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Price Reduced on Harbour Unit 2403

Placida, Charlotte County  -  Announcing a price reduction on 2403-11000 Placida Road, a 2,843 sq. ft., 3 bath, 3 bdrm 2 story. Now MLS® $995,000 USD - Reduced!.

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Posted Wednesday, October 12, 2011 12:45 PM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments

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Southwest Florida Home Sales Boom in August

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Breaking News

Southwest Florida home sales boom in August

Staff report

Pricing gives some ground, likely reflecting the preponderance of distressed properties and the bargain-hungry buyers. Read More

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·         Foreclosure filings fall 20 percent

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Posted Wednesday, September 21, 2011 11:23 AM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments

Englewood Area Listing Activity - July 16 to 23, 2011



Week  Ending                 Week Ending

                                                                                                                      July 16,  2011             July 23, 2011
                                                                                       New Listings                41                                      34

                                                                                       Pending Listings        31                                       28
                                                                                       Sold Listings                27                                      30

Res chart July 29 2011



                                                                                                                       Week  Ending                 Week Ending                                 

                                                                                                                       July 16, 2011                July 27, 2011
                                                                                       New Listings                 46                                     28
                                                                                       Pending Listings            8                                      15

                                                                                       Sold Listings                    9                                      11   

Land chart July 29 2011

Posted Friday, July 29, 2011 9:44 AM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments

Placida Beach Foreclosure - OUTSTANDING OPPORTUNITY!!

Placida Beach

• 768 sq. ft., 1 bath, 1 bdrm single story - MLS® $122,000 USD


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Listing Courtesy of MICHAEL SAUNDERS

Posted Wednesday, July 27, 2011 1:10 PM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments

Dr. Beach falls in love with Boca-area beaches
World's top beach expert gives area ace ratings By TERRY O'CONNOR toconnor@breezenewspapers.com
POSTED: May 11, 2011

Dr. Beach visited beaches on Palm Island, Little Gasparilla Island and the Don Pedro Island/Knight Island property this weekend and he didn't want to leave.

“What you have here is very special,” said Stephen Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach. “You're trying to preserve nature. I give you an A-plus for that. There's not many places like this. I really like your beaches a lot. These are the kind of places I want to come to vacation. I like the pace here.”

Leatherman visits about 100 beaches a year, which means he's been to roughly 20,000 sandy stretches in his 20 years of ratings. He shared his two decades of experiences with a Charlotte County Convention & Visitors Bureau contingent of about 26 Saturday afternoon at the Pine Island Country Club.

America's foremost beach expert said Southwest Florida, including Boca Grande, has a grouping of the best beaches in the world as computed by his 50-category ranking system, which has become the gold standard for comparing beachfront destinations.

He had a couple suggestions to preserve the beach ambiance.

“I hope you don't build more roads,” he said. “I like golf carts. And put as many of your power lines underground as you can.”

Leatherman, a professor and director of the laboratory for coastal research at Florida International University, uses 50 criteria with a sliding scale of 1 to 5 to assess how the 650 major public recreation beaches nationwide service travelers and residents alike.

He rated the barrier island beaches around Gasparilla Island in the 90th percentile, only downgrading for access.

“That's a very high ranking,” he said. “But you won't be in the top 10 because you don't have the big, public access.”

Other Dr. Beach observations:

n “Very nice color water. Greenish with a good EPA quality. You don't have any major problems with sewer water runoff.”

n Only vehicles allowed on the beaches are for turtle patrols.

n Rip currents are negligible, a factor that tends to hurt his rating of Hawaiian beaches where rip currents are ferocious and deadly.

n Water is warm, which tends to hurt California beach rankings because of cold waters.

n Sharks teeth are rare to find among beachfronts yet plentiful here.

n Little beachfront crime.

“You've got a very safe beach for families,” he said. “Copacabana Beach is beautiful but it won't rank highly because you can't take anything to the beach or it will be stolen. Even Hawaii has people breaking into the trunks of cars to steal.”

Leatherman also determines the quality of a beach by assessing physical factors such as whether the beach material is fine sand or rough cobble, how many sunny days come annually, size of breaking waves, color of sand and water and what he calls “bathing area bottom conditiions.”

Other considerations include the views and vistas of the local scenery, which greatly impressed Dr. Beach here.

“You have done it right,” he said. “You take care of your beachfronts better than most. I didn't realize you have such a vibrant fishery. You have such great fishing.”

He praised Charlotte County and Commissioner Robert Skidmore for dredging to keep Stump Pass open despite protests.

“You're just helping Mother Nature do what it would already do,” he said. “It really helps the water quality.”

Dr. Beach can make or break a tourist destination's popularity just by including it in his world-famous Top 10 Beach rankings — or not.

Every Memorial Day when his rankings come out, countless directors of chambers of commerce and tourism development eagerly scan his report hoping for a top 10 ranking or at least a favorable mention. Vacationers do it, too.

The CCCVB-arranged visit was a working one for Dr. Beach. His assessment of the area beaches will be posted at drbeach.org when the new ratings come out May 30.

Posted Friday, May 20, 2011 9:32 AM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments

Englewood Area Listing Activity - March 26 to April 2



                                  Week  Ending                 Week Ending

                                 March 26 2010             April 2, 2011
New Listings                43                                         48

Pending Listings        77                                         45
Sold Listings                32                                         57

  Res chart April 8 2011




                               Week  Ending                   Week Ending                               
March 26, 2010              April 2, 2011
New Listings                 23                                     24
Pending Listings         18                                      26

Sold Listings                  4                                       18

Land chart April 8 2011

Posted Friday, April 08, 2011 8:26 AM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments

Sweeping Intracoastal Views - Out front on the point!

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Spectacular Views!

UNIT 2403 • 2,843 sq. ft., 3 bath, 3 1/2 bdrm 2 story - MLS® $1,080,000 USD

  -  Finally...the most spectacular views in Placida Harbour Club are now available in this top floor unit which boasts splendid navigable water views from every room. Spend sunny mornings watching the boat traffic in and out of the Marina to the Intracoastal Waterway, the Boca Grande bridge and beyond. At lunch hour, dine with a full view of the Intracoastal Waterway (Placida Harbor) and Little Gasparilla Island. Then retire to the extended balcony for sunsets over the Intracoastal and the duck pond. Nestled between Boca Grande and Manasota Key on Southwest Florida's coast, Placida Harbour Club is a gated, guarded community with 5-Star Resort amenities which include a Marina with deep water dockage right off the Intracoastal, a 10 minute private hourly ferry to Placida Beach Club on the Gulf of Mexico, 3 heated pools, tennis, 3 clubhouses, library and conference rooms, banquet & reception rooms, sauna, hot tub, planned activities and more. This unit comes with a grandfathered assignable boat dock lease. Call for your private and confidential showing today and be part of the relaxing lifestyle tomorrow.....

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Listing courtasy of Michael Saunders & Co.

Posted Tuesday, March 29, 2011 9:16 AM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments

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Englewood Area Listing Activity - March 5 to 12



                                  Week  Ending                 Week Ending

                                 March 5, 2010               March 12, 2011
New Listings                52                                           49

Pending Listings        62                                           48
Sold Listings                49                                           31

  Res chart March 18 2011





                                       Week  Ending                  Week Ending                                                         
March 5, 2010              March 12, 2011
New Listings                33                                        72
Pending Listings        12                                           9

Sold Listings                22                                        11

Land chart March 18 2011


Posted Friday, March 18, 2011 1:51 PM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments

Harsh winter may have triggered vacation home market rebound

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – March 18, 2011 – After several years of negative trends in the real estate industry, a recent market study shows signs of increasing consumer confidence. The third annual Cotton Report polled more than 800 participants on housing preferences, motivating factors, pricing levels and timelines for purchase. The survey included participants from 39 states, as well as Canada, Europe and Latin America.

While no direct correlation was made to the harsh winter temperatures, the research survey indicated a substantial increase in the number of homebuyers seeking a vacation home purchase, an increase of 800% year-over-year. This dynamic trend is further supported by an increase in the number of buyers describing their transition as a geographic relocation, now 40%.

Over the three-year period of the annual research study, a continuous trend towards smaller homes has been noted with the most popular size home now being 1,700 to 2,299 square feet. Homes ranging from 1,000 to 1,699 square feet saw an increase of 5% in interest levels from 2010 to 2011.

The Cotton Report also shows signs that pricing levels have adjusted to meet consumer expectations. In 2009, respondents indicated the need for a 50% reduction in order to re-enter the market. In the 2011 survey, this level of price reduction has changed dramatically with the median response being a 20% reduction. This trend was also reflected in the consumer’s timeline to purchase. In 2011, 25% of the respondents reported they would be purchasing within 6 months, an increase from just 4% at the same time last year.

While questions remain in the US mortgage market about the future of the 30-year mortgage, the survey indicates that 36% of the respondents plan to utilize a 30-year mortgage to make their purchase. An equal 36% are cash buyers with 21% indicating plans for a 15-year mortgage.

The annual consumer report is compiled by Cotton & Company, a 28-year-old real estate firm. A complete copy of the 2011 Cotton Report, including supporting data, is available through the company’s website www.TheCottonSolution.com.

Copyright © 2011 Business Wire.

Posted Friday, March 18, 2011 9:29 AM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments

Price Reduced on 504-9200 Little Gasparilla Island in Placida

Announcing a price reduction on Beach #504, a 768 sq. ft., 2 bath, 2 bdrm single story. Now MLS® $369,900 USD - Reduced!.

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Posted Tuesday, March 15, 2011 2:50 PM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments

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Price Reduced on 11000 Placida Road, Unit 304 in Placida Harbour

Announcing a price reduction on 11000 Placida Road, Unit 304, a 1,593 sq. ft., 2 bath, 3 bdrm single story. Now MLS® $375,000 USD - Price Reduced.

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Posted Tuesday, March 15, 2011 8:18 AM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments

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Englewood Area Listing Activity - Feb 26 to March 5



                                  Week  Ending                 Week Ending
Feb 26, 2010                 March 5, 2011

New Listings                58                                       52
Pending Listings        52                                       62
Sold Listings                36                                       49

     Res chart March 11 2011


                               Week  Ending                 Week Ending                                                           
Feb 26, 2010                 March 5, 2011

New Listings               25                                     33
Pending Listings       19                                      12
Sold Listings                 6                                      22

land chard March 11 2011

Posted Friday, March 11, 2011 9:58 AM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments

Price Reduced on 13114 Via Flavia in Placida Point

Placida Point, Placida  -  Announcing a price reduction on 13114 Via Flavia, a 2,672 sq. ft., 2 bath, 3 bdrm single story. Now MLS® $540,000 USD - Reduced!.

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Posted Wednesday, March 09, 2011 2:17 PM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments

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Pointe Lot REDUCED to $49,000!!
13105 Via Cassia
BEST priced lot in Placida Pointe!

18,364 sqft Vacant Land

Lot Size18,364 sqft


Reduced to sell! You can build your Florida dream home now or later while enjoying the membership to the exclusive Placida Harbour Club. A home could be built to capture views of the intracoastal from this location!Membership includes a private ferry service to Placida Beach on Little Gasparilla Island with 7 miles of white sandy beach, a clubhouse and heated pool. The mainland amenities include a 68 slip boat basin, two club houses with heated pools, two illuminated tennis courts, library and conference room, banquet and reception rooms, sauna, hot tub and many planned club activities. Conveniently located to several golf courses, fine restaurants, and Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island known for it's world class fishing.

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Enjoy all of the Placida Harbour Club amenities

Other Special Features

Ferry access to Little Gasparilla Island and Placida Beach!
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Mindy Ziegler
Placida Properties
(941) 661-4473
For sale by agent/broker

Equal Opportunity Housing

Posted Wednesday, February 23, 2011 11:59 AM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments

Englewood Area Listing Activity - Feb 5 to 12




                                  Week  Ending              Week Ending

                                  Feb 5, 2010                 Feb 12, 2011
New Listings            63                                         65

Pending Listings    60                                         46
Sold Listings            22                                         27

RES CHART FEB 18, 2011



                                 Week Ending                 Week Ending

                                 Feb 5, 2010                   Feb 12, 2011
New Listings             41                                          31
Pending Listings     16                                          10

Sold Listings             22                                          12


Posted Friday, February 18, 2011 3:51 PM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments