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The European dream — living in Florida

March 4, 2011
By MARIO D'ARTAGNAN, Real Estate in Perspective

The state of Florida has always been a top destination for American families, whether visiting Disney World for the first time or taking in a spring training baseball game. As a Southwest Florida resident, I have come to appreciate our fabulous waterways and beaches. Sometimes I forget that once you take a trip out of the tropics and head to central or north Florida, there is an entirely different world waiting for exploration.

I also think about how we are, at times, the envy of the world. Euro-peans are always in awe when they visit us, and many have made South-west Florida their permanent residences. Many homes in Europe are without swimming pools because the climate is not conducive to many months of outdoor enjoyment, and therefore prohibitive. We may have the most ideal climate in the country, lest for southern California.

Now that real estate prices are stable, and the Euro is rapidly increasing to $1.40, Europeans will indeed continue to find their piece of paradise right here in Southwest Florida.

Europeans have for many years been drawn to our lifestyle and made many investments in Southwest Florida. You can rant and rave all you want about gas prices and a generally weak economy, but the fact of the matter is that Florida is always going to be a place people will migrate to. It is so much better living in the sunshine and taking on economic challenges here in paradise, than living in a climate with snow, rain and cold.

Over the next five years there will be millions of baby boomers retiring and I'd bet the bank that many of them will be migrating to Southwest Florida. I have been reading various news publications about the real estate markets, both here and nationally, and quite frankly, can't find two experts that agree on anything. I have already made my predictions as to what I believe is going to happen over the next five years. Let's just say I have a very optimistic view about the future of Southwest Florida and the rest of the country.

And I'll bet the Europeans also support that view.

Mario D'Artagnan is a broker associate with Paradise Realty. Mario is a former real estate instructor and was an investigator for the Florida Real Estate Commission. Mr. D'Artagnan is a published author and has been a keynote speaker on the subject of agency law. Mario is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. For any questions or comments contact Mario at:, or call 239-565-4445.



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