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Cape Coral, FL Real Estate News

By Mike Kelly
(Sellstate Advantage Realty)
I can't believe I've been back in Cape Coral, from vacation for one week and still haven't posted an entry on my blog.  I guess my wife that he was wrong, when she said that I could not last without posting an entry on my blog!  Since I'd been back in town, the real estate market has been running me crazy!  Buyers in all price ranges from the entry level prices right up to the Gulf access waterfront homes!  It sure is a welcome change after the last 2 1/2 years!  So let's see what's transpired since I've been gone, well when I left Faye he was threatening to pay us a visit! Then her cousins Gustav and Hanna passed close by but never visited. Then this past weekend we got word that Big Ike was coming to see us! As I write this it appears that Ike is going to head up towards Texas!  Back ...
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By Joni Gordon
(Leisure American Realty/Jakus Realty Team)
    SOLD BY JONI GORDON/LAGACE & WHITT PARTNERS, CENTURY 21 BIRCHWOOD FOR $155,000 Property Type  Residential    Street Address  2306 SW Trafalgar Status  Sold   Sold 08/14/08 Listing # 200836530 2306 SW Trafalgar Pkwy Cape Coral, FL 33991-3080 Listing Price: $159,900   County: Lee         Property Type Residential Property Subtype Single Family GEO Area CC24 - cape c Subdivision Cape Coral     Beds 3 Living Area 1816 Tax Data Baths(FH) 2 (2 0) Price/Sq Ft $85.35     Year Built 2005 Lot Sq Ft(approx) 10672 ((Tax Data)) PID 284423C1060120080     Lot Acres (approx) 0.245 Selling Price $155,000 SP % LP 96.94     Directions Veterans Pkwy to Surfside Blvd. North to Trafalgar. Home on Right. Property Information **GORGEOUS 3/2 POOL HOME** UPGRADES GALORE** Tile all areas except bedrooms and d...
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By Joe Kendall Broker, It's Always best to talk to "Broker Joe"
(Keller Williams Elite Realty )
Joe Kendall, Realtor with Sandals Realty, Waterfront and Foreclosure Specialist writes, Last weekend I was out showing Gulf Access Waterfront Pool Homes in Cape Coral Florida. Several of these homes are in the Pre-Foreclosure process with several listed from $225,000 to $275,000.  Some of these homes are direct sailboat access with a short distance to open water.  Now is the time to buy your vacation home while the inventory is still pretty good for Gulf Access Waterfront Property. Bank Owned Property can also be searched from my web site www.joekendall.listingbook.com,    
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By Chris Canzano, Billion Dollar Broker - Cape Coral, FL
(Villa Realty Group, Inc.)
Cape Coral Foreclosures dropped by 311, almost 13% in the month of August compared to July.  August saw 2,156 Cape Coral foreclosure filings and July saw 2,467 Cape Coral Foreclosures filed.  This is encouraging news as we are starting to head in the right direction.  The real question is will this trend continue. For buyers in the market for a new home who have been sitting on the fence waiting to time the bottom, this just might be the signal you need.  Once the media puts their belssing on it after another couple of months of declines everyone will be rushing out looking to buy a Cape Coral home.  If you are serious about buying a home, now is an excellent time.  Prices and availibility of choices are plentiful. Unsure how to buy a Cape Coral foreclosure or short sale watch my interv...
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By Chris Canzano, Billion Dollar Broker - Cape Coral, FL
(Villa Realty Group, Inc.)
I had the pleasure of being called by Stephanie Whiffen when the local for news station wanted to do a report on Cape Coral Foreclosures and Short Sales.  Below is a copy of the interview.  For a copy of the free report, "How To Successfully Buy Cape Coral Foreclosures and Short Sales" and "The Ten Biggest Mistakes Buyers Make" click: FREE REPORT   Click on the video below to watch it. The newest Cape Coral foreclosure numbers for August will be covered in my next posting      
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By Aslan Realty Advisors, LLC, Staying a step ahead with Pride!
CAPE CORAL SEEKS DEVELOPERS   Cape Coral officials have issued two Requests for Proposals, one for a hotel and ice rink adjacent to Sun Splash Family Waterpark and another for an Academic Village and Research Park in the city's northeast section. The city owns the land and will lease the land to developers, who will build and manage the projects. The deadline for the hotel/ice rink proposal is Thursday, Oct. 30; the Academic Village deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 23. For more information, contact Mr. Mike Jackson, Director of the Economic Development Office in Cape Coral: City of Cape CoralEconomic Development DirectorPhone: 239-574-0444Fax: 239-574-0452Email: mjackson@capecoral.net   Name: Paige Rausch Email: Contact Paige Rausch Office Phone:(239) 443-2500 Cell Phone:(239) 691-4321 Fax: (...
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By Joe Kendall Broker, It's Always best to talk to "Broker Joe"
(Keller Williams Elite Realty )
  I personally believe Guerrilla Marketing you and your business is all about making a short and to the point statement, getting noticed, leaving a lasting impression. That's the Realtor with the big fish, maybe a dog on his truck ,car or van ? Remember the Super bowl half time ads the last few year's, they try and leave you with one lasting picture to remember?  I recently received a question from a Realtor on activerain.com about my vehicle wrap? I guess she was in a GRI class and they where discussing vehicle wraps. I understand there was some discussions in regards to not to many Realtors have gone forward with having them done? I told her I knew of a few in my area of southwest Florida that have done them but mostly there name and brand.   I was asked about my thoughts? I suggested...
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By Joe Kendall Broker, It's Always best to talk to "Broker Joe"
(Keller Williams Elite Realty )
                                                  Joe Kendall, Realtor with Sandals Realty 239-560-0726 Waterfront & Foreclosure Specialist writes, I was showing gulf access waterfront condos last week and I asked my client if they didn't mind if they would take a picture, so I could share with readers around the country my real estate Blog ( swFloridaRealtorsblog.com ) regarding our tour of gulf access waterfront condos in Cape Coral Florida.    Cape Coral Florida offers some great choices regarding style and location for a gulf access waterfront condo! There are over 100 Gulf Access Waterfront condos priced under $199,000 many are in the Foreclosure Process which maybe sold as a bank short sale or a bank owned property! Several of the condos have community pools!, some are 55 over com...
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By Joe Kendall Broker, It's Always best to talk to "Broker Joe"
(Keller Williams Elite Realty )
        Joe Kendall, Realtor with Sandals Realty a Waterfront and Foreclosure Specialist 239-560-0726 writes, Today I had a client call me and ask me how many Gulf Access Waterfront Pool Homes are currently on the market listed for sale under $300,000 in Cape Coral Florida. As of 10:00pm on August 27 2008 there are 100 homes Gulf Access Waterfront Homes with pools listed for sale with more then 50 % of them are listed in the Pre-Foreclosure process as a bank Short Sale or a Bank Owned Property.           I remember in 1997 We bought our Gulf Access Waterfront Pool Home in Cape Coral Florida and when I looked back then, there where only 21 homes listed for sale within my price range and only 11 of them had a swimming pool. The choices of locations, styles and amenities of the homes for s...
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By Beatrice Cooper,
(Finacial Destination )
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By Joe Kendall Broker, It's Always best to talk to "Broker Joe"
(Keller Williams Elite Realty )
   The start of the football season around the country this week, reminds me of how the Bank Short Sale Process has been defined over the last year or so. We went though a long and hard training camp with both the Banks and the Realtors defining the process over a period of time and have developed a playbook of guidelines in which to follow. Both teams have gguidelines and the results of the game depends on how well each team works thru the process on the playing field. I believe if you have a great game plan, provide the team with all the information they need, they will take the ball and run with it!      I have been writing over the last 4 weeks, how I have noticed most of the banks have improved their service in dealing with bank short sales over the last month. Most of the banks ha...
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By Chris Canzano, Billion Dollar Broker - Cape Coral, FL
(Villa Realty Group, Inc.)
Yesterday afternoon I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the local Fox News station's anchor Amy Wegman.  Stephanie Whiffen, Sr. loan officer for Fifth Third Bank invited me to meet with her and Amy to discuss the short sale properties in Cape Coral. The interview will air during Wednesday evening's 10 pm early news.  There appears to be many questions from consumers as to what exactly a short sale is and how it compares to a foreclosure.  One point that I am constantly reminded of in our industry is that those of us in real estate tend to use "lingo" that we understand and take for granted the public knows what we are talking about.  Case in point is the term short sale.  Some might think that the term short sale would mean that the time period to purchase a short sale would be s...
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By Doug Brown
(Rossman Realty)
When I moved here from Massachusetts in 1995, I remember walking into the Cape Crab and Steakhouse located in the Coralwood Mall. The Crab House, as I called it, was a hangout for local people to have a few drinks and relax after work or on the weekends. The food was great, the prices were right, we had numerous TV's to watch all of the games, and the people were fabulous. I was always able to strike up a conversation with everyone, which worked out well for me because I didn't know anyone from Cape Coral.  I can remember the Lobster tank, the small Happy Hour food station, and the two for one drinks. Back in 2004, when Hurricane Charlie was getting ready to land, a bunch of my friends and their families had never experienced a hurricane before, so we prepared our homes and we all hunke...
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By Scott Slocum, Scott Slocum & Associates 239-222-4800, Cape Coral
(Florida Future Realty Inc.)
The Lee County Property Appraiser has released Notice of Proposed Property Taxes also known as the "TRIM" Notice on Friday August 22nd, 2008. TRIM is an acronym that stands for "Truth In Millage." The TRIM notice contains specific information designed to inform you of your property tax obligations as required by the Truth In Millage Law that was established in the 1980's by the Florida Legislature. With the decrease in values and the increased Homestead Exemption I have seen my own property taxes decrease 29%.  I also researched some of the properties that I sold to customers this past year.  One of my customers from British Columbia Canada is seeing a 37% decrease in their property taxes on a Gulf Access Residence they purchased this year.  Calculate the percentage change in your prope...
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By Chris Canzano, Billion Dollar Broker - Cape Coral, FL
(Villa Realty Group, Inc.)
What exactly does the future hold for those looking to buy or sell real estate in Cape Coral? 1. Time Heals All.  Right now, many who have the ability to buy a home and should are afraid to because of the horror stories they hear.  The further they get away from those feelings the more likely they will feel better about buying a home.2. The market will turn when the money supply loosens.  Right now it is more challenging than in the past, (noticed I did not say impossible) to obtain money to buy a home.  Once the guidelines and qualifications loosen and more people can obtain money properly, we will see an increased demand for homes and the prices will follow.3. Foreign Money will continue to flow in.  With a weak dollar, the word is out.  Foreigners have always loved S.W. Florida.  Wit...
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Save time!  Save time!  Get ALL the houses available for sale in Cape Coral in one shot, no more searching many websites.  It's completely unnecessary!  Free, no obligation. Here's why: Do you know that all those real estate websites that you're searching are coming from one place?  Are you searching Google, Yahoo, AOL, Realtor.com, Foreclosures.com, Hotpads, Craigslist, Remax.com, etc, etc, etc trying to find a complete list of homes for sale to find the house to get the best bang for your buck?  Do you know how those website get listings? Okay, here's the deal.  As a Realtor, I first enter my new listing into my local MLS (multiple listing service).  Next, my MLS service syndicates the exact listing out to several search services, such as Realtor.com.  Next, Realtor.com and a few othe...
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By Linda Flack, The Villages is where you retire with attitude
(Realty Executives in The Villages)
  Cape Coral Sun Splash waterpark for children of all ages.   Even in Florida we value summer fun.  One of the best entertainments around is Sun Splash in Cape Coral.    Water always makes us feel better and if you are afraid to swim in the Gulf  because of what also lives there, then Sun Splash is for you (young and Old).  The park is clean and safe.  You must get there early to get a shady spot and a lounger that they provide.  You can’t bring your own food and drink but it is so inexpensive its OK.  They have lots of choices of food, drink and ice cream.   We took the grandchildren and delighted in watching them on the slides but we had just as much fun on the slides and the lazy river?  We could do that all day.  What a wonderful time and people watching is one of my favorite sports...
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By Chris Canzano, Billion Dollar Broker - Cape Coral, FL
(Villa Realty Group, Inc.)
Cape Coral Real Estate - Tops In Foreclosures We all know real estate goes in cycles.  When markets heat up, they need a cooling off period.  As prices get out of balance, they should come back to earth and find that middle ground. It is amazing to me that what is occurring in many markets is not only have prices retreated, but they have gone so far that in many cases you can now buy a home for less money than the cost of building a new home, even if the dirt were FREE.  There is probably no better place in the country to take advantage of this opportunity than with Cape Coral real estate.  Cape Coral foreclosures and Cape Coral short sale properties are abundant with single family homes starting in the $70's.  What is more surprising is that many buyers still do not recognize this.  Wa...
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By Mike Kelly
(Sellstate Advantage Realty)
Greetings from not so sunny Cape Coral, Florida! I know this is Thursday, and I missed the Hump Day humor!  Sorry about that, but we had a date with Faye.  We were prepared for the worst, but other then some strong wind, and lots of rain Cape Coral survived unscathed! The outer bands of the tropical storm are still affecting us with intermittent showers throughout the course of the day and some gusty winds! The buyer activity was back to normal today with contracts being written on houses in all price ranges!  Believe it or not, we have somebody submit an offer on a three bedroom two bath home with a pool for $69,000!  That's right $69,000!  Unbelievable!!! During one of my training sessions this past week, we talked about the importance of picking your words carefully.  People sometime...
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By Chris Canzano
(Villa Realty Group, Inc.)
Cape Coral Real Estate - Tops In Foreclosures We all know real estate goes in cycles.  When markets heat up, they need a cooling off period.  As prices get out of balance, they should come back to earth and find that middle ground. It is amazing to me that what is occurring in many markets is not only have prices retreated, but they have gone so far that in many cases you can now buy a home for less money than the cost of building a new home, even if the dirt were FREE.  There is probably no better place in the country to take advantage of this opportunity than with Cape Coral real estate.  Cape Coral foreclosures and Cape Coral short sale properties are abundant with single family homes starting in the $70's.  What is more surprising is that many buyers still do not recognize this.  Wa...
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