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The Grant Group

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
550 5th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102
4450 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs, FL 34134

Office: 239-948-4450

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News You can Use

Found this article today in the Friday “e”-edition of the Naples Daily News, Real Estate section. Good news all the way around, really. Have a question? Call or write, we’ll be happy to help.

Foreclosures

Foreclosures in the Naples area have been cut in half from August 2010 to August 2011. There are more short sales, however. Lenders are working with the seller more often now than in years past, allowing sellers to avoid foreclosure. The rapid reduction of distressed properties will help stabilize the Naples market.

Good News

The good news for homeowners in Naples/Bonita Springs? In most sectors of the Real Estate market, there is less than a 1 year supply of homes and condos. (Less than 1 year in single family homes and inventory of low-mid rise condos). These positive reports are lost amongst the sluggish Real Estate markets elsewhere in the Country. Some frustrated buyers who perceive they can’t “steal” a property; take their ball and go home. The more astute buyer realizes that if they purchase a property at 7-12% off listing price, in a few years they may look like a genius.

Real Estate is Rebounding

Real Estate is on the rebound, and we’re not the only ones who think so.  An article just out this morning by RISMedia highlights information from several sectors, and shows that while not many markets are fully rebounding, there is evidence that values will no longer fall as rapidly or as far as in recent years. With new construction starts surging (see the article from September) and a cautious upswing in consumer confidence, this could be the start of a strong come back.  And as Bloomberg Businessweek states: …”the biggest increase in home value is in Florida“…

Best Day to List Your Home

An article posted Tuesday by Inman News heralds Friday as the best day to list your home for sale; based on research done by Redfin, a Seattle based brokerage. In data analyzed, homes listed on Friday’s were 12% more likely to sell within 90 days, for 94.4% of the list price. You can read the full article here: Inman News (beware, they’ve got an annoying pop up advertisement)

Interesting Info Online Today

We found these two articles on Facebook today from our friends duPont Registry and Coldwell Banker.

Affluent Buyers Compete for Luxury Property

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Misunderstandings in the Buying Process

To Buy or To Rent? That is the Question.

After reading Jim Gillespie CEO of Coldwell Banker’s contribution to Blue Matter on ColdwellBanker.com, we thought we’d share the information. In it, he says “...don’t you owe it to yourself to explore home ownership?” You can read his blog here: Are You Spending $1,000 a Month on Rent? and here’s a link to the article he references in the NY Post: NY Post snapshot.

NABOR Press Release

NABOR (Naples Area Board of Realtors) released a report this afternoon stating Third Quarter sales are remaining strong. You can read the full report here: NABOR Market Report Also included in that report, are the 3rd Quarter statistics. If you’re thinking of buying or selling, now is the time. Give us a call today for a free analysis.

Just Listed in Southport on the Bay

Just Listed by Doug Grant: Encompassing the casual elegance that Barefoot Beach is known for, this Gulf access home features 3 bedrooms plus a den and over 2,700SF of living area enhanced by 22ft beamed ceilings, a custom fireplace with mirrored mantle and Mexican tile flooring that rounds out the relaxing ambiance. Perfect for entertaining, a family get-a-way or year round residency, with spacious rooms, East & West facing terraces and a private boat dock with 8,000lb lift.

Cool Stuff from Facebook

If you’re a member of Facebook, come to our page and “Like” us. You can use this link: The Grant Group Get information on the latest listings and sales in the area, up to date mortgage information and general information. Here are a few things from today’s posts:

Coldwell Banker Wins Multiple Awards for Website

Coldwell Banker Lists Mansion on “True Blood”

See you there!

Mortgages

There was an article recently in the online version of the Realtor Magazine, that stated 30% of buyers are being denied mortgages. You can read the full article here: Buyers Give Up on Mortgages.  In it, the Magazine cites tighter credit and stringent application processes. Did you know that several of our available properties are offering owner financing? Send us a message or give us a call for a list of participating home sellers who understand the hurdles in this real estate market. We’re glad to help!

Update

Despite the lack of snowbirds, and the miserable economic drumbeat; properties are still being shown.  One of our listings was shown four times last week!  It shows that perceived value will drive showings. If your home is currently on the market, and you aren’t experiencing the amount of showings you would like, consider making a price adjustment.

Mortgages Rates Falling?

A post in the Wall Street Journal’s Real Estate section speculates that mortgage rates may fall below 4% soon. The struggling housing market continues to bumble along, with the would be purchaser’s constricted by tight lending restrictions and loan limits. Lower rates could help bolster urgency and help buyers who’ve been on the fence, make a move.

Time to Buy Vacation Properties!

An article out today from the duPont Registry states that now may be the time to buy vacation properties; and we agree! The luxury market continues to rebound, although slowly, which is a good thing, if you are looking for that ideal real estate opportunity. Deals can be had in many areas of Naples & Bonita Springs, here are some of our picks: The Grant Group Best Buys

Outdoor Kitchens

Borrowing from our Facebook page today; is an article from the St. Pete Times on outdoor kitchens, which you can read here: How Much Should You Spend on Outdoor Kitchens? In it are some tips on what to think about if you’re thinking about adding an outdoor kitchen, and some factors that may help you decide where and what kind. We thought it was interesting!

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