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What’s in your soil?

As many of us transplants can attest, the "soil" in most Southwest Florida residential areas is very different from elsewhere. Unlike the nutrient-rich, microbe-laden soils found in many other regions of the country, a great deal of the soil here in Southwest Florida is devoid of many of the ...

Cape R/Sea Hawks flying high above north Cape

Planes reaching speeds of over 200 mph with wingspans over 80 inches that bring smiles to the faces of children and a sense of pride and accomplishment to those in their 90s. That is life at Seahawk Park for the Cape Coral R/Sea Hawks club and the pilots of the radio-controlled airplanes and ...

Cape’s first half 2021 luxury home sales rocket higher

It is time once again for our mid-year tip of the hat to Robin Leach, the late host of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” as we offer up another toast of champagne wishes and caviar dreams by taking a look back at the Cape Coral luxury home market in the first half of 2021. Somehow we ...

It’s mango season!

If you are a fan of mangos, then July in Southwest Florida must be a favorite time of year. If you are lucky and have a healthy mango tree in your yard, then you may feel like you are in mango heaven! A mature mango tree can produce four to six bushels of mangos per season. At 50 to 60 mangos a ...

Son granted Durable Power of Attorney to handle parents’ affairs

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: My parents own a home in Cape Coral, and they live in Ohio. They had their Ohio attorney prepare a Durable Power of Attorney which provides me authority to sell the house on their behalf. Do you foresee any issues in using this document to handle everything for ...

Cape’s May condo sales, prices up in seller’s market

As expected, there were big year-over-year changes in the Cape Coral condo numbers this May compared to the COVID-19 shutdown numbers recorded in May 2020. The number of closed condo sales and median sales prices were up by enormous amounts, while the monthly supply of unsold homes plummeted ...

Starting a butterfly garden

Who isn’t absolutely enchanted with butterflies? I can’t think of more welcome visitors to my gardens than the many varieties of butterflies that are present here in Southwest Florida – and the best news is that these beautiful creatures are year-round inhabitants of our subtropical ...

Cape icon Big John still standing tall over community

He was decapitated, reportedly kidnapped, endured a 100-day makeover and even wears a mask during these days of COVID-19. Through it all, the iconic 28-foot Cape Coral statue Big John keeps smiling – with two large grocery bags in his arms - in the parking lot that bears his name along ...

Make sure to protect your money in any transaction

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: I was approached by the owner of a vacant lot next to my home if I wanted to buy her lot. We agreed on terms, which includes a $5,000 deposit, which would be held by seller and applied to the purchase price at closing. The seller is using a local law firm to handle the ...

May home supply still tight, despite increase in listings

The main takeaways from the monthly unsold supply numbers in the Cape Coral single-family home market in the month of May still involve issues with abnormally low levels in our local inventory. This lack of inventory is also a widespread problem in the national real estate market, and as you ...