home Inspections suggest that sellers should update the basics,  declutter nad hire a professional cleaning company to make tiles etc. sparkle. Here are a few points of what to avoid and what to do:Kitchen•    Don’t buy … (1 comments)

wonderful naples: 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)

wonderful naples: Are formal Dining Rooms a thing of the past? - 01/24/11 04:19 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, and the formal dining room may fall victim to this trend.  Dining 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 some markets they do. But many prefer an open, flexible space that will serve … (9 comments)

wonderful naples: 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)

wonderful naples: Florida 2011 Legislative Session begins March 8 - 01/21/11 11:16 AM
Have you ever attended the Opening of YOUR state's Session in the Senate or the House? 
Here in Florida it is a very festive occasion.  Friends and relatives send flowers to their legislator, which they place at their desks in the House and the Senate Chambers.  Friends and guest in the Gallery are presented with a sea of flowers as they look down.  Some family members are permitted to sit with the legislators on the House and Senate floors. 
After the ceremonies in the Senate and in the House, other family members are permitted to visit the Senate or … (1 comments)

wonderful naples: 2011 GREAT AMERICAN REALTOR® DAYS in Florida's capital Tallahassee - 01/21/11 09:58 AM

Florida REALTORS® will hold the 2011 GREAT AMERICAN REALTORS® DAYS on April 12 & 13.  Well over 2,000 real estate agents will descend on Tallahassee to visit their Senators and Representatives. 
This two-day event kicks includes legislative briefings at the Challenger Learning Center near the Capitol, the annual "Taste of Florida" block party on Tuesday night, the agents' visits to their legislators, the Wednesday luncheon for all the attendees in the Plaza Courtyard between the old Capitol and the new Capitol buildings.  Usually the Governor and the Chief Financial Officer of the great state of Florida address the REALTORS® during … (0 comments)

wonderful naples: 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)

wonderful naples: Some news from the International Builders Show in Orlando - 01/18/11 04:20 PM
The International Builders’ Show in Orlando this week showcases the latest in home design trends.  A separate laundry rooms and smart storage in unexpected places ranked high in a survey of 2,000 consumers carried out by Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.Other favorites were:•    home office or work space•    outdoor entertaining area•    outdoor living area•    bathroom with a freestanding tub and separate shower stall•    informal easting area close to, or in, the kitchen•    additional storage space with walk-in closet and/or shelvesThe latest décor was international, particularly Asian influenced.  Affordability and energy efficiency ranked highest with 68% of the consumers polled.  The latest … (4 comments)

wonderful naples: FREE Webinars by REALTOR®University - 01/18/11 03:15 PM
Did you know that NAR's REALTOR®University provides FREE webinars on all kind of subjects?
February, for example, offers amongst others a webinar on Facebook for agents and how to prepare an effective pre-listing package. 
The webinars are usually held on a Tuesday morning. 
Please check out this calendar website for further information on what's coming up!

wonderful naples: Top Designer David Easton at Miromar Design Center in Estero, SW Florida. - 01/18/11 02:45 PM
Distinguished Speakers Series
Please click on the date below to register on line or phone (239) 390-5111.
              David Easton, David Easton, Inc.   http:// davideastoninc.com  , New York“Timeless Elegance”Thursday, February 3 at 2 p.m. RSVP by Monday, January 31        A look back at some of his favorite projects…. and a brief glimpse into the future. Named to Architectural Digest’s “Top 100 List” and inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 1992, David Easton is considered to be one the world's most sought-after interior designers. Following his presentation David … (0 comments)

wonderful naples: 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)

wonderful naples: New Partnership between REALTOR.com and AOL Real Estate - 01/18/11 01:46 PM
The National Association of REALTORS® announced a new partnership between MOVE® (the company that operates the property search site REALTOR.com for NAR) and AOL Real Estate, the “fastest growing real estate portal in the United States”. “By exclusively powering AOL Real Estate, MOVE® will be able to offer brokers and agents the opportunity to market their company, services and listings to AOL Real Estate's wide and exceptionally qualified audience of real estate consumers.” NAR states that REALTOR.com is the #1 real estate website in the USA, with 38 million monthly visits.  The site is also visited by many people all over … (3 comments)

wonderful naples: Green Builders Vision House and ReVision House in Orlando at the International Builders Show - 01/12/11 02:49 PM
The International Builders Show in Orlando,  January 12 - 15, 2011, will showcase two demonstration homes:•    Green Builders Vision House 2011      and•    Green Builders ReVision House 2011These homes will use products to conserve energy and water, and offer good air quality. 
The initial costs of installing new technology are usually more expensive, but the lower maintenance costs will soon save the homeowners money, as well as providing health benefits.The Vision House has interesting, low maintenance landscaping and vegetables growing in patio containers, perfectly suited to busy professional who do not choose to spend hours looking after their backyard. 
The ReVision House … (1 comments)

Christine R. Sutherland, REALTOR - RSPS, e-Pro, TRC (Sun Realty USA, Inc.)

Christine R. Sutherland


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