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Southwest Florida Home Sales Show a Marked Increase There is good news to share! We are seeing an increase in Southwest Florida home sales, especially in the Naples housing market. In January, pending sales - or the number of new contracts written - increased nearly 36 percent to 1,101. That compared to 810 contracts in the same month last year, according to a monthly report by the Naples Area Board of Realtors. The point is that we are seeing signs of an upward trend here in Southwest Florida. The weather up North combined with attractive home prices have produced higher pending home sales, as well as renewed confidence in our community. Shelton Weeks, a real estate professor and director at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Lucas Institute for Real Estate Development & Finance, describes the renewed interest as the “wealth effect.” This means buyers are

looking at their portfolios and feel wealthier than last year. They feel more confident, which increases the probability that they will buy a home right now. However, make no mistake – it is not just the wealthy who are buying homes. Based on NABORs report, here is the breakdown which compares this January to last: Pending sales for properties in the $1 million to $2 million price range increased 63 percent, with 52 contracts written. Pending single-family sales increased 40 percent, with 536 contracts written. Pending condo sales increased 32 percent, with 565 contracts written. NABOR’s report tracks sales made through its multiple listing service in Collier County, excluding Marco Island. With the rise in activity, it

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turned out to be the second busiest January for new contracts in the past 11 years in the Naples, Bonita and Estero markets. The highest January on record was in 2005, when 1,543 sales went pending in the three markets. For the first time in several years, we are seeing multiple offers on properties and while prices remain stable in general, some areas are already beginning to experience supplies of less than one year.

In January 2009, there was a more than three-year supply of non-waterfront, single-family homes on the market in the Park Shore, Moorings and Seagate neighborhoods. The supply is now down to about a year. While pending sales rose in January in the Naples market, actual sales declined. There were 507 closed sales, down from 562 in January 2010, according to NABOR’s report. This is due to the slow down during the last quarter of 2010. Everything after June was down. There were many reasons for the sales slowdown seen after June, including the after effects of the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the instability of the stock market, the shaky economy and a lack of consumer confidence. These contributing factors caused many to back away from buying

because of the oil. They were going to wait until it was settled. The under $300,000 market continues to see the most activity in the Naples market. There were 377 closed sales in this price range in January, down from 392 in the same month a year ago. In addition, the number of short sales in the Naples market is at its lowest point in over 19 months. This indicates a significant market change. NABOR started tracking short sales – sales made for less than what’s owed on a mortgage – in July 2009. In January, 76 short sales closed in the Naples area market. That compared to a high of 142 in June 2010. Many believe this will be an ongoing trend. There was a time when short sales could take 18 Continued on page 7

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Healthy Living Five Gym-Free Fitness Ideas For 2011 Fitness should be fun and affordable. It should not be boring, time-consuming or costly. Make your exercise routine a bit more exciting this year with some fitness activities you can do without an expensive gym membership. 1. Sports hoop your way to slimmer shape The thought of hula hoops probably conjures memories from your childhood, but the fact is hula hooping is a great fitness activity. Sports Hoops are large, weighted fitness hoops that adults use to tone and lose weight. These affordable hoops are easy and fun to use, and can help you lose weight. If you’re a certified personal trainer looking for something new and exciting for your clients, consider attending a certified trainer program where you’ll learn the knowledge and tools to facilitate your own fitness hoop class and instruct personal training sessions. 2. Try a new activity you’ve never done before There’s no better way to get your blood pumping and your body moving than trying something you’ve never done before. Always wondered what it’s like to rock climb? Sign up for a class, or see if your local sports store has a free rock climbing wall. How about trying ice skating, surfing or even acrobatics? If a new activity is a little intimidating, you may not want to do it alone. Ask a friend to do it with you and you’re sure to get a great workout and a wonderful memory. 3. Join a walking or running group Walking and running are great physical activities that burn calories and tone the body. Discover the parks and neighborhoods around you by planning regular walks. Consider finding a walk/run buddy to keep you motivated.

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Or, look online to find walking and running groups that plan regular outings and offer a supportive, team environment. 4. Join a sport Remember how much fun it was to play sports growing up? Adult teams can be just as fun, providing great exercise and camaraderie. Does your work or church group have a softball team? Maybe your friends like to bowl and you could form a bowling team. From broom ball, tennis, golf and more, team sports keep the spirit of healthy, friendly competition alive. 5. Visit your library and request workout DVDs The library is a great community resource and it can also help keep you in shape. Because checking out books and DVDs is absolutely free, the library is the perfect place to research new types of exercise to spice up your normal routine. Try searching for Pilates, yoga and aerobic DVDs. You likely can request them to be sent to your preferred pickup location too. Some books and DVDs are geared toward specific age groups, so teens, adults and even seniors can find appropriate workout inspiration.

Game On: Controlling Breathing Conditions To Stay Active Through Sports And Exercise Difficulty breathing. Wheezing. Chest tightness. Coughing. Symptoms like these are most often related to asthma and can be caused by a number of factors including pollen, dust, allergies or smoke. However, when these symptoms happen during, or shortly after exercise or physical activity, it may not be asthma, but instead, a preventable breathing condition called exercise-induced bronchospasm, or EIB. According to the latest estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 25 million Americans, or over 8 percent of the US population, have asthma. Although the majority of asthmatics have EIB, EIB can exist as a condition separate from asthma. Within the asthma population and as a separate condition, EIB impacts an estimated 30 million people in the United States. The CDC recommends children participate in one hour or more of physical activity every day; however, children who experience the symptoms of asthma and EIB are more likely to avoid exercise and physical activity for fear of triggering their symptoms. In general, lack of exercise may lead to weight gain and obesity, risk factors for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and trouble sleeping. Despite the large number of people living with asthma and EIB in the U.S., EIB diagnosis still remains low due to a lack of awareness and understanding about the condition. The first step in effectively managing EIB is to be able to properly identify the signs and symptoms. People who think they may be experiencing symptoms should talk to their doctor and get evaluated.

EIB is a manageable condition. National guidelines recommend using a quick-relief inhaler 15 to 30 minutes before exercising to prevent symptoms from happening in the first place. Once diagnosed, it’s important to talk to your doctor about your treatment options, as not all quick-relief inhalers are the same. Some are designed to be carried and stored in any

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Mediterranean Swordfish:

Ham, Smoked Gouda and Mushroom Strata

Ingredients 1 tablespoon butter 4 ounces sliced mixed exotic mushrooms 1⁄2 cup chopped shallots or onion 4 cups cubed bread of choice (about 6 small slices) 7 ounces Jones Ham Steak or Jones Ham Slices, cut into 1⁄2-inch pieces 1⁄2 cup dried cranberries 1 cup shredded smoked Gouda cheese or shredded Cheddar cheese 6 large eggs (or 3 eggs and 3 egg whites) 2 cups whole milk or light cream Method Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and shallots; cook, stirring occasionally, 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender and liquid evaporates. Arrange bread cubes in a greased or buttered 13- x 9-inch baking dish; top with layers of the mushroom mixture, ham, cranberries and cheese. Whisk eggs in a large bowl; whisk in milk. Pour mixture evenly over all. Press down on bread to allow milk mixture to coat the top. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of one hour (up to 24 hours). Bake in a preheated 350° F oven 40 minutes or until center is set. Cut into squares.

Double Chocolate Fig Macaroons

Ingredients 1 tablespoon of olive oil 1 tablespoon of water 8 large cloves of garlic, minced 4 5-ounce boneless swordfish steaks or fish steak of choice ½ cup red onion wedges ½ teaspoon fennel seeds 1½ cups canned whole Italian tomatoes (no salt added), chopped 6−10 Greek olives, pitted and thinly sliced 2 tablespoons of slivered fresh basil leaves

Ingredients 1 cup Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid Figs 2 cups toasted slivered blanched almonds 1 cup granulated sugar 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1⁄8 teaspoon salt 1 large egg 1 large egg white 1⁄2 teaspoon almond extract 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels Confectioners’ (powdered) sugar

Method In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of oil and half of the garlic; rub over each side of each swordfish steak. Refrigerate in a covered container for 1 hour. Preheat broiler. Line pan with foil for easy cleanup. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of water; add onion, fennel seeds and remaining garlic. Simmer over low heat, stirring for 7−8 minutes until onion turns golden and soft. Stir in tomatoes; bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes until slightly thickened. Meanwhile, place fish steaks in prepared broiler pan, garlic side up; broil 4 inches from heat, turning one after 6 minutes, until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Place 1 fish steak on each of 4 plates. Divide the tomato mixture over each evenly, then sprinkle with olives and basil.

Method Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350° F. Line large baking sheet with foil (coated with nonstick spray) or parchment paper. Remove stems and chop figs; set aside. In food processor, process almonds with sugar, cocoa powder and salt until nuts are finely ground. Add egg, egg white and almond extract. Process until well blended. Remove dough from processor to separate bowl. Stir in figs and chocolate morsels. With lightly oiled hands, form rounded tablespoonfuls of dough into balls. Place balls, 2 inches apart, on sheet. Flatten each ball to 1 3⁄4-inch circle. Bake for 12 minutes or until cookies are set; do not overbake. Cool on wire rack. Sift confectioners’ sugar over cookies. Store in airtight container. Makes about 30 cookies.


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Tools in Motion: Works From The Hechinger Collection At The Center For The Arts The exhibition features 50 witty and light-hearted works based on familiar forms— hammers, saws and wrenches— transformed into art of great imaginative power using materials including wood, glass, metal, paper and stone. The artists in the exhibition range from emerging to world renowned, including notable figures such as Arman, Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg and Jacob Lawrence. Spanning a wide range of styles, the collection and exhibition honor the dignity of everyday tools, where form and function are inextricably linked. The abundance of bright colors and vivid textures are enjoyable for visitors of all ages. The works for Tools in Motion were selected from a collection originally owned by the late hardware-industry pioneer John Hechinger Sr., whose father started the

Hechinger hardware chain in 1911. Hechinger began collecting contemporary art related to tools to display around the company’s headquarters to inspire his employees. Early on, Hechinger discovered that the collection’s distinct focus strikes a rich chord of modern art. This exhibition was organized from the Hechinger Collection of International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. The exhibition will be on display through April 30, 2011. Each Saturday of the exhibition the Center for the Arts will hold free Family Day Activities for children and adults. Families will be given a quick guided tour of this fun and whimsical exhibition and then will complete art projects that introduce the idea of tools as art. Activities will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays through April 30.

Stephen Hansen, Man on a Limb, 1985, Steel and wood, © Stephen Hansen

Conservancy Of Southwest Florida Offers Visitors Discounted Admission The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is offering discounted admission to its Nature Center while it continues to undergo major sustainability renovations. Adult admission is only $5 and children 12 and under receive free admission. As always, Conservancy members receive free admission. “This season we’ve added additional educational programs at the Conservancy Nature Center to enhance the guest experience,” said Andrew McElwaine, Conservancy of Southwest Florida president. “We believe the reduced admission will encourage people to stop by to experience all we have to offer today and get a glimpse at the remarkable plans for the future.” McElwaine concluded, “One of the greatest benefits of becoming a Conservancy member or paying admission to the Nature Center is knowing that you are helping to support efforts to protect our water, our land, our wildlife and our future. The organization is so much larger than the Nature Center.” All schedules and details are available at Discounted admission is available through May 31, 2011. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center is open Monday – Saturday, 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM. CLOSED on Sundays. About the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Sustainable Campus Initiative: The Conservancy of Southwest Florida has begun a new sustainable campus initiative

launched in April 2009 as part of its Saving Southwest Florida Capital Campaign. The 21acre Conservancy Nature Center is being transformed into a model for sustainable design and environmental responsibility, with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards for both buildings and the Nature Center. Once completed, the new Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center will include two new buildings and three major rehabilitation project. A new Wildlife Clinic with more space, improved treatment areas and modern equipment Totally remodeled Discovery Center with new and exciting environmental exhibits A new Environmental Planning Center with updated research laboratories Conservation Hall and theater will be created from the existing auditorium space and will be used for increased environmental education programming, meetings and events Interactive Learning Lab for hands-on learning about environmental topics and sustainability Two constructed wetlands areas serving as natural filter marshes to cleanse storm water before being released into the Gordon River and Naples Bay New trails, gardens and walkways with native landscaping New environmental education and programming The project also includes a new entrance to the Conservancy Nature Center, Smith Preserve Way, from Goodlette-Frank Road that will bring the vision of a “Naples Central Park” closer to reality. The new entrance will potentially provide access to the Gordon River Greenway Park

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ESTERO | BONITA SPRINGS | NAPLES | 239-777-0473 May, 2011 - Market Trends At one point in 2010 50% of closed sales in Miromar Lakes were either Short Sales or Foreclosure. Now in May of 2011 Inventory is at a 2 year low of 73 units and there are only 2 shorts and 2 foreclosures actively for on the market. With inventory low and lows in the distressed properties it’s not surprising that March and April 2011 has matched 2 year highs in closed sales. Stat





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Season is coming to an end and mass exiting of snow birds has begun. There will be opportunity to sell during the summer months. While there will not be as many showings or open houses, buyers who are walking house to house in 90 degree heat don’t do so for entertainment they are most likely serious buyers. Many home sellers will take their homes off the market during the summer months because they believe they do not have a chance to sell or their homes will sell for less in the summer. This is completely false! With increases Bonita Springs Market Trends


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Pelican Landing Market Trends


Grandezza Market Trends

19 homes sold in Pelican Landing in April 2011 a two year high! With 29 homes still under contract high sales will continue throughout May 2011. What this means is if your home has been on the market for an extended period and 50 homes have sold so far this year you should reevaluate you selling price. The #1 reason a home does not sell is price. Request an upto-date market analysis to see where your home is positioned in the market. Numbers do not lie! For Grandezza we replaced the “Selling Trends” chart with “Price Change vs Pending”. The correlation between Pending Sales and Price Changes from September 2010 to May of 2011 is significant not to publish. It is no secret that pricing is critical to selling your home in Grandezza. This chart proves that Price Improvements have a direct impact on homes going under contract in Grandezza. See for yourself! Stat






12599 20125 20080 20045 20111 20137 20036 12538 19960 19778

Grandezza Cir Seadale Ct Saraceno Dr Saraceno Dr Saraceno Dr Seadale Ct Markward Grandezza Cir Markward Markward

2+Den 3 Bed 3 Bed 2+Den 3+Den 2+Den 3+Den 3+Den 3+Den 3+Den

2 2 2 2 3 2 3 2 3 3

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


20131 20101 20060 20230 20140 20321 20220 20241 20231 20251

Seagrove St, #403 Seagrove St, #706 Seagrove St, #1803 Calice Ct, #402 Seagrove St, #2601 Calice Ct, #1802 Calice Ct, #302 Calice Ct, #2603 Burnside Pl, #404 Burnside Pl, #602

2 Bed 2+Den 2+Den 3 Bed 3 Bed 3 Bed 2+Den 3+Den 3+Den 3 Bed

2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1

Lighthouse Bay, Bonita Springs


Pool Spa Exp View SqFt Built List Price Single Family Homes in Grandezza (Closed & Pending From March 1st to April 30th, 2011) Negotiable Yes Yes N Preserve 1649 2005 $349,000 Unfurnished Yes Yes S Lake, Preserve 2000 2002 $379,000 Unfurnished Yes Yes W Golf Course, Lake 2052 2005 $384,000 Turnkey Yes Yes E Lake 2022 2003 $387,000 Unfurnished Yes No E Golf Course, Preserve 2507 2003 $395,000 Unfurnished Yes Yes SE Lake, Preserve 1989 2003 $399,000 Unfurnished Yes No W Golf Course 2655 2006 $415,000 Unfurnished Yes Yes W Lake, Water Feature 2293 2005 $445,000 Unfurnished Yes Yes N Golf Course, Lake, Preserve 3062 2007 $639,000 Furnished Yes Yes SE Golf Course, Lake 2860 2002 $814,900 Condos in Grandezza (Closed & Pending From March 1st to April 30th, 2011) NE Golf Course, Lake 1490 2003 $120,000 Unfurnished E Golf Course 1642 2003 $129,900 Unfurnished W Golf Course, Lake 1627 2003 $159,900 Unfurnished W Golf Course 1647 2001 $170,000 Unfurnished W Golf Course, Lake 1642 2002 $192,900 Unfurnished E Golf Course, Lake, Preserve 1647 2003 $218,900 Turnkey W Golf Course, Lake 1649 2001 $234,900 Unfurnished E Golf Course, Lake, Water 2150 2001 $295,000 Turnkey SE Golf Course, Lake 2133 2004 $389,000 Unfurnished E Golf Course, Lake 2133 2005 $399,000 Turnkey

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4380. 2nd floor, 3 bed, 2 bath, 2316sf carriage home with beautiful never ending water views. One of the newer models built offering a 2-car garage. Bright and airy throughout, tile, plantation shutters, 10’ ceilings, built-in dry bar, GE Profile appliances. Living room, breakfast nook and master bedroom all with sliders to the lanai offering breathtaking views through the tile lanai’s vast archway. Enjoy the nature and abundance of amenities Lighthouse Bay has to offer. Offered at $275,000 Call Michael 239-498-7600.

1646. 2nd floor Coach home, 3 bed+den, 2 bath, 2040 sf, 2465 total sf, designer decorated throughout, hardwood flooring, tile, textured faux paint, accented tile, plantation shutters, designer fixtures/ceiling fans. Striking architectural features w/vaulted ceilings, archways, niches, French doors. 2 guest bedrooms one very large in size doubling perfectly as a media room. Water, golf course, tropical views through a wall of sliders from morning room to the great room opens to the tailed lanai.. Quietly located at the end of the street in a private neighborhood of Oak Hammock at Shadow Wood At The Brooks. Offered at $288,900.

List SqFt $212 $190 $187 $191 $158 $201 $156 $194 $209 $285 $81 $79 $98 $103 $117 $133 $142 $137 $182 $187

Sold Date

Sold Price

Sold SqFt







4/7/2011 3/16/2011 4/14/2011 4/21/2011

$410,000 $410,000 $610,000 $625,000

$154 $179 $199 $219

3/21/2011 3/10/2011 4/29/2011 4/28/2011 3/9/2011

$120,000 $125,110 $158,500 $160,000 $165,000

$81 $76 $97 $97 $100

4/12/2011 3/28/2011

$215,000 $270,000

$130 $126




DOM 98 216 86 98 140 117 434 92 1 143 403 42 18 473 147 120 200 404 50 188


96% 96% 99% 92% 95% 77% 100% 96% 99% 94% 86% 92% 92% 94%

Shadow Wood at The Brooks, Bonita Springs

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3329 Wildwood Lake Cir 3337 Wildwood Lake Circle 25350 Galashields Cir 25274 Galashields Cir 25002 Pinewater Cove Ln 3500 Muscadine Ln 3510 Fiddlehead Ct 3510 Candleberry Ct 3480 Pine Fern Ln 3481 Muscadine Ln 3620 Olde Cottage Ln 3501 Fiddlehead Ct 3640 Lakemont Dr 3561 Lakemont Dr 3530 Lakemont Dr 3541 Lakemont Dr 23884 Sanctuary Lakes Ct 3520 Cassia Ct 24331 Woodsage Dr 23944 Sanctuary Lakes Ct 23881 Addison Place Ct 24941 Goldcrest Dr 25131 Ridge Oak Dr 3641 Bay Creek Dr

3 Bed 2+Den 2+Den 3 Bed 3 Bed 3+Den 3 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 4+Den 3 Bed 3+Den 4 Bed 3 Bed 3+Den 3+Den 3+Den 4+Den 4 Bed 3+Den 3+Den 4 Bed 4+Den 4+Den

2 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 3 3 2 3 3 3 2 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 4

0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 2


3406 Pointe Creek Ct, #101 25200 Goldcrest Dr, #512 4161 Sawgrass Point Dr, #103 3421 Pointe Creek Ct, #202 4201 Sawgrass Point Dr, #102 25000 Cypress Hollow Ct, #102 3480 Ballybridge Cir, #102 25160 Sandpiper Greens Ct, #105 4181 Sawgrass Point Dr, #203 24821 Lakemont Cove Ln, #202 24320 Sandpiper Isle Way, #101 24772 Lakemont Cove Ln, #102 3491 Pointe Creek Ct, #301 24470 Reserve Ct, #102 24706 Lakemont Cove Ln, #201 24430 Reserve Ct, #101 3470 Ballybridge Cir, #102 25060 Ballycastle Ct, #103

2 Bed 2 Bed 2+Den 3 Bed 2 Bed 2+Den 2 Bed 3 Bed 2 Bed 2+Den 2 Bed 3 Bed 3 Bed 3 Bed 3 Bed 3 Bed 2+Den 2+Den

2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Furn Pool Spa Exp View SqFt Built List Price Single Family Homes in Pelican Landing (Closed & Pending From March 1st to April 30th, 2011) Partly FurnishedNo No E Lake 1604 1995 $ 239,500 Negotiable No No E Lake 1684 1995 $ 255,000 Turnkey No No SE Golf Course 1988 1994 $ 355,000 Unfurnished No No W Golf Course 2012 1997 $ 369,000 Unfurnished Yes No NW Lake 2154 1995 $ 399,700 Unfurnished Yes No N Landscaped Area 2273 2001 $ 475,000 Negotiable Yes Yes N Landscaped Area 2325 1995 $ 498,900 Unfurnished Yes Yes N Lake 2485 1995 $ 499,000 Unfurnished Yes No N Landscaped Area 2326 1996 $ 509,000 Unfurnished Yes No S Landscaped Area 2857 1996 $ 509,500 Unfurnished Yes Yes N Landscaped Area 2324 1997 $ 529,000 Unfurnished Yes No S Landscaped Area 2621 1994 $ 549,000 Furnished Yes Yes N Golf Course, Lake 3200 1992 $ 574,900 Unfurnished Yes No SE Lake, Preserve 2486 1994 $ 579,000 Negotiable Yes Yes SW Lake, Preserve 2972 1994 $ 599,000 Unfurnished Yes Yes SE Lake, Preserve 3450 1994 $ 650,000 Negotiable Yes Yes NW Preserve 2754 2001 $ 739,900 Unfurnished Yes Yes NW Lake 3404 2000 $ 799,000 Negotiable Yes Yes E Lake 3400 1995 $ 839,000 Unfurnished Yes Yes SW Preserve 2705 2002 $ 885,000 Negotiable Yes No W Golf Course 3382 2001 $ 925,000 Unfurnished Yes Yes SE Golf Course 3252 1992 $ 1,000,000 Unfurnished Yes Yes E Golf Course, Lake 4152 1998 $ 1,375,000 Unfurnished Yes Yes S Preserve 5776 2002 $ 1,699,500 Condos in Pelican Landing (Closed & Pending From March 1st to April 30th, 2011) W Lake 1461 1997 $ 159,000 Unfurnished W Landscaped Area 1486 1995 $ 174,900 Furnished NW Preserve, Other, Pond 1394 1993 $ 178,500 Furnished S Creek 1446 1997 $ 179,900 Unfurnished N Golf Course, Lake 1394 1993 $ 188,000 Furnished N Lake 1544 1994 $ 189,000 Unfurnished NW Lake, Preserve, Creek 1617 1994 $ 189,900 Negotiable W Landscaped Area 1637 1999 $ 199,000 Furnished W Golf Course, Lake 1394 1994 $ 199,000 Turnkey Turnkey E Lake, Pool/Club 1670 1992 $ 199,000 E Landscaped Area 1500 2004 $ 199,900 Negotiable N Lake 1528 1993 $ 219,999 Unfurnished SW Landscaped Area 1575 2001 $ 234,900 Turnkey S Golf Course 1780 1994 $ 235,900 Furnished S Lake 1643 1992 $ 239,900 Furnished NE Golf Course 1657 1994 $ 239,900 Unfurnished NW Landscaped Area 1808 1994 $ 259,000 Turnkey W Landscaped Area, Creek 1808 1994 $ 259,000 Turnkey

List SqFt $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

149 151 179 183 186 209 215 201 219 178 228 209 180 233 202 188 269 235 247 327 274 308 331 294

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

109 118 128 124 135 122 117 122 143 119 133 144 149 133 146 145 143 143

Sold Date

Sold Price Sold SqFt

3/21/2011 $




4/26/2011 4/29/2011 3/1/2011 4/15/2011

$ $ $ $

320,000 350,000 375,000 452,000

$ $ $ $

161 174 174 199

3/22/2011 4/1/2011 4/15/2011 3/31/2011

$ $ $ $

475,000 455,000 490,000 549,000

$ $ $ $

204 159 211 209

4/21/2011 $ 3/18/2011 $

535,000 550,000

$ $

215 185

3/28/2011 $ 4/29/2011 $

685,000 725,000

$ $

249 213

3/21/2011 $




3/25/2011 3/2/2011 3/8/2011 4/19/2011 3/15/2011 4/6/2011 3/11/2011 4/8/2011 4/28/2011

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

150,000 169,900 155,000 178,000 175,000 180,000 185,000 180,000 189,000

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

101 122 107 128 113 111 113 129 113

3/11/2011 4/1/2011 4/14/2011 4/30/2011 4/28/2011 4/29/2011

$ $ $ $ $ $

191,250 207,500 215,000 215,000 205,000 237,500

$ $ $ $ $ $

125 132 121 131 124 131


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194 67 533 1 225 1 103 78 149 179 71 1 153 163 1 58 183 152 39 66 42 84 223 1 81 318 1 169 99 59 47 861 62 109 56 115 188 64 58 184 1 91

%List 88% 90% 95% 94% 95%

93% 89% 93% 100% 92% 92% 93% 91%


86% 95% 86% 95% 93% 95% 93% 90% 95% 87% 88% 91% 90% 85% 92%

P = Pending / CS = Closed /

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Shadow Wood at the Brooks Market Trends

Lighthouse Bay at the Brooks Market Trends

Why should you keep your home on the market in Shadow Wood during the summer? With huge drops in inventory and price improvements in the summer and almost the same number of homes selling as the winter (26 homes sold from January 11’ to April 11’ and 22 from May 10’ to Aug 10’) with less inventory on the market. Why would you not want your home on the market this summer? Because of the misconception that homes do not sell during the summer months many agents will pull back on their advertising during the summer to save marketing dollars for season. The Coconut Point Team understands the local real estate market and markets our homes consistently year round! Michael Burke of The Coconut Point Team and Keller Williams Elite Realty Domination of the Shadow Wood at the Brooks Market as of April 30, 2011: Keller Williams holds 43% of Active Listings, 38% of homes under contract are KW listings and 53% of homes sold were KW listings. Stat





Furn Pool Spa Exp View SqFt Built List Price Single Family Homes in Shadow Wood at the Brooks (Closed & Pending From March 1st to April 30th, 2011)


23001 Tree Crest Ct 9096 Falling Leaf Dr 23087 Tree Crest Ct 21931 Longleaf Trail Dr 10208 Ginger Pointe Ct 10310 Plumbago Pointe Dr 22501 Glenview Ln 22036 Sycamore 9141 Hollow Pine Dr 22020 Chartwell View Ct 10661 Glen Lakes Dr 22310 Banyan Hideaway Dr 22270 Banyan Hideaway Dr 22310 Fairview Bend Dr 10241 Orchid Ridge Ln

3 Bed 3 Bed 3+Den 4+Den 3+Den 3+Den 4+Den 4+Den 4+Den 3+Den 3+Den 3+Den 3+Den 4+Den 4+Den

2 2 2 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4

0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 1 2

Negotiable Unfurnished Negotiable Negotiable Negotiable Unfurnished Unfurnished Unfurnished Unfurnished Unfurnished Negotiable Unfurnished Unfurnished Negotiable Negotiable

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes


23021 Rosedale Dr, #101 23001 Rosedale Dr, #102 23151 Rosedale Dr, #201 10332 Autumn Breeze Dr, #102 10361 Autumn Breeze Dr, #102 9611 Cypress Hammock Cir, #101 9616 Cypress Hammock Cir 202 9606 Cypress Hammock Cir, #202 9606 Cypress Hammock Cir, #201 9621 Cypress Hammock Cir, #201 9291 Indigo Isle Ct, #201

2+Den 2+Den 3 Bed 3 Bed 3 Bed 3 Bed 3+Den 3+Den 3+Den 3+Den 3+Den

2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3

0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

Furnished Unfurnished Negotiable Furnished Unfurnished Furnished Partly Furnished Unfurnished Furnished Negotiable Unfurnished

List SqFt

Sold Date

Sold SqFt

Sold Price

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes


Golf Course, Lake, Water Lake, Preserve Lake, Preserve, Water Lake, Water Golf Course Golf Course, Lake, Preserve Golf Course Lake, Preserve Lake Lake Golf Course Golf Course, Lake, Water Golf Course, Lake Lake, Preserve, Water Golf Course, Lake

2000 2000 2453 2453 2635 2562 3021 3021 3120 3042 3232 3883 3442 3327 5053

1999 2002 1999 2005 2002 2004 2002 2001 1999 2005 2006 2003 2001 2005 2003

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

439,000 449,900 495,000 529,000 685,000 709,900 829,000 849,000 899,000 995,000 1,029,000 1,100,000 1,149,000 1,149,000 2,050,000

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

220 225 202 216 260 277 274 281 288 327 318 283 334 345 406

3/16/2011 $




3/11/2011 4/1/2011 4/25/2011 3/28/2011

$ $ $ $

488,000 505,000 650,000 660,000

$ $ $ $

199 206 247 258

4/28/2011 4/5/2011 3/9/2011 4/29/2011

$ $ $ $

800,000 884,000 925,000 975,000

$ $ $ $

265 283 304 302

4/21/2011 $




4/15/2011 $






Golf Course, Lake Golf Course, Lake Golf Course, Lake Golf Course, Lake Golf Course, Lake Lake Lake, Preserve Lake, Preserve Lake, Preserve Lake, Water Golf Course, Lake

1632 1632 2040 2060 2060 2060 2748 2748 2748 2748 2748

1998 2002 1998 2004 2003 1999 2001 2001 2001 2001 2002

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

269,900 279,900 299,900 324,000 348,500 359,900 430,000 439,000 445,000 489,000 529,000

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

165 172 147 157 169 175 156 160 162 178 193

3/28/2011 $ 4/28/2011 $ 4/7/2011 $

250,000 260,000 290,000

$ $ $

153 159 142

3/22/2011 $ 3/21/2011 $ 3/1/2011 $

330,000 345,000 415,000

$ $ $

160 167 151

3/22/2011 $ 3/21/2011 $ 3/7/2011 $

400,000 460,000 500,000

$ $ $

146 167 182

Condos in Shadow Wood at the Brooks (Closed & Pending From March 1st to April 30th, 2011) -

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DOM 113 65 396 89 804 288 180 61 46 178 121 185 77 136 490 213 326 351 191 36 116 278 120 198 71 283

%List 94% 99% 95% 95% 93% 94% 98% 93% 95% 100% 88%

Forgot what a good real estate market looks like? Just take a look at Lighthouse Bay. With an inventory at only 16 a total of 25 homes have sold so far in 2011. This is the only community that has more sales than listings in the Greater Coconut Point Area. Realistic pricing, prime location and an excellent product have driven the Lighthouse Bay market. We love selling in Lighthouse Bay! Stat CS CS CS CS CS CS CS CS CS CS CS CS CS CS P CS P P P

Address 23810 Costa Del Sol Rd, #203 23721 Old Port Rd, #203 23711 Old Port Rd, #203 10791 Halfmoon Shoal Rd, #203 23871 Costa Del Sol Rd, #201 10911 Santa Margherita Rd, #202 10701 Halfmoon Shoal Rd, #101 10911 Santa Margherita Rd, #103 10851 Crooked River Rd, #103 10910 Santa Margherita Rd, #104 23721 Eddystone Rd, #7104 23740 Eddystone Rd, #204 10901 Santa Margherita Rd S, #104 10821 Crooked River Rd, #77-202 10943 Salerno Bay Rd, #101 10771 Crooked River Rd, #102 10881 Crooked River Rd, #202 10301 Cape Roman Rd 10962 Salerno Bay Rd

Bed 2+Den 2+Den 3 Bed 2 Bed 2+Den 2+Den 3 Bed 2+Den 2+Den 3 Bed 2+Den 2+Den 2 Bed 3 Bed 3 Bed 2+Den 3 Bed 2+Den 3 Bed



2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Furn Unfurnished Turnkey Turnkey Turnkey Furnished Negotiable Turnkey Negotiable Unfurnished Negotiable Unfurnished Unfurnished Negotiable Unfurnished Negotiable Unfurnished Negotiable Negotiable Unfurnished

93% 93% 97%

Pool Spa Exp View SqFt Built List Price Lighthouse Bay at the Brooks (Closed & Pending From March 1st to April 30th, 2011) No No W Lake, Water Feature 1276 2003 $129,900 No No W Lake 1276 2000 $159,000 No No W Lake 1268 2001 $172,000 No No SW Lake 1392 2001 $174,500 No No W Lake 1402 2002 $179,900 No No SW Lake, Landscaped Area 1446 2003 $184,500 No No S Lake, Water Feature 1402 2001 $184,900 No No W Lake 1354 2003 $185,000 No No E Lake 1694 2003 $189,900 No No SE Pond 1548 2002 $215,000 No No W Lake 1548 2000 $225,000 No No E Lake, Water Feature 1646 2000 $229,000 No No S Lake 1548 2003 $235,000 No No N Lake, Preserve 2316 2003 $248,900 Yes No NE Lake 1782 2002 $264,000 No No W Lake, Preserve 1844 2001 $269,500 No No N Preserve, Water Feature 2316 2003 $287,500 Yes No SW Lake, Water Feature 1844 2000 $315,000 Yes No S Lake, Water Feature 1956 2002 $379,900

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95% 96% 97%

List SqFt $102 $125 $136 $125 $128 $128 $132 $137 $112 $139 $145 $139 $152 $107 $148 $146 $124 $171 $194

Sold Price

Sold SqFt

3/7/2011 4/12/2011 4/27/2011 4/14/2011 4/1/2011 3/18/2011 3/31/2011 3/30/2011 3/25/2011 3/30/2011 4/29/2011 3/18/2011 4/21/2011 3/21/2011

$125,000 $141,000 $170,000 $167,500 $170,000 $162,000 $176,500 $206,500 $179,000 $206,500 $200,000 $215,000 $205,000 $227,000

$98 $111 $134 $120 $121 $112 $126 $153 $106 $133 $129 $131 $132 $98




Sold Date



120 519 134 178 60 434 67 6 63 71 160 122 64 81 185 52 125 110 386

96% 89% 99% 96% 94% 88% 95% 112% 94% 96% 89% 94% 87% 91% 94%

Copperleaf at the Brooks Market Trends

90% 94% 95%

Mediterra Market Trends

Copperleaf produced 9 closed sales in April 2011, a two year high! 54 price improvements so far in 2011 which is a huge factor in the sales spike. Copperleaf offers great location, amenities and homes, if you have your home priced right it will sell weather it’s season or not. Stat

Mediterra is an extremely competitive market. With high inventory and low sales, sellers should price aggressively to sell. Low sales, high amount of price improvements with 98 in the past 4 months home values are dropping in Mediterra. High inventory means this trend will continue for some time. If are considering selling your home in Mediterra selling now will net you more than selling next year. Get in front of the market, quit chasing the market down! Stat






16532 Cellini Ln 16838 Cabreo Dr 16823 Cabreo Dr 16834 Cabreo Dr 18212 Lagos Way 14802 Bellezza Ln 16551 Cellini Ln 28114 Castellano Way 14898 Bellezza Ln 14854 Bellezza Ln 16663 Lucarno Way 14866 Bellezza Ln 15805 Savona Way 16028 Trebbio Way

4+Den 3+Den 3+Den 3+Den 3+Den 3+Den 4+Den 4 Bed 3+Den 4+Den 3 Bed 3+Den 3+Den 4+Den

4 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 3 4 3 3 3 4

1 2 1 1 0 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 1


28531 Calabria Ct, #101 28570 Calabria Ct, #101 16985 Porta Vecchio Way, #102 15520 Monterosso Ln, #101 15508 Monterosso Ln, #201 16995 Porta Vecchio Way, #201

3+Den 3+Den 2+Den 3+Den 3+Den 3+Den

3 3 2 3 3 3

0 0 1 0 0 0

List SqFt


Pool Spa Exp View SqFt Built List Price Single Family Homes in Mediterra (Closed & Pending From March 1st to April 30th, 2011) Unfurnished No No S Lake 3831 2008 $500,000 Unfurnished Yes Yes N Preserve 2985 2007 $659,225 Furnished Yes No SW Lake 2875 2008 $679,000 Unfurnished Yes Yes N Preserve 3198 2007 $689,150 Furnished Yes Yes W Lake 2909 2006 $825,000 Unfurnished Yes Yes N Lake, Landscaped Area 3000 2009 $1,199,000 Turnkey Yes Yes N Lake 3938 2006 $1,250,000 Unfurnished Yes No N Lake 4110 2011 $1,580,000 Turnkey Yes Yes S Lake 2915 2006 $1,675,000 Furnished Yes Yes W Golf Course 3515 2006 $1,790,000 Furnished Yes No N Lake 4178 2007 $1,899,000 Turnkey Yes Yes W Golf Course 3049 2006 $1,998,500 Negotiable Yes No N Golf Course, Lake 4155 2004 $2,495,000 Furnished Yes Yes S Golf Course 4578 2003 $2,795,000 Condos in Mediterra (Closed & Pending From March 1st to April 30th, 2011) E Lake 2589 2009 $444,876 Negotiable W Preserve 2589 2008 $465,000 Unfurnished S Lake 2589 2003 $549,000 Furnished SW Golf Course, Lake 2503 2002 $589,000 Unfurnished S Golf Course, Lake 2685 2002 $629,700 Unfurnished SW Golf Course, Lake, Preserve 2873 2004 $689,000 Unfurnished

$131 $221 $236 $215 $284 $400 $317 $384 $575 $509 $455 $655 $600 $611 $172 $180 $212 $235 $235 $240

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Sold Date

Sold Price Sold SqFt







4/28/2011 3/14/2011 4/14/2011 4/20/2011 3/1/2011

$1,000,000 $1,235,000 $1,365,199 $1,500,000 $1,500,000

$333 $314 $332 $515 $427










4/12/2011 4/29/2011

$465,000 $450,000

$180 $180






96 111 100 190 472 258 41 411 837 190 505 244 279 343


136 344 151 214 576 1



83% 99% 86% 90% 84% 78% 73%






23210 Copperleaf Blvd 23401 Copperleaf Blvd 23811 Copperleaf Blvd 23160 Foxtail Creek 23700 Jasmine Lake Dr 23310 Foxtail Creek Court 23461 Caraway Lakes Dr 24271 Copperleaf Blvd 24311 Copperleaf Blvd 23970 Copperleaf Blvd 23270 Copperleaf Blvd 24381 Copperleaf Blvd 24100 Copperleaf Blvd 10361 Creekedge Ct

2+Den 3 Bed 2+Den 3+Den 2+Den 3+Den 3+Den 3+Den 3+Den 3+Den 3+Den 3 Bed 3 Bed 3+Den

2 2 2 3 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


22820 Sago Pointe Dr, #2304 22861 Sago Pointe Dr, #1702 22800 Sago Pointe Dr, #2502 22811 Sago Pointe Dr, #1401 22800 Sago Pointe Dr, #2501 22811 Sago Pointe Dr, #1406 22841 Sago Pointe Dr, #1501

2+Den 2+Den 2+Den 3+Den 3 Bed 3 Bed 3 Bed

2 2 2 2 2 2 2

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Furn Pool Spa Exp View SqFt Built List Price Single Family Homes in Copperleaf at the Brooks (Closed & Pending From March 1st to April 30th, 2011) Unfurnished Yes Yes S Golf Course, Lake 1745 2000 $349,900 Furnished Yes Yes N Golf Course, Lake 1750 2001 $374,500 Turnkey Yes No W Golf Course 1750 2001 $379,000 Turnkey Yes No W Golf Course, Lake 2090 2002 $424,900 Negotiable Yes Yes W Golf Course, Lake 2075 2002 $429,500 Turnkey Yes No W Golf Course, Lake 2095 2002 $449,900 Partly FurnishedYes Yes E Golf Course 2231 2002 $462,000 Negotiable Yes Yes E Golf Course, Lake 2231 2001 $479,000 Furnished Yes No SE Golf Course, Lake 2231 2001 $499,000 Turnkey Yes Yes E Golf Course, Lake 2231 2001 $499,000 Turnkey Yes Yes E Golf Course, Lake 2231 2001 $499,000 Negotiable Yes Yes E Golf Course, Lake 1955 2003 $499,900 Furnished Yes Yes NW Golf Course, Lake 1955 2001 $509,900 Unfurnished Yes No S Golf Course, Lake 2465 2001 $649,000 Condos in Copperleaf at the Brooks (Closed & Pending From March 1st to April 30th, 2011) SW Golf Course, Lake 1560 2002 $229,500 Turnkey W Golf Course, Lake 1633 2002 $239,000 Negotiable SE Golf Course, Water 1633 2002 $239,000 Negotiable Partly Furnished N Golf Course, Lake 1988 2002 $269,900 S Golf Course, Lake 1988 2002 $279,000 Unfurnished N Golf Course, Lake 1988 2002 $284,900 Negotiable W Golf Course, Lake 1988 2002 $285,000 Unfurnished

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List SqFt $201 $214 $217 $203 $207 $215 $207 $215 $224 $224 $224 $256 $261 $263 $147 $146 $146 $136 $140 $143 $143

Sold Price

Sold SqFt

4/29/2011 4/29/2011

$310,000 $375,500

$178 $215

4/21/2011 3/22/2011 4/12/2011

$395,000 $418,000 $370,000

$189 $201 $177




4/29/2011 4/29/2011 3/30/2011 4/15/2011

$480,000 $480,000 $425,000 $480,000

$215 $215 $217 $246




4/27/2011 4/29/2011

$240,000 $368,000

$121 $185




Sold Date



353 85 59 190 336 376 345 357 548 1 1 401 174 442

89% 100% 93% 97% 82% 96% 96% 96% 85% 94%

402 111 206 44 106 162 58

99% 89% 132% 98%

85% 76% 80%

Rapallo Market Trends

Shadow Wood Preserve Market Trends

Memo to Shadow Wood Preserve sellers – YOUR PRICED TO HIGH! PLEASE DO NOT SHOOT THE MESSANGER! LISTEN TO THE MARKET AND THE BUEYRS THEY ARE SPEAKING TO YOU! Over the months we’ve consistently tried to explain that in order to attract buyers Shadow Wood Preserve sellers must reduce their prices and month after month our message is not heard. Only 4 homes have sold so far in 2011 and of the 4 homes only 1 was a distress sale. The other 3 sales were from traditional realistic sellers. Stat





List SqFt

Furn Pool Spa Exp View SqFt Built List Price Single Family Homes in Shadow Wood Preserve (Closed & Pending From March 1st to April 30th, 2011)

Sold Date

Sold Price Sold SqFt



~No single family homes sold from March 1st to April 30th, 2011~


18890 Bay Woods Lake Dr, #202 18550 Sandalwood Pointe, #201

3+Den 3+Den

2 2

0 Unfurnished 1 Unfurnished

Condos in Shadow Wood Preserve (Closed & Pending From March 1st to April 30th, 2011) No No

No No


Preserve Golf Course, Lake, Preserve

2273 3104

2003 $ 2005 $

129,000 399,900

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$ $

57 129

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REAL ESTATE .com ESTERO | BONITA SPRINGS | NAPLES Continued from page 1 months or longer to close, but are now taking 60 to 90 days to close. More pending sales are traditional transactions, rather than the distressed transactions. About 47 percent of the closings in the Naples area market were foreclosures or short sales in January. In past months, it has been as high as 58 percent. The median price – the price at which half the homes sell for more and half for less – dropped to $156,000 in January, down from $180,000 a year ago, in the Naples area market. The average number of days a property was on the market declined 15 percent to 160 last month, down from 188 a year ago. In Lee County, members of the Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach Inc. recorded 1,039 singlefamily home sales in January, up 2.16 percent from the same

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month a year ago. Month-over-month, closed sales dropped more than 20 percent. The association’s statistics reflect all sales made by its members, not just sales in Lee County. Currently, there are 1,649 single-family homes under contract in the Fort Myers area market. Pending sales jumped more than 31 percent from December to January, with 393 new contracts written last month. Meanwhile, the median price declined to $81,000 in January, down from $85,000 a year ago and $88,000 in December. Bank-owned homes accounted for the majority of the sales in Lee County last month. More than 45 percent of sales were foreclosures, 20.9 percent were short sales and conventional sales made up the remaining 33.5 percent of the market. While these shifts in sales and median prices appear negative, the fact is that they represent the seasonal pattern that has been established in the prior three years. This year,

6246. Enjoy this beautiful great room floor plan with, 4 bedroom+den, 2 bath, 2291 under air, 3159 total sf. Numerous upgrades, impressive tray ceilings, tile on diagonal, hardwood and carpet flooring, decorator ceiling fans/fixtures, 8 ft solid doors, plantation shutters. State-of-the-art kitchen, stainless appliances, built in oven, rich granite countertops, tile backsplash. Fabulous expanded lanai with builtin electric heated pool/spa offering tranquil, private preserve views. Offered at $389,900. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

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4693. Looking for nature, relaxation, serenity, picturesque views and a convenient location - this is the home! Barely lived in 2nd floor end unit, 3 bed, 2 bath, 2040 sf Carriage home separates itself from others in the neighborhood offering never ending water views of a lake and golf course beyond. Tile on diagonal, tile in-lays, decorative fixtures, window blinds, radio/intercom and electric hurricane shutters, wall of sliders expanding from the large great room to the breakfast nook leading out to the tile lanai all add to the appeal. Offered at $314,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

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1592. Beautiful 4 bedroom + den, 4.5 bath, 3-car garage, 3327 s.f., 6874 total s.f. Ideal for both family and friends with a large open great room floor plan. Immediately upon entrance through to the grand great room’s disappearing sliders offers gorgeous expansive lake views. Detailed throughout with tile on diagonal, variety of tray ceilings with crown, accent in-lays, window treatments, high impact windows, 2-zoned HVAC. Gourmet kitchen, rich paneled cabinetry in a glaze finish, built-in paneled appliances, wall oven, cook top, granite counter tops, decorative backsplash tile and breakfast nook with stunning miter windows offering picturesque water views. Expanded paver lanai with built-in summer kitchen, grill, heated pool/spa, waterfall, pool bath, outdoor shower and accented outdoor lighting emphasizing the landscaping. All guest bedrooms with private baths, with one offering a convenient private entry to lanai. Vast master suite, French door entry to lanai and exquisite bath, his/her vanity, center tub, 2 dramatic archway entries to walk-in shower with views to the tropical garden atrium . Offered at $1,149,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

1646. 2nd floor Coach home, 3 bed+den, 2 bath, 2040 sf, 2465 total sf, designer decorated throughout, hardwood flooring, tile, textured faux paint, accented tile, plantation shutters, designer fixtures/ceiling fans. Striking architectural features w/vaulted ceilings, archways, niches, French doors. 2 guest bedrooms one very large in size doubling perfectly as a media room. Water, golf course, tropical views through a wall of sliders from morning room to the great room opens to the tailed lanai.. Quietly located at the end of the street in a private neighborhood of Oak Hammock at Shadow Wood At The Brooks. Offered at $310,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

as the cold weather hit early in the Northeast and mid-section of the country, many residents of these northern states are visiting our area to escape the winter cold. With attractive prices and stable inventories, this was when many visitors will decide that this is the time to buy. In the Naples market, there are 9,388 homes and condos on the market. In the Fort Myers area, there are 6,784 singlefamily homes in the multiple listing service, or MLS. Whether you’re visiting Southwest Florida and considering a home purchase here or if you’re a year-long resident looking to buy or sell, the time is clearly now to start planning and looking. Be sure to stay informed by learning as much as you can about the Southwest Florida real estate market. That’s where I come in! You need a knowledgeable agent who can look out for your interests and keep you informed about the market!

8933. Estate home with 4 bed+den, 4.5 baths, 3495 under air, 4867 total sf, with 3-car garage. Beautiful, spacious home with numerous upgrades. Tile in main living, crown molding, silhouette blinds, window treatments, variety of tray ceilings formal dining and living room. Gourmet kitchen, built-in stainless appliances, paneled cabinetry, breakfast nook with dramatic miter windows. Family room corner-corner sliders leads to expansive paver lanai, built-in pool/spa with gorgeous lake views. Offered at $879,000.

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2633. 3 Bed+Den, 3.5 Bath, 3,014 under air, 5,693 total sf courtyard home w/beautiful expansive views of lake, golf course & woods. Numerous upgrades thru-out, crown molding, plantation shutters, tile, hardwood floors, custom built-ins, Bose surround sound. Stunning gourmet kitchen, w/granite countertops, 42” cherry cabinets w/crown molding, decorative tile. Offered at $699,000.

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3339. Outstanding architectural features from exterior’s pre-cast stone columns to interior’s exquisite decorating. Marble floors, crown molding, faux paint, butler’s pantry, custom built-ins, pocket doors, coffered ceilings. 2-story living room, fireplace, picture windows, tropical views beyond the open lanai w/ summer kitchen and gas heated zero-edge pool/spa to the lake. Extravagant marble stairway leads to the loft w/2 bedrooms, private baths/balconies. Gourmet kitchen, custom cabinetry, granite, stone backsplash tile, built-in paneled appliances, double oven, 6-burner gas stove top. 1st floor master suite, sitting area, luxurious master bath, center jetted tub surrounded by granite/tile. Offered at $1,999,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

1491. Abundance of upgrades throughout this beautif3 bed+den, 2667sf, 4583 total sf, greatroom floorplan with silhouette blinds, plantation shutters.. Kitchen, granite counter-tops, 42” cabinets w/crown molding, black appliances, decorative backsplash tile, breakfast nook. Disappearing sliders leads out to the paver lanai w/built-in heated pool/spa, aqualink control, and added landscaping w/privacy hedging, golf course and large lake views. Master suite, French door entry to the lanai, his/her closets, bath w/ soaking tub, large walk-in shower surrounded in tile . Enjoy the 52,000sf clubhouse, dining, fitness room, tennis, golf course. Located close to the airport, shopping, FGCU and beach lovers only a 20 minute ride. Offered at $525,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

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2265. Enjoy this 2nd floor, 2 bed, 2 bath, 1333 under air, 1511 total sf, Carriage home. Perfect for avid golfer with bundled golf and fantastic amenities. Vaulted ceilings, recessed lighting, upgraded carpet in main living areas, spacious eat-in kitchen. Large living room with sliders leading to the tile lanai with wonderful views of the golf course and lake. Conveniently located to airport, walking distance to Coconut Point Mall with shopping, casual and fine dining. Offered at $169,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

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3142. This 2 bed+den, 2 bath, 2050 sf under, 3467 total sf, Key West style home features an outstanding 1500 bottle climate controlled wine room w/tasting table. Discriminating details and custom finishes and upgrades throughout. Gourmet kitchen, built-in appliances, granite counters, cabinets w/crown and accented paned inserts. Great room with fabulous built-in entertainment center and impressive beamed ceilings and beautiful inlaid marble floors. Added bonus with lower level 4 car garage. Offered at $374,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Rapallo at Coconut Point, Estero

3839. Mediterranean inspired 3 bed, 2 bath 1979 sf under air, 3142 total sf Villa. Stunning paver loggia w/rod iron fence, 10’ ceilings, tile, berber carpet. Kitchen, with café’ eating area, cabinets w/crown molding & drop lighting. Grand living/ dining room, expansive corner-corner sliders leading to the lanai/courtyard with built-in summer kitchen with large lake and soothing fountain views. Located in the resort style community of Rapallo At Coconut Point with numerous amenities. Offered at $310,000.

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6295. 3 bed+den, 4 bath, 3525 sf under air, 6503 sf total. Featuring the builders custom designs & upgrades thruout w/variety of tray ceilings, crown molding, custom tile floor, tile inserts, miter windows, hand forged front door, plantation shutters, custom built-ins, designer decorated window treatments. Gourmet kitchen w/ stainless built-ins, 6 burner gas stove top, tumbled stone tile backsplash, granite counter-tops. 2 guest suites w/ private baths, master suite w/2 large walk-in closets, 4 section tray ceiling w/crown molding, Lanai w/pavers, summer kitchen w/built-in grill, refrigerator, sink. Fireplace & zero edge heated built-in pool w/cascading spa & fountain w/views of the 7th fairway, 2 large lakes & the 6th fairway beyond. Offered at $1,299,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

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2283. Furnished, Courtyard, 3 bed+den, 3 bath, 3154 under air, 5701 total sf, home. Rich in details and upgrades, with gorgeous views of golf course and woods beyond. Designer decorated, plantation shutters, window treatments, faux paint, hardwood, tile floors, built-in’s, plus much more. Gourmet kitchen, stainless steel appliances, built-in range, rich cherry cabinets w/crown molding, granite countertop. Formal dining and living room and beautiful den. Paver courtyard, built-in pool/ spa, flower beds. Offered at $799,995.

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6864. Ideal lots for boat and nature lovers. This listing includes both lot 24 and 25. Build your dream home on these lots with direct gulf access in Estero Shores. If dining and shopping are on the agenda, this is also the perfect location in Bonita Springs. Located just down the road from the new Coconut Point Mall with variety of shopping, casual and fine dining, movie theatre. Want to enjoy the day at the spa or a round of golf, the Hyatt is just down the road! This location is prime! Offered at $245,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

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Spanish Wells, Bonita Springs 5370. Beautiful lake and golf course views of the 7th green, in this 3 bed+den, 2 bath, 2380 sf, 4267 sf under air. Located on a large lot across the street from the country club. Open kitchen to family room with sliders opening to the lanai for a expanded area for entertaining. Fabulous den with large solar tinted arched windows, new A/C unit with warranty, lanai, built-in pool and dry bar. Beach lovers, only 3 miles to the beautiful Florida Beaches. Offered Turnkey at $349,000.

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2353. 4,260 sf under air, 5140 total sf, 3 bed+den, 3.5 bath designed by an artist whose vision for detail is masterful. Grand Foyer featuring a hand-painted mural with copper and gold accents. Living Room with a forever view of Estero Bay and Gulf of Mexico. Trellised ceiling, mirrored wall panels of the formal Dining Room, metallic glass inlays in the Kitchen and Family Room, and carved glass doors in the Den add a visual dimension unlike any. Master Suite with its European trim and two additional Bedrooms provide family/guest’s desired privacy. Offered at $1,529,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

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2918. Build your own custom estate home on this large lot on the 10th fairway in this exclusive golfing community, w/two golf courses designed by Nicklaus & Player. Private community offers miles of scenic walking trails, biking paths, parks, gardens, 47,000 sf clubhouse, Har-Tru tennis courts, fitness club, dining & has hosted the ACE Group Classic & PGA Champions Tour! Offered at $79,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

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9680. First floor, 2 bed+den, 2 bath Coach home w/attached two car garage located in a private exclusive community. Numerous upgrades, w/plantation shutters, blinds, crown molding, tile, decorative fans and electric shutters off the lanai just by a push of a switch. Kitchen w/decorative backsplash tile and breakfast bar looking into the warm casual dining area. Expansive sliders from dining and living room lead to tiled lanai with beautiful tropical views of the golf course and large lake. Offered at $279,900. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

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1283. 4 bedrooms plus den, 3.5 baths, 3702 s.f., 6471 total s.f., 3-car garage. Picturesque long lake and South course 9th green views and only a short stroll to the beautiful clubhouse. Outstanding upgrades and features throughout. Tile, accent in-lays, tray ceilings, crown molding, custom built-ins, designer window treatments, plantation shutters, 2-HVAC zoned units, 2 water heaters (1 tankless). Gourmet kitchen, built-in panel appliances, wall oven, cook top, 42” cabinetry in glaze finish, decorative backsplash, center island with granite and breakfast nook with stunning miter windows. Spacious family room, built-in entertainment center with additional zoned speakers. Living room, wet-bar with granite and stunning built-ins with fireplace enclosed by marble. 3 guest bedrooms all with custom closet cabinetry, 2 with Jack-n-Jill bath, 3rd with bath. Spacious den with closet which can be used as 5th bedroom. Vast master suite, sitting area, private entry to the paver lanai with built-in summer kitchen, gas grill, granite countertop and beautiful built-in gas heated pool/spa and pool bath. Offered at $1,190,000.


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he side of success. 1638. 3 bed, 3.5 bath, 2665 sf, 3225 total sf, never lived in 5th floor, end unit, 560 sf tiled terrace and gorgeous views of Estero Bay/ Gulf of Mexico. Tile, crown molding, solar tinted windows, built-in appliances, floor to ceiling glass doors in great room/dining room. Gourmet kitchen, cherry cabinetry, granite counter-tops, built-in stainless appliances. Master suite with private entry to terrace, large walk-in closet, two guests bedrooms both with private bath and one with terrace. The Castella towers offers tropical pool/spa, BBQ grills, social pavilion, A/C storage lockers, bicycle storage. Offered at $629,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

7190. Tranquil water and golf course views in this 3 bed+den, 3/2 bath custom home. Tile on diagonal, in-lays, built-ins, crown molding, tray ceilings, plantation shutters, zero edge sliding doors, fireplace, plus so much more. Gourmet kitchen, built-in appliances, cabinetry w/crown, granite countertops, gas cook-top. Breakfast room w/2-story cathedral ceiling accented in a wood finish. Master suite, sitting area w/tropical water views, walk-in closets. Master bath, makeup area, his/her granite vanities, step down walk-in shower w/tile and in-lays throughout. Lanai w/ summer kitchen, built-in grill, granite, built-in pool/spa and pool bath. Offered at $1,100,000.

8805. Enjoy a resort lifestyle in this 3 bedroom, 2 bath, attached garage, 1732 under air, 2196 total sf coach home. 10’ ceilings, tile on diagonal, designer fixtures, plantation shutters and blinds. Spacious open-concept kitchen, stainless appliances, cabinets w/crown molding, granite counter-tops. Tile lanai with gorgeous tropical water with fountains and wooded views. This Mediterranean inspired Community offers an outstanding abundance of amenities. Offered at $259,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Grandézza, Estero 1991. 2nd floor , 2 bed+den, 2 bath, 1490 sf carriage home. Plantation shutters, electric hurricane screen, decorative fixtures/fans, window treatments. Tile on diagonal, berber carpet, large dining/living rooms with sliders to the tile lanai offering beautiful large lake and golf course views. Enjoy the private neighborhood pool/social club house and Grandezza’s 52,000 sf foot clubhouse, community pool/spa, cabana, fitness, tennis, dining. Golfers, take advantage of a new membership offered for a limited time for $7800 annually also includes social membership fee! Offered at $185,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

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2194. Gorgeous views and an abundance of windows throughout this great room floor plan offering water views and golf course beyond. 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 2403 sf, 5166 total sf. Spacious paver lanai, built-in pool/spa and pool bath. Two guest suites and master suite with French doors leading to the lanai and large windows for further viewing pleasure. Master bath with tropical private garden atrium behind tub. Fantastic lay-out for entertaining and if looking for views and a large lot, this is the home! Offered at $430,000.

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2862. First floor carriage home w/attached 2 car garage, 3 bed, 2 baths, 1647 under air, 2256 total sf. Beautifully decorated with a tropical décor. Newly installed bamboo laminate flooring in great room, dining & den, accented paint on walls w/artist added custom accent, window treatments thru-out. Kitchen cabinets w/crown, breakfast nook w/large windows & slider leading to lanai w/electric shutters. Spectacular views of an expansive lake, tropical landscaping & golf course. Seller willing to provide a $10,000 credit towards golf membership. Offered at $265,000.

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0544. Sought after Southern exposure in this immaculate 3 bed + den, 3 bath, 2876 under air, 2769 total s.f. home. Decorated in neutral tones, designer paint, 18” tile, volume ceilings, window treatments. Large kitchen, abundance of cabinets, counter space with granite, center island, GE Profile stainless steel appliances, breakfast nook with miter windows. Family room’s disappearing sliders leads to lanai’s built-in pool/spa, pool bath, summer kitchen w/built-in grill and sink, surrounded by landscaping for privacy. Low density community offering bundled golf on the Gordon Lewis, 18-hole course. Offered at $650,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

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5221. 3 bed+den, 3 bath, 3-car garage, 2505 sf, 4974 total sf home surrounded by tropical landscaping, numerous lakes and golf course views. Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, crown molding, 5 ½ wood base boards, plantation shutters add to the appeal of this home. Gourmet kitchen, cabinetry w/triple accented crown molding, built-in stainless steel appliances, cook top, granite counter-top, glass mosaic backsplash. Exquisite master bath, granite countertops, shower w/glass block enclosure and marble mosaic tile. Lanai, pool bath and built-in pool. Offered at $500,000

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0138. Perfect layout for your family and guests in this 4 bedroom + den, 3.5 bath, great room floor plan with 2453 sf under air, 3150 total sf. Dramatic 2-story ceiling, 18” tile on diagonal, plantation shutters, designer window treatments and fixtures. Spacious kitchen, convection built-in oven, cook top, 42” cabinets, backsplash tile, granite countertops. Den and master suite on 1st floor with tray ceilings surrounded in rich crown molding. Gorgeous sprawling lake and wooded views from the lanai with built-in heated pool/spa offering complete privacy. Offered at $529,000.

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5784. 22nd floor condo with attached garage. 3 bed, 2 bath, 2040 sf, 2476 total sf. Carpet, tile, blinds, window treatments, high vaulted ceilings, new A/C unit w/10 year transferable warranty. Great room and breakfast nook both with vast sliders leads to the lanai with tropical landscaped views and golf course beyond. Master bedroom, vaulted ceiling, private entry to lanai, large walk-in closet. Ample room for your guests in the two additional bedrooms, with one extremely large in size which may also be used as a den or media room. Offered at $322,900. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

3864. Beautiful 3 bedroom+den, 3.5 bath, 3360 sf, 4753 total sf, Southern exposure courtyard, built-in grill, granite, built-in heated pool/spa, cabana, private bath. Rear patio with Eastern exposure offering tropical, picturesque views of sprawling lake and preserve. Designer window treatments, plantation shutters, tile, faux paint, crown molding, surround sound. Gourmet kitchen, custom maple raised cabinets with crown, built-in appliances, granite counters. Great room with custom wet-bar, backsplash tile. Exquisite master suite and bath with continuation of tile flooring, his/her marble vanities, shower enclosed by miter glass, accent tile and in-lays. Offered at $900,000.

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0876. 1632 s.f., 2249 total s.f., 2 bedroom + den, attached 2-car garage Carriage home. Gorgeous views separating itself from all others in the neighborhood offering long, sprawling lake and picturesque views of the 12th green of the South golf course. Ample room for guests and wall of sliders reaching from the dining area all the way into the living room to the tile lanai all add to the appeal. Quiet and peaceful location in the Morningside neighborhood located at the end of the street with no traffic. Offered at $277,900. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

5123. Beautiful views of large lake and golf course in this first floor, 2 bed+den, 2 bath end unit Coach home with attached garage. Lots of window exposure, window blinds, large tile throughout main areas and lanai. Living room with sliders leading to lanai, formal dining room and kitchen nook with additional entry to the lanai. Master bedroom, large walk-in closet and private bath. This residence is ideal for the avid golfer with the community offering bundled golf and 15,000 sf clubhouse, fitness room, 4 tennis courts, pool/spa with cabana. Offered at $227,000.

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Grandézza, Estero 0925. Beautiful views in this immaculate, end unit, attached 2-car garage,1647 sf, 2256 total s.f., carriage home. Tile, Berber carpet, designer fixtures, window blinds, painted throughout in pleasing earth tones. 2 additional bedrooms for guests or use the 2nd guest bedroom for your own use as a den. Master bedroom, large walkin closet, and private sliding entry to the lanai. Sit out on the lanai and listen to the sounds of a soothing water fall in the lake built-up with scenic rocks and golf course views. Offered at $249,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

2330. Immaculate, 2+den, 2 bath 1654 sf, 2357 total s.f., end unit coach home, attached 2-car garage with tranquil water views. Inviting in neutral tones, tile, hardwood, blinds, decorative fixtures. Spacious kitchen, 42” paneled cabinets, upgraded appliances and a wall of sliders expanding from dining to living room out to the large tiled lanai. Master bedroom, his/her closets, door entry to lanai and windows for further views. Enjoy in this Mediterranean inspired community of Miromar Lakes Beach/Golf Club with white beaches, freshwater lakes, boating, zero-edge pool, and so much more. Offered at $260,000.

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3083. Stunning 2-story Villa in private enclave of The Colony, 4 bed, 4.5 bath, 3685 under air, 6363 total sf. Gorgeous Mediterranean architecture, tropical courtyard, lush landscaping, cabana, built-in pool/spa with views of sprawling lake. Offering only top of the line upgrades and designer decorated throughout. 1st floor with marble floors upon entrance, rich hardwood flooring in the living, dining room. Fabulous gourmet kitchen, double stainless steel built-in refrigerator and wall ovens, granite counter-tops, gas 6-burner stove with griddle. 2nd floor with vast master bedroom, large dressing area, gorgeous bath and private French door entry to the beautiful terrace. 3 additional terraces and 2 guest suites with private baths, all offering tropical views. Short sale. Offered at $750,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

0214. Custom architecture, upgrades in this 3 bed + den, 3 bath Paloma model. Tile, in-lays, crown molding, tray ceilings, plantation shutters, custom built-ins, faux paint, lighting system. Kitchen, custom designed cabinets with crown molding, tile backsplash, built-in paneled appliances. Breakfast nook, vast miter windows with views to the rock style pool, waterfall, preserve and golf course beyond. Great room, built-in entertainment center, surround sound, disappearing sliders and paver lanai with built-in summer kitchen. Master suite, two French door to the lanai’s private spa, outdoor shower. Offered at $599,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

1851. Sought after SW exposure in this 2story home, 3+den, 2.5 bath, 2255 sf, 2950 total sf w/master suite on 1st floor. Tile main living areas, tray ceilings w/crown molding, textured and faux paint, tile in-lays, window treatments. 2nd floor two private guest bedrooms and loft overlooks the greatroom, ideal for use as a den or media room w/builtin cabinets. Greatroom, built-in entertainment center, surround sound, lanai for extended entertainment area w/built-in kitchen/grill. Gorgeous views of the golf course, built-in pool/spa w/glass block water fall, tier step up to the spa. Offered at $480,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

5462. Gorgeous sprawling custom estate home with outstanding architectural features, extravagant upgrades and attention to detail throughout. Located in a private neighborhood in the pristine community of The Colony. 4,772 sf under air, 10,914 total sf, 4 bed+den, 4 full and 2 ½ baths, 4 car garage. Relish in the exterior’s columns, landscape lighting, mahogany front door and lanai with fireplace, finished wood dome ceiling, travertine stone floor, summer kitchen. Interior’s exquisite decorating, travertine and marble floors, crown molding, custom built-ins, zero edge pocket doors, coffered ceilings. Living room, fireplace, vast miter windows with tropical views beyond the open lanai’s heated custom built-in pool/spa and fountains to the expansive lake. Gourmet kitchen, butler pantry, custom cabinetry, granite countertops, stone backsplash tile, built-in paneled state-of-the-art appliances, 6-burner gas stove top. 2 guests bedrooms with private baths and additional guest cabana with private entry off lanai. Master suite, sitting area surrounded by windows, luxurious master bath, jetted tub, granite and large walk-in shower enclosed with marble and tropical private atrium beyond. Offered at $2,200,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

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They have shipped furniture all over the United States and Canada, additionally capturing shoppers in those markets who are looking to furnish their SouthWest Florida homes or rental properties. If buyers are not able to find exactly what they want from current offerings, they can create a personal “Wish List” and be notified when the desired item becomes available – even before it’s advertised to the public. “Joe and Alana run their business in a very friendly, honest, and professional manner”, states Carol G. in Fort Myers. “They assured me that they would be able to sell everything at a good price and they did. I would highly recommend them to anyone.” Additionally, CTG will scout out buyers for their clients’ goods, making the consignment process smooth with maximum returns. CTG also serves the SouthWest Florida real estate community by offering “on-site” sales from clients’ homes, display homes or storage facilities. Many real estate agents partner with CTG to take advantage of their unique services, thus giving their clients a valueadded benefit. With flexibility, constant communication, that coveted “personal shopper” feel, and a solution-based attitude, CTG has created the perfect online furniture consignment solution with a high standard of customer service. They’ve built a strong rapport with buyers in

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Dog Park Adventures: The Etiquette Edition Dogs are man’s best friend, and dog parks are the ultimate playground. For those rough and tumble play sessions that aren’t appropriate at home, dog parks are the perfect escape for our canine friends to run free, jump and play with other dogs. Countless dog owners across the country have discovered the benefits of off-leash areas - not only do they provide your dog some much-needed exercise, but they also reinforce the bond between people and pets. Whether you’re visiting a park for the first time or you’re a regular, it’s important all patrons help make the park a safe and fun place for everyone to visit. Consider these simple etiquette tips every time you head out with your four-legged pal to ensure the best possible experience. *Plan a test run. If you’re visiting the local dog park for the first time, go to the park’s website or visit without your dog to check out rules, hours and permit or vaccination

requirements. Consider visiting at an off-peak time so your dog can get acquainted with the area in a relaxed setting before jumping in with a large group of dogs. *Pick up. This is the golden rule of dog parks. If your dog answers nature’s call, always have poop bags on hand in case they are not provided. Try to avoid eating, but if picnic tables are offered outside of the dog park gates, be sure to dispose of any garbage before you leave. Dogs are scavengers and will eat or chew on anything left behind. *Pitch in. From small changes to large renovations, there are many ways dog owners can get involved in their community to help maintain a beautiful oasis for their pets. On May 7, The Nutro Company is hosting its second annual Room to Run Dog Park Appreciation Project in 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada. Volunteers from local communities, alongside associates from The Nutro Company, will roll up their sleeves to refresh and rejuvenate local park spaces through various projects including painting fences, providing

benches, picking up trash and landscaping. For more information about the Room to Run Project and for ideas about how you can make a difference in your community, find The Nutro Company on Facebook at www.Facebook. com/NutroProducts. *Be aware. Know where your dog is at all times. It’s easy for owners to lose track of their pets as they run around, but that doesn’t mean your dog has to be by your side either. You should be able to see your pet at all times. This allows you to monitor your dog’s interaction with other pets and discourage them from rushing new dogs or urinating on any seating areas or water stations. *Make friends. Your dog wants to get to know other dogs; follow their example and strike up a conversation with a fellow pet owner. Not only might you find a new friend, but getting to know fellow pet owners helps build a stronger community and promotes even better experiences at the dog park.

Trap-Neuter-Return Task Force Meeting Bonita Springs Volunteers Needed for Program to Save Cats Lee County Domestic Animal Services (LCDAS) will hold a Task Force Meeting for Bonita Springs residents interested in participating in a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Program for feral and community cats. The meeting will be held on Friday, April 8, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Bonita Springs City Hall, 9101 Bonita Beach Rd. The TNR program is aimed at reducing the number of feral cats currently estimated at 98,000 in Lee County.

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The TNR program was approved by the Lee County Board of County Commissioners in 2009 to provide sterilization and vaccination of feral (wild) outdoor community cats to reduce overpopulation and euthanasia. The Task Force was formed to handle the demand for the program. Task Force members donate a few hours or a few days per week. Responsibilities include assisting residents with setting traps, transporting trapped cats for sterilization appointments, returning sterilized and vaccinated cats to their original trapping site, and providing education. Each year in Lee County thousands of feral and community cats in good health face unnecessary euthanasia without a TNR program. The University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine advocates that TNR is the most humane and effective solution for preventing pet overpopulation and reducing euthanasia. Further studies also support that eradication, as a method to reduce overpopulation, has been a failure. To make a reservation for the TNR Task Force Meeting contact Lee County Domestic Animal Services at (239) 533-9202 or e-mail Additional information about the TNR program is available online at


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Bonita Springs • Estero • Fort Myers • Naples Bonita Farmers’ Market (Bonita Springs)

Gulf Coast Town Center: (Ft. Myers) March/April, Friday & Saturday, 7-9pm – Weekend concert series in the Market Plaza.

Art Festival: (Bonita Springs) March 12, 13, 10am-5pm. Over 200 artists present topquality art at this nationally ranked festival.

Thursday, March 17. Celebrate St. Patrick’s day with live music in the Market Plaza

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Art Walk: (Bonita Springs) March 31, April 28, 5-8pm. Evening of art and entertainment in the center courtyard in The Promenade. Miromar Outlet Ski Show: (Estero) March/April, Sundays 4-6. Southern Extreme Water-ski team performs exciting shows. Free. Germain Arena: (Estero) Disney Live, Smucker’s Stars on ice. For further info, shows, Everblades schedule & times call (239) 948-7825 or visit Coconut Point Mall: (Estero) Live entertainment located at Plaza Del Lago Dr. patio. Minnesota Twins Spring Training: (Ft Myers) March. Hammond Stadium, 14100 Six Miles Cypress Pkwy, Ft Myers. For schedule and tickets visit www. or call 800 338-9467.

Broadway Palm Dinner Theater: (Ft. Myers) For info and listing of shows visit www.BroadwayPalm. com or call 239 278-4422 Barbara B. Mann Theatre: (Ft. Myers) For info, and further shows visit, index.php or call (239) 481-4849. Naples Botanical Garden Easter Egg Hunt: (Naples) April 23. Open from 9am-5pm. Multiple hunts throughout the morning for children of all ages. For further information and admission visit or call 877 433-1874. St Patricks’s Day Parade: (Naples) March 12, 11am. Kick off the parade at the Crayton Cove for traditional flag raising at 9:30am. 11am parade begins at St. Ann’s church in Old Naples, travels down 3rd St South, to 5th Ave, then down 8th street ending at Crayton Cove.

First Friday Concert: (Naples) March/April First Fridays 5pm. Live music at the Mercato Bark in the Park: (Naples) March 26, 10am-2pm. Live entertainment, adorable dogs for adoption and enter the pet talent contest. For further information call 239 643-1880. Historic Palm Cottage & Norris Gardens: (Naples) March/April, Tues-Sat 1-4pm. (239) 261-8164. Historic Old Naples Walking Tours: (Naples) March/April, Wednesdays 10am, Reservations Required. Walk along and listen to the history of Naples in the late 19th century. Third Street Farmers Market: (Naples) Saturday’s in March/April 7:30–11:30am. Located 1220 3rd St S. – parking behind Tommy Bahama’s. 239-4346533. Thursdays on Third: (Naples) March/April, 6-9pm. Music and entertainment in the courtyards and plazas of Third St Philharmonic Center: (Naples) 5833 Pelican Bay. For more information and current shows visit www.philtickets. org/tickets/index.aspx or call (239) 597-1900.

Important “239” Numbers EMERGENCY Police, Fire, Medical ....................................... 911 Lee County Ambulance (Non Emergency) ...............................................................335-1600 Lee County Sheriff (Non Emergency) ...............................................................477-1200 Lee County Emergency Management (Weather & Disaster Spills) ...................477-3600 Poison Control Center.....................800-282-3171 Hospitals: North Collier Hospital.............................513-7000 Health Park Hospital...............................433-7799 Chamber of Commerce (Local Area): Bonita Springs Area ...............................992-2943 Estero Area ............................................948-7990 Library (Local Area): Bonita Public Library .............................992-1043 Estero South County Regional Library...390-3200 License (Lee County): Animal License ......................................432-2083 Boat Registration/Fishing License..........339-6000 Drivers License ......................................278-7192 Vehicle Registration - Lee County ...............................................................339-6000 Voters Registration ....................339-6300

Medical (Lee & Collier Counties): Gulf Coast Hospital - Ft. Myers..............768-5000 Lee Memorial Hospital - Ft. Myers..........332-1111 North Collier Hospital (NCH) Downtown Naples .................................552-7000 North Collier Hospital (NCH) North Naples .........................................436-5000 Poison Control Center ....................800-282-3171 Newspaper Bonita Banner ........................................ 765-0110 Coconut Point Press ..............................777-0473 Ft. Myers News Press............................335-0233 Naples Daily News ................................992-3609 Public Schools (Lee County): Edison Community College............800 -749-2322 Florida Gulf Coast University...........800-590-3428 School District of Lee County................. 334-1102 Real Estate Services Michael Burke P.A., Keller Williams Elite Realty ...............................................................498-7600 Homestead Exemption - Lee County.....339-6120 Property Appraiser - Lee County............339-6100 Social Security .......................800-772-1213 Southwest Florida Int’l Airport ...............................................................590-4800

Transportation Airport Shuttle Service ...........................216-7777 Greyhound ............................................. 334-1011 Lee County Bus Transit .........................533-8726 U.S. Postal Service Lee & Collier Counties.....................800-275-8777 Utilities (Lee County): Embarq ...........................................866-304-6820 Electric Florida Power and Light..................800-262-1322 Florida Recycling & Waste .......332-8500 Gas Service - Teco (Peoples Gas) ........................................................877-932-6747 Solid Waste - Lee County ................338-3302 Telephone Sprint (Bonita) ................................800-699-0728 Sprint (Lee County) ........................800-339-1811 TV Cable Comcast .........................................800-432-4770 Time Warner ..........................................574-2020 Water/Sewer Bonita Springs ....................................... 992-0711 Unincorporated Lee County ...........800-485-0214 Veterinarians Florida Veterinary 24-Hour Emergency ........................................................239-992-8878

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New Fee Disclosure Rules Help Make Costs More Transparent Ask most retirement plan participants how much

they pay to participate in their workplace plan, and answer will probably be, “Nothing.” But your retirement plan isn’t really free. While employees typically aren’t charged any out-of-pocket costs to participate in their plans, participants do pay expenses, many of which are difficult to find and even more difficult to calculate. New regulations from the Department of Labor (DOL), which oversees qualified workplace retirement plans, should make it easier for participants to locate and comprehend how much they are paying for the services and benefits they receive. The regulations take effect for plan years beginning on or after November 1, 2011, so most participants won’t start receiving the new information until the beginning of 2012, probably with their 2011 year-end statements. The DOL will now require your employer and any other provider to the plan (such as the plan’s financial advisor and recordkeeper) to ensure the distribution of the following information to you: 1. Investment-related information, including information on each investment’s performance, expense ratios, and fees charged directly to participant accounts. These fees and expenses are typically deducted from your investment returns before the returns (loss or gain) are posted to your account. Previously, they were not itemized on your statement. 2. Plan administrative expenses, including an explanation of fees or expenses not included in the investment fees charged to the participant. These charges can include legal, recordkeeping, or consulting expenses. 3. Individual participant expenses, which details fees charged for services such as loans and investment advice. The new disclosure would also alert

participants to charges for Expense any redemption or transfer Ratio fees. 4. General plan information, including Fund A 0.99% information regarding Fund B 1.34% the investments in the plan and the participant’s ability to manage their investments. Most of this information is already included in a document called the Summary Plan Description (SPD). Your plan was required to send you a SPD once every five years. Beginning in 2012, you will receive one annually. The new regulations have been hailed by many industry experts as a much-needed step toward helping participants better understand investing in their company-sponsored retirement plans. Why should you take the time to learn more about fees? One very important reason: Understanding expenses could save you thousands of dollars over the long term. Calculating Fees and Their Impact on Your Account While fees shouldn’t be your only determinant when selecting investments, costs should be a key consideration of any potential investment opportunity. For example, consider two similar mutual funds. Fund A has an expense ratio of 0.99%, while Fund B has an expense ratio of 1.34%. At first look, a difference of 0.35% doesn’t seem like a big deal. Over time, however, that small sum can add up, as the table demonstrates. Over this 20-year time period, Fund B was $11,161 more expensive than Fund A.1 You can perform actual

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fund-to-fund comparisons for your investments using the FINRA Fund Analyzer ( fundanalyzer/1/fa.aspx). If you have questions about the fees charged by the investments available through your workplace retirement plan, speak to your plan administrator or your financial professional. 1Investments are not FDIC-insured, nor are they deposits of or guaranteed by a bank or any other entity, so you may lose money. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. For more complete information about any mutual fund, including risk, changes and expenses, please obtain a prospectus. Please read the prospectus carefully before you invest. Call the appropriate mutual fund company for the most recent month-end performance results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the hypothetical performance data quoted. The hypothetical data quoted is for illustrational purposes only and is not indicative of the performance of any actual investments. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, and shares when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

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Better Golf with “The Golf Doctor” By Mike Calbot “The Golf Doctor” Golf Swing Analyst & Master Golf Instructor Director of Instruction at Old Corkscrew Golf Club 239.482.0900 -

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REMEMBER, Practice alone doesn’t make perfect, “perfect practice makes perfect” As a golf instructor your goal is to have your clients make improvements to reach their goals and have fun playing golf. For the past 38 years here in Southwest Florida I have worked with clients who practice but do not stick to the plan. You must stick to the plan to see the results. I call it a planned progressive practice programs. First we set realistic goals, and then we do a little thing I call mapping, which is watching the person on video with various clubs from different angles to see what is constant and what varies in the pre swing and of course in the swing itself. Once we have documented enough swings to clearly understand the persons strong and weak points we then start to build a presentation to explain the cause and effect of what is transpired. This of course is

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explained on the skill level of the client and is based on their game priorities, also taking into consideration physical assets and liabilities and prior experiences. To be successful in golf it takes a simple formula, the knowledge, desire, dedication, determination and you will be successful. Why to practice, what to practice, when to practice, how to practice, how much to practice and of course the changing of the what, when and how much to practice, based on the progress or lack of progress towards the goal set. I always tell my clients to write down their practice sessions. What they would like to do in that session and some of their findings during that session. Maybe it was mechanical or feel sensation or mental attitude, only what they were doing on their mind not friends, family or work just this golf practice session. My advice for golfers who want to improve, seek

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