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Updated Buyer and Seller advice as well as lifestyle information for SW Florida areas including: Cape Coral, Ft Myers, Ft Myers Beach, Sanibel, Captiva, Bonita, Estero, Naples, and Marco Island. Links to the SWFL MLS / FGC MLS allow home buyers to search for homes for sale as well.

May 5, 2020

10 MORE Things Your Realtor Probably Didn't Tell You about Living in Cape Coral

10 MORE Things Your Realtor Probably Didn't Tell You

about Living in Cape Coral

1. You can Homestead your property (and receive a tax benefit) if you make it your permanent residence by getting a Florida driver's license, Florida license plate, and register to vote in Florida.

Royal Palm Trees2. Be careful where you park. There are self-cleaning palm trees whose heavy palm fronds fall off my themselves, such as Royal Palms. Coconuts also fall by themselves!

3. Cape Coral incorporated in 1970 and is 50 years old this year. The Historical Museum is located at 544 Cultural Park Blvd. A book was written about the early days of Cape Coral.Burrowing Owl

4. Burrowing Owls are a protected bird and Cape Coral has more nests than anywhere else in Florida. There are approximately 2500 nests throughout the city.

5. Most homes have a stucco finish over concrete block and need to be repainted every 8 years or so.

6. Hurricane season runs June 1 through November 30. This is also called the rainy season. Prepare by gathering non-perishable goods, medications, etc ahead of time.

7. Quiet hours are 10:00 pm until 7:00 am, with a few exceptions.

Sirenia Vista Park at sunset8. Cape Coral has 39 parks and counting. Many parks are tucked away in neighborhoods. Parks include a golf course, a bmx track, a beach, boat ramps, and a radio control airfield.

9. Their is an easy way to find the flood zone for any Cape Coral home and not all waterfront homes require flood insurance.

10. Some areas of the city use wells and septic tanks but whole city is changing to city water and sewer. Some homes have a utility assessment balance.

10 MORE Things Your Realtor Probably Didn't Tell You 

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10 Things Your Realtor Probably Didn't Tell You about Living in Cape Coral

If you’re in the market for real estate and want information on buying or selling a home or condo in Cape Coral, contact Jill Winchel at 615-504-1185. I am a Realtor with The Koffman Group at Royal Shell Real Estate. Learn more on my YouTube Channel, Facebook page and Blog

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10 MORE Things Your Realtor Probably Didn't Tell You

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April 29, 2020

Current Real Estate Market Report in Cape Coral April 29, 2020

Current Real Estate Market Report in Cape Coral

April 29, 2020

 

 

Current Real Estate Market Report in Cape Coral April 29, 2020

If you’re in the market for real estate and want information on buying or selling a home or condo in Cape Coral, contact Jill Winchel at 615-504-1185. I am a Realtor with The Koffman Group at Royal Shell Real Estate. Learn more on my YouTube Channel, Facebook page and Blog

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Current Real Estate Market Report in Cape Coral April 29, 2020

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April 28, 2020

History of Cape Coral

 

History of Cape Coral

Lies That Came True

 

Did you ever wonder how this wonderful city we call Cape Coral got started? If you have some time to read a short book you'll learn quite a bit and enjoy the story. "Lies That Came True" is mostly a collection of stories from the early days of Cape Coral. The author, Eileen Bernard, was one of the writers who wrote press releases, arranged publicity, and took note of what was happening during the early development of the city.

 

To feel what it was like in Cape Coral during the late 1950's and throughout the 1960's, take time to read this book. I found it interesting that so many different marketing techniques were used by the company (Gulf American). They posted ads in newspapers and magazines across the country, offered trips to the area, made films to promote the city, had parties to sell people on the area, had sales offices/booths in foreign countries, and the list goes on. The Price is Right television show even bought 25 homes to giveaway to contestants.

 

The book describes how difficult it was for the first residents as very few roads were passable, there were no stores, restaurants, doctors, or schools. For several years trips to Fort Myers were necessary and that meant going all the way up Del Prado Boulevard and over the bridge into downtown Fort Myers. The Cape Coral Bridge was finished in early 1964, after much debate between developers and residents of Cape Coral and Fort Myers.

 

To learn even more about the history of Cape Coral, put a visit to The Historical Museum on your To Do list.

 

Cape Coral is still developing today, with nearly half of the platted lots still vacant. Cape Coral continues to be sold as the Waterfront Wonderland, although with more ethical sales tactics.

 

The book is sold in multiple shops throughout the city and available at the library.Cape Coral Library The main library in Cape Coral is located at 921 SW 39th Terrace, just north of Mohawk Parkway. Cape Coral residents can receive a free library card when proof of residency is presented. History of Cape Coral

 

If you’re in the market for real estate and want information on buying a home or condo in Cape Coral, contact Jill Winchel at 615-504-1185. I am a Realtor with The Koffman Group at Royal Shell Real Estate. You may also click on a link to start your search:

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April 26, 2020

10 Things Your Realtor Probably Didn't Tell You about Living in Cape Coral

10 Things Your Realtor Probably Didn't Tell You

about Living in Cape Coral

1. Any type of fence is allowed up to 6 feet high but only on sides and back of home.

2. Watering of lawn is allowed 2 times per week based on house number. Reclaimed water, freshwater canal water, and well water is used for irrigation.

3. You can ride your bike on the sidewalk, although there are many bike lanes and paths in the cityBike path Cape Coral

4. Don't plant too many plants and trees in your yard. It will get overgrown, need a lot of maintenance, and you won't be able to see the nice blue sky.

5. Lawn care and pool maintenance run about $80 each per month. Pool guy comes once a week. Lawn guy comes weekly through rainy season and every other week in the winter.

6. Pets must be licensed, on a leash when outside, and their waste must be picked up wherever it lands.

7. There are over 400 miles of canals in Cape Coral, mostly freshwater with no access to The Gulf of Mexico. Cape Coral canal

8. Trash, recycling, and yard debris is picked up by Waste Pro all on the same day each week. 

9. By picking up trash in streets, vacant lots, and out of canals we can Keep Cape Coral Beautiful.

10. Lots of information is available on the city website www.CapeCoral.net.

10 Things Your Realtor Probably Didn't Tell You 

If you’re in the market for real estate and want information on buying or selling a home or condo in Cape Coral, contact Jill Winchel at 615-504-1185. I am a Realtor with The Koffman Group at Royal Shell Real Estate. Learn more on my YouTube Channel, Facebook page and Blog

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April 25, 2020

Pets in Cape Coral

Pets in Cape Coral

Basenji Dog

Lee County requires all dogs, cats, and ferrets to be licensed and vaccinated for rabies, even if you don’t live here permanently. If your animal resides in Lee County at least 30 days per year then it needs to be licensed. Some veterinary offices will sell the license after your pet receives its rabies shot (or when proof is provided that your pet has a current vaccination). A separate rabies tag is not required, just the Lee County license. You may purchase a one or three year license. Discounts are given if your pet has been sterilized and/or has a microchip. A license can also be obtained by mail or in person at Lee County Domestic Animal Services, 5600 Banner Dr, Ft Myers. More information on licensing is available at the Lee County website.

Additional information for dog owners…dogs are not allowed in many areas of Cape Coral parks, including athletic parks, playgrounds, beaches, piers, boardwalks, nature trails, or picnic areas, but they are allowed on the paved walking paths. Rotary Park pathRotary Park is home to the only dog park in the city, Wagging Tails Dog Park. It may be most convenient to walk your dog in your neighborhood and with additional sidewalks being installed in the city it is becoming safer to do so. For roads without sidewalks, remember to walk on the side facing traffic, move to the side when a car is approaching, and have a flashlight when walking at night.

Pet waste bag holder and Lee Co licensePlease be a good neighbor and pick up after your pet, whether at a park or just in your neighborhood. Handy waste bag holders that can be attached to the leash or harness are sold at a number of local stores and waste stations are located at the parks. Pet clean up sign

If you’re in the market for real estate and want information on buying a home or condo in Cape Coral, contact Jill Winchel at 615-504-1185. I am a Realtor with The Koffman Group at Royal Shell Real Estate. You may also click on a link to start your search:

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April 23, 2020

How to find Holiday Trash Schedule in Cape Coral

Holiday Trash Schedule in Cape Coral

There are 6 holidays when trash, recycling, and yard debris is NOT picked up in Cape Coral:

New Year’s Day           January 1

Memorial Day              Last Monday in May

Independence Day       July 4

Labor Day                   First Monday in September

Thanksgiving Day        Fourth Thursday in November

Christmas Day             December 25

If your scheduled pick-up day falls on one of these days, then your pick-up day will move to the next day. All pick-ups will slide by one day for that week following the holiday. Make sure you follow the guidelines for setting out your cans and debris. More information is available at the Waste Pro website and on the video below.

If you’re in the market for real estate and want information on buying or selling a home or condo in Cape Coral, contact Jill Winchel at 615-504-1185. I am a Realtor with The Koffman Group at Royal Shell Real Estate. Learn more on my YouTube Channel, Facebook page and Blog

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Holiday Trash Schedule in Cape Coral

 

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April 22, 2020

Cape Coral Real Estate Market Update April 21, 2020

Cape Coral Real Estate Market Update April 21, 2020

 

 

People are asking "Are buyers buying?" and "Are sellers selling?" The answer is "Yes!" Take a look at my video for a further explanation and get in touch if you need assistance or more information. I can also assist with Fort Myers, North Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, and Sanibel Island.

Cape Coral Real Estate Market Update April 21, 2020

If you’re in the market for real estate and want information on buying or selling a home or condo in Cape Coral, contact Jill Winchel at 615-504-1185. I am a Realtor with The Koffman Group at Royal Shell Real Estate. Learn more on my YouTube Channel, Facebook page and Blog

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April 22, 2020

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April 14, 2020

New Luxury Homes on Sale in Wild Blue by Lennar

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Attention Fort Myers home buyers looking for a great deal on a NEW Luxury Home!

Vista Blue in Wild Blue by Lennar homes has dropped prices and is ready to sell inventory homes in Wildblue. Don't wait, as this sale will not last long. Call The Koffman Group to get access to the special pricing.

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April 9, 2020

SW Florida Informational Vlog Posts

SW Florida Informational Vlog Posts

Cape Coral canal view

I started a vlog post this year so I could share information about Cape Coral and SW Florida with those of you thinking about buying a home, condo, or lot here. This link will take you to all of the SW Florida Realtor videos or you can click on a few individual subjects below.

 Working with Buyers

 SW Florida Lifestyle

 Map of Cape Coral

I also have A Minute on the Beach series of videos and many others. Enjoy, share, and subscribe. 

SW Florida Informational Vlog Posts

If you’re in the market for real estate and want information on buying or selling a home or condo in Cape Coral, contact Jill Winchel at 615-504-1185. I am a Realtor with The Koffman Group at Royal Shell Real Estate. Learn more on my YouTube Channel, Facebook page and Blog

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