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The queen of the night

Growing up in southern Virginia, I remember hearing my grandmother and mother talk about a magical plant – the night blooming cereus. The plant took on a mysterious aura for me, especially since I never saw one either at a friend’s home or for sale in a garden center. But recently a friend ...

Seller decides which title company to use

Dear Mr. Feichthaler, I recently hired a real estate agent and they found a buyer fairly quickly. I read your column every week, so I told my Realtor that I wanted the title work to be done by your firm or by a local title company I have worked with before. My agent told me that his broker ...

Third quarter home sales setting pace for a record year

After the first nine months of this year, our version of “CliffsNotes” analysis of the Cape Coral single-family home market shows that after a strong, record-setting third quarter for closed sales, we are back on pace for another record year after rebounding from the COVID-19 shutdown lows. ...

For your consideration: the red dragon flower

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy succulents! And that is pretty much the same thing. -- Jessica Anna Jones Huernia schneideriana, aka red dragon flower, is one of my favorite succulents, not only because of its texture and draping habit, but also because it is exceedingly easy ...

Cape’s million dollar-plus luxury home sales up in 2020

It is time once again for our quarterly tip of the hat to Robin Leach, the late host of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” as we offer up a toast of champagne wishes and caviar dreams by taking a look back at the Cape Coral luxury home market in the third quarter of 2020. For our ...

For the love of gardening

I moved to Cape Coral from Massachusetts almost 19 years ago. My love of gardening came from my parents who immigrated to the U.S. after World War II. Even though we lived in an inner-city Boston neighborhood, we always had a garden. The little strip of land in our backyard was always ...

Condominium association rules and following the Fair Housing Act

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: I am the president of a local condominium board. We have the obligation to review potential tenants in our units, and we typically reject any applicant with a criminal record. I assume that, since we are looking out for the safety of our residents, this is OK? — ...

Cape’s August condo sales mostly higher, prices solid

Our focus this week is on the Cape Coral condo market, where overall sales are being weighed down a bit by a decline in dry lot condo sales, while the number of closed sales in the gulf and sailboat access condo segments are higher than last year over the first eight months of 2020. Median ...