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Bonita Springs Holiday Events for the Week of December 8th

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Are you in the holiday spirit? Are you gearing up for another fun-filled Christmas season? If so, you’re in luck – Bonita Springs and the surrounding area has tons of awesome events coming up that you’re sure to enjoy, starting this week!

Naples Christmas Parade

You have to travel a bit for this one, but it’s worth it. The Naples Christmas Parade takes place at night and features floats, costumes, bands, and more. It lasts from 6pm to 8pm tonight in downtown Naples (starting on Broad Avenue) and is absolutely free. If you have kids, this is a great place to take them to enjoy a festive holiday experience.

John Patti’s “A Calyp-soul Christmas”

Most of us love Christmas music. The familiar jingles and tunes lift up our spirits and bring back sweet nostalgia.

But sometimes, a little variety is nice. That’s exactly what you’ll discover if you go and see John Patti’s “A Calyp-soul Christmas”.

Musician John Patti takes traditional Christmas melodies and infuses them with a tropical island beat to create a thrilling sound. With his percussion and steel drums, he transforms your favorite Christmas sounds into something new and fresh.

Want to attend? The show will be hosted tonight, December 9th, at 8pm at the Center for Performing Arts in Bonita Springs. Tickets are just $30 for non-members ($35 at the door) and can be bought by calling 239-495-8989 or visiting http://artcenterbonita.org.

Flesher Family Holiday Light Show

This week also gives you the chance to treat your family to a special Bonita Springs tradition: the holiday light show presented by the Flesher family.

Each year, the Fleshers deck out their five-acre Bonita Springs farm with 4.5 million lights, including a lighted archway, miniature village, candy cane lane, and hundreds of decorations spread out over the property. They’ve been doing this for over 15 years, and this year’s show will surely be one of the best.

You can find the Flesher farm at 27865 Bonita Grande Drive in Bonita Springs. The show is open from 6pm to 9pm Sunday through Thursday, and 6pm to 10pm on Friday and Saturday. The cost is free, but they do accept donations on behalf of a local charity.

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Supply Tight for Bonita Springs Real Estate

I specialize in Bonita Springs real estate, so I keep a close eye on the market and like to keep a finger on the pulse of the local real estate scene. One trend that has definitely emerged over the past two years – continuing to the present day – has been tight supply in the market caused by an increase in demand and a decrease in available homes for sale.

Take the $300,000 and under market, for example. Homes in this segment are selling extremely quickly, and for most of the asking price. The market segment right above – homes at $300-$350,000 – is starting to see the same exact trend happen. Homes just aren’t lasting as long on the market thanks to more demand and a lack of available supply.

The fact that we can anticipate a strong selling season to close out 2014 and begin 2015 will only add to the current situation. And it’s not just in gated communities, either. Even ungated neighborhoods are attracting a lot of attention and interest.

For example, the neighborhoods of Bonita Shores and Little Hickory Shores in Collier County have seen a renaissance over the past two years. Supply is falling quickly, and homes are being snapped up left and right.

Of course, if you know where to look, you can still find high-quality homes at great prices. Many of the communities in and around Bonita Springs have available inventory. Take The Colony at Pelican Landing, for example. The community has great luxury condos available for purchase at solid prices. You can get a stellar condo with fantastic amenities in an ideal neighborhood that is located near all the amenities you need.

Great Bonita Springs real estate can be found. Contact me if you want the heads up on available properties that fit your desires.

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How’s Our Economy Doing? | Southwest Florida Real Estate

fgcu - How’s Our Economy Doing? | Southwest Florida Real EstateI like to keep up with the state of the local economy, mainly because it impacts just about everything, especially real estate. Real estate is both a big part of the economy and something that is affected by its ups and downs, so keeping track of its health is definitely a good thing.

Florida Gulf Coast University regularly produces a report, the “Southwest Florida Regional Indicators”. It has a rundown of several economic components, from unemployment to taxable sales. One area it covers in detail is real estate.

Here’s what it says about real estate for the month of August. Download the latest report here.

Prices Are On the Rise

Prices have been increasing for Southwest Florida real estate for quite some time, at least the past year or two. Part of this trend is caused by a natural recovery, and a lot of it is fueled by tight supply and increasing demand.

In two of the three counties surveyed, Lee and Collier, median home prices rose. Prices rose by 11 percent in Lee County from last August to August 2014; they rose by 16 percent in Collier County; and they fell by three percent in Charlotte County.

The median home price in Lee County now stands at $182,500, while in Collier County it’s much higher, at $319,000.

Home Sales Decrease

As prices have gone up, supply and home sales have gone down.

Single-family home sales in the area were down four percent overall over the past year, and were down three percent from last month. In Lee County, there was just a 30-unit decrease; in Collier County, the decrease was more substantial, at 13 percent.

Even though home sales have gone down, May actually had the best month for home sales over the past two years. It’s just that January and February were bad months that pulled down the average for the year.

I expect more homes will be sold as prices continue to rise, namely because homeowners will understandably want to lock in any profit they have made if they bought after the market crash back in 2007.

Unemployment Drops

Finally, more people are working, as evidenced by the falling unemployment rate.

Across the five-county area, unemployment fell annually to 6.3 percent from seven percent a year ago. In Lee County, unemployment is now at 6.2 percent from 6.9 percent last August. In Collier County, unemployment is at 5.9 percent, almost a full point lower.

The state of Florida’s unemployment rate, by comparison, stands at 6.3 percent, down from seven percent a year ago.

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What’s Going On in Bonita Springs?

Bonita Springs is a wonderful place to live, as anyone who lives here can attest. The combination of a friendly atmosphere, hospitality, great beaches, plenty of entertainment, and a beautiful location is a hard one to beat.

One thing I like the most about Bonita Springs is that there’s always something exciting going on. Here is a recap of some events that are occurring in Bonita Springs now and in the near future.

bonita springs film festival - What’s Going On in Bonita Springs?First Annual Film Festival Coming Soon

Earlier this spring, it was announced that Bonita Springs’s first film festival would be arriving this fall.  The organizers put out a call for films, and I’m sure plenty of filmmakers have answered the call over the past six months.

Now, we’re less than two months away from the Bonita Nature Place Film Fest. Films featured are less than 15 minutes long and are filmed on location at Bonita Nature Place. The best overall film will receive a $1,000 cash award. The awards gala will take place on November 6th.

Camuto Group to Move to Bonita Springs

In business news, a new employer is opening up shop in our city.

The Camuto Group, which sells a wide variety of brand-name shoes, has announced it will open up an office in Bonita Springs. It will add up to 50 jobs, with the first job fair being held on September 24th. The Camuto Group is a billion-dollar company, and like Hertz, has decided that this area is perfect for commerce.

The office will serve as a financial back office. Officials were apparently impressed by the accessibility of the region, the area’s cost of labor, and cost of facilities.

A lot of great things are happening in Bonita Springs. Contact me if you need advice on where to live and what neighborhoods work best for you!