The Dillard Team Blog

Bonita Bay Closed Sales

There’s a high demand for real estate in Southwest Florida, especially in luxurious communities with unparalleled amenities like Bonita Bay. As we’ve stated many times in the past, the greater Bonita Springs area has grown incredibly over the past several years. When priced right, residential sales happen rapidly. Here you can easily read the 2017 BONITA BAY CLOSED SALES year-to-date. Check... [Read more...]

SWFL Happenings

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA HAPPENINGS SoapFest Charity Weekend on Marco Island May 26-29, 2017 The 18th annual SoapFest Charity Weekend kicks off with A Night of Stars, Saturday, May 27th at 7 p.m. held at the magnificent Marco Island Yacht Club, located at the foot of the Jolley Bridge, at 1400 N. Collier Blvd. This VIP event, catered by Chef Bob, will offer several opportunities for up close and personal... [Read more...]

April 2017 Market Reports

The Summer Selling Season Although inventory levels are still higher than they were at the same time last year, the number of new listings coming to market over the past 12 months has remained approximately the same as the previous 12 months. The only properties that have shown an increase in new listings are those priced between $250,000 and $500,000 in the Naples, Bonita Springs, and Estero market. All... [Read more...]

Health & Fitness Tips

Want to feel good and improve your health? Here are some tried and true fitness tips we’ve compiled based on our own experience as well as research. Save your heart through exercise. Not only does it help prevent cardiology problems and strokes, but it also makes you feel energized. Backache? Try massage before pills. Acute lower back pain can respond very well to massage therapy, heat wraps... [Read more...]

“Inside” the Naples Zoo

Would you like to know more “untold stories” of what goes on inside the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens? We thought so! There’s a plethora of information online, in magazines, and other periodicals. Here’s a sampling of what we’ve discovered that might be of interest to you! Aristotle is a screech owl and Rosabelle is another owl-like creature called a tawny frogmouth.... [Read more...]

Wilson Bradshaw, FGCU President

Wilson Bradshaw is the President of Florida Gulf Coast University. Getting ready to step down this summer, he will have served in that capacity for half of FGCU’s existence. When he started, the University was just beginning to realize its potential, but grew at a rapid rate. His successor, Michael Martin, has some big shoes to fill with a good amount of formative work to be done. In 10 years,... [Read more...]

Changes in the Foreign Buyers Market

Southwest Florida’s gravitational pull of sand and sun reaches far and wide. In fact, the Cape Coral-Ft. Myers and Naples-Marco Island metro areas make up about 3% of Florida’s total foreign buyers, according to the NAR (National Association of Realtors) 2016 International Residential Real Estate Activity in Florida report. Who are these foreign buyers? Mostly Europeans and Canadians are... [Read more...]

SWFL Q1 Market Review 2017

It was a very busy month in March that helped push first quarter closings ahead of last year in all three market segments.  Inventory continued to climb over prior year, but at a slower pace in many areas,  than in the past.  Median and average sales prices remained stable when compared to Q1 2016, which along with price adjustments in most segments helped fuel the sales increases.  Marco was the... [Read more...]

On The Water ~ A-Z Guide

Are you an aquaphile? Do you love water activities? Do we have an A-to-Z guide that’s perfect for you! Please consider the following activities throughout all of Southwest Florida: Airboats – in the Everglades Board Sports – try skim boarding Clubs – fractional ownership boat clubs Dining Cruises – Naples/Marco Island Princess Everglades – paddling, kayaking &... [Read more...]

Are you Ready to Sell your House?

When you’re ready to sell, make sure your house is first ready. By investing in a few key things, you can have a significant impact on how long it takes to find a buyer and what that buyer is paying. Remember, people are touring your home to see how they would live there (not you). Here are five tips to help take charge of what a potential buyer experiences as they check out homes: 1. Curb Appeal... [Read more...]