Ellie Bunting's Blog Posts

Dome Homes

 If you are cruising around the Ten Thousand Islands south of Marco Island, you might see six dome houses rising out of the water approximately 300 feet offshore from Cape Romano Island.

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Myakka River State Park

Last weekend, Bob and I set up camp at Myakka River State Park.  Just outside of Sarasota, this is one of the largest and oldest state parks in Florida.  The Myakka River is Florida&rsquo

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Boat Races Return to Beach

 Thursday, October 10 through Saturday, October 12, the offshore powerboat races will be returning to Fort Myers Beach after a 13 year hiatus with “The Road Offshore.”  The

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Indian Key Massacre

The 11-acre island known as Indian Key was the scene of two of the bloodiest massacres in Florida History. Visiting the island today (from Indian Key Fill) all you will find is a dock, a trail, a

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Home Prices Increasing in Every Market

CoreLogic’s Home Price Index (HPI) Report revealed,“National home prices increased 3.6% year over year in July 2019 and are forecast to increase 5.4% from July 2019 to July 2020.&rdquo

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Growing Equity in Your Home

The Benefits of Growing Equity in Your HomeOver the last couple of years, we’ve heard quite a bit about rising home prices. Today, expert projections still forecast continued growth, just at a

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Hurricane Donna: After the Storm

Today is September 10, the anniversary of two hurricanes that affected Fort Myers Beach 47 years apart.  Heralded by some meteorologists as the “peak of hurricane season,” September

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History of Indian Key

The next time you are heading south on US 1 in the Florida Keys, when you get to mile market 78,  look to your left, and you will see a small island sitting about three-quarters of a mile off

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Labor Day Hurricanes

Like most people in Florida, I have spent the last week glued to the Weather Channel watching Hurricane Dorian.   Luckily, the West Coast was taken out of the cone over the weekend, but

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Nettie's Place

One of the first restaurants on Fort Myers Beach was called Nettie’s. Located on the beach at the end of what is now Palermo Drive, Nettie’s was a popular place for sunbathers,,

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How to Judge the Impact of the Next Economic Slowdown on Housing

We’ve experienced economic growth for almost a decade, which is the longest recovery in the nation’s history. Experts know a recession can’t be too far off, but when will this

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Surviving Hurricane Donna

Part II: Surviving the StormFor me, a third grader at Beach Elementary, September 10, 1960,  started off like any normal day.  The sun was out, the sky was blue, and the gulf breezes were

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Hurricane Donna

Part I:  The StormAs a kid growing up on Fort Myers Beach, I can recall many times packing our belongings and heading into Fort Myers because of a potential hurricane.  Luckily, most of

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Lake O Hurricane of 1928

By September 1928, the real estate boom in Florida was beginning to fade.  The Great Miami Hurricane of 1926 had frightened many new residents when they realized how vulnerable their homes were

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Labor Day Hurricane of 1935

In the late summer of 1935, the citizens of the Florida Keys were in the depths of the Great Depression.   Key West, once a prosperous port city, had declared bankruptcy.  Residents

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1944 Hurricane

In October 1944, the world was at war and most people in SW Florida were more worried about German submarines than hurricanes.  After all, there had not been a major storm 1926;  they had

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1921 Hurricane

In honor of hurricane season, I thought I would research and write about some of the most destructive hurricanes to hit our area over the past centuries beginning with the Hurricane of 1921.On

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Are Older Generations Really Not Selling Their Homes?

Many studies suggest one of the main reasons for the inventory shortage in today’s market of homes for sale is that older generations have chosen to “age in place” over

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Boomerang Buyers: Don’t Be Afraid to Buy a Home Again!

According to CoreLogic, from 2006 to 2014 “there were 7.3 million housing foreclosures and 1.9 million short sales.” The hesitation some Americans feel after experiencing a

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Suprising Reason for the Inventory Shortage

New Study Reveals One Surprising Reason for the Inventory ShortageThere has been a great amount written on millennials and their impact on the housing market. However, the headlines often contradict

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The Old Swing Bridge

The old swing bridge that served the island for over 50 years was built in Germany in 1927.  The bridge was brought to the United States in 1928 originally for use in Jacksonville. ,

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Low Interest Rates: Here to Stay?

Are Low Interest Rates Here to Stay?Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have been on the decline since November, now reaching lows last seen in January 2018. According to Freddie

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Happy Easter...the humble egg

When I was a kid, I remember coloring eggs for Easter, and as a mom, this was always an Easter tradition in our house as well. The history of coloring eggs in the spring started well before

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Sanders' Boat Yard

At the end of the 19th century, Estero Island was nothing more than a fishing camp.   However, in 1894, a sawmill was built at the south end of the island and run by the Koreshan Unity.

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San Carlos on the Gulf

In the 1920s, Florida became well known as a vacation destination, and Crescent Beach (as the island was known at the time) started to develop.  Tom Philn the 1920s, Florida became well

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Beach Library

The first free public library on Fort Myers Beach was located in this small cottage owned by Clem and Lucy McGee.  The library was manned a few hours each day by volunteers and remained in this

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Real Estate News

Homebuyers Shouldn’t Worry About 2008 All Over AgainLast week, realtor.com released a survey of active home shoppers (those who plan to purchase their next home in 1 year

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Beach Hotel

In 1912 the first hotel on Estero Island was built at the end of Pompano Street. At this time, the island was only accessible by boat. The guests would arrive by schooner and would dock at a pier on

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Free Concert

On Thursday, April 4, the Friends of Lovers Key will sponsor the last sunset beach barbeque and acoustic concert.  The show will start at 5:45 and will include live music, a beach BBQ and a

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Changing Times

I came across this picture recently and thought it might make an interesting subject for a post.  When I was young, this building was home to the “Cotton Shop” where you could

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Time to Buy

Do 46 Million Millennials Know They Are Mortgage Ready?Many have written about the millennial generation and whether or not they, as a whole, believe in homeownership as part of attaining the

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Credit Scores and Home Purchase

What Credit Score Do You Need To Buy A House?There are many misconceptions about the credit score needed to buy a house. Recently, it was reported that 24% of renters believe they need a

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Good News for Buyers and Sellers

Why an Economic Slowdown Will NOT Crush Real Estate this TimeLast week, the National Association for Business Economics released their February 2019 Economic Policy Survey. The survey

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Soft Landing

No Worries… Home Prices Coming in for a SOFT LandingHome prices have appreciated considerably over the last five years. This has some concerned that we may be in for another dramatic

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7 Things To Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage!

 7 Things To Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage!Congratulations! You’ve found a home to buy and have applied for a mortgage! You are undoubtedly excited about the opportunity to decorate

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End of an Era

During the “pink gold rush” of the 1950s, over 200 shrimp boats called San Carlos and Estero Islands their home port.  Hurricane Donna swept across the islands in 1960 destroying

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Shrimp Festival History

Since this is Shrimp Festival Week, I am going to continue on the subject of shrimping for the next couple of posts.  I remember when I was a kid, my father would go to San Carlos Marina every

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"Pink Gold" Discovered in the Gulf--Shrimping Industry is Born on San Carlos Island

In 1949, “pink gold” was discovered in the Dry Tortugas off Key West.  This particular species of shrimp, known by its scientific name of Penaesus Duoranum,  is considered by

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