Law School moving to Naples, Florida

WLNS Channel 6 News in Lansing, Michigan reports that the Ave Maria University’s governing board has voted to move its law school from Michigan to its Naples, Florida campus.
The Catholic school announced that relocating from Ann Arbor to Naples gives the best chance for the seven-year-old law school to thrive. The school will be part of the university’s campus near Naples that’s scheduled to open in 2009. Major construction is already underway on the new community and campus.
Ave Maria opened an interim campus in Naples in 2004 and graduated its first class in 2005. Domino’s Pizza founder Thomas Monaghan planned to build a permanent campus in Michigan but couldn’t secure rezoning rights. He is very welcomed in the Naples area and Ave Maria is expected to be a huge success. Real estate east of Naples has increased just with the potential provided by the new school.

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Moving with pets

Moving to a new home can be stressful on pets, but there are many things your clients can do to make the process as painless as possible. Realtor® Magazine recently had this helpful article.Experts at The Pet Realty Network in Naples, Fla., offer these helpful tips for easing the transition and keeping pets safe during the move. Share these tips with buyers and sellers, and they’ll thank you for looking out for their furry friends. If they are moving with an exotic animal like a hedgehog make sure they get everything they need for the move like a cage and food/water bowls. Visit this website to see everything you need.  

  • Update your pet’s tag. The most important rule is to make sure your pet is wearing an identification tag, with your current contact information, and a sturdy collar. Your pet’s tag should include your destination location, telephone number, and cell phone number so that you can be reached immediately during the move.
  • Ask for veterinary records. If you’re moving far enough away that you’ll need a new vet, you should ask your current vet for a current copy of your pet’s vaccinations. Your also can ask for copy of your pet’s medical history to give to your new vet, although that can normally be faxed directly to the new vet upon request (find more details visiting Pharr Road Animal Hospital).
  • Keep medications and food on hand. Keep at least one week’s worth of food and medication with you in case of emergency. Vets can’t write a prescription without a prior doctor/patient relationship, which can cause delays if you need medication right away.
  • Seclude your pet from chaos. Pets can feel vulnerable on moving day. Keep your pet in a safe, quiet, well ventilated place, such as the bathroom on moving day with a “Do Not Disturb! Pets Inside!” sign posted on the door to keep off-limits to friends and movers.
  • Prepare a first aid kit. A few recommended supplies for a basic first aid kit include: Your vet’s phone number, gauze to wrap wounds or to muzzle your pet, adhesive tape for bandages, non-stick bandages, towels, and hydrogen peroxide (3 percent). You can use a door, board, blanket or floor mat as an emergency Stretcher and a soft cloth, rope, necktie, leash or nylon stocking for an emergency muzzle.
  • Play it safe in the car. It’s best to travel with your dog in a crate, second-best is to use a restraining harness. When it comes to cats, it’s always best for their safety and yours to use a well-ventilated carrier in the car. Secure the crate or carrier with a seat belt and provide your pet with familiar toys. Never keep your pet in the open bed of a truck or the storage area of a moving van. In any season, a pet left alone in a parked vehicle is vulnerable to injury and theft.
  • Get ready for takeoff. When traveling by air, check with the airline about any pet requirements or restrictions to be sure you’ve prepared your pet for a safe trip. Some airlines will allow pets in the cabin, depending on the animal’s size, but you’ll need to purchase a special airline crate that fits under the seat in front of you.
  • Find a new veterinary clinic and emergency hospital. Before you move, ask your veterinarian to recommend a doctor in your new locale. Talk to other pet owners when visiting the new community, and call the state veterinary medical association for vets in your city. When choosing a new veterinary hospital, make a visit and ask yourself: Are the receptionists, doctors, technicians, assistants friendly, professional and knowledgeable? Are the office hours and location convenient? Does the clinic offer emergency or specialty services? If the hospital doesn’t meet your criteria, keep looking.
  • Prep your new home for pets. Pets may be frightened and confused in new surroundings. To reduce the chance of escaping due to fear, or pure excitement of exploring a new territory, immediately set out all the familiar and necessary things your pet will need: food, water, medications, bed, litter box, etc. If your new home is nearby, your pet may be confused and find a way back to your old home. To be safe, give the new home owners your phone number and a photo of your pet, and ask them to contact you if your pet is found nearby.
  • Learn more about your new area. Once you find a new veterinarian, ask if there are any local health concerns such as heartworm or Lyme disease, or any vaccinations or medications your pet may require. Also, be aware of any unique laws. For example, there are restrictive breed laws in some cities. Home owner associations also may have restrictions – perhaps requiring that all dogs are kept on leashes.
  • — REALTOR® Magazine Online

Forest Lakes Condo Price Reduction – Now $239,000

The market is picking up quite quickly and we have another client who wishes to take advantage of the shift. We have a condo listed in Forest Lakes that is being reduced from $257,000 to $239,000. This two bedroom, two bath condo is in a 55+ community located in central Naples right off Pine Ridge Road. Close to shopping, great restaurants and the beach. The photo to the left is the view of the golf course from your new lanai. To see more photos and details of this Forest Lakes condo visit our website or call Ruth at 239-777-7007 or email her at

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Sterling Oaks Condo – Price Reduction

Our client has decided to reduce the price of their condo in Sterling Oaks! This beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo has been reduced from $268,000 to $249,900. Seldom used and meticuliously maintained, this property is located on the northern side of Naples and maintains a very active community tennis program with a great clubhouse and community pool. View photos on our website for this Sterling Oaks condo. Call Ruth for more information at 239-777-7007, visit our Naples Real Estate website or email her at

Is Zillow accurate?

James R. Hagerty of the Wall Street Journal Online wrote an article on the web company Zillow and how some of their price estimates are way off the market value. Following are few snippets from that article

In the year since its launch, Zillow Inc. has made millions of Americans familiar with computer-generated estimates of home values, created a new online addiction and become a staple of dinner-party chatter.
But just how accurate is it? A Wall Street Journal analysis of 1,000 recent home sales shows that Zillow’s “Zestimates” often are very good, frequently within a few percentage points of the actual price paid. But when Zillow is bad, it can be terrible — off the mark by more than 25% on one in 10 homes. In one case it was off by $2 million.
Zillow, based in Seattle, operates a Web site that offers free estimates and other online tools for real-estate buyers and sellers. It draws revenue from online advertising.
Real-estate agents and appraisers tend to sneer at Web site valuations and insist that consumers still need their local expertise to get a true idea of values. Masood Samereie, an agent at Century 21 Hartford Properties in San Francisco, says one of his clients last year lost his chance to buy an attractive home because, relying on Zillow, he made an unrealistically low offer.

Source: The Wall Street Journal Online