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Borage: Bounty for bees, butterflies and brews

Late fall is the perfect time to plant the seeds of a lovely summer annual that will nourish bees, butterflies and you. Popular in the 1400s, borage, also known as Borago officinalis, is making its return to the herb garden. It is an edible, ornamental growing two feet tall with tiny hairs on ...

Legal advice needed to settle estate issue

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: I own a home in Cape Coral, and I have two adult children from a previous marriage. I also am the parent of a minor child with my partner, but I do not have any custodial rights with the child. I have written in my will that my home should pass to my two adult ...

October home supply stays tight, sales set new record

Based on the preliminary results for November home sales, we have now surpassed last year’s all-time record of 6,080 closed single-family home sales in Cape Coral with a total of 6,388 sales so far in 2021. This number will adjust higher as the final November sales are entered into the system ...

‘Tis the season for the festive poinsettia

What plant makes you think immediately of Christmas? I’m confident that you answered the poinsettia, which adorns our homes, holiday cards, wrapping paper and even our postage stamps during the holiday season. The poinsettia is the second largest-selling flowering plant in the country ...

There are issues to consider when renting your home

Mr. Feichthaler: I plan on renting my house for a few months this winter to make some extra cash. I will put the listing out on VRBO. While renting, I plan to stay with my son who also lives in Cape Coral. Are there any concerns I should have? — Andrew B. Dear Andrew: With a booming ...

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

Despite an October dip in sales, the yearly total number of closed single-family home sales in Cape Coral through the end of October were only 207 sales shy of matching last year’s record of 6,080 home sales with two months to go in this year. This record-setting sales total in 2021 ...

The wonderful world of air plants

"Would that you could live on the fragrance of the earth. And like the air plant be sustained by the light." —Kahlil Gibran Tillandsias are members of the Bromeliaceae family and are considered epiphytes, meaning they attach to other plants or structures for support and take in moisture ...

Consider a living trust or enhanced life estate deed

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: We have lived in Cape Coral for 31 years, and want to make sure our house goes to our two adult children when we die. I have heard that we need a trust to avoid probate, is this true? — Nick and Barb F. Dear Nick and Barb: This is one of the most frequent ...

Third quarter condo supply sharply lower than last year

We continue to see an abnormally short supply of condos listed for sale through the Multiple Listing Service in Cape Coral as we remain deeply entrenched in a seller’s market. The monthly inventory levels are substantially lower than a year ago, however, we have seen the condo supply increase ...

Tree of spice

Imagine growing an evergreen hedge for privacy, which provides a wonderful aromatic addition to your yard and can add a culinary delight to your soups, stews, rice dishes, curries and stuffing. These leaves from the bay laurel tree are likely a standard herb in your spice cabinet and commonly ...