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Low maintenance plants!

If you’ve ever toiled in the garden in our Southwest Florida heat as I have, you’ve probably dreamed of plants that require less maintenance! It sometimes feels like plants here grow 24/7, requiring lots of attention and pampering to keep them in top form. But it is possible to have a ...

Assignment of benefits and hiring a public adjustor

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: Like many homeowners in Cape Coral, I had significant damage from the hurricane. Immediately after the storm I signed a contract with a roofer that included an “assignment of benefits.” Since then, I have made claims for other damage on the property and have ...

Recession hits Cape’s housing market! Where to next?

There, we said it. The Cape Coral real estate market has slowed considerably in the second half of this year, slipping into a recession which has been compounded by the damage from Hurricane Ian. The early signs started showing up in the subtle shifts to the market activity that we were ...

‘Tis the season: Lovely plants for gifting

The holidays are upon us and, if you find yourself at a loss when it comes to gift-giving, why not consider a living gift, one that the recipient can enjoy for years to come? There are a few holiday houseplant standards such as Norfolk Island Pine, Kalanchoe, Amaryllis and Paperwhite Narcissus, ...

A positive note as Cape home sales climb off October low

As we sifted through the preliminary single-family home sales numbers in Cape Coral for the month of November, the good news was the number of closed home sales were up 28.6 percent over the post-Hurricane Ian depressed number of only 220 sales in October. Even though this was just a baby step ...

Despite good intentions, land owner could lose share of property

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: I am a single woman, and I own a lot in Cape Coral that I placed in my trust. I had a partner I have been seeing for over 10 years, and I considered him my spouse for all purposes. I added him to the deed as a “joint tenant with full rights of survivorship,” so that ...

Wassailing with Jamaican Sorrel

Traditional wassailing, caroling from house to house with your hot, mulled cider, known as wassail, is not typically practiced in our southwest, subtropical, warm climate. Instead, we may want to enjoy a tradition from our Caribbean neighbors who celebrate the holiday season with a sweet, ...

Negotiation may help when breaking a lease

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: We sustained substantial damage to our home from Hurricane Ian, which required us to find alternate housing while our home is repaired. It was very hard to find, but we found a condominium not too far away. They required us to sign a 9 month lease, but we felt we had no ...

Ian and the Fed weigh on Cape condo sales and supply

As illustrated in the market numbers shown below, the dynamics of the Cape Coral condo market — along with our overall real estate market — have endured a significant shift in 2022. This shift from a red hot real estate market to a rapidly cooling market, in what many experts are describing ...

What a difference a year makes in our real estate market!

Last year at this time when we were recapping the October 2021 sales numbers, we were writing about being on the verge of setting another record for the year in Cape Coral home sales. This year, with the number of closed home sales already slowing down considerably in the second half of the ...