The 3rd Quarter Florida Sales Report was recently released for Single-Family Existing Homes and Existing Condominiums While median sale prices are still down Statewide, the percentage of Realtor Sales for Single Family Existing Homes are up 5%. Existing Condominiums only showed a decrease in Realtor Sales of -2%. As I reported in my last blog entry, the pending sales for October of 2008 in Naples, FL showed that 72.62% of the overall market's pending sales were under $300,000.00. These pending sales are being pushed by the short sale and foreclosures.
YIKES! Thanksgiving is almost upon us! Is anyone else trying hard not to stress out? My brother, James and his wife, Millie, arrive on November 25th for the Thanksgiving holiday.
I have been busily Christmas shopping, wrapping and packing so that I can mail all my out of town gifts on December 1st. If I don't do it now, it will not be accomplished while my brother is in town. My husband and I are hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for 10. Have I planned a menu? Have I written a grocery list? NO! I know we are having our Mom's recipe for turkey and stuffing and our Grandmother's carrot cake. Once I have the meal on the table I can relax. Please tell me that I am not alone in my hysteria.
You would think that living in the Paradise called Naples, FL, the holidays would not be so frenzied. Since I sell real estate here, I can tell you that the holidays take on a life of their own for me. What do I mean by this? When I sold real estate in Chicago land, the holidays were always a slow period of time for sales. The weather was cold, people were busy with the holidays and no one was braving the cold looking for real estate unless they absolute HAD to buy. I can vividly remember taking my gloves off to work a keybox and have my fingers start freezing in the process!
When I started selling real estate in Naples, I quickly learned that when visitors come to Naples for the holidays they want to look at real estate. Naples' weather is fantastic compared to the kind of weather they left behind and they have time to think about owning a home in Naples. Quite frankly if you are contemplating owning a home in Naples, November and December are great months to buy. Once season starts, there will be even more buyers out looking for that "deal" and buyers will have more competition............especially in the under $300,000.00 price range!
I have often been asked if I miss the snow around the holidays. My answer is, "NO"! There are so many fun events to experience here in Naples during the holidays. It is a joy to take part in these events without trudging through snow. Naples, does provide its own brand of snow in the downtown area during the Christmas holidays. Naples snow is something you don't want to miss!
Golden Gate has snow trucked in from up North every year to set up an Snowfest. This year it will be held on December 6th.
If your plans will find you in Naples for the holidays, please come out and join the different festivities. Naples has something to please everyone whether you are young or just young at heart.
My you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by family and good friends!
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