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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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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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