Cape Coral Real Estate Blog

Whether you live nearby or are flying in to look at Cape Coral property, this calendar of upcoming events will provide you with entertaining things to do while you are here. Explore the area, take in the culture, enjoy all that SW Florida has to offer.


First Saturday of each month

South Cape Street Market:

Just like the open markets that are so popular in Europe, South Cape hosts a street market on the first Saturday of each month. The Cape's market takes place on Vincennes Boulevard and runs from November through April each year.  Hours of operation are from 9 am to 2 pm and admission is free.

With well over 60 vendors, the market attracts thousands of visitors to browse through lovely antiques , handcrafted artwork , and upscale

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Great news for investors. Beginning today, February 1st, HUD has decided to shelve the current FHA 90-day anti-flipping rule for a one year period. This single act should boost Cape Coral waterfront home sales and bring even more investors to the area.


Under the new rules, homes sold within the past 90 days may be resold with an FHA backed mortgage. There are some specific guidelines that should be understood. These serve to protect HUD from insuring overvalued properties while still allowing the true investor to pick up a property at a low price, make necessary renovations, and turn a justified profit.


The protective guidelines include three main points:


1. The transaction must hold no inappropriate interest or agreements between

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The credit crunch has taken its toll on many families across America, preventing certain individuals from investing in Florida property during a time when prices have reached an all time low.  But what about foreign investors, especially those coming from the U.K? The British pound has remained very strong against the dollar - with one pound currently worth $1.65. So, what does this mean as far as foreign investment prospects go?

According to the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate, over 50% agree that the United States provides the best opportunity for capital appreciation. This figure has risen steadily from 26% in 2007 and 37% in 2008. The majority of foreign investors in real estate have plans to boost their United States

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It was simply a matter of time, but the word is out...again. US News & World Report has named Cape Coral, Florida one of the top 10 places to retire in the nation. This article, specifically touted Cape Coral waterfront property as affordable, and a wise investment decision.

It's not really surprising. Cape Coral real estate may have been one of the hardest hit by the burst of the housing bubble, but with the opportunities for fishing, swimming, boating, and other recreational activities, Cape Coral is the sweetheart of waterfront real estate locations.

That's not all. US News had pretty strict criteria when they made their top 10 picks. Using specific research and demographic information, other retirement qualifications, such as cost of

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Cape Coral-- Florida's little Vienna, is stunning in its own right. With hundreds of miles of both fresh water and gulf access canals; waterfront property is still plentiful in this part of Southwest Florida. A friendly, active community with very little crime makes the thought of owning  a Cape Coral waterfront home the ideal investment. Add to this, the fact that Cape Coral is conveniently surrounded by elite Sanibel Island, the beaches of Fort Myers, and the upscale dining and shopping of Naples, and you've really got the whole package in this tropical water wonderland. Winner of numerous 'best place to live' awards, this beautiful boater's paradise continues to sell, especially now that the housing bubble has made many of these properties more

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Purchasing a home in Cape Coral? Looking for piece of mind with that purchase? Read on...

If you think of a home warranty as a builders policy that only applies to new construction; think again. Florida home warranties are often offered or requested as part of a Cape Coral home purchase and can be used as a form of security when selling a home.

A home warranty offered by a reputable company promises to pay for the repair or replacement of appliances, plumbing, air conditioning, and other things that can possibly go wrong with your new home. Compared to the cost, which averages between 300 and 500 dollars per year, a home warranty can be your best friend when your appliances begin to break down.

Florida is a bit different than other parts of

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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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