Fort Myers Beach, FL Real Estate News

By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
Volleyball returns to Fort Myers Beach this weekend and all indicators are that it will be another huge event !  The tournament will be hosted by the Holiday Inn located on Fort Myers Beach.  Registration begins at 6 AM Saturday morning with play beginning at 7:30.               Women's Open Division championships will start at 5 PM, Saturday.  Men's Open Division championships set for 6 PM Saturday.               This year's tournament concludes with the Junior and Co-ed Divisions on Sunday.  Bring your beach chair, sun block and camera to catch all the action on Fort Myers Beach !
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
The oil spill is beyond tragic, but the media is in its true fasion making matters worse.  By listening to the cable news networks, you would think that our Florida beaches are filled with oil, that our sugary white sand has turned black.  Just yesterday, my wife returned from the gym and told me of a coversation with a woman who works at the Chamber of Commerce.  The poor lady couldn't wait to leave work, as the telephones did not stop ringing.  Those calls were all from people inquiring as to the state of our beach.  They had heard that oil was flooding in. Thankfully, this is not the case.  Fort Myers Beach, Florida, is clear, as are all of the beaches in Southern Florida. There seems to be some success over the last couple of days with dealing with the spill.  We can all only hope t...
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
This post is in response to a request from a Realtor site I monitor.  The request was for active agents from across the country to provide a written description of our local and/or state market.  This report will focus on Southwest Florida. The Southwest Florida coast has long  been considered prime real estate both for tourists visiting the Sunshine state and for those looking to own a piece of paradise !  In our market we have seen the buyers climb on the fence and wait patiently for the last 35 months.  They were content to watch the market come to terms with itself and let market forces settle.  Real estate is cyclical afterall and savvy buyers knew that after finding the bottom there would be a window of opportunity !  Here, in Fort Myers Beach, we have seen prices start to firm up...
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
This is the most recent NOAA projection for the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  While ocean currents, wind and weather make projecting the future path of the spill a bit tricky the map clearly shows the ever growing mass of the spill. While Fort Myers Beach seems a long ways away our local response teams have been busy preparing for a problem which may never come.  Federal, state and local agencies are in constant communication.  Emergency supplies, contingency plans and early response orders are in place.    
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
... the lowest price condo in Bay Village. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath with view of the water.  Good living or good investment. Where:  Bay Village, Fort Myers, Beach, Florida.  Quiet location on Island, situated on a natural lagoon off Estero Bay.  The community has 8 buildings, each having two stories.  There are several fishing places as well as canoing and kayaks.  There is tennis and of course, a swimming pool.   This condo is walking distance to the beach. High speed wireless Internet access is provided. Terms:  Foreclosure listed at $163,350 Lloyd Nichols, Realtorlloydn@aol.com Right Choice Realty LLCcell: 239-810-2980office: 239-463-5217Activerain Local Blog: http://localism.com/neighbor/lloydnActive Rain Blog: http://activerain.com/lloydn Website: http://www.mlsouthwestfloridahomes....
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
Public meeting to discuss the oil spill held on Fort Myers Beach.  Tuesday evening at 5 Pm an open meeting was held at the Pink Shell to discuss the oil spill and how it might effect Fort Myers Beach.  Approximately 250 people attended the meeting held in the Grand Ballroom at the Pink Shell.  Participating in the meeting were members from the state of Florida, Fort Myers Beach Town Manager - Terry Stewert, Dept of Environmental Protection ( DEP ), Chamber of Commerce and others. The extent of the spill and the potential for reaching our shoreline was discussed.  The consensus was that the earliest we might experience any oil or " tar balls " would be May 24th.  Panel experts felt the " loop current " in the Gulf of Mexico would carry the spill in a southerly direction toward the Florid...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
       Snowing? Yea right! It got you looking! Yes it is warmer in Fort Myers Beach. Much warmer.  I have now changed my schedule. Wake up earlier and take a stroll or a short jog on the beach. Its better this way, otherwise the humidity rises after 11 a.m. We have more energy this way. Quite a few have the same idea. Its no secret. They just start their lives earlier. As a night owl its an adjustment but it feels good to have done so much by mid morning. Otherwise I would be like a lizard and sleep somewhere in the afternoon in the shade. I have a feeling that summer in Fort Myers Beach will come pretty soon. Some say its already here!It is time to swim again! For more information regarding Fort Myers Beach Real Estate contact LLoyd and happy Hunting! Lloyd Nichols Realtorlloydn@aol.co...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
South West Florida Real Estate Nook - Windows Live This first short sale is a true Fort Myers Beach gulf front home. It is located three quarters down towards the south of the island. It has been recently updated with a steel roof and hurricane shutters. The home faces directly on the Gulf Of Mexico. If you are looking to buy a Fort Myers Beach waterfront home and take advantage of the fact that it is a Fort Myers Beach Short Sale then this one may be for you.Even though this home has only 1028 SF, it does feel larger with its vaulted ceiling graced with beams, its tiled floor and the windows and doors giving a large panoramic view of the beach. There is room for a pool.The ground floor area is also used for a garage, has a storage and is an open patio towards the sand. There are only a...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
      Fort Myers Beach Real Estate has changed dramatically in the last year. For the period of January 25th 2009 to April 25th 2009 compare to the same period in 2010, the numbers of sold single family homes were the same with 22. The big difference is that the average SOLD price jumped from $336,250 in 2009 to $552,397 in 2010 for the same period.    Positive point: for Fort Myers Beach buyers there are still 8 single homes under $250,000. Contact LLoyd for your list.     Fort Myers Beach Market Report Spring 2010 Property Type: Residential : Single Family Fort Myers Beach Beach Active, Pending (1/25/2010 to 4/25/2010 or after) , Sold (1/25/2010 to 4/25/2010)Report run on 04/25/10 by Lloyd Nichols,  Right Choice Realty LLC                                                               ...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
     It rained on and off on Estero Island the last couple of days and it rained on my desk continually.  We needed the rain anyway and now the grass is growing faster and the island is back to its normal state. Its warm during the day and in the low 70’s at night. As for my desk, it looks like an organized mess. I did try to log in most of my data online or on a exterior drive.We all try to be greener and waste less paper but the reports and other flyers still build up colored piles.I am not complaining.Its a good thing to be busy. Still, It is an overdue moment to take a time out. It is time to get out of the house. This time I don’t have to show a property and I don’t need to drive. Its a simple feeling.    Now the sky is almost cloudless and the blue covers Fort Myers Beach with the...
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
Just listed this stunning Fort Myers Beach condo on the Gulf of Mexico !   Located on the preferred north end of Fort Myers Beach  this 2 bedroom 2 bath condo is the perfect beach retreat.  Sun drenched corner unit is light and airy.  Decor and furnishings are all high end and suited for the beach life.   Bay to Beach is considered one of the nicest buildings on the island with convenient north end access and easy on/off the island.                The building has a very unique tropical palm fronds decor which sets it apart from the ordinary !  The private gated pool also has a grilling area for owners and guests.  Lush landscaping surrounds the pool area.               The open floorplan and corner location ensures plenty of well lit living space.  Walking distance to parks, pier, rest...
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By Karen Nichols, Beach Realtor - Ft. Myers
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
As everyone around the world has probably heard, we had an unusually cool winter in Florida.  I'm glad that it's finally gone to the record books.  In its wake, there is a vibrant garden.  I've never seen the hibiscus so alive and colorful.  The Jasmine are now out. They bloomed a little late this year, attributable to the cool winter, no doubt.  Other flowers also thriving in my garden currently are beach sunflowers, blanket sunflowers, bougainvilleas, orange jasmine and a variety of wildflowers. For those Realtors with listings lacking gardens, pictures are worth thousands of words on contracts.
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
  It was about time. The Congress finally approved a new legislation to extend the National Flood Insurance Program until the 5/31/2010. It is as of now a Provision and the plan is to pass a Bill which would be extended through December 31, 2010. Like any other states, Florida buyers who were required to get a Flood Insurance can get a Florida Flood Insurance and close on their new home. Any application which were signed during this hiatus will be covered and business will be back as usual. The House Financial Committee Services is working on a Bill which would become a longer lesgligation  and would also be restructured  and reformed. We certainly don’t want this hiatus to happen again!   As a large part of the US Economic recovery is highly based on our Real Estate soundness which in ...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
  Avant tout je dois  souligner que dans certains cas il est parfois  preferrable d’utiliser un avocat ( un notaire),mais cela n’est pas obligatoire du tout. Dans la pluparts des transactions cela n'est pas vraiment necessaire et vous etes completement protege par le contract lui meme. C'est votre choix. Dans une vente traditionelle, vous avez normalement 48 heures avavnt de recevoir une reponse. Vous pouvez bien sur changer la duree de votre offre et la reduire ou la ralonger. je suggere parfois de demander d’avoir une reponse a votre en moins de 24 heures, surtout si vous pensez cette proprietee va attirer d’autres acheteurs.Votre offre a plus de chance de reussir si elle st soumise avec “une preuve de fonds’  Vous avez le droit legal de retirer votre offre jusqu’a 3 jours apres l’acc...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
Hust north of the Town Square there is a section of Fort Myers Beach known as the North End. This is the quiet area of Fort Myers Beach, Florida, with no beach bars, except for the Pink Shell, and few spring breakers.  At the very tip of the North end is Bowditch Point Regional Park.  The peaceful 17-acre park fronts both the bay and the Gulf. Amenities include restrooms/ changing rooms, outside rinse off showers, picnic tables, grills, hiking paths, benches, bike racks, a handicap-accessible sidewalk to the beach and beautiful courtyard pavilions. Admission is free.  There's 75 paid parking spaces. Cost is $1 per hour. Time is sold by the hour only. Fine for non-payment is $18.00. You can park free at the Main Street Park and Ride lot, just north of Matanzas Pass Bridge. A trolley (25-...
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
I wasn't born on Fort Myers Beach but I got here as soon as I could !   Actually, we moved here from Michigan about 5 years ago.   It is the next step on our journey.  Fort Myers Beach is a barrier island a little over 8 miles long and hugs the southwestern coast of the sunshine state.  Culturally diverse, friendly and laid back it has a rythem all it's own.  Many of our rental customers come back year after year.  Some decide to own a piece of our island paradise.  Thats where I can help. Estero Island, our other name, has grown up and is recognized as a premier destination for visitors from all over the world.  Part of our attraction is the many diverse festivals which have become part of the fabric of island life.  All are family friendly and take advantage of our beaches and abundan...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
structure The resident and the government of Fort Myers Beach can pat themselves on the back. For the 5 the year in a row Fort Myers Beach has been recognized as a tree city. This national recognition is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State foresters and the USDA forest Services. It is a big deal as leaves filter the air and improves the air we and our fellow animal breath. We have long known that landscaping improves the value of a property and trees such as our dozen of palms and Floridian trees will give that necessary curb appeal.        Been greener has a tremendous amount of benefits.they also provide the much to dozen of species who provide for their new born  and the environment conducive for a nest.     It is also a great w...
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
Fort Myers Beach has been invaded by pirates again this year !    The annual Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival is an October highlight every year as hundreds of authentic pirates gather for the week long festival.               The yearly invasion comes by boat and allows for the swashbuckling mates and wenches to mingle with the thousands of locals and visitors to the island.               Argh ! Matey !  This fun event is a blast for the entire family with games, shows, vendors and visitors all getting into the spirit of the annual Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival.                Pirates, crews and friends can be found in our downtown area.  Limited parking and trolly are your best bet.
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
Annual Fort Myers Beach Sand Castle Contest.   Fort Myers Beach offers a lot of outdoor activities for visiting guests and families.  one of the premier events is the annual sand sculpting festival.  The event has grown in stature and ranks among the best in the nation.   Invited artists compete for cash and bragging rights over a one week period.  Sculptors are especially drawn to Fort Myers Beach because the structure of the sand is considered as good as anywhere.  Looked at under a microscope the sand crystals appear to have a rough surface compared to the rounded edges found in many places.  Many contests must import the sand to be used because local sand just doesn't hold together well enough to support the height and weight of modern sculptings !               Families enjoy strol...
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By Karen Nichols, Beach Realtor - Ft. Myers
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
Living a low stress lifestyle in the tropics is an idea that occurs to many folks.  The decision to turn that idea into reality . . . . . . Where to begin?  First, choose a tropical locale.  May be suggest Fort Myers Beach, Florida, a seven mile Island bordered by the Gulf of Mexico and seven miles of white, crystalline sand.  An Island with easy access to the mainland, Fort Myers on one end and Bonita Springs on the other.  With a unique town square encompassing restaurants, boutiques and a park.  A charming beach cottage or comfortable condo awaits . .. . . you.      
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