Living in Charlotte County Florida

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Gran Paradiso at the West Villages, a resort-style community

Lennar is now building in Gran Paradiso at the West Villages. This is a resort-style community located off of US 41 in the South Venice area. They offer villa, executive, manor and estate homes from the high $100’s to $500’s. Some of the community features include grand clubhouse, community center, tennis, resort-style pool, state-of-the-art fitness center sauna/steam room, fitness trails, media center, playground, and more.

You can visit their sales center at 20061 Galleria Blvd., Venice, FL. They are open Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. If you are working with a Realtor, ask them to take you to the site. If you are not working with a Realtor and want to just visit, contact the sales office and one of their representatives will take care of you. Click here for Lennar frequently asked questions

For more information visit the Gran Paradiso web site at:, the Lennar web site at: or call 888-214-1511. Contact me and I would be happy to take you for a tour and to visit the sales center. Tammy Hayes, Realtor, Re/Max Palm Realty,

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What if your teenager doesn’t want to move to Florida?

You’ve got a new job offer in Florida and you are planning to pack your things, buy a home and make the big move. However, when you tell your 17 year old daughter your plans, she lets out a mournful wail and cries that it is not fair. How can you possibly take her away from all of her friends, her favorite hangout spots and the cute boy she just started seeing?

Moving is a difficult transition and it is even more traumatic for teenagers. The teenage years are an important stage where young adults establish their individuality and independence and during this time their social circle is extremely important to them. Being removed from that against their will can make any teen feel sad, confused, angry and resentful. Also, fitting into a new social scene in a different location can be a challenge for a teen that might be singled out as the “new kid”.

How can you help your teen during this transition so that the experience will be easier on them? Here are some tips that will make the experience of moving a little bit easier on your teenager:
Give them as much notice as possible so that they have time to adjust to the idea of moving. They will feel like they have enough time to say goodbye to their friends and close a chapter of their lives.
Try to schedule the move around the school calendar, as moving in the summer is much less disruptive to your teen’s life than relocating in the middle of the school year.
Make sure that they have ample time to spend with their close friends before they leave and once you arrive, understand that they might go through a grieving process of missing their old pals.
When you get to your new home, make sure that your teen has plenty of ways to keep in touch with their old friends, such as an internet connection and a cell phone plan.
Encourage your teen to get involved in the community of your new hometown, such as joining sports clubs or attending events. This can help them to make new friends.
Can They Stay Behind?
In some situations, the better option might be to let your teenager stay behind. If they are in their older teens, they will have finished high school, maybe have a job and be independent people of their own. Perhaps they could stay with a family member or parents of a friend for a while until they are old enough to move out on their own. This might make them a lot happier in the long run, rather than taking them along with you if they really don’t want to move.

To search for properties in Southwest Florida go to For information on moving to Florida go to:

Tammy Hayes, Realtor, Re/Max Palm Realty,