August 2013

Found 12 blog entries for August 2013.

Whether you live in a home, apartment, condo, or something in between, owning a pet can be a fun and fulfilling experience. The relationship you’ll have with your furry companion is nearly impossible to replicate, and as such, you’ll want to ensure that your pet has a safe environment in which to live.

Your home has many places and features that can be dangerous for a small (or even large) animal, so it’s important you identify these areas in order to protect your pet from them. Training your pet will go a long way, but accidents can happen – and you can avoid them. Here are some helpful tips for making your home as cat-, dog-, bird-, iguana-, or any-other-animal-proof as possible:

Kitchen and Bathroom

  • In the kitchen, use childproof
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Hidalgo Court in Phase II of Esperanza at Paseo has been officially released for sale by Stock Development, consisting of the builder’s Heirloom Series of beautiful, single-family homes. 

This premier subdivision offers 15 homesites that boast lakefront and preserve-front locations, tucked quietly within a small cul-de-sac at the heart of Esperanza. Residents and their guests access Hidalgo Court via a stunning, impeccably landscaped entry bridge located adjacent to Paseo’s village center.  Encircled by the stunning Six Mile Cypress Slough, Esperanza is comprised of 100 acres of breathtaking scenery and luxurious homes.

The Heirloom series, designed by Stock, offer four fabulous floor plans for prospective buyers, ranging in size from 1,809 to 2,075

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In the 2,400-acre, residential community of The Isles of Collier Preserve, construction has officially begun on a large and luxurious Discovery Sales Center, according to Minto Communities. Slated to open in November, the center will showcase the fabulous lifestyle and enticing amenities that future residents will experience. 

The Isles of Collier is a sprawling community that has devoted more than half of its available land to natural habitats and preserves. Connected by a series of recreation trails, waterways for kayaking, and numerous bike paths, these preservation areas allow residents to experience Southwest Florida’s incredible landscape in an up-close and personal way.

Once completed, the Discovery Sales Center will provide prospective

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It’s called curb appeal for a reason – the very first thing potential buyers will see is how your home looks from the road. Plus, the exterior of your home also says a lot about who’s living there. No one wants to make a huge investment on a property if the previous owners couldn’t even mow their grass.

So, to make sure your home passes the first inspection by potential buyers, here are some ways to boost your curb appeal and make your home impress at first glance:

Container plants

These plants are the perfect addition to your front porch, for several different reasons – not only are they attractive aesthetically, they smell fantastic and are relatively low-maintenance. Plus, you have a wide range of customization opportunities when it comes

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Named for its breathtaking Italian counterpart, the city of Naples, Florida, as well as many other stunning towns in the area, have a rich past and vibrant culture that is clear to anyone to visits.

Bordered by the sprawling, lush Everglades to the East and the fabulous beaches of the Gulf of Mexico to the West, the locales of Southwest Florida have earned a reputation for being some of the premier vacation hot spots in the United States. But there’s more to these cities than the warmth and flavor of its natural surroundings – a rich history permeated the winding roads, and it’s a history you can personally experience:

  • Olde Naples Waterfront

This small-town setting is famous for its quiet consignment shops and quaint eateries, as well as a

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Florida’s warm, summer months are perfect for a spur-of-the-moment vacation, but who says you actually have to leave the comfort of your home to find it? 

Traveling can be incredibly expensive. If you, like most people, are working with a budget, it can be difficult to find the wiggle room for a comfortable cruise or trip up north. Staying local (really local!) and spicing up your home to create a tropical getaway is the next best thing. Plus, you can invite everyone you know to come with you – it’s as easy as a drive down the street. Here are a few frugal ways of turning your home into a summer “staycation”:

  • Hang a hammock

If you have access to a couple of trees, put up a hammock to relax in. Read a book, enjoy a glass of lemonade, and

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After you grind through the process of searching for, visiting, making offers on, and finally purchasing your new home, you’ll likely be pretty drained – and so will your wallet.

But then there are the closing costs. While these are probably the last thing you want to see, they’re a very important part of the home-buying process. Usually ranging from between 2 and 7 percent of the sale price, closing costs vary from region to region and depend on what kind of purchase agreements the buyers and sellers reached throughout the negotiations. But the fact remains that everyone has to pay them – getting yourself acquainted with what you’ll be opening your checkbook for will make it easier to prepare for, and easier to budget for.

  • Property Taxes
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Even if you’re a seasoned pro when it comes to selling real estate, there are little tips and tricks you may not be aware of that can bolster your property and get you the best price in the shortest amount of time. 

Plus, with the market as good as ever here in Southwest Florida, this is the perfect time to get the ball rolling on selling your home. This process still requires effort, though, so read on to see how you can get a step ahead of the competition and sell your home fast:

  • Create a to-do list, and follow it

Selling a home is the type of process that can seem incredibly daunting at first, mostly because of all the small tasks it requires. You can avoid being overwhelmed by creating a to-do list for yourself and following it

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Navigating into a new home can be tricky, especially if it’s your first one – it’s time-consuming, confusing, hard work, and when you look around your current place, it’s hard to tell where to start. 

But there are ways to make your move-out process easier, and get your life started at your new home in record time. Take these tips with you next time you find yourself relocating:

  • Know what to part ways with

It’s important to be firm in your assessment of what you need and what you don’t. Keeping clutter around because you “might need it one day” won’t help your move go any more smoothly, and it’ll just take up space in your new home. Consider hosting a garage sale before you move out. You’ll be getting rid of things you don’t need, providing

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As the summer wears on, Stock soars. 

The Naples builder posted strong sales in July across its communities in Southwest Florida, adding on to a 2013 that has seen a 75% increase in sales volume over the previous year. Compared to July 2012, the company’s sales revenue has increased a staggering 133%. In the same timeframe, their number of contracts increased by around 89%, according to Brian Stock, CEO of Stock Development.

The builder has already far surpassed its 2012 sales – so far this year, Stock has recorded 371 sales worth a total of $217.5 million, a 75% increase from last year. Operating in Collier and Lee counties, Stock has homes in nine communities and is one of the most popular builders in the area.

However, they aren’t the only

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