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March 2016 Newsletter

March 2016 Newsletter As the “season” is rapidly drawing to a close, The Brown Realty Group has been very busy with the business of real estate.  Although the year has started out a little soft in the Naples to Fort Myers corridor, we have had several closings and as we write this newsletter, we have

Flood insurance Changes Effective April 1, 2016: What You Need to Know

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) made important changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). These changes are the result of continued implementation of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA) and the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW12). Highlights of the changes include the following and apply to new

April 2015 Real Estate Newsletter

Many of our customers, friends and even neighbors are always curious about whether or not our real estate market slows down during “out-of-season”. Generally speaking, our answer is, “no”. As Realtors, we’re not quite as busy, because there are simply not as many people on fact-finding excursions and wanting to look at homes/communities. However, the

She Gives Back with her Time, Talent & Treasure

Downing-Frye team Brenda and Rick Brown have found second careers in real estate after moving to Southwest Florida in 2009.   They quickly realized that retirement and playing golf every day just wasn’t their style. Brenda was a former executive for State Farm Insurance for 23 years and Rick was a trial attorney for 30 years. 

SWFL Symphony Society 2015 Designer Showcase “Luxury Home Tour”

This year the SWFL Symphony Society is pleased to team up with Stock Development Company to hold the 2015 “Luxury Home Tour” at Quail West in Naples, FL.  The houses will be open for viewing by the public starting on April 10 and continuing through April 19, 2015 during the hours of 11am to 4pm

Golf Carts and SW Florida Communities

Sunshine, gulf breezes, golf courses—and golf carts—define the Southwest Florida lifestyle, attracting residents to our beautiful golf communities. But after you decide on that perfect winter or year-round home in Florida, and before you start shopping for that perfect golf cart, here are a few questions to ask your future homeowners’ association: Am I allowed

The Brown Realty Group’s February 2015 Newsletter

Nationally, sales of new US homes were basically flat in January, evidence that recent job gains and relatively low mortgage rates have yet to spur the real estate market. The Commerce Department said that new home sales slipped 0.2% last month.  This marks a slight decrease from sales in December, but represents a solid 5.3%

Landscaping and the Environment

  WRITTEN BY CAROLYN M. RUNYON    PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS LESCHINSKY   When Jeffrey Gordon Smith, of Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture in Los Osos, California, began this project, his primary challenge was to blend the new landscape design with the existing remarkable countryside. “The area has a Mediterranean climate but tends to be dryer,”

Upcoming Changes to Real Estate Appraisals on January 26

This is important information for those who are looking to secure a mortgage loan on a home purchase any time soon.   Whenever you apply for a mortgage, the lender will definitely require an appraisal on the new property.  Thank you to Tami Carr at Mortgage One Inc for providing us with this great information.  She

30 Can’t-Miss Home Staging Tips – HGTV

Designer Lisa LaPorta shares with HGTV some of her best home staging tips for sellers who are trying to sell their home.  These are great tips for all of our Naples, Fort Myers, Estero and Bonita Real Estate Clients!  Click here to read more: Brenda Brown, Realtor, CLHMS The Brown Realty Group Downing-Frye Realty
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