Tuesday, January 8, 2019


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When Do Tax Bills Come Out In Collier County:
All the Information In One Placehttps://colliertaxcollector.com
Tax notices are mailed on the last working day of October. Taxes become due and payable November Property Taxes are payable in November with a 4% discount. December a 3%discount. January a 2% discount. February a 1% discount. The gross amount is due in March. Property Taxes become delinquent in April.


Understanding YOUR AD VALOREM TAXES
Ad Valorem is a Latin phrase meaning “According to the worth”. In Collier County, Florida, Ad Valorem or “real” taxes on “real” things “according to their worth” includes taxes on REAL ESTATE and taxes on a business’s Tangible Personal Property.
Still can’t find the answer?
E-mail your question to: propertytax@colliertax.com 
Contact Number 239-252-8172

How much you’ll be paying in taxesis, it’s $12.00 per $1,000 in Florida. Is this true for all of Florida or just certain parts? Also how much is it per $1,000 in Naples?
let’s look at how real estate taxes are calculated.
Taxable value x tax rate = annual real estate taxes.
Every year all the county appraisers throughout the state of Florida reassess properties as of January 1st, based upon market activity in the preceding calendar year.  The reassessment gives us what is termed market assessed value.  The market assessed value can be reduced by the Save Our Homes exemption (homesteaded properties can only increase a maximum of 3% of the previous year’s assessed value) and the homestead exemption.  The resulting figure is called taxable assessed value.
There is no overall Florida real estate tax rate.  Each county determines their tax rate based upon what is budgeted to run the county and/or city governments, schools, fire districts, etc.  Within each county there are what is called Millage Areas or tax rate areas.  In Collier County the Naples area there are over 280 such areas.  The range of tax rates runs from a low of $10.8694 per $1,000 up to a maximum of $16.1439 per $1,000.  The average for the Naples area is $12.48626 per $1,000 and median is $12.4374.
Generally, we use the formula of 80% of the purchase price x 1.25% or 1% of the purchase price.  For example, a purchase price of $200,000 would yield $2,000 per year for real estate taxes annually.
Due to how the assessed value works, it becomes very important for you as potential purchaser of real estate to work with a real estate professional that can use available information to inform you of what real estate taxes could be on a property given the existing tax rate as well as determining what the appropriate taxable assessed value for the proposed purchase.
Please be aware that the tax rates and method of estimating real estate taxes will be significantly different if you are considering purchasing in Florida markets.
Still can’t find the answer?
E-mail your question to: propertytax@colliertax.com 
Contact Number 239-252-8172

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019


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Naples again included among 

'America's 100 Best Places to Retire'

Stacey Henson, The News-Press
Naples has made the list of "America's 100 Best Places to Retire" — for the fifth time.
For the first year, Cape Coral has joined the list too.
They are among 18 Florida communities, including Punta Gorda, to get a mention in the just released 2018 edition of the popular guidebook “America’s 100 Best Places to Retire.” 
The book is available at WhereToRetire.com and Amazon. According to a news release, the editors of Where to Retire magazine ranked 800 U.S. towns after 11 months of research and 670 interviews of retirees.
The final selection represents 35 states. The chosen communities vary in size, climate, amenities and lifestyle, and each falls into one of 10 categories that focus on defining feature, such as beaches, mountains, low costs, four seasons and appealing downtowns.

"It looks like y'all are doing many good things," said Annette Fuller, editor of Where to Retire magazine and the book. 
Fuller said Cape Coral's Southwest 47th Terrace amenities and its proposed Village Square development helped vault the city into the listing, ranking it among the "Best Main Street Towns." The proximity to Sanibel and Pine Island also helped, she said.
She acknowledged that Naples might typify the "main street towns" designation a little better.
"It's clearly the Fifth Avenue area," Fuller said, that put Naples in the Best Downtown category. "We've seen so many pictures of that. Every retiree who was interviewed talked about it."
Fifth Avenue South is Naples' Main Street, exuding small-town friendliness with historical landmarks amid sophisticated boutiques, neighborhood shops and colorful buildings.
Cape Coral, Dade City, Naples and St. Augustine were chosen among the "Best Main Street Towns," along with Annapolis and Frederick in Maryland; Charleston and Greenville in South Carolina; Glenwood Springs, Colorado; and Lexington, Kentucky.
"Naples was just absolutely almost a no-brainer," Fuller said.
Punta Gorda ranked among the "Best Small Towns."
Other Florida communities in the top 100 list for retirees were Amelia Island, Boynton Beach, Destin, Dunedin, Jacksonville, Leesburg, Melbourne, Northern Palm Beach County, Ocala, Orlando, Port St. Lucie, Sarasota and Winter Haven.
The Full Story: https://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/local/2018/12/05/americas-100-best-places-retire-naples-makes-list-again-cape-coral-joins-first-time/2214651002/?fbclid=IwAR1qyD5aOXvdlIOYiuYVnS_dVLQLc8RIJ8ybytP4uaGrspGSuC5h_sokJNU

Sunday, December 30, 2018



Let's Talk Smart Ideas For Your Home...
How new material graphene can make smart homes smarter...

Here are 7 new smart features we have to look forward to

We are in an era where sustainability, energy savings, solar options, innovations, engineering and smart home tech knowledge are all extremely important to consumers, business leaders and employees trying to make a difference in the world. In 2018 alone, the U.S. spent $19.8 billion on smart home technology. I predict a new material called graphene will revolutionize the smart home industry and become a key factor in smart home technology advancements and innovations.

Although there have been attempts to study graphene since the mid-1800s, it wasn’t until 2004 when scientists discovered and isolated a single atomic layer of carbon for the first time. Since then, research has skyrocketed, and graphene is now considered to be the strongest substance known to science and might be one of the world’s most useful “wonder” materials.
Graphene forms a nearly transparent, flexible sheet about one atom thick (which, to put in perspective, is one million times smaller than the diameter of a single human hair). It is 200 times stronger than steel yet six times lighter. It is a conductor of electrical and thermal energy, and it is eco-friendly and sustainable, with unlimited possibilities to create the perfect smart home (and more).

1. Smart building

Concrete is the most common building material, along with steel, but greenhouse gas emissions from concrete and cement-making remain high. Cement-making accounts for 6 percent of global carbon emissions.
Use of graphene, when incorporated into concrete and cement, makes for a stronger, more water-resistant composite material that could reduce emissions. This material can be used directly on building sites, enabling the construction of strong and durable buildings using less concrete and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This process reduces roughly half the amount of materials used to make concrete, all at a lower cost.

2. Smart paint

Imagine being able to paint your house with a special coating that changes color when it senses that the underlying structure is in need of repairs. Researchers have created a smart graphene coating that indicates breaks and fractures by changing color. This could revolutionize the home inspection process.
Graphene also has been used to make eco-friendly paint. Because graphene is a superconductor, the addition of graphene to paint can improve the thermal regulation of buildings, requiring less heating and air conditioning. Graphene’s inclusion in paints, coatings and other building materials greatly enhances strength, durability and coverage.

3. Smart solar

Solar panels on a home are a great source of energy. Graphene can be made into transparent solar cells that can turn virtually any surface into a source of electric power. This technology could give homeowners the opportunity to turn something like a garage door, window or roof into a solar conductor, all while maintaining the desired look of the home.

4. Smart light

Glowing walls could soon replace the light bulb, allowing for the introduction of glowing “wallpaper.” This would provide a more pleasant, adjustable light across a room compared to lightbulbs, and it can also be made more energy-efficient.
It’s also a highly efficient conductor of both heat and electricity and conducts electricity better than copper.

5. Smart sound

To produce sound, regular speakers create a pressure wave in the air by physically moving back and forth. Graphene can create a non-moving solid-state audio device that would eliminate the need for a large sound system and speakers.
Researchers believe they can incorporate speakers into ultrathin touch screen technologies, in which the screen is able to produce sound on its own and could probably be incorporated onto walls.

6. Smart battery

Graphene can make batteries that are light, durable and suitable for high capacity energy storage, as well as shorten charging times. It will extend the battery’s lifetime and will add conductivity without requiring the amounts of carbon that are used in conventional batteries. Graphene can also be used to create new batteries that recharge quickly.

7. Smart water

Water conservation is a high priority in our country. It is expected that by 2020, 25 million people (in seven states), including Arizona and Nevada, will be forced to cut back on water usage as Lake Mead and Lake Powell essentially run dry. Graphene membranes can be used as water filters, filtering 85 percent of salt out of seawater.
Although this percentage is not quite pure enough for drinking purposes, it is perfect for agricultural and landscaping use. This can help regions affected by the drought, that are located near large bodies of water and maintain modern, low-water landscaping using a better eco-friendy solution.
Combining all of graphene’s amazing properties could create a holistic impact on the world of smarter homes, and its participation as a change agent is not far away.
Patrick van den Bossche is the Phoenix, Arizona-based president of Realty Executives International. He is LEED certified and was part of the founder group of the Arizona Chapter of Conscious Capitalism and has been actively involved with the U.S. Green Building Council.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Let's Talk... Hot Off The Press!
What's the most popular state for homebuyers to migrate to?

A LendingTree study that looks at mortgage applications reveals that Florida, followed by Texas, California, Washington and Arizona, Massachusetts and North Carolina, top the list for homebuyers
The full Story:
https://www.inman.com/2018/12/04/whats-the-most-popular-state-for-homebuyers-to-migrate-to/?

By Lew Sichelman is a seasoned writer with 50 years of covering the housing and mortgage markets under his belt. His biweekly Inman column publishes on Tuesdays.
Most people who move out of state aren’t following Horace Greeley’s advice and going west; instead, they are heading south, where temperatures are warmer and housing is less expensive, according to new research from LendingTree.
The No. 1 destination is Florida. Of the more than 2 million mortgage applications made this year through mid-November and analyzed by LendingTree, 12.4 percent were from out-of-state folks looking to relocate.

Top 5 (err 7) most desirable states

Of course, Florida is the bellwether destination for new residents, primarily because of its weather. It’s also a particular hot spot for retirees. And it’s one of six states that don’t have an income tax.
Actually, the Sunshine State has a lot going for it, according to LendingTree Chief Economist Tendayi Kapfidze: “Florida has always been a top retirement state,” he told Inman in a telephone interview; and the lack of a state income tax is “important to people on fixed income who are trying to minimize their expenses.”
The rest of the top five destination states were Texas, California, Washington and, in a three-way tie for fifth, Arizona, Massachusetts and North Carolina. Texans and Washingtonians don’t have to pay a state tax on their incomes. The other states without an income tax are Alaska, Nevada and South Dakota.