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Technology plays a critical role in today’s real estate industry. Whether you’re trying to sell a single house or more houses, failure to keep up with the times is likely to result in failure to close.

Buyers now have access to almost any information they need, directly from their smartphones.

What the Stats Say

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers:

“For 44 percent of recent buyers, the first step that they took in the home buying process was to look online at properties for sale, while 17 percent of buyers first contacted a real estate agent”

“Seventy-nine percent of recent buyers found their real estate agent to be a very useful information source. Online websites were seen as

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House prices are rising in Southwest Florida and, thanks to that, Southwest Florida sellers are seeing a rise in the average price of homes since 2015. A rise that’s so high it’s about twice the national average.

RealtyTrac reported that sellers made an average of just over $20k across the nation in 2015. This is an increase of 11%. RealtyTrac, based in Irvine, California reports that this is the largest percentage seen since 2007.

Sellers in Collier County on the other hand made around $50k on average. This is higher than the national percentage and is an increase of 21% compared to when the house was purchased. There was only a 7% gain, which is about $17k, in 2014.

Lee County Sellers also enjoyed a high return. It was around 23% in Lee County

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With the number of vacant homes being reduced to only 25, Olé, located within Lely Resort, has made the neighborhood almost sell out in the recent sales of the resort with its gorgeous move-in-ready homes. 

Pricing starting in the $250s has been announced by Stock Development for the summer, as stated by Tim Clark, the Sales Vice President at Lely Resort, that features 3 golf courses, two golf clubhouses and the Players Club and Spa. The pricing also includes upgrade credits and options that are worth $30,000.

Featuring two-bedroom homes that include a two-and-one-half bath design, an open kitchen, an attached garage for a single car as well as a large front porch, the Santa Maria is an inventory townhome residency priced at $259,990, including nearly…
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The Torino neighborhood, being among the last parcels of land to be developed in the community, provides the final chance for investors to own a piece of recently constructed villa homes in the Grey Oaks Country Club.

Torino, which is approaching build-out fast, will include, once completed, 54 high-end villas on the brick-lined streets. Halstatt Partnership and CC Homes are the contractors tasked with developing Torino. Halstatt Partnership is based out of Naples and is the company that developed Grey Oaks Country Club. It is owned by Sproul family. CC Homes, on the other hand, is a property investment and development company based out of Coral Gables, Florida.

There are only 17 homeownership opportunities remaining in Torino, and this includes a

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Different people interpret the phrase “real estate agent” differently. To most people, a real estate agent is any person who acts as an intermediary between a seller and a buyer of a real property like a home. In other words, they are persons who work with and for sellers to find buyers and also can work with/for buyers to find sellers. Although these statements seem correct, there is a great difference between agents who deal with sellers only and those that deal with buyers only. The difference is based on their qualifications and tasks.

Whether you are selling or buying, ensure you aim at working with a person specialized only in that area and the one likely to deliver smart services beyond your expectations. This means if you are selling a home,

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The Medallion Model Home

Stock has only two homes left for at Player's Cove, a private coach homes neighborhood inside the Lely Resort which was awarded the Community of the Year 2013 by Collier Building Industry Association.

The Vice President of sales at Lely Resort, Tim Clark says that the coach units are upstairs and provide a long view of the lake all around the Classics Championship Golf Course.

Tim Clark said that Player's Cove provides the residents with a prime location which is across from the Player's Club and Spa that has been lately expanded. Clark added that the residents of Player's Cove have at their doorstep, one of the most premium amnesty complexes in all of the Collier County. Tim Clark said that these two coach homes were the last ones left in the

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The real estate industry is now taking a huge leap, considering that London Bay Homes is venturing into new opportunities in the heart of Naples. A couple of months ago, the company put up a new home in downtown Naples, and it boasted of a huge success. Today, they are putting up a similar one in the same area, plus there are also plans to develop similar homes in the near future.

You see, the company has had a solid reputation in dealing with upmarket homes, specifically in the Mediterra and even Quail West. However, now they are even expanding their strategies in Naples, by acquiring more property to fulfill the ever growing demand of homes in the region and in the greater part of it.

As we speak, Old Naples is rich in real estate opportunities.

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Southwest Florida has always been popular for its subtropical landscape. For a long time, it has attracted people looking for a second home. Customers are attracted toward high end golf courses, water sports and boating on the Gulf of Mexico, fine dine restaurants, malls and shops. Southwest Florida features a wide range of cities right on the coast from Platinum Coast of Naples and Marco, Collier Country to Sanibel Island’s beaches.

Collier County has always been popular for its winters. According to residents, when cold breeze blows during the winter season, the temperature is still 10-15 degrees warmer than Sarasota. Despite the numerous threats from hurricanes, the increasing cost of home insurance and various other problems, more than a thousand

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Starting today, Florida Based London Based Homes has renewed its portfolio by adding 3 new villas (single family) in Portofino, a very unique and beautiful village that borrows Mediterranean and Spanish architectural motifs.

The company has also announced the name of the new bedrooms, which bear Italian names such as Carina, Benita and Adalia. Each villa is very spacious and offers a powder room, 3 full bathrooms, a formal dining room and of course, a study room all within 2810 square feet and up to 3240 square feet. In fact, these are only 3 of a total of 9 different home designs that people interested in Portofino real estate can currently buy.

Featuring breathtaking plazas and traditional cobblestone streets, the calm and beautiful

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A homeowner check possible mortgage re-financing options on her laptop.A drop in mortgage rates has left many Americans wondering what to do next. Millions of Americans will most likely re-finance their mortgage loans during this tantalizing period. Homeowners and aspiring homeowners keen on getting discounts avoided their lenders for processing of their earlier requests. The opportunity to lower the mortgage rates arose from the turmoil in the financial markets resulting to a reduction in stock prices and bonds. Long-term mortgage rates, however, were as per treasury’s strategic plan which has for the first time reduced to less than 2 percent since May last year. 

According to Freddie Mac, a giant mortgage firm, the mean rates for 30-year fixed mortgages reduced to 3.97 percent. The drop to below 4 percent was

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