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Fundraiser to Benefit American Cancer Society!


The Dunes Community in North Naples “Drink for Cancer” payed off in a big way when Kevin McCune General Manager of the Plantation Club presented a check to the American Cancer Society for $33,644.00. The First annual “celebrity bartender”  fundraiser had all 7 buildings participating in a weekly Happy Hour, with friends and family bar-tending for tips to be donated to the American Cancer Society. The spirited competition between buildings and a substantial donation from Signature Communities the Developer that built The Dunes made the first annual event a huge success.  “These events help unite the entire community at the Dunes and is a real testament to the residents that live here.”

They celebrated this past Monday at the Tiki Bar with representatives Paul Gloerse and Melissa Wolf from the American Cancer Society on hand to personally thank all the participants in helping raise money towards the fight against Cancer.  “ Not only will monies raised support ongoing research efforts, it helps provide valuable services to people who need help. We have volunteers that drive patients to and from chemo treatments, provide wigs and prosthetics to patients and help find support in their area.” said Paul Gloerse from the American Cancer Society.

It was such a huge success the community would like to make it an annual event! The fundraising doesn’t stop there, they are also hosting a tennis tournament to help raise funds to help Japan on April 24th.


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Benefit to Help The American Cancer Society

IMG_1548Hopeful to be an annual event the “Celebrity Bartender” Happy Hour to benefit the American Cancer Society was a tremendous success! Each building entered into some friendly competition to see who could raise the most money. Everyone certainly was up for the task with the total amount to be announced on April 18th. The commitment and hard work certainly showcased what an incredible community we have at the Dunes. Be on hand when the Dunes presents the “Big” check to The American Cancer Society! Each building’s totals are posted at the Tiki Bar, but we know the big winner is The American Cancer Society!

Here are some pictures from Building 6 and 7th’s event this past Saturday! Jello shots anyone?
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Sotheby’s partners with Premier!

The Grande Preserve is represented by Premier Properties and now Sotheby’s!

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Premier Properties of Southwest Florida, Inc., in Naples, Fla., has joined its luxury real estate network and now will do business as Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. Premier Sotheby’s International Realty will continue to be a wholly owned subsidiary of The Lutgert Companies, with Scott F. Lutgert as chairman.

“It has been our long-held objective to bring the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s services to Naples,” said Michael R. Good, chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “Our goal was to find the ideal company to represent us in this critically important luxury real estate market, and I believe we have done that. Our worldwide network of affiliates now can benefit from this additional valuable source of referrals, and consumers in this market now will have access to our global reach.”

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty and its team of 225 professionals join the Sotheby’s International Realty network’s more than 11,000 sales associates located in approximately 500 offices in 42 countries and territories worldwide.

“This is a long-term strategic move and will serve to solidify our corporate footprint and reach,” said Lutgert. “We’re extremely proud of the reputation for excellence that we’ve created, and we look forward to our new affiliation with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand. In addition to extending our immediate geographic reach, this affiliation will enhance our ability to serve our luxury clients and is a major milestone for The Lutgert Companies.”

In a related transaction, Premier Properties of Southwest Florida also has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority interest in Signature Sotheby’s International Realty, effective Nov. 15. The firm will continue to operate as Signature Sotheby’s International Realty in Sarasota and Manatee Counties under the leadership of Judy Green, its current president and chief executive officer, who will now serve in a dual role as president and chief executive officer for Premier Sotheby’s International Realty.

According to Green, the Signature Sotheby’s International Realty team looks forward to joining forces with the Premier Properties organization and the Lutgert family. “This is a story of two luxury real estate leaders bringing together their complementary strengths,” said Green. “The result, we believe, will be a new energy within our company and an increasing competitive advantage in the Naples and Sarasota markets combined as we look to the future. In our new organizational structure, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty and Signature Sotheby’s International Realty will enjoy the No. 1 market share position for transactions more than $1 million in southwest Florida from Longboat Key to Marco Island.”

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty and Signature Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firms’ brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.

About Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC Founded in 1976 to provide independent brokerages with a powerful marketing and referral program for luxury listings, the Sotheby’s International Realty network was designed to connect the finest independent real estate companies to the most prestigious clientele in the world. In February 2004, Realogy Corporation, a global provider of real estate and relocation services, entered into a long-term strategic alliance with Sotheby’s, the operator of the auction house. The agreement provided for the licensing of the Sotheby’s International Realty name and the development of a full franchise system by Realogy’s subsidiary, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. Affiliations in the system are granted only to brokerages and individuals meeting strict qualifications. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC supports its affiliates with a host of operational, marketing, recruiting, educational and business development resources. Franchise affiliates also benefit from an association with the venerable Sotheby’s auction house, established in 1744. For more information, visit .

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The Dunes is HOTTER than summer!


The summer in Naples usually slows down in the real estate market…Not this summer at The Dunes.  There are 3 new pending sales and 5 closed sales for the month of June!  1605 Sold for $1.4 million in Grande Geneva, the new owners took advantage of the private beach club membership included with every new Developer Sale. Only a few remaining units are left!  You can always find up to date information on our facebook page!

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They Came, They Saw, They BOUGHT!


Single Family and Condo  pending sales in the 1 million to 2 million-price segment increased 200 percent in April!!!!

The Grande Preserve has sold 250% more then last year!  Don’t wait till the “Live Free in 2010″ special is ended! You have until June 20, 2010 to participate.  See the sales center for details!

NAPLES, Fla.-May 14, 2010- The Naples area market is seeing positive signs such as soaring sales and median closed price increases according to a report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island).

The overall median closed price increased 22 percent from $170,000 in April 2009 to $208,000 in April 2010. This is the second consecutive month that the median closed price has increased. For properties over $300,000, the median price increased 3 percent from $534,000 in April 2009 to $550,000 in April 2010.

“Supply and demand is driving the price up from the low end of the market,” said Mike Hughes, Vice- President of Downing-Frye Realty.

Traditional sales outpaced distressed property sales two to one,” stated Brenda Fioretti, NABOR President, and Managing Broker of Prudential Florida Realty. “This is a good sign of stabilization.” Traditional sales made up 69 percent of the total number of closed sales in March 2010.

The report provides annual comparisons of single-family home and condo sales (via the SunshineMLS), price ranges, geographic segmentation and includes an overall market summary. The statistics are presented in chart format, along with the following analysis:Overall home sales increased 46 percent to 914 sales in April 2010 compared to 626 sales in April 2009. Properties under $300,000 saw a 25 percent increase in pending sales with 882 contracts in April 2010 compared to 706 contracts in April 2009.

Single-family pending sales saw a 27 percent increase with 691 contracts in April 2010 compared to 544 contracts in April 2009.

Condo sales saw a 69 percent increase with 507 sales in April 2010 compared to 300 sales in April 2009.

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Home Sales Increased Again!

There’s energy in the air! Sales for January were robust in most Naples neighborhoods.

Home sales increased in January by 51 percent compared to a year ago, according to a report released by the Naples Area Board of Realtors. The report tracks home listings and sales within Collier County and indicates condo sales saw an even more impressive surge, jumping by 91 percent.

It’s been said that Florida is a “tale of two states”: while foreclosures have been high in many areas of Southwest Florida, there are areas with very few distressed properties.

As we know, housing is a leading indicator relative to economic activity and the month of January showed positive progress. The consensus is that people are feeling better and more confident about their financial standing. Since many buyers have been sidelined by high home prices for two or more years, they see that prices have lowered — often significantly — and this, coupled with continued low interest rates induces their commitment to purchase a home.

With the current low inventory of available homes for sale, Don’t wait to buy your dream home!

The Plantation Club at the Dunes

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