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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Strong words, “I can do most anything,” not exactly like Nike’s catch phrase, which is “Just do it!” Problem with “Just do it,” is that you do it and fail or fall on your face, that can be a problem. Failure can cause you embarrassment, or worse, your money. But it is said: It’s better to try and fail than never try at all. (Or was that about the subject of love?) In my case, as a young learning goldsmith, I was instructed to “just do it,” the problem could be a tough repair or a ... Read More »

Condo Mortgages

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CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott One third of condo buyers on Marco Island use mortgage financing to buy their condo. The rest pay for their condo using a bank wire transfer from existing funds. A mortgage provides personal benefits such as a mortgage interest tax deduction, leveraging your money, and historically low interest rates available in today’s market. However, in addition to the buyer, a condo also has to qualify for the mortgage. Before approving a condo for a mortgage, a lender will forward a condo questionnaire for either a limited review or a full review to the Home ... Read More »

A Boat, a Nap and a Bug

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MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  A couple of weeks ago my husband and I flew to Iowa for a long weekend. The agenda was full. We were celebrating two birthdays, a baptism and two family reunions in the span of two days. And while it was exciting to know I would see my kids, grandkids, mom, siblings and assorted nieces, nephews and cousins, I was anticipating my first full day in town most of all. On that day I had volunteered to take care of three of our grandsons for the day. That would be two boys about to ... Read More »

The Primary Care Physician and YOU

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To Your Health Scott Lowe  It’s often been said that there is no “I” in team. That may be true, but when it comes to those who make up your health care team, the INDIVIDUAL reigns. The people who cater to your health care needs must do so with a teamwork mentality—yet maintain a solitary focus on Number One: Y-O-U. Many individuals falsely believe they only need a doctor when they are sick; however, having a primary care physician may be the very reason you remain healthy. Not only does he or she provide you with necessary preventative care—in staying ... Read More »

High Heat Hot Colors

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Whew! It’s hot and so is the demand for sea life jewelry with diamonds and colored gemstones. After a quiet May and June things heated up in July, and with it a renewed interest in frolicking creatures of the land, air and sea that are unique to Southwest Florida and especially the Ten Thousand Islands. Diamond jewelry has seemed to have regained popularity and its overwhelming appeal was heartfelt this past season. I recently started creating solid gold and diamond palm trees again because the inexpensive silver and cubic zirconia designs were not as popular as ... Read More »

Seeking Comfort

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Me and Mocha on another thunderous afternoon.

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com My mother still lives in the same home she and my dad bought in 1964. It’s a modest 1920’s bungalow, located on a quiet street, in a rural Iowa town. When they bought the home, they were able to acquire some of the furnishings that were already in it. One such piece was a large, veneer buffet in the dining room. Right away, the word “buffet” might bring to mind an “all-you-can-eat” smorgasbord, but this buffet was instead a very functional piece of furniture. It had a broad top where food-filled dishes were ... Read More »

Marco Island Condo Inventory

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CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com The number of condos listed for sale on Marco Island varies by day, by month, by time of year and by year. Last week 330 condos were listed for sale on Marco Island. Last year at this time 249 condos were listed for sale. That is a 33% increase in condo listings year over year. The number of active listings is called the inventory. Typically, active condo listings peak in the first quarter and then drop off during the summer and fall months as units are sold or sellers take their condos ... Read More »

Why Can’t We Live Together?

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It takes all the colors in the box to capture the beauty of the world we live in.

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com People should act more like a box of crayons, living together in harmony no matter what color or how you look.  – Katelyn Doneker  I have a couple of news apps on my phone. One is NBC2, local news, and the other is USA Today for national news. They send an audible ping that accompanies a headline on my phone when there’s breaking news. Lately, there has been a lot of breaking news. As I write this article it is just days after the most recent tragedies involving shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota and ... Read More »

Finding a Marco Island Condo

Condos along the beach. Photos by Gary Elliott

CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Starting your search for a Marco Island condo? Here’s a brief overview. Generally about 3% of Marco Island’s 10,500 condos are on the market at any given time. For instance, last week 337 condos were for sale. Marco Island’s condos can be found along the beach, adjacent to water, inland and along the Gulf. 38% of Marco Island’s condos are located on the beach and this tends to be the first area that people are drawn to. Last week, 152 were for sale. Prices on the beach range from $289,000 for a ... Read More »

Richard Alan…Jeweler to the Stars!

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net That might be one way to get your attention, or not? In June I thought I nearly died of boredom, and thankfully it got busy after the Fourth of July, despite the heat and days of torrential downpours. There were some mornings I swore there were tumbleweeds blowing through the parking lot; maybe it was only a heat mirage? It is a fact in my illustrious past I have created jewelry for rock stars from the Boston band Aerosmith, numerous Boston Celtic team members, a Red Sox player or two, heck I even designed pieces ... Read More »

Summertime is Health Care Time

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To Your Health Scott Lowe  Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System As much as I enjoy seeing my friends when they return for “ Season,”  there’s something special about the summer months in Southwest Florida. Though our“ summer”  seems to extend over six months, when the weather map shows 110 degrees in locations up north, we are typically 15 degrees cooler—and surrounded by water! More than anything, summertime enables my family and me to enjoy “ easy access”—the opportunity to take full advantage of our area’s amenities without the traffic, lines, crowds and delays. This benefit applies to beaches, restaurants, ... Read More »

Caring Enough To Take Care

Do something every day to fill your own bucket.
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MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  As the Summer Olympic Games in Rio get closer, there is increasing media attention to the American athletes who will be participating. I recently saw Kerri Walsh Jennings interviewed and I was truly impressed. Ms. Jennings is an American professional beach volleyball player, a three time Olympic gold medal winner, a wife, and mother of three young children. Kerri stands more than six feet tall and her nickname is Six Feet of Sunshine. An appropriate appellation, in my opinion. She radiates happiness, warmth and strength. In her interview, Kerri was asked how she stayed ... Read More »

That’s Very Nice

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan It’s nice to be recognized when I’m out hob knobbing in different establishments around the island with my wife or friends, more often or not it’s “hello how are you, how you doing?” and the occasional… “I have to come see you!” Only thing is my appearance almost always also invites the inevitable dreaded question(s). “We just came back from a cruise and bought this diamond ring can you tell us what it’s worth?” (In other words, the way I see it without even looking at the piece in question, is while this couple, who happen ... Read More »

Weekly Rental Condos

Angler’s Cove features one and two bedroom condos. Photos by Gary Elliott

CONDO  REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott  Weekly rental condos on the island are popular with investors. Last week 72 weekly rental condos were listed for sale. They range in price from $134,900 for a two bedroom one bathroom inland condo to $1.3 million for a three bedroom, three bathroom condo on the beach. Although most weekly rentals can be rented 52 times a year there are exceptions. Some condos allow weekly rentals but only 3 times per year or 12 times per year or 36 times per year. Of the 72 condos listed for sale only 41 of these ... Read More »

Doing the Right Thing

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MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com At beach yoga, we sometimes tell our students that the hardest part of the class is already over when they arrive at the beach. That is, the most difficult move they will make, is showing up for class. The same is true for exercising, eating better, being kinder, more patient, or tackling any task that takes us out of our comfort zone or off the couch. Yeah, we know what we should do, but it’s just so much easier to put it off until later, or tomorrow, or never. I remember reprimanding our ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Luxury Condos

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CONDO  REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Last week 357 condos were listed for sale on Marco Island. Fifty-seven of these condos are listed for more than $1 million and 16 are listed for over $2 million. The units listed for over $2 million are all on the beach. They are concentrated at Cape Marco in buildings aptly named Belize, Veracruz and Cozumel. They are also found at the center of Marco’s crescent beach in the luxurious Madeira complex and in the private gated community of Hideaway Beach in the two Riviera buildings. These 16 luxury condos come ... Read More »

Stroke Care Update: Please Be Prepared

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System If you—or a loved one—are one of nearly 800,000 Americans who will suffer a stroke this year, it’s important to know the warning signs and where to go for immediate care. According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes. Closer to home: the average age citizen in Collier County and Lee County ... Read More »

An Investment in Love and Joy

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan  harborgoldsmith@comcast.net The other day a woman entered my establishment and asked me if I replace batteries in watches, which I do. While installing her new battery, she complimented me on the many wonderful things in my showcases. She said how she loved jewelry but her money conscious husband refused to buy her any nice quality jewelry (they were married over forty years!). He was always claiming diamonds and jewelry were a bad investment. A sense of sadness came over me for this nice woman. I noticed all she was wearing was a simple gold wedding band ... Read More »

More Than a Number

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MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com A few years ago I was driving on the Island when I noticed a couple standing on the sidewalk waiting for the traffic light. The man wore the rounded spine of at least eight decades on Earth; his right hand clutched the handle of a cane, punched to the pavement for support. The woman was white-haired, and equally bent, with tubes in her nose that extended to an oxygen tank she pulled wagon-style behind her. But more than their postures and their accessories, I noticed that the fingers of their free hands were ... Read More »

Seasonal Condo Sales and ?Active Listings

Smokehouse Harbour, a water-direct condo. Photos by Gary Elliott

CONDO  REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott Of the 164 condos sold on Marco Island during January, February, March and April 2016, 100 of them were two bedroom units. Two bedroom condos made up 61% of the condo market this season compared to 57% last season. Three bedroom condos represented 20% of condo sales this season, and one bedroom condos were responsible for 16%. Three percent of the sales were for either studio or four bedroom condos. Condo sales prices this season ranged from $81,000 for a one bedroom inland condo to $2,075,000 for a four bedroom beachfront condo. Median ... Read More »