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Chris Griffith is a real estate agent at Downing-Frye Realty Inc. in Bonita Springs. She writes weekly for the Daily News and daily on her own real estate blog at If you have a question about local real estate or Bonita Springs e-mail her at

Position History

  • Columnist
    03/05/2008 - current

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Recent Work

  • Chris Griffith: The winter real estate and bee season Published 10/20/2011 at 4 a.m.

    Typically, I get an email or a phone call from potential buyers who are beginning the search for a home in Southwest Florida. They’ve been “educated” by whatever news sources they watched or read about the Florida real estate market.

  • Chris Griffith: What real estate agents can’t tell you about your neighbor Published 06/29/2011 at 3:20 p.m.

    Prior to ushering buyers around in my car I’ve occasionally recommended buyers drive around a little to familiarize themselves with the area. If, for example, there is a cute little cottage that buyers think they just have to see but ...

  • Chris Griffith: Real estate agents sell their real estate for free? Published 01/05/2011 at 10:33 a.m.

    Most consumers only buy and sell real estate as a necessity. Often times there are great periods of time between transactions so there isn’t exactly common familiarity with the procedures and protocols of how things work. Revise that: how things ...

  • Chris Griffith: Nepotism in real estate never a good idea Published 09/22/2010 at 12:22 p.m.

    Who doesn’t have a friend or family member with a real estate license? I think there is an old joke about driving across the Georgia-Florida state line and having one handed to everyone in the car.

  • Chris Griffith: Selling short is a legal and tax issue Published 06/30/2010 at 1:49 p.m.

    Sometimes I really get scared for the circumstances that homeowners are in. People live through the toughest of times, foreclosures, bankruptcy, job loss, accidents. Without minimizing how traumatic losing a home can be, it is a loss that will eventually ...

  • Chris Griffith: Short sales fan the flames of market infidelity Published 04/07/2010 at 9:55 a.m.

    The short sale phenomenon in the market has fanned the flames of real estate infidelity. With months of impatient waiting for a “maybe” purchase with so much time to kill, eyes start wandering and before you know it the pre-approved ...

  • Chris Griffith: New doesn’t mean perfect Published 03/31/2010 at 10:13 a.m.

    Many buyers don’t understand that it’s usually an illusion that a new home is perfect. It doesn’t matter who built it, it was still built by human beings who can make mistakes.

  • Chris Griffith: Banks are short minded about short sales Published 07/10/2009 at 8:56 a.m.

    Here we are years into this housing and economic crisis and everything is still the same as far as dealing with lenders and short sales. There has been absolutely no evolution to the process. I don’t know about you but ...

  • Chris Griffith: When does selling personal property become theft? Published 04/24/2009 at 2:03 p.m.

    If you’ve recently been shopping or working in the local, fun filled real estate market, you’ve witnessed what’s going on out there with the bank involved properties. It’s hardly a secret that some homeowners take their emotions out on the ...

  • Chris Griffith: Investing in rentals for college students can be profitable but tricky Updated 04/17/2009 at 9:52 a.m.

    Since Florida Gulf Coast University opened its doors parents have been investing in real estate in the Estero and Bonita Springs area to house their students.

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