This is what Florida is all about

Dated: March 29 2019

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I’ve been working many hours lately and have lost sight of why I came to Florida in the first place. I rediscovered it a little bit this weekend.

First of let me tell you this, no matter what the studies tell you about why people retire to a certain location (like Florida or Arizona), and no matter how beautiful our weather, beaches and golf courses are, it’s all about PEOPLE. Retirees go to where there are people they know. For a summary of why people choose a certain retirement location CLICK HERE. You may be surprised at the list of criteria.

Anyway, I moved here not to retire, but to have closer contact with my family and to be closer to the South America Market that I was traveling to on a monthly basis. By the time I moved here I had Parents, Aunts and Uncles, and my brother living here.

A few years prior to my move here I held a sales meeting out on South Seas Plantation. I came a few days early to set up the meeting room, buy the supplies for the hospitality suite and have some down time. I had not announced my arrival to my family and I remember driving to my brother Bill’s house when he lived in San Carlos Park, hoping to catch him home.

I was not disappointed, for as I pulled up into his driveway I noticed his pickup truck was backed in with the tail gate down. Bill was sitting on an overturned joint compound bucket and next to him sat a cooler. He was using the tailgate as a table. As I shut my door, he put an oyster up to his mouth and noisily slurped it down, following the oyster with a long sip from a cold beer he pulled from the ice.

“Gregg,” he smiled, “It’s like this down here every day.”

People pay big money to visit and see and do things that I have come to take for granted. (Like eating fresh oysters and slurp beer in the driveway).

Or like this morning I was sitting on my back porch reading the Sunday paper. Golfers were walking or riding by (I live on Fort Myers Golf Course), there was a slight breeze and the temp was about 64.  As Gail walked out to join me for coffee and breakfast, I made the comment I often make when I am reveling in our every day environs -  “Honey, people pay to be doing what  we are doing right now.”   (And we get to do it EVERY DAY.)

Today I’m sitting at an open house in Colonial Country Club. Colonial Country Club is a fully amenitized community near our office.  I have the house open and the breeze is wafting though. Once you get here – you don’t really need to leave.  This is what Florida is all about.  (This home is under $335,000)

Want a house on the water?  Jen Kalbach and I held a broker open at 6801 Danah Court two days ago. Lifts for two Jet skis and a boat, a pool, and a full game room (I’m talking air hockey, pool table, full bar, cards, ping pong, and a movie room with a poker table). Another house you would never have to leave.  (Yours for $2,235,000). This is what Florida is all about.

If you are thinking of buying here, buy a home (or build one) that you never want to leave.  It could be because of the weather outside – or the amenities in the neighborhood. Or the cozy master bedroom suite you can hide away in. It could be for the friends and like minded neighbors in your gated community loaded with things to do.

Come on to Florida – It’s where you want to be.

On a completely different note:

{FirstName}, one of my friends sent me an invite to join Initiative Q yesterday.  The text looked like a canned email and I thought it was spam, but it was from a credible friend  so I read it. I ask you to read it as well:

Initiative Q is an attempt by ex-PayPal guys to create a new payment system instead of credit cards that were designed in the 1950s. The system uses its own currency, the Q, and to get people to start using the system once it's ready they are allocating Qs for free to people that sign up now (the amount drops as more people join - so better to join early). Signing up is free and they only ask for your name and an email address. There's nothing to lose but if this payment system becomes a world leading payment method your Qs can be worth a lot.

Here is my invite link:

This link will stop working once I’m out of invites. Let me know after you registered, because I need to verify you on my end.

I found this article in Forbes about Iniative Q.  (Not a fluff piece and not provided by Q -)

Here is what  Mashable is saying

Bottom line is you risk your name and email address to be in on the beginning of this. It may not come to anything – but I’m thinking that one of the alternative payment systems will and it might be this one. I signed up.

You can review it by clicking the link below and then sign up – or not.


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Gregg Fous

Real estate has been my passion since I took my first Al Lowery class on real estate investing in the 1970’s. I vowed during that class that I would buy one property a year. Over the next five ....

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