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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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Cape Coral Homes for Sale. Paradise is Affordable

Perhaps you battle the winters on the cold, windy streets up north and are looking for a second home that lets you escape from the cold and snowy conditions.  If you have been dreaming of owning a home in Florida, there is no better time than now to look into the opportuntities that exist in the homes for sale in Cape Coral and surrounding communities.

Even if you've been living in a cave, you know that the economic conditions of the real estate industry have been nothing short of devastating. For the Cape Coral area, it has been some of the most difficult conditions for some homeowners, who have found it impossible to avoid foreclosure.  Although this may sound tragic, it is a buyers market for anyone

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As I mentioned in my post, "The Canadian Invasion: Why Canucks are Flocking to Lee County," Canadians are accounting for a large number of real estate buyers in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, and surrounding communities. Because of this, I wanted to provide a bit of information to Canadians and other international buyers who are looking for property in the Lee County area. Please note: the information below is just a general guide; for specific questions and buying advice, please contact me online or call (239) 410-5821. I'll be happy to help you assist you.

Q) How long can I stay in the U.S.?

A) Generally speaking, most Canadians can stay for up to six months in a year. Any longer than that, and you risk losing your provincial health coverage. Lengthier stays

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Southwest Florida has always been a hot spot among Canadian "snowbirds,' looking for a warm locale to spend their winters. The beaches here are incredible, the people are friendly, and the lifestyle can't be beat.

The National Association of REALTORS® recently conducted a survey and discovered that Canadians represented a whopping 27% of all buyers in the state of Florida. This has been due in large part to favorable exchange rates, but as SWFL home prices continue to sit at record lows, the number of Canadians scooping up Lee County real estate is expected to rise even more. With properties in Fort Myers and Lehigh Acres selling for as low as $50,000, Canadian buyers know a deal when they see one.

Many Americans have been unable to take advantage of rock…
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Interested in purchasing a beautiful Cape Coral waterfront home? Maybe you've always dreamt of owning a home in Cape Coral but thought it was out of reach. With short sales becoming ever more available, owning a home in Cape Coral may not be as far off as you had previously thought. 

What is a short sale? A short sale is when a property is sold for less than is owed on the mortgage.

When is it done? Homeowners who are struggling to make their mortgage payments may try to arrange a short sale so they can avoid going through foreclosure. Banks will approve a short sale when it's in their best interest to do so. If they think they can recoup more money through a foreclosure, then they'll deny the homeowner's request for a short sale.


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After having a successful website up for some time, we decided that 2009 was the year to upgrade The goal was to create an easy-to-use platform where visitors could look at all available real estate inventory in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, and surrounding communities. We believe we've accomplished this with our advanced home search tools, which include a Quick Search feature on the right-hand corner of all pages, as well as city-specific property listings on each of our Featured Community pages.

We've also added information for Buyers and Sellers, and timely market info for each Southwest Florida community we specialize in. Whether you're looking for Cape Coral foreclosures or advice on buying waterfront property, the new

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Real estate agents hear this all the time…"I wish I had called you before. But I just didn’t want to bother you. I know you’re busy…”…after it is too late. There are times when you might feel like you shouldn’t “bother” the real estate agent you know. (Could be your friend, a neighbor, your brother-in-law, cousin, your sister…)

Maybe you’re truly trying to be considerate. But, maybe it’s because you’re not even aware that you should. Or, you just don’t want to feel obligated or pushed into doing something. (Despite what many people think, most agents are not pushy. Most are the exact opposite.) So, let’s go over a few times that you should “bother” your real estate agent. Because it really isn’t a bother.

In fact, we’ll get into

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Have you ever walked into an open house, or called a real estate agent about a listing, and within minutes, they’re asking you if you are “pre-approved” for a mortgage? If you haven’t, then you have never walked into an open house or called an agent. Or at least enough of them…Just wait. It’ll happen. And you’re going to feel like it’s pretty pushy for them to ask that.

It makes you feel like telling real estate agents this knock-knock joke…

You: Knock-knock.

Real estate agent: Who’s there?

You: Nunya.

 Real Estate Agent: Nunya who!?

 You: Nunya business if I’m pre-approved or not! Just show me the house, and I’ll get pre-approved if I even like the house. I
can definitely get approved for a mortgage. Probably way more than this stupid

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