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Friday, October 25, 2019   /   by Lauren McGinnis

Are you jumping on the trend of throwing a pumpkin carving party?

Halloween week is almost upon us, and nothing says Halloween quite like carved pumpkins! Hosting pumpkin carving parties, and even competitions, for family and friends has become a new trend. If you are jumping on board and hosting a party this weekend we have some ideas to help make it fun for everyone!

First we suggest you keep things easy and casual. You are going to get messy when carving and scraping out the pumpkin, so keeping everything light and easy will not only save you time on decorating but also clean up. Set up a few folding tables with disposable table cloths, a few pumpkin carving tools and designs for everyone to use. Top it off with some music and let the pumpkins be the decorations. 

Of course you will want some food to snack on while working, creating a grazing table or buffet with small finger foods will keep everyone happy. Don't spend time making an elaborate meal, keep it simple. Everyone is going to want to focus on why they are there in the first pl ...

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Friday, October 11, 2019   /   by Lauren McGinnis

Struggling to save up for a down payment? You have options!

Struggling to come up with a down payment?  You're not alone.  According to a recent survey from Apartment List, 62% of millennial renters say that's their main reason for delaying buying a home. Of that group, 48% say they have no money for a down payment. 

Saving thousands of dollars can feel overwhelming but luckily there are several options to help realize the dream of owning your own home. Not all of the programs are publicized. That's where working with a REALTOR can help! Here are some tips to help you find the right down payment assistance for you. 



The first thing we recommend is to ask your REALTOR or lender. They would be able to help guide you to programs best matching your criteria or, at the very least, put you on the right track.


If you do not have a REALTOR yet, start with a national search. When you search for programs that aren't connected to a specific location, you give yourself more options. Doing your own research will not o ...

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Wednesday, October 02, 2019   /   by Brooke Cole

October 3rd - October 6th Events!

October 3rd


Oktoberfest at Fort Myers Brewing
Running Thursday - Sunday the 6th (Times vary)
“Dust off your lederhosen and grab Das Boot, it’s time for Fort Myers Brewing's 7th Annual Oktoberfest!” There will be a food truck rally and live music.
Thursday times: 3 P.M. - 11 P.M.
Fort Myers Brewing Company
12811 Commerce Lakes Dr. #28, Fort Myers, FL 33913
FB Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/469586150545822/?event_time_id=469586157212488



October 4th 


Farmer Mike’s 5th Annual Fall Festival & Haunted Attractions
Runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays October 4th - 27th 
Times vary by day.
Includes their newest attraction: Zombie Paintball, a 10 acre family-friendly corn maze and of course, “Pick Your Own Pumpkin”
Farmer Mike’s U Pick
26031 Morton Ave. Bonita Springs, FL 34135
FB Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/652473405287088/?event_time_id=656169724917456
Ticket Website: https://www.farmermikesu ...

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Friday, September 20, 2019   /   by Lauren McGinnis

Builder Confidence Hit A 2019 High!

Right now builder confidence has hit a high for 2019. According to National Association of Home Builders, the Wells Fargo Housing Market Index which measures builders attitudes, has reached a record 68 points this month.

The index has been holding in the mid 60 range since May of this year. Readings that are above 50 points are considered positive and show that builders are confident in moving forward with new construction. Low interest rates and a solid demand are continuing to fuel builders sentiments even thought there have been some ongoing supply challenges that have hindered the affordability of the housing being built. 

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Chief Economist Robert Dietz says, "Solid should formations and attractive mortgage rates are contributing to a positive builder outlook. However, builders are expressing growing concerns regarding uncertainty stemming from the trade dispute with China."  NAHB's home building index does indicate that t ...

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Friday, September 06, 2019   /   by Lauren McGinnis

Housing Market Sentiment Hits An All Time High

  Each month Fannie Mae conducts a survey of approx. 1,000 Americans via telephone interview. Fannie Mae's National Housing Survey is the most detailed consumer survey conducted right now. 

The goal of this survey is to assess their individual attitudes toward: 


Owning or renting their home
Home rental price changes 
Homeownership distress
The current economy 
Household finances
Overall consumer confidence

  The homeowners and renters surveyed are asked more than 100 questions. Their answers are used to help track shifts in their attitudes toward homeownership. Their answers will help industry partners and market participants target the collective efforts to stabilize the housing market. 

  The answers that Fannie Mae collects from the survey are then used to help create the Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI). The HPSI takes all of the information gathered and creates a single number to be used. The number then reflects the c ...

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