4 Ways to Get An Offer Accepted

4 Ways to Get an Offer Accepted

There are four rules home buyers should follow if they want sellers to accept their offer.

1. Be nice: While money is important, buyers should also be likable and avoid making negative comments about the house or discussing their renovation plans in front of the seller, keeping in mind that sellers have an emotional connection to the property. “Don’t tell someone how bad, ugly, stupid, et cetera, their house is and then try to buy it. That doesn’t work,” notes Marc Takacs of Atlanta-based Keller Williams Realty.

2. Be amiable: Buyers also should avoid making unreasonable demands, such as super-quick closing dates, and they should avoid low-ball offers that could be perceived as an insult or offers that are too high and difficult for them to afford.

3. Be calm: Visiting the listing too often and for long periods of time also will annoy sellers.

4. Be rational: Buyers should avoid waiving the home inspection or appraisal contingency simply to get their offer approved, as they will regret such a move later on if a leaky roof or mold is discovered or they learn that they overpaid for the house.

Source: “4 Rules to Live By When Making an Offer on a House,” U.S. News & World Report (Aug. 5, 2014)

This Weekend on Pine Island

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Thursday, February 6th

American Legion Post 136 – Serving Gyros or Turkey, Bacon & Ranch Flat Bread, 11 AM;  Soup & Salad Bar, 11 AM – 2 PM; Wings & Egg Rolls, 5 PM-7 PM.  Come join in the fun with Karaoke and Jim Anderson, 6:30-9:30 PM.

Bert’s Bar & Grill – Presenting Deb and the Dynamics, 7 PM.

Island Grill – Thursday Special:  $1.50 drafts and $.60 wings after 4PM

Matlacha Community Center – Yoga Fit classes – 10 AM at Community Center; classes last 75-90 minutes.  Call 283-4110 for information.

Matlacha Hookers– General meeting @ the Elks Club, 6:30 PM

Miceli’s Restaurant – Prime Rib Dinner 2 for $20 after 3 PM. Live Entertainment; presenting Tyler Kluesner from 5-9 PM.

Nav-a-Gator- Live Entertainment; Latitude from 6-9PM.  Cover charge-canned goods & nonperishable food items

Olde Fish House Marina – Presenting Steve Chadboure, 12:30-3:30 PM

St James City Civic Association Exercise class 8:30-10:30AM,  Ping Pong; 10-12PM, MahJong ;1-5PM, Line Dancing; 5:30-6:30 PM and Cribbage from 6:45-9 PM


Friday, February 7th

American Legion Post 136 – Serving Burgers & Chips from 11 am to 1:45 PM.  Live Entertainment; Tommy Barr from 12 pm to 2 pm. Chicken, Fish, Ribs & Shrimp from 5 pm to 7 PM. Live Entertainment Hat Boys from  6:30 to 9:30 PM.

Beacon of Hope-O.W.L.S Program and Free tax preparations; Charles Cameron from Hearing Health of Southwest Florida, will will be guest speaker; meetings take place at the community center at the Methodist Church and start at 8 a.m. Free tax preparations every Friday until April 11th. IRS Certified volunteers will help prepare Federal Tax Returns. Appointments are necessary. For more information call 283-5123

Bert’s Bar & Grill – Live Entertainment; Calypso Magic from 5-7:30 and Marty Stokes & The Captiva Band at 7:30PM.

Bert’s Pine Bay Gallery– Parade of Mermaids- Mermaids will be the exciting prelude to Island Pirate Fest Weekend. For more information call 283-1335.

Calusa Heritage Trail – Guided tours, 10 AM and 1 PM. Tours are approximately 1.5 hours and cover a wide range of topics related to the archaeology of Pineland and the legacy of the Calusa Indians.

Island Girl Charters-  Offering service on Friday & Saturday Night; Departing Pineland Marina at 6:30PM & 9PM. For more information call 633-8142

Island Grill – Friday Special – All-You-Can-Eat fried fish for $9.95.

Miceli’s Restaurant – Live Entertainment; High Tide from 6-10 PM.

Nav-A-Gator – Farm Fresh Produce Stand vegetables, fruits, jams, jellies and more for purchase; GMO Free 10AM-5PM. New Extended Hours Friday open late for evening dining enjoyment.

Olde Fish House Marina -Live Entertainment “Fish ‘N Tips” from 12:00-3:00pm and “Wild Caught “from 5:30-9:00pm. All You Can Eat Mullet from 4-8PM for $9.99.

Pine Island Moose- Live Entertainment; pain in the Grass 5:30-8:30PM.

St. James City Civic Association- Exercise class; 8:30-10:30AM, Shuffleboard 9-11AM, Woman 2 Womann;3:30-5PM,  and Bridge Party 7-10PM

Tarpon Lodge Presenting Michael Anthony, 6-8:30 PM.  Experience nuevo flamenco Spanish guitar, exquisitely performed by Michael Anthony! Don’t miss this treat where old world meets new world! A true crowd pleaser!


Saturday, February 8th

American Legion Post 136 – will serve Seafood Chowder at 11am. “Show Me the Money” 3-5pm serving Beef Brisket & Pulled Pork Sandwich.  Free Jukebox 5-9pm.

Bert’s Bar & Grill – Live Entertainment; Calypso Magic 1-7PM. The Pirate’s Ball starts at 7:30PM. There will 50/50 raffles, Live Entertainment, and a contest for the Best Pirate Garb; judging starts at 9PM

Calusa Heritage Trail – Guided tours, 10 AM and 1 PM. Tours are approximately 1.5 hours and cover a wide range of topics related to the archaeology of Pineland and the legacy of the Calusa Indians.

Island Girl Charters- Offering service on Friday & Saturday Night; Departing Pineland Marina at 6:30PM & 9PM. For more information call 633-8142

Island Grill – Saturday Special – Prime Rib Dinner for $13.95 and Live Entertainment; Pine Island Sound 5-7:30PM

Miceli’s Restaurant – Live Entertainment; Whiskey Throttle from 6-10 PM. 

Museum of the Islands -Rhythm and Rummage Sale; St. James Civic Center, 8 AM-12:30 PM. 

Nav-A-Gator – Live Entertainment; Paul Roush from 2-5pm Cover Charge – canned goods & non-perishable food items.  New Extended Hours Saturday open late for evening dining enjoyment. 

Olde Fish House Marina– Live Entertainment; “Detroit Blues Artist, David Gerald” from 1:00-5:00pm

Pine Island Moose will host a LMHS Blood Drive from 8AM-1PM. Donate and get a free pancake and sausage breakfast. Live Entertainment; Coltan James and Family 6-9PM

Koucky Studios– Members of the Pine Island Pottery Guild will host a show and sale from 10AM-2PM. Wheel demonstrations, slab building , extruded clay and other techniques will be shown and one of a kind pottery for sale. Classes now in session; Call Chuck Koucky at 410-2852 for more information.

St James City Civic AssociationBig Breakfast 8-10AM



Sunday, February 9th

American Legion Post 136Burgers, Brats, Dogs and J.R Bradford entertaining from 1-4 PM. Free Jukebox from 5-9 PM

Bert’s Bar & Grill Pirates Live Auction; benefits “From Our Hearts” at 1 PM. Live Entertainment; Todd Wolfe at 3 PM

Matlacha Hookers-Afternoon Delights’ Wine and Beer Tasting presented by the Matlacha Hookers at the Alden Pines Country Club  – only 250 tickets available at $25.Various vendors and Live Entertainment; Strange Arrangement and Annie Wenz. Free to attend event. For more information call 283-9944

Miceli’s Restaurant – Presenting Kathy Eagle, 12 PM; and presenting Stringtown, 4 PM.

Nav-A-Gator- Farm Fresh Produce Stand vegetables, fruits, jams, jellies and more for purchase GMO Free 10AM-5PM. Live Entertainment; Mike Broward from 2-5 PM. Cover charges – canned goods & non-perishable food items.

Olde Fish House Marina — Live Entertainment;”Aimee Linn Band” from 2:00-6:00pm.. $5 Burger & Fries from 2-6PM plus bucket deals!

VFW Karaoke 4-8 PM


Monday, February 10th

American Legion Post 136 – $1 Tacos & $1 Margaritas, 11AM-2 PM. Serving Pizza from 5-7PM

Bert’s Bar & Grill- Grouper Fish Tacos w/ Black Beans & Rice $8.99. Live Entertainment; Todd Wolfe at 7PM

Miceli’s Restaurant -Pizza Monday $4 off all large & Sicilian, $3 off all mediums and $2 off all smalls. Live Entertainment; J.R. Bradford, 5-9 PM

Nav-A-Gator – Lunch Special, Carolina Burger: topped with BBQ Pork, cole slaw add a basket of fries for a great meal

Olde Fish House Marina-Live Entertainment;”Coast Connection Band” from 12:00-4:00pm

St James City Civic Association-– Exercise class; 8:30-10:30AM, Ping Pong; 10-12PM, Islander Bridge Group 12-4PM and Photo Club 7PM

Wounded Warrior Anglers- will be holding its 1st organizational membership meeting of 2014 in the Matlacha Community Center at 6:00 PM; all existing members, new prospective member and volunteers are welcome to attend. Come be part of something special to help other veterans.



Tuesday, February 11th

American Legion Post 136 -Serving Fish, Shrimp or Chicken Tenders, Soup & Salad Bar 11 AM-2 PM.  Bar Bingo at 6PM

Bert’s Bar & Grill- Special; 1/2 lb Angus Burger w/ 3 toppings for $5.99. Live Entertainment; Calypso Magic 12-3PM and Scotty Bryan at 6:30PM

Miceli’s Restaurant – 2 For $25 Fish & Chips; Live Entertainment; Presenting Rob Matson from 5-9 PM

Nav-A-Gator – Golden Coconut Shrimp Dinner served with sautéed veggies, house salad, dirty rice & black beans

Old Fish House Marina – Live Entertainment; “Grande Olde Fish House Opry JAM” from 12:00-3:00PM
and “Brother Love Too” from 5:30-9:00PM

St James City Civic Association– Exercise 8:30-10AM, Ping Pong 10AM-12PM, Golden Brush 10AM-1PM and duplicate Bridge 7PM.

Tarpon Lodge – Presenting Jon Shain 6-9 PM.  Jon perfectly blends his love of Piedmont Blues with his slick finger picking virtuosity; it’s sure to please! This rare appearance at Tarpon Lodge, so help us support live music



Wednesday, February 12th

American Legion Post 136 – Italian Roast Bee AuJus or BBQ Riblets; Soup & Salad Bar from 11-2PM. Auxiliary Meeting at 7PM

Bert’s Bar & Grill- All you Can Eat Fish Fry for $9.99. Live Entertainment; Calypso Magic 12-3PM and Renee Hose at 6:30PM

Calusa Heritage Trail – Guided tours, 10 AM and 1 PM. Tours are approximately 1.5 hours and cover a wide range of topics related to the archaeology of Pineland and the legacy of the Calusa Indians.

Friends of Pine Island- Local author Marty Ambrose will speak guest speaker at the library meeting at noon @the Pine Island Elks. For lunch reservations or more information call Joy Veatch at 821-3942.

Miceli’s Restaurant – 2 for $25 BBQ Baby Back Ribs; available after 3PM. Live Entertainment; Double D’s from 5-9 PM.

Nav-A-Gator – Farm Fresh Produce Stand vegetables, fruits, jams, jellies and more for purchase GMO Free 10AM-5PM. Presenting Chakulla & Me, 6-9 PM. Cover charge – canned goods & non-perishable food items.

Old Fish House Marina -Live Entertainment;”Fiddle Crabs Band” from 12:00-3:00pm and Bike Night with “Straight From The Tap”5:50-9PM. And don’t forget the $5 Burger & Fries Special from 5:30-9PM

Saint James City Civic Association- Hobby Club 8:30AM-12PM, Valentines Card Party 10AM-2:30PM, and Bingo- doors open at 5PM and cards go on sale at 5:30PM; bingo starts at 6:30PM




– Creative Coast Weekends – Second Weekend of each month. 

February 13th-  Spyrnal & Associates  Luncheon at Tarpon Lodge at  11am. For reservations call 283-7515

February 13th Elks Lodge– Ladies of the Elks will a hold a benefit luncheon.  The event will feature Jania Birtolo portraying the Life of Cleopatra. The doors open at 11AM. Lunch will be served at noon.

February 15th Pine Island Community Church Bazaar- Auction begins at 10AM.  Bloodmobile Drive 11AM-3PM.

February 15th-16thPine Island Art Annual Fine Art Show and Sale, Matlacha Park, 10 AM – 4 PM.

February 15thMatlacha Hookers Blood Drive @ 4120 Pine Island Rd (current Chamber Welcome Center) from 10am-2pm.  All donors will receive a burger and beverage from Bert’s Bar, T-shirt and wellness checkup.

February 21stPine Island Community Church- There’s going to be a Rock & Roll Sock Hop. 1950’s & 60’s music; tickets $5 only 120 tickets available. Purchase tickets at Olde Fish House Marina, Traders Hitching Post & Pine Island Community Church. For more information call 283-9944

February 21st&22ndSixth Annual Art Expo at the St. James Civic City Association.

February 22nd-  Pine Island Garden Club- Garden Gala – at Phillips Park from 9AM-2PM. For more information please go to www.pineislandgardenclub.org

February 22ndAmerican Legion Auxiliary Annual One Hole Golf Outing- starts at 10am to 5pm.

February 22nd, -Matlacha Mariners-Seafood Fest & Car Show -10:30am – 5:00pm at Sun Splash Family Water Park, Cape Coral, FL, 

March 1st –  Calusa Land Trust – Great Calusa Rubber Duck Race from noon to 5PM @ Woody’s Waterside Pub in St James City. For additional information contact Pink or Ron Wesorick at 239-283-7249

March 2nd -Bingo at the St. James City Civic Association – Call 282-8483 for information.

March 8th Pine Island Moose- 1st Annual Car Show; 11AM to 3PM. For more information call 282-0438.

March 8th American Legion– Legion Riders is having their Steak Roast from 1-6pm.  All dinners are only $15 and are a limited number.  See any Rider or bartender for prepaid tickets!

March 8th – From Our Heart -13th Annual BreastFest – 8 am to 4 pm at St James City Civic Association. Registration opens at 7:30PM to 8:15 day of walk. Walk begins at 8:30AM

March 14th – O.W.L.S. Program called Five Wishes about end of life decisions.

March 15th- Calusa Heritage Day, 10 AM -4 PM, $5 per person, RCC members and children under 12 free.

March 15th -Matlacha Hookers Bag N Tag Sale at the Moose Lodge – Shoppers can purchase a brown paper grocery bag for $5 and fill it with as many clothing items that they can fit in the bag.  In the past, shoppers have garnered anywhere from $30 to $125 worth of items for their $5 investment.  Hooker Hagglers will be on hand to assist shoppers interested in other items. The Matlacha Hookers will also host a pancake breakfast that morning from 8:00 am until 11:00 You will not leave hungry! 

May 26th- Wounded Warrior Anglers Boat Raffle at Olde Fish House Marina. Drawing will be between 5-7:30PM. ; Tickets for boat are still available. For more information call 423-620-9104

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5 Ways Sellers Can Prepare for a Home Inspection

David R. Leopold, owner of Pillar to Post Home Inspection in Fairfield County, Conn., says home sellers and their real estate professionals have an important role in preparing for a home inspection to help ensure it goes smoothly. Leopold offers up some of the following tips in a recent article in RISMedia, including:

1. Don’t hide what isn’t working: If an appliance isn’t working, leave a note that indicates what isn’t working and how you’re getting it fixed. Don’t try to conceal defects because it can make the inspector start to view you as dishonest and wonder what else you’re hiding.

2. Make things accessible: Ensure the location of the attic and crawlspace are identified and easy to access. Don’t make a home inspector move your belongings in order to gain access.

3. Check the lightbulbs: If a lightbulb isn’t working, the inspector will need to determine if the fixture is inoperable. Save them time by making sure all the lightbulbs in the home operate, including those in the crawlspace, attic, and furnace rooms.

4. Note septic systems: If you have a septic system in the yard, be sure to leave a sketch that includes the location of it. It’ll avoid home inspectors, buyers, and real estate professionals having to conduct prolonged searches for it, Leopold says.

5. Keep appliances clear: Don’t leave dirty laundry in the washing machine or dryer because the inspector will need to test the appliances, and he doesn’t want to have to pull out dirty clothes in front of everybody, Leopold says. “Also, make sure your oven and stovetop are clear and clean, so we can easily test them without setting off the smoke alarm,” he adds.

Source: “Ask the Experts: What Should Home Sellers Do to Prepare for a Home Inspection?” RISMedia (April 16, 2013)

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Calusa Ridge Trail, Bokeelia


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Save money and time and live in paradise! Here’s a chance to own a brand new, 2013, never lived in home in Pine Island’s Calusa Ridge for less than replacement cost. And you can immediately move in. Solidly built of low maintenance concrete with a metal roof, it has a great view of the lake. Interior features include an open, airy floorplan, all tile floors, and three widely spaced bedrooms for privacy. The kitchen has wood cabinets, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and more. The master suite includes a large bath with a walk-thru shower, soaking tub, and dual vanities. 90 degree pocket sliders open to the rear screened lanai. There is really too much to list in this brand new home. Take a look for yourself.

Offered for sale by Mike & Brian Faulkner – Pine Island Realty, Inc.

Grande Pine Rd, Bokeelia


Grande Pine Rd. virtual tour

Captivating Executive home in Alden Pines golf course community. This stunning home features a 2 story enclosed screen pool, four car garage, elevator, a lower level Mother-in-law suite, and a third floor balcony and sun deck with beautiful views. This home also has a circular driveway with multiple parking spaces, exceptional landscaping, and is very close to Pineland marina.

Offered for sale by Mike & Brian Faulkner – Pine Island Realty, Inc.