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Stormwater and rain gardens: How to ‘Slow the Flow!’

Rain is a valuable commodity to Floridians, as it is the main water source to the Florida aquifer system, aka the source of our drinking water. Surprisingly, one inch of rain produces 5,984 gallons of water on a standard sized Cape Coral lot. That’s equivalent to the amount of water that can ...

There are ways to protect your deed

Hello Mr. Feichthaler, I listen to a lot of talk radio, and I hear commercials over and over for services that make sure someone doesn’t transfer your house with a fake deed. Do you think these services are worth it? — Charles A. Dear Charles, Several companies are offering ...

Second quarter Cape condo sales weak, but recovering

The main takeaways from the Cape Coral condominium market are that the COVID-19 shutdown lows for the number of closed sales occurred in May, which led to very weak second quarter numbers. However, at the same time, the rebound took hold underneath the surface of the market in the form of ...

Selecting native plants

If you want to enjoy a garden that provides many benefits with minimal effort, then native plants are your best bet! Plants that are adapted to local climate and soil conditions where they naturally occur are classified as native plants. A “Florida Native Plant” refers to a species ...

Overpayments need to repaid to buyer

Dear Mr. Feichthaler, I provided seller financing to a buyer a few years ago, and she dutifully paid the monthly payments until the mortgage was paid off. However, she set payments on auto-pay from their bank, so the payments kept coming, $4,000 a month for 10 extra months. I didn’t even ...

Cape’s mid-year supply of unsold homes moves lower

Before we get into this week’s topic about the Cape’s monthly levels of unsold single-family home supply, we need to finish up last week’s topic with the closed sales and median sales price numbers for our dry lot home segment. Also, the large pipeline of pending home sales we have noted ...

‘Come on down!’

Cape Coral homes and vacations were once sought-after prizes on national television game shows. There was a time in the late 1950s and early 1960s when shows like “The Price is Right,” “Concentration” or “Queen for a Day” offered the chance for contestants to win their dream home ...

Magical palms

By ANN BLOCKSpecial to The BreezeI must admit it, I'm in love with palm trees. Imagine my surprise when we moved to Florida from the Northeast to discover so many varieties over 3,000 worldwide. So how to identify palm trees? Looking at the shape of palm fronds (leaves) is the first step. ...

What you need to know before you buy a condo

Dear Mr. Feichthaler:I plan to purchase a condominium in the next few weeks in Cape Coral. Besides the price, is there anything else I should be concerned about?-Deborah T.Dear Deborah,Purchases of condominiums have continued to be strong over the past several months, as we see more demand from ...

Second quarter Cape home sales down versus 2019

After coming off of the best first quarter performance ever for the number of closed single-family home sales in Cape Coral, the COVID-19-related shutdowns caused the second quarter closed home sales numbers to come in well below the second quarter results from a year ago. However, we have put ...