Saturday, June 8, 2019 / by Naples Ultimate Selling Team
Taking preventive measures to protect your children against unintentional injuries at home is essential. Each year more children die from preventable injuries than from all childhood diseases combined. With foresight and action, you can help prevent burns, cuts, falls, poisonings, drowning, choking and other serious injuries.
Use these four checklists to ensure that your home is healthy and safe for the children living in it.
In the Bedroom
Install smoke alarms outside bedrooms and on every level of the home
Test smoke alarms at least once a month and change batteries at lease once a year.
Practice fire escape routes and identify an outside meeting place.
Place a baby to sleep on his or her back in a crib with no pillows or soft padding underneath.
Use a crib that meets national safety standards and has a snug-fitting mattress.
Never use an electric blanket in the bed or crib of a small child or infant.
Keep small toys, balloons, and small balls away from young childre ...
Thursday, May 30, 2019 / by Naples Ultimate Selling Team
by Michelle Martin, for William Raveis Real Estate
For the fourth straight year, the Naples, Florida, metro area has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for health and happiness, perhaps because Florida is also one of the most tax-friendly of all U.S. states.
Just ask residents from the Northeast, who rank at the top of the list for the nation’s greatest number of residents who are moving there (three of the top four states with the highest number of residents migrating to Collier County are in the Northeast, and people from the Northeast also make up the highest number of out-of-state annual visitors to southwest Florida).
People come here for the spectacular sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico, white sandy beaches, arts and culture and the many financial advantages – just a few of the reasons that the Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index recognized Naples, in Collier County, for the highest well-being across 156 U.S. communities.
Here are seven reasons why Na ...
Friday, May 24, 2019 / by Naples Ultimate Selling Team
April Report Shows Market Resurgence Continues
Naples, Fla. (May 24, 2019) - Closed sales during April in the Naples housing market increased 12.8 percent to 1,158 properties in April 2019 from 1,027 properties in April 2018. Broker analysts reviewing the April 2019 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island), reported that April was a solid month with strong sales activity in both the single-family and condominium markets.
"I believe we have reason to be optimistic going into the summer," said Bill Coffey, Broker Manager of Amerivest Realty Naples who added, "The report showed overall sales were up 17 percent in April over March, and March's sales were higher than February."
According to Kathy Zorn, broker/owner, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Pristine, who anal ...
Friday, April 19, 2019 / by Anna Eckstein
Realistic Home Values Led to Strong Sales in March
Naples, Fla. (April 18, 2019) - According to the March 2019 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island), the median closed price of homes decreased 5.6 percent to $340,000 in March 2019 from $360,000 in March 2018. Broker analysts reviewing the report clarified that the median closed price decrease was due, in part, to an increase in the number of closed sales of homes priced under $500,000 during the last year.
Another reason for the decrease in median home price is due to sellers pricing their homes appropriately - based on actual comparisons of recently sold homes - to gauge their home's estimated value rather than pricing their homes based on unvalidated values.
The March 2019 Ma ...
Friday, April 12, 2019 / by Anna Eckstein
North America has one of the safest water supplies in the world. However, national statistics don't tell you specifically about the quality and safety of the water coming out of your tap. That's because drinking water quality varies from place to place, depending on the condition of the source water from which it is drawn and the treatment it receives.
What contaminants may be found in drinking water?
There is no such thing as naturally pure water. In nature, all water contains some impurities. As water flows in streams, sits in lakes, and filters through layers of soil and rock in the ground, it dissolves or absorbs the substances that it touches. Some of these substances are harmless. In fact, some people prefer mineral water precisely because minerals give it an appealing taste. However, at certain levels minerals, just like man-made chemicals, are considered contaminants that can make water unpalatable or even unsafe. Some contaminants come from erosion of natural rock fo ...