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Gardening resolutions for the new year

Ah, resolutions! Oftentimes we make them in January and then break them in the blink of an eye. Certain ones were meant to be kept, though, like those relating to, yes, you guessed it, gardening! So, let’s turn our attention outward to our gardens and consider a handful of resolutions which ...

Dealing with the IRS with home sale can be tricky

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: One of my resolutions for the new year is to renovate our rental house and sell for a nice profit. What kind of items can be added so we don’t pay as much income tax when we sell? — Jill S. Dear Jill: Generally, the IRS would like to tax you on the profit, or ...

Economic uncertainty holds the key for real estate in 2023

Uncertainty is likely to be the key driver in 2023. With the volatility of the year that was 2022 now behind us, the reality of the New Year is that no one really knows how things will play out in the economy, the stock market, the housing market, inflation, interest rates, oil prices, the war ...

Welcome 2023!

If you’re like most of us looking forward to the New Year … it means NEW beginnings. Let’s take a look at what we, in zone 10A, can plant in January. To make the New Year easier, here is a list of what to plant: 1) Vegetables: With the coolest month, January, take advantage of this ...

Beware of unsolicited offers to buy your home

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: I received a text from someone this week offering to purchase my home for $300,000. We experienced some damage on our home, which was built in 2013. Prior to the hurricane, similar houses were selling for the high $400s. I am tired of dealing with the insurance claims, ...

Cape’s November condo sales drop; listings, prices up

As outlined in the market numbers shown below, through the month of November the Cape Coral condominium market has gone through some significant shifts in 2022. To begin with, since Jan. 4 of this year the number of active condo listings in the Cape through a Realtor in the MLS have increased ...

Housing market in Southwest Florida remains resilient following Hurricane Ian

September 28 is a day that will forever live in the history books as Hurricane Ian made landfall in Southwest Florida. The 500-year storm brought with it an astonishing level of devastation and property damage. The entire region came to a halt for close to two months as the recovery efforts ...

Tis the season for plants

According to the Spruce Website, there are 22 popular Christmas flowers and plants. Many grow only in the northern states but many are perfectly happy in our climate. Plant No. 1 is the poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) that has evolved into a symbol of Christmas because of its festive red ...

Clarifying how you apply for homestead exemption

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: My family moved here from Ohio in August (great timing with the hurricane), and we want to make sure we get the tax benefits of homestead on our property. Some people have told us we don’t need to worry about this until next year, while others say we had to apply for ...

Local home market flips from anxious buyers to anxious sellers

One year ago, our headline read “Anxious buyers drive November home sales and prices up,” as the number of closed sales and home prices in the Cape were exploding into their own version of a “bomb cyclone” event rivaling this year’s Christmas blizzard up north. Now in Southwest ...