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Toppled Trees are Saved at Wonder Gardens!

Hurricane Irma uprooted and severed the roots of hundreds if not thousands of trees throughout Southwest Florida this past September.  Landscapers have cleared  away almost all of the debris from the roads and yards to return Naples to its beautiful appearance that we all cherish.

A historical place in Bonita Springs, Wonder Gardens,  has dozens of trees dating back to the 1930’s and earlier. Some were saved and some sadly were put to rest.  A banyan tree that had been planted before World War II soared higher than the rest of the surrounding trees was luckily saved five weeks after Irma tore through the gardens. Young trees can be purchased and planted for $2,000 to $5,000, but would take decades to get to the size of any surviving trees.

The owner, Al O’Donnell, seems very optimistic. He says that the trees are known to grow back with little or no roots at all. “Wonder Gardens should return to its attractive appearance in about two years”, he said.   In a about five summers, you won’t even be able to notice what happened.   The job O’Donnell and his crew completed could have cost the nonprofit Wonder Gardens about $31,000.  O’Donnell said choosing to volunteer was easy.  “(The Wonder Gardens) is an icon for downtown,” O’Donnell said. “It was the right thing to do.”

Source: Naples Daily News

Free Trolley for Naples Beaches

Great News! Beachgoers will be able to skip the meters, the stickers and circling for parking spaces this season in North Naples!

Collier County will start a free beach trolley, its latest effort to find a cheap solution — and one that doesn’t involve more pavement and higher parking garages — to alleviate overflowing parking lots and backups during the busiest times of the year. The county is hoping it will meet with more success than a little-used trolley last year that followed a less desirable route and wasn’t free.

Starting Dec. 29, anyone will be able to hop on the trolley for free as it circles between Vanderbilt Beach and Delnor-Wiggins State Park. The trolley will travel from the two beaches, across Immokalee Road, and go a mile-and-a-half along U.S 41, where it will stop near Mercato before cutting back to the beaches.

The route will be short enough for the trolley to circle back to each stop every 15 or 20 minutes, said Michelle Arnold, director of alternative transportation for the county.

The trolley will head into the state park to dr op riders off dir ectly at the beach. The park charges a $2 entry fee, which will be collected from trolley riders who get off at the Delnor-Wiggins stop.

County officials hope the trolley proves convenient and popular enough to make a dent in the number of people who line up at the Vanderbilt Beach parking garage or sit in traffic at the entrance to Delnor-Wiggins park, waiting for a spot to open.

This season, the trolley will run in the mornings and evenings around sunset to carry riders during the busiest beach times.

Source: http://naplesdailynews.fl.newsmemory.com/publink.php?shareid=1f595f4c6

Naples’ First Luxury Urban High Rise 

ABOUT TRIO

TRIO will soon become Naples’ first luxury urban high-rise, combining elegant condominiums, luxury hotel apartments, world-class amenities, dining options and specialty shoppes. Poised at the entrance to 5th Avenue South and soaring nine stories above downtown Naples, TRIO will offer residents an exclusive living experience in one of 24 contemporary residences built above 48 extended-stay hotel apartments. There is a special place in the Florida sun for everyone at TRIO.

On the ground floor of the tower, TRIO will offer seven commercial locations, including shoppes and restaurants and fitness studio.
Perfectly positioned on the 2nd through 5th floors, the fully-equipped extended-stay luxury hotel apartments –from 1,180 to 1,490 square feet in size – feature full kitchens, modern furnishings and a washer and dryer.

The 24 Residences – located on the 6th to 9th floors – will range from 1,180 sqft to 2,560 sqft in size. They will offer spectacular spaces with a sense of refined elegance, opening seamlessly through floor-to-ceiling windows, accommodating panoramic views of downtown Naples.
The four penthouses on the 9th floors will feature Lutron lighting systems, an electric auto curtain system, and surround-sound entertainment.
Other facility features include signature aromatherapy systems in common areas, state-of-the-art technology, and a parking garage with private enclosed spaces for condominium owners with several restaurants and retail location just an elevator ride away.

TRIO combines modern visionary architecture with truly unique features and amenities, plus unmatched service levels. Bathed in Florida sunshine, TRIO residents will enjoy the very best of Naples – with unobstructed, panoramic views of the world around them – including Naples Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, Gulfshore Boulevard and downtown Naples just footsteps away. We appreciate your interest and look forward to making your experience at TRIO extraordinary and unlike any other lifestyle.

Source: http://trioofnaples.com/

Airbnb: Will insurance pay for guest injuries?

Of course no one really thinks about if they will get injured on a vacation.  In all actuality, an injury is probably is the last thing someone would think about, but it is a possibility.   A polled survey done by Assurant found that 63% of 1,000 homeowners were unsure as to whether or not if their homeowners’ insurance policy would cover vacation renters.

Home-sharing through sites such as Airbnb has grown in popularity, and experts predict that growth in vacation home rentals could hit 25 percent this year, up from a 19 percent increase in 2016.

However, experts agree that homeowners need to understand their homeowners’ insurance policies – what is excluded and what is covered – particularly in the event of damage or injury.

The biggest gap in understanding when it comes to home-sharing protection is the commercial-use exclusion clause and gaps in coverage. Most insurance companies will deny claims related to home-sharing based on the commercial-use exclusion clause in the homeowners’ policy, though each insurance company approaches the exclusion in a different way. Some policies will cover “occasional home-sharing,” for example, which is often not well defined.

Many home-sharing platforms offer built-in insurance policies, but that coverage may or may not include damage to a neighbor’s property; theft of jewelry, electronics, and other valuables; identity theft, or liability for personal injury to guests.

Insurers should be proactive in communicating to owners the various regulations and laws being enacted by cities and municipalities related to home-sharing activities, including any related to requiring insurance, as well as what policy customizations may be available.

Source: PropertyCasualty360 (07/24/17) Malhotra, Kunal, FloridaRealtors. org, News & Events

A study done reveals that clients don’t always pick the best-looking agent…

Gee…this is great news. Of course I figured this out years ago when I was a rookie in 1983! Hey, interest rates were 17 and 18 % then…be happy NOW!

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Oct. 18, 2017 – Think being attractive and using lots of superlatives to describe a property helps a real estate agent succeed?

According to recent research published by the American Real Estate Society (ARES), that thinking may be off the mark.

The study, published by ARES in the Journal of Housing Research, was conducted by Michael J. Seiler, Ph.D., of the College of William & Mary; Aaron Arndt, Ph.D., and Mark A. Lane, Ph.D., both of Old Dominion University; and David M. Harrison, Ph.D., of the University of Central Florida.

“Seiler’s work in experimental real estate is ground-breaking, as we can now begin to see buyers’ decision-making process for the first time and how it influences transaction outcomes,” says Ken Johnson, Ph.D., real estate economist at Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) College of Business, ARES publication director, and co-developer of the Beracha, Hardin and Johnson Buy vs. Rent Index.

The researchers investigated whether customers’ overall impression of online property listings can be influenced by the real estate agent, and whether this influence depends on the customer’s demographic characteristics. A sample of 1,594 potential homebuyers took an online audio/visual tour of a typically priced home in their area. Subjects were shown one of eight conditions in which the researchers varied agent gender, agent attractiveness and pathos (enhancing the verbal description of the property with superlatives).

The results show that segments of customers are drawn to different real estate agents – but contrary to expectations, customers were not necessarily drawn to similar agents or more attractive ones.

The study found that:

  • targeting customers with the same demographics is not necessarily an effective marketing strategy
  • agent attractiveness does not entice customers in a way that is consistent with the customer’s sexual interest
  • There is no significant difference by gender or marital status

In addition, agents that enhance their verbal description of the property with superlatives influenced some subjects positively and others negatively.

“Our study shows that an agent’s physical attractiveness, similarity to the prospective home buyer, and use of pathos influences the overall impression of the home, but not in a consistent enough way to specifically instruct agents to adopt a certain strategy,” Seiler says. “Importantly, adopting the incorrect strategy could very well work against the agent.”

Link to Article

Source: Florida Atlantic University College of Business

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NAPLES NAMED IN FLORIDA’S TOP 10 MOST EXPENSIVE ZIP CODES

Ever wonder where the rich and famous live in the United States? If you said New York City or Los Angeles, you wouldn’t be far from the truth. But what about Naples, one of Southwest Florida’s poshest cities?

Property research website, PropertyShark, released data this summer on the most expensive ZIP codes in Florida by examining residential transactions closed in 2016.  Naples’ 34102 (Port Royal) was named for being in the top 10 most expensive ZIP codes.

John R. Wood Properties’ agents hold many of the listings in Port Royal, and one of the most expensive homes is a 15,995-square-foot estate at 3100 Gordon Drive for $58 million.

Port Royal isn’t the only area making the list in Naples.  Two additional Naples ZIP codes – 34108 and 34103 – took the No. 13 and No. 15 spots, respectively.  John R. Wood also has an office in Sanibel, which was ranked No. 8.

Here are the other top 10 status-filled codes in Florida:

  1. Miami Beach’s 33109
  2. Boca Grande, 33921
  3. Miami, 33122
  4. Key Biscayne, 33149
  5. Anna Maria, 34216
  6. Naples, 34102
  7. Miami, 33146
  8. Sanibel, 33957
  9. Captiva, 33924
  10. Inlet Beach, 32461

New Addition to Downtown Naples Hotels

In addition to the 3rd St hotel plans that were approved recently, the development of another luxury-hotel-project is underway.  It’s location sits across the street from Gulfview Middle School on a 11 & 1/2 acre lot on Eight Street South between First Avenue South and Third Avenue South.   The concept includes a three-story hotel with 25 rooms, but is subject to change.  The initial plans were of large floor plans with hotel rooms up to 2,000 square feet! The plans also show a courtyard with a pool and parking lot plans.  These plans will of course require a final approval by the Naples City Council. The project will only add value and inventory to the available hotel rooms in Naples for visitors to experience the Naples lifestyle.

John R Wood Voted #1 in Gulf Shore Business Best of Business

Gulf Shore Business Best of Business 8-3-17

JOHN R. WOOD RECEIVES

BEST RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE AGENCY AWARD

NAPLES, AUGUST 2, 2017 – Founded in 1958, John R. Wood Properties, one of the oldest real estate companies in Southwest Florida, with almost 60 years of industry and market experience, has been named as the Best Residential Real Estate Agency in the Gulfshore Business Magazine’s 2017 Best of Business Awards.

Recognized as one of the most respected measures of business performance in Southwest Florida, the Gulfshore Business Magazine’s Best of Business readers’ poll generated more than 7,000 unique votes cast for hundreds of companies. This year, John R. Wood Properties topped the list with the other real estate company finalists following behind.

To be considered for the Best of Business Awards, a company must receive the most votes from happy customers and colleagues through an online polling, conducted at www.SurveyMonkey.com.  Respondents were required to provide a valid name and email address so that people could cast only one vote.

With over 3500 clients annually, John R. Wood Properties sells more properties than any other broker in the Southwest Florida two county area.  John R. Wood Properties is also part of a global network of independent brokers with 4,100 offices and more than 130,000 sales associates in 65 counties.

Making it in the Best of Business Awards is just one of John R. Wood Properties’ many accolades. The company ranks as one of the highest sales per agent companies in the nation according to Real Trends, and has 13 offices serving Collier and Lee County.

 

 

 

Stellar Collier County School Ratings!

Collier County Public Schools received another A rating from the Florida Department of Education this year.   Collier’s school district is one of 11 out of 67 Florida Districts  to receive an A rating which puts Collier in fifth place in the state.  Collier has come a long way over the past 6 years, moving up 28 spots from 33rd place in 2011.   Last year, Collier ranked 14th and are continuing to improve their systems for testing and education programs.

Collier County has 54 schools, three of which are charter schools, increased their ratings by at least one grade letter.  Three traditional public schools and Immokalee Community School increased their standing by two letter grades.  Mason Classical Academy was the highest receiving high school, North Naples was highest-receiving middle school and Seagate Elementary was highest ranked elementary school.  No schools decreased their ratings for were given an F.  Only one school, Village Oaks Elementary was given a D rating.  Also in the last ten years, Collier has received five A’s and five B’s.