Bonita Bay Real Estate News | August 2018

Bonita Bay Real Estate News | August 2018

As of August 1, 2018, there are 89 active listings in MLS in Bonita Bay; 5 less than last month. There are 29 single-family homes ranging in price from $459,000 to $7,500,000. The average list price is $1,583,562 and the average days on the market is 179. The combined days on the market is 214. In the carriage, mid-rise, townhouse, and attached villa market, there are 26 active listings in Bonita Bay. Prices range from $250,000 to $549,000. The average list price is $394,642. The average of days on the market is 141. The combined days on the market is 198. In the high-rise market, there are 34 active listings in Bonita Bay ranging in price from $749,000 to $2,650,000. The average list price is $1,610,912 and the average days on the market is 240. The combined days on the market is 284.


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If you are considering selling your Bonita Bay home, here are some statistics that may help you decide to place your home on the market:

  • Within the last 12 months, there were 76 sales with an average sales price of $378,277; these condos were on the market an average of 118 days; combined days on the market is 205.
  • During the 12 months previous, there were 82 sales with an average sales price of condominiums was $377,292; these homes were on the market for 72 days; combined days on the market is 135.


  • During the last 12 months, there were 33 sales with an average sales price of $1,244,705; these homes were on the market an average of 134 days; combined days on the market is 233.
  • During the 12 months previous, there were 25 sales with an average sales price of $1,312,544; these homes were on the market for an average of 134 days; combined days on the market is 233.



  • During the last 12 months, there were 79 sales with an average sales price of $1,156,585; these homes were on the market an average of 83 days; combined days on the market is 171.
  • During the 12 months previous, there were 76 sales with an average sales price of $1,119,659; these homes were on the market for an average of 103 days; combined days on the market is 197.



For a list of BONITA BAY homes sold in the last 12 months, click here.
For a list of BONITA BAY homes that are pending at the moment, click here.

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NEWS RELEASE: Foreign Buyers Lessen Their Investments in U.S. Real Estate


Ongoing housing shortages and rising home prices are prompting international buyers to pause in their recent homebuying sprees in the United States. International sales in the U.S. totaled $121 billion from April 2017 to March 2018, a 20 percent decline from a year ago, the National Association of REALTORS® reports.

Foreign buyers and recent immigrants accounted for 8 percent of existing home sales, a decrease from 10 percent during the 12-month period that ended March 2017, according to NAR’s 2018 Profile of International Transactions in U.S. Residential Real Estate.

“After a surge in 2017, we saw a decrease in foreign activity in the housing market in the latest year, bringing us closer to the levels seen in 2016,” says Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “Inventory shortages continue to drive up prices, and sustained job creation and historically low interest rates mean that foreign buyers are now competing with domestic residents for the same, limited supply of homes.”

Foreign buyers usually purchase properties that are pricier than the average existing home. The median price for a foreign buyer was $292,400 compared to a median price of $249,300 for all existing homes. Chinese buyers tend to purchase the most expensive properties in the U.S. at a median price of $439,100.

Five countries comprised nearly half-49 percent-of the dollar volume of purchases by foreign buyers: China, Canada, India, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. China-for the sixth consecutive year-continued to have the largest dollar volume of purchases. Still, Chinese buyers’ involvement in the market decreased; they purchased an estimated $30.4 billion in residential property in the U.S., a drop of 4 percent from last year.

The highest amount of foreign buying activity in the U.S. continues to be centered on three states: Florida (19 percent); California (14 percent); and Texas (9 percent).
International buyers report buying a property in the U.S. for numerous reasons, but the most frequent reason, at 52 percent, is for a primary residence, according to the report. However, Chinese buyers were most likely to purchase a home in the U.S. for student housing, while Canadian buyers were the most likely to purchase a property as a vacation home. Indian buyers were the most likely to purchase a U.S. property to serve as their primary residence.


Source: Source: “2018 Profile of International Transactions in U.S. Residential Real Estate,” National Association of REALTORS(R) (July 26, 2018)
Not so local real estate








“July was a great month for pending and closed sales,” said Mike Hughes, Vice President and General Manager of Downing-Frye Realty. “We closed over 275 transactions in July, and had over 230 pending sales with 169 of them priced below $500,000. We have now closed over 1,950 transactions for the year. On the last day of July, our closed sales volume went above $1,000,000,000.00 for the year. We opened a small office on Marco Island in March 2017. Our Marco closings are up 53 percent so far this year. The next five months will only add to this number. We are very pleased with how well the Downing-Frye brand has been received on the island.”

Inventory for both single-family homes and condominiums showed an overall one percent
increase over July 2017. The active inventory in June 2018 was 1,539 units. While single-family homes showed a 5 percent increase in inventory specifically, condominium inventory has dropped off slightly. Overall, the Bonita Springs and Estero markets showed a slight decrease of 3 percent in pending units and a 4 percent decrease in closings for 12-month June-ending figures. The median price remains steady, while the days-on-market has increased by 11 percent, most likely due to steady price repositioning throughout the year. There were 209 pending sales in June 2018, down 12 percent from June 2017, and 279 closed sales, down 11 percent compared to June 2017. The median closed sales price remained relatively the same at $293,000.

Florida’s housing market reported rising median prices, fewer days to contract and a continuing tight supply of inventory in June. Sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 27,836 last month, down 1.3 percent compared to June 2017. The statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes was $260,000, up 6.1 percent from the previous year. For the townhouse-condo market, statewide closed sales totaled 11,128 in June, up 1.2 percent compared to a year ago. For-sale inventory in June remained tight, at a 3.9-months’ supply for single-family homes and 5.5-months’ supply for townhouse/condo properties. According to Freddie Mac, the interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage
averaged 4.57 percent in June 2018, significantly up from the 3.9 percent averaged during the same month a year earlier.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says closings inched backwards in June and fell on an annual basis for the fourth straight month. “There continues to be a mismatch since the spring between the growing level of homebuyer demand in most of the country in relation to the actual pace of home sales, which are declining,” he said. “The root cause is without a doubt the severe housing shortage that is not releasing its grip on the nation’s housing
market. What is for sale in most areas is going under contract very fast and in many cases, has multiple offers. This dynamic is keeping home price growth elevated, pricing out would-be buyers and ultimately slowing sales.” The median existing-home price for all housing types in June was $276,900, surpassing last month as the new all-time high and up 5.2 percent from June 2017 ($263,300). Unsold inventory is at a 4.3-month supply.



Sources: The Bonita Springs-Estero Assoc. of REALTORS®, Naples Area Board of REALTORS®, National Assoc. of REALTORS®, Florida REALTORS®.



SUMMER Resources

Looking for a list of Golf or Dining Reciprocals? Here they are, available for download:



Bonita Bay Dining Schedule

Lunch Daily: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday Brunch: 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday – Thursday à la Carte Dinner:  5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday – POETS Night  6:00-8:00 p.m. with live music 9:00-11:00 p.m..


55th HOLE
Saturday – Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
(Food service until 9:00 p.m. nightly)


Daily: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
(Food service beginning at 10:30 a.m. Daily)


Monday – Wednesday: 11:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.
(Food service until 2:00 p.m.)
Thursday – Sunday: 11:00 a.m – 9:00 p.m.
Live Entertainment Saturday Night





Bonita Bay Club Holds Third “Culinary Boot Camp”

In conjunction with a local high school, the Naples, Fla. property hosts students for intensive sessions that introduces them to practical kitchen-management skills as well as food-preparation instruction and techniques. The camp culminates with the students helping the club’s staff prepare Bonita Bay’s traditional Friday-night buffet. Participants in previous camps now hold full-time culinary positions at Bonita Bay.

A new generation of local up-and-coming chefs gained valuable hands-on experience in the kitchen this summer at the Culinary Boot Camp held at the Bonita Bay Club in Naples, Fla.

Under the guidance of Richard Brumm, the Bonita Bay Club’s Executive Chef and Director of Culinary Operations, the club’s Boot Camp program is in its third year of partnership with the local Estero High School’s Culinary Program and its Chef Instructor, Jeremy Jasper.  Estero High School Culinary Program students Freddy Figueroa, Amy Hallifax, Kaitlyn Jacobson and Angel Jimenez were selected this year to participate in the intensive experience that is designed to deliver a snapshot of life as a professional culinarian.

Over four six-hour days, Brumm and his team of sous chefs introduced the students to practical kitchen-management skills, such as ordering, receiving and sanitation, before progressing to sauce work, vegetable fabrication, garde manger and platter creation. Students also learned the basics of seafood, poultry and beef preparation.

The participating students quickly realize that working in a professional kitchen is different from what they may have seen on the Food Network, Brumm says-and the Boot Camp is a great way for them to gauge if the profession is the right fit for them.

“Now, they can see firsthand what working in the field is like, and learn what to expect in terms of career progression,” Brumm notes.
In a challenging labor market, the Culinary Boot Camp also helps the Bonita Bay Club identify and develop new entry-level talent-and in fact, three students who have participated in the camp’s inaugural year were then offered full-time positions and have been part of the club’s culinary team for two years.

This year’s Boot Camp culminated with the club’s traditional Friday-night buffet. After helping to prepare a Creole-themed dinner for club members, complete with gumbo and red beans, the students received a certificate of completion and a professional chef’s knife to start their personal collection.

One of this year’s participants, Amy Hallifax, especially liked creating the cheese platter for the member event. “Assembling it all by ourselves was really cool,” she said.

Added Angel Jiminez: “Learning from actual chefs was a great experience.”

Even after the Culinary Boot Camp is complete, Chef Brumm offers guidance to students who are continuing their culinary studies. This year, he helped to coordinate an internship with a Certified Master Chef for a former Boot Camp graduate who is currently enrolled at the Keiser University Center for Culinary Arts in Sarasota, Fla.

“It’s amazing to see young students discover their passion for the profession,” Brumm says.

“We’re so happy to be able to help cultivate that talent at Bonita Bay Club – it’s truly rewarding.”

By Giovanni Castelli| July 20th, 2018





Broker's Corner


A Word from Downing-Frye Broker & General Manager Mike Hughes


We are now more than half way through the year. This is always a good time to take a look at what kind of year is unfolding. I always like to see a trend-line that is going up each month for pending and closed sales. That is not the case this year. We get one strong month and then the next month there is a slight pullback. The numbers are bouncing around a bit from month to month.

Our closed sales volume is running ahead of last year at this point in the year. This month is a perfect example of what I was talking about in the above paragraph. As of July 17th 2018, we have had $75 million in closed sales volume for the first seventeen days of July 2018. Last July, for the ENTIRE MONTH, we had $87 million in closed sales volume. Suffice it to say that we are going to be significantly above the July 2017 closed sales volume. We are currently at $996 million in closed sales volume for the year. If you are wondering, this puts us ahead of where we were last year at this point in the year.

Downing-Frye has closed more than 1,800 transactions, so far, for the year. Listings continue to hold strong with 1,096 Downing-Frye listings at the end of June.

We are working on a number of projects right now. We have joined the International MLS. This means that your seller’s listing will be in the local MLS as well as the International MLS.







Bonita Bay MAY Events Calendar


Aug. 3 | POETS Night – Italian “Mirage”
Aug. 10 | POETS Night – Chef’s Choice “Randy and Lori”
Aug. 17 | POETS Night – Chef’s Choice “Manhattan Connection”
Aug. 24 | POETS Night – Turkey “Girl Meets Boy”
SUMMER Resources

Looking for a list of Golf or Dining Reciprocals? Here they are, available for download:





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Official Bonita Bay Club Brochure

unnamed (2)Looking for an overview of the Bonita Bay Club for yourself or to send to others? Here’s a quick look at the Bonita Bay Club’s five championship golf courses designed by two legendary architects; an 18-court tennis center; two welcoming clubhouses; Lifestyle Center with a state-of-the-art fitness center and spa; and, a world-class staff — the elements that make Bonita Bay Club South Florida’s premier country club.


Owned and governed by its members since 2010, Bonita Bay Club offers membership levels in golf and sports that suit the preferences of active Bonita Bay residents. In addition, limited golf memberships are available for the the Naples Club only. Download brochure.

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