Michelle Thomas

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

In-Law Suites: Why Your Naples Home Needs One

Casita. Granny Flat. Ohana Unit. Whatever you call it, in-law suites add value to your Naples home in more ways than one.

If your Naples home includes an in-law suite, it can increase the value of your property as well as appeal to a wider potential audience base, whether it's attached to your main house or completely separate from it.

In-Law Suites

What are They?

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaIn-law suites can either be a part of your main structure or set up completely independent from your main house. Typically, they include at least a bedroom and a full private bathroom. However, some also provide a living space and a kitchen/kitchenette. Still, others offer a separate entry point from which to come and go from the property.

What Else Can You Use Them For?

Primarily, these areas of the home allow your elderly relatives to live with you while still maintaining their sense of privacy. However, it offers many other uses as well. These suites make great home offices or guest rooms. When your child starts college, it creates a nice transition space between childhood home and completely moving out on their own. These suites also provide the possibility for rental income, especially if it is completely separate from your main Naples home.

Cost to Create

The cost to create an in-law suite depends on whether you plan on adding it to your existing house or if you wish to create a completely separate dwelling. An addition averages anywhere from around $33,000 to $63,000. When building a separate structure, your expenses may increase to as much as $125,000. Make sure you hire a licensed contractor and check that they pull all necessary permits to keep everything right.

Factoring This Into Your Home Sale

Today’s buyers want multi-generational homes. As families age, they want to bring their elderly parents back into the fold instead of putting them into expensive assisted living facilities. Sometimes, leaving them completely on their own isn’t feasible either. If your home already offers a main floor guest area with private bath, you’re already ahead of the game. Make sure to advertise this space as an office/guest room/potential in-law suite. This appeals to a broader audience of buyers.

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

Halloween on 5th Spooktacular in Naples

In just 10 ten days, we celebrate All Hallow’s Eve. But if you don’t want your little boils and ghouls knocking on doors, begging for candy, consider a safe and sane alternative: Halloween on 5th Spooktacular in Naples. All the candy. Less of the hassle. But with more activities included. And all in one convenient location!

Forget door-to-door when you can go store-to-store and MORE at the Halloween on 7th Spooktacular in Naples, FL.

What: Halloween on 5th Spooktacular in Naples
Where: Fifth Ave South (701 5th Ave S)
When: Thursday, October 31st, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Admission: Free
Contact: Fifth Ave South (239) 692-8436 or via email

Halloween on 5th Spooktacular

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaOn Halloween, organizers close off 5th Ave S between 3rd and 9th to set up their annual Spooktacular event. They promise more than 30 activities geared towards children of all ages. Past favorites (like Balloon Buccaneers, Sea Shelly, and live painter Marcus Zotter) make return appearances to the event. However, new for this year will be the Family Circus Acrobats. Watch as they perform amazing aerial feats high above 5th Ave S. To add to the festivities of the day, they perform live dressed as pirates! Plus, you’ll definitely want to visit the House of Heroes to see more of your favorite crime-fighting heroes in one place. They’ll be dressed up and ready for a photo-op with the kids. So, parents, make sure you bring your camera with you.

Two costume contests promise fun and prizes for man and beast. Well, maybe not man and beast. But definitely fun for kids and pets. For a suggested donation of $5, enter your child or four-legged family member into their own costume contest. You must register between 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm. The contests take place at 6 pm. Proceeds benefit the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Resource Center and the Humane Society of Collier County.

When you get hungry, pick up a snow cone, some popcorn or cotton candy. Proceeds from the sale of these items benefit Baby Basics. For something a little more substantial, grab a sub from Dave’s Cosmic Subs. Ice cream will also be available for sale. And, of course, merchants along 7th Ave S pass out candy to all trick-or-treaters who enter their stores.

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