SW Florida Real Estate and Community News

May 15, 2019

Bella Terra Condo for Rent.

This marvelous condo is located on the second floor inside the prestigious Bella Terra community! 


2 bed rooms, 2 full bathrooms, plus an over sized den that would be perfect for a home office, a 3rd bed room or a 2nd living room! You will not find many other floor plans like this inside Bella Terra. 

Tile throughout the shared living spaces and the kitchen while the bedrooms are both carpeted. The entire unit was just recently painted! All major appliances included in addition to an in unit washer and dryer! A large screened in lanai with a private backyard view provides the seclusion and privacy you desire. 



Bella Terra offers wonderful first class amenities that include tennis court, inline skating park, football/soccer/softball fields, fitness center and resort-style pool.

Great location. Close to everything! Shopping, such as Miromar Outlets, Coconut Pointe Mall, Gulf Coast Town Center; Restaurants, casual and fine dining, FGCU, the airport and I-75.


Annual Lease
$1,325.00 per month
$1,325.00 Security Deposit
Last Month's Rent at Owner Discretion
$55.00 Application/Background Screening Fee to Realty Group

No pets in condominiums per HOA rules and regulations

Rental application and fees are listed on their website at: bellaterraswfl.com
Condo IV at Barletta


May 9, 2019

Short Term Rental in Spanish Wells. AVAILABLE NOW!


Jump on this rare off-season rental available in Spanish Wells! April-December 2019



This Spanish-Mediterranean style, gated community, luxury coach home has 3 bedrooms + loft with sofa bed. Quality upgrades throughout include Corian counter tops, spacious soaking tub and top of the line fixtures and appliances. 

Rent includes: Water, Internet, Cable. 

Available: NOW

$1,650.00 per month 
$1,650.00 Security Deposit 
Last Month’s Rent – TBD based on credit and income. 
$55.00 per person Application/Background to Realty Group 

$100.00 Application Fee to Hayden & Associates
TBD - Resort Management

* The information contained in this listing has been supplied, at least in part by third parties. Therefore, it is believed to be accurate but cannot be guaranteed.

May 8, 2019

Annual Rental in Wilshire Lakes. 2 bed/2 bath

Annual 2 Bed / 2 Bath with amazing lake views!!!

IMMACULATE 2 bedroom, 2 bath FIRST FLOOR condominium in Wilshire Lakes community. Just renovated: new appliances, Core Tek vinyl in bedrooms. Master bath features dual sinks, soaking tub and walk in shower. Detached 1 car garage, front courtyard, screened back lanai with lake view, washer and dryer. 


Clubhouse, tennis court, community pool. The Wilshire Pines neighborhood pool is just steps from this condo!

Wilshire Lakes community is located west of I-75 off of Vanderbilt Beach Road, close to Naples beaches, restaurants, shopping and entertainment. 

No pets please.

Annual Lease
$1,675.00 per month
$1,675.00 Security Deposit
Last months rent dependent on credit/income. 
$55.00 per person Application/Background to Realty Group


The information contained in this listing has been supplied, at least in part by third parties. Therefore, it is believed to be accurate but cannot be guaranteed.

May 6, 2019

Is it Time to Sell Your Property? - Southwest Florida Property Management Advice

At Realty Group of Southwest Florida, we are expert property managers who effectively place tenants and manage homes for investors and landlords all over Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and the surrounding areas. We’re also a full-service real estate brokerage, and we can help you with the entire lifecycle of your investment, from acquiring the property to renting it out to selling it when you’re ready to move on and do other things.

If you’re wondering whether it’s time to sell your investment home, we have some things you should consider before you put it on the market.

Consider Your Entire Investment Portfolio

Take a complete and comprehensive look at your entire investment portfolio, including your real estate assets. We’d be happy to talk to you about your short term and long term investment goals so we can help you plan the right moves for your properties. If you’re looking for access to cash because you want to buy another investment or you’re planning to put your money somewhere else, it might be a good idea to sell. We can help with marketing, listing, and showing your investment property, even if it’s tenant-occupied.

Local Market Knowledge

We are experts in the local Southwest Florida real estate market. We understand the property management scene and the sales market as well. We stay up to date on all the real estate trends and best practices. We can let you know if it’s a strong sales market or if you stand to make more money by holding onto your home and renting it out for another year or two. We have worked with many of our owners to sell properties on the traditional market, and we’ve also helped to facilitate portfolio sales and 1031 exchanges. Our team is qualified, experienced, and full of excellent ideas for helping you maximize the power of your investment.

Managing the Entire Investment Experience

Having all of the real estate services you need in one location can make your investment more efficient and more profitable. If you’re an owner that we’re working with already, we know and understand your property. This will give us an advantage when it’s time to sell, and we’ll be able to work with existing tenants to manage a smooth transition and hassle-free showings. We also offer discounted brokerage fees for our existing owners, so you’ll save money on the entire transaction.

Selling an investment property can be stressful, but we work hard to make it as easy as possible on you. Our team will work with you through every step of the process, and make sure you’re selling for as much as the market will bear. We’ll prepare your tenant and provide all the documentation and paperwork that potential buyers will want to see.

Our goal is to help you have a successful investment experience from start to finish. Whether you’re looking for a new investment opportunity, trying to sell an asset you currently have, or wondering about the benefits of professional property management, please contact us at Realty Group of Southwest Florida. We’d love to tell you more about what we do.

May 2, 2019

Bella Terra Town-Home For Rent



This beautiful property is a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom + an over sized Loft perfect for a 2nd living room or home office! The kitchen features all matching stainless steel appliances as well as the recently upgraded maple wood cabinetry with granite counter tops. Washer and Dryer are included! The master suite offers an enormous walk in closet space in addition to the spacious master bath. An extended screened in lanai area is perfect for hosting or relaxing.

Basic Cable and Landscaping Included! 

Bella Terra offers wonderful first class amenities that include tennis court, inline skating park, football/soccer/softball fields, fitness center and resort-style pool.

Great Location that is close to everything! Shopping, such as Miromar Outlets, Coconut Pointe Mall, Gulf Coast Town Center; Restaurants, University Village, casual and fine dining, FGCU, airport and i75. Perfect location for School districts! 

Annual Lease
$2,150.00 per month
$2,150.00 Security Deposit
Last Month's Rent at Owner Discretion
$55.00 Application/Background Screening Fee to Realty Group


Rental application and fees are listed on their website at: bellaterraswfl.com.

May 2, 2019

4 Rental Property Turnover Tips After a Tenant Moves Out | Southwest Florida

When a tenant moves out of your rental property, you need to work quickly to get a new tenant in place. Reducing the amount of time you spend on property turnovers will help you keep the loss of rent to a minimum.

It’s best to be prepared. We recommend you begin marketing your home as soon as your current tenant provides notice that he or she intends to move. Once the move-out day arrives, be sure to have a consistent and thorough procedure in place for transitioning from one tenant to another.

Today, we have 4 turnover tips for your rental property that might help.

Conduct a Move-Out Inspection

On the scheduled move-out date, be sure to collect the keys from your current tenant. You’ll also want any garage door openers, pool or building passes, and other items that belong to the property. Once the tenant and all the tenant’s belongings are out of the property, you need to conduct a thorough inspection. You’re looking for property damage. General wear and tear is to be expected, and you’ll need to pay for those things yourself. This might be scuff marks on the wall from where a sofa was or small nail holes from where a painting was hung.

Damage is anything beyond normal wear and tear. Use your move-in inspection report to compare the condition of the home at move-out to the way it looked before a tenant moved in. Take pictures and detailed notes. In our leases, we require tenants to have the carpets professionally cleaned. You’ll want to make sure the place is cleaned completely after a tenant moves out. Use a good local vendor, and ask your tenants for copies of receipts and invoices if they took care of this work themselves.

Turn On the Utilities

It’s important to keep the lights and the water turned on during turnovers, so make sure you have the utility accounts switched back into your name once a tenant vacates. As part of our management services we take care of this for our owners and put the account in our business name. This keeps the turnover process seamless and uncomplicated for our owners.

Take Care of Security Deposit Returns

The most complicated part of the move-out process for most owners is the return of the security deposit. Florida law has specific timelines and other legal requirements when it comes to how the security deposit is held and returned. Be sure to get a forwarding address from your tenant so you can easily return the security deposit. You have 15 days to send the deposit back if you’re not going to make a claim for damages. If you do plan to make deductions, you need to send an itemized list of those deductions as well as the remainder of the security deposit within 30 days.

Schedule Vendors to Complete Maintenance

As professional property managers, we can often have same-day turnovers because we have our preferred vendors on standby to take care of any repairs and cleaning. After your tenant moves out, get into the property as soon as possible so you can complete your inspection. Schedule your cleaners and other repair workers to take care of any updates and improvements as quickly as possible. This will enable you to get your new tenant moved in as quickly as possible. You don’t want to lose any time or money on extra vacancy days.

Hopefully, these four tips will lead you towards a successful move-out experience. If you need help with any part of the process, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Realty Group Southwest Florida.

April 29, 2019

May/June Events 2019

Southwest Florida Events for May/June


One of the best things about our area is there is so much to do. From to arts to sporting events there is no shortage in weekend activities for all ages. We want you to enjoy the community you live in as much as we do. Check out our favorite events coming to our area. 


For our Fishermen

Friday, May 3rd 

"Ding" Darling & Doc Ford's Tarpon Tournament on Sanibel Island

In honor of where the first documented tarpon to be caught using a rod & reel back in 1885.

With a cash prize up to $25,000 dollars and a chance to wear the exclusive pink "tarpon jacket" this tournament is a must for any angler. 

Visit the website for more details 



Friday, June 7th

Swing Into Sumer, Estero

Start summer off right with a game of golf! The annual Swing Into Summer Tournament brought to you by The Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce help at the Spring Run Golf Club. You have a chance to enter a foursome or individually to be paired with other golfers. 

Visit fortmyersbeach.org for more information


Foodie Paradise

Sunday, May 5th 

Taste of the Beach, Fort Myers Beach

Satisfy your taste buds art the 24th annual Taste of the Beach. Sample some of the great local restaurants, listen to live music, and enjoy shopping from numerous vendors. The event takes place on Old San Carlos Blvd downtown Fort Myers Beach. 

Visit the site for more details



Thursday, May 30th to Wednesday, June 12th 

Time to Dine Out part of Summer Sizzle SWFL

An awesome event where you can eat your way all the way from Cape Coral to Marco Island. Participating restaurants will have special menus that feature two-course lunches and three-course dinners at reduced prices. Interested in two weeks of eating out?

Check out the site to find out more



Sunday, June 2nd to Tuesday June 4th 

Watermelon Festival, Fort Myers 

Bite into the sweetest treat around! Enter the watermelon speed eating competition, or the seed spitting contest. There is fun for the whole family including crafts, pony rides and live entertainment. This event is held at the Fleamasters Flea market in Fort Myers.

Visit fleamall.com for more information


Arts & Culture

Friday, May 3rd to Thursday, May 30th

Moving Toward Abstract, Fort Myers

This exhibit features many paintings by JoAnn LaPadula and Sue Pink. This exhibit of beautiful paintings is at the Sidney & Berne Davis art Center in downtown Fort Myers.

Visit sbdac.com for more information and other great exhibits to come.


Friday, May 17th to Saturday, May 18th

Art Walks the Runway, Fort Myers

Do not miss a Fort Myers Version of Fashion week. Enjoy two fashion packed days of couture designs walking the runway, musical performances, dance and body art. Cocktail hour starts at 6pm followed by the 7pm show. 

Visit Visit sbdac.com for more information.


Sunday, June 2nd

Classical Jazz, Bonita Springs

Combining Jazz and Classical this concert will please fans of both genres. This afternoon concert takes place at the Center of the Arts in Bonita Springs.

Visit their website for more information on this event and future events



Friday, June 21st 

National Seashell Day, Sanibel Island 

What better way to celebrate National Shell day than the seashell capital of the world! Take a trip to Sanibel on the first day of summer to visit the Bailey-Matthews National shell Museum. The Museum has many exhibits and guided tours. 

If you love shell adventures and events visit 

shellmuseum.org & leevcb.com





April 29, 2019

The Lease Agreement and Rental Lease Renewal Process in Southwest Florida

Your lease agreement is the most important document governing the relationship with your tenant. In your lease, you’ll spell out all of your responsibilities and expectations for the tenancy. Usually, a lease agreement covers the term of one year. When the lease is nearly up, it’s time to decide whether the tenant you have in place will renew or move out.

At Realty Group of Southwest Florida, we follow a detailed process when it’s time to consider a tenant’s lease renewal. Our renewal rate is high, thanks to our quick response to tenant issues and concerns. It’s important to remember that keeping a good tenant in place is important. It reduces your turnover and vacancy costs, and increases your ROI.

Timeline for Lease Renewals or Notices to Vacate

Your lease should indicate how much notice a tenant needs to give before vacating or renewing the lease. We have a 60-day requirement. This means that if a tenant plans to move out, he or she needs to notify us in writing 60 days ahead of the end of the lease. If they decide they want to renew, we will take care of drafting the new lease. If there’s lease renewal paperwork required by the HOA or community association, we’ll manage that process as well.

If the tenant is planning to leave the property, we immediately begin the marketing process. When we start marketing the home as soon as the tenant provides us with the 60-day notice, we can ensure that the turnover period is minimized. Once the tenant vacates, we’ll immediately clean the property and make any necessary repairs, and our goal is to get a new tenant moved in after just a few days. Reducing and avoiding vacancy is our priority.

Conducting a Walk-Through Lease Renewal Inspection

Before agreeing to a lease renewal, it’s a good idea to make sure your tenants are taking good care of the property. We perform a full walk-through and inspection. This is our opportunity to check for any deferred maintenance issues or unreported repairs. It also allows us to ensure the tenants are following the terms of the lease. If they’re taking good care of the home, we will certainly want them to stay in place for another year.

Rental Increases during Lease Renewals

Evaluate the rental market and decide if a rent increase is warranted. We suggest you get help from a property manager so you have reliable data on the average rental rates for homes like yours in your neighborhood. We will take a look at market rents and make recommendations to our owners about whether rent should be increased and if so, by how much. Most tenants expect a rent increase during a lease renewal period, but you don’t want to chase away a great tenant with an increase that’s too high.

Retaining good tenants is an important part of your investment strategy. If you’d like further advice about lease renewals, we’d love to talk to you more about this topic. Please contact us at Realty Group Southwest Florida for any property management information.

April 25, 2019

What Does a Southwest Florida Property Management Company Do for Owners?

Smart investors know that working with a professional property management company can help you earn more and spend less on your rental property. It also eliminates a lot of the risk that comes with owning investment property.

Sometimes, landlords have a difficult time deciding whether they want to manage their own property or hire a professional to take care of it for them. It’s important that you consider all the services and the value that a good property manager can offer.

Leasing and Tenant Placement Services

One of the most valuable services provided by a management company is tenant placement. If you put a bad tenant into your property, you’ll be faced with endless disputes, late or unpaid rent, property damage, and even the potential for eviction. Don’t put yourself through this. A property management company knows how to effectively market your home, price it according to the market, and thoroughly screen tenants. You won’t have to worry about where to find a Florida lease, and you won’t make an expensive mistake with the security deposit. At Realty Group of Southwest Florida, we are detail-oriented during the leasing process, and we use our experience in the local market to advertise your listing, show your property, and find you the best possible tenant.

Full-Service Property Management

Once a tenant is placed, you can expect your property management company to completely manage both the home and your tenant. Rent will be collected and the lease will be enforced. All tenant communication will be handled by your property manager, and you won’t have to worry about following up with late rent payments, sending notices, or driving by the property to make sure everything looks right. We collect rent on time and forward the payment to our owners every month, usually around the 10th. We provide an online portal where owners can view their accounting statements, check up on invoices, and look at pictures and documents from our inspection reports. You’ll always understand the income and expenses associated with your property.

Routine and Emergency Maintenance

When you work with a property manager, you won’t have to worry about maintenance calls in the middle of the night. We handle all emergencies, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. We also have excellent relationships with local vendors, which means that we get preferred rates. Those discounts are passed onto our owners, and you’ll never pay an upcharge on the maintenance work we coordinate.

Preserving the condition of your investment property needs to be a priority, and with a professional management company, the process for receiving and managing repairs is fairly automated. With our system, tenants can make requests online, and we respond to them right away. Preventative maintenance is a big part of our plan for keeping your property well-maintained, and we keep you in the loop throughout the entire maintenance process. Responding quickly to repair requests doesn’t only protect your property; it also contributes to better tenant retention and higher ROI.

These are just a few of the things you can expect your property management company to do for you. We take care of everything you need, and we’d be happy to tell you more about our residential management services. Contact us at Realty Group Southwest Florida.

April 22, 2019

BRAND NEW! Venetian Pointe Villa for Rent.

Welcome home to this BRAND NEW annual rental opportunity in Venetian Pointe! Be the FIRST one to live in this exceptional 2 bed + den and 2-1/2 bath villa. A beautiful open and spacious floor plan lets natural light flow through the lanai off the great room and into the complete kitchen! 



Top of the line stainless steel appliances highlight this full kitchen equipped quartz counter tops, island kitchen spacing and an off kitchen formal dining area. The den offers and relaxing spot to create an at home office, a quaint reading room, the possibilities are endless. 

Venetian Pointe is a gated community in a great location that is close to EVERYTHING! Fort Myers Beach, Bell Tower shops, RSW International airport, Health Park Hospital, Galisano Children's hospital and Sanibel Beach as well as well as grocery stores, multiple dining options, are all just minutes away. Community pool and fitness center available! 



Washer/Dryer INCLUDED.

Available NOW!



Annual Lease

$2,100.00 per month

$2,100.00 Security Deposit

Last months rent dependent on credit/income. 

$55.00 per person Application/Background to Realty Group