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Cape Coral Property: Uncovering Unethical Real Estate Practices


The "marketing technique", and I use the term loosely, of bait-and -switch or other unethical, shady practices have been around since the first person ever decided to exchange currency for goods. In the world of Cape Coral real estate, unethical tactics usually take the form of amazing deals that sound "too good to be true." Unfortunately, many a naive home buyer has fallen prey to these schemes, so we're going to break down the mentality behind a few of them today. Ready for the excitement?

Cape Coral Real Estate Tactic #1: The Bidding War

Okay, so we've all heard the term, "If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is." Do yourself a favor and take that statement to heart. Cape

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Cape Coral Properties Most Sought After by International Buyers

According to the latest statistics, Florida remains the hottest spot for savvy international investors, and Cape Coral properties come in as the number one choice for buyers.

Who's Buying Cape Coral?

According to the Lee County Visitor Bureau, there are a large number of repeat visitors coming to Lee County from Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. All together, close to 500,000 international visitors arrived here last year, and this year is expected to be no different. International visitors aren't just here for a family vacation either. Here are the statistics on who's buying Cape Coral:

According to the Florida Association of Realtors early

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Investing in a Fixer-Upper: Is it a Future Dream Home or a Nightmare?

Investing in a Cape Coral property listed as a "fixer upper" has the potential to go one of two pretty obvious ways. Of course, we all envision that steal of a deal, in need of only minor cosmetic repairs, that turns out to be the investment decision of a lifetime. That could happen. Another possible scenario is the home that turns into a series of unexpected disasters that drains your finances and turns into a complete nightmare.

Now, don't get scared off. There certainly are excellent deals to be found for the individual who isn't afraid of rolling up his sleeves, and a fixer-upper has several potential advantages:

  • Less competition for the home
  • Lower sales price

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Cape Coral Real Estate, How to Sell in the Summer Market

If you think summer may not be the ideal time to put your Cape Coral real estate on the market, think again. Over the past several months, home prices and sales have been steadily climbing, and now that foreclosures and short sales have had their run, the interests of buyers has returned to traditional home sales. Last month, traditional home sales were responsible for more than half of the overall homes purchased in the Greater Fort Myers area. With low interest rates and a recovering housing market, smart investors know that now is the time to buy.

That's excellent news for Cape Coral real estate owners who are looking to sell. During the summer months, when all the vacationers have returned

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The Inside Scoop on Purchasing Your Retirement Home After Season

Summer has officially arrived. The Cape Coral locals are waxing their boats, working on their backyard gardens, and relaxing at the beach. Many of the vacationers and snow birds (our loving term for our part time residents) have packed up and returned north now that the ice has finally thawed. What are savvy investors doing right now? I'm glad you asked. This year, the waiting game is over. The combination of low interest rates and a recovering housing market has drawn the attention of individuals wanting to take advantage of this prime opportunity. This summer has all the ingredients of a great real estate deal. Here's why...

Summer Months Can Be the Best Time to Buy

When you are in

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Straight Talk on Purchasing Your Retirement Home: Part 1

Back before the housing crisis began, it wasn't really a question whether investing in retirement property was a good idea or not. Of course it was. Housing prices appreciated at an expected percentage annually, and that's all that had to be taken into consideration. After the stock market plummeted and frenzied investors took their money over to real estate things got shaken up a bit. Well, more than a bit...but we don't need to go into the details of the housing bubble. Most of us are well aware of what has transpired over the past several years.

The real topic or question that many individuals who are planning for their retirement have on their mind today is simply this, "Is purchasing

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Is Buying Your First Seasonal Home in Florida a Smart Decision? 

When the time comes to start considering where we'll be spending our golden years, most of our thoughts immediately turn toward tropical temperatures, and with good reason. Southwest Florida, and especially Cape Coral properties leave nothing to be desired. You've got your pick of golf course properties, Cape Coral waterfront boating communities, nearby beaches, and the perfect weather to enjoy all of your outdoor activities.

Okay, back to reality. Once you've got your dream vacation home in your mind, it's important to take a look at the feasibility of bringing this dream into reality. Here are some facts for you to consider when deciding on the purchase of a seasonal home here in

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First Time Florida Home Buyers: What You May Not Know About Homeowners Insurance

If you are new to Southwest Florida, or a first time home buyer here, you need to read this article. Shopping for your new Cape Coral home, dreaming of the furniture you will purchase, and picturing yourself relaxing in the backyard pool may be fun and inspirational but you'll also need to familiarize yourself with the 'not so fun' part of owning Cape Coral property; purchasing Florida homeowner's insurance.

Making Sense Out of Florida Homeowner's Insurance

The first thing you need to know about Florida Homeowner's Insurance is the difference between what is required and what is optional. This information will help you to correctly budget for the purchase of your

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Selling Your Cape Coral Home? Wait...Here Are 5 Do-It-Yourself Tips to Increase Home’s Value

Selling your home is all about getting what your home is worth. Especially for those who have spent years or decades living in their home, there may be things you've overlooked that can easily increase your home's value, often by a substantial amount. Before putting your Cape Coral property on the market, take a look at the following do-it-yourself projects. Sometimes, just a few changes can make all the difference in the selling price.

Knowing What the Buyer is Looking For

According to HomeGain's national survey of over 500 real estate professionals, there are certain home projects that will make a big impact on the potential buyer. Instead of spending

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First Time Home Buyer Confusion Buster!

If you are a first time home buyer  you've got two things on your mind right now.

  • First, you have the dream and the goal of owning your own Cape Coral real estate. Maybe you're family is about to grow or possibly you are just wanting to break out of the renter's rut. Renting can fit a certain lifestyle for a while, but there comes a day when living in such close quarters just isn't cutting it anymore.
  • Second, you are wondering what you really need to know about making that all important first purchase. Maybe you've never followed the real estate market. Why would you? Now you are searching for answers and feel like you are taking a crash course in home buying 101.

If this sounds familiar, you've come

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