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New construction in Riverstone available Aug/Sept 2015!!

“Cabernet” floor-plan has 3 bedrooms plus a den and 3 baths located in Riverstone with a Lake view. Spacious kitchen open to the great room with granite topped counters, stainless steel appliances, smooth top range, stainless steel sinks, & warm tone cabinetry. Features include neutral tile flooring in kitchen, passageways, & baths, carpet in bedrooms, sliding doors to screened patio, & granite topped bath vanities. Large master bedroom and a luxurious master bath, step in shower, corner Roman tub, and two generous walk-in closets. All prices are subject to increase without notice.

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2790 Cinnamon Bay Circle – 2015 model home in Riverstone. Versatile “Merlot” floor-plan has 5 bedrooms and 4 baths with preserve views & lush landscaping. It offers a loft upstairs along with 3 of the bedrooms, master bedroom and one bedroom downstairs.  Spacious kitchen open to the family room with granite topped counters, stainless steel appliances, smooth top range, stainless steel sinks, & warm tone cabinetry. Features include neutral tile flooring in kitchen, passageways, & baths, carpet in bedrooms, sliding doors to screened patio, & granite topped bath vanities. Large master bedroom and a luxurious master bath, step in shower, corner Roman tub, and two generous walk-in closets. All prices are subject to increase without notice.

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Contacts: Pat Pitocchi, NABOR® Media Relations Committee Chairman, (239) 398-8650, Marcia Albert, NABOR® Director of Marketing, (239) 597-1666

Naples, Fla. (March 20, 2015) – An increase in the number of home sales in the over $300,000 price categories, overall rising median closed prices, and an increase in inventory in most price segments were just some of the trends included in NABOR’s February 2015 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island). But the best news? These trends are expected to continue.

“We saw year-over-year growth in our overall median closed prices throughout 2014; and with February getting off to a similar start, we expect that trend will continue,” Vice President and General Manager of Downing-Frye Realty and NABOR®’s 2015 President Mike Hughes said. “Our inventory remains low yet we ended February with 1,280 sales pending. This indicates a healthy market.”

According to Kathy Zorn, broker/owner of Florida Home Realty, “February’s activity revealed that sellers may not be sitting on the fence anymore. It’s been 10 years of recovery and many homeowners who’ve weathered it may be at a place where they feel satisfied their property’s value has recovered.”

While overall closed sales activity for single-family homes remained even in February 2015 compared to a year ago, its inventory grew by 6 percent from 2,305 homes in February 2014 to 2,449 homes in February 2015. “I don’t think the increase in inventory is necessarily all due to bracket creep,” said Zorn. “Homeowners keep an eye on their property values. When they presume their home has rebuilt equity, many will contact a REALTOR® to confirm the increase in value. If the equity is confirmed, they’re likely to put their home on the market.”
Wes Kunkle, a commercial broker at Kunkle Realty, said the resale market’s recovery will likely affect new home construction prices. “The report shows a trend of increased inventory in single-family homes that I believe will begin to put pressure on new home construction prices. We may see a pricing peak in the new home market sooner than later.”

However, as indicated in the February report, the condominium market is not performing as well as the single-family home market. Closed sales for condominiums decreased 17 percent from 395 in February 2014 to 329 in February 2015. As expected, this decrease may be a result of a 16 percent decrease in condominium inventory, which fell from 2,328 units in February 2014 to 1,957 units in February 2015.

“Condos are not recovering as well as single-family homes because they are at the whim of certain financing obstacles,” said Cindy Carroll, SRA, with the real estate appraisal and consultancy firm Carroll & Carroll, Inc. “Getting a bank to approve a loan on a condo is more difficult because they typically rely on extenuating factors such as the financial health of the homeowners’ association, the age and structural state of the building, and a requirement to receive Fannie Mae approval.”

Despite these obstacles, broker analysts think the condominium market’s activity in the last year is an indication of its potential for an increase in value. For example, pending sales for condominiums in the $300,000 – $500,000 price category increased 87 percent from 79 units in February 2014 to 148 units in February 2015 and overall, the median closed price jumped 14 percent during that time period. “We’ve seen a recovery and stellar activity in the single-family home market. It wouldn’t surprise me if condominiums became the new exchange,” said Carroll. “And may experience the same type of recovery as the single family home market.”

The NABOR® February 2015 Market Report provides comparisons of single-family home and condominium sales (via the Southwest Florida MLS), price ranges, and geographic segmentation and includes an overall market summary. The NABOR® February 2015 sales statistics are presented in chart format, including these overall (single-family and condominium) findings: 

  • Overall pending sales increased 3 percent from 1,244 in February 2014 to 1,280 in February 2015.
  • Overall closed sales decreased 1 percent from 9,808 in the 12-months ending February 2014 to 9,720 in the 12-months ending February 2015.
  • Closed sales for single-family homes decreased 1 percent from 4,682 homes in February 2014 to 4,612 homes in February 2015.
  • Closed sales for condominiums decreased less than a percent from 5,126 condominiums in February 2014 to 5,108 in February 2015.
  • Overall median closed price increased 12 percent from $245,000 in the 12-months ending February 2014 to $275,000 in the 12-months ending February 2015.
  • Overall inventory decreased 5 percent from 4,633 homes in February 2014 to 4,406 homes in February 2015.
  • Inventory for single-family homes increased 6 percent from 2,305 homes in February 2014 to 2,449 homes in February 2015.
  • Inventory for condominiums decreased 16 percent from 2,328 in February 2014 to 1,957 in February 2015.
  • Average days on market for February 2015 were 93. 

There are 3,027 homes for sale in the Naples area that are priced above $300,000. This comprises about 66 percent of the market. If you are a homeowner that sat steady while the market recovered, find out whether your home has gained equity by contacting a REALTOR®. A REALTOR® has the experience and knowledge to do provide an accurate market comparison that will help you determine whether now is the right time to sell your home and ensure your next sale or purchase in the Naples area is a success. Contact a REALTOR® on NaplesArea.com®.

The Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®) is an established organization (Chartered in 1949) whose members have a positive and progressive impact on the Naples Community. NABOR® is a local board of REALTORS® and real estate professionals with a legacy of nearly 60 years serving 5,000 plus members. NABOR® is a member of the Florida Realtors and the National Association of REALTORS®, which is the largest association in the United States with more than 1.3 million members and over 1,400 local board of REALTORS® nationwide. NABOR® is structured to provide programs and services to its membership through various committees and the NABOR® Board of Directors, all of whose members are non-paid volunteers.

The term REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark which identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and who subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics.

 

Are you looking for a place where you and your big dog can live in Naples Florida? We have came up with a list of Condo buildings that allow larger dogs.

Naples Bath & Tennis
Dunes (no weight limits)
Bella Baia
Regatta (no pound limits)
Willowbrook – Pelican Bay
Bonita Bay- high rises
Gulf Bay Apartments (on GSB)
Bay Villas – Pelican Bay
Falling Waters –North off 41
Berkshire Lakes Newcastle (no pound limits)
Berkshire Lakes New Waterford (40lbs.)
Sterling Oaks (no limits)
Sherwood (up to 60lbs technically…but there are bigger ones there)
Cypress Glen
Charleston Sq. at Imperial
Huntington Lakes
Naples Heritage (some condos)
Arielle at Pelican Marsh
Orchards
Cove Towers (no higher than 17” from shoulder)
Le Jardin
Via DelFino
Provence
Kingston Club
Carlton Lakes (no approval needed)
Bermuda Park Bonita (no limits)
Sapphire Lakes
Blue Heron (up to 40lbs.)
Villages of Bonita (no approval needed)
Stratford Place (no weight limits)
Pointe at Pelican Landing (no approval needed)
Winter Park (40lbs.)
Falling Waters Beach Resort (no approval needed)
Palm River Cocohatchee Villas (no approval needed)
Country Club of Naples in Old Naples-2 dogs any size
Cove Towers (Aruba, Bequia & Caribe it is one dog no more than 15” from shoulder or 2 cats)
Charleston Square has some big dogs (Labrador) in the complex
Berkshire Lakes, The Colonies Condo (up to 50lbs, no limit on quantity) as of Sept 2012
City Center Residences in Olde Naples.
Madeira on Marco Island
Jennifer Shores (GSBS)
Lely Resort allows Big Dogs, some restrictions per individual neighborhoods, like NO Viscious Breeds.
The Pointe Pelican Bay
Tarpon Cove
Cedar Creek
Aria takes any size dog and more than one.
Eagle Creek Condos and Villas
Pelican Sound Golf and River Club (no approval needed- 2 animals -no weight limit)
Crown Pointe single family homes – 2 dogs allowed – no size limit
Crown Pointe Shores – condo – 2 dogs allowed – no size limit
Chesapeake Cove at Hawthorne in Bonita Springs. No size limits;, no vicious breeds.
Kensington
Island Walk. Big dogs OK.
Naples Continental on Gulf Shore Blvd N. allows a large dog (no weight limit).
Botanical Place. 2 dogs any size.
Monterosso at Mediterra Coach Homes ( no size limit…only 2 allowed).

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A recent Trulia survey shows that 20- and 30-somethings crave space to roam at home.
When it comes to millennials, minimalism is in — from “norm core” fashion on the runways (see: fanny packs and “sensible” shoes) to the tiny-house movement, as parodied on a recent episode of Portlandia.

So to find out what’s trending when it comes to square footage, Trulia surveyed more than 2,000 people across multiple cities, lifestyles, and generations — and the results for millennials surprised us.

Despite the fact that 20- and 30-somethings are typed by “simple-ing down” everything from how they dress to how they invest, more than any other generation, the numbers reveal that they’re not ready to ditch all of their creature comforts just yet.

Millennials are generally dreaming of bigger — not smaller — places to live

Yes, this generation has been statistically shown to be more eco-focused (and carbon footprint–conservative) than its predecessors.

But Trulia Housing Economist Ralph McLaughlin may have said it best in a recent article about housing-size preferences: Even environmentally conscious millennials aren’t immune to wanting more elbow room at their tables.

According to McLaughlin, “They’re looking to move on up by a big margin: just over 60% told us their ideal residence is larger than where they live now — the largest proportion among the generations in our [multigenerational survey] sample.”

Given the choice, few millennials would rather downsize

Only a little over 13% of millennials polled said they’d prefer a smaller home to their existing one, no matter the size.

This was also the smallest “downsize me, please!” preference across every generation in Trulia’s survey.

In other words, a typical millennial is even less likely to want to downsize than the empty nesters and baby boomer living down the street from her.

Millennials have their reasons (and they’re not what you may think)

While all generations would generally prefer more space, specific reasons differ across birth decades — and individuals.

Baby boomers said they preferred not to downsize because they were already living in their ideal-sized home.

Gen Xers, who were hit hardest by the foreclosure crisis, mostly want to size up to maximize their steadily climbing paychecks (and down-payment-paying abilities) while also reclaiming the real estate options they missed out on in years past.

Meanwhile, millennials are looking to leave behind everything from the confines of student housing and three-person studio apartments to too-small starter homes.

Family situations matter

Kay Clark, an associate broker in Atlanta, has been selling to young homeowners — including her own 31-year-old daughter and many of her friends — for the past 33 years.

She points out that while the “more space” trend is generally true for all clients, specific reasons are unique to each one.

So much depends on the family situation, according to Clark, bearing in mind that “family situation” can mean everything from an existing one (for couples and parents) to one that’s not even yet in the works (for couples and singles of both genders).

“I think the trend for bigger houses with a lot of wasted space is not as important as it was before the market crash,” says Clark. “The crash allowed people to re-evaluate their situation, and [they] decided bigger is not always better.”

Millennials want more size, but not too much

Turns out, there’s a tipping point behind who wants more and less space, and why.

It goes a little something like this: People start to consider downsizing at around 3,200 current square feet of home space.

In other words, most people, including millennials, start to re-evaluate the pros and cons of more space once they’ve had a taste of it in real life.

Jennifer Warner, an HR analyst living in Buffalo, NY, is one such early 30-something.

She and her husband are expecting their first child this spring and are knee-deep in nesting their current 4,200-square-foot home … while casually keeping an eye on the market for their growing family’s next move in the area.

“When you’re preparing for a child, just about any space can start feeling small,” says Warner. “Still, there is a point at which you see a great place — then start to consider all the work that will go into it — and you realize that, yep, there is such a thing as too much house.”

http://www.trulia.com/blog/millennial-buyers-want-more-square-footage/

 

Real Estate Market Report – February 2015©
Naples, Bonita, Estero Real Estate Market Areas

Naples Real Estate

CLOSED SALES
• Properties priced above $5 million posted the largest percentage gain in the number of closed units, up 48% over the previous 12 months (77 vs 52).
• Average sales price increased 6.6% over prior year following a 16% increase for February 2013 – February 2014.
• Closings for the month of February decreased approximately 10% from February 2014. This was driven largely by decreases in the $750,000 – $1million
segment (down 30%) and the $2 million to $5 million range (down 35%).

PENDED SALES
• Pended sales for the month of February remained approximately the same as last year in the Naples market (up less than 2%), while Bonita Springs /
Estero posted an 8% gain for the month.
• February pended sales are the highest on record for the month (2003 – 2015).

NEW LISTINGS/INVENTORY
• On March 1, 2015, available inventory in the combined Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero market stands at 5,400 units (3,152 single family homes and
2,248 condominiums). This represents a 4.9 month supply, based on closings for the past 12 months and a 12% decrease from March 1, 2014

“The source of this real property information is the copyrighted and proprietary database compilation of Southwest Florida MLS. Copyright 2015 Southwest Florida MLS. All rights reserved. The accuracy of this
information is not warranted or guaranteed. This information should be independently verified if any person intends to engage in a transaction in reliance upon it.”