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According to the Bonita Springs-Estero Association of Realtors (BEAR), there was a decline in closed sales for single-family homes during the month of March 2014. It was actually 37.8 percent lower compared to last year. It was also stated that the probable cause for the decline is the decrease in active listings. It is not only single-family homes that are affected, even closed sales for condominiums and townhouses are also declining.

2014 BEAR President Anita Colletti even stated that the end of the winter season should not be a deterrent for homeowners to sell their homes. The 50 days in the market is the norm and homebuyers are expected to stay during the spring and summer season.

Aside from all this decrease in closed sales, there is still

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As the housing market recovers, the price of buying a home becomes a challenge for many. In just a year, we have seen a significant increase in the real estate market. National Association of Realtors claims that the median price for a single-family home is now at $203,500. Most mortgages require a 20% down payment. In addition, mortgage rates are starting to rise. That can be quite hefty for most of us.

It is quite hard to save money for down payment to your desired home. Still, there are some ways on how to guarantee your next down payment.

Tips On How To Save For A Down Payment

Look Into Loan Options - As mentioned above, the usual mortgage requires a 20% down payment of the home’s purchase price. Actually, there is an even lower option.

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State lawmakers in Florida proposed a motion to allow more districts in the state to be open to single-gender middle schools. Principals of various boy’s and girl’s school strongly believe that it is in separating genders will the student gain more focus on their academic careers. They believe maturity and social growth as well as honing fresh talents are far more achievable in single gender education of set up.

In Tallahassee, Franklin Boys Preparatory Academy houses male middle school students and a few miles away, girls go to Ferrell Girls Preparatory Academy. Both school’s representatives conveyed their deep satisfaction with the achievements their students make by the end of every term.

March this year, a measure (HB 313) establishing

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Fiddler's CreekFiddler’s Creek has sold off close to 20 percent of Sonoma, an elaborately planned estate within a posh residential setup. The sale of the homes housed by a total of 11 buildings standing within an enclave with a touch of futuristic modernity has been on for a couple of months and is expected to close when the keys to the last one of the 44 houses are handed to over its new owner.

Sonoma village’s features are drawn from classic Mediterranean architectural and structural designs that were accomplished by Lennar Homes. The houses differ in prices as the two-bedroom units go for less compared to the three-bedroom plans. Irrespective of these, all the houses command picturesque view of the lake, in addition to two car garages and air conditioning areas that

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The Naples city Pier, a much-loved and frequently visited city landmark, could undergo a major makeover very soon. Engineers who examined the well-worn boards, decking, railings, and other aspects of the pier have estimated that the repair costs will amount to nothing less than $900,000, which includes the cost of replacing a minimum of 2,000 boards among other fittings. Part of the repair and beautification plan also involves incorporating stainless steel and composite decking in order to reduce future maintenance costs. However, the issue at present revolves around acquiring the finance to begin repair work. At present, the city of Naples is permitted to collect up to $200,000 in annual tourist taxes. The idea is to collect 3 years worth of advance

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Florida Life Style Home is one of the few construction companies in Fort Myers that builds custom homes. According to their CEO and founder, Bill Ennen, building a custom house requires not only an ability to understand clients’ vision, but at the same time to have the expertise and experience to turn that vision into reality. Usually, that would mean dealing with challenges much differently from the ones found in conventional house building.

One of their recent projects is a The Mooring Home that was designed and built for the Gralia family. The home reflects every requirement that Bonnie and Ernie Grallia had about their new home and they both agree that Florida Life Style Home did an excellent job. The Mooring Home is spread over 500 square

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Healthy female exercises in Naples, Florida. Collier County.Based on the health analysis findings of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at the University of Wisconsin, Collier is now the second healthiest county in Florida. When Robert Wood Johnson first conducted the health rankings in 2010, Collier was considered the healthiest county. Collier stayed in that spot for a second year in 2011. However, in 2012 the county only got fourth in the rankings.

Every year philanthropic health care organization is doing analysis on how public health departments and health agencies are doing when it comes to educating residents on how to improve their lifestyle.

According to some residents of Collier, 17 percent claims that they are in fair or poor health. 18 percent otherwise stated that they are physically inactive. An

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Doc Ford's Rum Bar and Grill Coming to Naples, Florida.Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille has opened their third location in Captiva just last year. Now, it is contemplating to open Doc Ford’s in Naples area within the year. The owners, White, Marinello and Harrity, love Naples area and see the idea of Doc Ford’s and Naples a perfect marriage.

Doc Ford’s currently have three branches. There is one in Sanibel, which opened in 2003. The second was opened in 2009 in Fort Myers Beach. The most current was in Captiva built in 2013. Aside from Naples, the trio is looking at possible expansions at Sarasota and Key West.

Doc Ford’s is known for its laid-back island theme. With a great seafood-inspired menu, many of its customers are coming back for more for its mouthwatering dishes. Deep Water Mahi-Mahi, raw

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With the opening of a new golfing enclave, the Esplanade Golf and Country Club in North Naples, development is surely pointing in only one way –upwards.

Sales are kicking off on Immokalee Road, to the west of Collier Boulevard on the 22nd of March, 3 p.m. prompt. The new-gated community is a sight to behold indeed. Planned to ultimately include around 1,120 coach and single-family homes, it has a wondrous 170 acres of lakes, not to mention it is over 1,000 acres of pristine perseveres and wetlands.

As anyone might have guessed, such prime real estate does not come cheap. Purchase starts from a princely $359,900. Even if the realtor, Taylor Morrison has not said a word concerning the full price ranges, experts estimate a range of $350,000 to over

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Based on the Naples Area Board of Realtors or NABOR, home prices of top-tier homes are on its highest this season. This is based on the latest statistics released by the board on Friday. However, prices on other home categories showed varied results.

With the improving home price sales, the market is generally good for all home sellers. Compared to last year’s performance on the same month, this year show another double-digit gain for the real estate market.

Overall home sale prices increased 23% to $269,000. The increase mostly includes homes on the upper bracket with prices ranging from $2 million and up. Many of these big homes were sold through bidding.

According to Brenda Fioretti, a real estate broker in Naples, a lot of wealthy homebuyers

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