Friday, November 2, 2007

Let's Talk!!!

I have some new news to share with you about our market here in Naples...
Please take a moment to read the following attached link...

Have you ever wondered who buys and sells luxury homes?
How about the strategies employed by agents who work with affluent homeowners? Good news!
The Luxury Home Council has recently released the results of The 2007 Membership Survey of Luxury Housing Market Trends just in time to answer all of your burning questions. The survey's findings provide revealing insight into the trends of the luxury home market. If you have any further questions regarding this current Trends Report, please email ( or I would appreciate hearing from you.

Highlights from the report include:
The largest percentage of luxury home buyers falls into the 40-50 age group (48%) followed closely by the 50-65 age group (44%). These affluent buyers are what marketing experts describe as the "Baby Boomer" market, a 78 million strong segment of the population that has reached its peak earning years and is now benefiting from a rising stock market and historically high home prices.
The most common occupation of luxury home buyers is that of an entrepreneur (51%), followed by large business executive (46%) or medical doctor (24%). The number one service affluent home buyers are interested in receiving from their luxury home specialist is help in finding a home (86%) followed by help in managing the transaction (56%), and expert counsel during a negation (43%) The typical luxury home buyer makes a large cash investment in their home purchase amounting to over a third of the overall purchase price. In many metro markets this would exceed a quarter of a million dollars. This compares to the median amount financed by all buyers in 2006 of 91% of the purchase price.

The average luxury home buyer spends 11 weeks looking for a home and views 12 homes.
Luxury home buyers on average search for homes consisting of at least 3500-4000 square feet, with 4-5 bedrooms, and 3-4 bathrooms.

When selecting a home to purchase luxury home buyers often search for a home that will provide a lifestyle not just a place to live. The most popular amenities include gourmet kitchens (95%), master bedroom suites (86%), specialty construction items (66%), high end appliance packages (64%), home office suites (58%), and home theater rooms (55%).

By far the vast majority of luxury home buyers active in the market today are best described as "new money". This means that they are not merely living off the successes of past generations. This data is further supported by a report from research firm TNS which reports that the number of millionaires in the US has reached an all time high of 9.3 million households as of mid-2006.

The average listing price for luxury homes is nearly $900,000 dollars, or over four times more than the median price of all US Homes as of May 15, 2007 ($212,300).

To view the complete report visit

The 2007 Membership Survey of Luxury Housing Market Trends was conducted between April 24, 2007 and May 29, 2007 utilizing software provided by The survey was sent to 1036 members of the Luxury Home Council, an exclusive group of REALTORS® who specialize in selling Luxury Housing, 202 members provided useable answers to the survey questions.

I have also attached my "Fine Home Listings" For Your Review...

Serafina at Tiburon:

2924 Tiburon Blvd East... MLS # 207026259

2880 Tiburon Blvd East... MLS # 207007895

Royal Harbor:
1409 Dolphin Road... MLS # 206053564 ...

Ventanas at Tiburon:
2748 Tiburon Blvd East, C-503... MLS # 207002185

Bolero at Tiburon:
2625 Estrella Court, Unit 103... MLS # 207013894

Castillo at Tiburon:
2874 Castillo Court, Unit 101... MLS # 207014232

Saratoga at Lely:
8196 Saratoga Drive, Unit 504... MLS # 206055985...

Mariposa at Whippoorwill:
1325 Mariposa Circle, Unit 104 ... MLS # 207006846

Sapphire Lakes:
228 Belina drive, Unit 608... MLS # 207040807

As always if you have any questions regarding Real Estate in Southwest Florida, please feel free to contact me by calling 239.404.7787....
Prudential Florida WCI Realty
Cellular Phone 239.404.7787
Michelle DeNomme, REALTOR

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