Tuesday, October 30, 2018

In Solidarity with the Pittsburgh 

Jewish Community

Turning darkness into light; 
pain into growth
Dear Friend,
Our hearts are shattered by the heinous and horrific 
attack on our brothers and sistersin Pittsburgh. We 
mourn the 11 holy souls who were so cruelly torn 
from our midst, and pray to G‑d to provide strength 
and comfort to their shocked and grieving families. 
Their unfathomable pain is shared by the entire Jewish 
people and all people worldwide.
We further pray for the complete and speedy healing of 
the injured, of the survivors and of the entire Pittsburgh 
No words can possibly describe this pure evil. Jews who 
gathered to pray and celebrate Shabbat were killed for 
no reason other than the fact that they were Jewish. Again: 
While praying! On Shabbat! The killer’s bullets we're aimed 
at us all. “All Jews must die,” he yelled while opening fire.
What is the remedy to such senseless hatred?! What can 
we possibly do to eradicate it?
The Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory, answered 
this a number of times, with clarity and conviction:
Boundless love.
Cold-blooded, fanatical, baseless, relentless hatred can 
be uprooted from its core only by saturating our world 
with pure, undiscriminating, uninhibited, unyielding love 
and acts of kindness.
Today more than ever, we need to spread love and unity; 
positivity and light.
We must continue to walk to our synagogues proudly. And, 
even as we grieve and mourn, we must increase exponentially 
our acts of goodness and kindness.
Some of the injured were law enforcement heroes who 
willingly chose to put their own lives in danger to help others. 
We stand in awe of their courage and dedication. And we are 
grateful to live in a country that protects our right to live openly 
and proudly as Jews. We value immensely the friendship and 
outpouring of support from so many of our fellow Americans.
* * *
To help illuminate this thick darkness and eradicate evil, let's join 
forces with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh. Our brothers and 
sisters in Pittsburgh -- and the entire world! -- need our prayers and 
mitzvot (good deeds) now more than ever!
The rabbis, rebbetzins and staff of Chabad-Lubavitch in Pittsburgh 
are doing their utmost to support the grieving families and the entire 
community. They are also committed to increasing the sense of Jewish 
unity and Jewish pride.
In that light, they have called for a campaign to install (affix) 1,100 
Mezuzot in the Pittsburgh region, a hundred Mezuzot in the memory 
of each victim that lost their lives in the attack.
We are all one family. Your loss is our loss. Together we mourn, 
together we cry.
Let's show them we care. Let's join them!
Regardless of where you live around the globe, you 
can join this campaign. If you don’t have a Mezuzah at your 
door(s), please do so in honor of the victims. Even if you 
have a Mezuzah at your front door, you can fulfill this Mitzvah 
by adding a Mezuzah in other rooms inside your home.
If you already have Mezuzot on all doorposts of your home 
and office, please considerchoosing another Mitzvah in 
their honor. 
In addition, you can also add your very own condolences note 
that will be hand-delivered to the families of the victims.
May this global show of unity bring some solace to the families 
and bring healing to our fractured world.
Let us beseech G-d to send healing and comfort to the grieving 
families, and pray that He quickly eradicate all evil and hatred 
and usher in the coming of Moshiach, speedily in our days.
Let us pray fervently for the complete 
and speedy recovery of the injured!
In the merit of our collective mitzvot and prayers, may each of 
us -- and all of us as one! -- be comforted at this extraordinarily 
challenging time.
Join the Campaign

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Let's Talk... Donna's Tidbits

Donna Fiala, Collier County Commissioner, District 1 

If you know someone that would also like to receive Donna’s Tidbits, 

Past Editions are also available at DonnasTidbits.com.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Let's Talk... Hot Listing at Wilderness Country Club with Buyer Incentive you don't want to Miss!!!

Let's Talk... Hot Listing won't last long...with Buyer Incentive you don't want to Miss!!!

Contact me today and let's make this wonderful Home Your Next HomeSweetHome!

Let's Talk Hot Off The Press...

Naples, Florida (October 19, 2018) - One year after Hurricane Irma, overall closed sales in Naples increased 62 percent to 644 homes in September of 2018 compared to 398 closed sales of homes in September of 2017. According to broker analysts, this impressive increase in month over month sales is a result of the effect of the hurricane when homes sales halted following the massive storm.

"The September Market Report shows how resilient and desirable our market is," said Lauren U. Melo, PA, Licensed Real Estate Broker with Florida's Realty Specialists. "A three percent increase in pending and closed sales, year over year, is strong considering the reduced sales activity during the troubled period following the hurricane. This was when many sellers were making repairs caused by the hurricane. The September statistics show that our market is in a good position to see positive activity for the fourth quarter."

Overall pending sales in the third quarter are up 20 percent, closed sales are up 13 percent, the median closed price is up 3 percent, inventory is up 4 percent, and the days on market decreased 1 percent; all indicators that the third quarter real estate market in Naples remains strong.

"Luxury properties are driving the market in the third quarter," remarked Coco Amar, Managing Broker of John R. Wood Properties. "Third quarter pending sales in the $1 million to $2 million price category are up 18 percent and in the $2 million+ category they are up 50 percent compared to the pending sales in the third quarter of 2017." 

According to the 3Q 2018 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island), closed sales of homes between $300,000 and $500,000 increased at a higher rate (24 percent) than other price categories during the third quarter. Sales of homes between $1 million and $2 million increased 18 percent to 122 homes for the third quarter of 2018 from 103 homes for the third quarter of 2017. Overall closed sales in the $2 million price category increased 20 percent in the third quarter of 2018 to 79 properties from 66 properties sold in the third quarter of 2017.

Most remarkable in the 3Q Market Report was the strong activity in the condominium market where pending sales increased 21 percent and closed sales increased 20 percent compared to the third quarter of 2017. The single-family home market also saw a strong increase in overall pending sales activity which was up 20 percent and its closed sales activity was up 6 percent. 

"Even though the overall median closed price for the 12-months ending September 2018 increased 5 percent to $344,000 from $329,000, median closed prices for homes below $1 million saw no change in price, compared to 12-months ending September 2017," said Brenda Fioretti, Managing Broker at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty. "In fact, only homes priced between $1 million and $2 million in the 12-months ending September 2018 saw an increase, which was 3 percent to $1,375,000 from $1,340,000. The median closed prices for homes over $2 million decreased 4 percent year over year to $2,991,00 from $3,100,000." 

The NABOR® September and 3Q 2018 Market Reports provide comparisons of single-family home and condominium sales (via the Southwest Florida MLS), price ranges, and geographic segmentation and includes an overall market summary. The NABOR® sales statistics are presented in chart format, including these overall 3Q (single-family and condominium) findings:

According to Jeff Jones, Managing Broker for Engel & V√∂lkersNaples and Bonita Springs offices, "Sales activity in East Naples was impressive during the third quarter. This geographic area saw an increase of 21 percent in its closed sales and an increase of 16 percent in its inventory compared to the third quarter of 2017!"

 If you are looking to Buy or Sell here in Naples please feel free to contact me today! My experience and knowledge can provide you with an accurate market comparison so you can determine the right asking price or purchase price.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Michelle J. DeNomme, REALTOR, GRI
Cellular Phone I  239.404.7787
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty
Office: 239.659.2400
E-Fax Number: 239.236.5550
Twitter: DeNommeRealtor

Office Address: 621 Fifth Avenue South Naples, Florida 34102

Member Of Naples Board Of REALTORS 
Member Of Florida REALTORS 
Member Of National Association Of REALTORS 
Graduate Of REALTOR Institute (GRI)

Monday, October 8, 2018

Let's Talk Your South West Florida Real Estate.and What's Happening in Collier County this October..

https://bhhsmarketingresource.com/p/d3b0c9322dddffeab4c46a98d52a4b0c/4811466/?rxid=3961066741022460018993 …
Let's Talk... 
Be there!
Become more informed!  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           
Contact: Jesse Purdon                                                        
jesse@nabor.com| 734-516-1688

SWFL Water Quality Roundtable
NAPLES, Fla. – The Naples Area Board of REALTORS is proud to announce a South Florida Water Quality Roundtable which will include expert stakeholders to inform the citizens of SWFL about all the issues and solutions associated with blue-green algae and red tide. The event will be held on October 9that 7pm.

Panelists include Eric Eikenberg, Chief Executive Officer of the Everglades Foundation, and Gaston Cantes, Vice President of Corporate Relations for Florida Crystals Corporation. The discussion will be moderated by Drew Steele, host of “Daybreak with Drew Steele”on 92.5 Fox News.

The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, 5001 Coconut Rd.,Bonita Springs, FL. Doors open at 6pm.The forum will begin promptly at 7pm. Register for this FREE eventatwww.nabor.com/waterrountableSeating is limited.

Let's Talk and Let's Get It Correct!!!

Our campaign is working hard to make sure you understand what this important initiative means for this community. 
For more information, visit www.OneCollier.com.

This is our chance to come together as One Collier, united behind one plan to improve infrastructure, enhance public safety and expand our workforce for the long-term success of our community.

Watch this video to understand why so many of our community leaders are voting yes for one-cent.

One Collier will generate approx. $490mill. To generate the approx. $70mil/year a local option sales surtax would generate, Collier County Gov. would need to increase its tax rate by .793 mil, from $356 per $100k of taxable value to $435 per $100k of taxable value.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Let's Talk... Hot Off The Press
Florida Realtors 
Ignore Amendment 2 Misinformation 
Visit https://twitter.com/floridarealtors For More Information.

You may have received an email recently claiming Amendment 2 is not for everyone, especially Realtors®. If you have not already placed it in your junk folder, I hope you will do so shortly, as it is false information being pushed by a group that makes money challenging the sky-high property tax assessments that Amendment 2 prevents.

As a reminder, Amendment 2 is for everyone because it preserves the 10 percent cap on annual tax increases of non-homestead property taxes. It is not a tax increase nor a change to current law.

The email that was circulated contained false information about portability. The truth is, portability has nothing to do with this amendment. Whether it passes or not, non-homestead property owners and buyers will still not have that portability. However, if it does not pass, all non-homestead property owners are at risk of massive and unpredictable tax increases.

Another bit of false information they are pushing is that the annual cap takes money away from local services and the education needs of our communities. This is a ridiculous notion. Local governments have been doing just fine with the cap in place for the last 10 years, and the taxes collected from these properties are completely separate from the local taxes that fund schools.

This may not be the last of these misinformation attempts, especially as we get closer to the November 6 election, so I hope you take each of them with a massive grain of salt. So, no matter what some non-Realtor group may have to say about Amendment 2, please know that it really is good for you, me and everyone else.

Christine Hansen
2018 President
Florida Realtors®

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Let's Talk...

New-to-Fla. homebuyers should 

update their estate plan

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Oct. 2, 2018 – There are good tax reasons to move to Florida: State residents don't have to pay state income tax, they enjoy property tax caps through the state's Save Our Homes Amendment, and Florida also doesn't have a death tax.
However, it's essential for new Florida residents to update their Revocable Trust documents because of the state's descent and devise laws surrounding Florida homesteads.
Under that law, if a homeowner is survived by a spouse, absent any nuptial agreement waiving certain rights, it becomes necessary to devise the home outright in fee simple to the spouse. Otherwise, the will or trust contains what is known as an "invalid devise," in which event the spouse receives a "life estate" interest in the home, and the children of the deceased receive a present "remainder" interest.
Also, if the homeowner wants to sell the home, the children must agree and sign any listing agreements, contracts to sell or deeds.
Further, the children are entitled to part of the proceeds of the sale of the home.
Source: Fort Myers News-Press (09/28/18) Hersch, Craig R.
© Copyright 2018 INFORMATION INC., Bethesda, MD (301) 215-4688

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The Fallen Officers Will Host
The First Annual Co-Ed Flag Football"
Tournament Called “The Blue Bowl” 
November 3, 2018
to benefit the family of Fallen

Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller and Ben Zirbel."

For More Information Contact
Mike Randall 239-451-3046 "
mrandall@thefallenofficers.com "

The Fallen Officers will host their First Annual 
Co-Ed Flag Football Tournament called “The Blue Bowl” 
November 3, 2018 at the Estero
High School from 8am-5:30pm to benefit the family of 
Fallen Fort Myers Police Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller and 
Clay County Officer Ben Zirbel.

Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller was killed in the line of duty July 28, 2018 after fighting for his life for almost a week resulting from a gun shot to the head while doing his job trying to apprehend a fleeing suspect. This has effected so many lives and of course the family of Adam Jobbers- Miller. Officer Ben Zirbel was killed on patrol August 22, 2019.The Fallen Officers which supports the Robert L Zore Foundation knew we had to do something and that is why we have created “The Blue Bowl” to not only raise money for the family of the Fallen Officer but to remember Adam Jobbers-Miller and his life and his duty to not only his family but the community he served.

About The Fallen Officers and The Robert L. Zore Foundation"
Rosemary Zore was only 7 years old when she lost her father Robert L. Zore a
Miami Police Officer on Christmas Eve 1983. Rosemary always wanted to do
something to not only honor her late father but to also help other children all over the country that have also lost a loved one in the line of duty. Our mission is to provide support to the children of the fallen, honor the sacrifice of our Hero's. Strengthen local leaders to help eliminate racial disparities and to heal racial divisions while promoting respect in Law Enforcement."

Media Contact: Mike Randall 239-451-3046"

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Let's Talk...
My Favorite Time of Year!!!




Film Festival!!!

Celebrating 10 years!

2018 Naples International Film Festival

Catch these amazing films before they catch on...

We are pleased to announce the full schedule for the 2018 Naples International Film Festival. The festival showcases the best of independent cinema from the United States and around the world. This year, we have a number of world premieres among the 48 films on the docket for October 25-28. 

Whether you like documentaries or dramas, comedies or animation, NIFF has something for everyone. Join #IamNIFF in celebrating the art of film and our 10th anniversary year!

Let's Talk... 
What-To-Do-Where-To-Go-In South West Florida


The Studio Players debuts “I’ll Eat You Last,” a dishy play about a Hollywood agent who spills the tea on all her A-list clients, at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct 5. With Patti Caroli taking a leading turn as loose-lipped Sue Mengers, the production will run through Oct. 21. www.thestudioplayers.org

Peter & The Starcatcher – By The Naples Players Oct. 3-28 at Sugden Community Theater. 263-7990 or www.naplesplayers.org
I’ll Eat You Last – By The Studio Players Oct. 5-21 at Golden Gate Community Center. 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy. 398-9192 or www.thestudioplayers.org
Anna in the Tropics – By The Laboratory Theater of Florida on select dates through Sept. 30. 1634 Woodford Ave., Fort Myers. 218-0481 or www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com
Let’s Go To The Movies – By Broadway Palm Theatre through Sept. 29. 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 278- 4422 or www.broadwaypalm.com
42nd Street – By Broadway Palm Theatre Oct. 4-Nov. 17. 1380 Colonial Blvd. 278-4422 or www.broadwaypalm.com
Becoming Doctor Ruth – By Florida Repertory Theatre through Oct. 21 in the ArtStage Studio Theatre. 2268 Bay St. 332-4488 or www.floridarep.org.
Sail Away – Naples Model Yacht Club hosts radio-control model sailboat racing at 9:30 a.m. each Saturday behind Dick’s Sporting Goods. 5955 Naples Blvd. www.naplesmyc.org
All Aboard – Volunteer docents from the Naples Train Museum are on hand at the Naples Depot Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today to help visitors of all ages enjoy the outdoor and indoor trains. Corner of 10th St. S. and Fifth Ave. S. www.naplestrainmuseum.org
Party in the Estuary – Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center celebrates the 40th annual National Estuary Day with guided tours, paddleboard demonstrations, presentations and much more from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free, $25 for VIP. 300 Tower Road. 530-5940 or www.rookerybay.org
Bless You – Everglades City’s Rod & Gun Club hosts its annual blessing of the stone crab fleet followed by arts & crafts vendors, family activities, live music and more from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 260-4577 or www.evergladeshistorical.com
Laugh-In – Stage 2 Improv performs at 8 p.m. at Joan Jenks Auditorium at Golden Gate Community Park. $15. 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy. 398-9192 or www.thestudioplayers.org
Funny Guy – Comedian Bob Marley performs at Off The Hook Comedy Club tonight and Sunday, Sept. 30. 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road. 389-6901 or www.offthehookcomedy.com
Fresh Produce – Take your grocery list to the Naples Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the corner Pine Ridge and Livingston roads. 
Flashback Cinema – Silverspot at Mercato screens “Young Frankenstein” (1974) at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. A descendent of the mad scientist is invited to Transylvania and discovers the process of reanimating a body. $11.70-$15.50. 592- 0800 or www.silverspot.net
Wind Concert – FGCU’s Wind Orchestra performs at 3 p.m. at Artis— Naples. 597-1900 or www.artisnaples.org
Art Exhibition – Artist Michaela Castaldi hosts an exhibition of her newest watercolor paintings today through Oct. 31 at her gallery in Naples Art District. 6240 Shirley St. 272-6383 or www.artworkbymichaela.com
Films for Film Lovers – Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs screens “Nobody Else But You” (2011) at 7 p.m. A bestselling crime novelist who is desperately looking for a new story on the apparent suicide of a small-town, aspiring model who thought she was a reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe. $10. 10150 Bonita Beach Road. 495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org
Meditation Event – The Gypsy Sea Witch hosts a crystal bowl meditation from 7-7:30 p.m. each Wednesday at Koreshan State Park. $20, registration required. 3800 Corkscrew Road. 754-444- 9779 or www.thegypsyseawitch.com
Meet The Artist – Artist Morris Herstein greets guests for an illustrated walk through his photo exhibition at Naples Art Association at 10 a.m. Free. 850 Park St. 262-6517 or www.naplesart.org
Art ALIVE – The galleries and studios of Naples Art District, the area west of Airport-Pulling and north of Pine Ridge roads, open their doors to the public from 5-8 p.m. Look for the magenta and white art flags to locate participating galleries. Free. 289-5070 or www.naplesartdistrict.com.

UrineTown: The Musical – By TheatreZone Oct. 11-14 at G&L Theatre. 13275 Livingston Road. 888-966-3352 or ww.theatre.zone. 
In Flight: The Story of Sabine Van Dam – By Gulfshore Playhouse in collaboration with Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the church. 6340 Napa Woods Way. 455-6553 or www.uunaples.org
An Iliad – By Gulfshore Playhouse Oct. 20-Nov. 4 at The Norris Center. 755 Eighth Ave. S. 866-811-4111 or www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org
Rehearsal for Murder – By The Marco Players Oct. 24-Nov. 11 at The Marco Players Theater. 1089 N. Collier Blvd. 642-7270 or www.themarcoplayers.org
Pups in the Garden – Put your favorite pooch in the car (don’t forget the leash) and head to Naples Botanical Garden for canine-friendly hours from 3-5 p.m. (also 9-11:30 a.m. Sunday and 8-11 a.m. Tuesday). Free for garden members and their dogs; regular admission for humans plus $9.95 for their dogs. www.naplesgarden.org
Fresh & Local – Golden Gate Community Center hosts a farmers market from 2-7 p.m. each Friday. 206-4339 or www.colliergov.net
Art Reception – Naples Art Association hosts an opening reception for its newest exhibition, “Morris Herstein: A Fusion of Photos,” from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The show runs through Oct. 27. $10. 850 Park St. 262-6517 or www.naplesart.org
To Market, To Market – Stock up on fresh produce and locally made goodies at the Third Street South farmers market from 7:30-11:30 a.m. 434-6533 or www.thirdstreetsouth.com.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Let's Talk...
The best News of all is that Naples is not on the list... 
We are Florida's secret!
Just a short drive and you can be in one of Florida's FUN Cities as reported by WalletHub.
Move Where the Fun Is Happening...
By Zoe Eisenberg
RISMEDIA, Wednesday, September 26, 2018— Many of us move for work, family or school—but how about moving for fun? According to WalletHub, the average American spends nearly $3,000 on entertainment each year. With that in mind, WalletHub recently released a report on 2018's Most Fun Cities in America.

While the No. 1 city may not surprise you (helloooo, Vegas!), some of the other list-toppers may. For instance, New York doesn't come in until the third slot, and Orlando beat out Miami, likely due to its several theme parks.

New Orleans, on the other hand, is mid-list in the ninth slot, whereas Los Angeles doesn't enter until spot 13!

To snag their findings, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 65 key metrics, looking at movie theaters, breweries, fitness clubs and more.

In doing so, the study found that New York has the most restaurants (per square root of population), and the most playgrounds (per square root of population). New York also has the most bars (per square root of population), 71.5 times more than in West Valley City, Utah—the city with the fewest.

Bars aside, San Francisco has the most dance clubs (per square root of population), 86.2 times more than in Plano, Texas—the city with the fewest.

Below is a list of the top 20 most fun cities in the country:
1. Las Vegas, Nev.
2. Orlando, Fla.
3. New York, N.Y.
4. Atlanta, Ga.
5. Miami, Fla.
6. Chicago, Ill.
7. Portland, Ore.
8. San Francisco, Calif.
9. New Orleans, La.
10. San Diego, Calif.
11. Denver, Colo.
12. Honolulu, Hawaii
13. Los Angeles, Calif.
14. Austin, Texas
15. Washington, D.C.
16. Seattle, Wash.
17. Philadelphia, Pa.
18. Houston, Texas
19. St. Louis, Mo.
20. Tampa, Fla.

To view WalletHub's methodology and full findings, click here.
This appeared first on RISMedia's Housecall.

Zoe Eisenberg is RISMedia's senior content editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at zoe@rismedia.com.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Let's Talk...

What Happens 

When Starbucks 

Comes To Town?

The Harvard Business School found that housing prices increase 0.5% within a year of Starbucks moving into town.
How did this esteemed business school find out? The Harvard Business School used Yelp.
Edward Glaeser, Harvard economist and chief researcher for this study, used Yelp data to complement statistical data from “tried and true” sources such as the US Census Bureau and Census Bureau. Why? “Because data from Yelp is likely to be more up to date than government sources and Yelp data makes the individual front and center to any questions being asked.”
The goal of this study was to determine whether housing prices increased due to Starbucks moving into town or whether affluent customers who patronize Starbucks moved into that town.
Glaeser said the Yelp data “reveals the latter…the most natural hypothesis… (affluent customers who patronize Starbucks moved into town)…the most natural hypothesis…that restaurants respond to exogenous changes in neighborhood composition and that restaurant availability is not driving neighborhood change.”
The broader point of Glaeser’s research is that gentrification (the process of rebuilding homes and businesses accompanied by an influx of middle class and/or affluent people at the expense of earlier, often poorer, residents within a neighborhood or zip code is “strongly associated” with increases in the numbers of grocery stores, cafes, bars, restaurants. In plain English, the more “high end” retail and service businesses in town, the more “high end” customers come to town.
Glaeser said that though the presence of a Starbucks is less important than the community itself having people who come to the town to consume Starbucks’ products. “…we think this variable (the number of consumers who drink/eat Starbucks) is likely to be a proxy for gentrification itself.”
Additional studies on the effect of Starbucks on home prices corroborate the findings of this most recent study.
Housing consumers, expect to see higher returns on the sale of your house and/or expect to pay more to buy a house when Starbucks comes to town.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Let's talk... Great Tips!

Check this out...

The minutes spent waiting at the baggage carousel can be among the most gut-wrenching, palm-sweating and butterfly-in-stomach-inducing of the entire travel experience. The terror of not seeing your bag ride down the conveyor belt keeps even the most well-seasoned traveler awake at night.
But luckily, airlines are better than ever at reuniting lost bags with their owners. About 97 percent of all lost bags are found and returned within two days, according to the Los Angeles Times. And there are a few steps you can take to ensure that your lost luggage is among that statistic.
As with most aspects of travel, the best plan is foresight. A secure luggage tag with legible information can help bring lost bags back home.
All luggage tags should list the owner’s name, email address, and a phone number.
Whether or not to include an address, however, is contentious, and you might want to refrain from putting your home address on your luggage. “If you can avoid listing your home address, you will be less likely to be targeted for a robbery while you are away,” according to USA Today. However, the address of where you’ll be traveling is a good point of contact for luggage lost on the outbound flight (just include it on a small slip of paper in addition to the permanent card in your luggage tag). If you’re worried about luggage being lost on the return flight, consider listing a work address instead of home.
When traveling abroad, avoid a luggage tag with a flag or anything that could identify your nationality. Also, get a luggage tag with a cover so your information can't be scanned by someone near you.
Finally, as a backup, draft an email that includes a photo of your luggage, its dimensions and your contact information (phone number and work address) that you can forward to the airline in the event your luggage goes missing.
Soon, the issue of what to put on your luggage tag may not even be an issue. Digital luggage tags already provide a secure way to track your bags and allow airport workers to scan for private information. Rimowa’s electronic tag (built into the suitcase) or bagID baggage tags can display travel information and allow airport workers to track luggage.