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Advantage to sellers with record low January inventory

The major takeaway in our real estate market in January was the continued shift towards an abnormally low level of inventory currently available for sale. This trend towards an ever tightening supply of homes existed a year ago, and there was an acceleration to the rapidly dwindling supply ...

CCCIA: 50 years and counting

“We are advocates for the consumer and the construction industry…without one, the other can’t exist.” Emphasizing a mission of advocacy, the Cape Coral Construction Industry Association is built to serve its members and the community. Members have embraced these values for 50 ...

The versatile Jatropha

Jatropha is a genus of flowering plants in the spurge family with more than 170 species of succulent plants, shrubs and trees. Many Jatropha plants are native to the Americas, and the species has been used in Central America, Mexico and the Southwestern United States for basketmaking, tanning ...

Greeting Judy ‘The General’ Petrulavage

The Brotherhood of Heroes is relativity new to Cape Coral, but the people who have helped put this organization on the map have been around for a while. “A lot of people don’t know that we exist,” Judy “The General” Petrulavage says with a wink. “Yet!” That will change as ...

Squeeze continues in January sales, plus a fraud alert

What we are defining as a short squeeze in the Cape Coral real estate market continued with strong levels of closed sales and median sales prices this January compared to January 2020, as the supply of single-family homes listed for sale by a Realtor continued to shrink in February. The pace of ...

Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife Virtual Internet Auction ends Saturday

The Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife Virtual Internet Auction is winding down but there still are lots of good bargains to be had -- and for a great cause. The Friends invite you to look the auction over and bid. This auction is in place of our Burrowing Owl Festival which we abandoned this ...

Florida Friendly Landscaping Principle #6: Manage pests responsibly

“Insects all business all the time.” -- David Foster Wallace Recognizing that there are thousands of insect species, it would be impractical for homeowners to strive for an insect-free landscape, nor should we want to since the great majority of the insects that visit our yards are ...

Cape’s 2021 housing market version of a short squeeze 

Over the past month or so, if you follow the news you may have heard the term “short squeeze” bandied about in the media almost as much as the words impeachment and insurrection. If the term short squeeze does not ring a bell, you might instead recognize the story we are referring to as one ...

Foodscaping with sweet potatoes

I’ve read that growing sweet potatoes in Southwest Florida is a “no-brainer.” Can anything be that easy? I’m skeptical given my history and my husband’s description of my flower pots as coffins! Even with the odds against me, I’m willing to give it a try. I’m tempted by the ...