Naples Winter Wine Festival again tops

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By Harriet Howard Heithaus The Naples Winter Wine Festival is getting bigger — even though it’s already the biggest. On the heels of once again being rated the No. 1 charity wine auction in the U.S. by Wine Spectator magazine, the festival is announcing its chairs for the 2017 festival, … Continue reading

Is Your Home Ready for Spring? A Spring Maintenance Checklist

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RISMEDIA, Wednesday, March 23, 2016— Spring is a time for renewal both for ourselves and our homes. It’s also a great reminder to check key areas around the home for defects or repairs. Here’s a handy checklist from the nationwide experts at Pillar To Post Home Inspectors. Interior Check ceiling … Continue reading

The happiest, healthiest city in the US is…

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It has a Fifth Avenue, lots of shopping and a hot real estate market, but the country’s healthiest and happiest city is nowhere near the Big Apple. Naples, Florida, and the nearby communities of Marco Island and Immokalee top the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being: 2015 Community Rankings list released … Continue reading

Naples – National Champion in Wellness

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  By Liz Freeman | NaplesNews.com The greater Naples area has earned the top spot for “well-being” from among nearly 200 American cities, according to a survey by Gallup-Healthways. The telephone-based survey of more than 350,000 adults nationwide asked how they were doing in their daily lives and how optimistic … Continue reading

5 Home Improvements that Pay Off—and 5 that Don’t

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By Suzanne De Vita | RISMEDIA, Saturday, January 23, 2016 Favorable economic conditions have long triggered investment in home improvements—more money, more upgrades—and progress on the housing front is set to spur the next wave of homeowner spending on both necessary and discretionary projects. How should homeowners invest their remodeling dollars … Continue reading

Cape Coral-Fort Myers tops job growth list

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Naples metro area projected 11th for 2016 naplesnews.com | by Laura Layden Cape Coral-Fort Myers is No. 1. Out of all metros in the country, it took first place for anticipated job gains in 2016 in the latest study by IHS Global Insight, a Colorado- based research firm. The metro … Continue reading

The Early Bird Gets the Beach House

Naples Pier, Naples, Florida | photo by David Critzer

From realtor.com by Yuqing Pan | January 11, 2016 To figure out which of these towns were drawing would-be buyers, we aggregated page view data on realtor.com® in December 2015 to pinpoint where people are actually checking out houses online. With the homes in Hawaii and Southern California busting most … Continue reading

Collier County tourism numbers take big leap in September

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Visitors are staying longer and spending more. By Laura Layden Tourism in Collier County shined brighter in September. Visitor numbers rose by nearly 10 percent over the year, growing from 85,700 to 94,000, according to a monthly report by Tampa- based Research Data Services Inc., a county consultant. Meanwhile, visitor … Continue reading