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Feb. 5, 2024

8 Essential Steps to Take Before Listing Your House: A Comprehensive Guide

Selling your house can be a daunting task, but with careful planning and preparation, you can increase your chances of a smooth and successful sale. Before you even think about putting your property on the market, consider these eight essential steps to ensure your home is in top-notch condition, both aesthetically and structurally.

1. Reach Out to Us: Start with Professional Advice

Before diving into the process of preparing your house for sale, it's crucial to seek professional advice. Reach out to a reputable real estate agent to guide you through the selling process. A knowledgeable agent can provide valuable insights into the local market, help you set a realistic asking price, and offer personalized recommendations based on your property's unique features.

2. Declutter and Depersonalize: Create a Blank Canvas

Potential buyers want to envision themselves in your home, and that's hard to do when personal items and clutter are everywhere. Take the time to declutter each room, removing excess furniture and personal belongings. Aim for a clean, neutral look that allows buyers to visualize their own style in the space.

3. Make Repairs: Address Minor and Major Issues

Address any lingering maintenance issues or necessary repairs before listing your home. Leaky faucets, chipped paint, or faulty appliances may seem minor, but they can create a negative impression on potential buyers. A well-maintained property signals to buyers that the home has been cared for and is move-in ready.

4. Deep Clean: Present Your Home in Its Best Light

A clean home is an inviting home. Invest time and effort into a thorough deep cleaning, paying attention to often overlooked areas like baseboards, light fixtures, and windows. Consider hiring professional cleaners to ensure your home sparkles and leaves a lasting positive impression on potential buyers.

5. Boost Curb Appeal: First Impressions Matter

The exterior of your home is the first thing potential buyers will see. Enhance your home's curb appeal by maintaining a well-groomed lawn, planting flowers, and adding a fresh coat of paint to the front door. Consider making small investments in outdoor lighting or updated landscaping to make a big impact on the overall appearance of your property.

6. Do Some Light Remodeling: Enhance Key Areas

While major renovations may not be necessary, consider making strategic updates to key areas that potential buyers prioritize. This might include refreshing the kitchen or bathroom, adding a fresh coat of paint, or updating outdated fixtures. Focus on cost-effective improvements that will add value and appeal to a broader audience.

7. Gather Repair and Renovation Records: Build Buyer Confidence

Compile a comprehensive list of all repairs and renovations you've undertaken during your ownership. This documentation can instill confidence in potential buyers, assuring them that the home has been well-maintained. Highlight any upgrades or improvements that enhance the property's value.

8. Get a Preliminary Title Report: Address Potential Issues Early

Getting a preliminary title report before listing your house can help identify and resolve any title issues early in the process. This proactive step can save time during the closing process and provide peace of mind to potential buyers.

Taking the time to properly prepare your home for sale can significantly impact its marketability and sale price. By following these eight essential steps, you'll be well on your way to presenting a home that attracts potential buyers and stands out in a competitive real estate market. Remember, the key is to present your property in the best possible light, both inside and out, to ensure a successful and stress-free selling experience.

Posted in Monthly Post
Nov. 29, 2023

Festive Flourishes: Embracing the Winter Magic in Southwest Florida

Christmas tree  lit up for Christmas

As the Winter holidays cast their enchanting spell, transforming ordinary streets into twinkling wonderlands, southwest Florida comes alive with a burst of festive fervor. The holiday season is upon us, and in the heart of this sun-soaked paradise, a dazzling array of festivities is set to unfold. From sparkling boat parades to cozy tree-lighting ceremonies, the region transforms into a wonderland of festive cheer during this magical season. In this guide, we'll explore the vibrant array of local events that define the holiday spirit, uncovering the hidden gems and beloved traditions that make this corner of the Sunshine State the perfect destination for Christmas events.
Cape Coral, with its sun-kissed shores and vibrant community spirit, becomes a beacon of holiday enchantment during the Christmas season. The city's Christmas events are a testament to its commitment to spreading joy, capturing the essence of the season with a myriad of activities that appeal to all ages. The festivities kicked off with mesmerizing tree-lighting ceremonies in November that turn the city into a sparkling wonderland, casting a warm glow across the waterfront and charming neighborhoods.
From festive markets showcasing local crafts and delectable treats to community events that encourage camaraderie, Cape Coral's Christmas events are woven into the fabric of the city's identity, making it a must-visit destination during the most wonderful time of the year. As we delve into the highlights of Christmas in Cape Coral, we'll uncover the heartwarming customs and local charm that make this coastal community a must-visit destination during the most wonderful time of the year. Whether you're enchanted by the waterfront views or captivated by the community's festive spirit, Cape Coral promises an unforgettable holiday experience that celebrates the magic of the season.
Nestled along the picturesque shores of the Caloosahatchee River, Fort Myers emerges as a beacon of festive joy during the Winter holidays. The city's historic streets come alive with a vibrant energy, draped in glittering lights and adorned with seasonal decorations. Fort Myers takes pride in its unique blend of cultural heritage and modern charm, a characteristic that echoes through its holiday celebrations.
From the dazzling Edison and Ford Winter Estates aglow with the warm hues of holiday lights to the bustling holiday markets, where local artisans showcase their talents, offering an array of handcrafted treasures that make for unique and thoughtful gifts, Fort Myers embraces the season with open arms. The air is alive with the harmonious notes of musical performances that echo through the historic streets, from cheerful carolers spreading melodies of yuletide cheer to grand-scale productions that capture the essence of the season. As the city becomes a canvas for holiday magic, Fort Myers invites locals and visitors to experience the true essence of a Southwest Florida winter, where the spirit of joy and community weaves seamlessly into the fabric of the season.
Venturing beyond the enchanting realms of Fort Myers and Cape Coral, the Winter holiday spirit extends its embrace to neighboring havens, transforming the southwest Florida region into a festive tapestry. Sarasota, with its cultural flair and artistic ambiance, hosts seasonal extravaganzas that blend the coastal charm with the elegance of the arts. Naples, renowned for its luxurious offerings, decks its streets with opulent displays and hosts upscale holiday events, creating a winter wonderland for the discerning celebrant.
Meanwhile, Bonita Springs welcomes visitors with a mix of laid-back festivities and community-centered celebrations, embodying the region's welcoming spirit. Together, these neighboring areas complement Fort Myers and Cape Coral's holiday magic, forming a mosaic of diverse experiences that showcase the rich tapestry of Winter delights in southwest Florida. Whether you're drawn to the cultural allure of Sarasota, the sophistication of Naples, or the laid-back charm of Bonita Springs, the holiday spirit in these neighboring areas adds another layer of joy to the festive season in SWFL.
So, as we prepare to dive into the glittering array of local events, let this be your guide to unlocking the true essence of the Winter holidays in Lee County. Join us as we explore the spirited celebrations, cultural festivities, and family-friendly activities that paint our community with the vibrant hues of the season and warm the hearts of all who partake. Whether you're a resident eager to partake in familiar traditions or a visitor looking to experience the charm of Lee County during the holidays, there's something for everyone in this festive lineup. So, bundle up, embrace the spirit of the season, and let the magic of winter unfold right here in Lee County, Florida.



Festival of Trees

Now through Dec 3
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
2301 First St, Fort Myers

Winter Wonderettes

Now through Dec 17
Gulfshore Playhouse
755 8th Ave S, Naples

A Sherlock Carol

Now through Dec 17
Florida Repertory Theatre
2268 Bay St, Fort Myers

Snowbird Follies

Now through Dec 23
Music & Arts Community Center
13411 Shire Ln, Fort Myers

Ho! Ho! Ho! The Christmas Show

Now through Dec 24
Players Circle Theater
13211 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers

Holiday Nights

Now through Dec 30
Edison and Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers

Festival of Lights

Now through Dec 31
Fishermen's Village
1200 W Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda

December 1

Outdoor Holiday Market

4 - 9 pm
The Mall at University Town Center
140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota

Festival of Trees

Fri, Dec 1 - Sun, Dec 3, 6 pm
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
2301 First St, Fort Myers, FL

Holiday Night of Lights

5:30 - 9 pm
St. Armand Circle Park
1 St Armands Cir, Sarasota

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Luminary Extravaganza

6 - 9 pm
Bell Tower
13499 S Cleveland Ave #227, Fort Myers

December 2

Holiday Festival of Lights

Sat, Dec 2, 2 - 4 pm
Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral
2051 Cape Coral Pkwy E, Cape Coral, FL

Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade

6 - 8 pm
Parade leaves from Salty Sam's Marina and will travel throughout the Back Bay area

Holiday in the Park

Sat, Dec 2 - Sun, Dec 3, 8 pm
1936 Henderson Ave, Fort Myers

Cape Coral Festival of Lights

4 - 10 pm
Cape Coral Pkwy E
Del Prado to Candia St

December 4

"Jingle & Mingle" Porch & Patio Party

4:30 pm
Captiva Civic Center
11550 Chapin Lane, Captiva

Santa at the Slough

Sat, Dec 2, 10 am - 1 pm
Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
7751 Penzance Blvd, Fort Myers, FL

Compton & Bennett in THE HOME... for the Holidays

Sat, Dec 2 - Sun, Dec 3
Center for the Arts Bonita Springs
10150 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Bonita Springs, FL

December 5

José Feliciano: Feliz Navidad

8 pm
Seminole Casino Hotel
506 S 1st St, Immokalee

December 6

Holiday Stroll

4 - 8 pm
Naples Design District
111 10th St S, Naples

December 7

Irving Berlin's White Christmas The Musical

Thu, Dec 7 - Sun, Dec 10
Fort Myers Theatre
16120 San Carlos Blvd #5a, Fort Myers

Holiday Craft Fair

9 am - 1 pm
Cape Coral City Hall
1015 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Coral

Chanukah Celebration

5 - 7 pm
Founder's Square
42850 Crescent Lp, Punta Gorda

December 8

50th Annual 5th Avenue Christmas Walk and Tree Lighting Ceremony with Avenue Dining

Fri, Dec 8, 5 - 10 pm, Sat, Dec 9 10 am - 10 pm
Fifth Avenue South
649 Fifth Ave S, Naples

Yippiee Ki-Yay Merry Christmas! A Die Hard Musical Parody

Fri, Dec 8 - Sat, Dec 23
The Laboratory Theater of Florida
1634 Woodford Ave, Fort Myers

December 9

5th Annual Breakfast with Santa

9 am - 12 pm
City of Palms Park
2201 Edison Ave, Fort Myers

8th Annual Ugly Sweater Crawl

Sat, Dec 9, 11 pm - Sun, Dec 10, 5 am
1888 Main St, Sarasota

The Official Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl

2 - 11 pm
The Hideaway Bar
1418 Dean St, Fort Myers

Pictures with Santa

3 pm
Palm City Brewing
7887 Drew Circle, Fort Myers

Movie in the Park: "The Santa Clause"

Sat, Dec 9, 4 - 7pm
Estero Park
9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd, Estero

Annual Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade Ride on Le Barge!

9 pm - 12:30 am
2 Marina Plaza Unit 2, Sarasota

Reindeer Run

4 - 8 pm
Coral Oaks Golf Course
1800 Northwest 28th Ave, Cape Coral

Holiday Pops: Santa's Serenade

Sun, Dec 10 - Mon, Dec 11 4 - 9 pm
Southwest Florida Symphony
7500 College Pkwy Suite 200


Sat, Dec 9 - Sun, Dec 10
German American Social Club of Cape Coral
2101 SW Pine Island Rd, Cape Coral

Christmas Fest

Sat, Dec 9 - Sun, Dec 10
First Assembly of God
4701 Summerlin Rd, Fort Myers

December 10

Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersinger's Holiday Concert

Sun, Dec 10, 5 - 6 pm
Caloosa Sound Amphitheater
2101 Edwards Dr, Fort Myers, FL

Sarah Brightman: A Christmas Symphony

7 pm
5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples

Community-Wide Chanukah Celebration

5 pm
9110 Strada Pl, Naples

Breakfast with Santa

8 am
The Ritz-Carlton Naples, Tiburon
2600 Tiburon Dr, Naples

December 14

Chanukah Celebration

6 pm
Fishermen's Village
1200 W Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda

Naples Philharmonic: Holiday Pops

Thu, Dec 14 - Sat, Dec 16
5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, naples

December 15

Cocoa with Claus

6 - 8 pm
North Fort Myers Recreation Center
2000 N. Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers

Ugly Sweater Cocktail Party

5 pm
The Ritz-Carlton Naples, Tiburon
2600 Tiburon Dr, Naples

Candlelight Christmas Carols

5:30 pm
Cambier Park
755 8th Ave S, Naples

Holiday Express Train

Fri, Dec 15 - Sun, Dec 31
Lakes Park
7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers

Home for the Holidays

Fri, Dec 15 - Sun, Dec 17
13275 Livingston Rd, Naples

December 16

Breakfast with Santa

9 am
Lake Kennedy Center
400 Santa Barbara Blvd, Cape Coral

Winter Wonderland

10 am - 1 pm
Veterans Park
55 Homestead Road S, Lehigh Acres

Kids Holiday Craft Corner

10 am - 12 pm
Florida Blue Center - Sarasota
285 N Cattleman Rd, Sarasota

Sarasota Christmas Glow Run 5k

6 - 7:30 pm
Nathan Benderson Park
5851 Nathan Benderson Cir, Sarasota

Holiday Boat-a-Long

4 - 10 pm
Four Freedoms Park
4818 Tarpon Ct, Cape Coral

December 17

Christmas Cabaret

2 - 3:30 pm
Kacey's Seafood & More - Lockwood
7602 Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota

"The Holy Boy" Mastersingers Holiday Concert

Sun, Dec 17, 5:30-7 pm
Peace Lutheran Church
15840 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL

The Nutcracker in Sarasota

Sun, Dec 17 - Tue, Dec 19
Sarasota Opera House
61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota

December 19

Now and Then: A Holiday Song Celebration

Tue, Dec 19, 6:30 pm
BIG ARTS Sanibel
900 Dunlop Rd, Sanibel, FL

December 20

Holiday Karaoke w/ DJ Marja

Wed, Dec 20, 1 pm
Buddha Live
12701 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL

Celtic Angels Christmas

7:30 pm
Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church-Pulte Family Life
625 111th Ave N, Naples

Festive Painting

6 - 9 pm
Eight-Foot Brewing
1520 SE 46th Ln, Cape Coral

December 22

Sounds of the Seasons Holiday Performance- The Sarasota Orchestra

5:30 pm
The Mall at University Town Center
140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota

Candlelight: Holiday Special Featuring "The Nutcracker" & More

6:30 - 9 pm
Sarasota Municipal Auditorium

December 23

Holiday on the Bay

3 - 7 pm
The Village Shops on Venetian Bay
4200 Gulf Shore Blvd N, Naples

December 24

Santa's Village at M&M Farms

10 am
M&M Farms Wedding Venue
5450 Higginbotham Rd, Fort Myers

December 28

Candlelight: Holiday Special Featuring "The Nutcracker" & more

Thu, Dec 28 - Sat, Dec 30
Music & Arts Community Center - Gulf Coast Symphony
13411 Shire Ln, Fort Myers, FL

December 29

Nutcracker! Magic of Christmas Ballet

Fri, Dec 29, 1-5 pm
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL
Posted in Local Events
Oct. 31, 2023

Warm Winters and Festive Delights: Exploring Winter Holiday Events in Southwest Florida

In Southwest Florida, the winter season arrives with a unique blend of charm, warmth, and festivity that sets it apart from the frostier regions of the country. While snowflakes may be a rarity in this corner of the Sunshine State, the spirit of the holiday season shines as brightly as the tropical sun. As the year draws to a close and the temperatures remain mild, the region comes alive with a host of delightful winter holiday events that are sure to captivate visitors and locals alike.
From the picturesque coastal cities of Naples and Fort Myers to the quaint communities nestled among the lush, subtropical landscapes, Southwest Florida has carved out its own distinctive way of celebrating the most wonderful time of the year. This region's winter holiday events offer a unique blend of tradition, culture, and entertainment against the backdrop of palm trees swaying gently in the breeze and the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
In this article, we invite you to embark on a journey through the enchanting world of winter holiday events in Southwest Florida. Whether you're a snowbird seeking a warmer holiday escape or a local resident looking to savor the season's magic close to home, we have a treasure trove of festivities to share with you. From boat parades along picturesque canals to festive holiday markets and spectacular light displays, Southwest Florida's winter events are a testament to the region's vibrant spirit and commitment to celebrating the holidays in style.
Join us as we dive into the heart of Southwest Florida's winter wonderland, where you'll discover the sun-drenched, festive experiences that make this part of the state truly unique during the holiday season. So, grab your sunscreen and flip-flops, and let's embark on a journey through the warmth and wonder of winter holiday events in Southwest Florida!

Wed - 1

The Naples Players - Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
Through Nov. 19
McSpadden Hall
United Church of Christ
5200 Crayton Road, Naples
(239) 263-7990

Fri -10

Elf the Musical
Through Dec. 25
Broadway Palm Theatre
1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
(239) 278-4422

Thu - 16

Gulfshore Playhouse presents The Winter Wonderettes
Through Dec. 17
The Norris Center
755 8th Ave. s., Naples
(239) 261-7529

Fri - 24

Annual Holiday Nights
through Dec. 31
Edison and Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers
Opening Celebration 5:30 - 9 pm
(239) 334-7419

Tue - 21

Holly Daze Art Sale
Cape Coral Art Center
4533 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral
9 am - 4 pm
(239) 574-0802

Wed - 22

A Merry Little Murder
Through Dec. 24
Murder Mystery Dinner Train
Seminole Gulf Railway
2805 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
(239) 275-8487

Tue - 28

Ho! Ho! Ho! The Christmas Show
Through Dec. 24
Players Circle Theater
13211 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers
(239) 800-3292
Florida Repertory Theatre presents A Sherlock Carol
Through Dec. 17
Historic Arcade Theatre
Bay Street, Downtown Fort Myers
(239) 332-4488

Wed - 29

Festival of Trees Preview Party
Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center
2301 First St., Fort Myers
6-8 pm
(239) 333-1933
Snowbird Follies
Through Dec. 23
Music & Arts Community Center
13411 Shire Lane, Fort Myers
(239) 277-1700
Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Cirque Experience
9110 Strada Place, Naples
5 - 830 pm
(239) 254-1080
Lee Greenwood: A Tennessee Christmas in Concert with special guest Ben Allen
Caloosa Sound Amphitheater
2101 Edwards Drive, Fort Myers
Gates open at 6 pm, show at 7 pm
Festival of Trees
Through Dec. 3
Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center
2301 First St., Fort Myers
(239) 333-1933
Holiday Tree & Menorah Lighting
Cape Coral City Hall
1015 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral
6 pm
Joyful! Joyful!
Through Dec. 30
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe
1012 N Orange Ave, Sarasota
(941) 366-1505
Thr Christmas Express
Through Dec. 17
Lemon Bay Playhouse
96 W Dearborn St, Englewood
(941) 475-6756

Thu - 30

A Tuna Christmas
Through Dec. 17
The Players Centre
The Crossings at Siesta Key
3501 S Tamiami Tr, #1130, Sarasota
(941) 365-2494
Holidays with Heather Ivy
Bonita Performing Arts Center
10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs
7:30 pm
(239) 495-8989
Posted in Local Events
June 6, 2023

Cape Coral Growing Again- New updates

Here We Grow Again – May 2023 Newsletter

June 2, 2023 By John Smart

Development Projects Updates

While apartments seem to be taking up all the oxygen, there is other development going on in our area.  Here are some of the retail and restaurant projects coming to our area.

Walk-Ons Sports Bistreaux, a Louisiana-based chain of restaurants/sports bars that features Cajun and Louisiana-style food, is proposing to build one in the parking lot of the shopping center on the north side of Pine Island Rd. just east of Aldi, home to the Around the Clock Fitness Center and one of the most colorful storage facilities in Cape Coral.  Po Boys and Gumbo are coming your way!

Walk On Bistro

Walk On Bistro

If you’ve seen construction going on at the NE corner of Skyline and Veterans during your travels, that would be for an Outback Steak House. 

The old Golden Corral on Pine Island Rd., which we reported was bought with plans for a new restaurant and possibly some retail, will be the location of a Texas-based sports bar and restaurant known as Twin Peaks. Twin Peaks bills itself as the ultimate sports lodge reminiscent of a comfortable cabin in the mountains with down-home cooking, plenty of specialty beers and all served by the Twin Peaks Girls.

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks

Groundbreaking for a 30,000-square-foot retail project in our area is expected to begin this summer on the north side of Pine Island Road at SW 10th Place, just east of Boaters Paradise. The Shops at Del Mar will consist of four single-story buildings with 370 feet of frontage on Pine Island Road. The shopping center will offer a drive-thru unit and parking. The project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2024.

the Shops at Del Mar

The Shops at Del Mar

On the north side of Tropicana Pkwy., just a lot or two east of Burnt Store Rd., there is a plan to build a Dollar General Store.  While there are a few already in our area, you can never get enough convenience and consistency.   

Will Burnt Store Rd. be a Storage Facility hub?

Eventually, there could be four storage facilities dominating the scenery along Burnt Store Rd. between Embers and Tropicana Parkways.  How all this plays out with City Council’s moratorium on new Storage Facilities and the restrictions placed on them along Burnt Store Rd. remains to be seen.

The 3-story Embers Storage facility on the north side of Embers and the west side of Burnt Store Rd. is in permitting.  Area residents are voicing their disapproval of the project to City Officials because of building size and increased traffic in proximity to surrounding homes.  Now, there’s a proposal to build another storage facility on the north side of Embers, but on the first block east of Burnt Store Rd. It’s called Marble Creek Self-Storage.

Hideaway Storage is already operational on the south side of the 7/11 at Tropicana and Burnt Store.  A facility known as Burnt Store Self-Storage features six 2-story buildings and is currently in permitting for the NW corner of Tropicana and Burnt Store.  They are, however, selling a 1-acre lot at the corner to be used for commercial purposes such as retail or restaurant.  That’s a positive sign as Tropicana and Embers are the main entry points into the resort to be built on the Seven Islands.

Burnt Store Storage

Burnt Store Storage

Even though it’s known for its 644 apartments, the project on the southwest corner of Veterans and Pine Island Rd. also features a commercial portion.  Fischler Real Estate is marketing the commercial space which is about 6.5 acres at the corner of Veterans and Pine Island Rd. The advertisement has a conceptual site plan showing what the project may look like as concepts can always change.  The first phase of 316 apartments in six buildings and a clubhouse are in permitting now along with infrastructure.  In the concept below, suggestions are for a hotel in the blue section, restaurant/retail in the pink, "other commercial" in the orange, and a stormwater management pond in the green.

There are another six buildings slated for later construction on the western side of the property. Take note of the access road that separates the commercial portion from the residential but also connects eastbound Pine Island Rd. to Veterans.

Conceptual Site Plan

Posted in Local Updates
March 20, 2023

Here’s Why the Housing Market Isn’t Going To Crash

Posted in Market Updates
April 26, 2021

This Isn’t a Bubble. It’s Simply Lack of Supply.

This Isn’t a Bubble. It’s Simply Lack of Supply. 

This Isn’t a Bubble. It’s Simply Lack of Supply. [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

Some Highlights

  • In a recent article, Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors (NAR), discussed the state of today’s housing market.
  • When addressing whether or not today’s high buyer competition and rising home prices are evidence of a housing bubble, Yun said that this “is not a bubble. It is simply lack of supply.”
  • Today’s housing market is healthy, and rising prices are driven by real buyer demand. Let’s connect to talk about the best ways to navigate such an energetic market.
Posted in Weekly Post
Aug. 28, 2020

Even with Covid 19, wait till you see what the real estate market is doing!

Terry and Laurie Carlson | Century 21 Sunbelt Realty

Homeownership Rate Continues to Rise in 2020

Homeownership Rate Continues to Rise in 2020 | MyKCM


So far, it’s been quite a ride this year, and our nation has truly seen its fair share of hurdles. From COVID-19 to record unemployment and then the resulting recession, just to name a few, the second quarter of 2020 has had more than a few challenges. Amidst the many roadblocks, however, the U.S. homeownership rate rose again, signaling great strength in the recovery of the housing market and an indication that even in a time of crisis, Americans still feel confident about buying a home.

Yesterday, the U.S. Census Bureau announced:

“The homeownership rate of 67.9 percent was 3.8 percentage points higher than the rate in the second quarter 2019 (64.1 percent) and 2.6 percentage points higher than the rate in the first quarter 2020 (65.3 percent).”

Homeownership Rate Continues to Rise in 2020 | MyKCM

The increase is also represented by race and ethnicity of the householder:Homeownership Rate Continues to Rise in 2020 | MyKCM

There are many reasons why the homeownership rate in this country is rising, and one of the key factors is historically-low mortgage rates. Rates hovering at all-time lows are helping to drive affordability and enabling more potential homeowners to enter the market today. According to Ralph McLaughlinChief Economist for Haus:

“Mortgage rates are the icing on the cake for households that were thinking about buying...They found an unexpected opportunity during the worst economic downturn America has seen since the Great Depression.”

In addition, many potential homebuyers have been using their time this year to search for homes that offer more space than their current rental apartments. Many of these homebuyers are younger and, as noted by Odeta Kushi, Deputy Chief Economist at First American, are the buyers driving the homeownership rate in an upward direction:

“Big jump in the homeownership rate today, mostly driven by younger households. We saw a spike in the number of owners, and a decline in the number of renters. This is the highest rate of homeownership since 2008.”

This growth is outstanding news for the housing market and for those who have recently found their new homes. If homeownership is on your shortlist this year, maybe now is a great time to meet with a real estate professional to evaluate your current situation. Perhaps historically low mortgage rates can help you to become a homeowner too.

Bottom Line

If you’re thinking of buying a home this year, let’s connect today to take your dream one step closer to reality.


Announcement from the census: As a result of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), data collection operations for the CPS/HVS were affected during the second quarter of 2020. In-person interviews were suspended for the duration of the second quarter and replaced with telephone interview attempts when contact information was available. If the Field Representative was unable to get information on the sample unit, the unit was made a Type A no interview (no one home, refusal, etc.). See the FAQ for more information.

Why Is It so Important to Be Pre-Approved in the Homebuying Process?

Why Is It so Important to Be Pre-Approved in the 
Homebuying Process? | MyKCM


You may have heard that pre-approval is a great first step in the homebuying process. But why is it so important? When looking for a home, the temptation to fall in love with a house that’s outside your budget is very real. So, before you start shopping around, it’s helpful to know your price range, what you’re comfortable within a monthly mortgage payment, and ultimately how much money you can borrow for your loan. Pre-approval from a lender is the only way to do this.

According to a recent survey from, many buyers are making the mistake of skipping the pre-approval step in the homebuying process:

“Of over 2,000 active home shoppers who plan to purchase a home in the next 12 months, only 52% obtained a pre-approval letter before beginning their home search, which means nearly half of home buyers are missing this crucial piece of paperwork.

This paperwork (the pre-approval letter) shows sellers you’re a qualified buyer, something that can really help you stand out from the crowd in the current ultra-competitive market.

How competitive is today’s market? Extremely – especially among buyers.

With limited inventory, there are many more buyers than sellers right now, and that’s fueling the competition. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), homes are receiving an average of 2.9 offers for sellers to negotiate, so bidding wars are heating up.

Pre-approval shows homeowners you’re a serious buyer. It helps you stand out from the crowd if you get into a multiple-offer scenario, and these days, it’s likely. When a seller knows you’re qualified to buy the home, you’re in a better position to potentially win the bidding war and land the home of your dreams.

Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for notes:

“For ‘a buyer in a competitive market, it’s typically essential to have pre-approval done in order to submit an offer, so getting it done before you even look at homes is a smart move that will enable a buyer to move fast to put an offer in on the right home.’”

In addition, today’s housing market is also changing from moment to moment. Interest rates are low, prices are going up, and lending institutions are regularly updating their standards. You’re going to need guidance to navigate these waters, so it’s important to have a team of professionals (a loan officer and a real estate agent) making sure you take the right steps along the way and can show your qualifications as a buyer at the time you find a home to purchase.

Bottom Line

In a competitive market with low inventory, a pre-approval letter is a game-changing piece of the homebuying process. If you’re ready to buy this year, let’s connect before you start searching for a home.

1819 SW 29th Terrace, Cape Coral  33914
Under Contract!!!
We’re excited to present this newly listed, LUXURIOUS, custom pool home that is literally a WORK OF ART! This stunning, great room concept offers wood-plank look tile throughout, gorgeous wall mounted fireplace, 12 ft tray ceiling with accent lighting and 9 ft sliding glass doors. The chef in the family will appreciate the beautiful kitchen, appointed with slate/stainless appliances, easy care quartz counters and sleek, high gloss, European style cabinetry. The stunning master bathroom also offers a walk-in shower with large rain head, deep soaking tub, trendy dual vessel sinks and another lighted tray ceiling in the master bedroom. Enjoy the outdoor Florida life style by your NEWLY HEATED sparkling pool, outdoor summer kitchen with wine cooler, new black chain link fencing and BRAND NEW BOAT DOCK WITH LIFT. All assessments paid, move-in ready and quick closing possible! Nothing cookie-cutter here! This home is designed with an elegant, European flair and subtle sophistication that rivals homes that are double its price!
👉 Offered at: $539,900 👈

2447 Laurentina Lane, Cape Coral, FL 33909
Under Contract!!!
Move in ready townhome in Bella Vida for maintenance free living with new hot water heater and BRAND NEW AIR CONDITIONER with UV purification system, just in time for the HOT summer months! Over 1700 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and large den. The upstairs master suite offers double sinks, large soaking tub and separate shower. Eat-in kitchen has stainless steel appliances, cherry cabinetry and view of lake from breakfast area. Screened lanai with storage closet. Attached garage has interior entrance through laundry room. Bella Vida's beautiful amenities include pool, fitness center, community room, tennis courts and more. Easy access to down town Fort Myers River District for shopping and dining and I-75 for commuting. Just perfect for full time or vacation lifestyles!!

🚨 Offered at: $194,900 🚨



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 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice

 1/2 Tbsp. white granulated sugar

 8-10 mint leaves

 Club soda, to top


 Tools:  muddler, barspoon


 Glass:  highball


 Garnish:  mint sprig




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  Premiere Plus Realty Co.

  3208 Chiquita Blvd. S., Suite #204

  Cape Coral, FL  33914

  Terry:       239-770-6955

  Laurie:     239-910-5543​




Posted in Monthly Newsletter
Aug. 27, 2020

Don't Sit on the Couch this Weekend 08-28-2020


A little something for everyone -- whether you are staying in or want to venture out.


Friday, August 28, 2020

Virtual Game Night:  Trivia, Charades, and Drawing over Video by Let's Roam Scavenger Hunt Adventures

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM




Saturday, August 29, 2020

From Dream to Plate Garden Series 101

MW Horticulture Landscape & Garden Depot, 16450 Old US 41, Fort Myers, FL

3:00 PM




Boating Basics -- Free Seminar

Scuba Quest, 37 Del Prado Blvd. North, Cape Coral

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Contact Info:  239-458-1999


Sunday, August 30, 2020

Florida Gardening Basics, info and tips for successful Florida gardening

Thrifty Garden, 1815-2 Fowler Street, Fort Myers, FL 

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM




Monday, August 31, 2020

Salsa Dance Class, Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Trail N., Ste. #118, Naples, FL

7:15 PM - 8:00 PM 

RSVP Free ($10 at the door)



Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Sunset Beach Yoga at Lowdermilk Beach by Wander Free Wellness

Lowdermilk Beach, Banyan Blvd., Naples, FL

7:00 PM

$15 Drop-In

Bring a beach towel and water for the class


Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Manage Your Medicare Online - Virtual Online Program

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Join SHINE in their virtual classroom to learn tips and tools to help you safely manage your Medicare online.

Register free at:


Thursday, September 3, 2020

The Medicine and Messages in Food -- Virtual Zoom workshops with Deb Martin, medicinal foods consultant, and Robin Joy, certified health coach and holistic chef

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Register:  239-277-1399



Posted in Local Events
Aug. 21, 2020

Don't Sit on the Couch this Weekend 08-21-2020



A little something for everyone -- whether you are staying in or want to venture out.

EVENTS FOR AUGUST 21 - 27, 2020

Friday, August 21, 2020

Sunset Celebration, Times Square, 1021 Estero Blvd., Ft. Myers Beach, FL

5:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Saturday, August 22, 2020

Yoga on the Beach, South Beach Marco Island, 900 South Collier, Marco Island, FL

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM  

Registration not required; $10 donation suggested


Sunset Celebration, Times Square, 1021 Estero Blvd., Ft. Myers Beach, FL

5:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Sunday, August 23, 2020

Yoga on the Beach, South Beach Marco Island, 900 South Collier, Marco Island, FL

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM  

Registration not required; $10 donation suggested


Monday, August 24, 2020

Trivia Night on the Patio, Rusty's Raw Bar and Grill,  4631 SE 10th Place, Cape Coral, FL

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Test your knowledge; win free drinks and gift cards


Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Cooking Series: What's In Your Kitchen? Virtual Online Program

11:30 AM - 12:30 AM 

Register free at:


Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Manage Your Medicare Online - Virtual Online Program

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join SHINE in their virtual classroom to learn tips and tools to help you safely manage your Medicare online.

Register free at:


Murder at the Library Book Club Presentation - Virtual Online Program

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Register now at:


Thursday, August 27, 2020

Thursdays on Third, Third Street Shopping District, Naples, FL

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Enjoy live music and entertainment

Posted in Local Events
Aug. 13, 2020

Don't Sit on the Couch this Weekend 08-14-2020

Events for August 14 - 20, 2020

Friday, August 14, 2020

Kitchen Sprouting and Microgreens - learn to grown your own sprouts and greens!

6:00 PM  Thrifty Garden, 1815-2 Fowler St., Ft. Myers, FL

$5 includes take-home kit

For tickets:

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Butterfly Gardening Basics - learn the basic requirements for establishing a butterfly habitat in your own yard!

10:00 AM  Thrifty Garden, 1815-2 Fowler St., Ft. Myers, FL

Donations accepted to help support the work of the Florida Native Butterfly Society

For tickets:

Just for Fun Dog Show 

9:00 AM Registration

10:00 AM  Rotary Park, 5505 Rose Garden Rd., Cape Coral, FL

For more information:  phone 239-549-4606

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Naples Virtual Game Night:  Trivia, Charades, and Drawing via Video

7:00 PM

Monday, August 17, 2020

Mahjong Club Beginner Classes

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM  Island Plaza Shopping Center, 15675-1 McGregor Blvd., Ft Myers, FL

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

What's in Your Kitchen?  Virtual Online Program

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM  Online cooking demo will teach you how to make quick and healthy meals

Register at:

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Stay at Home Storytime Virtual Online Program

10:00 AM

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Mangrove Walk, Matanzas Pass Preserve, 199 Bay Road, Ft. Myers Beach, FL

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

For more info call 239-533-7444 or visit

Posted in Local Events