Fort Myers Beach, FL Real Estate News

By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
Mostly, Frasier.  The television show from the 90's.  Here on Fort Myers Beach, the show is on Channel 41 from 12:00 midnight to 1:00 AM.  Two Episodes.  Both my wife and I find the show hysterical.  It's great to relax with after a busy day.  Sometimes, thoughts of a rough, fragile world also keep me up at night, but then, the world has always been rough and fragile.  In any event, midnight is the not the time to think of these thoughts.  Rather, it is the time for sleep, or if not sleep, then Frasier.   LLoyd NicholsRight Choice Realty LLCRealtorlloydn@aol.comcell: 239-810-2980Fax: 239-463-4826home office: 239-463-5217Active Rain Blog: http://activerain.com/lloydn Website: http://www.mlsouthwestfloridahomes.comWebsite Blog: http://ftmyershomesandgardens.blogspot.com/
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
Looking for a great experience for the young ones in the family ?   Grab your fishing pole and join in on the fun on Saturday June 28, 2008 for the annual " Kids Fishing Tournament " .  The annual event is held at Bonita Bill's Waterfront Cafe located at 702 Fishermans Wharf on San Carlos Island.  Registration starts at 8:30 AM and the angling runs from 9 AM  -  until NOON.  Prizes are awarded for biggest fish, smallest fish, ugliest fias, etc.  No pole ?  Not a problem, everything you need is provided including hot dogs and refreshments.  C'mon, lets go fishin !
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
No question, we are living the good life in in Southwest Florida.  I can't even imagine going back up north and living most the year indoors because of cold weather.    Below is the best deal for a single family home with gulf frontage on Fort Myers Beach. Third house from the Gulf with view of Gulf.  A beach cottage. It's just been reduced by $50,000.00.  The asking price is $599,000.  The home is located on the desirable North End of Fort Myers Beach.  832 square foot/2 bedrooms and 2 baths.  
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By Karen Nichols, Beach Realtor - Ft. Myers
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
You never know who you will see walking down the streets of Fort Myers Beach these days.  A movie star, the news team from Wink News taking their lunch break on the Island or a one of mother Nature's finest creatures. For a couple desiring to walk along the street of Fort Myers Beach and are thinking of visiting later on this year or in 2009, I have a romantic rental available, a very private studio cottage.  Full kitchen, glimpes of the Back Bay from the Deck, gorgeous tropical garden and located in a quiet neighborhood, but within walking distance to the not so quiet Times Square area and the Beach. View from the Cottage   So, who is walking aroudn Fort Myers Beach these days, anyway?   Karen Nichols/One Stop Rental Management KarenENichols@aol.com  
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
Welcome to Fort Myers Beach! This island located along the Gulf Of Mexico some 26 miles north of Naples,  6 miles to the city limits of Fort Myers Beach also borders Bonita Springs in the South, is a special tropical island. You may want to frolic along its 7 miles of white sand beach, party along its numerous restaurants downtown or along Estero Blvd, play Golf or tennis, do some major boating or wander about along its Back Bay towards Sanibel or cape Coral, Fort Myers Beach has a lot to offer.                                                 Its just a fun place to be at. For investors or these buyers who are looking for that deal along the Golf Of Mexico, Fort Myers Beach is certainly the choice of many. below I put together a list of properties under $350,000. Each one of them has th...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
Now is a good time to purchase a home or invest in a property on Fort Myers Beach, but it is the best now?  No. The best time would have been way back when, in the 1970's or even the 1990's.  I have clients calling me inquiring into short sales on the Island.  Are there any short sales on Fort Myers Beach.  There are, not a significant amount percentage wise, but a few.  19, to be exact.  The lowest is listed at $229,00.  In fact, there are two condos listed at $229,000, both short sales.  On of these has almost 1000 square feet, located at the Marina Towers & Yacht Club, but it is a 1/1.  The other contains only a little above 600 square feet.   There is an interesting condo listed for $459,000, short sale, with Gulf of Mexico frontage and a wrap around balcony to enjoy.  The Condo is ...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
The gas prices need not matter greatly on Fort Myers Beach . . . . as long as you don't need to leave the Island, that is.  Living on a seven mile island, a bike will do or just the legs, to get around.  Then, there's always the trolley that travels thorugh the entire island all day long into the evening hours.  You can rise in the morning and take that bike or walk or trolley to the Hevenly Biscuit for breakfast, to enjoy one of Heather's famous biscuit sandwiches on the patio, read the Island Sand Paper or talk with the locals that often gather at that establishment to hear the latest goings on  .. . on this small Island.  Don't leave without tasting one of the the homemade cinnamon buns.  The icing is sensational and you can ask for extra icing. You can lose the calories contained in...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
. . . . . a garden in all seasons, trees full with leaves and blooms all year round.  My wife is into gardening.  I take care of the landscaping, which is no easy task, especially in summer.  If the lawn is not mowed at least once a week and the bushes trimmed regularly, we will soon be living in a jungle. For those relocating to the area or to those just taking up gardening, I would strongly suggest that you stick to indiginous plants.  Northern flowers for the most part won't make it here.  And, roses are extremely difficult to maintain in this climate.  I watched a neighbor tend to her roses like slave.  In the end, she gave up.  Many Indiginous plants or species native to tropical climates will also bloom most of the year.  We reside on Fort Myers Beach and our soil tends to be salt...
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
Foodies and beach goers  this is for you !  The Fort Myers Beach Town Council and the Chamber of Commerce will present the annual celebration of great eating to benefit the Fourth of July fireworks fund, Bay Oakes Recreation Center and the Fort Myers Beach chapter of the American Business Women's Association. Local eateries will compete for your votes with amazing dishes while local wait -staffs also compete in a series of fun challenges designed to test their athletic skills.  The fun starts Sunday, June 8, 2008 from 11 a.m.  until 5 p.m. just past the Times Square area.  Good eats, terrific music and fun for all.  
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By Sharon Young
(Ivy League Mortgage Philadelphia, Pa)
Bowditch Point Regional Park beach sits at the northern end of Estero Island just above Ft Myers Beach in Ft Myers, Florida. Just keep driving and you can't miss it!                 It is a peaceful 17 acres of beach park and preserve that sits with the bay on one side and the wide sugar white beach on the other. This offers a wide variety of sights to explore. Fishing and swimming and boating ....lots of wading birds and native vegetation in a natural state.  This is a great place to come for the sunset, even on a "slightly cloudy" day. It's always beautiful in Southwest Florida. There are:picnic tables, grills, big clean restrooms and changing rooms. Outside showers to rinse off. A boardwalk to the beach with handicap access. There is even an adorable privately owned grill called "Fli...
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By Paul Sakornsin
(Century 21 TriPower Realty)
This weekend was the annual charity golf tournament for Fort Myers Beach Elementary. It was great fun and we keep getting a better turnout every year! There was even a special appearance from "The Village People" (not the real village people of course). We all sat down at Loggerheads for lunch, awards, and raffle afterward. The weather was perfect and I'm sure everyone is looking forward to next year's tournament. Kudos to the organizers for what is sure to be headlining event year after year getting local businesses to pull together for the greater good of our close knit community. www.paulsakornsin.com 
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
 This chart shows the actual statistics for home/condo sales on Fort Myers Beach, Florida for the years 1999 thru the first quarter of 2008. All sales figures are taken from the Greater Fort Myers and the Beach Multiple Listing Serivce.  This is the official data collec tion and reporting service for Southwest Florida. For most readers the critical data are contained in the 2007 & YTD 2008.  Those datasets show the dramatic turnaround  in the local market !   Look at the " Selling Volume of Properties Sold " and " Number of Sales " for the year ended 2007 and compare those numbers to the first quarter of 2008 !   Clearly, the pricing corrections which dominated the market for 20 months created a vacuum in the market and finally that vacuum is starting to be filled by savvy buyers coming...
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
Fort Myers Beach " Shrimp Boil ", Sat  April 19  , 2008  Fort Myers Beach Saturday  April  19, 2008 St. Raphael's Episcopal Church, located on 5601 Williams Dr on Fort Myers Beach is having their delicious Shrimp Boil Saturday March 29, 2008 from 5-7 PM.  The dinners feature wild caught Gulf shrimp. cole slaw, corn bread, baked beans, coffee, beer, wine and ice cream for desert.  If you like shrimp, the real kind direct from the Gulf of Mexico, you owe it to yourself, family and friends to try this eating experience.  Cost is $15.00 and payable at the door.  Dress is casual.  Just bring your appetite and a smile !      
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
        Florida Home Buyers, Sellers, lenders and Real Estate Professionals are curious to know: who is the best on line web site "appraiser".How accurate are they? How friendly is the site? If buyers wantto purchase a home in Lee County, can they rely on Zillow?      First http://zillow.com/ which comparable comes in Hybrid, Aerial and Street maps style has come a long way. Well, they had a long way to go.They used to stink.Provided by  http://globexplorer.com/ and a list of interesting search buttons the format is pleasant. The plus : for professionals or sellers you may adjust the price for upgrades and the likes. 219 Fairweather Ln Fort Myers Beach FL 33931 3 beds, 2.0 baths, 1,568 sq ft                                                                                                 ...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
      Sometimes we have to stop and smell the roses or in this case: take a look at thee majestic birds flying over the Gulf Of Mexico. It easy to take it for granted. We moved from MA to Key West In 1990 and all I have to do is smile and look towards the sky. I do know why so many want to visit or relocate. You may just take a stroll or power walk, swim or even harder jog Fort Myers Beach and all over sudden it hits you.This place is glorious. No words are needed.    The flight is perfect as the wings widen and effortlessly glides along the shore line. He is fishing. That is his job. He is feeding himself and his family.Or maybe its the mother.The law of nature is brutal and mesmerizing.It is the cycle of life.                                          Seagulls, brown pelicans, egrets, ...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
             Walking non chalent on Sunday, I was taken a back by the world under our feet in Fort Myers Beach. I was trying to figure if these tree stomps, prints on the sand, dry leaves from sea grape trees could teel stories of their own.    Sea weeds and specially sea grass ( underground) are known to protect the Gulf Of Mexico from erosion. Some on Fort Myers Beach were planted specially to slow down the erosion. March is Seagrass Awareness Month!  AS many kick back along sea grape leaves, they are doing their work. Their sediments are re-nourishing the beaches.The sad part? man made re-nourishment can also hurt sea turtles nesting as they need a the natural cycle of sediments to occur.40,000 to 80,000 nest from March to Florida and as man changes the coast line, many turtles do no...
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
Fort Myers Beach Saturday March 29, 2008 St. Raphael's Episcopal Church, located on 5601 Williams Dr on Fort Myers Beach is having their delicious Shrimp Boil Saturday March 29, 2008 from 5-7 PM.  The dinners feature wild caught Gulf shrimp. cole slaw, corn bread, baked beans, coffee, beer, wine and ice cream for desert.  If you like shrimp, the real kind direct from the Gulf of Mexico, you owe it to yourself, family and friends to try this eating experience.  Cost is $15.00 and payable at the door.  Dress is casual.  Just bring your appetite and a smile !    
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
The beautiful Fort Myers Beach or Estero Island with its 7 miles of white beaches has also seen its prices drastically reduced in the last 6 months. It has however few Foreclosures and Short sales. The Fort Myers & The Beach Association of Realtors shows only 3 single homes and 8 condos sold as a Short Sale. Don't let it fool you. There are many other conventionally listed homes in Fort Myers Beach these days. Fort Myers Beach Short Sales are worth a look simply because they are rare. View Listings These listings are valid for 30 days.Please contact me for new list.Thank you  For these investors or other kind of buyers who are drawn towards the Southwest Floridian Island life I put together a list of these short sales available as of March 25,2008. To get a more recent list contact your...
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
Saturday March 15, 2008 is the date for the Annual St. Patty's Day Parade on Fort Myers Beach.  The parade will take place on Estero Blvd between Santini Plaza and the Ascension Church.  Times for the annual event are starting from 9:45 am until 11:00 am.  During that time Estero Blvd will be closed to through traffic.  The parade captures the spirit of St Patty's Day and the laid back attitude of Fort Myers Beach.  A good time will be had by all !
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
Youv'e been waiting for it ( I know I have ! ) and it happens this weekend: the 50th Annual Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival organized by the Fort Myers Beach Lions Club !  Planned events begin at 9:30 with the 5K race followed by the famous Shrimp Festival Parade.  The fun continues with the Lions Club shrimp boil at Lynn Hall Memorial Park along with over 100 vendors of all types.  Remember to arrive early because the bridge will close at 9 AM.  Have a great Shrimp Festival !
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