November 2009

Found 6 blog entries for November 2009.

If you've recently purchased a home in Cape Coral or Southwest Florida and are still in the process of familiarizing yourself with the ins and outs of home ownership, here are some vital tips that you'll need to be aware of in order to take advantage of what is available to you.

Florida has two wonderful programs that can greatly benefit a homeowner, just as long as you are aware of them, their deadlines for applying, and make sure you have all of your qualifications and paperwork in order.

Florida Homestead Exemption

The state of Florida allows up to $50,000 homestead exemption to be deducted from the assessed value of the home for qualified owners.  Applicants who qualify must file by March 1st and have been residing in their home from January

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If you're in the market for a home in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, or Lehigh Acres, Florida, it is highly advised that you obtain a Florida home inspection by a licensed professional before signing on the dotted line.

Florida, unlike the northern states or countries abroad, has its own set of issues that only a professional would know how to detect. Sure, it's great to be able to walk through a house and notice the slight spotting of water damage showing through the freshly painted ceiling, or discover a poorly insulated attic, but what about the issues that can't be easily detected with the naked eye?

There are a host of items on a Florida home inspection checklist. Here is a list of a few of them:

Chinese Drywall

Many people aren't even sure what Chinese

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If you're concerned about energy conservation, recycling, pollution, and desire to live in a community that shares your concerns about the environment, you've come to the right place by choosing a home in Cape Coral.

Here's some facts about Southwest Florida's roll in developing a greener tomorrow:

An Eco-Friendly Landscape

Florida Friendly Yards believes that environmental protection begins in your own backyard (literally) and will teach you the smart way to grow with Florida friendly landscaping techniques. Their website features a Florida-friendly plant database, which will teach you about plants that are native to the area which require very little irrigation, fertilizer or maintenance. By including these plants in your landscape you'll be

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“There is only one Fort Myers, and 90 million people are going to find out,” said its most famous former resident, Thomas Edison.

Located 15 miles inland from the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel Island, the city of Fort Myers is one of the few locations that has not yet become a tourist trap or a prime location for second-home investors. Quietly kept under the radar, this winter home of best friends, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, is likely to become a hot real estate area in the near future.

Anyone who has visited the Fort Myers area regards it as one of Florida's 'best kept secrets.' While other vacationers were busily crowding the beaches of Daytona and the Tampa Bay, Lee County has remained a safe, relaxing haven for the elite. The beaches of

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According to recent reports from The Wall Street Journal, Congress has approved an extension to the $8,000 tax credit given to first-time home buyers. The extension, which originally caused Americans to race toward a closing date of November 30, now gives Cape Coral home buyers until June 30 of 2010 to close. Contracts must be entered into by April 30th, so keep that date in mind when searching for a home during this holiday season.  

Additional perks to the bill includes the creation of a new $6,500 credit for existing property owners who sell their existing home and purchase another during the same period of time. Both of these credits do include certain income restrictions which put limits on their availability.

Let's take a look at each credit

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The prices of Lee County and Cape Coral homes have never been better, but that's not the only reason to invest in Lee County, Florida real estate. As most individuals realize, in order to purchase a home that will prove to be a valuable investment, there are a number of things to take into consideration.   

The ideal home purchase will have the perfect combination of beauty, low crime, a family friendly environment, the right price, and a strong projection for economic growth. The place that enjoys all of these qualities is none other than our own Lee County, Florida.                                                                                      

1. Economic Growth fort_myers

According to CNN Money Magazine's 2009 list of Top Places to Live in the

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