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50 shades of gray never looked so good!

The understated sophistication of gray tops the charts as most popular interior home hue for the second consecutive year. What your favorite shade….

In a crazy market, your Realtor is your best-bet therapist for prep and personal calm

If you want to survive the house hunt, you may need a little psychological preparation and support. Getting cozy now with your trusted South Bay Realty associate will not only deliver that personal therapy but also insure smooth navigation of these choppy waters. Check out these tips……

Current hot market transforms buyer’s haven into seller’s market, but…..

Despite that, a seller concession keeps coveted $’s in your pocket! A credit for closing costs encompasses the seller receiving less net incomes in exchange for crediting the buyer monies at closing. Read more……

Should I rent or buy? This useful calculator helps you cut to the chase!

This handy rent vs. buy calculator is the perfect tool to help you compare the cost of renting or buying a home over time. Because buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions you will ever make, realtor.com® makes it easy to see if whether buying a house is a better deal than renting, while considering costs, such as down payment, mortgage rate, income tax and inflation rate. Read more…..

Naples, the clear winner!

So, you’re thinking about vacationing or perhaps buying property in Florida? Should you consider East Coast or Gulf… posh, rural, beach, bay or gated? Well, when you’re searching for THE place that delivers the most options, each ranking highest on the comparison scale with other Florida cities, Naples is the clear winner! Let’s take a look at why Naples stands out in the eye of the Florida residential consumer;

No matter where you land, the people you interact with daily are the most significant share of your comfort factor as a resident. Through its welcoming aura alone, Naples attracts and breeds “happy to be here” people from all over the world. Cultural diversity was never premeditated but rather, spawned through years of sophisticated growth in all facets of what truly attracts global interest. This cultural melting-pot is what strengthens and sustains Naples enduring value to those within and those looking to get in.

When considering a vacation or residency there are many characteristics that fall under that heading of “what really attracts” global interest. A few are categorized as underpinnings or foundation like safety and cleanliness while others, more Florida-specific, like Gulf beaches, architecture, dining, shopping and recreation make up the balance. Let’s focus on the later first as that’s where Naples resonates best within the mind of the discerning trendsetter.

The Naples dining and shopping experience runs the gamut from beachy-comfort to sophisticated elegance catering to whatever out-n-about mood you’re in. From small out of the way eateries serving up local favorites like Grouper & Chips or historic Buzz’s Lighthouse (gotta try the double-dog!) at Vanderbilt Beach to North Naples dining and shopping jewel Mercato, anchored by Whole Foods Market, Nordstrom Rack and a 12-screen premier-style theater flanked by 12 notable restaurants, over 20 upscale retailers and luxury residential condominiums, to the place where chic Neapolitans live, shop, dine and play; 5th Avenue and Third Street South, Naples is far and away #1. Here you’ll find a multitude of boutique shops, outdoor cafes and artisans lining the streets in a seemingly endless array of picturesque surroundings. But wait, there’s more….

Naples beaches and recreational amenities are not only among the best in the country, they’re consistently ranked within the top ten – Its beaches alone rank within the top ten globally. The combination of 17 miles of pristine beachfront set against crystal clear Gulf waters and endless blue skies is one you can’t resist. Couple that with a hodgepodge of everyday outdoor activities like Gulf and backwater boating and fishing, golfing on one of 70 plus quality courses year-round and, your search for the best is nearly complete. In fact, a large number of homeowners prefer to reside within one of Naples many golf communities offering up-market luxury homes and top-notch amenities. Communities such as The Dunes, Aqua, and Talis Park are among the finest residential enclaves Naples has to offer.

The icing on the cake is the freebies that ride shotgun alongside coastal living at its finest. Sun-laden days with average air and Gulf temps in the mid 70 are followed by renowned sunsets that typically accompany that favorite beverage and many a neighbor and friend. There’s nothing quite like that moment when the sun bumps into the horizon and, it happens almost every day here!

Deep-Pocket Chinese investors looking to park cash in U.S. real estate markets including South Florida

Ultra-High-Net-Worth Chinese real estate investor interest in US gateway cities includes those in South Florida. The mere mention of our little neck of the woods in relation to the largest-ever U.S. real estate forum in China, brings unprecedented global attention and economic uplift with it. The U.S. Real Estate Showcase and Forum — to be held in Shanghai this month will be host to the biggest U.S. real estate players, individual Chinese investors and private wealth managers. Stay in touch with your trusted South Bay Realty professional as our market continues to prosper! Read more…..

NAPLES….. POISED FOR TOPS IN ECONOMIC GROWTH FOR 2016

Oil towns are out as boomers flock to retirement communities creating a shift in what factors drive economic growth for America’s towns.  While much of the focus is on Florida at large, the Naples metro area ranks at the top with an anticipated 4.9 percent jump in its economy according to a June Bloomberg Business report by Erin Roman, Read more….4.9 economic growth

Naples named to Conde Nast Traveler’s Best Small Cities in America list

For those of us that live, work and vacation here, this is certainly not surprising.  Conde Nast 2014 Readers Choice Awards ranks Naples at No. 20 of 30 best small cities in America.  Yet another prestigious moniker bestowed upon our revered coastal oasis.  Golf, sunshine and more! Read more….

UP AND TO THE RIGHT MARKET GAINS FOR MAY 2015

May, not typically referred to as an “on fire” month for closed home sales but, that’s exactly what occurred in the $300,000 to $500,000 home price category this past May. A 30% jump month Continue reading >>

City of Naples July 4th Parade – 7/4/2015

Starting in Downtown Naples, FL 34102.  The parade route will be from Broad Avenue South to Third Street South proceeding north to 5th Avenue South, east on 5th Avenue South, and South on 8th Street South past City Hall, ending at 8th Avenue South and 8th Street South.

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