Foreclosed home sales increased from July to September in Southwest Florida.
Such sales increased by nearly 40 percent for Naples-Marco Island — 180 sales compared to 129 from April through June. The same was true for Cape Coral-Fort Myers, where foreclosed sales hit 652 in the third quarter, compared to 356 in the previous quarter — an 83 percent increase, the Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac reported.
Florida foreclosed home sales increased 57 percent from the second to third quarter, and 19 percent in the U.S. during the same time, RealtyTrac reported.
Walmart, Salvation Army toy drive is Saturday
Walmart and the Salvation Army have joined to help provide new toys and clothes to local children on Christmas.
The "Fill the Truck" toy drive will take place at five Collier County Walmart stores from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, joining more than 2,500 other Walmarts across the country.
Upon arrival, shoppers will receive a list of suggested gifts to help fill the truck at the store. The collection is expected to provide gifts to more than 1,000 children. Participating stores: 11225 U.S. 41 N., North Naples; 5420 Juliet Blvd. (near Interstate 75), North Naples; 6650 Collier Blvd., East Naples; 9985 Collier Blvd., East Naples; and 3451 U.S. 41 East, East Naples.
Castros join Keller Williams Elite Realty
The team of Maggie and Manny Castro has joined Keller Williams Elite Realty in Bonita Springs.
Formerly top producers with Downing-Frye, the Castros have more than 10 years of experience in the Southwest Florida market and specialize in rentals, property management, short sales and for-sale-by-owner properties.
Keller Williams Elite Realty Inc. is the second-largest real estate franchise operation in the U.S., with nearly 700 offices and more than 75,000 associates in the United States and Canada.
Naples Chamber conducting survey
The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce will host the 2013 Collier County Business Climate Survey, which launches Jan. 23 and closes Feb. 19.
The survey is designed to assess key executives' perception of the overall business conditions in Collier County to identify concerns and issues facing existing businesses in the county and to help predict future trends and growth expectations.
Aysegul Timur, a professor at the Johnson School of Business, Hodges University, will lead the survey.
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