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Now’s a good time to start a veggie garden

(Editor’s note: The following column was published previously in The Breeze.) Yes, in Cape Coral, now is a great time to start your vegetable garden! Our Florida sun is strong, even in winter, yet the temperature is mild, making ideal conditions for most familiar veggies grown “up ...

Properly addressing utility assessments in a contract is vital

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: I have a question that must be also in the minds of others who own homes in the upcoming Utility Expansion North 1 for your Breeze commentary. That would be with regard to the SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS section of the FAR-BAR AS IS purchase agreement. It is for certain some are ...

Tale of the tape shows post-storm weakness in December

The number of closed single-family home sales in Cape Coral continued its climb from the post-Hurricane Ian lows back in October, while median sales prices searched for their new post-storm equilibrium. But as shown in the numbers below, December and fourth quarter sales still took a big ...

Dealing with cold damage

The last several months have been very discouraging for me as a gardener. Ian ravaged my landscape, and I spent two and a half months removing debris, propping up fallen trees and shrubs, carefully pruning and shaping my plants, applying a layer of mulch and sustaining them with food and water. ...

Is the IRS offering tax relief for Ian losses?

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: I am sure I am one of many that have this issue: I sustained significant damage to my home during Hurricane Ian, and my insurance appears to be reimbursing very little of the expense of repair. April 15 will be here before we know it. Is the IRS offering any tax relief ...

Cape’s seasonal real estate activity ticking a bit higher

Locally, we are seeing real estate activity tick a bit higher into mid-January, as the number of showing appointments with potential buyers has increased along with the Internet inquiries we are receiving from new out-of-town buyers interested in Cape Coral. In addition, we are getting calls ...

Where are the bugs?

I have been noticing differences before and after Ian in our bug population. Can you imagine how hard it was for all the various insects to survive our tremendous tropical storm? Some seem to have done better than others. We had an explosion of gnats for a while, that we attributed to the ...

Cape’s luxury home sales slump in second half of 2022

The once booming Cape Coral luxury home market segment, which we define as single-family homes selling for $1 million and above, slowed dramatically with the market shift that occurred in the second half of 2022. Since, by our definition, most of our luxury homes tend to be either riverfront ...

Enhanced Life Estate Deed will provide easy transfer of title

Mr. Feichthaler: My husband and I prepared a living trust many years ago. As part of the process and to avoid probate, we deeded the property to the trust. Last year, my husband passed away, which leaves me as the sole trustee of the trust. I would prefer to simplify things and remove the ...