The Royal PalmCast

The Royal PalmCast

The Royal PalmCast is a show about people and things that Realtors®, homebuyers and home sellers care about. Produced in the studios of the Royal Palm Coast Realtor® Association in Fort Myers, Florida, the podcast is hosted by RPCRA's Jim Sanville with producer Jerry Johnson, and features top real estate professionals from throughout Florida and beyond.

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July 21, 2021 55 min

True story: Wildlife removal expert Patrick Gibson once removed an unwanted gator using a chainsaw. His workdays include confrontations with venomous snakes, killer bees and potentially rabid racoons. The Cape Coral resident often draws a crowd of onlookers when he works and it's no wonder. He routinely crosses paths with rats, woodpeckers, iguanas and all manner of insects.? The professional pest remover has served more than 4...

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She's just 26 years old, but Samantha Marker has already achieved national recognition in her real estate career. Earlier this year, she was named one of "30 Under 30" Realtors in the U.S. as a top producer in her market. On this episode, she offers her advice for those just starting out in real estate. Her Top 5 list includes a few items you may not have expected.

Host: Jim Sanville. Producer: Jerry Johnson

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RPCRA Director of Membership Laura Ramos is back in the studio with important reminders for our Realtor members. Laura says it's critical for members to notify the association's Membership Department whenever they change their email address or phone number, and to update license information and any Code of Ethics training received. She says an email to Membership@RPCRA.org is the best and easiest way to keep information...

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June 30, 2021 34 min

There's a new guy in the office at our Realtor association and you're invited to meet him! He's Jeff Bratton, a Multiple Listing Service pro from Albuquerque, N.M. Jeff has been involved with the MLS for several years and is now learning about the unique real estate market here in Southwest Florida. He's already become well acquainted with this land of waterways, golf courses and vacation homes, and how it differs f...

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Did you hear about the homeowner whose attic was housing a family of racoons? He plugged the hole in the soffit with expansion foam, then set a trap using an open can of tuna as bait. Rookie mistakes! 

On today's show, we talk with Patrick Gibson, a wildlife removal expert who explains the best way to evict squatting critters. Armed with an advanced degree in biology, Patrick has learned the ways of the animals and he knows how ...

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If you're a residential Realtor, you probably know about Realtors Property Resource as a rich source of marketing materials, reports and research. All Realtors have free access to RPR tools as a benefit of membership in a local Realtor association. 

You may not know that RPR also provides marketing and other materials to commercial Realtors. On this episode, we talk with RPR Director of Commercial Services Nathan Graham, who out...

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At just 27 years old, Samantha Marker has already been recognized as one of the top Realtors in the U.S. Earlier this year, she was named one of the National's Association of Realtors "30 Under 30," honoring standout real estate professionals under age 30.  In this episode, the Cape Coral resident talks about how she achieved such a distinction — mainly through hard work.  Samantha says she makes herself available to cl...

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Did you know that 1 in 10 members of the Women's Council of Realtors are men? We didn't either! That's just one of the eye-opening facts we learned about the organization from Sandra Aguilar, president of the group's Cape Coral-Fort Myers chapter. She also discusses some of the most valuable benefits from joining, including tuition reimbursement, networking opportunities and the development of leadership skills. For...

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In a perfect world, an ideal client would call a Realtor and say something like, "I saw this house online and it's next door to my best friend and I want to buy it" — a done deal!  But that's not always how it goes, according to longtime Fort Myers Broker Jenny Moorhead. On this information-packed episode, we ask Jenny what she wishes her clients knew even before establishing a relationship with an agent. She lists ...

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Hop onto the bloodmobile and meet Jeremy Puckett, blood center supervisor for Lee Health in Fort Myers. In this episode, he opens our eyes to his world with facts and details about the process you may not know. In demystifying the blood donation experience, Jeremy dispels some of the common myths and fallacies that surround it. He also walks us step-by-step through the process of donating and explains the benefits it provides both ...

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Our commercial real estate experts are back in studio to talk about the current state of commercial business in Southwest Florida. 

Justin Thibaut and Nelson Taylor of LSI Companies discuss current development in the area, emerging trends and the forces that are driving it all. They also touch on office and industrial development in the Alico Road area of Fort Myers, Lofton Island, Cape Coral and the natural advantages of Southwest ...

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If you're a residential Realtor thinking about moving over to the commercial side of the business, this episode is for you! Even if you're just curious about commercial real estate and land sales, you'll want to hear our interview with two of the top experts in that field in Southwest Florida. In studio for our discussion is Justin Thibaut, president of LSI Companies of Fort Myers, and Nelson Taylor, the firm's mark...

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Fort Myers Real Estate Broker Jenny Moorhead has 70 agents working under her tutelage at Cornerstone Coastal Properties. On this episode, Jenny talks about what it takes for agents to succeed, even in a hyperactive market. She says the top producers at her agency did up to $50 million in business selling residential properties last year, while many others are at the $10- to $20-million mark. Would she recommend a career in real est...

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Two-thirds of Realtors® in the U.S. are women. The Women's Council of Realtors was founded 80 years ago with the express intent to support and promote its members so they achieve their full potential in the industry. On this episode, we talk with Sandra Aguilar, president of WCR's Cape Coral-Fort Myers chapter, about how the organization contributes to the professional growth of its members. Host: Jim Sanville. Producer: Je...

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Jenny Moorhead has known what she wanted to be since she was a teenager — a real estate broker. Three decades later, she is fully living her dream. Jenny started in the real estate business when she was just 17, and now runs her own real estate agency with 70 agents working for her. On this episode, she talks about her personal journey and what it took to realize her goal. For agents looking to take their careers to the next level,...

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This week we present a special Short Takes edition of The Royal PalmCast that will be of particular interest to members of the Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association. Our guest is Laura Ramos, director of membership for RPCRA, who lists some of the important dates and deadlines that our Realtors need to keep in mind. 

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With the ongoing dearth of listings in Southwest Florida, more Realtors are listing and selling new construction homes. Listing Expert Dave Dettmann is in the studio this week to share his insights into selling new homes, which many Realtors never consider. Part of becoming a new home specialist is "learning lots," he says. That means knowing where they are, what they're worth and which ones are unbuildable, often due t...

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Listing expert Dave Dettmann returns to The Royal PalmCast with his best tips for getting listings, along with a few misconceptions about them. Dave says that the most successful listers are ones who focus on being a lister, rather than chasing buyers. He also urges Realtors to talk with for-sale-by-owner sellers, who he says end up listing with a professional 80 percent of the time. Dave offers even more tips and points out other ...

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On this week's episode, Laura Ramos, the Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association membership director is in the studio to discuss the many benefits of joining RPCRA. Laura describes the resources offered to Realtor members at the local, state and national levels. She covers it all from training to car rental discounts, and even the statewide MLS offered through Florida Realtors and available to all RPCRA members. 



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After a year coping with a pandemic and enjoying historically low mortgage rates, it's clear that we're living in interesting times. In the real estate world, that has meant fewer listings available, while at the same time, buyer demand for housing continues to surge. For Realtors® who are willing to work hard, it's still possible to get 50 or more listings a year, says real estate broker Dave Dettmann, our guest on thi...

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