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If you’ve read recent articles about the Real Estate market in Southwest Florida, it isn’t news that things are starting to heat up. Inventory is decreasing and median home prices are increasing. For International buyers, their interest in Southwest Florida has been jumpstarted. And, there are still local residents and visitors interested in getting good deal or selling a property. I recently set out to find the best source of information for residents and visitors alike. I started by making a call to Michael Burke, who is a top producing Realtor® in Southwest Florida and the publisher of the Coconut Point Press, a publication dedicated to bringing buyers and homeowners

up-to-the-minute real estate news and information. The interview is as follows: Q: There’s so much out there on the news and the Internet about our market. How does a homeowner or buyer find a good real estate agent? A: There are many Realtors® selling in Southwest Florida, but finding a good one is harder than you think! A good Realtor® should know the market inside and out, and has the sales track record to prove it! I always recommend interviewing a Realtor® as you would a potential employee. Ask for credentials and sales history, and don’t forget to ask for licensing information as well. Once you find a qualified experienced Realtor®,

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the best market information to follow is the information provided to you by your Realtor®. Your Realtor® should be following the market closely and bringing you that information as it happens. Q. If you want to sell a home here in Southwest Florida, what specifically should your Realtor®

be doing for you? A. Your Realtor® should first be helping you set the right price for your home. This is probably the single most important thing you’ll do to sell your home. It must be priced to sell, meaning that pricing with large margins are not advised. You have to price competitively just to get someone to consider looking at your property. In addition, your Realtor® should be offering you marketing tools that will get your house sold. My team uses a variety of online and print marketing tools to get our clients’ homes seen and is extremely effective at capturing out-of-town buyers in the summer and targeting in-town buyers during season. The newest addition

to our superior market campaign is our interactive floor plans and videos. The more ‘eyes’ we get to the home, the better chance we have at getting top dollar for a seller’s home. Q. Are those marketing tools all free to your clients? A. Yes!! Q. What about listing your home? I know we’re getting close to our upcoming season and many people are waiting to list their homes until season starts. Is this a good idea? A. Absolutely not a good idea to wait! The September market offers the lowest inventory of the year. By October, home sellers Continued on page 7

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Monitoring Your Home While You’re Away Is Easy And Affordable! Our family moved to Naples, FL from Auburn Hills, MI on July 4th, 2004. First Hurricane Alex and then Tropical Storm Bonnie threatened the area in August of 2004. While it was scary as we had never experienced this type of threatening weather, it did not compare to when Hurricane Charlie actually hit South West Florida later that month. We had little preparation time, so shutters were made from plywood, our house was lit with candles, and the entire family marveled at the sights and sounds coming from outside of our new home. Being that we just moved, we did not want to evacuate and come back to find our house destroyed, so it was a mutual agreement to ride it out. However I did threaten to move back up North if our house didn’t survive. Years later, we rode out Hurricane Wilma. This time we had steel hurricane shutters, a generator and had time to stock up. Yet, riding out a hurricane did not pay for itself. After investing in drinking water, canned foods, batteries, radios, lanterns, gas for the generator and other small items, the bill was substantial. Not to mention the anxiety we had in risking the lives of our children in the storm. The most effective way to stay safe during a hurricane is to evacuate. But after you have fled, how do you know if your house has survived the storm? These situations we experienced as a family and our background in the computer industry got us thinking about a solution. Our parents had experienced a flood in their basement due to sump pump failure twice in Troy, MI when they were visiting their Naples, FL home. Thousands of dollars were spent the first time on replacing everything down to the floors and walls. All of this process had to be repeated three months later. We won’t even talk about the smell or the insurance costs. When they investigated ways to monitor their home while absent, all options were costly. They ended up going with a phone based system for almost $1000. Yet they always wondered whether or not the system was working due to having the same issue twice and they had no way of checking. All of these similar experiences came to a head when five years later, we came back from a vacation to a hot, smelly, stuffy house where the air conditioner had failed. We decided that was “the straw that broke the camel’s back”. My husband had been talking for quite some time about the system used to monitor computer server rooms. He wondered if he could have the manufacturer take that same technology and modify it for a homeowners use. It would have to be something an average person could install themselves and it should not cut into the family budget. The solution we came up with was The messenger. The easiest most affordable way to monitor environmental conditions in your home from a distance is by using the messenger. It monitors the power, temperature, and humidity of your household through the internet. It can detect water as well, notifying you through email and text messages. You can check your on-line account any time, giving you peace of mind wherever you are. It’s easy to install – just plug it in to your active internet

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Southwest Florida Real Estate Is On Sale

The Real Estate collapse in values has created an excellent opportunity to acquire Real Estate at prices not seen since the 1980s. Whether you are looking for your primary residence, a second home or investment properties, this is an excellent time to purchase real estate in Southwest Florida. The avenues to acquire real estate are bargains everywhere you look, from the traditional sources of new construction properties, properties for sale on the MultiList with Real Estate agents, or properties for sale by owner. Additionally, there have been new avenues of opportunities created by the real estate collapse…. Short Sales, Bank Owned Properties, the foreclosure auction or properties from investors who have bought a distressed property and completed the Re-Hab to bring the property back to proper living standards. Combine the low entry-level prices with today’s historically low interest rates and you create incredibly low affordable housing prices from the first time homebuyer, to the retiree looking for the beautiful weather that southwest Florida provides especially for the winter resident. As an example, there are hundreds if not thousands of 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage 1,500 square foot homes available throughout southwest Florida for a median price of $65,000. A monthly mortgage payment including property taxes (of $1,200 per year) and homeowner’s insurance (of $1,200 a year) would be $530, based on a $65,000 mortgage at 4.50% for 30 years for 20% down payment. Add approximately another $70 a month if less than 20% down payment. So for under $600 a month you could own a 3 bedroom 2 bath 1,500 square foot home. That is just a small example of housing currently available. The mid level priced properties and high end resort, golf course or near the beaches properties are also priced to sell and more affordable than they Design Build Renovate have been in over 10 years. The secret is out all around the world. According to the associated press….. “Offshore investors are flocking to Southwest Florida’s distressed real estate prices, as people with ties to Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, Spain, Argentina and Malaysia are snapping up properties sensing the local market has bottomed out. Acquiring prime properties at discount prices in the height of the market was not achievable. Now whomever has liquidity and can be nimble and act

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8th And 9th Bi-Annual Estero Fine Art Show™ Nov. 5-6 And Jan. 7-8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily Specific Information: Event location: Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Road, Interstate 75, Exit 123, Estero, FL 33928 Produced by: Hot Works, LLC, P.O. Box 1425, Sarasota, FL 34230; Juried Show (juried by art professionals in the industry); invited artists from around the globe. Free Admission And Free Parking Show Hours: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5 and 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; Saturday, and Sunday, Jan. 7 and 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Juried Show – This fine art and craft event showcases artists from around the globe including glass, clay, wood, fiber, jewelry, sculpture, painting, photography and metal. There is artwork for every budget. Focus is on technique/ execution, quality and originality. Artist Awards – $1,500 – distributed as follows: Two $500 Juror’s Award of Excellence; and five $100 Awards of Excellence. Live Artist Demonstrations – Live art demonstrations will be happening throughout the weekend. Participants can learn techniques of how the artwork is made.

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It’s Storm Season By Joni Hall, Luxury Home Solutions It’s hurricane season in Southwest Florida, which means strong winds, heavy rain, a storm surge, floods, and more are a possibility. While it is difficult to predict the exact time, place, and force of hurricanes, it is important to be prepared—both inside the home and outside. Know Your Risk and What To Do Contact your local emergency management office to learn about evacuation routes and emergency plans. Have your insurance policy number and coverage information accessible to you in the event of a loss. Put together an emergency kit that includes a three-day supply of drinking water and non-perishable food; first aid supplies; extra batteries, flashlights and more. Gather important documents such as birth and marriage certificates, social security cards, passports, wills, deeds, and financial and insurance records. Store them in a fire and flood safe location or safe deposit box. Prepare Your Home Before the Storm Make plans to secure and protect the roof on your property before hurricane season starts. In every new home built by LHS, we employ a roofing technique called “hurricane blocking.” This technique entails installing an additional 2x4 under the truss, allowing a 2-inch air space, which prevents the vacuum that can often occur during high-powered winds. By preventing the air volume to get up under the roof, it can hold the roof in place during a hurricane. If you do not have impact resistant windows, install permanent wooden or metal storm shutters or board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood. LHS can install impact resistant windows, and in older homes, we specialize in an advanced water proofing technique called wet-flashing, which uses a sealant to prevent water from leaking into the rough openings and framing from window and door installations. Trim trees and clear rain gutters and downspouts. As the Storm Approaches Have a full tank of gas in a vehicle, cash, and your disaster supplies kit ready to go. Turn refrigerator and freezer to maximum cold and keep closed. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water for bathing, flushing toilets, and cleaning, but do not drink this

water. Move anything in your yard that can become flying debris inside your house or garage before a storm strikes. If You are Staying In Your Home Do not go outdoors during the storm, even in its early stages. Flying debris is extremely dangerous. Close all doors, brace external doors, stay clear of windows and keep curtains and blinds shut. Immediately After the Storm Use extreme caution going out of doors. Be alert for downed power lines, broken glass, and damage to building foundations, streets and bridges, and coastal or hillside erosion. Stay on firm ground. Moving water only 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet. Standing water may be electrically charged from power lines. Once home, check gas, water, electrical lines and

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REAL ESTATE .com ESTERO | BONITA SPRINGS | NAPLES Continued from page 1 will see increasing inventory and price reductions, and sellers become more aggressive to capture the early bird buyers. More competition means less money. Sellers should list right now and, with 90% of buyers starting their searches online, professional photos, detailed descriptions, videos and search engine optimization are critical to getting the listing seen now! Q. What if I’m looking to buy? What can I expect to see in the market right now and will it get more difficult to find what I’m looking for when season starts? A. Good question! Obviously, it is a buyer’s market, but I would not expect it to last. Over the last 3 months, we’ve seen inventory decline in many neighborhoods in Naples, Bonita Springs, and Estero. In some neighborhoods, we’ve also seen the median home price continue to rise. In season, we may see a lot more of this and it will definitely be more of a challenge. Our team tracks data each month to assess exactly where the market is going and what homes are selling where. Lighthouse Bay, Bonita Springs

Our team also tracks sales and activity per neighborhood. For example, if you’re looking to buy a home in Shadow Wood, Bonita Bay, or Mediterra, we can tell you exactly what’s going on in that neighborhood and what to expect for inventory and pricing. Q. Michael, it looks like we’re down to the last minutes of our interview. Tell me lastly why your team is who I should choose to buy or sell my home in Southwest Florida? A. Sure! The Coconut Point Team is fully equipped with the resources to buy or sell your home – period! Not only do we have the best, most comprehensive marketing tools to sell your home in Southwest Florida, we have our finger on the pulse of the market and we have the track record to prove it, thus the banner year in sales we are currently experiencing. We offer our clients free tools, such as my exclusive newspaper publication, the Coconut Point Press, which showcases my clients’ homes and is available through an email edition as well. We also have an award-winning website, and with my Elite Seller Feedback System, you’ll know what prospective

4380. 2nd floor, 3 bed, 2 bath, 2316 sf 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.

Spring Run At The Brooks, Bonita Springs

Shadow Wood At The Brooks, Bonita Springs

9183. Enjoy the resort lifestyle in the Mediterranean inspired community of Rapallo in this 3 bed, 2 bath, 1436 sf, 1936 total sf 2nd floor end unit. Tile, carpet, window blinds, kitchen cabinets with crown molding, and additional café eating area. Comfortable living/dining room with a wall of sliders leading to lanai offering beautiful long lake views. Two guest bedrooms, one doubling perfectly as a den and master suite, 2 closets with one being nice size walk-in. Clubhouse, tennis, fitness, pools, fishing pier, bocce courts and just a short walk or bike ride to the outdoor Coconut Point Mall. Offered at $229,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

4989. Golf enthusiasts enjoy this spacious 3 bed+den, 2.5 bath, 2nd floor loft, 2576 sf, 3515 total sf, single family home in this bundled golfing community w/long lake and 16th fairway views. One of the largest floor plans in Spring Run w/ high ceilings, tile in wet areas, formal dining room w/crown molding, great room w/disappearing sliders to the lanai. Kitchen w/vaulted ceilings and large breakfast nook w/slider entry to lanai and large windows offering water views. Convenient 1st floor master suite, large walk-in closet, private bath and 2nd floor perfect for family/guests w/2 bedrooms, 1 offering private bath and the other offering appealing window seat. Offered at $410,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

3339. Outstanding 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. Marble stairway leads to the loft w/2 bedrooms, private baths/balconies. Gourmet kitchen, custom cabinetry, granite, stone backsplash tile, builtin 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. Annual rental, $8K/month. Offered at $1,999,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

9647. 2nd Floor Coach home 2748 sf, 3611 total sf, 2-car attached garage, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, media room plus den! Tile, tray ceilings with crown molding, designer window treatments, blinds, plantation shutters, faux finishes. Kitchen, cabinets with crown, stainless steel appliances, backsplash tile and large morning room. Numerous entries lead to the tile lanai from great room, master bed and morning room offering lake and golf course views. Fabulous guest suite with private bath and French door entry to a balcony add to the appeal. Elevator shaft in place if desire to install or just use as a great extra storage closet. Offered at $420,000.

2201. Ideal for entertaining in this 4 bed+den w/ hardwood floor, 3.5 bath, 3154 sf, 6008 total sf, w/plantation shutters, tile, tray ceilings. Wall of disappearing sliders lead to the paver lanai, summer kitchen, plus 2nd bar, built-in grill, heated pool/ spa offering private wooded views. Gourmet kitchen, raised panel cabinets, granite counter-tops, built-in appliances, back splash tile, granite in-lays and breakfast room w/ curved miter window. 4 bedrooms, 2 w/Jack-N-Jill bath, 1 ideal for guest and master suite, w/French doors, transom windows and large walk-in closets. Private bath, his/her vanities, cherry wood, granite tops, corner step-up jetted tub and walk-in shower in tile/accent in-lays. Offered at $642,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Grandézza, Estero

buyers have to say about your property after they have viewed it. If you’re selling your home, our Exclusive Monthly Market report will also keep you updated monthly as to the closed sales in your community. At this time, I would love to offer readers a free consultation because I’m confident we can help. Readers can contact me, Michael Burke, directly at 239-498-7600, or email me at Q. Thanks, Michael! It sounds like the Coconut Point Team is one to follow for up-to-the-minute information and resources to buy or sell in Southwest Florida! Thanks again for your time! Upon the commencement of our time together, I will say that I was pleasantly surprised and the multitude of marketing services and tools that Michael and his team, the Coconut Point Team, provides to its clients. I really got the impression that Michael knew the market and could be a great resource and very helpful to any resident or winter visitor looking to buy a property in Southwest Florida. But, you’d better hurry! According to the Coconut Point Team, now is the time!

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 $549,900. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

5924. Immaculate 3 bed, 3 bath, 1878 sf, 3938 total sf home, w/tile, carpet, tray ceilings, window treatments and windows w/ protectant hurricane film. Sliders throughout leads to the paver lanai and private courtyard w/built-in heated pool, cabana, wet bar and private bath. Kitchen, granite counter-tops, center island, cabinets w/crown, breakfast room and breakfast bar overlooking the living/ dining room w/lake views. Split bedrooms, one with access to the courtyard, which can also be used as den, separate cabana suite and master suite w/sitting area, entry to lanai, hardwood flooring, 2 walk-in closets. Offered at $375,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Rapallo At Coconut Point, Estero

Tuscany Isle At The Colony, Bonita Springs

Grandezza, Estero

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Grandézza, Estero

Shadow Wood At The Brooks, Bonita Springs

7987. Enjoy this first floor, 3 bed, 2 bath, 1628 sf, 2072 total sf Carriage home with attached garage. Decorated in neutral tones, tile, carpet, blinds, decorative fixtures, ceiling fans. Spacious kitchen, abundance of counter space, breakfast nook and breakfast bar looking into the comfortable living/dining room with wallwall of sliding doors leading to the lanai with beautiful golf and lake views. Split bedrooms and den that can easily be used as a 3rd bedroom. Vast master suite with sitting area and bay windows, private entry to lanai, large walk-in closet and bath, with his/her vanities, make-up vanity, walk-in shower. Offered at $165,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

5778. 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 $629,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Rapallo at Coconut Point, Estero

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7058. 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.

6435. 4 bed + den, 3.5 bath, 3-car garage, 2887 sf, 5551 total sf, Courtyard home. Tile, tray ceilings, designer window treatments, plantation shutters. Kitchen, granite counter-tops, built-in appliances and breakfast room with miter windows offer views to the courtyard. Great room, surround sound, wall-wall sliders lead to the rear paver lanai offering private wooded preserve views and disappearing corner sliders on the opposite end open to the paver courtyard, rock waterfall and built-in heated pool. Private cabana, wet bar, granite countertops, bedroom and private bath. Bedrooms with a Jack-n-Jill bath, double vanities. Master suite, 2 walk-in closets, plantation shutters and entry to the courtyard. Homeowner is offering a leaseback option. Offered at $610,000.

Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Rapallo at Coconut Point, Estero

2288. Enjoy the resort lifestyle in this 2 bed+den, 2 bath, 1606 sf, 2078 total sf coach home. Freshly painted in neutral tones, tile and views of a long lake w/fountains, pool, white sandy beach and gazebo. Kitchen, breakfast island/bar, stainless appliances, cabinets w/double crown molding, open to the great room/dining area w/lake views out through the lanai. Guest bedroom, den and spacious master suite, 2 closets, w/one large walk-in, private bath. Fabulous resort amenities, clubhouse, tennis, fitness, swimming atrium, lagoon pool, 2 neighborhood pools, fishing/ picnic piers, for beach lovers only a 6 mile ride to the beach. Offered at $209,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

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.

Grandézza, Estero 5671. 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.

LaScala - The Colony, Bonita Springs

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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 $1,449,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Shadow Wood At The Brooks, Bonita Springs

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 $315,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Castella at The Colony, Bonita Springs

0305. 3 bed, 3.5 bath, 2665 sf, 3225 total sf, end unit decorated in soft earth tones. Tile, crown molding, plantation shutters, solar tinted windows, remote control electric shutters. Dining/great room, vast windows maximizing the views. Kitchen w/ cherry cabinetry, granite counters, built-in stainless GE Profile appliances. Large master suite, entry to terrace, large walk-in closet, Master bath, his/her marble vanity, soaking tub, walk-in shower. 2 bedrooms for guests both offer a private bath and one w/balcony overlooking the clubs tropical pool/cascading waterfalls. Enjoy the amenities the tower provides, barbeque grills, pavilion, A/C storage bike lockers. Golf membership/cart available as addt’l option. Offered at $539,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

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Reserve at Estero Market Trends


P = Pending CS = Closed = Short Sale = Foreclosure 239-777-0473 Please visit www for |more communities and data Sellers in the Reserve at Estero have to look beyond what is on the Real Estate MLS because resellers are competing with new construction.  Low resale and high new construction sales  show that resellers are not competitive enough with new construction.  If you are trying to sell your home in the Reserve at Estero, it is important to be in both the Fort Myers MLS and  Bonita Springs/Naples MLS.  Not all agents use both MLS services like we do. We are amazed as to how many homes are only listed in the Fort Myers MLS.  List with us and we will double  your exposure overnight!  Contact us for a free no obligation market analysis on your property. Stat P CS CS CS

Address 9110 Astonia Way 19677 Villa Rosa Loop 19670 Villa Rosa Loop 9065 Astonia Way



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Cascades at Estero Market Trends

September, 2011 - Market Trends Everyone is looking for the perfect time to put their home on the market.  Here is why NOW is the perfect time to put your home on the market.  The September market offers the lowest  inventory of the year, along with few price reductions.  Our research shows that 90% of buyers begin their searches online.  Compelling photos, descriptions, videos and search engine  optimization are critical to getting your home seen NOW.  By October, home sellers will see increasing inventory and price reductions, and sellers become more aggressive to capture the  early bird buyers. More competitions often mean netting less money. The local real estate market has made significant improvements with inventory reductions and increasing sales.  Single‐family home prices have stabilized in the Coconut Point area and  condos are getting closer, but bank appraisals are still having a negative effect on condo values. The Coconut Point Team is having a banner year with record sales and our unique  marketing has been able to drive buyers to our listings at record rates. Our strong internet and print marketing campaign is extremely effective at capturing out‐of‐town buyers in the  summer and targeting in‐town buyers during season. Our materials and services are always top quality to ensure your home is always seen at its best. The newest addition to our  superior market campaign is our Interactive floorplans and Videos . The more eyes we get to your home, the better chance we have at getting you top dollar for your property. By  tracking data for several years, we understand market conditions and what it takes to get homes sold. Call us for a free consultation, we will show you how we can market your home  and let you know where you should expect your home to sell. 

Bonita Springs Market Trends

The Cascades at Estero is in demand. If your home is not getting showings in Cascades at Estero, then buyers don’t see the value to come see your home.  More and more buyers are  searching for homes online. When we track that buyers have a lot of online views but no showings, it tells us that after looking at your home, buyers did not care to see it.  To get  showings, you will need to improve your price or make sure your home is being properly marketed.  If you are trying to sell your home in The Cascades at Estero, it is important to be in  both the Fort Myers MLS and Bonita Springs/Naples MLS.  Not all agents use both MLS services like we do. We are amazed as to how many homes are only listed in Fort Myers MLS.  List  with us and we will double your exposure overnight!  Contact the Coconut Point Team for a free consultation to see how the Coconut Point Team’s unique and aggressive marketing  campaign can get your home sold. Stat CS CS CS

Address 20034 Castlemaine Ave 20224 Foxworth Cir 9564 Liseron Dr



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The Vines Market Trends

Inventory in Estero is down over 25% since February 2011. With less to choose from buyers are feeling less overwhelmed by the inventory amounts making decisions easier. While  inventory levels are mainly down in single family homes, condo inventory is still high. With supply down sellers should expect price stability however no to only modest price increases.  Banks are controlling prices in this market by appraisals. Even if we can sell a home for a premium the banks are appraising the properties lower and we are having to renegotiate based  on the appraisal.  The Vines has had 4 straight months of inactivity with no home under contract and no homes sold. The Vines should not be stagnant no matter the construction or it being out of season.  Other gated golf communities in the area are selling extremely well. The Vines offers a fantastic location, amenities, golf and a variety of great homes.  Being on the border of Fort Myers  and Estero and if marketed property, can benefit home sellers because The Vines can capture Fort Myers,  Bonita Spring, and  Estero buyers. The Coconut Point Team knows how to  capture buyers for your home and would love the opportunity to shake things up in The Vines.  Stat






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Grandezza Market Trends


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Grandezza is already starting to see inventory increases as season gets close. Getting your Grandezza home on the market a.s.a.p. is your best interest to beat season inventory spikes  and price reductions.  Grandezza is Michael Burke’s home neighborhood. Michael chooses to live in Grandezza because of its exceptional amenities, location and value. The Coconut  Point Team has been the top listing team in Grandezza for several years. Michael is the top listing agent in the entire Coconut Point Area, however Grandezza will always get extra focus,  as it is Michael’s backyard. If you are looking to put your Grandezza home on the market, please contact us so we can show you why our marking campaigns are superior to all others in  the Coconut Point Area.  Stat

Wildcat Run sellers need a new real estate advisor because it’s just not working.  Inventory is still above what it was 2 years ago and 4 sales per month is not significant enough to  stabilize market values. Wildcat Run offers comparable location and amenities to gated golf course communities that are selling very well.  With superior marketing and exceptional  service, the Coconut Point Team will sell your Wildcat Run home.  Stat CS P CS CS CS

Address 12226 Water Oak Dr 20255 Puma Trl 20506 Lynx Ct 20565 Cypress Knee Ct 12548 Wildcat Cove Cir

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Sold Price Sold SqFt


$ $ $ $

540,000 460,000 495,000 490,000

$ $ $ $

201 188 199 200

7/18/2011 $ 8/10/2011 $ 8/29/2011 $

475,000 420,000 405,000

$ $ $

178 169 176

7/1/2011 $ 8/30/2011 $ 8/2/2011 $

360,000 335,000 334,000

$ $ $

156 150 202

85 115 93 168 174 126 65 54 372 136 232 135 203 287 177

7/27/2011 $




143 191

8/31/2011 8/22/2011 8/21/2011 7/11/2011

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98% 92% 99% 98% 98% 94% 95% 98% 96% 96%


P = Pending / CS = Closed /

2 | Special Market Report | September | October | 2011

= Short Sale /

= Foreclosure

P = Pending / CS = Closed /

= Short Sale /

= Foreclosure

Shadow Wood at the Brooks Market Trends

Lighthouse Bay at the Brooks Market Trends

August creates the perfect storm for sellers wanting top dollar for their homes in Shadow Wood. Inventory is still extremely low and price reductions are at yearly lows while buyers are  beginning to search.  However, October inventory will be increasing and so will price reductions, making selling much more competitive. By tracking data, we’ve found the ideal time to  have your home on the market is now. We have built an extremely successful marketing campaign to promote our listings to out‐of‐town buyers beginning their searches.  If you would  like to sell your Shadow Wood home, NOW is the time to CALL US to get your home SOLD for TOP DOLLAR!





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9540 Lakebend Preserve Ct 22260 Wood Run Ct 22280 Fairview Bend Dr 10561 Timber Lawn Dr 10264 Idle Pine Ln 10030 Northridge Ct 9054 Windswept Dr 10128 Ginger Pointe Ct 10184 Ginger Pointe Ct 22170 Longleaf Trail Dr 23189 Oakglen Ln 21830 Longleaf Trail Dr E

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

5 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2

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

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


10482 Autumn Breeze Dr, #201 10331 Autumn Breeze, #102 9616 Cypress Hammock Cir, #101

3 Bed 3 Bed 3 Bed

2 2 2

0 Unfurnished 1 Unfurnished 1 Unfurnished

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

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


Golf Course, Lake Lake, Landscaped Area Lake Golf Course, Preserve Golf Course, Lake Lake, Preserve, Water Lake, Golf Course Golf Course, Lake Golf Course Lake, Water Feature Golf Course, Lake Lake

5013 3590 3050 3285 3490 3360 2750 2533 2484 2000 2000 2000

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

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


Golf Course, Lake Golf Course, Lake Lake, Preserve

2040 2060 2060

2004 $ 2004 $ 2001 $

1,995,000 1,199,000 1,125,000 1,069,000 938,000 900,000 775,000 729,000 615,000 449,000 429,900 429,000

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

398 334 369 325 269 268 282 288 247 225 215 214

224,900 $ 299,000 $ 351,500 $

110 145 171

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Sold Price Sold SqFt DOM

7/1/2011 $ 7/18/2011 $

1,800,000 $ 1,055,000 $

359 293

7/22/2011 $ 8/31/2011 $ 8/2/2011 $

995,000 $ 850,000 $ 850,000 $

302 243 252

8/1/2011 8/1/2011 8/11/2011 7/15/2011

695,000 585,000 437,000 400,000

$ $ $ $

274 235 218 200

168,000 $ 277,000 $ 330,000 $

82 134 160

$ $ $ $

8/15/2011 $ 8/1/2011 $ 8/4/2011 $

Lighthouse Bay inventory is increasing as we come closer to season. Lighthouse Bay’s fantastic location and amenities will make Lighthouse Bay a popular destination for many buyers  this season. Putting your home on the market NOW could net you more money rather than waiting for season. With price reductions drastically increasing and inventory likely to  increase 30% by January, sell NOW before competition peaks during season. Stat

Keller Williams (KW) Elite Realty’s domination of the Shadow Wood at the Brooks Market as of April 30, 2011: KW holds 43% of Active Listings, 38% of homes under contract are KW  listings and 53% of homes sold were KW listings.   Michael Burke is personally responsible for at least 50% of those listings.   Stat


Address 23830 Amalfi Coast Rd, #202 10791 Halfmoon Shoal Rd, #104 10811 Halfmoon Shoal Rd, #203



3 Bed 3 Bed 2 Bed

Half 2 2 2


225 463 104 187 214 291 139 155 116 88 316 49

0 Unfurnished 0 Turnkey 0 Negotiable






2316 1548 1392

2003 $ 2001 $ 2001 $

275,000 $ 190,000 $ 177,000 $

119 122 127

Sold Date 7/15/2011 $ 8/26/2011 $ 7/7/2011 $

Sold Price Sold SqFt DOM 254,000 $ 175,000 $ 168,500 $

109 113 121


163 470 60

92% 92% 95%

Copperleaf at the Brooks Market Trends

93% 91% 94% 95% 95% 97% 93%

110 207 142

75% 93% 94%

Copperleaf has had a fantastic summer with 30 homes selling since March and inventory down to only 24! If you looking to sell your Copperleaf home, it’s time to strike while the iron is  hot! If you look at the sales history of Copperleaf, you can see sales are inconsistent. The Brooks offers an ideal location and fantastic amenities that will entice many buyers. With  inventory a 3‐YEAR LOW now is the time to put your home on the market! Address




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23211 Whispering Ridge Dr 23460 Caraway Lakes Dr 23470 Caraway Lakes Dr 23391 Foxtail Creek 23391 Caraway Lakes Dr 23451 Caraway Lakes Dr 23940 Copperleaf Blvd

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

2 2 2 3 2 2 2

0 1 0 0 0 0 0

Negotiable Negotiable Turnkey Turnkey Negotiable Unfurnished Turnkey


22811 Sago Pointe Dr, #1406

3 Bed


0 Turnkey

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No


Golf Course, Lake Golf Course Golf Course Golf Course, Lake Golf Course Golf Course Golf Course, Lake

2269 2545 1955 2090 1955 2208 1956

2001 2003 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002

$ $ $ $ $ $ $



Golf Course, Lake


2002 $

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Pelican Sound inventory is already beginning to increase as we get closer to season. Inventory typically increases 20% in Pelican Sound by January and price reductions increase by the  masses.  By listing NOW, sellers beat the season competition and are still able to capture the early bird buyers. We have built an extremely successful marketing campaign to promote  our listings to out‐of‐town buyers beginning their searches. If you would like to sell your Pelican Sound home, NOW is the time to CALL US to get your home SOLD for TOP DOLLAR!


Lake, Pool/Club Lake Lake

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90% 88%



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Pelican Sound Market Trends


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579,000 499,900 429,000 415,000 414,900 399,000 385,000

$ $ $ $ $ $ $

255 196 219 199 212 181 197

284,900 $


Sold Date

Sold Price Sold SqFt DOM

7/15/2011 $ 8/29/2011 $

475,900 $ 380,000 $

186 194

7/25/2011 $ 8/12/2011 $

360,000 $ 335,000 $

184 151

7/1/2011 $

272,500 $



235 436 215 185 164 119 146

95% 89% 87% 84%



Rapallo Market Trends


No single family homes sold in Pelican Sound from July 1st to August 31st, 2011

Condos in Pelican Landing (Closed & Pending From July 1st to August 31th, 2011) CS P P CS P CS CS

7881 Classics Ct, #201 21760 Palmetto Dunes Dr, #201 21741 Palmetto Dunes Dr, #101 20925 Island Sound Cir, #102 4631 Turnberry Lake Dr, #104 4620 Turnberry Lake Dr, #403 20930 Island Sound Cir, #103

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

2 2 2 2 2 2 2

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Unfurnished Unfurnished Turnkey Turnkey Partly Furnished Turnkey Furnished




Golf Course, Lake Golf Course, Lake Golf Course Lake Golf Course Golf Course, Lake Landscaped Area

2170 2170 1759 1551 1560 1250 1250

2001 2001 2001 2002 2000 2000 2002

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$ $ $ $ $ $ $

427,500 410,000 344,500 281,700 229,900 199,000 139,900

$ $ $ $ $ $ $

197 188 196 182 147 159 112

8/17/2011 $

410,000 $


7/1/2011 $

259,750 $


7/12/2011 $ 7/5/2011 $

185,000 $ 133,000 $

148 106

186 12 118 85 46 210 160

96% 92% 93% 95%

0 closed sales at Rapallo in August. Rapallo home sellers are still competing with developer sales. Tack on several distressed sales and you have a fiercely competitive market. Rapallo  should be a top‐selling community because it no doubt is a top community. Rapallo offers an unbeatable location, spectacular amenities and an affordable price point. There will be a  time when demand for Rapallo will turn in the seller’s favor. However, right now is not that time. High inventory and competition puts the chips in the buyers hand in Rapallo. 

The Colony at Pelican Landing Market Trends

Stat CS CS

Address 8721 Piazza Del Lago Cir, #106 22300 Piazza Doria Ln, #301



3 Bed 2+Den

Half 2 2



0 Unfurnished 0 Turnkey


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Preserve Lake, Pool/Club,

1706 1436

List SqFt

List Price

2007 $ 2005 $

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298,000 $ 219,900 $

175 153

Sold Date 7/22/2011 $ 7/8/2011 $

Sold Price Sold SqFt DOM 282,000 $ 210,000 $

165 146

104 35

%List 95% 95%

Spring Run at the Brooks Market Trends

Put your home on the market NOW in The Colony! We are seeing record lows in inventory and slow price reductions. Our online research shows that August is when northern buyers  start browsing the web for their winter residence. With our sophisticated marketing, professional photos and descriptions, interactive floor plans and video, our homes attract more out  of town buyers. The Colony highrises have been the preferred product in The Colony with 34 high‐rise units selling so far in 2011, 11 condos have sold and only 6 single‐family homes  have sold in 2011. The Colony is a stunning community which has seen huge improvements so far in 2011 with reducing inventory over 30% and selling a total of 52 homes selling.  Stat






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23730 Napoli Way 24000 Tuscany Ct 23870 Tuscany Way

4+Den 4+Den 3+Den

3 4 4

0 Negotiable 1 Unfurnished 1 Negotiable


23790 Merano Ct, #102 23831 Merano Ct, #102 23781 Merano Ct, #202

3 Bed 3 Bed 3+Den

2 2 3

1 Negotiable 1 Negotiable 0 Negotiable


4875 Pelican Colony Blvd, #2102 5051 Pelican Colony Blvd, #404 4875 Pelican Colony Blvd, #1801 23750 Via Trevi Way, #902 23650 Via Veneto Blvd, #1901 23850 Via Italia Cir, #1102 23850 Via Italia Cir, #2005 23850 Via Italia Cir, #404 23650 Via Veneto Blvd, #1202 23650 Via Veneto Blvd, #302

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

4 3 3 2 3 2 2 3 2 2

1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1

Yes Yes Yes

Yes Yes Yes

Sold Price Sold SqFt DOM


Lake Golf Course Lake

3500 4000 4959

2002 $ 2011 $ 2005 $

995,000 $ 1,395,000 $ 1,999,000 $

284 349 403

7/29/2011 $

1,775,000 $

349,000 $ 349,900 $ 399,000 $

169 170 145

7/15/2011 $ 8/12/2011 $

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Landscaped Area Golf Course, Preserve Golf Course

2060 2060 2748

2001 $ 2005 $ 2005 $




Gulf and Bay Bay, Partial Gulf Gulf and Bay Bay, Golf Course, Partial Gulf Gulf and Bay Bay, Golf Course, Gulf Bay, Gulf, Gulf and Bay Gulf and Bay Gulf and Bay Preserve, Pool/Club

6000 4260 3240 2709 2818 2273 2273 2086 1977 1977

2002 2003 2004 2004 2001 2007 2007 2007 2001 2001

Highrises & Midrises in The Colony (Closed & Pending From July 1st to August 31th, 2011)

Furnished Unfurnished Furnished Furnished Negotiable Turnkey Unfurnished Negotiable Furnished Unfurnished

Sold Date

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$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

1,999,999 1,449,000 995,000 800,000 745,000 739,900 729,900 512,300 349,900 229,500

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

333 340 307 295 264 326 321 245 177 116



99 307 254


315,000 $ 390,000 $

152 141

99 191 156

90% 98%

7/8/2011 $

1,800,000 $


7/8/2011 $

950,000 $


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

700,000 $ 699,000 $

248 307

7/14/2011 $

325,000 $


180 431 69 64 129 146 37 731 282 306

90% 95% 94% 94% 93%

Spring Run inventory is down to only 36! August is when many buyers up north start their searches online to find their winter residences. Our sophisticated web presence has allowed us  to track web traffic to our listings and August is typically when our traffic picks up. With professional photos, descriptions and now our new interactive floorplans and video, we are able  to capture buyers for your home before they come to town. NOW is the perfect time to have your Spring Run home on the market, while competition is still down and buyers are looking. 






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23717 Creek Branch Ln 23656 Stonyriver Place

3+Den 3+Den

3 3

0 Unfurnished 0 Negotiable


23810 Clear Spring Ct, #1802 23571 Sandycreek Ter, #1203 23780 Clear Spring Ct, #1503 9321 Spring Run Blvd, #2904 23556 Sandycreek Ter, #605

2+Den 2 Bed 2 Bed 2 Bed 2 Bed

2 2 2 2 2

0 0 0 0 0

No Yes

Yes No


Golf Course, Lake Golf Course, Lake

2090 2090

1999 $ 1999 $

439,900 $ 424,900 $

210 203



Golf Course, Lake Golf Course, Lake Golf Course, Lake Golf Course, Lake Golf Course

1513 1333 1368 1209 1376

2000 2000 2001 2001 2000

190,000 185,000 147,500 124,700 124,500

125 139 107 103 90

Condos in Spring Run at the Brooks (Closed & Pending From July 1st to August 31th, 2011)

Turnkey Turnkey Turnkey Unfurnished Unfurnished


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$ $ $ $ $

$ $ $ $ $

Sold Date

Sold Price Sold SqFt DOM

8/30/2011 $ 8/30/2011 $

415,000 $ 405,000 $

198 193

8/24/2011 $

179,650 $


7/29/2011 $ 8/10/2011 $

115,100 $ 121,000 $

95 87

76 260 318 128 164 115 183

%List 94% 95%

97% 92% 97%

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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 countertops and beautiful built-in gas heated pool/spa and pool bath. Offered at $1,099,000.


SPRINGS Michael. | NAPLES hoose

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s Michael Burke. A member of numerous local real estate ducer keeps tabs on the local market by staying intimately uying, Michael brings to the table strong negotiation skills, egrity, and the ambition it takes to achieve 100 percent ered only by his understanding of his clients’ needs.

he side of success. 3071. Ideal property for the avid boater! Boat lift/dock included w/Gulf access in this Mediterranean inspired 2-story, 3 bed + den, 3 full/2 half bath, 3184 sf, 4463 total sf Villa. 2-piece crown molding, 7” base molding, tile on diagonal, designer fixtures, high impact windows, tray ceilings. Gourmet kitchen, built-in stainless appliances, cherry cabinetry w/crown, granite countertops, accent backsplash. Great room, step down builtin wet bar, w/granite and disappearing sliders lead out to the paver lanai, built-in grill and custom built-in pool/spa situated behind vast archways/columns. 2nd floor, 3 bedrooms w/private baths, den w/hardwood flooring. Exquisite master suite, entry to balcony w/ water views, bath w/dual vanities, granite tops, corner jetted tub, walk-in shower. Offered at $649,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

9024. 3 Bed+den, 3 bath, 3 car garage, 2916 sf, 5850 total sf Mediterranean inspired Villa. Features up grades throughout w/tile on diagonal, Hickory flooring, faux finish, wide crown molding/base boards, elegant drapery/plantation shutters, miter window, French doors w/transom throughout. Gourmet kitchen, built-in premium appliances, 6-burner gas range top, wall oven/microwave, granite counter-tops, accent backsplash tile, maple cabinets w/crown. Great room w/surround sound, wet-bar, wine cooler, granite counter-top, corner-corner wall sliders. Paver lanai, ideal for entertaining w/full summer kitchen, builtin gas grill, built-in pool/spa offering tranquil water/ preserve views. Offered at $1,050,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

5622. 3 bed, 2 bath, 2073 sf, 3938 total sf home offering sought after southern exposure and gorgeous long lake views. Tile, tray ceilings, accent paint, designer window treatments/ fixtures. Ideal for entertaining w/flow through from family, living room and master suite to lanai w/built-in heated pool/spa, accent outdoor lighting. Kitchen, 42” cabinets w/crown, glass tile backsplash, walk-in pantry, breakfast nook opens to the family room w/4-section tray ceiling and tranquil water views. 2 guest bedrooms, master suite, 2 walk-in closets and private bath w/ upgraded plumbing fixtures, corner roman tub in tile and in-lays w/chandelier above. Offered at $449,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

0544. Sought after Southern exposure in this immaculate 3 bed+den, 3 bath, 2876 under air, 2769 total sf 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 builtin 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 $550,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Shadow Wood At The Brooks, Bonita Springs

5774. For boat enthusiasts, this 1st floor condo is ideal with boat dock and storage on the Bay at Little Hickory! 2 bed, 2 bath, 1,000 sf,w/ new HVAC unit in 2010, money saving tankless water heater, master bath remodeled, Pergo floors and new carpet installed in 2008 and storage locker. Tile lanai w/tranquil Bay/ pool views, manual roll-up hurricane shutters, private slider to master bedroom and guest bedroom also can double as a den. Amenities include pool, tennis, BBQ and beach lovers, only a few miles from the beautiful beaches. Offered at $250,000.

Little Hickory Bay, Bonita Springs

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River Reach, Bonita Springs 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.

Grandézza, Estero

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Mediterra, Naples

8282. 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 $235,000.

Grandézza, Estero

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Grandézza, Estero

Copperleaf At The Brooks, Bonita Springs

4819. 3 bed+den, 3 bath, 2nd floor Coach home w/picturesque, tranquil lake and golf course views throughout. Tile on diagonal, tray ceilings w/crown, pre-wired for private elevator, electric shutters, surround sound. Kitchen, extended breakfast bar, 42” raised panel cabinets w/crown, granite counter-tops, morning room surrounded by windows offer beautiful sunrises and tiled lanai with sunset views. Spacious great room and media room with tropical lake views. Owners master suite with further tropical water views, private bath and entry to tile lanai. Perfect location in Shadow Wood with the neighborhood offering its own private pool/spa and social room. Offered at $413,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

3075. Turnkey, immaculate 3bed, 2 bath, 1548 sf, 1908 total sf, 1st floor Coach home w/long lake water views. Tile, berber carpet, window blinds. Large kitchen, accent wall paper, walkin pantry and breakfast room Living room and fabulous tile lanai offer scenic views of lake with fountains. 2 guest bedrooms with one that can easily be used as a den w/built-in desk. Master bedroom, two closets, private entry to lanai. Ideally located just around the corner from the neighborhoods private pool. Fabulous community offering abundance of amenities and use of the members only Rosy Spoonbills restaurant in the Brooks. Offered at $205,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

Shadow Wood At The Brooks, Bonita Springs

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Shadow Wood At The Brooks, Bonita Springs

Grandézza, Estero

Stoneybrook, Estero

Pelican Sound, Estero

1920. 3 bed, 2 bath 1st floor end unit, attached garage, 1642 sf, 1856 total sf with tropical and golf course beyond. Tile in main living areas, spacious kitchen with an abundance of cabinetry and counter space. Spacious great room with large sliders leading to the lanai. 2 guest bedrooms, with accent chair railings and one which can perfectly be used as a den. Master bedroom with entry to lanai, nice size private bath and large tile walk-in shower. Enjoy the neighborhood of Sabal Palm with its own community pool and social center. Offered at $160,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

1851. Sought after SW exposure in this 2- story 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/built-in cabinets. Greatroom, built-in entertainment center, surround sound, lanai for extended entertainment area w/builtin 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 $450,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

6170. Sunsets, sunny afternoons in the solar heated pool, entertain on the lanai or relax in front of the fireplace. This Ravello floor plan by Harbourside is the luxury of living located in the quiet cul-de-sac neighborhood of Fairview overlooking a private Lake. Great room, dining room, breakfast nook all flow to the outdoors through pocketing sliders, kitchen with double ovens, range, granite tops & island make entertaining a pleasure. Two guest suites offer privacy while the master with its walk around shower exudes warmth & charm. Private study can easily move from a home office to a 4th sleeping room. Offered at $1,125,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

4384. Enjoy a resort lifestyle in this Mediterranean inspired community. 2 bed+den, 2 bath, 1836 sf, 2264 total sf, 2nd floor end unit coach home w/ attached garage. Hardwood floor, tile, carpet, designer fixtures, accent paint. Gourmet kitchen, cherry cabinets w/crown, stainless appliances. Large great room w/sliders lead to tile lanai offering tropical views of the clubhouse/pool, rock waterfall and gazebo beyond the large lake w/fountains. Master suite offers further tropical views, private slider to lanai, two closets with one very large walk-in. Clubhouse w/tennis, fitness, numerous pools, fishing pier, bocce courts. A short walk to the outdoor Mall and beach lovers, only a 6 mile ride! Offered at 289,900. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

6398. Turnkey/ready to move in this 3 bed, 3 bath, 1890 sf, 3771 total sf home. Nice flow through for entertaining to paver lanai and private paver courtyard, built-in heated pool and cabana. Decorated in neutral tones w/tropical accents, window treatments, tray ceilings w/crown, tile throughout including guest bed and Cabana. Security system w/camera monitoring system enabling to see visitors through all T.V.’s. Kitchen, stainless steel appliances, granite counter-tops, island, cabinets w/crown overlooking the living/ dining room w/tranquil long lake views. Guest bedroom w/access to the courtyard, cabana suite and master suite with sitting area, entry to lanai, 2 walk-in closets. Offered at $350,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

7128. Enjoy this 2 bed+den, 2 bath, 2000 sf, 3620 total sf home with gorgeous long lake/private wooded views. Designer decorated throughout in Earth tones throughout w/tile on diagonal, chair railings, accent paint, crown molding, tray ceilings, plantation shutters. Kitchen with granite counter-tops, stainless steel appliances, cabinets with crown finished in a rich deep glaze, backsplash tile. Greatroom with wall of sliders open to the comfortable paver lanai with builtin heated pool/spa. Large master suite, walk-in closet, picturesque water views with private slider entrance to the lanai. Offered at $429,000.

9273. Fabulous upgrades, in this 2 bed+den, 2 bath, 1543 sf, 2971 total sf home. Stone tile floor throughout, built-in pool, tranquil lake views and lush landscaping on an oversized lot. Kitchen, granite counter-tops, raised panel cabinetry with crown molding, stainless steel appliances, breakfast nook and breakfast bar overlooking the dining and living room. Master suite offers additional tropical water views, large walk-in closet and upgraded bath with granite counter-tops, designer mirrors/ fixtures, tub surrounded in tile and walk-in shower with accented glass block. Two lanais - front enclosed and rear covered lanai for Florida outdoor lifestyle and entertaining. Offered at $200,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

8123. Beautiful large lake views from this second floor, 3 bed, 2 bath, 1656 sf, 2040 total sf unit with attached garage with lush mature landscaping surrounding. Tile in wet areas, accent crown molding above decorative fireplace, designer fixtures. Fabulous kitchen decorated with rich granite counter-tops and tile flooring, stainless steel appliances, breakfast bar with drop lighting opens to the dining/living room leading to the tile lanai to enjoy the tranquil large lake views. Ample space for guests with three bedrooms with master bedroom offering additional picturesque views of water. Offered at $165,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

9076. Short Sale in this 1st floor, 3 bed, 2 bath, 1550 sf, 1904 total sf coach home with tranquil long lake views, golf course and preserve beyond. Ideal for the avid golfer with bundled golf and 27-hole course included. Faux finish in foyer/hall, tile in wet areas, carpet, window treatments. Spacious living room, dining/ breakfast room, accent paint, additional entry to lanai and large windows to enjoy the views. 2 bedrooms, with one easily used as a den and master suite, private entry to lanai, two-closets, one being a nice sized walk-in. Fabulous amenities including clubhouse, fitness, HarTru tennis courts, boat ramp and shuttle. Offered at $240,000. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

9017. Sought after southern views in this top floor, 1323 sf, 1611 total sf, condo with tranquil lake and landscape views. Upscale finishes include travertine marble floors in main areas, crown molding, designer fixtures, high impact windows. Kitchen, stainless steel appliances, cabinetry with crown, granite counter-top and breakfast bar with drop lighting. Grand great room, wall of sliders opening to the tile lanai and private entries to both the guest and master bedroom’s with French doors opening to a separate terrace in each room. Enjoy the Mediterranean architecture throughout with European style resort pool/spa area, elevator, and secure under building garage. Offered at $224,900. Call Michael 239-498-7600.

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The Bonita/Estero Legal Real Estate Corner with Sharon Zuccaro Sharon Zuccaro is a real estate attorney with the law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. in Bonita Springs. Her primary area of practice involves representing developers, sellers and buyers in commercial and residential real estate transactions. More specifically, Sharon concentrates her practice in matters involving finance, contracts, leases, closings and title insurance. Sharon can be reached at 239.344.1378 or via e-mail at sharon.zuccaro@

Tips ToAvoid Common Mistakes On Florida HOA Disclosures Non-compliance with Florida Statute §720.401 can be fatal to the closing of a purchase and sale contract. Given the current real estate climate, sellers of residential property cannot afford to lose a sale, or become involved in a lawsuit due to mistakes associated with the required homeowner's association disclosure ("Disclosure") specified in such statute. By understanding the law and being aware of the mistakes, a seller and his/her agent can increase the odds of closing a sale without an adverse surprise. The Law Florida Statute Section 720.401, requires owners of real property subject to a homeowner's association(s), to deliver to a potential purchaser the Disclosure prior to contract execution. The form of the Disclosure must be substantially in the same form as identified in the statute. Non-Compliance As a practical matter, the Disclosure is seldom signed

before contract execution because the selling agent does not typically know of all the required assessment information to be included in the Disclosure. One way to avoid this problem is to have the seller complete the Disclosure at the time of the listing agreement and include same as an attachment in the property multiple listing service, for use by selling agents. When the Disclosure is not signed before contract execution, the purchaser may terminate the contract (i) within 3 days after receipt of the Disclosure or (ii) prior to closing, whichever first occurs. From timing prospective, it is imperative that the seller deliver the Disclosure to the purchaser as soon as possible after contract execution to run the clock on the purchaser's rescission period. Common Mistakes 1. Non-Delivery of Disclosure. In my experience, I

have seen many seasoned listing agents fail to deliver to the purchaser the Disclosure. In some instances, the Disclosure was purposely not delivered to a buyer who coincidentally lived in the same community as the property under contract. The statute does not provide an exception for non-delivery in such case. Knowledge of the law is key. 2. Combining Multiple Communities On One Form. It is not uncommon to view a Disclosure which has combined assessment information for two (2) associations on one (1) Disclosure. Doing so can create a compliance issue, especially if the information is presented in a confusing fashion. The preferential practice is to utilize one (1) Disclosure form for each and every homeowner's association in the community. 3. Seller's Delivery of HOA Governing Documents. Many realtors are under the mistaken impression that the statute requires the seller to deliver to a purchaser copies of the association's articles, by-laws or the community's rules and regulations, financials or declaration of restrictive covenants. The seller is not required to deliver these documents under the statute. It is the purchaser's responsibility, unless the parties contractually agree otherwise. Bottom Line: … To prevent an unnecessary contract termination, deliver one (1) Disclosure for each homeowner's association a property is subject to and if a Disclosure is not provided before contract execution, accomplish delivery promptly thereafter.


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September Labor of Love Adoption Promotion: Puppies - $50 (regularly $95), Kittens - $50* (regularly $75) Adult Dogs - $45 (regularly $75), Adult Cats - $30* (regularly $50) Senior Pets (6 years & older) are always $25 *Kittens and cats are always 2 for 1 For information about pets, call 533-7387 (LEE-PETS) or log on to Animal Services’ website at www.LeeLostPets. com. When calling, please refer to the animal’s ID number. The website updates every hour so you will be able to see if these or any other pets are still available. The shelter is open for adoptions from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm Monday through Saturday. The Shelter is located at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, next to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, off Six Mile Cypress Pkwy. All adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, ageappropriate vaccinations, rabies vaccination & county license if 3 months or older, flea treatment, worming, heartworm test for dogs 6 months & over, feline aids & leukemia test for cats, training DVD, 10 day health guarantee, and a bag of Science Diet pet food. The adoption package is valued at $500.

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September / October Events Bonita Springs • Estero • Fort Myers • Naples

Art Walk: (Bonita Springs) Sept 29/Oct 28, 4-7 pm. Evening of art and entertainment in the center courtyard in The Promenade. Germain Arena: (Estero) For Everblades schedule and shows call (239) 948-7825 or visit

Broadway Palm Dinner Theater: (Ft. Myers) For info and listing of shows visit www. or call 239 278-4422 Barbara B. Mann Theatre: (Ft. Myers) For info, and further shows visit, www.bbmannpah. com/index.php or call (239) 481-4849.

Coconut Point Mall: (Estero) Live entertainment located at Plaza Del Lago Dr. patio.

Summer Jazz: (Naples) Sept 24, Saturday Blue Dice. Free concert at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. For more information call 239 261-2222.

Gulf Coast Town Center in the Market Plaza Courtyard: (Ft. Myers) Weekend Concert Series. Sept/ Oct, Saturdays, 7-9 pm.

Garden Tours of Norris Gardens at Palm Cottage: (Naples) Sept 1st & 15th/Oct 6th & 20th, Thursday 10 am. (239) 261-8164.

Bikes on the Beach Motorcycle Festival: (Ft. Myers) Sept 25, 12-8 pm. Custom, street and show bikes line the streets of Baywalk entertainment district. Entertainment, restaurants for further information call 239 822-1369.

Historic Old Naples Walking Tours: (Naples) Sept/Oct, Wednesdays 10 am, Reservations Required. Walk along and listen to the history of Naples in the late 19th century. www.

Third Street Farmers Market: (Naples) Saturday’s in Sept/Oct 7:30–11:30 am. Located 1220 3rd St. S. – parking behind Tommy Bahama’s. 239-434-6533. Third Thursday on Third: (Naples) Sept/Oct 7-10 pm. Music and entertainment in the courtyards and plazas of Third St Third Street Side Walk Sale: (Naples) Oct 27-30, Thurs-Sunday. Enjoy a day shopping along Third Street Philharmonic Center: (Naples) 5833 Pelican Bay. For more information and current shows visit 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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Featured Columnist This column is produced by the Financial Planning Association and provided by Al Procaccino, a member of FPA and Certified Financial Planner with Castle Financial. For a free consultation call: (239) 947-9255

A New World Order: Investing Internationally A U.S. investor’s foreign-investment return depends on both the local currency’s exchange value against the U.S. dollar and the stock price in the local currency. As the United States economy continues to sputter, investors in search of better returns and greater diversification are casting their nets elsewhere around the world.1 Looking for growth abroad could be a smart move: Foreign markets currently represent nearly 60% of the world’s investment opportunities -- and that number is only expected to grow.2 But investing internationally adds a different set of risks that typically do not affect investors in the domestic markets, such as higher taxation, less liquidity, political instability, and currency fluctuations. If you are thinking about expanding your horizons to include international investments, be sure to take the time to learn about various global markets and their unique characteristics. Separating Emerging Nations From Developed Nations When categorizing the world markets outside of the United States, countries are typically grouped into one of two types: developed markets and emerging markets. Developed markets include nations with more traditionally stable economies, such as Germany, England, France, and Japan. Emerging markets are typically those nations that are moving toward becoming more established, but still demonstrate higher-than-average volatility, such as the “BRIC” nations: Brazil, Russia, India, and China. Investing in Foreign Equities One way you can include international exposure in your portfolio is to invest in stocks of U.S. companies that derive a large portion of their annual revenue from overseas markets. Examples of such companies are Coca-Cola, Microsoft, and McDonald’s. You can also buy stocks of foreign companies through American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) -- traded on the New York Stock Exchange -- and through mutual funds that invest in foreign companies. ADRs are negotiable certificates that represent the shares of a publicly traded foreign company. ADRs are issued in the United States, and their underlying shares are

Calendar Year Returns for U.S., Foreign Developed, and Emerging Market Stocks held in U.S. banks. But familiarizing yourself with international markets (including the regulatory, political, and economic environments) is time consuming, and access to company information can be difficult to obtain. One simpler way to invest internationally is to buy shares of broadly diversified international mutual funds or exchange-traded funds that may buy a mix of foreign and U.S. stocks. These types of funds offer instant diversification through an array of foreign market stocks.3 For more experienced and more aggressive investors wishing to target stocks in particular regions or countries, regional or country funds are also available. These funds are designed to take advantage of specific opportunities in the world’s developed and emerging markets, but they do carry an Source: ChartSource®, McGraw-Hill Financial Communications. Based on calendar-year returns from 1986 to 2011 (data is current through June 30, 2011). U.S. stocks are represented by the S&P increased risk of volatility. index. Foreign stocks are represented by the MSCI EAFE index. Emerging market stocks are Currency Value: A Special Risk of 500 represented by the MSCI Emerging Markets index. Past performance is not a guarantee of future International Investing results. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. International investing does present unique risks and considerations. A U.S. loss in a declining market. investor’s foreign-investment return depends on both the local 2Source: Morgan Stanley Capital International. currency’s exchange value against the U.S. dollar and the 3Investors should carefully consider the fund’s investment stock price in the local currency. For example, falling currency objectives, risks, charges, and expenses before investing. To values and plummeting stock prices in Asian nations in 1998 obtain a prospectus or, if available, a summary prospectus not only drove down stock prices for international investors in containing this and other information, contact the appropriate Asia, but also in the United States, because many American fund company or view the fund prospectus on the website of companies depend on Asia for customers. For U.S. investors, the appropriate fund company. Please carefully read the currency losses could also stem from a rise in the dollar’s value prospectus or summary prospectus before investing. Current against the currency of the foreign country they are investing performance may be higher or lower than in the past, which in. Maintaining a long-term perspective and diversifying cannot guarantee future results. international investments can help minimize these risks. 1 Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a

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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 -

Is It Time To Re-evaluate Your Game? Golfers continually need to keep tweaking their games and golf swings. There are several reasons, to improve to the next level. The second is to keep what we have going backwards and of course the third reason is age. As we age our body will change and so must how we swing the club and how we play the game. These adjustments and changes are critical in order to continue to enjoy the game. Believe it or not some golfers actually do not see the warning signs in time or are not willing to admit the signs are present and in time, they hit the big three, frustration, aggravation and then embarrassment. When the golfer becomes embarrassed they stop going to the golf course because it is to painful to play the game they loved. Luckily this can be avoided and reversed but each case is different and requires an experienced analyst, instructor and coach and of course time to get back on track. Warning signs, major loss of distance, un solid ball

contact, pain during and after swings, fear of shots you once enjoyed hitting, shaking over shots, difficulty taking the club away from the ball as if someone is holding you. Some golfers actually have anxiety attacks before play. Step one; find someone who will give you a full game evaluation. This may take a few hours to a full a day at which time many questions will be asked in order to go back to when golf was fun. In most cases, it involves going to the range to hit some shots then on course to play some holes, a look at equipment that might be outdated or is not suitable for your age or ability and in a few cases can be the rout to the problem. In other cases it is very simple cause and effect cinereous, basic pre swing fundamentals cause the swing to change due to compensation for the fundamentals that are lacking, ball striking breaks down and then the game goes, etc., etc. The body has a golf handicap also, which can be checked

by a simple Titleist Performance Institute evaluation after the test they design specific exercise programs that will improve not only your motion flexibility and strength but you overall well being. So as you can see there are many options to help any level of golfer enjoy this great game for a lifetime and avoid the big three, frustration, aggravation and embarrassment.

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