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Now that you’ve decided home ownership is for you, there’s one more important question to consider: Is it better to rent or buy a house? That depends on your situation, finances and goals. Many people are asking themselves if they should buy or rent because they are purchasing their first home or moving into another home and downsizing for retirement. 

Buying a home is part of the American dream and there’s a lot of independence, pride and satisfaction that comes with it. While, for this reason, it may be better for some people to buy a house, there are a lot of other factors to consider. Is it better to rent or buy a house? This guide will help you decide.

When is Buying a House Better than Renting?

Buying a house is better than renting

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Southwest Florida isn’t just known for its pristine white sand beaches and ideal year-round temperatures. It is also home to some of the best golf courses in the country and many people love to spend their entire afternoons playing golf. Some even say Florida has the most golf holes per capita. Designed by the likes of Greg Norman, Arthur Hills and Jack Nicklaus, some are public golf courses, while many of them are private and require country club memberships or golf passes. From Naples to Fort Myers to Sanibel Island, here are the top 10 public and private Southwest Florida golf courses:

  1. Bonita Bay Club

  2. Cape Royal Golf Club

  3. Gulf Harbor Golf Club

  4. Kelly Greens Golf Course

  5. Lely Resort Golf & Country Club

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When you think about living in Southwest Florida, white sand beaches, breathtaking sunsets and a warm year-round climate are likely a few things that come to mind. But, did you know there are also a variety of kid-friendly things to do in Southwest Florida as well? From Naples to Fort Myers to Sanibel and Captiva Islands, there are countless things you can enjoy with your little ones. Whether the kids are home from school for summer break, the grandkids are visiting or you have a budding family of youngsters running around all the time, we will break down all the things to do in Southwest Florida so you and the kiddos will never be bored.

From a day at the beach to an afternoon exploring the region’s natural beauty, there are so many kid-friendly

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Our slice of paradise in the Sunshine State is known for many things: pristine beaches, art galleries, upscale shopping centers and some of the best fine dining restaurants in Southwest Florida. Whether you plan on driving or cruising  in your boat to one of these eateries, you can’t go wrong with any of these 10 fine dining choices. 

This list of fine dining restaurants in Southwest Florida stretches from Naples to Bokeelia. You’ll have no problem finding great dining options, whether you’re looking for upscale seafood dishes, Italian cuisine, an incredible steak, or anything in between. These fine dining restaurants in Southwest Florida are established, offer excellent service and thoughtful menus full of entrées that will make your mouth water.

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Baseball and Florida are the perfect pair. Fort Myers Spring Training games are in February and March, and these are some of Southwest Florida’s ideal months to visit, temperature-wise. And who doesn’t love a good baseball game? Ballpark food, a cold beer, sunshine, other like-minded baseball fans and of course, America’s favorite pastime. What could go wrong? Spring Training teams in Fort Myers, Florida include the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins. If either of these teams are your favorites, you’ll feel right at home!

The Minnesota Twins have called Fort Myers their official Spring Training destination since 1991. The Red Sox have been at jetBlue Park Stadium since 1993. The parks are about five miles away from each other and both teams

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From beaches, golfing, shopping to old-fashioned exploring, one of the best things about living in Florida is that there’s always something to do and somewhere new to explore. There are things to do in Florida with kids and there are things to do in Florida for adults. Royal Shell has been in Florida for decades and we know the Sunshine State like the backs of our hands. Here are our favorite must-do things in Florida. If you see something that’s not on our list, but you think it should be, let us know. We’d love to hear from you!

From state parks, championship golf courses, boating, white sand beaches, sunsets that look like they’re from a painting, to fresh seafood and historical places, Southwest Florida has it all. Here are our 10 must-do

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So, you’ve decided it’s time to purchase a new home. This can be one of the most exciting decisions you make in your life—but where should you start? From an apartment vs a condo vs a house, the choice is yours. A condo and a home each have different pros and cons. This blog post will outline the best things about living in a home and a condo so you can make the best choice for your lifestyle and future goals. 

When purchasing a new home, many buyers choose between a condominium and a traditional house. Of course, the location is a huge factor for most people. If you prefer a large yard with a lot of space, a house may be best for you. A condo typically comes with more amenities than a single-family home and residents can also take advantage of a

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Warm sunshine for most of the year. White sand beaches on Florida’s Gulf coast. Amazing sunsets. A slower pace. A round of golf at the golf course. Those are just some of the reasons why Sanibel Island is the best place to retire and many eventually find themselves living full-time on Sanibel Island. The island is covered with nature preserves and wildlife and beautiful birds abound. And it is one of the best locations in the country to find seashells. It truly is a tropical paradise.

Sanibel Island is one of the best places to retire. It has a small town feel that appeals to many people, and residents are all very welcoming. Everyone goes to the local supermarket in the morning to catch up on the latest island news. There is only one traffic

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A warm and cozy home can make all the difference. It can influence your mood and the way you feel. It can also make your space feel more inviting. But where do you start?

Here are 8 ways to make your home feel cozy:

1.  Let your entryway set the tone

2.  Use color to your advantage

3.  Keep clutter at a minimum

4.  Texture keeps things interesting

5.  Make your home smell nice

6.  Surround your space with plants

7.  Hang up your memories

8.  Create a cozy nook

Let Your Entryway Set the Tone

This is the first thing people see when they get to your home, and they say first impressions are everything. Paint your door a nice statement color like red or blue. Everyone loves some good curb appeal. Pick up a cute welcome mat to

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One of our favorite things about the holiday is that there are always things to do in Southwest Florida for Thanksgiving—and not just the day of—there are events all week. From 5ks, to cruises, nature hikes, to a fun day at the beach, Southwest Florida doesn’t disappoint on Thanksgiving. Come visit us and celebrate Thanksgiving Florida style.

We’ve compiled a list of Thanksgiving 2019 events in Southwest Florida for you. There are a variety of events from Naples to Fort Myers, and there’s something for each member of the family. There are other super-Florida ways to celebrate the holiday, too. The weather will be nice so you can go to the beach for a picnic or to watch the sunset. Or you can look for seashells. And then there’s always shopping!

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