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Key Lime Festival

05.05.2014 in Events

key-lime-pie-xCome for the annual Key Lime Festival in Fisherman’s Village on Saturday, May 17th from 10 am- 6 pm. Shops and Boutiques will feature their key lime specialties. Bella Balsamic will be offering samples of a key lime flavored dressing. Try a sample of a unique key lime soap, brought to you by Naples Soap. Simply sweet will be offering key lime pie, cupcakes, brownies, gelato, candy, and more! Specialty vendors will be offering their own creations with everything key lime! Come for the live music, face painting, balloon creations, tarot reading, and many more fun activities!

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10th Annual Wine and Jazz Festival

30.04.2014 in Events

The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce announced today that tickets are now on sale for the 10th Annual Wine and abair 020Jazz Fest- in fact, about HALF of the VIP tickets have already been sold! It has been confirmed that Mindi Abair will be returning as  Act 1 of the 2015 Jazz Fest, and will have a lot of new, fresh material to perform. You can buy your tickets online at www.puntagordachamber.com. VIP tickets are $190 plus tax. Premium tickets are $110 plus tax. Regular tickets are $64 plus tax. All tickets are non-negotiable/ non-refundable.

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January Market Update

20.03.2014 in Market Update

January 2014 market update

Overall 2013 finished slightly ahead of 2012 in terms of unit sales across the board with less than 5% growth in unit sales in Charlotte County, PGI/BSI & the Burnt Store markets. Where we recognized the most significant increases in unit sales is in the sale of vacant land.  Specifically, Charlotte County experienced a 14% increase in lot sales in 2013 over 2012, while the 33950 (PGI/BSI market) witnessed a 27% increase, and 33955 (Burnt Store market area) witnessed a 19% increase. The increase in lot sales had a corresponding increase on the number of building permits issued, as confirmed by the city of Punta Gorda who alone issued 87 permits in 2013. Copy of BSM Entrance

This is encouraging news for property sellers in our market today, as many of the “value lots” are being cleared from the market pushing buyers back into the resale market, versus considering new construction.  With our market now one year stronger and our feeder markets firming up in the Midwest and Northeast we are better poised for a potential uptick in property prices.

Abnormally cold weather experienced so far this winter will certainly contribute to the migration that Michael wrote about last week.  This coupled with more mortgage markets opening back up will in fact help to spur buying activity this season.

We will continue to experience the challenges with mortgage lenders being more rigid with their qualification of buyers, though more money should be available for those who qualify.  Moreover, as prices start to creep up we will be confronted with the never ending challenge of access to adequate data to substantiate the necessary appraisal.

The other hurdle on the horizon for sellers with older homes is the Biggert- Waters Flood Insurance reform, which is grossly increasing the cost of flood insurance for homes built in 1973 and before in Charlotte County and 1982 and before in Lee County.  The Senate is currently moving to postpone the implementation of this act, which will have a devastating impact on these property owners.

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