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Growing orchids in trees

I have always loved growing orchids but living in northern climates I was confined to maintaining my plants in pots indoors. When I moved to Southwest Florida, I thought my orchids would thrive effortlessly outside on the lanai, but about six months after I arrived several of my plants looked ...

Resident looks to buy next-door lot from unknown owner

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: I have lived in my home in Northeast Cape Coral for six years now, and I have always been interested in purchasing the lot next to me for additional room. I have no idea who owns it or how to contact them. Do I need to contact a Realtor or an attorney? - Sarah T. Dear ...

Cape’s August home sales dip, median sales prices up

We have generally seen the dip in the number of closed sales we were expecting in the Cape Coral single-family home market in both July and August, while also remaining on pace for yet another record setting year in home sales. In fact, our market would need to completely unravel over the last ...

For your consideration: American beautyberry

Two reasons homeowners may veer toward the purchase of exotic plants rather than Florida natives are that they are readily available in big box stores and, as examples such as Hibiscus rosa-sinensis and Ixora spp. demonstrate, look quite fetching when in bloom. What some homeowners may not ...

What does a title insurance policy cover?

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: You have said before that an owner’s title insurance policy is part of nearly every real estate transaction, and an important part of it. What does this policy insure, and how much does it cost every year? — Kathryn R. Dear Kathryn: I handle about 300 real ...

Diving into active listings and climbing a wall of worry

Along with tracking our regular Cape Coral home and condo statistics about closed sales, median sales prices and the monthly supply of unsold homes sitting on the market, we have also been providing weekly updates about active listings and pending sales because of the abnormally low inventory ...

Everglades tomatoes: Tiny wonders

Imagine a self-seeding bush that produces tiny, sweet tomatoes all year long. Now imagine this bush is disease and pest resistant, requires little care and thrives in our hot, humid climate. If this sounds too good to be true, you haven’t discovered the wild Everglades tomato. This ...

Owner shouldn’t lose homestead protection for renting a room

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: I have lived in my home in Cape Coral for 15 years. I am considering renting out a room to a friend of mine, but I don’t want to lose my homestead protections and exemptions. Will renting out a room in my house cause a problem? — Andrew B. Dear Andrew: Our real ...

Real estate in hurricane season, plus forbearance news

It’s hard for us to believe, but we have now lived here for 42 years, with the winter of 1978 being the primary driving force behind moving to Cape Coral from the northeast back in 1979. Having had a front row seat from which to watch the blossoming of Cape Coral and all of Southwest Florida ...

Ground orchids in Southwest Florida

Are you a gardener who is intimidated by the thought of growing orchids? If so, I have a beautiful suggestion for your gardens -- ground, or terrestrial orchids. While they don’t closely resemble the typical orchids you are accustomed to seeing, they flower more frequently and are easy to ...