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Lee County Building Permits Up Again In February

2019-11-20T11:54:59-05:00March 3rd, 2015|Categories: Blog|

Contractors pulled 101 permits to build single-family houses in unincorporated Lee County in February – up from 79 permits in January and 82 in February 2014, according to statistics released today by the Lee County Department of Community Development. February's single-family permits were valued collectively at nearly $22.8 million. Also during February, 74 multi-family units collectively valued at nearly $5.4 million were permitted, compared to 358 in January and 24 in February 2014, according to the county.

Florida Sets Tourist Record, Nears 100 Million Visitors

2019-11-20T11:54:59-05:00February 17th, 2015|Categories: Blog|

Florida joined Lee and Collier counties in attracting record numbers of tourists in 2014.  An estimated 97.3 million visitors came to Florida in 2014, a 3.9 percent increase from the year before, according to information released Monday by Visit Florida, the state's tourism-marketing arm. Lee and Collier counties released their recored-breaking numbers earlier this year with increases of 12 percent and 6.3 percent, respectively. Gov. Rick Scott, who has asked lawmakers to increase tourism-marketing funding from $74 million in the current fiscal year to $85 million during the budget year that begins July 1, [...]

Bonita National Opens In Bonita Springs

2019-11-20T11:54:59-05:00February 13th, 2015|Categories: Blog|

New communities sprouting up from raw land aren't a new sight anymore, but a new community with a brand new golf course is a rarity now. Bonita National Golf & Country Club is being created on the eastern most portion of available land on Bonita Beach Road. The golf course just opened in January and the first homes in the Lennar community will be occupied in about six months. The 540-acre parcel is changing fast. Lennar broke ground in December 2013 and opened for sales in May 2014. They have already sold 80 residences. [...]

How To Turn A ‘Have-To’ Move Into A ‘Get-To Move’ Situation

2019-11-20T11:54:59-05:00January 13th, 2015|Categories: Real Estate News|

Moving to a new home because you have to can be a drag. Truthfully, the act of moving is a big drag for any reason! But when it's not your choice, not the optimum time, or you're moving for reasons other than because you've fallen in love with a new home and are moving up, it really stinks. But that doesn't mean you have to approach the move like it's a death sentence. Change makes you flexible," said beliefnet. And, it can also make you smarter. "If things never changed, you'd never learn anything [...]

Ten Winter Fire Safety Tips

2019-11-20T11:54:59-05:00January 13th, 2015|Categories: Real Estate News|

Most home fires are preventable, but sometimes common sense isn't so common. According to the National Fire Protection Association, it's not too early to protect your loved ones and your home from fire damage, by simply following sensible suggestions. 1. Have your furnace checked. It's worth the money to hire a professional to inspect and service your furnace once a year. If it's going to conk out, it's better to know trouble is coming. 2. Have your chimneys and vents checked. Fireplaces produce creosote which can ignite. If you light fires frequently, you need [...]

Why Infrastructure Upgrades Matter For Home Buyers

2019-11-20T11:54:59-05:00January 13th, 2015|Categories: Real Estate News|

Making infrastructure a major consideration when you buy a home is a smart investment strategy that many people overlook. Much in the way that buying in a good school district pushes up the value of your property regardless of whether you have kids, locating property near good infrastructure historically affects appreciation rates positively. This works both ways, of course, and Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2015 explicitly expresses concerns about how lack of infrastructure spending and maintenance will damage the value of real estate holdings this upcoming year. The quality of roads, water access, [...]

Protecting Against Embezzlement In Your HOA

2019-11-20T11:54:59-05:00January 13th, 2015|Categories: Real Estate News|

An excerpt from a news story read: "Bridgett Freeman of Sheboygan stole more than $11,000 from the Westridge Homeowner's Association in West Bend. Thursday, she was sentenced to six months in jail and three years probation, and was ordered to pay back $11,617.41. She said she was sorry." From time to time, these stories make national news. While embezzlers can be found in virtually every type of business, homeowner associations are not immune. In fact, because of the volunteer nature of HOAs, business practices tend to be somewhat lax and HOAs are even more [...]

Property Owners: Are You Liable If… ?

2019-11-20T11:54:59-05:00January 13th, 2015|Categories: Real Estate News|

Moving in the winter can be treacherous if you live in a cold climate, and accidents are prone to happen when carrying heavy furniture and boxes across slippery or icy surfaces. This is bad news for everybody involved, but in the instances of serious injury these scenarios leave property owners open to some forms of legal liability. This is known as premise liability. However, not all forms of liability apply, and there are several ways to limit the liability a property owner faces. Typically, for premise liability to apply, the following conditions must be [...]

Buyer’s Advice: Fight With Your Spouse? Don’t Buy a House!

2019-11-20T11:54:59-05:00January 13th, 2015|Categories: Real Estate News|

Everyone has disagreements with loved ones. But if arguing is too frequent, you could have deep unresolved issues in your marriage. This is the worst time for you to buy a house. Not only will you take your troubles with you, the challenges of owning a home will be made that much harder, including paying a mortgage that may be higher than you're currently paying in rent. Buying a home is a commitment and a responsibility. To be successful homeowners, your goal should be to maintain and enhance the value of your home. It's [...]

2014 – A Good Year For Builders In SW Florida

2019-11-20T11:54:59-05:00January 9th, 2015|Categories: Blog|

Single-family-home permits in Lee County surged 25.7 percent in 2014 as the economy improved — but the year remained stressful for builders as labor, land and materials got pricier and oil's sudden implosion remained a wild card. A total of 2,999 single-family permits were pulled by builders in the county's municipalities, up from 2013's 2,386. December had 76 permits in unincorporated Lee; 63 in Cape Coral; 42 in Fort Myers; 62 in Bonita Springs; one in Sanibel and none in Fort Myers Beach. Builders were generally pleased with the results. "The year ended on [...]

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