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Citrus pests

There are many pests that affect citrus trees in both the commercial groves and in the dooryards of homeowners. Two of the more serious pests are the Asian citrus psyllid and the citrus leafminer. The Asian citrus psyllid is responsible for transmitting the disease called citrus greening from ...

Do-it-yourself deeds can present many unintended consequences

Mr. Feichthaler: I recently wrote my own deed, adding my son to ownership of my home. I recorded that deed in the public records, then I saw I had a misspelling in his name. I prepared a new deed and recorded it, showing his new, correct name. Do you think title is OK with my house? — ...

Cape’s April home sales dip, listings and prices higher

The number of closed single-family home sales in Cape Coral declined in April versus April 2021, while median sales prices posted huge year-over-year gains in April, as prices remained at record levels. The number of active listings has also continued to increase, providing more choices for ...

My orchid needs help!

I imagine that among our readers there are many moms who received orchid plants for Mother’s Day – and after a month of enjoying their new plant they might have questions on how to maintain their gifts, or even worse they may be encountering problems. So, it felt like a good time to review ...

The economic shift and state of our real estate market

Today we are going to take a deeper dive into the state of our real estate market in the face of rising mortgage rates and high inflation, along with the mounting concerns of a looming recession and "stagflation" on the horizon. To top off the economic tank, the Federal Reserve seems committed ...

For your consideration: Melochia tomentosa

When looking for a plant to incorporate in my landscape, I wanted to find a drought tolerant native bush that attracts pollinators and would do well facing east. I initially did some online research followed by a visit to a nursery specializing in native plants where I found a number of ...

Active condo listings remain tight, but shifting higher

From a technical standpoint, our condo market remains in an abnormally low inventory seller’s market, however, the numbers appear to be showing early signs that a market shift could be in the works. As we show below, the number of active Cape Coral condo listings through a Realtor in the ...

Creditor’s lien halts sale of home

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: I am in the process of selling my home, and on the day before closing the title agent told me that I have a judgment against me from an old credit card debt. With interest, it is over $20,000! I need those funds for the purchase of my next home, and the title agent says ...

A touch of mint: Adding flavor with mint leaves

What do the first weekend in May, 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint leaves and over 400 red roses have in common? The Kentucky Derby, of course. This legendary thoroughbred horse race held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, is the longest standing sporting event in the United ...

Buyer’s proposal crosses the line into fraud

Mr. Feichthaler: I listed my home for sale asking $400,000, and I received a full-price offer. The buyer wants to allocate $200,000 to the home purchase, and $200,000 to “personal property.” Although I take care of my personal items, the value of my 10-year-old furniture is, well, ...