Presenting Luxurious Bonita Springs and Estero Lifestyle December, 2007
Weak Dollar To Boost U.S. Housing In a time when Floridians are thinking twice about buying property, Europeans and Canadians are ignoring the hype, and shelling out the cash. All across Western Europe the mantra is to 'go west'. From the U.K. to Holland to Spain, Europeans are now the major players when it comes to purchasing second homes, vacation rentals, and investment properties. "The United States is a very attractive buy to Europeans," says Michael Burke, a Realtor with John R. Wood Realty, "We have something unique to offer they can't find overseas"â€Ś and he's not just talking about our weather. According to the National
Association of Realtors foreign real estate investment in the U.S. increased 8.5% from 2004 to 2005 rising to $1.87 trillion, a national record. Although our beautiful beaches and warm climate is a major draw to foreign buyers, it's our weak dollar that has them crossing the Atlantic in search of a home. "The pound is at its highest point in 27 years and the Euro is strong against the dollar, the homes in Florida are considered affordable to Europeans", says Burke. To many foreigners, the United States has become the ideal vacation destination and eventually retirement home. And when you compare the
numbers, you can see why. In London a modest single-family home costs about $600,000. A similar home would go for a third of that price in Naples. In addition to our 'bargain priced' homes, realtors say Europeans love the lifestyle and attitude only found on the coast. "What's interesting is that the weak dollar is now bringing new buyers into the housing market and what that's doing is introducing demand to actually balance out the supply," says Burke. "Foreign national buyers are introducing demand and it's helping the markets keep a sense of calm." International real estate remains in high gear and seems
to be one of the only facets in real estate to come away from the housing crash unscathed. "Demand is five to ten times higher than it was at this time last year. As real estate prices are increasing abroad, many folks are getting priced out of their own neighborhoods and see the U.S. as an attractive diversification of their overall real estate portfolio", Burke explained. International home sales in Florida have increased steadily over the past 5 years, and continue to climb. The most recent statistics available from 2005 show more than 82,000 homes were sold to international homebuyers in Florida.
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So what about U.S. investors who don't have a strong currency advantage to boost their investments? Advice from analysts about when to get back into the housing market ranges from right away to five years down the line. "There is no doubt that this is a buyer's market, but when exactly the bottom will be reached is the subject of debate" says Burke. "The recession in the housing market has gone on longer than anyone anticipated, and the uncertainty has caused many investors to be nervous. However don't forget the bottom line is that long term, real estate has always been a terrific investment for homeowners.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE Your Money . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .page 2 Tips and advice on handling your money
Fashion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .page 3 Food & Nutrition . . . . . . . . . . . . . .page 4,12 Recipes and healthy living
Important Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .page 5 Home and Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .page 6 Tips, news and advice
Pets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .page 7 Pet tip of the week
Feature Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .page 8 & 9 Parenting/Automotive . . . . . . . . . . . .page 10 Your Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .page 11 Health issues and related articles
Holiday Event Schedule . . . . . . . . . .page 13 Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .page 14 Prepare for the Ultimate Vacation!
Kids Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .page 14
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Personality & Financial Decision Making This column is produced by the Financial Planning Association and is provided by Al Procaccino, a member of FPA and Certified Financial Planner with Castle Financial www.castlefinancial.com. The recent volatility in the stock market has everyone a little jumpy - even folks who have worked with a trusted financial planner for years. But if you've never worked with a planner before, one of the first things he or she will do is make you fill out a risk analysis questionnaire. Why is risk analysis important before you make decisions with your money? Risk tolerance is an important part of investing - everyone knows that. But the real value of answering a lot of questions about your risk tolerance is to tell you what you don't know how the sources of your money, the way you made it, how outside forces have shaped your view of it and how you're
handling it now will inform every decision you make about it in the future. The most important thing a risk questionnaire can tell is what's important about money to you. Trained financial advisers can determine your money personality through a process of questioning discovery. Planners can then guide investors within their money personality. Do you want certainty, are you willing to take a little risk or let it roll because "you can always make more of it?" A financial planner tries to see through the static to find out what you really need to create a solid financial life. But it might make sense to ask yourself a few questions before you and your planner sit down: 1. What's important about money? 2. What do I do with my money? 3. If money was absolutely not an issue, what would I do
with my life? 4. Has the way I've made my money - through work, marriage or inheritance affected the way I think about it in a particular way? 5. How much debt do I have and how do I feel about it? 6. Am I more concerned about maintaining the value of my initial investment or making a profit from it? 7. Am I willing to give up that stability for the chance at long-term growth? 8. What am I most likely to enjoy spending money on? 9. How would I feel if the value of my investment dropped for several months? 10. How would I feel if the value of my investment dropped for several years? 11. If I had to list three things I really wanted to do with my money, what would they be? 12. What does retirement mean to me? Does it mean
quitting work entirely and doing whatever I want to do or working in a new career full- or part-time? 13. Do I want kids? Do I understand the financial commitment? 14. If I have kids, do I expect them to pay their own way through college or will I pay all or part of it? What kind of shape am I in to afford their college education? 15. How's my health and my health insurance coverage? 16. What kind of physical and financial shape are my parents in? One of the toughest aspects of getting a financial plan going is recognizing how your personal style, mindset, and life situation might affect your investment decisions. A financial professional will understand this challenge and can help you think through your choices. Your resulting portfolio should feel like a perfect fit for you!
BUSINESS Increase Response to Your Advertising (NUI) - Today, there is an overwhelming amount of media options available for businesses to tout their latest products. And, regardless of the medium, many businesses are set on choosing Web site addresses they feel are memorable, but why should phone numbers be any different? According to Ron Henson, the general manager of a Utah auto dealership, incorporating a vanity phone number into his team's marketing plan a phone number that spells out words increased his call volume by 650 percent. "We are shattering previous sales records by 50 percent, and I attribute this success to our new advertising which prominently features a vanity-800 number," Henson said. If you're looking for better ways to get the word out, the following tips will help you receive higher response rates in your advertising and hone your marketing efforts to generate more leads and sales: • Say it in a song. Everyone loves a good jingle. Using jingles in radio and television ads creates an emotional
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fashion How to Look Your Holiday Best (ARA) – Oh, the holidays … a time when the social calendar seems endlessly filled with work parties, gatherings with old friends and annual family get-togethers. The pressures of the hectic holiday season can often make personal grooming and styling play second fiddle -right along with grandma’s yearly fruit cake. If you want to ensure your aunt doesn’t make you the talk of the family gossip trail this year, working to achieve a clean overall look should be the goal this holiday season. For women, that may mean a fresh, new hairstyle. For men, it means understanding
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that actually looking like Santa Claus can make not only small children cry, but quite possibly colleagues, friends and family members as well. Here are some simple grooming tips to help you look your best at your next holiday get-together. Cut it out: It is said that having a great hair style can save any bad outfit. That said, it’s important to start by getting a fresh, new cut and style. Remember this is not the time to do anything drastic. We’re looking for simple, classic looks. It’s important too for women to ask their stylist for tips on how to achieve and maintain the style on their own at home. “Getting a stylish cut and maintaining it can be two completely separate tasks,” says Richard Marin, celebrity stylist. “It can be challenging to recreate the salonstyled look the next day, but Remington Products makes it
easy by offering a variety of lines that help women easily achieve that look on their own, every day. D.I.Y.: If a new cut is not going to fit in the busy calendar or tight holiday budget, then just using some of the newest hair tool innovations like Nano Silver can help women create a clean new style. The new Nano Silver straightener from Remington uses the technology that is said to cleanse the hair of microimpurities with anti-microbial purifying properties leaving hair healthy, beautiful and shiny. Clean it up: Some men look at the cold winter months as an excuse to slack on their grooming habits, even claiming that the extra hair is grown to keep them warm. While that excuse may fly at the North Pole, nothing looks better than a freshly shaved man. If men won’t dare to bare it all, then use
a grooming tool that allows for various length blade adjustments -- giving men the choice to still have that 5 o’clock shadow scruff, but with style. Take it off: The cold, harsh winter months can cause men to have dry and sensitive skin. To prevent the irritation and not-soflattering rash, consider using antimicrobial grooming products. The Remington CleanXchange is the world’s first electric shaver to feature Nanosilver technology and offer a fully disposable, exchangeable head, good for up to 30 shaves. Not only does this mean men will have a clean shave every time, with reduced redness and irritation, but it’s easy and convenient, eliminating any messy cleanup from brushing or cleaning out the shaver head. For more information and styling tips visit, www.Remington-Products.com.
Nourish Your Skin This Winter to Fight Wrinkles
(ARA) – Winter is the toughest time of year on your skin. Cool, dry conditions leave your hands and feet prone to painful cracks, splits and flaking. The dryness also makes the wrinkles you’ve been trying so hard to ignore more prominent. Don’t just sit back and take the abuse! There are some simple things you can do to give your skin a fighting chance against the elements. What your mother told you is true. Diet has a lot to do with it. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables will provide your skin with the proper nutrients
to fight off crows feet and nasal labial folds; but according to Dr. Steven Lamm, author of several anti-aging books, diet alone is not enough. “As we age, the blood becomes less efficient at delivering the essential nutrients to the skin,” he points out. So what’s a gal to do? Dr. Lamm says the key to looking younger is bringing a wide variety of essential vitamins and minerals directly to the skin with the help of an enriched moisturizing cream like Dermalastyl-B. Originally intended as a
material that could be used to assist with tissue and organ regeneration, clinical testing proved that Dermalastyl also had a future in the cosmetics industry. Participants in a 2006 study in Manhattan reported a glow to the skin upon application and a hydrating moisturizing effect that lasted all day thanks to the cream’s main ingredient -- a bioavailable source of elastin, the protein that makes the skin elastic. While the directions on the tube recommend daily use, Burt Ensley, CEO of the cream’s manufacturer, DermaPlus, says most people use it at least twice a day. “Once in the morning to serve as a protective agent for the skin, shielding it from wind and damaging UV rays from the sun. Then at night they put it on again to serve as a means for providing the skin with the nourishment it needs.” Dermalastyl is not available in stores. It is only offered through the manufacturer’s Web site. For a limited time, you can get a free sample by logging on to www.dermalastyl.com or calling (800) 335-8312. All you have to pay for is shipping.
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Honey and Spice Glazed Turkey 2 tsp 1/2 tsp 1/4 tsp 1/4 tsp 1/4 tsp 1/8 tsp 2 tbsp 1 tsp 1
Chili Gowder Garlic Gowder Allspice (ground) Cumin (ground) Salt Red Pepper (ground) Honey Water Turkey
1. Prepare turkey as per package directions. 2. Mix chili powder, garlic powder, allspice, cumin, salt, red pepper, honey and water in small bowl until well blended; set aside. 3. About 45 minutes before the turkey is done brush with honey spice mixture. Place foil loosely over turkey and cook until meat thermometer reaches 180°F in the deepest part of the thigh. 4. Let turkey stand for 15 minutes before carving.
Brandied Prime Rib Roast Beef 1 1/2 tsp 1 tbsp 1 1/2 lbs 3/4 cup 1/4 cup 2 tbsp 1 pkg
Cracked Pepper Dijon Mustard Prime Rib, Rib or Sirloin Premium Oven Roast Water Milk Brandy Gravy Mix
Preheat oven to 325°F. Mix together the pepper and mustard. Brush mixture on all sides of the roast. Place the beef in a small roasting pan or metal baking dish and roast until desired temperature is reached (140°F for rare or 160°F for medium) about 20 to 25 minutes per pound. Remove the roast from the oven and tent with foil. Stir the water, milk, brandy and sauce mix into the juices in the roasting pan. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, whisking constantly. Reduce the heat and simmer 1 minute. Serve brandy gravy over sliced roast beef.
Chocolate Yule Log 8-10 servings Filling: Ganache:
1 pkg Angel Food Cake Mix Icing Sugar 3/4 cup chocolate chips 8oz cream cheese 2 cups icing sugar 3/4 cup whipping cream
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 17" x 14" jelly roll pan. Line with parchment paper and grease again. Combine Angel Food Cake Mix and cocoa in large bowl of electric mixer. Prepare according to package directions. Spread batter into prepared jelly roll pan. Bake in preheated oven 18-20 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then invert on to clean tea towel, which has been sprinkled with icing sugar. Remove pan and waxed paper and roll cake in tea towel. Cool rolled cake thoroughly. Meanwhile, combine chocolate chips and coffee in microwave safe bowl. Microwave on medium power, 2-3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted. Cool to room
3 tbsp 2 tsp
hot coffee vanilla
temperature. Beat cream cheese, vanilla and icing sugar in food processor bowl, until just mixed. Do not over process. Add cooled chocolate mixture and pulse to combine. Unroll cooled cake and spread with chocolate cream cheese filling. Re-roll cake and place on serving dish. Chill while preparing ganache. Ganache: In a medium sized saucepan, bring whipping cream to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips. Mix to incorporate. Cover pan and let sit 10 minutes. Remove cover and let cool until spreadable consistency is achieved. Spread over chilled cake and decorate with tines of a fork for "bark".
A Special Thank You Two Paws Up “Two Paws Up” to David Dunbar (General Manager) and his great staff at Rivals Sports Kitchen for being our pet friendly establishment of the month. Located in Miromar Mall, Rivals has numerous televisions both inside and out for you to enjoy watching your favorite team as you dine. This along with an outstanding menu, makes Rivals one of the best Sports Bars in SW Florida. Rivals get my vote for best wings around!!!
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Do You Know What Your Neighbors Did Last Night? It May Come As A Surprise To You - But They've Been Plotting For A Long Time! Your neighbors at 20078 Markward Crossing in Grandezza (Estero) have decided to sell their home and they listed it with Michael Burke of John R. Wood Realtors. They thought about it long and hard, and interviewed several agents before choosing Michael. Now that they have made the decision to sell, they need your help to do it. Their home is a 3-bedroom, plus den, 3bath, 3-car garage, with a pool, and spa. It is 2650 square feet under air, and has a unique open kitchen. They just listed it for sale at $599,000. The home was built by Empire Builders and is the ever-popular Paloma Model, which is one of their most desirable floor plan. If you know anyone who is thinking of buying a home in the Estero, Bonita Springs, Naples area, be sure to tell them about this outstanding opportunity. Last time this model was priced at $599,000 we had an offer within a week. Michael has prepared a special report called "The 10 Dumbest Mistakes Smart People Make when Buying or Selling a Home" that he would like to offer to you or anyone you know. For a free copy of this informative report, contact Michael Burke at 239-777-0473 or email; Michael@BurkesBeach.com In the meantime, your neighbors would appreciate it if you kept your eyes and ears open for a buyer for their home.
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Protect Your Home From the Winter Elements (NUI) - Many homeowners are aware of the basic do-it-yourself home projects one should tackle when preparing for the winter season, including caulking gaps around doors and installing programmable thermostats. But what about projects that are just as important but easy to overlook? You can save time and money by simply renting what's needed to complete essential projects that will help winterize your home. The following project ideas, supplied by The Home Depot Tool Rental Center, are four simple, yet effective, projects that can help increase the lifespan of your home and can all be done without purchasing seasonal tools or equipment. • Power wash and seal outside structures. Sealing your driveway and deck protects them from fluctuating temperatures as well as ice and winter damage. Applying a sealant gives a driveway the added protection it needs to last longer and resist deterioration, especially during the winter months. Alway remember to power
wash all outdoor structures before applying any type of sealant. • Aerate y o u r l a w n . Before harsh, colder conditions arrive, aerate your lawn to improve water penetration by poking holes into the ground. This allows the nutrients to move further into soil to reach the roots of your grass. • Help eliminate or prevent the growth of mold in your home. The colder months are when we seal our homes off from winter weather. With closed windows and lack of air exchange, the buildup of moisture can lead to mold growth. Concrobium Mold Control is a great way for doit-yourselfers to clean, eliminate and prevent the growth of mold in the home. For larger spaces like attics, basements and crawl spaces
that are more suseptible to mold, homeowners can rent an easy-to-use fogger for application. • Clean out your gutters. Gutters are meant to divert rainwater away from the exterior of the home, but they can also collect leaves and debris during the summer months. Although beautiful this time of year, autumn leaves can harm the foundation of a house so grab your ladder and prevent any long-term damage from occuring. For more information, visit www.HomeDepotRents.com, or visit a local Home Depot in your area.
How Do I Do It? The objective is to insert the numbers in the boxes to satisfy only one condition: each row, column and 3x3 box must contain the digits 1 through 9 exactly once. What could be simpler?
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• Use the Web. Join the world market from your home, and find buyers for items that you don't need or haven't used in a while. Turn your unwanted items into someone else's treasure, and make a little extra cash by taking advantage of online auction Web sites. • Get down while you clean up. It's the truth sometimes cleaning is just not fun. Make things easier by putting on your favorite CD to help change your outlook and boost your energy level. A few extra steps and squats in the name of cleaning could also help with that other popular New Year's resolution weight loss. • Have a plan. Daunted by big cleaning projects? Divide and conquer by assigning yourself a task or room a day. Keep a checklist. The progress you make will encourage you as you tackle the rest of your projects and cross things off your list.
(NUI) - As another rousing chorus of "Auld Lang Syne" rises up amongst partygoers this New Year's, many will be thinking about turning over a new leaf in their exercise routines and eating habits. But there's another personal goal that many can feel good about achieving throughout the new year better housecleaning. If you've resolved to de-clutter your life or re-organize your home in the new year, the cleaning experts at Merry Maids have some helpful tips to help you succeed. • Tackle your closet. Most homes have at least one closet that's brimming with clothes that haven't been worn for months. Clean out the space by getting rid of any clothing, shoes or purses that haven't been worn or used in the past year. Help someone else have a better new year by donating items to a local charity, or add them to your garage sale pile.
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(NUI) - It's a primary cause of indoor allergens in the winter, it filters through the air both indoors and out, and it can cause serious health problems. Mold a dreaded houseguest, can grow on almost any surface, especially damp ones. Think you're safe? According to the American Lung Association and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, one-third to onehalf of all structures have conditions in which mold can grow and thrive. And while the recommended way to treat mold is by eliminating the water or moisture source in the area, how do you safely and
The sale of Pet Promise has helped eliminate more than 88 million doses of antibiotics in the food chain and 15 million doses of artificial growth hormones fed to cattle. Through this endeavor, Zolezzi and his team have helped support more than 1,500 U.S. family farmers who are committed to the humane treatment of animals and using natural and sustainable methods to protect the environment. For more information, visit www.PetPromiseInc.com. Here are some additional tips to help you keep your pet's environment chemical-free and green: • Stay off the lawn. Keep your animals away from the lawn or garden when treating them with fertilizers, pesticides or insecticides until it dries completely. • Don't clean house and play fetch. Never allow your pet access to areas you are cleaning. Some cleaners might only cause a mild upset stomach, but others could cause severe burns of the tongue, mouth and stomach. • Keep the garage clean. Store all automotive products such as oil, gas and antifreeze in areas away from pets. Just one teaspoon of antifreeze can be deadly to a 7-pound cat, and less than one tablespoon can be lethal to a 20-pound dog.
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(NUI) - While many people are aware of how their own lifestyle affects the planet, they may be surprised to learn how much of an environmental "paw print" their four-legged family members are leaving behind. According to Anthony Zolezzi, eco-entrepreneur and author of "How Dog Food Saved the Earth," there are many "green" changes you can make in and around your home to safeguard your pet's diet and environment. "When it comes to saving our planet, the focus has always been on our own carbon footprint but I would challenge you further to look at the carbon "paw print" your family pets are leaving behind, and examine their role in protecting our Earth from excessive pollution," said Zolezzi. Through Zolezzi's work, which involves promoting social responsibility and green programs, he got involved with launching one of the first pet foods on the market with U.S. source-verified meat and poultry Pet Promise. "When we purchase natural and organic products from family farmers who support sustainable agriculture, we also support a cleaner environment. Our pets can help make a difference when we feed them food products sourced from these same family farms," said Zolezzi.
effectively remove mold that has already grown? Many products on the market are either ineffective, limited to what type of surface the mold is growing on or toxic. As a result, cleaning mold yourself can be taxing and even frustrating. Red Reef Laboratories, Inc., however, has developed a new, unique system called BioClear that utilizes Red Reef's products to eliminate pathogens, reduce allergens and minimize cross-contamination. This non-invasive and highly effective system is still nontoxic, biodegradable and safe to use in poorly ventilated areas, making it a breakthrough in the mold-cleaning market. And since cleaning mold is only half the battle, Red Reef Laboratories offers these tips to keep mold at bay in your home: • Check to be sure your indoor humidity is between 30 and 60 percent. You can control this with air
conditioning and a dehumidifier. Add extra insulation to areas, such as windows, that create condensation. Be on the lookout for standing water. Air conditioning or refrigerator drip pans can be a problem. Look up. Regularly check your ceiling for leaks or drips. Open doors inside your home, such as between rooms and those to closets, that will help keep the air circulating properly. Use area rugs. These can regularly be washed, which helps avoid any mold growth. Fix any leaks immediately.
MADE IN THE SHADE: Certified Vinyl Siding Keeps Its Color (ARA) - Want to cover your home in the latest shade of barn red or hunter green? Put away your paintbrush! Smart homeowners are finding that the easiest way to get -- and keep -- today’s fresh colors is with certified vinyl siding. Whether you’re building the home of your dreams or remodeling the home you love, you want a cladding with distinct color and curb appeal. But if your siding requires constant maintenance to keep up its appearance, your dream can become an expensive nightmare. To ensure that your vinyl siding is made to last, make sure it’s backed by a third-party certification program for quality, which the Vinyl Siding Institute has had in place for a decade. VSI’s Vinyl Siding Product Certification Program was launched in 1998 as a way for manufacturers to certify, through independent testing and verification, that their products meet or exceed the quality requirements of the ASTM D3679 standard. Certified vinyl siding is subjected to a dozen different performance measurements and
tests simulating wind, weather and even the impact of a hardhitting hammer. Products certified through VSI’s program pass this battery of tests and submit to twice yearly unannounced plant inspections. They also meet the International Building Code requirements for siding to be certified by an independent quality control agency. There are more than 1,000 different vinyl siding products currently certified through VSI’s program. What’s more, nearly 300 different colors of these products have been certified for color retention. In addition to passing the quality requirements of ASTM D3679,
each color must undergo a two-year, outdoor weathering study, to ensure that it meets the rigorous requirements of ASTM D6864, the color retention standard for vinyl siding. “Sunshine, rain, or winds of more than 100 miles per hour won’t weather certified vinyl siding noticeably,” says Jery Y. Huntley, VSI’s president. “Vinyl siding hues certified for color retention have been tested in a variety of climates to resist major color changes over the course of time. That means simple, periodic washing can keep your siding looking as beautiful as the day it was installed.” Sedona Red. Oxford Blue. Irish Linen. Summer Wheat. Those are just a few of the hundreds of vinyl siding colors certified for color retention through VSI’s program. They can give your house longlasting beauty, whether you want the newest shade on the block or are looking to preserve historic accuracy. For a full list of products and colors certified through VSI’s program, visit www.vinylsiding.org.
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New Montessa model with 3+Den, 2 bath great room open floor plan, 2293 under air and 3166 total sq. ft. Home offers a beautiful lake view located in a private gated golfing community. Offered at $569,000 with upgraded packages, kitchen with granite countertops, 42" cabinets, extended lanai with built in pool. Call Michael 239-777-0473 Estero Last change to build your beautiful custom home in a desirable private gated golfing community. This is THE last remaining lot available w/wonderful views of golf course, lake & wooded area. Only minutes from the airport, FGCU, Miromar Mall, the two new shopping centers of Gulf Coast Town Center & Coconut Point. Lot offered at $299,000. Call Michael 239-777-0473
Grandézza 3+Den, 3 bath Mediterranean style great room open floor plan, with 2481 under air and 3282 total sq ft. Coffered, volume ceilings, gourmet kitchen with granite counter-tops, and upgraded tile. Home offered at $599,000 with a beautiful lake view located in a private gated golfing community. Call Michael 239-777-0473 Estero
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Make a Connection With Your Teen (NUI) - Talking with teenagers about their health isn't always a parent's or a teen's favorite conversation. But parents have more influence on their teen's health than they think, according to researchers with the Prevention Research Centers (PRC) network. "While some adolescents are very skillful in convincing us that we are no longer pertinent in their lives, we make the mistake of believing that," says Michael Resnick, Ph.D., an adolescent health researcher and director of the PRC at the University of Minnesota. "The research definitely contradicts that cultural stereotype." Dr. Resnick has found that teenagers who feel they can talk to parents and other caring, competent adults are more likely than other teens to be protected from suicide, eating disorders, emotional distress, risky sexual behaviors and substance abuse. Despite some appearances, most teens say they do want close relationships with their parents and care what they think.
"The parents sort of set the patterns," said Kristina Ann Jareno, 16, a high-school senior in Long Beach, Calif., who belongs to the youth advisory board of the PRC at the University of California at Los Angeles/RAND. She says she sees parents making decisions about nutrition and physical activity that affect her friends, such as choosing whether to emphasize sports, to drive children to activities and to purchase healthy foods. Although friends, older siblings and older cousins are role models, Jareno said her parents are the reason she studies hard in school and stays away from negative peer pressure. "My parents are the most influential people in my life," she said. Mark Schuster, M.D., Ph.D., director of the UCLA/RAND PRC, provides the following tips to help parents discuss topics such as fitness, nutrition, sex and substance use with teens: • Start talking about health when children are young, and keep
the lines of communication open. Never tell a child he or she is too young to ask a question, but use ageappropriate answers. Instead of criticizing a teen all the time, notice your child doing something good, and offer a compliment. Ask questions that can open a conversation, such as "What do you think about that?" and "What's on your mind?" Let your teen know why you want to have the conversation with phrases like "I want to understand the things you're going through," and "There is a lot of misinformation out there." Listen without interrupting or jumping in with advice. Rephrase what your child says to be sure you understand what your child means, and let him or her know you are listening. Help your children learn to make decisions on their own. Let them come up with options for solutions, go through the options with them, and have them pick one that seems best.
Then you can chime in with your thoughts. • Teach your children assertiveness skills that will help them avoid unhealthy behaviors. • Never underestimate a parent's power of example. The PRC network comprises 33 academic research centers around the country, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Eight of the centers focus primarily on adolescent health. For more information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/prc.
Discovering Classics Can Be Twice as Nice (NUI) - Anyone who's kept a crisp, clean Babe Ruth rookie card tucked away for safe keeping knows about the benefits of purchasing a classic item it retains value over time and can provide a significant return on the original investment. Whether searching for a prized oil painting at an auction, looking for antique furniture at an estate sale or purchasing a luxury automobile through a certified pre-owned program, more people every day are finding value in classic, highquality products. One example is a high-performance car such as a Mercedes-Benz. Seventyfour percent of all MercedesBenz vehicles sold in the United States are still on the road today a testament to what constitutes enduring value and quality. Finding a classic isn't always about buying something brand new. Whether you're searching for a top-of-the-line
w a t c h , jewelry or a n automobile, it makes sense that the bestk n o w n b r a n d s make some of the best preowned products. However, finding a quality pre-owned vehicle can be tricky. Here are a few tips that can help make this process easier: • Do your research. A wealth of information about preowned vehicles is available on the Internet, from pricing the blue book value at Web sites like www.kbb.com to getting vehicle history reports from outlets like www.carfax.com. • Review products in person. After a little background research, it's important to follow up with an in-person visit. Using the information
that you found online, in the newspaper or by word of m o u t h , carefully examine the interior and exterior of your potential vehicle. Don't forget to look underneath the hood and under the car. Take the vehicle for a test drive, and be sure to leave the radio off so that you can listen to the engine. • Make sure the car is inspected by a professional. Before you write that check, have your mechanic inspect the vehicle. Or, for additional peace of mind, consider purchasing your new car through a certified, preowned program such as the one offered by MercedesBenz. Through it, vehicles must meet stringent criteria
and pass a rigorous inspection process including a bumperto-bumper inspection of the appearance and mechanics of the car.Making sure your vehicle has received a thorough inspection will save you time and money. "Because only select vehicles are eligible for the program, our clients are finding that using the Certified PreOwned program is an excellent way to experience the performance, safety and style of Mercedes at a price similar to some new, non-luxury vehicles," said Niles Barlow, General Manager of Pre-Owned & Fleet Operations, Mercedes-Benz USA. Finding a timeless classic, such as a luxury automobile, at a significantly reduced cost can be highly rewarding. For more information on certified, preowned vehicles, visit www.mbusa.com.
(NUI) - No matter where you live, winter driving requires extra-special attention. When the temperatures outside fall, keeping an eye on your car's mechanical condition, being prepared and driving cautiously are all critical to your personal safety and that of your passengers The following tips from AAA will help ensure your car is in prime operating condition. Before severe winter weather arrives: • Inspect your vehicle thoroughly. Make sure tires are properly inflated, fluid levels are full, lights are all operating properly and engine belts and hoses are in good condition. • A common cause of coldweather breakdowns is a weak or dead battery. Indications of a battery that may need replacement include a starter motor that cranks the engine slowly and headlights that dim when the engine speed drops to idle. • If you are unsure about any aspect of your car's mechanical condition, a local AAA Approved Auto Repair facility will be happy to help you. Before you head out on the road, remember the following: • Check the weather conditions along your route before driving long distances. • For safety, carry a cellular phone to call for help in an emergency. • Pack a winter safety kit in your vehicle that includes: a window scraper or brush, a flashlight with fresh batteries, a small snow shovel, traction mats, booster cables, a warm blanket, flares or reflective warning triangles, heavy gloves, window-washer solvent and a first-aid kit. Finally, once on your way, practice these safe driving tips: • When driving in slippery conditions, slow down, keep a safe distance from other vehicles and allow extra time for all actions. • Use gentle pressure on both the accelerator and brake pedals to prevent wheel lockup and skids. • Stop effectively on ice and snow by applying your brakes well in advance of the stopping point. • Always fasten your seatbelt, and make certain your passengers are properly restrained as well. • When driving in rain, fog or falling snow, reduce your speed, use low-beam headlights or fog lights and increase the distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. For more about vehicle care, driving safety and other automotive topics, visit www.AAA.com.
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STEPS TO A HEALTHY NEW YOU (NUI) - At the beginning of every new year, many decide to turn over a new leaf when it comes to their general health. However, that renewed interest in bettering oneself doesn't often last long. According to a recent study, 50 percent of those who set a New Year's resolution for themselves abandon it by the end of January and 90 percent call it quits by the end of the year's first quarter.
Rather than being part of these unfortunate statistics, a renewed, long-term resolve to get fit and feel great should be something everyone strives for, according to celebrity fitness trainer Valerie Waters. "New Year's is a great time of year to set priorities and focus on good health for the entire year. The key is getting into a healthy routine," Waters said.
Savory California Raisin Trail Mix 8 servings 1/2 cup 1 cup 1 cup 1 cup 1/2 tsp 1/2 tsp
Cacao Nibs Hulled Pumpkin Seeds or Sunflower Kernels Natural Raisins Golden Raisins Salt Chipotle Chile Pepper Powder
Heat a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat, and spray lightly with cooking spray. Add cacao nibs and toast, stirring constantly for two minutes. Stir in pumpkin seeds, and toast two minutes more, stirring constantly. Add raisins, salt and pepper and toss to coat, and heat for another two minutes or until raisins are plump. Makes 2.5 ounces for each serving. Waters provided these tips to help you stick to a routine: • Set a goal and deadline. Few things will get you more committed than a deadline. • Know where you are. Before you start your regimen, take your measurements and weight. Write them down to monitor your progress. • Know where you're going. Set a clear and specific goal that's measureable, so you can stay focused and know when you've reached your goal. • Eat right. As part of a healthy style of eating, a 1/4-cup
serving of delicious California Raisins helps to meet the recommended goal of eight to 13 daily fruit servings. Raisins deliver antioxidants and potassium to reduce oxidation that helps to prevent high blood pressure and plaque buildup in the arteries, which lowers cholesterol levels and contributes to heart and colon health. Try this recipe for a healthful snack to jumpstart the new year. For more tips from Valerie Waters and healthy recipes, visit www.LoveYourRaisins.com.
STAVING OFF 'SUPERBUGS' (NUI) - While it has long been a problem in hospitals nationwide, Staphylococcus, commonly known as a staph infection, has become a threatening issue in another frequented location the hallways of schools. Several high schools in the Washington, D.C. area recently reported multiple cases of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus (MRSA), a strain of staph that is considered a "superbug" and extremely drug-resistant. The alarming incidents have had many parents and concerned community members wondering how to keep future occurrences of staph from becoming a daily concern. "Keeping our children and teachers safe from contagious bacteria like staph is highly important especially with the news of outbreaks across the country," said Dr. Claus Wagner-Bartak, president of Red Reef Laboratories. "Our family of BioClear products has been specifically designed to
combat harmful bacteria like staph in a non-toxic, biodegradable manner." Staph bacteria is commonly spread through close contact and by indirectly touching infected clothing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, millions of Americans carry staph bacteria on their skin and the inside of their nose without any symptoms or infection. But staph can easily pass through open cuts, leading to painful bumps, and more serious conditions such as pneumonia and toxic shock which is why good hygiene is critical in preventing staph. Adhering to the following tips will help keep you safe: • Keep your hands clean by washing thoroughly with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer throughout the day. • Make sure to keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until they are healed.
• Avoid coming in contact with other people's wounds or bandages. • Don't share personal items such as towels or razors, which have been known to commonly harbor staph bacteria. When you are around someone who has a staph infection, there are additional steps that can be taken to avoid spreading the infection to family and friends: • Clean surfaces daily with a safe and effective disinfectant such as Red Reef's family of BioClear products, which also help
contain and kill mold and other harmful bacteria and viruses. • Use a solution of one tablespoon of bleach mixed with one quart of water to disinfect all non-disposable items that may have come in contact with the infected area, wound drainage or soiled supplies. • Wash soiled linens and clothes with hot water and laundry detergent, and dry on a hot setting. For more information on Red Reef Laboratories (RRLB) and the BioClear family of products, visit www.redreef.biz.
(NUI) When Shirley Feigenbaum was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer, her future looked grim. "From the little that I heard of inflammatory breast cancer, which is what I had, the prognosis was very bad," Feigenbaum said. "I did not expect to live more than three months." That was four years ago. Today, Feigenbaum credits clinical research with saving her life. When she agreed to take part in a clinical trial to help future generations fight the disease, she helped find a cure for her own illness as well. People like Feigenbaum who volunteer for clinical trials are sometimes called "everyday heroes" for their willingness to try new drugs and medical devices. But for many people, the simple task of finding a clinical trial can be overwhelming. That's why The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) created www.SearchClinicalTrials .org (SCT), a new online resource that scans the Web and compiles information and results from thousands of clinical trials in one place. Developed by CISCRP in collaboration with Fast Search & Transfer, a prominent searchtechnology developer, and ePharmaSolutions, a renowned clinical services provider, the free site helps users find clinical research information quickly and easily. With patient recruitment being one of the biggest barriers to the timely completion of clinical trials, SCT helps bridge the gap between volunteers and the clinical research process. "SCT's centralized database gives users the tools they need to learn about clinical research and its role in the health of their family, their community and themselves," said CISCRP President and CEO Diane Simmons. "It is our hope that SCT will help visitors cut through the clutter of information about clinical research and find what they need to make informed decisions about clinical research participation." SCT users also will find easyto-use features that help narrow the search for clinical trials by disease type and geographic location and provide information about trial sponsors, phases, recruitment status and eligibility requirements. Online links to current medical news, plus a list of questions to ask before volunteering, take users through the first steps of starting the clinical trial search. "We believe SCT gives users a valuable tool for making informed decisions about clinical research," Simmons said. "CISCRP is delighted to make it available to the thousands of people who search the Internet everyday for news and information about clinical trials and clinical research participation."
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Pork Souvlaki 4 - 6 servings
1.1 lbs 3 tsp 1 tsp 2 cloves 3 tsp 3 tsp 1 tsp
Boneless Pork Shoulder cut in 1 inch cubes Olive Oil Lemon Juice Garlic, crushed Dried Rosemary Dried Parsley Salt Cooked Rice or Pita Pockets Tzatziki Sauce
Place pork cubes in plastic bag. Combine remaining ingredients; add to plastic bag. Toss to coat; seal bag and set in bowl. Marinate pork cubes for 30 minutes at room temperature or longer in refrigerator, turning occasionally. Thread pork onto skewers or spread on foil lined oven-proof tray. Broil or grill meat over medium heat for 6 minutes, turning to cook all sides. Serve on rice or in a pita pocket with tzatziki sauce and a Greek salad.
Easy Orange Shrimp Fried Rice 4 servings 3/4 lb 1 tbsp 1 small 3 tbsp 1 tsp 1 can
Deveined Shrimp, frozen, cooked and peeled Vegetable Oil Red Pepper, sliced Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate, thawed Minced Ginger Mandarin Orange Segments, drained
2 cups 1 cup 1/4 cup 1 tbsp 1 clove 1/2 cup
Instant White Rice Sugar Snap Peas Reduced Soy Sauce, lite or sodium Honey Garlic, minced Green Onion, chopped
1. Prepare Instant White Rice according to package directions. Fluff with a fork and reserve. Run cool running water over the shrimp until thawed; drain well. 2. Heat the oil in a nonstick wok set over medium-high heat. Add the snap peas and red pepper. Stir-fry for 5 minutes or until tender and lightly browned. Stir in the soy sauce, orange juice concentrate, honey, ginger and garlic. Cook for 1 minute or until sauce has slightly thickened. 3. Stir the cooked rice, shrimp, orange segments and green onion into the sauce. Cook, tossing, until rice and shrimp are heated through and coated in sauce. Tip: Use up leftovers: stir 1-1/2 cups sliced, cooked chicken, steak or pork into the stir-fry instead of the cooked shrimp.
Molasses Fruitcake 1 pkg. 1 pkg. 1 cup 1/4 cup 1/2 cup 4 2 cups 2 cups 2 cups 2 cups
(2 layer) Spice Cake Mix Instant Lemon Pudding Mix Orange Juice Fancy Molasses Vegetable Oil Large Eggs Cherries, chopped Dates, chopped Nuts, chopped Raisins
Glaze (optional): 1 cup Icing Sugar 2-3 tbsp. Orange Juice
Preheat oven to 350째F. Combine cake mix and pudding mix in a large bowl. Add orange juice, molasses and vegetable oil and beat together for about 2 minutes until batter is smooth. Add 4 eggs, one by one, mixing between each addition. Fold in the fruit and nuts then pour batter into 3 loaf pans (4" x 8"), lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350째F for 50 to 55 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Combine icing sugar and orange juice to make glaze and add glaze to warm fruitcake if desired. For best flavor, wrap and store in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
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10057 GINGER POINTE CT 9005 WINDSWEPT DR 23213 OAKGLEN LN 10056 MAGNOLIA BEND
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Holiday Events December 2007 Bonita Springs, Estero, Ft. Myers, Naples Coconut Point Celebration of Lights: (Estero) December 6, located on Fashion Drive from 4-9 pm. From 6-9 pm., performers entertain including: Michael Angelo, with a bit of comedy and a whole lot of music; the G-Man and his high energy singing and dancing; Soli and Andre, singing and playing a variety of music; and special holiday music by Gulfcoast Music School faculty and students and Gospel singer Gayla James. The Edison and Ford Winter Estates Holiday House: (Ft. Myers) 5:30-9pm nightly, located at 2350 McGregor Blvd. Held through December 30 (closed Christmas Eve). Featuring wonderful decorations throughout the Estates, art and craft exhibits, book signings, demonstrations, and music and dance performances. $15 adults, $1 for children 6-12. Christmas at Palm Cottage: (Naples) December 1-30, located at Third Street South Historic District at 137 12th Ave. South. Experience an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas in the oldest house in Naples. Daily 2-8pm. Festival of Trees: (Naples) Through middle of December,
located at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts Naples. Runs from the end of November to the middle of December. Third Street's Lights: (Naples) Thru December, located on Third Street of Naples. Enjoy hundreds of lights which grace the trees and courtyards in this historic district. Third Street New Year Celebration: (Naples) December 31, 6-9pm. Enjoy music and snow before and after the fireworks at the Naples Pier. The Promenade Bonita Springs: (Bonita Springs) December 28, Danny Morgan Band from 6-9pm. Join your friends at The Promenade between Christmas and New Year's Eve, for a wonderful evening of unique jazz and entertainment with Danny as you continue your Holiday celebrations! Come early, savor, linger and enjoy! Evenings at Coconut Point Mall: (Estero) First Thursday each month from 6-9pm with Performers, located along 23106 Fashion Drive. Miromar Outlet mall: (Estero) Fridays in December. Enjoy a day of shopping at the areas largest outlet mall and enjoy a free concert from 6-8pm. Broadway Palm Dinner
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Theater: (Ft. Myers) Located at 1380 Colonial Blvd., Ft.Myers. For more information and shows visit www. broadwaypalm.com or call (239) 278-4422 Barbara B. Mann Theatre: (Ft. Myers) For more information and listing of shows, visit, www. bbmannpah.com or call (239) 481-4849 or 800-440-7469 Historic Old Naples Walking Tours: (Naples) December 5, 12, 19 and 26, located at Palm Cottage137 12th Ave. South. 10am, reservations required. Thursdays on Third Street: (Naples) 6-9pm, located at the Third Street district of Old Naples. Enjoy an evening of music and other entertainment. Third Street Farmer's Market: (Naples) December 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, located behind Tommy Bahamas. Featuring nearly 50 vendors selling locally produced vegetable and fruits, jams, baked goods and seafood. Philharmonic Center: (Naples) Located at 5833 Pelican Bay, Naples. For more information and current shows visit www.philtickets.org or call (239) 597-1900 or (800) 597-1900
Every now and then I hear or see something that touches my heart and I feel the need to pass it on to the people I care about. The following was recently emailed to me and with the Holidays upon us, I thought it would be a good time to share this with you.
INTERVIEW WITH GOD I dreamed I had an interview with God. “So you would like to interview me?” God asked. “If you have the time” I said. God smiled. "My time is eternity. "What questions do you have in mind for me?” “What surprises you most about humankind?” God answered... “That they get bored with childhood, they rush to grow up, and then long to be children again. That they lose their health to make money...and then lose their money to restore their health. That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live in neither the present nor the future. That they live as if they will never die, and die as though they had never lived.” God's hand took mine and we were silent for a while. And then I asked...“As a parent, what are some of life's lessons you want your children to learn?” “To learn they cannot make
anyone love them. All they can do is let themselves be loved. To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others." To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness. To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in those they love, and it can take many years to heal them. To learn that a rich person is not one who has the most, but is one who needs the least. To learn that there are people who love them dearly, but simply have not yet learned how to express or show their feelings. To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see it differently. To learn that it is not enough that they forgive one another, but they must also forgive themselves." “Thank you for your time.” I said humbly, “Is there anything else you would like your children to know?” God smiled and said, “Just know that I am here... always.” -author unknown
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Kids Corner Get Rolling on Your Family Winter Vacation (NUI) - With a minimum workday of 8 hours and an average commute time of 24 minutes each way, working parents are seeing less and less of their children. As a result, more parents are opting for familybased vacations to reconnect and catch up with their loved ones. "Americans with children are seeking to use their vacations to reconnect with the family unit," said Peter Yesawich, chairman and CEO of Pepperdine, Brown & Russell, a leading travel, leisure and entertainment public relations firm. "Consumers want to reconnect with what they feel is really important in their lives." So, the 71 percent of parents who wish they could spend more time as a family are in search of the perfect family vacation. Those who are looking for a departure from the usual treks to Disney World should consider a unique, festive way to vacation this winter. The Rocky Mountaineer winter train captures the dream of a snow-capped holiday season as it travels from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Banff, Alberta, in the Canadian Rockies with transfers available to Calgary, Alberta. Families can reconnect during two full days amid the pristine winter scenery. The train exudes a festive feel in the winter with views of glacier-capped mountain peaks and snow-filled valleys.
Additionally, holiday entertainment, gifts for the children, holiday-themed meals and an appearance by Santa add to the charm. Adults can also embrace the holiday spirit by dancing to live jazz in a specialty bar car. In a private dining room onboard, guests enjoy an รก la carte menu of biregional cuisine, seasonal dishes and award-winning local wines. Eggnog and mulled wine are even available to those truly festive passengers. Families also enjoy winter fun when they get off the train. They can take part in an array of winter activities such as dog sledding, skiing, skating, Native American winter crafts and even a snowball fight. A Rocky Mountaineer vacation is even more affordable this holiday season, during which one child between the ages of 2 and 11 years of age travel free with two full-paying adults in GoldLeaf Service. Vacation packages on which the special is available include: Winter Wonderland, Canadian Rockies Winter Excursion, A Truly Canadian Christmas or Winter in the Canadian Rockies. For more information about a family trip aboard the Rocky Mountaineer this winter or to learn about their special promotion for children this season, visit www.winterrailvacations.com or call 1866-754-8842.
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PICKERING, ON Absolutely Spectacular Home In Prestigious 'Fox Hollow' Community. Shows To Perfection! Many Recent Upgrades Including All Windows, Furnace And Roof Reshingled.Extensive Hardwood Flooring. Basement Needs Only Carpet To Be Finished. Open Concept Kitchen And Family Room.
BELLINGHAM, WA Meridian View Acreage Gorgeous new 3,365-square-foot, 4 BD, 2.5 BA Bellingham estate on 1.84 acres. High-end features including hardwood floors, granite slab countertops, vaulted ceilings and a butler's pantry.
BONITA SPRINGS, FL. Attractive Key West style home with 3 Bed, 2 bath, 1647 under air and 2820 total sf. Plantation shutters throughout, hardware floors, tile, window seats, 2 wrap around decks. Home is located on an oversized lot
MISSISSAUGA, ON Hot Buy! Safe Court Location. Steps from school and park! 3 bdrms, open concept eat-in kitchen! Great landscaping and deck!
PUGWASH, NS A tastefully restored home, convenient location, warmth. Huge family room. Landscaped lot. Many new renovations. New roof, windows, siding, laminate kitchen floor, wood stove, 2 bdrms. refinished flooring. Call for details.
HIXSON, TN This beautifully updated 3 bedroom 1.5 bath home is conveniently located on a great wooded lot. Full unfinished basement for storage or workshop. Large private deck overlooks spacious yard. Perfect starter home and very affordable. Ready to move in!
MESA, AZ 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath home, HUGE 26x14 Family Room, split floor plan, washer & dryer included, internal lot, Low monthly HOA's.
BANCROFT, ON Rare Find! Waterfront property with 176 feet of clean deep rocky shoreline. Hydro and telephone available, surrounded by large acreage, quiet lake, great swimming and fishing. Well treed and very private. Property subject to severance.
KINCARDINE, ON Country living at its best. Huge original brick country estate home. 4 bedrooms 2 full bathrooms. Original hardwood floors and trim throughout. Located on one and half acres, 10 Kms from Kincardine. Great value
RIVERSIDE, CA. Corona Eastvale 4 Bedroom • 3¾ Bath • 3621 Sq. Ft.
BANCROFT, ON Custom built new home in the town of Bancroft. Municipal water and sewer, maintanence free hardwood floors, oak kitchen, full basement, attached garage and a propane furnace. This house features bright rooms, an ensuite bath off the master bedroom, main floor laundry, has neutral colours throughout and is close to schools. This home is under warranty.
CHESTERMERE, AB This 19.37 acres is a prairie paradise with mature trees, a pond, and a mountain view. Just minutes off of Glenmore trail Calgary is only 5 minutes away. Rockyview is favourable to subdivision into 4 acre parcels at this time. Or you could wait for future annexation while enjoying the quiet countryside. The 1752 sq. ft. bi-level has had a recent facelift and is in great shape, there is total development of 3400 sq. ft. including lower level. The 32 x 48 foot Quonset is fully heated, 220 power, and room for 5 cars. There is a horse set up, as well as a chicken coup and various out buildings.
SAN DIEGO, CA Lovely Finberg Townhome located in a great area of North Park. This is a 2bdrm/2b.5 bath. New renovated kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances. Living room features a fireplace and dining and living room have laminated wood floors, bedrooms and hallway have brand new carpeting.
WASAGA BEACH, ON Steps to the beach! 2 bdrm home w/gated entrance to maintenance free yard. 144 sq ft bunkie, hot tub w/private patio & 15 X 24' insulated garage. View of Georgian Bay from lrg front deck.
BRAMPTON, ON. 3.5 Yrs Old Detached On Wide Lot . Hardwood Floors In Living/Dining, Family Room & In All Bedrooms, Oak Stairs, No Sidewalk. Lots $$$ Spend On Renovations & Freshly Painted Whole House With Neutral Colours, Close To Middle And High School.
MILFORD, NJ Great Lakefront Home on Greenwood Lake. Private Location, Amazing Lake Views, 150 Feet Lakefront, 2 Decks, 2 Docks, Tons of Windows, Hardwood Floors and Much More!
KINCARDINE, ON 98 acre certified organic farm between Kincardine and Tiverton. 65 acre workable, the rest bush, creek and rolling land. 11 year old two story four bedroom home, featuring hardwood and ceramic floors throughout. Main floor laundry and full basement. There is an attached double garage with the home and a separate barn currently used for horses. There is much more to the this country estate
RIVERSIDE, CA. Your Search Is Over If You Are Looking For A Home With A Master Bedroom On The Main Floor. A Cozy Living Room With Fireplace, And A Large Kitchen And Dinning Room. There Are Three Spacious Bedrooms Upstairs. An Enclosed Patio Provides A Great Work Out/Exercise Area. A Sparkling Pool And Bbq. Area Offers Great Entertainment For Summer Fun. Tax Record Shows 1148 Sqft. But This Home Is 1825 Sqft. Please See Below For Showing Instructions.
RIPON, CA SIMPLY STUNNING! Fabulous 6 bedroom, 3 bath home with 2 of the bedrooms downstairs! Kitchen has Corian counters, lots of cabinets and stainless appliances. There is a separate living and family room AND an upstairs bonus room! The backyard features stamped concrete, a firepit and a spa with TV!
PHEONIX, AZ 4,109 sq ft, 4bed, 3bath, Hardwood Floors, Patterned Travertine, Huge Kitchen, Pool & Spa, Master BR with Fireplace and Sitting Room.
MESA, AZ HUGE Saltwater pool w/beach edge & Bridge w/waterfall, RV Gate, Mtn & City Light views, elevated lot next to common area, built-in BBQ. 2460 sq ft, 4 beds, 2 baths, 3 c garage.
PHOENIX, AZ.(J) 3,009 sq ft, 4bed, 3.5 bath, Exquisite former model home with spectacular mountain views. Pebble Tec play pool with waterfall, Jacuzzi & built in BBQ with bar & gas fire pit. Upgraded gourmet kitchen with newer appliances and granite countertops.
PUGWASH, NS Wonderful Century Farm Home in very good condition. Large rooms, easy to heat, large 5 +/- acre lot, borders stream. Quiet area & only a few min. to town, beaches, golf, skiing.
BELLINGHAM, WA Total Privacy Peaceful 3 BD, 2 BA Ferndale home situated on five acres. Enjoy an open floor plan, a home theatre system, and wide maple flooring. Oversized detached garage with finished loft and new unfinished studio.
KINGSTON, ON An excellent family home located in Greenwood Park, 4 bdrms, 2½ baths, the master boasts an ensuite and walk in closet. A large kitchen w/lots of cupboards, Berber carpet, main floor laundry, living room w/fireplace and unspoiled basement. Very well located close to CFB, shopping, schools & churches. A bright home with paved drive and neutral décor.
MISSISSAUGA, ON Open Concept 560 Sq Ft! Clean, High Ceilings, Separate Bdrm. Included Brkfst Bar! Newer Laminate Flooring! Freshly Painted & Ready To Move-in. END UNIT
WASAGA BEACH, ON Successful year round 28 unit hotel & cottage court with significant future potential. This 4 ac corner property consists of 14 suites in an 11,000sf main hotel bldg. along with manager apt., office, meeting rm & lg storage facilities.
BONITA SPRINGS, FL Spectacular 3 Bed + Den, 3 bath, 2569 under air and 4593 total sq. ft. Beautifully decorated w/many added features and upgrades create a comfortable ambiance in this magnificent home. Enjoy the gourmet kitchen with builtin state-of-the-art appliances. Relax and take in the view from the lanai with custom pool/spa.
KINGSTON, ON Lovely cul-du-sac for this lovely Caraco built family home. Great room & kitchen with vaulted ceilings, patio door off of dinette to large 185 ft. long yard, landscaped, 3+1 bedrooms & rec room. Lots of space on both levels, paved drive & central air. A lovely home in Greenwood Park, close to all amenities.
SAN DIEGO, CA Morley Field Spanish Charmer Darling 2bd/1bth located in the heart of Morley Field on a great block. Steps to the park!
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