Former Naples Daily News Site Has NEW Plans

The old site of the Naples Daily News building has plans of redevelopment of a condominium that will house 200 condos and also 3,000 sqft of commercial space.  The exact location is 1075 Central Avenue and if you’ve ever driven by it, the vacant land was screaming for some new construction attention being a very prestigious and ideal location since redevelopment is surging up and down Central Avenue in downtown Naples.

Anthony Solomon from the Ronto Group, a Naples real estate firm, presented preliminary sketches to the city for final approval of the architectural drawings in hopes for city board approval.  They are still deciding on the condo sizes and prices, but it is said that it will not change the plan that has already been approved.

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Guess Who Slaps 20% Tariff on Canadian Softwood Imports?

Recently,  the Trump administration intensified the trade dispute between Canada and United States with a 20% tariff on imported softwood lumber.  The U.S. typically had a pleasant trading relationship with Canada prior to this decision.  Another trade item that may be affected soon is dairy goods.  President Trump has attempted to sway Canada’s policy on pricing domestic milk in hopes for lower product prices.  Canada’s government highly disagrees with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decisions and persuasions defining them as unfair and punitive.  The Canadian government wants to properly function under the Free Trade Agreement, but the more the U.S. accuses Canada regarding trading dairy products, the more they warn the U.S. this will also have a negative affect on Americans that plan to build and renovate homes using this very popular lumber used for building.  Last year in 2016, imports of softwood lumber business reported to be around $5.5 billion.

No reason to panic! Naples Real Estate is STILL Rocking!

Every year in the springtime, Naples Realtors gather at the Naples Grande Hotel for the annual Economic Summit.   Economist, Elliot Eisenberg was the keynote speaker and very familiar, entrusting, and enthusiastic face that provides a plethora of information on where the economy stands and what that means for the real estate market.

He presented a long list of reasons why real estate agents in Naples should indefinitely feel good about the national economy.  He expressed his thoughts from his extensive research stating that low unemployment rates, wage growth, and rising house prices should make them “feel good”.

Certainly the news and media can make the nation feel whatever they want us to feel when it comes to stock market or what policy President, Donald Trump will propose next, including the one that to cut the corporate tax rate by more than half.  Concerns of Trump’s tax plan are that it would expand the federal deficit and send interest rats soaring.  However,  Eisenberg says that he doesn’t expect it to get through a divided Congress.

Local market expert, Cindy Carroll, of Carroll & Carroll Appraisers & Consultants in Naples, shared her take on the local real estate market trends as well.  She advised her audience not feel panicked.  The housing inventory has increased 23 percent over the past year from 2016, but the growth is slowing down which hopefully will lead to a balanced market.  Carroll also said based on the past 5 months, pending sales and closed sales are beginning to rebound after a the decrease in 2016.  She believes the market may have turned a corner and the new development in Naples will expand its growth and strengthen the economy even more.

Plans of a NEW hotel to replace vacant 3rd St Plaza in Olde Naples

Owners, Anne and Charles Camallier III of the Third Street Plaza in downtown Naples wish to replace the existing vacant shopping center with a 118-room hotel!  They have submitted plans for demolition and to rebuild the 25 year old property from the ground, up to a two-story hotel that lines Gordon Drive and Broad Avenue S.  In addition to the two-story hotel,  the Camallier’s have also planned to have two floors of room above 3 store-fronts of retail space.

Other plans have been submitted throughout the years, however this plan has been the significant and appealing.  It is said that the hotel will bring more traffic to the Third Street Shopping District and have confident expectations of it’s  contribution to the success of the economy.  The retail space will not include restaurants to avoid the already existing competition on 3rd St.  Their proposal is set for review and approval by Naples City Council on May 24th, 2017.



New Website Debuts for City of Naples

Just last week a new website debuted for the City of Naples.  It features a completely revamped home page that is easier to navigate, has a tropical theme, and is user friendly to its visitors.  They’ve incorporated new tabs/links that are frequently asked questions of collier county citizens which has helped make navigating the site easier.

There are pages that allow visitors to conduct city business such as starting a new water service or applying for a business license.  There are also pages available to report a code violation or submit a 5 star review for a city employee.  Official records have become easier to access and obtain as well.

The city made an agreement in November 2016 to Aha Consulting $18,500 to rebuild the site from its original, bland appearance.   Aha Consulting designed a website that gives a sense of the Naples’ beach/tropical location with a beautiful beach background.

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Study Shows Immigrants are KEY to Home Ownership Growth

A study done by Urban Land Institute reports if the current levels of the housing market are not sustained, the industry could suffer.  They noted that immigrants have encouraged the strengthening of the housing market throughout its recovery from the crash in 2009.   Immigrants have a purchasing power that act as economic assets for metropolitan areas all over the United States.  Urban Land Institute also suggested the potential for more growth is creditable to the foreign-born residents in the years to come.

Typically, immigrants have purchased single family homes and have focused on migrating to suburbs in search of better employment opportunities and lower cost of housing and living.  So, if the immigration flows continue and there is an increase in higher-income immigrants,  this could increase the demand for home ownership for foreign-born residents.  Without sustained immigration, the housing market could weaken in several markets around the country and this would be devastating to the overall housing market.