Tag: Florida New Homes

Motivational Monday June 13, 2016

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Mike Cathell,
Broker/Owner, Investment Property Consultant
Real Estate Services of SWFL, LLC

Cell:  (239) 770-6250   Fax:  (239) 288-2505
Email:  InvestSWFL@gmail.com
Real Estate Services of SWFL, LLC

When Seller and Realtor Work Together

How many times in your Real Estate career has the perfect transaction happened to you?  How many Sellers  see their transaction go according to their plan?  It happened to me last month since I had the perfect seller.

The couple was a recommendation.  The husband moved to another state for a job opportunity and the wife stayed to get the house sold so she could join him.  Her priorities were to sell fast and to get the profit they needed to find another home.

Our first meeting at the house went great.  I asked what price she was hoping to get.  Her price in the mid-range of market prices.  We walked the house and discussed what would add value to make the house easier to sell.  We agreed on the following:

  • Remove the collectible collection to storage
  • Pack all personal items and move to storage
  • Paint the great room
  • Remove furniture from front porch
  • Pressure wash outside and driveway

A week later, she called to let me know everything was finished.  I drove over to take pictures, put sign in yasold signrd and a lockbox on the house.  The next morning, I put the listing on the MLS asking for 24 hour advance notice for showings.

About an hour later, an agent called ans said she was in neighborhood showing houses.  Realized there was 24 hour notice and wanted to make appointment.  I called the Seller and she said to send them over now.  House was ready and she was home.  She took a ride so she would not be home during showing.

Four hours later, we received an offer slightly higher than listing price.  She wanted to move ASAP, so naturally the offer was accepted.  Out Title company, Title-Junction in Fort Myers, took over.   The husband came down two weeks later to pack and move.  The Title company allowed Sellers to come over to sign forms to handle the long distance closing with ease.  The money was wired to their account and I received a “long distance hug” from the Sellers and now they are ready to move to the next phase of their life.

This was the transaction we all dream about.  It shows what can happen when Sellers and their Real Estate agent see the process as a team effort!

Did I mention, they owned 5 cats that had to be handled for showings.  Again, amazing performance by the Owner!

Mike Cathell,
Broker/Owner, Investment Property Consultant
Real Estate Services of SWFL, LLC

Cell:  (239) 770-6250   Fax:  (239) 288-2505
Email:  InvestSWFL@gmail.com
Real Estate Services of SWFL, LLC


A Real Estate Epiphany

At a recent open house, two of the attendees sat down on the sofa and we talked for about an hour.  We talked briefly about the house but talked a great deal about the community, the amenities, the recreational activities and the school district.  This confirmed my feelings that I have had since I started selling Florida Real Estate 14 years ago.  I do not sell Florida houses.

I sell Florida Lifestyle!

Prospects do ask how many bedrooms, how many bathrooms, age of the hoStock Photo of a Happy Hispanic Family With Two Boys, Holding Hause, number of garages and square footage but then the real questions start:

  • How far to the Beach?
  • What size boat can I dock here?
  • Where is the closest golf course?
  • When is rainy season?
  • Does the community have an active recreational director?

This conversation is usually longer and much more detailed than asking about the actual features of the house.  The houses sell themselves, either it is right or not.  But the lifestyle needs exploring and is what today’s buyer feels is the most important aspect of their decision.

Like I tell my agents, be a part of your community.  Understand why people would want to live in your neighborhood.  Become a “Lifesyle Enthusiasist”  as well as a Real Estate Expert.  So, if thinking about buying in SW Florida, come join us for the lifestyle!


Mike Cathell,
Broker/Owner, Investment Property Consultant
Real Estate Services of SWFL, LLC

Cell:  (239) 770-6250   Fax:  (239) 288-2505
Email:  InvestSWFL@gmail.com
Real Estate Services of SWFL, LLC

Motivational Monday – Nov. 9, 2015


Florida Has 6 of the Nation’s Fastest-Growing Metro Areas (Associated Press, March 26. 2015)

WASHINGTON — Mar 26, 2015, 3:22 AM ET
By JESSE J. HOLLAND Associated Press
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The beautiful weather in Florida seems to be drawing more and more Americans, with the Sunshine State climbing the ranks of most populous states and fastest-growing cities.

New data released from the U.S. Census Bureau showed that The Villages, Florida, ranked as the nation’s fastest-growing metro area last year, with the city west of Orlando boasting a 5.4 percent increase in population between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014. This comes as Florida became the nation’s third most-populous state in December, taking over the spot once held by New York.

But it’s not just The Villages, which grew to a population of about 114,000, the Census Bureau said. The growth is driven by increases in the state’s metroplexes in areas such as central and southern Florida, Census Bureau Director John H. Thompson said. Six Florida metro areas were among the 20 fastest-growing: The Villages, Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton and Panama City.

Florida has been long known for retirees, beaches and vacationers. The influx of new residents was enough to offset the fact that there were more deaths than births in about half of the state’s counties, the Census Bureau said. Florida averaged 803 new residents each day between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014, growing by 293,000 to reach 19.9 million during that time period, census data released in December showed.

New York went up by 51,000 to 19.7 million during that same period.

A few more beach towns and cities in the West make up most of the top five fastest-growing cities by percent growth: Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach metroplex in South Carolina and North Carolina at 3.2 percent; the Austin-Round Rock area in Texas at 3 percent; Odessa, Texas, at 2.9 percent; and St. George, Utah, at 2.9 percent.

Texas snagged the top spots in both numerical increase by person for counties and metro areas.

Harris County, Texas, leads the nation in population growth by person, with the county surrounding Houston adding 89,000 people between July 2013 and 2014, followed by Maricopa County, Arizona, with 74,000 and Los Angeles County with 63,000.

The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metro area was also the top in metro area numerical increase with 156,371 people added between 2013 and 2014, followed by the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area with a 131,217-person increase and the New York-Newark-Jersey City-Pennsylvania area with a 90,797-person increase.

By percentage, Williams County, North Dakota, remained the nation’s fastest-growing county with a population of more than 10,000 people. It increased by 8.7 percent from 2013 to 2014, followed by Stark County, North Dakota, at 7 percent; Sumter County, Florida, at 5.4 percent; Pickens County, Alabama, at 5.1 percent; and Hays County, Texas, at 4.8 percent.

The Census Bureau also said:

—California was the nation’s most populous state in 2014, with 38.8 million residents. Texas came in second at 27 million.

—Los Angeles County had the nation’s largest population with more than 10.1 million people.

—New York was the nation’s largest metro area, with about 20.1 million people.

—Detroit was still losing people. Wayne County, Michigan, has the nation’s largest numerical decline at just less than 11,000. The next closest county? Cuyahoga County, Ohio; the county including Cleveland lost slightly more than 4,000 people.

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