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A smooth move to senior living

When it comes time for retirement, the Sunshine State is known best for its popular senior lifestyle, with people 65 years and older accounting for the state’s largest age demographic. Despite Florida’s endless beaches and resort-style living, though, the decision to move to a senior ...

Go native!

Thinking of adding a new plant bed around your patio? Or perhaps landscaping your entire yard? Consider making it a true Florida yard with plants that have spent eons adapting to our dry, sandy, alkaline soil. All do well in our summer heat. There are so many interesting plants to choose ...

A buyer’s options if she is unable to attend closing

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: I am excited to be purchasing a new home in Cape Coral next week. I am financing about 50% of the purchase, and unfortunately, I am going to be travelling outside the country at the time of the closing. Can I proceed by having a neighbor sign for me? — Johanna Dear ...

Cape’s record home sales and prices continue in April

The Cape’s blistering, record-setting pace in both the number of closed single-family home sales and median sales prices in 2021 continued, as expected, during April. In fact, this was the first time in Cape Coral history that the median sales price for single-family homes in our overall ...

Creating mixed containers

Creating mixed containers with blooming plants and interesting foliage is one of my favorite gardening activities. If your outdoor space is limited, or if you live in a condo with only a patio or balcony, you can fulfill your horticultural dreams with just a few plants and some interesting ...

History of Cape Coral Bridge goes back to 1961

As Lee County continues a plan to replace the westbound span of the Cape Coral Bridge by 2028, the 57-year history of this one-mile structure features stories of development, growth and traffic for the Cape community. The stories start in 1961 when discussions began on building a bridge that ...

How we compile our local real estate data and statistics

We are traveling out of state on family business this week, so this is an updated version of a column we wrote on Dec. 11, 2020, discussing how we track the real estate market statistics specifically for Cape Coral, along with how to quickly identify the information that is most pertinent to ...

Keeping your gardening hand tools in tiptop condition

With other things often on our minds, it can be mighty easy to put the proper care of garden tools on the back burner thinking, perhaps, that what we don’t clean and maintain today can easily wait until tomorrow, or the day after, or next month. The unfortunate consequence of this tendency ...

Selling a home and the possible income tax involved

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: My wife and I have lived in the same home in Cape Coral for 20 years. We certainly have seen the ups and downs. We are considering selling our house and downsizing. While we are thrilled that prices have gone up over the past few months, we are concerned about taxes. Is ...

First quarter unsold Cape condo supply at record lows

The main takeaway in the overall Cape Coral condominium market regarding the inventory of condos listed for sale in the first quarter of this year and in the month of March revolved around the record low levels in the monthly supply of condos sitting on the market unsold. This was mostly due to ...