Suite Life Magazine
Successfully Motoring through Choppy CRE Seas
As an avid boater, I learned long ago not to become mesmerized by the surface of the water. It doesn’t always tell the whole story. For one, it is easy to overlook or endanger some of the most special parts of our environment, such as manatees, reef structures and... Read more
SWFL Affordable Housing Crisis and the Start of Sustainable Solutions
  We have all heard news and read ar­ticles indicating housing affordability is a major concern in Southwest Florida. Not only does it impact the families directly seeking housing, but also our schools, government, restaurants, trades… almost all businesses. No one is immune to the effects, but we’re all... Read more
Southwest Florida’s Commercial Real Estate: A Vision for Sustainable Growth
  EMBRACING THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE Growing up in Lee County, I’ve witnessed the evolution of Southwest Florida’s commercial real estate scene. The region’s rapid transformation is fueled by shifting demographics and a growing population, catalyzing heightened de­mand for retail and multifamily properties. Retailers swiftly capitalize on the expand­ing customer... Read more
Thriving or Just Surviving
Media are full of ominous headlines: wars, 18-year high interest rates and inflation, derisive political divides, rampant lawlessness in sanctuary cities, shortages of workforce housing. No wonder anxiety is rampant! Rather than write another article on these headlines, what if there is a way for you to shed crippling... Read more
CRE Success in Turbulent Times
A devastating storm following on the heels of upheaval caused by a global pandemic wrapped in a shroud of recessionary fears, decades-high inflation, rising interest rates and nationwide uncertainty might be enough to cause anyone in the commercial real estate industry to reassess their life choice. However, with the... Read more
Chasing Long Tail: How to Get Your Start in CRE
Trying to enter a mature, highly competitive industry while wad­ing through minimal income and maximum stress on your way towards your first deal.” When people ask me what it was like becoming a commer­cial real estate (CRE) agent, this is my answer. Breaking into CRE is no simple task... Read more
2023 Hurricane Season – Identifying Risk & Safety Measures
Disasters are an inevitable, un­avoidable truth. Emotions will be high as hurricane season ap­proaches. There will be fear and uncer­tainty. However, steps can be taken to manage disasters effectively. A big role in recovery is understanding that anxi­ety, trouble sleeping and other symp­toms are common responses before, during and... Read more
New Kids on the CRE Block: How Two Junior Agents Found Success
Step by step, a generational wave is emerging in the commercial real estate brokerage community. Over 50% of agents are now under 40 years old. Selling, leasing and representing commercial real estate (CRE) is recognized for high earnings potential; half of CRE professionals earn six figures annually. This often... Read more
Inappropriate Contracting: Avoid FARBAR Contracts for Residential New Construction
There is an alarming trend in which residential builders, real estate agents and sellers enter into contracts for new construction using the “As Is” Residential Contract for Sale and Purchase. Also known as the FAR-BAR Contract, the document is a valuable tool in most residential real estate transactions. However,... Read more
Learning & Recovering from Hurricane Ian
Hurricane Ian left its mark across Florida, in both hearts and minds, espe­cially among the residents of Southwest Florida who continue to rebuild. Going forward, our biggest lesson learned will be taking a step back to acknowledge successes, recognize missteps and deter­mine new protocols for future challenges we will... Read more