Sande and Brett Ellis continue to serve the SW Florida real estate market and look forward to helping you with your real estate needs. Our team remains the same. We have buyer specialists on the team to help you find your property in paradise and Brett and Sande list, sell, and negotiate contracts. The Ellis team are leads in the SW Florida real estate market and employ dynamic and unique ways to get your home sold.
If you’re thinking about selling Always Call the Ellis Team! We have developed a marketing system so unique you have to see it to believe. Our listings are selling 19.7% faster than the average agent and for 3.02% more than the average agent. That’s real money in your pocket at closing.
We can coordinate the sale of your home and help you find a new home if you’re staying in the Lee or Collier County area. We also have a moving truck you can use for free.
If you’re thinking of making a move you might be interested in our Market Reports section on our website. There you will find a list of active properties, pending sales, and sold properties in the last 6 months in your neighborhood. If you don’t see your neighborhood listed you can always do a custom search and save it. The site calculates time on market, average price per square foot, and lets you look at each listing along with a photo gallery of each comparable. Sellers find this tool an invaluable asset.
You can also get a Free online computerized home evaluation of your home. Of course, if you’re serious about selling your home, Sande or Brett will be happy to visit your home and give you a more detailed analysis.
We look forward to serving all your SW Florida real estate needs.
Tomorrow we’ll be releasing some interesting statistics on our Topagent Blog about single family home inventory levels in SW Florida. Basically inventory levels rose in March, April, May and June which allowed pending sales to increase in June and July.
Brett Ellis will be attending the CyberStars conference in Las Vegas next week. The CyberStars are a group of technology focused top agents from across the country that share ideas on improving communication with clients, using technology to market properties, and increasing efficiency in the real estate industry. The CyberStars is an elite group of agents and minimum production standards must be met as well as using technology prominently in the agent’s business.
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In a risky move the Lee County School Board voted to opt out of state mandated testing. Sentiment had been building that teachers were being forced to teach to the test rather than teaching students a broad education. A minority of parents showed up at the school board meeting Wednesday night and shouted their interest in the board voting the way they did.
It was a risky move though as state statute requires testing and funding from the state could be at risk. Other risks include whether graduating seniors will earn a diploma certified by the state.
Lee County risks losing funding from the state, and definitely risks losing grants that are tied to test scores. It’s pretty hard to earn a grant when you don’t comply with the requirements.
The state of Florida has not had time to say how they will react. They are studying the legal ramifications now. Parents were caught off-guard and several have asked the school board to reconsider and rescind the vote. See NBC article on motion to rescind the vote.
The News Press wrote an Op-ed piece highly critical of the school board’s decision as highly irresponsible.
This topic is sure to garner national attention. It’s too soon to tell what affect this would have on the county budget or finances. It’s also premature to know what affect this could have on real estate prices.
Many things will probably shake out in the next few weeks. The school board could decide to take another vote. The message to Tallahassee has been sent, and perhaps something good will come out of this. It might have been better if the school board had thought about this more and made plans before taking such an important vote. My gut tells me this all gets worked out in the next 2 weeks, but it definitely merits paying attention to.
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