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Magical monarchs

The monarch (Danaus plexippus) is perhaps the most widely recognized butterfly in the world. Many people are familiar with the migration of West Coast monarchs to California and East Coast monarchs to Mexico; monarchs are the only butterfly species in the world that undertakes such a ...

Before signing, make sure sales contract includes everything expected

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: I plan to purchase a house, built in the 1980s, and use it as a rental property. The contract the seller provided me says that certain items are excluded from the purchase, including “HVAC System.” What do you think that means, and why? — Mike S. Dear ...

Cape’s single-family luxury home sales up huge in 2020

This week we are taking a look back at the year that was 2020 in the single-family luxury home segment in Cape Coral, with another tip of the hat to Robin Leach, the late host of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” For our purposes, the high-end luxury home market in the Cape consists of ...

Utility issues a reoccurring challenge for city

As Cape Coral continues its Utility Extension Project to remove septic systems and wells in favor of city water and sewer systems, there was a time over 50 years ago when permitting septic systems faced enormous controversy and subsequent bans. On Aug. 26, 1970, only eight days after residents ...

Problem: Buyer wants to close before seller’s new home is finished

Dear Mr. Feichthaler, I am in the process of building a home, which will take 3-6 months to complete, and I am selling my current home. I have a full-price offer now, but they want to close in 30 days. I don’t want to be without a home for potentially 5 months, but I really think this ...

Florida friendly landscaping principle #5: attract wildlife

As Florida’s population continues to grow, open/green space continues to be supplanted by increased residential and commercial development and their associated infrastructures. One of the negative impacts of this rapid development has been and continues to be the destruction of the natural ...

Luxury condo sales recover from COVID-19 shutdowns

This week we will wrap-up the year that was 2020 in the Cape Coral luxury condo market with a somewhat subdued toast of champagne wishes and caviar dreams in our quarterly homage to the late, great Robin Leach. Our Cape Coral version of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” consists of ...

Grateful to have served

As my time serving Southwest Florida in Congress comes to a close, I would like to take a moment to reflect on what we have accomplished these last four years. One of my main reasons in running for Congress, and my most important focus, has been on developing a bipartisan commitment to ...

Foodscaping for the New Year

I typically don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but in these uncertain times traditions can help firm the ground beneath you. In light of that, for 2021, I plan to explore the possibilities of foodscaping in my garden. Foodscaping is a landscaping strategy in which edibles are integrated ...

Is refinancing our home a good idea?

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: I am looking for ways to save money in the new year, and many of my friends suggest I refinance my house. I am concerned the costs of the refinance will make this a bad idea. I have lived here with my husband for about 10 years, and we don’t intend to move anytime in ...