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Cape’s July home sales tap the breaks, prices hold firm

In recent columns we have mentioned that some of the craziness in this year’s buyer frenzy seemed to be subsiding a bit and that we expected to see some degree of a slowdown in the number of closed sales in the second half of this year. Over the past several months, we have also been pointing ...

Where can I get gardening help?

Even the most experienced gardener sometimes encounters a problem in their landscape that they can’t resolve. Have you ever wondered who can provide local, professional assistance for your gardening questions? The answer is that we are very fortunate to have incredible resources through ...

Unexpected restriction on deed hinders sale

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: A few years ago, my parents deeded the property we live in to my husband and I. After taking possession, we took out a home equity line. We decided to sell the property recently, and the title company says that my parents also need to sign the deed to the new buyers? The ...

Low second quarter condo supply squeezing buyers

The main takeaway with the monthly unsold supply numbers for the Cape Coral condo market is that our inventory remains at abnormally low levels by every historical standard, leaving us deeply entrenched in a seller’s market. This lack of condo supply continues to put competitive pressure on ...

Weeds: The gifts(?) that keep on giving

"A weed is a plant that is not only in the wrong place but intends to stay." -- Sara Stein I have a love-hate relationship with those plants I consider to be out of place in the landscape. They are nothing if not cunning. They crop up uninvited and have staying power, seemingly content in ...

Is an open permit an issue for closing on a property?

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: I am under contract to purchase a home in Cape Coral, and a open permit is on the property for some minor electrical work. The closing is in a few days, should I ignore it and close, or request an extension so the seller can close it out? — Paul H. Dear Paul: Your ...

Strong second quarter for Cape condo sales and prices

Closed sales and median sales prices remained very strong in the Cape Coral condo market during both the second quarter and first half of this year, although the COVID-19 shutdown period from mid-March through May of last year made for easier comparisons. Some of the recent craziness in the ...

Plumeria – a tropical treat!

When I see plumeria blooming I immediately think of Hawaii, where these shrubs and small trees grow profusely, and the fragrant blooms are used to make leis. Because of their long-lasting, fragrant flowers and relatively low maintenance, plumeria are so commonly planted in cemeteries in Hawaii ...

Buyer should get an Owner’s Policy

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: My brother and I are in the process of purchasing a new build condo for cash and wondering if we need Owner's Title Insurance. I believe it is optional in Florida. The builder is a national builder and the complex has already closed on 120 units of the 180 units ...

Cape home sales and prices surge in second quarter

We experienced a significant surge in closed sales and median sales prices in the Cape’s single-family home market in the second quarter of this year, even when considering the easy comparisons to the COVID shutdown lows in the second quarter of 2020, as our market boom continues at a record ...