Florida Senator Marco Rubio Update Part Two

This is the final part of a two part posting regarding the constituent Town Hall Meeting held on Friday, February 4 in Naples, Florida at The Naples Area Board of Realtors (NABOR).  Click here to view Part I if you missed it:

As one self employed constituent brought up to the Senator regarding the apex of his inability to earn a living as a painter was due to small business restrictions that are out of control by the EPA.  Senator Rubio understands regulations of all types are strangling the very essence of small businesses that make up 99.7 percent of all employer firms.

Oh, and while we’re on the subject here’s some more interesting facts from the U.S. SBA:

  • Employ just over half of all private sector employees.
  • Pay 44 percent of total U.S. private payroll.
  • Have generated 64 percent of net new jobs over the past 15 years.
  • Create more than half of the nonfarm private gross domestic product (GDP).
  • Hire 40 percent of high tech workers (such as scientists, engineers, and computer programmers).
  • Are 52 percent home-based and 2 percent franchises.
  • Made up 97.3 percent of all identified exporters and produced 30.2 percent of the known export value in FY 2007.
  • Produce 13 times more patents per employee than large patenting firms; these patents are twice as likely as large firm patents to be among the one percent most cited.

So, back to Rubio:  Regulatory reform is the key to business in D.C.  He spoke about being proactive in and voting for Health Care Reform. As it stands now, it’s killing job creation and diminishes the quality of care.  He has seen the direct benefit to his parents from Social Security and Medicare and knows it’s got to have reform for the current and future generations.  Entitlement Reform is big in his goals and it will be up to President Obama to lead the way.  That will either become evident this week when he submits his budget or it will show he doesn’t have what it takes to lead the nation (my words, not his).   The Discretionary Fund:  Needs major overhaul and is in favor of banning earmarks but realizes that in and of itself, is not the magic answer.  Without sounding like a cheerleader for him, I felt that his words and commitment to Florida in not playing the same old political games became forefront in the commitment and response from his constituents.  As one man of 71 yrs stood up, he said that he, Senator Rubio “Got it.” The “it” being what only a select few have and many others strive for but never achieve.  And there really wasn’t any other words needed as the crowd threw themselves onto their feet and applauded vigorously.  This man said that he’s always had very little faith in any politician that ran to lead our nation in the White House but that he voted for JFK and again for Reagan.  He said the next vote he casts for President will be for the young man that stood in front of him, sure of his principles, faith and commitment to those that he represents.  I would certainly agree with that.  Does he need the experience behind him, yes.  But remember, this is not the first of his legislative career, he was Speaker of the House for Florida so he knows much more than some “outsiders” are giving him credit for.  Time will lead us to the answers but I for one hope he continues to pursue his passion, not forego his principals and stay the man and leader Floridians voted for in November.  For further information or any questions on Naples real estate please contact Ruth Bethem at Ruth@RuthBethem.com or direct at 239-777-7007 or toll free 877-777-7545.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio Update Part One

The Naples Area Board of Realtors (NABOR) in Naples, Florida was honored with being selected by Florida junior Senator Marco Rubio, (R) as his first stop since his victory in November 2010 to the U.S. Senate, for his first post-election Town Hall Meeting.  I’m going to try not to write like I have a gushing love affair with him. It’s easy not to find faults, although I’m 100 percent sure he has them, so I’ll try to stay objective and will center my efforts on the facts.  Let me first say that the room was fully occupied with standing room only.  All the expected media was present but even they seemed starry-eyed to see him.  He most certainly has a presence about him and has an extremely affable, not phony, persona about him.  He connected immediately with his constituents and after speaking for just a bit, it was easy to see why he won the election.  He’s the epitome of the guy next door.  The one you find so easy to pop a brewskie with on a hot summer’s eve.  Get past the handsome face and self-deprecating charm, the warmth and sincerity, and you’ll find a man that has the courage of his convictions and lives the walk that he talked about during his campaigning.  Consistent values.  Yes, you can compromise on ideas, but not principals.  After all, isn’t that one of the foundations that makes great relationships work?  True, he’s only been in office for 1 month and a day but let’s analyze what he’s accomplished in just a few short weeks.  I, for one, and by the way, from the turnout on Friday, I’ll bet there’s many, many more like me, will concur with my comments.  Giving him the benefit of the doubt as it takes quite a bit of organizational skills, some would even go so far as to call it community organization, to enlist his staff and accomplish getting set up in their new office in Washington, as well as, settling into new digs in Florida.  He will have offices throughout the state and specifically one in Southwest Florida although they’ve not decided yet if it will be Ft Myers or Naples and will rotate every 5-6 weeks.  He made it pointedly clear that he will not spend most of his time inside the Beltway, but rather where his roots are, where his peeps are.  To date, and these are just the things he spoke about and not the minutiae we can only imagine, he has become a member of the following Committees:  Foreign Relations, U.S. Intelligence and the one he’s most excited about, the Small Business Committee.  He is quite cognizant of the impact that small businesses have on the sustainability of a strong economy and feels he has a lot to add from immersing himself in that arena.  He has made a trip to Afghanistan and Iraq for 4 of those first 31 days, meeting with our troops and our leaders.  His passion for crediting our young men and women in service, along with a great capacity of deep American pride, was clearly evident when he spoke of those defending our country.View our best fish fillet knife available on sale now.   Check in on Tuesday for Part II of this update. For further information or any questions on Naples real estate please contact Ruth Bethem at Ruth@RuthBethem.com or direct at 239-777-7007 or toll free 877-777-7545.

Naples, Florida Real Estate Overview for 2010

So, now we have a clean slate in which to start our Naples real estate market statistics again, just one of the beauties of having a new year.  That is why it’s on the top of my list of reasons that I have great anticipation and excitement when January rolls around.  Most people say that because the previous year was such a hotbed of negativity, or tragedy, a sluggish economy and even slower real estate market in some areas, they just want to end one year to start another.  But for us in this sweet seaside community of Naples, Florida, we were very fortunate to have such a great bevy of buyer and seller activity as depicted for you in this report.   The good news, NO, the GREAT NEWS, is that we had a 10% increase in closed sales from 2009.  We have reduced inventory AND we had significant increases in specific price points that had in previous years been, well, let’s just say this:  it was the opposite of activity that we’d experienced during the dotcom years of 2001-2005 when the 1-2 million dollar properties couldn’t be listed fast enough for the demand of buyers wanting to dive head first into Naples real estate.  So, again I say, what a wonderful opportunity to have a New Year.  A clean, pure canvas in which to paint a positive market with increases where they should be and decreases where they should be and not vice versa.  So, without further ado, I present to you our market overview report from our Naples Area Board of Realtors (NABOR). If you are in search of a house read Sarah Williams Transaction Checklist, on what to ask of a realtor before hand.



NAPLES, Fla.-January 14, 2011- The year 2010 has shown healthy housing market gains in the Naples area according to the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island).

The annual statistics compiled by NABOR show increases in overall pending and closed sales, inventory declining and an increase in the median closed price.  “2010 was a strong year despite the unprecedented challenges we faced. The news of the oil spill in the Gulf, the bank freeze on foreclosed homes and the end of the homebuyer tax credit left many sitting on the fence due to uncertainty. In the face of those challenges, the market showed great resilience,” said Mike Hughes, Vice-President of Downing-Frye Realty.

Overall closed sales increased 10 percent to 7,840 sales in 2010 compared to 7,126 sales in 2009. “Closed sales in 2010 showed double-digit increases over the 2009 figures in every price category above $300,000,” said Jo Carter, President of Jo Carter & Associates.

According to NABOR President and Managing Broker of Prudential Florida Realty, Brenda Fioretti, “The most improved segment of our market is the $1 million and above price category. In the $1 million to $2 million price segment, pending sales increased 29 percent and closed sales increased 33 percent.”

The report provides annual comparisons of single-family home and condo sales (via the SunshineMLS), price ranges, geographic segmentation and includes an overall market summary. The statistics are presented in chart format, along with the following analysis:

Overall pending sales increased 4 percent with 9,318 contracts in 2010 compared to 8,933 contracts in 2009.

Single-family home sales increased 3 percent to 3,959 sales in 2010 compared to 3,847 sales in 2009.

Condo sales increased 18 percent to 3,881 sales in 2010 compared to 3,270 sales in 2009.

The median closed price increased 1 percent overall to $180,000 up from $179,000 in 2009. For properties over $300,000, the median closed price increased 4 percent to $544,000 up from $525,000 in 2009.

Home sales grew steadily in 2010 resulting in a decline in the months of inventory. “The level of housing inventory has decreased for the fourth consecutive year. This is helping to bring the market back into balance,” said Steve Barker, Managing Broker of Amerivest Realty.  To view the entire report, visit http://www.NaplesArea.com

For further information or any questions on Naples real estate please contact Ruth Bethem at Ruth@RuthBethem.com or direct at 239-777-7007 or toll free 877-777-7545.