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:

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.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Riviera Colony Golf Estate
401 Charlemagne Blvd #B206
Naples, Fl

Let's Talk… Looking for your Start here in Naples or downsizing or even the perfect fixer upper Condominium here in Naples! 
Well then…
Now offered... Unfurnished at $139,000

  • The Riviera Colony Golf Estates is a 55+ Community 
  • Riviera Colony Golf Estates Unit B-206. is waiting for you today! Come and open the door to start your experience by clicking on the Visual Tour link… B-206 is a 
  • second-Floor End Unit with open Floor Plan with Pool and Long Lake View Master Suite and Guest Bedroom with full Bathroom is just right for you!
  • outside Storage unit, covered car port designated parking space reserved just for you that is with in steps to your front door!
  • past rental rates that exceeded $3,000.00 per month in high season with proximity to Olde Naples and our spectacular world renowned white sandy beaches! 
  • 3 Transfers per year per unit with 30 Day Minimum, Not to Exceed Six Month Maximum Rental Period. 
  • Riviera Colony Community has private Pool with Grill area.

Let’s talk today about your next move here in Naples!

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105 Clubhouse Drive  #D-156
Naples, FL
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Now offering...
Unfurnished at $230,000
  • The Wilderness CC & Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary
  • 1st Floor Home with Eastern Exposure
  • 2 Bed,  2 Bath,  1,846 sq ft
  • Private Golf Cart Garage with Golf Cart
  • Unfurnished

Golden Gate City
4972 21st Avenue SW
Naples, FL

Now offered... Unfurnished at $325,900

Now offering... A Credit At Closing $2,000.00...
                          What A Buyer Incentive This Is! 
Did You Know… 
This is the Only Golden Gate City Home with Buyer Incentive at Closing

Let's Talk...Golden Gate City Single Family Home With Newer Roof 2016!
You don't see this very often .36 Acres!
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  • 0.36 Acres with western exposure
  • 4 Bed, 2 Bath, 2 Car, 1,738 sq ft under A/C
  • Split Floor Plan offers your guests THREE private Bedrooms & Bath
  • Two Side Gates that are perfect for Boat or RV parking! 
  • Back yard is fenced in with large grassy area with screened-in pool and spa area
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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Let's Talk... Happy Thanksgiving!

What to have fun on your 
Thanksgiving Walk Today...

Try this... 
HomeSnap you way is fun and easy!

If you ever wonderer what a home in your area 
just sold for a few months ago or you want 
information on a listing...

Then give this a try anywhere any time you are a snap away! 

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Let's Talk...

Long awaited... 
Celebration Park in Naples 
Opens Today!!!
How much fun is this new 
Food Truck Park...:0)

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Let's Talk Hot Off the Press... 
Naples Area Real Estate Market Report!

October Housing Market Activity is Strong...

Naples, Fla. (November 16, 2018) - Closed sales of homes in the Naples market grew 20 percent to 674 sales in October 2018 compared to 561 sales in October 2017. The last few months have seen not only a return to a steady housing market for Naples since Hurricane Irma, but also an increased buyer appetite for homes in Collier County. We are pleased to report that inventory during October jumped 20 percent to 5,992 homes - the highest October inventory level since 2012 - which is good news for buyers according to leading broker analysts who reviewed the October 2018 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island).

While buyers struggle to find inventory in other highly desirable locations across the country, this is not the case in Naples. "We have almost 7.5 months of inventory," said Bill Coffey, Broker Manager of Amerivest Realty Naples. "In fact, inventory for single-family homes under $300,000 grew by 79 percent to 483 homes in October!"
Cindy Carroll, SRA, of Carroll & Carroll Appraisers & Consultants, LLC, believes the spike in inventory during October is a reflection of the market's recovery after Hurricane Irma in September 2017. "There are some neighborhoods where I still see an oversupply in the spec home market, but I'm also seeing inventory begin to tighten in very desirable areas west of U.S. 41."
Historically, inventory begins to increase in October in preparation of seasonal visitors entering Naples' prime home-selling season. According to Jeff Jones, Managing Broker for Engel & Völkers Naples and Bonita Springs offices, "About 10 percent of the new inventory in our MLS during October was new construction. A good portion of this building is taking place in East Naples [Eastern Collier County], which had the highest single-family home inventory reported in October. Builders also tell me that over 80 percent of their inventory is sold by REALTORS® rather than the builders' sales staff."
Overall pending sales for October were up 17 percent with the $1 to $2 million price category reporting the highest increase (39 percent) for the month compared to October 2017. 
The October report also showed the overall median closed price increased 1 percent to $344,000 from $342,000 in October 2017; but went down 1 percent for homes priced over $300,000 to $475,000 from $480,000 in October 2017. Interestingly, the median closed price in the Naples Beach area decreased 13 percent in October to $595,000 in October 2018 from $682,000 in October 2017. However, in the 12-months ending October 2018, the median closed price rose 4 percent to $344,000 from $330,000 in the 12-months ending October 2017. In the Naples Beach area, the median price rose 4 percent in the 12-months ending October 2018 to $790,000 from $763,000 in 12 months-ending October 2017.
The NABOR® October 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 October 2018 NABOR® sales statistics are presented in chart format, including these overall 3Q (single-family and condominium) findings: 

Added Carroll, "In addition to predictions that our inventory will continue to increase as we approach the winter season, giving home buyers more choices, we also saw the passing of Amendment 2, which put a permanent cap of 10 percent on annual non-homestead property assessment increase, keeping a reasonable protection for home owners in place. Along with a trend for home sellers to price properties realistically, these factors should inspire even more buyers of second-home properties in the coming months to make their purchase decision this season while all these factors work in their favor."
Increased inventory is expected to lead to increased sales. Higher volume sales during our peak selling months during season is important for both homebuyers and sellers. For home buyers, it means a higher likelihood of finding the right property. For home sellers, it means shorter marketing time and a higher likelihood of finding a buyer.

As always if you are looking for additional information regarding our Real Estate Market here in South West Florida please give me a call at 239.404.7787 or send me an e-mail at 

To view the Full Report Click Here... 
View October 2018 Market Statistics

I hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

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)

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