Fort Myers Beach, FL Real Estate News

By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
Fort Myers Beach parents of students attending Beach Elementary School  should stand up and give a big round of applause for our island public school !   The reason ?  Simple - for the 4th consecutive year the Florida Department of Education has evaluated Beach Elementary as an " A " school !  Principal Larry Wood and his talented and dedicated staff deserve our appreciation.  Parents are very involved with the progress of our kids and report that communication with teachers is ongoing and critical.  Congratulations to all involved !
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
This picture was taken after my wife Karen and Miss Mimi came back from a beach run In Fort Myers Beach.Mimi is very exuberant and full of energy and I can tell you from experience that she can run awfully fast.In fact to fast. Mimi is a rescue dog, part Rhodesian and I believe boxer. These 2 have been already been running 3 to 4 times a week for the last 3 months and they have created this bond one has after one has shared something special.By chance I caught them when they were saying something to each other. I run with her once in awhile but I have no intention of keeping up with her 6 mn mile speed. I could break my neck. Miss Mimi probably thinks its funny.                         Miss Mimi did start as my assistant this week and is already showing some talents. I think she already...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
          Investors, potential buyers from the USA, Canada and Europe often ask me if there are any single homes short sales in Fort Myers Beach. There are not many. The following are six of the few available as of July 17,2008.                                   The prices range from a low for the beach of $229K to an upscale home at $674,900. Lately, even lenders as Wells Fargo and Contrywide have change their tune and are more willing to "negotiate:.Its about time. Ppurchasinga short sale home is not as complicated as it used to be only some 6 months ago. Some lenders have cut down the short sale package drastically and low and behold, even will tell you what their bottom line price will be with an offer. About time! Either way, if you are working with an agent who has done them befor...
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By Karen Nichols, Beach Realtor - Ft. Myers
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
I didn't run until I moved to Florida.  I didn't run for awhile after we came to Florida.  Then, I reached that age, 30 something, and to my great surprise, this thin body was gaining some unwanted weight.  I joined a gym and was told by many fitness experts that there was nothing like running to shed those pounds and to become and stay fit and healthy.  So, I bought myself a pair of running shoes and hit the beach.  I remember the first time that I ran.  I managed about a block.  Then, I fell down into the sand, totally winded.  I'm a smoker.  And, at that time, I was out of shape.  I didn't quit, however.  I continued to run and the next day, I managed two blocks.  Now, I can run a few miles.   I've run in 5K races.  I still smoke, but how much better to smoke and run instead of still...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
         Which one is stronger and why are so many 2 story homes in Lee County so affordable?  Colonial houses in  Fort Myers, Bonita Springs and Cape Coral have also been hit by the market. No surprise there. The answer is more of a question if they were build pre or post 1992 when new codes were imposed on builders.( Post Andrew ) It became law in Florida.                             True concrete block home in Fort Myers Beach area  After that, for ex.  special hurricane strapping on the rafters, stronger windows, stronger roofs were the law. The ones you saw were cheap for many reasons. They may be short sales or foreclosures or they need to be brought up to 1992 codes and were build before. There is another reason. Some people don't specially like the up and down walk. So its more ...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
     From the coast Kennybunkport Maine, to Hyannis MA to the coasts of Florida along Fort Myers Beach you will meet avid supporters of both contructions.One thing we do know is that most homes which are made of concrete blocks have something in common with frame homes. They usually both have framed roofs.But which one holds better against the weight of the snow,a tropical storm or a hurricane?                                                  Fort Myers Beach CBS homeMy homes was build in 1937, is a frame home on concrete pilings, and didn't get one bruise during Hurricane Charley.Were we just lucky? What about termites? They attack both but if you have a frame home it will depend on what type of wood you have. Hard woods and treated woods should slow them down nicely .Concrete or CBS h...
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By Karen Nichols, Beach Realtor - Ft. Myers
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
My nneighbor, Bonnie, a naturalist, has an amazing way with plants and flowers.  She literally left on my Fort Myers Beach doorstep a type of cow post fertilizer with instructions to place it in a covered white bucket for two weeks.  The two weeks are almost up and it's nearly ready to be spread about.  I can't wait.  I had hinted around for her to give me some of her magic formula.  My gardens are going fine, but with all the raid we are currently receiving along with the fertilizer, I am expecting great growth this summer.    
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
WE all need to take a breather. I can walk a few minutes from my house and immerse myself in the immense and overwhelming beauty of the sea and forget the mondane or the pressure from work. There are few others places that I rather be,Walking accross San Carlos Bld I can already anticipate the beach access which open towards the Gulf Of Mexico.                                  It may be a moment to just meditate and take a step back. The Sea has always been a source of inspiration for many. Some 4000 years ago The Calusa Indians were fishing sea shells and building religious mounds along the coast. I wonder how their lives was then.They say they may have links to The Mexican Indians and perhaps even the Mayas. They had much in common. It was a feudal civilization who were both feared wa...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
One of the joys I have when I want to kick back and know more about what is going on in Fort Myers Beach is to open our local paper "The Island Sand Paper". According to  The  Mondo members, it is one of the most entertaining and one of the best local American Media outlet. There is nothing like it. They get the inside scoop and more.                                 Their  ""By Islanders, For Islanders"motto is well known among regular visitors, residents or snow birds. AT the helm is maverick Editor/ Publisher Carl Conley.At times controversial and spicy, the Editor of The Island Sand Paper, is also the winner of the Golden Dozen Award in recognition for his editorial excellence, an award given by the  The International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors for his journalist work as a E...
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By Karen Nichols, Beach Realtor - Ft. Myers
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
A garden is more than decoration or staging or investment.  There is a saying:  A bottle of wine will bring you happiness for an hour.  Marriage will bring you happiness for a year.  And, a garden will bring you happiness for a lifetime.  I don't particuarly agree with the first two statements.  A bottle of wine will make me happy for more than an hour and my marriage has been happy for all these years.  However, the last statement is certainly true.  A garden is a place of pleasure. For the most part, I stay with indiginous or tropical flowers and plants, but once in awhile I experiment.  The soil on may be a bit salty for my current charge, but I am hoping for the best.  In March, I planted a small Magnolia root.  If my transplant is successful and it adapts to our hot Florida sun, I ...
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By Mary Thomas
(Sellstate Advantage North)
Last post I offered a Bikini,  This is for those who that will just not do... This is for the equal oppourtunity bathing preference...LOL Dear Investor Client: Featured Listing: MLS #: 2008330104770 Estero Blvd, Ft. Myers Beach, FL 33931 Click on the image to see the Virtual Tour INVESTORS... THIS IS THE TIME TO BUY THIS UPDATED CONDO THAT IS ONE OF THE TOP INCOME PRODUCING UNITS IN SEASIDE. YOU CANNOT IMAGINE THE BEAUTIFUL VIEWS. IT IS HAS PROJECTED RENTAL INCOME OF $30,000 TO $40,000 PER YEAR (rentals in place for 2009, many repeat renters). ON SITE RENTAL OFFICE MAKES ABSENTEE OWNERSHIP A BREEZE. This end unit has breathtaking 180 degree views of the beach and pool. King bed in master bedroom, queen bed in guest bedroom, and living room sofa is a queen sleeper. The unit will sleep si...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
I have looked for awhile for a solid real estate assistant, someone who has an exuberant personality, high energy and can attract new clients. I require someone who is a go getter and Mimi is that (especially if you put a piece of steak in front of her). She does have good social skills, although I wish she that didn't she exhibit her jumping abilities quite so often on potential clients, although most of them take it in good natured stride.   Since I've mentioned this possibility to her, Mimi has become very excited and has even scheduled an appointment tomorrow at Four Paws for a manicure. Mimi is a popular girl here on Fort Myers Beach and possesses many of the qualities that I am seeking in an assistant.  But, is she mature enough to take on such responsibility?                     ...
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida Sea Turtle Monitoring and protection Program, now in its 26th year, wants all residents and visitors to help during the nesting season by turning off or shielding lights which can be seen from the beach.  Young hatchlings naturally crawl toward the light and thereby not make it to the waters of the Gulf.  Experts estimate that only 1 hatchling out of 1,000  ( some say as high as 10,000 ) reach adulthood.  This species are protected by the Federal Endangered Species Act which makes it a crime to touch or disturb nesting sea turtles, hatchlings or nests.  The Florida turtle nesting season runs from May 1 through Oct 31.  Adults may reach 350 pounds, eat shellfish, horseshoe crabs, clams, mussels and other invertebrates.  Fishing, coastal development, p...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
The first ever Fourth of July parade on Fort Myers Beach was a fun little show, consisting primarily of floats from the various local businesses.  Beads and candy were thrown from the floats to the delight of the crowd on Estero Boulevard. Not as well attended as the Shrimp Festival Parade, but a popular place to be, nonetheless, as all of the locals and some visitors stood on either side of Estero enjoying this first ever event.  The parade commenced about 10:00 in the morning and was over around noon.  My one suggestion to the Town Council would be to change the time of the parade next year for the following reasons:  The fireworks on the Beach do not take place until 9:00 PM.  That is a lot of hours for visiting families between events on a hot, humid day, and a lot of cranky kids an...
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By Karen Nichols, Beach Realtor - Ft. Myers
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
Fourth of July represents freedom, of course, and the day is always filled with symbols of freedom.  In much of the world, people are not free and if nothing else, Iraq has taught us that there are no easy answers to solving the problems that exist in this world.   None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.   - Pearl S. Buck Symbols of Freedom on Fort Myers Beach, Florida/July 4, 2008    
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By Mary Thomas
(Sellstate Advantage North)
Ok, Season is officially over here in sunny southwest florida, the buyers for resort property are not in town anymore. I have found the secret to enjoying the beach on a shoestring and my clients enjoy my expertise.  I have been here a long time and started my 1st SW florida job working on Ft. Myers Beach. I came down for Christmas to visit family in 1977,  I was boating out in the Gulf of Mexico on Christmas Eve and swimming in a pool Christmas day.  I fell in love with southwest florida. I am happy to reveal that shoveling driveways and long cold winter days held little interest for me. While I was on vacation that Christmas, a Blizzard had hit Long Island and snow bound the greater New England area.  I never went back! After years of living here and enjoying the beautiful resort life...
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By Karen Nichols, Beach Realtor - Ft. Myers
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
It's an old custom, naming one's home, not often practiced these days. Of course, these homes were most often grand houses with sprawling grounds, such as "Tara" from Gone with the Wind. Here on Fort Myers Beach, the practice continues.  From "Bobby's Place," a funky cottage on the Beach to "Island Refuge," a small green stucco home tucked away on a side street, you will find homes that have names.  Not mansions, for the most part, just your everyday island cottages. My husband and I had talked about naming our beach cottage for years, but we just couldn't come up with quite the right name.  Then, cruel fate stepped in.  We lost our beloved pooch of over eight years to cancer.  A few weeks after our Red left us, I realized that that only would her spirt be with me forever, but her spiri...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
Each one has a story. From the depth of the Gulf Of Mexico                           to its shore line to where I found them some 500 feet from it, they have come a long way. There are over 400 spices of shells along the Gulf Of Mexico and its is a treasure one has to respect. Live shelling is banned so make sure no animals or mullusks has just purchased a shell from one of his or her Real estate buddies. It is their home! They may be the more common scallop clams, or the more sophisticated tulips, Olive. Neptune is generous.       Otherwise Fort Myers Beach shelling is highly encouraged along with Naples beaches. Bonita Springs and Sanibel Island. Happy Treasure Hunting!     LLoyd NicholsRight Choice Realty LLC6360 Presidential Court, Suite 4Fort Myers, FL 33919cell: 239-810-2980Fax: 2...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
    For over a decade, Fort Myers Beach Laguna Shores property owners have been trying to fix a major problem, a sand bar. It has been more and more of a struggle for boaters to navigate from Bucanneer  along  the South of Estero Bayto San Carlos Pass. Only small boats could reach the Back Bay or Estero Bay and the larger boats could only navigate around that bar during high tide and at high rick of being stranded.                              One of the major reasons people purchased these highly coveted properties was their access to the Gulf of Mexico.  The city and the Laguna Shores owners have been butting heads all these years with no solution in sight as to who would pay for the dredging.                           I am glad to say that with a "remodeled" Fort Myers Beach Town Cou...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
Many people would like to invest in real estate, but can't take on two separate mortgages.  Many people who don't have a retirement fund would like to own a rental and have that rental income, but can't take on another mortgage.  For these folks, buying a duplex or a home with a separate apartment may be the best possibility.  It's the best of two worlds, one mortgage and rental income, also.  Below is a home located on the north end of Fort Myers Beach.  There is a separate 1/1 apartment in the home with patio that may be rented out, either seasonally or annually, depending upon the needs of the owner.  The main home is a 3/2.  The total square fortage is 1590. The Listing Price is $329,000. LLoyd Nichols Realtorlloydn@aol.comRight Choice Realty LLCcell: 239-810-2980Fax: 239-463-4826ho...
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