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First eight homes built in Cape Coral still standing today

Eight. That number famously frames Cape Coral’s beginnings. Just a short distance from the Cape Coral Yacht Club and between River-side and Flamingo drives were eight modest-looking homes that came to life with the first families of the city in 1958. When the Rosen brothers -- Leonard ...

It’s unlikely couple can maintain two homesteads in two different states

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: Several years ago I bought my house in Cape Coral and closed at a title company locally. I asked them if I could keep my homestead in Ohio and also apply in Florida, and they said “sure, why not?” Well, 6 years later, the Lee County Property Appraiser has contacted ...

A fast home market, blowing bubbles and market tops  

Our theme last week was that we had entered into the Road Runner phase of the market, with buyers turning into the Wile E. Coyote’s of real estate in their attempts to catch that ever elusive home in Cape Coral. We also discussed the noticeable shift in the demeanor of buyers in our market ...

LCEC sponsors Cape Garden Club landscaping of Habitat’s Women Build home

The Lee County Electric Cooperative will sponsor the Garden Club of Cape Coral landscaping project for the 2021 Habitat for Humanity Cape Coral Women Build home. For the past 10 years, the Garden Club of Cape Coral has been invited by Habitat for Humanity to install the landscaping for its ...

Florida’s surprising spring plants

As a new Florida gardener, I was excited to think that I had landed in a spot where everything bloomed year-round. It was quite a surprise to learn that there are many plants that are dormant or drop their leaves and appear to die during the cool winter season. I actually discovered this quite ...

It’s already been an unusual year for government, taxpayers

2021 has been an extremely unusual year with the IRS and Congress making multiple tax law changes in March which impact 2020 income tax returns. The Internal Revenue Service has extended more tax deadlines to May 17 after multiple requests from the American Institute of Certified Public ...

Can deal be canceled if buyer hasn’t provided notice of loan approval?

Dear Mr. Feichthaler, I entered a contract to sell my house four weeks ago. The sale is contingent on the buyer obtaining financing. The contract says that they had to get loan approval within 30 days and inform me if they obtained approval. As of now, they have not, and the law firm handling ...

‘Meep meep,’ we’re in the Road Runner market phase

Almost overnight, a number of potential Cape Coral home buyers and the agents representing them have been transformed into the real estate version of Wile E. Coyote as they pursue the purchase of a home that is proving to be every bit as elusive as catching the Road Runner. The speed of our ...

Florida Friendly Landscaping Principle #8 – Reduce Stormwater Runoff

Florida receives a considerable amount of rainfall, especially during the summer. The storm water can remain and soak in where it falls, evaporate or wash away. This latter occurrence is known as stormwater runoff. Why should we be concerned about runoff? After all, it is just water, ...

Special Pops’ Guardian Angels to celebrate 25th anniversary

The young woman’s smile radiated throughout the ballroom. As she danced across the stage, modeling her new outfit, that smile only grew larger. As she left the stage, her joy for the day was not only fulfilling for her but also for the hundreds of people in attendance. This woman was a part ...