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Are you happy with the service your property management provider delivers? Are you looking for the best service in the Southwest Florida area?

Have your tenants and property receive the best attention and quality service available with Malt Realty and Development. See what our clients have to say.


“I moved to Fort Myers, FL in 2002. I met the staff of Malt Realty in 2003. It has been a pleasant experience since day one. Judy and her staff have been very attentive to my needs. Every employee that I encountered has been professional and pleasant. When I need repairs done the repair person was professional and very timely in completing the task. My most memorable occasion was during my second move. I was living in an area that Malt Realty found for me. I loved it! After two years of enjoying this location I was informed that I had to move. I was stubborn, I was not moving! Judy knew me and my style of living, Judy said, ‘I have found you a place and I know you will love it!’ I was doubtful, but she was right. I have been living in the place for 10 years now. She took care of me. I have recommended their service to several individuals. I have been blessed since I moved to Fort Myers and Malt Realty has been a signification part of this blessing. Judy, I thank you and your staff for their excellent customer service. Thank you from a grateful tenant.”

P.G. / Tenant

“Thank you! I really love living at Franklin Arms and would recommend you to anyone looking for a place to rent!”

K.W. / Tenant

“Malt Realty sold 3 houses for us. We currently have some lots listed with them as well. They handle everything; commercial, land, residential and property management. I had a great experience working with Kelly Gabrouel, one of their realtors.”

M.T./Florida Community Bank


We are RE-INVENTING RENTING!

With over 40 years of successful property management and rentals, our highly motivated Managers and Agents work diligently every day to achieve your goal! Our staff is qualified to communicate the attributes of your property to prospective renters due to our up to date knowledge of the local market place.

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#1 in Rentals, Property Management, Sales, Home Inspections, Renovations, Construction & Development.

TEL (239) 936-1320

EMAIL info@maltrealty.com

A New Beginning

As we awaken to an Easter Monday, we at Malt Realty wish you the very best this holiday.  Share the love and warmth with those near and far. May the new awakening of Spring bring you ever closer to your dreams.  Happy Easter Monday!

We are RE-INVENTING RENTING!

New Beginnings

With over 40 years of successful property management and rentals, our highly motivated Managers and Agents work diligently every day to achieve your goal! Our staff is qualified to communicate the attributes of your property to prospective renters due to our up to date knowledge of the local market place.

Malt Realty and Development

#1 in Rentals, Property Management, Sales, Home Inspections, Renovations, Construction & Development.

TEL (239) 936-1320        EMAIL info@maltrealty.com

Coveted Downtown Locations Available

OasisMalt Realty and Development proudly presents a luxury 2-bedroom condo located in the beautiful Oasis. This beautiful 2/2 condo is on the 6th floor overlooking the pool and the Caloosahatchee River. If luxury is what you are looking for, look no more. Your new home has nine-foot ceilings, impact resistant floor to ceiling windows and sliding glass doors, granite countertops in kitchen, stainless steel appliances, Carrara marble countertops in bathrooms, Italian cabinetry, and a whirlpool tub in a gated entry community.

Amenities include private outdoor tennis courts, state-of-the-art fitness center with water views and direct access to the pool deck, spacious men’s and women’s spa facilities with saunas and showers, one and a half acre resort-style pool deck with natural stone pavers and heated lap pools, poolside cabanas and lounges, social lounge with wet bar, TV and wi-fi throughout, catering kitchen, billiards, card room, game tables and a library. Located in the Lee County school district, excellent schools and diverse activities exist for all ages.Oasis pool

This is a must see! Call Malt Realty today to schedule your private tour 239-936-1320

We are RE-INVENTING RENTING!

With over 40 years of successful property management and rentals, our highly motivated Managers and Agents work diligently every day to achieve your goal! Our staff is qualified to communicate the attributes of your property to prospective renters due to our up to date knowledge of the local market place.

Malt Realty and Development

#1 in Rentals, Property Management, Sales, Home Inspections, Renovations, Construction & Development.

TEL (239) 936-1320        EMAIL info@maltrealty.com

Top Three Problems with Property Management Companies and How to Avoid Them

Let’s face it, there are plenty of property management companies to choose from in the Southwest Florida area. Every one of them will give you their absolute assurance that, if you hire them for your community, home or rental, they will provide a level of service far beyond what you’re getting from your current management company; even beyond your wildest expectations.

You see this all the time, don’t you?

Why is it, then, that we hear the same complaints over and over again about property managers?

And how can you tell before you hire your next management company whether they will be any better or different than the last one?

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These are critically important questions. We hope to answer them for you.

At Malt Realty and Development, we believe there is a better approach to property management than the industry is providing to clients, and we are out to set a new standard of service for our client communities… one that eliminates the frustrations and hassles that seem to define many property managers.

You can read more about our company in the About Us section.

So what are the most common problems? Based on surveys we reviewed, these are the top three problems with property management companies.

  1. Communication

Or lack of communication. This is by far the number one complaint we hear about other property management companies.

“We can’t seem to get a return phone call from our property manager.”

Or, “Our call gets bounced from person to person, but no one seems to be able to answer even the simplest questions.”

We have adopted a team approach here at Malt Realty and Development that is designed to keep these problems from happening. First off, you will speak to a live person when you call during business hours. If you call or email after hours, 7K0A0597we will return your call by 10:30 am the next business day.

And, since your team members will all be familiar with your property and the nuances that are part of every client relationship, you will get meaningful answers to your questions in a timely manner.

  1. Self-Dealing

Self-dealing can occur when your property management company provides maintenance or contracting services to your community using their own personnel, or personnel from an allied company.

Now, this practice is not in itself unethical. In fact, it can create savings for your community when done with integrity.

However, when service providers deliver low quality services, or charge uncompetitive rates, and the property manager is profiting by using these vendors, that’s a problem. It could also be costing you a lot of money.

Think about it, there can be a strong incentive for a property management company to provide additional services using their own resources, even if another company’s services might be more price competitive. There can also be the temptation to “let things slide” if the services provided aren’t quite up to snuff.

At Malt Realty and Development, we have established performance standards for all service and maintenance companies, vendors and suppliers. The companies that we recommend and use are subject to the same competitive bidding process as all others. This process assures you that you are getting quality service at competitive prices.

  1. Indecipherable Financial Reports

Financial reports can be confusing enough for people who are not accountants, and many board members have complained that they feel images (1)hopelessly lost when they are handed a stack of papers with columns of numbers, accounts payable reports, accounts receivable reports, cash flow statements, income statements, etc., etc., etc.

To make matters worse, most property management firms have their system  generate the same information for every client no matter what the client’s specific needs are.

We respect your board members’ time and the commitment they have made to serve your community, and we have developed easy-to-read financial reports. This means more meaningful information, less time in board meetings, and less frustration for your board members.

It’s Your Choice

Like most, our industry is competitive and we thank you for taking a few minutes to read a little bit about our company and how we seek to improve the standard of service for our client communities. We have devoted time and energy to seek out the things that create frustration and aggravation for our clients and prospective clients, and have implemented processes to eliminate them. We believe that sets up apart from our competitors.

We welcome the opportunity to present our full platform of services to you. Please visit our website at www.maltrealty.com or visit us at 1614 Colonial Boulevard, Ste. 102 in Fort Myers, FL 33907

 

 

We are RE-INVENTING RENTING!

With over 40 years of successful property management and rentals, our highly motivated Managers and Agents work diligently every day to achieve your goal! Our staff is qualified to communicate the attributes of your property to prospective renters due to our up to date knowledge of the local market place.

 

Malt Realty and Development

#1 in Rentals, Property Management, Sales, Home Inspections, Renovations, Construction & Development.

 

TEL (239) 936-1320

EMAIL info@maltrealty.com

No Upfront Out of Pocket Owner Costs

That’s right, you read correctly

No Upfront Out of Pocket Owner Costs

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We at Malt Realty and Development provide no hassle management; you sit back, enjoy life and leave the management to us.

A good property management company can easily become one of your greatest assets, second only to the properties they steward on your behalf.  Most property management companies have an Initial Management Fee which is paid upfront by the owner.  Malt Realty’s small Initial Management Compensation (IMC) doesn’t come out of an owner’s pocket!!  It is paid through rental collections, in two payments from the first two months rental income.

 

Call office for full details.

1614 Colonial Boulevard, Ste. 102
Fort Myers, FL 33907
TEL (239) 936-1320

EMAIL info@maltrealty.com

 

We are RE-INVENTING RENTING!

With over 40 years of successful property management and rentals, our highly motivated Managers and Agents work diligently every day to achieve your goal! Our staff is qualified to communicate the attributes of your property to prospective renters due to our up to date knowledge of the local market place.

Malt Realty and Development

#1 in Rentals, Property Management, Sales, Home Inspections, Renovations, Construction & Development.

 

Malt Realty’s 30-Day Rental Guarantee

We asked, you answered and we listened.

As one of Southwest Florida’s only full-service real estate businesses serving Fort Myers rental property management and home sale needs, Malt Realty and Development offers a wide range of property management services to fit your needs as a landlord or homeowner. We value our clients and do everything within our power to make our relationship an outstanding one.

We are excited to have the opportunity to lease and manage your property!  Our licensed professionals are confident in our ability to obtain a qualified resident to lease your home within 30 days.  To demonstrate our sincerity, Malt Realty will reduce our standard commission amount from 10% to 8% for the first year if your property remains unrented after 30 days.

Our goal is your goal; to secure a qualified resident for your property as quickly as possible and offer you the highest quality and best services available.

Call office for full details, terms and conditions.

1614 Colonial Boulevard, Ste. 102

Fort Myers, FL 33907
TEL (239) 936-1320

EMAIL info@maltrealty.com

We are RE-INVENTING RENTING!

With over 40 years of successful property management and rentals, our highly motivated Managers and Agents work diligently every day to achieve your goal! Our staff is qualified to communicate the attributes of your property to prospective renters due to our up to date knowledge of the local market place.

Malt Realty and Development

#1 in Rentals, Property Management, Sales, Home Inspections, Renovations, Construction & Development.

A New Year, New Beginnings

Our team at Malt Realty and Development are continuing to strive for ways to improve our property management company  in order to better service our clients. As we enter 2015, we are excited at the latest reports and trends developing here in beautiful Southwest Florida.

Lee&CollierLee and Collier counties are like two siblings, joined at the rear with each looking to the future with a different perspective. The two counties are among the top 10 fastest growing in the nation, with Lee showing 3.6% growth and Collier realizing 4.4% growth over the past year, according to a mid-year market report by CB Richard Ellis. More specifically, Lee County has large areas available for residential and commercial development.

According to the Herald Tribune in 2013, the cost of residential rent in Southwest Florida is climbing at one of the fastest rates in the nation.

BY THE NUMBERS

Southwest Florida’s rental market soars

• Nation’s fourth highest occupancy at 96.9 percent in February

• Nation’s sixth-steepest price increase at 6.68 percent

• Average rent of 89 cents per square foot

• More estimated growth of 3 percent annually through 2017

Source: Axiometrics Inc.

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Come view our available properties and receive the full service you need and deserve. With over 40 years of successful property management and rentals, our highly motivated Managers and Agents work diligently every day to achieve your goal! Our staff is qualified to communicate the attributes of your property to prospective renters due to our up to date knowledge of the local market place.

1614 Colonial Boulevard, Ste. 102

Fort Myers, FL 33907

TEL (239) 936-1320

EMAIL info@maltrealty.com

Happy New Year from Your Friends at Malt Realty and Development

IMG_1883New Years marks a new beginning. Sometimes people forget how much 365 days actually brings to their lives. However, this is the right moment to reflect and to hope for 365 more wonderful days! We at Malt Realty and Development wish you the best possible for 2015. This New Year brings new people to meet, new adventures to enjoy and new memories to create. Here’s wishing you the Happiest New Year ever!

As the New Year embarks, stayed tuned for the new developments.  We are always working to achieve greater success for all of our clients and residents.  Don’t miss the upcoming HUGE announcement.

Bring in the New Year with some of the fantastic offerings our beautiful southwest Florida has:

CAPE CORAL

  • New Year’s Eve at Cape Harbour The ninth-annual event features midnight fireworks and a 170-foot illuminated ball drop from the Marina South condominium complex. Plus live music at Pignoli on the Harbour and Fathoms Restaurant & Bar. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Free. The Marina at Cape Harbour, 5703 Cape Harbour Drive, Cape Coral. 470-2746 or capeharbour.com
  • New Year’s Eve Game Day CelebrationCelebrate the New Year early with five hours of gaming fun. Bring your friends, family and your favorite board games. Enjoy an afternoon filled with board games, a pool tournament, snacks and beverages (bring your own alcoholic beverages). Participants must bring a board game to share. Pre-registration required. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $5. Lake Kennedy Center, 400 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral. 574-0575

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FORT MYERS

  • Downtown Countdown in Fort Myers The huge annual party features live bands on five stages (including this year’s headliner, U2 tribute band UV), a Kids Zone, a Craft Beer Garden and a ball drop and fireworks at midnight. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free. Downtown Fort Myers. fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com or facebook.com/RiverDistrictAlliance
  • Ter-Tini’s New Year’s Eve BashSay goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015 in style. This event features delicious food, high-energy classic-rock music from Dead Letter Society, comedians, a magician and a Champagne toast at midnight followed by a continental breakfast. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $50 (or $85 per couple) includes food, Champagne and all entertainment. A $30 wristband gets you all you can drink. Ter Tinis, 7050 Crystal Drive, Fort Myers. 344-6147 or ter-tinis.com
  • $2 New Year’s Eve Party A $2 cover gets you into this New Year’s Eve party at the new country bar and concert venue. Plus you can buy $2 well drinks and domestic beers. Includes country music, party hats and noisemakers. Doors open at 8 p.m. The Ranch Concert Hall and Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 985-9839 or theranchfortmyers.com
  • New Years Eve Dinner Cruise Aboard the Capt. JPCelebrate the New Year during a 3 ½ hour cruise on the Caloosahatchee River. The cruise leaves at 9 p.m. and includes a buffet dinner, music for dancing, party favors, a Champagne toast and cash bars. 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. $70 plus taxes. JP/JC Cruises, 1300 Hendry St., downtown Fort Myers. 334-7474 or jccruises.com
  • New Year’s Eve With “Crazy For You”Watch the Gershwin musical and celebrate the New Year at Broadway Palm dinner theater. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with live entertainment and hors d’oeuvres in the lobby. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. with served shrimp cocktail and an upscale hot buffet, full salad bar (including seafood salad), a full dessert buffet and an ice cream bar. “Crazy For You” starts at 9 p.m. and the evening concludes with noisemakers, hats, Champagne and the countdown to midnight. 7 p.m.- midnight. $100. Broadway Palm, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 278-4422 or broadwaypalm.com
  • New Year’s Eve BashThis event includes dinner specials, party favors, live music by Troublemakerz (starting at 8 p.m.) and a free Champagne toast at midnight. 5 p.m.-1 a.m. No cover charge. Reservations accepted for dining room and patio. Stillwater Grille, 13451 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. 791-8554 or stillwatergrille.com
  • New Year’s Eve At Groove Street This party features noisemakers, hats, a glass of Champagne at midnight and dance music from yesterday and today. 8 p.m. to past midnight. $10. Full dinner menu available. Groove Street Grille & Discotheque, 8595 College Parkway, Unit No. 300, south Fort Myers. 437 2743 or groovestreet.com
  • New Year’s Eve At Laugh In Comedy CaféCelebrate New Year’s Eve with comedians Trish Keating and Mike Rivera. Party includes hats, noisemakers, a Champagne toast at midnight and free admission to Groove Street dance club next door. Full dinner menu available. 10 p.m. $20. Laugh-In Comedy Cafe, 8595 College Parkway, south Fort Myers. 479-5233 or laughincomedycafe.com

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NAPLES

  • New Year’s Eve Fireworks Celebrate the new year with live music and activities on Third Street South. Watch the fireworks from Naples Pier at 7:30 p.m. Event takes place 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Third Street South and The Naples Pier, Naples. 434-6533 or thirdstreetsouth.com
  • The Naples Philharmonic’s “A Viennese New Year’s Eve”New maestro Andrey Boreyko leads the symphony in performances of Strauss and other classics, followed by an elegant New Year’s Eve reception. Includes dancing, bottomless flutes of Champagne and a sumptuous buffet. Starts at 9 p.m. $79-113. Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. 597-1900 or artisnaples.org
  • Pure Naples Cruise Watch the Naples Pier fireworks from aboard the M/V Double Sunshine. The three-hour cruise leaves Tin City at 6:30 p.m. and cruises along Naples Bay, Port Royal, the Gulf of Mexico and the northern 10,000 Islands until 9:30 p.m. Includes a free alcoholic drink ticket, refreshments and hors d’eouvres. $75 ($70 for children 12 and younger). Pure Naples at Tin City, 1200 Fifth Avenue South, Naples. 263-4949 or purenaples.com

FORT MYERS BEACH

  • Fort Myers Beach Birthday Party and New Year’s Eve CelebrationThe New Year’s bash goes hand-in-hand with the town’s annual birthday celebration. The birthday party takes place from 1-3 p.m. and includes live music and free brownies and cupcakes. The New Year’s Eve party starts at 7 p.m. with more live bands, a ball drop and fireworks launched from the pier. Trolleys run to and from Estero Island, transporting party goers to off-island parking lots. Parking is free. Times Square, 1021 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. 765-4222

SAN CARLOS PARK

  • New Year’s Eve at Off The Hook Comedy ClubLaugh your way into 2015 with food, drinks and comedy. Comedian Steve Trevino is a rising star with his own Showtime special. 9 p.m. to past midnight. $35. Off the Hook Comedy Club at House of Brewz Taps and Tapas, 10045 Gulf Center Drive, San Carlos Park. 389-6901 or offthehookcomedy.com

PUNTA GORDA

  • Fishermen’s Village New Year’s Eve CelebrationCelebrate the holiday with live music and family-friendly activities including Luis the Balloon Man, hair-glitter designs, tarot card readings, face paintings and Too Tall Torrie the Stiltwalker. Watch the “dolphin drop” at midnight. 5 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Free. Fishermen’s Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 941-575-3007 or fishville.com

BONITA SPRINGS

  • New Year’s Eve Gourmet Buffet and PartiesIt’s a grand affair this New Year’s Eve at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort. Celebrate the arrival of 2015 with a feast of caviar and oysters, rack of lamb, Chilean sea bass, chicken cordon bleu with lobster, an international selection of appetizers, a decadent dessert display with a chocolate fountain and more. Plus live jazz by duo Susan Chastain and John Keevil. Seating from 6-9 p.m. Reservations are recommended for the buffet. $95 ($45 for children 5-12, free for younger). After dinner, visit the adjacent Mangroves Bar and Belvedere Lounge for deejayed music, party favors and a free Champagne toast at midnight. Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, 5001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs. 390-4398

ESTERO

  • South Fork Grille GalaThis event includes a four-course gourmet dinner, live music by Generation Gap, party hats and noisemakers. 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. $75. Call for reservations. South Forke Grille, 23161 Village Shops Way at Coconut Point mall, Estero. 992-5040 or southforkgrille.com

IMMOKALEE

  • Seminole Casino Immokalee’s New Year’s EveThe casino celebrates with live music by Instant Karma and Blue Stone Circle, party favors and a midnight breakfast. 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Free admission. Seminole Casino, 506 S. First St., Immokalee. (800) 218-0007 or seminoleimmokaleecasino.com

CAPTIVA AND SANIBEL ISLANDS

  • New Year’s Eve Party Celebrate with food and drink specials, a Champagne toast at midnight and live music by the Rex Bongo Blues Band. 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. No cover. George and Wendy’s Sanibel Seafood Grille, 2499 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island. 395-1263 or sanibelseafoodgrille.com
  • Traditions on the Beach PartyFestivities include a five-course dinner, hors d’oeuvres, party favors, a balloon drop, a Champagne toast and live music from piano man Joe McCormick and singers Marvilla Marzan and Dana Paul. Starts at 7 p.m. and goes until past midnight. $175. Traditions on the Beach, 3111 W. Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island. 472-4559 or traditionsonthebeach.com
  • Sundial Beach Resort & Spa CelebrationIncludes a four-course dinner, dancing, party favors, a Champagne toast and live music by Jeff and Wendy Keys. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $75. Child care for ages 5-12 is available for a fee with advance registration. Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, 1451 Middle Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island. 472-4151 or sundialresort.com

Happy Holidays from your friends at Malt Realty and Development

 IMG_1560As another year comes to a close, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our success possible. It is in this spirit that we say thank you and best wishes for the holidays and New Year. May songs of joy fill your home with warmth and your heart with happiness.

Malt Realty Holiday Hours are as follows:

  • Christmas Eve 12/24/14 closing @ 12:00
  • Closed Christmas Day 12/25/14
  • 12/26/14 Office will be Open regular hours (8:30-5:30)
  • 12/27/14 Office will be Open 10-2
  • New Year’s Eve 12/31/14 Closing @ 3:00
  • Closed New Year’s Day

Should you be in town this holiday season, here are some fun events available in beautiful SW Florida.

IMG_1377Holiday Crafts for KidsMonday, December 22, 2014       10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Organization: Rookery Bay
Make wildlife crafts such as marine mammal puppets, fish prints and cabbage palm reindeer. Activities are geared to children ages 6 to 12. Free with Environmental Learning Center admission ($5 adults, $3 kids 6-12, FREE kids under 6).

Venue: Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Road, Naples
Email: info@rookerybay.org Website: www.rookerybay.org

Friday/Saturday night Music at Fishermen’s VillageDecember 26 and 27, 5pm – 9pm Center Court, Fishermen’s Village, off Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda (map)

Friday and Saturday night live entertainment at Fishermen’s Village. Year round, free of charge. Various musicians and bands perform live music, center stage, 5-9 pm. http://www.fishville.com

Friday by the Fountain – Fri, December 26, 6pm – 9pm

Bell Tower Shops, Daniels Parkway & US 41, Ft. Myers (map)

Enjoy live music every Friday night from 6-9pm, in Center Court while you stroll through the shops and restaurants. For more information, please call 239-489-1221

Jazzy Friday’sFri, December 26, 5pm – 8pm

Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center, 9931 Interstate Commerce Drive, Fort Myers (map)

Don’t miss our New Jazzy Fridays, featuring our Award Winning Chef Murray as he prepares a Free Italian Pasta & Scampi Appetizer in honor of Mario “The Catman” Infanti, performing his Smooth Jazz, Blues and R&B. We are located across from the Gulf Coast Town Center, off Alico Road (I-75 at Exit 128) next to City/Ashley Furniture. http://www.hiftmyersairport.com

Two-Hour Guided Kayak Nature Tours at Lovers Key State Park – Sat, December 27, 10am – 10am

Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Boulevard, Ft Myers Beach (map)

On Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays at 10am, join us for a two-hour guided kayak nature tour. Reservations are required, please call 239-314-0110, $45.

Car Cruise-In – Sat, December 27, 5pm – 8pm

Downtown Fort Myers (map)

4th Saturday every month, all classic cars and show cars welcome! Free. DJ spins classic rock with trivia, 4-8pm.

Band “High Voltage” at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club – Sun, December 28, 6pm – 9pm

Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, 851 Gulf Shore Boulevard North, Naples (map)

Come out and enjoy live music in a tropical setting, and watch a picture perfect Southwest Florida sunset.

Cape Coral Quilters Guild – Mon, December 29, 10am – 3pm

Christ Lutheran Church (Hafer Hall), 2911 Del Prado Boulevard South, Cape Coral (map)

Group meets in Hafer Hall from 10am-3pm every Monday and welcomes anyone who is interested in quilting. Fabric donations are accepted to make charity quilts. For more information, please call 239-573-6337.IMG_1622

“Family Beach Walks” – Sanibel – Tue, December 30, 9am – 9am

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel (map)

Family beach walks are held at 9 am every Tuesday in partnership with Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum. The program takes place at Gulfside Park for a one-hour exploration of the refuge’s gulf-front Perry Tract. For more information, please call 239-472-1100.

English Country Dancing – Tue, December 30, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center, 16760 Bass Road, Ft Myers (map)

Learn social dances of 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Partners not necessary, beginners are welcome at this family-friendly event held 6:30-8:30pm Tuesdays year-round. Lessons are free after one-time payment of $10, which covers lifetime membership to Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center. For more information, please call 239-432-2154.

Movie Mania at Rookery BayMonday, December 29, 2014   10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Organization: Rookery Bay

Bring the whole family and enjoy a selection of nature films selected by Rookery Bay staff and researchers! Movie mania will be held in the auditorium where the amphitheater-style, cushioned seating will give everyone a great view of the film with ample room to relax! Film selections are subject to change. Only family-friendly films will be shown.

Sunset to Starlight Cruise Monday, December 29, 2014 4:45 PM – 7:30 PM

Organization: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

This naturalist-led small boat adventure takes place in the evening and is often (but not always) around the time of the full moon. Guests will visit a remote section of Keewaydin Island, renowned for its shell-strewn beaches and pastel sunsets. Stroll along and enjoy beachcombing until the magical moment when the sun sinks into the Gulf.

Email: info@rookerybay.org Website: www.rookerybay.org

Are You Our Valued “Snow Bird”?

Florida is a popular place for Snowbirds. Snowbirds are people that live here in southern Florida seasonally and come from the colder northern climates to escape the harsh winters. Southwest Florida, in particular Lee County, is a popular destination for snowbirds. The climate is fantastic during our winter months, as well as the cost of living in Lee County is low. There are plenty of activities to enjoy in the surrounding area, including beaches, restaurants and venues for entertainment.

SnowHolidaySnowbirds usually start arriving in Lee County in numbers in late October and early November, with an additional large influx in January. They usually stay until the end of May or so, and then do the same thing the following year.

Florida has a great climate for those that hate the cold, but it’s hard to escape the cooler weather entirely. In assistance to our clients, Malt Realty and Development has reviewed Florida Power and Light’s tips to help you and your residents save money during the winter season.  To save money and energy and keep your home at its most efficient through the winter, follow these tips:

  • Replace your air filters. You should check air filters every month and replace as needed (usually once every three months), but pay special attention to the furnace filters during the heating season. Clogged filters will reduce the airflow and keep your home from warming up efficiently.
  • Turn off your ceiling fan(s) when you leave the room. A fan that runs all the time costs up to $7 a month.
  • Check your vents. Just as clogged air filters can keep warm air from circulating, clogged vents can prevent your rooms from getting air. Check the vents for dust buildup and other obstructions, including furniture or decorations.
  • Reduce your water heater temperature from 140 degrees to 120 degrees, which is the recommended temperature setting according to the U.S. Department of Energy, to save about $2 a month.
  • Check the exterior of your house. Holes in the foundation or siding, and cracks in insulation around pipes, all point to potential air leaks, which could lead to an unpleasantly drafty (and energy-leaking) home.
  • Replace old, high-flow shower heads with water-efficient shower heads and save up to $80* a year.
  • Inspect your roof. If there are shingles missing or damaged, it may be time to inspect inside your attic.
  • Check the joints of windows and doors, where repeated motion may have damaged the seal. If you can feel a draft, it indicates that repair is needed. Also, you can use a stick of incense and hold it near the door or window, observing the behavior of the smoke to detect air leaks.

* Annual savings calculated based on two people in the home using water-efficient shower heads.

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