John R. Wood Agents, Ann and Robert Sullivan, Earn GRI Designation

John R. Wood Properties is proud to announce that the real estate team of Robert and Ann Sullivan, REALTORS®, located in their Bonita Springs office, have earned the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation in recognition of their commitment to provide a high level of professional real estate services by securing a strong educational foundation.

Robert Ann SUllivanIn addition to covering various topics such as ethics, the handling/protection of personal information, creating business plans and tapping into different markets today, the GRI requires a minimum of sixty classroom hours. Real estate professionals who hold the GRI designation stand out to prospective home buyers and sellers as a REALTOR® who has gained in-depth knowledge on technical subjects, as well as the fundamentals of real estate.

For more information about the Southwest Florida luxury real estate market, contact Ann and Robert Sullivan at John R. Wood Properties at (239) 908-1110 or rsullivan@johnrwood.com.

John R. Wood Properties is the oldest real estate company in Southwest Florida with 55+ years of experience in the market. The firm has thirteen offices serving the areas from Marco Island to Sanibel/Captiva Islands, and employs 400 agents and staff.

For more information, or to look at luxury homes for sale in Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, Sanibel and Captiva Islands, and Ft Myers, visit www.JohnRWood.com.

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Naples, FL Real Estate: Inland Home Sales Activity Outpaced Shoreline

According to the most recent real estate market report from the by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), broker analysts were pleased when they reviewed the Third Quarter Market Report, which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island). The report showed positive trends during the summer months of 2015, with increased activity in neighborhoods located inland (east of 41) including South, East and Central Naples. Overall closed sales for single-family homes in the $1-million to $2-million price category outpaced all other price categories with a 79 percent increase (quarter over quarter) from 56 single-family homes sold in the Third Quarter of 2014 to 100 sold in the Third Quarter of 2015.

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The third quarter report confirmed to us that summer was strong for home sales, referring to double-digit increases in closed sales for homes priced above $300,000.

Geographically, activity was most remarkable during the Third Quarter in inland neighborhoods of Naples with activity in the South Naples condominium market leading the pack. According to a quarterly comparison of the Third Quarter of 2014 versus the Third Quarter of 2015, South Naples saw an 8 percent increase in pending sales for condominiums, a 9 percent increase in closed sales for condominiums, and a 24 percent increase in median closed price for condominiums.

Broker analysts agreed that a renewed interest in homes located east of U.S. 41 was not a surprise. Sales of homes near the beach happened faster following the recession because of their prime location, but the latest reports show us the housing market in all geographic areas within Naples has recovered as buyers are showing increased interest in our inland properties.

The reports also showed a strong trend in how people are purchasing homes, cash versus financing. When the number of homes being financed continues to increase through the summer months, it’s a good indicator that more full-time families are being attracted to the area.

Other highlights include:

  • Overall pending sales decreased 1 percent from 2,304 homes in the Third Quarter of 2014 to 2,270 homes in the Third Quarter of 2015.
  • Overall closed sales increased 3 percent from 9,658 in the 12-months ending the Third Quarter of 2014 to 9,956 in the 12-months ending the Third Quarter of 2015.
  • Overall median closed price increased 15 percent from $262,000 in the 12-months ending the Third Quarter of 2014 to $300,000 in the 12-months ending the Third Quarter of 2015.
  • Overall median closed price for homes over $300,000 decreased 5 percent from $545,000 in the 12-months ending the Third Quarter of 2014 to $520,000 in the 12-months ending the Third Quarter of 2015.
  • Overall inventory decreased 3 percent from 3,702 in the Third Quarter of 2014 to 3,606 in the Third Quarter of 2015.
  • There is a 4.24 months’ supply of inventory.
  • Average days on market decreased 1 percent from 77 days in the Third Quarter of 2014 to 78 days in the Third Quarter of 2015.
  • The NABOR® September 2015 Market Report was also released and reflected these overall (single-family and condominium) findings:
  • Overall pending sales decreased 10 percent from 829 homes in September 2014 to 749 homes in September 2015.
  • Overall closed sales increased 3 percent from 9,658 homes in the 12-months ending September 2015 to 9,956 homes in the 12-months ending September 2015.
  • Overall median closed price increased 15 percent from $262,000 in the 12-months ending September 2014 to $300,000 in the 12-months ending September 2015.
  • Overall inventory decreased 3 percent from 3,702 in September 2014 to 3,606 in September 2015.
  • Average Days on market increased 7 percent from 74 days in September 2014 to 79 days in September 2015.

To view the entire report, visit www.NaplesArea.com.

To see more market reports each month, visit the John R. Wood Marketing report archives!

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Happy Thanksgiving from John R Wood Properties

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On Thanksgiving Day we’re thankful for
Our blessings all year through,
For family we dearly love,
For good friends, old and new.
For sun to light and warm our days,
For stars that glow at night,
For trees of green and skies of blue,
And puffy clouds of white.
We’re grateful for our eyes that see
The beauty all around,
For arms to hug, and legs to walk,
And ears to hear each sound.
The list of all we’re grateful for
Would fill a great big book;
Our thankful hearts find new delights
Everywhere we look!

By Joanna Fuchs

 Have a happy and safe holiday from your family at John R. Wood Properties!

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Naples FL Among Best American Towns to Spend the Holidays

Naples, Florida was listed as #5 out of 26 cities noted by TravelandLeisure.com as the best American towns to spend the holidays in!  Here is an excerpt from this feature:

This Florida town lacks snowman-building material, but the snowbird-style winter wonderland still lures holiday revelers with its luxury stores, cool boutiques, and festive ambiance. Third Street South is the headquarters for the official tree, evening “snow” showers during Thanksgiving week, and gorgeous window displays, like those at department store Marissa Collections in the Old Naples Historic District. Continue shopping along Fifth Avenue South, and check out whimsical clothing and gift shop Wind in the Willows, whose window won Best in Show at the 2013 local holiday decorating contest. Of course, the holidays are about more than retail; catch the Naples edition of the worldwide TUBA Christmas, a concert on Fifth Avenue South’s Sugden Plaza featuring brass tubas, euphoniums, and baritones.

Shouldn’t they have mentioned that you can also spend your holidays at the beach???

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So, which towns beat out Naples, Florida? Vail, Aspen, Nantucket and Ogunquit, ME…sounds like if snow isn’t your thing, Naples, Florida is the BEST warm and sunny place to be for the holidays!

Or, maybe you’d like to just spend all year here! If you do, we can help you find your new home in paradise!

John R. Wood Properties is the oldest real estate company in Southwest Florida with 55+ years of experience in the market. The firm has thirteen offices serving the areas from Marco Island to Sanibel/Captiva Islands, and employs 400 agents and staff. Naples FL Real Estate

To see luxury homes for sale in Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, Ft. Myers and Sanibel/Captiva Islands, visit JohnRWood.com.

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John R. Wood Agents Build Expertise in the SW FL Luxury Home Market

John R. Wood Properties is proud to announce that several of its agents recently completed a luxury home marketing training course offered by the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing.

The Southwest Florida Luxury Home Market

The Southwest Florida Luxury Home Market

The course covers topics such as demographics, lifestyle segmentation, trends, and amenities in today’s luxury home product, as we all as developing a marketing plan for the multi-million dollar property.  This training provides new insight about the upper tier market and will allow John R. Wood Agents to effectively market luxury homes as well as procure potential buyers.  The course is also a step towards earning the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist® designation.

The following John R. Wood REALTORS have successfully completed this course:

  • Alice Zaimes Strong
  • Arthur Shafran
  • Bonnie Dyer O’Connell
  • Gwen Geletka
  • Jessica Bibbee
  • Mary Ann Sims
  • Michelle Spoviero
  • Mimy von Schreiner
  • Natalie Kirstein
  • Rex Storter
  • Robert Forbis
  • Stuart W. Miller
  • Tade Bua-Bell
  • Terrilyn VanGorder
  • Trisha Kent
  • Ulrich Korff

 

John R. Wood Properties is the oldest real estate company in Southwest Florida with 55+ years of experience in the market. The firm has thirteen offices serving the areas from Marco Island to Sanibel/Captiva Islands, and employs 400 agents and staff. Naples FL Real Estate

For more information, visit www.JohnRWood.com.

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John R. Wood Properties’ Real Estate Team Adds Andrea DeBenedictis

The Monika DeBenedictis Team at John R. Wood Properties is proud to announce the addition of new team member, Andrea DeBenedictis, REALTOR®.

Andres DeBenedictis, REALTOR

Andres DeBenedictis, REALTOR

Prior to joining the team, Andrea spent fifteen years working with global companies in the high-tech and digital advertising industries.  She brings with her an in-depth understanding of the latest trends in technology and online marketing, including social media.  A passionate professional, Andrea is looking forward to providing exceptional service to buyers and sellers in the Southwest Florida luxury real estate market.

For more information, please contact (239) 450-4222, email monika@yourhomeinnaples.com or visit YourHomeInNaples.com.

 

To see luxury homes for sale in Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, Ft. Myers and Sanibel/Captiva Islands, visit JohnRWood.com

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Thank you, Veterans, from John R. Wood Properties

Those serving in our military – past and present – have paved the road to each of these blessings.  Many have paid a high price.  Many families still feel those wounds.

If you are a veteran, we salute you today and every other day.  We thank you for these blessings we enjoy.  If you are the family member of a veteran – we thank you.  You have paid a price as well.  Your support of that veteran and the sacrifices you have made are beyond compare.

On this Veteran’s day, we honor each and every one of you with thanks.  It cannot repay you for your service and sacrifices, but know how much your service to our country and contribution to our blessings is appreciated.Veterans Day

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Marco Island Real Estate: Q3 2015 Report

The John R. Wood Properties’ Quarter Three Marco Island Real Estate Market Report is now available!

The number of residential properties listed during the third quarter posted a 7% increase, with condominiums increasing for the first time since 2012 for this period.  The number of condominium closings during Q3 2015 increased 8% year-over-year, while single family home closings declined 19%.
Inventory is typically at its lowest levels during third quarter which likely accounts for the significant decline in the number of single family homes changing hands.

Let a John R. Wood Agent help you navigate Marco Island so you can get the property you want!

To see the full report, click below!

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Marco Island Q3 2015 Market Report

 

 

 

 

To see luxury homes for sale in Marco Island, Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, Ft. Myers and Sanibel/Captiva Islands, visit JohnRWood.com

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Gulf Shore Blvd Real Estate Q3 2015 Market Report Now Available

The John R. Wood Properties’ Quarter Three Gulf Shore Blvd. Real Estate Market Report is now available!

Beachfront sales declined 10% from third quarter 2014 (30 vs. 27), while the number of sales on the bay increased 67% for the period (20 vs. 12). The slight decline in the number of sales on the beach was due to decreased inventory rather than diminishing demand. The Allegro recorded the most beachfront sales with five, while Port au Villa was the most active on the bayfront with four closed transactions.

Let a John R. Wood Agent help you navigate the Boulevard so you can get the property you want!

To see the full report, click below!

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The Vesci Real Estate Team Joins John R. Wood Properties

John R. Wood Properties is proud to announce the addition of the Vesci Real Estate Team, Mari and Robert Vesci, to the John R. Wood Properties’ family.

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Mari Vesci and Robert Vesci, REALTORS

Mari Vesci, Broker and owner of Mari Vesci Realtors, Inc. on Vanderbilt Beach since 1998, has been a Southwest Florida REALTOR® since 1986.  The boutique office is a dominant player in the Vanderbilt Beach waterfront market. Robert Vesci grew up in Naples and earned a Business Management and Economics degree from Eckerd College.  Working in real estate since age 18, he earned his Broker Associate license in 2001. Robert previously managed the rental department of Mari Vesci Realtors, Inc., as well as working in residential and commercial sales.

“We wanted to join forces with the leading real estate company in Naples for luxury real estate and John R. Wood Properties is it,” stated Mari Vesci.  “They have the extensive luxury real estate advertising we were looking for, the global reach for attracting international buyers and the cutting-edge technology we wanted for our clients,” stated Robert Vesci. “We are so proud to have the Vesci Real Estate team at John R. Wood Properties,” added Mari.

The Vesci Real Estate Team will continue to operate at the current location at 9000 Gulf Shore Drive at the corner of Vanderbilt Beach Road.  The office will be under the management of Doreen Thomas, Managing Broker of the John R Wood Properties’ North Naples office.  To contact the Vesci Real Estate Team, visit VesciRealEstate.com or call (239) 566-8989.

John R. Wood Properties is the oldest real estate company in Southwest Florida with 55+ years of experience in the market. The firm has thirteen offices serving the areas from Marco Island to Sanibel/Captiva Islands, and employs 400 agents and staff.

For more information, visit JohnRWood.com.

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