December 12 2016
ROYAL SHELL REAL ESTATE WINS AWARD
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Lee Building Industry Association has named Royal Shell Real
Estate as the Residential Brokerage Firm of the Year for 2016. The nonprofit
organization’s Industry Achievement Pinnacle Award honors Royal Shell for its
management capabilities, customer relations, ethical behavior, community involvement
and excellence in the residential building industry.
Royal Shell Real Estate, the largest and No. 1 independent brokerage in Southwest
Florida, recorded more than $1.2 billion in listings and sales in the first 10 months of
2016. It also was involved in 60 percent of the top-five home sales in Lee County in
“Achieving a prestigious Pinnacle award is a testament to our agents and staff’s
diligence every day in exceeding clients’ expectations while raising the bar for
excellence,” said Michael Polly, Vice President of Real Estate Operations.
Another honor came this summer when Royal Shell Real Estate was named Best Real
Estate Agency in the residential category in Gulfshore Business Magazine’s 2016 Best of
Business Readers’ Poll.
The brokerage also opened its first Cape Coral office in November, which is the
company’s 15th in Southwest Florida. Royal Shell also has an office in Ocala and four in
western North Carolina, bringing the total number of offices to 20.
Royal Shell Real Estate handles properties of all types, including primary and secondary
residences, seasonal homes and investment properties, while its rental department
focuses on leveraging owners’ investments for maximum return.
Royal Shell Real Estate began primarily as a Sanibel and Captiva island-based company,
and over the years has opened multiple offices in Lee, Collier and Marion counties. The
business differs from other real estate companies in that they hand-select only the
area’s top Realtors® to join the team.
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5 Things Renters Should Know About Owning
DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2016
For renters who aspire to be home owners, transitioning from an apartment to a house requires a shift in their thinking that they may not be prepared to make. The financial changes that come with owning, the need to consider planting longer-term roots in a neighborhood, and new neighborhood rules are things renters may not be thinking about enough.
Read more: Where Buying Beats Out Renting the Most
As their real estate agent, it’s important for you to be there for your clients when they’re embarking on a life-changing event such as buying a home.
Moving can already be one of the most stressful times in a person’s life, but it may be doubly so for a new home owner. In order to be their most reliable resource, using your knowledge and experience to provide them with guidance, share these helpful nuggets of information with your clients so their transition from renter to owner can be as smooth as possible.
They need to understand how their financial investment is changing. Renters may see an increase in their monthly rent every lease term, but they don’t see exactly where it goes — toward property taxes and insurance, even “luxuries” such as trash pickup. As home owners, they don’t have a landlord who handles all those details, so they need to be ready to juggle the financial responsibilities of home ownership. Have an open conversation with your clients about these changes and the importance of budgeting to make sure they make smart financial decisions during this process.
They need to be happy with their location for the long-term. As a renter, you can bounce around from home to home every year if you want. But when you own a home, you have to stay put — unless you plan on renting it out, which most home owners don’t. Impress upon your client that location is going to play a much more significant role in their future, so they should think about evaluating school districts, access to amenities, and commute time now as they search for their next home.
They may need to abide by new rules. Renters don’t think about possible homeowner association rules they may be governed by, such as trash pickup rules or any curfews or rules pertaining to animals. Make sure to get all the information on neighborhood rules and associations to help your client understand what their new obligations will be.
They’ll need to get into the mindset of an owner. Life as your client knows it is about to change. Once your client purchases a new home, they will no longer have a landlord to tend to their many needs, including lawn care and plumbing. The best way you can help them as their real estate agent is to provide them with contact information for local industry experts. They will eventually need certified specialists ranging from HVAC companies to carpenters to electricians. Let them know they don’t have to do everything themselves.
They should know their neighbors can affect their value. Renters don’t care who their neighbors are as long as they’re quiet (enough). But your client is now going to want to know whether their new neighbors are renters or home owners. This knowledge can help your clients gauge current and future home value in the neighborhood. If the neighborhood consists mostly of rental properties, it is likely a home owner will lose money on their house in the future. Renters do not always feel responsible for maintaining their properties the way home owners do. Property value comes down to curb appeal. Less-appealing neighborhoods often have more-appealing prices, which is not always good for buyers and home owners.
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Florida tops list of most-desirable states
When asked where they would most like to live (excluding their current state), Florida landed at the top of the list. Overall, sunshine and waterfront acreage were consistent themes among the most popular states, with California (2) and Hawaii (3) rounding out the top three. However, non-beach states Colorado (4) and New York (5) closed out the top five states.
This year's top five were, for the most part, also top-five honorees the last time this question was asked in 2013, Harris reports. The sole exception is New York, which edged into the top-five after a sixth place showing. Texas, meanwhile, dropped out of the top five to No. 6.
The remaining 9 states on the "top 15" list include diverse geographies, though most do fall within a few general categories:
The coasts are well represented: Along with Florida, the Carolinas – North (7) and South (12) – and Georgia cover most of the southeastern United States beachfront. Meanwhile, Oregon (9) and Washington (14) make for full west coast coverage (when combined with California). Perhaps for some it's not the coast but the warmth, which takes precedence, as landlocked-but-sunny states Arizona (8) and Tennessee (10) also make the list.
Many states have both admirers and detractors, according to Harris.
California may be 2nd on the list of states Americans would like to live in, but it also tops the list of states where Americans would least like to dwell. New York and Alaska may both be top 15 performers when Americans say where they would like to live, but they also round out the top three states where Americans would not want to live (2 and 3, respectively). Mississippi (4) and Texas (5) complete the top 5 for the dubious list, with Alabama (6), Florida (7), Illinois (8), Michigan (9) and the District of Columbia (10) completing the top 10.
Favorite and least favorite cities
Americans continue their love/hate relationship with New York City, which has topped The Harris Poll's list of cities where Americans most want to live for well over a decade – but it also tops the list of cities they'd least like to live.
California and Florida are well represented among the top 10 most desired cities, with San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco nabbing the 2nd, 4th and 6th spots for the Golden State, while Miami and Orlando bring the 5th and 10th spots home to the Sunshine State.
Denver, CO (3) fills in the lone gap in the top five, while Honolulu, HI (7); Atlanta, GA (8) and Seattle, WA (9) fill out the rest of the top 10.
The top three cities Americans would least want to live in have remained the same since this question was first asked in 2010 with New York, followed by Detroit (2) and Los Angeles (3). Chicago repeats in 4th place, while Dallas, Texas (5) rounds out the top five. Miami (6); San Francisco (7); Houston (8); Washington, D.C. (9) and Las Vegas (10) complete this less desirable top 10 list.
The Harris Poll surveyed 2,232 U.S. adults online between Nov. 11 and 16, 2015.
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