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Efficient and effective urban irrigation solutions

With summer and wet weather approaching, it’s easy to put thoughts of water conservation on hold, especially when we see all the water bodies around us. However, “even though about 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, less than 1 percent is available for human use” ...

An escrow deposit should not be paid directly to the seller

Dear Mr. Feichthaler, I have been negotiating with my neighbor to purchase his house. I moved in recently to the neighborhood, and would like to rent a house out next door.  We have reached an agreement, which includes a $10,000 escrow deposit.  I suggested this be held by an escrow agent ...

Record Cape condo sales, median sales prices strong

No big surprises here with condo sales and prices, as the results in the Cape’s real estate market have continued at a mostly blistering pace in both the month of March and over the first three months of 2021. The quick snapshot of the Cape Coral condo market involves record setting levels ...

Catch the fever — now’s the time to fish for tarpon

There’s no known cure for tarpon fishing fever. Once you’ve seen and felt the power of this great fish, you may be hooked for life. If you haven’t caught a tarpon yet, it’s time and Southwest Florida is a great place to make it happen.  Historically, this is tarpon fishing central. ...

Dennis Duffala has fond memories of Cape’s earliest days

Dennis Duffala will occasionally drive the Cape Coral neighborhood where his father, Butch, built their home. He will remember moving into this modest two-bedroom home in the spring of 1958 with Jalousie windows and no air conditioning on Riverside Drive. That 12-year-old boy will remember ...

Two weeks from extended deadline, IRS announces new tax law changes

With just over two weeks left until the 2020 extended individual income tax deadline on May 17, the IRS has announced additional new tax law changes impacting 2020 income tax returns. The IRS has also disclosed a significant delay in the processing of income tax refunds and quarterly estimated ...

How to get documents signed with seller not physically present

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: I am in the process of selling my house, and the closing date is next week. I have an out-of-town commitment that I cannot get around. Can my friend sign documents for me at your firm? — Payton D. Dear Payton: I have handled many transactions where a seller could ...

Cash is king again in a low home supply seller’s market

The fact that we have just experienced a record low level in the first quarter supply of unsold single-family homes in Cape Coral, locking us deep within a seller’s market, has once again reinforced the age old saying that “cash is king.” Although there are always cash buyers floating ...

Gardening questions

I turned to Chase Landre to answer some of the most asked gardening questions. First, let me give you a little information about her. Chase is a lifelong gardener. Her parents were musical so she became a professional songwriter, pianist and singer. When she married she became a jewelry ...

What’s the best way to hold property for tax purposes?

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: I have a rental property in Cape Coral – is there a better way to hold the property for tax purposes? That is, hold it as an individual or as an LLC? Thanks in advance. — Tara C.   Dear Tara: In most circumstances I see, holding a property in a limited ...