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Jan. 15, 2020

Bonita Springs FL Real Estate Update Dec 2019 Stats

Bonita Springs Home Sales Dec 2019

Bonita Springs FL Real Estate Update Dec 2019 Stats

This is the last update of sales in 2019. December usually wraps up with closings high in foreclosures.  High, being relative to the market. We have few foreclosures in the market but the banks that do have them try to get them off the market by the year’s end. 

Bonita Springs and Estero Florida real estate sales closed at a consistent level.  That dip in sales in 2017 & 2018 is due to an active storm season.  Remember our old friend Irma?  We didn’t have power for a few weeks plus all pending sales usually have to be re-inspected after a storm causing closing delays.

We’re still fairly cash heavy but there is a healthy portion of conventional loans processed.  Remember, conventional doesn’t necessarily mean that the borrower comes up with 20% down. There are a variety of loan programs available that offer far less as a down payment.  We have great resources for mortgage brokers so if you’d like a referral to a local lender just send us a message.

Last, don’t forget that January through Easter is our busy season.  Homes and condos priced well, in good condition are a commodity.  Especially under $500,000.  You might not be the only interested buyer so when you’re ready to buy, be ready!  Also, it takes a little more work to get into occupied properties because owners and even tenants are in town so give several days notice so we can get you on the calendar and we have enough time to obtain showing approval from the occupants.

It’s a beautiful time of the year. If you’re in town and need recommendations for fun things to do be sure to click our tab of Fun Things to Do in SWFL.

Posted in Market Reports
Jan. 12, 2020

My Former Neighbors in Bonita Springs - The Olds - Episode 1

 

The Dress That Saved Bonita SpringsThings your 'parents say' is trending on twitter. It is hilarious to read what regular people have to say about their parents 'who try to be current' but mess things up.  One of my favorites is something 'The Olds' do when they message me.  For those who don't know 'The Olds' are neighbors I had a few homes ago.  The Olds is a term of endearment before anyone gets bunchy panties.  They aren't really family members but they've sort of become my parents by proxy.  My own parents have been gone for quite some time.  My father at an early age, my mother about seven years ago.

So the long story short with 'The Olds' is that they were my condo commandos.  They were always ticked off at something we were doing. Trust me, we didn't blend in and every Wednesday there was a three ring circus we called family dinner followed by a confluence of bikes, skateboards, baseball, Frisbee and dogs (all at once) running around and colliding in the street in front of their house.  It was a free-for-all in the street.  As a matter of fact, one time my son brought over an airboat and talked his sister into standing behind it, then he fired up the engine and blew her down the street.  I don't know why any of this would be upsetting. lol They just weren't having our rowdy family but I wasn't letting these kids get sugared up on dessert and doing this indoors.

At one point my daughter was going to get married and, at one point, in an effort to turn her one year old niece into a cooperative flower girl we put the dress on her every Wednesday night and would take a piece of cake to 'The Olds'. We'd show up at the door with the most precious child with her face hot read, tears rolling down her cheeks and booger bubbles.  We don't know why she fought this dress so hard but we did it for months and months until it quit being a thing.

ANYWHO ... the 'parents say' trend on twitter, one of which, is LOL which is supposed to mean laugh out loud but some parents don't understand that and think it means lots of love. I know a few people who think that including The Olds who will text me the most tragic things about their medical reports and then follow up with LOL.  We just found out that we need three operations and the recovery will be lengthy and painful.  We will probably die  lol.  Yes, an exaggeration but I get messages that should probably be sad but I end up giggling because they have no idea and I think it's the cutest thing in the face of the tragic tale it follows.

Which reminds me of something else. I have more stories about The Olds ... for another day.

Jan. 1, 2020

Bonita Springs Home Buying & Vacation Itinerary 1 of 12

Bonita Springs Home Search Vacation

Bonita Springs Home Buying & Vacation Itinerary 1 of 12

If you’re going to be visiting Bonita Springs to begin your serious search for a Bonita Springs condo or Bonita Springs home.   Enjoy a few recommendations for finding the best accommodations, dining and activities while you’re visiting. Through this year we will have a monthly post with a ‘weekend itinerary’ for anyone looking for fun things to do while searching for their next home or condo.  Enjoy!

Accommodations in Bonita Springs, Florida

One of our favorite recommendations for and easy breezy stay at a local hotel is The Trianon hotel in Bonita Springs. It’s located at the Promenade at Bonita Bay.  The hotel is walking distance to a hand full of restaurants at The Promenade and even an Italian deli.  Publix is across the street, as well.  Whether you venture out for dining or decide to eat within a walking distance there is plenty to do in a quarter-mile radius of the Trianon.

First day in Bonita Springs

A great breakfast recommendation would be Teri’s Diner which is located at the corner of Bonita Beach Road and Livingston Road. It’s where the locals eat and the food is superb. 

If you shop for real estate between 10 and 2 you can grab a fun lunch at Doug’s Seafood.  It’s another locals favorite and the best lobster roll in town.

Bonita Springs Art ShowHit up the Bonita Beach or one of the local art festivals. January in Bonita Springs and most of Southwest Florida are stacked up with festivals so there is almost always an art show somewhere.  The festival season run about Easter, something to keep in mind if you’re planning a trip.

We recommend dinner at the Edgewater Beach Hotel where you can either dine indoors or outdoors.The hotel has a great restaurant with a postcard perfect view right on the Gulf of Mexico.  You can even start with cocktails by the pool.

Second day in Bonita Springs

Enjoy the hotel continental breakfast as a time saver and grab a coffee to go. Hit the beach super early using one of the free beach access parking spots on Hickory Blvd.  You can learn more, here:  Free Bonita Beach Access  You stand a better chance of finding a spot super early in the morning plus the water is super calm and peaceful early in the morning.

Buffalo Chips Bonita SpringsSince it’s your second day you can grab a few hours searching for homes and condos in the area or you can take second looks at the homes you saw for sale the previous day.   We typically have your ideal properties narrowed so you should have a pretty clear focus on day two.

Grabbing lunch at one of the local haunts might include outdoor, dockside dining at Big Hickory Marina and Grill.  It’s the epitome of Florida bay front dining with a beautiful view of the bay to the east and Sea Isles condo buildings next door.

If you’re looking for a rowdy place to catch a game and grab a casual dinner consider Buffalo Chips on Old 41.  It’s casual, comfort fare will hit the spot.  The restaurants claim to fame is ‘the hottest wings and the coldest beer’.  There is lots of local color in Buffalo Chips. It’s a staple of the area for as long as I can remember – the 1980’s.

You can enjoy the entire series here and additional weekender itineraries here:  Bonita Springs Real Estate Shopping & Vacation Planning

This post was originally written in January so there are seasonal events and items that may not be available if you visit in the summer months, for example.

Posted in Things To Do
Dec. 25, 2019

Bonita Springs Real Estate Shopping & Vacation Planning

Bonita Springs Home Buying

Bonita Springs Real Estate Shopping & Vacation Planning

Our typical real estate buyer come to Bonita Springs for a vacation or to visit family and then they get bit by the bug and being thinking about purchasing a Bonita Springs home or condo.  Frequently, those who are winter visitors  return home and begin searching for homes for sale on various online  portals, individual real estate agent websites, Zillow and Realtor dot com.  Since they’ve been to Bonita Springs before they often have an idea of what they are looking for in a home to purchase.  Lightening eventually strikes their inbox or their app and the perfect property either shows up or they find an opportunity to take a long weekend in the Bonita Springs or Estero, Florida area.  This happens often in the summer when shopping for a home in Bonita Springs has a little less competition. 

To that end, in 2020 we will be creating a monthly "weekender" itinerary for those who are visiting Bonita Springs to use to infuse a little fun into their home buying experience.  We'll plan the itinerary in two-day bites so that if you're just visiting for a couple of days we'll show you some fun, outside the franchise, ideas of things to do while you're here in Bonita Springs.  Stand by for the January  update!  We’ll link to the monthly posts in the comments below, as the itineraries are built.

You can also scroll through our posts of "things to do" in the area.  We have several hundred existing ideas on the website, already.  Start here:  Things to do in Bonita Springs

- Chris and Angela

Dec. 25, 2019

New Year’s Eve Naples Florida | 365/365 Things to Do

New Years Eve Naples Florida

New Year’s Eve Naples Florida | 365/365 Things to Do

Celebrate New Year's Eve in historic Old Naples with fireworks just off the Naples Pier at 7PM and snowfall on Third Street South at 8PM. Schedule a festive dinner with favorite friends and family at any of the locally owned restaurants and ring in the new year in the birthplace of Naples, known for its glamour and good times.

If you are looking for fun, inexpensive ways to find things to do for New Year’s Even in Bonita Springs or Southwest Florida  consider a trip to the Naples Pier to see the New Year ring in!

Posted in Things To Do
Dec. 24, 2019

Sunshine Ace Green Eggfest | 364/365 Things to Do

Sunshine Ace Eggfest Bonita Springs

Sunshine Ace  Green Eggfest | 364/365 Things to Do

One of our local favorite establishments, Sunshine Ace Hardware store has an annual event that is great for those who enjoy grilling and smoking as a pass time. 

Sunshine Ace Hardware is more than just a friendly neighborhood hardware store. They use this event to fundraise.  Proceeds from the Big Green EGGfest will provide youth leadership development opportunities for children through a partnership with the Farm City BBQ and its affiliated non-profit organizations right here in Southwest Florida. (www.FarmCityBBQ.com)

This annual Green Egg Eggfest takes place at Riverside Park in Downtown Bonita Springs, Florida.  If you’re looking for fun things to do keep in mind that this is a great, family friendly event.

You can keep tabs on future eggfest events on eventbright or on Ace’s page here. Sunshine Ace Hardware

Posted in Things To Do
Dec. 24, 2019

Visit the Buckingham Blues Bar | 363/365 Things to Do

Visit the Buckingham Blues Bar | 363/365 Things to Do

Buckingham Blues BarThe Buckingham Blues Bar is a Southwest Florida favorite for those who enjoy live music and a fun atmosphere.  The Buckingham Blues Bar hosts a variety of popular local musicians in rotation at the establishment. 

You can keep up with current events and bands on schedule by visiting the events tab on their page:  Buckingham Blues Bar

Buckingham Blues Bar is located east of Fort Myers Florida.  If you’re looking for fun things to do a visit is in order.  It’s also a popular stop for those out for a motorcycle ride.

Posted in Things To Do
Dec. 23, 2019

Mango Fest Key West | 362/365 Things to Do

Mango Fest Key West

Mango Fest Key West | 362/365 Things to Do

Think that Key West is too far from Bonita Springs to plan a day-cation? Well, think again.  The Key West Express boat leaves out of Fort Myers Beach and makes daily trips to Key West and it’s a great way to spend the day in Key West or even pull an over night stay.

If you’re looking for a reason to go to Key West put the Mango Fest on your radar. 

Ornaginzed by the Key West Police Athletic League, this annual event features all things mango: Culinary competitions, mango tastings, mango daiquiris, mango trees and much more. There’ll be music, bounce houses, raffles, local artisans and a live radio broadcast.

Mango Fest 2020 benefits the Key West PAL. PAL’s efforts are designed to get children involved in sports and in educational programs. It provides a safe place where kids can go after school and on weekends. PAL encourages teamwork and strong self-esteem.

If you’re looking for fun things to do in Southwest Florida hop on the Key West Express and attend Mango Fest!

Posted in Things To Do
Dec. 23, 2019

Bonita Springs Blues Festival| 361/365 Things to Do

Bonita Springs Blues Festival

Bonita Springs Blues Festival| 361/365 Things to Do

Annually the Bonita Springs Blues Festival is one of the largest events to occur in downtown Bonita Springs Florida. Not only is it a great time but it is a tremendous opportunity to hear great music and also fund raise for local Bonita Springs charities such as the Bonita Springs Assistance Office.

The Blues Festival is typically a two day event during the southwest Florida winter tourist season. In 2020 the Blues Festival is March  13/14 at the Band Shell at Riverside Park in Downtown Bonita Springs, Florida.

Keep up to date with future Bonita Springs Blues Festivals and other fun things to do  at the Blues Festival at their page: Bonita Springs Blues Festival

Posted in Things To Do
Dec. 23, 2019

Cape Coral Sounds of Jazz & Blues | 360/365 Things to Do

Cape Coral Sounds of Jazz Blues

Cape Coral Sounds of Jazz & Blues  | 360/365 Things to Do

The Cape Coral Sounds of Jazz & Blues event is held in March at Tarpon Pointe Marina.  Coral Parks and Recreation is proud to present amazing talent for a night of musical magic, food, and fun. Join in the citywide celebration of jazz and blues music.
For questions and more detailed information about this or any upcoming events visit the official website at  www.capeconcerts.com or call (239)573-3128.

This is a rain or shine event and there are no coolers or pets allowed.

To keep up with fun things to do and special events in the city of Cape Coral follow the Cape Coral Special Events page.

Posted in Things To Do