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I’m bringing up the whole pre-Koalified -pre approval for a reason… Most people get a pre-approval from the easiest place they can get one and file it away until they need it. What they should have done is spent a bit more time shopping for the best lender for their situation, and needs. Shopping for the best lender once you find a house is a bit too late. Do your shopping while you are looking for your house.

Once you go under contract to buy a house, you don’t have a whole lot of time to do any shopping. I say shopping, but it isn’t all about the best interest rates. Sometimes it is about who has the best loans and programs for your specific needs. It’s also important to shop for who is going to get the job done, gets it done on time for closing, and

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Top 5 Home Design Trends of 2017


The current trends are all about utilizing rich color, maximizing texture and creating comfortable interiors you can’t wait to relax in. Use these trends to get inspired to makeover your home’s interiors and create spaces you love that also appeal to your personal style. Remember, if you plan to sell in the next few years, you may want to avoid doing anything dramatic and instead incorporate small changes that would appeal to buyers.


Why are these trends gaining popularity?

The underlying theme of these trends is creating a home environment you love; one that appeals to your emotions and feels like a retreat from the stresses of the world. Although the home is a place where you can relax and spend time

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YOLOLet’s change the meaning of YOLO from “you only live once” to “you only list once”. When you decide to list your house for sale, list it like it is the first, last, and only time you are going to. Because, if you list it more than once…it’s going to hurt you.

Selling your home begins in a hopeful manner. When you decide to list your home for sale, you probably don’t expect it to not sell the first time you list it for sale. Quite the opposite…Most people think their house will sell quickly. And hopefully in a bidding war.

You hire a real estate agent. Pictures are taken. The house is entered into the multiple listing service. Open houses are scheduled for the first weekend. Ads are run……and the house gets put on the Internet in more places than you

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What's so Special about Cape Coral?

You may have heard about Americas little Venice.....Florida's paradise, one of the truly beautiful places on earth. Cape Coral: the magnificent and versatile city of SW Florida. Surely there is a reason why Cape Coral has the reputation it does, but what is it. Well, there are many reasons and we aim to look at just a few of them today. You'll soon discover why this SW Florida real estate is such a prized and coveted commodity. .

Cape Coral Offers Parks for Everyone

If you can’t find something to do in Cape Coral, then something is wrong.  There are yacht club parks, amusement parks, water parks, nature parks, wildlife parks, and even dog parks.  Each view gives you a different perspective on the city and  s

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 Located by the Cape Coral Yacht Club,The Boathouse offers up some of the best waterfront dining! Fresh seafood and Tropical drinks,this is Florida livings at its best.  Out boating? Stop by and dock at one of the boathouse's slips. Ask about the Boat house's Hook and Cook. You catch them and they will cook your fish for you.  While you're in the area take a walk on the Yacht Club beach (open to the public) and enjoy Cape Coral's beach its located right next to the Boat house Tiki bar and grill. 


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 Southwest Florida's single-family home price growth in the third quarter  was among the highest in the nation, a new report shows.

 Comparing the quarter with the same period a year earlier, the Naples-  Marco Island area ranked third while the Cape Coral-Fort Myers area was  fourth, according to a report released Thursday by the National Association  of Realtors.

Home prices in Naples-Marco Island rose 16.8 percent, to $400,000 from $342,500 a year earlier, the trade group said. Price increases were nearly as high in Cape Coral-Fort Myers -- up 16.7 percent, to $210,000 from $180,000.

The two metro areas were beaten in the rankings by two places just up the coast: Tampa-St.

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I am sure most of us have heard the phrase, Marry me, marry my family, and there is something to be said about this kind of wisdom. Like it or not, some of life's most important choices come with side issues we might not be so happy about. With marriage, it may involve dealing with an overbearing relative once a year. That you can probably handle. But let's take this mentality over to the purchase of your new home.

Many first time home buyers, checklist in hand, are diligent when it comes to the house itself. They make sure it has the required square footage, plenty of natural lighting, new kitchen appliances, and even the pool they have always dreamed of. The price is right, so next on the list is the home inspection…No Chinese drywall, roof in

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