Monthly Archives: November 2019

Naples Night Lights 2019 at the Botanical Garden

The countdown to Thanksgiving clocks in at just three more days to go. After that, we welcome Christmas. Not that you can’t tell that that’s coming up soon with all the decorations hung, well, everywhere! Kick off the official beginning of the Christmas holidays with Naples Night Lights 2019 at the Botanical Garden.

For five weeks, beginning after Thanksgiving and ending after the new year, Naples Night Lights 2019 transforms the Botanical Garden into a winter wonderland every night.

What: Naples Night Lights 2019
Where: Naples Botanical Garden (4820 Bayshore Dr)
When: Nov 29th to Jan 5th, (closed Dec 24th, 25th, & 31st), 6 pm to 9 pm
Admission: $6 to $30
Contact: Naples Botanical Garden (239) 643-7275 or via email

Naples Night Lights 2019

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaDuring the day, the Botanical Gardens boast a natural beauty all its own. But at night, it positively glows during Night Lights at the Garden 2019. Every night features traditional holiday classic music. Special musical guests perform on various nights throughout the five-week affair. Fogg Cafe features wintery night specials to enjoy while you wander through the gardens. The Kapnick Caribbean Garden features lawn games and wishing trees. And Dutchkinz offers up Dutch favorites to try every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Tickets for Night Lights

Visit the Botanical Garden for the first couple of weeks that Night Lights takes place and you pay the best prices. Until the end of the day on December 15th, Botanical Garden members pay $12 per adult and $6 per child between the ages of 4 and 16. Non-members pay $25 per adult and $12 per child. Starting December 16th, members pay $15 per adult and $7 per child. Non-members must pay $30 per adult and $15 per child. All children ages three and younger enter for free. However, they still require a ticket. To purchase your tickets right now, visit the Botanical Garden’s online box office here. Members go online here. You may also go directly to the box office on the night you decide to visit and purchase tickets then. Prices remain the same regardless. Interested in becoming a member? Learn more about it here.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Naples Thanksgiving 5K 2019 at Cambier Park

Thanksgiving is just nine days away. That’s right. The most gluttonous day of the year happens in just about a week and a half! But fight the battle of the bulge. Start your day off with a lovely three(ish) mile walk through downtown Naples starting at Cambier Park. Sign up for the Naples Thanksgiving 5K 2019.

Before you start cooking, start walking. Join the Naples Thanksgiving 5K 2019 at Cambier Park for a quick stroll and some pumpkin pie. Share your blessings. Bring canned goods and/or clothing for St Matthew's House, too.

What: Naples Thanksgiving 5K 2019
Where: Cambier Park (8th St South)
When: Thursday, November 28th, 7:30 am start time
Cost: $30 per person
Contact: Monique Barnhart, Communications, Gulf Coast Runners, via email

Naples Thanksgiving 5K 2019

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaBefore you start cooking, start walking. Gather friends and family together for a lovely walk or run around downtown Naples. Coordinators invite everyone of all ages to join. At 8:30 am, kids between the ages of 5 and 12 can participate in a 1K fun run (approximately 0.6 miles). For the even younger tykes (ages 5 and under), let them run free in the 100-yard dash at 8:45 am. After the 5K, enjoy a tasty dessert of pumpkin pie.

Registration for the Thanksgiving 5K

Pre-register before 10:59 pm on Wednesday, November 27th. Pay $30 per person and receive a long-sleeve commemorative shirt (5K participants only). Procrastinators can still register on the day of the event. However, that line stays open from 6 am to 7:20 am on the 28th only. Last-minute scrambles aren’t the most fun. So, I suggest registering online ahead of time. Then, you just need to pick up your packet on the 26th or 27th. It costs nothing for your little ones to participate in the 1K or 100-yard dash. However, you still need to register them online ahead of time.

St Matthew’s House

At the 5K, volunteers pledged to collect canned food and new or gently used clothing items for St Matthew’s House. So, please bring what you can with you to Cambier Park on November 28th or when you pick up your packet ahead of time. Additionally, Moe’s Southwest Grill pledged one pound of beans and rice for every registered participant.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Naples CME Group Tour Championship 2019

More than 85 golf courses call Naples home. Another dozen or so sit within a few miles of here as well. So it should come as no surprise that the LGPA deemed one of our great courses worthy of a stop on its tour. In fact, the CME Group Tour Championship ends the 2019 LGPA season in Naples next week.

The LGPA ends their 2019 season with the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, FL Nov 19-24.

What: CME Group Tour Championship 2019
Where: Tiburon Golf Club (2620 Tiburon Dr)
When: November 19th to 24th
Tickets: $20 per day or $70 per weekend, VIP packages available
Contact: CME Group (239) 254-9770 or via email

CME Group Tour Championship

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaThis season-ending championship round brings only the best of the best. Only the top 60 points earners throughout the season receive a spot at this tournament. The 19th and 20th are reserved for practice play. But ticketholders are more than welcome to watch. The first round starts up on the 21st, with the fourth and final round taking place on Sunday, the 24th.

CME Group Tour Ticket Info

On this, Veteran’s Day, I find it appropriate to tell you that all military members (currently active, former, retired, and reserve), as well as their dependents, receive free admission on each day of this championship. All you need is a valid proof of service when you enter the main gate. And thank you for your service.

For all others, tickets cost $20 per day. If you plan on coming back multiple days to watch each round, pay just $70 for the whole week (November 19th to 24th). Special packages allow for upgraded hospitality on either a daily or weekly basis. Visit the CME Group Tour website to purchase your tickets today.

Corona Premier Oasis Trail tickets cost $75 per day (Thursday through Sunday only) or $250 for the entire week. This package grants you complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks, an elevated venue to watch the play unfold, and closed-circuit TVs so you don’t miss a moment of the action.

Globe Lounge tickets are also available for Thursday through Sunday only. They cost $150 per day or $550 for the week. With these tickets, you watch the play from a hospitality suite directly overlooking the 18th hole. While you watch events unfold, dine on a catered breakfast and lunch. Refresh yourself with a drink from the open bar. Closed-circuit TVs keep you abreast of all the excitement that unfolds. You also have access to private restrooms. And parking will not be a problem with your VIP parking pass.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Earnest Money Deposit and the Naples Home Buyer

When you put in an offer for a Naples or Marco Island home, you will most likely be asked to put down an Earnest Money Deposit. This shows the seller your commitment to buying the property. In return, the seller agrees to take it off the market while the sales process takes place. But what happens if your mortgage loan falls through? Do you get the deposit back? As long as you take a few measures to protect yourself.

After you put in an offer on a Marco Island or Naples home, you will be asked to put down an Earnest Money Deposit. Protect these funds from forfeiture by utilizing these protective measures.

Earnest Money Deposit

What Is It?

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaAn Earnest Money Deposit is considered a “good faith” payment. Typically, it runs anywhere from $500 up to 2% of the sale price. This money stays in escrow until the final sale. At that time, it usually gets credited towards the down payment and/or closing costs. If the deal falls through at any time, the funds may be given back to the buyer or forfeited, depending on any contingencies in place.

Financing Contingency

One way to protect your earnest money is by implementing a financing contingency into your sales contract. This protects you in case you can’t secure funding for the property. Without this contingency, you forfeit the deposit if funding proves impossible.

One way to ensure your deposit stays secure is to seek out a pre-approved mortgage. Start the process well before you begin looking at Naples or Marco Island homes. This helps you form a budget since you now know how much a bank will lend to you. Stay within that price point and you should be OK.

Pre-Approval Doesn’t Equal Final Approval

Even with a pre-approval letter, your home loan could fall through in the end. How? Lenders run an initial credit check when they perform their pre-approval process. Then, when it gets closer to closing, they run another credit check. Any changes in that time might jeopardize your approval. So, while in escrow, abstain from making any large purchases (furniture, cars, etc.). Also, put the kibosh on opening any new lines of credit. These could temporarily ding your credit and put you below the acceptable levels for approval. Wait until after you sign your final paperwork and move into your new home before making any major purchases.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos