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Thinking of Renting Your Second Home or Condo?

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 at 5:49pm. 179 Views, 0 Comments.

What You Need to Know if You Are Considering Signing Up with VBRO

Photo of Michael Lehnert By Michael Lehnert onAugust 17, 2016 Posted in Condominium, Leasing, Real Estate

IMG_3202Relatively recently, sites like VRBO have revolutionized how people travel. They also have made it easier for the average person to rent out their home without the need for professional assistance.

Are you considering renting your second home or condo during this fast-approaching Southwest Florida tourism season? If so, have you considered that you might be fined if you don’t have a license?

What You Need To Know

Florida law requires anyone in Florida…

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We're BACK!

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at 5:41pm. 983 Views, 0 Comments.

Hello, hello, to all our readers! Been a tough year for Gulf Coast Associates with broken bones and illness contributing to our inability to stay in touch with all of you! We apologize for that. Wanted to let you all know that we're writing again and just tons and tons of great info is coming out of our gorgeous SW Florida Gulf Coast area that will just delight you!

Start watching again, do write us about your questions, and we look forward to hearing from all of you again! 

Sincerely, Ben & Terry Dona, Gulf Coast Associates

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Mortgage Update - Interest Rates, Loan Amounts and Debt Relief

Thursday, January 8th, 2015 at 2:40pm. 1,872 Views, 0 Comments.

Mortgage Interest Rates and Loan Amounts for 2015The following is a round-up of recent news affecting mortgage interest rates and lending guidelines for 2015.

Mortgage interest rates have dropped dramatically to start off the new year. In some areas, 30 year fixed rate mortgages are available at 3.75% and 15 year fixed rate mortgages are as low as 3%. Falling oil prices and concerns over Europe's economy have driven the 10 year treasury rate below 2% and mortage interest rates have fallen accordingly.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will now allow 3% down payments for conventional fixed rate loans. Both entities have specific guidelines for using this program. Check with your…

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Naples Real Estate Market Sales Report - 3rd Quarter 2014

Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 11:07am. 2,262 Views, 0 Comments.

Naples Real Estate Market Sales Report - 3rd Quarter 2014Limited inventory continues to be the story of the Naples area real estate market as we head into season in SW Florida. Demand is definitely outweighing supply. Statistics* released Friday by the Naples Area Board of Realtors (NABOR) for the 3rd Quarter of 2014 showed an 11 percent decrease in closed sales year-over-year and 12 percent drop from August's sales numbers. Pending sales were down 10 percent year-over-year and dropped 4 percent from last month. Overall home prices continued to rise though jumping 13.5 percent to $265,000 year-over-year. For September, the closed sales price was up 1 percent to $262,000 from August's…

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Florida's Do Not Call List Revisited

Sunday, August 17th, 2014 at 12:14pm. 2,382 Views, 0 Comments.

Florida's Do Not Call ListIt's time for another look at how well Florida's Do Not Call Law is working to curtail one of the most annoying grievances Florida residents regularly complain about having to endure - the dreaded and unwanted phone solicitation.

It was seven years ago that we first blogged about how the state of Florida was getting serious about countering unsolicited phone calls from telemarketers of any sort. At that time (June, 2008), then Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles Bronson was happy with having collected $1.5 million in fines and judgements against companies that were found to have inappropriately contacted…

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The Bonita Bay Club is Growing Again

Friday, August 15th, 2014 at 12:50pm. 1,197 Views, 0 Comments.

The Bonita Bay Club's New Patio UpgradeThe Bonita Bay Golf Club in Bonita Springs is updating and improving itself once again. Recently the club spent $11.5 million on the golf course and the clubhouse, changing out the pro-shop for a new 4,700 SF open air bar and casual grill. Now, with nearly 2,000 social, sports, and golf members, the association purchased (for $4.25 Million) the 60,000 SF Bonita Bay Medical Centre, located just to the back of the Creekside's golf course and next to The Promenade. The three story building will give the club plenty of room for expanding its services to its members.

Plans for the space, which will be called the Bonita Bay…

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Florida's Economic Outlook? Quite Bright for Growth, Jobs & Housing

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 at 1:15pm. 1,887 Views, 0 Comments.

Florida's Economic Outlook Through 2017The following excerpts on economic expansion for the State of Florida come from The College of Business Administration at the University of Central Florida's quarterly economic projection report for July 2014. According to their findings, between now and 2017, it is expected that Florida’s economy will expand at an average annual growth rate of 3.7% and payroll job creation will average an annual pace of 2.6%. Both measures are well above the pace expected for the national economy.

These are some of the highlights of the report with regards to the housing market:

  • As of May 2014, 41.7 percent of single-family home…

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Florida Home Loan Closing Costs - 2013 Survey Results

Thursday, July 31st, 2014 at 7:04pm. 1,340 Views, 0 Comments.

Florida Home Loan Closing Costs - 2013 Survey ResultsBankrate has released its annual survey on home loan closing costs* again. In Florida, the news was actually better than expected. For 2013, the closing costs on a $200,000 home purchase averaged $2,517, a fall of $323 over last year's cost of $2,840. And, while still expensive, Florida's number dropped it from No. 4 in 2012 to No. 9 on last year's list.

The survey found that the national average for origination and third-party fees this year totaled $2,402, up 6% ($138) from $2,264 in 2012. The results indicated the fees charged directly by lenders went up 8.4%, while fees charged by third parties for things such as appraisals…

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Naples Real Estate Market - 2nd Quarter 2014 Sales Report

Sunday, July 20th, 2014 at 6:59am. 1,349 Views, 0 Comments.

Naples Real Estate Market - 2nd Quarter 2014 Sales ReportThe Naples real estate market has cooled somewhat now that the summer season is in full swing in SW Florida. Statistics released yesterday by the Naples Area Board of Realtors (NABOR) for the 2nd Quarter of 2014 showed a 4 percent decrease in sales year-over-year and 1 percent from May's sales numbers. Pending sales were down 8 percent year-over-year and 11 percent from last month. Overall home prices continued to rise though jumping 10 percent to $273,000 year-over-year. For June, they were up 2.5 percent to $282,000 from May's $275,000. Inventory and average days on the market (DOM) shrank substantially year over year and from May…

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Bonita Bay's Golf Club Set to Host Florida Open this Weekend

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 at 3:28pm. 1,841 Views, 0 Comments.

Bonita Bay's Golf Club Set to Host Florida Open this WeekendThe Florida Open golf tournament has not been held in SW Florida since the Florida State Golf Association took over the Florida Open in 2010. That will change this weekend as the Bonita Bay golf club will host the annual event at its Bay Island Course at Bonita Bay in Bonita Springs, and the Cypress Course at Bonita Bay East in North Naples.

The Florida Open dates back to 1942 and has been won over the years by such notables as Bob Murphy, Gary Koch, Bruce Fleisher, John Huston, Dudley Hart, and Bart Bryant.

The three-day, 54-hole tournament will host 156 players and have a cut to the low 60's plus ties after Saturday's second…

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Blog Authored by Benjamin Dona of Gulf Coast Associates, Realtors