Naples Area Real Estate News & Market Trends
by Robert Nardi

Robert L. Nardi, Broker/Owner of Nardi Realty provides his perspective on the real estate market, trends, and news for Naples, Florida and the surrounding area each month. To subscribe to Robert's Monthly e-Newsletter click this link.

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because, at Nardi Realty, we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

May 14, 2023

Market Watch May 2023

Not a Buyers or Sellers Market

By Robert Nardi

Closed sales of homes in Naples during the first quarter of 2023 exceeded closed sales reported in the first quarter of 2019 (pre-COVID), when inventory levels were nearly three times the current level. According to the March 2023 Market Report by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island), overall inventory in March increased 92.4 percent to 2,900 properties from 1,507 properties in March 2022. While historically low at 3.6 months of inventory, inventory in Naples has continued to grow since it bottomed out at 0.8 months in December 2021.

Closed sales decreased 16.5 percent to 1,017 closed sales from 1,218 closed sales in March 2022, but compared to March 2019, closed sales increased 2.6 percent. Pending sales in March decreased by 14.5 percent to 1,377 pending sales from 1,611 pending sales in March 2022; compared to March 2019, pending sales increased by 22 percent. At the same time, new listing growth was relatively static in the first quarter of 2023. New listings during March decreased by 17.9 percent to 1,369 new listings from 1,667 new listings in March 2022, but compared to March 2019, new listings for the month slipped by only 2.5 percent.  Lastly, driven by the condominium market, which had a 5.9 percent increase in its median closed price, the median closed price in March increased 7.3 percent to $615,000 from $573,000 in March 2022.


The NABOR® March 2023 Market Report compares single-family home and condominium sales (via the Southwest Florida MLS), price ranges, and geographic segmentation and includes an overall market summary. NABOR® sales statistics are in a chart format ( CLICK HERE ).


What does this mean?


Buyers today are facing high-interest rates, rising property and flood insurance rates, and low inventory levels; these factors are not diminishing demand for those who wish to live in Naples. Even though we have a 3.6-month supply, it should not discourage protentional buyers. It comes down to where the buyer wishes to purchase. Inventory numbers could fluctuate at any time. From all indicators, some areas of Naples could have an over-year supply of homes like Port Royal. My thoughts are that inventory should become available at a faster rate. However, some sellers are still sitting on the fence because they fear a possible recession may impact their home’s value. However, they must realize that what they paid for it twenty years ago is a much smaller number than what they could get now. These sellers would be wise to jump off the fence and toss their property into the ring. It indeed could be a great time to sell!


Searching for a loan


If you wish to purchase in today’s market, there are still a lot of opportunities to find a lower interest rate or find programs out there that could assist you in purchasing. My best advice is to seek out a mortgage broker.


Tell the mortgage broker about your work life and what organizations you work for or have worked for. Are/Were you in the military, a firefighter, or a first home buyer? Some programs could assist you with your down payment, get discounts on the interest rate or do both! The most important tool you can use when you buy a home is a pre-approval letter that lists your rate and what you are qualified for. Therefore, there will be no guessing about what you can afford or not afford. You can buy with confidence.


If you have an investment account, the other possibility is to speak with your financial advisor. With an investment portfolio, you could borrow against it and receive a reduced interest rate than the standard. You would then have to pay monthly, including principal and interest. The interest paid could be deposited directly to your investment account based on loan terms. Therefore, you would be paying yourself the interest! You must ask your financial advisor. The possibilities are endless.


Seasonal Rentals



If you, your friends, or your family wish to book a seasonal rental for 2024, they should do it as quickly as possible to get the best selection for the next season. By this time, many rental agencies know who will or will not be returning next year. If you are interested in booking, please contact Sheri Martin, Rental Administrator for Nardi Realty, at 239-571-6189 or via email at . Lastly, you can always search for your rentals at  www.BuyNaples.Net.  Happy searching and have a fantastic summer!

Posted in Market Updates
April 9, 2023

Market Watch April 2023

Inventory continues to Increase

By Robert Nardi

Buyers in February 2023 had more choices to select properties than in the past. Overall inventory increased 131.4 percent to 2,835 properties from 1,225 properties in February 2022. Broker analysts reviewing the February 2023 Market Report by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island), attribute some of the rise in inventory to Hurricane Ian as many Sellers placed their damaged properties for purchase. February's median close price is the same as January's closed sales price of $600,000. The gap in sales activity year over year continues to close thanks to continued confidence in the Naples real estate market.


Overall pending sales in February decreased 16.8 percent to 1,241 pending sales from 1,480 pending sales in February 2022. Overall closed sales in February fell 17.2 percent to 682 closed sales from 824 closed in February 2022. And showings decreased by 15 percent in February to 36,574 showings from 43,032 showings in February 2022.


The NABOR® February 2023 Market Report compares single-family home and condominium sales (via the Southwest Florida MLS), price ranges, and geographic segmentation and includes an overall market summary. NABOR® sales statistics are in chart format ( CLICK HERE ) for those who would like to look at all of that statistics.


What does this mean?


Our inventory continues to rise, which gives potential Buyers a more comprehensive selection. However, even though the amount is increasing, it is partially populated by damaged properties from Hurricane Ian that the Sellers have never remedied. They figured that season would be the right time to throw them onto the market. However, Buyers need to investigate the property and the community to evaluate if this property would be a good fit for them.


In dealing with damaged property, you must determine if the Sellers have paid all hurricane assessments to the condominium or homeowners' association. You should request minutes of the board meetings, call the association directly, and ask to speak with someone who manages that association. You'll also want to investigate what the association is responsible for. An association will often be accountable for any drywall damage if it is a condominium. Therefore, receiving a copy of the Bylaws would be crucial before you make an offer on the property.


Lastly, it would be best to determine where the Seller stands regarding an insurance payout. If they received their payout, please consider this when making your offer. In addition, if they have yet to be paid out and are going to be, you may want to negotiate with them to see if they would be willing to assign any insurance monies to you as the Buyer.


And speaking of insurance, you'll need to determine what insurance will cost you concerning hurricanes, wind, and floods. Since Hurricane Ian, the insurance cost has risen significantly; therefore, you may want to use an insurance broker to shop around to get several different insurance quotes. Lastly, since the property is in a damaged state, it will be a challenge for you to obtain a mortgage. You may have to go to a "hard money lender," but you'll pay a much higher interest rate.


All of these are essential factors to consider when purchasing a damaged property.


Seasonal Rentals

Many people this year rented from January 1 through March 31, 2022. With Nardi Realty, we give the current renters "first right of refusal." If they pass, the condominium or home will be available next year. If you are considering renting for next year, contact my Rental Administrator, Sheri Martin, at 239-571-6189 or email her at You'll have a better opportunity to "nab" the rental before they fill up.


Happy Passover and Easter to those of you who celebrate! I hope you have a great spring! 

Posted in Market Updates
March 13, 2023

Market Watch March 2023

Inventory Continues to Grow!

By Robert Nardi

Evidence of growing confidence in the Naples real estate market revealed itself in January as new sellers entered the sales market. New listings in January rose 74.5 percent compared to December 2022 and 3.2 percent to 1,338 new listings from 1,297 new listings a year ago, according to the January 2023 Market Report by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island). But the rise in home options during January did not stymy home values as median closed prices rose 11.1 percent to $600,000 from $540,000 in January 2022. An even number of single-family homes and condominiums made up the increased inventory. Therefore, Buyers have more options. Closed sales in January decreased 33.8 percent to 555 homes from 839 in January 2022. But the spike in new listings is a good turn of events as they pushed inventory up 122.7 percent to 2,699 properties from 1,212 properties in January 2022. 



Pending sales in January were remarkably higher than pending sales not only in December (682) but also compared to January 2019 (660) and January 2020 (892). Compared to last January's phenomenal sales activity, pending sales decreased 20.5 percent to 1,092 pending sales from 1,373 pending sales in January 2022.



Pent-up demand was evident in January. While showings decreased 20 percent compared to January 2022, they nearly doubled compared to December's reported showings. Of course, another factor contributing to increased contracts (pending sales) during January was the 1,092 price decreases reported for the month, which brought the overall percent of current list price value down to 95.8 percent, a 4.2 percent decrease from 100 percent in January 2022. The first price reductions occurred with investors. They wanted to move their inventory.



The NABOR® January 2023 Market Report compares single-family home and condominium sales (via the Southwest Florida MLS), price ranges, and geographic segmentation and includes an overall market summary. NABOR® sales statistics are in chart format ( CLICK HERE) for those who like statistics.



What does this all mean?



Buyers have more of an opportunity to purchase with a more considerable inventory. However, depending on the property location, they may still have competing offers. Beachfront or near-the-beach properties are at high demand. It astounds me the number of multiple offers these properties can manifest. What is also apparent is most offers are all cash. We are talking about properties $2 million or less. Paying cash used to be "king," but now everyone is offering it. So, it does not set an offer apart from others. Hence, having an experienced REALTOR® is essential who can create a strategy that will produce an accepted offer.



Interest Rates



Interest rates continue to inch up, and when this happens, it mentally prevents people from making a move unless an incident in life pushes the decision along, like birth or death. Generally, potential Buyers want to avoid making a move because their current mortgage rates are relatively low, generally from 2.75% to 3.75%. The higher interest rates are a deterrent. Luckily, this does not affect Florida like other states because we are primarily a secondary market. Hence, our market continues to push forward while other housing markets in the United States are stalling.



Do you think about a rental for next season?

Having a rental for the season is a great way to "test the waters." It is less expensive than purchasing property and allows people to explore Naples and its surrounding areas. Nardi Realty will be able to start booking rentals for next season starting Mid-April. The reason is that we give the current tenants the "first right of refusal." If they pass on their current rental, it will become available and offered to "next in line." Therefore, if you are interested in seasonal rentals, call Sheri Martin, Rental Administrator, at 239-571-6189. You will be placed on a list and contacted if the rental becomes available. Seasonal rates can go from $4000 to $100,000 monthly (Yes! $100,000 is not a typo). Other expenses include Tourist Tax (any rental less than six months and one day is considered a short-term rental and will be taxed at 12%), application, background check, and cleaning fees.



Enjoy and have a fantastic March! 

Posted in Market Updates
Feb. 13, 2023

Market Watch February 2023

Demand and Interest Rates

By Robert Nardi

In the first year after a two-year interruption in regular activity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Naples real estate market is stable in terms of value. Still, buyers have fewer homes to choose from, and prices have elevated. As pandemic restrictions loosened in 2022, sellers and buyers pivoted their attention from the housing market to the travel market. As a result, and according to the December 2022 and 2022 Annual Market Report by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island), overall closed sales in 2022 decreased 34.8 percent to 10,156 properties from 15,570 properties in 2021. And while inventory is beginning to rebound, increasing 106.3 percent to 2,465 properties in December 2022 from 1,195 properties in December 2021, broker analysts reviewing the report are uncertain where and when an influx of inventory will arrive to meet our pre-pandemic levels. The report showed only 105 homes for sale below $300,000 in December compared to 1,816 in December 2019. Demand for the Naples lifestyle remained constant in 2022, and low inventory pressed median closed prices upward. The median closed price in December 2022 increased 13.9 percent to $575,000 from $505,000 in December 2021. Looking back at December 2019, the median closed price was $344,255, and inventory was double what it is today.


Demand for homes in 2022 kept REALTORS® busy looking for new listings, which dropped 8.4 percent to 13,577 compared to 14,819 in 2021. Many homeowners, especially those who purchased homes below $300,000 or at low-interest rates, are now unable to afford a change in local address due to the increase in mortgage rates. Then, in the wake of Hurricane Ian, the Naples real estate market pivoted again in the fourth quarter of 2022. Homes that suffered damage fell into two categories depending on their age and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 50 percent rule. (The FEMA 50 percent rule, as part of the National Flood Insurance Program, mandates that if a home incurs substantial damage — determined when repair costs total or exceeded 50 percent of the property's market value. Then, the owner must bring up the property to current building codes and floodplain regulations.) This mandatory rule will affect older homes in the Moorings, Park Shore, and Naples Park areas. The owners may choose not to rebuild and sell the property "As-Is." If this is the case, it most likely will be priced at "land value."


The NABOR® December 2022 Market Report compares single-family home and condominium sales (via the Southwest Florida MLS), price ranges, and geographic segmentation and includes an overall market summary. NABOR® sales statistics are presented in chart format ( CLICK HERE ) for those who would like to see all of the statistics.


What does this all mean?

It means, once again, we are moving toward a balanced market. Are people still buying? They are, but at a slower pace which is why inventory is rising. The economic factors affecting our market include fears of inflation and recession and increasing mortgage rates, which are still over six percent on average. In addition, if you factor in insurance, assessments, and taxes, the cost of buying a home today in Naples is a lifestyle that some people, unfortunately, cannot afford. On the other hand, Naples's lifestyle and weather are a huge draw for retirees or people who can work remotely and want to get out of the cold and enjoy what they love, like tennis, golf, pickleball, jogging, walking, etc.


Speaking of interest rates

I would not let the interest rates deter you from purchasing. You could always get an adjustable 5-year mortgage rate, significantly lower than the 6%, 30-year rate. Even if you finance for 15 years, your mortgage rate will be lower. My advice is to seek a mortgage professional who can help you navigate through lowering your starting interest rate.  Many can structure a loan based on your solvency, monthly income, and credit score for you to acquire your "piece of paradise."



Nardi Realty has a large rental department. We have over 120 annual rentals and over 150 seasonal rentals. This season many people booked for three months, January through March. In other years, many just reserved for one or two months. Why? Because many come down not only to participate in what they love to do but because these three months become their socialization instead of being cooped up in their home up north, with a foot of snow and cold temperatures. I have lived here for over 21 years, and the Florida sunshine and activities make you vibrant, making you feel younger. You are thriving daily! Hence, our rental department is busy. If you wish to book a rental for March or April 2023 or 2024, you can call Sheri Martin at 239-571-6189, Rental Administrator. She can assist you with your search, or you can access  and create your own.



For those up north, I wish you warmer days ahead, and for those currently down here, may we continue with this weather of low humidity and temperatures in the high 70s! 

Posted in Market Updates
Jan. 8, 2023

Market Watch January 2023

Purchasing and Insurance!

By Robert Nardi
According to the November 2022 Market Report by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island), there were 552 overall closed sales in November, which is a 41.4 percent decrease from 942 closed sales recorded in November 2021. The post-pandemic home buying surge when mortgage rates were historically low has ended. Housing inventory in Naples is rising but remains low at just 2.8 months of inventory reported in November (a balanced market has a six-month supply of inventory). As expected, the limited inventory environment in Naples is restricting sales and increasing prices. Though broker analysts reviewing the report pointed out that cash sales accounted for 62.3 percent of closed sales in November, it indicates that the Naples housing market remains a solid investment. The November report showed inventory rose in all price categories except the $300,000 and below category, which decreased 14.2 percent from 127 to 109 properties. Overall inventory in November rose 96.8 percent to 2,478 properties from 1,259 properties in November 2021. Comparatively, in November 2019, there were 5,563 properties in inventory, which was split between 2,771 single-family homes and 2,792 condominiums. Today, the inventory is single-family home heavy, accounting for 63 percent of all homes in Naples. November's overall median closed price increased 20.4 percent to $600,000 from $498,500 in November 2021.  Here is the report in chart form (CLICK HERE) for those of you who wish to see all the statistics.



What does this all mean?


We are slowly turning into a balanced market. The only hurdle now that we have is insurance. Since Hurricane Ian, insurance companies have been inundated with insurance claims. To add to the mix, they are swamped with the harsh weather up north (pipes bursting from the cold, roofs leaking, etc.). They are moving slower than usual, so many potential sellers are also slow to move. They need to work with their insurance company to get a resolution to repair damaged properties to put them on the market. Hence, it will be slow before six months of inventory are available.


Now for the buyers who are purchasing and wish to obtain insurance, it is becoming more and more difficult. If you purchase a property with a 20-year-old clay tile roof that is sound and has no leaks, no insurance company will insure the property. However, you can seek a third-party insurer, like Lloyds of London. The price of insurance could be costly until a new roof is installed. If it is a shingle roof and is 15 years old, insurance companies will still insure it but will need to undergo a certification process each year up until its 20th year, and then it must be replaced. Lastly, some insurers now offer insurance but will no longer insure the roof. Hence, when looking at a property, you must read the Seller's Disclosure, find out the roof's age, and investigate your insurance options. You can also try shopping for insurance using an Insurance Broker instead of just going through one company. They can send out your information and receive 3-4 quotes back.  


The benefits of living in Florida full time.


Property owners pay three times more for property insurance than in other states.  However, there are many financial benefits to living here. First of all there is no state tax, and if you purchase in Collier County, real estate taxes are 1.25% of the  assessed  value set by the Collier Appraiser. I am happy to report that Collier County has the lowest real estate taxes in all of Florida. In addition, if you don't live in the City of Naples proper, you have no city tax. The other huge benefit is the homestead exception. If you become a full-time resident, you'll receive this exception on your real estate taxes, saving you up to $625 a year on your taxable value. The most significant savings is that your taxes can only increase by 3% a year until you sell your property. Even though your property value could go up 10% a year, you pay taxes of 3%. This is a considerable saving over time. Another benefit is if you are a married couple and one spouse dies, it simply transfers to the other spouse without any tax ramifications. Lastly, since it is your homestead property, if you were ever involved in a lawsuit and a lien was placed on your home, a judge could never force you to sell your property to pay off the lien.


We live in paradise!



Southwest Florida is recovering quickly from Hurricane Ian. 95% of our beaches are open. The Gulf of Mexico is shimmering greens and blues. Our weather is fantastic in the winter months. So if you are looking to buy a little piece of paradise, you could always start searching online at , or if you wish to have personalized service, please feel free to contact me directly at 239-293-3592 or send an e-mail to . I am here to help! Happy New Year!

Posted in Market Updates
Dec. 19, 2022

Market Water December 2022

Hurricane Ian and a Balanced Market

By Robert Nardi

Speculation that home sales in October would drop dramatically in Collier County following Hurricane Ian was proven inaccurate as closed and pending sales for the month increased by 23.7 and 8.7 percent. Respectively, compared to closed and pending sales reported in September, according to the October 2022 Market Report by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island). And even though 525 listings were either terminated, expired, or withdrawn from the Southwest Florida MLS during October, overall inventory increased 72.7 percent to 2,325 properties from 1,346 properties in October 2021.

Admittedly, compared to 2021, a standout year for real estate in Collier County, closed sales in October decreased 24.5 percent to 662 closed sales from 877 closed sales in October 2021. Pending sales (homes under contract) dropped 43.3 percent to 673 pending sales from 1,186 pending sales in October 2021. According to NABOR®’s statistics, October’s overall median closed price held fast at $555,000, the same as was reported in September. But compared to October 2021, the median closed price increased 23.3 percent from $450,000. The statistics showed a 1.6 percent decrease in median closed prices for condominiums between September and October. There was a 26.1 percent increase in new listings in October compared to September, which broker analysts say is typical this time of year. Overall new listings in October decreased by 13.9 percent to 908 from 1,054 in October 2021. Still, new listings for single-family homes soared in October and were just ten properties shy of the 548 new listings reported in October 2021.

The NABOR® October 2022 Market Report compares single-family home and condominium sales (via the Southwest Florida MLS), price ranges, and geographic segmentation and includes an overall market summary. NABOR® sales statistics are presented in chart format ( CLICK HERE ) for those who like statistics.

What does this all mean?

Unfortunately, the tragedy of Hurricane Ian and those that received water damage spurred some other types of buyers to the area. Some investors want to swoop down and “catch” a good deal, while others see Southwest Florida as a new opportunity to purchase at a reduced price. Some lower elevated homes West of 41 took a hard hit with flooding. Therefore, owners can either rebuild, re-model or sell the property “As Is” (which means they are not making any repairs). Many have owned their properties for years, with built-in equity. They are either too old or tired or do not want to take on the remedial process.

Also, some sellers have decided that they want to move East of 41 and no longer wish to live near the Gulf of Mexico even though they experienced no damage. And lastly, Hurricane Ian pushed them to move up North to be with family and friends full-time. Therefore, Naples/Southwest Florida housing market is starting to weaken as a Sellers’ market because the overall percent of the current list price received is 96.4 percent and has been declining since April. In a nutshell, more available units are now on the market. There are 2478 available properties for sale in Naples based on NABOR® MLS data (12/10/2022). We are inching our way to a balanced market (around 6000 units), allowing Buyers to negotiate a bit more than in the past. 

Demand for Rentals

As you may have noticed, rentals have taken a life of their own. They have increased in number, and rental payments have increased significantly. The demand for annual and short-term rentals has been overwhelming not only because of trying to find housing for displaced individuals from Hurricane Ian but because of the spur of people who want to rent for three months during the season. You would think that people would not want to come down in season; however, it has been the opposite. Naples/Southwestern Florida is still in demand. People want to experience “paradise” and get away from the cold. Nardi Realty still has some rentals available. If you are considering renting, please call my Rental Administrator, Lilly Fulcher, at 239-571-6189. She can let you know our rental availability, assist with your search, or put you in contact with one of our REALTORS® that specializes in rentals.

In closing, I want to wish all of you Happy Holidays! May your New Year bring you loads of health, happiness, and prosperity. 

Posted in Market Updates
Nov. 13, 2022

Market Watch November 2022

Hurricane Ian Impacting SW Florida Real Estate

By Robert Nardi

The impact of Hurricane Ian, as witnessed on the last two days of September, is not reflected in the September 2022 Market Report by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island). Given this, September's data showed a predictable pattern of slow closed and pending sales with a slight increase in inventory, which is traditionally the case in historically stable September.


If you are comparing sales, etc., from September 2021 to September 2022, the following statistics are:


  • Total showings (month/month) 28,452 to 19,034, -33% change
  • Total closed sales (month/month) 931 to 523, -43.8% change
  • Total pending sales (homes under contract) (month/month) 1,085 to 619, -42.9% change
  • Median closed price (month/month) $455,500 to $555,000, +21.8% change
  • New listings (month/month) 985 to 694, -29.5% change
  • Total active listings (inventory) 1,387 to 2,146, +54.7% change
  • Average days on the market 24 to 40, +66.7% change
  • Single-family closed sales (month/month) 454 to 258, -43.2% change
  • Single-family median closed price (month/month) $615,000 to $682,500, +11.0% change
  • Single-family inventory 883 and 1,379, +56.2% change
  • Condominium closed sales (month/month) 477 to 265, -44.4% change
  • Condominium median closed price (month/month) $355,000 to $446,520, +25.8% change
  • Condominium inventory 504 to 767, +52.2% change

I published all these statistics because they give you an excellent insight into our current market if you wish to see the full market report ( CLICK HERE ).


What does it all mean?


The statistics above show the market is shifting from a "Sellers' Market" to an "Even Market."


Unfortunately, when Hurricane Ian made its crashing entrance, the national news showed all the devastation that occurred in Southwest Florida. I had friends and family that thought Naples was underwater.


My company received numerous calls from around the world from owners and renters to find out the status of the livability of the Naples area. The bad news was that if you were West of 41, near the coast or on the beach, you most likely experienced flooding. There was very little damage if you lived or owned East of 41. Hurricane Ian was not a wind event but a storm surge event for Naples. Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, Captiva, and Cape Coral not only received storm surges but also high winds as Hurricane Ian pushed its way farther North and East when it made its landfall, making them the hardest hit areas.


The one bright spot is that the clean-up and rebuilding are the fastest I have ever seen. 85% of restaurants, golf courses, etc., are open for business. If you drive East of 41, you would be hard-pressed to conceive there was a hurricane here. The devastation was all storm surge related on or near the coast.


Unfortunately, many people were displaced if they lived along the coast. Some stay with friends and family, while others seek short-term or annual rentals. For example, rebuilding a home in the hardest-hit areas will take at least a year or more. Therefore, rents are at a premium. For those owners that did not have damage, this may be an opportunity to rent their properties. Not only will they be able to help someone in need, but receive a rental income.


Who's buying now?


Naples continues to grow. People are coming here for their jobs and are seeking to purchase. It's a bit harder because the interest rates continue to climb, but there is still demand.


Another demand is owners with large homes damaged on the coast. They still want to live in Naples, so some displaced people are purchasing properties to live in during the repair/rebuild process. They figured once they moved back into their original home, they could either sell their temporary property or use it as an investment property.


Investors are swooping in as well. Some people had extensive damage and did not want to go through the rebuilding/repairing process. Therefore, they are lowering their prices and putting their properties on the market significantly lower than fair market value knowing the amount of money needed to bring it back to where it was before Hurricane Ian.


Best advice


For those people who were affected by the storm, work closely with your insurance company. Document what you need to document and understand what your policy covers. Insurance companies can reimburse you for your temporary housing, community assessments levied for clean-up, failed equipment, and other damages. Make sure you know what you are entitled to and put in a claim.



If you have questions concerning buying, selling, or renting, don't hesitate to contact me at 239-293-3592 or via e-mail at . In addition, you can always perform your searches at .

Posted in Market Updates
Oct. 15, 2022

Market Watch October 2022

Selling & Finding a 55+ Community

By Robert Nardi

Indications that the Naples area housing market is transitioning to a balanced market became more evident during August as inventory and days on the market increased. According to the August 2022 Market Report by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island), overall inventory increased 71.3 percent to 2,140 properties from 1,249 properties in August 2021. Of the homes on the market during August, 35.8 percent of them (766) experienced a price decrease, and the overall list price received for the month slipped slightly to 96.4 percent from 99.2 percent in August 2021. These seller and buyer behaviors resemble a healthy market environment.


The overall median closed price continued to increase in August, up 30.7 percent to $575,000 from $440,000 in August 2021. Only 31 single-family homes and 79 condominiums under $300,000 were on the market during August. In August 2019, there were over 1,400 properties on the market for under $300,000. We are on par with new listings compared to pre-pandemic levels in August 2019. There were 850 new listings in August, a 16.9 percent decrease compared to 1,023 in August 2021.


The NABOR® August 2022 Market Report compares single-family home and condominium sales (via the Southwest Florida MLS), price ranges, and geographic segmentation and includes an overall market summary. NABOR® sales statistics are in a chart format ( CLICK HERE).

What does this all mean?

Once again, from all indications, we are moving to a balanced market. Supply and demand are starting to even out. This balance can be attributed to longer days on the market, fewer showings than in the past, and slight price decreases, so inventory appears to be more significant. A balanced market is not such a bad thing. Buyers and Sellers get to play in the same sandbox and come up with a fair market price to sell and buy!

A great time to Sell if you are a Senior!


If you are a Senior, I believe it is a great time to sell in Southwest Florida. Prices are still up, and it is an ideal time to purchase if you are thinking about a 55+ community. It seems like 55+ communities are popping up all over the place. What’s nice about these communities is that there is something for everyone. Some only have single-family homes and offer numerous amenities, even walking/biking trails, and water activities like kayaking. Other communities have step-down facilities. You would start in Independent Living, then move to Assistant Living, Memory Care, and even skilled nursing offerings. In some 55+ communities, you have ownership, while others are simply “renting” the unit.  Most charge a more significant monthly maintenance fee, but you can get a big bang for your buck. Some include chauffeured visits to your doctors, shopping, dinner, etc. Others have activities on campus where you can play bingo, sing karaoke, watch a movie, participate in exercise classes, do water aerobics, etc. Some have meal plans, and some cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner for you.


After Hurricane Ian, many of these 55+ communities did very well. Many are newer and built to withstand a category four hurricane. They are also equipped with generators and have a built-in care system for Seniors. You most likely would not be without a meal or the use of an elevator.


If you are not ready to sell but still want to move to a 55+ community, it may be a great time to put your property up as an annual rental. Unfortunately, many people lost their ability to live in their homes/condos based on the damage caused by Hurricane Ian. It would be a win-win for both you as the Landlord and the Tenant. You have a stream of income every month, and a tenant has a place to stay for a year while they rebuild.


Are you thinking of renting, selling, or buying? Do you need some guidance with 55+ communities? Nardi Realty can help; please feel free to call me directly at 239-293-3592 or send an email to 


Please stay safe, healthy & happy. 

Posted in Market Updates
Sept. 20, 2022

Market Watch September 2022

Still on the Road to a Balanced Market

By Robert Nardi

Naples's housing market experts reviewing the July 2022 Market Report by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island), confirm the data reflected normal activity levels akin to pre-pandemic summer months. Historically, closed sales in Naples during the summer months trend at around 800 sales a month. But during the last two years, summer sales were well above 1,000 closed sales a month. This July, overall closed sales decreased 43.4 percent to 662 closed sales from 1,170 closed sales in July 2021. For perspective, in July 2018 and 2019, there were 774 and 829 closed sales, respectively. The current activity is what market experts expected in a post-pandemic summer. It signifies that we are on a path back to a balanced market.


Additional indications in the July report supporting this shift are the number of pending sales. Overall pending sales decreased 33.8 percent to 751 pending sales from 1,135 pending sales in July 2021. The tempering of closed and pending sales, which began in June, produces one very welcome result: an increase in inventory. In July, inventory rose 87.6 percent to 2,429 properties from 1,295 properties in July 2021 (there were 5,200 properties in inventory during July 2019). There were 905 price reductions in July compared to 293 in July 2021. But demand is still very high. The median closed price in July increased 16 percent to $545,000 from $469,950 in July 2021; it decreased 9.8 percent from $604,000 in June.


The NABOR® July 2022 Market Report compares single-family home and condominium sales (via the Southwest Florida MLS), price ranges, and geographic segmentation and includes an overall market summary. NABOR® sales statistics are presented in chart format ( CLICK HERE ) for those who like statistics.


What does this all mean?


As I stated in previous newsletters, we are on the road to a balanced market. Our inventory is going up, and even though there is demand in the market, prices are minimally coming down. On average, they are coming down 5% where before, listings were selling at asking or above. However, price reduction depends on the location. As they say, it is all about "Location, Location, Location" in real estate. Properties near or on the beach are still in the highest demand. Prices there most likely will not go down, but they will probably go up. I recently put a three-bedroom, two-bath home on the market West of 41, three and a half miles from the beach, and I was able to get it under contract within three days. I had two offers in hand. Usually, my seller would say, "Let's do the highest & best!"  However, this strategy in this market does not work as well as in the "buying frenzy" market. If I say, "Highest & Best" in this market, some buyers will drop out, not go up in price (keep the same offer), or then there would be one that would raise their price but add "extra's in the contract" like furnishings, televisions, etc. Adding items to the contract would never happen at the height of buying because the demand was so great. The bottom line is buyer's urgency to purchase has dissipated. They hope the inventory will continue to grow, giving them more choices. Therefore, the days of 20-30 multiple offers are gone.


What's happening with the rental market?


It appears that the seasonal rental market demand is slowing, and prices are coming down slightly; therefore, a good sign for people who wish to be here in season and make a "last minute" booking. However, month choices may be limited.  


The annual rental market is still moving. However, landlords must be realistic with pricing. Yearly rents have gone up significantly since last year, but some annual rents are higher than they should be. If you have a yearly rental, price it accordingly, and it can rent quickly.  Why keep it on the market for one to two months at a higher price? You would be losing money. Like selling, price it right, and it will sell/rent.


If you are considering taking a plunge into the rental market, either putting a property up for rent or renting annually/seasonally, please contact Jessica Martin, my Rental Administrator, at 239-631-9447. She can talk to you about your potential rental property or find an annual/seasonal rental.


Where to find us!


As a reminder, you can perform your property/rental searches at  or find us on Facebook at  or on Instagram at .



Fall is coming! Enjoy the change in weather. As the winter months come upon us, please think of us for your buying, selling, and/or rental needs as you make your entry or return to Southwest Florida.

Posted in Market Updates
Aug. 26, 2022

Market Watch August 2022

Price Reductions & More Inventory

By Robert Nardi

Data reflecting the Naples area housing market activity during June showed signs of a return to pre-pandemic summer activity when market conditions were balanced. According to the June 2022 Market Report by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island), pending sales decreased 36.8 percent in June to 794 pending sales from 1,236 pending sales in June 2021. In addition, closed sales fell 38.4 percent in June to 952 closed sales from 1,545 closed in June 2021. On the positive side, an 80.5 percent increase in inventory during June to 2,294 properties from 1,271 properties in June 2021 should spark sales. With 2.2 months of inventory available in June (up from .8 months in December 2021), the journey back to a balanced market is starting to take place. In addition, nearly 50 percent of our inventory this past June had a price reduction. These price reductions should be viewed as new listings because the newly lowered price is now attractive to a larger pool of buyers. Thus, there are more opportunities available for home buyers.

The NABOR® June 2022 Market Report compares single-family home and condominium sales (via the Southwest Florida MLS), price ranges, and geographic segmentation and includes an overall market summary. In addition, NABOR® sales statistics are presented in chart format ( CLICK HERE ) for those that would like to see all the statistics.

Median closed prices in June increased 31.8 percent to $604,000 from $458,281 in June 2021, but median closed prices for single-family homes decreased 7.7 percent to $750,000 in June from $812,500 in May. Conversely, median closed prices for condominiums in June increased 2.5 percent to $497,000 from $485,000 in May.

What does this all mean?

If you live in Naples all year round, you will notice that restaurants have fewer patrons this summer because fewer people are here. Why? Because with COVID restrictions lifted, there is no immediate need to get down to Florida to live a “normal” life. During the beginning COVID years, even people who owned here stayed throughout the summer. They were hoping that their state would lift the mask mandate, etc. Therefore, fewer people are down here, and thus, there is less demand. Also, for two years, Florida was a preferred vacation area. All states have lifted the mask mandate and opened up. Therefore, tourists are going to other vacation areas within the United States of America and abroad.

International travel has increased, and it appears many are enjoying Europe or domestic travel like Alaska, which seems very popular. On the upswing, international travel is making its way back slowly to Naples.

Add to the mix higher mortgage rates, worries about a possible recession, an ailing stock market, and inflation all contribute to demand tapering off. When demand lessens, inventory increases, and prices decrease. However, the price decreases I am seeing are minimal, not drastic. I still believe that these slightly lower prices will be more attractive to buyers, but we will not have the debacle of the great recession of 2005.

Rentals are still in high demand!

If you are a senior and decided to live in an independent living facility instead of just selling your home outright, it may be a good time to rent it annually. Especially if you have a single-family home with a pool, it is the most sought-after rental that we have in our inventory. Annual rent could be anywhere from $4500 and up, depending on the condition, location and amenities offered. Also, moving your home from your homesteaded domicile to a rental can provide quite a few tax advantages. You may want to discuss it with a real estate attorney or accountant.

What does the future hold?

Our inventory is going up, and I believe we will have a market where supply and demand will be in equilibrium over the next two years. The economy will be more robust, and inflation will taper off, and once inflation is under control, then mortgage interest rates will come down. Therefore, even if you are buying today at a higher mortgage interest rate, you can always refinance in the proceeding years once the interest rates come down.

Lastly, Southwest Florida is still attractive to buyers and always will be. The weather, beaches, low real estate taxes, no state tax, highly rated hospitals, and an overall strong economy. By the way, Collier County has the lowest real estate taxes in Florida. 1.25% plus if you homestead, you get an additional $650 deducted from your tax bill at the end of the year. What’s not to love?

Enjoy the rest of your summer! Before you know it, Fall will be upon us! 

Posted in Market Updates